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Geese Removal

Now Serving Greater Chicagoland, Northwest Indiana and Greater Indianapolis

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Chicago – (708)-320-0004

Northwest Indiana – (219) 464-7966

Indianapolis – (317) 203-6083

Licensed for Waterfowl Removal in Indiana

Waterfowl, birds that are typically found in or near water, are federally regulated because they are migratory (crossing state lines) but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be controlled. It just means that there is more paperwork involved. We can walk you through and help you fill out the necessary permits.

Geese Control and Removal

Tired of scaring unwanted geese off of your property? Do repellents, deterrents, and decoys seem ineffective? Geese are generally challenging to control and remove. So, it is practical to let a geese control and removal expert handle this tough job.

Have you ever wondered why you see flocks of geese on your property year-round? It’s because they can adapt to different surroundings. They can even get comfortable in an environment with big crowds, playing children and loud noises. Being herbivores, geese are most attracted to secured areas with an abundant supply of food and freshwater, green, manicured grasses, potential nesting sites, and those with few predators.

In fact, planter boxes are becoming their nesting sites of choice. Geese are exceedingly aggressive, posting sentinels at their nesting and feeding sites. Most of the time, defense of their “territories” can lead to serious injury to people or pets who venture closely.

At Illiana Wildlife Services, it is our mission to provide you the most effective, humane and eco-friendly Indiana goose control service possible. We utilize special techniques for efficient and long-lasting results while putting the biological and behavioral aspects of goose activity in mind for ignoring these factors will likely not solve the problem.

Our geese control and removal process usually involves the following:

  • Removal of aggressive nesting pair
  • Bird round ups
  • Nest destruction

Just contact us and we can provide you a custom geese control management program based on your specific requirements.

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Geese Damage and Diseases

Geese are valuable natural resources but their population explosion has generated a serious problem to many business owners and homeowners associations. Geese are considered nuisance birds if they reside in the wrong areas. They can cause damage to agricultural crops through trampling or consumption. They also cause aesthetic damage to parks, playgrounds, golf courses, soccer fields, parking lots, school premises, and other establishments.

Another big issue are geese droppings; geese leave large quantities of feces, which can be challenging to clean up. As a matter of fact, a single goose can defecate up to 1.5 pounds of feces every 20 minutes daily. Did you know that geese are also a health hazard? Yes, their droppings contains a wide array of pathogens (Salmonella, Campylobacter, Escherichia coli, Listeria, and Chlamydia) and parasites (Cryptosporidium, Giardia, and Toxoplasmosis) that can infect humans.

Apart from the pollution they cause to reservoirs and ponds, their droppings can also increase the risk of personal injury resulting from falls as people especially kids lose footing on the slippery manure. Another threat is air safety. Geese are one of the main birds involved in airline bird strikes worldwide.

With that said, getting rid of these birds promptly is critical due to the negative impact they can cause to the health, outdoor structures and day-to-day operation of your  business.

Call the geese control and removal experts at Illiana Wildlife Services for an assessment. We will visit your site and assess your needs free of charge. Allow us to make your property as goose free as possible.

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Squirrel Removal

Now serving Greater Chicagoland, Northwest Indiana and Greater Indianapolis

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Chicago – (708)-320-0004

Northwest Indiana – (219) 464-7966

Indianapolis – (317) 203-6083

Squirrel Removal

North West Indiana is the home of many squirrel species: Eastern Gray Squirrel, Eastern Fox Squirrel, Northern Flying Squirrel and the Southern Flying Squirrel and home to the ground squirrels: The Eastern Chipmunk and the Thirteen Lined Ground Squirrel.

Eastern chipmunks are quite small, from head to the tip of the tail, it has an average length of 30 centimetres or 12 inches and can weigh anywhere between 66 to 150 grams. Its torso is covered in fur that has a coppery-brown color and has five black-brown striped markings on its back. The fur covering its bushy tail is darker than the fur covering its body. It also has beige-colored markings on its face that runs through its whiskers up to its ears.

