Critter Control of Gulf Shores

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With over 4,500 documented animal species in Alabama, there are just as many examples of how nuisance wildlife cause problems. Fortunately, Alabama recognizes the dangers and provides guidelines on how to control nuisance wildlife. Their first recommendation is to contact a local wildlife control company for help to ensure safety for you and the animal.

Warm days and mild nights make Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama an ideal vacation spot year-round. The two ecoregions in the area (the Gulf Coast Flatwoods and Southern Pine Plains) have plenty of rain-fall and many freshwater rivers. There is plenty of water in these habitats for wildlife. Thirty-six mammals and eight-six bird species are found in the habitats.

The gulf coast of Alabama is populous, especially near the coast, with low-density suburban development extending into this region from more heavily-developed coastal areas. As people continue to vacation and move to the area, the chances for human-wildlife conflict continues.

Critter Control Wildlife Removal Service

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.
STEP 1

Wildlife Inspection

During the inspection we try to ascertain how many animals there are, where they are located, and how they got in. Based on what you have seen, heard and smelled, we start the inspection where you have noticed signs of animal activity. Evidence of animals inside your home include nests, dens, feces, and animal tracks. We investigate the exterior of your home looking for possible entry points, any evidence of animal damage, tracks, fur, animal waste, or rub marks.
STEP 2

Removal

We use several methods to humanely remove the animal from your home. Depending on the species, the number of animals, and the condition of your property, we develop a custom wildlife removal plan. Humane wildlife removal strategies include animal traps, one-way doors, and repellents. Once we guarantee all animals are gone, we implement exclusion techniques. Exclusion techniques provide a safe, long-term solution to nuisance wildlife in your home. We create barriers to prevent animals from getting to resources. We only apply exclusions once we are sure all animals are gone from your home.
STEP 3

Exclusion and Repair

Wildlife will damage your home. Exclusion techniques repair any damage the animal causes getting into your home. Inside your home, animals build nests and dens out of readily available material. They will create runs through the insulation. Rodents will gnaw on anything including electrical wires and pipes. Animals can also spread diseases. We apply sanitation agents to clean up feces and urine. Mammals can host pests like fleas, ticks, and mites. Ectoparasite treatments exterminate those pests so you don’t become their next host.

Raccoon Removal

Raccoons typically go out at night to scavenge for food, and they can travel up to six miles in search of the right treat. That’s like going from Mobile to Prichard or Chickasaw to satisfy their hunger.

Raccoons are masked bandits for a reason. They can be mischievous. They turn over garbage cans, scatter trash along the road, and dig holes in your yard searching for insects. They will not let much get in their way because they eat anything, including junk food, pet feed, bugs, and small animals. When resting, they prefer a warm, cozy spot, like your attic.

Raccoons will enter your home through open holes. They will also break vents, boards, and screens pushing their way inside. Once inside, they create a spot specifically for feces and urine. Then they begin to destroy ducts, insulation, drywall, and stored items. They must be dealt with professionally.

Inspection

Inspection

During the inspection, we determine the severity of the raccoon infestation. We look for physical evidence like footprints in or around the home, stains from raccoon feces and urine. On the exterior of the house, we look for damage like scratches on boards, broken vents and screens, ripped apart shingles, destroyed soffits, and every possible entry point.

Trapping & Removal

Trapping & Removal

Live trapping, or one-way doors are the most effective and humane way to remove raccoons. The choice of device is largely dependent on the season and location of the raccoons on your property. Direct capture is not commonly used because raccoons are a rabies vector species. If we must trap, we place traps strategically to safely catch the raccoons and we check traps frequently, based on state laws.
Repairs

Repairs

We provide a wide range of repair and restoration services. We can repair raccoon damage like broken screens on vents and chimneys and broken boards on decks and porches. It is essential to apply cleaning agents and ectoparasite treatments on areas inhabited by raccoons.

Squirrel Removal

The gray, fox, and Southern flying squirrel are the main types of squirrels in Gulf Shores. What you think are cute behaviors may also be damaging behaviors to your property. Squirrels eating from a bird feeder deters birds from eating there. They collect mounds of nuts, twigs, and other materials and may store them in your attic, vents, or chimney. Squirrels chew through siding, soffits, shingles, and pipes can lead to water leaks. They also carry parasites into your home. They will also leave feces and urine in your home that can grow bacteria. Squirrels have been known to blow transformers. The last thing you want is to experience a power outage in your home or office.

Removal of squirrels is not that simple and may require depredation permits depending on the season. To hunt and trap squirrels, the proper license and permits are needed. If you find a squirrel living in your attic, it may be taking care of or preparing for baby squirrels.

