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Covington, KY Skunk Removal (41011)

February 26th, 2015

Tri-State Wildlife Management – Protecting You, Your Property, and Your Investment

For skunk removal in Covington, KY (41011) or anywhere in northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, or southeast IN, call Tri-State Wildlife Management at (859) 635-0037

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Covington, KY Skunk Removal (41011):  If you have an encounter with a skunk, it can be a bit unsettling. Skunks are notorious for emitting a strong, foul odor when they feel cornered or threatened. For that reason, people want to get away from a skunk just as much as the skunk wants to get away from them. If you spot a skunk in your yard or if you smell a strong skunk spray coming from your property, you may have a skunk(s) denning nearby. Another possibility is that a skunk has died nearby, which would cause a continual foul odor until fully decomposed, which can take up to a couple of years.

January and February is the skunk mating season, so males are traveling long distances to find mates. If you’re lucky, a skunk you see on your property could just be a passerby. Usually when a customer calls Tri-State Wildlife Management about a skunk problem, it’s because they smell the skunk rather than see it. During the winter months, skunks become more dormant, although they do not hibernate. Males typically den by themselves, but females can den in groups up to 12.

Earlier this week, Andrew, Tri-State Wildlife Management’s technician, went on an interesting skunk call. A customer called reporting a strong skunk smell coming from his cellar. In order to gain access to the cellar (the stairway had previously been blocked off when an addition was made on the house), the homeowner cut an opening in the floor.  When Andrew arrived, he lowered himself down the hole to find two skunks. One skunk had already expired, but the other was still alive. When a skunk dies, it’s anal scent gland leaks during the decay process, creating a long-lasting, poignant odor. The skunks had gained entry through an opening in the foundation but could not climb back out.

The incident earlier in the week was not a typical skunk call. Normally, Tri-State Wildlife Management determines that skunks are denning under porches, decks, stoops, or sheds. Another common situation is that a skunk will fall in a window well and not be able to get back out. Regardless of the situation, Tri-State Wildlife Management has the right experience and is equipped for any skunk scenario. At Tri-State Wildlife Management, we offer complete removal, clean-up and deodorization of buildings and materials that have been contaminated or damaged by skunks. We also go a step further by offering repair and prevention services. We offer a long term solution to your skunk issues, including habitat alteration and customer education.

Tri-State Wildlife Management is fully insured and we stand behind all our work

For skunk removal in Covington, KY (41011) or anywhere in northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, or southeast IN, call Tri-State Wildlife Management at (859) 635-0037

Wilder, KY Squirrel Removal (41076)

February 23rd, 2015

Tri-State Wildlife Management – Protecting You, Your Property, and Your Investment

For squirrel or wildlife removal in Wilder, KY or anywhere in northern KY, Cincinnati, or southeast IN, call Tri-State Wildlife Management at (859) 635-0037

Tri-State Wildlife Management Wilder, KY juvenile squirrels

Juvenile squirrels removed from northern Kentucky attic

Wilder, KY Squirrel RemovalAre squirrels invading your home and eating away at your soffits and eves? Squirrels can be one of the most destructive home-intruding animals.  They often gnaw on wood, cables or electrical wiring and almost any stored item.  The gnawing of wire is perhaps the scariest damage they do – stripping the insulation from the wires increases the chances of a short and the risk of fire.

If you suspect squirrels are in your attic, hear noises in the attic or have squirrels crossing the roof, call Tri-State Wildlife Management.  We are experts in eliminating squirrel problems through our squirrel removal and exclusion services.  We can diagnose your problem, remove the squirrels, and provide the necessary repairs to fix holes and construction gaps that are allowing them entry into your home or business.

Tri-State Wildlife Management continues to receive many calls from people in northern Kentucky, including Wilder, who are experiencing a squirrel problem. Squirrels are finding their way into the attics and chimneys of homes and businesses and taking up comfortable residency there. An attic is a much more comfortable den site than a tree, so many squirrels take the opportunity to move in whenever possible. A squirrel will take advantage of any hole on a home the size of a tennis ball or larger, but they usually just chew until they make a hole big enough to fit through.Unfortunately, most homes are susceptible to a squirrel invasion because squirrels can gnaw their way through most construction materials including siding, soffits, fascia board, gutters, and louver vents.