Thirteen Lined Ground Squirrel have a very unique appearance. These tiny mammals got their name from the thirteen brown and white lines that run along its back. Some of these lines are broken into shorter lines that look like spots. They are diurnal animals, which means that they are more active during the day. Around the end of summer, these squirrels will start to prepare for the cold winter. They will start eating ravenously in order to store as much fat reserves as they can. This keep the animal warm and also provides it with some of the necessary nutrients. The arrival of winter signals the beginning of their hibernation period. They will then enter their nest or burrow, curl up into a tight ball, and sleep all throughout the season. Its breathing rate drops from 100-200 breaths a minute to about 1 breath in every 5 minutes. This technique helps save the animal’s energy and fat reserves. The ground squirrel will leave its nest around March or April, when the weather is already warm enough. Trapping an adult squirrel can also pose another threat. Adult female squirrels may sometimes give birth inside attics, they may even nest inside until their babies are old enough to handle themselves. If you accidentally trap a mother squirrel, the babies may still be left inside. Without their mother, these babies almost have a zero percent chance of survival. Now, I’m pretty sure that nobody wants to have dead baby squirrels (or dead animals in general) stuck inside their homes. This can stink up your whole house and may cause some serious health problems if not handled properly.

We have caught gray squirrels in attics and flying squirrels in attics. Ground squirrels and chipmunks each have their own distinctive damage traits based on their burrowing activities. Often we see them entering the home behind some siding at ground level and making their way up into the walls or attic.

The ground squirrel’s burrow can be 15 feet (4.6 metres) to 20 feet (6.1 metres) deep. This burrow can have several entrances and tunnels. The biggest part of the burrow is located not so deep underground, just about two feet below the entrance, but the deeper areas are used for hibernation purposes.

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These burrowing squirrels may not cause too much problem in urbanized areas but they are considered a significant nuisance in farms, gardens, and suburban areas. They can damage your plants, they can eat your fruits and vegetables, and their burrows will look unsightly in your perfect, lush green lawn. Farmers and gardeners despise these creatures because they usually dig up freshly planted seeds and flower buds. Crops and pastures can also be extensively damaged, especially if the number of squirrels are high.

The squirrels’ diet mostly consists of the following: seeds, grains, corn, crickets, grasshoppers, nuts, grass, weeds, berries, and caterpillars. Although these animals, especially the Thirteen Lined Ground Squirrel, have been documented by scientists having predator-like behaviour. These squirrels have been seen attacking and eating young chickens, birds, and they have even been cases where they are seen killing and eating small snakes.

Squirrel Damage

Squirrels can chew through any exposed wooden surfaces to gain entry into your home or attic. For you do it yourselfers, squirrels can be caught in a live trap by putting some peanut butter on some nuts. We, however, do not recommend this. Trapping the animal yourself can be dangerous to both you and the squirrel. Most of the time, the squirrel will just escape, or they may even be harmed in the process. They may be small, but they also have very strong jaws and sharp teeth. They can easily bite through your hand if you aren’t doing it properly, so try to avoid handling the squirrels as much as you can. It is always better to let trained professionals handle these kinds of situations.

It is interesting to note that squirrels are a member of the rodent family. They chew to wear down their continuously growing front teeth. This gnawing can be very destructive to the exterior of your home and once they get inside they have been known to chew on electrical wires. Don’t live with a potential fire hazard in your attic. Squirrels will often create small holes in your walls and ceilings, these holes can be the perfect entrances for bats, raccoons, flies, and other animals.

Squirrel Diseases

People may not be generally aware of it, but squirrels may carry several diseases that are harmful to humans. The diseases which they usually carry are: rabies, tick fever, and powassan virus encephalitis. As a rule, do not attempt to go near a squirrel that are not afraid of humans, this can be a sign of rabies.

The hardest part about catching squirrels is usually the heights at which one has to work. We have the ladders and the traps to get the job done. When we are called to a squirrel job we like to do a full inspection. Once we understand where the animal is entering the home we set our traps near the hole and remove the squirrels. Then we seal the hole so that no more can get in. Get rid of squirrels  and call us for all your squirrel control needs today!

Raccoon Removal

Now serving Greater Chicagoland, Northwest Indiana and Greater Indianapolis

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Chicago – (708)-320-0004

Northwest Indiana – (219) 464-7966

Indianapolis – (317) 203-6083

Affordable, Humane Raccoon Removal

We do raccoon removal almost every single day. They are probably the most destructive wildlife that we deal with. They are also adaptive to urban environments and very smart. Raccoons do not make good neighbors or tenants of your home. If you see raccoons near your home call us. Most raccoon problems are because some type of food, water or shelter source that is attractive to them.

