Which Animal Removal Company Should I Hire?

When it comes to animal removal or wildlife removal, you have many options which company to call. By simply searching in Google for “animal removal in Howard County” or any other Maryland location, you will find at least 2-4 companies that offer such services. But how do you narrow down your search? Or does it even matter who you hire as long as they get your pest animal out of your house? Here are a few tips on how to make the right decision.

It Matters Who You Hire

First of all, let’s settle this: it does matter who you hire. Different animal removal companies may have different approaches to wildlife trapping and removal, and they may not have the same procedures, price points, and even goals. We’ll go into detail on some of these factors below.

Make Sure They Work With Wildlife

Pest control companies and wildlife removal companies are completely different. Sometimes, one company may do both, but you are better off choosing a company that specializes in animal removal. The reason is that pest infestations, such as termites or cockroaches, are far more common than human-wildlife conflicts. So a company doing both will likely get the majority of their calls for pest control, which leaves animal removal as a side job. Effective animal removal requires experience and training, not to mention a completely different approach. Someone who does it full-time will be more qualified to assist you.

Are Their Practices Humane?

While you may be angry at that squirrel that chewed a hole through your fascia board, there is no reason for the animal to die. In most cases, it can be safely captured and relocated or rehabbed as needed, so that both you and the animal can forget about this and move on with your lives. Moreover, certain wildlife, such as bats and some species of birds, may be protected by law and can’t be harmed. If it doesn’t explicitly say on the company’s website that their approach is humane, ask them directly. At Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control, we do our best to make animal removal the least stressful for all parties.

Are They Licensed and Insured?

Nuisance wildlife removal is a regulated industry that requires licensing. If needed, your wildlife removal company should be able to present a copy of their license or give you the license number to verify. And since animals can be unpredictable, you definitely want your wildlife remover to carry liability insurance in case an injury or property damage occurs.

Do They Clean Up and Repair?

Removing the unwelcome animal from your home can be complicated, but it’s only a part of the job. Once the animal is gone, there is usually aftermath to deal with: the holes it made in your roof, the damage it caused inside the attic, etc.—the sheer amount of urine and feces can be overwhelming! You would like a hand with that, wouldn’t you? Be sure to ask your Maryland animal removal company whether they do cleanup and repairs. It’s great if they do, as they will save you a lot of time by doing the dirty work for you. In some cases, such as when you have raccoons in your attic, it could be unsafe for you to handle their droppings that are often infested with raccoon roundworm. Our cleanup specialists take care to thoroughly clean and disinfect the area to eliminate any potential health risks for you and your family.

Do They Care About Prevention?

Just because the company removes a squirrel from your attic or chimney, doesn’t mean you won’t have wildlife problems ever again. Unfortunately, that’s not a promise any wildlife removal company can make. However, they can take the steps to help you reduce the likelihood of future infestations. These steps may include evaluating the potential entry spots, installing animal-proof covers, or advising you on modifying your habits to make your home less attractive to wildlife. At Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control, we think that this is one of the most important stages in animal removal that should never be skipped. Call us or contact us online if you think you have an animal intruder in your home or on your property.