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How We Solve Olympia 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.

What do you do when you find wildlife creatures making nests in your home? Depending on what type of critters have been nesting in your home, it could be something simple that you can do yourself or it may be something more serious that requires professional expertise. When that happens, give us a call! We are here to answer your questions and provide you with the best wildlife trapping removal services. Our company also specializes in wildlife prevention and repairs to ensure these critters don't return. We service Olympia along with the following cities: Centralia, Chehalis, Fords Prairie, Kellys Korner, Littlerock, Maytown, East Olympia, Nisqually, South Bay, Lacey, Dupont, and Tumwater. We also service the following counties: King County, Clackamas County, Clark County, Snohomish County, Pierce County, Kitsap County, Chelan County, Benton County, Whatcom County, Yakima County, and Mason County.

Other Olympia animal pest control topics:
Removing a Skunk from a Window Well
Opossum Nest Under Porch
What is Needed to Deture Bats
Where Can I Relocate a Rat

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

This month's wildlife how-to article: How to Keep Opossums Out of my Garbage Cans

How to Keep Opossums Out of my Garbage Cans

Know Thy Enemy
Opossums or just “possums” are marsupials akin to kangaroos and wallabies. This means that like a kangaroo, opossums carry it’s in a pouch. Possums are known to eat anything and everything - they are a kind of scavenging omnivore! Unfortunately, for us humans, this means that they will stop at nothing when they find a trash can filled with “yummy” food that they can eat. And this is where us humans can find this animals pretty annoying. Nobody wants someone or something rummaging through their garbage after all.

So what can you do?
Below, are a few tips that you can do in order to keep those pesky critters away from your trash!

Secure the Trash
-First off, the best thing to do is by a heavy-duty, metal trass can as this will be harder for the creatures to destroy or knock over.
-When taking out the trash, don’t forget to double bag it before placing it into the trash can! This will help prevent the smell from permeating through the plastic and catching the attention of those every-hungry opossums.
-And lastly, and this maybe just an option but it maybe good to do just in case, tie and secure your garbage cans with bungee cord and place a cinder block on top of the lid in order to prevent opossums from getting inside your trash can.

To help with keeping those opossums away, you could double up your defenses by taking the time to sprinkle around some repellents. Some say that ammonia poured into a metal can and then placed at the bottom of the trash or anywhere near the trash can will repel opossums.

Eliminate the Food Source
While you can’t eliminate the garbage until the garbage truck comes along, you can very well make sure that the opossums are not becoming attracted to other food sources on your property as well. These could also be why the opossums are in your area in the first place and not just because they happen to get a whiff of what’s inside your trash can. So, why don’t you clean up your yard and/or garden for any fallen debris such as fruits and nuts. Also, if you have pet food left outside, don’t forget to bring them in after dark.

And lastly, but not certainly the least, you could set up traps. Set up traps near your trash cans and place some bait inside. Then all you need to do is wait. Eventually, you will end up catching one of those sly creatures and you can proceed in releasing it back into the wild or give it up to the proper authorities so they can handle the situation.
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