Raccoon Problem: How To Remove From Home And Prevent. St Joseph Mo

Have you ever wondered what that sound is late at night? Sounds of animal chattering and large animal walking to and fro. Too big for a rodent, you might think. Maybe a squirrel? Nope. Just sounds too big for any squirrel. Raccoon you might think.  Well, it is time to remove this Raccoon problem. Use this as a blueprint on how to control Raccoons and get rid of your Raccoon problem from your home. This can also be used as a guide on how to hire a pest company such as ours at All Friendly.

WHERE?

How did they get in you might ask yourself? Well, a Raccoon must enter and exit through your home at some area. Use the pictures below as a guide on how to control Raccoons from entering your home.

Foundation

Raccoons look for easy entry areas around the foundation of the home. These areas can be easily noted around utility penetrations or the not so easy areas around decks or patios. Raccoons will enter these areas to gain access underneath crawl spaces or the basement of the home. Once Raccoons gain access through these areas they are able to access almost any area of the home, even the attic!

Attic Vents

Most of these type of vents have very little if any screening at all. Quite often installed with bug screening. It is easy entry for any Raccoon to access these areas.

Roof Vents

These areas are easily overlooked. The power vent pictured on the left has a small mesh screening underneath the aluminum dome. The Raccoons simply push the mesh aside and gain clearance into the attic. The typical clearance between the roof shingles and this vent is only 4-6 inches. Raccoons can squeeze into this tight opening no problem!

Chimney Area

The flue pictured currently harbors a chimney swift, but Raccoons love them! Especially during the Spring of the year when female Raccoons raise their young. It is amazing that Raccoons can climb this 9 inch by 9 inch flue.

SAFETY CONCERNS AND RACCOON DAMAGE?

How much damage can Raccoons do? What safety considerations should you be aware of?

If left unresolved, Raccoons can do hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage to your home. The picture on the left resembles a HVAC vent that was torn up by Raccoons in St. Joseph Missouri. Fortunately for this homeowner, All Friendly was able to spot this damage and repairs were made in order to save a costly expense in heating and cooling costs.

Raccoons also pose a safety hazard. Raccoons can create latrines in the attic area which should be professionally removed. Raccoon feces have been known to carry Baylisascaris, or commonly referred to as”Raccoon Roundworm”. We typically recommend that these wastes be professionally removed by a company such as ours at All Friendly.

WHAT ABOUT REPAIRS?

Repairs should always be made after a successful removal program has ended. We suggest following your local city, state, and federal guidelines on how to remove a Raccoon from your home. Your home may need a variety of different repairs. It is important that the materials you use are high quality considering the strength that Raccoons possess. Your home may need: chimney cap, roof vent cover, louver vent/gable vent screen, and underground porch/deck wiring.

HIRE A PROFESSIONAL

This just might be one of the easiest ways a homeowner can solve a Raccoon problem. A pest professional such as ours at All Friendly should be able to: identify and diagnose if a Raccoon problem exists to the home, initiate a humane removal program, professionally clean up and sanitize feces or waste deposits, and follow-up with a permanent repair that even Raccoons won’t be able to penetrate.

All Friendly services the greater metropolitan area of St. Joseph Missouri, St Joseph Mo, Saint Joseph Mo, and surrounding communities in Northwest Missouri. All Friendly can be reached at 816-279-MOLE (6653) or visit on the web at www.allfriendly.net

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Why All Friendly Is Your Best Choice In A Pest Company

Nobody wants a pest problem. But if one does come up it is very helpful to know the right company to call just in case. That company is All Friendly. All Friendly exists to produce the highest quality of service to you, our client.

1. Your Complete And Humane Solution

We provide the complete solution to your pest problem. We do what it takes to quickly diagnose the pest and provide humane removal followed up by our permanent repair. We also offer a warranty against animal re-entry just in case a new pest decides to come back. Bottom line is when All Friendly shows up on your property our intention is to do a good job and to charge only for services you need.

