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How We Solve Greensboro 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.

Rodents, birds, and snakes are the top of the list when it comes to North Carolina wildlife entering resident's homes. When it's just one you may be able to evict it from your home yourself, but once you have an infestation, you are going to need our team! Our team proudly services the following cities: Oak Ridge, Pleasant Garden, Sedalia, Stokesdale, Summerfield, Whitsett, Forest Oaks, Julian, McLeansville, Archdale, Burlington, High Point, and Kernersville. We also service the following counties: Rockingham County, Alamance County, Randolph County, Davidson County, and Forsyth County.

Other Greensboro animal pest control topics:
How to Trap a Groundhog
How to Repel Raccoons
Information About Rats
How to Keep Squirrels Away

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

This month's wildlife how-to article: How to get rid of rats

How to get rid of rats

There are two basic steps to getting rid of rats around your house or buildings. They are exclusion first of all, and it has to be done first and then the eradication of the remaining rats. Before you even look at sealing up entry and exit holes and the like you should do what is basically called a “rodent activity inspection”, the best time for this inspection is around dusk or just after full dark because this is the time the rodents the most active, and here is a short list of what you should be looking for, you'll need a good strong torch to allow you to look into places where they might be hiding.

The list of what to look for is:
• rodent poop, or droppings
• tracks left when they move around, this will also identify their favorite paths
• damage they do by gnawing
• burrows they have dug
• grease marks
• urine stains
• the odor of rats

If you fail to find any of these but are still convinced you have rats the easiest way to prove it yes or no is to spread a dust like substance, baby powder or flour are good, we you think they are coming and going. If you have rats they would very quickly leave tracks in your dust, no tracks after 48 hours means no rats are present or of course you put the dust in the wrong place.

If you have pets, especially cats they will more than likely become a little bit excited when they hear the rats in the attic, this excitement can range from just looking up at the attic to a full on attempted attack. Do not under any circumstances put you into the attic because you have no idea how many rats are up there and 10 or more adult rats are more than a match for most house cats and you have to remember that they will fight to protect their home and their young.

There are some seriously high-tech methods of completing an inspection. The first is using UV rodent trackers, what this device does is it makes the animals urine much more easily visible, you will need yellow goggles but they should come with the device. The next way is that you buy what is called RodoFiber-non-toxic fluroescent powder, you put this powder on cotton balls and scatter them around the attic, the rats touched the balls and get the powder on themselves, they then leave the powder wherever they go and you use an infrared detector to see it.
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