Columbus, OH Wildlife Control

Humane Animal Removal in the Greater Columbus Area

Wild animals may be enjoyable and even fascinating to watch from a safe distance, but they aren’t always welcome guests around your property. Some of nature’s most prolific scavengers are also some of its most destructive forces when it comes to raiding your trash, damaging your home, and even attracting pests by creating a mess that’s nearly impossible to clean up. Sometimes they also carry diseases, making contact with them or their urine or feces a potentially serious health hazard.

If our local wildlife is getting just a little too close for comfort or a little too bold with intrusions into your yard, turn to 1st Response Pest Management for specialized, targeted, and humane wildlife removal and relocation services. We focus on successfully locating and trapping trespassing creatures so they can be safely relocated to an area where they can continue to live freely in the wild while staying far away from your home and your loved ones.

Schedule a wildlife inspection or talk to us about the intruding creatures impacting your home! Call 1st Response Pest Management at (614) 591-7767 for a quote today.

Hear It From Our Happy Customers!

    Ron is AWESOME! I had a national pest extermination company for several years and nothing was getting accomplished. I have seen a significant decrease in the last several months that I started with 1st Response. Ron is very committed to getting the problem fixed and is very knowledgeable and a great guy! He knows his pests! :) Everyone at 1st Response is kind, courteous, and goes the extra yard!

    Tina M.

    Company was very responsive to the needs that I had. My daughters room had hornets coming thru her ceiling. First response was the best response. They came right away after my internet message. Fixed the problem and offered a great service for other rodents around my house. Monthly service is a great deal. These guys know customer service and they know pest control. If you are thinking about a company that cares….this is it. Make first response your first response if you are in need of help.

    Matthew P.

    I live at The Gardens Apartments. I guess before I moved in, there was an issue with bugs. I never saw any. Thank God! But the gentleman from 1st Response saw something on the traps and came back several times to take care of the issue. He was always professional, polite and handled everything with care. Kudos!! I appreciate him and the service that you provide.

    Michelle W.

    Had a great experience with David - he was polite, personable, and able to find where the mice were coming in within 5 minutes. He put all the traps down and followed up on time to ensure they didn't return - highly recommend them!

    Nicholas K.

    This company is great! The company I work for has been using them for years, and I have been using them recently for my home. David is so friendly when he comes in to my office, and Larry was great when he came to my home. Lisa is always the best too! So friendly on the phone!

    Andy R.

    We have a mouse or two and Larry was amazing. On time, professional. He even went into my attic through a very small, inconvenient entryway in the top of a closet. He educated me about mice and inspected every inch of my place, inside and out. The office staff was great, too!

    Rene L.

    We purchased a house that has had termite damage in the past. The original structure was built in 1890, and has been added onto over the years. Previous owners had repaired the termite damage, and had contracted with 1st Response to continue to maintain termite control stations and inspect for any new activity. We have continued with that existing service since purchase. Every tech that comes out is wonderful. Office staff is great as well. Everyone we have dealt with has been personable, kind, attentive and professional. Jason and Justin have been our most recent techs, and they are both great guys.

    Patricia M.

    Best customer service ever! From the dispatcher to the technicians. They were super kind and accommodating to our health needs, more than willing to wear an N95 mask that we provided. Engaging conversation and thorough inspection. Even when 1 thing was missed, they apologized and made everything right. Their service was fast, but effective. The price is reasonable for all of the services you get and they were very understanding and accommodating when it came to the initial payment. I wish we had found them years ago, but if anything good can come from a mouse, it's having First Response on your side. 100%, 10 out of 10, highly recommend!

    Izetta T.

    Holy smokes! They are the best! Like seriously, if you need creepy crawly help or help with other things that scurry about, they are your people. They are incredibly kind, friendly, and understanding. They have a lot of patience and explain things thoroughly. Can't say enough good things about them. We have been using them for a couple years now and have had continued reliable and excellent service.

    Krista K.

Wildlife FAQs


What is wildlife?

Wildlife or wild animals are those animals that are not tame. They do not need the help of people to survive. However, just because wild animals don’t “need” our help, doesn’t mean that they won’t take advantage of the help we unintentionally offer. As our habitats have merged, wild animals have come to somewhat rely on people for sources of food and shelter. Wildlife found in Ohio yards, and sometimes our homes include squirrels, skunks, raccoons, opossums, moles, and muskrats.

Is wildlife dangerous?

Wildlife living too close to people can be dangerous. Wild animals are “wild” and unpredictable, making them unsafe. Removing wild animals from any home or property should always be handled by trained and experienced professionals. Wild animals are destructive and cause damage by burrowing under foundations, sheds, and garages, causing structural damage. They also dig through and damage lawns and gardens. These animals cause structural damage inside our homes by chewing or digging through insulation, drywall, pipes, and wires. Wild animals also carry and spread diseases and bacteria that can make people ill.

How do I get rid of wildlife?

Get rid of wildlife from your Ohio home or business by trusting 1st Response Pest Management experts. We are a locally-owned and family-operated pest control company. Our goal is to provide all our customers with peace of mind and pest-free homes through effective wildlife control services.

Learn more about protecting your Greater Columbus or Central Ohio area home or business from wild animals and other pests with the help of 1st Response Pest Management and our eco-friendly approach to pest control. Reach out today and speak with one of our helpful professionals to learn more about our residential and commercial pest services!