2.  Prompt And Reliable

Have you ever set up an appointment with a company in which the technician was late or never showed up at the appointed time? This won’t happen with All Friendly. We guarantee on time appointments from our technicians. If for some reason an emergency does arise we promptly call in advance so you can reschedule or delay the appointment. You can depend on our clean family oriented technicians to be on time.

3. Professional And Courteous Staff

Have you ever hired a company that was: ill-equipped, unknowledgeable about pests, and on top of that was rude? This won’t happen when you hire All Friendly. Our Pest Professionals put together a comprehensive inspection of your home and property. There is no second guessing by our technicians. Our certified pest technicians are trained and efficient when it comes to diagnosing and removing your pest problem. We only use state of the art equipment. By hiring All Friendly you protect yourself from the frustration of losing time and hard-earned money. Bottom line is when you hire All Friendly to remove your pest problem you only have to invest in this service once and not twice.

4. Easy To Do Business With

Have you ever tried calling a pest company over and over again day after day only to get their answering machine? Or even if you do get through to someone they are hundreds of miles away and have no understanding of your pest problem. This won’t happen at All Friendly. Your local and courteous sales professional at All Friendly will answer your call directly and often times schedule you on the same day of the call. We also offer a 24 hour emergency service and flexible scheduling around your busy schedule.

We’re Your Pest Company!

Your time, money, and safety of your family could be at risk by hiring other pest control companies. If you’re looking for a high quality, dependable, professional, and prompt pest control company in the St Joseph Mo and Northwest Mo area then look no further.  Your best investment in a quality pest service is at All Friendly.

At All Friendly Mole Control & Pest Services “We Care For You”

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Scary Animal Noises From Attic Area Of Home. What Is It? What To Do?

It all starts with a pitter patter in the late evening hour. A hard days work followed by peaceful rest, ruined! “Maybe it is the furnace or water heater”, I suggest. I’ll go back to sleep. There is much to do tomorrow. The foreign sound starts back up again. This time the sound escalates into a loud bump. “That’s no water heater!” I acclaim. The sound then travels across the ceiling. My eyes are enlightened. It’s an animal! And it’s walking around in my home! The sound is real. The animal is real. What to do? Who to call? The animal travels across the ceiling, and then suddenly stops.

Late night sounds can be a nightmare all in themselves, add to that the constant worry and frustration of what it is and how it got there; not to mention the damage the animal has caused to the home. With our help at All Friendly we can get you back to a peaceful night’s rest and living in the comfort of your own home. Here is a few tips on what to do in case an animal decides to invade your home.

What Animal Could It Be?

Many homes are invaded by many different types of pests. These include: Raccoons, Mice, Rats, Squirrels, Bats, Snakes, and Opossums. Identifying which pest the home has can require some detective work.

1. Sound

Narrowing the target pest down to the sound of the noise can be helpful. For instance, a Raccoon will often make a large walking sound compared to the sound of a mouse quickly scampering across the ceiling with a slight scurry noise. Snakes can be obvious, imagine the static sound a television makes, it can be slight, long and drawn out. Bats can portray a flutter at times followed by a loud high-pitched squeaking sound. Squirrels are active during the daylight hours and at times the sound can be constant.

2. Visual

The easiest way to identify the pest is to actually see it. Nocturnal pests such as Raccoons and Bats come out at night. Bats can often be seen leaving the home around their entry points around dusk to feed on insects. With the help of a flashlight Raccoons eyes glow once spotted with the beam of the light. During daylight hours, Squirrels can be seen running along the gutter and then suddenly disappearing around their entry point into the home.

What To Do?

Here are many different ways to identify the pest problem.

Rodents: Look for rodent evidence in pantry areas of home. Chewings on food related items and rodent scat is a good indicator.

Bats: Simply position yourself and a family member on both sides of the home around dusk to see if bats evade the home.

Raccoons: Raccoons are good climbers and often times forget to wipe their feet before they climb onto the home. Look for paw prints and smear markings on gutters or utility outlets around the home.

