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Animal Proofing

Here at Illiana Wildlife Removal Services, we make animal proofing easy, convenient, and affordable for our customers. You may be wondering what animal proofing really means. Basically, animal proofing your home means that you prevent any kinds of wildlife from gaining access to your property. “Prevention is better than cure”, which is why many home and business owners prefer animal proofing over other methods of animal control. Although animal trapping and other forms of critter removal methods are effective, animal proofing is a great way to prevent wildlife-related issues that may happen in the future.

How Animal Proofing is Done

One important thing that we always keep in mind when conducting animal proofing is to make sure that we see the world through the eyes of an animal. It may sound silly but once you start to think about it, it is actually a smart strategy. We will conduct a thorough inspection of your property and look for things that could potentially attract unwanted animals such as skunks, raccoons, rats, beavers, etc. We will analyze your property intensively, from looking for holes under your decks to cutting off tree branches hanging on top of your roofs (some animals, like raccoons, are smart enough to climb trees to gain access to your chimney). We often look for food sources like trash bins and vegetable gardens, these things can attract animals like magnets.

Animal Proofing
Animal Proofing

Sealing Cracks and Holes

Once we have found all the possible factors that can attract animals, we start removing things that we can remove. We will also check the entire building for any animals that may have gotten inside, if any animal is found, humane animal removal methods will be used. Once we are 100% sure that no animal is hiding inside the building, we will start sealing the cracks and crevices. Cracks as small as one fourth of an inch can still cause trouble because bats small bats and mice can squeeze through them. We can also cover larger holes.

Importance of Animal Proofing

Our company offers various animal control services, all of which are perfectly safe and humane, but we still believe that animal proofing is one of the best methods that we can offer. Once animals have entered your home without you noticing, you are exposing yourself, your family, and your pets to various health hazards. Trying to conduct animal proofing without using the right equipment and insufficient knowledge can just waste your time and may even cause more problems in the future. It would be best to contact professional wildlife removal experts to perform these kinds of procedures. For inquiries regarding animal proofing, contact Illiana Wildlife Removal Services now!

Skunk Removal

Now serving Greater Chicagoland, Northwest Indiana and Greater Indianapolis

Skunk Removal
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Chicago – (708)-320-0004

Northwest Indiana – (219) 464-7966

Indianapolis – (317) 203-6083

Affordable, Humane Skunk Removal

We do every skunk related service you would expect from a wildlife control company that does skunks. We remove skunk odor. We clean up damage by skunks and can help prevent future conflicts with skunks by habitat modification. We trap skunks and capture skunks. We can even catch a rabies suspect skunk and find out of it has skunk rabies. We can install deck barriers to prevent them from living in your yard.

About Skunks

Skunks are average-sized mammals that can range from 15.6 inches (40 centimetres) to 37 inches (94 centimetres) in length and, depending on the species, can weigh from 1.1 pounds (0.50 kilograms) to 18 pounds (8.2 kilograms). Their bodies are elongated and they have very short, muscular legs. Their front paws have long claws which they usually use to dig burrows.

A healthy skunk is a very gentle animal. The skunk has only one form of self defense and that is its ability to spray a noxious offending smell. This pungent spray is a highly effective defense mechanism against the skunk’s natural predators. In fact, the smell is strong enough to scare away large bears. The oily, yellowish-colored spray comes out of the two glands that are located near the animal’s anus. Many people believe that skunk spray is infinite and that skunk’s can release the smelly liquid at any given time. This is not true. Skunks need time to produce this liquid, and they can also run out if they spray it too much or too often. They can spray this liquid to about ten feet or three meters away, enough to scare away any potential predator lurking nearby. When the oily spray is mixed with water, its smell becomes even more offensive. Attempting to wash it off can only make the situation worse.

Skunk spray poses no real, life-threatening danger. It can, however, make the animal or human extremely uncomfortable and smelly. The compound can also burn your eyes and cause animals and humans to vomit. The smell can stay for several days and any attempts at washing it off can seem futile.

