Michigan Deck Exclusion Company
Nuisance Wildlife Barrier And Deck Screening
Having problems with nuisance wildlife making their home underneath your deck or home? Well, you've come to the right place, because we can build a barrier around your deck or porch to prevent the critters from living there. We have gotten calls for all sorts of problems with wild animals living under their decks. Animals include raccoons, groundhogs, skunks, opossums, foxes, and feral cats. These are animals that seek shelter to stay out of the harsh climate conditions in Michigan. Wild animals need sheltered areas to survive, but those areas need to be in the wild where they belong. It's understanding wildlife look for areas around your home, because their natural habitat is increasingly diminishing. With that said we still can't allow nuisance wildlife to live under your deck. People and wildlife should coexist, but not at a threat.
How We Do it | Deck Screen Exclusions and Barriers
When installing a deck barrier it is important to dig a trench around the problem area. Digging a 12"-18" trench around the deck will keep nuisance wildlife from digging underneath the fencing. Once the hole is dug out we cut the hardware cloth to fit around the entire deck. Typically a 1/4" or 1/2" hardware cloth is used because it has a higher gauge than the 1/8" we use for screening vents. When installing the hardware cloth it is recommended to put a 4"-6" L shape at the bottom of the screen. We screw the screen around the bottom edge of the deck. Then we backfill the trench with the dirt we excavated to complete the job.
Here Are Some Problem Critters You may Encounter Living Under Your Deck
- Skunks living under your deck will leave a very strong odor. One that is undeniably detected. Skunks are also one of the most rabid animals in the state of Michigan. Skunks are a threat to your home and your pets. Keep the skunks out before they become a problem to your home and pest. A good deck barrier can keep skunks out from underneath your deck or porch and away from your home.
- Raccoons living under your deck can be a fear among any homeowner. When raccoons feel cornered or threatened they can lash out at you or your pet. Raccoons are always in seek of shelter to have their litters and raise a family of raccoon pups. They become very protective over their young and will lash out. Installing a good deck barrier with hardware cloth will keep out the raccoons.
- Groundhogs living under your deck can be a nuisance problem to you the homeowner and your pets. Groundhogs tend to be an annoyance to dogs more than anything. They are not aggressive, but when cornered they can be a threat. They have very sharp front teeth and will pack a punch if they bite you. Around your deck, there might be vegetables and flowers which groundhogs love. They will eat away at your plants too. Installing a good deck barrier will be your solution to keep unwanted groundhogs out.
- Feral Cats living under your deck are really a nuisance for 3 reasons. Their urine is almost worse smelling than skunks, they can be mean and lash out, and are very annoying to your dog. Feral cats will have several litters and become more and more of a problem over time. Setting up a deck barrier will prevent wild cats from living under your deck and causing your problems.
How Much Does Deck Barriers Cost?
Deck screening or barrier exclusions will typically take some time. We usually charge on a per-square-foot basis. Pricing depends on the toughness of the job and how many feet we are doing. You can expect to pay around $12-$18 per foot. This includes digging, material, and backfilling. For a more detailed quote on deck barriers, please click on the free online quote button.
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Critters Living Under Your Deck
Bat Removal Service
Humane Bat Removal
Bats are mammals of the order Chiroptera; with their forelimbs adapted as wings, they are the only mammals naturally capable of true and sustained flight. Bats harbor more viruses than rodents and are capable of spreading disease over a wider geographic area owing to their ability to fly and their migration and roosting patterns. Bat-borne viruses are transmitted via bat bite and transfer via saliva, as well as aerosolization of saliva, feces, or urine. Bats invading human living and working spaces will normally offensively attack by biting and urinating on the victim to mark the victim's location.
Bird Control Service
Humane Bird Removal
Birds in Michigan can sometimes cause more damage than any nuisance wild animal. There nest are filled with bacteria and fungi. It has been suggested that there are over 60 other diseases that birds and their droppings can carry: Histoplasmosis, Candidiasis, Cryptococcosis, St. Louis Encephalitis, Salmonellosis and many more. The problem is especially worrisome in residential areas, as many of them are airborne and can be transferred to humans just by being around droppings. The birds we generally deal with that give problems to homeowners and industrial buildings are pigeons, chimney swifts, starlings, sparrows, and swallows and woodpeckers.
Mice Control Service
Poison Free Mice Removal
A mouse, plural mice, is a small rodent characteristically having a pointed snout, small rounded ears, a body-length scaly tail and a high breeding rate. They give birth to a litter of 3–14 young . One female can have 5 to 10 litters per year, so the mouse population can increase very quickly. The best known mouse species is the common house mouse. Mice can get inside homes to get warm and to build nests in hiding places that provides them with easy access to food. Living with mice can create several problems and make life much more uncomfortable in your home. Mice are known to carry a number of diseases that can spread to humans, such as: Leptospirosis, Hantavirus , Salmonella, Plague and many more.
Raccoon Removal Service
Humane Raccoon Trapping
The raccoon is a medium-sized mammal native to North America. The raccoon is the largest of the procyonid family, having a body length of 16 to 28 inches and a body weight of 11 to 57 lb. Raccoon's are probably the most recognized animal in the Michigan wildlife. They are great climbers and are found in dumpsters, sheds, garages, factories, chimneys and house attics. Raccoon's are primarily nocturnal scavengers in the cities looking through dumpsters and garbage cans for food. They will also eat fish and other small wildlife. Raccoon's look for areas in your attic or chimney to build their dens, often times to have their young. Raccoon's are loud walking around in attics. They destroy insulation and defecate all over the attic. They carry many disease like rabies, distemper, and their feces carries eggs of roundworm which can hatch and become harmful to humans.
