While easily mistaken for a mountain lion, these wild cats are only about 20 pounds, twice the size of a normal house cat. Their short, 'bobbed', tail gives them away if you happen to see one of these elusive predators.
Common problems with bobcats:
Killing chickens and small livestock
Living in/under sheds or decks
The number of bobcats in cities have risen in number over the last few years as these animals realize that there is easy prey in urban areas. These wild cats will eat a number of things, most commonly other wildlife like wild rabbits and squirrels, but have also been know to lurk around bird feeders, bother backyard poultry, and even unattended pets. These urban predators are a major part of pest control in cities. They keep the population of rabbits, squirrels, and other small wildlife down.
Bobcats typically don't make their dens inside of houses, they prefer easy access to the outdoors so that they can hunt. Normally, they will live in/under old sheds or under decks, where there is more room for them to move about. In more rural areas, they make choose to make their den in a hollow logs or a messy firewood pile.
Bobcat Removal and Prevention
Bobcat removal is no easy task. These animals can be incredibly dangerous when handled due to their sharp teeth and claws. They will not hesitate to lash out if they feel threatened. Wildlife removal experts are trained in the proper way to trap and catch bobcats so that both they and the animal are safe. They also have the proper protective equipment to prevent injuries. Bobcats are also know to be difficult to trap as they are fairly intelligent. Poorly baited or placed traps may yield no results at all, or, may end up catching a pet instead.
Another possible problem is when there are baby bobcats left in the den after the mother has been relocated. It can be difficult to remove the babies from the den and they may go unnoticed until it is too late. Professional wildlife removal experts are trained to prevent these types of incidents, saving you money and hassle in the long run.
There are a few ways to help prevent bobcats from roaming in your yard. First, make sure to not leave any pet food outside overnight. If you are feeding wildlife or strays, stop. While bobcats don't eat pet food, they will eat any stray pets or wildlife that are attracted to the food. Asides from removing possible food sources, reducing the number of places for them to make their dens can also help deter them. T=Bobcats prefer dark, enclosed spaces. Under decks and in run down sheds are some of their preferred backyard places.
If you suspect bobcats may have made their den on your property or have been frequenting your backyard, don't hesitate to contact us. We can help determine what the problem is and offer a free estimate and/or inspection.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I buy a repellent or a sound emitter to drive them off?
A: No! While there are a number of chemical or urine based repellent on the market, they are only effective in specific circumstances and when used by professionals. Noise deterrents, or sonic sound emitters, also will not work. These devices are a scam. If animals are not bothered by the sounds of cars or people, they won't be bothered by sound emitters.
Q: Can't I just do it myself/have my handyman do it?
A: It's not advised. Wildlife can pose many dangers. Without proper protective gear, wild animals can attack and injure people or transfer diseases via fecal matter or bites/scratches. When trapping or exclusion are done improperly, it can lead to many problems down the road, such as animals being trapped inside walls/attic, other animals taking up residence, and, even worse damage to your home, which can lead to expensive bills down the road.
We take pride in every job we do. That's why we have a Lifetime Guarantee on all our repairs. Wildlife won't be able to get past our repairs, and if they somehow do, we will come back and make things right, for free. Don't put yourself or your family in danger. Leave wildlife removal to the professionals.