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Northern Indiana Wildlife Removal

Call 219-464-7966 to Schedule an Appointment

Affordable, Humane Wildlife (Raccoon, Bat, Squirrel) Removal In Northern Indiana

Illiana Wildlife Services has been providing effective, long-term solutions to wildlife problems in Chicago, Northwest Indiana, and Indianapolis for several years. And now, we are glad to announce that we will be extending our commitment to Northern Indiana. Wildlife removal, prevention, repair, and cleanup – name it and we will gladly do it. Contact us at 219-464-7966.

Serving all of St. Joseph County, Marshall County, and Starke County, Laporte County. South Bend, Mishawaka, Plymouth, Knox Wildlife removal.

Squirrel Removal

squirrel-895296_640Squirrels are one of the most common wildlife to wander into populated areas. These rodents mainly feed on acorns, nuts, seeds, and fruits but some species can also feed on eggs, nestlings, and insects.

When in private properties, they can cause destruction to landscaped lawns and garden plants. They can create holes in walls to enter homes and buildings to seek shelter. Once inside, they can chew electrical wirings which may result to fire. Some species are also hosts to parasites, such as ticks, fleas, and mange.

If squirrels have become a persistent problem, it’s best to let experts get rid of them for good. Our squirrel removal services include habitat modification, installation of exclusion devices, and trapping.

Raccoon Removal


Raccoons are omnivorous animals common throughout the U.S. They prefer to live in wooded areas near water than in plain fields. Areas near livestock, farms, and crop fields are also attractive habitats for these nocturnal animals.

Raccoons wander in suburban and urban areas to look for new sources of food and a safe shelter. These animals are destructive, can be a threat to pets, and can be carriers of rabies and raccoon roundworms.

Raccoons are clever and can become aggressive. Removing them from your property is a task better left to professionals. Our raccoon removal services include habitat modification, trapping, and installing exclusion devices.

Bat Removal

BAT (2)Bats are nocturnal mammals that mainly feed on insects. They come in different species which can either be solitary or colonial. Colonial bats can become more of a problem than solitary bats. These bats can get through tiny crevices and live in attics or empty buildings.

Bats can cause significant damage to properties and they can be a health threat to humans and other animals. Bat guano and urine are the main cause of the problem. It can cause stains on walls and floors. It leaves a pervasive odor that can spread to other areas. It attracts organisms which can be harmful to your health. Bats can also carry rabies and can infect other animals during an encounter.

Getting rid of a colony of bats living inside your property is a difficult task. The wisest thing to do is hire an expert to do it. Our bat removal services include inspection, installation of one-way devices, sealing of gaps and bat holes, repair, and cleanup services.

Skunk Removal

SKUNK (3)Skunks are known for their acrid smell even from a distance. These animals feed on both plant and animals, but their diet mainly consist of snakes, rodents, insects, grubs, and earthworms. They can be helpful in eliminating other dangerous organisms but they can be a problem as well.

Skunks avoid human presence, but they need to be rid of when in your property because they can carry diseases, such as distemper, rabies, and tularemia. They can also spread ticks, fleas, mites, and tapeworms.

Skunks are known for spraying a stinky and irritating discharge when threatened. Avoid handling these animals on your own. The best thing to do is hire an expert. Our skunk removal experts are knowledgeable on the animals’ behavior and skilled in installing traps without triggering the animal’s defense mechanism.

Bird Removal

BIRD (2)Birds are beneficial to the environment, but they can become a pest when not in their natural habitat. Pigeons, starlings, and sparrows are birds that commonly nest or roost in urban areas. Droppings, feathers, noise, and odor are problems that normally arise when birds inhabit a place in large numbers. These animals can also build their nests in vents blocking the ventilation of a room.

With their flying abilities, birds can be difficult to get rid of. However, we will be happy to safely do the task for you. Our bird removal services include trapping roosting birds, installation of exclusion device, and removing their food sources in your area.

