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How We Solve South Bend 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.

South Bend's wildlife can be unpredictable sometimes, especially when our weather starts to change. Some critters will get stranded somewhere away from their shelter as bad weather arises, causing them to seek shelter in your home or shed. If you find yourself in this predicament or a similar one, feel free to give us a call. Our team answers our phones 24/7 to service your wildlife needs. We service the following cities : Georgetown, Gulivoire Park, Indian Village, Lakeville, New Carlisle, North Liberty, Osceola, Roseland, Walkerton Mishawaka, Granger, Elkhart, and Notre Dame. We also service the following counties: Berrien County, Cass County, Elkhart County, Marshall County, Starke County, and LaPorte County.

Other South Bend animal pest control topics:
How to Kill a House Mouse
Info About Beavers
How to Trap an Opossum
How to Repel Skunks

To learn more about our services, visit the South Bend wildlife control home page.

This month's wildlife how-to article: How to get rid of coyotes

How to get rid of coyotes

Today coyotes are actually fairly common in urban and built-up areas, this is because in these areas generally there is a lot of rubbish which the coyotes can get into to get food, there is also a lot of places where it coyotes can sleep peacefully without being disturbed or found. Until they actually moved into the urban areas coyotes were not considered pests but now they are in urban and built-up areas as well they are a risk where pets and small children are concerned. Generally coyotes play a major part in keeping the rodent population in check, especially rats and even in urban areas rats are still the preferred prey if they can't scavenge an easier meal.

The best way to get rid of coyotes without harming them is to cut off their food supply forcing them to move to get food. There are several things most homeowners can do that will help in this regard. The first is if you have pets make sure their food is never left outside second most important thing to do is to make sure your garbage bins are sealed or locked away, the latter is the best solution because if a coyote can smell food in a locked bin it will spend a lot of time and make a lot of noise trying to get the bin open, neither of which you will enjoy if you're a light sleeper.

Another thing that most people don't realize is that coyotes will eat and will actually come after ripe fruit, especially if it is on the ground. They are not real keen on eating raw vegetables especially if there is anything more tasty around, like rodent's. That is the next thing you can do to reduce the coyotes desire to come onto your property, reduce your rodent population but not by poison. I know some people will tell you to get a cat to reduce the rodent population but outdoor cats are a coyotes favorite snack so get a cat by all means, but keep it indoors at night.

Make sure to keep your yard clean and tidy and reduce anything a coyote can use for cover, install both motion activated sprinklers and lights, the sprinklers will only scare the animal but they may scare it enough to drive it away permanently, the lights will definitely put the frighteners on a coyote, coyotes did not like surprises like that at all.
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