Birmingham is called the Magic City for its rapid growth back in the early days. The wildlife population has been rapidly growing too. Currently, Alabama is home to 22 species of rodents, 16 species of bats, 11 species of carnivores, six species of insectivores, four species of rabbits, one opossum, and one armadillo. Non-native wildlife includes the black rat, Norway rat, house mouse, nutria (coypu), fallow deer, and feral swine.
The more we develop the area, the more we interact with wildlife. We see them in our neighborhoods, our backyards, and even in our homes. Many wildlife becomes nuisances due to the damage they cause to our house and property. Getting rid of nuisance wildlife is necessary, and it must be done the right way. Critter Control is here for you every step of the way in the wildlife removal process. From inspection to removal—and even exclusion and repair—we have the services you need to get rid of raccoons, rodents, and other nuisances fast.
Humans rarely see the masked bandits who scavenge at night. It’s their destruction that is most noticed. You will see tipped garbage cans, scattered pet food, damaged garden crops, missing chickens, and holes in sod. But that’s not all. Raccoons damage your home too. They will make a dent in your chimney, attic, crawlspace, and under your deck. They will gnaw, chew, rip, and shred anything that gets between them and their den.
Raccoons in Birmingham also leave behind droppings that can be toxic. For the safety of you, your home, and your property, raccoons should be professionally removed. Our process has three steps.
Another scavenger in abundance Birmingham wildlife is the squirrel. We have Southern flying squirrels, eastern gray squirrels, and fox squirrels in our area. You can see them anywhere from running across electrical lines in the city, dashing across the backstreets, and nesting in your attic. Yes, squirrels love to find a place that offers food, water, and shelter. Your home and property may offer all three.
If you have bird feeders, you will likely have squirrels. They enjoy seeds, nuts, pine cones, bark, tree buds, berries, and for some, bird eggs. They will use anything to build a nest in your attic, from twigs and leaves to insulation and that heirloom quit you treasure.
Here’s how we can help.
Another home invader looking for food, water, and shelter is the rats and mice of Birmingham.
Whether you have a problem with the Norway rat, roof rat, black rat, or house mouse, you must get rid of rodents immediately. Birmingham rodents can cause a lot of damage in a short time. They cost your money each time they sneak into your pantry and chew through food boxes, gnaw on electrical wiring, and damaged shingles on your roof as they travel.
Because rodents can squeeze through just about anything, no matter how small, it takes experts to eliminate a rodent problem. Here’s how we do it.
There are 15 species of bats in the state of Alabama; several of these, including little brown and big brown bats, may be found in residential homes and businesses. In Birmingham, bat problems fall into one of three categories: roosting bats, a lone bat in the living area of a home, and bats flying around the house. If a bat is identified in the living area of the home, it can be legally be trapped and removed.
Opossums are common pests in the Birmingham. Roughly the size of a house cat, opossums are the only marsupial native to North America. They have gray to white fur and rat-like characteristics, including a long snout, beady eyes and a long, furless tail. In Birmingham, these animals tend to keep to themselves and forage for food in the dark. However, they sometimes startle residents when they visit yards, garages and homes.
Chipmunks are most active in early morning and late afternoons in Birmingham. You're most likely to notice chipmunks on your property from March to August. Chipmunks mate twice a year. The first litter of two to five kits is born in April ; the second litter in July and August.
Chipmunks do not hibernate. During especially cold moments of winter, they will stay in their extensive burrows where they have gathered a cache of food.
There is such thing as too many birds on your property. Eventually, they will make their way on and into your home. They love to build nests in your eaves, chimney, attic, and gutters. If you’ve been seeing birds flying to specific spots in your home, they may have a nest nearby.
Birds leave droppings everywhere on your property. The droppings create unattractive stains. If you own a business, this is not what you want your customers to see. Their nests block vents and gutters, which can damage your home over time. While birds are not harmful, they are annoying. In Alabama, there are only three unprotected species of birds.
Meaning we can get rid of them without permits. They are the pigeons, starlings, and sparrows, all of which are non-native wildlife. If protected birds are causing damage to your home, we can obtain the proper permits from the Department of Wildlife before we begin our process.