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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.

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Nesting

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.


Bat Removal in Los Angeles

Posted on April 1, 2014 by Animal Capture

Today Animal Capture Wildlife Control was called out to a home in Los Angeles for a bat removal. The homeowner woke up to a bat flying around in the living and was terrified. I responded right away. When I walked in the living room the bat was stuck on the wall. I put up my ladder and picked the bat off the wall. The bat was taken out front and released. For more information on bats check out our website animalcapturewildlifecontrol.com


Raccoon Removal Los Angeles, Raccoon Removal Pasadena

Posted on April 1, 2014 by Animal Capture

Yesterday Animal Capture was called out to a home in Pasadena for a raccoon using a front yard as a latrine. The raccoon kept coming back every night and going to the bathroom in the same spot in the front yard. I set up two traps and this raccoon was caught the first night. The job is ongoing…For more information on raccoon removal in Pasadena and raccoon removal in Los Angeles check out our website animalcapturewildlifecontrol.com


Filming At My House. Working On Getting A Reality Show About My Work.

Posted on March 13, 2014 by Animal Capture

I am really excited to be filming and working on getting a reality show about my work. Here we are filming at my house with my family. The show will be about a day in the life of Animal Capture Wildlife Control. The show will include me catching wildlife all over Los Angeles. You’d be surprised how much wildlife in running around the streets and hills of Los Angeles. Please follow my blog for further updates. For more information on my company and the wildlife I deal with check out my website animalcapturewildlifecontrol.com


I Could Never Imagine I Would Be Working At My Childhood hero’s house. What An Amazing Experience Meeting Barry Bonds!!!

Posted on March 13, 2014 by Animal Capture

I could never imagine I would ever get the chance to meet my childhood hero Barry Bonds. I have to say the best part was he was such a caring and genuine person. From day one he invited me in his home to show me photos on his computer of the wildlife he was having problems with. I was still in shock that I was sitting with him and having such a great conversation. Usually when I am doing jobs for celebrities they have their estate manager contact me when an animal was in the trap, but not Barry. He called me all the time and once again I was always in shock that Barry Bonds was calling me. I could never imagine Barry would be calling me and we would end up talking about all kinds of things other than my work. I have done about eight jobs for him now and I have to say I am sad to see him move, but happy to see him back with the Giants. I am so grateful that I had the chance to sit with him so many times and have so many great conversations. What an amazing guy he is! Thanks for the memories Barry and I’ll see you at the games.


Another Busy Day At Animal Capture Removing Raccoons, Skunks, Opossums, & Coyotes In Los Angeles

Posted on March 12, 2014 by Animal Capture

Today was another busy day at Animal Capture! We had a raccoon removal in Los Angeles, coyote removal in Beverly Hills, skunk removal in Los Angeles, opossum removal in Los Angeles, raccoon removal in Pasadena, and a raccoon removal in Brentwood. This is a typical day for me. Every day’s a new adventure! Check out our website for more info animalcapturewildlifecontrol.com


Skunkanator Removes Skunks From Home In Los Angeles, Skunk Removal In Los Angeles, Skunk Trapping In Los Angeles

Posted on March 21, 2011 by Animal Capture

The “Skunkanator” was called out to the Culver City area of Los Angeles for a skunk Removal. The skunks were getting in under the house and tearing up the insulation and stinking the house up really bad. The home owners daughter was sent home from school because she smelt like skunk. I set up five traps and the next day the traps were full of skunks. Five in total in one day. This is why they call me the “Skunkanator!” I specialize in skunk removal from under homes, sheds, and inside homes. I was also featured on the show “Dirty Jobs” on the discovery channel for removing skunks. Some would say I am immune to the smell, but I tell them…”to me, it’s the smell of money!” I tell people if you can’t see me coming, you can smell me coming! LOL! People ask me all the time “how do you get rid of the smell?” I use a product called “Skunk Off.” It works great! It was chemically made in a lab to eliminate the odor, not just cover it up! It is totally safe for humans, dogs, and anything else you need it for. I use it all the time! So if you have a skunk issue, you know who to call! I service most of Southern California from Los Angeles to Bakersfield. For more information on skunk removal in Los Angeles, skunk trapping in Los Angeles, skunk removal in Culver City, skunk trapping in Culver City, skunks living under home, skunks living under house, skunk spray, skunk odor, of skunk off, you can check out our website animalcapturewildlifecontrol.com or contact Jeremy Bailey @ (310) 551-0901.


Check out our youtube channel TRAPPERTV

Posted on March 12, 2011 by Animal Capture

We have created a youtube channel for people to see what type of work we do and things that people might not get to see everyday. The youtube channel is TRAPPERTV. I also created this because a lot of times I go in attics or under homes and explain to the homeowner what is going on and what I am seeing. Here is a chance for everyone to see how it is when there are skunks, raccoons, opossums and other wildlife living in your home. Here at Animal Capture Wildlife Control we specialize in humane wildlife removal from properties. We cover most of southern California from Los Angeles to Bakersfield. Jeremy Bailey has been working as a wildlife operator for over thirteen years. For more information you can check out our website animalcapturewildlifecontrol.com or contact us at (310) 551-0901.


Raccoons Rip Up Lawn In Pacific Palisades, Raccoons Tear Up Lawn In Pacific Palisades, Raccoons Tearing Up Lawn In Los Angeles

Posted on March 1, 2011 by Animal Capture

Jeremy Bailey from Animal Capture Wildlife Control was called out to this home in Pacific Palisades because they homeowner woke up to their backyard looking like this. I cam out to the home and set up four traps around the yard and ended up catching seven raccoons. We specialize in raccoon removal , raccoon trapping in Los Angeles, raccoon removal in Pacific Palisades, raccoon removal in Los Angeles, raccoons in the attic, raccoons living in the attic, raccoons living under the home, raccoons under house, raccoon diseases, raccoon roundworm, raccoons tearing up the grass, raccoons rippping up the lawn. For more information please check out our website animalcapturewildlifecontrol.com or call us at (310) 551-0901.