FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ’s)
Q: Are you a government agency ?
A: No. We are a private trapping company serving Hernando, Pasco and Citrus counties.
Q: What animals do you trap and relocate?
A: Animals we trap are Squirrels, Rats, Mice, Raccoons, Moles, Coyotes, fox, Snakes, armadillos, opossum and Exotics.
Q: What does it mean to trap an animal – is it humane?
A: More often than not, we use what is referred to cage traps. These are cage like boxes that have bait inside and once the animal steps in the door closes. Since we check our traps every day, we are able to get them in a place where they belong without too much stress on the animal. We also take measures to make the animals as comfortable as possible while in the trap.
Q: What do you do with the animals when you trap one?
A: We release all the animals that we are allowed to, Florida law determines when and where wildlife can be relocated. In some cases like sick or rabid animals they must be put down. Most wildlife we trap are checked out on site and if need be, taken to a vet or rehabber.
Q: Why pay a professional to trap animals instead of “DIY”?
A: You have no idea how many times we are called out on jobs where homeowners fell through the attics or have been unsuccessful at catching anything in their traps. If you trap and do any of the steps in the process wrong — you just became successful at educating the animal to avoid the trap. Each time you do this you make it harder and harder to catch the animal.
More IMPORTANTLY, when you are successful at trapping an animal what are you going to do with it? There are laws that govern the release of wild animals in each state. What animals you release, how you release them and where you do it all dictate whether or not you get smacked with a hefty fine. You, the homeowner, are subject to the same laws that the professionals are.
Q: Why trap the animals in the attic instead of just leaving them alone?
A: There are organizations out there that advocate living in harmony with animals — we completely disagree with this. If you saw the nests in attics just once you too would have a change of heart at living in harmony with animals. There are issues with fecal matter – they do not go outside to defecate. The issues with feces is with the diseases and parasites that they carry. Not to mention the bacterial, microbial and viral particles in their nests. That is why we remove all nesting areas and surrounding materials (insulation), sanitize and disinfect the attic, and replace with eco-friendly insulation. Not only does it reduce the contaminants but removes odors so other animals will not follow the scent trail to a newly remodeled potential home.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: There are three methods of removing an animal from your property: Catching (by hand), Trapping, and Exclusion.
Our normal trapping fee for ‘most” animals is $250. That covers home inspection, one week (7 days) of trapping, daily trap checking, and all animal relocations.
LIVE CATCH FEES:
Depending on the animal it usually starts at $150 – $250. If we get called out for an EMERGENCY live catch, we have to drop our current call, pack up all of our materials and ladders and drive to the location of the call. If we get there and NO animal is present or can be located – the charge still exists. We charge a reasonable fee to catch the animal. It is not our fault that it is no longer there, or if it ends up being an extension cord and not a snake, or it ends up being a wig and not a raccoon.
It is important that you understand that there are other fees related to keeping the animals out. These prices cannot be quoted over the phone or on this website since it is completely based on the specifics of the situation. We thoroughly inspect the property to determine where & how the animals are coming in and we provide you with a written quote. If accepted, while we are trapping we will exclude the animals by using hardware cloth, wire mesh, flashing, and other barriers to block all of the animals access points of entry into your property. We get them OUT & Keep them OUT!
Q: Why say “Most of the time” or “Most often”?
A: I hate to keep using generic terms such as “most of the time or most often” but we have seen some incredible exceptions in our field so we have to allow room for those situations without upsetting anyone. FAQ are also based upon ” Frequently occurring situations”.
Q: What does exclusion mean on your proposal?
A: We thoroughly inspect the property to determine where & how the animals are coming in. We check all wires, pipes, insulation and duck work for chewing and damage, and we provide you with a written quote. If accepted, while we are trapping we will exclude the animals by using galvanized metal, galvanized wire mesh, stainless steel guards, and other barriers to block all of the animals access points of entry into your property. We get them OUT & Keep them OUT! It can also involve limiting access by trimming trees that are touching the house, cleaning gutters, pressure washing areas that attract animals with odors, etc. The wildlife control operator will clearly define the need and our services will far justify the price.
Q: Is there an up-charge or extra fees for after hours, holiday or weekend emergency service calls?
A: YES NOW THERE ARE UP CHARGES. we seem to be the only company that answers the phone after-hours… we have to charge a up charge which passes through directly to the wildlife control operators as a bonus. The up charge is nominal and used purely as a motivator. HOWEVER – With that said if we get called out for an emergency call of a snake being behind a couch and we come out quickly in order to save possible lives from a venomous snake bite and it ends up being an extension cord – YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR CALL. If we come out to hand capture a raccoon and when we get there and it is gone. You will get charged for the call. We take emergencies serious and drop all family, personal or professional activities, including sleep to help a person out.
Q: If the service was guaranteed – what does it mean or cover?
A: When we do offer a guarantee it means that an animal will not regain access to the area excluded from by using the areas we excluded them from. Meaning… if we block an access hole by using hardware cloth and an animal comes back in through the same hole. We will re-trap and exclude the entryway again. However, if they gain access via another hole not previously blocked (excluded) by us then there is no guarantee.