Dayton OH Wildlife Information

Ohio Wildlife Commission: 937-372-9261

Ohio Game WardenIf you have any questions about the wildlife of Dayton, you can contact the Ohio Wildlife Commission, sometimes called the Ohio Fish & Wildlife Agency. Ohio game wardens address many wildlife management matters, from hunting licenses, to poaching, endangered species, and Dayton wildlife management. They deal with wild animals outside the range of a pest control company, such as cougars or bears. If you have a problem with nuisance wildlife in Dayton like squirrels, snakes, bats, or raccoons, the state agency is very unlikely to help. You need to hire a private company (here are their prices) such as Varment Guard Wildlife Services at 937-790-4057.

I also have listed several sources for free Dayton wildlife help. One example, if you've found an injured animal or lost baby bird or other baby animal is the Dayton Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic: 937-698-6493 Or just read below for more info about the wild animals of Dayton.

Types of Wildlife and Animal Problems in Dayton, OH

Ohio State bird: Northern cardinal
State mammal: White-tailed deer
State reptile: Northern black racer
State insect: 7-spotted ladybug

Ohio is a relatively flat state, but it is not made up entirely of plains. This state has dense forest and lush river valleys, and it is the home of many different species of animals. The climate in Ohio is fairly universal. The state experiences hot, humid summers and cold winters. Because the northern part of the state is in the Snow Belt, it is not unusual for heavy, lake-effect snow to be present during the winter. This state experiences a good amount of precipitation all year long.

The animals at the top of the food chain in the state of Ohio are the black bears and the coyotes. There are no wolves or cougars in this state. As always, black bears can be problematic if they learn they can invade campsites or garbage dumps for an easy meal. Most of the time, however, they just visit your yard in the dim hours of morning to raid bird feeders. Unlike the bears, coyotes can be much more of a hassle. Not only are the notoriously loud when howling, they can become prowlers, studying homes and yards looking for an unsuspecting pet or child. This is more common in urban settings where the coyotes have no abundant natural food source. The canines tend to feed on city rats, which helps homeowners with the rodents, though it is an unreliable meal for the canines.

When it comes to nuisance animals, the most common offenders also reside in Ohio. People with wildlife issues often have raccoons in their attics or chimneys, skunks under their porches, woodchucks under their decks, or squirrels in their eaves. Rats and mice can be common housemates as well. If the animals aren't interested in your home, they are interested in the yard. Ohio has voles, moles, and shrews, all of which can damage plants and grass. Along those same size guidelines, the state has an abundance of bats.

Land-loving animals aren't the only ones to make their homes in Ohio. Because the state has numerous tributaries, there are river otters, beavers, and muskrats galore. These animals are not as commonly associated with private homeowner pest issues, but a beaver can dam up an area and cause local flooding. Muskrats like to burrow into dike walls, creating a potential structural failure. Concerns like these belong to the county.

If you need a professional wildlife trapper in Dayton, OH call Varment Guard Wildlife Services: 937-790-4057

Dayton Raccoons:

This masked animal is fairly common in Dayton, OH. They frequently raid trash cans and steal pet food. They also often choose to live in the attic or chimney of your home. One of Ohio's beautiful animals, but often a nuisance. We offer Dayton raccoon removal.

Dayton Squirrels:

Squirrels are often a pest in Dayton. They love to live in an attic, and will chew on wood or electrical wires. They are agile creatures, and live throughout the state of Ohio. Call Varment Guard Wildlife Services if you need squirrel removal in Dayton.

Dayton Opossum:

You may spot this animal in Dayton at night time, perhaps rooting through your garbage. This opportunistic animal will take your pet's food or live under your porch. The possum is a great Ohio survivor, and not all that ugly.

Dayton Snakes:

There are many species of snakes in Dayton, but few are venomous. If you need help identifying snakes of Ohio, browse this site or give us a call at 937-790-4057. We at Varment Guard Wildlife Services can provide Dayton snake control any time you need us.

Dayton Rat Control:

The Norway Rat, Roof Rat, and House Mouse inhabit most areas of North America that people inhabit, including most Ohio cities. They contaminate food and love to live in the walls or attic of a home. Varment Guard Wildlife Services can get rid of them once and for all.

