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By Barnes Wildlife Control, May 25 2017 07:05PM

Moles in your Yard? :

The owner of a large home in Riverside thought she might have a Coyote problem, so Jack set up some of our signature motion-capture cameras. These are a sure-fire way to catch pests and invasive animals in action. While he was there, she asked about moles who were tearing up her garden.

Another company had charged the Riverside homeowner $2,000.00 and had not caught one mole. Barnes Wildlife Control is owned and operated by people who know the animals, their habits, and the best way to catch them. Jack used the cameras to watch the movements of the moles. This allowed him to strategically place traps inside their underground tunnels. In just two days, he caught two moles. Barnes Wildlife Control charged the client $175 for this service.

The best way to get rid of moles is to simply trap them and release them elsewhere. Moles eat worms which are impossible to get rid of--and you don't want poison in your garden. Grubs, however, can be treated for, and that is one less food source for the moles in your nice garden.

By Barnes Wildlife Control, May 24 2017 07:10PM


The most common snake in Ohio is the Black Ratsnake. It is a constrictor (non-poisonous) ranging 4-6 feet long. These snakes often make dens out of attics in Ohio, anywhere from 1 to 15 of them living together. Residents in the greater Dayton area will find piles of skin sheddings or sometimes droppings--in fact, this is so common that Barnes Wildlife Control receives several calls for snake infestations a week. The black ratsnakes are often there to feed off of rodents who are also living in the house.

So, when Jack went to remove a group of snakes from a Beavercreek home, he was also prepared to look for mice. First, Jack had to get rid of the snakes. Barnes Wildlife Control has humane, effective sticky traps they design and produce. This process is much cleaner than traps or poisons you will find at the store. And the cleanup job is all done for you.

Next, Jack set up traps for mice and cleaned up any messes made in the Beavercreek home by either snake or mouse. Barnes Wildlife Control can also check for small entry points around the foundation of the house and seal them up to prevent further problems.

By Barnes Wildlife Control, May 18 2017 06:13PM

What do you do when you have several raccoons living in your attic and ruined duct work?

Jack, a technician for Barnes Wildlife Control, was able to answer that question for a woman living in a condo in Centerville. Earlier this week, he received a call saying she was hearing noises in the attic, and he was able to check it out that same afternoon. The first thing to do was inspect the outside of the building. Torn netting and fur around the attic ventt let Jack know that the noises were indeed raccoons.

Further inspection revealed that unfortunately the Ohio raccoons had been there a while and gotten quite cozy. They did substantial damage to the ducts and turned them into a latrine, leaving piles of racoon feces and urine stains. This meant the lady of the Centerville, Ohio house was breathing contaminated air on top of everything else.

Jack set up a trap outside the entrance point and caught all three males (it is not uncommon for a group of male raccoons (Boars) to share a common den site. Now it was just a question of cleaning up the feces and other messes, and replacing the ducts and insulation. I asked Jack if he was able to fully restore all the damage.

"We fix everything."

He used a large industrial vacuum to clean up the mess and the ruined ducts and insulation. The next and most important step was to sanitize the area. Raccoon feces can carry dangerous roundworm called Baylisascaris procyonis. Cleaning up and sanitizing raccoon feces is dangerous and difficult to perform without professional protective gear. After sanitizing, Jack was able to replace all the damaged ducts and insulation--good as new.

He also provided a new, sturdier cover for the roof ventilator so the raccoons would not return again. The occupant lived in a complex of retirement condos, and they all had the same thin, flimsy netting around their roof fans, intended to keep out insects. Jack sold every single one of them a new cover so no one would have to worry about raccoon infestations in their cozy Centerville condos. That's preventative care, folks.

Remove, clean, repair, and protect. These are the services Barnes Wildlife Control can provide.