The rapid scurrying from the ground to a tree limb to the roof and then inside your home is not so cute anymore. We can help.

Inspection

Inspection

Wildlife specialists look for signs such as chewing on, in, or around your home, small openings leading to the attic or the crawl space, droppings, and debris like nuts or nesting material. Beams, wires, pipes, and insulation may all show signs of damage from squirrels.

Trapping & Removal

Trapping & Removal

Live trapping or one-way doors are the most effective and humane ways to get rid of squirrels. One-way doors should never be used during birthing seasons (Spring & Fall), so our specialists will decide which is the best tool for the job. If we have to trap, we place traps strategically to safely catch the squirrels and check those according to state laws.
Repairs

Repairs

We can restore your home or office by squirrel proofing all entry points after we have removed the offenders. We can also clean-up the nesting sites and remove any debris, food, feces and soiled insulation. 

Rat and Mice Pest Control

Rodents like the house mouse, pine vole, and cotton rat survive in Longleaf Pine habitat near Gulf Shores. Roof rats, brown rats, and house mice are the rodents most likely to enter your Gulf Shores home. One reason may be proximity to one of the largest wetland ecosystems in America. Another reason is that rodents can have three or more litters every year, bringing five or more rodents into the world. The population of rats and mice is growing faster than most home rodent control methods can be applied. Infestations are found in residences, restaurants, hotels, warehouses, cargo ships, and many other places in the Gulf Shores area.

Rats and mice are not the wildlife you or your tenants want to encounter while in your house. The damage they cause can be troublesome. They gnaw through telephone, television, air conditioning, and electrical wires, leaving you without the basics. They raid pantries and contaminate foods, wasting the money you spent on groceries. They leave trails of feces and urine on floors and countertops, both of which can harbor mold spores that trigger asthma and other respiratory problems.

If you see signs of a rat or mouse, call for an inspection immediately. There are many more nearby.
Inspection

Inspection

During a rodent inspection, we thoroughly inspect your attic and provide a complete exterior home inspection. The most common signs of rodent activity are gnaw marks, feces, rub marks, nesting material, runs in insulation material, and small entry points.

Rodent Trapping

Rodent Trapping

A Critter Control wildlife specialist will create a strategic trapping plan to remove the rodents found in your home. Critter Control specialists may use snap traps and live traps to capture and remove mice and rats. 
Repairs

Repairs

The best way to reduce the possibility of letting unwanted rodents into homes is to seal possible entrances. Exclusion methods include caulking cracks in foundations, capping chimneys, and installing mesh covers over vents and crawl space entrances. We also strongly recommend a maintenance service. Rodents have front teeth that continuously grow, which means they can gnaw a new way back into your home.

Bat Removal

Bats commonly roosting in Gulf Shore attics, offices, or other man-made structures include the little and big brown bats, the Brazilian free-tailed bats, and the tri-colored bats. In Gulf Shores, you may find bats roosting alone or in colonies. The big brown bat is the most commonly seen in our area.

Bat guano is the biggest problem when they roost in an attic, barn, or other structure. Bats leave massive amounts of guano, which contains an acid that can erode wood and metal. Guano can also grow mold spores that, if inhaled by humans, can cause respiratory issues. Examining your property for food sources can give you a good idea of whether you may have bats nearby. For example, if you have outdoor lighting that turns on at night, it will attract insects. Other insect attractants include compost piles, manure, open animal feed bags, and stagnant water.

Bats are necessary for our environment. They eat thousands of insects a night. There are strict federal and state laws about the removal of bats from your structure.
Inspection

Inspection

We perform a full interior and exterior inspection and search for signs such as rub marks, guano, a strong scent of ammonia, and small openings. The most common sign is the accumulation of guano (feces).

Bat Removal

Bat Removal

The most effective and humane way to remove bats is by utilizing a bat valve in conjunction with a full home exclusion. A bat valve allows for bats to exit your home but not re-enter. We follow all local ordinances for humane bat removal. We will never abandon flightless pups in your attic.
Repairs

Repairs

After removing the bat valves, we seal the entrance hole(s) so bats can no longer enter your home. If there is substantial guano in your attic, you should consider taking advantage of our attic remediation services to remove the soiled insulation and replace it.

Opossum Removal

Opossums are slow-moving creatures. With 50 teeth, they can do a lot of damage to your home, yard, and smaller animals. They like to nest in burrows made by other animals, trees, brush piles, attics, and crawl spaces. Like skunks, they can release a liquid that smells like a weaker version of skunk spray. If your pet, or your tenant’s pet, gets near an opossum, expect it to be sprayed if it feels threatened and if all its other tricks did not work, like playing dead or growling.

