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Animal Damage Repair

When customers call us regarding their problem with wildlife infestations, they usually also ask us to help out with the damages left behind. In fact, the first thing that most homeowners notice are the damages caused by the animals and not the animals themselves! Larger animals, like raccoons, are actually capable of creating holes in your soffit or roof. Other types of animal damage include ruined insulation, animal feces and chewed wiring.

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Not all Damage is Physical

When we talk to our customers about the damage repair to their home, we primarily discuss three different things. The first is obviously, the physical damage as stated above. The next two dimensions to animal damage that we are concerned about are the effects to your resale value and energy efficiency. What will a prospective buyer say when their home inspector tells them that the attic has feces in it? Any time a heavy animal like a raccoon is able to spend a period of days or weeks in your attic you will see heavy trampling, damaging the R value of your insulation, resulting in higher utility bills until it has been fixed.

Animal Damage Repair

We Can Fix the Damages for You

Many insurance companies will help pay for animal damage to your home.  Whether out of pocket or through insurance, we can bring your home back to pre animal infestation condition or better!

Preventing Future Animal Infestations

It is important that no other wildlife animals are left inside the building before we seal any holes and crevices because once they get stuck inside, they will cause more damage. They could also die inside your house and eventually rot, and nobody likes a rotting animal in their home! Once we are sure that all animals have been safely excluded from your home or business establishment, we can start fixing the damage. We will tightly seal all the holes that have been caused by the animals. Larger holes may need advanced fixes, which we are also capable of fixing. Cracks and crevices can be sealed to prevent small creatures, such as bats and mice, from re-entering.

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  • Northwest Indiana – (219) 464-7966

Attic Restoration and Insurance Companies

“What to do when you’re not covered?”

Most people are surprised to find that wildlife is capable of causing as much damage as it does. Most are pleasantly surprised when we inform them that most insurance companies cover damages caused by raccoons and in some cases bats. We give them an estimate and then they come back equally saddened and tell us that their insurance company said they don’t cover it. Usually what happens is that they called their agent, instead of the claims number. Agents rarely run across animal damage and some mistakenly claim that it is not covered.

When this happens, you can look at your terms and conditions of your policy. Most insurance policies exclude domestic animals, insects, birds, and rodents. Raccoons, opossums, and bats don’t fall into any of these categories. Squirrels can cause a lot of damage in an attic but happen to be a member of the rodent family so there’s no help with squirrels.

Attic Restoration Illiana Wildlife Services
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We probably restored close to 20 attics this year for State Farm customers but just last week we had an agent tell a customer they don’t cover raccoon damage. I assured him that they do. He just needed to call his claim department instead of his agent! We have seen a couple of insurance companies stop covering damage caused by bat guano. One of the exclusions in the terms and conditions is hazardous materials and they are claiming that bat guano is a hazardous material.

I hesitate to make a comprehensive list of insurance companies that do or don’t cover wildlife damage. Most of the big ones do and a lot of the smaller ones. State Farm, Safeco, Farmers, Allstate have all been wonderful to work with for raccoons. Like I said previously, some companies were getting funny about bats. Best way to approach them is to call and ask.

Sometimes you need to advocate for yourself. It’s worth it if you do. Failure to fix the damage caused by bats and raccoons leaves you susceptible to many future problems. Raccoons can leave holes in your roof causing possible future water damage, and when they walk in your attic they trample down the insulation causing you to have a higher utility bill, set aside the fact that their urine can soak through the drywall and stain your ceilings. And, maybe one of the most important reasons but not one covered by insurance, more of an ancillary benefit is economic damage. Most people buying homes nowadays are using buyer’s inspectors. When that buyer’s inspector sticks his head in your attic and sees that a raccoon was in there, he is going to note it and you are going to wish you would have gotten it fixed earlier. At that point it may cost you the sale!

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

Attic Restoration and Insurance Companies
Illiana Wildlife Services
(317) 203 – 6083

Camby Wildlife Removal

Illiana Wildlife Services is your Camby animal trapping and wildlife pest management specialists. In fact, we serve all of Greater Indianapolis which is roughly a seven county area. We specialize in removal and control of animals in attics.  These are usually bats, raccoons, or squirrels, depending on the season. We are state licensed with the DNR for wildlife removal.