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Wildlife Removal Chicago

Call (708) 320-0004 to Schedule an Appointment

Affordable, Humane Wildlife (Raccoon, Bat, Squirrel) Removal Chicago

We know that Chicago residents appreciate wildlife, and we all enjoy seeing animals in a natural setting. Nothing compares to the sight of a family of deer in a woodland environment. Squirrels frolicking with each other are entertaining, and a flock of birds in flight is certainly a sight worth seeing. However, when any form of wildlife finds its way into your home, you will likely need the help of an experienced professional. Wild animals can quickly damage the interior and exterior of a structure. A raccoon that looks lovable can destroy your child’s toys and other belongings. A squirrel that makes a nest in your attic could chew a hole in the ceiling of your living room. We are aware that once you have a wild creature in your home, you will need it removed as quickly as possible. We also know that most of our customers do not want us to harm the critters we remove. We want you to know that wildlife removal can be humane and affordable.

In addition to removing live animals safely, we are also available to remove dead animals from your property. If an animal has damaged your abode, we can help with the repairs. We are pleased to offer our cleaning services if a critter has left urine or feces in your home. Your satisfaction is our goal, and we hope to assist you with all of your wildlife removal needs.

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,  Westchester, Wicker Park, Willow Springs, Worth
  • Will – Beecher, Crete, Eagle Lake, Frankfort, Goodenow, Lemont, Manhattan, Mokena, Monee, Park Forest, Peotone, Sollitt, University Park

Squirrel Removal

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We are happy to offer squirrel removal in Chicago. Squirrels are adorable when they are playing outdoors, but a squirrel that is trapped indoors can soon wreak havoc in your home. Squirrels have sharp teeth that are designed to chew through tough surfaces. Because they build their nests in trees, they may find their way into the uppermost corners of your abode. Although you might be able to coax the creatures away from your home’s interior, we suggest that you leave this potentially dangerous task to us. We are experienced in the humane squirrel removal Chicago residents expect. We come with traps and ladders that aid us in taking undomesticated animals away from local residences.

Raccoon Removal

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We provide humane raccoon removal for Chicago residents. Raccoons are known for their intelligence and their capacity to create solutions to their problems. A typical raccoon is equipped with paws that can clasp and shred a broad range of objects. Raccoons are infamous for utilizing the small doors designed for your pets. Once a raccoon has entered your home, it may not want to leave. You could soon find yourself with a family of masked critters in your fireplace or hall closet. We can help with the humane raccoon removal Chicago residents need. We can assist you in getting rid of that family of raccoons that has invaded your dwelling, and we will safely transport the animals to a more appropriate environment.

Bat Removal

Bat removal in Chicago
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We also provide bat removal for Chicago residents. Bats are mammals that are capable of carrying rabies. They have tiny teeth, and you may not realize you have been bitten until you manifest the signs of this fatal disease. The safety of you and your family is our top concern, and we recommend that you do not try to remove bats from your residence. We will help you rid your home of one bat or several bats. Bats can enter your dwelling and give birth to their offspring. Before you find your home infested with a bat colony, contact us. Bat removal in Chicago should be done by people who are experienced at wildlife removal and equipped for the task.

Wildlife Removal Chicago Illiana Wildlife Services – Chicagoland (708) 320 – 0004

Skunk Removal

Now serving Greater Chicagoland, Northwest Indiana and Greater Indianapolis

Skunk Removal
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Chicago – (708)-320-0004

Northwest Indiana – (219) 464-7966

Indianapolis – (317) 203-6083

Affordable, Humane Skunk Removal

We do every skunk related service you would expect from a wildlife control company that does skunks. We remove skunk odor. We clean up damage by skunks and can help prevent future conflicts with skunks by habitat modification. We trap skunks and capture skunks. We can even catch a rabies suspect skunk and find out of it has skunk rabies. We can install deck barriers to prevent them from living in your yard.

About Skunks

Skunks are average-sized mammals that can range from 15.6 inches (40 centimetres) to 37 inches (94 centimetres) in length and, depending on the species, can weigh from 1.1 pounds (0.50 kilograms) to 18 pounds (8.2 kilograms). Their bodies are elongated and they have very short, muscular legs. Their front paws have long claws which they usually use to dig burrows.

