Wildlife removal and prevention for residential and commercial customers in the Portland/Vancouver metro area. We use scientific information, not chemicals to create strategies that will fit any budget or lifestyle
Get Smart Rat Solutions is here to help with our safe, humane wildlife removal services. As a certified Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife control operator, our wildlife removal strategies are safe for everyone involved, both humans and animals alike. If the little invaders are taking over your Pacific Northwest area property, let us help.
Common Wildlife Pests
Squirrel are very common in residential areas and are often found in the yards and homes of humans. Because they hunker down in the winter, squirrels sometimes find their way into the attics of homes where they build nests and enjoy protection from cold weather. Yards with plenty of foliage are also attractive to squirrels, who view trees as both a source of food and shelter.
Raccoons are unique because of their cleverness. They are nocturnal animals and are very dexterous; allowing them to open jars, door knobs, latches and remove lids from garbage cans. Raccoons typically like to live in woodland areas near water sources and will eat just about anything but they have also adapted to city life in urban areas, farms, and suburbs where they have learned to scavenge for food. Yards containing easily accessible sources of food, such as outdoor pet food containers, vegetable gardens, unsecured trash bags, and compost heaps, often attract raccoons into residential areas. Nest can be found in empty buildings, attics, garages, sheds, crawl spaces and chimneys as they raise their young in the spring.
Highly adaptable, bats set up roosts in a variety of environments like deserts, woodlands, suburbs, and urban areas. While bats prefer warmer temperatures, they survive in temperate environments by hibernating during the winter months. For the most part, bats are innocuous because they are nocturnal and humans sleep through their activity. However, for survival purposes they will set up roosts in barns, attics, cracks in windows and doors, vents and even electrical wiring that leads inside.
Although opossums are native to forests and wetlands their omnivorous scavenging behavior allows them to fit in well among suburban environments. They prefer to nest in tree cavities or abandoned dens of other animals but sometimes take up residence in unoccupied attics, garages, sheds, walls, crawl spaces and beneath porches. Opossums lead a solitary lifestyle, except when rearing joeys, and are almost exclusively nocturnal. They often become a nuisance when they take residence amongst homes and businesses. Because they are known to acclimate to life around people, they may enter houses at night through unsecured dog or cat doors.
Concerns for Wildlife
Though squirrels are relatively peaceful and can co-habitat with humans, they also have the capacity for destruction. Inside homes, squirrels nest in attics and can chew and gnaw on wooden support beams and walls as well as wiring; endanger themselves and humans. In yards, squirrels will dig up buried nuts and seeds leaving holes and disrupting the overall presentation of your landscape. They also trample on and eat from gardens, feed on the contents of bird feeders as well as chew on birdhouses. Because they will dig and bury from the ground, things such as gardens can be contaminated with pathogens they may carry. If a squirrel has made its way into your home, contact a squirrel removal professional for humane removal.
Raccoons are often thought of as cute because of their facial markings but they can be viciously aggressive when they feel protective of their young. They also pose risk of disease such as Rabies, Lyme Disease, Typhus, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever which can be transmitted to humans and pets due to the ticks they carry. Along with disease, raccoons can cause a formidable amount of property damage as they are able to pry apart surfaces in search of shelter, like roofing tiles and unmaintenced vents and mesh guards that lead into attics or crawl spaces. Contact a raccoon removal professional if a raccoon has made its way into or onto your home or business.
While bats are beneficial creatures overall, they do pose certain health threats. Diseases like Rabies and Histoplasmosis are often associated with bats. While the fungus that causes Histoplasmosis is not carried by bats themselves, it lives in warm, humid soil. Bat droppings act as a catalyst for the development of the fungus, and human infection occurs when people inhale the spores. Bats also host ectoparasites, like fleas, flies, ticks, and mites that endanger the health of humans and pets. Finally, bat urine can cause a pervasive and unpleasant smell, while bat droppings stain ceilings and building visages. Contact a bat removal professional if you suspect bats in your home or business.
Opossums are a danger to humans and domesticated pets in that they can carry diseases such as Tuberculosis, Tularemia, Spotted fever, Toxoplasmosis, and Chagas disease as well as fleas, ticks, mites which are disease carriers of Rabies, Lyme Disease and Typhus. The greatest opossum damage occurs in gardens, where they help themselves to fruits and vegetables. They will also eat unsecured pet food left outside, rummage through garbage cans or compost heaps and have been known to enter chicken coops destroying birds, nests, and eggs. Contact an opossum removal company to remove any unwanted opossum guests.
If wildlife has made their home in your home or business, we will help you humanely evict them! We help to ensure the animal exits and cannot get back in by blocking all entry points. We also offer damage repair from any wildlife and preventative services. We have crafted our SMART system through study and experience so that wildlife removal is handled properly and humanely; protecting people, property and wildlife.
Did You Know?
Scientists estimate that just one opossum eats, on average, 5,000 ticks each year.