Now is the time of year when squirrels are having young, so Tri-State Wildlife Management must take extra precautions when removing and excluding squirrels from homes. Before inspecting the outside of a home for entry points, Tri-State Wildlife Management’s technician inspects the attic to find any juveniles that may be present. Right now, juvenile squirrels are too young to venture outside, so they cannot be removed in a conventional trapping manner.

Regardless of the circumstance, the courteous staff at Tri-State Wildlife Management works for you to provide a cost effective solution to your squirrel intrusion and/or damage issue. As a full service company, we initiate an Integrated Wildlife Management Program beginning with an inspection and customer education, followed by removal of intrusive wildlife and repair of wildlife damage. TSWM also offers prevention, restoration, and cleanup services.

Tri-State Wildlife Management uses a variety of products and methods for repairs, prevention, and restoration.  TSWM seals homes and businesses with specialized wildlife restoration products, installs custom and standard chimney caps, vent screens/coverings, as well as barrier walls and fencing. TSWM provides habitat modification as another preventative technique. We strive for the most humane and environmentally effective techniques for dealing with wildlife problems. Tri-State Wildlife Management’s use of modern innovative methods provides sound wildlife management services to ensure the protection of our customers’ investments and health.

Tri-State Wildlife Management is fully insured, and we stand behind all of our work.

For squirrel or wildlife removal in Wilder, KY or anywhere in northern KY, Cincinnati, or southeast IN, call Tri-State Wildlife Management at (859) 635-0037

Squirrel Removal Independence, KY (41051)

February 20th, 2015

For squirrel removal in Independence, KY or anywhere in Northern KY, Cincinnati, or Southeast IN, call Tri-State Wildlife Management at (859) 635-0037


Squirrel Removal Independence, KY Tri-State Wildlife ManagementTri-State Wildlife Management is fully insured and we stand behind all our work

Squirrel Removal Independence, KYGot Squirrels? Are squirrels invading your home? Eating away at your soffits, and eves? Squirrels can be one of the most destructive animals that get inside homes.  They often gnaw on wood, cables or electrical wiring and almost any stored item.  The gnawing of wiring is perhaps the scariest damage they do – stripping the insulation from the wires increases the chances for a short and the risk of fire. We specialize in squirrel removal, call us today  at 513-853-0037 or 859-635-0037.  

Tri-State Wildlife Management had a full week coming back from the NWCOA expo. Most work TSWM is doing right now involves squirrels. Each day last week, there was between 2-5 squirrel jobs to work on. Starlings, raccoons, skunks, bats, and rats have also been on the schedule, but not nearly as much as squirrels. Squirrels take advantage of attics, soffits, gutter lines, and chimneys for comfortable nest sites. They can gnaw open a hole on most construction materials, so even the best constructed and maintained home can fall prey to a squirrel invasion.

Squirrels breed between mid-December to early January, so young may be present as early as the very end of January. For this reason, trapping at this time of year must be done very carefully to ensure no juveniles are left inside of a structure with no way out. Young begin venturing outside at about 10 to 12 weeks when they are weaned, which is roughly sometime in April or May. In order to remedy a squirrel problem during a time when young are present, TSWM must often go into an attic to reach juveniles.

If you suspect squirrels are in your attic, hear noises in the attic or have squirrels crossing the roof, you should call Tri-State Wildlife Management.  We are experts in eliminating squirrel problems through our squirrel removal and exclusion services.  We can diagnose your problem, remove the squirrels, and provide the necessary repairs to cover holes and construction gaps that are allowing them entry into your home or business.

Tri-State Wildlife Management – Protecting You, Your Property, and Your Investment

For squirrel removal in Independence, KY or anywhere in Northern KY, Cincinnati, or Southeast IN, call Tri-State Wildlife Management at (859) 635-0037

 

Bat Removal Tri-State Wildlife Management

February 13th, 2015

For bat removal in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, or Southeast IN, call Tri-State Wildlife Management at (859) 635-0037.

