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Swallow Stains

Barn, Mud, and Cliff Swallows (Hirundo rustica) are all of the same species but there are 5 different subspecies.  Regardless of what subspecies they belong to, Swallows are protected by the Federal Migratory Bird act, and thus, nuisance and damage related issues regarding them must be carefully managed. The most common form of nuisance problem…

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Smelly Skunks

There are actually two species of skunk here in Washington.  The More common Striped Skunk, Mephitis Mephitis, sometimes called a Polecat, is one of the most easily recognized species in North America.  The less common Spotted skunk, Spilogale gracilis, is much smaller and is sometimes called a Civet cat. Most people are afraid of skunks because of…

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Spring is Sprung! (Blog post #2 March 27, 2014)

Breaching Orca

Well, it’s been a crazy few weeks.  Spring is here early this year.  Usually I don’t start seeing Starling jobs until late April, but I’ve already done 8 Starling projects this year.   All the birds appear to be coming early this year.  Robins, Swallows, Sparrows, etc. As I always do this time of year, I…

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Starling Swarms

Jack Russell Wildlife Control - Starling Removal

Ah, Starlings.  I remember as a young lad, when I got my first BB gun, my dad said, “Now don’t let me catch you shooting any birds… Except the Starlings.  You can shoot as many of those as you like.” Growing up on the farm, starlings Regularly decimated our crops.  A murmuration of Starlings can…

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Squirrel Solutions

Jack Russell Wildlife Control - Squirrel Removal

Squirrels can be among the more difficult animals to deal with because they can chew through a 2×6, and can climb almost anywhere. That’s why you need a professional to handle your squirrel removal. I have dealt with 3 different species of squirrel infestations of buildings in Western Washington. Squirrel control is a speciality of…

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Otter Offal

Jack Russell Wildlife Control - Otter Removal

River Otters, Lontra canadensis, are one of the Northwests  most aggressive invaders. When they enter a home, they do extensive damage to insulation, heating ducts, plumbing, and electrical wires. They also bring their odors with them.  Not only do Otters have a very strong musk that otters use to mark territory and attract mates, they also…

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Opossum Occupation

Jack Russell Wildlife Control - Opossum Removal

Opossum, Didelphis Virginiana, is not only a common invader of crawlspaces, attics, sheds, and garages, it is also an invader to Washington State.  Originally not found anywhere west of the Mississippi River, Opossums were introduced to California in the 1850’s during the San Francisco Gold Rush as a source of food for the miners.  They…

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Bat Belligerance

Jack Russell Wildlife Control - Bat Removal

Although we have several different species of bats here in Western Washington, the two most common varieties that infest buildings are the Little Brown Bat, Myotis lucifugus, and the Big Brown Bat, Eptesicus fuscus. As far as dealing with an infestation of bats, regardless of the species, the Bat Removal procedure is the same. Although not…

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Rat Resistance

Jack Russell Wildlife Control - Rat Removal

RATS.  A Jack Russell Favorite because Jack Russell Terriers were actually bred in the 1700’s by an English Clergyman, Parson John “Jack” Russell, as Rat Hunters. Rats are probably the world’s most well known pest.  Known for everything from the plagues that decimated Europe and Asia, and for the devastation of island ecosystems, they have…

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