Raccoons, Skunks, Squirrels, Opossums, Birds, Bats, Muskrats, Chipmunks, Rats, Bees, Wasps and Hornets, Asian Lady Beetles,Boxelder Bugs, And many more!
Inspection and Trap Set Up
Illinois Wildlife Services will examine the exterior of the home or building and determine the best solution for animal removal and prevention. Traps will be set according to the finding of inspection. After the inspections the following questions should be answered:
- What animal is causing the problem?
- How are they getting in?
- Price to repair entry points (if desired)
- Estimate for animal proofing for common animal entry points to prevent future animal intrusion.
In an effort to save money for the homeowner Wildlife Services charges a per animal fee and asks the homeowner to check the traps daily. We will check and re-bait traps, check indicators and the status of animal activity at no additional charge when we are in the area.
Illinois Wildlife Services offers trapping programs for business and homeowner’s that may not be able to check traps daily. With this program we will check the traps daily and removal of all animals captured are included. At the end of the trapping program all animals will have been removed and we will suggest the best options for animal proofing to prevent animals invading again.
Dead Animal Removal
We will gladly remove dead animals on your property. This service includes removing the animal along with deodorizing and disinfecting the area the animal was found.
Animal Proofing and Repairs
Trapping alone will not solve the problem of animals in the home long term. Entry points must be sealed or repaired to achieve long term solutions. Upon inspection Wildlife Services can identify potential animal entry points and suggest animal proofing such as chimney caps, attic fan guards and screening off decks, stoops and vents using only high quality products with lifetime product guarantees.
Raccoons have a distinctive black mask and ringed tail. Raccoons tend to vary in weight, from 6 to 20 lbs for a female, and 15 to 27 lbs for a male. They are nocturnal animal meaning they become active shortly after sunset until shortly before sunrise and spend their days sleeping. The breeding season is February thru March and giving birth approximately 2 to 2.5 months later. There are 2-5 pups per litter on average. Raccoons can tend to live in groups of 1-3 when it is not the mating season. They find refuge under porches, stoops, decks, chimneys, and sometimes attics. Attics can be destroyed by a raccoon and its family. Feces carry disease and can be harmful.
Skunks are known by their white stripe centered down their black coats. They are nocturnal animal meaning they become active shortly after sunset until shortly before sunrise and spend their days sleeping. Their breeding season is February into March and the birthing season beginning approximately 2 months later with litters up having up to 9 young. Special glands below the tail hold a powerful spray that can be shot up to 15 feet and can penetrate the foundation of a home making the entire home smell. The smell can last for weeks making clothing, furniture, and carpeting smell as well. They are ground animals living under stoops porches, decks, etc. Skunks carry disease and are required to be euthanized upon trapping. This is enforced by the Department of Natural Resources.
Squirrels are a member of the rodent family and are a daytime animal. They nesting in attics, soffits, eves, and nesting in trees. The breeding season is usually in Spring, and once again during Fall, with the litter consisting of 4 to 6. If nesting in an attic space, wood is often destroyed by chewing. The insulation may be destroyed by urine, feces, and nesting.
Typically ground animals, opossums rarely venture into attics. The females have a pouch on their belly to carry and birth their young. Breeding season is February and March and give birth just weeks later where the young are the size of Honey Bees at birth and reside in the mothers pouch for 60 days. Litter can be up to 13. Opossums choose to live in burrows under stoops, porches, decks, and sheds. They are nocturnal animal meaning they become active shortly after sunset until shortly before sunrise and spend their days sleeping.
Birds can live in many areas in or around your home. Nesting in vents, eaves, and attics. Sometimes behind a porch light, lawn furniture, and bushes near doorways. Usually breeding in late spring, birds can become threatened if a person gets too close to the nest. They may chirp loudly, swoop, and even dive at a near by person. If residing in a vent, a homeowner may notice a horrible odor. They may also notice flies, nesting, or fleas in that area. Bird feces carry many disease, the most commonly known is Histoplasmosis.
