Wildlife Control & Removal
Animals like raccoons, possums, 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.
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. Contact a Critter Control office near you today.
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: Our experts assess the damages caused by the bat guano, including damaged boards, ceilings, staining and mold. They also find the cracks and holes through which a bat entered your home.
Removal: Bat removal involves installing temporary one-way doors that allow bats to fly out but not fly back in. We work with the Department of Wildlife to see if they want to test the bat for rabies and other diseases. We follow state guidelines, using protective equipment to capture a bat and for exclusion methods.
Repair: We fix and seal all cracks and holes where bats can enter your home or building. We will remove the bat guano and clean the area. We take away food and water sources for exclusion, so bats aren’t attracted to your property. For example, turning off outside pole lights at night will reduce the number of bugs and, therefore, deter bats. We can also install mesh barriers to protect trees and plants. Finally, we seal all cracks and holes to prevent reentry.
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: Our experts identify entry points and follow tracks and trails looking for damages, like greasy smudges on soffits and siding. They also find food and water sources attractive to raccoons.
Removal: We provide safe and humane raccoon removal with our CritterSafe system. We are aware of the local and state laws for removing raccoons. If babies must be removed from a nest, we work with the local wildlife program.
Repair: Common damages by raccoons include broken boards under decks and porches, torn screens over chimneys and vents, and dented spouting and soffits. Besides repairing any damages, we also remove feces, urine, and nesting materials and apply sanitization to the area. A big part of our process is implementing exclusion methods that keep raccoons away. We remove food and water sources outside your home by adequately storing pet foods and trash cans, fencing gardens and removing bird feeders. We also remove access into your home by sealing all entry points.
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.
Inspection: We follow trails and tracks to find all entry places into your home, including chimneys, vents and ducts. We inspect for damages in all areas of squirrel activity, inside and out.
Removal: We use humane and safe trapping if needed. Many times, we can complete exclusion methods while squirrels are out scavenging in your yard. If babies need to be removed from a nest, we quickly reunite them with their mother outside.
Repair: Common repairs include replacing soffits, screens and shingles. We also fix damaged wiring, replace boards on decks and porches, and repair drywall. Exclusion involves sealing all holes and cracks through which a squirrel can enter your home. We have installed tree and roof barriers to prevent squirrels from climbing up. Removing bird feeders, debris, and other sources of food and water is essential.
Rat and Mice 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 mouse gnaws wires and chews 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 problem or control the mouse infestation.
Inspection: We find all entry points, even the smallest ones, since mice can fit through a hole the size of a quarter. We then assess damages inside and outside your home.
Removal: We live trap rats and mice if needed for removal. Rats and mice are not protected species in California. Once rodents are removed from your home, we remove nests and droppings.
Repair: Rats and mice chew on anything. We often fix wires, baseboards, drywall and furniture. We replace or fix screens on vents and chimneys, sagging wires outdoors, and scratches and smudges on the exterior of your home. We implement exclusion methods like sealing all holes, no matter the size rodents could enter. We also secure foods in pantries. Clearing debris from your yard makes it less attractive for rats.
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.
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.
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.
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: We inspect your property to find food and water sources that may have attracted the snake. We also search areas of your home to check for other snakes or nests. Snakes love to hide in piles of debris, logs and stones.
Removal: We have safety gear to handle and remove a snake from your property. We focus on exclusion methods to make sure snakes are not a problem in the future.
Repair: We repair cracks and holes in your siding, decks, porches and any other spot where a snake can enter your home. We do the same for chicken coops since snakes are known to steal eggs. We change your property’s habitat, like clearing debris and food sources that attract smaller animals such as rats that a snake likes to eat. If snakes cannot get food or water, they will avoid staying on your property.
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.
COMMON WILDLIFE ISSUES IN THIS LOCATION
- Animal Damage
- Animal Droppings
- Animal Noises
- Animal Odor Removal
- Animal Tracks in Yard
- Animals on the Roof
- Animals Under Homes & Porches
- Bats in Homes
- Bats in the Attic
- Carcass Removal from Homes
- Chimney Repairs
- Dead Animal Removal
- Humane Animal Trapping
- Mice in Walls & Attics
- Raccoon Trapping
- Raccoons in Attic
- Rats in Walls & Attics
- Seal Animal Entry Points in Homes
- Skunk Control
- Skunk Trapping
- Skunks Under Heating Units
- Squirrel Trapping
- Squirrels in Attics
- Squirrels in Homes
- Venomous Snake Removal
- House Finches
- Norway Rats
- Pack Rats
- Roof Rats
- Wild Hogs
Serving the following locations:
By County: Orange, Riverside and San Bernadino Counties
- Aliso Viejo
Corona del Mar
Coto De Caza
Orange Park Acres
Rancho Santa Margarita
San Juan Capistrano
Santa Ana Heights
For Wildlife Control Near You, Call: (858) 271-1112