Raccoons are wild animals and if given the opportunity, they can destroy everything inside your house. Our company have received lots of calls from devastated home and business owners, saying that raccoons have been destroying their attics and no matter what they do, the raccoons just kept coming back. We have seen attics that have been completely wrecked by these animals, and it was not a pretty sight. Raccoon latrine, scratched floors, holes in walls, and ravaged insulation are just few of the damages that a single raccoon can cause. Trying to trap them without the proper training and equipment can be dangerous and can even backfire. It is always better to call in a trained professional for all types of raccoon problems.

Raccoons do one thing well and that’s raccoon damage. No other nuisance wildlife has damage skills like the raccoon. Opossums and squirrels are sometimes blamed for damage caused by raccoons. Raccoons have thumb like appendages that allow them to grasp, grip and tear things apart. They are considered to be one of the most dexterous mammals in the world because of their ability to use their front paws for a wide variety of tasks. Their agile front paws act like hands that can be used to open doors, carry small food items, open container lids, and move things from one place to another. Raccoons have a very sensitive sense of touch which has proven to be especially useful when they are hunting for food. There have been instances where raccoons are seen wetting their hands with water. This is believed to make their hands much more sensitive. Many people believe that raccoons wash their food before eating them. This is a false belief. While it is true that raccoons dip their hands in water before eating, they aren’t doing it for sanitary reasons. Instead, raccoons are actually gathering more information about the food item that they’re holding. Almost two-thirds of sensory information comes from the raccoons sense of touch, so basically, the raccoon is “seeing” the food much better when its hands are dipped in water.

They are good at problem solving. If they want in your attic they will find a way. Raccoons can grab, chew, remove, and steal about anything. They are naturally curious and highly intelligent animals that will do everything they can to find food. Homeowners are often surprised to find raccoons running around inside their house even after closing all doors and windows. They didn’t realize that the raccoons have the ability to create holes in damaged wooden walls, or that raccoons can actually find their way inside by climbing through their uncapped chimneys. Raccoons love pet doors. If you have raccoons in your fireplace or raccoons in your chimney you may need a new chimney cap installed.

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Like humans, raccoons are omnivores. This means that they can eat both plant and animal materials. Their diet usually consists of crayfish, fruits, seeds, insects, eggs, berries, leftover human food, and other garbage scraps. Raccoons have learned to adapt in urban and suburban environments, where there is an abundance in food scraps. Residents will usually see raccoons rummaging through their uncovered waste bins during the night.

We are often asked if there are any commercial products out there that deter raccoons. We have been in multiple attics where people have tried mothballs, ammonia soaked rags and coyote urine. Guess what, they still had raccoons. So no, there are no commercial deterrents that work. Once they have gotten inside your attic the only effective means of control is trapping.

Two peak times where raccoons are looking to break into attics are springtime when the mothers are looking for safe places to raise their babies and winter when they are trying to find someplace warm. The raccoon’s mating season occurs between the months of January ad June. Female raccoons start breeding one year after they are born. Their gestation or pregnancy period normally lasts 65 days. The female raccoon can give birth to 1 to 7 litters. The kits will be weaned by their mothers for about 8 to 10 weeks, but they will live with their mothers for one more year, then they’ll eventually live on their own. Male raccoons don’t help in raising the kits.  Raccoons don’t truly hibernate but in cold or bad weather will sleep it off for a few days at a time. During the winter, raccoons become inactive and enter the state called “torpor” wherein they will curl up and sleep for days, sometimes even weeks. This technique greatly reduces the raccoon’s body temperature and saves up its energy reserves. Blood sugar drops down as a result of increased insulin production in the raccoon’s bloodstream. If the temperature drops, the raccoon may wake up and walk around to try and search for food. Torpor only happens to raccoons living in cold areas, those living in warm areas may not experience this.

During summer through autumn, raccoons will voraciously eat in order to store up some fat. This fat will help them survive through the cold winter months when the food is scarce and the weather is too harsh. They store their fat mostly on their tails. The raccoon can stay warm by wrapping its tail around its body. Raccoons can lose up to 14 to 50 percent of their body fat during the winter, depending on the scarcity of food and the winter’s severity. Body fat is essential for their survival and without it, they will probably die from the cold and from lack of nutrition.

