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Typical Nuisance Wildlife in Alpharetta
Common Metro Atlanta Wildlife Problems
Is something turning over your trash bins while you sleep? Digging holes in your ground? Do you hear chirping in your ceiling or walls? Is there an unfamiliar odor coming from your attic?
You are not alone. Many North Metro Atlanta residents are experiencing the nuisance side of our local wildlife. Raccoons, opossums, rodents, squirrels, bats, skunks, birds, snakes, and many more animals are moving in and taking over. You're ready to take action.
Because so many wild animals carry diseases, you mustn't try to solve the problem yourself. It's best to have professionals who can evict the animals properly, fix damages, and prevent them from coming back. Critter Control is headquarted in Marietta. So we have a lot of first hand experience with the local wildlife.
Below are some examples of how we use our inspection, removal, and repair process to handle the most common Marietta nuisance wildlife.
Alpharetta Raccoon Removal
Raccoons are masked bandits who love the urban lifestyle. They will eat just about anything, from junk food to your backyard chicks. Raccoons can climb trees and spouting to get on your roof. If there is an opening in a vent or chimney, they will enter your attic.
Raccoons lack manners. They will steal your insulation to pad their nest, chew through wood and wires, scatter trash and debris in your yard, and leave behind loads of feces and urine, which they pile up in one spot referred to as a toilet.
Yes, it's gross. That's one reason to let us take care of the problem. Here are a few more reasons.
Inspection: Our wildlife experts can identify all areas of raccoon activity — greasy smudge marks, broken wires, damaged crops, and claw scratches are a few signs. We also locate entry points and assess damages in each area.
Removal: If needed, we use our CritterSafe trapping system. We can also use a one-way door system that allows the raccoon to leave but makes it impossible to return. We follow all Georgia laws and work with the Department of Natural Resources when necessary.
Repair: We fix or replace damaged items on your property, like gnawed wires, broken vents, and smudge marks. We remove and clean the raccoon's toilet area. We implement exclusion methods that keep raccoons where they belong, in the wild. Examples include proper storage of pet feed, sealing entry points to your home, fencing garden crops, and protecting small livestock.
There are four types of squirrels living in our Alpharetta neighborhoods: the Fox squirrel, the Eastern gray squirrel, the flying squirrel, and the red squirrel. In Georgia, squirrels are considered both a nuisance and game animals. Always seek the services of a nuisance wildlife removal company to ensure you follow the proper measures.
Squirrels love to collect and store their treasures. Your home may be the perfect storage facility. They can keep watch over their items by building a nest nearby. You will know they are there when you hear them moving around in your attic or running across your roof, anytime day or night.
Squirrels eat nuts, pinecones, bark, bird eggs, seeds, roots, and garden crops. If you've got any of these on your property, or if you keep bird feeders stocked, you've got squirrels. Before they do too much damage, call us.
Inspection: Our pros know precisely where to look for squirrel nests and identify their feces and urine. We can recognize paw prints and claw marks and locate every possible entry point, from chimneys to dryer vents.
Removal: We use a custom one-way door that allows squirrels to exit your home but not reenter. We remove nests and juvenile squirrels according to local and state laws when necessary.
Repair: Our most common repairs include damaged wiring, shingles, and gnawed wood. We replace insulation, and we install fencing to protect garden crops. To exclude squirrels, we trim tree branches away from your home, making it harder for them to travel. We can install squirrel barriers on trees and ledges of your home. We can remove or relocate bird feeders and clean debris that squirrels find attractive.
Rat Pest Control
There are three species of rats and mice commonly found in homes and buildings throughout Alpharetta: the house mouse, the Norway rat, and the roof rat. Each one scavenges at night to find food and water. During the day, they hunker down in the nest they created, likely in your attic or walls. To make a nest, they will use any materials nearby, including insulation and clothing.
You will rarely see them, but rodents can travel anywhere, which means they can cause damage anywhere. Often found are sagging electrical wires, chewed boards, and a trail of droppings and smelly urine. They also scurry across your countertops and into your pantry, where they chew through food boxes and ruin groceries.
We can get rid of rats and mice in your home.
Inspection: We find every entry hole. Mice can fit through a hole the size of a quarter, so it's essential to use experts who know where to look.
Removal: We follow local and state guidelines, including trapping when necessary. Removal may vary depending on the size of the infestation.
Repair: We often repair gnawing of wires and wood, remove nests, and clean urine and feces trails. Exclusion methods include taking away food sources like pet food and properly storing groceries. We also clean areas close to your home, like woodpiles, trash cans, brush piles, and weeds that rats and mice find attractive. We properly seal entry points, including drains, vents, and all other holes.
Bats in the attic, shed, or barn can be easy to miss. But in Alpharetta, it's not that uncommon.
Georgia is home to 16 species of bats, all of which can carry diseases, so please do not try to interact with a bat. Here's why: Bats poop and pee a lot. A bat's guano is so toxic it can degrade metal and wood. Also, they defecate while sleeping upside down, letting the toxic waste run over their bodies. If you touch the fur, you will be handling their waste.
If you have a bat problem, whether it is one bat or an infestation, call Critter Control.
Inspection: It's not difficult to locate bats on your property. Between the stains and smells, our experts can quickly find their home. They can also discover all the food and water sources that attracted bats to your space in the first place.
Removal: We follow all laws regarding bat removal, like avoiding removal attempts between May and August during a bat's maternity season. If we can get bats to leave through our one-way valve, they are not able to return. If they don't want to go, we can physically remove them wearing our protective gloves and equipment. We remove all bat guano and clean the areas affected.
