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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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Groundhog 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 Groundhog Removal

We stop groundhog damage. Groundhogs most common form of damage is the burrows that they dig in your yard. Gardeners often complain about groundhogs destroying their lawns. Groundhogs are vegetarians and they can eat anything that is planted in the garden. They like to dig on loose soil so if you have just set up a new fence or planted a new tree, then expect them to dig near that area. If you’re growing carrots, beans, or peas then also expect them to eat most of your harvest. These animals dig large burrows that have large piles of dirt at the entrances. Farmers despise groundhogs because they can completely destroy a whole batch of zucchini and pepper harvests by taking one small bite from every single one of the crops. Sometimes they burrow underneath a garage or other structure and can cause your floor to sink and crack. These small sinkholes can be dangerous and can cost your home or business quite a lot if left unchecked. We remove groundhogs humanely with live cage traps. We are experts in groundhog trapping.

About Groundhogs

Groundhog and Woodchuck are two names for the same animal. Both describe the Common North American marmot “marmota momax”. These animals are related to squirrels and they are recognized as the largest member amongst all squirrel-related animals. They gather and eat lots and lots of food during the summer so they can store enough energy and fat that will provide them with energy all throughout the winter season. When the first sign of winter arrives, they will immediately run inside their burrows where they will lie dormant until the arrival of spring. During this time, the groundhog’s body temperature significantly drops, their heart rate slows down, and they start living off of their body fat. Groundhogs are one of the few animals that undergo “true” hibernation. True hibernators are almost impossible to wake up. Their heart rate goes from the normal 80 beats per minute down to about 4 or 5 beats per minute. Like most rodents, groundhogs have incisor teeth that never stops growing, however, once they enter hibernation mode, the continuous growth actually stops. Scientists still have many unanswered questions regarding the animals that undergo deep hibernation. The groundhog is large and stocky and can weigh between 5 and 13 pounds. Their average length can range from 17.75 inches (45 centimetres) to 24 inches (61 centimetres) from head to the tip of their bodies. Their tails can range from 7 inches (18 centimetres) to 9.75 inches (25 centimetres) long. The groundhog hibernates and is a vegetarian that eats mostly green vegetables including most garden crops, fruit, twigs and even bark on occasions. They are usually a shy animal and if they sense danger their first line of defense is to run for their burrow. If they can’t make it to their burrow they are capable of climbing trees. Groundhogs will also climb trees whenever they see food or any other stuff that piques their interest. They are sometimes spotted eating from squirrel feeders that are left hanging from high branches, so don’t be surprised if your squirrel feeder is empty even if you don’t see any squirrels running around.

The groundhog’s most common predators include bears, foxes, wolves, coyotes, eagles, cougars, and bobcats. When outside their burrows, they are either searching for food or looking out for predators. It is pretty common to see these animals standing on its two hind legs, seemingly motionless. This stance may be similar to what Meerkats do when looking out for predators. Once they spot one, they will emit this short and high-pitched whistle to warn other nearby groundhogs.

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Groundhogs are great swimmers too, although they only do it when it is absolutely necessary. So don’t expect to find them swimming around rivers and streams just like beavers do.

In America, the second day of February is considered as Groundhog Day. There is a common superstitious belief that if a groundhog sees its own shadow on that certain day, the winter season will be extended for six weeks more.

During the spring season, adult female groundhogs give birth to new sets of litters which they will nurse and take care of for a few months. Once the litter learns to take care of itself, they will eventually set off on their own. Unlike other animals, groundhogs are considered as “loner” animals because they rarely live together in groups. They spend most of their time alone and will only look for their partners during the mating season. After that, the two groundhogs will eventually part ways and continue living on their own.

Groundhogs have lots of different nicknames including “land beavers” and “whistle pigs”. Their most common nickname is “woodchuck”, however this can lead to misconceptions as the animal does not really chuck any wood. This nickname may have originated from the words “woodshaw”, “wejack”, or “woodchoock”. The words are of Native American origin.

Groundhog burrows become homes for all sorts of other kinds of animals including skunks. Sometimes foxes or coyotes will enlarge a groundhog den and use it as well. Groundhogs are wild animals and afraid of people as a rule. If you encounter a groundhog that shows no fear of people he is probably sick and should be dealt with carefully. Groundhogs can carry various types of parasites and diseases. Pets that come in contact with the animal can catch roundworms especially if they consumed their feces. Although it is very rare, groundhogs can still be carriers of the deadly rabies disease.

Stay away and get rid of groundhogs today. We are experienced and can safely remove the sick groundhog. Call us now!

