Wildlife Control

Lakewood, OH Wildlife Control Services

Lakewood Exterminating not only provides pest control, but also provides wildlife control services to Cleveland’s west side. Since we do so much rat removal and pest proofing throughout the year, it only makes sense that we handle other types of wildlife too.
With every critter that we handle, our very best effort is put forth so that similar issues do not recur for our customers. Therefore we do not consider ourselves strictly animal trappers. If you have a groundhog, or skunk, underneath your porch; our traps only get set in conjunction with the installation of an exclusion barrier. Squirrels and raccoons nesting inside attics are all estimated with the structural repair included. Attic restoration and decontamination services are available options to remove any health hazard that was left behind.

  • Removal of raccoons, bats, and rodents that inhabit a structure.
  • Exclusion of skunks and groundhogs underneath porches, sheds and decks.
  • Bat-proofing and rodent-proofing of entire structures.
  • Chipmunk and vole trapping.
  • Exterior rodent baiting service for instances where exclusion is not practical for rats and mice.
  • Installation of high-end products like Xcluder Garage Door Seals, and Dig Defence.

National Wildlife Control Operators Association

Our company is a member of NWCOA. We feel that they provide us with the very best training and support available. As a result of this affiliation, our exterminating company can hold our own against area businesses that strictly perform wildlife control.

Why Choose Us?

Both residential and commercial customers can benefit from our innovative approach to urban wildlife damage management.
The integrated pest management techniques used in our pest control services, are likewise applied to our wildlife control services. Habitat modification and exclusion is our main focus when eliminating structure-infesting wildlife and insect pests.
Not many companies properly integrate wildlife control with pest control. As a result, you get a lot of exterminators in Cleveland, OH who would not know how to effectively rodent-proof your home if you asked them to do so. You can expect to receive a standard of professionalism that is consistent throughout our diverse selection of service.

Signs of a Wildlife Problem:

  • Scratching noises in the walls?
  • Loud sounds coming from the attic?
  • Hole dug under the porch or deck?
  • Bat inside the house?
  • Problems with nesting birds?
  • Rodent burrows or digging in the lawn?

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Control Options:

Habitat modification manages wildlife without setting traps.
Exclusion prevents animals from accessing certain areas.
Diversion tactics move wildlife away from an area.
Wildlife reduction as a result from cage trapping.
There are two types of wildlife: transient or domiciled. Transient means that they do not inhabit the premises but pass through or enter the property looking for food and shelter.
Domiciled wildlife lives on your property. Domiciled wildlife can be raccoons in the chimney, squirrels in the attic, or birds nesting inside a vent.

Dealing With Visitors To Your Property:

Transient wildlife is best controlled through exclusion or habitat modification. Trapping roaming wildlife can take time. They might not visit the property every night. Traps often need to be set on the ground. This makes them more accessible to children and pets. We often recommend deterring the animal instead of setting cage traps in the open. This can be accomplished by:

  • The installation of fence, screens, and barricades.
  • Removing food or water sources that are attracting wildlife to your property.
  • Applying a repellent product to specific areas.
  • Removing brush or excessive vegetation.

What To Do When Wildlife Find Shelter On Your Property:

Domiciled wildlife nesting on your property will be promptly and safely removed from your property.
Cage traps are utilized as our primary means of controlling domiciled wildlife.
Traps are set directly over nesting entry points whenever possible. This ensures that only the problem animals are caught.
No matter the case, traps are strategically set to only catch the domiciled animal.
There are instances where lethal traps are implemented. Small rodents like chipmunks, rats and mice can all be removed with snap traps.
Rodenticide is only used to control mice, rats and meadow voles..
Once problem wildlife is removed from the structure, exclusion should be performed. This prevents neighboring animal populations from inhabiting the newly vacated shelter.

Wildlife Exclusion:

Exclusion refers to manipulating the environment in order to keep nuisance wildlife from entering an area.
While groundhogs are not necessarily bad; they can become a problem if they nest under your porch or feed in your garden. The best way to control wildlife on your property is prevent them from entering your property. While this is not always practical, eliminating nesting sites is essential.
Deer enjoy browsing on landscape plants. The installation of deer fence can be a lifesaver.
Removing domiciled wildlife is only the first step. We make permanent repairs with quality materials.

This is one way we have found homeowners attempting to control wildlife around their home. This is not very effective, is technically illegal. It is best to hire someone who knows what they are doing, if you do not.

This is an example of an exclusion fence we dug down and installed to prevent wildlife from getting underneath someone’s house. This is the correct way to seal out burrowing creatures.

List Of Animals That Must Be Euthanized Or Released On Site In Ohio:

  • Raccoon
  • Skunk
  • Beaver
  • Coyote
  • Red or Grey Fox
  • Opossum

List Of Animals That Can Be Euthanized Or Released Off Site In Ohio:

  • Squirrels: Flying, Grey, Fox and Red
  • Chipmunks
  • Moles
  • Woodchucks

Can You Release A Trapped Animal In The Metroparks?

Taking trapped animals to the park to release them is illegal. Knowing this fact is not enough to stop most people from doing it. Keep in mind that nuisance wildlife carry a multitude of disease pathogens. When you place a caged animal inside your vehicle it will defecate. Regular disinfectant will not destroy the parasites that are excreted inside your trunk. Then you are going to go grocery shopping?
It is not safe or wise for a homeowner to trans-locate trapped animals inside of their vehicles. Needless to say, it is illegal. Read more about releasing trapped animals in the following section.

Relocation, Translocation, And Euthanization:



Nuisance wildlife can be removed from a structure and be released on site. These animals can be very destructive in their attempts to re-enter the structure. after repairs are made. Relocating animals within their normal range is not recommended in most urban environments.


Removing an animal from its home range and releasing it will prevent it from returning to your property. Many people imagine there is a magical farm where all animals live in unity. This is simply not the case. When you translocate an animal you are taking away its shelter. The animal has no idea where to find food and water. Animals in general do not get along with each other. If your translocated animal doees happen to find shelter and a food source; it is still unlikely to survive. Local animals do not generally tolerate translocated animals of the same species. While many people think translocation to be humane; it is often not the case. This is especially true for squirrels and raccoons.


We euthanize nuisance wildlife using Veteraniary recommended practices. This eliminates the negative effects imposed by the other two methods.