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Georgia Wildlife Services, Inc.

Hampton, GA

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About Georgia Wildlife Services, Inc.

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Georgia Wildlife Services, Inc. is central Georgia's answer for resolving wildlife and animal conflicts. Owned and operated by David McLeod, a fully licensed and insured Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator (NWCO), with decades of direct experience with the wildlife of the southeast.

David is also a member of NWCOA ,National Wildlife Control Operators Association, and presently serves as the Georgia state representative for NWCOA, he is also a member of the GTA, Georgia Trappers Association.

Georgia Wildlife Services, Inc provides all services for the capture, control and removal of all species of wildlife from homes, structures and properties. We also provide further services to repair the damage caused by wildlife and the prevent further recurrence of damage.

We even do the dirty job of cleaning up after the animals to include removal of feces, urine and dead animals along with all services for the cleanup of bio hazards and disease causing materials, we can even replace or repair damaged and soiled insulation. We can even provide warrantys and written guarantees on many of our services including our "limited lifetime of structure" warranty.

Service is available throughout all of central Georgia to include the following counties and cities; Bibb (Macon), Butts (Jackson, Flovilla, Jenkinsburg), Clayton (Jonesboro, Riverdale, Ellenwood, Morrow, Forest Park, Lake Spivey, Rex, Conley), Cobb (Marietta, Smyrna, Mableton, Kennesaw, Acworth, Lithia Springs, Austell) Coweta (Newnan, Senoia, Sharpsburg), Crawford (Knoxville), DeKalb (Decatur, Lithonia, Stone Mountain, Tucker, Chamblee, Clarkston, Doraville, Dunwoody, Druid Hills), Fayette (Fayetteville Peachtree City, Brooks, Tyrone, Woolsey), Fulton (Atlanta, East Point, College Park, Union City, Fairburn, Palmetto, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta), Henry (McDonough, Hampton, Locust Grove, Stockbridge), Jones (Gray), Lamar (Barnesville, Milner), Meriweather (Greensville, Warm Springs, Gay, Luthersville), Monroe (Forsyth, Culloden, High Falls), Newton (Covington, Oxford, Porterdale, Mansfield), Pike (Zebulon, Meansville, Molena, Concord, Hollonvile, Williamson), Rockdale (Conyers), Spalding (Griffin, Orchard Hill), Talbot (Talbotton, Geneva), Upson (Thomaston, Yatesville), Walton (Monroe, Social Circle).

24 hours and 7 days a week emergency services are available in most areas.

The following is a partial list of species we work with.

Predator Control:

* Coyotes
* Fox
* Bobcat
* Raccoon
* Skunk
* Opossum
* Otter
* Mink

Rodent Control:

* Grey Squirrels
* Flying Squirrels
* Rats
* Mice
* Voles
* Beaver
* Muskrats
* Nutria
* Groundhogs

Others:

* Bats
* Armadillos
* Moles
* Feral Hogs
* Feral Cats and Dogs

Reptiles and Amphibians:

* Snakes, venomous and non venomous
* Lizards
* Frogs and Toads
* Turtles
* Fish

Birds:

* Pigeons
* Starlings
* House Sparrows
* Geese and Ducks
* Vultures
* Raptors and birds of prey
* Woodpeckers

David, and Georgia Wildlife Services, Inc bring to your problem a mixed bag of tricks uniquely suited for control of your wildlife problems. Raised on a small cattle farm, David was exposed early on to the care and control of animals and the wildlife that comes along with farming and agriculture. Later he would take part in the forestry practices of his family's timberland holdings so an intimate knowledge of the wildlife and ecosystems of the southeast was his early schoolroom.

After leaving the Army, David, spent a few years as commercial fisherman on the rivers of Alabama and would later enter the construction field as a home builder and framing subcontractor. All the while, David, continued in the outdoors at one point raising and training competition level treeing walker coon hounds. This mixed bag stood him in good stead when a large corporation hired him to manage and train wildlife technicians for their operations across the southeast.

