Raccoon
November 5, 2022 / / by analytics2@npaccel.com

Humane Raccoon Removal

Raccoons are nuisance animals invading both urban and rural properties with the sole intention of surviving. They have a distinctive black mask and ringed tail and are typically black and gray. 

Agile and excellent climbers, they adapt to live anywhere. They end up invading attics, crawl spaces, the deck, shed, chimney, roof, and even garbage cans. They weigh about 10-25 pounds and live up to 12 years in the wild. 

Like most mammals, these creatures are mainly nocturnal and dislike bright light but may look for food during the day. The female can give birth to 1-7 kits, of an average of 4 of these animals each. 

Raccoons will tear a hole into your attic and defecate, urinate to create a mess, and damage your attic insulation. They carry parasites and diseases dangerous to both animals and people, giving more reason to call your local animal removal services. We use safe pest control and pest removal methods to remove nuisance animals.

Call us today if you have raccoons on your premises and want to remove them. Or, if you want to learn more about how to remove raccoons, fill out our quote form on this page. We will reach out to you promptly to learn about your raccoon infestation. 

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Common Raccoon Removal FAQ

Learn about how to remove raccoons the right way.

How do I know if I have raccoons? What does raccoon damage look like?

Raccoons are great at sneaking into nooks and crannies of your house, but they’re not the stealthiest wild animals. Listen for loud bumps or chirps in your attic, crawlspace, or garage. Their noise is a dead giveaway you have raccoons.

Raccoons are also incredibly destructive. Raccoon damage may look like:

  • Overturned or destroyed garbage pails
  • Strewn sources of food in yard
  • Damaged bird feeders
  • Torn roofing, shingles, or siding
  • Scratch marks on soffits, gutters, or nearby trees
  • and more!

Raccoon damage can easily cost thousands of dollars if left unchecked. All in all, raccoons usually make their presence known to homeowners with a keen eye.

Can you trap raccoons? Are there any laws to prevent removal of raccoons?

Yes, raccoons can be trapped and removed by animal control providers. There are no laws preventing live trapping or relocation from a homeowner’s personal property.

Some states do require that a professional license be held by the wildlife removal service provider.

Can’t I just hire a contractor to help with how to get rid of a raccoon?

If you are wondering who to call to get rid of raccoons and have your handyman on speed-dial: wait.

A handyman is a great resource for quick fixes around the home. But they may be ill-equipped to handle the nuance of raccoon removal. Special tools and cages are required when getting rid of raccoons. It is recommended that you leave the trouble of getting rid of raccoons to the experts.

What is the cost of raccoon removal?

Every raccoon infestation situation is going to be different. And each of these variables is going to add to or lower your potential cost for raccoon removal. This could include:

  • Whether you have just a single raccoon or an entire gaze
  • Whether raccoon kits are present
  • The space the raccoons have claimed

Many contractors will be quick to give you a raccoon removal cost quote. They’ll then change the number on you when on-site.

If you’re wondering who to call for raccoon removal, we recommend contacting a trusted wildlife removal provider. A wildlife control expert should ask detailed questions about your unique situation. This will help them explain what they can or can’t do. And this includes the price of their services for dealing with raccoons.

Can I remove raccoons myself?

Raccoons are dangerous critters. They are amazingly intelligent and quite protective of their claimed spaces. They have also been known to become vicious if intruders cramp their space or jeopardize their kits. And this is to say nothing of the rabies they may carry.

It is strongly recommended that you hire a professional raccoon removal expert like Alpha Wildlife, who understands these creatures.
We come prepared with the on-the-ground knowledge and the tools required to keep you and your family safe. Contact us to get a free quote today!

November 4, 2022 / / by Eric

Flying squirrels are common rodents in most parts of the country, but as they are nocturnal, they are rarely seen. 

Northern flying squirrels (Glaucomys sabrinus) and Southern flying squirrels (Glaucomys volans) are the only two natives of America. Both are gray-brown, but the northern species has gray belly fur at the base, while the southern one’s belly fur is all white.

