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As we develop and grow Orange County, we can expect more encounters with wildlife. They have nowhere to go, so many decide to stay in our neighborhoods and business districts. Animals like raccoons, opossums, rodents, bats, squirrels, birds, snakes, skunks, lizards, iguanas and many more can be seen living in Orange County.

Wildlife becomes a nuisance when they violate boundaries and start damaging your home or office. It’s important to know what to do when this happens. In California, it is illegal to relocate animals. Removal of some animals is allowed only during specific times of the year. And no, you can’t keep it as a pet. The best thing to do is call professionals who can complete a thorough inspection, assess damages, remove the animal correctly and according to California laws and repair damages.

Below are examples of how our Critter Control process works for dealing with nuisance wildlife in Orange County.

Critter Control Wildlife Removal Process

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. Contact a Critter Control office near you today.
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.

Squirrel Removal

The California gray squirrel is the one looking cute in your yard, scavenging for treasures like fruits, nuts, small bird eggs, seeds, garden crops, plant bulbs, leaves and grasses. Keep watching to discover where they are storing their treasures. It may be inside your home.

If you have birdfeeders, trees or gardens that produce food, you may experience the nuisance side of a squirrel, like when they decide to make your attic their home base. If you hear scratching and chirping in your ceiling or walls, it may be a squirrel. It may even be multiple squirrels.

Squirrels hoard food and materials for the winter months. They leave behind poop and pee and gnaw on things like wires, wood and drywall. Outside, they scratch and dent shingles, chew through siding, run across power lines, and create fire hazards by storing some of their hoards in vents, drains and pipes.

These cute, furry creatures must be controlled before they turn your home into a hazard. We can help get rid of squirrels.

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. 

Raccoon Removal

Raccoons are nocturnal masked bandits that eat almost anything, including fruits, vegetables, meat and junk food. If they can find food and water on your property, they will build a nest nearby, often in your home.

Raccoons climb trees, spouting and chimneys to seek openings to your attic. They will also go underneath the home and enter through crawlspaces and under decks and porches. Once in your home, raccoons use their strong hands to rip and shred insulation, wallpaper, siding and drywall.

Outside, raccoons will dig up gardens, tear up sod searching for insects, and because they do eat meat, they may go after your chickens and ducks. You may catch a raccoon scavenging after dark, or you may hear them growling or squealing.

Raccoons hold fur-bearing status in California, so knowing the laws surrounding their removal beforehand is essential. Or call Critter Control. Our experts understand the regulations and have great experience removing raccoons from homes.

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.

Rodent Pest Control

The house mouse, Norway rat, and the roof rat are the most common rodents in Orange County. The roof and Norway rats are known to break shingles as they run across your roof, causing electrical wires to sag and clog up drains and gutters with nesting materials. Inside the house , mice gnaw wires and chew holes through wood and drywall. They work their way into your pantry and chew through food boxes, ruining groceries.

Rats burrow underground, and sometimes, their burrows are under your home, making your foundation unstable. Rodents reproduce throughout the year and quickly multiply. Before you know it, you start seeing numerous trails of droppings, all of which contain toxins. It doesn’t take long to have an infestation of rodents.

We are here to help you get rid of your rat and mice problem.

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

There are several species of Orange County bats, all of which are protected by law. Bats provide environmental benefits but can also become a nuisance if they decide to roost in your home, farm building or office.

Bat guano is the most significant nuisance. Bats can eat thousands of bugs in an evening, leading to a lot of guano droppings. Bats even poop while sleeping upside down. The guano runs down over them, sticking to their fur. If you were to try and touch a bat, you would be handling their guano, which contains toxins so strong it can erode metal and, if inhaled, can cause respiratory diseases in humans. Call the experts for removal. It’s safer.

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.

Snake Removal

We have several snake species in Orange County. Most are harmless, but some may cause harm to humans and pets if bitten. When left alone, snakes typically do not cause problems, and they don’t damage a home. They do produce fear in most residents. There is no reason you should live in fear when we can quickly remove it.

The pros at Critter Control can even teach you how to recognize harmful versus harmless snakes.

Inspection

Inspection

Snakes are excellent at avoiding detection. We inspect your home for potential entry points and look for signs like snake skin and feces. Because a snake typically enters a home hunting for food, our wildlife inspector also looks for signs of a rodent infestation.

Removal & Control

Removal & Control

Depending on the location, we can set a live trap or direct capture. Exclusion is the most effective way to keep snakes out of your home. If rodents are present, it is essential to exterminate the rodent infestation. Their presence will continue to attract snakes.
Repairs

Repairs

In addition to dealing with any possible rodent problem drawing snakes to your property, a specialist will assist with sealing possible entry points and also encourage you to remove any debris where snakes can easily take up residence.
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The Critter Control Difference

Critter Control Guarantee Your satisfaction is always guaranteed. We provide reliable prevention from future intrusions. Resolving a nuisance wildlife issue calls for more than trapping and removing the critter. Our exclusion services offer immediate and long-term wildlife solutions.
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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