Critter Control of Crawfordville

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Crawfordville and Wakulla County sit outside of Tallahassee but maintain an Old Florida atmosphere. The suburban-rural mix sit among plenty of outdoor opporunities for residents. Wakulla County is home to the Apalachicola National Forest(269.18 square miles), St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge(97.546 square miles), Wakulla Springs State Park(9.375 square miles), and one of the world's largest springs -- Wakulla Springs. 

The same outdoor experiences that attract people to move to Crawfordville attract wildlife too.  Numerous lakes are in the county. The local terrain is rolling, with rich, red soil and forests of live oak, pine, magnolia, and a variety of other subtropical vegetation.  The climate is mild with four distinct seasons. Summers are hot and muggy. Winter brings considerable rain with lower temperatures. 

Florida defines nuisance wildlife when animals exhibit behavoir that causes property damage, presents a threat, or causes an annoyance within, under, or upon a buildilng. An animal typically enters a building in search for food, water, or shelter. People's homes in Wakulla County are generally in and among animals' natural habitats which puts them at risk for an annoyance within a building. 

Critter Control Wildlife Removal Process

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.
STEP 1

Wildlife Inspection

During the inspection we try to ascertain how many animals there are, where they are located, and how they got in. Based on what you have seen, heard and smelled, we start the inspection where you have noticed signs of animal activity. Evidence of animals inside your home include nests, dens, feces, and animal tracks. We investigate the exterior of your home looking for possible entry points, any evidence of animal damage, tracks, fur, animal waste, or rub marks.
STEP 2

Removal

We use several methods to humanely remove the animal from your home. Depending on the species, the number of animals, and the condition of your property, we develop a custom wildlife removal plan. Humane wildlife removal strategies include animal traps, one-way doors, and repellents. Once we guarantee all animals are gone, we implement exclusion techniques. Exclusion techniques provide a safe, long-term solution to nuisance wildlife in your home. We create barriers to prevent animals from getting to resources. We only apply exclusions once we are sure all animals are gone from your home.
STEP 3

Exclusion and Repair

Wildlife will damage your home. Exclusion techniques repair any damage the animal causes getting into your home. Inside your home, animals build nests and dens out of readily available material. They will create runs through the insulation. Rodents will gnaw on anything including electrical wires and pipes. Animals can also spread diseases. We apply sanitation agents to clean up feces and urine. Mammals can host pests like fleas, ticks, and mites. Ectoparasite treatments exterminate those pests so you don’t become their next host.

Raccoon Removal

Ubiquitous throughout the state, raccoons are opportunistic animals that are happy to make their home in residential areas because of the accessibility to food. Raccoons spread several diseases that humans can contract, including Salmonella, Histoplasmosis, and Leptospirosis. In addition, their droppings and urine within an attic can cause mold and odor problems.

Inspection

Inspection

During the inspection, we determine the severity of the raccoon infestation. We look for physical evidence like footprints in or around the home, stains from raccoon feces and urine. On the exterior of the house, we look for damage like scratches on boards, broken vents and screens, ripped apart shingles, destroyed soffits, and every possible entry point.

Trapping & Removal

Trapping & Removal

Live trapping, or one-way doors are the most effective and humane way to remove raccoons. The choice of device is largely dependent on the season and location of the raccoons on your property. Direct capture is not commonly used because raccoons are a rabies vector species. If we must trap, we place traps strategically to safely catch the raccoons and we check traps frequently, based on state laws.
Repairs

Repairs

We provide a wide range of repair and restoration services. We can repair raccoon damage like broken screens on vents and chimneys and broken boards on decks and porches. It is essential to apply cleaning agents and ectoparasite treatments on areas inhabited by raccoons.

Rodent Pest Control

The most common rodents that infest your home are Norway rats, roof rats, and the common house mouse. Rats or mice are frequent home invaders and thrive in the dark, quiet areas of your house like attics, wall cavities, and crawl spaces. Roof rats and house mice are the most common rodents rooting around your home for food and shelter and can contaminate ten times as much food as they eat with their droppings and urine.

The best rodent control is to seal possible entrances. Additionally, regular cleaning and sanitation helps eliminate potential food sources that entice rodents indoors.

However, if the pests have already infested homes, individuals should never attempt to handle or remove them without professional assistance. Untrained individuals may be injured or contract diseases if they come into contact with rodents.

Inspection

Inspection

During a rodent inspection, we thoroughly inspect your attic and provide a complete exterior home inspection. The most common signs of rodent activity are gnaw marks, feces, rub marks, nesting material, runs in insulation material, and small entry points.

Rodent Trapping

Rodent Trapping

A Critter Control wildlife specialist will create a strategic trapping plan to remove the rodents found in your home. Critter Control specialists may use snap traps and live traps to capture and remove mice and rats. 
Repairs

Repairs

The best way to reduce the possibility of letting unwanted rodents into homes is to seal possible entrances. Exclusion methods include caulking cracks in foundations, capping chimneys, and installing mesh covers over vents and crawl space entrances. We also strongly recommend a maintenance service. Rodents have front teeth that continuously grow, which means they can gnaw a new way back into your home.

Squirrel Removal

Unlike other rodents such as rats and mice, squirrels are active during the day. If you are hearing animal noises coming from your attic during the daytime, chances are that you have squirrels scampering about.

As squirrels nest, they can damage insulation. They also gnaw on wood and electrical wires as a way to keep their continuously growing teeth in shape. If left unchecked, they can create significant and costly damage to your attic and roof.
Inspection

Inspection

Wildlife specialists look for signs such as chewing on, in, or around your home, small openings leading to the attic or the crawl space, droppings, and debris like nuts or nesting material. Beams, wires, pipes, and insulation may all show signs of damage from squirrels.