Their sizes are also different. The southern squirrels are smaller, measuring 8 to 10 inches in length, while the Northern species measure 10 to 12 inches long. They are nocturnal, and people rarely see them.

They are appropriately called gliding squirrels because they are incapable of the true-powered flight of a bird. These little rodents are great at escaping predators due to their gliding abilities. 

However, hawks, snakes, owls, and some climbing mammals efficiently manage to catch them.

They have a patagium membrane between their front and rear legs, allowing them to fly between trees. The slight leg movement controls the direction, while the tail serves as a brake to end its journey. This rodent can cover more than 150 feet in one glide.

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They can eat various foods, including nuts, fungi, seeds, insects, and fruits. These agile animals are considered among the most carnivorous squirrels because they typically augment their diets with birds, eggs, carrion, etc.

The northern species mates once yearly, but the southern flying one mate twice. 

This critter may live up to 10 years in natural surroundings, but its life span reduces to almost half in captivity.

Bat
November 3, 2022 / / by analytics2@npaccel.com

Humane Bat Removal

Bats are not rodents or flying mice but close relatives of primates. While there are many bat types in the US, the colonizing variants cause most problems. They cause the most nuisances while roosting in large numbers, particularly in attics.

Bats are not aggressive and are primarily insectivores eating moths, wasps, and gnats. Though thought to be blind, they aren’t. They use their echolocation to navigate while flying. 

While the bat carries rabies, its guano or bat droppings are a breeding ground for fungal disease. 

Bats need just a quarter-inch gap to invade your property, and once inside, the colony grows. That’s when you start noticing bats flying in and out of your living space. And this is to say nothing of the droppings that will inevitably appear. 

How to remove bats can be a tricky business. Bat removal needs extensive training and experience, which is where we can help with just a phone call. 

It’s time to call your local bat exclusion company if you notice these creatures flying in and out. We use only the safest bat removal methods to eliminate these nuisance animals from your property. Getting rid of bats is as simple as calling Alpha Wildlife.

A Note About Bat Removal

Bat removal in the southeast is a service we take very seriously.

If you hear odd, high-pitched sounds or smells odd scents in your attic, you’re not crazy. It’s likely you have a bat problem. However, bats are protected by the federal government. As such, they need to be handled in a regulated fashion.

So before rushing to kill them or seal them in, consult with a bat removal expert like Alpha Wildlife. Our process for how to get rid of bats is legal and humane. We will work to remove your bats effectively, above board, and permanently.

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Do you have bats in the attic?

Bat removal is at an all-time high due to construction and development. Bats may be small creatures but can create a giant mess inside and outside your home. 

Bats species commonly found in your area:

  • Little Brown Bat
  • Big Brown Bat
  • the Mexican Free Tail Bat. 

Generally, bats need only the smallest gap to gain access to your home. The average egress is only 1/3 of an inch for an entry point. It also makes no difference whether it’s an older home or a new build. Once bats get into the attic, they find a spot to call home

Often you’ll notice a strong urine smell before you’re aware you have bats.

Bat Damage Possibilities

Once you know you’ve got bats, we recommend that you have them removed as soon as possible. 

Pup (baby) season is typically from late May to early August. Given that bats are federally protected mammals, they cannot be interacted with during mating season. To remove a bat colony from your living space, you will have to wait until pup season is over. 

Removal of adult bats before babies are strong enough to fly can cause more significant issues. They may also cause bat damage to the insulation from guano and urine that is left behind daily. Additionally, bats also can carry bat bugs that could be a potential hazard to your health.

Unfortunately, suppose you see bats flying around your home. In that case, there is a good possibility that bats have gained access inside your home. Potentially, it might result in more extensive problems, like sanitary issues and resulting health concerns.

Bats can transfer rabies by biting. Their mouths are so small that you may not notice the tiny bite mark. Bats can also cause lots of damage to your insulation from their droppings (guano) and urine. Handling bats should never happen without the help of trained wildlife professionals.

