Critter Control of Gainesville/Ocala

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Butterfly rainforest, botanical gardens, nature centers, national forests, and a 20,000-acre wildlife sanctuary are a few ways Gainesville and Ocala show love for our local animals. As animal populations grow, however, some animals have become a nuisance. When we remove wildlife habits to develop residential and commercial buildings, wildlife has nowhere to go. Many stay in your neighborhood, scavenging your property for food, water, and shelter.

Because they can do a lot of damage to your home and yard, they are considered nuisance wildlife.

The city of Gainesville defines nuisance wildlife as “shall mean an undesirable animal that causes (or is about to cause) property or environmental damage, presents a threat to public safety, or causes an annoyance within, under, or upon a building.”

Often, nuisance wildlife in Florida causes so much damage you need to call for help from professionals. Critter Control experts use a process involving inspection, removal, and repair to get rid of your nuisance wildlife problem. Examples of our process are described in the case scenarios below.

Squirrel Removal

The Eastern gray squirrel is the most commonly seen in Florida, although we also have the Southern flying squirrel and the fox squirrel. Squirrels can be considered nuisance wildlife due to the size of their population and the damages they can do to your home and property.

Squirrels scurry from one spot to the next in a matter of seconds, collecting items and storing them for later. They love to eat nuts, fruits, grains, and even bird eggs. Many squirrels build a nest in trees, but if your attic is available, they will choose it over a tree any day, especially if they have baby squirrels soon.

Squirrels run on power lines, your roof edges, gutters, tree limbs, and of course, the ground. They are fun to watch until you start noticing the places they have scratched, torn, ripped, and shredded. If you think you have a squirrel problem, call us. It can be unsafe to try and remove squirrels by yourself since they carry diseases and may bite you if they feel trapped.

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. 

Rat and Mice Pest Control

The most common rats in the Gainesville and Ocala areas are the Norway and roof rats. The house mice are another common culprit of gnawed wiring, greasy rub marks, and scattered droppings. Both love to eat grains; they will munch on ordinary house foods, whether it’s a crumb left on the counter or if they have to enter your pantry.

Rats and mice multiply quickly. You must call for help in removing them when you spot the first one. Where there is one, there are others. And because mice can fit through holes the size of a pencil tip, you may not even know how they are getting into your home.

We know exactly where to look when it comes to all rodents. Here’s what we do.

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.

Raccoon Removal

They are masked, clever, and sneaky bandits that roam the neighborhoods of Gainesville and Ocala at night. We’re talking about the Florida raccoon, which is no different than all other raccoons. They seek food, water, and shelter and will create many nesting spots throughout their travels. A favorite spot for raccoons is in your attic. If they can’t find their way into your attic, they will pick your crawlspace, under your deck, or in sheds or other outbuildings.

Raccoons are assertive and will break screens, doors, boards, and anything else preventing them from entering your home. They can climb, and they leave diseased feces and urine wherever they want. Getting rid of raccoons from your home should be done by professionals, like the ones at Critter Control. Their process includes:

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 sanitization agents and ectoparasite treatments on areas inhabited by raccoons.

Bat Removal

There are 13 bat species in the state of Florida; two of the resident species, the Florida bonneted bat and the gray myotis, are listed as Endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It’s important to know that bats in Florida are protected year-round, and therefore it is illegal to harm or kill them. If you find one or more bats inside your home, please contact your Gainesville/Ocala-based Critter Control office to remove them humanely.
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.
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Critter Control Process

How Critter Control humane and safely gets rid of nuisance wildlife from your home and property.
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.

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.
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.
Critter Control Guarantee Your satisfaction is always guaranteed. We provide reliable prevention from future intrusions. Resolving a nuisance wildlife issue calls for more than trapping and removing the critter. Our exclusion services offer immediate and long-term wildlife solutions.

Q&A With Local Critter Control Expert Micah Tolle

What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in your area?

We mostly deal with squirrels, rats and raccoons in attics.

How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in your area?

The wildlife activity stays pretty consistent throughout the year. They may slow down slightly in the summer.

What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity?

Scratching heard during the day or night, chewing on the exterior, staining on surfaces, urine and feces in the attic, garage or living space.

When should homeowners call you?

They should call us if they suspect an animal has invaded their home, is causing damage to property, or they are concerned about the potential risk of damages occurring due to wildlife presence.
This franchise is independently licensed and operated by GHP Services, Inc, dba Critter Control of Gainesville.
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