Questions to ask wildlife removal companies

A raccoon (Procyon lotor) looks down at a photographer from an urban building.
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Animals trying to make a home inside your home can be a stressful experience, particularly if you’re looking to protect your house while being compassionate toward wildlife. Fortunately, there are many humane and ethical wildlife removal operators in Canada.

Figuring out which ones are the best can be as easy as visiting (for British Columbia residents) to find a certified humane operator. But elsewhere, knowing what questions to ask can make all the difference. Here are a few questions to start with:

1 How do you deal with animals who have babies in the home? An ethical company will ensure that babies can be retrieved by their parent and kept safe and warm while waiting.

2 Do you use any body-gripping traps, poisons, or glue traps? These so-called solutions are inherently inhumane and alternatives exist.

3 If using one-way doors or devices, how do they monitor to ensure that animals aren’t injured trying to re-access a space?

4 Will they follow up with exterior solutions to prevent animals from getting in again?

5 Will they help clean up any materials damaged by or waste from animals who spent time in interior space?

6 Do you work with any local humane societies or wildlife rehabilitators who can provide references? Asking for references – and following up with them – is a great way to find operators with a good reputation.

We’d love to build out this list – if you have suggestions that we could add to help homeowners and businesses ask good questions of wildlife removal operators, contact us at

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