The Connecticut River Valley has biologically diverse habitats that support a variety of native plants and animals. Animals like bats, porcupines, bears, white-tail deer, and beavers thrive in habitats like spruce-fir forest and floodplain forests.
Winters are cold, and summers can be hot and humid. In this climate, houses tend to expand and contrast with the change of temperature. This can lead to cracks and gaps for animals to sneak into your home.
Hartford is full of history and culture at the fraction of a cost of other New England towns. Technically the fourth largest city in Connecticut, the area is a network of vibrant neighborhoods and diverse communities.
Nuisance Wildlife Removal in Hartford
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, skunks, 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.
The little brown bat and big brown bat are the two most common nuisance bat in Connecticut. Little brown bats do not winter in buildings. Big brown bats occasionally will spend the winter in your attic.
Smaller colonies can go unnoticed. When colonies grow, you can hear the bat noises or smell the accumulation of guano.
Inspection: Critter Control’s wildlife specialists will immediately take note of any guano, or bat feces, in and around your property. We will also identify any entry points the bats are using or could use.
Removal: Your Critter Control specialist will construct a custom plan for your home or business to remove the bats safely. If a single bat is in the living area of your home, open all the doors and windows. The bat will generally find its way outside. Exclusions are the only legal and humane method to remove a bat colony. In Connecticut, do not install exclusions between June through mid-August.
Repairs: To avoid future problems, seal windows, screens, and other entrances before mating season. Mold can grow in the accumulation of guano that can cause respiratory problems in people. We will clean up the bat poop and apply a sanitization agent.
Gray squirrels and flying squirrels are prevalent in Connecticut. The most noticeable difference between the two species is when they are active. Flying squirrels are nocturnal. Gray squirrels are active during the early mornings.
Squirrels readily take up residence in sheltered areas like eaves and attics. Nest and young may be totally concealed within eaves and wall spaces. The trapping of squirrels can temporarily solve a persistent problem but will not help in the long run. Other squirrels will soon come into an area to replace the removed animals.
Inspection: We typically look for signs of squirrels such as debris and droppings. Torn insulation, cardboard, dried leaves and twigs might be a sign of nests. There may also be holes in your roof or down in the crawl space. Squirrels also leave unique gnaw marks.
Squirrel Removal & Trapping: One of our most effective methods for removing squirrels is a one-way door trap. Live-trapping gray squirrels, using metal box traps at least two feet long is often the most effective way to remove them. Place traps, baited with apple chunks, peanut butter, or various nuts, in heavily traveled routes or on rooftops, along porch railings, or within the attic. Once trapped, squirrels should be quickly removed from cages and released.
Repairs: There are several ways that we can restore your property. Our team can repair all holes, remove debris, and decontaminate the area.
Raccoons thrive living near people. They become a nuisance when they damage gardens, raid your garbage, or inhabit your home.
Inspection: Experts can identify entry points used by the raccoon, as well as any damage to your home. Most importantly, the inspection pinpoints the actions necessary to remove the raccoon and repair damages.
Raccoon Removal: Live trapping is the most effective and humane way to remove a raccoon. According to Connecticut Laws, you must check traps once a day. We properly set and raccoon sized cage close to damage or opening. Direct capture is not commonly used because raccoons are a rabies vector species. Relocation of trapped raccoons is not allowed.
Repair: We have made many repairs from raccoon damage, like replacing broken screens on vents and chimneys, repairing boards on decks and porches, and replacing sod. We clean and sanitize all areas in which a raccoon was active. We also implement exclusion methods like sealing all possible entry points to your home, fence gardens, and crops and install food storage that can’t be broken into by a raccoon.
One of the most common nuisance wildlife in Connecticut, skunks dig up yards and gardens in search for insects and grubs. Skunks can undermine structures by burrowing under them. Not only that, a startled skunk will spray (a skunk can accurately spray over 10 feet!).
Skunks mate in late February to early March. Born between April and early June, a litter can have up to six blind pups.
Removal: This step must be handled with care to prevent accidentally setting off the skunk’s defensive spray. Exclusions are the most effective method to get rid of a skunk under your porch or shed. Sealing a burrow during the summer may trap young skunks so we tend to avoid it. Skunks are a rabies vector so you cannot relocate a trapped skunk.
Repairs: Skunks love to dig, chew, and burrow. Let us find all the damage done after a skunk removal and repair it all to restore the structure.
There are 5,000-8,000 beavers throughout Connecticut. There are more beavers present in the state then any other time in the last three hundred years.
Beavers are active year-round and very territorial. A beaver habitat has adequate food supply and water depth to survive under the ice during winter. Encroaching development on rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, and marshes destroys their habitat and leads to more conflicts. Beaver-human conflicts include flooding, tree cutting, structure damage, and water and public health issues.
Beaver Control: Repellents do not work. It is not possible to seal an entire lake from a beaver. Effective beaver control requires unique tactics like dam breaching, dam removal, exclusion fencing around culverts and drains, or live trapping. Exclusions do not control the beaver population. Trapping is regulated to winter and requires a permit.
