Located near wooded areas and waterways, Bessemer, AL, encounters a range of wildlife issues. Steady food sources and a temperate climate keep animals such as squirrels, raccoons, and bats active all year long. As a result, homeowners often find these nuisances on their property or in their houses.
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Nuisance Wildlife Removal in Bessemer, AL
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. First, we identify the animal on the property, then use humane methods to remove the animal and secure weak points where more could enter. If damage has been done, we can make those repairs for a complete restoration.
Raccoons cause many problems for Alabama homeowners. The scavenging animal may roll up grass sod or dig in gardens to search for worms and larvae. A raccoon can also make a mess by tipping over trash cans and rooting through garbage, potentially attracting more animals to the area.
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 Bessemer 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.
Inspections: We investigate all signs of raccoon presence and damage, from smudges on siding and spotting dens in your attic. We assess damages like gnawed wires, torn screens, and ripped holes. We then start the removal process.
Removal: In Alabama, we are allowed to take one raccoon per incident. If you have more than one raccoon or a raccoon with babies, permits are required. Critter Control experts have the correct Wildlife Damage Permits for completing the job.
Repair: Repair services include fixing all damages caused by the raccoon, including gnawed wiring, screen replacements, resodding the lawn, fencing gardens, removing nests, and sanitizing areas where raccoons were active. We also focus heavily on exclusion methods, so you don’t have future raccoon problems. Examples include correctly storing pet food and trash bags, sealing all potential entry points to your home, capping vents and chimneys, and, if necessary, installing electric fences to preserve livestock and crops.
Squirrels move into Bessemer homes through small gaps in roofing or siding. Once inside, these rodents make nests in attics or walls and disturb residents during the day with scratching sounds. Along with creating annoyances and damage, a squirrel may carry fleas, ticks, and other parasites indoors in their fur. 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.
Inspection: Our pros know everything there is to know about all species of squirrels, even how to spot urine stains. We identify squirrel activity, damages, and habitat sources.
Squirrel Removal: Getting rid of squirrels is typically done with CritterSafe traps. However, there are many other methods if trapping doesn’t work. Alabama allows us to take one squirrel per damage incident. We have all the proper permits, though, if we need to take more than one. We take care of disposal, so you don’t have to.
Repair: Repair services start with closing all entry points into your home, keeping all critters out. We fix damaged wires, screens, and boards. We clean and sanitize the area and can put up barriers on trees and roof edges. For exclusion, we help you eliminate food and water sources on your property, like those overflowing bird feeders. We teach you how to care for the birds without attracting squirrels.
Bats in the Attic Removal
Common across the state thanks to the warm weather, bats thrive in Bessemer. The animals may roost behind loose shingles or in chimneys and attics. Waste from a bat colony piles up quickly, leading to ceiling stains and odor issues. In addition, guano may encourage harmful mold to grow. If inhaled, the fungus' spores can result in the disease histoplasmosis in people.
Inspection: Bats are easy to locate. Our assessment focuses primarily on assessing damages and identifying food and water sources.
Removal: Bats fly out every night to feed. During this time, we can seal the holes and cracks that allowed them into your attic so they can’t return. If a bat doesn’t leave, we have safety equipment specific to bat removal.
Repairs: Repairs include removal of bat guano and urine and application of a sanitizer. Exclusion methods include reducing or removing food and water sources that attract insects. Areas with stagnant water, exterior lights, uncovered trash, and livestock manure attracts bugs that attract bats.
Rat Removal in Hoover, AL
Rats are another pest that Bessemer residents may encounter. Agile roof rats climb wires and trees to enter attics, while burrowing Norway rats tunnel through gaps in foundations. Even a single rat can taint pantry goods with disease-causing saliva and droppings
Whether you have a problem with the Norway rat, roof rat, black rat, or house mouse, you must get rid of them immediately. Hoover 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.
Rodents can squeeze through tiny holes. Mice only need a hole the size of dime. Tt takes experts to eliminate a rodent problem. Here’s how we do it.
Inspection: We investigate inside and outside your home. We look for droppings, trails, gnawing, and nesting. We also find every possible opening for which they can use to enter your home. We locate the food and water sources that attracted them in the first place.
Removal: Our experts are licensed to control rodents in Alabama. For one or two mice, you can use ordinary mouse traps. But because rats and mice reproduce all year, you likely have more than a couple of critters. We have the right tools and equipment to get rid of rodent litters and families.
