All of us at Clark’s love wildlife just as much as everyone else, which is why we use safe, humane techniques to remove animals from your home or business and prevent them from coming back.
Squirrels and rats and skunks, oh my! Rodents in the attic, trashcans and under the house can gnaw on your nerves and your property.
You don’t often think of birds as being troublemakers. Not until they start damaging your home or business, that is.
Snakes, bats, and other creatures can be beneficial to humans. But that doesn't means you want them living in your home.
Squirrels and rats and skunks, oh my! Rodents in the attic, in the eaves and under the house can gnaw on your nerves and your property. Why all the gnawing? Many rodents’ front teeth grow continually, so they gnaw incessantly on surfaces to wear their teeth down.
Once inside a home or business, rodents go to work on the electrical wiring, PVC plumbing pipes, heating and air conditioning ducts and anything else they can sink their teeth into. Remember, you don’t have to live in the country to be bothered by wildlife - we deal with wildlife problems even in South Carolina's largest cities.
Not only do rodents chew, they bite! If they feel threatened, rats, chipmunks and other rodents can inflict painful bites and pass infections, strep bacteria and even rabies.
Vectors such as fleas, mites and ticks are part of the rodent habitat. These feasting insects transmit diseases by feeding on infected rodents and then biting humans. In turn, rodents transmit diseases carried by the insects by biting humans or other animals.
Humans and other mammals can become contaminated with a variety of diseases and viruses through exposure to infected rodents’ droppings, urine and saliva. Rodent droppings should be handled with care, especially after they’ve dried, when they can break apart and release airborne particles that can enter nasal passages and cause infection.
Salmonella bacteria are transmitted to mammals when they eat foods contaminated with an infected rodent's excrement.
People can become infected with the Hantavirus by inhaling contaminated dust, touching one's mouth or nose after handling contaminated materials or by living in a rodent-infested setting.
You don’t often think of birds as being troublemakers. Not until they start damaging your home or business, that is. Certain species including blackbirds, starlings, pigeons, sparrows, grackles, vultures and woodpeckers are considered nuisance birds and can be quite annoying and destructive. Among the common complaints we hear about birds are that they’re noisy, their nesting materials are fire hazards and they can be a deterrent to guests and customers approaching a home or building. The biggest problem for many people, however, is bird droppings. Droppings can damage exterior paint and machinery, block drainage systems and create unsightly messes and unpleasant odors. Accumulations of fecal matter can harbor fungi that can lead to serious and even fatal diseases.
Besides the damage they can do to your home, when they feel threatened opossums & raccoons can inflict painful bites and pass infections, strep bacteria and even rabies to family members or pets.
Snakes are becoming an increasing problem for people in the Southeast, as our homes get closer and closer to snakes’ natural sources of food, water and shelter. Most snakes are not poisonous or venomous and, as predators of rodents and insects, they actually perform a good service. Most people, however, would rather not have them hanging around the house. Snakes are cold-blooded and regulate their body temperature by moving to a suitable environment. That’s why you’ll rarely see them out in the open in extreme summer heat for more than 10-20 minutes. They spend most of their time resting in cool, damp, dark, hidden areas.
Bats aren’t reserved for Halloween and scary movies; they can also take up residence in your home. Although beneficial to humans because they eat mosquitoes and other flying insects, as potential rabies carriers, bats can be dangerous and in homes they can be quite destructive. Once they get inside a building, large colonies can form and can live there for years unless removed. In addition to the noise they make scratching, crawling and squeaking, bat droppings – known as guano – are a sure sign they’ve found a place to roost. Guano has very distinct odor that can often be smelled from a distance. Worse yet, it can cause respiratory diseases, harbor insects and other unwanted pests and ruin insulation.
Pests can carry and transfer disease-causing pathogens and bacteria. Are you safe?