Skunk Bites

Healthy skunks rarely bite humans. There are cases when domesticated skunks bite humans because their spray glands have been surgically removed, but this rarely happens. Skunk bites mostly happen if the animal is infected with rabies. In 2006, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have recorded 1,494 cases of rabies-infected skunks.

Skunk Breeding

Unlike beavers, skunks are polygynous. This means that males have multiple breeding partners all throughout their lives and they can also mate with several females. Female skunks normally have a 66-day gestation period. They give birth usually during the month of May. Baby skunks are born without eyesight and they are also born deaf. They are covered in a smooth, soft, and fine layer of fur. Their eyes will open after three weeks after birth. Their mother takes care of the kits for about two months. After that, they can still stay with their mothers for about one year until they are ready to mate with their own species.

Social Structure and Behavior

Skunks are solitary animals and will only seek other skunks when it is already time for breeding, although if the weather is too cold, female skunks gather together for warmth. Males generally prefer to nest on their own.

Unlike groundhogs, they do not undergo “true” hibernation. This means that although they nest inside their burrows or other structures throughout the winter, they do not experience “torpor”. They just remain inactive and rarely go outside to look for food.

Skunks have poor eyesight, which is why they prone to road accidents as they cannot sense fast approaching vehicles. They can only see up to 3 meters (10 feet) away. Although they have poor vision, they make up for it by developing a good sense of hearing and smell.

These animals are usually found living inside underground burrows which have been left behind by other burrowing animals, such as groundhogs and beavers. They are also found living inside old buildings and hollowed-out tree logs. In places with extremely cold winter seasons, skunks will nest inside these structures until the weather becomes a little warmer.

Skunk Diet

Like humans, skunks are omnivores. They eat plant and animal materials and they can change their diet depending on the season. Their diet mostly consists of the following: earthworms, lizards, moles, birds, eggs, small rodents, salamanders, snakes, grass, nuts, seeds, leaves, berries, and other types of fruits.

Skunks have been seen rummaging through garbage cans. They are great scavengers and can live off of bird and rodent carcasses which have been killed by other animals such as cats and dogs. Pet owners usually complain about missing pet food or damaged pet food containers. This can sometimes be caused by skunks which have found their way inside houses.

Skunks can be caught easily in a cage trap. The question is what to do with one once it is caught. We are pretty good at removing skunks without any further spraying. Once a skunk is caught in a trap try to keep the skunk quiet by keeping all pets, children and well everyone away until the trap and skunk are removed. Often times people attempting to catch a raccoon or cat in a live trap are surprised to find a skunk in their trap. If that happens to you and you don’t know what to do call us and we can remove the skunk and handle according to state laws.

Skunks tend to be a seasonal nuisance. In the fall they often dig up grubs in your yard as they try to build fat reserves for the winter.  The other busy time seems to be after the baby skunks are able to leave the den and feed on their own.

Get rid of skunks and call us for all your animal control needs today!

There’s a Dead Animal inside My House

Dead animal removal
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After working in the animal control industry for several years, I have received calls that usually start with the following line: “I think there’s a dead animal inside my house.” I have also learned that animals, specifically rodents, are great at doing two things: gnawing and dying. On this blog post we will be talking about the latter.

I always emphasize the importance of catching any type of animal infestation during its early stages. Stopping a small problem is always easier than trying to mitigate a large one. When I conduct an inspection and see an extensive amount of animal damage done inside my customers’ walls and attics, I always wonder how and why they let such problem go out of hand.

But then I realize that not all animal infestations are noticeable. That is, until the animal (or animals, if you’re a bit unlucky) start to die and rot. I am certain that nobody, not even the animal care and control professionals, can get used to the smell of a rotting carcass. It stinks. It really does. So I can totally understand the frustration that my customers experience when dealing with the unbearable smell of a dead animal inside their homes.

Why Are Animals Dying Inside My House?

