Prairie Dog Identification
What are prairie dogs?
Prairie dogs are ground burrowing rodents native to North America. There are 5 species of prairie dog found in the United States, Canada and Mexico, but the most common species to be found in Denver, Boulder and throughout Colorado is the black-tailed prairie dog. These rodents are diurnal, meaning active during the daytime and are approximately 15 inches in length including a 2 ½ inch black tip on their tail. Along with the black tip on their tail, prairie dogs are a light brown color, with lighter colored bellies and are extremely robust. Prairie dogs are highly social and live in colonies or “towns” underground up to 10 feet down and 33 feet long. These burrows provide them shelter from extreme heat and cold temperatures. Their burrows can have anywhere from 1 to 6 entrances and the mounds that are created from their tunneling are unsightly and can be dangerous, especially for horses in their pastures.
Are they dangerous?
Prairie dogs can carry fleas and ticks and are very susceptible to bubonic plague, which can be transmitted to your family and pets. They also can cause significant damage to your landscape with their tunneling and burrowing.
Why do I have them?
Prairie dogs in Denver are known for crawling underneath front or back porches to have their young. They have also been found sheltering in crawlspaces, basements, under sheds and barns. If there is an ample supply of food, they will stick around a while.
How do I get rid of prairie dogs?
Getting rid of prairie dogs can be an extremely tricky task because of their ability to burrow deep in the ground. EnviroPest specializes in the removal of prairie dogs with our Wildlife Removal Services. At our initial inspection, we will customize a full plan for prairie dog control.
Is the treatment safe?
EnviroPest uses the least amount of material as possible while still resolving your prairie dog problem. We utilize natural products, baits and mechanical means as a form of treatment as much as possible. When conventional materials are required, we follow very stringent guidelines for the use of the product so that is poses no threat to people or pets. All products are registered by the EPA. Our professional wildlife removal technicians will inform you of any specific safety measures that need to be taken.
How soon can you get here?
We take all wildlife problems seriously and are committed helping you ASAP. In most cases, we can respond the same or very next day.
How much does it cost?
Prairie dog removal pricing is per hole and requires a bid. Please contact us today to schedule your inspection for bid with one of our pest control professionals.
What is the warranty?
Warranties differ depending on the amount of exclusion and repair work agreed upon by the customer. Your technician will clearly outline the warranty based on your individual job.
We also guarantee your complete satisfaction. If for any reason, you are not 100% satisfied with your prairie dog control service, we will correct it free of charge. That’s EnviroPest’s promise to keep your home pest free.
How can I prevent this in the future?
Pest problems can be difficult to prevent. Many of our clients choose to continue service with our Colorado's Choice program to keep pests out of their home.
How do I schedule service?
To schedule service in Fort Collins, Loveland, or elsewhere in Northern Colorado, please give us a call, or simply fill out our online form! A customer service specialist will get back with you right away.