Bats found in Illinois are only 2 to 4 inches in length, with a wing span up to 12 inches. The most common bats here are the brown bats. Bats have to hibernate or migrate to warmer climates. They will gather in colonies and reside in hollow trees or attic spaces. Bats tend to hibernate in the same place year after year, causing roosting areas to become covered in droppings, known as guano. This needs to be removed from living quarters due to disease carried in bat guano.
BEAVER & MUSKRAT REMOVAL
The muskrat is a large, stout, semi-aquatic rodent. Its head is broad and blunt with short ears barely visible beyond the fur. The muskrat’s coat is practically waterproof and is soft, dense, and grayish brown in color. The underfur is covered by long, brown guard hairs which serve to protect the soft underhair from wear. Its tail is scaled, nearly hairless, and somewhat flattened on the sides. The muskrat is further adapted for its semi-aquatic life with lips that act as valves, closing behind the front incisors so it can actually gnaw underwater. They weigh 2-4 pounds and grown to a length of 18-25 inches long and have a tail approximately 8-11 inches long.
Muskrats generally inhabit places near or in water such as lakes, ponds and slow moving streams. They primarily eat aquatic plants including cattails, arrowheads, and duckweeds and occasionally eat crayfish, snails, mussels, frogs, insects, and slow-moving fish.
Muskrats have a high reproductive rate. They are polygamous and breeding takes place from late March through July. After a gestation period of 28 to 30 days produce up to four litters per year each with six to seven young.
Muskrats are highly territorial and can be very aggressive. They can also destroy aquatic vegetation.
Lively and speedy critters, chipmunks are small members of the squirrel family. Their pudgy cheeks, large, glossy eyes, stripes, and bushy tails have made them a favorite among animators, and landed them a series of starring roles in Hollywood.
Almost all chipmunks are found in North America. They are generally seen scampering through the undergrowth of a variety plants and shrubs. Some dig burrows to live in, complete with tunnels and chambers, while others make their homes in nests, bushes, or logs.
Depending on species, chipmunks can be gray to reddish-brown in color with contrasting dark and light stripes on the sides of their face and across their back and tail. They range in size from the least chipmunk, which, at 7.2 to 8.5 inches (18.5 to 21.6 centimeters) and 1.1 to 1.8 ounces (32 to 50 grams), is the smallest chipmunk, to the Eastern chipmunk, which grows up to 11 inches (28 centimeters) and weighs as much as 4.4 ounces (125 grams).
Chipmunks generally gather food on the ground in areas with underbrush, rocks, and logs, where they can hide from predators like hawks, foxes, coyotes, weasels, and snakes. They feed on insects, nuts, berries, seeds, fruit, and grain which they stuff into their generous cheek pouches and carry to their burrow or nest to store. Chipmunks hibernate, but instead of storing fat, they periodically dip into their cache of nuts and seeds throughout the winter.
Chipmunks generally have two breeding seasons: one from February to April and another from June to August. After a 30-day gestation, a litter of two to eight is born.
The most common form of mice is the house mice which can grow to be about 17 cm (less than 6.5 in) long including the tail. Mice can range in colors from yellowish-gray with streaks of black and lighter grey mixed in. Mice are larger and can grow to be between 20-50cm and vary in color from grey, black, white, and brown. Female mice/rats are frequent breeders and can have five to ten pups in a litter every 10 to 17 weeks. They can cause major health issues by spreading various diseases and increasing the risk of respiratory problems – the most common being asthma attacks. They also can cause extensive damage to property by their constant chewing. This chewing also creates a fire hazards from chewed wires. Our team is trained specialist in how to rid your house of mice and rats. We use all techniques including sanitation, nest and hiding space removal, and traps/rodenticides to help remove all mice and rats from the home. Our staff will provide personal and individual service to meet the needs of the rodent removal.
BEE, WASP AND HORNET REMOVAL
While we deal with a wide range of pests common to the Midwest, these are a few pests that we treat often. Each of these insects have different behaviors and habits that we, as pest control professionals, have to understand before we can effectively treat for them. While some cause more damage or pose a hazard to your family, all are considered pests.