Opossum damage is like raccoon and skunk damage. They uproot garden crops, dig holes in the yard, destroy insulation, travel through ducts, dumpster dive, and raid bird feeders. They do this to find food, like a raccoon or skunk. They will eat almost anything, from plants, fruits, vegetables, and seeds to junk food and table scraps. Many opossums will move to another location after being on your property for a few weeks. However, the damage they do in that short period is extensive.
Inspection

Inspection

In addition to noting any pungent odors that signal the presence of a skunk, we will inspect the condition of your landscaping, as skunks are known for tearing-up lawns and shredding grass while hunting for grubs and insects. We will also inspect the perimeter of your building's foundations and under decks, to locate burrows.
 

Trapping and Removal

Trapping and Removal

Never try to remove a skunk from your property yourself. Getting sprayed is a very unpleasant experience. Furthermore, these animals may carry diseases that can spread to humans and pets, such as rabies. Our specialists will use live traps to capture and remove skunks for you, or they'll use a one-way exclusion device to evict skunks from their harborage areas. The most effective ways to control a skunk problem is exclusion and habitat modification.
Skunk Control

Skunk Control

The most effective ways to control a skunk problem is exclusion and habitat modification. Methods like sealing foundation gaps, replacing and screening broken foundation vents and installing hardware cloth (rat walls) around unprotected sheds and decks are the most effective and permanent ways to keep skunks out.
We recommend keeping pet food inside and securing any trash bins.

Armadillo Control

The nine-banded armadillo can be found in Alabama yards, woodlands, and dense brush.
Able to catch the scent of insects below the soil,armadillos often ruin lawns and gardens while digging for insects. People don't usually notice these nocturnal pests until they dig up yards or gardens. An armadillo usually digs multiple burrows that may weaken sidewalks, driveways, or patios.

Armadillo control can protect expensive landscaping and the integrity of surrounding property such as driveways and decks. One way to keep armadillos away is to build a fence that feeds a few feet into the ground.

Bird Control

Out of the 445 species of birds spotted in Alabama, 420 have been spotted on the Gulf Coast. You can see them roosting on office buildings, wires, billboards, and roof ledges of your home. They are everywhere, which is excellent if you are a bird lover. It’s not so great if they are causing a disturbance. Bird droppings contain an acid that can cause building materials to deteriorate. If a bird builds a nest in your vents, gutters, chimney, or pipes, you are at risk for flooding, leaks, and fires. If a lot of bird droppings amass in one area, the weight can cause it to collapse.

If there are a lot of bird droppings in the soil near your home, you are exposed to respiratory diseases like histoplasmosis as the droppings land in the soil, grow mold spores, and together produce dust that can be inhaled. Besides health and safety reasons, bird droppings on your vehicle, house, sidewalk, windows, and yard are unsightly. While birds can help control insects and bugs, they also present many other problems.
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Alabama Gulf Shores Wildlife FAQ


What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in Mobile and Gulf Shores?

Rats, squirrels, raccoons, and bats in attics.

How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in Alabama's Gulf Coast?

Rats are year-round problems. Squirrels are also year-round nuisances. Raccoons are heaviest in spring and summer with some fall activity. Bats are major problems May through September.

What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity?

Noises in the attic, scratching in ceiling or walls, walking noises above head, staining on siding, guano buildup around foundation or what looks like "dog poop" on roof.

Any prevention tips for residents in your area?

Have a professional seal your home to prevent common exploitation or break-in by smart and determined animals.

When should homeowners call Critter Control?

Call (251) 265-3318 the minute they hear something or know they have an issue. The longer they "ignore" the problem, the more damage is done.

How much does Critter Control cost?

There are a number of factors that determine pricing like:
  • location of the animal (i.e. - chimney, attic, crawl, wall void, living area)
  • condition of the animal (i.e. - sick, aggressive, dead)
  • location and condition of the property and time of year (i.e. - weather condition, offspring present?)
Generally speaking, pricing will vary by location and species for just the animal removal and that pricing usually does not include the entry repair.

The Critter Control Difference

Trained Specialists Animal removal is a highly sophisticated job. As such, we vet and train our team members to ensure they have the knowledge and skill to remove any pest from your building. Our wildlife experts utilize advanced removal and exclusion techniques and damage repair.
Safety Guaranteeing the safety of both humans and animals is our number one priority. Our wildlife specialists are trained to protect our human customers and keep everyone safe while ensuring the animals we are removing for you are handled using the most humane tools and techniques.
Residential and Commerical Invading nuisance wildlife can wreak havoc on property. If left unattended wildlife and pests can cause costly property damage. Whether a residential property, apartment buildings, retail stores, office buildings, industrial plants, medical facilities, or warehouses, our trained professionals can handle any wildlife removal problem.
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