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!

Mole Trapping

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

Mole Trapping works when other mole control methods do not!

Moles are interesting creatures. If you took the time to study them I am sure you would agree. As much as one can appreciate their uniqueness I am sure no one appreciates the damage they do to your lawn. Moles are great diggers and they create tiny burrows and small, volcano-shaped soil formations that most lawn owners and gardeners find unsightly. These formations are commonly known as “molehills”. Molehills are also seen on the entrances and exits of mole tunnels.

Unlike what most people think, moles are not related to rats. In fact, they are not considered as rodents. Moles are insectivores; this means that they mainly eat insects. They generally prefer beetles, earthworms, and small larvae, also known as grubs. There are times when they may accidentally eat plants and crops. Speaking of diet, moles are voracious eaters and they spend most of the day eating. They eat just about anything that they find while digging, as long as it is edible. In a single day, they can eat as much as 70 percent to 100 percent of their body weight. Their average lifespan is usually four years but other species of moles have been seen living for about six to seven years of age.

All moles have the ability to swim; some species are semi-aquatic, like the star-nosed mole. They may even create tunnels that end in underwater areas, like ponds and lakes.

Characteristics of Moles

Moles are tiny animals and they have very small eyes. This is because they don’t really need to use their eyesight when digging underground. They also have very small ears which are hard to see because they are covered in the mole’s fur. Their most powerful sense is their sense of smell. This sense is highly useful when they are looking for food. The mole’s saliva is mildly toxic to small animals. This toxin can paralyze the mole’s prey, making them easier to eat.

Moles have sharp claws which they use to easily dig through soil. These claws also help them move through their underground tunnels with ease. Moles have one additional thumb and it is located right next to their normal thumb.

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Cats, dogs, birds, and foxes are the mole’s natural predator. Their underground tunnels provide them with the perfect hideout from these animals. Once they leave their tunnels and go above ground, they are exposing themselves to various predators.

The arrival of spring marks the beginning of the mole’s breeding period. During this time, male moles start searching for their female partners by emitting high-pitched shrieks. The female mole’s pregnancy period can last for more than one month. The Eastern mole’s (scientific name: Scalopus aquaticus) gestation period lasts for about 42 days. They give birth approximately around March and April. Moles normally give birth to about two to four, and sometimes six, baby moles.

Moles, like groundhogs, are loner animals. They generally avoid contact with other moles, only seeking companionship during the mating period, and separating shortly after. Although mole territories can sometimes overlap, male moles have been seen aggressively fighting the moment they meet. Baby moles only stay with their mothers for a short period of about 30-45 days. After that, they will eventually venture out on their own, creating their own tunnels and territories.

Due to the special hemoglobin protein found in the mole’s blood, they have the ability to survive in underground environments with high carbon dioxide levels. They can reuse the oxygen in their bloodstream, which is a great survival mechanism when digging through low-oxygen underground tunnels.

Despite their amazing characteristics, they are still considered pest animals mainly due to their digging habits. We commonly hear about moles destroying flower beds and vegetable gardens. Because they are mainly insectivores, they do not intentionally mean to eat your plants. If you find bite marks on your plants, keep in mind that they did not necessarily mean to do it.

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We trap moles because trapping moles is the best and proven way to control a lawn’s mole problem. Moles move between properties looking for new earthworms and grubs to eat underground. Moles make very large tunnels in your lawn and leave ugly mole mounds. Ask about our Mole Trapping Maintenance Plan and year round mole trapping of your lawn that really works.

Many homeowners who have tried to catch moles on their own have failed miserably because they have not been trained on where and how to properly set up the traps. Moles, like any other pests, should not be killed in a cruel and inhumane manner. Our workers have been trained on how to carefully handle these animals. We do our research and survey the area thoroughly before choosing the most appropriate course of action. We avoid killing and poisoning the animals because such methods are harmful to the environment.

  • Electronic mole repellents do not work.  That’s right, nothing electronic works. They are big scam and waste of money.
  • Chewing gum does not work for the control of mole damage in lawns either. This  is an old wives tale.
  • Treating your lawn for grubs does not stop moles from coming back and eating your earthworms.
  • Do you really think poisoning your soil is healthy for the earth or our water table? Ask yourself why one of the largest sellers of “poisoned worms” for moles also sells mole traps.

Get rid of moles and call us for all your wildlife pest exclusion needs today!

