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Wildlife Removal Services

Critter Control of San Jose 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.

Nuisance Wildlife in San Jose

The west coast has a Mediterranean-type climate, with the wettest time of the year running from November through March. Our changing climate draws in a wide range of local wildlife, including squirrels, raccoons, skunks, rodents, bats, snakes, birds, armadillos, and many others. Wildlife is becoming more adjusted to living near humans. However, not all humans are ready to live with local wildlife, especially since they can be destructive to your property. They are a nuisance.

Critter Control of San Jose has a method of removing nuisance wildlife that starts with an inspection. Then, we remove the animal safely and humanely and repair damages, if any. We implement exclusion methods before we finish a job, so you don't have future wildlife problems. Below are examples of our process.

Raccoon Removal

Raccoons are prevalent throughout Santa Clara County. They are nocturnal masked bandits. Reports show the county offices receive 350 complaint calls a year about raccoons. They can cause significant damage to homes, offices, retail shops, restaurants, and other buildings. Their goal is to enter your home or building and create a safe place to sleep and have baby raccoons.

Raccoon maternity season is February to March so residents are most likely to notice raccoons in their attic from March to October.

They break vents, fencing, and screens that lead to the interior of your home. Once inside, they can destroy ductwork, rip insulation, scratch, and shred drywall and wood. They also leave large amounts of feces and urine that can stain the floors and walls.

Raccoons dig up your yard looking for insects, raid your garden, tip over trash cans and root through your garbage, and steal pet food that is not stored correctly. Here's how we can help.

Inspection: Our experts identify areas of raccoon activity by observing tracks, scat, scratches, smudges, and damages to the interior and exterior of your home. We find out how they are getting into your home.

Removal: We follow local and state regulations regarding raccoon removal. We use safe and humane traps for raccoons that don't leave voluntarily.

Repair: Common raccoon repairs include the removal of waste and sanitization applications. We often need to install screens on chimneys and vents, replace insulation and resod areas in the yard. Exclusion methods include fencing gardens, sealing all entry points into your home or other buildings, properly storing food sources, and installing barriers in trees to prevent climbing.

Raccoons aren't the only nighttime critters that like to make your home their home.

Skunk Control 

California has two types of skunks, striped and spotted. Skunks are members of the weasel family and can spray a foul-smelling chemical up to ten feet. The defensive spray can be hard to get rid of, and the smell can last months.

Skunks may create a den under your porch, deck, or in your crawlspace. They also prefer brush and log piles. They are most active at dusk, where they may be found digging up your yard or garden, searching for insects, rodents, mushrooms, fruits, and even garbage.

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: Our experts can identify the faint odor given off by skunks, tracks, and scat. They can also recognize damages caused by skunks.

Removal: We can use safe and humane traps, but often, skunks will leave on their own after a couple of weeks. Waiting on them to go can mean more damages to repair, however.

Repair: We often fence gardens, enclose crawlspaces and the areas underneath porches and decks, and clear piles of debris in your yard.

Bat Removal

With over 25 species of bats in California, one is likely living in your attic, office, or other structure on your property. The Mexican free-tailed bat, Yuma myotis, big brown bat, and pallid bats are the most common we see in our area.

Bats are only active at night, eating thousands of insects, making them beneficial for the environment, and putting them on the protected species list. You are not allowed to harass a bat in any way, especially during the maternity season, which runs from late Spring to Fall.

Bat damages usually consist of stains caused by the massive amounts of bat guano and urine. We say never handle a bat without proper PPE. We found out why. Because bats hang upside down, they go to the bathroom on themselves. Bats are covered in their feces. That's one reason we never handle a bat without proper safety equipment.

Inspection: Our experts identify roosting bat areas by smudges they leave behind from their feces-covered fur. We also identify food and water sources that attract them to your property.

Removal: Bats fly out of your space every evening. We install a one-way bat valve that allows a bat to fly out but not return. During this time, we seal holes and cracks where they access your building.

Repairs: We remove bat guano and urine and apply a sanitization technique. We focus primarily on making your property less attractive to bats. Exclusion involves eliminating food and water sources, which are anything that attracts insects. Examples include stagnant water, trash, manure, and night lights.

