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How We Solve Pittsburgh 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.

Pittsburgh wildlife critters, such as raccoons, love to eat your left overs! They will use their little, human like hands to rummage through your trash to find a tasty meal. If you are having a problem with raccoons knocking over and digging through your trash give us a call! We specialize in wildlife trapping and reomval, so we can catch those pesky raccoons and release then back into the wild. We service Pittsburgh, as well as the following cities: Kennedy Township, O'Hara Township, Etna, Fox Chapel, Verona, Penn Hills, Turtle Creek, Homestead, West Muffin, Stowe Township, Bellevue, Ben Avon Heights, West View, Reserve Township, Sharpsburg, Wilkinsburg, Edgewood, Braddock, and Avalon. We also service the following counties: Adams County, Armstrong County, Beaver County, Bedford County, Berks County, Blair County, Crawford County, Cumberland County, Elk County, Monroe County, and Washington County.

Other Pittsburgh animal pest control topics:
Tools to Deter Mice
Using a One Way Funnel to Remove Squirrels
Preventing Raccoons Out of Your Pool
What is a Snake Fence

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

This month's wildlife how-to article: What should I do with a house mouse after I catch it?

What should I do with a house mouse after I catch it?

Capturing a house mouse can be a huge relief especially if this animal has been your problem for quite a while. Once you have captured the mouse, there are still things you need to do to make sure that any infestation will not take place in the future. However, your duties as the house sheriff do not end by the captivity of the suspect. Here are the follow up things to do.

Get rid of the trapped mouse
You should be more careful in disposing the mouse depending on the trap that you used.

• First, you need to wear a pair of gloves for you to be safe from any contamination.
• Do not touch the dead or alive trapped mouse. A bite from a mouse can transmit harmful diseases and parasites. If you are accidentally bitten, wash the wound with soap and water and immediately see a physician.
• Thoroughly wash your hand with soap and water after disposing the animal

After getting rid of the mouse

• Cleaning the trap area. Clean up the area where you placed the trap. Remove any liquid or maggots. Clean up the area with detergent disinfect after.
• Trap from secluded places. If the trap was placed in a secluded place like the attic, roof, or cabinet, clean up the area and disinfect thoroughly. Leave the area open for a couple of hours to let the fresh air in.
• Avoid future infestation. Inspect the area for any other possible entrance that can give access to other mouse. The entrance can be gaps on the doorframes or a hole that the mouse might have created. If an opening is located, immediately seal it to stop any possible entry in the future.
• Clean up the whole house. House mouse love cluttered places. They thrive in places where they can gain access to foods and shelter. Do not leave any left-over foods in the kitchen. Clean up your countertops and table after each meal and make sure that there are no trace of food taste and smell. Remember, a house mouse can smell food from a distance.
• Dispose garbage. Mouse feed from anything they can chew – from fresh foods in your kitchen to rotten goods in your garbage. This is why they are called disease carriers. Dispose any garbage in the house properly. Keep the garbage bin lid intact. After disposing the garbage, clean up the bin with detergent or a disinfectant to get rid of any faulty smell.
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