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Nov 13

10 Helpful Tips on How to Pick a Wildlife Removal Company

Here at Wildlife Control Solutions, we have seen many companies come and go. There are a few reputable wildlife removal companies in the St. Louis region. Unfortunately, due to lack of regulation in the field, there are probably 20 “businesses” trying to take advantage of customers in a time of distress. Listed below are a few helpful hints our staff have compiled to aid customers in their wildlife removal company selection process.

1. All Wildlife Removal companies are not made alike!

2. “Free estimates” sound great, but remember the old adage “YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!”

3. Do your research. Anyone can claim to be a professional, expert, or the only person in the whole US trained to perform wildlife removal…it doesn’t mean it’s true. We’ve interviewed SEVERAL of these “experts” with 15, 20, 25 years of experience according to their websites…strange how their actual resumes showed much shorter years of experience.

4. Read Reviews other than reviews posted on the company website – check yelp, Angie’s List, etc. Again, anyone can post a glowing review on their own website…see if that satisfied customer posted a review on a non-biased review board.

5. Check with the BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU! This alone will weed out most of the fly by nights, scam artists, etc. Be especially wary of the companies who will not even contact the BBB to defend their company’s actions!

6. Ask detailed questions about who is responsible for checking traps and how often they will be checked, how the pricing structure works and how they do the repairs.

7. A customer should NOT have to check a trap! Find a company that will check & maintain their own traps daily! Why would you spend your hard earned money to pay a trapper who expects you to check his traps for him? This is not just unethical, it’s also illegal.

8. There are several “listing service/referral” websites and blogs in the wildlife removal field. Most of these sites insinuate that they have done the research for you in your area and “Company X” is the best company….The owners of these sites are NOT offering this advice (or supposed research) out of the goodness of their hearts. “Company X” is paying a lot of money for that listing.

9. Find a professional company that will actually stand behind their work. Ask questions about what happens after the job is done. Do they guarantee their work? How long is the warranty?

10. Trust your instincts! If it sounds to good too be true, it probably is. Beware of companies who charge per animal or per visit without giving you a cap on the project cost. If you are left with an open-ended invoice you will surely pay more than you thought you would at the completion of the job.

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