After several years with the corporation, David, became severely dissatisfied with the corporate mentality and lack of basic customer service and left to form a company devoted first and foremost to the concept of solving customer problems. As one colleague put it, "treat your customers like you would your mama" has become our mantra.

Many of the services we offer include the following:

* Basic trapping and removal
* Ongoing trapping and removal for population control
* Relocation and rescue services for injured or orphaned wildlife
* Exclusion or structural seals to deny entry by wildlife into structures or habitations
* Carpentry and repairs to structures, roofs and chimneys to repair damage caused by animals and weather
* Removal of bird and bat guano (feces) and soiled and damaged materials, to include possibly infectious materials such as raccoon latrines and feces
* Removal and odor control of dead, dying and diseased animals to include road hit animals and family pets
* Installations or barriers, fencing, bird spikes, shock tapes and others items to discourage or repel continued use by wildlife
* Full site and structural inspections with letters and reports of inspection

Many times the complex situations presenting by wildlife will require various combinations of the above services. Such as first trapping the nuisance wildlife prior to doing a structural seal to be followed by removal of soiled insulation. Due to this we can not provide pricing in this limited space. So in an effort to assist in your determination to hire a professional we will outline the process we go through.

For many issues we can determine over the phone the basic services you will require and can give a quote at that time. For instance our standard trapping for many species can be done on a time frame basis and for this we charge a flat rate based on time on job not per animal caught. No open ended contracts or repeat fees based on an operators failure to capture animals.

Georgia Wildlife Services, Inc focuses solely upon the individual animals causing your problem and targets them for removal. You will not be charged for catching non problem animals, nor will we waste your time trying to catch these non targets in an effort to raise fees. This is our basic flat rate process.

All repairs and structural seals along with many clean outs (guano, feces, repairs, etc.) will need to be assessed prior to quoting a fee and for a small fee we will fully and thoroughly inspect the site in order to give you the best possible pricing, all inspection fees will apply to the costs of the total job. In the event the job may require basic service plus additional services there will not be an additional inspection fee as the inspection is included in the cost of basic service fee.

Other species such as predators, beaver, otter may require continuing services to obtain long term control, this can only be determined by an on site inspection. Again we charge only a small fee for this inspection and will apply it to any additional services.

One special note for you to consider when looking for a professional. Many species of wildlife pose serious threats to human health and must be dealt with in specific manners in order to safeguard your health. The most notable that comes to mind are bats. Not only are bats a protected species under both federal and state regulations but they are also one of the main rabies vector species as well as supporting the growth of fungal spores that cause the lung disease histoplasmosis.

There is a specific approved process delineated in Georgia regulations for the removal and control of bats in structures. Failure to abide by this process or the improper use of these techniques can and will exacerbate your problem exposing you to the very real consequence of direct exposure and contact with these animals and the risks they pose.

Any professional you hire should be fully licensed by the state of Georgia, should carry general liability insurance as well as commercial vehicle and if required workman's compensation insurance as well. If the conditions of the job require it they should also hold licenses from the Georgia Dept of Agriculture (any use of chemicals to include both pesticides and repellents), or any required special permits needed for control of federally or state protected wildlife.

Georgia Wildlife Services, Inc meets or exceeds all of these requirements. Please let us meet and exceed your expectations.

