Always Nature’s Way Wildlife humanely traps and relocates many pests & animals. We are an animal removal service fully licensed through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and follow their laws for animal removal. A list of some of the animals we most commonly trap & remove are as follows:
Raccoons: Raccoons have a distinctive black mask and ringed tail. Illinois raccoons tend to vary in weight, from 6 to 20 lbs for a female, and 15 to 27 lbs for a male. Breeding season is February thru March, with a gestation period of 60 to 73 days. There are 2-5 pups per litter on average. If not mating season there are between 1-3 in a group. Raccoons find refuge under porches, stoops, decks, chimneys, and sometimes attics. Attics can be destroyed by a raccoon and its family. Feces carry disease and can be harmful.
Bees & Stinging Insects: Stinging insects including bees, wasps, hornets and others will sometimes build nests in undesirable areas including attics, chimneys, wall voids, roofs, mailboxes, and other structural buildings. Honey bees are not as aggressive as wasps or hornets but still may require professional services to remove. Only spraying the bees with insecticide may not be sufficient because there will still be hives behind the structure in which they nested. This could also leave hives and honey behind that will attract other bees and pests. If the hive is not removed from within your home, the honey could also ferment and run down into your walls causing other damage.
Opossums: Typically ground animals, opossums rarely venture into attics. They’re the only marsupials in Northern America. These means the females have a pouch on their belly to carry and birth their young. Breeding season is Feb./ Mar. With a 14 day gestation period. Babies are the size of Honey Bees at birth and reside in the mothers pouch for 60 days. Litter can be up to 13. Opossums choose to live in burrows under stoops, porches, decks, and sheds.
Skunks: Skunks are known by their white stripe centered down their black coats. Ground animals living under stoops, porches, decks, etc. Their breeding season is February into March, with a gestation period of 62 to 66 days. Up to 9 born in a litter, typically in May and June. Skunk spray can penetrate the foundation of a home, making it very uncomfortable for the homeowner. Special glands below the tail hold a powerful spray that can be shot up to 15 feet. The smell can last for weeks making clothing, furniture, and carpeting smell as well. Skunks carry disease and are required to be euthanized upon trapping. This is enforced by the Department of Natural Resources.
Squirrels: The Eastern Gray squirrel is most common in Illinois, and a member of the rodent family. Being a daytime animal, nesting in attics, soffits, eves, and nesting in trees. Breeding season is usually in Spring, and once again during Fall, with the litter consisting of 4 to 6.Gestation period for squirrels is 44 to 46 days. If nesting in an attic space, wood is often destroyed by chewing. The insulation may be destroyed by urine, feces, and nesting.
Ground Hogs: Also known as woodchucks or whistle-pigs, they are daytime animals often seen basking in the sun for hours. Mounds of dirt and large holes are a good indication that these pesky but cute animals are the source of the problem. Commonly living under decks, porches, and sheds. Most people are not aware that this animal is also a member of the rodent family. Breeding begins in mid February shortly after they come out of hibernation. Gestation period of 31 to 33 days, birthing 2 to 9 young.
Birds: Birds can live in many areas in or around your home. Nesting in vents, eaves, and attics. Sometimes behind a porch light, lawn furniture, and bushes near doorways. Usually breeding in late spring, birds can become threatened if a person gets too close to the nest. They may chirp loudly, swoop, and even dive at a near by person. If residing in a vent, a homeowner may notice a horrible odor. They may also notice flies, nesting, or fleas in that area. Bird feces carry many disease, the most commonly known is Histoplasmosis.
Bats: Illinois bats are only 2 to 4 inches in length, with a wing span up to 12 inches. We have 12 species in our state, but most common are the brown bats. Though most people believe bats are “blood suckers”, nothing could be farther from the truth. They eat many insects, including mosquitoes and crop destroying insects. This makes them quite beneficial wildlife for Illinois. Bats can eat over 3,000 insects in one evening of feeding. A female bat can have only one young per year, with the exception of red bats having up to 4 “pups”. Bats have to hibernate or migrate to warmer climates. They will gather in colonies and reside in hollow trees or attic spaces. Bats tend to hibernate in the same place year after year, causing roosting areas to become covered in droppings, known as guano. This needs to be removed from living quarters due to disease carried in bat guano.
Beaver: Beaver are monogamous animals, which means they only have one mate. They live in colonies consisting of two adults and the litter of that season. Breeding season is in February and March, with a gestation period of about 4 months. They average litter is between 2 to 4 kits. The young are forced out on their own after only 2 years, often moving nearby up or down stream. There they will begin their own colony, building more dams. Beaver become a nuisance once they have destroyed many trees on a property, or if the blocking of waterways causes it to overflow. Often times water damage may be caused to homes or businesses, forcing the owners to have the beaver removed.
Mice: Mice are small, slender rodents with a pointed nose, and protruding black eyes. Mice live in or around homes, farms, and businesses. They are mostly nocturnal, staying active through out the night. Mice breed year round averaging 5 to 6 young per litter, with a gestation period of only 19 to 21 days. Mice are fully mature by 6 weeks old, and are sexually mature and ready to breed between 6 to 10 weeks old. They multiple quite quickly and are better trapped “sooner” rather than later.
Dead Animal Removal: Always Nature’s Way Wildlife removes dead animals from “private properties”. We are not the city pick up for dead animals on the side of the highway. We are experts on finding and removing deceased animals from yards, attics, walls, chimneys, and under decks or porches. Dead animal removal is not an easy job, or one dealt with by many companies. Once the carcass is removed, the area must disinfected and deodorized. The carcass is then incinerated in order to stop any spread of disease. We follow strict guidelines enforced by the D.N.R.
Red Fox: Red fox are found through out Illinois, but are increasingly more abundant in the Northern part of the state. These fox have a reddish-gold coat with white fur on the cheeks, chest , and underside. Their legs are often black or a mix of two colors. Mating begins in late December and lasts through March, peeking in January. The gestation period varies from 49 to 55 days. A single annual litter is born in March or April, consisting of 1 to 10 pups. The average litter is 4 to 6 pups. Red fox rarely use dens unless it is the breeding season. These dens consist of burrows previously occupied by other wildlife, under homes, sheds, and wooden decks. Most dens have two or more access points. These animals are not a nuisance in the wild, but concern people who have small children or pets. Contact our office for more information on fox removal.
Snakes: Illinois has 38 species of snakes, most which are harmless. There are only two venomous snakes in Illinois; the Massauga and the Timber Rattlesnake. They are rarely encountered due to their small population size. Snake control methods vary and each job is unique.
Other Animals Removed:
Canadian Geese-Mating for life and very protective of their partner, the family stays together at the end of the breeding season. Canadian Geese migrate together heading South, but Illinois has a large number that stay all year round. They build nests on ground near water. They build them on small islands, river bends, and ponds. The same couple will nests in the same spot every year if possible. Eggs are laid in early March. The females will lie between 5 to 6 cream eggs. They are incubated for 25 to 30 days with the male keeping guard. Our company offers monthly, bi-yearly, and yearly contracts for goose control.
Deer-As most mammals, White tail deer feeding habits vary from place to place. Breeding begins in late September and continues through November. Deer are pleasant animals, and only become a nuisance when they begin to destroy private property. Destruction includes trees, shrubbery, and landscaping. Private homeowners, businesses, and government agencies contact us for help with deer control. Multiple methods are used to control or eliminate the problems caused by nuisance deer. Contact our office for further information.