Frequently Asked Questions regarding Animal Removal Services

Here you can find answers to frequently asked questions. If you have any unanswered questions, want to schedule an inspection, or just want to talk about your wildlife issues, you can contact us here.

Q: How much is this going to cost me?
A: With this being the most common question we get, the best answer we can offer is that it is impossible for us to answer this over the phone without seeing your problem in person. We can and do offer price ranges over the phone that you may fall into, but to get a solid figure we need to come out to your site for an estimate. From there we will give you a bottom line price for the job. Setting up an estimate is not an obligation to hire us for the job; rather it’s an opportunity for us to meet you and to see your problem first hand. From there it is entirely your decision about what you want to do. We will not pressure you one way or the other! Our prices are competitive and ultimately it is going to cost less to hire me than it will cost to fix the damage from the animal if left ignored.

Q: I trapped an animal that was causing a problem; can I relocate it to the town property down the road?
A: NO! You cannot relocate it unless you are licensed by the state to do so. Without a license, you can hire someone like us to relocate it for you. You can, however, let it go on your own property, which defeats the purpose of trapping it in the first place. You cannot drive it to a local park, town property, city property, state park or land, cemetery, or wooded area and just let it go. This is illegal and doing so will get you arrested! Even with the state license, these places are off limits and illegal to release wildlife on.

Q: Why do I need a state license to transport an animal I have trapped?
A: The state has these laws in place to protect the public. Wild animals may look cute and harmless, but they are dangerous and carry mites, fleas, roundworm and other diseases. By transporting them, you expose yourself, your family, and others to these risks.

Q: How did you get into this interesting and sometimes crazy line of work?
A: I have always had an interest in wildlife. From a young age, I was always catching frogs in the pond out back (which is coincidently where the company name came from), chasing bugs, butterflies, snakes, and other critters. In college, I studied all of the wildlife that the North East has to offer. I use that knowledge daily when working with wildlife and by teaching others about the different animals and all that nature has to offer. I love my job!

Q: If I see a nocturnal animal during the daytime, does it have rabies?
A: Venturing out during daylight hours is only one of the signs that the animal MAY be rabid or sick. Nocturnal animals are said to be MOST active at night, but can and will also be active during the day light hours.

Q: I had a bat in the house last night. Do I need to get the rabies shots?
A: Contact your local health department for the answer to this as they will instruct you on what needs to be done, if anything.

Q: If I have an animal emergency in the middle of the night, can I call you to come out?
A: YES! We operate 24 hours a day and will even come out if needed on weekends and holidays.

Q: Are you NYS licensed and insured?
A: Yes, we are state licensed, and insured.

Q: I have heard of a few home remedies to get rid of animals. Do they work?
A: Mothballs, garlic, perfume, crushed glass, ammonia, gasoline, hot sauce, tabasco sauce, peppers, bleach, chewing gum, loud radio, strobe lights, ultrasonic sound makers, fog machines, poison, antifreeze, human hair, soap, dog hair, coyote or fox urine, dried blood, flooding by garden hose, car exhaust, smoke bombs, etc. are all ineffective means for a proper solution to a wildlife conflict. Some of these things may SEEM like they work, but the fix is only temporary.

Q: I see that they sell animal repellents at the local hardware store. Do they work?
A: You are welcome to spend your money however you would like. However, we suggest saving your receipt and my phone number for when the problem returns. If it were that easy, we wouldn’t be in business. Trapping is proven! The only truly effective way to solve most wildlife conflicts is to trap the animal and relocate them.

Q: What happens to the animals that you trap?
A: If the animal is old enough to be on its own and in good enough health to be released; they will be transported to one of our release sites and let go. If the animal is too young or injured we transport them to a licensed New York State Rehabilitator. If the animal is too sick or appears to be rabid then it is possible that it may need to be euthanatized, but this is an absolute last resort for us!