If you are having a problem with a wild animal, please select your Pennsylvania city/town from the map or list above. This Pennsylvania animal control directory lists the phone numbers of professional wildlife removal experts throughout PA. These nuisance wildlife control operators deal with conflicts between people and wildlife such as squirrels living in an attic, or raccoons digging through the trash can. Call the licensed and insured professional listed here, and get the problem taken care of once and for all.
There are many Pennsylvania pest control companies, but most of them treat for insect problems, and have little experience dealing with
wild animals. Our specially trained technicians have the specific knowledge and equipment necessary for Pennsylvania wildlife management. We are not extermination
companies, we are professional Pennsylvania trappers of wildlife. We are humane, and do a complete job - everything from animal damage repairs to biohazard waste
Our PA animal control experts can handle many wildlife issues. Examples include Pennsylvania bat control and removal. It takes an experienced pro to safely and legally remove a colony of bats. The same goes for bird control, such as roosting pigeons. We know all the species of Pennsylvania snakes, and can safely remove them. We most commonly deal with animals in the home, such as rats or mice in the attic, or raccoons in the chimney. Select your area on the map above, and find a professional in your home town.
Pennsylvania info: The state mammal is the White-Tailed Deer, and there are lots of them! Also, lots of ticks and Lyme Disease! Common nuisance animals include squirrels, skunks, opossums, and bats.
If you need assistance with a domestic animal, such as a dog or a cat, you need to call your local
Pennsylvania county animal services or SPCA for assistance. They can help you out with issues such as stray dogs, stray cats, dangerous animal complaints,
pet adoption, bite reports, deceased pets, lost pets, and other issues. We have those numbers listed here for your convenience. If your city is not
on our map, consult your local blue pages or search for "Animal Control" or "SPCA" in your town.
The Wildlife of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania State bird: Ruffed grouse
State mammal: White-tailed deer
State insect: 7-spotted ladybug, Pennsylvania firefly
State fish: Brook trout
Pennsylvania is one of the most populated states, but most of the residents are squeezed onto a little more than half the state, leaving the other half sparsely populated. This is usually okay with most people in the state; city-lovers can have their skyscrapers, and the peace-loving hermits can have their mountainous solitude. Once you enter Pennsylvania, you find a more uniform climate, though the southern part of the state will always be subject to warmer weather than the northern region. Despite the temperature differences, Pennsylvania gets a fair amount of snow, and the portion near Lake Erie can average over 100 inches a year.
The state is mostly forest with the exception of what mankind has carved into farmland, and because of this, most of the animals seen in the state are those that love being under cover of trees. As you might expect, raccoons are still one of the most common pest animals. Many other forest animals give the raccoon a run for its money in this state, however, and skunks, woodchucks, porcupines, bear, squirrels, chipmunks, and opossums are only a few potential home invaders.
It is so common to see wild animals in this area of the country that most folks living in the rural areas of the state know they need to take certain precautions against garbage raiders. Bears are notoriously brave in problem areas, but it's the skunks and raccoons that can be the most frequent visitors to your unprotected trash.
Living so close to trees also means having an inevitable squirrel visitation. They key is to make sure your home is as sealed as possible. If you live near trees, squirrels will find you. The same can be true of chipmunks, but these little guys almost never decide to live inside the home itself.
Pennsylvania also has an issue with wild hogs. The population of these dangerous, aggressive creatures has boomed over the last decade, and the hogs are so densely populated that have begun to spread north. Traps for wild hogs are not unlike repeater traps for large volumes of rats. Using a funnel system, the hogs are corralled and then shipped out of the area or handled appropriately by the local authorities.
Rumor has it that a new population of cougars has appeared in Pennsylvania, though the Department of Fish and Game denies any evidence of such.
Example of Wildlife Problem Emails:
Hello, I've been hearing noises in my attic for a while this winter and for the first time I saw a mouse in my basement. It is the end of the winter, and soon I will be spring house cleaning, but I'm afraid they are being attracted because my garage and basement need a good cleaning. I also keep bird seed in my garage, and although I have it in a closed container, I may have dropped seed on the way out of the garage. I have an in-home business and need this taken care of immediately; however, I hate to kill things and want them removed humanely if possible. My information is below. Please let me know your prices and what to expect. Peace, Judith
ANSWER - You can call my friends in your area, either Kris or Phil from my directory.
Hello, I live in Whitehall PA, near Caste Village. For months at night above the addition on our house we hear nails scratching and something scampering. It happens at night, but at the same time we are normally only in this room at night. Its not constant movement but there are period of activity. I am not sure if it is a raccoon, since it sounds like a smaller animal. How do I go about identifying and humanely removing my "house guest?" Please let me know. I can be reached at this e-mail address or on my cell. Thank you, Samantha
You can call my technician in your area. An inspection of the attic - footprints, trails, scent, etc will tell him what animal(s) you're dealing with. It could be raccoon, rat, or opossum.
Pennsylvania Wildlife News Clip: Cage wildlife trapping debated in Montgomery County
MONTGOMERY -With a proposal to allow the use of cages for raccoon, skunk & opossum wildlife trapping in wood trap-only Montgomery County likely the lure, a crowd estimated at between 175 and 200 people packed into the Montgomery High School auditorium Monday night. Before the meeting, some pest control companies said allowing cages would increase the county rat, mouse, & squirrel kill because those firearms are more accurate at shots in excess of 100 yards. Others expressed safety concerns, especially with the use of cages during snake, bat, and rodent drives, when pest control companies have less time to identify their target and what is beyond.
