At Harbor Wildlife Control, we are frequently asked the following questions and have compiled a convenient list of answers. Please review our list of FAQs and learn more about our quality animal removal, cleanup, and barrier installation services. Contact us if you have any further questions or would like to schedule an appointment.

Harbor Wildlife Control provides the following services:
Trapping, Removal, Habitat Modification, Cleanup/Attic Restoration and Damage Repairs

Fully Licensed and Insured

No, Harbor Wildife Control is a private wildlife control business. We are not funded by public tax money. Service fees vary greatly depending on the task at hand. Please call us and we will do our best to offer a figure over the phone. If the situation requires us to visit the site before offering a quote, we will tell you this during the initial call.

We do not charge a fee for the estimate, however, we do charge a fee for an inspection. An inpection entails examining the building and determining the best long term solution. Questions that will be answered include: which animal is causing the problem?, how are they getting in?, what is the condition of the attic? A price for repairs/ preventative treatments is given based upon inspection findings. In some cases will be able to give an estimate over the phone such as trapping and removal of groundhogs, skunks etc. on the exterior of the building.

If your needs go beyond basic advice, a technician needs to perform an inspection and assess the situation, and a basic fee is charged. The exclusion service uses paid technicians, insurance, vehicle maintenance and has basic office expenses etc. Because real expenses are incurred to assess a situation, a basic fee is required to offset those costs.

No. We can sometimes transport injured, sick, abandoned or displaced wildlife and animals in need of help to the proper facility, but we do charge a fee. You can contact Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for a list of licensed Wildlife Rehabilitators.

Throughout Maine, local independent contractors registered as Animal Damage Control Cooperators (ADC agents) are available to hire at your own risk. ADC agents can help you resolve conflicts with beaver, chipmunks, skunks, raccoons, coyote, foxes, weasel, woodchucks, porcupines, raccoons, squirrels, bats, English sparrows, European Sparrows, Pigeons (rock doves), and European Starlings, etc...

People who handle wildlife damage problems can be designated by a number of terms.
NWCO - means Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator
WCO - means Wildlife Control Operator
PAC - Problem Animal Controller; term used in Massachusetts
PCO - Pest Control Operator - This is who you would call for insects control such as termites or ants. Exterminators also fall into this category.
ACO - Animal Control Officer - This is who you would call if you have an issue with DOMESTIC animals such as dogs or cats. They do not not handle wildlife complaints. These are township or county employees.

Emergency Service is generally limited to wildlife in the "LIVING SPACE" of your home, however what we consider an emergency and what you would can differ. This does not include attic space, under a deck or a shed. A good example would be a bat flying around your living room or a raccoon in your bathtub. Our fees for emergency service are a premium as these need to be attended to immediately. We offer this service around the clock because you may have an animal in your home at 2 AM.


Histoplasmosis is an infectious disease caused by inhaling the spores of a fungus called Histoplasma capsulatum. Histoplasmosis is not contagious; it cannot be transmitted from an infected person or animal to someone else.

Fresh bird droppings on surfaces such as sidewalks and windowsills have not been shown to present a health risk for histoplasmosis because birds themselves do not appear to be infected by H. capsulatum. Rather, bird manure is primarily a nutrient source for the growth of H. capsulatum already present in soil.

Unlike birds, bats can become infected with H. capsulatum and consequently can excrete the organism in their droppings. The organism can be carried on the wings, feet, and beaks of birds and infect soil under roosting sites or manure accumulations inside or outside buildings. Active and inactive roosts of blackbirds (e.g., starlings, grackles, red-winged blackbirds, and cowbirds) have been found heavily contaminated by H. capsulatum.

Exposure to biological contaminants can pose serious health consequences for occupants, employees, and owners. A failure to properly and safely remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments.

We are trained to safely and effectively remove biohazardous materials and dispose of them properly according to OSHA and health regulations. Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, Harbor Wildlife Control professionals help turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and offices.

There a very few guarantees in life. We do offer one of the best warranties available, 1-5 years on most residential & commercial jobs. Offering trapping, removal, relocation and damage repair service. Contact us for more details.

No, be cautious of anyone who says they are going to spray something to drive the animal out.

Will moth balls or ammonia soaked rags keep animals out of my house ?
The short answer is No. They are pesticides.

Mothballs, contain paradichlorobenzene and/or naphthalene (known carcinogen) must be properly registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and contain on the label their ingredients, their human, environmental, physical and chemical hazards, and information on their use, storage and disposal. The same goes for ammonia.


The animals that we capture are handled in the best manner to protect both the animal and our staff members from unnecessary harm and stress. We follow all applicable state and federal regulations regarding captured wildlife. When applicable and appropriate, our goal is to return candidate species to an appropriate rural wilderness environment. Species that are prohibited from being relocated will be humanely euthanized according to industry standards and will be disposed of according to all applicable guidelines and in accordance with the law.

It is in our mission statement to treat animals ethically and humanely. We use only humane trapping methods and prevention services.

No. There are no pesticides currently registered as acceptable for use on any species of wildlife under the jurisdiction of the ME Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, NY State DEC, and the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife. It is a violation of state law to poison any wildlife for any reason. Pesticides are not an acceptable means of wildlife control. Offenders face imprisonment, fines, or both. Further, the usage of any chemical or pesticide in a manner inconsistent with its labeling is a violation of federal law.

*The ME, NJ, and NY Departments of Agriculture classify some rodent and bird species as pests. Pesticides may be used for the control and management of these pest species ONLY.

Harbor Wildlife Control provides emergency services 24/7, including after normal business hours and on holidays. We consider the presence of an animal running loose in your living space or your business an emergency. We will assist you at any time. However, please note that there is a higher service fee for emergency service. In most cases, a regularly scheduled appointment on the next business day is appropriate.

It’s nearly impossible to properly identify what animal you have invading your space over the phone, which is why we prefer to do a complete home inspection to properly identify what animal you’re dealing with and how it entered. Here are some of the tell tale signs we can offer you, that may indicate you have following animals:

· Light scratching/chewing on your wall/ceiling any time of the day/night that sounds identical to you scratching the wall with your fingernail and if you tap on the wall/ceiling and the activity ceases for a short period of time and begins again, this is typically mouse activity.

· Scratching/scampering or rolling noises in your attic in the morning, or early evening, and nothing at night, this is typically squirrel activity.

· Footsteps and heavy rolling in the attic, possible “chirping bird” sounds in April-June, this is typically raccoons. 

Red Squirrel

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We are committed to providing high quality Wildlife Control services that protect your home and business. Our goal is to provide our clients with the best possible solution to their specific problem. 

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Maine, New Jersey and New York

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