Who wants a snapping turtle!? The “dinosaur of the turtle world”, these snuggly little creatures love to be handled… just don’t get anywhere near it’s mouth! They have one of the strongest bite forces of any animal!
Chimney Swifts, nature’s pesticide free insect collectors, are nesting in a chimney near you right now. They are a protected bird, hence we cannot mess with them; but really, they are super beneficial and will be gone before you know it. Have a quick look at what a nest of these beauties look like!
Today Tony from Animal Trackers Wildlife Shows you want the next of the Chimney Swift looks like. This protected bird species is truly remarkable. Because they are a protected species we cannot do anything to remove them if they get into your chimney. The good news is these birds will migrate south in the fall, in which we then recommend installing a new chimney cap to prevent them from coming back next season.
Cool and Interesting Facts about Chimney Swifts
These birds fly constantly, if they aren’t sleeping or nesting they are in flight. These birds even bathe in flight by sliding down to water.
They have a glue like saliva that they use to “cement” their nests to chimney walls and rock faces.
These birds feed solely on insects such as mosquitos.
This is one of our most memorable baby animal rescues we participated in. Here we were asked to rescued stranded baby geese from an office park courtyard that had no way out. After many different approaches, walking them (and mom) through the office proved the best! If you are experience baby animals that need removal or rescuing from your home or business be sure to call us today at: (847) 884-1057
Here, our very own Tony Miltz takes you into the scary world of Yellow Jacket Removal. In this particular instance Tony is taking care of a Yellow Jacket nest that was visible behind a sheet of plastic covering insulation in the unfinished basement. Usually we do not get to see this great of a view. Please enjoy! If you are concerned that your home may be host to a Yellow Jacket Nest please call us immediately (847) 884-1057!
Hello, Chicagoland! What a busy last couple weeks it has been for us. Baby season is upon us, and as always, we have a great time sharing our experiences with our customers. Social media has helped us share our crazy lives and experiences with you, and we thank all of our Facebook followers for tagging along! We have really enjoyed bringing you new content and we have been thrilled with the feedback we receive on a daily basis. It is fantastic to know that even though you may not need need our services at the moment, you enjoy seeing the wild situations we find ourselves in on a daily basis. All of us here very much appreciate all of the support and hope that you will continue to watch our new adventures here, as well as over at our new Instagram page! We hope to continue to prove to you that we are the only company you will ever need to contact when it comes to your wildlife needs!
We receive calls all the time from local homeowners in the Chicagoland area who don’t know what to do now that they trapped a skunk. Below is a video of how we at Animal Trackers Wildlife transfer live skunks from your traps to ours. We do this so you don’t have to put it the trunk of your car…can you imagine the results!
Winter is coming to the Chicagoland area. As it does every year, it is going to drop in temperature, and snow across the land. Animals in the area are looking for places to live and hunker down during the winter months in order to escape the cold air. Here are some ways that wildlife can find ways into your home and what you should look for this time of year. If you think you are being invaded by an animal call a wildlife removal service immediately! Do not attempt to remove the animal yourself; you could be placing yourself and your family’s life in danger!
Raccoons are the peskiest creatures that could be affecting your home during the winter months. Raccoons will damage your roof or soffits in order to get into your attic to find shelter from the elements during the winter. While in your attic these creatures can chew through electric wires, damage insulation, destroy items stored there, and use your attic as a bathroom.
Raccoons will take advantage of any hole in order to get into your home. Even a small roof opening can give them the ability to tear a bigger hole to gain access to your attic. Raccoons can also get into your chimney. They can then find access to the main floors of your home through the open flue. If you are hearing scratching noises in your home, random rustling sounds in your attic or scuffling up your chimney call a local animal removal specialist in your area. Raccoons can be dangerous, especially a female raccoon protecting her young. Do not try to remove a raccoon by yourself!
