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How We Solve Lake County 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.

Welcome! We’re one of the leading wildlife control and removal services in your area, and we will bring you a number of things to protect your home. Our staff keep up-to-date training standards and methods, and we head to the latest seminars for the industry. We also love to utilize state-of-the-art wildlife control equipment - only the best for you and your property. Why should you use us? Well, our prices are super competitive to start with, and we’re not only fully licensed and insured to do what we do, but we all carry commercial liability insurance to ensure your property is 100% protected. There’s a reason we’ve been voted as the Number one metropolitan area wildlife control and removal company for three years running. It’s because we’re really good at what we do! For a really friendly service, and one that you can trust, get in touch for your free quote today. We can offer FREE advice if that’s all you need!

We service Kenosha County, Cook County, McHenry County, and more. We also service Highland Park, Highwood, Lake Forest, North Chicago, Park City, Waukegan, Zion, Antioch, Gurnee, Lincolnshire, Round Lake Park, Bannockburn, Hainesville, Lindenhurst, Third Lake, Barrington, Hawthorne Woods, Long Grove, Tower Lakes, Indian Creek, Mettawa, Vernon Hills, Beach Park, Island Lake, Mundelein, Volo, Buffalo Grove, Kildeer, Wadsworth, Fox Lake, Lake Bluff, Old Mill Creek, Wheeling, and more. To learn more about our services, visit the Lake County wildlife control home page.

This month's wildlife how-to article: How To Get Wild Animals Out of a Wall

A wild animal living in our homes is quite common. The most common location they will choose to live in would be your attic. However, sometimes the animals will crawl down the walls. Once and a while, you might end up having a wild animal in your wall, who is stuck because it fell down the walls. The most common animals you may find living in your walls include: rats, mice, raccoons, squirrels, opossums. If you have an animal living in your walls, and the animal is, able to, climb up and down the walls, the solution to your animal problem is the same solution you would use in the removal of an animal living in your attic. You will first need to locate all the entry and exit holes that are located at the exterior of your home and install one-way exclusion devices on the holes. You could also set cage traps near the holes. Once you are sure all the animals are out, you must seal all the holes.

In the event of an animal falling down a wall, they will begin trying to scratch their way out. This will help you determine that the animal is stuck. When an animal is stuck in your wall, you must cut a hole to remove it. After the hole is cut, you can grab the animal with a gloved hand, or, by using a snare pole. If the animal that is stuck in the wall is small in fast, such as a rat or squirrel, you will need to mount a trap on top of the hole, immediately, after you cut it. If the animal in the wall is dead, you need to try to follow the scent and cut a hole in the wall, so you can remove it. This is not an easy task, it typically requires a lot of experience, as well as sniffing. If the dead animal body is not removed, you will be punished with a horrible odor in your home for a long time.

If you have an animal in your walls, whether it is alive or head, call an expert to get rid of them. They will be able to trap the animal quicker and are less likely to create damage to your walls. Please keep in mind, the methods employed by your professional will vary based on the type of animal that is stuck in the wall. The number one thing you should keep in mind in this type of situation is your safety must come first. Wild animals can carry several diseases, as well as leave parasites behind in their droppings. Cages will make it easy to trap the animal, as well as, keep it safe. You will need heavy gloves that can withstand the bite of the animal that is stuck in the wall. Also, it is recommended to be up to date on all your shots before you attempt to remove an animal.

Besides the essentials, there are other things you can use to make your job easier. Traps vary in size and have different ways of catching an animal. The type of trap chosen to use will depend on your budget and how easy to clean they may be. Keep in mind, traps such as snap traps, glue boards and zapper traps are lethal. One non-lethal trap is the catch trap. Once you have these pests out of your home, make sure you take appropriate steps to prevent the animals from returning!
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