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When you have invading wildlife and pest problem, our Certified Wildlife Specialists and pest control teams are here to help. Our highly qualified animal and pest control teams can handle nearly any wildlife control issue in Tampa, St Pete, and throughout Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco Counties with the help of our unique accumulation of expert knowledge. From risky rat, raccoon, and bat removal to basic bird control, we conduct each job under the highest of humane animal-handling standards. We provide animal removal, animal damage repair, attic clean-out, attic insulation services and eco-friendly pest control services to residential and commercial property owners, property management companies, insurance companies, airports, industrial parks, HOA’s and more.
Rat and Mice Pest Control
Are you hearing scratching noises in your walls, floors or attic? Rats carry several diseases and can make a filthy mess inside your attic, crawl space or basement. Not only that, they will cause damage a considerable amount of damage chewing through your walls, wiring and brickwork. Critter Control of Tampa's trained experts will handle your rat problems in a safe, humane and efficient manner.
Our technicians will trap and remove both live and dead wildlife. Rats are notorious disease carriers, and they're capable of inflicting serious bites or scratches. Because of this, it is important that you contact a professional rat trapper for proper removal.
Once all rats are safely removed from your property, the next step is to prevent future problems. We will conduct a thorough inspection of your crawl space, attic or other area of concern to determine how rats got in or may enter in the future. Our technicians will then seal all entry points to exclude rats. Critter Control staff can also complete inspections as a preventative measure if you've never had a rat problem and want to keep it that way.
Rat colonies can cause considerable damage in your attic, garage or crawl space. Aside from the damage rats cause by chewing through walls and other parts of your property, they also frequently leave so much waste and debris that carpets, sections of floor or other building materials need to be completely replaced. Our technicians will clean and disinfect all problem areas, repair any damage and repair any damage related to the infestation.
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.
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.
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.
Noticing damage to your attic, damaged ducts, chewed wiring and missing roof shingles? These are all signs of possible raccoon damage. Raccoons can cause considerable damage and make a mess if they find their way into your home or business. Not only that, they also carry diseases and can be aggressive toward humans and pets. Critter Control of Tampa's trained experts will handle your raccoon problems in a safe, humane and efficient manner.
If you've found raccoons in your attic, crawl space, garage or someplace else on your property, our technicians will carefully remove them. Because raccoons can carry disease and are capable of causing serious injuries when handled, raccoon removal and raccoon trapping should be left to professionals.
Once all raccoons are safely removed from your property, the next step is to make sure they don't return. We will conduct a thorough inspection of your crawl space, attic or other area of concern to determine how raccoons got in or may enter in the future.
Our technicians will then seal all entry points to exclude raccoons. Critter Control staff can also complete inspections as a preventative measure if you've never had a problem but want to avoid one.
Clean up and repair damage: Raccoons are large animals, and raccoon colonies can cause major damage in your attic, garage or crawl space. They also frequently leave large amounts of waste and debris. Our technicians can clean and disinfect the problem area, repair any damage and resolve other problems caused by the raccoons.
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
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.
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.
It is very common for squirrels to enter buildings, primarily in attics. Squirrels can cause damage, carry diseases and make a mess inside your home. Critter Control of Tampa provides trained experts that will handle your squirrel problems in a safe, humane and efficient manner.
If squirrels have already taken up residence in your attic or crawl space, our technicians will carefully remove them. Because squirrels can carry disease and inflict nasty bites or scratches, squirrel removal and squirrel trapping should be left to professionals.
Once all squirrels are safely removed from your property, the next step is to prevent future problems. We will conduct a thorough inspection of your crawl space, attic or other area of concern to determine how squirrels got in or may enter in the future.
Our technicians will then seal all entry points to exclude squirrels. Critter Control staff can also complete inspections as a preventative measure if you've never had a problem but live in an area with high squirrel activity.
Squirrel colonies can cause considerable damage in your attic, garage or crawl space. They also frequently leave large amounts of waste and debris. Our technicians can clean and disinfect the problem area, repair any damage and resolve other problems related to the infestation.
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
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.
