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SubjectDate Asked
Noises in the Attic10/6/2013
  Q: We live in a wooded townhouse complex in Surrey, BC. Previously our neighbour below was feeding ...
  A: Assuming the problem is squirrels: If you still have the problem then there is still an opening ...
Bats in the garage11/12/2012
  Q: What we originally thought was mouse/rat droppings turns out to be bat poop. (Although, I'd never ...
  A: The only way to permanently solve a bat infestation at any structure is to eliminate all ...
Chipmunks8/26/2012
  Q: We have identified droppings on our porch as coming from a chipmunk. Everyday, we come home to ...
  A: If I'm picturing your situation correctly I think you have mis-identified the droppings. Look ...
bats (or chimney swifts) in chimney8/2/2012
  Q: I am quite certain that we have bats, not chimney swifts, roosting in our very tall chimney right ...
  A: Everything you've described sounds like chimney swifts. Swifts are much louder than bats in a ...
Raccoons5/6/2011
  Q: unfortunately think I have some raccoons breeding under my deck....I put up 2x4s against the lower ...
  A: Dan Trying to block their access point is NOT a good idea. It is a female raccoons with pups under ...
squirrel burrowing in tree4/9/2011
  Q: We have seen squirrels coming out of our large tree in the backyard. When we looked, there is a ...
  A: Mark Squirrels living in a tree is as natural as the wind blowing or the rain falling. I suggest ...
bats1/18/2011
  Q: We have lived in this home for a little over a year now. I knew there were bats in the big older ...
  A: Landon Do you really want to ignite a "bug bomb" to release toxic pesticides inside your house? I ...
BATS in the attic12/26/2010
  Q: I'm quite sure I have a bat problem. Around 10:p.m. - 10:p.m., I can hear restless activity in the ...
  A: Sorry for the delay. I have been away for the holiday. I would recommend getting a second opinion ...
Squirrie eating car wire12/9/2010
  Q: squirrel are eating my car wire. Is there anything that I can do?
  A: Marguerite You could try setting squirrel traps around the car in an attempt to remove the ...
squirrel in my ceiling7/26/2010
  Q: I have a two story house in Dallas,TX. The squirrel is in my CEILING. Not the attic. There is a ...
  A: You can either hire a pro or do it yourself. I'm going to assume that you want to do it yourself. ...
Scratching sounds in the attic7/19/2010
  Q: I have heard scratching in the attic at night from time to time. Then it wil go away for awhile. ...
  A: You didn't mention what part of the country you are in which may or may not be a factor. In New ...
unknown noises from crawlspace under house5/26/2010
  Q: I immediately thought it was raccoons. I first noticed the noises under the bathtub on the main ...
  A: Jennifer If the insulation is damaged then there is probably some type of animal living in the ...
Squirrels and a pet bird5/4/2010
  Q: We had some squirrels move into our attic this past winter. They chewed a hole in one of our ...
  A: I would not set off any "bug bomb" or any other type of bomb in your attic for squirrels. Not only ...
Animal noise within the joists (first to second floor)2/28/2010
  Q: Glad to be able to post a question here. We had a skunk problem a few weeks ago, for which I ...
  A: Renzo Skunks generally do not climb so I feel pretty confident in saying that you can cross them ...
BAT REMOVAL..BUYING HOME ...HELP11/20/2009
  Q: MY WIFE AND I ARE IN THE PROCESS OF BUYING A HOME...IT IS A FORECLOSURE AND WE JUST HAD THE ...
  A: This is a very common situation. I'd guess that 15% of bat infestations are found by real estate ...
Shrews in my house10/16/2009
  Q: I have shrews living in my house, I thought I was trying to catch mice for the last two months but ...
  A: While I have never worked on a house with a Shrew infestation I don't think they would be any more ...
covering a chimney8/31/2009
  Q: I would like to know if there is anything out there in the market to prevent any insects or animals ...
  A: You need a chimney cap. I would advise against trying to make one yourself. Chimney caps are built ...
skunk vs packrat8/6/2009
  Q: we have noticed an odor not quite skunky but similar in our business, is it a packrat or is it a ...
  A: There are one million possibilities in this situation. I could not possibly answer this question ...
mouse problem5/26/2009
  Q: about 2 years ago I caught several mice in my house. I searched the entire perimeter of my house ...
  A: RJ I'd be willing to bet that the mice are still coming and going from the house. A mouse could not ...
Birds in walls.5/14/2009
  Q: Some birds created a nest in our wall (they've been there for some time). We blocked their ...
  A: Ken Yes it would be a good idea to clean it all out of there but at what expense? If it's as simple ...