When you call us with a raccoon problem we like to do a full inspection. We will make you aware of any damage to your home caused by the raccoons. We then create a plan to remove them which usually includes the use of humane cage traps. Once the raccoons are removed we advise how to prevent them from returning.

We also repair damage caused by raccoons. Whether they chewed a hole through your roof or soffit or ruined the insulation in your attic; we can work with you or your insurance company to repair the damage caused by the raccoons.

Pricing

When dealing with raccoons we offer two different types of pricing depending on the situation you are dealing with. If they are in your attic we quote a “flat rate” to solve your problem. That includes removing all animals from your attic (could be one or many; the most we have removed from an attic was 7). That flat rate also includes a temporary repair made where the raccoons were entering to prevent others from doing the same until permanent repairs can be made. The other way we charge is if you have raccoons in your yard tearing up your lawn, or in your birdfeeders, or living under your deck. In that case we charge a flat rate for 5 or 10 days of trapping. There are a lot of companies that charge per animal and in many cases want to get paid for that stray cat that got caught or that opossum that was just walking through. The most raccoons we caught in one yard in 5 days of trapping was 15. The customer was so happy.

Get rid of raccoon and call us for all your raccoon trapping and wildlife pest control needs today. We are sure that if you call us you will be happy too!

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Bat Removal

Serving Greater Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana

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Chicago – (708)-320-0004

Northwest Indiana – (219) 464-7966

Affordable, Humane Bat Removal and Control Services

Discovering you have a bat in your home or attic can be a a frightening experience but a little education can go a long way towards calming the nerves! First, bats don’t fly in people’s hair and only a very small percentage of bats have rabies. Most bats that end up in the living space want to be there as much as you want them there. Most importantly, do not get bit or scratched. Call a professional bat removal company. Not only can we remove the bat from your home, we can also get rid of any bats that may be in your attic(where the bat in your home probably originated from) and we prevent bats in your home from ever happening again.

The process of getting rid of bats in your attic is called a bat exclusion. Bats can get into tiny spots. A 3/8 of an inch crack is all they need. And they don’t build a new home bat proof! We need to go around and seal up those spots. As we go around and seal those spots we hang one way doors or bat cones to allow any bats that are in the attic to exit humanely. We then come back and remove the one way doors after the  bats have exited for an aesthetic repair.

Bats are a very beneficial species that loves to feed on mosquitos! Some estimates as much as 1200 an hour.  Many species of bats are endangered and protected. The two most commonly found bats in Indiana and Illinois are the Big Brown Bat and Little Brown Bat. They are very similar and the two species of bats most found in attics in this area. Both species also share similarities in appearance; they both have soft, brown fur that ranges from dark brown to a lighter, cinnamon-brown color. Little Brown Bats are the most common species of bats in the US and Canada and has a wingspan that ranges between 9.02 inches to 10.59 inches. Little Brown Bats also have smooth, shiny fur and has this deep brown color. The Big Brown Bat has a wingspan that ranges between 12.80 inches to 13.78 inches and they have no distinguishable markings on its fur, they have copper-colored fur. They also have noticeably large noses relative to the size of their face. Untrained individuals may be unable to differentiate the two species at first glance which is why they are often mistaken for one another. While they are not endangered they are under pressure as a species. White Nose Syndrome and a low reproductive rate mean that bats should be removed from your home as humanely as possible. There are a lot of factors that threaten numerous bat species around the world, this include pesticides, deforestation, wind energy turbines, and climate change.  Bats are being intentionally harmed and killed by people because of false myths and misunderstandings. There are rumors saying that bats are blind or that they intentionally fly and get tangled into your hair. There is also this false belief that bats are more prone to rabies when in fact, they are just as prone to rabies as any other mammal like dogs and cats. When bats accidentally fly into your home, they are more terrified than you are. Panicking and swatting the bat will only make the situation worse. The best thing to do in this situation is to leave the room and call a licensed professional.