Squirrel Removal

Various species of squirrel can be seen daily in our area: the Eastern gray squirrel, Eastern fox squirrel, Douglas squirrel, and the Western gray squirrel, which are the only native squirrels. Even squirrels like the west coast better.

Squirrels can do a lot of damage to your yard and home. Squirrels stay busy collecting items to build their nest or to store for the winter months. The problem is that too often, they are using your home as a nesting and storage site.

In their hoarding activities, squirrels break vents and screens climbing in and out of your chimney or attic. They tear shingles, dent gutters and spouting, raid your garden, gnaw on cables, strip bark from trees, and dig holes. Inside your home, they gnaw on wood, wires and use insulation for nests. They also leave feces and urine wherever they travel. We can get rid of your squirrel problem.

Inspection: Locating squirrels and their patterns is easy since they can be seen during the day. We focus on figuring out how they get into your home and what attracts them to your property.

Removal: Squirrels are usually out of their nests during the day, giving us time to seal entry points so they cannot reenter your home that evening. If needed, we can use our safe and humane traps to remove a squirrel. We follow local and state laws.

Repair: After removing nests from your home, we can fix damaged wires, wood, insulation, and ductwork. We focus on exclusion by relocating or removing bird feeders in your yard, installing climbing barriers in trees or on rooftops, and fencing gardens. Clearing debris in the yard makes it less attractive to squirrels.

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.

Rat and Mice Pest Control

There are 32 species of rats and mice in California, but only a few are considered pests. Deer mice, house mice, Norway rats, and roof rats are the most common in San Jose. You don't typically see rodents, but there are specific signs they are nesting in your home or building.

Trails of rat droppings, chewed or gnawed furniture, walls or cabinets, and noises coming from your walls, ceiling, or attic. Mice only need a ¼ inch opening to enter your home. Rats are much larger but can squeeze through holes the size of a golf ball. Norway rats typically burrow outdoors, but roof rats enjoy the comfort of your attic.

Rats and mice will chew on anything, including flooring, walls, drywall, wires, carpet, furniture, shingles, ductwork, and electrical cords. They enjoy human foods and will chew into cabinets and food boxes to eat cereals, chocolate, cookies, grains, and more. They are sneaky and will steal crumbs off our countertop when you are not looking.

Because rats and mice multiply quickly and often, it's essential to call our experts at the first sign of a rodent.

Inspection: We make a great effort to find every hole and crack in your home where rats and mice can enter. We look for droppings, gnaw damage, and tracks that can lead us to their nests.

Removal: Because rats and mice breed so rapidly, you must control the entire population. One or two traps will not solve the problem. We strategically place traps and check them often. It usually takes 5-12 days. 

Repair:  Without exclusion, your home remains vulnerable to rats and mice. Exclusion methods include sealing every hole and crack in your home used to access the interior. Our experts have been asked to repair ripped insulation, and broken screens where rats and mice entered, like vents, windows, and doors.We also remove nests, clear debris in the yard that attracts rats and mice, and adequately store foods in rodent-proof cabinets.

Another rodent we deal with a lot in San Jose is the squirrel.

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.

How Professional Wildlife Services Can Help You

Never handle nuisance wildlife. If they feel threatened, wildlife can bite, and because some carry diseases, your health could be at risk. Hiring professional wildlife services can help you because they

  • Handle all the feces and urine removal, so you don't have to.
  • Identify signs of wildlife activity and damages quickly and provide efficient solutions.
  • Implement exclusion methods to prevent a future wildlife nuisance problem.

Why Choose Critter Control?

Customer reviews tell us a lot about our services. San Jose customers report Critter Control "Responds quickly and professionally. Patiently listens to our needs and meets them. Provides polite, professional, and efficient services."

We also give you:

  • Extensively trained experts on local wildlife and laws for removal and exclusion.
  • Licensed and insured technicians.
  • Trained experts in using safe and humane trapping equipment.

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

What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in Silicon Valley?
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 the Santa Clara Valley?
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 the Southern Bay 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.

How Much Does Critter Control Cost?
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?). Generally speaking, pricing will vary by location and species for just the animal removal and that pricing usually does not include the entry repair.

Critter Control Services

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. Apply sanitization and ectoparasite treatments.

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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