By Barnes Wildlife Control, May 5 2017 04:07PM

Spring is here, and with spring comes the birth of new animals and the renewed vigor of old animals around your home. What kind of animals did spring bring you? Maybe spring brought cute bunnies and song birds. Or maybe for you, spring brought ground hogs, or squirrels, or possibly a raccoon. For many, spring means the annoyance of neighborhood squirrels. Jadon, a member of the Barnes Wildlife Control team, said lately he has been picking up a lot of squirrels from residents' homes. He explained that this time of year squirrels really are a common pest. Squirrels are making their presence felt. They are eating bird seed, digging up your yard, digging under your porch, chewing their way into the attic, or maybe making nests on your roof. Did you know that one squirrel gives birth to a litter of anywhere from two to five baby squirrels? Also, squirrels give birth to these litters twice a year! That means you could have brother squirrel, mother squirrel, and little sister squirrel all chewing through the electrical wires surrounding your house! If squirrels are causing problems around your home, or you just have too many, Barnes Wildlife Control is the solution! Jadon also said that he hasn't only been busy with squirrels, last week he completed a successful skunk job too. After a complaint of a skunk repeatedly visiting his yard, a homeowner called Barnes Wildlife Control. The team quickly responded and dispatched Jadon to take the call. He located where the skunk had been burrowing a hole underneath of the homeowner's porch, and proceeded to setting a live trap around the hole in a position that would allow the skunk to come out of the hole and into the cage trap, but would prevent the skunk from going back under the porch. The skunk was successfully caught and removed from the property. To add to his afternoon, Jadon responded to a call that involved a raccoon invading someone's attic. Upon investigation, Barnes Wildlife Control discovered that it was a lactating mother raccoon, and that meant the raccoon babies were somewhere in the premises. The homeowner confirmed this, as he had been hearing baby raccoon cries. BWC successfully removed the female raccoon and implemented steps to locate the raccoon kits. The kits and mother were humanely removed. This is just a day inside a Barnes Wildlife Control team member's job. Remember, if spring brought nuisance critters to your home, Barnes Wildlife Control is willing to be the solution you need!

By Barnes Wildlife Control, May 2 2017 08:08PM

The Response:

A response to a nuisance call in Dayton, Ohio led Barnes Wildlife Control to a home that contained several unwanted visitors. The homeowners reported that they heard animal noises and sounds of activity inside their home. Barnes Wildlife Control identified that the visitors were raccoons, and a raccoon was caught inside the home. The raccoon was a lactating female, which meant that somewhere in the home the mother had hidden her babies. Using thermal imaging and inspection cameras, Barnes Wildlife Control searched the house but could not find the baby raccoons. Finally, they located a large section of hollow space in the walls of the home, and were able to hear noises emitted by the baby raccoons. The mother raccoon had brought her babies through the wall and down beneath the wooden floor boards of the house. After cutting a hole in the wall and removing floor boards, the raccoon babies were removed.

The Repair:

Although the raccoons were removed from this Dayton home, they certainly left their mark. Their was a hole in the roof where shingles needed replaced and damage to the exterior of the home. Inside the attic there was raccoon feces, and entry holes in the dry wall. A typical solution to this, if requested by the homeowners, is a clean out and sealing of the home. The roof and vinyl siding damage are fixed, the contaminated attic insulation, feces, and drywall are removed, and the attic would be sanitized. The exterior of the home would be sealed off to prevent reentry by any future raccoons.

The Removal:

Raccoons are not the only animals removed by Barnes Wildlife Control, in fact just this week a groundhog job was completed. A homeowner with groundhog problems wanted their torn up yard groundhog-free. After seeing a Barnes Wildlife Control truck, BWC was contacted, and the solution began. Large holes were identified underneath a deck, and a partial deck exclusion began as BWC trenched around the deck to prevent any future ground hogs from entering/tunneling through. Traps were set to remove the ground hogs. No more mounds, no more groundhogs.

