We know our pests!
Find out more information here about pests that are common to the Northwest and how we control them
Living in the Northwest, we share our environment with a large variety of wildlife, which don't always stay where they are supposed to - outside! They can cause severe damage to our homes, and are also dangerous, as they can attack and carry many diseases that can be transmitted to humans.
Western and eastern gray squirrels, as well as Douglas squirrels are the most common where we live. Their sharp incisors allow them to chew through just about anything from wood to metal. In almost all cases they will get into attics where they will have a litter of 2 to 5 young. This happens between December and June, with juveniles emerging between March and August. During this time they can chew through siding, sheet rock, and cables, incurring costly repairs.
Raccoons are very intelligent, and will often seek shelter in crawlspaces or attics. They will chew and tear their way in, at which point they can cause even more damage as they destroy ductwork and insulation. They will contaminate the area with feces and urine which can contain roundworm and is very dangerous. Raccoons may also carry rabies and many other parasites. They mate in late winter and give birth in the spring to 2 - 5 young. Mother raccoons are even more aggressive and dangerous when protecting their babies.
Opossums are not as aggressive as raccoons, but they can cause damage and carry parasites. These nocturnal creatures are very prevalent in the Northwest. They will usually find their way into crawl spaces if a screen is left open, as they seek dark, secure areas and shelter from the cold. When confronted they are more likely to "play dead" than attack. Opossums may have a few babies, or up to a dozen or more, and breed 1 to 3 times during year. They give birth a few weeks after pregnancy and the young spend the rest of their development attached to their mother.
Skunks may be cute, but are definitely animals that we do not want living in or near our home! All of us have smelled the pungent odor they produce, and do not want this aroma filling our living area. They too seek shelter in crawl spaces, or under decks and slabs, using their claws to dig out dens to live in. Skunks mate in early spring and usually give birth by May to 4 or 5 young. Besides their rotten smell, they often carry rabies and other parasites.
When dealing with nuisance wildlife, make sure that you hire a professional. We are licensed Wildlife Control Operators with the Department of Fish and Wildlife and have the experience and knowledge to handle these animals safely. Once we identify the animal that has invaded your home, we will search for its point of entry. Locating and repairing the opening is the key to resolving the problem. However, this must be done in conjunction with trapping and removal of the animal from the structure. If the openings are sealed without removing the animal, it will only cause further damage as they will be trying to get back in or out! We use humane trapping methods, and will take care of the animal according to local ordinances. The use of predator urine in some cases may be part of the solution. We provide other services related to nuisance wildlife such as crawl space remediation and removal of dead animals.