What you need to know about hiring a wildlife removal service. Here is a comprehensive guide to what you should ask before hiring a animal removal service.
Before hiring any kind of service you should ask these basic questions and get proof of their results. Always ask if they are insured for at least one million dollars of liability insurance. Sounds easy right, they don’t have insurance unless you ask for a liability certificate. Many companies say they have it and it should be no problem produce the certificate. If any company does not show proof of insurance, do not hire them! Why would you need an insured wildlife removal service?What could go wrong with just removing a squirrel in an attic? A LOT! Squirrels chew on electrical wires. A wildlife control technician could be setting traps in an attic and trip over a frayed wire and fall through the ceiling. While you are attending to him if he is hurt you call for an ambulance to come and get him. Soon after the technician is on the way to the hospital you start to smell smoke. That frayed wire sparked and started a fire in the attic. Sound far fetched? Attic fires from squirrel chewing on wires happen every year. Point of the story, get an insurance certificate.
Check out online reviews. Many people think this can be faked, and of course it could be, but choose a company with many reviews. Sometimes companies will have a bad review and the owner has responded. This is very important. If the owner responds and makes it right for the upset customer then you know that company cares and will make up for any mistakes or mishappenings. Any company that looks squeeky clean hasn’t been in business long enough to make a mistake. Its what the company does with the mistake is what matters, and that shows integrity if handled properly. Check with the BBB and see if they have any complaints and how they handled the problems. Many people do not even know that not being a member of the BBB doesn’t mean they don’t have a report on them.
Check out what associations they are members of like the National Wildlife Control Operators Association or if they are listed with the National Wildlife Removal Directory. I have a high school friend that lives in Atlanta, GA that called me on advice on how to get rid of rats in his house. I told him to call a wildlife removal Atlanta service because it was out of his league to seal up the house, clean up, and sanitize the attic and under his porch. My friend called me because he had tried and failed for a couple of weeks to keep them out of his attic. The product we use to seal up houses uses a $150 gun to shoot a special expensive animal proofing foam. I told him that if you have no experience with this gun your home will look bad with caulk all over the exterior. He agreed and made a good choice and the rats were gone with in 2 weeks for good.
Make sure the company you contact his trained in nuisance wildlife removals, not pest control. These are two completely different fields. Many pest control services have trained in proper nuisance wildlife removal and many say they can do wildlife removal. How do you know if they know what they are doing? Ask how they do the removal, if they use any chemicals or poisons they are not nuisance wildlife removal trained. There is no animal that needs any chemical or poison to be removed, ever!
The best method to finding out you are hiring a good wildlife removal service is simply ask for a couple of referrals. Here at CWT we will give you s referral for any animal type you think you might have invading your property. Raccoon in the chimney? We have many referrals. Squirrels in your soffits? We have referral for that. Rats in the attic? How many referrals do you need, we have them. Armadillo digging up your yard? Just caught five armadillos at the DFW airport last week. Many of my satisfied customer have no problem giving a referral, and do when necessary. I am confident in asking for a referral because I know we do an excellent service.