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Hampton, GA 30228

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Question and answer

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Do not hire the first guy you talk to, unless it's me of course ;) . No seriously, there is a broad spectrum of services available to the homeowner out there. Along with a similar array of prices and quality. Do your homework and investigate your hire. He should hold both a license and permit from the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division and if he offers pest control services he should also hold licenses from the Georgia Dept of Agriculture as well. Check references as well.
But even before you do that investigate your problem, it may be that you don't really have a problem at all or some simple steps on your part may resolve the issue. Most importantly avail yourself of the information available on the net about your specific wildlife problem. May I suggest the various sites from universities and colleges and not the various how to sites that continue to propagate false or even illegal and dangerous methods. A couple that I can highly recommend are the Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management www.icwdm.org and Bat Conservation International www.batcon.org . BTW the icwdm site is considered by many to be the "bible" of the industry. As with all things knowledge is the key and knowing the details before hand will help you to weed out the shady operator or the poorly trained and down right deceitful.
Next know what services you actually need and if your service provider can do those services. For instance if you have bats in the attic you will need exclusion services plus possible bio hazard removal. Many NWCOs (nuisance wildlife control operators) only offer trapping services and could not help with a bat issue. Others provide only exclusion and can not trap the animal. Special note; do not fall for the exclusion only as any animal living inside a home must be removed to prevent it's return. Many advertise catch and release or "no kill" techniques. This just is not so under Georgia law as many species can not legally be released or relocated. To advertise otherwise is either a lie or admission of law breaking.
Bio hazard abatement is a specialty that requires special equipment and techniques to prevent the spread of the hazrdous material into the living ares as well as provide for the safety of the operator.
Above all expect to pay for these services including the intial inspection to prepare a quote. You are looking for a professional not a salesman beware of the "free inspection". Remember you get what you pay for.

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. Alot of my customer's want to know how to catch a certain animal or what they can do to not have the problem. Well that is exactly where I come in. While catching the animal sounds like the logical first step and is often the first thing attempted it is not always the best course of action. The question should be more like why is the animal here in the first place? Answer that one and you may find the answer you are looking for.
While I am more than glad to advise the people who call me I almost always recommend having a professional come in to capture any wildlife if for no other reason than his years of experience can make the effort go so much faster not to mention limiting the risk to non professionals.
Here's the cold truth about wildlife management. There are no "trade secrets" it is all about skill and knowledge. Knowing where to place a trap based on an animal's movements, knowing what lures or baits are effective at a given season, knowing how an animal accesses a structure, all these things become second nature to a wildlife professional.

Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?

A. What animal are you seeing?
How many?
When?
Where?
Do you know how they are entering?
If you haven't seen it what are you hearing?
When are you hearing it?
How long has the problem been occurring?
Is there a history of this?
What do you want to have happen?
Do you want this to stop for good?

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. Professional. I am far more than just a critter catcher. I address the fundamental biological issues involved in resolving wildlife problems as well as educating my customers in the methods they can use to prevent further wildlife conflict. My goal is provide long term or even permanent solutions.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. Two fold,

Helping people when they have a problem. Through my skills in handling nuisance wildlife or the ability to share my love and knowledge of wildlife I hope to ease the fears and concerns of my customers.

Wildlife! Are you kidding I get to handle bats, and foxes, and snakes, and squirrels, and coyotes on an almost daily basis. How cool is that!

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. What is the craziest thing you ever had to remove?

I really don't have an answer as crazy is often the norm and truth be told the animals are doing just what comes natural to them. It's the people on the other hand......

Can you remove mother-in-laws?

I wish! I'd pay for that service myself. LOL

Can you remove _________?

Absolutely yes. If it has fur, fins, feathers or scales I can catch it and remove it. That said there are special regulations for certain species as to the method or time of year, some even require state or federal permits. I can walk you through this process as I have done it many times.
The only animals I am not allowed to touch under Georgia law is live white tailed deer, wild turkey, black bear and alligators over four foot in length though I can address issues to repel or deter these animals from a property, just no catch.

I read that ______ carries rabies, is my family in danger?

That depends, has anyone had physical contact with the animal? Rabies is a virus that is spread through the bodily fluids of an infected animal coming in direct contact with the bloodstream or mucus membranes of another. If no contact has occurred then you are safe. This is why only trained persons should handle wildlife. While the risk of rabies is real the actual danger is low as rabies being a fatal illness always kills it's host without treatment so the actual number of active rabies in wildlife is always low. Just use common sense and do not touch or feed wildlife and when in doubt always call a wildlife professional.

Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

A. That we the honest ethical NWCOs are PROFESSIONALS. We are not critter catchers, exterminators or other such riff raff. We are Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators that specialize in resolving human/animal conflicts. Many of us have spent years learning our trade and some even hold degrees in various fields of biology. We love the wildlife we work with and will never do anything to harm the species. Yes, certain problem individuals need to be removed from time to time but overall we are here for the wildlife and hope to share that love with the general public.
As far as myself I get along great with my customers and for the most part I'm an open book. What you see is what you get, an open and honest relationship. I'm just an old country boy that treats folks like family. I would have it no other way.

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. Absolutely yes. If I'm not learning new things every day I'm not living. Knowledge is my passion. If it's not the wildlife and their biologies it's the methods and techniques to control them. I am also active within the industry and stay in continual contact with my colleagues accross the nation through various message boards and forums. I am also a member and the state representive of the National Wildlife Control Operators Association as well as a member of the Georgia Trappers Association. I attend at least three industry conventions a year to keep pace with this rapidly growing industry.

Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?

A. The industry is growing fast and competition is increasing. There are many new players in the market and like most industries that is not always a good thing. Under our current economy many of these new operators are out for a fast buck or really may be in over their heads.
There are many reasons for this but mainly this is a very lightly regulated industry that most anyone can obtain an inexpensive license and hang out his shingle. Let the buyer beware has never been more true than in todays tough times.
We also at the same time are facing increasing pressure from other industries that specialize in other areas wanting to offer wildlife services as an "add on" to their main service. Forgive me but wildlife control should never be just an "add on"! Namely the pest control industry that specializes in chemical control of invertebrate species have made inroads into wildife control, the theory being that they are both pests. Well I must disagree. Wildlife nuisance yes, pest no. With that mindset and that of an exterminator the end result for our wildlife could be less than pleasant.
What I do see are exciting times ahead for my industry. We have an active national association in NWCOA as well as many state chapters, of which I proudly serve as the state representative. Many of of are in active talks with our various state wildlife departments and legislatures for increased regulation and screening of operators. We are seeking required proof and insurance, license fees to be raised, background checks and all the requirements one would expect of honest ethical business men and women. Great times are ahead for us.

Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.

A. My pricing is a flat rate system. While many in the industry cling to the "per animal" system carryover from the bounty or fur trapping trades.
The main difference between the two is that I am paid to target and remove the specific animal(s) causing the problem in the first place and not rack up a body count of every animal available. Nor do you get charged if I should accidentally catch a non targeted animal as you would with a "per animal" charge.
I base my fees on time frame and labor. For most small animal species I can offer either one or two week services depending on best estimate to obtain control. For all jobs I must complete an initial inspection to determine the species, the access points and best sites to effect control. I will also determine what follow up work such as structural seals and exclusions or repairs need to be performed to prevent future reentry. Once the inspection is complete traps and control devices are placed and then daily return trips are done to monitor and remove animals until control is acheived. At that point any repair work can be completed. This is my typical structural type control and exclusion work and all except the repairs/exclusion are covered under my quoted fees. All structural seals, repairs and exclusions will be quoted at time of inspection.
I can upon request do inspections alone for a fee or in the case of many species like bats, beavers, predators I can not fairly quote a price over the phone without observing the problem firsthand. In this case I charge a small fee for the inspection. All inspection fees can be applied to additional work.
Basically you will hear two prices from me. Either the fee for the initial inspection or trapping which is one price all inclusive, nothing hidden, and the fee for fixing or repairing the damage and structural seals/exclusions once on site to determine the full scope of the work. All inspection fees will be applied to any additional work.
Please call anytime day or night I will be glad to discuss your problem and can give you my fees over the phone.

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