Repair: We have two main goals: to seal all entry points and exclude future bat invasions. Exclusion methods include removing sources that attract bugs, like stagnant water and overhead lighting.
Opossum Removal in Atlanta
Opossums, or possums, are prevalent in Atlanta. 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.
Plus, they are filthy, leaving feces and urine wherever they go. While most possums will move to a new home every few weeks, you don’t have to wait. You can call us to evict them early.
Inspection: We look for paw prints, waste, and areas destroyed by possums. We follow their trails and find out how they entered your home. We also locate food and water sources that attracted them to your property.
Removal: Possums are protected in Georgia, so we use our CritterSafe system to trap and remove them from your home. We remove waste and clean the areas where they were active. We implement exclusion methods like sealing entry points and removing their access to food or water.
Repair: We’ve seen possums break items stored in your attic or basement, scratch walls, chew wood, and rip up the flooring. We come prepared to fix damages like these.
Snake Control in Alpharetta
With nearly 50 species of snakes in Georgia, only six are venomous. That doesn't stop everyone from being fearful, though. Snakes are sneaky in their search for food and water. They can easily enter crawlspaces below decks, barns, sheds, coops, and even cars. Snakes are not usually destructive and, when left alone, do very little harm. That doesn't mean you want them hanging out on your property, though. We can help.
The Critter Control Process
Inspection: Our inspection for snake control involves looking for food, water, and shelter resources snakes find attractive. We look for entry points to your home and anything left behind, like skin shedding.
Removal: If a snake is in your home and won't leave, we can safely and humanely capture and release the snake. Most efforts are focused on exclusion methods that prevent future visits from snakes.
Repair: Repair includes making your property safe from snakes. We seal all possible entry points into your home. We also clear debris and good hiding spots, like piles of rocks or logs and high grassy areas.
Commercial and Residential Bird Control
Birds are everywhere in Atlanta. Sparrows, starlings, and pigeons are the only ones not protected by state and federal laws simply because they are not native to our state. All birds can become nuisance birds. They perch on roof ledges, poop on cars and windows, and build nests in eaves and attics. Their poop is acidic and causes corrosion. It carries many toxins that can lead to respiratory diseases in humans.
Birds like to find small spaces to call home, like ventilation ducts, gutters, and soffits. When it rains, water that is supposed to flow away from your home doesn't. Water is not the only issue, however. The nesting materials they use can clog vents, creating fire hazards.
Let us help!
Inspection: We understand how a bird thinks and what it likes, including nesting and perching spots, food, and water sources.
Removal: If birds are in your home, we use one-way doors to let them fly out but not return. We remove nests and waste.
Repair: While we may not wash bird droppings off your car, we will repair or replace damaged soffits, gutters, shingles, wires, and more. We focus on exclusion by reducing food and water sources that attract birds.
How Professional Wildlife Control Services Can Help You
Don't let nuisance wildlife interfere with living your best life in Alpharetta, Georgia. Call a wildlife control company, like Critter Control, to resolve the problem, so you don't have to deal with:
- Removing and cleaning gross animal droppings
- Avoiding dangerous bites or toxins
- Finding a handyman to fix damages
We do all this for you, plus you get:
- Friendly, professional service
- Extensively trained staff
- Licensed and insured experts
Tom Hanson is awesome! We're renovating and the roof is opened up, so here come the rats. So gross. I contacted Critter Control via their website, got a call back within the hour, and Tom was on property the next morning. He studied our situation and gave thorough, thoughtful advice—which did not include using their services! Instead, he taught us how to manage the situation until we can deploy a more permanent solution. When the house is sealed up again, Tom and Critter Control will return to ensure the complete removal of all unwanted creatures. Thank you, Tom and Critter Control. We appreciate your great service!
Cooper was punctual, knowledgeable, and reassuring. His trained eye noticed things we would not have seen. His investigation was thorough and answered all of questions. Highly recommend.
Terrific. Kind, quick, reliable, reasonable. Knowledgeable and professional staff. Highly recommend. Thank you for your work on our properties. S
Critter Control has solved my problems for several years. I would recommend them to everyone. Their representatives are always prompt, knowledgeable, courteous and very helpful in solving problems.
Raymond was very pleasant and knowledgeable. He paid attention to detail. Good Job!! Thankyou!!
I am so glad I had Critter Control come and inspect my house! The problem was located and fixed immediately and since then I have not had any more problems with bats. Money well spent!!!
I connected Critter Control Orlando and was surprised, though elated that an actual person quickly answered. She was pleasant and efficiently scheduled a visit to my house to solve my varmit problem. The appointment was the next day. As arranged, I got a call from Ryan the next morning to tell me his eta. He arrived right on time and after explaining the procedure, got right to work. After a survey of our attic, he told us the problem and gave us a price to fix it. He explained exactly what would be done and an approximate number of visits it would take. I found Ryan to be easy to communicate with and an excellent customer relations person. I will be recommending Critter Control to my friends and neighbors.
We had a raccoon in the attic and this team of professional workers caught him after days of detective work. It was a pleasure working with them and having them at my house. I especially want to thank John and Kenzie!
After months of fighting moles in our yard ourselves and with the help of a landscaper, with no success, Critter Control caught a mole within a week. Very reasonably priced and very thorough. They’re the experts! We should have called them a lot sooner.
Justin was very professional and he and his team did the work quickly and thoroughly. This is a nice company to work with.