Wildlife Control & Removal
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.
Common Wildlife Issues in Chula Vista
Chula Vista, CA, hosts a thriving population of wildlife pests like rats, ground squirrels, and starlings.
Rats and ground squirrels congregate on lawns and in houses looking for food and shelter. These rodents chew through wires and contaminate stores of food. They also spread diseases such as rat-bite fever and plague. Starlings build nests in attics, on the roofs of homes, or in trees on yards. Since the materials used to construct these nests is highly flammable, the pest's presence is often a fire hazard.
Additionally, starlings are aggressive birds and will chase other species away from birdfeeders and nesting sites.
Both tree and ground squirrels make homes out of Chula Vista yards. A ground squirrel digs holes in well-kept lawns, and a tree squirrel will break into an attic to raise its young. However, the most concerning problem is that some squirrel species can transmit diseases like the plague.
- 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.
Bats in Attic Removal
Another common pest in Chula Vista, bats often roost in attics and barns. While they help homeowners by feeding on mosquitoes, they also disturb residents with their squeaking and rustling. Furthermore, bat infestations bring urine, feces, and mold into homes.
When outdoors, bats are useful in Chula Vista, because they eat mosquitoes and other insects. Twenty-one of the twenty-three bats in San Diego County are insectivors. The problems begin once the animals invade houses.
Small bat colonies enter an attic during maternity season to give birth to bat pups. They usually go undetected until noise, foul odors, and the buildup of feces draw the homeowners' attention. Do not exclude bats if flightless pups are present. Maternity season typically lasts from May to September in California. Separated pups can starve without their parents.
- Inspection- Small squeaking sounds. Piles of droppings in one corner of the house. Stains on walls and strong ammonia smell.
- Trapping & Removing- Generally you can only remove a bat if its 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.
In California, raccoons can also spread harmful illnesses like the rabies virus. While seeing a raccoon out during the day doesn't automatically mean it's rabid, residents should use caution and never approach or attempt to handle any wildlife.
- 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.