Animal Control Vs. Wildlife Removal

If you’re having problems with wildlife on your residential or commercial property, here’s the best way to decide whether to call animal control or wildlife removal.

What Animal Control Offers

Rabies Treatment

Rabies outbreaks are rare in the US, but they still happen. When they do, immediate intervention is required to control the situation.

Animal control agencies help prevent rabies in domestic animals via vaccination, but they also isolate and evaluate animals showing clear signs of a rabies infection.

When it comes to rabid wildlife, contact animal control rather than a commercial wildlife removal company.

Animal Shelters

Animal control is responsible for providing temporary homes for stray animals. These typically include veterinary and grooming services as well as meet-and-greet areas where people can get to know these animals and decide to purchase them. 

Animal control is therefore responsible for rounding up stray dogs and cats and relocating them into these shelters, so when it comes to wildlife removal, contact animal control for stray cats and dogs.

Complaints About Aggressive Dogs

If you have an aggressive dog in your neighborhood that you believe is a risk to people and other animals, you should contact animal control rather than a wildlife removal company—animal control can determine if the dog is a serious risk.

When To Call A Wildlife Removal Company

Inspections For Animal Infestations

There are many signs of animal infestations in your home—scratching in the walls or attic, feces, damaged areas of the house, nests, etc.—and animals like bats, squirrels, and raccoons are likely culprits.

For these types of issues that require wildlife removal, contact their local wildlife removal company. They’ll inspect and identify what type of critter you’re dealing with and set up a plan for removal plan.

Animal Trapping & Relocation

Wildlife removal companies trap animals infesting your home and humanely relocate them.

Clean-Ups & Repairs

Private wildlife removal companies are the resources to contact if you need clean-ups and repairs from wildlife infestations. 

If your home has had an infestation, there is no doubt going to be a large mess left behind—urine, feces, damage to the walls and carpet, sanitation issues, and of course, a nasty odor.

Removal Of Dead Animals

Many people try to solve animal infestations themselves by poisoning the unfortunate critters. The problem is that all of those dead animals have to be hauled off at some point or overwhelmingly bad odors and bacteria will form.

Wildlife removal companies like Wild Thingz are the ones to call if you have a large number of dead animals in your home for a number of reasons:

  • We’ll get the dead animals out of those hard-to-reach areas.
  • We have PPE that protects us from bacteria and illnesses that can be caused by dead animals so you don’t have to take that risk.

In short: it’s a nasty job. When it comes to dead wildlife removal, private companies can do it instead.

DIY Animal Removal—Things To Be Aware Of

  • Wildlife removal may require a permit.
  • Releasing animals on government land is illegal.
  • “Folk tale” remedies aren’t very reliable. For example, some believe that certain plants or products you can buy in stores can repel wildlife. While this may be true in some cases, more often than not it simply attracts other animals that you don’t want around your home either.
  • Do your research. Many animals, as well as their feces, carry diseases. Raccoon feces is also notorious for containing a type of roundworm larvae that can be harmful to humans. Many poisonous snakes also resemble their nonpoisonous counterparts.
  • Most states don’t allow you to sell wildlife caught on your property.