Frequently Asked Questions
IS THIS A FREE SERVICE PROVIDED BY THE STATE OR COUNTY?
No. This is a private, professional business. Some people recall a time when local governments would remove nuisance animals for private residences or businesses. However, as wildlife/human conflicts grew, the government was unable to keep up with the demand. If you have a domestic animal concern (with a dog or cat), or there is a wild animal that is sick or injured, the government can help – call your local Animal Control office. (We recommend looking in the Blue Pages of your phone book to find the number for your local Township office.) But if the problem is of a nuisance nature, you will need a private Wildlife Control company such as Fischer Wildlife Animal Control & Damage Repairs to help you.
DOES SOMEONE HAVE TO BE HOME FOR THE INSPECTION?
Not normally. When a proper inspection is performed it should be done on the outside of your house with the use of ladders. We are looking for openings through which animals gain access. Once we find the opening(s), we can determine what type of animal is in the house based on droppings, tracks, size of the hole, and location. For example, if we find an apple-sized hole, we can rule out raccoons.
HOW DO YOU CHARGE FOR YOUR SERVICE? WHAT DOES YOUR FEE INCLUDE?
Fischer Wildlife Animal Control & Damage Repair will give you a price for the complete job “soup to nuts,” as they say. That job (and it’s price) will include trapping and removing the nuisance animals, complete expert repair of your home and the damage caused by the animals, and a written warranty that the animals will not return for a full year! If the nuisance animals find a way back into your home within your warranty period, we will return and fix the problem FREE OF CHARGE!
DO YOU CHARGE A FEE TO FIRST SET UP TRAPS AND THEN “PER ANIMAL” CAUGHT?
Although many companies do charge this way, it is another sign of an amateur. If you pay a set-up fee and the company catches only 3 of your 5 nuisance animals, your problem is not solved. It’s like paying someone to cut half of your grass
DO YOU NEED TO SET TRAPS INSIDE MY ATTIC OR BASEMENT?
Absolutely not – traps should always be set outside the house. Only an amateur would set traps inside a home. Many animals will not enter a trap on the inside because traps are generally baited with a food source and nuisance animals don’t feed inside, they sleep there. Also, within a home, it is often not possible to place traps in a location that is close enough to successfully trap. Another reason to set traps only on the outside of a home is that, by law, the person setting the traps is legally bound to check those traps every single day. In most instances, it would be too difficult to schedule the daily trap checks if it was necessary to enter the home.
WHO CHECKS THE TRAPS – YOU OR US?
We will check our traps every day, not you. Again, professional wildlife removal companies do NOT have clients check traps. A professional trapper should make a catch nearly daily. If not, they must make adjustments so the job is done in a timely fashion. And again, by law, all traps must be checked daily and that is the company’s responsibility, not yours
I’M HEARING SCURRYING NOISES IN MY ATTIC AT FIRST LIGHT, AND DUSK. AT NIGHT EVERYTHING IS QUIET?
You are dealing with a grey squirrel infestation an inspection of the exterior roof and roofline will show you where the accesses hole is and where to set the traps.
I’M HEARING SCRATCHING SOUNDS, SCURRYING AND SOMETIMES THINGS ROLLING AROUND IN THE ATTIC.
Is all the activity at night? If so you might be dealing with flying squirrels an inspection of roof and roof line will show us the access hole and where to set the traps.
I’M HEARING SOMETHING WALKING AROUND THE ATTIC IT SOUNDS VERY HEAVY
Is all activity at night? You might be dealing with a raccoon, an inspection of the roof and roof line wills how you the access hole and where to set the traps.
I HAVE SOMETHING THAT HAS DUG A HOLE UNDER MY DECK I FILL IT IN BUT EVERY MORNING IT OPENS BACK UP?
You’re dealing with a skunk. If it was a groundhog the activity would occur during daylight hours.
MY HOUSE IS 5 YEARS OLD AND NOW I’M HAVING A PROBLEM WITH BIRDS NESTING ON THE HOUSE?
Homes from 3 to 8 years of age go through a period of shifting and settling. Creating openings that birds such as sparrows and starlings take advantage of for nesting sites.
MY NEIGHBOR SAID HE SAW A SKUNK GOING UNDER MY SHED BUT I’M NOT SMELLING SKUNK ODOR SHOULDN’T I BE SMELLING SKUNK IF THEY’RE LIVING ON MY PROPERTY?
Skunks do not go around spraying there musk they have a limited supply at any one time and only spray when they feel threatened. Skunks can go a year without releasing their musk.
WHAT PARTS OF NEW JERSEY DO YOU SERVICE?
We service all cities in Ocean County.
Check out the areas we service.
If you are outside of these areas, please feel free to contact us anyway. We will gladly help you choose the right animal control company for your needs. It may also help you to peruse this website further, researching what to look in a wildlife control contractor and/or the ways that Fischer Wildlife Control & Repairs properly handles your nuisance wildlife problems.
For example, check out our squirrel job and bat job pages for detailed information on how we get rid of those pests and keep them from coming back once and for all!