Volunteer Wildlife Control

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Volunteer Wildlife Control


 Doug Ladd


Volunteer Wildlife Control

What type of wildlife does VWC trap and relocate?

How do I know if I have an animal in my house?



Typical indications of rats include noises at night, as well as scratching noises in the attic and walls. Rats leave small droppings and dig long tunnels in insulation.  A rat problem is most often diagnosed by the recognition of large amount of droppings found in remote or secluded areas where they might be living.


Squirrels are similar to Rats as far as symptoms go, with the exceptions that they can be heard throughout the day. Unlike rats, it is common to find squirrels living within someone’s attic without traces, such as droppings, being apparent. Squirrels will rarely, if ever, enter a crawlspace beneath a home or office.


Raccoons are in most cases nocturnal. They leave large trails within the insulation, leave larger droppings ( similar to those of a dog’s), and in most cases leave some form of damage at their entry point that is easily recognizable from the outside. There can often be between 3 and 5 babies found in an attic where a raccoon has taken up residence, which need to be manually extracted and transported to a licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator.


Opossums are very similar to Raccoons in that they leave damage to exterior entry points and their droppings are of a similar size. Opossums differ in  that they prefer to live in a low-lying area such as crawl-space.


Bats are most readily recognized by the smell of their droppings (Guano). They are nocturnal animals and will spend daylight hours sleeping in extremely tight spaces.  Telltale signs of bat problems include the presence of Guano on the exterior of the building, usually at a possible entry point. The smell will be noticeable from a distance.  Bats form large colonies where they take up residence.


The vast majority of snakes we deal with are non-venomous, however care must be taken during the occasional encounter with a venomous snake. The most common indicator that someone has a snake problem is after a visual encounter; however snake skin can also be an indicator. Certain species will often enter the attic or crawlspace of someone who is experiencing a rodent problem.


A bird issue is typically recognized by simple visual contact, or by recognition of droppings on or around the area the birds are nesting. Depending on the bird species, there are a variety of different control methods. Only through consultation with a trained bird specialist can we begin to develop a plan to solve your problem.

Wasps and Bees

Wasp and Bees nests are easily recognizable and can grow to become a larger problem in a very short time.  The rate at which a bee’s or Wasp’s nest will expand can render it an immediate problem within hours, and care must be given to the delicacy of the situation, considering the commonness and severity of allergies to these types of stings.


Skunks are notorious for the odor they emit. They enjoy tight, dark and confined spaces as shelter and use these areas during the day as they are nocturnal animals.

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