Undoubtedly, it’s a human’s world. That’s why we must do everything we can to protect the animals we share it with. After all, they are what truly make the world go round- not us. Humane wildlife removal means no harm to these essential creatures and the fragile environment.
The team at Covenant Wildlife Removal are experts in this field. We genuinely care for the unique creatures of our planet. In this blog, you’ll discover the importance of humane wildlife removal and the animals we are trained to handle.
What is Humane Wildlife Removal?
Humane wildlife removal is just as it sounds. It involves removing animals and beneficial insects from people’s homes and properties with the safest and most respectful methods, causing no harm to them. Most of the time, the critters causing chaos or threatening your and your family’s health are permanently relocated to their natural habitats. All the while, the knowledgeable team treats the beloved creatures with the utmost care and kindness.
Why is it Important to Humanely Remove Wildlife?
General exterminators and animal control companies view common pests and critters as a “problem,” while humane wildlife removal experts have the opposite perspective. We see animals and insects of all kinds as precious creatures deserving of our respect. Moreover, we know very well that the balance of all ecosystems, including the ones humans occupy, requires certain animals to maintain health and sustain growth.
What Animals Do We Handle at Covenant Wildlife?
At Covenant wildlife, we safely and respectfully take care of the humane removal of many of the critters that may cause harm and health issues for you and your family or structural damage to your home. The following creatures are the most common in our area. Though, we are happy to handle just about any animal we are called for.
Raccoons look adorable and friendly, but they aren’t animals to be messed with. At first, they may be shy and skittish at the sight of humans. However, after some time sharing the same space, raccoons often build the courage to approach. This is where they can be very dangerous.
Raccoons are defensive fighters and carry diseases like rabies and raccoon roundworms. Plus, they will potentially cause damage to your home and property by making a mess of outdoor garbage bins and destroying chimney caps, shutters, shingles, and vents.
Signs of Raccoons:
- Pushed over garbage cans
- Stolen contents from bird feeders or other animal food
- Holes in the yard
- Missing fish from at-home ponds, such as a koi pond
- A lack of veggies that were once in your garden or bites were taken out of home-grown produce
- Growling and shuffling noises coming from your attic or shed
Rats and Mice
If you see one scurrying through your home, there are always more. Both rats and mice reproduce at incredible rates, and infestations can happen quickly. So, it’s crucial to act as soon as possible.
Furthermore, rats and mice can cause extensive damage to your home and put you and your family at risk. Some of the common destruction these little critters may cause includes but is not limited to:
- Chewing electric wires
- Gnawing through steel, concrete, aluminum, plastics, and wood
- Stains and odors from their waste
- Consume and contaminate pantry foods and more
And if the above isn’t already a significant threat, rats and mice can also transmit disease to you and your family. Rats carry hazardous diseases, like leptospirosis, rat-bite fever, and Weil’s disease. Moreover, they are popular hosts for parasites like fleas and ticks. Mice spread salmonellosis, hantavirus, and listeria through their urine and droppings.
Signs of Rats or Mice:
- Scratching noises in the walls, attic, ceilings, and other hidden locations in the home
- Droppings behind your appliances, in the pantry, and in other spots
- Chew marks on books, pantry boxes, wiring, wood structures, and more
- Shredded insulation, construction materials, and paper products
Who doesn’t love to watch curious and busy squirrels scurrying around the yard? Many people enjoy observing these adorable creatures. That is until they cause significant damage to your property or sneak their way indoors.
The three most common squirrels in our area are ground squirrels, gray squirrels, and flying squirrels. All are capable of extreme damage, like destroying insulation, soiling surfaces with their waste, gnawing at structures and electrical wires, and digging up gardens.
Yes, they sure are as cute as can be. But don’t let their appearance fool you. Squirrels may even bite when cornered, making it vital to call on the professionals when they’ve invaded your home.
Signs of Squirrels:
- Sounds of scurrying, scratching and chewing coming from anywhere in the home, like the attic or chimney
- Gnaw marks on wires, wood structures, and walls
- Damaged air vents
- Scattered wood chips and other materials
- Squirrel droppings and urine stains
Bats aren’t usually a nuisance until they decide your attic, chimney, or crawlspace is their new cave. Unfortunately, their habitats have declined, and so have their populations. So, to make up for the loss, they’ll make their way into your home through tiny gaps and openings.
Bats can be extremely dangerous in your home and are challenging for the average person to get rid of. They are also protected in most states and have been on the Endangered Species list for many years. Therefore, it takes the expertise of a knowledgeable team to perform the humane wildlife removal method of these fascinating animals through bat exclusion.
Most people know about the diseases and damage bats can inflict. So, it’s critical you call on the professionals when you suspect a bat infestation.
Signs of Bats:
- Clicking, scratching, or popping noises occurring mainly at night
- The presence of bat droppings (guano)
- A pungent odor smelling of ammonia from their waste
- Small, greasy, and brown spots in your home or near the exterior openings where the bats come and go
- Many bats flying to and from your home at dusk and dawn
Moles aren’t typically a threat to you, your pets, and your family members. However, these unique animals will ruin your yard. If you take great pride in your carefully manicured landscape, moles are your worst nightmare! Luckily, they hardly ever enter homes or cause structural damage.
Their long and sharp claws can dig as deep as a foot in a minute. And they kill grass and other plants by separating the roots from the soil. As you may assume, they dig extensive tunnels throughout your yard.
Signs of Moles:
- Ridges in the landscape that often crisscross
- Patches of dead or discolored grass
- Molehills (raised mounds of dirt)
- Squishy areas in the yard indicating underground tunnels
A single honey bee colony can contain 10,000 to an impressive 60,000 members. This is an alarming fact if you or anyone in your home are allergic to their stings. Not to mention, their massive nests can cause significant damage to your property.
But did you know honey bees are protected? These buzzing bugs are critical to cutting-edge medical research and play a major role in pollinating flowers and essential crops. Their numbers have been in decline, making humane wildlife removal a must. Legally, you are not allowed to spray or destroy their nests. It takes an experienced pest control company to safely and effectively get rid of these dangerous yet beneficial insects.
Signs of Honey Bees:
- An increased number of bees around your home
- One or more beehives in gaps of the house’s structure, trees, bushes, garages, sheds, etc.
- Swarms of bees
- Dark spots on walls or ceilings indicate the production of honey
Trust the Expertise of the Covenant Wildlife Removal Team
If you didn’t know before, you now realize the extreme importance of caring for the animals we commonly regard as pests. So, next time you discover an infestation of any nature, give Covenant Wildlife a call for humane and safe critter removal.
We will effectively eliminate the infestation, clean up any mess left behind, and complete the repairs necessary to keep them from returning.
Reach out to Covenant Wildlife Removal and have peace of mind, knowing the creatures will be treated with respect and care as they are relocated.