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How We Solve Des Moines 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.

You’ll be happy to know that our family run company has been voted as the number one metropolitan company for wildlife control and removal, and that’s not just one year either - three years in a row! We have over ten years of experience in the wildlife control industry behind us. Our polite and informative phone staff answer the phones around the clock - 24/7, and that’s what our technicians work too. We know those pesky pests don’t take days off, and we don’t either. Our friendly phone operators are more than happy to give you some free and helpful advice over the phones, 24/7, in the event that you can beat the beast humanely and safely on your own. If not, we’ll book you an appointment with one of your locally working technicians, usually on the same day. Our prices are low, but we provide the highest quality work you’ll find in the city. We can provide you with a written quotation first, so there are no nasty surprises when it comes to the bill, and we’ll always discuss the methods we’ll take to exclude the animal, and then repair any damage, so you know what’s going on. Give us a call today for a free ballpark price estimate.

We service Boone County, Dallas County, Jasper County, Madison County, Marion County, Story County, Warren County, and more. We also service West Des Moines, Altoona, Clive, Grimes, Indianola, Johnston, Newton, Norwalk, Urbandale, Waukee, Adel, Monroe, Baxter, Ankeny, Bondurant, Panora, Carisle, Perry, Colfax, Granger, and more. To learn more about our services, visit the Des Moines wildlife control home page.

This month's wildlife how-to article: How Can You Trap A Coyote?

Coyotes are commonly found in North America, and they are much like wolves. Although they do not attack humans, they can often cause harm to the pets and livestock in urban areas. Most people in the United States are in trouble due to Coyote attacks, and they want to know the best methods to get rid of these creatures. If you are also one of those frustrated homeowners, it is good to go through the details below to know more about methods to trap coyotes:

Choose the right trap:
The market is loaded with wide range of traps that can help you to capture coyotes; the most commonly used traps are the coil spring trap, the live cage trap, and the snare trap. The coil string trap is commonly recommended by most hunters as it helps to trap the paw of the coyote without killing the animal. But it is important to use a large trap so that coyotes cannot find an opportunity to escape through it. Most people also find it difficult to handle the trapped animal, and in this situation, they may need assistance from professionals.

Another option for trapping coyotes is the live cage trap. This device can help you to catch the animal alive. In order to be successful with this method, it is important to place the trap at a strategic location with appropriate bait. This trap is recommended to homeowners that don’t want to kill the animal but just want to take it away from their property. In case if you want to kill the coyote, then you must use lethal traps, and snare trap is the most common solution in this category. It has a trigger mechanism; whenever the animal tries to get the bait, the trigger immediately chokes the animal by tightening its grip and it dies instantly.

Your task is not just limited to the selection of the right trap to deal with coyote problem rather at the same time it is also important to search for the best location to place the trap. The best idea is to keep it near coyote habitat. Prefer to dig a shallow hole at 45-degree angle with 8 inches depth and cover it with leaves and dirt. Note that coyote can easily detect the smell of human body so while setting the trap, prefer to wear rubber gloves so that your scent cannot stay on the trap otherwise coyote will not come close to it. At the same time, you have to choose right bait to attract coyote towards the trap. In case if you are not able to deal with these creatures, prefer to take help from professionals to deal with the issue. They can help you to manage the situation with professional tricks and techniques.

Professionals advise using coyote prevention methods to keep your premises safe from their attack because it is believed that coyote prevention is far easier as compared to their trapping. Before you take any step to deal with coyotes, prefer to check state rules to ensure trouble-free experience.
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