Bats Feeding Habits

Bats are efficient feeders and fill their stomachs in about an hour. And thankfully, bats primarily feed on insects and other pests that pose a risk to people and their pets.

They feed mainly on beetles, moths, flies, flying ants, wasps, dragonflies, and other flying insects. They will not feed in heavy rain or when the temperature is below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Bats will accumulate fat reserves before entering a soft slumber in the winter season. A typical fat reserve can be as much as a third of their body weight.

Bat Inspections

The first step in answering how to get rid of a bat is to determine the kind of problem you have. One bat versus a colony may mean different means of removing bats.

Alpha Wildlife can handle all of your bat removal needs. Once you realize that you need a bat removal service, call Alpha Wildlife to set up your assessment. 

Every technician at Alpha Wildlife is nationally certified and trained in all things relating to bat removal and remediation. When our technician comes to your home or business, we will determine if you have a bat issue. Once a bat problem is identified, we will assess your property for removal. A remediation plan will be presented to you after the assessment.

Common Bat Removal Questions: 

Q: What types of bats are in the area?

A: The main types of bats in the area are little brown bats, big brown bats, and Mexican free-tail bats. They differ in size and aggressiveness. They each have their preferred location for roosting in your attic. 

Q: Can you trap bats, and what are bat removal services?

A: The short answer to the question is, No, you cannot. Bats are federally protected, meaning that unless the bats are in the immediate home, they can not be touched. When the bats are in the attic, eaves, soffit, ridge, or fascia, that is not considered a direct danger to you.

So, how do we get them out? First, we will have to identify the main entry point. We will seal the rest of the home to protect it from re-entry. Then we will put a one-way valve on the house, where the bats can leave but cannot get back in.

Q: What is Bat Exclusion, and why is it necessary?

A: Once Bats get into an attic space, the bats cannot be physically touched and removed. Bat Exclusion is not an easy fix, but it is very effective when done correctly.

Once bats have claimed a space as their home, it is difficult to keep them out. Even if their main entry point is blocked, a bat will work hard to reenter a structure. Entering your home is the thing they will fixate on.

Q: Can’t I just hire a contractor for bat removal?

A: If you are wondering who to call to get rid of bats, don’t rely on a general handyman. The main reason you should not hire a contractor is that Bats are protected.

If a contractor does manage to seal the bats in your home, you can potentially accrue heavy fines. A fine is incurred per bat that dies in your home. The penalty can come from local and federal wildlife agencies. And the penalty may be placed on you and your contractor.

Also, most contractors do not have the training to know all the areas that bats can get in the attic. On the other hand, every Alpha Wildlife technician is Bat Certified and nationally trained to keep the bats out.

Q: What is the cost of bat removal?

A: It’s difficult to offer an exact number that applies to all people for bat removal costs. Various factors affect the kind of remediation plan needed. This could include:

  • whether you have a large colony or just a single bat,
  • the kind of space the bats have claimed,
  • and more.

Many contractors will give you one quote and then change the number on you later. We encourage you to contact us to discuss the specific nature of your bat infestation. That way, we can give an accurate estimation.

Q: Can I remove the Bats myself?

A: No, you cannot remove bats by yourself. Bats are state and federally protected. You can not manually remove the bats according to those guidelines. The only time the bats can be touched is if the bat is in a habitable living space

If you see a bat in your living space, call a professional like Alpha Wildlife immediately. We will ensure the bat is removed and your home inspected to ensure there are no more bats.

Other Qs

If you are still wondering about our bat removal process, we have you covered. Explore our frequently asked questions page. You can learn more about the cost of bat removal, who to call for bat removal, and more.

Local Bat Removal Services

When removing bats, keep your expertise local. Our bat removal specialists operate throughout numerous metros in the southeast. We know the kinds of bats that call our area home.

In South Carolina, we offer bat removal services in and surrounding areas of:

In Tennessee, removal of bats is available in and surrounding areas of:

We also remove pests across a range of wildlife species, including raccoons, squirrels, skunks, and more. Contact us to explore the breadth of our wildlife control and removal services. It’s risk-free and no-obligation.