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Tri-State Wildlife Management – Protecting You, Your Property, and Your Investment

Bat Removal Tri-State Wildlife Management: If you’ve ever had to rid your home of bats, you’re not alone. Even celebrities aren’t immune to bat invasions. Ironically, Ozzy Osbourne is dealing with this issue right now. Thirty three years ago, Osbourne bit off the head of bat that a fan threw on stage. He thought it was a fake, but instead, he had to go through some very real rabies shots.  According to Blabbermouth, during a renovation of a home in Buckinghamshire, England, evidence of bats was discovered. England has stringent bat translocation laws that must be obeyed, and illegally removing bats could end in a $7,000 fine per bat. For more on this story, read the full Blabbermouth article here: OZZY OSBOURNE Must Pay $27,000 To Rid His Home Of Bats.

Tri-State Wildlife Management is fully ensured and we stand behind all our work.

For bat removal in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, or Southeast IN, call Tri-State Wildlife Management at (859) 635-0037.

Ft. Mitchell, KY Raccoon Removal (41017)

February 12th, 2015

For raccoon removal in Ft. Mitchell, KY or anywhere in Northern KY, Cincinnati, or Southeast IN, call Tri-State Wildlife Management at (859) 635-0037

Ft. Mitchell, KY Raccoon Removal

Tri-State Wildlife Management is fully licensed and insured, and we stand behind all our work

Ft. Mitchell, KY Raccoon RemovalAttics are ideal den sites for raccoons, providing warmth and protection from the elements. During the winter, they become less active, and in severe cold or during a hard winter storm, they may stay in their den for many days. Typically, February is the beginning of raccoon mating season, extending into March. Most raccoon litters are born in April or May, but as late as August. Young typically stay with the female through their first winter and then disperse the following spring. Tri-State Wildlife Management understands the importance of the timing of a raccoon trapping program, always being aware and taking precautions when juveniles may be present.

It is surprising to many home or business owners that a raccoon can easily gain access to their roof and attic, but raccoons have excellent climbing abilities. It is very common to see dark smudge marks on a downspout of a home where a raccoon has been climbing to gain access to an attic. Unfortunately, raccoon damage doesn’t end with a little bit of discoloration on a downspout; raccoons wreak havoc on shingles, gutters, soffits, fascia, and louver vents in an (usually successful) effort to gain access to the attic. Tri-State Wildlife Management understands the persistence and strength of raccoons, so we only use the top of the line wildlife grade construction materials when excluding raccoons from a home and making the necessary repairs.

Raccoons also make a mess of the inside of attics, both by ripping insulation and creating foul latrines.  If coming in contact with a raccoon latrine, safety precautions must be taken. Raccoons are the most common carriers of raccoon roundworm, a parasite that can be passed to humans, although small children are most vulnerable. The larvae of the worm goes through muscles and organs, potentially causing a serious infection that can lead to death, although this is rare.  When necessary or requested, Tri-State Wildlife Management provides attic clean-outs, safely removing contaminated insulation and replacing it with new insulation.

Tri-State Wildlife Management strives for the most humane and environmentally effective techniques for dealing with wildlife problems. Tri-State Wildlife Management’s use of modern innovative methods provides sound wildlife management services to ensure the protection of our customers’ investments and health.

Tri-State Wildlife Management – Protecting You, Your Property, and Your Investment

For raccoon removal in Ft. Mitchell, KY or anywhere in Northern KY, Cincinnati, or Southeast IN, call Tri-State Wildlife Management at (859) 635-0037

Newport, KY Bat Removal (41071)

February 10th, 2015

For bat removal in Newport, KY (41071) or anywhere in Northern KY, Cincinnati, or Southeast IN, call Tri-State Wildlife Management at (859) 635-0037

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Tri-State Wildlife Management – Protecting You, Your Property, and Your Investment

Newport, KY Bat Removal (41071): In the Newport, KY area, bats typically hibernate the winter long, the exception being warmer winter days, when you may spot a bat(s) outside. Bats often take advantage of the comfort of attics and chimneys, both in the winter and the summer. Crevices of homes make perfect hibernation spots in the winter and maternity colonies or roost sites in the summer. With spring right around the corner, now is the time to begin thinking about taking care of any bat issues you have had in the past. If you had a bat problem last year, you will have one again this year.

