We do: bat removal, squirrel control, coyotes, fox trapping, pest control, rat problems, rodent control, roof rats, damage control, inspection, treatment in the following cities: Snellville, Monroe, Loganville, Lawrenceville, Norcross, Duluth, Suwanee, Buford, Tucker, Lilburn, Stone Mountain, Lithonia, Conyers, Decatur, Atlanta, Georgia

Frequently Asked Questions

This short list of questions and answers is only the tip of the iceberg so to speak. All questions are answered in regular scheduled appointments. Hopefully, these questions and answers will give you an idea of how thorough we are and how serious we are about protecting you, your family, pets, friends, home, and property from nuisance animals and their damage.

1. What is in my attic/walls/crawl space/ basement?

In addition to actually seeing animals, most initial complaints are of noises, droppings, or odors. If you ask 10 people to describe animal noises, you would get 10 different answers. What doesn’t change is the droppings, each animal has its own unique droppings and this will require an onsite inspection for determination of animal species. Odors arising from dead animals are also unique to the dead animal. As a general rule, attic noises during daylight hours are grey squirrels and noises during dark hours are rats or flying squirrels, but noises also come from bats, possums, raccons, or any of several nuisance animals.

2. Do I have an infestation?

An infestation determination requires an onsite inspection. First, accept the fact that every house has many openings allowing for animal entry, these openings were left that way during construction, original or addon. Most animals when first invading a structure are what I call occasional invaders, they randomly come and go as they please because the openings are there and they can (now we hear them, now we don’t). Over time activity leads to animals actually setting up house in attics. At the point your house is the nesting site, it serves the capacity of shelter,,,,, all that is required for sustaining life then is food and water. The animals go out for food, water and roaming, and then return to their shelter, your attic, for regular breeding, contamination and destroying everything they touch.

3. How did the animals get into my house?

There are many openings in the roof and gutter line area of 99+% of homes in central Georgia. There are also many places at ground level that allow entry of nusiance animals into structures. 95% to 98% of exclusion repairs are man made openings left that way during construction, original or addon. As animals are invading structures they leave urine and feces wherever they travel, which becomes a scent trail that other animals are very likely to follow at some point in the future.

4. What damages are done to my home?

Animal damage control is done to minimize damage to structures and or property. Damages can fall into several different categories. Usually with animals you do not have structural damage, but anything is possible. Any wires ( electrical, phone, security, cable, etc.) and pvc plumbing pipes can be gnawed on by rats or squirrels, creating problems such as fire or flooding. Read the fire portion of your homeowners insurance policy. It will read something like this; if your home has a fire and the cause is determined to be animals chewing electrical wires, your policy is null and void at that point. Don’t be mad at me, I am just the messenger. Insulation can be contaminated with urine and fecal matter, and can be packed down to a point of inefficiency. Occassionally exclusion repairs are of a cosmetic nature, but most of the these repairs are in out of sight places where animals travel.

5. Should I have any health concerns?

Health concerns are a lot like beauty, they are in the eyes of the beholder, however, most nuisance animals breed, contaminate, and destroy. Different animals carry different parasites and diseases, and can spread them through direct contact with the animals or sometimes simply being where animals were once located will set off some allergies. An onsite inspection will reveal more required information as it pertains to your particular property and that particular situation.

6. Do you do humane animal removal, I do not want the animals harmed?

Yes, we humanely remove as many animals as we can with the exception of rats which are euthanized on site. Let me suggest to you that when an animal (squirrel) is captured and relocated, it will go through a stress induced period just from being in a cage. Additionally, when released it also will not have a ready source of food, water, or shelter, and may have to fight other animals for the very basics of life to sustain itself. Having said that, by all definitions of the word humane, yes, we always practice humane removal. By Georgia law, some nuisance animals are to be euthanized and not released into the general population again. There are no easy methods for relocating nuisance animals that are truly humane, some are just a bit more humane than others.

7. How long will this take to complete?

Elimination/monitoring/repairs through completion is on average 7 to 14 days. This varies with seasonal changes in the weather (wind, rain, and freezing temperatures) and work load being heavy or light.

8. What will this cost?

We currently have a $130.00 inspection/consultation fee and for that you get 2 to 2 ½ hours of our time. It takes about an hour to inspect and write it up for presenting, and about an hour to present the program to most homeowners and answer all questions. The cost of elimination is determined by the animals and the extent of the infestation, and the cost of repairs is determined by a wide variety of factors that require an onsite inspection.

9. What guarantees do you offer?

We have a variety of warranties depending on the extent of the work required in conjunction with the customers needs and desires. When we do a complete and thorough exclsuion repair program, we give full warranties for one year, then the warranties are like a termite warranty in that they are renewable and transferable. Other warranties can be 30, 60, 90 days, or 6 months, again depending on the animal and the extent of the work required (ie. Bats only, repairs only, one year, no renewal).

10. Why should I trust you?

For starters, we are licensed, insured, and bonded. As owner, I have 30 years in pest control with 2 state licenses in Florida and 3 state licenses in Georgia. I also have 26 years in nuisance wildlife control including exclusion repairs where I have personally secured well over 1,000 homes in the metro area. Exclusion repairs can also be called preventative maintainence. In conjunction with these licenses, I am a nationally “Certified Wildlife Control Professonal” (about 110 in the country and only 3 in Georgia). Homeowners beware, a lot of new people are trying to get in this industry, some are unlicensed, uninsured, incompetent, and dishonest. Ask for credentials (Dept. of Natural Resources or Dept of Ag.), proof of insurance, and or references.

11. How do we get started?

It all starts when you are ready, simply give us a call to set an appointment.

12. What other services do you offer?

Other services offered are removal of dead animals, droppings, nesting material, and insulation. We do some insect and lawn work, but only as it applies to nuisance animals, at this time we do not offer regular pest control services. We are a nuisance wildlife control company which by design has pest control licenses in Georgia in the categories of general household pest, lawn and ornamental, and wood destroying organisms.

13. What can I do to help?

Bird feeders are also feeders for rats, squirrels, possum and raccoons. By removing these feeders from your yard, most animals will go to your neighbors yard for food. This will take about 2 to 4 weeks to change the animals behavior but it works. This is a great deterrant and sometimes a requirement when we are securing a property so we can secure the structure. Most husbands will say, “that’s fine with me but you are the one who has to tell her”. Have a sense of humor. Keeping lids on trash cans, keeping debris and clutter from your yard , keeping limbs, branches, and shrubs trimmed and cut back from the house, and no pet food or water bowls left on decks or patios are all great places to start.

14. What qualifications do you have?

As owner of The Trapping Dept., and The Ratman, my qualifications and credentials are many. Please go to my credentials page for more information regarding this, thank you, Ronnie Smith.