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Squirrel
November 2, 2022 / / by analytics2@npaccel.com

Humane Squirrel Removal

There are more than 60 squirrel species and five types of squirrels in the United States. The different species come in different colors. Distinct body types make it easy to dig, climb or glide through the air

The size also varies between species ranging from 5 inches to 3 feet. These backyard pests have four front teeth that never wear down because they never stop growing. 

Female squirrels give birth to about 2-8 squirrels at a time, multiple times a year. It’s not surprising that the squirrel population quickly goes out of control. When this happens, it’s important to get rid of them quickly. 

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Do you have squirrels scampering around in the backyard and on trees? The noise can get irritating, while its chewing can damage your property. Call your local wildlife control office for quick and thorough squirrel removal, prevention, and damage repair services

We practice safe and human removal of squirrels living on your property.

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Squirrels removal from the Attic

Squirrels do not need much to make their way into the attic. Squirrels can take the slightest edge or gap to gain entry. All they need is a hole the size of a baseball. After squirrels get into the attic, they will find a small area to call their home.

Squirrel Removal is at an all-time high. Squirrels can sound quite large for such a small animal.

The standard grey squirrel is not the giant squirrel there is. The grey squirrel makes up noise and damage where they lack size. 

Unfortunately, if you see squirrels on your roof, there is a good possibility that the squirrels are chewing on your home. And this can be a problem. Squirrels don’t need much room to enter and will chew almost anything they encounter. Squirrels also leave a lot of waste in your insulation that can easily cause drywall damage.

Home inspections for Squirrels

Alpha Wildlife can handle all your squirrel removal needs. Our team is prepared to provide a complete squirrel inspection in your home. This means that we look at all potential squirrel entry points in your property. We check attics, soffit, crawl space, and other areas, and create a plan to humanely remove squirrels.

Once you realize that you need a squirrel removal service, call Alpha Wildlife to set up an assessment. Every technician at Alpha Wildlife is nationally certified and trained in all things squirrel removal.

When our technician comes to your home or business, we will determine if you have a squirrel problem. If you do, then we will assess the property. Following this assessment, we will present a plan to get the squirrels out of the attic and keep them out permanently.

While removing the squirrels from home, we will constantly communicate with you. You will also have the direct number to the technician should you have questions whatsoever.

Possible Damages Caused by Squirrels

By doing so, squirrels will first damage the insulation throughout the attic. The squirrels will flatten the insulation by walking on it or digging through it. The insulation can also be ruined by the urine and feces left behind daily.

Squirrels can also chew on electrical lines, potentially causing power outages or fire. While it is unlikely to happen to your home, the fact is that it can. Squirrels also chew incessantly, causing further wood rot and damage. If squirrels in the attic go unchecked, the damage can be severe.

Some people think they can live with squirrels in the attic. But this is not advised, as squirrels are incredibly destructive.

Common signs that you have squirrels in the house

The first signs that people will generally experience with squirrels are quick running or scurrying in your attic. This often takes place at sunrise. This noise will typically continue for a few hours in the morning and again in the afternoon, just before sunset. Squirrels will chew a baseball-sized hole in your Soffits, Roofline, Eaves, etc.

Most squirrels will naturally sleep in your attic at night because your attic has become their new home. 

Once inside, they chew electrical wires, create insulation damage, and contaminate your attic and home with their feces and urine. Squirrels will mate twice a year, which coincides with many areas’ rise in call volume.

Squirrels will mate and have a litter in the fall and the spring. The kit sizes can vary, but they are typically 4-6 per cycle. Female squirrels are pretty protective. They will run off any other squirrels that try to get into the attic with them

You may not know that you have had squirrels in the attic because female squirrels can be quieter. When the noises get loud, the young squirrels start playing and chasing one another in the attic. When it comes to young squirrels, you have to handle them very delicately.