By Barnes Wildlife Control, Apr 6 2017 02:40PM

The stunning account begins with Barnes Wildlife Control Technician Kevin, driving between jobs on a typical Wednesday. Kevin responds to an emergency call about a homeowner whose two dogs had chased an unknown creature underneath a deck. When he arrives to the resident's home, the owner briefly explains that he watched as his two dachshunds were in pursuit of an unknown animal, and they had followed it up under a ground deck, and one of the dachshunds was now stuck in a corner with the unknown animal. Kevin proceeded to squeeze underneath the deck and began crawling to achieve a vantage point that will allow him to identify the animal. Unfortunately, the dog and the animal were around a corner where the deck met the wooden foundation boards of a pole-barn, and Kevin could not fit through the small space. Kevin was forced to crawl out from under the deck. Now that Kevin had the dog's location, he went into the pole-barn that was adjacent to the deck, and removed a wooden floor board. Directly under the floor in the open space was a red fox! Wait, where is the dachshund? There it is! The fox had its teeth gripped onto the back of the poor dog! Acting fast, Kevin pulled on Kevlar gloves to protect his arms, and reached down toward the dog. Kevin carefully picked up the scared dog, and the fox let go of its grip. With the help of the homeowner, Kevin covered the hole in the floor to prevent the fox from escaping or further attacking, and returned the dog to its grateful owner. Wearing the gloves was clearly a good call by Kevin, because as he pulled the frightened dachshund out, it desperately sank its teeth into Kevin's arm. Thanks to the gloves, Kevin wasn't harmed. Also, the dog didn't appear to have any marks or bleeding after its encounter with the fox.

Now that that the immediate problem had been solved, Kevin thoroughly inspected the property, and identified two large holes dug under the exterior of the deck and pole-barn that the fox was traveling through. Kevin set traps that will remove the fox, and the homeowner is considering having a deck-exclusion completed by Barnes Wildlife Control to prevent any future pest problems. After interviewing Kevin, he believes that the fox is most likely a female because of its behavior with the dachshund. Kevin explained that it is typically not the character of a fox, especially a male to spare a small dog, and merely hold on to it during an aggressive encounter. Rather, Kevin believes that the fox is most likely a female, and was acting defensively to protect her fox-kits. The homeowner did confirm that this was not just an occasional fox passing by, the fox was actually a very frequent visitor to the property. After analyzing the location, the behavior of the fox, and taking into account that it is spring, Kevin says there is a very good chance that this was a case of a mother fox protecting her kits. I'm no fox expert, but I do know that Kevin was the man for the job. Thanks Kevin, and well done Barnes Wildlife Control, for being the right Wildlife Control Professionals for the job!

By Barnes Wildlife Control, Mar 29 2017 03:39PM

Almost ever company out there claims to be locally owned and operated, but when you do your research you often find its another franchise from out of state that the only thing that matters is their bottom line.

If you're looking for a real locally owned and operated animal removal service company to help you get rid of your critters, read on to find out how a real family ran and operated business began and how we continue to be the best Wildlife Removal Service in Dayton Ohio.

My name is Jacob Barnes, general manager for Barnes Wildlife Control. I grew up local to the Dayton area in Vandalia, which is a northern suburb off I-75. After graduating high school I attended Sinclair College and graduated from Wright State University in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in management. Shortly thereafter I married and moved to Troy Ohio and started hobby farming. Our livestock was often falling victim to wildlife predation and I soon began getting involved with controlling them on my own. Word soon spread that I had developed a skill to control nuisance wildlife and the work began to flood in. As times has progressed this business has evolved from a one man operation to a small business employing over 15 full and part time employees.

Our "normal" day isn't anything like what other service related occupations would expect to have. We never have a set schedule as things pop up and animals can cause issues at any time of day or night. In a perfect world a day would start with animal pickups that were called in from customers who we set traps for the night before. Once animal trap checks and pick-ups are complete, we would do a few bat exclusion repairs or fix a soffit to keep raccoons from re-entering the attic. Then in the afternoon we would setup a few new jobs for animal activity. This job is never the same each day and animals cause problems at different times of the year. For example the spring is very busy as its birthing season for many species. While other species may birth a litter twice or more per year.

Our inspiration for this type of work is solving problems for homeowners and making sure the animals are treated with respect. We do our best to make aesthetically pleasing repairs and at the same time they have to be durable to stand up to wildlife trying to rip them back open. The challenge of finding what animal is causing the issue and being able to see the project evolve from the animal capture, to the repairs, to removing the animal feces in the attic, to re-insulating and making the house quiet and new again is rewarding!