A sick animal on the verge of death usually crawls inside an area that is partially or completely covered. Your attic, walls, or under-decks fall under this category. Some people may set animal traps and completely forget about it until the horrible stench reminds them again. Other times, the animal simply gets stuck inside the house and starves to death.

How Do You Remove the Animals?

Our methods of removing a dead animal are quite simple but not necessarily easy. All we do is basically follow our nose. We may have to cut some holes in our clients’ walls and we may also find a colony of animals in the process, but we make sure to remove the source of the smell. Once located, we pick up the carcass, seal it in a bag, and properly dispose of it. We can also clean the surrounding area where the dead animal was found.

Can I Prevent This From Happening Again?

Of course! If you want to prevent animals from dying inside your house, then make sure to completely cover up any hole and opening. Stop unintentionally inviting wildlife critters by securing or eliminating their food sources near your homes. This includes trash cans, leftover pet food, and etc.

If a dead animal is keeping your home from smelling fresh, you can always call us. We can definitely remove animals, either dead or alive, from your home.

  • Chicago – (708) 320-0004
  • Indianapolis – (317) 203-6083
  • Northwest Indiana – (219) 464-7966

What to Do When You See a Skunk

Skunks, although calm and non-threatening animals, are one of the most avoided animals in America. These animals live in all of the 50 American states and once in a while, they may be seen wandering around public and residential areas. These small, furry animals may not be as dangerous as bears or snakes but they have the ability to make your entire home smell horrendous for weeks. Here, we will list down tips on what to do when you (unfortunately) run into a skunk:

  1. Do your best to avoid the animal – skunks are nocturnal animals, which simply mean that they are more active at night. If you think that a skunk is lurking around, just try to avoid doing outdoor activities after dark so you can minimize the risk of running into one. Skunk removal experts recommend that you walk your dog before the sun comes down to avoid any encounters.
  2. Do not threaten the skunk – skunks only spray when they feel threatened. If you run into a skunk, do not try to go near it nor should you attempt to kill it. The best course of action when you find yourself in this situation is to simply back away as slowly and as quietly as possible. Any sudden movements and loud noises can easily startle the skunk. Skunks may occasionally approach people simply because they can’t see them. These critters are extremely near-sighted so they may not see you when you’re far away. If a skunk is approaching you, try talking in a low voice, this makes the skunk aware of your presence and may actually make it walk away.
  3. Notice the signs of a threatened skunk – before spraying, skunks will usually prepare by raising its tail, exposing its spraying glands. It will stomp its front legs on the ground while facing away from you. If you see these signs, again, try to back away slowly and quietly.
  4. Call wildlife removal experts – If a skunk has entered you property, do everything you can to avoid it until wild animal removal services Do not attempt to scare it off or you may increase the risk of getting sprayed.
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As with all kinds of wild animal encounters, it is always best to consult wildlife exclusion and removal professionals. DIY skunk repellents and other methods of skunk removal may be ineffective if done without using the proper equipment.

For any problems regarding skunks and other wild animals, feel free to call us and we will gladly help.

What to Do When You See a Skunk
Illiana Wildlife Services – Northwest Indiana
(219) 464 – 7966

Valparaiso Bat Removal

Bats are flying mammals which are mostly found all over the world. They cannot see colors so they usually rely on their “radar” system to find their way around and navigate through the hurdles during their night flight since they are nocturnal animals. In order for bats to survive, they need to eat mosquitoes, wasps, flies, beetles, or moths, for some species are considered as insectivores, while other bat species feed on fruits and some depend on nectar and pollen for food. Like many other animals, they also drink water.

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Caves and the hollows of trees are what they use as shelter and what invite a large number of bats. Since they are not capable of boring holes and building their own place for roosting, they usually take up residence in unused buildings and in your attics especially that wild spaces and forests nowadays have already been taken over for urban development.

When bats are discovered to have accessed your house, make sure you contact the right persons who deliver the right solution. Solving this problem on your own may not be effective and may even worsen your problem. With the service provided by Valparaiso bat removal specialists – excellent and affordable, you would never have to worry about bats again.

