Wildlife Pests in Evanston

Just north of Chicago, Evanston, IL, sits near the shores of Lake Michigan. The mix of urban and suburban areas is perfect for various pest wildlife to thrive. Some of the most concerning local animals are raccoons, skunks, and bats.

Raccoon Removal in Evanston

racccon in eaves
Raccoons thrive in Elgin. Populations of 9 to 45 are common in Illinois, but in Kane and Cook county populations have been recorded as high as 98 to 101 raccoons! Densely populated areas like Aurora offer plenty of food and shelter for raccoons.

Raccoons are most likely to enter your attic for an extended time during breeding season. Female raccoons seek shelther to create a den to rear the young (kits). In Illinois, raccoon breeding season lasts from January through March and peaks in February. Most baby raccoons are born in April or early May. 

If you hear noises in your attic like stomping or see a raccoon on your property during the day, you likelyl have a raccoon family in your attic. 

Raccoon Removal Process 

Inspection- looking for footprints in or around home, large openings, raccoon poop
Trapping & Removal- Live trapping most effective and humane
Repairs- Seal all entry points. Restore attic insultation. 

Norway Rats in Illinois

Norway rats  live in colonies and enter Chicago homes to find meals and warmth. The stronger rat colonies get the better locations. If your home has plentiful resources (food, shelter, water), you might be attracting large rat colonies.

Norway rat infestations usually occur in crawl spaces and basements. Once inside, the pests pollute pantries and kitchens with droppings which can lead to illnesses. Rodents also cause damage by gnawing on wood, wiring, and other materials.

Any gaps or cracks (larger than 1/4 of an inch) in home foundations and siding can allow rats inside. Norway rats are burrowing pests, so tracks or tunnels in yards may be the first sign of a rodent problem. 

The most effective means of rat control is trapping and sealing your home.

Inspection- Noises such as scurrying and rat or mouse droppings most prominent signs you have a rodent infestation
Trapping- Variety of traps available.
Repairs- caulking cracks, capping chimneys, installing mesh over vents.

Bats Control in Evanston

There are 13 bat species commonly found in Elgin, and all are protected by under the Wildlife Code (520 ILCS 5/1.1). Bats are useful for mosquito control in Illinois (3,000 insects in one night!).

You can remove a bat from a living space you actively use at any time. If a bat colony is in a non-living space (attic), bat removal can only take place from March 15 to May 15 when outdoor temperatures exceed 50° F at dusk, and August 5 through October 30 when outdoor temperatures exceed 50° F at dusk.

However, infestations are a serious health hazard. Bat guano posses the greatest risk. The accumuluation of guano from a bat colony can weaken structures and Histoplasma mold can grow in bat guano.

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Common Wildlife Issues North of Chicago

Animal Damage Animal Droppings Animal Noise Animal Odor Removal
Aninals on the Roof Animals Under Porches Bats in the House Bats in the Attic
Carcasss Removal Chimney Repairs Dead Animal Removal Humane Animal Trapping
Mice in Walls/Attic Raccoon Trapping Raccoons in Attic Rats in Walls/Attic
Seal Animal Entry Points Skunk Control Skunk Trapping Skkunks Under Heating Units
Squirrel Trapping Squirrels in Attic Squirrels in  Homes Venomous Snake Removal

Residential Services

We provide trapping & removal services for the following types of animals:

Badger Bats Beavers Bees Birds
Blackbirds Bobcat Chipmunks Coyote Crows
Deer Fox Hornets House Finches Magpies
Mice Moles Muskrats Norway Rats Opossums
Pigeons Porcupine Rabbits Raccoons Rats
Skunks Snakes Sparrows Squirrels Starlings
Swallows Voles Weasel Woodchuck Woodpeckers

Commercial Services

  • Bird Control & Municipal Animal Control
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