831-585-1640 We run a professional wildlife removal business operating in Santa Cruz, California. We service the whole Salinas metropolitan area, and do much of our work in Santa Cruz. We are a full-service
Santa Cruz animal trapping and removal company. We specialize in wildlife only, and are not like a regular Santa Cruz pest control company or Santa Cruz exterminator. We use humane methods to
solve wild animal problems in California. We solve the root of the problem, by performing home repairs to keep animals out, and preventative measures in addition to critter trapping
and removal. We offer a variety of services, from animal damage repair to waste cleanup, dead animal removal and odor control, and more. We handle several nuisance wildlife
species, including squirrels, raccoons, snakes, skunks, and opossums. We also perform bat removal and bird control services, and rodent control, including poison-free mouse and
rat removal. Give us a call any time at 831-585-1640 to discuss your Santa Cruz animal control issue, and to schedule a fast appointment.
Santa Cruz wildlife control tip of the month:
The groundhog is usually 40-65 centimeters long (16-26 inches) and weighs around 2-4 kilograms (4-9lbs).
If there aren’t a lot of predators in the area, it can grow up to 14 kilograms and 80 centimeters. They are
excellent diggers, they have powerful limbs and thick, curved claws. Their fur is dense grey undercoat and
they have guard hairs on top giving them a distinctive appearance. Their lifecycle is up to 6 years, but the
average lifespan is 2-3 years. In Santa Cruz animal control captivity they can live from 9-14 years. You can find them in United States
and Canada and they prefer clearings of the forests.
Burrows are places where they spend most of their time, and they do not go far from them in search for food.
Wild grasses and other vegetation is what they feed on, but they are known to eat berries and agricultural crops.
They mostly prefer Santa Cruz wildlife removal coltsfoot, dandelion, clover and alfalfa, but can also eat insects, snails, grubs, grasshoppers
and other small animals. Nevertheless, they are not omnivores. Some similarity with squirrels can be found, like
eating nuts, but they do not burry them. Water is not something they will search for since all their needs for water
can be satisfied with juices from plants and sprinkling of rain and dew on plants they eat.
Sometimes when they are faced with a Santa Cruz animal trapping predator, they can climb trees or even swim, but they prefer burrows for escaping.
There they can harm the invader with claws and large incisors. They are often seen standing on their hind feet watching
for danger while others feed. If they spot danger, they will produce a high pitched whistle and that’s why they are sometimes
called “whistle pig”. Sometimes you can hear a strange sound they produce with their teeth an even a low bark. Their hair on
the tail can stand straight up if they are frightened. Burrows are not only hideouts; they hibernate there, raise their young,
sleep and spend most of their time there. Burrow has two to five entrances, which enables them to escape more easily if they are
threatened. Animals that hunt groundhogs are wolves, bears, eagles, foxes, cougars and dogs, but humans often hunt them for sport,
fur or food, bringing them almost to extinction in some areas. They often cause damage on the crops in farm areas, so that is
another reason why Santa Cruz exterminator people hunt and kill them.
To learn more about our Santa Cruz pest animal removal services, visit the Salinas animal trapping and removal home page or give us a call at