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How We Solve Tacoma 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.

We provide prompt and professional animal removal services to get unwanted critters out of your attic or any other part of your house or property. Snakes are great at slithering underneath objects, especially outside. If you are finding snakes in your garden or underneath stones, feel free to give us all call. Our team is trained is removing Tacoma's wildlife from your property. We proudly service the following cities: Bonney Lake, Buckley, DuPont, Edgewood, Enumclaw, Fife, Fircrest, Gig Harbor, Milton, Orting, Pacific, Roy, Ruston, Sumner, University Place, Lakewood, Puyallup, Kent, and Auburn. We also service the following counties: King County, Yakima County, Lewis County, Thurston County, Mason County, and Kitsap County.

Other Tacoma animal pest control topics:
What to Use to Repell Mice
Info About Coyotes
How to Get Rid of Raccoons
How to Trap an Opossum

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

This month's wildlife how-to article: How to clean wild animal waste in your attic

How to clean wild animal waste in your attic

This is one job that is definitely best left to the professionals from what I've seen, every professional I have seen preparing to clean out an attic full of animal corpses, droppings and nests first of all dons a full biohazard suit so if that's the professionals idea of what it takes to handle the situation then I would definitely not recommend you going up into your attic with a shovel and a bucket with a handkerchief tied across your mouth and nose, not smart and not healthy I'm thinking.

Most professional companies do not call the service cleaning the attic, they call it attic restoration because that is really what it is. Nearly every time the only way they can do the job properly is to pull all the insulation out of the attic as well because it is covered with animal urine, the real professionals will clean the attic out totally and then replace the insulation, this of course makes the job much more expensive but if the insulation has to be removed it is a good idea to replace it all.

Some of the problems caused by having animals in your attic are:
• lots of poop and urine all over your insulation
• they've made nests all over the attic and they also have left food scraps everywhere
• the attic really stinks and the smell is penetrating into the rest of the house
• if the animals have been resident for a long time then some of their more used places will be having mold growths
• wild animals bring parasites, roundworms and some pathogens with them
• unless thoroughly cleaned out the smell left by the previous residents will attract new ones

Your attic not only has to be cleaned of all the waste and debris but it has to be decontaminated to, this means spraying of some serious chemicals to kill anything the animals left behind. The way most professionals decontaminate and attic is called fogging and real professionals all say this is the most important step that all do-it-yourselfers do not get right. The attic is fogged by using a special electric powered misting machine, it dispenses a special enzyme-based biohazard cleaner, this cleaner destroys all organic matter it comes in contact with but would not affect the structure of the building. One of the things this fog does do very nicely is it deodorizers the attic stop
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