Springtime is a good time to remove and exclude bats from your home or business – bats will be out of hibernation, but juveniles will not be born until May. Juveniles may be born as late as July.  Once May comes around with the potential for young, full bat exclusion falls into a blackout period. During this time, construction gaps and secondary entries can be repaired on structures, but it is important to always keep a main entry open for bats to fly in and out. Even if you think you’re sure all bats are out, juveniles too young to fly can still be present in the structure. Sealing them in is both a major legal and ethical issue, as well as a smelly one for homeowners. Total bat exclusion can restart again usually in mid to late August, but the date fluctuates from year to year. Tri-State Wildlife Management always checks with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources bat biologist before starting full bat exclusion in the late summer/early fall.

Bats are great mammals to have around. If you’ve ever observed a bat feeding at twilight, you already know why – they eat a variety of flying insects, including mosquitoes. Despite the advantages of having bats around, there are many serious disadvantages to having them in your home. First, they can create significant damage to structures. Bats create foul latrines, made up of both guano and urine that cause a horrible odor, soil insulation, and can weaken the structure. When entering and exiting a structure, bats defecate, leaving staining along the home. In addition, they leave black, oily rub marks at entries.

Bats also pose health/hygiene concerns including rabies, histoplasmosis, and bat bugs. When bats transmit rabies, it is most typically through a bite. If bitten, the bat should always be tested if it can be caught. If the bat is not caught, or if it tests positive for rabies, rabies shots must be taken. Without treatment, rabies ends in death. Sometimes a bat is found in the living space of a home. If the bat had access to children or anyone who may not know/may not be able to communicate that they’ve been bitten, rabies shots are encouraged. Although the most serious, rabies is not the most common threat that bats pose. Histoplasmosis is a common lung disease caused by a fungus that grows on guano. It is important to always wear the proper protective gear when in the same vicinity as bat guano, as the fungus is easily disturbed. Although bat bugs pose no serious health threat, just like bed bugs, they are a parasitic nuisance that nobody wants to live with.

Tri-State Wildlife Management is fully licensed and insured, and we stand behind all our work

For bat removal in Newport, KY (41071) or anywhere in Northern KY, Cincinnati, or Southeast IN, call Tri-State Wildlife Management at (859) 635-0037

Raccoon Removal Erlanger, KY (41018)

February 5th, 2015

For raccoon removal in Erlanger, KY or anywhere in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, or Southeastern IN, call Tri-State Wildlife Management at (859) 635-0037

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Raccoon removal Erlanger, KY

Raccoon Removal Erlanger, KY: Raccoons are opportunistic creatures, taking advantage of a wide variety of foods and den sites. Raccoons are prevalent in cities and suburbs because of the abundance of food and denning options. It is a common myth that a decrease in natural habitats and increased urbanization threatens raccoon populations. The truth is that raccoons thrive where they can live in close proximity to humans. Raccoons have many easy food sources when living near humans, including dumpsters, garbage cans, pet food, etc.  Attics, chimneys, crawlspaces, sheds, brush piles, and underneath decks and porches are all common man made den sites for raccoons.

Not giving raccoons access to food and shelter are the two most important ways to prevent or resolve a raccoon issue. Garbage cans should be secured and left inside when at all possible, and pet food should never be left outside. Inspecting your home for at risk areas and keeping up on home repairs can go a long way in keeping a raccoon out of your home’s attic and crawlspaces. Tri-State Wildlife Management (TSWM) provides thorough home inspections, both to ensure no wildlife is entering your home or business, and to pinpoint raccoon entry points if there is already an issue. If you have a raccoon issue, TSWM removes and excludes them from your home or business. TSWM also installs wildlife deterrent chimney caps to prevent raccoons or other animals from entering.

Tri-State Wildlife Management is fully insured and we stand behind all our work

For raccoon removal in Erlanger, KY or anywhere in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, or Southeastern IN, call Tri-State Wildlife Management at (859) 635-0037

Tri-State Wildlife Management Groundhog Removal Crestview Hills, KY (41017)

February 3rd, 2015

For groundhog removal in Crestview Hills, KY, or anywhere in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, or Southeast IN, call Tri-State Wildlife Management!