July is the month when female bats are nursing their young pups so make sure that you don’t attempt to exclude them yourself during this month. If you exclude the adult female bat, you may be left with the young pups that will soon die from starvation. These dead pups can eventually stink up your home or establishment.

Before attempting to capture a bat, keep in mind that these animals are precious to the environment and several organizations are exerting their efforts for the conservation of all bat species. If bats become completely endangered, the population of insects will inevitably rise due to the lack of their natural predators.

Guidelines For Dealing With Bats

If you get a single bat in your house the best thing to do is make sure you know what room it is in, remove all people and pets, close the door and call us to remove it. Never attempt to capture and hold the bats with your bare hands. They have sharp claws and teeth that can easily cut through your skin. There have been cases where the person who has been bit by the animal didn’t even feel any pain. Bats can carry rabies, which is an incurable disease if not treated immediately. It is recommended that any time a bat is found in a room with small children, or incapacitated (inebriated maybe) or sleeping people that the bat be tested for rabies. A bat’s teeth are very small and you may not know that you have been bitten. Small bites may need to be observed closely by medical professionals just to make sure that they are indeed bat bites. Common Vampire bats feed on the blood of mammals, this includes humans. They are armed with extremely sharp teeth and their saliva contains anaesthetic properties, making it easier for them to gain access to their victim’s blood. Their saliva are also anti-coagulant, this prevents the formation of blood clots so the bat can freely lap on the bite wound. Be on the safe side and get the bat tested quickly. Once rabies symptoms appear, it can no longer be cured so do not wait.

If you have a colony of bats living in your attic or somewhere else in your home you should call us as well. There are many time sensitive issues in dealing with bats that we are aware of and comply with. For example from approximately June 1st to August 15th bats are raising babies called pups. Mothers leave their babies in the attic and go out and feed and come back. If we initiate an exclusion (how we get rid of bats through the use of one way doors; they leave and can’t come back, problem solved) then the pups would be trapped inside and would die of starvation. Then your attic might start to stink. The other period of time not to do an exclusion is in the middle of winter. It isn’t effective as the bats are not leaving nightly to feed on bugs (because there are none). Bats hibernate during the winter; they rarely eat anything and spend their time sleeping inside their roosts. Just better to wait until spring!

August is peak season for bat removal inquiries but you can notice you have a problem any time of the year.

For more information about bat biology check out his link to the University of Illinois.

Areas Served

Now Servicing Chicago and the following Counties:

  • Cook – Alsip, Argo, Bedford Park, Blue Island, Burbank, Burnham, Calumet City, Calumet Park, Chicago, Chicago Heights, Chicago Lawn, Chicago Ridge, Cicero, Clearing, Country Club Hills, Countryside, Crestwood, Dixmoor, Dolton, East Hazel Crest, Elsdon, Englewood, Evergreen Park, Flossmoor, Ford Heights, Forest View, Fort Dearborn, Glenwood, Graceland, Grand Crossing, Harvey, Hazel Crest, Hegewisch, Hickory Hills, Hometown, Homewood, Indian Head Park, Jackson Park, La Grange, Highlands, Lansing, Lincoln Park, Lynwood, Markham, Matteson, McCook, Merrionette Park, Midlothian, Morgan Park, Mount Greenwood, Oak Forest, Oak Lawn, Ogden Park, Olympia Fields, Orland Hills, Orland Park, Palos Heights, Palos Park, Park Forest, Phoenix, Pilsen, Posen, Richton Park, Riverdale, Robbins, Roseland, Sauk Village, South Chicago Heights, South Holland, Steger, Stock Yards, Thorntown, Tinley Park, University Park, Wicker Park, Willow Springs, Worth
  • Will – Beecher, Crete, Eagle Lake, Frankfort, Goodenow, Lemont, Manhattan, Mokena, Monee, Park Forest, Peotone, Sollitt, University Park

We Service The Following Indiana Counties

Lake County IN, Porter County IN, Laporte County IN, Jasper County IN, Newton County IN

Cities We Service  
Beverly Shores Boone Grove Cedar Lake Chesterton Crown Point Dyer East Chicago Gary Griffith Hammond Hebron Highland Hobart Kouts Lake Station Leroy Lowell Merrillville Munster Portage Saint John Schererville Schneider Shelby Valparaiso Wheeler Whiting
Service Locations By Zip Codes
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