Bats, with their sharp fangs, scary appearance, and nocturnal expedition, have always been associated with creepy stories and many other horror tales. Whether the stories that you heard about these mysterious animals are only myth or not, the fact is that you don’t want them to literally share home with you. Contact the experts of bat removal in Valparaiso to solve this problem.

Bats building a home in your own home will not only disturb you with their squeaking and scratching noises but will also expose you to countless health hazards. Do not tolerate bats any longer than the very moment you discover that they are present at home. Immediately seek the help of bat removal Valparaiso experts who are always ready and available.

Get rid of bats today and call us for all your animal control needs!

Valparaiso Bat Removal
Illiana Wildlife Services – Indianapolis (Central Indiana)
(317) 203 – 6083

Hendricks County Wildlife Removal

Ah, wildlife animals in your attic? If you have this problem, hiring a Hendricks county wildlife removal service is what you should do. Animals like bats, squirrels, rodents and raccoons are not usually dangerous but when they are living in your attic, you may want to be concerned. Their presences results in damage covering your insulation, electrical wiring, ceiling, roof and all what is placed in the attic. Professionals at Illiana Wildlife Services should be sought for animals like raccoon removal in Hendricks County.

When season changes, there is the risk of wildlife animals getting into your attic. If you hear noise in your attic in the morning, there is a good chance that your attic is compromised, and that there are animals in the attic that need to be taken care of. Animals themselves and their feces cause a whole host of other problems, such as diseases.  

Hendricks County Wildlife Removal
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Bit by bit, your attic turns into a place filled with animal feces and animurine. According to doctors, if your wound is exposed to a raccoon or bat with rabies, you are at a much higher risk of contracting the same disease. 

Our trained staff members use special traps designed to trap wild animals in attics, yards, lawns and gardens. We also deal with snakes, moles and skunks that damage your garden or lawn if left unhandled. We repair damaged roofs, ceilings and insulation after the wildlife removal in Hendricks County in your house.

So, if you hire our wildlife specialists, we will take care of everything. Your attic will be safe from these animals for evermore because will seal up all openings in your roof and windows to stop the animals from falling in. Illiana Wildlife Removal Hendricks County is also your best solution to animal control and wildlife pest exclusion as far as quality of services and cost is concerned. You will enjoy a flat rate for all our services whether you want to get 5 animals removed or 30 animals removed.

And there is more to it! We offer an intensive inspection of your property to give you an idea of how worse the problem is and how much you would need to pay for the service. So, give us a ring today to schedule the inspection. We will come over on the scheduled day.

 Hendricks County Wildlife Removal
Illiana Wildlife Services – Indianapolis (Central Indiana)
(317) 203 – 6083

Hamilton County Wildlife Removal

Illiana Wildlife Services’ animal control pros should be called in if you have a raccoon problem in your attic. Our pros clean up attics and remove all sorts of animals from attics ranging from raccoons, mice, squirrels, bats to snakes. Raccoons with diseases like rabies can contaminate the food in your house and damage your attic and whatever is stored in it. You should protect your kids, house and pets from these animals in the attic by calling our pros for Hamilton County wildlife removal.

 

Raccoons find a way into your attic by tearing up holes in the roof or they get in the gaps left in your windows and roof. The damage starts from your roof and then they cause damage to your ceiling, insulation, electrical wirings and different things stored in the attic.

 

Hamilton County Wildlife Removal
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Since these animals don’t go out to urine or defecate, your attic is used by them as toilet. This accumulates a pile of feces in this place which sometimes becomes dangerous if the animals have diseases like rabies.

 

You can call us for an inspection. We will inspect your house and attic thoroughly, catch the living or dead animals and transfer them to a distant location. Our hardworking, trained staff can also take care of any moles or skunks residing in your yard, law or garden. So, we offer squirrel removal, bat removal, raccoon removal and wildlife pest management services in Hamilton county. After our staff is done with the cleanup and wildlife removal Hamilton County, they will perform any attic repair Hamilton County for the same price.