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Groundhog Removal Crestview Hills, KY: Famous weather predicting groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, saw his shadow yesterday, dooming us to another six weeks of winter. Groundhogs can hibernate from October to April; however, they do make an appearance in early February. Early in February, male groundhogs begin emerging from their burrows to scout out female groundhogs. Females typically begin doing the same about a week after their male counterparts. Neither strays far from their burrows.

If you had a groundhog problem last year, it is very likely it will continue this spring. Groundhogs are easiest to trap when bait isn’t competing with fresh vegetation, so now, when groundhogs are surfacing to scope out mates, is an opportunity to trap and remove nuisance groundhogs. Although right now their primary aim isn’t to find food, if it’s available, they often take advantage of it. It is more challenging to trap groundhogs in the spring and summer when there is an abundance of fresh food sources.

If you happen to see a groundhog come out of its burrow, or if you had a groundhog problem last year that was never resolved, call Tri-State Wildlife Management. We can take care of your groundhog problem now during this short window of opportunity!

Tri-State Wildlife Management – Protecting You, Your Property, and Your Investment

For groundhog removal in Crestview Hills, KY, or anywhere in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, or Southeast IN, call Tri-State Wildlife Management!

Happy Groundhog Day from Tri-State Wildlife Management!

February 3rd, 2015


Happy Groundhog Day from Tri-State Wildlife Management!

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 Call Tri-State Wildlife Management for groundhog removal and exclusion. TSWM is fully licensed and insured, and we stand behind all our work!

 

Skunk Removal Cold Spring, KY (41076)

January 23rd, 2015

For skunk removal in Cold Spring, KY or anywhere in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, or Southeastern IN, call Tri-State Wildlife Management at (859) 635-0037

Tri-State Wildlife Management Skunk Cold Spring KY

Skunk Removal Cold Spring, KY: For about the last month, skunks in our area have been dormant, laying low and waiting out the cold weather. Late January marks the beginning of the skunk mating season in the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area. The onset of breeding season means skunks will begin traveling more frequently and further in search of a mate. Typically skunks stay in a 1/2 to 2 mile diameter area, but during mating season, a male may travel 4 to 5 miles a night. Due to increased travels, you will likely start seeing more skunks hit on the roads.  You will also begin smelling skunk musk for a variety of reasons related to an increase in travels. First, when a skunk is hit on the road, their anal glands that store their musk rupture; second, skunks in unfamiliar territory encounter dogs, cats, raccoons, etc., and they spray to protect themselves; third, a male skunk may spray another suitor to ward him off, or a female may spray a male if uninterested.

Skunk musk can be smelled from a mile away. In addition, if an animal or area has been sprayed by a skunk, it will linger for quite some time. This can make it difficult for businesses and homeowners to determine whether they actually have a skunk problem. So, how do you know if you have a skunk problem?  Customers typically call Tri-State Wildlife Management with a skunk problem either after smelling strong skunk spray or after seeing one. Skunks typically live under man made structures such as porches, stoops, sheds, and decks. Sometimes, customers don’t even realize that there is a hole dug out from under the bottom of their porch for animal entry, and oftentimes even if they do, customers assume chipmunks are the culprit.

Tri-State Wildlife Management can take care of your skunk problem for you. Our courteous staff works for you to provide a cost effective solution to your skunk intrusion and/or damage issue. As a full service company, we initiate an Integrated Wildlife Management Program beginning with an inspection and customer education, followed by removal of intrusive skunks and repair of skunk damage. TSWM also offers skunk deodorizing services as well as prevention services, including habitat modification and barrier wall and fencing installation.

We strive for the most humane and environmentally effective techniques for dealing with wildlife problems. Tri-State Wildlife Management’s use of modern innovative methods provides sound wildlife management services to ensure the protection of our customers’ investments and health. TSWM is fully insured, and we stand behind all of our work.

Tri-State Wildlife Management – Protecting You, Your Property, and Your Investments

For skunk removal in Cold Spring, KY or anywhere in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, or Southeastern IN, call Tri-State Wildlife Management at (859) 635-0037