Squirrel Control Service
Humane Squirrel Removal
Squirrels are members of the family Sciuridae, a family that includes small or medium-size rodents. There are different types of squirrels in Michigan. Red squirrel, fox squirrel, gray squirrel, black squirrel, chipmunk, and flying squirrel. Squirrels feast on pine cones, bird seed, egg corns, walnuts, and during Halloween pumpkins. Sometimes squirrels will live in soffits and attics. They bring hazardous material into your attic and can also damage the insulation with nesting, droppings and urine. It’s very important to know that 25-30 percent of all house fires are caused by rodents chewing on the wires inside your attic and walls. Besides, they can carry many diseases communicable to humans such as: plague, Colorado tick fever, encephalitis, tularemia, and louse-borne typhus.
Skunk Removal Service
Humane Skunk Trapping
Skunks are North and South American mammals in the family Mephitidae. Skunks are recognizable with their black and white stripes. Generally skunks live under deck and porches. They dig holes and create dens underground and feast on grubs and other insects below your soil. They also get into your garbage looking for food. Skunks are near sighted animals and use their sense of smell to maneuver around. Skunks will spray an unbearable odor out their anus up to 10 feet if they feel threatened. A warning sign skunks feel threatened is by stopping their feet and raise their tail. If this happens, back away slowly. Besides, skunks will spray your dog or cat if they feel threatened. The most harmful disease they can pass to humans and pets too is rabies.
Groundhog Removal Service
Humane Groundhog Trapping
The groundhog (Marmota monax), also known as a woodchuck, is a rodent of the family Sciuridae . You will find groundhogs in open plains or digging holes and living underground. Groundhogs are found living under decks, in rock walls, and in hills. They are vegetarians and eat plants, grass, flowers, and other vegetation. They dig holes under sidewalks and rock walls creating the cement and rocks to come tumbling down. Groundhogs live under decks close to homes so they are often found pestering pets. They can also carry groundhog ticks, which spread Lyme disease to humans.
Beaver Removal Service
Humane Beaver Trapping
The beaver (genus Castor) , is a large, primarily nocturnal and semiaquatic rodent. In fact they are the second-largest rodent in the world , just after the capybara. Beavers maintain and defend territories, which are areas for feeding, nesting and mating. Beavers are major nuisance animals around crops, homes, and forest. They chew down hundreds of trees and cause home owners problems to their forestry. The major problem is the damns they build. Damns will cause flooding into yards around homes and sometimes create flooding in basements which can cause major damage to the home.
Coyote Removal Service
Humane Coyote Trapping
The coyote (Canis latrans) is a canine native to North America. It is smaller than its close relative, the gray wolf. Coyotes are carnivorous and prey on rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, chickens and other small animals. Among large North American carnivores, the coyote probably carries the largest number of diseases and parasites such as: rabies, canine distemper, infectious canine hepatitis, four strains of equine encephalitis, and oral papillomatosis. Coyotes are known to live in woods and secluded areas, but in Michigan they are found in urban areas and cities preying on house pets like dogs and cats.
Fox Removal Service
Humane Fox Trapping
Foxes are small-to-medium-sized, omnivorous mammals belonging to several genera of the family Canidae. Foxes are generally smaller than other members of the family Canidae such as wolves and coyotes. Fox are predators and prey on chickens, rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, and other small animals. The most common disease they can transmit to humans is toxocariasis from the roundworm. Two types of fox in Michigan are usually spotted, the grey and red fox. Like coyotes fox have become urbanized and prey on home owners small dogs and cats. If dog food is left out they will even eat that.
Muskrat Removal Service
Humane Muskrat Trapping
The muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus), is a medium-sized semiaquatic rodent native to North America . They can grow up to two feet long .In Michigan muskrats live in rivers, streams, and ponds. Muskrats generally eat vegetation like weeds and cattails, but sometimes they will even eat small fish and frogs. Muskrats burrow into walls of ponds creating caving, sliding, and erosion. They also destroy vegetation in home owners ponds. We have found muskrats living in coy ponds eating fish and destroying pumps and heaters. Muskrats are known carriers of a number of diseases: Tularemia, leptospirosis, ringworm, pseudotuberculosis and many more.
Opossum Removal Service
Humane Opossum Trapping
The opossum is a marsupial of the order Didelphimorphia , endemic to the Americas. Opossums are usually solitary and nomadic, staying in one area as long as food and water are easily available. In Michigan Opossums are the only marsupial, meaning they have a pouch that they carry their young in. They have long prehensive tails which gives them another limb to use for hanging. Opossums are usually found under decks and in sheds. Opossums give off a strong odor and often times find places like your garage or under your deck to die. No one likes the smell of a decaying animal. They also get into dog food and annoy home owners pets. Opossums carry diseases such as tuberculosis, relapsing fever, tularemia, spotted fever, toxoplasmosis, coccidiosis, trichomoniasis, and Chagas disease. Opossums are hosts for cat and dog fleas, especially in urban environments.