What is Nuisance Wildlife Management?

Nuisance wildlife management is defined as the process of selective removal of problem individuals or populations of certain species of wildlife. Other names are wildlife control and animal damage control. Nuisance wildlife is considered a wild animal that can be perceived as a threat to human health, safety, cause property damage, or is persistent and regarded as an annoyance

Georgia Department of Natural Resources Code Section O.C.G.A. 27-2-31 provides for four different permits for controlling wildlife in certain nuisance situations. These permits (verbal and written) are nuisance wildlife control when wildlife is damaging personal property, deer control on airports, and furbearer control on property managed under a bona fide management plan.

At Houseman Services, we specialize in nuisance or problem wildlife control and the exclusion of various animals. Exclusion refers to making modifications to a structure or property to keep unwanted animals out or away from the property.

We are a full-time, year round company that helps our clients resolve conflicts with wildlife and insects here in Georgia. We have a unique understanding of the behavior of the species in Georgia as to their various habits and characteristics in urban settings, particularly with regard to their behaviors and capabilities once a species becomes accustomed to utilizing a structure to inhabit.

We are licensed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division in addition to our various city and municipality licenses. We also have certified pesticide applicators on staff.  We carry liability insurance as well as workman’s compensation insurance.

Common Nuisance Wildlife in Georgia

Common pest animals in Georgia include armadillos, bats, black bears, beavers, geese, coyotes, deer, wild hogs, foxes rats, raccoons, squirrels, and, woodpeckers.

Tips to keep wildlife from becoming a nuisance

Here are some essential tips to help keep wildlife from becoming a nuisance:

  • Don’t feed wildlife at all.
  • Cover up or keep grills, pet food or bird feeders off-limits.
  • When not in use, clean and store grills. Store pet food indoors. Feed pets indoors, and refill bird feeders infrequently and in small amounts.
  • Make trash cans inaccessible and keep lids securely fastened or store trash cans in a secured location until trash pick-up.


Here is a list of Mammals that are considered a part of Nuisance wildlife management with their Common and Scientific names:

Appalachian Cottontail (Sylvilagus obscurus)
Beaver (Castor canadensis)
Black Bear (Ursus americanus)
Bobcat (Lynx rufus)
Chipmunk (Tamius striatus)
Coyote (Canis latrans)
Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)
Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)
Eastern Spotted Skunk (Spilogale putorius)
Florida Panther (Puma concolor coryi)
Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)
Gray Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus)
Gray Bat (Myotis grisescens)
Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)
Indiana Bat (Myotis sodalist)
Manatee (Trichechus manatus)
Mink (Mustela vison)
Northern Atlantic Right Whale (Eubalaena glacialis)
Northern Long-eared Bat (Myotis septentrionalis)
Raccoon (Procyon lotor)
Rafinesque’s Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus rafinesquii)
Red Fox (Vulpes Vulpes)
Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)
River Otter (Lutra canadensis)
Round-tailed Muskrat (Neofiber alleni)
Skunk (Mephitis mephitis)
Southeastern Pocket Gopher (Geomys pinetis)
Swamp Rabbit (Sylvilagus aquaticus)
Woodchuck (Marmota monax)

If you have any problems or issues with nuisance wildlife, contact Houseman Services at 866-964-PEST as soon as possible so we can treat your home or property?

Houseman Services is the only complete service company in the Athens, GA area. We provide Weed control, fertilization, shrub care, mulch & pine straw, sod, annual plantings, irrigation, and commercial & residential lawn maintenance. We are also state-certified and licensed in wood destroying organisms (termite control), household pest control, public health, and turf & ornamental weed control. We are licensed to control and treat mosquitoes, termites, all pest problems, and turf & ornamental weed control. Contact the professionals at Houseman Services and set up a free inspection of your yard. We have been servicing homes and businesses in the Athens, Clarke County area since 1985!