Can I call you for a stray dog or cat?
We’d love to help you, but legally these issues are out of our hands. We do wildlife control. For domestic animal issues, please contact your city or county agency.
Why can’t I remove an animal myself?
You could, but ALL OUT’s technician has 24 years of experience, and can do it better. We know what baits to put out for each target animal. We have professional-quality traps. We don’t mind getting on roofs or ladders and have the equipment to do so safely. We know how to repair an animal entry so this won’t be a problem for you again–we warranty our exclusion against animal re-entry for several years.
What do you do with an animal once you’ve taken it out of my house?
We take the animal to appropriate habitat far enough away that it won’t find its way back to your home.
Why don’t you close up an entry hole as soon as you find it?
Our animal removal has to be done in two distinct phases. The first is to remove all the animals from the building. If we close up a hole before all the animals are out, we might trap a squirrel or raccoon in your house, which could lead to chewing or other damage as the animal tries to escape. If it dies, it may fall down the wall or chimney, creating an odor and mess. (Not to mention that sealing an animal in a house to die is not a humane practice.)
We want to solve your problem, not make it worse. Once we are sure we have caught all the animals that are entering your home (typically this means waiting one week after the last catch), THEN we can close up an entry hole.
Why shouldn’t I put out mothballs or other poisons to deter animals?
We have very few good things to say about mothballs. They are carcinogenic and they do NOT work for this purpose. They will likely make the home’s residents ill. (Try cedar blocks instead if you want to keep moths out of your clothing. Pantry moth traps are available at the grocery store.)
Poisons can harm the wrong animal and cause suffering. Glue traps are also not advised. They catch anything and everything, and it is an unpleasant death.We remove unwanted wildlife in the most humane way possible.
How do I know if a snake is venomous?
Venomous snakes have a triangular-shaped head and a pit between the eyes and nostrils. Pupils are vertical, somewhat like a cat’s. Harmless snakes are very beneficial and are often mistaken for a similar-looking venomous snake. The vast majority of snakes in Missouri are NON-venomous and shy. Your chances of being bitten by a snake are minimal under normal circumstances. Be cautious when lifting wood or fallen leaves. If you see a snake, remain calm and still. Snakes do not want to bite. They just want to be left alone.