What is Humane
Wildlife Animal Control

Creature Control is proud to offer Michigan’s most humane wildlife and animal control services. We recognize that every insect and animal provides benefits to our eco-system. However, when faced with weighing those benefits to the potential problems and dangers infused among humans, property, and domesticated pets, there becomes a line in determining which takes precedence. No matter the outcome, Creature Control resolves wildlife problems with compassion and humanity, with respect for life and the environment.

Learn more about Creature Control’s methods and values of humane animal control:

Animal Live Trapping

Most animals except for small rodents and moles are live trapped. Our traps are humane, meaning that they do not injure the animal. Once an animal is trapped and we are notified our technicians will remove it within 24 hours to ensure the animal does not suffer. This is in compliance with state law which mandates that no animal caught by a wildlife control company remain in a trap longer than 24 hours. With larger animals such as skunks and groundhogs, we will often wrap the trap with cardboard. This keeps the trapped animal out of the sun and also restricts its field of sight which helps to keep it calm while awaiting pickup.

Removal, Relocation and When an Animal Must be Put Down

When possible, animals we trap are removed and relocated at least ten miles away from the location we trapped them at. Ten miles is far outside the radius which most animals will scavenge and ensures that the same animal will not be able to find its way back to your yard or home.

It is sometimes necessary to put down a trapped animal. For example, state law mandates that feral cats cannot be released, so they must be put down. This is also common with animals suffering from distemper. When putting down an animal is necessary, our technicians only use humane methods approved by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Kill Traps and Rodenticides

Despite our intent to live trap as much as possible certain animals require kill trapping, like muskrats, for example. Other animals that must be kill trapped are those who are “trap-shy”. Trap-shy is an animal who has been trapped and released too many times and has learned to not enter them. This is common with groundhogs and raccoons. If we are unable to live trap your nuisance wildlife animal in a timely manner, our technicians may recommend a kill trap. When circumstances require the death of an animal, Creature Control attempts to do so as humanely as possible.

Small rodents, such as mice and rats, are not trapped at all but dealt with through an application of rodenticide. There is no effective method of solving a mouse or rat infestation by live trapping.

Wounded Animals

Unfortunately, Creature Control does not currently have the facilities or the licensing to rehabilitate wounded animals. If you have a wounded animal, please contact your local animal control or humane society for assistance.

Humane Pest Control and Integrated Pest Management

The principles for humane animal control are different from pest control. We certainly do not live trap and relocate earwigs, cockroaches or bed bugs. Effective pest control means extermination of unwanted insect populations. The only exception is honey bees, which we always attempt to extract alive and relocate to a local bee keeper. Honey bees are important to our ecosystem and the prevalence of colony collapse disorder (CCD), an unexplained condition that is wiping out honey bees across the nation. Other than honey bees, our strategy with insects is to terminate them.

Even so, Creature Control utilizes the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in all of our insect treatments. IPM is an approach to pest control that emphasizes environmental modifications and very specific, targeted pesticide applications for a holistic approach to pest control – as opposed to blanket bombing an entire house, massive fumigation with foggers, etc. * Whenever possible, our technicians concentrate the pesticide application to the specific areas infested using the minimum amount of pesticide necessary to solve the problem. All pesticide applications are meticulously recorded; what was sprayed, where, and what quantity. Creature Control also uses pesticides made from natural sources, such as pyrethrins and cedar oil, whenever possible.

There is no such thing as a “safe pesticide” after all, pesticides are made to kill insects and pests. Creature Control strives to make our pest applications as nonintrusive as possible and educate you on ways to modify your environment to reduce the conditions conducive to pest infestations.

Creature Control Manages All Animals and All Insects

Creature Control handles all nuisance wildlife; both animals and insects, which are usually two separate industries. Our licensed and trained technicians are highly knowledgeable in Michigan’s wildlife and can help you find the least invasive and most cost-effective way to solve your animal intrusion or pest infestation. To see if we service your area, click here.

*Fleas still may require a whole house fumigation, but they are the exception.

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NOTICE!

Creature Control is recognized by the State of Michigan and the federal government as a provider of ESSENTIAL SERVICES and as such is still OPEN FOR BUSINESS as usual. We are monitoring the situation with Covid-19 closely and in the meantime will continue to follow updates and protocol suggestions from the CDC and other credible agencies to ensure the safety and health of our employees and customers.