Do-It-Yourself Wildlife Control Guide

If you live outside our service area or have a minor problem you want to tackle on your own, we have tips and tricks for how to safely and humanely keep critters out. When you need to call in a professional, learn how to choose one that will conduct a hassle-free and animal-friendly eviction. 

What to Do About Problem Wildlife

Use our interactive guide to figure out who's in your house, how they're getting in, and how to get them out and keep them out.

Already know what animal is causing the problem? The HSUS can tell you what to do about 24 different wild critters who often find themselves in trouble with people. Whether you want to know how to keep coyotes and black bears out of your yard, squirrels and raccoons out of your attic, or hungry critters from nibbling on your gardens, we have species-specific advice.

Recommended products: Deer eating your plants? There’s a product for that. Critters raiding your garbage? There's a product for that. Pigeons roosting on your window ledges? There's a product for that, too. From repellents and animal-resistant trash containers to fencing and netting, find the right products to resolve your wildlife conflicts.

Prevention is key: Inspecting your home each season for potential animal entry points can stop a problem before it starts. Inspect and repair your house to keep wildlife out.

What to Avoid

Handling wildlife and their waste: Wild animals can bite, scratch, or otherwise injure you, and their waste, especially that of raccoons and bats, often requires specialized cleanup.

Inhumane "nuisance wildlife control operators": Doing it yourself isn't always the answer, and neither is working with inhumane or unethical companies. When you need to bring in a professional, select a company that will not only get the job done but will also make sure animals aren't hurt, families aren't split up, and that the problem won't recur. Learn how to choose a humane wildlife control operator.

  • Ladder usage is best left to professionals.

Ladders: Common routes like vents and rooflines that wild animals use to get into homes are often at significant heights. Unless you're trained and proficient in using a ladder, it's best to call a professional.

Trapping: Live-trapping and relocating wild animals, even when you use a humane trap, rarely ends well for wildlife and it's not a permanent solution. There are better alternatives to trapping.

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