Owning an Animal Removal Business

Wildlife animals like squirrels, raccoons, birds and bats find shelter and nesting places wherever they can. That’s where the animal removal business comes into play. This business provides an important service in carefully removing potentially harmful rodents, mammals, reptiles and wild animals from residential and commercial properties.

To run an animal removal business successfully, keep in mind the following requirements:

Apply for a business license

Put yourself on the radar and make sure you get a state, county, and city occupational license or as demanded by the location you set up your business in.

Purchase the right equipment and vehicle

Preferably a pickup truck with a ladder rack will work best when you start out. Next, purchase some ladders. A 24” extension ladder and a step ladder of 6” will come handy. Buy some of the most vital tools like a good screwdriver /power drill, drywall saws.

For the attic equipment, purchase a headlamp, HEPA respirator, and some Tyvek suits. Next, you would need some traps and exclusion devices like some big and small cage traps, some one-way exclusion doors and exclusion funnels, etc. You would also need tools to install animal proofing to keep them from re-entering the property.

Even though the video below references the laws in Arizona, the information presented is pertinent for every state. The attorney lists things a potential pest control or animal removal business owner should know before opening their business.

Occupational Requirements

Apart from the equipment and license, there are other requirements necessary to be able to run a Tampa animal removal business successfully.

1. Must be physically capable – Be prepared to walk, climb ladders, scale roofs and crawl under buildings and into attics. As the work demands you to lift animals as well, you must be able to lift at least 80 pounds. Animals can weigh a mere 2 pounds to approx. 50 pounds (beaver weighs around 50 pounds).

While the weight might not appear quite heavy, but remember at times you might need to carry a caged animal down from a roof using the ladder. This adds to the danger as terrified animals might run back and forth inside the cage, thereby shifting the weight of the cage. Hence, it’s important you learn the best way to carry a load and maintain balance.

2. Responsible – Workers will need to keep a track of where the traps have been set and regularly monitor them no matter what the weather.

3. Maintain good customer relations- It is important to have high customer service skills. Most of the times you or your workers will be required to work inside homes with your customers watching the process.

4. Be a Self-Starter – Self-supervision is necessary in the animal removal business. Operations usually requires one to have the ability to work without supervision as mostly the work is lonely and without the supervision of a boss being around. Often workers are sent out on their own to complete a job, which is much more efficient when most jobs don’t require the presence of two people.

5. Adaptability – Workers must be able to adapt and be inventive when faced with non-typical wildlife control and removal situations.

6. Year-round work – Unlike the routine 9-5 jobs, those in the animal removal business need to be available for services around the clock as animals can cause a nuisance or get trapped at any time of the day. That means you must be prepared to work at odd hours in a hot attic as well as climb ladders and carry out animal removal operations in freezing temperatures.