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Maine Animal Exclusion Services
There are plenty of critters in Maine that would just love to rip into your house and make it their own. And, they do! Midcoast Wildlife Specialists can resolve human & wildlife conflicts with our animal exclusion services.
“Exclusion” is the term used to describe sealing off your house to prevent pest critters from accessing it in the future. Animal exclusion is never done with the pest animals still inside, with the exception to bats & flying squirrels.
Bat & Flying Squirrel Exclusion
Technically, our service for bats and flying squirrels are deemed exclusions because we are sealing-up a good majority of the home. However, exclusion work is performed while the animals are still in the home, but to prevent them from being sealed inside we put up “one-way exclusion devices” so the offending pests can exit the structure, but not get back inside. Exclusion is part of the eviction of these 2 pests.
Red And Grey Squirrel Exclusion
This process begins after dark when the squirrels are in the home. These 2 species are removed from homes with the use of a one-way device that is connected to a multi-catch live trap. Up to 4 adult grey squirrels can be caught in a single setup. Using this method allows us to relocate the squirrels as a group, which will increase their chances of survival. This procedure also reduces the time spent trapping and we are able to resolve the problem much faster than traditional companies would in handling the immediate issue at hand.
Additionally, we can examine the squirrels caught to determinate whether any of them is a nursing female or not. A nursing mother squirrel brings a new challenge to the exclusion process, being there are likely young ones nested in the building somewhere. Thermal imaging cameras and 4’ scope or “snake cameras” make the process of finding the nesting babies go much smoother. Once we at last deem the home squirrel-free, we can move forward with repair work of the squirrel holes, which can be done by means of durable sheet metal, or we can replace boards and/or soffit to return the damaged spots back to original conditions. We are a full-service repair company and can conform our repair strategies to meet our customer’s preference.
Raccoons, Skunk, Porcupine, & Groundhog Exclusion
These pests must also be trapped and removed from the property before exclusion takes place. These critters just love to take up shelter underneath decks, patios, sheds, sunrooms, and more. Exclusion is done by digging a trench around the structure and installing heavy gauge wire to the edges of your deck, patio, shed, sunroom, or concrete slab. These are very effective barriers we put in place, but it can sure be a lot of work.
MWS – Examples Of Our Work
We get the job done correctly the first time!
Example Of A Front Porch Trenching Job
During this job, 4 raccoons were trapped and removed from the property. There were also baby raccoons that were removed afterward.
We had to dig out the gravel next to the front porch. The dirt was very compacted, and not to mention full of gravel & larger rocks. This trench was almost impossible to dig, but we got it done! After the trench was dug, the picture shows one of our technicians installing concrete fastening screws to attach our heavy screen to the edge of the concrete slab.
After the last screw was attached, which you see being done in the picture, the trench was filled in and we piled the rocks that had been there before, which only served as extra protection from potential pests trying to regain access. The wire was no longer visible after it was buried in the trench, which is why we install the wire towards the bottom.
Example Of A Raccoon Exclusion Job
Keeping raccoons out of this home was a tough job, but with the exclusion work we did, it was a success. The year before, we had trapped for a nursing female raccoon, which they can be highly suspicious of any traps, AKA cage shy. We could not catch her.
After we were confident that the raccoon had vacated the home, we performed raccoon exclusion work with our custom installed sheet metal you see below. She had previously ripped a hole in the lower soffit, and this is where we installed our exclusion material in the picture. One full year later, we got a call from the homeowner who told us the raccoon was back, but had failed to break through our barrier and gave up. Job closed!
Example Of Ridge Guard Used For A Bat Exclusion
Bats can be tough cases sometimes. On this particular job, bats were originally entering this home through a dormer area on the lower roof. After we excluded the bats, they proceeded to enter the Ridge-Vents of this house. We found evidence of bats entering the ridge vents after we had done the initial exclusion.
So, we called up American Animal Control, LLC and ordered ourselves some Ridge-Guard! After installing 160ft of the exclusion product, there were no bats inside the house within a day. This product works like a charm, and there will never be bats getting into our customers attic ever again. Ridge-Guard is an extremely durable material, and it works! Although it tacks on a good amount of exclusion cost, it’s well worth protecting your home.
Ridge-Guard is an American made product, produced by a fellow wildlife company based out of Indiana called American Animal Control, LLC. Ridge-Guard has become very popular among wildlife control professionals alike, and it’s the new generation of roofing product that has hit the market like a storm. Ridge-Guard first became available back in 2015, and it’s taken off in popularity for one simple reason; it works! Before Ridge-Guard, the only way to critter-proof the peak ridge section was to remove the entire ridge, run wire underneath it, and then install a new ridge vent cap. Not anymore! Ridge-Guard makes the old way obsolete. The protection it provides is like armor for your home; and it does so at half the cost of the original tear-off method that we mentioned before. Call MWS to have this professional grade product installed on your home today!
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