Tips for Hiring a Professional


The need for Wildlife & Animal Removal Professionals has increased significantly as development reduces available habitat. Local Governments, Commercial facilities and Homeowners are recognizing the need for services as human and wildlife conflicts escalate. As with any Service, you want to be informed about the Provider, the Service to be performed and the Cost associated with the service. Below are tips for selecting a Professional.

Advertising & References:

Most Professional Businesses get their names out to potential customers through advertising (e.g. web searches, local print advertising, town support services, etc.) & customer references. They have a valuable service to offer and understand that advertising & references are key to getting their business out in the public eye. Check References, as past customers should be open to sharing their experience.

Licensing & Permits

Requirements vary by State as it relates to Licensing and/or Permits required for wildlife control, pest management and/or property repair. Some wildlife species may require State or Federal permits to handle a problem situation. Check with your State Agency to determine the requirements for your location. Professionals you’re contacting should also be able to inform you of the State regulations and provide you, where appropriate, with their licensing information and coordinate any required permits.

Written Service Agreements

To minimize any misunderstandings, get a detailed description of the Services to be performed, the timeframe in which such Services are to be performed and the Cost of the services in writing. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. As your dealing with wildlife, it’s possible that unplanned events may occur. Ask how non-target species or no captures are handled. If the terms of the Service transaction are clear, it will provide you with a satisfied experience. Remember, “get it in writing”.

Payment Terms

Make sure that the terms of payment are clear and included in the Service Agreement. This will vary by Service Provider. Inspection fees, Set-up Fees, per animal captured fee or time-based programs are all common practices. Ask how non-target species are handled. Ask about non-capture of target species. If any repair service to damage property is to be completed, make sure these activities are clearly defined and pricing is discussed before work is begun.


There is continuing education, certificate programs and advanced training available in the industry. Service Providers, who attend sessions, demonstrate a desire to keep up skills/techniques in both wildlife & animal handling and professional development. Ask operators for credentials.


When dealing with a Wildlife situation, not all work performed can prevent other wildlife problems from occurring in the future. Ask the Service Provider their policy on Guarantees and if provided, make sure that this is included in your Service Agreement.


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