Yellow Jackets: The yellow jacket is a species of wasp. Yellow jacket workers are about ½” long with alternating bands on the abdomen (typically black and yellow) and the Queen is larger; about ¾” long. These pests can often be identified by their distinct coloration, their sighting in colonies, and a characteristic, rapid, side to side flight pattern. Yellow jackets build nest in a variety of protect places including: trees, scrubs, soil cavities, and inside and on man-made structures. They have a lance-like stinger with small barbs and tend to sting repeatedly. Occasionally their stinger will become lodged upon stinging and pull from their thorax; it is during this time that they are often misidentified as bees. Yellow Jackets are have been known to mark their aggressors and will pursue. While their stings are repeated and painful they are typically only life threatening to those with allergies but it is best to allow only trained professionals to treat for these pests.
Wasps: There are roughly 4,000 wasp species in the United States. The various species of wasps fall into two main categories: solitary wasps and social wasps. Because we see most of our customer concerns with social wasps; this is what we will focus on. Social wasps function in colonies that can number up to several thousand to a nest. Most of the wasp species have no role in pollinating plants. Wasps will build their nests in a variety of places including: holes underground, attached to walls, trees, or plants, underneath decks/floors, and on the eaves of homes. All of these locations are typically sun light rich areas. Wasps will attack and sting humans and pets; especially when threatened. Wasps nests found near the home or in public areas can be very dangerous and should to removed by a professional.
Hornets: Hornets present a significant risk to humans and pets when a colony is near the house or public area. Hornets have stings used to kill prey and defend the nest. Hornet stings are more painful than typical wasp stings because hornet venom contains a large amount of acetylcholine (approximately 5%) but toxicity varies with species. Hornets will sting multiple times and can mobilize the entire nest to sting in defense. If a hornet is killed near the nest it may release an attack pheromone which bonds to materials that come into contact with it. Hornets are very dangerous and should be dealt with by professional only.
ASIAN LADY BEETLES
Asian Lady Beetles: These beetles are typical in shape and structure, being domed and having a smooth transition from the wing covers (elytra), upper surface of the thorax (pronotum) and head. They measure at about 1/3″ long and occur in three main color forms: red or orange with black spots, black with two red spots, and black with four red spots. This species was introduced to the United States in 1916 to control the aphid population and has flourished ever since. These beetles become dormant in the cooler months and begin to move around when temperatures reach 50 degrees F. They will often dormant in cervices, behind siding, and inside walls. It is not uncommon to find these bugs inside the house during winter months if openings and heat transfer are present. These large populations can become problematic with swarms and gatherings near the home. They tend to form groups in upper corners of windows and are attacked to screening materials for there warmth. These beetles have good eye sight and will come back to where they were removed. These beetles are known to produce a small bite and will “reflex bleed” (releasing “hemolymph” from their legs; a liquid with a foul odor that of dead leaves) when agitated. Some people have had allergic reactions to these beetles.
Boxelder Bugs: The Boxelder adult is about ½” long with dark brown or black coloration with red wing veins and marking on the abdomen. Boxelder nymphs are bright red in color. These bugs are primarily found on boxelder, maple and ash trees. They are not known to cause any significant damage and are not considered an agriculture pest. Boxelder bugs are considered a nuisance pest to the public because of their hibernation traits and large focused populations. During the cooler months they will invade houses and other man-made structures. They tend to over winter behind siding and inside walls. Some people will detect a full odor if these pests are exterminated and not removed from the structure.
ANIMAL PREVENTION SERVICES
Prevent Wildlife from Invading Your Property
When you’ve realized you have a pest problem on your property, there are many steps you may choose to take. The most common step is getting in contact with a wildlife removal company, such as Illinois Wildlife Services, Inc. One of the biggest differences between our company and similar services in the area is that we offer animal prevention services, which helps to prevent future problems in the future.
We care about helping you solve your problem and provide useful information to prevent it from occurring again. By having the necessary experience and technology, we are able to do assist you effectively. You may not have any more repeat offenders, or have to keep calling wildlife removal companies over and over again. Let us help you solve your problem. Feel free to call us for a complimentary quote at (847) 463-9628!