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Wildlife Control & Removal

The seaside city of Newport Beach in Orange County, CA, has a flourishing tourism industry coupled with a large population that contributes to wildlife pest problems in homes.

Wildlife Removal

Safe, humane removal of nuisance animals and pests from your home or property.

Wildlife Pest Prevention

Reliable prevention from future animal intrusions in your home.

Animal Damage Repair

Professional and permanent repairs to entry points and insulation. Disinfecting areas damaged by  urine and feces.

Common Wildlife Issues in Orange County, CA

Critter Control specializes in wildlife pest control. Resourceful animals can find countless ways into your home in search for food, water, and shelter. After a thorough home inspection, we create a custom wildlife control strategy to humanely remove the nuisance animal from your home and ensure the animal cannot return.

Bat Removal

Of the twenty-five species of bats in California, twenty-four are in Orange County. During fall in Orange County, some bats search for roosting sites in caves, trees, and houses to wait out the winter.

Residents with an infestation may hear flapping and scratching noises in spring and summer as the pests enter or exit the attic. Foul smells from their droppings are another sign of a bat issue.

During the day, you can find the entry points by looking for staining caused by body oils. 

We avoid bat exclusion techniques if flightless pups are in your attic. Maternity season is usually lasts from May to September in Orange County

Inspection- Small squeaking sounds. Piles of droppings in one corner of the house or attic. Stains on walls and strong ammonia smell.
Trapping & Removing- Generally you can only remove a bat if it’s in the livable part of your home. Most likely one-way doors will be employed once the bats offspring have reached maturity.
Repairs- Sealing entry points. Disinfecting area under roost from accumulation of guano. 

Raccoons near Houses

Adaptable and clever, raccoons have no trouble thriving in Southern California. Raccoons prefer to nest in secluded areas but have adapted to take advantage of food in Orange County neighborhoods. Homeowners may spot the pests rolling up grass sod or rummaging in trash cans to find a meal. Securing garbage bins and keeping pet food indoors can reduce raccoon encounters.

Raccoons can wreak havoc trying to gain entry to your home and cause significant damage creating a den in your attic.

Inspection- looking for footprints in or around home, large openings, raccoon poop
Trapping & Removal- Live trapping most effective and humane
Repairs- Seal all entry points. Restore attic insultation.  Latrine disinfection and clean up.

Squirrels in Yards

Tree and ground squirrels are a regular bother to California residents. These pests may dig in lawns, eat from gardens, and draw more dangerous animals, like coyotes, to the area. A ground or tree squirrel may also carry disease-causing fleas and ticks into yards.

Both species are active during the day. You might hear squealing, running, or gnawing early in the morning if you have squirrels in the attic. 

Squirrel Removal 

Inspection- Gnaw marks on, in, or around your home. Small openings to attics or the crawl space. Droppings. Debris like nuts or nesting materials.
Trapping & Removal- Live trapping, deterrents, one-way doors.
Repairs- exclusion services focus on repairing entry points. Removing debris, repairing nest sites, decontaminating droppings and urine.

California Ground Squirrel

While able to climb trees, ground squirrels burrow. Their burrows are about 4 inches in diameter and ranges from 5 to 30 feet. Ground squirrels can damage garden plants and equipment. Burrows can undermine the structural integrity of buildings and damage root systems of trees and shrubbery. They are also known vectors for diseases and parasites.

Effective management of ground squirrels depends on time of year. Because most ground squirrels hibernate, squirrel control during the winter is ineffective. Baiting and trapping work well during the summer and fall when ground squirrels forage.

Inspection – Active during the day. Look for burrows and damage to plants and structures.
Control- Trapping and burrow fumigation.

Rat and Mice Pest Control

House mice and Norway rats infest yards and homes across Orange County. These rodents destroy property, staining floors and ceilings with waste and gnawing on wood trim. A house mouse or Norway rat in the pantry can contaminate large amounts of food.


To effectively get rid of rats you need to control the population. Female rats can have six litters in one year (mice can have up to 35 babies in one year). The wildlife technician will determine the best type of trap, placement of trap, and the best bait to use.
Inspection- Noises such as scurrying and rat or mouse droppings most prominent signs you have a rodent infestation
Trapping- Variety of traps available.
Repairs- caulking cracks, capping chimneys, installing mesh over vents.