Squirrels do not hibernate, so they actively seek shelter during the winter. When squirrels are jumping from tree to tree looking for acorns and other nuts, this will allow them to have access to your roof and chimney. Because of their small size, and impressive chewing skills. There a couple of things you can do during the winter that can make it harder for a squirrel to get inside your home:
Identify All Problems– By sealing up all the openings you’re; preventing animals from getting inside and also potential water leaks on home.
Replace Damaged and Rotten Wood – If there is any rotting or soft wood on your home, it makes it easier to get in. You can repair those areas which will make it more difficult for an animal to chew their way inside.
Screen Your Vents – You can screen your chimney, bathroom fan, stove vents, peak vents, and other access vents outside with a wire mesh screen. This is one of the best ways to protect yourself from all animals invading your house this winter.
Tree Trimming – Cut your tree limbs back 12 to 15 feet from the house which can prevent squirrels jumping onto your home or on your roof.
Opossums can be nasty creatures, especially when they are threatened or protecting their babies. Opossums don’t have much fur, and what they do have, does not protect them well against the colder elements in Illinois. They are susceptible to frostbite on their tails, ears, and toes. This means that they need to build a den in order to brave the cold winter months. There are a few places that these dens will be located:
Shed and garages
Debris piles on your property
Holes dug by other animals in your lawn
Underneath a deck, patio, or stoop
Abandoned appliances and vehicles
Since opossums are nocturnal, they usually stay in their den all day. However, they are always moving around. They might have more than one den in an area. That is why sometimes it is hard to tell if an opossum is occupying a den. You might hear sounds at night, but they might go away and come back periodically depending on when the opossum moves. Do not try and remove an opossum by yourself; they can be extremely aggressive since their only two main methods of defense are showing their teeth and playing dead. Rely on an animal removal service in your area in order to ensure that you can remove the opossum safely from your home.
Animal Trackers Wildlife is your local animal removal specialist company started by two guys who grew up in the Northwestern Suburbs of Illinois. They have been safely removing animals from homes for over 17 years. They are always ready to help protect you and your family from invading wildlife during the winter. Call us today and let us help you now!
Running a business is hard, having to deal with animals invading your business is more difficult. There are several reasons why having animals living inside the building of your business is bad, but how to get them out discretely is more of a challenge. Animal Trackers Wildlife has been helping business owners deal with their animal problems for years. Knowing the delicate nature of businesses we can take care of the problem with minimal interference. So if you have a problem with squirrels, raccoons, skunks, opossums, or feathered friends. Call us, and we’ll take care of it.
Commercial Animal Removal Wheaton
For commercial businesses, animals inside tend to distract customers if not scary. Animals inside your commercial business give you a very negative stigma. Customers will think that your company does not care about its property or customers. Removing them discretely is as important as removing them. Discrete animal removal is a common service that we provide our Commercial Customers. Making sure that your clients never knew the animal was there in the first place is key. Of course, if the animal is loose inside, quick animal removal is also essential. Our expert trappers can quickly capture the animal and remove it once on scene.
Industrial Animal Removal Wheaton
For industrial businesses, animal removal is a little different. It is not the presence of the animal that causes the most disruption, but the damage the animal and nesting can cause. Animals can claw and chew the walls, wires, and pipes of businesses. They also tend to gather natural nesting materials which pose a potential fire hazard. Capture and removal of the animal is critical but making sure that the damage they caused is exposed and the mess they create is cleaned up will help to ensure that your business doesn’t suffer.
Best Animal Removal Wheaton
Animal removal is not just about getting the animal out of the building but making sure that they can’t get back in. For some animals, this is about relocating, but for all, it is about making sure they can’t get back in. Identifying their entrance point and then sealing it so that they can’t get back in is key. Animal Trackers not only can remove the animals, but close any entrance that they used, or could use. So for the best animal removal make sure to give us a call!
We are your number one option for wildlife removal, animal proofing your home, and ensuring you will never be bothered by animal nuisances again.