Our inspection and removal process:

Our trained technicians will inspect your home for entry points. We will also set up traps and seal the entry. Once complete, we’ll discuss with you our squirrel prevention services, that include the following:

  • Home inspection to find entry hole(s)
  • Remove babies by hand and set up traps
  • Trap adult squirrels in humane manner
  • Seal shut entry holes and other vulnerable areas after removal

Once our remediation service is complete, we are confident you will no longer have a squirrel problem. We’ll also take the squirrels to a safer environment, while our squirrel control steps ensure squirrels will not be able to return.

Common Squirrel Removal Questions:

Q: What attracts squirrels to my property?

There are many facets of your home that may be attractive to a wild animal like a squirrel. It might be your bird feeder, which tempts them with daily food sources. Or it might be an easily accessible attic or crawl space, which provides protection from predators.

There is no way to know for sure, but one thing is for sure. If you have squirrels in your living space, they need to be removed by a trusted pest control service provider.

Q: How do you get rid of squirrels permanently?

A: You will never be able to keep the squirrels off the roof. We can, however, seal up the vulnerable areas that are considered hotspots that squirrels will try to get into. But a proven, full service wildlife control expert will be able to remove an infestation and prevent future entry.

Once we have sealed an area, including the main entry point and other vulnerable areas, we are confident squirrels will not be able to get back in. And we don’t seal up a space until we are sure all nuisance animals have been removed.

Q: What types of squirrels are in the area?

A: Grey Squirrels, Red Squirrels, Flying Squirrels, Fox Squirrels, White Squirrels, and Black Squirrels all live throughout Tennessee and South Carolina.

Q: Does Alpha Wildlife remove all kinds of squirrels?

Yes, we can remove any squirrel from your property. This includes common grey and red squirrels, as well as more nimble flying squirrels.

Q: What are common entry points for squirrels to get into the attic?

A: Squirrels will typically use areas such as the roofline gap, eave gaps, any ventilation vent, or rotten wood.

Q: Do squirrels carry diseases?

A: Yes, Squirrels do carry diseases. According to the CDC, squirrels can have the Plague, Tularemia, Tick Fever, Lyme disease, La Crosse Encephalitis, and West Nile virus.

Q: What do I do if I find a baby squirrel?

A: Typically, you will need to find a local wildlife rehabilitator for baby squirrels. They are trapped and removed with an extra level of precision.

A voluntary company or individual taught by the state wildlife commission will raise the young squirrels to survive once released.

Q: What can I expect for my squirrel removal cost?

Many companies will offer you a quote, only to up the price on you later. Don’t trust these outfits. Every nuisance animal infestation is different and requires different methods. Whether you have just one or many squirrels, this can change the potential cost of squirrel removal.

We recommend reaching out to us via the form at the top of the page to get a free quote today. We will assess your query, investigate your property, and then give you a no-pressure quote for our squirrel removal cost.

Get professional squirrels removal services in Tennessee and South Carolina:

We offer humane squirrel removal throughout Tennessee in and around:

We also offer squirrel removal services in the following South Carolina areas:

If you are wondering, “Who do you call to get rid of squirrels?” just call the certified experts with Alpha Wildlife, and get a free quote right away!

Skunk
November 1, 2022 / / by analytics2@npaccel.com

Humane Skunk Removal

Striped skunks weigh about 4-12 pounds and measure approximately 22-30 inches long. They are natural scavengers and nuisance animals in urban and residential areas.

Skunks are most active at night because they’re nocturnal in nature and dislike bright light. They are rarely out with the sun and commonly sleep under tight fitting spaces. This includes the porch, patio, deck, or crawl space during the day. Their litter size ranges between 3-6 skunks, and their lifespan is 2-5 years in the wild.

These creatures can communicate through scent marketing, and males often discharge during mating season. If threatened, they spray a highly putrid liquid a maximum distance of 15 feet at 180 degrees. The smell is not only horrible but can also lead to temporary blindness.

You can depend on us for all your skunk removal needs.

Skunks not only alarm your domesticated animals but also transmit diseases like rabies and salmonella. The offensive smell of random discharging by male skunks can also be intolerable.

