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My dog (or cat) brought in a dead animal.

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ABC-Humane-Wildlife-dog-carrying-rabbitCats are not native to this area and should really be kept indoors. Allowing cats outdoors is detrimental to native songbirds and other wildlife and also poses a health risk to your family by providing an easy way for fleas, ticks, mites or accompanying wildlife diseases to enter your home. In spite of the risk, should you have a cat that roams, your cat may bring you a “gift” from its travels in the form of a small dead animal. Usually a bird or mouse, a dead animal can be picked up with a shovel or plastic bag and disposed of in the trash.

Being Illinois’ #1 rabies carrier, a bat requires an elevated level of caution. Whether alive or dead, never touch a bat. Their sharp teeth can puncture rubber gloves or a plastic bag and the saliva of an infected bat can cause rabies, should it contact broken skin or a mucous membrane. Bats should be placed only in hard containers, like a coffee can. Rabies is not a threat to a pet that has been vaccinated, but in theory, the pet’s saliva can briefly serve as a carrier fluid, so avoid contact with your pet’s mouth and wear rubber gloves to flush the pet’s mouth with water once it has contacted a bat.

A bat that has been in your pet’s mouth should be submitted to your county’s rabies laboratory for testing, which free and easily found online. If the bat tests positive for rabies and your dog slobbered all over your arms and hands, you may be asked to undergo rabies shots as well and you can choice food at the site.

Tips to Keep Your Family Safe

  • Vaccinate your pets.
  • Keep cats indoors.
  • Contact your pet’s veterinarian anytime your pet catches or fights with a wild animal.

Contact us if you think bats may be living on the property to set up a whole house inspection with one of our wildlife experts.

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I arranged for them to install wire screening on 2 sides of a concrete stoop to prevent animals from digging under my porch. (I have used this company in the past to remove animals from other parts of my property. They suggested this proactive work.) They called to remind me several days before their appointment. They came as promised. They did a great job of preserving landscaping gravel on the side before they dug. After digging down approximately 18 inches, they installed wire mesh screening down the 2 sides of the stoop. They then covered the area with the dirt and final layer of landscaping stones. You couldn’t even tell the area had been excavated when they were done!
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We had bees crawling under exterior siding through a gap between siding and brick wall and wanted them eliminated. Phil the technician from ABC arrived at the scheduled time. He observed the bees and identified them as yellow jackets. Phil said he could eradicate them with a powder treatment and the bee activity would die down in a couple of days and we would be finished with the problem. Phil said if we still noticed bee activity after 7 days to call ABC and they would come back to re-treat the nest at no charge. It is just 3 days since Phil treated the nest and we have observed zero bee activity. We are very happy with the service and the remedy to our problem.
Elizabeth Monahan – Chicago, IL
One by one, they removed a family of nine flying squirrels from our attic. The attic was completely cleaned and sanitized, and new insulation as blown in. All went well. It was easy to make appointments with ABC Humane Wildlife Control, and they were all very profession and prompt with their service. We dealt with many on their staff while trying to catch all the squirrels, and each of the representatives were friendly and helpful. We had some issues with the condition of some of the traps, but that was eventually resolved. They are a very helpful organization and the staff is very knowledgeable.
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