 

At the end, we will close any gaps in windows or your roof or walls to make certain you won’t see those animals get in your house through them down the road. Check the following numbers and call us to run an inspection on your structure.

 

 Hamilton County Wildlife Removal
Illiana Wildlife Services – Indianapolis
(317) 203 – 6083

 

Will County Wildlife Removal

If you have those troublesome animals in your attic, then you may want to call Illiana Wildlife Services for help in Will County. The company specializes wildlife pest exclusion and removal of animals from attics in addition to perform the cleaning and restoration services of the attics. Animals that could be found in attics include squirrels, bats, and raccoons based on the season. Once we are done with removing the animals, we will let you know how much damage they caused.

Animals in your attic can cause diseases if they are not removed from your house. Common diseases they may cause include raccoon roundworm and rabies. Apart from health problems, they can damage your insulation. As a result, you will end up paying higher utility bills. At times, they go a bit farther and tear holes in the ceiling and roofs. Illiana Wildlife Services can remove wildlife in the attic and can perform attic restoration in Will County as well. And the good news is that the damage caused by the wildlife is insured.

Will County Wildlife Removal
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Our services charges are quite reasonable; we offer a fixed rate for wildlife removal from your attic. We also use preventive measures to make sure your attic doesn’t get infested with wildlife animals in the future. You may have heard that some Will County wildlife removal companies charge more based on the number of animals found in the attic, but you of course cannot figure out how many animals there would be. Therefore, you may want to give us a call for an inspection.

One more thing: our services are not limited to animal control from your attic. If your house is infested with skunks, hogs, bats and moles, let us rid your house of them for you. We can take care of them too. Since each home is different and the type of animals is also different based on season, we cannot give you exact quote over the phone. So, you can call us for an inspection of your house. If you are on the lookout of a wildlife removal company for attic restoration in Will County, you are on the right page.

Pick up your phone and dial our number for Will County wildlife removal and attic restoration. We will get to your house for an inspection ASAP.

Will County Wildlife Removal
Illiana Wildlife Services – Chicagoland
(708) 320 – 0004

Raccoon Removal in Will County

Have you got those nasty animals called raccoon in your attic? If you often hear walking, scratching or scampering noises in your attic, then there is a good chance that the place is infested with raccoons. These animals can cause a good deal of damage to your house in addition to health problems. Let us find out what problems they can cause and what you can do to rid your house of them.

Damage Caused By Raccoons

For bedding material, raccoons can shred wallpapers, roof, insulation around the pipes, and vent ducts. At times, they take it to the next level and end up destroying and tearing all the cooling systems, fans and wooden beams.

Raccoon Removal in Will County
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In worse situations, you can actually see them falling down into your home through the ceiling. At times, raccoons end up killing themselves while chewing electrical wires; theodor that comes out of their dead bodies lying in a less visible area in your house is terribly unpleasant.  Since they spend a good deal of time in the attic, they urinate and defecate in the same place, which makes the attic extremely stinky.

Health Risks Posed By Raccoons

Raccoon droppings in the attic may cause your family a number of diseases, such as raccoon roundworm, rabies and distemper. Raccoon roundworm is dangerous and infects humans.

Water or food contaminated with raccoon excrement can cause diarrhea if consumed. Aside from this, raccoon droppings host a lot of parasites like fleas and lice. If you notice your pets scratching themselves all the time, then chances are that they have fleas on them.

What Can You Do For Raccoon Removal In Will County?

You can see how problematic raccoons residing in your attic can be. To protect your house and family from raccoons, you may want to get them off your attic. For this, you can go for raccoon repellents and traps, but oftentimes, these methods don’t seem to be effective.

If you cannot get rid of raccoons on your own, you can hire a Will County raccoon removal and animal control company to remove them and clean your attic. Before you hire one, search for the best wildlife removal Chicago has to offer and make sure they use proper traps to catch the animals aside from making arrangements so that raccoons don’t get into your attic again. For an inspection, visit http://illianawildlifeservices.com/ and give us a call.