animal or animals in the walls5/1/2009
  Q: For the last month or so, we have been listening to what sounds like a fairly large animal shifting ...
  A: What you've described does indeed sound like it could be a raccoon. You need to get a professional ...
Squirrel Eating Wires of Car3/5/2009
  Q: I have 3 cars 2 Cadilacs and 1 Lincoln. Twice I had squirrels chew the wires in my Cadilacs not the ...
  A: Peter This is an odd situation. I've had people call me before with mice building nests inside ...
Animal Identification: Squirrels??1/8/2009
  Q: I live in a 3 year old new build 5 story development in London. We are on the top floor and my ...
  A: Sel It may certainly be squirrels inside the roof of your home. In the US both gray squirrels, ...
mice in attic?12/28/2008
  Q: Scratching can be heard on my sheetrock ceiling. Mostly at night but sometimes during daylight. An ...
  A: Drew I suggest that you take another look around and look for possible entry-points that you may ...
feces in attic11/16/2008
  Q: I am insulating my attic and found that a squirrel must have been up there by the way papers were ...
  A: The droppings that you've described sound like Raccoon feces. Be sure to remove these droppings and ...
feces on boat & Dock9/16/2008
  Q: Am I correct in thinking the attached photo is Bat droppings? If so, how can I stop them from ...
  A: That is definitely not bat droppings. Bat droppings are black and they're slightly larger than a ...
which pest?9/10/2008
  Q: Can you tell me how I can tell whether I have bats or chimney swifts in my chimney?
  A: There are a couple ways to tell the difference. Chimney swifts have the ability to fly straight up ...
SE PA--very loud insect in trees at night; not cicadas?9/3/2008
  Q: (I just typed this and for some reason it got erased? Oh well--thanks for this service! We live in ...
  A: I'm not really sure. It doesn't sound like anything that i've ever heard. It definetly sounds like ...
bat control9/2/2008
  Q: Bats in log home.Come in during nite(see the new streaks of bat urine on windows).None found inside ...
  A: Arthur You should look into excluding the bats by sealing the exterior of the house. An informative ...
Bat8/20/2008
  Q: It is the first bat that has been found in this cabin in 40 years... I do not believe there is a ...
  A: "Because the bat was in the house, does it have a higher risk of having rabies?" No. This was more ...
learning pest control8/8/2008
  Q: I would like to get into this trade.I am working on my core manual and also my structual licence.i ...
  A: That is a difficult question to answer as salaries for technicians vary greatly. I would estimate ...
Squirrel7/28/2008
  Q: We have a squirrel in the roof of our house. We have put down poison. We have an electromagnetic ...
  A: Throw out the poison and the elctronic squirrel scaring device for starters. Place the cage trap ...
Bats7/27/2008
  Q: I live in Mexico and I moved recently to a house near the country. The day we arrived we saw that ...
  A: Erik Being from New England I am not familiar with the vampire bat species. I'd suggest calling a ...
my cat caught a bat7/26/2008
  Q: I live in Blythe Ca. and I know nothing about desert bats. Last night my cat came in with a bat in ...
  A: I think it would be impossible to say for sure if the cat was bitten. I'd think that if the cat was ...
bats in chimney6/30/2008
  Q: I presently have bats in my attic and find it very annoying...they are quite loud. What is the best ...
  A: Bats in a chimney is one of the most difficult situations that I see in the field. There are many ...
Birds in wall/eve6/12/2008
  Q: I have a bird that has nested in my eve (and possible the wall as I here movement there). The baby ...
  A: When birds enter areas like this they usually don't venture very far into the structure. In most ...
What is this?2/4/2008
  Q: For about a week or more we hear a sqeaking in our wall, almost sounds like crickets, perhaps a ...
  A: The fact that I'm from Massachusetts might make this difficult for me as I'm not familiar with the ...
Squirrels1/21/2008
  Q: I have been trapping and relocating squirrels for a decade using peanut butter as bait. Beginning ...
  A: There could be quite a few factors contributing to your empty traps. Less squirrels in the area, ...
Bats11/29/2007
  Q: My cousin has an older home, and we know it isn't sealed all the way, somehow the bats are getting ...
  A: Getting bats out of a home can be a very complicated task. There are a lot of factors that must be ...
Bat dung9/12/2007
  Q: we recently had a large number of bats living in our attic and we think we got them all out but now ...
  A: To be honest I don't feel comfortable providing you with any type of answer to this question. There ...
bats8/29/2007