Dayton Bats:

Bats are special animals, and found throughout Ohio. They are good creatures and eat a lot of insects, but if you have an infestation of bats in your home or building, you can give us a call for professional Dayton bat removal and control.


To report a dead animal on the road, an injured bird, a lost baby squirrel, a dangerous bear, or anything like that, call animal services at (937) 268-7387

If they can't help, call the Ohio Wildlife Commission at (937) 268-7387. You can also call your local sheriff department at (937) 268-7387 - they often deal with public wildlife issues.

We are experts with all kinds of OH wildlife and are familiar with the wild animals native to Dayton. If you need Dayton pigeon control, geese or other bird removal, we can help. We are experts with skunks and skunk problems, digging animals such as moles, armadillos, & groundhogs, and we offer Ohio beaver control and removal. Varment Guard Wildlife Services also provides dead animal removal services. 937-790-4057

Dayton Wildlife Tip
Moth Balls, Cat Urine And Other Rodent Repellents - The general rules when using repellent is to include the urine of the target's predator in order to get them to go away, or to use a smell that the target cannot stand. That is the theory behind using moth balls, cat urine and other repellents against rodents. In theory, using these repellents sounds like a great idea, but in practice it is a different story. You would think that in an enclosed location such as your home it would be easy to use repellents and yes the smell will spread; the problem is that there are also a few hiding places that a rodent can use and then you are just left with a smelly home.

If you were to place a rodent in a cage with the moth balls or the cat urine, you would soon notice that they do not like the smell. The problem is that your home is much bigger than a cage so the rodent has enough room to avoid the repellent. A rodent can also fit in very tight spaces so it can go into hiding and not even know that the repellent is there. If you use cat urine or moth balls you will notice the smell, and they may end up repelling you instead of the rodents.
Dayton, OH Wildlife News Clip:
Wildlife Animal Watch: Keep an eye on those squirrels and rats

Their diet according to DEP biologists - Squirrels, rabbits, mice, voles, carrion, fruits, mast (primarily beechnuts), porcupines, birds and frogs. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management wildlife biologists also note that Wolverines found in this state eat dead deer. And, apparently, the family critter. For more information, call the animal services of Dayton, Ohio.

DEP reports that Wolverines were prevalent in this area in the 19th century but became scarce due to forest logging, clearing for agriculture and "overexploitation." By the 1900s, Wolverines were considered extirpated from the state. Montgomery County animal control says it will continue to help with domestic animal issues, but not with Ohio wildlife problems.

A DEP fact sheet explains that reforestation and changes in land-use practices have restored suitability in certain areas, allowing a population to recolonize. Animal and carcass removal services in Montgomery County is dedicated to helping Ohio and Dayton.

A project to reintroduce the Wolverine into Ohio was conducted in the late 1980s. In what DEP describes as a "soft release," Wolverines were penned, fed and eventually released. There has been no such reintroduction in Ohio, but Wolverines have been reported in several counties. Montgomery County animal services in Dayton, Ohio, declined to comment on the matter.

Critter Problem at Your House? Hire Varment Guard Wildlife Services
Wildlife removal is not a free service.

Dayton Wildlife ControlIf you have a Dayton wildlife problem and need help, call Varment Guard Wildlife Services at 937-790-4057. They provide professional wildlife control for both residential & commercial customers in the city of Dayton. They offer custom Dayton wildlife control solutions for almost any type of wildlife problem, whether it be the noises of squirrels running through the attic, a colony of bats living in a building, or the destructive behavior of a raccoon, they have the experience and the tools to quickly and professionally solve your wild animal problem in Montgomery County in Ohio. Check their prices, and for a consultation, give them a call at 937-790-4057

We work in Dayton, Centerville, Miamisburg, Vandalia, Englewood, Brookville, Trotwood, Moraine, Germantown, West Carrollton, Riverside, New Lebanon, Clayton, Farmersville, Northridge, Phillipsburg, Drexel, Woodbourne-Hyde Park, Fort McKinley, Shiloh, and more.

You're still reading this page? We do not operate Dayton wildlife rescue, or a Dayton zoo or nature center, or Dayton wildlife sanctuary or refuge for volunteers. We are a privately owned nuisance wildlife removal service company. If you need a pro in Dayton to solve your problem for you, call Varment Guard Wildlife Services: 937-790-4057 and they can help you with your Dayton wildlife problem.

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