Frequently Asked Questions About Wildlife Removal
Have you ever been bitten?
Yes. I have handled several thousand wild animals in my career, including alligators, venomous snakes, etc. In my first
year of work, when I was inexperienced, I did receive several bites. But I am
inoculated against rabies and always
took proper first-aid precautions. Most of the bites came during times I did not expect - by holding a cage trap
the wrong way, a raccoon was able to lunge and bite my finger. A snake was able to strike through a holding bag. A
young squirrel was able to bite through thick welder's gloves. An opossum playing possum wasn't really dead! There
is so much to learn about wildlife. Now that I am experienced, I have not been bitten in over five years.
What's the strangest animal you've ever caught?
I work in Florida, so I've caught iguanas, alligators, huge pythons, a
seven foot Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake, Tokay Geckos, and more. But
to be honest, I mostly deal with the same animals over and over again - squirrels in the attic, raccoons, rats, etc.
What do you do with the animals after you catch them?
Because I am state licensed and have special authorized permission from property owners with appropriate release habitat, I am
able to safely and humanely relocate the wildlife that I trap. When possible, I prefer to exclude - merely keep the critters
out, so that I don't have to handle the animals at all. In many states, Rabies Vector Species, if trapped, must be euthanized.
Qualified trappers are most definitely able to do so in a humane manner, and properly dispose of the animal body. The matter of
properly and legally dealing with wildlife once trapped is
just one of many reasons to hire a licensed professional.
How much does professional wildlife removal cost?
In short, wildlife removal is a specialty service with unique risks, and it is not cheap. Every type of wildlife removal job is
different, so there is no one-price-fits-all scenario. To find an exact price, just click on my directory and call the pro in
your area, and you can describe your situation and get a cost estimate. If you don't like what you hear, no problem, you can
look for someone else. But beware, cheap trappers often deliver bad work.
Can my city/county animal control do it for free?
No. The government animal services does not handle wildlife issues, and if they tried, they'd do the worst possible job. No government
employee is going to crawl through your attic, perform home repairs, clean wildlife feces, etc.
Can my regular pest control company do wildlife removal?
No. Pest control and wildlife removal are completely different. Pest control companies spray poison to kill
insects. Wildlife removal involves building repairs and catching and removing wild animals.
Do you remove termites or other insects?
Do you use poisons for wildlife control?
How did you get into this line of work?
Are you hiring?
Do you help with dog or cat issues?
What should I do if I find injured or baby wildlife?
Can I email you with my own wildlife questions?