Snake Skins From Attic Prove To Be Snake Problem

Squirrels: Look for tree limbs that are too close to the home. If the limbs are within 10 feet of the home then you may have a squirrel problem. Squirrels also need an adequate food source. Oak and Walnut trees are particularly great food providers for squirrels and may increase the odds of the sound being a squirrel.

Snakes: Snakes shed their skin quite often. Look for snake skins in the basement or crawl space area and also along the foundation of home.

 The Grim Reality: Animal Damage To Home

There are many different types of damage that nuisance pests leave behind. Structural damage to the home such as Raccoons damaging roof vents or roofing material such as shingles. Squirrels will often times chew on fascia and ruin fascia boards and water damage can occur to soffits if not replaced. Bats and Raccoons will also leave behind their feces which can result in an odor and also stain areas of the home such as ceilings. Squirrels can chew on electrical wiring which can result in an electrical fire.

Raccoons Are Strong. One Raccoon Pulled Up These Shingles And Damaged The Roof To Gain Entry

Fixing The Problem?

Once the target pest has been identified the real leg work begins. We typically suggest calling a professional such as our professionals at All Friendly to help with this process. Our certified pest professionals can quickly lay out a step by step approach to humanely removing the pest and follow-up with a permanent repair. We certainly wouldn’t want the homeowner to make any mistakes during the removal process. Failure to completely and humanely remove these pests can result in greater damage to the home and leaving an animal trapped inside resulting in an inhumane animal death and further frustration for the homeowner. To visit with your St Joseph Mo area pest professional at All Friendly call 816-279-6653. At All Friendly we will quickly resolve your pest problem once and for all!

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A Simple Guide On How To: Remove A Bat In Home Living Area. Quick And Humane. What To Do?

There is a certain feeling that only comes when a home has been invaded by a bat in the living area. Shocking! Terrifying!  That creepy looking bat looks about like a giant bird swooping into every area of the home. Maybe this sounds all too familiar? Certainly one must be strong, valiant, and well prepared. Below is a quick reference on what to do if your home is invaded by a bat in the living area.

Step 1: Be Prepared

Typically I don’t suggest most homeowner’s handle a bat without proper safety precautions. Most importantly we don’t want to harm the bat. Bats can be removed humanely and released without any discomfort to them. To properly remove the bat it takes very little equipment: leather gloves, fish net, and some bath towels. If the thought of removing the bat from the home scares you in any way then a phone call to a company specifically trained to remove bats from homes like ours at All Friendly might be your best option.

Step 2: Seclude The Bat To One Room

The smaller the room the better, but it makes no difference. Simply follow the bat when it takes flight into a room and shut the door behind it. Once the bat is inside be sure to stuff bath towels near the bottom of the door to prevent the bat from escaping the room. Also, be sure to notify everyone in the home not to enter the room until the bat is removed. We certainly wouldn’t want any extra drama from our living guests if they were to accidentally enter the room without knowing that a bat was in there!

Step 3: Removal Of The Bat

Here are a few pointers which may help in humanely removing the bat once it is secluded. With your leather gloves on proceed into the room with caution. Remember, it is not necessary to kill the bat. We would recommend using a fishing net for the capture of the bat during it’s flight, or otherwise wait until the bat lands and capture using your gloves. Once captured you can release the bat outside the home. If during this process you are too frightened to handle the bat, then place a bowl over the bat and call an experienced company such as All Friendly to help with the process.

Step 4: What If There Is More?

This is a very common question that our company handles on a regular basis. The answer depends on a variety of circumstances that a typical home may or may not possess. All of these variables must be checked out by a professional. We recommend a follow-up phone call to a company such as ours at All Friendly. This company should be able to identify any possible bat colony infestations and be able to alleviate any concerns that the homeowner might have. If a bat colony infestation does exist, this company will be able to humanely and efficiently remove the bats without harming them and also follow-up with the permanent repair.

