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What to look out for When Hiring a Professional Wildlife Control Service

Owning a home can be pretty stressful and unexpected repairs always seem just around the corner. Whether it’s a leaky roof or furnace in need of replacing it can all add up pretty quickly.

While most people don’t expect to be the victim of a wild intrusion, countless Burlington homeowners face that unfortunate reality every year. From a family of raccoons in the attic to skunks under the front porch finding the right solution can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there are professional wildlife control services that specialize in remedying these types of situations.

As with hiring any contractor it’s important to do your homework beforehand. Having the right information will allow you to make a confident decision and could end up saving you time and money.

Here’s what you should look for when hiring a wildlife control professional:

Experience

As with most things, experience counts. When dealing with unpredictable wildlife it’s important that your professional have the knowledge and experience to handle any potential scenario.

Companies with a proven track record of satisfying customers are your best bet, so don’t be afraid to ask how long they’ve been business. A warranty isn’t worth much if the company won’t be around to honour it down the road.

Referrals

In the age of online it’s easier than ever to find company reviews. Social media, Google and the Better Business Bureau are great places to start. Friends, family and co-workers can also help guide you in the right direction.

Inspection

No two wildlife intrusions are the same. The species involved, time of year, den site location and numerous other factors will help play a role in determining the best course of action. It all starts with a thorough inspection of your home, including your roof and attic, for current and potential points of wildlife entry and damage

A misdiagnosis of the problem is a recipe for trouble when managing nuisance wildlife. Be wary of contractors who are all too willing to quote you a price without first understanding the scope of the issue.

Baby raccoons removed by hand from an attic and placed into a release box so their mother can move them to one of her other den sites

Baby raccoons removed by hand from an attic and placed into a release box so their mother can move them to one of her other den sites

 

Process

Your wildlife control professional should be able to clearly articulate the process they will use to humanely remove the wildlife and prevent future entry. Insist on asking for clear timelines and what will happen under best and worst case scenarios.

  • How will you determine if there are babies?
  • What do you do with the babies?
  • Who do I call if something’s wrong?
  • How quickly are you able to return if I have a problem?
  • Do you repair the damage left behind?
  • How do you prevent the animals from coming back?
  • What does your warranty cover and for how long?

 

Get it in Writing

Be sure to receive a written quote and invoice that outlines in detail the services provided and the warranty coverage. We’ve all heard the horror stories of contractors who take cash up front, provide no paperwork and stop returning phone calls. Don’t let it happen to you.

Price

It’s not impossible to find great service at a bargain basement price, but more often than not you get what you pay for. One guy in a truck might work cheap but how quickly can he respond to you if things go wrong? Will he even be available to take your call? Is he properly insured?

When it comes to your home, choosing the wrong wildlife control company could end up costing you more money in the end.

Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control

Since 1989, Skedaddle has been providing Burlington residents with humane solutions to wildlife conflicts. Our service team includes over 20 technicians with the skill and know-how to get the job done right the first time. If you suspect your home is playing host to wild houseguests then don’t hesitate to call. Our call centre will be happy to walk you through our proven process – 905-574-7777.

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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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