Atlanta has a rising population of nuisance wildlife. You can expect to encounter wildlife like raccoons, skunks, snakes, rodents, groundhogs, squirrels, bats, opossums, armadillos, rabbits, and various birds.
Wildlife has three goals: food, water, and shelter. If animals find a consistent source of food and water on your property, they will create a shelter, even if that means moving into parts of your home or office. Don’t be fooled by their cuteness. Local wildlife can cause significant damage to your property.
Getting rid of nuisance wildlife in Atlanta is not as easy as you may think. Different rules and regulations exist for each animal, but Critter Control is here for you every step of the way in the wildlife removal process. To avoid potential problems, allow our experts to help.
Raccoons are plentiful in the Atlanta area. Roaming neighborhoods at night makes the masked bandit even more elusive. While you don’t often see a raccoon up close and personal, you can see the damage they leave behind.
Raccoons have strong hands, helping them climb spouting, trees, and chimneys. They use their hands to shred vent ducts, insulation, wallpaper, and sentimental items not properly stored in your attic. Raccoons eat a lot, which means they poop and pee a lot. The feces left behind carry toxins that can be harmful to humans and pets.
Raccoons also create fire hazards by chewing electrical wiring or clogging vents with nest materials. We can put an end to a raccoon infestation.
Rats and mice are the most typical pest animal to be in your home. Proximity to water and buildings with plenty of entry holes (roof rats are capable of squeezing through holes only 3/4" in diameter) allow the pests to travel freely and breed rapidly.
They are excellent jumpers and will readily chew through wood or burrow beneath ground level to enter a structure. Once inside, they run up the interior of a wall cavity to enter the upper portion of the home or business. Mice and rats can contaminate food with waste, spread disease, and destroy property.
Successful rodent pest control
requires more than a few traps. Because rodents breed rapidly, you need a strategic rat trap plan.
Watching a squirrel at work is entertaining. Most likely, you are watching the gray squirrel, the most common in Atlanta. It shimmies, scurries, scavenges, and stores food and materials for the winter months. You smile and laugh at the squirrel’s behavior. That is until you see it climb a tree, run across your roof, and enter your attic.
You run to the attic to be certain, and yes, there it is, the squirrel’s massive collection of goodies. You also notice they have made a nest using materials they found in your attic, like insulation fabrics from clothes or blankets. The odor? Oh, that’s from the toxic waste squirrels leave behind.
Squirrels like to eat seeds, nuts, fruits, some garden crops, and even bird eggs. While you are trying to sleep, squirrels in your attic are having a feast.
Before you try to get rid of the squirrel and its belongings yourself, call the experts. If not done right, the squirrel will move right back in next week.
Georgia is home to sixteen bat specieis, all of which are protected in some way due to diseases like the white-nose syndrome that is reducing bat populations. Bats are very beneficial to the environment, eating thousands of insects in one night.
If you have bats on your property, that means you have ample food and water for them to survive. They will find a nearby place to roost, likely in your attic, ceilings, sheds, or barns.
Bats can become a nuisance because of the piles of guano they produce. Bat guano, or poop, is very toxic, carrying diseases affecting the human respiratory system. It can corrode metal and wood due to the uric acid content. Bats poop in their sleep and while hanging upside down. This means the guano runs down their little bodies, covering their fur.
It is never a good idea to interact with a bat since they are disease carriers and will bite if they feel threatened. Instead, call us to help you get rid of bats from your home.
Chipmunks generally hibernate during the winter in Atlanta. Chipmunks mate twice a year. The first litter of two to five kits is born in April and May; the second litter in July and August.
Chipmunks pose no real danger to human. They rarely enter homes but will explore basements and crawlspaces for food. The more pressing threat is damage to lawns and gardens. Their burrows are quite extensive that include areas for sleeping, storing food, defecating, and give birth.
There are all sorts of chipmunk repellents, deterrents, and baits on the market, but these do little to truly get rid of chipmunks.
Opossums, or possum, are prevalent in Atlanta. If you see an opossum in your yard, it is best to ignore it. They usually move on from a location within a few days. In the meantime, they will probably eat pests like ticks or rodents.
If you’ve got one in your home, you know it’s there. They are noisy animals. They scream, hiss, thump and bump. They can truly be annoying at any time during the day or night.Opossums will also leave feces and urine wherever they go. If you have a nuisance opossum in your house or udner a deck, call us to evict opossums early.
If you have a snake in your home, you have another animal pest problem. Snakes generally enter a home looking for food. Snakes will also enter your home to explore, shed its skin, or as a temporary refuge. Removing the snake’s food source is the ideal way to remove a snake.