How to choose a trapper

by Tammy McCormack. 0 Comments

It has truly been a hot summer. This makes wildlife and snake trapping work a little more difficult because because snakes and wildlife are not going to be in hot attics, stuffy buildings or around most homes. Instead, they prefer the cool of the night and will remain at a distance.

This column is to help assist you in choosing the best trapper for your wildlife or snake problem.

First start with your local animal control or Department of Natural Resources. Ask them if they can refer you to someone who specializes in wildlife or snake trapping.

Check your local Yellow Pages under pest control. Most exterminating companies do not handle wildlife or snakes.

Our modern Internet technology is always the best way to search for and experienced trapper.

Once you decide to contact a trapper, my suggestion is to contact not just one, but two or three. If you have to leave a message and no one returns your call within 20 to 30 minutes then move on to the next. A good trapper will always return your call right away no matter the situation.

If it is an emergency call, ask if they provide immediate response. A good trapper will either be able to make the call within a two- to three-hour timeframe. If not, ask if they know of someone else or continue on with your search.

If you have a general question that you need answered and do not necessarily need the presence of a trapper only to find that trapper seems like he or she does not have the time to help then it is best to move on to another. If you would like to schedule an appointment for trapping services it is very important to ask the following questions:

For instance if you have a raccoon in the attic that has done extensive damage does the trapper not only set traps and offer humane removal but do they provide clean-up services from feces and waste. Do they offer entry repairs?

If you have a snake problem ask the trapper the same questions as above, but also know that snakes are a lot different than your basic wildlife. Ask the trapper if they handle all types of snakes and what can they tell you about what type of snake problem you have from skin or feces? What trapping methods do they use? What can you do to prevent future problems? Do they offer a full inspection and can they tell you where the snake problem is outside or inside? Can they crawl in the attic and basement crawl spaces? These are very important because a trapper should be in good physical shape even on a 100-degree day.

If you have a snake, ask the trapper if they remove the snake or do they harm it or release it.

Ask the trapper to provide references for previous work done. Always get everything in writing and a written receipt.

Basically, there are wonderful trappers out there and, believe me, they may trap everything but deep down they always have a favorite or skills that are stronger than another trapper. Make sure they are a people person. But most importantly, the trapper should be a skilled animal person in this line of work.

Well, good luck with your search if you have a nuisance wildlife or snake issue!

Tammy McCormack is a professional snake trapper. She writes a regular column for She can be reached at

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