Call your local animal removal company if you notice these scavengers on your property. We will get rid of a skunk problem safely.

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Skunk Damage

Skunks are a nuisance due to their smell. But they can create a lot of other issues and damage when they nest as well.

Once a skunk enters your crawl space, it’s just the beginning. They will litter your vapor barrier with feces and urine. They will tear at the insulation around your ductwork and can possibly destroy your soft duct lines completely.

This will leave areas exposed for access to the animals. It can also cause higher electric bills since the heat or air will be venting into the crawl space. They will take the insulation and make a nest under the vapor barrier or in a corner of the crawl space. This is where they prefer to have their kits.

If you do not resolve your skunk issue in a timely manner, the damage can be overwhelming.

Skunk Removal FAQs

If you are wondering who to call to get rid of skunks, our FAQs may help.

Can I remove skunks myself?

If you try to trap a skunk yourself, there’s only one outcome: getting sprayed.

Getting rid of a skunk is a tricky business. That’s why it’s best to leave it to a professional wildlife control service expert like Alpha Wildlife. We know how to get rid of a skunk the right way every time.

What is the average cost for skunk removal?

Many handy generalists will tell you a quick price. But the problem with this approach is every infestation is different. Do you have skunks under a porch? Or has a whole family nestled safely in your basement?

Be wary of mis-informed skunk removal cost estimates. Rather than ballpark a skunk removal cost, we work with individuals to get as much info as we can. This all happens before the live trapping begins.

By filling out our form above, we will get in touch with you to ask detailed questions about your situation. Following that, we will visit your home or site to inspect your infestation. With all of the needed info, we then give you an accurate, no-pressure quote that you can be confident in.

Do you trap and remove other animals?

Yes, we can assess, trap, remove, and prevent all kinds of nuisance animal infestations. Learn about the different wildlife animals that can infest your home in our free wildlife library.
If you have a question about our skunk removal services, we invite you to peruse our frequently asked questions page. We can provide answers about our process and about why Alpha Wildlife are the wildlife removal service experts you need. Skunk removal services are available in the following areas:

Tennessee cities and surrounds:
Chattanooga
Knoxville
Nashville
Memphis

South Carolina areas in and around:
Charleston
Columbia

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Rodent
October 30, 2022 / / by analytics2@npaccel.com

Humane Rodent Removal

Rats and mice can also enter your home through pipes and drains. They only require a hole ⅜ of an inch wide to enter, according to the National Wildlife Control Operators Association. They also like to live cozy spaces like:

  • dark corners of closets
  • around your fireplace
  • around pipes going to hot water heaters and more.

While there is not much you can do about rodents in your pipes, you should seal outdoor buildings, crawl spaces, and garages to prevent rodents from entering. Rats and mice can contaminate everything they touch with their feces and urine!

Rodent – Rats and mice in your living area?

They can chew on your food. They can also cause enormous destruction to your living space as they nest in your walls and floors. And this is to say nothing of the feces and urine they leave behind. It is important to get them out ASAP!

Homes have openings everywhere. This is where rats, mice and wildlife find their way in.

Rats and mice love dark, safe places like attics, crawl spaces, basements, AC units, soffits, foundation vents, and more. They will often access these spaces through a hole in your home’s exterior and then crawl between the walls to their desired nesting spot. This is why it is critical to seal all holes, cracks, and other vulnerable spaces in your home’s exterior. This will prevent future intrusions.

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FAQ About Rodent Removal Questions

Q: What kinds of rodents live in the area?

A: Tennessee and South Carolina are home to many species of rodent. This includes varieties such as Norway rats, Roof rats, field mice, southeastern pocket gophers, and more.

Q: Does Alpha Wildlife remove all kinds of rodents?

A: Yes, our services cover all rodent species. We do not discriminate. If you are searching for something specific like roof rat removal near me, look no further than Alpha Wildlife.

Q: Where do rodents like to live?

Mice and rats will look for whatever safe, dark, and warm space they can find. You can often find entry points in basements, attics, garages, insulation, and more. To get rid of mice properly, you may need to check multiple spaces in your home.

