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Wildlife Control Services in Gainesville

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. Contact a Critter Control office near you today.

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Wildlife Removal in Gainesville and Ocala

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.

Rats 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: We find all entry points, identify signs of rat and mice activity, and assess damages caused by the rodents.

Removal: We use safe and humane trapping to remove rats and mice from your home. We focus heavily on exclusion methods to prevent a future rat or mouse problem.

Repair: After our professionals repair gnawed wires or boards, replace damaged shingles on your rood, clean and sanitize areas where the rodents lived, we begin sealing every hole, no matter how small or large, that could be a way for rodents to enter your home. This includes putting screens over chimneys and vents and repairing holes in flooring, doors, and baseboards that lead outdoors. We also help you improve storage for foods that attract rats and mice.

Rats and mice aren’t the only scavengers that can wreak havoc on 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: It is easy for us to spot raccoon activity and nesting areas because they often leave signs and trails behind, like overturned trash cans or a string of litter through your yard. Once we find them, we begin to focus on finding damages and excluding raccoons for prevention.

Removal: We use our custom CritterSafe traps that are humane and safe for the removal of raccoons. We follow all guidelines set by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Department.

Repair: Raccoons use their teeth and nimble hands and claws to forage that also causes damages to your home. They scratch and dent spouting and pipes, rip and tear roof shingles, and gnaw wires and wood. We repair all of these, clean urine and feces, remove nests, and sanitize the areas with raccoon activity. We also put exclusion methods into place, like securing entry points with materials raccoons cannot chew or gnaw. We also protect exposed food and water sources. For example, we properly store animal feed and fence gardens—we clean debris from the property that serves as hiding spots for raccoons.

They are cute animals, but they can cause costly damages. The same is true for squirrels in the Gainesville/ Ocala areas.

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: We investigate both inside and outside your property for squirrel activity and damages. Whether it’s sagging power lines, bent or dent ledges, torn screens, or ripped shingles, we find it. We also locate any nests inside your home.

Removal: We use our CritterSafe custom trapping system to remove squirrels from your home. They are safe and humane and follow Florida guidelines.

Repair: Any types of damages caused by the squirrel, we can fix, from repairing or replacing wires, shingles, screens, boards, and more. We also exclude future squirrel activity by closing all possible entry points into your home. Outside we trim trees so they are not close to your home, giving squirrels easy access to your roof. We clean debris that attracts squirrels. We can even install tree and roof ledge barriers to prevent squirrel activity. We are happy to implement exclusion methods like removing or relocating bird feeders that attract squirrels and installing fencing around your garden.

With the proper exclusion methods, you can go back to enjoying squirrel watching. If not squirrels, then the many types of birds in Gainesville and Ocala.

Bird Removal

Cardinals, Chickadees, blue jays, bluebirds, and the Florida scrub-jay are a few backyard birds we see daily in Gainesville and Ocala. We also have starlings, sparrows, doves, and red-winged blackbirds. We have dozens and dozens of species in the area. Some can become a nuisance on your property, however, if not properly controlled.

Birds can fit through tiny holes, gaining entry into your attic, eaves, gutters, and under porch ceilings. They build nests quickly using any materials they find nearby. Sure, they eat insects, a good thing. But they also leave droppings in the most noticeable spots, like your outdoor furniture, walkways, and cars.

Birds like to roost on roof ledges and gutters, bending and scratching them. If you have ever removed a bird’s nest from your attic or eaves, you likely learned birds could rebuild a nest in the same spot relatively quickly. We know how to fix this problem.

Inspection: Critter Control experts locate all signs of bird activity, including nests. We assess damages caused by birds and develop an extensive exclusion plan.

Removal: Because it is impossible to keep birds from flying right back to your home, removing them is not an option. Instead, we focus on exclusion and protecting your home. We do remove nests before this, however.

Repair: We can replace gutters, shingles, and any other damaged items. We seal all entry points to eaves and attics. We can screen gutters, chimneys, and vents with the proper materials that don’t break or tear. We can help you remove or relocate bird feeders further away from your home. We put you back in control of the food and water sources for birds on your property.

Wildlife Removal in Gainesville with Micha Tolle

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

Rodents, raccoons, bats, and squirrels.

How do the seasons affect wildlife activity around Gainesville and Ocala?

We're busy in the fall and winter months. Business dips in the heat of the summer months of June, July, and August.

What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity?

Hearing noises in attics, finding droppings, or hearing scratching noises in the home.

Any prevention tips for residents in Florida?

Trim trees away from home, and have a professional inspect your property for wildlife activity.

When should homeowners call Critter Control?

When you first hear noises, see damage, notice droppings, or smell odors in your home or business.

Why Choose Critter Control

When you call Critter Control, we send out the best experts who are:

  • Licensed and insured
  • Extensively trained in all nuisance wildlife
  • Adequately equipped with the right tools for the job
  • Friendly and professional
  • Able to work quickly and efficiently


Serving the following locations:

By County: Alachua County, Marion County

  • Alachua
  • Archer
  • Belleview
  • Candler
  • Dunnellon
  • Earleton
  • Fairfield
  • Hawthorne
  • High Springs
  • Island Grove
  • La Crosse
  • McIntosh
  • Micanopy
  • Newberry
  • Ocala Ridge
  • Reddick
  • Silver Springs
  • Waldo
For Wildlife Control Near You, Call: (352) 372-3922
This franchise is independently licensed and operated by GHP Services, Inc, dba Critter Control of Gainesville.
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