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5 Simple Ways To Protect Your Family From: Snakes

It was a hot mid afternoon summer day in Northwest Missouri, I was busy driving home in our company service truck when I noticed my neighbor outside with his family looking intently at their front door.  Their faces were so serious and intent that Immediately I knew something was wrong.  With their groceries still in hand and eagerly anticipating their unoccupied home they came upon an unexpected guest. A three foot long Black Rat Snake. He just happened to be blocking their entrance into their home. Most assuredly I doubt he was looking for a way in, but I also expect he wouldn’t be invited inside. Yes, coming across an unexpected snake can be scary, and unless you live next to me it can also be quite dangerous. This is why we’ve come up with a simple guide to help the homeowner. Below is 5 simple ways to protect your family from those terrifying slivering serpents.

1. Habitat Modification: Lawn

Having a well maintained and short lawn is important if you want to protect your family from snakes. Snakes feel most comfortable in their natural surroundings. Therefore, keeping the grass frequently cut and short will help prevent unexpected snakes from establishing in your lawn.

2. Remove Debris Along Foundation of Home

Leaves, weeds, and other debris that collects along the home may attract snakes and their prey. This is a quick and very simple task and can prove to be worthwhile to your family.

3. Remove Or Alter Landscaping

Certain landscaping may prove to be attractive to snakes. Try to avoid over using certain types of rock landscaping which may tend to attract snakes to your property. Also, remove any old landscaping which may have unsitely cracks and crevices where snakes love to hide.

4. Cover Window Wells

A simple plastic cover over the window well may keep those snakes from sunning around the house. These covers can be purchased at local hardware stores and installed at a reasonable cost.

5. Hire A Professional

Hiring a professional is the homeowner’s best investment to your family. By simply hiring a professional snake removal company such as ours at All Friendly, this company can help renew your peace of mind. These professionals will be able inspect your home and property and should also be able to identify any potential problems the homeowner might have. Their training is most definately the key to keeping you safe. If a snake problem or infestation were to come up, it would be no hassle for these professionals to get rid of the snakes in the home or around the property.

All Friendly Mole Control & Pest Services has removed hundreds of snakes from homes and properties in St Joseph Missouri and surrounding communities in Nwmo.

For free consultation or to hire All Friendly call 660-927-0411.

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“Eeek, Get The Dead Out”! 5 Steps To Prevent Your Home From A Dead Animal In St Joseph Mo

Sooner or later it is bound to happen. Every homeowner at some point during the history of owning a home will experience it. I’m talking about the mystery animal who decided to die in your home. Whether it be a wall, attic, basement, porch, or something somewhere. The smell is just “Eeek”, and won’t go away until the hidden critter is found. Laughing aren’t you? It can be no laughing matter for some. Here are some great tips on how to prevent an embarrassing odor before it happens to you.

Where Do Critters Die?

1. Porch Area

One of our most common areas that our company finds “the dead” is underneath porches or concrete slabs. These can be some of the worst areas a critter can die. Why? Because most normally there is hedges and other concrete intrusions that are typically in the way. To remove the dead animal usually takes a lot of time digging and the critter is usually in the hardest to reach place.

Keeping the dead out of this area can be prevented by installing a wire mesh porch exclusion. The mesh is buried at a reasonable depth away from the porch and is anchored to prevent any unwanted animals from re-entering the area.

 

2. Attic Area

One of the second most common areas that our company has found where critters kick the bucket is found in the attic area. You might be asking how do critters get in? Typically, a loose vent screen or attic vent of some type. This isn’t always the case animals can access many points around the home such as: soffits and fascia. When dead critters are suspected to be in the attic area, they must be removed. Usually, these pest animals are Raccoons, Squirrels, Opossums, and can even be Rats. They’ve got to go! Leaving them could damage the ceilings of the home as they further deteriorate. Gross huh!

