We use a bat exclusion system that filters bats out from the attic space or walls of any structure whether its a residential home commercial office building, or business. Our one-way bat control door filtration system provides an exit for all bats but does not allow any access for them to return. It is impossible to retrieve all bats by hand since they typically will drop down the wall cavities of your home to find shelter and warmth. A professional bat control plan is the only true way to remove the entire colony of bats and to guarantee they can not return. Bats are very territorial and if all access points are not closed off properly it is more than likely the colony will come back to roost in the attic once again.
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Raccoons are relatively easy to catch in traps, but it takes a sturdy trap to hold one. For homeowners with pets, a live or cage-type trap is usually the preferable alternative to a leg-hold trap. Traps should be at least 10 x 12 x 32 inches and well constructed with heavy materials. They can be baited with canned fish flavored cat food, sardines, fish, or chicken. Place a pile of bait behind the treadle and scatter a few small bits of bait inside the entrance. Traps with a single door should be placed with the back against a wall, tree, or other object. The back portion of the trap should be tightly screened with one-half inch or smaller mesh wire to prevent raccoons from reaching through the wire to pull out the bait.
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Skunks can be caught in live traps set near the entrance to their den. When a den is used by more than one animal, set several traps to reduce capture time. Live traps can be purchased or built. Consult state wildlife agency personnel before trapping skunks. Use canned fish-flavored cat food to lure skunks into traps. Other food baits such as peanut butter, sardines, and chicken entrails are also effective. Before setting live traps, cover them trapped skunk discharging its scent. The canvas creates a dark, secure environment for the animal. Always approach a trap slowly and quietly to prevent upsetting a trapped skunk. Gently remove the trap from the area and release or kill the trapped skunk.
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Live trapping can sometimes be difficult, but is effective and is the best way to eliminate the groundhog problem with out harming the animal. Live traps can be built at home, purchased from commercial sources or borrowed. To successfully attract the animals into the live cage bait traps with apple slices or vegetables such as carrots and lettuce, and change baits daily. Locate traps at main entrances or major travel lanes. Place guide logs on either side of the path between the burrow opening and the trap to help funnel the animal into the trap. Check all traps twice daily, morning and evening, so that captured animals may be quickly removed.
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Live trapping can sometimes be difficult, but is effective. Live traps can be built at home, purchased from commercial sources. Bait traps with apple slices or vegetables such as carrots and lettuce, and change baits daily. Locate traps at main entrances or major travel lanes. Place guide logs on either side of the path between the burrow opening and the trap to help funnel the animal into the trap. Check all traps twice daily, morning and evening, so that captured animals may be quickly removed.
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Opossums are not wary of traps and may be easily caught with live cage traps for safe humane removal and relocation. Set traps along fences or trail ways dirt hole sets or cubby sets are effective. A dirt hole is about 3 inches in diameter and 8 inches deep. The trap should be set at the entrance to the hole. A cubby is a small enclosure made of rocks, logs, or a box. The trap is set at the entrance to the cubby. The purpose of the dirt hole or cubby is to position the animal so that it will place its foot on the trap. Body-gripping trap and running pole set. Place bait such as cheese, or slightly spoiled meat, fish, or fruit in the dirt hole or cubby to attract the animal. Using fruit instead of meat will reduce the chance of catching cats, dogs, or skunks.
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A variety of traps will catch squirrels leg-hold traps, the “Better Squirrel and Rat Trap,” box traps, and cage traps. Regular rat-sized snap traps will catch flying squirrels and small pine squirrels. Glue traps for rats will catch small squirrels. Wire cage traps and box traps can be used to capture squirrels alive. Tie trap doors open for 2 to 3 days to get squirrels accustomed to feeding in the traps. Then set the traps and check them twice daily. Inform your neighbors of your trapping activities. Translocation of tree squirrels is a questionable practice because of the stress placed on transported and resident squirrels and concerns regarding the transmission of diseases. Good baits are slices of orange and apple, walnuts or pecans removed from the shell, and peanut butter. Other foods familiar to the squirrel may also work well, such as corn or sunflower seeds.
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Trapping is the recommended, most effective method of chipmunk control. We use safe humane methods to set live traps near holes and feeding areas that will catch the chipmunks and keep them safe to relocated to a designated wildlife area. Live chipmunks must be relocated far from the customers home or business (at least 10 miles) to ensure they can not return. With patience and persistence and a combination of repellents and trapping, chipmunks can be controlled. Continued use of repellents tends to keep chipmunks from re-infesting a lawn.
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Birds can be very difficult to effectively remove and relocate with proper repairs to prevent their return. There are federal and state laws that protect different species of birds and regulate the methods of bird control and removal techniques used for proper control of nuisance birds. The dangers of bird droppings are another concern that requires a lot of protective gear and special equipment to handle the cleaning and restoration of areas plagued with bird intrusion there are also laws prohibiting tampering with specific bird nests. Drivin’ Me Batty is a certified nuisance wildlife control company that is specialized in bird and bat exclusion methods for safe humane removal. There are multiple ways to get rid of nuisance birds and each job is tailored for the best removal process that will be most effective such as bird barrier netting, bird spikes, auditory or sonic devices can be more effective as a bird repellent for commercial or larger properties these devices create a sound wave that mimics bird distress calls, leading birds to consider the area unsafe. Visual deterrents, habitat modifications, shock strips, fogging and motion sensors are other options that can be successful in bird control depending on the details of the job and determining what will be the most effective means of removing the nuisance birds.
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