Critter Control of Tuscaloosa

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Tuscaloosa has a diverse and varying landscape. Located between the Applachian Highland and the Gulf Coastal Plainthere are heavily forested hills and low-lying marshy plains. This habitat variety and a humid subtropical climate mean many different species flourish around Tuscaloosa.

Wildlife Removal Services

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 are nighttime thieves. Don’t let their cute masks and striped tails fool you. All they want is a warm place to sleep and a buffet of fine foods. They will eat anything and travel up to six miles searching for food, including pet food, insects, junk food, garden crops, fruits, nuts, scraps and leftovers, and smaller wildlife.

Raccoons have nimble hands that allow them to open trash cans and bags quickly. They use them to dig holes in the ground to search for insects, climb trees and chimneys to get to your roof and break screens and vents to enter your home.

Once in your home, raccoons establish latrine (a spot to poop and pee). Then they get to work ripping out insulation, duct work, posts, and drywall. Because raccoons can carry germs and diseases, call expert wildlife control experts to remove them from your home.
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 sanitization agents and ectoparasite treatments on areas inhabited by raccoons.

Rodent Pest Control

Jumping mice, deer mice, harvest mice, roof rats, brown rats, and house mice are just a few of the rodent species in Alabama. Rats and mice are nocturnal, searching the streets of Tuscaloosa for food, water, and shelter. If they can find those in your home, they will move in.

Rats and mice can enter your home through cracks and holes you may not even notice. Mice can squeeze through a hole the size of a quarter and rats a hole the size of a golf ball. They build nests in your attic, ceiling, walls, and baseboards. You may hear them scurrying and chirping when you’re trying to fall asleep. You may notice nighttime rodent activity by the fecesand urine left behind on your counters, floors, and in your cabinets where you store food.

Rats and mice will gnaw wood, furniture, carpet, wires, and food boxes. Because rats and mice multiply quickly and often, it’s essential to call our experts at the first sign of a rodent.

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.

Squirrel Removal

Squirrels are cute and fun to watch until you start noticing the damages they’ve caused in your yard, like stealing garden crops, fruits, berries, and nuts. They raid bird feeders and dig holes in your yard to store their foods, and even strip bark from your trees.

The gray squirrel, fox squirrel, and Southern flying squirrel are the main culprits in Tuscaloosa. Squirrels enter your home to build a nest and hoard the items they’ve collected. Squirrels will tear screens covering chimneys and vents to get in. Once inside, they will shred insulation, causing heating and cooling issues. They like to use any items available to make a nest, including sentimental items lying around.

There are ways to enjoy the squirrels without fear of damage to your home or property. Call us to provide this solution.

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. 

Bat Removal

Whether you have one bat or a colony living in your attic, that’s too many. Bats can be heard at night. They can be smelled, too, since they leave large amounts of guano, or feces, and urine where they roost.

Bats commonly roosting in Tuscaloosa attics, offices, or other man-made structures include the little and big brown bats, the Brazilian free-tailed bats, and the tri-colored bats. You will rarely see them, however.

Bats are beneficial to the Alabama environment. They are great for pest control, eating thousands of insects a night. Harming them or harassing them is illegal. You should not try to remove them on your own either. Bats are covered in their feces because they poop and pee while roosting upside down. Their guano grows mold, and if the mold is inhaled, it can lead to respiratory infections like histoplasmosis.

Let our experts do the dirty work ofbat removal.

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.

Bird Control

Bird watching in Alabama is a great hobby. Some of the most common backyard birds to see include robins, doves, bluebirds, cardinals, woodpeckers, and finches. Some non-native species are around, too, like swallows, sparrows, pigeons, and rock doves.

All birds can be an annoyance and cause minor damage to your home, office, retail store, or other building. They roost on electrical wires, build nests in gutters and vents, and poop everywhere. Some birds cause more damage than others, like woodpeckers, which can poke holes in your siding and structural beams. We have a few exclusion tricks to reduce bird damage on any property.

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 shred 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 specialist will use a live trap 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 around unprotected sheds/decks are the most effective and permanent ways to keep skunks out.
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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.

Tuscaloosa Wildlife FAQ

What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in Tuscaloosa?

Typical wildlife that will enter a home in Tuscaloosa include bats, raccoons, rats, mice, and squirrels. Skunks, chipmunks, opossums, and moles will enter your yard and could burrow under porches, sheds, or the foundation.

How do the seasons affect nuisance wildlife activity in the piedmont of Alabama?

Generally, wildlife will look for shelter in the spring when its time to have babies or in the winter when they’re seeking shelter from the elements.

What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity?

Fortunately, if a wild animal is in your home, it will make its presence known. If an animal is in the attic, you’ll hear unusually sounds. You might hear vocal noises like: squeaks, growls, cries, hisses, chitters; or clawing, scampering, thudding. Be aware of odors from animal droppings or urine. The surest sign you have an animal is your home is if you see it. 

Any prevention tips for residents in your area?

Animals are looking for food, water, and shelter. If you can limit or eliminate access to one or all those elements, you will help prevent a wildlife infestation. Additionally, trim and prune any trees so branches are not hanging over your house and roof.

When should homeowners call Critter Control?

Call (205) 270-5569 as soon as you suspect anything! The longer an animal lives in your house or on your property the more costly it becomes to rectify the situation.

How much does Critter Control cost?

There are a number of factors that determine pricing; 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.
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