The Bulldogs’ mascot Uga is not our only representation of animal life. Here in Athens, we love our furry, feathered, and finned friends. We boast many well-kept parks, including Bishop, Trail Creek, Greenway, and the Sandy Creek Nature Center. These locations allow Athens residents to enjoy wildlife in its natural habitat.
However, when a species prefers private property to its natural home, Athens residents run into problems. As the weather warms, many species become bolder about venturing into residential areas, especially at night. Common pests include everything from mice and squirrels to raccoons, opossums, and potentially venomous snakes. The most common types of these are copperheads and timber rattlesnakes, although others are not unheard of in the area.
Pest presence in your yard or home causes myriad problems on several fronts. For example, if raccoons constantly tear into your garbage or dig up parts of your garden, your landscape will suffer. Regular influxes of rodents and insects results in calling pest control services, which may eventually cause financial hardship. Additionally, home values depreciate if potential buyers discover evidence of rodents, bugs, or other pests within your home. In a still-recovering economy, this is a setback few potential sellers can afford
If you don’t plan to sell your house, can afford regular exterminator visits, and don’t have a garden, you should still be aware of wildlife’s dangers. Wild creatures such as raccoons and opossums might look cute, but they carry rabies, parasites, and other diseases such as aspergillosis, salmonella and its subtypes, and a plethora of viruses. These are dangerous to humans and pets, and they can be fatal. Homeowners with outdoor dogs or cats that often hunt birds and mice should be especially vigilant
Dealing with wildlife can look like an insurmountable task, so don’t try to do it yourself. Instead, call the experts at Georgia Pest and Wildlife Services (P.A.W.S.). Our teams serve Atlanta and the greater Georgia area, including all suburban and rural locations. Our consultations involve thorough property inspections and discussions of which pests will most likely infiltrate your home. We work with our customers to create a humane and sustainable trapping and exclusion program.
Once the wildlife is removed, the P.A.W.S. staff will ensure your home is healthy and safe. We never leave fur, droppings, or parasitic insects for you to deal with. Instead, we promise detailed cleanup of any location wildlife has infiltrated. When necessary, our teams replace damaged or ruined insulation with fiberglass or cellulose, which is much more difficult for animals to access. Since urine, feces, and fur can affect your air quality, we will ensure your air is tested for any health concerns. We use only environmentally friendly cleaners and deodorizers to protect you, your family, and your pets during our work.
For Watkinsville Residents
At Georgia P.A.W.S., we consider Watkinsville a vital part of the Athens city-county. We often find our Watkinsville residents have the most issues with bats and flying squirrels. It is illegal to kill these animals, so if you find a bat or flying squirrel infestation, call us right away.
We understand bats are beneficial to the environment as they eradicate bugs and other pests that might destroy your plants or bore into wood in and around your home. With this in mind, we will eradicate bats and flying squirrels without causing them harm so they can continue their work away from your property. To do this, we use bat valves and bat curtains which help seal entry points, as well as specialized flying squirrel traps.
Bat Removal in Athens GA
As a part of our Athens wildlife control services, Georgia P.A.W.S will provide a free inspection of your house to determine where the bats are entering and where they are roosting. Next, we will seal your home at all possible entry points such as exhaust vents, gable vents, roof vents and the construction gap around the house (The construction gap is a gap left by the builder between the roof decking and facia board.) After the house is sealed, a bat valve or bat curtain will be hung at the point of entry. This will allow any bats in the house to get out; but none will be able to get back in. If you are an Athens GA resident and are in need of bat removal services please contact us.
Flying Squirrel Trapping and Removal in Athens GA
Did you know that the flying squirrel’s teeth, just like the teeth of a regular squirrel, never stop growing? Because of this, they must gnaw on things in order to keep them filed down! Flying squirrels become a nuisance when they get into our homes and other buildings and begin causing structural damage, chewing electrical wiring, and leaving their droppings to contaminate our insulation. If you are an Athens GA resident in need of flying squirrel trapping services please give us a call.
Raccoon Trapping and Removal in Athens GA
If you suspect raccoons have broken in your home or you are hearing noises in the attic or walls in the morning or evening, you should call the professionals at Georgia P.A.W.S. We the experts in eliminating nuisance wildlife problems. With our effective and highly tested techniques, our professionals can diagnose your problem, trap and remove the raccoons, and provide the necessary repairs to cover holes and construction gaps that may be allowing them entry into your home. If you are a resident of Athens GA and are in need of raccoon trapping services please give us a call.
Rat and Rodent Trapping and Removal in Athens GA
Rodents in your home or place of business can do more harm than you realize. A rodent in your home can spread diseases to your house pets and ruin your insulation. And in your place of business, you can be legally liable – at a high cost – for damaged stock, contaminated foods, health code violations, or other consequences. If you are Athens GA resident and are in need of rat trapping services please give us a call.
Squirrel Trapping and Removal in Athens GA
Squirrels can be one of the most destructive animals that get inside homes. They often gnaw on wood, cables and electrical wiring. The gnawing of wiring is perhaps the scariest damage they do. The stripping of the insulation from the wires increases the chances for a short and the risk of fire. In fact, squirrels are responsible for thousands of house fires each year. If you are a resident of Athens GA and are in need of squirrel trapping services please contact us.
Why Choose Georgia PAWS?
Georgia P.A.W.S’ mission is to humanely control wildlife in order to prevent the spread of diseases and to help in safely removing wild animals from residences and businesses. Because the population is rapidly increasing in Georgia, wild animals are being run out of their natural habitats. They are forced to take up residence in areas greatly populated by humans and in many cases, in the same structure. This is creating an increased need for nuisance wildlife removal. At Georgia PAWS, we are committed to providing humane wildlife removal. We live trap and relocate animals to lesser populated areas, more suited for their survival. When you have unwanted wildlife or rodents, call the Athens wildlife control specialist – Georgia PAWS!