Professional Wildlife Removal Services
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.
Safe, humane removal of nuisance animals and pests from your home or property.
Wildlife Pest Prevention
Habitat modifications and exclusion services to effectively prevent future wildlife pest problems
Animal Damage Repairs
Professional and permanent repairs to entry points, insulation, and damage from animal urine or feces.
Nuisance Wildlife in Chicagoland
The collar counties around Chicago provide an attractive area for wildlife because of the flat land, easy access to water and an urban tree canopy of over 172 million trees. Chicagoland has experience rapid expansion since the 1960s.
The Chicago River and Lake Michigan have kept the Chicago area as an attractive habitat for a variety of wild animals such as coyotes, raccoons, bats, squirrels, foxes, snakes, and a variety of birds.
Due to urban sprawl, these animls have adapted to the urban and suburban landscape. One way to be good neighbor to the urban wildlife in Chicago is protecting your home from their entry or ensuring a safe and humane removal of the animal.
Raccoon Removal in Chicago
Raccoons are thriving in Chicago. The population continues to explode in Illinios. Populations of 9 to 45 are common in Illinois, but in Kane county populations have been recorded as high as 98 to 101 raccoons! Densely populated areas like Aurora, Naperville, Joliet, Elgin, and Waukegen offer plenty of food and shelter for raccoons.
Attics, crawl spaces, and chimneys resemble similar spaces found in nature that raccoons use to make dens. Generally, a female raccoon will make a den during breeding season. In Illinois, raccoon breeding season lasts from January through March and peaks in February. Most baby raccoons are born in April or early May.
If you hear loud thumping and chittering noises during the first half of the year or see a raccoon active during the day, you likely have a family of raccoons in your home. While adorable and clever, raccoons carry health risks to you and your family. Raccoons are a known rabies carrier and across the Illinois test positive for raccoon roundworm, a parasite that may be life-threatening to people and pets.
- 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.
- Trapping & Removal- We use our custom CritterSafe traps that are humane and safe for the removal of raccoons.
- Repairs- 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.
Bat Removal in Metro Chicago
There are 13 bat species commonly found in Illinois, and all are protected by under the Wildlife Code (520 ILCS 5/1.1) Bats are an important part of the ecosystem (a single bat can consume 3,000 insects in one night!),
You can remove a bat from a living space you actively use at any time. If a bat colony is in a non-living space (attic), bat removal can only take place from March 15 to May 15 when outdoor temperatures exceed 50° F at dusk, and August 5 through October 30 when outdoor temperatures exceed 50° F at dusk.
Bats are known vectors for rabies, but the greatest risk is from guano. The accumulation of bat guano can weaken home structures. Mold that leads to Histoplasma can grow in bat guano.
Inspection- Small squeaking sounds. Piles of droppings in one corner of the house. Stains on walls and strong ammonia smell.
Trapping & Removing- Generally you can only remove a bat if its in the livable part of your home. Otherwise a one-way bat valve will be employed. Once the bats offspring have reached maturity, the bat valve allows them to fly out but not return. The bats evict themselves.
Repairs- Sealing entry points. Disinfecting area under roost from accumulation of guano.
Nuisance Squirrel Removal
The Eastern gray squirrel is one of the most common animals in Chicagoland. Squirrels break into Chicago attics to escape cold weather and raise their young. Once indoors, the pests will gnaw on walls, insulation, and wiring. Their constant chewing can damage property and even create a fire hazard. A squirrel may also shelter fleas and ticks in their fur.
Inspection- Gnaw marks on, in, or around your home. Small openings to attics or the crawl space. Droppings. Debris like nuts or nesting materials.
Trapping & Removal- Live trapping, deterrents, one-way doors.
Repairs- exculsion services focus on repairing entry points. Removing debris, repairing nest sites, decontaminating droppings and urine.
Rodent Pest Control in Chicago
Norway rats live in colonies and enter Chicago suburb homes to find meals and warmth. The stronger rat colonies get the better locations. If your home has plentiful resources (food, shelter, water), you might be attracting large rat colonies. Norway rat infestations usually occur in crawl spaces and basements.
Once inside, Norway rats and other rodent pests like mice pollute pantries and kitchens with droppings which can lead to illnesses. Rodents also cause damage by gnawing on wood, wiring, and other materials.
Any gaps or cracks (larger than 1/4 of an inch) in home foundations and siding can allow rats inside. Norway rats are burrowing pests, so tracks or tunnels in yards may be the first sign of a rodent problem.
The most effective means of rat control is trapping and sealing your home.
Inspection- Noises such as scurrying and rat or mouse droppings most prominent signs you have a rodent infestation
Trapping- Variety of traps available.
Repairs- Caulking cracks, capping chimneys, installing mesh over vents.
One of the most common animals is the rock pigeon, which roosts on manmade structures. The pests visit yards and patios in large flocks looking for food or a place to rest.
