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How We Solve Knoxville Wildlife Problems

It starts with your phone call. We answer our phones 24/7, and we will carefully listen to your wildlife problem. Every case is different, so we will ask appropriate questions to help us understand the situation better. Questions like, "do you hear the noises at night or during the daytime?" or "what type of roof do you have?" After we have a general idea of your situation, we can provide a ballpark price range, and schedule a same-day or next-day appointment to inspect your property.

INSPECTION: Once on site, we will perform a full inspection of your home and property. This allows us to use the correct strategy and traps. If the animals are in an attic, a full building inspection is crucial, including the following:

  • All ground-level areas, such as piper or A/C line entry & exit areas, A/C chase bottoms, ground-level vents, etc.
  • All mid-level areas, such as dryer vents, siding gaps, first floor eaves or dormers, etc.
  • We inspect the entire roof, including all plumbing stacks, ridge caps, vents, and other potential gaps or holes.
  • We also inspect inside your attic, to identify animals and damage they have caused.
  • If the animals are outside, we notice many subtle clues that will assist us in a successful strategy.

TRAPPING, EXCLUSION, REMOVAL: Once we understand what animal species we are dealing with, and the problem, we use the most effective means of removing the animals. We use dozens of different types of traps.

  • Trapping - If trapping the animal(s) in live cage traps, trap type, set, and location are crucial to success.
  • Exclusion - Oftentimes, we are able to simply set one-way doors or other exclusion devices that allow the animals inside a building to safely exit, but never get back inside.
  • Removal By Hand - Sometimes we actually remove animals by hand, or with special tools like snare poles.
  • The Law - In all cases, we obey state and local laws regarding wildlife, but aim to take the most humane approach.

ENTRY HOLE REPAIRS: Repairs are a crucial step in the wildlife removal process. In many cases, such as bat or rodent control, the job cannot be performed without detailed repairs, and in all cases, sealing the entry holes shut ensures that no future wildlife will ever enter your home.

  • 100% of the entry holes must be found, and sealed shut, or the job is not complete.
  • Our repairs are professional contractor grade, look good, and when applicable we use steel, which rodents such as rats or squirrels are unable to chew through.
  • We give a written guarantee on our repairs against any future animal entry.

ATTIC DECONTAMINATION SERVICES: It may be desirable to clean your attic after we've removed the animals. They can leave behind large amounts of droppings, urine, hair, oils, food, nesting material, and so on. These remnants can attract insects like cockroaches, and the scent left behind can encourage new animals to chew their way into your house. You might experience odor problems from the waste. It's possible that mold will grow on waste areas.

  • We remove or vacuum all droppings, or remove all the soiled insulation.
  • We fog the attic with a special enzyme-based cleaner that destroys any organic matter and deodorizes the space.
  • We repair damage, such as ductwork, electrical wires, pipes, insulation, and more.
The above are just a brief explanation of some of our methods. I haven't even addressed the hundreds of other potential cases that we deal with, from bat exclusions, to poison-free rodent control, to dead animal removal, bird roosting prevention, mole trapping in a yard, ground-based exclusion barriers around a shed, etc. etc. Just give us a call any time, and we can describe in detail how we will resolve your specific wildlife problem.

During a regular day in Tennessee many of our residents keep their doors and windows open to feel the breeze from our beautiful weather. Did you know wildlife such as birds and bats can fly right into your home? If you can't seem to catch a bird, bat, or any other Knoxville critter that's made it's way onto your property or into your home, give us a call! We ansewr our phones 24/7 to better serve your Knoxville wildlife needs! We proudly service the following cities: Alcoa, Bean Station, Blaine, Caryville, Gatlinburg, Greenback, Harriman, Jacksboro, Jefferson City, Jellico, Kingston, LaFollette, Lenoir City, Luttrell, Loudon, Louisville, Mascot, New Market, Newport, Norris, Oliver Springs, Pigeon Forge, Plainview, Rockwood Farragut, Maryville, Morristown, and Oak Ridge. We also service the following counties: Anderson County, Blount County, Morgan County, Roane County, Sevier County, Jefferson County, Knox County, Loudon County, and Union County.

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To learn more about our services, visit the Knoxville wildlife control home page.

This month's wildlife how-to article: Will Homeowners insurance pay for rat damage?

Will Homeowners insurance pay for rat damage?

Depending on the agreement between you and your Insurance service provider, most homeowners insurance packages do not cover rat infestation or rat damages. Rats, Gophers, squirrels and mice can cause damages valued at thousands of dollars to homes , but rarely do homeowners insurance packages cover sudden and unexpected damages caused by these rodents, and the reason being that most insurance applicants and the insurance companies never envisaged that such problems will arise in the first place, thus it is usually not included in terms and conditions.

While all homeowners insurance packages will cover damages caused by natural disasters such as flooding, fire, and earthquakes, smaller issues such as rat infestation are normally left in the hands of the home owners to tackle on their own. Since Homeowners insurance do not cover rat damages, the best option is to prevent it in the first place through constant checking , inspection and removal of rats before such animals establish nests and colonies all over the property.

Though most homeowners insurance do not pay for rat damages, but when you purchase an appropriate separate policy, such damages may be included in your insurance cover. Initially, you will normally receive reference lists of the damages that are covered under your Homeowners Insurance package, and the lists will often include damages caused by windstorms, fires, tornadoes, windstorms, earthquakes and floods. You will need to purchase a separate specialized rider if you truly want to include rat damages in the lists of what you are covered for.

In some cases, your homeowners insurance will pay for rat damages, when a windstorm blows your roof away and that exposed your house to rat infestation. In this case, rats did not destroy the roof of your home but windstorm is one of the things covered under your homeowners insurance. Thus the rat infestation is a secondary problem resulting from the windstorm.

Homeowners insurance cover, as regards damages caused by rat can be complicated most times, and there must be a rodent damage in a single identifiable event before you can miss out of homeowners insurance payment. If rat problems developed because of another primary problem listed in your homeowners insurance policy, then you are entitled to a full compensation- for this reason, most people may want to associate some natural disasters with the infestation of their homes by rats, just to trick the Insurance provider , into paying compensations.

Coverage of hidden effects such as damages caused by rats was not identified before you purchase your house, can be compensated for , through your Homeowners insurance policy. In this case, there should have been an Inspection error , that caused the un-detection of rat infestation before you moved into the property, therefore your Insurance company will definitely pay, otherwise, there is no guaranty that your Homeowner insurance will compensate you.
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