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How We Solve Vancouver Wildlife Problems

It starts with your phone call. We answer our phones 24/7, and we will carefully listen to your wildlife problem. Every case is different, so we will ask appropriate questions to help us understand the situation better. Questions like, "do you hear the noises at night or during the daytime?" or "what type of roof do you have?" After we have a general idea of your situation, we can provide a ballpark price range, and schedule a same-day or next-day appointment to inspect your property.

INSPECTION: Once on site, we will perform a full inspection of your home and property. This allows us to use the correct strategy and traps. If the animals are in an attic, a full building inspection is crucial, including the following:

  • All ground-level areas, such as piper or A/C line entry & exit areas, A/C chase bottoms, ground-level vents, etc.
  • All mid-level areas, such as dryer vents, siding gaps, first floor eaves or dormers, etc.
  • We inspect the entire roof, including all plumbing stacks, ridge caps, vents, and other potential gaps or holes.
  • We also inspect inside your attic, to identify animals and damage they have caused.
  • If the animals are outside, we notice many subtle clues that will assist us in a successful strategy.

TRAPPING, EXCLUSION, REMOVAL: Once we understand what animal species we are dealing with, and the problem, we use the most effective means of removing the animals. We use dozens of different types of traps.

  • Trapping - If trapping the animal(s) in live cage traps, trap type, set, and location are crucial to success.
  • Exclusion - Oftentimes, we are able to simply set one-way doors or other exclusion devices that allow the animals inside a building to safely exit, but never get back inside.
  • Removal By Hand - Sometimes we actually remove animals by hand, or with special tools like snare poles.
  • The Law - In all cases, we obey state and local laws regarding wildlife, but aim to take the most humane approach.

ENTRY HOLE REPAIRS: Repairs are a crucial step in the wildlife removal process. In many cases, such as bat or rodent control, the job cannot be performed without detailed repairs, and in all cases, sealing the entry holes shut ensures that no future wildlife will ever enter your home.

  • 100% of the entry holes must be found, and sealed shut, or the job is not complete.
  • Our repairs are professional contractor grade, look good, and when applicable we use steel, which rodents such as rats or squirrels are unable to chew through.
  • We give a written guarantee on our repairs against any future animal entry.

ATTIC DECONTAMINATION SERVICES: It may be desirable to clean your attic after we've removed the animals. They can leave behind large amounts of droppings, urine, hair, oils, food, nesting material, and so on. These remnants can attract insects like cockroaches, and the scent left behind can encourage new animals to chew their way into your house. You might experience odor problems from the waste. It's possible that mold will grow on waste areas.

  • We remove or vacuum all droppings, or remove all the soiled insulation.
  • We fog the attic with a special enzyme-based cleaner that destroys any organic matter and deodorizes the space.
  • We repair damage, such as ductwork, electrical wires, pipes, insulation, and more.
The above are just a brief explanation of some of our methods. I haven't even addressed the hundreds of other potential cases that we deal with, from bat exclusions, to poison-free rodent control, to dead animal removal, bird roosting prevention, mole trapping in a yard, ground-based exclusion barriers around a shed, etc. etc. Just give us a call any time, and we can describe in detail how we will resolve your specific wildlife problem.

Are you struggling with a wild animal invasion and don't know where to turn? We're the right people for this job, with the right state-of-the-art tools and equipment, and over ten years of experience working in the industry. We have the know-how to remove an entire colony of bats from your attic without harming a single one, and we don't even use poisons when dealing with rats or mice. We practice safe and humane wildlife removal and control, only using exclusion devices where possible. With larger wild animals such as opossums and raccoons, we would use a process of live cage traps and relocation to remove it from your property. In these cases, we would drive the critter a minimum of ten miles away, releasing it in area in which it should thrive. Our lines are answered 24/7, by our polite, fully trained and informative phone staff, and in the event that you can solve your own wildlife problem, we'll even give you some free advice over the phone. We want you - the customer - to be happy, and sometimes our presence isn't necessary for that. When we do attend, we can offer same-day and emergency appointments, perfect for those snake-in-the-bath situations that you never know how to deal with. Give us a call for your free quote today, or just for helpful advice over how to solve your wildlife problem.

We service Cowlitz County, Skamania County, Multnomah County, Columbia County, and more. We also service Battle Ground, Camas, La Center, Ridgefield, Washougal, Woodland, Yacolt, Amboy, Duluth, Hockinson, Mount Vista, Barberton, Felida, Lake Shore, Orchards, Brush Prairie, Fern Prairie, Lewisville, Salmon Creek, Cherry Grove, Five Corners, Meadow Grove, Venersborg, Dollars Corner, Hazel Dell, Minnehaha, Walnut Grove, and more. To learn more about our services, visit the Vancouver wildlife control home page.

This month's wildlife how-to article: How to keep wild animals out of a chicken coop

If you live on a farm and have chickens, then you know what a challenge it can be to take care of them. There are costs such as feed, supplies, and building materials that you might need. Those aren't the only things that you have to worry about.

A big issue that you always must be cautious of is the fact that predators can get into the coop and have an all you can eat buffet on your chickens.

There are several different ways that you can protect your chickens against predators such as foxes, raccoons, snakes, or opossums. If you are having issues with predators wreaking havoc on your chicken coops, here are a few methods that you can use to keep them safe.

First, before anything happens, you need to locate where the predator is coming through. Be sure to look in dark corners or at the base of the wall. Once you've found where they are coming in at, then you can begin to take the necessary steps required to keep them safe.

If there is a way to do it, raise your chicken coop off the ground. By doing this, you will eliminate any skunks that have burrowed beneath the coop as well as any rats, or snakes that have also taken up residency.

Another way is to make sure you cover any holes with a material such as chicken wire. If you use any other materials, it will make it easy for animals to gnaw through. The wire will discourage animals from chewing new holes.

At night, be sure to close all doors and secure them from the inside. Animals such as foxes and raccoons are wily and will figure out how to release a latch if it is on the outside.

Another suitable method to discourage predators from making a snack on your prized chickens is a motion sensor light. When placed strategically around your coop, it will pick up any activity. As soon as the light comes on the predators will flee.

Take immediate action. This method might take the longest. If you watch your coop and wait for the bandit to make an appearance, you can use harassment methods to send them scampering back into the night.

Make sure the top of your chicken run is enclosed in. If your pen/coop is made from mesh chicken wire, but the top remains open, your chickens are still vulnerable to attack. Predators such as opossums, raccoons, and foxes are excellent climbers. If the top of the coop is open, it is simple for them to climb over the fence and help themselves to your prized hens and roosters.
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