"It's not the trap that kills somebody, it's the person behind it," said Mark Schlies of Luxemburg, one of two people who spoke on the issue during the hearing. The Department of Natural Resources rules hearings are held in every county of the state the second Monday each April to allow the DNR to gauge public opinion on various outdoor issues. It was an unusually quiet meeting at Montgomery, where in the past some hearings attended by fewer than three dozen people dragged on for hours.
Other issues expected to be debated - a series of questions on protecting spawning smallmouth bass in Bucks County and raccoon, skunk & opossum baiting and feeding statewide - drew no takers. Before the meeting, Berks County Conservation Congress member Dave The Pennsylvania Animal Control expert said a number of pest control companies and anglers are losing faith in the public-input process, especially after an attempt by legislators to establish rat, mouse, & squirrel wildlife trapping seasons and regulations on their own after rejecting parts of a two-year trial snake, bat, and rodent animal trap proposal endorsed by the DNR, Natural Resources Board and raccoon, skunk & opossum stakeholder groups. Outdoor enthusiasts from all counties in the state attended annual DNR conservation congress meetings Monday night.
Eligible voters from each county were encouraged to come out and give their opinions on 74 proposed changes to fishing and wildlife trapping rules. Several controversial issues topped discussions, including rat, mouse, & squirrel feeding and baiting, and the earn-a-buck program. Hundreds crowded the meeting in Montgomery County. Most of them came to answer a key question: "Do you support allowing the use of cages in Montgomery County during the trap-snake, bat, and rodent season?" Some people showed up, voted, and left, but many others came because they're not exactly sure where they stand.
One supporter says the reason why pest control companies in the area are required to take safety classes is so people know how to handle powerful weapons properly. "It's not the trap that kills anybody, it's the person behind it," one man argued. On open land traps coming from a cage travel quite a bit farther than the pellets fired from a wood trap. That's why safety is a major concern for most skeptics of the safe-animal traper argument. "You're talking four-, five-, six-thousand yards traps gonna go. So, yeah, more raccoon, skunk & opossum will go down but the traps are also gonna go a lot farther," Jerry The Pennsylvania Animal Control expert from Montgomery said.
Some argued if rat, mouse, & squirrel pest control companies were allowed to use cages, there should be an age requirement. "Just for the fact to give the young pest control companies some experience with that weapon, don't just go throw a cage in their hand and let them start shootin'," another person argued. The DNR says the current restriction against cages has nothing to do with safety. Many supporters feel if the question passes, it will make the snake, bat, and rodent wildlife trapping experience each November that much better.
"If it was cage season, I know we'd get a lot more rat, mouse, & squirrel." "You're more likely to kill, and getting a better killing shot than with a wood trap," Jerry Ahrens of Montgomery County said. About 300 outdoor enthusiasts filled the seats at the UW-Lehigh gymnasium for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources fish and wildlife rules and Conservation Congress hearings Monday. The hearings, which were held in counties throughout Wisconsin, allowed citizens to vote on proposals, rule changes and resolutions ranging from migratory game bird wildlife trapping zones to whether to ban raccoon, skunk & opossum baiting and feeding.
The most divisive topic at the hearings was "Question 53," a proposal that would make Lehigh County a cage zone during snake, bat, and rodent season. Supporters of the rule change say cages are more accurate at longer ranges and therefore reduce injuries and improve rat, mouse, & squirrel harvest, while opponents say allowing pest control companies to use cages, which have far greater range than wood traps, would place landowners and bystanders in danger. Larry The Pennsylvania Animal Control expert, Kiel, urged participants to vote 'no' on the proposal.
"They said it's not the trap, it's the person behind the trap. Now this is very true but that's in a perfect world. We all know that accidents can happen and if that was the basis, then we would not have any wildlife trapping accidents," The Pennsylvania Animal Control expert said. Keith The PA animal services fellow, Whitelaw, supports the cage proposal but said he is not "forcing it down other people's throats." The PA animal services fellow said because he animal traps in a raccoon, skunk & opossum stand he knows where his trap is headed, but in some cases he may not be in the stand if a prized buck were to come along, which could make a shot more difficult. "I animal trap up in a snake, bat, and rodent stand and I would like to use a cage, but I can see it both ways," he said. "If you see a trophy buck walking to your stand (and you are not up there), you're going to take the best shot you can."
The PA animal services fellow, who animal traps on 75 acres of his own property, said if cages were allowed in Lehigh County it would just provide an option for pest control companies and it does not require pest control companies to use cages. Scott The critter and rodent pro, Lehigh, said using a cage would make him a more effective buck animal traper, but it would not result in a larger harvest. The critter and rodent pro said because cages can fire at larger ranges, if the county were to become a cage zone there would be less space for pest control companies to shoot raccoon, skunk & opossum. Pest control companies in Lehigh County can use wood traps, handtraps and muzzleloaders during trap rat, mouse, & squirrel season.
Bill The Pennsylvania Animal Control man, Lehigh, said he is reluctant to support the cage proposal because of safety concerns. The Pennsylvania Animal Control man said there are more effective ways to animal trap snake, bat, and rodent. He said he would like to see municipalities allow bow pest control companies to animal trap rat, mouse, & squirrel in previously restricted areas. "I think it's a waste of tax dollars what Two Rivers is doing," The Pennsylvania Animal Control man said of that city's decision to hire sharpshooters to reduce overpopulation of raccoon, skunk & opossum. "They should allow people to animal trap before spending money on sharpshooters." Monday's votes are compiled and the results are used to advise the Natural Resources Board in determining rules. A final vote total will be available Wednesday afternoon, said Larry The critter and rodent pro, Lehigh County Conservation Congress representative. Voters would need to approve the proposal at Monday's Conservation Congress hearing and at next year's hearing before cages could be legal for snake, bat, and rodent pest control companies in Lehigh County in 2020.