Repair: Exclusion methods are essential because you don’t want a future rodent problem. We can teach you how to store foods to avoid attracting rodents properly. Our primary focus is on sealing every possible entry point in your home, no matter what size it is. If a rodent cannot get into your house, you won’t have a problem.
Bird Control in Bessemer
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.
Inspection: We know how to spot the signs of bird activity even when they are not flying around outside. We search for entry points into your home so we can learn how to keep them out. We identify all possible food and water sources that attract birds to your property.
Removal: We assist birds in flying out of your home with cones that allow them out but make it impossible for them to return. We clean and sanitize nest areas and stains from droppings and urine. We are also able to properly remove nests and eggs from trees, buildings, and homes. Birds sometimes accidentally fly into your home or business, get scared, and find their way into tight spots that they can’t escape. We have the tools to get them out of these tight spots.
Repair: The best course of action is to modify the habitat you’ve created on your property so that it is less attractive to birds. Removing bird feeders and eliminating water sources that can be breeding grounds for bugs. We can also install netting or roof ledge spikes that deter birds from roosting on your home.
Holes in lawns can also come from Alabama skunks. They create cone-shaped divots to hunt for grubs and may tamper with garbage and compost as well. A skunk that feels surprised or threatened may emit a foul-smelling spray, which it can aim accurately from several feet away.
Typical Wildlife Questions
What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in Hoover?
Around here, our most common offenders are Bats, Raccoons, Squirrels (Flying and Ground), Roof Rats, Mice and Moles.
What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity?
Finding offspring, animal droppings, large holes in vents or louvers, openings in crawlspaces, holes in the ground or tunnels in the yard, are all common signs of nuisance wildlife activity.
Any prevention tips for residents in suburbs of Birmingham?
Do not try to handle wildlife on your own. Rabies has been found in the area and there are several other wildlife diseases that can threaten your health.
When should homeowners call Critter Control?
At the first sign of noises, or holes in your home or business.
Wildlife Control Reviews
Our current technician is very good. He always calls us the day before so we know when he is coming. He also has done a very good job keeping pocket gophers in check.
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Mike did our service today. He was awesome! He addressed and resolved a couple of critter issues we were having. It's really helpful to be reminded when he was coming and texted me when he was on his way. Thank you for the great service!
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We appreciate that your company was able to rid our property of the squirrel activity that we observed. We were concerned that the squirrels would dig under the foundation of our house (which had happened to a neighbor in our area).
Thank you for doing what you said you would do to eliminate this squirrel activity.
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It has been very effective at reducing the number of mice, lizard, and snake sightings. During one visit Edgar removed a rattlesnake he came across. We may see a snake maybe two to three times during the spring and summer months, but it has been far less than before.
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Melinda is a true professional. She has helped us maintain a "critter-free" home. Whenever a mole decides to visit our property, she is right on top of it. Her recommendations about mosquito control made a big difference for my boys to be able to enjoy our backyard.
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We use Critter Control to deter snakes. We haven't seen any since using the monthly service. They are quick to answer questions and explain snake behavior. Also, if any are found they remove them with no extra charge.
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Have been using for almost 10 years after a record rat invasion. The help I had back then was like a super-helpful friend taking a few weeks to rid me of that invasion. Over the years I have had a few other representatives. They are always nice and helpful.
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On recommendations from a nearby pest control company, I called Critter Control for suspicious bat droppings
Madison came out the same day to do an inspection. She was knowledgeable, thorough, and highly professional. She examined the ‘matter’ that had been scattered on my threshold and thought it was foliage. But she then asked to go up to my attic space where the bats could be roosting. She had to walk up 3 flights of stairs with a heavy ladder. She again spent some time searching all the nooks and crannies and found nothing.
She seemed so interested in her craft, it was truly inspiring to see! She reassured me and is writing up a prevention strategy for my appraisal. She charged me NOTHING!! I am so impressed. We need more Madisons in this world!
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Daniel did a great job pigeon proofing. We have a huge pigeon problem in our neighborhood and the pigeons were roosting in the gutters of my house and my two next door neighbors, who also had nests in their gutters and under their air conditioner. Pigeon poop filled our gutters, and was piled on the outside floor when I bought the house. Since Daniel's pigeon proofing, and my neighbors also pigeon proofing their gutters, fireplace chimney, air conditioners, and removal of nest, I rarely see pigeons any more. Only the lovely native sparrows, robins, vermillion fly catchers, and mourning doves visit our property now.
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