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How We Solve Sacramento 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.

Here in beautiful central California, we encounter urban wildlife problems with several species, including raccoons, skunks, opossums, snakes, squirrels, and more. Urban development in many areas of Sacramento has caused encroachment on wildlife spaces, and many of these animals have learned to adapt to urban settings. Our company specializes in the humane removal of unwanted critters from homes and property. We commonly remove animals from attics, and we perform poison-free rodent control in the state of California. We service the entire greater Sacramento metropolitan area, including the following counties: Douglas, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba. We service all surrounding towns, including Elk Grove, Roseville, Citrus Heights, Davis, Folsom, Rancho Cordova, Rocklin, Woodland, Yuba City, Auburn, Galt, Grass Valley, Lincoln, Marysville, Placerville, South Lake Tahoe, Truckee, and more. Just give us a call any time at 916-226-9530 and we will schedule an appointment for fast and professional service. To learn more about our services, visit the Sacramento wildlife control home page.

This month's wildlife how-to article: Skunk prevention – how to keep skunks away from your house and yard

The trick to keeping a skunk away from your home and yard is to make it environmentally unfriendly. The same applies to many animals, including squirrels, rats, raccoons and more. If the animals don’t have a place to lay their weary heads, a place to scrounge for food, and a place of shelter, they are going to move out. Imagine if someone took the roof off of your home and eliminated the kitchen too; would you stay there?

The trick to getting rid of a skunk, and making sure it stays away, is to be sensible. Thankfully, these tips should help you on your way:

Don’t let the skunk have a home! That wood pile in your yard, the piles of stones, even that old tree stump – these are all on the real estate market for a wandering skunk! Take them out and you will have eradicated half of the market. The same applies for the area under the front and back porches, or the stairs that lead up to your home – seal these off, and your skunk won’t be able to get in there! Also, the garage and shed should be looked over for holes. It doesn’t take a very big hole for a skunk, or other critter, to crawl in. If you do this and make sure that the doors are always shut and locked when not in use, you will not have a problem.

Don’t let the skunk have food! This is very simple, and yet something that so many people ignore. Do your put your pet food on the porch or in the yard for your family furry friends? Be sensible – if someone put food in front of you, you would eat it. How do you think the skunk feels? The compost heap? That’s basically a grocery store! The barbecue that didn’t get cleaned last time you used it – the skunk is going to eat off that too! The kitchen door that you always leave open in the summer? Yes – there is a good chance that the skunk is going to wander in, order his favorite meal, grab the crumbs from the floor and run before you have even had a chance to think about it! Think about the garbage can too – do you throw leftovers in there? Try to remember to burn them if you can – a wander animal isn’t going to be interested in the charred remains of a bonfire.

It is very often the smallest things that can make the world of difference to pest control, and if you do all of the above things, you will find that you will spot less and less in the form of pests and rodents in your home and yard. As long as you stick to your new regime, and let’s face it; these steps aren’t going to take you very long, you will have an animal free home, (aside from the pets that you actually invite) in next to no time!

Other Sacramento animal pest control topics:
Biology of California Skunks
How to kill mice
Get rid of California snakes
How to get bats out of the attic

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