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Deck Exclusion

Decks are elevated flat surfaces that are usually found in backyards. They are often used for leisure purposes, providing a nice little space for sunbathing, barbecue parties, stargazing and the like. Although decks provide homeowners with all these conveniences, they usually forget that small and medium sized animals can easily enter and nest beneath their wooden decks. Animals like skunks, squirrels, raccoons, chipmunks, opossums, and rats are frequently found hiding below decks because it provides them with a dry and relatively safe nesting place.

These small critters can become troublesome. Imagine opening your shed or looking underneath your deck and seeing small creatures running around. Disturbing, isn’t it? Luckily, we offer animal wildlife control services that can help solve even the worst deck infestations.

Avoid Removing the Animals Yourself

No matter how tempting it may be, we highly recommend that you leave the animals alone. Attempting to capture the animals without using the proper equipment can be hazardous. These animals may carry various diseases and parasites that are easily passed on to humans and household pets. If you see a small hole under your  deck, avoid digging it out. Burrowing animals, like groundhogs, become extremely defensive when their burrows are bothered.

Do not attempt to exclude the critters without first consulting professional wildlife removal experts. Adult female animals sometimes give birth under these decks. If you exclude the mother and seal up all the entry points, the babies may eventually die and rot, causing severe odours.

Deck Exclusion

Deck Exclusion Services

Before conducting the deck exclusion, we always check the entire under-deck area to identify all the critters that have taken up residence. We also look for small cracks and holes that need to be sealed or covered up.

Here at Illiana Wildlife Services, we know how to effectively capture  and remove animals without damaging your precious decks. Our company firmly believes that wildlife exclusion procedures should be done as humanely as possible. We do our best to keep the animals safe. If you want to keep your deck as critter-free as possible, contact us now!

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.

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