We run this business on one simple statement... We do what we say we are going to do! For some reason that is hard for contractors to do, but we will gladly sacrifice profit for customer satisfaction any day!

Meeting new people and reuniting with people from your past and being able to help them with their wildlife control problem is very satisfying.

By Barnes Wildlife Control, Mar 10 2017 06:02PM

Give Barnes Wildlife Control a call at 937-340-1867! We will come out many times the same day you call and perform a full inspection of whatever is causing you problems; whether its a groundhog in the crawlspace, opossum in the basement, bat in the bedroom, or raccoon in the chimney, we know what to look for and how to get it out. Once we arrive we will search and find how the vermin gained access to your home and provide you with our highly rated critter removal service. We even set traps at the time of inspection so you don't have to wait another day. Our wildlife control operators are not paid commission so you will receive fair written estimates for repairing the animal damage to your roof, attic vents, insulation, and much more. Barnes Wildlife Control is licensed and insured for commercial and residential pest problems and wildlife trapping services.

Our service territory spans the entire Miami Valley area from Sidney in the north to Middletown in the south, Brookville in the west and Springfield in the east. We are here to help you get the wild critters under control and out of your house or business. For fast friendly service give us a call at (937) 340-1867.

By Barnes Wildlife Control, Feb 13 2017 08:12PM

This is purely our opinion based on 5 years of experience dealing with wildlife in customers homes on the matter of contacting homeowners insurance in regards to claiming damage to your home or attic.

Insulation, siding, soffit, and roof damages are common occurences when a raccoon, bat, or squirrels becomes a tenant in your own home. They can chew and claw through drywall and make a huge mess in your attic by using it as a toilet. Just their presence can introduce parasites and insects to your house and they compress the insulation as they walk across the roof rafters rendering the insulation useless as its lost its thermal barrier properties.

We take care of insurance claims for you once you initiate the claim and we will meet with the adjusters, send them our inspection photos, and be your advocate for better success in getting insurance to pay. Some insurance policies will have vermin clauses and fancy terminology to refuse coverage. We use facts and our knowledge such as covered perils and mammal definitions of raccoons and bats to dispute claim refusals to help aide in the claims success.

Typically damage from squirrels, mice, and other rodents will not be covered, but we do have good success with other animals. You have to decide if the damage repairs are justified and the cost of repairs outweighs the cost of your home owner insurance deductible to make the claim worthwhile. Call Barnes Wildlife Control at 937 340 1867 if you have an animal problem and need help working with your insurance company for animal damage coverage.

By Barnes Wildlife Control, Feb 10 2017 08:03PM

Several accomplices left their mark on a home in Covington, Ohio. They made themselves at home, left their messes lying around, and to add insult to injury, they damaged the home as well! The accomplices in question? Bats. That's right, a badoodle of bats. ( Technically it's called a colony of bats.) The bats made themselves right at home inside the interior structure of someone's house. They were in the attic, in the ceiling, everywhere! How about that, bats scratching in the walls, and bat grease in your house? Oh, what's bat grease you ask? Bat Grease is just a dirty, oily, substance that stick to bats stomach as it collects perspiration, filth, germs, and also other substance they excrete through their skin. Bats may leave this where they squeeze through a place in your home. But, don't forget about bats squeaking at night, flying around your house, and dropping their feces everywhere. Gross, especially because bat poop is toxic to humans. What would you do in this situation? Would you evict your bats? Well, the homeowners of this Covington house had the right idea, they called Barnes Wildlife Control, the best qualified group for the job. Barnes took action, and began by fixing up the bats' damage. The Barnes Wildlife Control Team sealed and repaired gaps in the mortar around the brick walls of the house, they removed and sealed up rotting material and wood around windows, and repaired massive holes in the outside of the house. They also removed and sealed rotting wood from around the eaves. Did the Barnes Wildlife team stop there? Nope, the team also installed Bat Valves, devices that allow bats to exit an area in a home, but it does not allow any to enter. Wow, what a thorough, effective, job completed by Barnes Wildlife Control. Do you have nuisance creatures like bats, or any other unwelcome animals not paying rent? Call BWC today, and allow them to evict your problems!

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