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Ransford is proud to offer Problem Animal Control in Massachusetts. We offer exclusion as well as trapping services. Exclusion involves identifying areas of animal activity and installing a one way door to allow the animal to leave and not get back into the structure. This may entail blocking multiple points of entry with various materials while always allowing the animal a way out but not back in. Exclusion is not an option when the animals have young since they are not capable of exiting on their own. Wildlife exclusion work is done for:
Trapping involves finding the best location for setting a trap for the target animal. Once set and baited with the proper bait each trap needs to be inspected at least once every 24 hours. Care is taken with placement of the trap to ensure the animal is not left out all day in the hot sun. It may take several days for the animal to overcome their hesitation of something new. Some animals may never enter a trap especially if trapped before. Non-target animals like cats may enter and need to be released.
Massachusetts is home to both Red and Gray Squirrels with the occasional Black in the western parts of the state. People most often have problems once the Squirrel has gained entry into their home or place of business. Some key ways to prevent squirrel problems are to keep your house in good repair and trim branches that are overhanging your house. Red Squirrels are smaller (sometime confused with Chipmunks) and can often do more damage than Gray Squirrels do. Exclusion usually involves finding the entry point and installing a one way door then after they are gone repairing the hole. If the squirrel came in thru an open door try leaving the door open and sprinkling baby powder or flour across the opening so you can verify they left by the footprints they left behind. Sometimes traps are needed to remove Squirrels from basements or attics. Chimney caps can be very helpful in keeping Squirrels out of your home as well as removing bird feeders which bring squirrels and other rodents closer to your home. Exclusion and trapping of nesting Squirrels cannot be performed February-April and June-August when they typically have young.
Massachusetts is home to many different mammals but the Opossum is not one of them. Opossums (sometimes referred to as Possum) are in fact a marsupial. They are generally the same size as a house cat with a pointy nose and a thin rat like tail. Opossums if frightened may faint and play dead with their teeth barred and may have a bad odor. Sometimes if cornered they will growl and may attack. Keeping your shed secured and tight to the ground helps reduce shelter areas. Trapping is the most effective method of removing unwanted Opossums.
Skunks in Massachusetts are generally about the size of a house cat. Most Skunks have Black fur with a White stripe but there are a few cream colored fur. It is generally best to give them a wide berth unless you like the smell. Skunks will forage for food in the ground and in your trash cans sometimes entering your open garage in the process. By eliminating the food source and harborage (under sheds etc.) most skunks will move on. It may be necessary to trap a skunk with a specially designed trap.
Raccoons are one of the most easily recognizable animals in Massachusetts. With their ringed tail and Black facial mask there is no doubt of their identity. Raccoons become a nuisance when they knock over garbage cans, steal pet food or damage your house or shed to find food or shelter. Raccoons are very strong and very dangerous and can sometimes be Rabid. Raccoon ring worm is another concern and care should be taken around their droppings (cover children’s sandboxes when not in use). Securing your trash in metal cans, keeping your garage doors closed, feeding pets inside, installing chimney caps, and keeping your home and shed in good repair will generally keep Raccoons from bothering you. Trapping works best to remove Raccoons since they can usually defeat one way doors with their strong front paws.
Birds can spread diseases, clog roof drains, gutters and render entire outdoor areas unusable. Some species have droppings so acidic that they corrode metal and damage structures. We have extensive experience with pigeons, starlings, sparrows and other birds. We can safely exclude your property from their roosting and loafing choices. We collaborate with building managers & maintenance staff to keep your property pest-bird free.
We use Bird B Gone products exclusively to exclude, not kill loafing and nesting birds from roofs, overhangs and signage. We have access to custom made netting, multiple deterrents (spikes, electric track, sprays, gels) and an ornithologist who specializes in urban bird conservation, urban ecology and human/wildlife interactions.
When a wild animal is in your home, the last thing you need is to live in fear. Ransford Pest Control has been in the business of removing wildlife from residents' homes for over 100 years. We understand that wildlife doesn't rest on the weekends, so we offer Saturday services to give you the comfort you need that we're available when you need us. To our customers in our immediate service area, we'll even come the same-day, if you call before noon, to remove a wild animal.
Here are some of the locations we offer same-day and Saturday services: