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Signs of a Bat Infestation in Your Home

Posted on September 23, 2017 by Animal Capture
Signs of a Bat Infestation

As much as many would not want to imagine it, it is not unusual to have a bat infestation in your home, which is not only disturbing but also a health risk to the inhabitants. As such, you need to have an idea of the telltale signs that you may be experiencing the same. We make this information available as part of the animal control initiative for you to take necessary action promptly.

Squeaking Sounds

The problematic high-pitched squeals from bats is an unmistakable confirmation that these creatures have invaded your home. It is hard to cope in an environment with such sounds and though some homeowners may try to resolve the issue on their own, it is wise to enlist the help of a professional.

An Ammonia Scent in Your House

Ammonia is a product that you can use when cleaning your house, but if you have not done so yet, and the scent of this chemical is still present in your home, it is an indication that bats are sharing the dwelling with you. The smell comes from bat droppings and if you fail to act as soon as possible you will breathe in the spores, risking contracting diseases.

For that reason, and to avoid chances of the situation escalating to that point, animal control recommends the services of bat exterminators who will help flush out these unwanted companions.

Sight of Bats Flying Around

Since bats are nocturnal, you will never see them during the day and that may give you a false imagination regarding their infestation around you. The perfect time to identify them is either during sunrise or sunset when they are flying outside or inside your home. Once you locate them, it will be a sure sign that you have a bat infestation to deal with sooner than later.

It is wrong to imagine that you can handle such an invasion by yourself because this will only make things worse than before. Animal control experts are better placed to manage the situation, and reaching out to them in this case, is the ideal option.

It’s Tarantula Mating Season!

Posted on September 6, 2017 by Animal Capture

Tarantula Mating Season

September is here, and that means the summer is winding down. If you’re thinking about squeezing as much time outdoors as possible in the next few weeks, you’re not the only one. Expect a higher number of tarantulas out there for mating season.

Tarantulas are more likely to be spotted in the wilderness or on hiking trails. However, male tarantulas have been known to travel as far as four miles in search of a mate. That means they could potentially end up anywhere above the ground in Los Angeles. In fact, it seems like tarantulas are more ambitious this summer than in seasons past thanks to the rainy winter. Reports of tarantula sightings in residential areas are coming in across Southern California — including in one resident’s shoe.

While tarantulas might look terrifying, they do not fall in the dangerous spider category. On the other hand, they all are considered poisonous. It’s not the venom that you have to be worried about. The fangs are what end up causing the most damage. Bites from tarantulas can cause serious discomfort for up to several days, so it’s best to watch your step and be on the lookout for them. They do move slowly, so it’s possible to grab a photo from a distance if desired.

If you encounter a tarantula in the wild, the best bet is to just leave it be — and let him find his mate. However, if tarantulas start taking over your shoes, your kitchen or even your place of business, that’s when it’s time to consider wildlife removal in Los Angeles.

Get Control Early: Prevention and Causes of Rabies

Prevention and Causes of Rabies

Animal Capture Wildlife Control has dealt with many rabid animals over the years, and we seek to educate the public on how rabies is transmitted and what can be done to prevent getting rabies. Rabies, a common, life-threatening virus that attacks the central nervous system, causes tens of thousands of deaths every year, according to the World Health Organization.

Usually transmitted through a bite from the saliva of infected animals, the most common species to transmit rabies in the U.S. include bats, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, and skunks. The most common household pet to have rabies is the dog. Unfortunately, while rabies can often be prevented and can be cured before symptoms begin, it is nearly always fatal once a person displays symptoms of rabies.

We recommend protecting yourself and loved ones from the dangers of rabies transmission. Rabies can almost always be cured if you seek medical attention as soon as you think you could have been bitten by a rabid animal. Currently, there is no early test to detect rabies. Rabies is treated with a series of vaccines that stops the infection before symptoms set in.

Symptoms displayed by pets and humans afflicted with rabies include frothing at the mouth, tingling, muscle weakness, fear of water, and confusion.

Contact Animal Capture Wildlife Control if you suspect there is a rabid animal in your neighborhood. Call (310) 551-0901 if you have any questions.


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Animal Carcass Removal Precautions

Animal Carcass Removal Precautions

All living creatures must be respected. The basis for the respect can be religious or humanistic.  Further, societal norms enforce compliance with abuse and neglect laws. When an animal dies, according to nature, by accident or intentionally, the death is someone’s loss.

There is a particular procedure that must be followed for disposing of a dead animal or for dead wildlife removal. This may vary depending on whether you are dealing with a domestic animal or a dead wild animal.

Of course, live animal removal is preferable. Trapping is preferable when removing skunks and raccoons, which can destroy lawns. Smaller animals even nest under floor boards.  Many times, the dead animals are found within your attic, on your property, inside your walls, or under the floors.

Some companies are specially trained in dead animal removal. They note that since animals carry many diseases, precautions must be taken before one attempts animal removal.

There are risks when animal carcasses are removed. Certain precautions must be taken, such as:

  • Prevent infection by washing hands with soap and water several times.
  • Place body in a plastic bag and seal.
  • Double-bag if rabies is suspected.
  • Avoid contact with animal body fluids.
  • Avoid contact with the animal’s parasites.
  • Use insect repellent on yourself and the carcass.
  • Do not spray the body if animal poisoning is suspected, because this will contaminate laboratory results.
  • Use protective clothing and gloves.
  • Incinerate the body or bury it to avoid contaminating wildlife.
  • Bury the carcass four feet deep and place lime on top to discourage other animals.

There are specific instructions for handling dead birds because they may represent a public heath problem.  To remove a deceased animal, contact Animal Capture Wildlife Control today at (310) 551-0901.


Top Ways to Remove Skunk Smell From a Dog

Remove Skunk Smell From a Dog

Was your dog sprayed by a skunk? Acting quickly to remove skunk smell is imperative to successfully removing the smell without the odor lingering. In fact, if dog skunk smell isn’t properly and entirely removed from the dog’s coat and skin, the odor can linger for up to a year. To help avoid another incident where a skunk sprays your dog, keeping the dog’s outside play area well-lit helps to deter skunks. Better yet, contacting a professional wildlife removal service to safely remove the skunks will be your best bet in avoiding an incident like this in the future and will help give you peace of mind.

How to Get Skunk Smell Off a Dog

There are several safe methods to remove that stubborn dog skunk smell. Depending on the severity of the skunk spray, you will likely need to repeat the following methods more than once. Once you can no longer smell the odor on your dog, it would be wise to repeat one of these cleaning methods once or twice more, just to be safe.

3 Ways to Get Skunk Smell Off a Dog

  1. Hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and dish soap


  • 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • 1 tsp. of liquid dishwashing soap


Perform this as soon as possible. With rubber gloves on, put mixture on your dog’s coat, while avoiding their eyes. Allow to sit for 20 minutes; then thoroughly rinse your dog. Wash dog with normal pet shampoo, ensuring that you rinse well. Repeat as necessary.

*DO NOT: Make this mixture beforehand. It could explode in the storage container.

  1. Tomato juice

This method is simple. Lather your dog using regular pet shampoo. Dry your dog off; then cover him in tomato juice. Make sure your dog’s coat is completely and thoroughly saturated. Let this sit on your dog for 10–20 minutes and follow it with another shampoo.

Note: This method may temporarily stain the fur.

  1. Skunk-removing shampoos, sprays or soaks for pets

There are products that are specifically formulated to remove skunk smells from dog, which you can typically get from your veterinarian or a pet store. If your dog has just been sprayed by a skunk, running to the vet or store may not be the best option, since time is of the essence. It would be a good idea to have one of these products already on hand, in case of emergencies.

Before using one of these products, wipe off as much skunk odor as you can and then proceed with the bottle’s instructions.

Avoiding Skunk Sprays in the Future

There are several methods to deter skunks from your yard and prevent another skunk spraying dog, though none of these are foolproof. To help avoid this in the future, having professionals remove the skunk or skunks in a safe manner remains the most effective way to completely remove skunks.

How to Tell If a Snake Is Venomous

Posted on July 7, 2017 by Animal Capture

signs of poisonous snake

Telling if a snake is venomous or not is an excellent way to properly determine your response to the situation. The first important fact to know is that the majority of snake species are non-venomous, and in the U.S., more specifically, you can only find four venomous species of snakes. These are cottonmouths, rattlesnakes, coral snakes, and copperheads. If you discover any of these snakes, you should call for animal capture and wait for a snake-removal team to arrive.

One method to use when deciding if a snake is a cottonmouth is by looking at the eyes. Cottonmouths have elliptical eyes, and, in addition, they have a white stripe on the side of their head. In this case, you should leave the wildlife removal to a professional snake-removal service. You can identify a rattlesnake by its rattle or its large triangular head. Copperheads are usually a coppery brown color, but this can vary. Coral snakes can be identified by their color pattern, with the red of their bodies touching the yellow.

Aside from those specific signs, there are more general variances you can use to tell the difference between venomous and non-venomous snakes. Non-venomous snakes are typically one solid color; whereas, venomous snakes are different colors, which should influence your decision to contact wildlife removal in LA. Non-venomous snakes also usually have a head shaped like a spoon, and venomous snakes have triangular heads, so contact snake removal in LA if you see a triangular-shaped head. Also, try to see if you can spot a rattle or hear its distinctive sound, because if you can, the snake is definitely venomous. For any snake removal, venomous or not, please contact Animal Capture Wildlife Control today at (310) 551-0901!

How A Raccoon Trap Works

Posted on June 23, 2017 by Animal Capture

How A Raccoon Trap WorksSome states require that you have proper licensing to perform animal capture and animal removal. Raccoons can pose serious health threats to people. Check your state regulations. If it is legal, you may not need to hire a professional to successfully perform raccoon removal. However, hiring a professional guarantees safe wildlife removal. You can purchase professional, humane animal removal equipment from a wildlife trap company.

A raccoon trap is an effective removal method because raccoons are curious animals that are always on the lookout for food. However, raccoons are an intelligent animal. If you set up your trap incorrectly and the trap does not successfully trap the raccoon on the first try and it escapes, the raccoon will likely not be able to be lured by that trap again.

You can either purchase a one-door or two-door model. One-door traps allow the animal to completely enter the trap. For a higher catch rate, the two-door model will be your best option. Place the trap where the raccoons like to hang out, which is near trash, gardens or patios.

There are several types of bait options for raccoon traps. You can buy food that is specific to raccoon traps, or you can use sweet food or meat to lure the raccoon inside the trap.

Raccoon Bait Food

  • Marshmallows
  • Wet cat food
  • Fish
  • Bacon
  • Corn

Each trap comes with a set of unique instructions. Follow them accordingly and be sure to test the trigger a few times before setting up your trap site. The trigger plate, once pressed, should allow for the close mechanism to take place. Once you ensure that the trap is successfully set up, place the trap in an appropriate area and make sure to check it regularly.

Animal Abuse: Signs and Solutions

Posted on June 6, 2017 by Animal Capture

Animal Abuse

No matter where you live, there are laws protecting animals from abuse and cruelty. Unfortunately, some people break those laws, hurting innocent animals. Animals deserve a fighting chance, and you may be their only hope. Read on to find out what you can do to help.

If you have witnessed animal abuse or have a suspicion that an animal is being abused, it’s important that you learn how to spot it and know what to do if the animal has, in fact, been abused.

Animal abuse comes in either a form of neglect or a form of violence. Neglect is when an owner is not providing the basic needs for an animal, such as denying veterinary assistance or refusing shelter. It could also be a dog tied up to a chain outside or pets left in cars.

Direct abuse, or violent abuse, is when someone is physically beating or attacking an animal. This can happen to animals in your neighborhood, in a park, or in the wild. Although this is extremely hard to watch, be sure not to turn away if you witness it, so you can report everything you saw immediately.

When most people think of direct abuse, they immediately think about domestic cats or dogs. Animal abuse can often happen with wildlife, too. Either way, it is still abuse and needs to be dealt with.

You can detect animal cruelty by noticeable trauma, lack of shelter or sanitation, or obviously strange behavior. If too many animals are living on one property or if an animal looks flea- or tick-infested, that is also considered animal abuse.

If you are aware of an animal that is being abused, don’t put yourself in danger, but don’t neglect it. You can reach out to a company that is a no poison, peaceful, catch and release animal capture control. If you witness violence against an animal, call 911 immediately. Document the details and prepare to testify.

You can save abused animals by speaking up for them. The worst thing you can do is pretend like you don’t know. Animals can’t speak, but you can.

Mouse or Rat? The Differences of Rodents in Your Home

Posted on May 23, 2017 by Animal Capture

Pest exterminators mouse and rat

At first blush, mice and rats seem like very similar animals. They’re both small, furry rodents. They both infest homes, scurry around in the walls, and try to get at what’s in the pantry. While they share a number of common traits, they are also very different animals and will affect your home in different ways. Infestations of mice or rats will each have their own unique, best strategy for ridding your home of them.

The easiest way to tell mice and rats apart is by their size. The average rat is over twice as long and many times heavier than the average mouse. Of course, this is not always the most reliable way, as a juvenile rat may appear to be roughly the same size as an adult mouse. A mouse will also have a much longer tail, relative to its body, than a rat. Mice also have larger ears and more prominent eyes, whereas rats will have smaller ears and tiny eyes.

While they’re different animals, the removal of mice and rats is equally important, due to the damage that both species cause to your home. They both gnaw on objects for their teeth, get into your food, and spread disease and leave droppings behind, making them unwanted guests.

Mice are skilled climbers and, due to their small size, typically get into your walls and use them as routes to nests up in the attic or elsewhere. Rats tend to stay lower and can usually be found living in your basement or crawlspaces.

What’s That Sound? Signs That You Might Have a Critter in Your House

If you are hearing strange noises in your home, it’s possible that you have pests. You might even start to suspect that you need a Los Angeles raccoon removal service, but how do you know if the noise is that of raccoons or something else entirely? Use this quick tips guide to simplify your diagnosis.

Los Angeles Raccoon Removal


If you have small animals living in your home, you’ll hear them throughout the night. To pinpoint them, get out a flashlight and check all of the little nooks and crannies for signs of nesting. This includes checking behind and under appliances, inside all cabinets and closets, and up in the attic. You’re looking for piles of nesting materials, feces, and chew marks along the way.

Sounds and Smells

Dead or decomposing pests give off an unmistakable scent. If you have a mouse or rat in your house that’s died, the smell is often enough to diagnose them. For live critters, noises include scurrying, squeaking, gnawing, or even scratching.

Pests can live in your walls or under the floorboards, so don’t discount them just because the location seems strange.

Look for Holes

Noticing small holes in your floors or walls? These are all signs that you might have an infestation. The average mouse hole is just the size of a quarter; they can flatten out their bodies to shimmy in and out as long as the hole is as large as their head.

If you find burrows in areas around your property, particularly where you have weeds or garbage stored, this is a surefire sign, too. Finally, keep an eye out for chewed electrical wires—this is dangerous and should be addressed immediately.

If you notice any of the issues listed above, it may be time to call your local animal removal specialist. Contact Animal Capture Wildlife Control today to schedule your assessment.