Animal Humane Society does not trap and remove nuisance animals. Please review our nuisance wildlife library for tips on how to deter specific nuisance wildlife from your property.
The following information can be used to humanely evacuate or deter wild animals from inhabiting chimneys, attics, garages, overhangs, under porches/decks, etc.
You have a couple different options when managing wildlife that has nested in your house. One option is to let the mother raise her young and after they vacate, clean out the area and seal the entrance (chimney cap or carpentry work) to prevent other animals from using this area in the future. If you need the animals vacated, the next two ideas should be used in conjunction with each other for optimal success. Place a radio as close to the inhabited area as possible and tune it to a talk radio station (WCCO works best in the metro area). Turn the volume up as loud as possible. Leave the radio going for 72 hours straight. This noise sends the message this area is unsafe for a mother and her young. The other method, to be used in conjunction with the radio, is to place ammonia soaked rags in tin cans in and around the inhabited area. The ammonia creates an unpleasant smell and atmosphere and the mother will want to raise her young elsewhere. Again, clean out the area and repair the entrance. Your last option would be to hire a humane pest resolution service. It is of utmost importance that you choose a service that will reunite the young with their mother and offer solutions to your particular situation. See our recommended questionnaire for choosing a pest resolution service.
We strongly discourage live trapping for the following reasons:
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