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.
Tampa attics offer bats
safety from predators and a quiet spot to raise their young. These animals can squeeze inside through holes left by missing shingles or even gaps between bricks in a wall
. Bat droppings
build up quickly when several of the pests live in one place. Their waste creates foul odors, stains, and the potential for disease.
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).
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.
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.
are the only marsupials native to North America. They are nocturnal; therefore, residents rarely see opossum damage until the next morning. Tipped-over garbage cans and trash strewn across lawns are common sights when opossums are around. These pests also raid gardens and dig through compost bins to find food. Opossums are also capable of spreading disease through the parasites they carry, including fleas and ticks.
Opossums can be found inside attics and basements or outside under decks and sheds. Common signs include unique paw prints and feces. Opossums are docile and usually easy to spot.
Trapping & Removal
Opossums can be lured into cages for live capture. If it is maternity season, we follow all guidelines for removing mother and newborn opossums. We will seal entryways into the building to prevent opossums from reentering in the future. Opossums can be kept from getting under sheds and decks by installing fencing around the bottom edges and burying the fence underground.
Broken screens on chimney and roof vents are replaced with sturdier materials, and we properly seal all entry points, including crawlspaces. We clean and deodorize areas of opossum activity. Exclusion may include eliminating sources that attract bugs, like nighttime lighting, stagnant water, and livestock poop.
Florida has 46 snake species. Many of these unwanted pests and their prey thrive in Tampa's warm climate. Though many snakes are harmless, there are six venomous varieties that occupy yards in this urban area. In addition to scaring people, these pests can deliver potentially fatal bites, which require immediate medical attention. Tampa residents should always take precautions around snakes to avoid provoking an attack.
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
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.
Other Common Wildlife Issues
Critter Control Process
How Critter Control humane and safely gets rid of nuisance wildlife from your home and property.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 offers in-house financing. Both standard and 90-day same as cash financing options have 12-,18-,24-, or 36-month options. Some projects might qualify for a budgeted plan up to 60 months.
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 Tampa's Franchisees
What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in your area?
- Rat infestations and rats in attics; nesting, feeding & breeding
- Squirrels in attics and garages
- Raccoons in attics and garages
- Bats in Garage/ Home/ Attic
- Opossums in the attic
- Snakes in kitchen/Home
How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in Orlando?
Cold fronts coming from the North during the winter season cause wildlife to seek warm shelter in homes and businesses, resulting in unwanted animal invaders and property damage. Summer rains and heat cause wildlife to seek cooler and dry spaces in homes and businesses, resulting in unwanted animal invaders and property damage.
What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity?
Rat droppings, rodent droppings, grease stain trails, soffit damage, entry holes in structure, noises and scratching sounds in attic /walls and emitting unpleasant animal odors.
Any prevention or exclusion tips for residents in your area?
- Replace seals and gaskets on doors, including garage doors.
- Store food in sealed containers.
- If you have pets be sure to feed your pets inside and keep garbage cans tightly sealed to prevent unwelcome visitors.
- Caulk and seal small cracks and openings.
- Close home access points using anti-intrusion materials designed for use with exhaust vents, chimney stacks, plumbing stacks, etc.
- Seal any gaps between the soffit and roof lining.
- Call the professionals at Critter Control of Greater Orlando. We will survey your property and provide a detailed report outlining animal and pest prevention actions required to keep your home or business free and safe of unwanted animal invaders.
When should homeowners call you?
- If they hear unfamiliar sounds in their attic or living spaces.
- If they see evidence of wildlife, or pests in their home, or damage to their home.
- If they smell a strange odor coming from inside, or immediately outside of their home.
- If they feel, or see evidence of insect bites on their skin.
- If they desire peace-of-mind knowing their home has been pest-proofed and further protected with a warranty.
- If they're getting ready to sell their home and want to help optimize its value by making sure the attic is free from animal and pest infestations and they have the correct amount of attic insulation (Recommended R-38 Value in Florida)
This franchise is independently licensed and operated by Culver Services, Inc, dba Critter Control of Tampa