Raccoon Removal in Will County
Illiana Wildlife Services – Chicagoland
(708) 320 – 0004

Greenwood Indiana: The City of Pride

Basic Information

Greenwood

Located in Johnson County, Greenwood is a city in Indiana, United States, with a population of 53,665 (based on the 2013 census). With a total land area of 21.23 square miles, Greenwood was touted to be the most populous suburb in the south Indianapolis Metropolitan Area.Having two zip codes, 46142 and 46143, it is located between Interstate 65 and Indiana State Road 37.

Getting an average of 41 inches of rain and 17 inches of snow per year, Greenwood IN, has a total of 183 sunny days on average.

 Greenwood Indiana History

Greenwood

Under Indiana law in 1864, Greenwood was incorporated as a town and became a fifth-class city in 1960. Greenwood was originally named as Greenfield in 1825 but since another Greenfield already exists in Hancock County, it was changed to Greenwood soon after.

The first dwellers in Greenwood were Delaware Indians but they were wiped out of the area in 1813 by the Kentucky and Indiana militias. It was first known as the “Smocktown” before it became Greenfield in 1825.

Recreation: Unwind and De-stress in Greenwood Indiana

Greenwood Community Center

Greenwood commuity centerSeated next to the Greenwood Police Department, Greenwood Community Center is a multi-use facility along 100 Surina Way. Members can use the gymnasium for Open Play Volleyball while non-members can pay the daily fee to do so.

Greenwood Park Mall

Greenwood park mall

Located along U.S. Highway 31, Greenwood Park Mall is a primary destination for locals and tourists alike who like to shop all year round. With more than 140 stores, Greenwood Park Mall is the fourth largest shopping mall located in Indiana.

Owned and operated by Simon Property Group, the mall sits on an 87-acre land and has been serving Greenwood since 1966. The recent major renovation in 2007 added a lifestyle center component in the said mall.

 Greenwood Community Garden

Greenwood community garden

Love gardening? Greenwood Community Garden lets you rent a 20-foot by 20-foot plot for the season. Members, residents, and non-residents are all welcomed to rent plots.

Four Paws Dog Park

dog park

Want to walk your dog? Greenwood has a perfect place for you.  The Four Paws Dog Park is located at the University Park community and is open 365 days a year. Owners must first register their dogs at the Greenwood Community Center mentioned above and pay the annual registration fee or a one-time entry. Best to bring your veterinarian records with you upon registration.

 Other Greenwood Indiana Parks

 Education

Greenwood puts great emphasis on education to raise outstanding future community leaders by maintaining two public school corporations namely: Greenwood Community School Corporation, and Center Grove Community School Corporation.

Below is a list of some Greenwood Indiana schools:

High School

  • Greenwood Community High School
  • Center Grove High School

Middle School

  • Greenwood Community Middle School
  • Center Grove Middle School Central
  • Center Grove Middle School North

Elementary Schools

  • Southwest Elementary School
  • Northeast Elementary School
  • V.O. Isom Elementary School
  • Westwood Elementary School
  • Center Grove Elementary School
  • North Grove Middle School
  • Pleasant Grove Middle School
  • Sugar Grove Middle School
  • Maple Grove Middle School

 Wildlife

When wildlife causes economic damage or poses a health concern it is time to remove them.There are various establishments that take care of wildlife removal in Greenwood Indiana and among the top companies offering animal control and pest solutions is the Illiana Wildlife Services.

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Other services offered include attic cleanup, attic restoration, bat removal, squirrel removal, bird control, animal damage repair, beaver trapping, chipmunk removal, coyote trapping, ground hog removal, mole trapping, raccoon removal, rodent removal, skunk removal, snake removal, and dead animal removal.

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Got problems in your attic? Contact Illiana Wildlife Services now (317)-203-6083 and transact with a one-stop shop that can solve all of your problems at once! You can also email us at: illianawildlife@gmail.com.

 

 

Greenwood Indiana: The City of Pride
Illiana Wildlife Services – Indianapolis
(317) 203 – 6083