  Q: For the past couple of years I have been observing a small family of bats that live under the eaves ...
  A: Vicki There are a lot of variables in this type of situation. In some cases bats are very happy to ...
unknown pest8/25/2007
  Q: I had water leaking in so I took down a knee wall in front of a cinder block foundation. I noticed ...
  A: Sorry for the delay as I was out of town. Droppings in or around a cinder block foundation could be ...
Bat Estimate8/20/2007
  Q: We have a bat problem and live in central New York State. We've confirmed the bat presence (maybe ...
  A: You are on the right track. Excluding bats is the only long-term solution to this type of problem. ...
mouse control65nky8/13/2007
  Q: My wife and I have a country house in West Virginia. There is plenty of wildlife outside our home ...
  A: In a rural setting like you've described you'll have your work cut out for you. I am not a big fan ...
Bats in my chimney8/13/2007
  Q: I live in Oregon and I have bats in my chimney. From the sound of them they are babies. Normally I ...
  A: Are you sure they're bats? There is a bird called a chimney swift that is commonly mistaken for ...
Mouse8/8/2007
  Q: my family just came from vacation and we found a mouse, and we want to know what food attracts a ...
  A: John Peanut butter and standard mouse traps work well. Use a light coating of peanut butter on the ...
Bats7/30/2007
  Q: We have bats that over night have been up in the corner of our house outside. There is droppings, ...
  A: Kay There is very little that can be done to prevent bats from landing on a specific area. If you're ...
mice control7/19/2007
  Q: I just discovered evidence of mice in the kitchen and bathroom of our house. We have two indoor ...
  A: Different people may have different ideas on what is the "best" way to get rid of mice. 99% of Pest ...
there is a dead mouse lost in my room7/9/2007
  Q: there is a dead mouse hidden in my room . I cant find it no matter how much I clean. I sthe door and ...
  A: Lisa The mouse cascass is probably in one of your walls. They sometimes fall into wall voids from ...
Bat removal7/3/2007
  Q: I have what appears to be a bat that clings to my chimney (outside) just under the soffit every ...
  A: Patrick There is very little that can be done to prevent a free-raning bat from roosting on the ...
raccoon5/30/2007
  Q: I have a raccoon living in a lg tree in our front yard. We don't want him there. If I cover the ...
  A: How will you know that she is inside the tree when you cover the hole? What if the raccoon has young ...
bats in the attic5/5/2007
  Q: I live in a 100 year old brick house. There are very many ways for bats to get into the house. (I ...
  A: Angela I have never seen any type of "Repellant" work to keep bats away. As long as there are ...
is the bat gone?3/20/2007
  Q: Last night my cat brought a bat into the house. After it flew around for about 20 minutes I thought ...
  A: Judy Unfortunately in this situation there is no way to know for sure if the bat is still in the ...
dead animal /smell1/13/2007
  Q: HELP - It smells like there is a dead and decomposing animal under our mobile home. What to do? ...
  A: The best way to approach the problem would be to have someone crawl under the home to remove the ...
walking sounds in ceiling1/8/2007
  Q: I live in a cape code with a full dormer on the back. I do not have an attic. I hear ...
  A: Sounds like you may have some mice or squirrels entering through the roof. The dormer that you ...
squirrel12/26/2006
  Q: i have squirrels in the attic. do these strobe lights work? if i cover up the holes they chewed in ...
  A: Richard Ecellant question. I perform approximately 200 squirrel removal services every year. I have ...

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Any and all questions regarding bats in houses, attics and chimneys. All questions in regards to bat guano in houses and removing bat guano from attics. All questions regarding squirrel removal, raccoon removal and skunk removal.

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I am a Wildlife Control specialist with many years experience in the field. I specialize in bat removal and exclusion services.

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www.nwcoa.com National Wildlife Control Operators Association http://www.bosbbb.org/ Better business bureau www.batcon.org Bat Conservation International http://www.massaudubon.org/ Massachusetts Audubon Society

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Graduate from Microsoft Academy. 8 years experience owning and operating www.batguys.com

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United States Navy Umass Dartmouth Astors Beechwood Mansion, Newport RI CVS Pharmacy

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