Once the critters are gone from your attic we can give you an estimate for any damage that they may have caused.  Animals can carry diseases like rabies or raccoon roundworm and that is always a concern, but usually the greater damage is due to the compaction that they do to your insulation, resulting in higher utility bills. They also can put holes in roofs or tear holes in soffit and or fascia. We fix it all. In many cases the damage caused by animals is covered by insurance.

We recently had a call in Camby because a woman had a bat flying in her home. We did an inspection and found that they did not have a bat infestation. They were glad we offered an affordable inspection rate.

Camby Wildlife Removal
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We think that the way the way we price our jobs are a great deal for the customer. We quote a “flat rate” to remove the raccoons and squirrels from your attic and make sure they can’t return. Some companies charge per animal. You don’t know how many animals are up there. Call us for pricing!

Just because we specialize from removing animals from attic doesn’t mean we don’t take care of the rest. If you have ground hogs, skunks living under your deck or moles digging up your yard give us a call.  We would love to take care of that for you as well.

Bats are more common than one may think. If you have bats in your attic you need a bat exclusion. Bats are not trapped, instead they are allowed to release themselves through the use of a one way door called a Bat cone after every opening around the house that a bat can get in is sealed up. Since there are so many styles and conditions of homes we can’t quote this one over the phone but the good thing is we offer a reasonable inspection rate!

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

Camby Wildlife Removal
Illiana Wildlife Services – Indianapolis
(317) 203 – 6083

Bats in the attic; How to deal with bats in the winter time

I just had the privilege to talk to someone on the phone about her bat problem and I have had similar conversations in the recent past so I figured it was worth a post. How do you get rid of bats? I have bats in my attic, do you remove them? I get the questions all the time. Bats are more common than you think and since the smaller bats can fit through 3/8 of an inch, most homes are susceptible to a bat infestation. I guess the answer is it depends. Keep reading to see what it depends on.

Bats are a very beneficial species. They feed off of bugs and flying insects, a large portion of them are mosquitoes. For a small animal they have a very low reproductive rate. Female bats raise one baby called a pup a year. There are some local species of bats that are endangered and bats across the country are dealing with a disease from Europe called White Nose Syndrome that is seeing massive die offs. However, just because they are beneficial does not mean that they should cohabit with people. Some bats carry rabies, parasites and their feces is a breeding ground for histoplasmosis, which is a fungal disease which when contracted has symptoms similar to pneumonia.

The most effective (and also happens to be the most humane) method of dealing with bats is to exclude them. Through the use of bat cones or valves, which are basically one way doors installed where the bats are entering and exiting a building, bats are “excluded.” No human needs to touch a bat, making this safe. It is also humane as no bats are injured or killed in the process. They simply leave and when they return are unable to get back in so they go find some place else to live.

Bats in the attic
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Now back to dealing with bats in the wintertime. Bats hibernate during the winter. For exclusion to be effective it requires the bats to leave and for them to not be able to come back, but they are not leaving they are sleeping. Potentially, there could be a warm up where the bats do become active and may become excluded but in the middle of winter, with no insect supply and no protection from the elements they would starve or freeze to death. Between the ineffectiveness of exclusion during the winter and the lethality of the exclusion process during the winter time if it does work, it is just a better practice to wait until spring time. While it is not illegal to exclude bats during the winter it is unethical. As a side note, most states do have a blackout period during the summer time when mothers are raising pups that it is illegal to exclude bats.

Most people are unaware that they may have lived with bats in their attic for months. A few more weeks until springtime won’t hurt as long as they are not entering living space where humans are. If you do find a bat in your living space call us for a bat control wildlife professional who can remove it and set it free or get it tested for rabies depending on the situation. While a bat set free will probably die, when the safety of people are concerned it is an acceptable loss.

Get rid of bats immediately. If you do hear scratching and think you may have bats in the attic you can call us. We will come out, do an inspection and verify that it is bats and not a squirrel or raccoon. If it is bats we can answer any questions you might have, make a game plan and schedule you for this spring. Our number is 219-464-7966 in Indiana and 708-320-0004 in Illinois.

Bats in the attic; How to deal with bats in the winter time
Illiana Wildlife Services – Indianapolis
(317) 203 – 6083

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 too 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 in removing animals from attics 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