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Wildlife Control & Removal

Critter Control specializes in wildlife pest control. 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.

Wildlife Removal

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

Wildlife Pest Control

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.

Wildlife Problems in San Jose, CA

Wildlife pests are a constant issue in San Jose, CA. As the growing job market drives city expansion, animals in the area have suffered significant habitat loss. Locals may encounter pests such as raccoons, squirrels, bats, coyotes, and feral swine as a result of urban development.

Raccoon Removal

Residential areas around San Jose mean food, shelter, and water to raccoons. Raccoon maternity season is February to March so you are most likely to experience raccoons in your attic from March to October. Raccoons can wreak havoc in your home. A raccoon can tear off shingles or break rooftop vents to gain access. Once inside, the animals rip up insulation to construct dens and stain ceilings with urine and piles of droppings. Because they are nocturnal, you’ll most likely hear a loud thumbing at night if you have an attic.

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

Skunk Control near You

Skunks typically invade San Jose 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 and continous into March. A minor skunk problem can quickly magnify during breeding season. Males are attracted to a female and typically spray if more than one male is attracted at a time.

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.

Ground Squirrel Control

Ground squirrels dig complex tunnel systems that cause issues around houses and yards in California. Burrows in lawns damage mowers and create tripping hazards. Homeowners can also end up with costly repairs when ground squirrel tunnels weaken sidewalks and foundations.

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.

Bat Removal

Bat diets mainly consist of insects, which is beneficial for San Jose homeowners. Unfortunately, however, bats often consider attics an enticing area to roost. Excluding the animals from homes or outbuildings is tricky, especially during breeding season.

Baby bats can't survive on their own, so removing a colony at the wrong time can be a disaster. When their carcasses remain inside wall voids and attics, foul odors and insect infestations are soon to follow.

Inspection- Small squeaking sounds. Piles of droppings in one corner of the house or attic. Stains on walls and strong ammonia smell.
Trapping & Bat Removal- 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. 

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.
 

Dangerous Rattlesnake Removal

Rattlesnakes thrive across California. Occasionally, property owners will see them in buildings or yards. These reptiles are not hostile to people but will strike if startled or injured. Rattlesnake venom is potent and can be fatal, especially for young children.

On San Jose properties, snakes may make their way into garages, window wells, and flower beds. Stacked firewood or rock piles also serve as hiding places for rattlesnakes. Gardeners and residents working outdoors are at higher risk of snakebite.

Nuisance Wildlife in San Jose

Other common wildlife pests are coyotes and feral hogs. Coyotes often view California neighborhoods as a source of meals. If food is scarce, a coyote may even prey on household pets like cats and small dogs.

Feral swine thrive in the foothills around the San Jose area. Adult wild pigs are strong enough to damage fencing and gardens. They also affect livestock by spreading diseases and competing for food. In general, feral pigs are not hostile to humans, but they can charge when cornered or threatened.

About Us

Dedicated to animal pest control excellence, our staff of professionals at Critter Control includes biologists, zoologists, animal control officers, and anti-cruelty employees. Our highly qualified animal control teams can handle nearly any wildlife control issue in the San Jose and Santa Clara area, with the help of our unique accumulation of expert knowledge. From risky raccoon removal to basic bird control, we conduct each job under the highest of humane animal-handling standards.

Q&A with Franchisees Steven Meinecke, Michael Bonadio and Chris Roberts:

What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in your area?
I would say the most common issues we are called out for are, Animals in the attic or crawlspace, be it, rats, mice, raccoon, opossum, skunks, squirrel or birds.  We also deal with dead animal removal, and Snake removal from time to time.

How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in your area?
Here in California, our seasonal changes are not as drastic as other places in the U.S.  We see rodent and opossum activity year round with spikes in activity after increases in rainfall or after a drop in temperature.  Squirrels will nest one time in the spring and sometimes again the fall. We will see heavy skunk activity January through April, June through October, and raccoon activity March through October.  Snakes are most active, just after the temperature spikes to the 90-100 degree mark.

Any prevention tips for residents in your area?
It is always a good practice to be proactive in keeping your home closed against wildlife entry.  First start with a walk around the perimeter of the base of the home, and check to make sure your foundation vents, and crawlspace covers are sealed up and in good condition. (Any hole the size of a dime is big enough for a mouse to fit through.)  Then once around again to check the eave/fascia vents under the eaves of your roof are in good condition.  If you can do so safely, get on the roof and check for activity in all of the roof overlaps, or where two or more roof lines meet together. You may need to call Critter Control in order to have this done safely by a professional.

Try to keep all vegetation away from the home and 4ft from the roof line where possible.  If you have fruit trees, try to cull/pick the fruit as it ripens, and keep fallen fruit picked up off the ground.  Last but not least if you have a chicken coop, or bird feeders, try to keep them as neat as possible, to prevent drawing rodents.

When should homeowners call Critter Control?
Homeowners can call Critter Control anytime they have any wildlife issue, or if you simply have a wildlife question.  We are always happy to discuss anything a homeowner is seeing, or hearing.  If we can't help you solve your issue, we can get you in touch with someone who can.

Serving the following locations:

By County: San Mateo County, Santa Clara County

  • Atherton
  • Belmont
  • Burlingame
  • Campbell
  • Cupertino
  • Foster City
  • Hillsborough
  • Los Altos
  • Menlo Park
  • Millbrae
  • Milpitas
  • Mountain View
  • Palo Alto
  • Portola Valley
  • San Bruno
  • San Carlos
  • Saratoga
  • Sunnyvale
  • Woodside
For Wildlife Control Near You, Call: (408) 915-2172
This franchise is independently licensed and operated by Bay Area Trapping, Inc, dba Critter Control of San Jose
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