Homeowners usually experience with nuisance birds are usually geese, woodpeckers, or pigeons. Because of bird behavior and regulations, each bird requires different strategies.
Bird Control Process
Inspection: We find all nesting spots on your home and in surrounding trees. We locate food sources, like nuts and leaves on the ground. They will also scavenge through trash on the ground.
Removal: Keeping birds away from your home is the primary goal. We seal holes around your home and install screens over gutters, vents, and pipes. We clean up debris from the yard. Sometimes trimming tree branches can limit a bird’s activity on your property.
Repair: If birds have dented or scratched spouting or outside ledges, we can fix it. We can also install barriers around your roof to prevent roosting.
Largest native water fowl in Connecticut, their habitat is near water bodies and also open grassy areas like lawns, golf courses, fields, airports, or farms. Effective geese control requires the implementation of several strategies for long term solutions.
Noise and visual deterrents provide a short term benefit to scare away the geese. Barriers and habitat modification like planting shrubs along the water’s edge can keep geese off your property. There are chemical repellents topical treatments to grasses that make the turf unpalatable.
Pigeons are one of the few birds not protected by the Migratory Bird Act. Their acidic feces corrode gutters, erode stone buildings, and burn lawns. The droppings also harbor diseases.
Pigeon Control: Repellents provide a short term solution because the birds usually get used to it.
Pigeon-proofing is the most effective and permanent method- physically exclude bird from roosting or make it difficult for bird to rest comfortably. Exclusions include bird netting, wire screening, sheet metal, and bird barriers.
There are seven species of woodpeckers in Connecticut. The pockets of spruce-fir forests, orchards, and city parks provide plenty of trees for woodpeckers to drum. Woodpeckers are attracted to natural, dark-stained, unpainted cedar and redwood siding but may also damage pine, fir, and stucco-sided homes.
Woodpecker Control: Trapping woodpeckers is only legally be done with a federal depredation permits issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Visual deterrents supplemented with loud noises can scare away woodpeckers. Installing bird netting on eaves and angled backwards are a permanent long-term solution.
Opossums are nondestructive and nonaggressive. In fact, opossums can be a net positive on your property. As opportunistic scavengers, an opossum diet includes insects, rodents, carrion, frogs, and birds. They become a nuisance when they raid garbage cans or pet food. Opossums can also spread Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis.
Removal: Problem opossums can be harvested by local licenses trapper during regulated trapping season
Jan. 1 - March 15 and Nov. 7 - Dec. 31Opossums are easily lured into traps. Live trapping is the most humane removal method to get rid of opossums. Opossums can be kept from getting under sheds and decks by installing fencing around the bottom edges and burying the fence underground
Repairs: Without repairs and prevention methods, it’s hard to prevent a new opossum from moving in after removal. Repairs may include replacing soiled insulation or closing up gaps in damaged attic areas.
Woodchucks are the largest member of the squirrel family in Connecticut. Groundhogs create extensive burrows with multiple chambers and entrances. Breeding season starts in early March after hibernation. You’re most likely to experience woodchuck problems in late spring and early summer.Woodchucks cause problems when they damage gardens and crops, destroy landscapes with their burrows.
Inspection: You might never see a woodchuck on your property, but you can identify its burrow. Each burrow opening is between ten to twelve inches and generally has a crescent shape mound of dirt.
Woodchuck removal: As a burrowing animal, trapping can be expensive and time consuming. Excluding woodchucks with fences around gardens, crops and structures is an effective means of control. Repellents have some measure of success. Connecticut laws requires resetting woodchuck traps every morning.
How Professional Wildlife Control Services Can Help You
Contacting a Sacramento-based professional wildlife specialist to remove unwelcome wildlife from your property is always the best course of action. Not only may some wild animals attack when threatened, but some may also harbor diseases dangerous to humans. A professional will always ensure safety is the number one priority when removing wild animals from a property. Other reasons to call a wildlife specialist?
- We have the proper equipment to humanely remove wild animals.
- We conduct a thorough inspection and understand that where there’s one animal, there may be more.
- A trained wildlife specialist knows how to properly repair your property so that animals stay out.
Why Choose Our Sacramento Critter Control Team?
- Critter Control is a nationally recognized service provider with more than 30 years of experience.
- Critter Control technicians have the most up-to-date training to best ensure animals are handled safely and humanely.
- Critter Control’s work doesn’t end when we remove the animal(s). We clean up the mess and make the required repairs.
- Bat Removal
- Animal Damage Repair
- Bird Control & Municipal Animal Control
- Servicing Industrial, Retail and Commercial properties
- Wildlife Removal
Serving the following locations:
By County: Hartford County
- Avon, Bristol, Broad Brook, Burlington, East Granby, East Hartford, East Windsor, Enfield, Farmington, Glastonbury, Granby, Hartford, Manchester, New Britain, Newington, South Glastonbury, Southington, Suffield, West Granby, West Hardfort, Windsor, Wolcott.
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