Bird Control

Now serving Greater Chicagoland, Northwest Indiana and Greater Indianapolis

Chicago – (708)-320-0004

Northwest Indiana – (219) 464-7966

Indianapolis – (317) 203-6083

Bird Problem Solvers

  • Bird stuck in kitchen vent
  • Bird stuck in bathroom vent
  • Bird stuck in dryer vent
  • Bird Nest in Attic
  • Bird Trapping
  • Lethal and Non Lethal Bird Control Methods
  • Stop birds from pooping .

Give birds enough time and they will flock in quantity and a small bird problem becomes a large bird problem. Experts recommend that bird problems be controlled as soon as they are detected. Throughout history, birds have been known to cause several agricultural problems. Bird flocks aren’t all that uncommon in the United States. Starlings, for example, are usually seen flying in extremely large groups also called Murmurations. These flocks can form beautiful and stunning formations on the air. However, some bird flocks can become highly destructive. Birds can cause damage in many ways but the most common is usually the unsightliness of their bird waste. Birds are pretty messy and a pile of bird poop in the wrong place is bad for business. It can also be a health and sanitary problem for the property owner. We know that most businesses, especially those involved in the food and health industry, want to keep their workplace and factories as clean as possible. When birds start invading these work areas, they will most likely defecate on areas that should normally be clean. Nobody likes unsanitary food shops, so it is important to call bird control companies at the first sign of a bird invasion.

Another problem starts when these birds start feeding on crops such as corn and rice. Some species of birds are known to consume large amounts of grains and seeds. Farmers often dread the presence of these animals are will do anything in their power to exclude them from their precious farms and properties. In fact, red-billed queleas have caused severe famines in African countries. An individual quelea can eat and destroy about 10 grams (0.35 oz.) of seeds and grains in a single day. Imagine how much damage a flock can cause!

Bird infestations are also common in developed cities. Birds have already learned to adapt in urbanized environments and although you may not know it, your home or business may be providing an ideal environment for these animals. Flat-roofed buildings are preferred by pigeons and seagulls because they can easily flock together in such areas. Pigeons can also remove or displace roof tiles in order to get inside a building. Holes that are 25 or more millimetres in diameter are perfect entry points for these animals.

Seagulls, feral pigeons, Starlings, collared doves and sparrows are great scavengers and are perhaps the most commonly known types of bird pests.

Feral pigeons usually come in flocks with members that can reach up to 500. They mostly eat seeds and grains. In some cities, feeding birds is prohibited because it promotes overpopulation and attracts more bird flocks into the area. It has been reported that overfed pigeons also tend to overbreed. Normally, they only breed twice or thrice annually. When overfed, they can breed up to eight times a year. This is a huge problem for business and home-owners. Some people may think that feeding the birds is good and that they are doing the birds a favour. In reality, regularly feeding the birds makes them too dependent and they can actually lose their ability to look for their own food, which means that when you eventually stop feeding them, they may starve to death.

We get rid of bird problems!

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A few bird species do not require bird control permits like the Rock Dove aka Common Pigeon, European Starling, and the English Sparrow. The US protects all migratory birds in North America and has a treaty with Canada, Mexico and other nations our birds migrate to and from. This means that these birds cannot be harmed or captured by the locals. Harming or capturing these birds can result in a hefty fine, so people should avoid capturing birds that they are not familiar with. Capturing migratory birds can also pose health risks to the person doing the capturing, some birds may carry the Bird Flu disease also known as the Avian Influenza or the H5N1. This disease is deadly to both birds and mammals, including humans. Old people and those with weak immune systems are more prone to life threatening diseases that are carried by birds.

This doesn’t mean all birds are protected just that you need proper bird identification and authority to remove. Some birds can be lawfully captured and removed from private property as long as the company is licensed and the workers are thoroughly trained to safely do the job. Untrained individuals should not attempt to capture these birds. Non-native birds introduced such as the Mute Swan introduced here don’t have the same protection as native migratory birds. Other examples of non-native, introduced bird species are: the Chukar, the Rock Pigeon, the Muscovy duck, the Gray Partridge, the House Sparrow, the Monk parakeet, and the Eurasian collared dove, among other species. For more info Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

We understand the law and how to get proper bird control permits. Our company is licensed and we only send fully trained professionals when it comes to these kinds of situations. We always do our best to solve bird problems as humanely as possible. Our staff will do their best to find safe alternatives before considering fatal bird control methods. Do not risk your business. You have a right to protect and enjoy your property and we know the quickest way to solve your bird problems by trapping, repelling, deterring and making your property less accessible to bird invasions in the future.

Contact our office if you need a consultation regarding bird and other wildlife infestation problems.

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

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