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Pittsburgh Wildlife Control Info

If you need a professional wildlife trapper in Pittsburgh, PA call Trutech Wildlife Services: 412-515-0755

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.
  Pittsburgh Raccoons: This masked animal is fairly common in Pittsburgh, PA. They frequently raid trash cans and steal pet food. They also often choose to live in the attic or chimney of your home. One of Pennsylvania's beautiful animals, but often a nuisance. We offer Pittsburgh raccoon removal.
  Pittsburgh Squirrels: Squirrels are often a pest in Pittsburgh. They love to live in an attic, and will chew on wood or electrical wires. They are agile creatures, and live throughout the state of Pennsylvania. Call Trutech Wildlife Services if you need squirrel removal in Pittsburgh.
  Pittsburgh Opossum: You may spot this animal in Pittsburgh at night time, perhaps rooting through your garbage. This opportunistic animal will take your pet's food or live under your porch. The possum is a great Pennsylvania survivor, and not all that ugly.
  Pittsburgh Snakes: There are many species of snakes in Pittsburgh, but few are venomous. If you need help identifying snakes of Pennsylvania, browse this site or give us a call at 412-515-0755. We at Trutech Wildlife Services can provide Pittsburgh snake control any time you need us.
  Pittsburgh Rat Control: The Norway Rat, Roof Rat, and House Mouse inhabit most areas of North America that people inhabit, including most Pennsylvania cities. They contaminate food and love to live in the walls or attic of a home. Trutech Wildlife Services can get rid of them once and for all.
  Pittsburgh Bats: Bats are special animals, and found throughout Pennsylvania. They are good creatures and eat a lot of insects, but if you have an infestation of bats in your home or building, you can give us a call for professional Pittsburgh bat removal and control.
We are experts with all kinds of PA wildlife. If you need Pittsburgh pigeon control, geese or other bird removal, we can help. We are experts with skunks and skunk problems, digging animals such as moles, armadillos, & groundhogs, and we offer Pennsylvania beaver control and removal. Trutech Wildlife Services also provides dead animal removal services. 412-515-0755

We serve the greater Pittsburgh PA area, including Bethel Park, Mount Lebanon, Dormont, Belleview, Avalon, Penn Hills, Wilkinsburg, Turtle Creek, Plum, Monroeville, White Oak, West Mifflin, Duquesne, Brentwood, Baldwin, and more. 

Pittsburgh Wildlife Tip
Is it legal to trap opossums?
When you look at catching and releasing a wild animal, there are so many things that you will need to take into consideration. You have to get the right traps - not too big and not too small. Then you need the perfect bait - you want something readily available to you but still something that the opossum will adore. At the same time, you will need to check the legalities. In some cities and states, it is actually illegal to catch and release certain wild animals, and the last thing that you will want is to get yourself into trouble.

Of course, the easiest way around this problem is to call on a professional to come and do the job for you, but if the animal is driving you mad and you cannot wait, or you don't really want to have to shell out for an expensive wildlife expert, you can have a bash at catching the animal yourself.

To find out more information on whether or not it is legal in your state or city to catch or trap an opossum, it is best to either give the local animal services a call, or to check the information that they will have available on their website. Alternatively, you can call the local wildlife removal experts to ask them for advice - they will usually be happy to give this to you free of charge if it means keeping you out of trouble with the boys in blue, and having the creature safely removed from your property. 
Pittsburgh, PA Wildlife News Clip:
Wildlife - Giving shelter to Pittsburgh Animals

One call took the rescuers to a local business. A fawn had entered the business, and they had to sedate it to remove it. Pennsylvania has an abundance of wildlife, and Pittsburgh is no exception.

Squirrel-Faced Girl seems to have become the person in Pittsburgh County who takes in stray animals. Word of her love for animals keeps spreading. One day she came home from working at Allegheny County Wild Lodge in Rockford and her son told her that someone at the Sewer Department had dropped off a loon in a box in the driveway. Off to Raccoon Zoo she went. Although several species of wildlife roam Pittsburg, only a few, such as raccoons and squirrels and rats are considered pest wildlife.

"They are the most wonderful, dedicated people I have ever met in my life. It can be 7 a.m. or midnight and they will always welcome in another animal," she says. Pennsylvania has many reptiles, and it's important to be able to identify Pittsburgh snake species and mammals.

Snake Woman The Woodchuck Guy points out that all animals that come in are brought in by a person, and people are delighted to see an animal helped or to help an animal themselves. "Animals bring out beautiful things in people," she said. Remember to treat the wild animals of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with respect and care.


We service all of Allegheny County, including Penn Hills, Mt. Lebanon, Bethel Park, Monroeville, Plum, Allison Park, West Mifflin, Baldwin, McKeesport, Wilkinsburg, Whitehall, Franklin Park, Munhall, Carnot-Moon, Jefferson Hills, Brentwood, Swissvale, Glenshaw, Dormont, Bellevue, Castle Shannon, Pleasant Hills, Carnegie, White Oak, Clairton and more. 
You're still reading this page? We do not operate Pittsburgh wildlife rescue, but are a privately owned nuisance wildlife removal service company. If you need a pro in Pittsburgh to solve your problem for you, call Trutech Wildlife Services: 412-515-0755 and they can help you with your Pittsburgh wildlife problem.
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