If you’ve got a wild animal in your Sacramento home, things can quickly turn dangerous for you and your family. For local residents, you’ve got to be on the lookout for many different types of wildlife.

a rattlesnake coiled up outdoors


With ringed tails and masked faces, you may see raccoons hunting for scraps around dusk or dawn. In homes, they often take up residence in your attic, basement, or other secluded areas where they’re less likely to get disturbed.


Most people recognize the signs of a skunk by the horrendous odor they emit. While they’re not likely to be physically aggressive, one of the chemicals in the essence they emit can cause temporary blindness if you’re directly hit. 


With hairless tails and elongated snouts, opossums reproduce quickly and may search for scraps during the night or build a den under your porch or in your attic. 


Although pocket gophers prefer to spend more time below ground than above ground, their tunneling can still disturb your household and ruin your lawn. 


While moles are generally beneficial for your garden or yard, their tunneling activities can disrupt your lawn and landscaping. 


As venomous as they are, the presence of northern Pacific rattlesnakes isn’t just disturbing – it’s dangerous. These snakes are known for the “rattle” they create when they feel threatened.


Not only are pigeons a nuisance, but their droppings can contain harmful bacteria and diseases as well.

Regardless of which type of wildlife you’re dealing with, having a wild animal or an infestation of them around your Sacramento home can be dangerous. Here’s what homeowners should know about the dangers associated with these wild animals, how to safely handle a wild animal on your property, and what HomeShield Pest Control can do to help. 

What Problems Do Wildlife Cause For Sacramento Homeowners?

Although some types of wildlife, like gophers, moles, and even rattlesnakes, can protect your garden or be beneficial for your garden’s ecosystem, their presence can still be dangerous for your family. Moles and gophers may not be dangerous, but the way they tunnel can disturb your lawn or garden’s landscaping.

Coming in close contact with a skunk, for instance, can result in an overwhelming stench that is almost impossible to wash off or even temporary blindness if the spray hits you directly. 

Other wildlife, like raccoons or opossums, may become aggressive or lash out if they feel threatened by your presence – which could end in serious injuries for you, a family member, or even a pet. In some cases, these wild animals could be carrying dangerous diseases or viruses, like rabies, which they may spread to you. A bite from a rattlesnake can result in severe medical problems, especially if left untreated. 

How To Safely Remove Wildlife From Your Property

Since many types of wildlife may become aggressive if they feel trapped or cornered, trying to remove a wild animal from your property on your own can be extremely dangerous – and could end in a trip to the hospital. 

The safest (and most effective) way to remove wildlife from your Sacramento property is with professional help from HomeShield Pest Control. Not only do our experts have the training and specialty gear to get rid of unwanted wildlife safely, but we’ve also got the experience to get the job done.

How HomeShield Pest Control Can Help

At HomeShield Pest Control, our wildlife control process begins the same way that most of our pest control programs do – with a thorough inspection to find the root and the extent of your wildlife problem. From there, we’ll use a customized, time-tested treatment to remove the infestation and treat the affected areas of your home and property.

A month after that initial visit and treatment, our technicians will return to your property to perform a second inspection and treatment. If needed, our specialists may perform additional visits for ongoing protection.

All of our eco-friendly and pet-friendly treatments are backed with a complete satisfaction guarantee, so our job isn’t done until your Sacramento property is completely pest-free. If you’ve found a wild animal or an infestation around your home, there’s no time to waste. Contact us at HomeShield Pest Control today to schedule an inspection of your property or for more information about our wildlife control services.