A healthy skunk is a very gentle animal. The skunk has only one form of self defense and that is its ability to spray a noxious offending smell. This pungent spray is a highly effective defense mechanism against the skunk’s natural predators. In fact, the smell is strong enough to scare away large bears. The oily, yellowish-colored spray comes out of the two glands that are located near the animal’s anus. Many people believe that skunk spray is infinite and that skunk’s can release the smelly liquid at any given time. This is not true. Skunks need time to produce this liquid, and they can also run out if they spray it too much or too often. They can spray this liquid to about ten feet or three meters away, enough to scare away any potential predator lurking nearby. When the oily spray is mixed with water, its smell becomes even more offensive. Attempting to wash it off can only make the situation worse.

Skunk spray poses no real, life-threatening danger. It can, however, make the animal or human extremely uncomfortable and smelly. The compound can also burn your eyes and cause animals and humans to vomit. The smell can stay for several days and any attempts at washing it off can seem futile.

Skunk Bites

Healthy skunks rarely bite humans. There are cases when domesticated skunks bite humans because their spray glands have been surgically removed, but this rarely happens. Skunk bites mostly happen if the animal is infected with rabies. In 2006, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have recorded 1,494 cases of rabies-infected skunks.

Skunk Breeding

Unlike beavers, skunks are polygynous. This means that males have multiple breeding partners all throughout their lives and they can also mate with several females. Female skunks normally have a 66-day gestation period. They give birth usually during the month of May. Baby skunks are born without eyesight and they are also born deaf. They are covered in a smooth, soft, and fine layer of fur. Their eyes will open after three weeks after birth. Their mother takes care of the kits for about two months. After that, they can still stay with their mothers for about one year until they are ready to mate with their own species.

Social Structure and Behavior

Skunks are solitary animals and will only seek other skunks when it is already time for breeding, although if the weather is too cold, female skunks gather together for warmth. Males generally prefer to nest on their own.

Unlike groundhogs, they do not undergo “true” hibernation. This means that although they nest inside their burrows or other structures throughout the winter, they do not experience “torpor”. They just remain inactive and rarely go outside to look for food.

Skunks have poor eyesight, which is why they prone to road accidents as they cannot sense fast approaching vehicles. They can only see up to 3 meters (10 feet) away. Although they have poor vision, they make up for it by developing a good sense of hearing and smell.

These animals are usually found living inside underground burrows which have been left behind by other burrowing animals, such as groundhogs and beavers. They are also found living inside old buildings and hollowed-out tree logs. In places with extremely cold winter seasons, skunks will nest inside these structures until the weather becomes a little warmer.

Skunk Diet

Like humans, skunks are omnivores. They eat plant and animal materials and they can change their diet depending on the season. Their diet mostly consists of the following: earthworms, lizards, moles, birds, eggs, small rodents, salamanders, snakes, grass, nuts, seeds, leaves, berries, and other types of fruits.

Skunks have been seen rummaging through garbage cans. They are great scavengers and can live off of bird and rodent carcasses which have been killed by other animals such as cats and dogs. Pet owners usually complain about missing pet food or damaged pet food containers. This can sometimes be caused by skunks which have found their way inside houses.

Skunks can be caught easily in a cage trap. The question is what to do with one once it is caught. We are pretty good at removing skunks without any further spraying. Once a skunk is caught in a trap try to keep the skunk quiet by keeping all pets, children and well everyone away until the trap and skunk are removed. Often times people attempting to catch a raccoon or cat in a live trap are surprised to find a skunk in their trap. If that happens to you and you don’t know what to do call us and we can remove the skunk and handle according to state laws.

Skunks tend to be a seasonal nuisance. In the fall they often dig up grubs in your yard as they try to build fat reserves for the winter.  The other busy time seems to be after the baby skunks are able to leave the den and feed on their own.

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

Valparaiso Raccoon Removal

Raccoons are sturdy mammals that are generally found throughout the country. They normally weigh 10 to 30 pounds and measure about 2 to 3 feet long. They are typically active during the night and appear less energetic during the day. They have cat-like movements and masked faces that invite even the most wildlife-cautious people for a closer look. Some would feed and play with them out of their curiosity for the animal. Some may even take the young ones as pets. Like most wildlife, raccoons should be best left alone since they are potential carriers of rabies. While transmission to humans only happens rarely, the risk associated with them should never be ignored or taken lightly. When the presence of raccoons nearby alarms you and your family, consult Valparaiso raccoon removal experts immediately.