Fixing the attic vent screens and entry areas after all the animals have been removed is your safest bet. It is recommended for the homeowner to do a thorough inspection of their attic vents and home, before animals take up residence.

 

 

“They’ve got to go! Leaving a dead animal could damage the ceilings of the home as they further decompose.”

3. Walls

No easy path of removing the dead from a wall space. Typically I’ve found Rodents to be the main culprit to be the dead animal in the walls. Especially if the homeowner has a rodent problem. However, birds and squirrels are no exception. The idea is the critter pit falls into the wall cavity and can’t get back up. Getting rid of a dead animal in this area can be done, but is easier to prevent this before happening in the first place.

Fixing door sweeps are a good start for the homeowner experiencing rodent problems. Typically the garage area around garage doors can often times be a solid rodent entry. A good place to start fixing a dead animal problem is inspecting these areas for potential rodent entries. Next, follow-up with a good trapping program to remove these unwanted pests.

  

4. Basements or  Crawl Spaces

Gaps in the foundation of a home can lead to a nasty dead animal smell. The dead in this area can lead a homeowner to believe something died in the heating vents. I’ve not found this to be the case. However, mobile homes are also notorious for this problem. The critter will find a nice cozy home within the balloon insulation underneath the flooring. Getting rid of the dead animal in this area can be quite the chore to find, but can be done with a little belly crawling.

Once the animals are removed, fixing gaps around the foundation is a must to prevent critters from accessing the basement and crawl space area. Be sure to inspect the crawl space door and replace it if missing or if it can be easily moved with a little force.

 

 

 

5. Soffits

Here is another tricky area that the dead quit ticking. Rotten fascia or loose soffit vents make this an easy area for critters to access entry into your home. Getting rid of dead animals in this area can be a difficult task. Preventing animals from accessing this area once the animals have been removed can be quite easy or extensive. Some fascia boards may need to be replaced and soffit vent covers should be solid and intact. 

As you can see preventing dead animals from your home can be quite a task. It can be difficult to find out where and what kind of animal has made itself into your home. This is why it is important to have a professional dead animal removal company in the St Joseph Mo area to inspect your home and make these preventative repairs. That company is All Friendly. All Friendly will remove your dead animal and restore your home to it’s original condition. If you or someone you know goes “Eeek” the next time the smell appears to be a dead animal. Pick up the phone and call All Friendly Mole Control & Pest Services at 660-927-0411

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Mole Prevention Made Easy!

Preventing Moles from damaging your lawn can be done! In fact, it is quite easy. There is a simple solution kinda like a long algebra equation, or maybe calculus. Well, maybe I like calculus, and algebra. Those (x) plus (y) formations and the zig to the zag, and don’t forget to carry over the pie symbol thingy. Yes equations can be quite fun! Well, maybe you don’t think so, but I do. Moles can be no different. Yes, there is an equation, and a solution! To figure all this out stick around and you’ll find out how easy it really is and you too can have complete victory over that lawn wrecking pest called: “THE MOLE”.

The Eastern Mole, Who Is He? Or She?

No it is not my intention to make this a scientific post claiming that I know everything under the sun about Moles and their habits. I definitely don’t want to bore you either. However, in order to fully understand why the Mole does what he does, it is important to know what the Mole does and why he does it. Let me highlight that again. It is important to know the habits of the Mole and his feeding patterns. This is the first step to understanding the complete Mole control equation. Most importantly remember this: Moles are insectivores. That’s right, it means they eat insects. Primarily Moles feed on earthworms and any other insect that happens to be in your lawn. Their feeding habits keep them very busy. On average a Mole will consume up to half their body weight daily. Once calculated a 6 oz Mole can consume up to 68lbs of invertebrates each year! Convert that over to our terms, that is the equivalent weight of 3 cases of pop! Another important reminder is that Moles travel. And traveling they do, up to 18 feet an hour or 100 feet a day! Moles NEVER, I repeat NEVER Hibernate. Which means they don’t store up fat. I wish I could do that, don’t you? So therefore, you can see that Moles are both an eating and traveling machine. This traveling and eating only means one thing for the homeowner: one damaged lawn. But hold on, you are now armed with knowledge and are headed in the right direction. Just like the G.I Joe slogan “Knowing Is Half The Battle”

Effective Controlling Options

We’ll break this section into two different categories. Let us look at options on what to apply directly to the lawn and options on what to do to remove an existing Mole in the lawn.

