In these tough economic times, it is understandable for people to try to solve as much as they can “in house”. Car repairs, home remodeling, and landscaping projects are becoming do-it-yourself projects. It is not surprizing that wildlife control is often a do-it-yourself proposition.
This is fine if you have the knowledge, skill, and equipment at your disposal. Just like car repair, there are right and wrong ways to do things and the wrong way can be costly. The right tools for the job are essential to being effective, whether you are removing a bat colony, or replacing a wheel bearing. Sometimes the tools commonly available for wildlife control are less than adequate. A popular store chain sells traps for squirrels, that, in “as is” condition would require something in the neighborhood of a large dog or small pony to trigger them. The cages they sell for coyotes are made of wire that most self respecting coyotes could chew through in a couple of seconds., nevermind the fact that coyotes generally refrain from entering a confined space, like a cage.
The Critter Guy is supportive and understanding of your efforts to provide the best value in wildlife control that you possibly can. If your DIY groundhog project turns into a skunk giving you the stink eye, we are glad to help out. We have the professional-grade equipment and know-how to be your critter go-to guy. The money you might spend on equipment that may or may not be effective will go a long way toward hiring a professional.
A final consideration (which should really be your first consideration) is the health and safety of your family. I recently read about a homeowner who decided to use some of the little high-frequency sound emitters and a few pounds of moth balls to move the bats out of his attic. It worked splendidly, the toxic fumes from the moth balls annoyed the bats just enough to make them move out of the attic. The only problem was that they moved down through a light fixture and into an upstairs bedroom. This event resulted in the homeowner's young child coming into contact with a bat and needing post-exposure rabies shots. Sometimes cheap does not mean economical.