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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

Woodpecker Damage and What to Do About It

Imagine this: You’re lying in bed one Sunday morning, quietly enjoying your well-deserved rest after a stressful work week. Everything is nice and peaceful. You hear your wind chimes quietly tinkle in the light morning breeze. “I love Sundays,” you think to yourself as you slowly drift back into sleep.

Then BAM!

You’re suddenly jolted into consciousness by a loud drumming sound coming from your roof. Now you’re annoyed. Your once tranquil environment is now plagued by this irritating noise.

The above scenario can happen to you if you let woodpeckers visit your home. These birds are members of the Picidae family, of which are known for their powerful beaks. As their name suggests, woodpeckers use their beaks to drum and drill on wood. Woodpecker damage can be a huge problem if left unattended.

Why Do Woodpeckers Drill Holes in Wood?

Woodpeckers drill holes in wood for the following reasons:

  • To search for food, usually insects
  • To create nests for their young
  • To make their own shelter

It should be noted, however, that woodpeckers drum on hollow wood and other hollow objects (e.g. pipes, trash cans, poles) to either inform other woodpeckers of their territory or to attract a mate.

We Offer Woodpecker Control Services

We have received phone calls from distressed home owners asking us if we can solve their woodpecker problems, and we can! Our woodpecker control methods are non-lethal, which means that we will not be killing or harming the birds. We are a humane wildlife control company, after all.

Now, there are several ways to perform woodpecker control, and what works for one client might not work for another. We will first do an initial survey to identify the cause of the problem. These birds do not like shiny materials, so we sometimes use metal or aluminium to scare them away. Other times, we may use other exclusion methods to deter the woodpeckers.

 

Repairing Woodpecker Damage

Normally, our customers will also ask us to fix the damage the animal has done.  Fortunately, woodpecker holes are generally shallow and easy to cover. Unfortunately though, a single woodpecker can create several clusters of these holes. The sizes of the holes vary. Some are mildly unnoticeable while others are of significant sizes. Below, you can see woodpecker damage pictures on one of our customer’s house:

Wood pecker repair

As you can see, the holes are quite large. This can be a problem because openings like these can attract other animals into your home. So we fixed it:

after

Our skilled workers were able to completely cover the holes, almost as if they were never there. Not only do we prevent woodpecker damage from happening again, we can also patch up the damage that has already been done.

 

Call Us!

If you value your home and your time, then woodpeckers should be the least of your concerns. Call us now and we will take care of the problems for you!

Chicago – (708) 320-0004

Indianapolis – (317) 203-6083

Northwest Indiana – (219) 464-7966

Wildlife Removal is Busy This Time of Year

Wildlife Removal Indiana
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Wildlife removal has been busy this week. Just in the last week I have removed a skunk that sprayed a dog from a yard in Highland, raccoons from an attic in Gary and tomorrow I am going to an appointment to remove raccoons that have been damaging insulation in an attic in Crown Point. I also have an appointment set for Saturday to trap moles in a yard in Valparaiso.  We also have squirrel traps in a doctors office in Valparaiso. Animals are busy this time of year getting ready for winter. Don’t let them get established or cause to much damage in an attic before calling. They can trample insulation lowering r-value, defecate and cause thousands of dollars of damage in remediation work.

Just because we specialize from removing animals from attic doesn’t mean we don’t take care of the rest. Give us a call for any skunk trapping and animal control jobs like ground hogs, skunks living under your deck or moles digging up your yard.  We would love to take care of that for you as well.

Call us for all your  wildlife removal or pest control needs today!

Wildlife Removal is Busy This Time of Year
Illiana Wildlife Services – Indianapolis
(317) 203 – 6083