Opossum Control

Opossums are more of a nuisance than a real danger. They are very common in urban and suburban settings and will eat practically anything.  Opossums will use attics, crawlspaces and the areas under sheds and porches as dens.

Inspection – Scat. Remnants of previous nights foraging and feeding.
Control—Exclusion work most effective method. Live trapping. Securing potential food sources like pet food and garbage. Sealing entry points to prevent entry to attics and crawl spaces. Scare devices provide temporary solutions and chemical repellents have significant effect.

Skunk Control

Skunks typically invade Orange County yards in search for food and a safe place to burrow. Sheds, porches, and foundations make ideal burrowing locations which can lead to structural damage. To avoid a skunk’s spray rely on professional handling and skunk trapping. Removing food supplies is one of the most effective ways to prevent a skunk from entering your property.

Skunk mating season starts in February. Males typically spray during fights over females. A minor skunk problem can quickly magnify during breeding season.

Inspection- Faint odor if skunks typically travel through your yard.
Control- Exclusion and habitat modifications most effective form of skunk control. Cage-type live traps.

Gopher Control

You probably won’t see a gopher or encounter one in your home. A gopher is identified by their burrow and large mound of dirt that sits above the tunnel. Their preferred diet is pieces of plants accessible underground.

Gopher control is most effective during spring and fall when gophers are most active near the surface. Activity is usually indicated by fresh mounds of soil. One gopher can create several mounds in a day. Gopher burrows can cover two hundred to two thousand square feet. The burrow system can undermine structures. Gophers will feed on garden plants and gnaw on irrigation systems.

Time, energy and resources can be wasted by trying to control gophers in an unoccupied burrow. Baiting and trapping are the two most practical and efficient methods. 

Inspection- Fresh mounds of dark, moist soil signs of burrow. Probing to find main burrow.
Control- Trapping. Fumigation. Underground fencing to protect specific areas of the lawn such as flower beds and gardens.
Repairs- Leveling existing mounds.

Frequently Asked Questions

When should I call Critter Control?
Call at the first sign of wildlife in your home. The longer an animal is ignored in your home, the more damage they will cause. 

How much does Critter Control cost?
Each job is unique. Generally speaking, pricing will vary by location and species for just the animal removal and that pricing usually does not include the entry repair.

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).

Does Critter Control kill animals?
The goal of our prevention services is not to kill, but to exclude. Our staff understands animals, even household pests, must be treated with dignity and respect. Therefore, we use only humane prevention services. California has specific laws that dictate what we must do when it comes to controlling specific wildlife species on your property.

Serving the following locations:

By County: Orange, Riverside and San Bernadino Counties

  • Aliso Viejo
  • Anaheim
  • Anaheim Hills
  • Brea
  • Buena Park
  • Capistrano Beach
  • Chino
  • Corona
  • Corona del Mar
  • Costa Mesa
  • Coto De Caza
  • Cowan Heights
  • Cypress
  • Dana Point
  • East Irvine
  • El Cerrito
  • El Toro
  • Foothill Ranch
  • Fountain Valley
  • Fullerton
  • Garden Grove
  • Huntington Beach
  • Irvine
  • Jurupa Valley
  • La Habra
  • Laguna Beach
  • Laguna Hills
  • Laguna Niguel
  • Laguna Woods
  • Lake Elsinore
  • Lake Forest
  • Lakeland Village
  • Lemon Heights
  • Los Alamitos
  • Mead Valley
  • Menifee
  • Midway City
  • Mission Viejo
  • Newport Beach
  • Newport Coast
  • Ontario
  • Orange
  • Orange Park Acres
  • Perris
  • Placentia
  • Rancho Cucamonga
  • Rancho Santa Margarita
  • Riverside
  • Rossmoor
  • San Clemente
  • San Juan Capistrano
  • Santa Ana Heights
  • Seal Beach
  • South Laguna
  • Stanton
  • Temecula
  • Temescal Valley
  • Terra Cotta
  • Trabuco Canyon
  • Tustin
  • Villa Park
  • Westminster
  • Wildomar
  • Yorba Linda
For Wildlife Control Near You, Call: (858) 271-1112

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