Problems created by wildlife in the Tulsa area and surrounding townships can vary greatly by neighborhood
or community. Trapping requests come in for the common wildlife problems you might expect, such as skunks
and raccoons, however, we also get calls asking us to trap and relocate coyotes, beavers and flying squirrels.
We will not kill wildlife, and only offer the relocation option with our trapping services.
And we prefer to use other methods whenever possible, methods that have been proven to be more effective and humane.
Sometimes live cage trapping removal of animals in order to relocate them is mandatory.
We prefer not to trap and relocate the animals if we do not have to, but we also
understand that certain settings and situations do not have an affordable
long-term solution, such as doing proper repairs (i.e. wildlife exclusion).
We offer trap and relocation services, but our company
does not kill the animals we are asked to capture.
If you insist on having the animals killed, please call a competitor.
Tulsa Area Raccoon Going Through The Trap And Relocate Process
Why We Decided To Offer Live Trap Services
For the past decade, we have refused to live trap and relocate nuisance wildlife
in Oklahoma because we do not believe that repeatedly trapping and auto-replenishing
the supply of wildlife is healthy for anybody's pocketbook and certainly not healthy
for the animals. This refusal to live trap and relocate animals in the past may have
shown integrity, but it also inadvertently harmed animals that we know went to other
companies who killed the animals instead of relocating them.
Although the State of Oklahoma Wildlife Department does prefer we kill
everything our company encounters, we will, as a company remain defiant
and continue to offer animal relocation as an alternative to killing - in addition to our preferred
method of getting rid of nuisance wildlife; through our wildlife exclusion repair system.
The most common calls we get for help in the Tulsa region are for problems
involving raccoons, squirrels, opossum, skunks, armadillos, and beavers.
Although these are the most common calls in general, Tulsa has many neighborhoods and
is surrounded by several communities and townships,
each with their own unique wildlife problems in particular.
For instance, the number one request for trapping services in Jenks is skunks. Then raccoons, followed by
squirrels, opossums and snakes. Squirrels and raccoons in attics are the most common issue we see in Tulsa,
as well as skunks, opossum, rats, and snakes in a person's crawl space or basement under the house.
We do more rat and rodent trapping, relocation and repairs for Tulsa than anywhere else in Oklahoma.
There is a larger rat population in the Tulsa Brookside and mid-Tulsa area than anywhere else we are aware of;
then the areas surrounding 91st to 101st between Riverside and Harvard have a very high number of rats, too.
Countless calls requesting fox trapping and relocation come in from within this same area as well.
The foxes dodge in and out of traffic to hunt for rats and can easily be seen on a daily basis in
the fairgrounds area all the way south to 101st and westward to Riverside.
Coyotes also like to prey on rodents and small pets and are often sighted in the Tulsa area as well. Coyote
problems in South Tulsa are often featured in local news stories and were particularly prevalent in 2013.
Coyote Caught In Live Trap
In Owasso and Bixby, you can add armadillos to the list of commonly encountered nuisance wildlife.
Although armadillo trapping and relocation can be done, generally speaking
it can be very tough to get an armadillo into a trap. We get a lot of people calling asking
how to catch them. Some of the other frequent calls we get from
this area are for help with raccoon, mice, rat, armadillo, and skunk problems.
Many of these calls about removal have to do with a homeowner captured skunk in a trap.
We do a lot of mouse and rat/rodent prevention work in Jenks,
Bixby and Owasso combined - more than anyplace else in Oklahoma.
In east Tulsa, along Hwy 169, between 11th and 81st, we
receive an incredible number of calls about raccoons, opossums, skunks and feral cats
that home and business owners want trapped and relocated.
The farther North on 169 you travel, the more apartments and rental properties you will see.
This may be a big reason for wildlife flourishing in this area.
On the other side of Tulsa, from Riverside to Brookside, from 71st
to Mid-Town and then again in the Gilcrease areas we see a lot of flying squirrel problems,
whereas the rest of Tulsa has little to no flying squirrels at all.
Trapping and relocating flying squirrels is very difficult for most people, including some professional trappers.
But The Skunk Whisperer®'s methods have proven to be very successful against the challenges presented by
flying squirrels in the Tulsa area.
Beavers can be a problem in the region as well. To the best of our knowledge, The Skunk Whisperer®, Inc.
is the only company in Oklahoma that will live trap and relocate beavers.
We have property owners who want to restore their wetlands that they lost
during the 2007 and 2009 ice storms and floods. We can trap and relocate
your beavers in many circumstances, but we prefer to provide you with a more lasting solution.
Large Beaver Establishing A Home Close To The Tulsa Area
Sample Of Damage That Can Be Caused By Resident Beavers
Do it Yourself Trapping in the Tulsa Area
We receive many calls from "do-it-yourself (DIY) trapping" homeowners who were trying to get rid of cats, raccoons,
opossums, or armadillos on their own, but ended up accidentally catching a skunk in a trap instead.
Although the state of Oklahoma laws do not allow home owners to legally trap,
relocate or kill many animals on their own, those are laws that we rarely see enforced.
Do it yourself trapping and relocation homeowners constantly tell us that they relocate
animals to the park right around the corner, or on the other side of town. Others call
and ask us to relocate their skunks because they do not know how to relocate and release
a skunk without getting sprayed.
We offer three different prices for removing a skunk in a trap that you own -
one price if we have to return your trap, another price is you want the trap back within 7 days,
at our leisure and a higher fee if you must have the trap back the same day.
Most Common Causes Leading To Wildlife Control Calls In Tulsa
A large portion of Tulsa, Jenks and Bixby decided to leave as many trees as possible and
work around them when they developed the land onto which they built buildings. Wildlife
trapping and relocation calls tend to be more common where trees are close to
the building. This is because trees make it easier for wildlife to access your roof or attic.
The construction materials most commonly used in Eastern Oklahoma, combined with the home designs popular in the area,
also give wildlife an opportunity to get into homes and attics.
In the Tulsa market, a majority of the homes and businesses for which we get requests from
to trap, relocate and "get rid of the animals" are on two-story houses and businesses.
Raccoons, squirrels, and opossums typically enter the attic through natural gaps
found on area roofs where two rooflines come together and form a triangle.
These roof construction gaps are the most popular entry point for wildlife in the Tulsa region.
Whereas, toward the Western half of the state, near Oklahoma City and Edmond, soft attic soffit vents are the
most common culprit.
In that area, where single story homes and businesses are the most popular structural design,
we spend most of our time there working from 6 foot ladders replacing attic soffit vents. Two
story and larger homes and businesses are more common around the Tulsa and Eastern parts of Oklahoma
than they are in the Western half of the state.
Trees are not as much of a problem in the Western half of the state, like they are in the Tulsa area.
In the Western part of the state, they clear cut most of the trees when they developed the
area so we don't see as much wildlife getting into homes this way
there as we do in Tulsa and the Eastern half of the state. Since
the soft style attic soffit vents have been widely used in the Oklahoma City area
for an extended period of time, the animals there
have grown accustomed to entering through the easy to access portals.
Generations of animals on the
West side of Oklahoma have learned to enter through those soffit vents, so when
we tried to use Tulsa style soffit vents in the West, the animals just destroyed
them, forcing us to make custom soffit vents to keep animals out of the attic
- whereas in the Tulsa area, that extra work and cost is rarely needed.
Regardless, in both the Eastern or Western half of the state,
we fix all styles of soffit and roof problems every day to help our clients
get rid of squirrels, raccoons and opossums in their attics. We can accomplish
this and get rid of nuisance wildlife with or without trapping and relocating.
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