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How We Solve Syracuse 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.

Have you been hearing scratching or movement in your walls? If you answered yes, you could have a possible rodent problem. These little critters are great at gnawing their way into your walls and creating nests. Our team specializes in removing rats from walls and much more! We answer our phones 24/7 to better service your wildlife needs. Our team services the following cities: Camillus, DeWitt, Elbridge, Fabius, Geddes, LaFayette, Lysander, Marcellus, Onondaga, Otisco, Pompey, Skaneateles, Spafford, Tully, Van Buren, Cicero, Clay, Manilus, and Salina. We also service the following counties: Oswego County, Madison County, Cortland County, and Cayuga County.

Other Syracuse animal pest control topics:
Scratching Sounds in Your Walls and Attic
How to Trap a Bat
Groundhog Prevention Tips
How to Remove Raccoons From Your Attic

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

This month's wildlife how-to article: How to get house mice out of your attic

How to get house mice out of your attic

Mice living in your attic is not a good thing, they can cause damage to electrical wiring by chewing on it, they tear up the insulation to make their nests, they make tunnels through the insulation and then spent half the night seemingly having races through these tunnels. As well, living in the attic means they don't have far to go to be in your pantry where they will be contaminating your food supply. They can also spread diseases and they definitely spread mouse odor, which is 90% mouse urine, they do this mainly as a communication means with other mice but it does start to smell pretty quickly.

Here is the process you have to go through if you have confirmed that the noises in the night coming from the attic are being caused by mice:
1. you need to find out how the mice are getting in and out of the house, especially look for ones that lead directly into the attic, like utility connections.
2. Once you've identified all the openings go around in systematically seal them all up, and do a good job of it because if you don't the mice will be back pretty quickly.
3. Once the house is sealed you need to trap and/or remove all of the mice. The recommended method is at least 10 snap traps in the attic which you check twice-daily.
4. Once all the mice are gone you need to clean the attic and anywhere else that they have been. The main target of this cleaning is to pick up all the droppings and to get rid of the odor of the urine, this has to be done properly as the odor especially will attract other mice.

The secret to success in this operation is really two things, where you place the mousetraps and what you use for bait. You need to place the mousetraps up against internal walls or beams on a firm flat footing, this gives the trap its best chance of doing the job. What you use for bait, well, there are a lot of different answers to this question but the main two answers I got when I asked it were peanut butter and bacon, for mine bacon is a bit expensive so I would go with peanut butter.

The last thing I would suggest you do based on the information put out by professionals is once you've cleared your attic of mice put mothballs all over it and replace them every three months, mice do not like the smell and will most likely avoid your attic.
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