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The difference between exterminators and wildlife control

There’s an outstanding difference between an exterminator and wildlife control service. They have different priorities. One removes pests quickly, but for the short-term. The other uses more humane options and controls further infestation. They’re commonly confused by homeowners but when it comes to wildlife infestation knowing the difference can be critical.


Squirrels chewed a hole through these plastic roof vent covers to access the attic below.

What’s an exterminator?

Exterminators approach pest problems with an aim toward killing the offenders. They focus on insects, mice and rats. Their go to strategies are poisons and insecticides. Exterminators routinely visit your home killing the pests. It’s more of the classic idea of the individual who gets rid of infestation. It’s not very humane, but it can provide a short-term solution to problems.

By providing a controlled toxic chemical they treat properties on a regular basis. This works for larger infestations specifically bugs. Insects are poisoned in vast numbers to reduce and control their population. However, they spend less time examining the root of the problem. When an exterminator applies their trade there’s no guarantee that situation won’t reoccur in the future. Their process is a continual cycle of knocking down pest populations, waiting for them to return and then knocking them down once again.


A raccoon entry point through a soffit.

This strategy might work for bugs but when it comes to wildlife inside your house a different approach is required. If you have a raccoon in your attic you want it gone and you want to be sure it won’t be back.

What’s a wildlife control professional?

They’re more of a humane option dealing more with larger animals such as raccoons, bats and squirrels. However, they also remove mice and rats. Wildlife control services have a little bit of a different approach. First priority is removing wildlife using humane methods. They’ll determine the nesting location and assist in removing the pests. Also, they’ll reunite babies with their mother on the outside of the home. Effective wildlife control does not require you to kill animals. They release them back into the immediate environment and repair parts of the home that wildlife were using to get in.

A wildlife control professional’s job doesn’t end at removal. They search the building for specific points of entry or high traffic areas for wildlife. They repair any hole or possible entrances. As well, they sanitize and clean any contamination left by wild animals. Other services include insulation replacement, installation of wire screens and repair of structural damage.

How to humanely prevent infestation

  • Keep property clean and clear.
  • Remove food sources.
  • Seal any entry points.
  • Call a professional.

Milton wildlife animal removal

Wildlife infestations can result in property damage or illness. Simply killing the initial wave does little to control the problem. Sure, it’s a quick fix, but it’s only for the short-term. If you want animals removed safely and properly contact Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control.

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About the author:Founder of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control in 1989. Canada's largest urban wildlife removal and exclusion company. Industry leader and pioneer. Split, Scram, Scoot! However you want to say it, Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control has helped over 200,000 home owners and businesses safely and effectively resolve their wildlife issues. Happy to discuss business and franchising opportunities

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