Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do you dispose of or relocate animals once you capture them on my property?

Any living animal that we remove from your property is always treated humanely. We typically relocate the animal to a different area of woods away from your hope. Our hope is that the animal will build a new habitat, and start over – far away from you.

If this doesn’t happen, we do have the option of euthanizing the animal humanely. We use CO2 to do this, which is a pain-free option for the animal. Though we do avoid doing this if possible, sometimes it’s necessary if the animal won’t survive in a highly competitive area with other animals or humans where resources won’t meet the animal’s needs. If the animal is sick or old, we may also use this option.

If the animal is a feral cat, we will take it to the local SPCA.

2. What geographic areas do you serve?

We will assist you in dealing with an animal nuisance in the Greater Detroit metro area. We operate in the Metro Detroit area and surrounding areas including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Wayne, and Washtenaw counties.

3. Are your services expensive? Will the city, SPCA or public health organization help me remove the animal for free, or low-cost?

We strive to provide a great value for our customers, but our services are not free.

At one time, a city’s Municipal Services would come to your home and take care of a nuisance animal for you. This was true of an animal nuisance situation in the Greater Detroit area, as well as many other municipal areas throughout the country.

Unfortunately, those days are no more. City control services will only deal with domesticated animals, such as cats or dogs.

The services we provide are specialized to your unique animal nuisance situation, and the costs vary depending on your individual needs. We often put ourselves in dangerous situations while attempting to safely remove animals, and every situation is different.

4. Are you licensed and insured?

Yes, we have all appropriate animal control and handling licenses issued by the State of Michigan, and will be happy to provide license numbers, references, and any other information you may need at your request. Let us know how we can earn your trust. We also carry general liability coverage, and are happy to provide proof of this upon request.

5. Are you experienced?

We are an experienced nuisance animal control and trapping company. We have years of experience and quality service, as well as many satisfied customers to show for our work. We can provide testimonials and references to you upon request. You may even discuss your particular situation with us, and we can provide references pertinent to that situation.

6. Is there danger to you/your staff in handling the animal?

We do find ourselves in dangerous situations from time to time, but honestly, it’s just part of the job. We are, however, experienced and qualified and know how to deal with pretty much any situation. This saves us from animal attacks, bites, diseases, and hazards we may face climbing around and inside structures while trying to locate and trap an animal.

7. What kinds of payment do you accept?

We accept all major credit cards, personal check, and cash. Please expect to discuss payment arrangements with us before the work is actually performed.

8. Do I need to pay extra for traps and equipment?

No, part of our price includes the purchase of traps and all other equipment needed to handle your situation. We will not charge extra for materials used in catching and dealing with animals in your home or office. We purchase the equipment we use in anticipation of your problem, and handle all problems on a case-by-case basis.

If your case should require extra expense on your part, we will include this in our estimate and will let you know and agree to the expense before we begin the work that requires it. That way, you can be assured that the quality of our work is worth the price you’ll be quoted to pay, and there won’t be any unexpected or hidden fees.

9. Do you use a particular type of device to catch the animal?

We never construct a fully laid-out plan for a situation until we know all the details. Each animal nuisance situation has individual characteristics that may not make all methods of trapping and animal handling universally applicable to your unique needs. We want to make sure we’re using the best equipment possible to handle your situation, so we will diagnose the situation before using a particular kind of trap or method.

All of our traps and methods are approved by Michigan State Fish & Wildlife Conservation.

10. Will poison work? Can I use poison myself to kill the animal?

This line of questions is one we’re asked most often, and the answer is, irrevocably, absolutely not. Poisons are a painful and generally inhumane way for animals to die, and they do not treat the animal nuisance.

If you poison an animal, it may die slowly in your walls or attic, leaving an unbearable stench throughout your home or business. Since you haven’t addressed the animal nuisance problem fully, you may also have entryways that other animals can use to access your attic or the walls of your home, meaning you’re right back to where you started.

If you are experiencing an animal nuisance in the Greater Detroit metro area, it’s best to consult a licensed, trained animal removal professional both to remove the animal, and address problem areas in your home that could cause more animals to come in. We may also be able to save the life of the animal by relocating it to a different spot away from your home.

11. Is it safe to trap the animal myself?

This is something we can’t recommend. Many animals are sick, or can be very aggressive and possibly harm you if threatened. A squirrel has the ability to bite and attack humans, and have no problem being a little “too friendly” to humans due to cohabitation – meaning, there is little to no fear there for the animal.

Additionally, it may be difficult to diagnose a rabid or sick animal. Many animals appear to be perfectly healthy to a human, yet are still carrying various diseases, including harmful parasites that could infect humans.

Remember, rat bites are part of what started diseases such as the bubonic plague. Rather than being bitten or attacked by an animal, or taking the risk of contracting an illness, it makes much more sense to have a qualified animal nuisance specialist assess and correct the situation for you.

Professional Wildlife Removal Services has dealt with all types of animals in various conditions throughout several different scenarios. We have the tools and the expertise to help rid you of your animal nuisance, and keep you and your family safe.

12. Do you handle/work with all animals? What about stray cats and dogs?

We do handle nuisance animal species such as squirrels, rats, raccoons, groundhogs, moles, snakes, and flying animals such as bats and several species of birds.

We do NOT handle dog or cat situations unless the animal is feral. This means we won’t handle your neighbor’s dog or cat, animal abuse situations, or stray animals. If you have this type of situation, please contact Greater Detroit/Wayne County Animal Control at 313-224-6323.

13. Will you handle an endangered or protected species?

We have received calls about handling various types of animals that are on Michigan’s Endangered or Protected species list.

Here is a list of animals we have received calls about and will not deal with, pulled directly from that list:

Snakes

  • Kirtland’s snake
  • Copperbelly water snake
  • Six-lined racerunner
  • Spotted turtle
  • Eastern fox snake

Birds

  • Various species of sparrows, including Lark Sparrow
  • Barn owl
  • Short-eared owl
  • Long-eared owl
  • Red-shouldered hawk
  • Common loon
  • Louisiana Waterthrush

Bats

  • Indiana Bat
  • Least shrew
  • Evening bat
  • Smoky shrew

Other Animals

  • Lynx
  • Cougar
  • Prairie Vole

If you think an animal may be endangered, call Michigan DNR, who can give you more information on the animal, and how to get a qualified person to handle it, if possible. The DNR field office closest to the Detroit metro area is the Southfield office. Give them a call at (248) 306-9169.