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Wildlife and Ridge Vents

Ridge vents can provide their own set of challenges when dealing with nuisance wildlife. Animals can seem to detect an exploitable weakness and they frequently use it to their full advantage. Whether it is installation error, or manufacturers aren’t considering animals when they are designing their products, or just a very persistent animal, we see and solve a lot of problems with ridge vents.

Raccoons can get into ridge vents. When they do, it allows them access to your attic. Whether their motivation is to find a warm place to stay during the winter or a safe place to raise young in the spring, their nimble hands can easily claw through most ridge vents on the market today.

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Raccoons can get into ridge vents.

This raccoon was removed from an attic in a neighborhood in Griffith. At the time that I was doing this job, I was doing two other jobs within the same neighborhood, all with similar damage. I strongly believe that raccoons learn behavior and this was a learned behavior within this community of raccoons.

Bats also use ridge vents to gain entry into homes. Bats can squeeze into gaps 3/8 of an inch. Sometimes due to installation error or just aging, ridge vents can curl or nails can pull out a little bit and allow just enough room for a colony of bats to gain entry into your attic.

The biggest problem with ridge vents and bats is due to the fact that they can’t be checked. To properly verify that they are in fact bat proof requires removal. We see this often with the hard plastic ridge vents that usually come in 4-foot lengths. They are manufactured by many different companies but all are similar.

We have also had customers who hired us after the last company failed to fix their bat problem. They neglected the ridge vent. We need to be confident we are making your home bat proof the first time and for a long time! That includes replacing the ridge vent with something we can be confident with. This type, also manufactured by a few different companies under different names, is the long, fibrous, continuous roll.

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Bats to gain entry into your attic.
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Ridge Vent Repair
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This bat was found under the ridge vent during removal.

This bat was found under the ridge vent during removal. He was a little groggy because it was daytime but after he woke up he was able to fly away unharmed. The other thing we found worth noting while removing this ridge vent was a rather large yellow jacket nest. Maybe just me, but I happen to feel your ridge vent should be insect proof as well. Too much to ask?

So what to do if you find your home with the wrong type of ridge vent? Probably nothing, unless it is time to replace, and then make sure you are using the right kind of materials.  The expense of preventing a maybe isn’t worth it in most cases. Once you have a confirmed animal problem though, you probably need to replace your ridge vent with something that is animal proof.

In the case of raccoons, that could mean installing a wire mesh under the new ridge vent so that should another ever try to get in they will be stopped at the wire. In the case of bats, it would mean replacing your ridge vent with one of those long continuous rolls previously mentioned.

If you are experiencing animal damage to your roof or have animals entering your attic via your ridge vent (or any other way for that matter), give us a call. We would love to help.

Raccoon Damage in Attic

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A raccoon entered the attic of this home through this wooden soffit which he chewed his way through
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This is where a raccoon clawed its way through a shingle roof to gain entry to this attic
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raccoon feces in an attic
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raccoon feces in an attic. Notice the compressed insulation.

These are some more pictures I have taken of raccoon damage in an attic I have been in recently.  When raccoons cause damage they really cause damage! Not only are their feces dangerous, which carry the raccoon roundworm, but I believe the real damage lies in the money that is wasted on higher heating bills over the lifetime of the home if that attic is not restored.

You see, raccoons in their activities trample your insulation down until it is only working at a small percentage of what it was before they got in your attic.  Lower R value = Higher heating bills.

The good news is that some homeowners insurance covers damage caused by raccoons. For the cost of your deductible you can get an attic that is fully restored and is more energy efficient than before the raccoons got in your attic, actually saving money in the long run. Your insurance doesn’t just repair attics but all of the damage caused by the raccoons; whether it is damage to your roof or soffit or fascia. It wouldn’t hurt to check with your insurance company to see if this is covered.

We do pest control, animal trapping and damage repair including repairs to your attic and replacing insulation. We are licensed, bonded, and insured. We work with insurance companies or homeowners who wish to pay out of pocket.

For more information on getting your animal damage to your home restored, give us a call!

Raccoon Damage in Attic
Illiana Wildlife Services – Indianapolis
(317) 203 – 6083

Raccoon and Squirrel Removal

We have been busy in the first two weeks of 2014. In the last week we have removed a raccoon from an attic in Chicago and from a restaurant in Harvey IL. We even caught a stray cat from the same restaurant which we brought to the South Suburban Humane Society.