Q: What kind of damage can mice and rats cause?

A: Though small, rodents can be very damage causing. That’s because mice and rats tend to chew on everything. This includes electrical wiring, siding, foundation, and more. If left unaltered, a mouse or rat infestation can be enormously damaging to your property.

They are also known to leave mouse droppings everywhere they tread, which can pose a health risk to your family.

If you have rats in the basement or mice in the attic, removal is necessary. And if you’re in the Memphis area, where roof rats are common, it’s important to rely on experienced professionals.

Q: Can I remove rodents myself?

A: It’s possible to catch a few mice with some strategically placed mouse traps. Snap traps and live traps definitely work. But if you truly have an infestation, you will need a professional extermination service provider. That’s because nuisance animal removal companies offer more than the ability to set traps.

They can access, inspect, and infiltrate spaces in your home that you may not be able to reach. They can also provide solutions to prevent rodents from reentering once they have been removed. Trust a professional who knows how to get rid of rodents in your house once and for all.

Q: What can I expect for the cost for rodent removal?

A: Don’t trust contractors who are quick to give you a price. Exterminator costs aren’t as simple as a fixed concept. Every infestation is different. 

Once we have your details, we will make a full assessment of your property. Once the infestation has been inspected, we can give a detailed remediation and prevention report.

With our pressure-free quote, there’s no guesswork. You can ensure you’ll pay the rodent removal cost we quote you.

Don’t hesitate! Contact the certified and licensed professionals at Alpha Wildlife to get a free quote today.

October 29, 2022 / / by analytics2@npaccel.com

Bird Removal

Birds are a beautiful part of our natural environment. 

But sometimes, these beautiful creatures can become pests damaging homes and property with their droppings. Also, they can potentially spread disease and noise with their unwanted cries. 

Typically, only some bird species are considered pests. But three of the world’s common pests are pigeons, house sparrows, and the European Starling. 

They are also considered pests because they come from countries other than North America and have no natural predators in the United States. 

Their growing population can adversely affect human health and safety if left unchecked. For example, they can transmit diseases such as toxoplasmosis, encephalitis, and Salmonella.

Moreover, if their droppings are left unattended, they can damage 

buildings and vehicles, resulting in costly repairs. Also, if you breathe their droppings, you may contract diseases like histoplasmosis and cryptococcosis.

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Bat removal is at an all-time high due to construction and development. Bats may be small creatures but can create a giant mess inside and outside your home. 

October 28, 2022 / / by analytics2@npaccel.com

Roof Rats – Alpha Wildlife

Roof rats, also called ship rats or black rats, are found worldwide. They measure 6 to 20 inches (16 to 50 cm).

When combining their head and body length, their tails are considerably longer than the head and body, measuring 7 to 10 inches (19 to 25 cm). 

They typically weigh 5 to 9 ounces (150 to 250 g), but the weight can increase to 12 ounces (340 g).

Roof rats inhabit the top levels of homes, attics, and rafters and are common in heaps of debris or wood bundles. Since they prefer covered areas, fruit trees, dense vegetation, and shrubbery are prone to damage by them.

They damage materials by gnawing through them and contaminating stored food, causing food poisoning. They potentially serve as vectors of various diseases, such as typhus, rickettsia, rat-bite fever, trichinosis, and salmonellosis.

Roof rats are and hunt in groups of up to ten. They return to the same food source, following the same route between their nest and meal.

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They typically dart around like cats when they feel threatened but are active when looking for food or shelter. Roof rats behave aggressively only when threatened, just like other animals. And as a self-defense mechanism, they bite or chase. 

The common signs of roof rat infestation are droppings scattered around the property, tarnished electrical wires, and noise. You can prevent these rodents from invading your property by sealing the cracks and holes. 

Also, remember to trim the shrubs and trees, keep the food hidden, and your garbage tightly covered. But if the infestation is severe, it’s crucial to call professional pest control; they’ll inspect your property and can suggest appropriate treatment.