Wherever these birds gather, residents will notice an excessive amount of droppings. Pigeon poop can kill plants and ruin paint on vehicles and buildings. Their waste also spreads diseases such as toxoplasmosis, salmonellosis, and histoplasmosis.
Skunks tolerate living near humans and thrive in urban and suburban settings. They typically invade Chicago suburb lawns in search for food and a safe place to burrow. Sheds, porches, and foundations make ideal burrowing locations which can lead to structural damage.
Skunks breed mid-February to mid-March. Skunks are polygamous. One female skunk in February could attract several potential suitors. Females give birth in May or early June with litters from two to eight. If you notice a skunk on your property in February, you could have a significant issue through the spring.
Skunks are not true hibernators but will retreat to dens during extreme weather. If the temperature is above freezing, skunks can be active at night in the winter.
To avoid a skunk’s spray rely on professional handling and skunk trapping. Removing food supplies is one of the most effective ways to prevent a skunk from entering your property.
There are over 4,000 coyotes in Chicago, and there is an estimated two to ten times more raccoons in Cook County then the rest of Illinois.
Although coyotes adapt well to urban settings, they generally stay away from people. However, the animals do enter Chicago-area backyards to prey on small animals and may even attack cats and dogs. Coyotes are prone to diseases like rabies and canine distemper, which can affect unvaccinated pets.
Beaver dams create thriving ecosystems, but nuisance beavers also cause flooding in residential areas and on public lands.
Due to certain state and federal laws, attempting to remove beaver dams can result in costly fines or jail time. Beavers can become hostile if threatened.
Beavers are extremely diligent workers and will continue causing issues until they are removed from the property. Trutech will undertake an intense trapping session and trap for a specific number of days or until activity stops, whichever comes first.
Beavers target an area and work there consistently until they need more resources. As a result, they will develop a “slide.” These are visible mud slides that the beavers create from repeatedly going in and out of the water. It’s important to locate beaver slides in order to have a more successful trapping session.
The process of beaver removal typically takes 10-14 days.Removing trees or wrapping trunks in hardware cloth and controlling water level deter beavers.
FAQ about Wildlife in Chicago
What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in Chicago and the suburbs?
Animals in attics, under stoops, patios and decks. Animals tearing up lawns, damaging home siding and roofs. Beavers chewing on trees.
How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in your area?
Cities like Aurora, Naperville, and Waukugen experience hot, humid summers and cold winters (the typical Midwestern weather). A homeowner will most likely notice an animal in their home during the spring to early summer. Mammals are looking for safe places to have their young in the spring.
Hot summers will drive animals out of attics. Animals hibernate in the winter and slows animal activity. Some animals are still active in winter that will seek shelter from the elements most notably rats and mice.
What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity?
Noises in the home. Strange smells similar to amonia. Animal droppings. Trails through attic insulation. Holes in the ground, or sod being rolled. Visual footprints on downspouts.
When should homeowners call Critter Control?
Homeowners should call at the first sign of animal activity.
How Professional Wildlife Control Services Can Help You
Our Sarasota-based wildlife specialists understand that encountering nuisance wildlife on your property can be an unsettling experience. We are well-equipped to handle the situation humanely and put your mind at ease.
- We are very familiar with the particular animals and reptiles Sarasota-area residents often encounter.
- Our technicians have the most up-to-date training and know the best techniques for removing wildlife and keeping both humans and animals safe.
- After removing the animal from your property, we will work closely with you to repair your property and keep wildlife out for good.
Why Chose Critter Control
- Critter Control’s wildlife technicians are the most degreed specialists in the industry.
- Critter Control only uses the most humane, effective methods for removing nuisance wildlife.
- We not only remove the animal, but we also help you restore your property and make sure your home or business stays free of unwanted visitors.
COMMON WILDLIFE ISSUES IN THIS LOCATION
- Animal Damage
- Animal Droppings
- Animal Noises
- Animal Odor Removal
- Animal Tracks in Yard
- Animals on the Roof
- Animals Under Homes & Porches
- Bats in Homes
- Bats in the Attic
- Chimney Caps and Screens Installed
- Chimney Repairs
- Chipmunk Removal
- Dead Animal Removal
- Humane Animal Trapping
- Mice in Walls & Attics
- Raccoon Trapping
- Raccoons in Attic
- Rats in Walls & Attics
- Seal Animal Entry Points in Homes
- Skunk Control
- Skunk Trapping
- Skunks Under Heating Units
- Snake Removal
- Squirrel Trapping
- Squirrels in Attics
- Squirrels in Homes
- Stinging Insect Removal
- Woodpecker Removal
- Chimney Swifts
- Deer Mouse
- Flying Squirrels
- Ground Squirrels
- Norway Rats
- Stinging Insects
- Yellow Jackets
Serving the following locations:
By County: Boone, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Jo Davies, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, Livington, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, Will and Winnebago Counties.
For Wildlife Control Near You, Call: (847) 908-5163