When we are not busy performing raccoon trapping we have been catching squirrels in Tinley Park, Orland Hills, Palos Heights, Gary and Portage Indiana.

We even had a job in Tinley Park this week where a lender was requiring the raccoon feces from a previous infestation to be removed as a condition for closing. We were able to accommodate that day.

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Photo credit: OakleyOriginals / Foter / CC BY

We approach every job the same way. If an animal is getting into a home, when we get onsite we find out where the animal is getting in by doing an inspection. Once we know where the animal is getting in we set traps, wait until animal or animals are caught and then we seal the entrance so that no more can get in.

A couple of weeks ago we helped a customer in just this way. We got three raccoons out of her attic and sealed up the hole in her roof so that no more could get in.  Now we are going to do a full attic restoration, including removing and replacing her insulation, disinfecting and a little bit of drywall repair and paint as well.

Get rid of raccoons and call us right away. We offer flat rates to our customers. Often times our customers will tell us that they got other quotes that include a per animal charge or don’t include the sealing of the hole, just the removal of the animals. I think that having an animal in your attic is stressful enough. I don’t think you should add to it by having open ended pricing or worrying about another animal can get in. We can be reached at 219-464-7966 in Indiana or 708-320-0004 in Illinois.

Raccoon and Squirrel Removal
Illiana Wildlife Services – Indianapolis
(317) 203 – 6083

Raccoon Removal from an Attic

We have been removing a lot of raccoons from attics lately and for the most part it is pretty straight forward.  Raccoons have a sweet tooth and appeal to it and the battle is half over.

We were just recently hired for raccoon removal from a church in Hamlet IN. What had happened was the church had caught a raccoon this summer and had relocated it about 3 miles away. A couple of weeks ago they had the soffit repaired that was damaged by the raccoon. Then they started seeing damage to the ceiling in the sanctuary.  That’s when they called me.

Raccoon Removal from an Attic
Photo credit: Tobyotter / Foter / CC BY

I’m thinking straight forward again, right? Not exactly. After a week of trying different baits and different kind of traps I was no closer to catching him than day one.  I could not get this raccoon take any interest in any kind of bait that I was offering.

What I ended up doing was removing the repair to the soffit and set a trap in such a way that he had to go through the trap to exit the building through the hole he was accustomed to. It worked!

I think it might be a safe bet that this raccoon had been trapped in a baited trap before. Possibly even the one that was removed from the same church this summer.

If you are looking for a wildlife control and raccoon trapping experts to remove raccoon in your attic, give us a call. Not only can we remove the animal we also work with your insurance company to repair the damage that they cause. Our number is 708-320-0004 in Illinois.

Raccoon Removal from an Attic
Illiana Wildlife Services – Indianapolis
(317) 203 – 6083

Raccoons Causing Damage

This has been the busiest week in a long time for raccoon calls.

Raccoons are causing damage in an attic in Palos Hills IL where we found three of them. They had scratched a hole in the roof causing the roof to leak. They also trampled the insulation so that it doesn’t work as well anymore, not to mention the feces everywhere and the urine smell.

We are also removing raccoons from an apartment complex in Gary IN. They tore a piece of soffit down to gain entry into the attic. We are also trapping a raccoon that is living in a church in Hamlet IN.

Raccoons are damaging a home in Calumet City where they are entering the home through some storm damage. We also had a call for raccoons on the roof of an apartment building in Chicago IL. The neighbors also complained about raccoons in the garbage.

Raccoons Causing Damage
Photo credit: stevehdc / Foter / CC BY-SA

In all these cases once the trapping is over we are willing and able to do attic restoration.  We remove the damaged insulation and replace it with brand new. We also do exterior repairs. In most cases insurance companies pay for the damage caused by animals.  We work with insurance companies.

Get rid of raccoons today! We also accept other pest control and wildlife trapping services like squirrel calls. Everything from squirrels chewing on  siding on the exterior of a home in Beverly Shores IN to squirrels inside an attic in Calumet Park IL.

Raccoons Causing Damage
Illiana Wildlife Services – Indianapolis
(317) 203 – 6083