October 21, 2022 / / by analytics2@npaccel.com

Humane Opossum Removal Services

Opossums are scavengers and the only marsupials found in the U.S. They visit homes in search of food sources and often raid garbage cans, dumpsters, and other containers. These creatures tear up yards by eating fruit from trees, grass and nuts.

Possum Removal in Memphis

These critters are nocturnal and will “play dead” when they feel endangered. They can grow as large as a house cat and can become aggressive if they feel threatened, or if cornered. Opossums have very sharp teeth and claws and carry diseases such as tuberculosis, along with parasites such as lice and fleas.

Call us today if you have oposoms on your premises and want to remove them. Our wildlife removal teams in Tennessee and South Carolina focus on humane possum removal. We are also available for emergency possum removal.

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Learn about how Alpha Wildlife locates, removes, and keeps out possums.

What Are Some Signs of Opossum Infestation?

Possums are nocturnal, so you often wake up to new yard damage and discarded garbage. Some signs you have a possum infestation include:

  • Unpleasant smells from large droppings
  • Trash cans that are rummaged through
  • Bird feeders that are broken or turned over
  • Turned over flowerpots
  • Hearing noises of hissing, lip smacking or shrieking
  • Noises such as scratching and ripping when they are nesting
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How Does Humane Possum Removal Work?

Our wildlife removal team is adept at opossum removal and uses only advanced, safe, and humane trapping techniques. Alpha Wildlife never uses poison to remove raccoons.

Do You Offer Emergency Possum Removal?

If you have possums inside your property, we offer emergency 24/7 service. We typically offer same-day service for opossum infestations outside your property. However we are a first come, first serve business. We try to accommodate our schedule with the customers’ schedule the best way that we can.

How Does Opossum Prevention Work?

Removing any food sources is the best way to prevent opossums from invading your yard. It’s important to hire a professional animal control company if you have a problem with opossums. Call us at (901) 305-4577 to get a free estimate to remove and assist with prevention today.

Other Qs

To learn more about opossum removal and prevention in Tennessee and South Carolina, explore our frequently asked questions page. Our opossum removal experts are also available to answer your questions. Call us at (901)305-4577.


Local Opossum Removal Experts

Make sure to choose the opossum removal experts you can count on – Alpha Wildlife! When removing opossums, keep your expertise local. Our opossum removal specialists operate throughout numerous metros in Tennessee and South Carolina.

In South Carolina, we offer possum removal services in and surrounding areas of:

  • Charleston
  • Columbia

In Tennessee, opossum removal is available in and surrounding areas of:

  • Chattanooga
  • Knoxville
  • Memphis
  • Nashville

We also remove pests across a range of wildlife species, including raccoons, squirrels, skunks, and more. Contact us to explore the breadth of our wildlife control and removal services. It’s risk-free and no obligation.

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The Norway rat belongs to a diverse contrasting group of brown rats. Despite their name, this species is native to northern China. They were initially commonly found in forests but became domesticated as companion species with humans.

Brown rats (Rodents) are the most significant members of their rodent family. They reach an average length of 16.4 inches (40 cm), with a tail that is a little shorter than their entire body. 

They generally weigh 0.5 to just under 1 pound (200 to 500 grams), and males are usually larger than females.

Their medium-length, dense fur covers their bodies, except for the nose, ears, and tail, which are entirely bald. Their natural colors range from gray to brown, often with lighter hues on the underside. 

They use different means of communication, like vocalizing and visual signals.

Brown rats are hunters and can eat a wide range of foods, and this characteristic has helped it spread worldwide. One study on the rat’s bowel content found over 4,000 items in their stomach.

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They are polygynous, meaning females and males usually have more than one mate. Females become sexually mature at roughly four months and males at three months. 

Breeding is not seasonal, though it’s more common in warmer months. Litters average eight pups, and it generally takes two weeks for offspring to open their eyes, and they nurse for three or four weeks.

Brown rats are nocturnal and are primarily active at dusk and during the night. They live up to four years in human care but only for about lifespans are around two years in wild habitats.

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