How can I prevent wildlife in the future?

Prevent problems with wildlife by putting into place the following wildlife prevention measures:

  • Partner with the wildlife control experts here at 1st Response Pest Management.
  • Trim back tree branches from the exterior of your home that can give wild animals direct access.
  • Place wire mesh around the bottom of decks, sheds, and other structures to stop wild animals from getting under them.
  • Remove excess woodpiles, fallen trees, and piles of debris from your property.
  • Repair loose window screens and place tight-fitting caps on chimneys.
  • Fix any openings along the roofline and at roof intersections.
  • Limit wild animal’s access to food on your property. Harvest fruits and vegetables from garden areas. Pick up uneaten pet food between feedings. Place trash in outdoor garbage cans and compost bins with tight or locking lids and remove bird and other wild animal feeders from your property.

Trusted Wildlife Removal Service in Columbus

Wildlife infestations are one of those pest problems that sneak up on you. Since it's not all that unusual to see wildlife wandering around in your yard, you might not realize the animals you're seeing could be your very own freeloading roommates. That goes for the raccoons riffling through your garbage, the opossums getting into your dog food, or other troublesome wild animals you’re seeing around your property. For this reason, it's essential to keep wildlife control on your pest control radar.

Common Nuisance Wildlife In Columbus

There are several different species of wildlife that can become problematic for Columbus-area homeowners. In fact, wildlife control in Columbus can cover a wide variety of animals. 

  • Opossums and raccoons are familiar sights in urban and suburban garbage cans. These scavenging animals can make messes on your property even if they don't live there, but when winter rolls around, they may take up residence inside your attic or crawlspace for warmth and easy access to food.
  • It's also important to remember that rodents are technically considered wildlife, especially animals like squirrels,voles, and gophers. These creatures can do a lot of damage to your gardens and landscaping, especially if you plant things they like to eat. Rabbits and moles can also pose problems for your property, especially landscaping and vegetable gardens.
  • Skunks are another common nuisance wildlife species you may run into on your property. It's important to be especially wary of skunks since they can spray you with a foul-smelling musk. Adults who know better than to get close to a skunk aren’t at as high of a risk, but small children and pets are especially vulnerable to being sprayed.

The Problems Wildlife Can Create Around Your Property

If you have wild animals living on your property, this can create a lot of issues. Of course, one of the most dangerous threats posed by wildlife is exposure to rabies. Many wildlife species, especially raccoons and skunks, are known to spread this virus. Not only can a bite expose you to one of the deadliest viruses in the world, but it will also necessitate a round of rabies shots that could potentially cost thousands of dollars.

However, rabies is not the only threat wildlife can pose. These animals can also indirectly expose you to parasite-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever when they carry ticks onto your property.

None of this takes into account the property damage that wildlife can cause. Larger animals can knock over trash cans and rip the contents out, spreading trash all over your property. On the other hand, squirrels or gophers may chew through essential components of your home like electrical wiring or insulation.

Six Natural Ways To Deter Wildlife From Your Property

Wildlife removal is a lot tougher than preventing a wildlife infestation. Taking a few simple and easy steps can help keep your property as unattractive to nuisance wildlife as possible:

  • Cover all trash cans on your property with wildlife-proof lids.
  • Put mesh barriers over potential entryways into your home like ventilation openings.
  • Repair holes, gaps, and other damage to your home that could grant wildlife access to your home.
  • Never leave pet foods or dirty pet bowls sitting out where wild animals can access them.
  • Eliminate as many freshwater sources from your property as possible, including kiddie pools, bird baths, and other sources of standing water.
  • Put up a privacy fence around your property that can act as a solid barrier against invading wildlife.

By taking these steps, you can make accessing your home so inconvenient that wildlife will simply move on.

The Most Effective Wildlife Control For Your Property

If wild animals are causing problems on your property, contact your local pest control company for professional wildlife removal immediately. It's vital to rely on wildlife control services to deal with your infestation because wildlife experts know how to remove nuisance animals without risking exposure to rabies or other diseases.

Here at 1st Response Pest Management, we know how to completely eliminate your wildlife problem effectively and affordably so that you don't have to worry about putting yourself at risk. Call (614) 591-7767 today to learn more about our options for wildlife pest control in Columbus, and get started on your journey to a wildlife-free property today!

Our Wildlife Removal Process


We start the process with a thorough and detailed investigation of your property to determine what kind of wildlife we’re dealing with, how many animals might be present, and where they might be located. We’ll inspect the interior and exterior of your house and outbuildings to determine where the infestation is, how big or widespread it has become, and how the wildlife is getting inside.

Live Trapping

Based on our inspection findings, we’ll determine the best locations in which to place live traps. These traps do not injure or incapacitate the animal in any way, ensuring their safety. We monitor these traps daily and include seven days of monitoring with this service, and we can add more if necessary.


After your intrusion has been taken care of, it’s vital to eliminate entry points to prevent any future animals from getting the same idea. We offer exclusion work to seal entry points, and we also suggest capping your chimney. Our chimney capping includes a one-year warranty.

Our Columbus wildlife control experts are ready to help. Call (614) 591-7767 or contact us online to schedule your pest inspection.


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