Step 1: Indirect Controlling Methods

These are variations of chemicals, sprays, and repellents that a homeowner can directly apply to the lawn to modify their lawn so Moles won’t habitate it. This is not a very good idea, and very costly for the homeowner. I have seen lawn care companies sell tons and tons of grub control products to homeowner’s through the years and can consistently say that this method is a waste of money for the homeowner trying to prevent Moles from establishing in their lawn. Fact is, Moles primarily eat earthworms. Thus, this idea may be good for the lawn care company but may further frustrate the problem. So how about repellents and other sprays? Although some scientific exploration and tests may have been conducted and these products may seem to give highly impressive testimonies from previous customers. I would have to say you’d be better off burying the money you spent directly in your lawn and then expecting some sort of return on your investment, rather than the repellent or spray effectively preventing or removing the Moles from your lawn.

Step Two: Direct Controlling Methods

There are many of these on the market which are: poisons, deterrents (scare devices such as sonic thingy), and traps. Some of these methods give promising results. Pay attention to your gut. Yes, I do think some are out to get your money. I’m sorry, Poison Peanuts? And how about the vibrating wands? I can speak with consistency one of my favorite things to do in the whole world is to trap a Mole right next to those vibrators. However, I don’t tell my client’s about it! They’re still upset over spending a small fortune on those things. Well, whatever the case I can say they do sell on the shelves at your nearest Hardware store, but do not consistently and effectively do their job. Okay, here is the answer that I promote. My method is 100% effective in removing and preventing Moles from establishing their residence on properties.  Also, completely effective in the hands of a trained Mole expert who is trained to identify feeding patterns and travel habits of the Mole. Trapping is your answer. Put an effective Mole trap in the hands of a trained professional and look out! Game Over!

Why Trapping Is The Answer

What’s the big hoopla about trapping you ask? What makes trapping effective is outlined in two parts. 1. Knowledge of Moles feeding habits and their travel tunnels to these areas. 2. Knowledge of how the trap works and correctly setting the trap.  To be effective in controlling Moles really relies on how well the Mole trapper can identify both feeder tunnels and travel tunnels. Focus on the travel tunnels and you’ll win. As far as traps are concerned.There really is no difference on which traps are most effective. Our company purchases a certain style and brand of trap and still spends much time devoted to modifying the trap to produce greater results. Sometimes I think about some traps on the shelves which could be just as effective as what I might have, but I would need to upgrade service trucks in order to haul a few hundred traps around. My suggestion would be to find a good trap that is both easy to understand how it works and spend some time properly setting it.

Why Offense Is Your Best Defense

Our Army consistently displays the American flag on our soldier’s right arm in a backwards direction. Ever wondered this? The idea is “our army is always moving forward”. In fact, our Army never pulls back unless it is for a strategic purpose. So I’ve been told. So the slogan goes, offense is our best defense. Mole prevention can be viewed the same way, offense is the homeowner’s best defense against invading pests such as the Mole. What makes this so easy?  The next time a Mole decides to enter into your lawn, the first method of arsenal should be a Mole trap in an educated Mole trapper’s hand. So what do you do the next time you have a difficult Mole equation? Solve it with trapping! After all, this is the easiest answer to solve when handling any Mole problem!

About The Author

Jason has been removing hundreds to thousands of Moles in the St Joseph and Northwest Missouri area. His client’s properties include both a wide variety of commercial, municipal, and residential lawns. Jason prides himself by doing a good job and saving his client’s money by protecting their lawn from the most damaging lawn pest known to man: THE MOLE.

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