Wildlife Management

Mike Downes holds several certifications through the National Wildlife Control Operators Association.  He is a licensed Problem Animal Control Agent in Massachusetts and holds a trapping license through the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.

We love nature and all of its creatures but they should not establish residency in your home! 

Targeted Wildlife include: bats, beavers, chipmunks, coyotes, foxes, house sparrows, mice, moles, muskrats, Norway rats, opossum, pigeons, porcupines, rabbits, raccoons, skunks, snapping turtles, squirrels (red, gray, flying), starlings, voles, weasels, and woodchucks.

Evidence of wildlife invasion includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Hearing running or scratching in the ceiling or walls

  • Visual damage on the outside soffits or roof lines

  • Nesting or food debris in attics or crawl spaces

Stages of Wildlife Management:

  1. Inspection to determine the type of invader, access points, and repairs that may be needed for a successful exclusion.

  2. Installation of one-way devices that allow the animals to leave but not return.

  3. Monitoring with cameras and/or follow up inspections.

  4. Removal of one-way devices and exclusion of access points


  • It is not always possible to access areas of invasion (small crawl spaces, areas under rooflines with no inside access).  If we can not visualize evidence (animals, droppings) we may not be able to determine the problem conclusively.  We may recommend treatment strategies as a process of elimination.  For example, scratching noises could be mice or bats so we will treat for mice and evaluate results.  If the scratching continues and the bait remains untouched, we can eliminate mice from the culprit list.  This can be difficult for homeowners who want relief quickly.

  • Steeply pitched roofs, complex rooflines, inaccessible areas requiring the use of lifts can make installation of one-way devices difficult and dangerous.  Downes Pest uses safety devices to insure technicians are secure.

  • Animals do not always behave according to the plan!  They can make valiant attempts to regain access to sealed areas or make new access areas. 

  • Life cycles - it is important to be knowledgeable regarding when eviction can take place.  For example, bat exclusion can legally occur only in May and August 1 - October 31. Also, we can not separate a mother from her babies as a mother will make every effort to return to them.  We will use monitoring devices to establish the presence of babies and create a strategy to evict them together.

Wildlife management is a dynamic process that may require multiple strategies to achieve a satisfactory outcome.  We provide a warranty for the treated areas that is superior to that of our competition.

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