Valparaiso Raccoon Removal
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Raccoons have become more and more accustomed to urban and suburban areas nowadays. They may appear tamer than they actually are and have become less frightened of the people they encounter. They are not afraid of entering human properties in search of food and making human space their home and defecation area. And since they are great climbers and intelligent animals, they can easily enter your homes by climbing up the roof or going in the chimneys. In worse cases, they tear off roof shingles and fascia boards in their great need to access your attic or wall spaces. Because of these raccoon activities, these animals are considered pests by many homeowners. People dealing with such problem must hire professional experts in raccoon removal in Valparaiso for proper, safe and long-lasting solution.

Raccoons are opportunistic animals and will eat whatever is most accessible. And since they eat a wide variety of foods from insects to mammals, from grass to vegetables, and from leftover food to pet foods, these pesky creatures will notoriously invade garbage bins, gardens, agricultural crops, backyards, bird feeders, and poultry houses.

If raccoons are causing you so much trouble, do not tolerate nor wait for the situation to become worse. Solve your problems without exhausting yourself by simply availing of the professional raccoon removal Valparaiso has to offer. Get rid of raccoons and call us for all your  wildlife control needs today!

Valparaiso Wildlife Removal
Illiana Wildlife Services 

Sick Raccoon in Indianapolis

Last night (Sept 16, 2014) we received a call in which the customer wanted to know how fast we could get there. He had a sick raccoon that was moving slow and wobbling walking through his yard and he suspected it was sick.

Since it was late and after hours I did have to call our technician Abe who services that area to see if he was available.  He was and promptly headed to the customer’s house and found the raccoon, now curled up in a ball on the front porch. It was about 7pm, not even dark out yet.

Sick Raccoon in Indianapolis
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More than likely the sick raccoon had distemper. It is more common than rabies and the symptoms that the customer provided to us fit the description.  While distemper is not contagious to humans it can affect dogs or cats depending on the type of distemper. It also can affect other raccoons where it can be passed from one to another as they interact.

We were grateful to be able to serve a satisfied customer as well as take a sick, contagious raccoon out of the environment where he could infect others. In these situations the animal is always humanely euthanized.

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

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

Flying Squirrels in Merrillville

2014 is over, and now we have 2015 ahead of us. In January 2015, we got a call from a house in Merrillville. The owner wanted to hire our services to catch some flying squirrels from his attic. We did just that.

After trapping the squirrels, we took them to a licensed rehabber. He will release them at the right time. Since it is very cold in January, removing the squirrels from their warm, comfy stashes of nuts and releasing them into the woods was not a good idea. There is a good chance that they would die of cold. So, we decided to hand them over to the rehabber.

Flying Squirrels in Merrillville
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Apart from the squirrels, we also trapped and removed a raccoon from the attic of a house located in Calumet City IL. After our experts removed the raccoons successfully, the owner visited his insurance company to file a claim for the damage caused to his attic by the raccoons. The raccoons tore holes in the roof of his house in a couple of days in addition to damaging the insulation paper.

Hopefully, 2014 is going to be a really busy year for us. So, if you have some squirrel trapping and wildlife control/removal job for us, please give us a call at 219-464-7966. We will be over the moon to help you.

Flying Squirrels in Merrillville
Illiana Wildlife Services – Northwest Indiana
(219) 464 – 7966

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
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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

Squirrel Removal from Attics

Squirrel Removal from Attics
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Its been a busy couple of weeks doing squirrel removal out of attics in Lake and Porter County. We got squirrels out of houses in Gary and Valparaiso last week. In one case we got six squirrels from one home, in another just two. Every situation is different. Squirrels like to enter attics because they are warm and safe from predators there. In both houses they had chewed holes in the soffit and gained entry. If you have squirrels in the attic or walls of your home you should calls us. We are knowledgeable professionals that can solve your squirrel problem efficiently.

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 in removing animals from attics doesn’t mean we don’t take care of the rest. Give us a call for any wildlife pest exclusion 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.

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

Squirrel Removal from Attics
Illiana Wildlife Services – Indianapolis
(317) 203 – 6083