Trapping & Removal

Trapping & Removal

Live trapping or one-way doors are the most effective and humane ways to get rid of squirrels. One-way doors should never be used during birthing seasons (Spring & Fall), so our specialists will decide which is the best tool for the job. If we have to trap, we place traps strategically to safely catch the squirrels and check those according to state laws.
Repairs

Repairs

We can restore your home or office by squirrel proofing all entry points after we have removed the offenders. We can also clean-up the nesting sites and remove any debris, food, feces and soiled insulation. 

Bat Removal

In almost all of North America, bats are a protected species. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service lists eight threatened bat species, including the Florida bonneted bat. There are also specific times of year that are both more humane to rid a house of bats. Autumn is ideal as their young have matured and they are eating actively so they can hibernate over the winter months. Your best bet is to let a professional wildlife service inspect and remove bats from your attic or chimney.
Inspection

Inspection

We perform a full interior and exterior inspection and search for signs such as rub marks, guano, a strong scent of ammonia, and small openings. The most common sign is the accumulation of guano (feces).

Bat Removal

Bat Removal

The most effective and humane way to remove bats is by utilizing a bat valve in conjunction with a full home exclusion. A bat valve allows for bats to exit your home but not re-enter. We follow all local ordinances for humane bat removal. We will never abandon flightless pups in your attic.
Repairs

Repairs

After removing the bat valves, we seal the entrance hole(s) so bats can no longer enter your home. If there is substantial guano in your attic, you should consider taking advantage of our attic remediation services to remove the soiled insulation and replace it.

Snake Control

Florida has an abundance of snakes. Most species, such as rat snakes and garter snakes, are harmless, but copperheads and rattlers are venomous. The area has 45 species of snakes. They enter homes looking for food or a sheltered place to shed their skin.

Snakes are carnivorous, so if your home has rodents, snakes might follow. While some make their way to an attic, they also like the cool of a bathroom floor. All snakes should be treated as dangerous, and a wildlife control service should be called in to remove them.
Inspection

Inspection

Snakes are excellent at avoiding detection. We inspect your home for potential entry points and look for signs like snake skin and feces. Because a snake typically enters a home hunting for food, our wildlife inspector also looks for signs of a rodent infestation.

Removal & Control

Removal & Control

Depending on the location, we can set a live trap or direct capture. Exclusion is the most effective way to keep snakes out of your home. If rodents are present, it is essential to exterminate the rodent infestation. Their presence will continue to attract snakes.

Armadillo Removal

Armadillos present little danger to people. They greatest danger they pose is to your landscaping. Controlling the animal can protect your lawn and garden and the integrity of structures like decks and driveways on your property.

Capturing an armadillo with a live trap can be difficult. Habitat modification and exclusions are extremely effective in removing armadillos from your lawn. Water your garden beds in the morning because armadillos prefer loose soil. Armadillos are nocturnal, and the soil will have dried out by the mid-afternoon.

Stinging Pest Control

Wasps, yellow jackets, hornets, cicada killers, or bees can ruin your outdoor experience. Safe removal of the hive can protect you, your family, and your pets from getting stung.

After the stinging insects are controlled, the entire hive must be removed. An old hive left in your home could attract a new colony or attract other animals. The hive area must be sanitized to remove any honey. Otherwise, leftover honey could attract other pests, including ants, cockroaches, rats, or raccoons. 

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Crawfordville Wildlife Q&A

What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in the Big Bend region of Florida??

Roof rats, squirrels, raccoons, rats, and snakes invade attics and crawl spaces, while armadillos and moles damage lawns. Pests like mosquitoes and termites are also a large problem in the Big Bend region of Florida.

How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in Crawfordville?

Nuisance wildlife tends to be busiest in the spring and fall as some mammals have litters. In the heat of the summer, attics become too hot. Most animals leave. The exception is bats stay until August or September. Stinging insects are most active in July and August. 
 

What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity?

Hearing noises in walls and attics. Digging or tunneling in yards and chewing on exterior surfaces. Finding damaged food items in the home is also a sign of wildlife activity.

Any prevention tips for residents in your area?

Keep grass and landscaping cut short. Trim tree limbs back 3 to 5 feet from the roof line and keep standing water off your property. Move birdfeeders as far as possible from the home.

When should homeowners call Critter Control?

Homeowners should call at the first sign of chewing, holes in exterior walls, or noises in walls. Ideally, they should call for a free home inspection before there is a problem, so we can prevent one that's more expensive.

Is Critter Control animal control?

Critter Control offers animal control for nuisance wildlife like raccoons, opossums, squirrels, bats, rats, mice, and armadillos.

If you need help with stray pets, feral cats, and rabies vaccines contact local animal control at Tallahassee Animal Control and Leon County Animal Control. Neither department will remove nuisance wildlife from your home.

The Critter Control Difference

Trained Specialists Animal removal is a highly sophisticated job. As such, we vet and train our team members to ensure they have the knowledge and skill to remove any pest from your building. Our wildlife experts utilize advanced removal and exclusion techniques and damage repair.
Guarantees and Warranties With Critter Control, your satisfaction is guaranteed. Trutech technicians take great pride in providing quality workmanship to solve your nuisance wildlife problem. If you are not completely satisfied, we move to fix the issue at no additional charge or offer a full refund.
Safety Guaranteeing the safety of both humans and animals is our number one priority. Our wildlife specialists are trained to protect our human customers and keep everyone safe while ensuring the animals we are removing for you are handled using the most humane tools and techniques.
Residential and Commerical Invading nuisance wildlife can wreak havoc on property. If left unattended wildlife and pests can cause costly property damage. Whether a residential property, apartment buildings, retail stores, office buildings, industrial plants, medical facilities, or warehouses, our trained professionals can handle any wildlife removal problem.
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