Wildlife We Remove in Durham, NC
Located in Piedmont, Durham’s rolling, forested hills provide plenty of habitats for North Carolina wildlife. Habitats in Piedmont include old fields, rock outcrops, streams, and woodlands where species diversity is high. Two large river basins provide plenty of water for animals.
Habitat loss and fragmentation due to development, the greatest threat to North Carolina wildlife, mean human-wildlife conflicts will continue. Some animals like raccoons, squirrels, bats, skunks, and opossums have adapted extremely well to live in urban and suburban habitats.
Unwelcomed animals in your home will make their presence known. Animal noises are the most obvious sign you have an animal in your house. Wildlife in your home is more than a nuisance. Nuisance wildlife will damage your home and threaten your health.
Durham Wildlife Removal Services
There is no one-size-fits-all solution; each job requires a custom approach. We inspect every home and build a custom plan to resolve any wildlife problems. Our Integrated Wildlife and Pest Control programs aim to humanely remove and prevent any future intrusions. We provide full home exclusions in which we repair and restore your home from the damage caused by the animal(s).
Step 1: Inspection
We inspect the entire house both inside and out. We check the attic and crawlspace. We look for entry points along the exterior and on the roof. Each house is different. Each species is different. An inspection could take as little as 30 minutes or as long as 3 hours.
Step 2: The Plan
After the inspection, we share what we found with you and explain how we solve the problem. Each plan is unique to the homeowner. Removal strategies include but are not limited to live trapping, direct capture, deterrents, or one-way doors. Once they’re gone, we repair any damage and apply sanitizing and ectoparasite agents. We return your home to the condition before the animal was present.
Step 3: Exclusion
A full home exclusion creates a barrier that prevents animals from entering or re-entering your home. Exclusions provide long-term and safe solutions to keep an animal out. We seal all types of entry points like plumbing stacks, gable vents, ridge vents, crawlspace vents, and roof returns. In addition, Trutech offers a one-year warranty on full home exclusions.
We are not satisfied until you are and that’s 100% guaranteed.
Common Wildlife in Durham
Raccoons inhabit all parts of the state, tend to stay near a reliable source of water, and are comfortable in urban areas. Raccoons can wreak havoc trying to gain entry to your home and cause significant damage creating a den in your attic. They can cause a mess of garbage and destroy home gardens and birdfeeders.
Female raccoons will seek out shelter during the breeding season. The breeding season peaks in February and March but can happen anytime between December and June. Raccoons are nocturnal, but a female will be active during the day to forage for food if she has a litter.
Live trapping is the most common raccoon removal technique and exclusion techniques repair raccoon damage and sealing areas like roof returns and gable vents.
Rodent Pest Control
A mouse or rat infestation can damage your home and harm your health. Rats like all rodents constantly gnaw and will gnaw on anything it can sink their teeth into. Rats can spread a variety of diseases.
To effectively get rid of rodents you need to control the population. Female rats can have six litters in one year. The wildlife technician will determine the best type of trap, placement of trap, and the best bait to use.
The standard trapping duration is normally 5-14 days. Rats leave pheromone trails that other rats can follow into your home. It is essential to repair entry points and reinforce potential entry points to keep rats out.
Opossum RemovalOpossums are not prone to aggression. They pose the greatest threat to your garden, but they will eat almost anything. Opossums do carry diseases so do not approach them haphazardly. Opossums will also look for safe nesting areas under decks, inside garages, or under foundations. Sealing ground-level entrances and burying wire mesh are effective ways to exclude opossums.
Of the four squirrels that inhabit North Carolina, the eastern gray squirrel and the southern flying squirrel are most likely to enter your home. The fox squirrel’s range does include Wake County but they are not as common.
Squirrels are active during the day so you might hear squealing, running, or gnawing early in the morning. Squirrels’ teeth never stop growing so they constantly gnaw damaging attic insulation, fraying electrical wire, and destroying house structures.
Squirrels can impact your quality of life. They are active from dawn to dusk. The most common sign of squirrels is the sound of scurrying early in the morning.
To effectively remove squirrels, the wildlife technician will employ a variety of tactics such as live trapping, one-way doors, deterrents, and direct capture.
Chipmunks are most active in early mornings and late afternoons during the spring. Chipmunks mate twice a year. The first litter of two to five kits is born in April and May; the second litter in July and August. Chipmunks enter their burrows during the winter months in a “quasi-hibernation“.
Chipmunks pose no real danger to humans. They rarely enter homes but will explore basements and crawlspaces for food. The more pressing threat is damage to lawns and gardens. Their burrows are quite extensive that include eas for sleeping, storing food, defecating, and giving birth.
Generally, the most harm snakes inflict is scaring someone. Out of the thirty-eight snake species in North Carolina, only six are venomous.
Most commonly, snakes enter your home searching for food. A snake in your home is a sign you have a rodent infestation. During the inspection, we look for signs of rodents. We can solve your snake and rodent problems.
Property owners may discover bats roosting in attics, using these shelters to give birth. The mating season in North Carolina is from May 1 to July 31. During that time, it is illegal for residents to remove bats.
The most humane method of bat removal is to install a bat valve and perform a whole home exclusion. Once the pups can survive and fly on their own, we can start bat removal.
Bats can leave through the valve but not return. It usually takes 3-7 days to have a bat-free attic. Once all bats are gone, we remove the bat valve and seal the entire home.
The most common nuisance birds in North Carolina are crows, pigeons, red-winged blackbirds, starlings, and woodpeckers. Birds can be noisy, messy, and destructive.
Effective bird control depends on species and legalities. Of the 475 wild bird species in North Carolina, only non-native birds to North America like pigeons, starlings, and house sparrows can legally be caught and trapped.
Effective bird control includes habitat modification, exclusions, repellents, and trapping. Trapping birds are difficult; prevention and exclusion are much more effective to get rid of nuisance birds.
Homeowners can find chipmunks, moles, voles, or groundhogs digging up their yards. Moles, voles, and groundhogs make different size holes and mounds. That is the easiest way to identify them.
Traps can effectively control these animals, but they are elusive. Fencing around landscaping and gardens is an effective exclusion tactic.
Who We Are
When you encounter unwanted wildlife in your home or business it is important to resolve the problem quickly and professionally. At Trutech®, our expert technicians and specialists have over 100 years of combined experience in the wildlife removal industry.
We know how to protect you and your family from the hazards of wildlife in your home or place of business.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! We are licensed and insured.
Trutech® does not hire subcontractors for animal removal services. We employ expert technicians who are provided ongoing education and training in all aspects of animal control and removal. Many of our technicians hold degrees in Wildlife Biology, Entomology (insects), Ornithology (birds) or Herpetology (reptiles), some with Masters degrees in their specialty field.
We start by first removing the wildlife on your property, and cleaning up any damage. From there we’ll work with you to create a customized prevention plan so you won’t have the same issue again.
Our goal is to remove any wildlife as humanely as possible — often that means catching and releasing the animal.
We provide customized solutions to each individual customer so that we may solve the issue as quickly, efficiently, and cost effectively as possible. An estimate may change based on the amount of animal activity or work needed to be done. All estimates are finalized with an exact price before any work begins.
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