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How We Solve Nashville 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.

Middle Tennessee has a variety of wildlife, such as skunks, raccoons, squirrels, moles, bats, opossums, and even armadillos. We also have several snake species. If you encounter a conflict with any of these animals, we can solve it. We also provide rodent control, including Nashville rat removal and mouse control services. We service all of Davidson County, Rutherford County, Williamson County, Sumner County, and surrounding areas in this part of Tennessee. If in doubt about our range, call us and we will let you know if we can handle your wildlife issue. We often travel for certain types of critter removal jobs, such as Nashville bat removal or Nashville bird removal projects. We work in downtown Nashville, as well as surrounding towns, such as Murfreesboro, Franklin, Hendersonville, Brentwood, Columbia, Gallatin, Hermitage, La Vergne, Lebanon, Smyrna, Spring Hill, Dickson, Goodlettsville, Mount Juliet, Portland, Springfield, White House, and more. To learn more about our services, visit the Nashville wildlife control home page.

This month's wildlife how-to article: Skunk trapping – how to catch skunks with traps

Have you ever seen a skunk? A real skunk, not one of the cute ones in cartoons such as Disney’s very famous “Bambi”? They are adorable looking creatures, but unfortunately, if they don’t like you, they are going to spray on you! The thing with skunks is that although they can be a real pain in the backside when it comes to your home and yard, they are actually rather useful, eating all of the bugs that cause your flourishing flower garden distress. The only problem with this is they also bring some rather disastrous results to your garden themselves, putting you in a somewhat “Catch 22” situation.

Skunks bring with them holes. This is actually one of the things that you should look upon to see whether or not a skunk really is your problem, or whether it is another adorable, yet pain in the backside creature. Usually, they will make new homes by burrowing around your home framework, around the porch, and also around your steps, garage and even your shed.

They also create holes in your lawn, but this is not for the purpose of finding a new home. This is for the purpose of finding food – bugs and grubs that live below the surface of your lawn. You may want to feed these hungry critters, but not if it means destroying your freshly laid lawn in the process, right?

Of course, another common side effect, as such, of having skunks is the poop they leave behind. This is another indication that you should use if you have not actually seen the skunk (or other creature that is causing the damage) and you will find that they usually contain left over bits of bugs that have not yet been digested properly. They will also be around an inch to two inches long, and around half an inch in width, just in case you decided to go poop investigating!

Skunk trapping isn’t all that difficult, in all fairness, but there are few things that you are going to need to know:
  • Picking the right trap is essential. Ideally, you will want to call a wildlife control company for more advice on how to handle the situation, but you can do it yourself with the right knowledge. You are going to want a trap that is large enough to house the animal safely, and without causing it any harm, but at the same time being small enough that the little critter can’t turn around or lift its tail to spray you.
  • You will want to disguise your trap so that it isn’t blatantly obvious that you are trying to ensnare the critter. Throw some mud around, chuck some leaves on there, find some old twigs and branches – anything you can to make the trap itself look older and distressed. People tend to have more luck with their traps in this manner.
  • Use the right bait. Thankfully, skunks aren’t all that picky so you can use anything from sardines to bacon, cat food to peanut butter, and plenty more in between!
Other Nashville animal pest control topics:
How to Get Rid of Raccoons
Diseases from Wildlife
Should You Kill Snakes?
Dead Animal Removal
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