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Indiana is home to about 750 wildlife species, with 150 endangered and protected.  Fortunately, you won't find most of these species in your neighborhood, yard, or home. In Michiana, the St. Joseph River provides food and water for many types of wildlife. 

Wildlife you may see nearby include skunks, bats, rats, squirrels, raccoons, rabbits, snakes, opossums, groundhogs, and various birds.

All these animals can become nuisances if left uncontrolled. They can damage the interior and exterior of your home and make you feel unsafe in your personal space. That is not okay. At Critter Control, we remove nuisance animals and give you back security and peace. Below are some examples of how we have removed the most common nuisance wildlife in South Bend using our inspection, removal, and repair process.

Wildlife Removal in Northern, Indiana

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 quickly get rid of raccoons, rodents, and other nuisances. 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.

Raccoons Removal

We don't see the nocturnal, masked bandit of South Bend too often, only the evidence of its existence, like scattered trash, tipped garbage cans, opened feed bags, and missing chickens. They dig holes in your yard searching for insects, raid your garden and literally break and enter your home.

Raccoons will tear screens or doors blocking an entrance and even crawl through windows or open pet doors. Once in your personal space, raccoons will set up two places: a bathroom and a nest. To create these, they will use their nimble hands to rip insulation, scratch flooring and walls, and destroy stored personal items.

There are regulations regarding the removal of raccoons. Calling wildlife control experts is the best option to get rid of a raccoon problem.

Inspection: Our experts understand raccoon habits and can spot every potential entry into your home. We can also assess damages caused by raccoon activity.

Removal: We typically use exclusion methods to keep raccoons out of your home, but we have safe and humane traps that meet local and state regulations if one doesn't want to leave.

Repair: Raccoon repairs include fixing chewed wires, damaged drywall, and removing their piles of feces and urine. We apply sanitization to the area. We focus heavily on closing all holes and cracks used to enter your home. Outside we eliminate a raccoon's access to food and water sources by properly storing animal feeds, clearing debris, fencing gardens, and securing small livestock.

Squirrel Removal

South Bend mammals include the Northern and Southern flying squirrels, red squirrel, gray squirrel, and fox squirrel. They can all be found scavenging in your property for garden crops, nuts, fruits, seeds, grains, and even tiny bird eggs. Squirrels are collectors, stealing treasures to store for winter months.

You may hear squirrels chirping, growling, hissing, and making other sounds in your walls, attic, or ceiling. Prioritze getting rid of squirrels in your home  because they can create fire hazards by storing items in your vents and ducts and gnawing on electrical wires. They like to raid bird feeders and strip bark from trees to nibble on the sap. In their daily scurries, they dent gutters and spouting, chew through the siding and break roof shingles.

We know how to handle issues with squirrels.

Inspection: We identify every place where squirrels can enter your home. We know all the signs of damage caused by squirrels.

Removal: Squirrels are often away from their nests. While gone, we seal all the holes so they cannot return. If a squirrel is stuck in a wall or small space and can't get out, we can use a safe and humane trap for removal.

Repair: Squirrel repairs include fixing chewed electrical wires, torn insulation, drywall, flooring, and baseboards. Outside, we fix roof shingles, holes in siding and install tree and roof barriers. We often squirrel-proof bird feeders.

Another South Bend nuisance wildlife is the bat, which is not quite as invasive as the squirrel.

Bat Removal

The big and little brown bats are two of thirteen bat species in Indiana. The brown bats are the ones you may hear or smell roosting in your attic. Bats are loud and when roosting in colonies, it will make it hard for you to ignore them.

Bats eating insects is not a nuisance at all. We love that about them. We need them. It's their guano that is the primary nuisance. They poop while roosting, so most of their guano is inside your attic, shed, barn, or other man-made structure. Never try to get rid of a bat by yourself. Its fur is covered in its guano, which can grow molds that, if inhaled, can lead to respiratory issues. Also, when they feel threatened, bats may act aggressively and bite you. While rare, some bats can carry diseases like rabies.

Bat roosts are easy to locate. Getting them to move out of the roost is challenging. That's where our experts can help.

Inspection: Locating all areas that attract large amounts of insects and bugs is essential to the removal process. Also important is finding all cracks and holes used by bats to enter your home.

Removal: We use custom-sized bat valves on small and large holes or cracks in your walls or doors. They allow bats to fly out of your property safely, but they cannot fly back in. Occasionally, we must use our bat gloves and other equipment to handle a stuck or scared bat.

Repair: Removing bat guano and applying sanitization to the area is a priority. Permanently sealing holes and cracks in the home or building will prevent future bats from inhabiting the space. Finally, we help you reduce the number of insects on your property by limiting outdoor night lighting, moving manure piles further away from your home, and eliminating stagnant water sources.

Rats and Mice Pest Control


Rodents reproduce quickly, several times a year, making control practices even more crucial. They are a danger to your home and your health. According to a government report, at least 20 percent of all food is consumed or contaminated by rats and mice.

The house mouse and the Norway rat are the ones we see in and around homes in South Bend. The first sign is usually finding feces droppings. Both have teeth and like to chew everything from carpet, wood, and metal to furniture, cabinets, and food boxes.

Other signs include tracks, burrows, urine stains, urine smell, nests, and sounds. You can sometimes hear them in the walls, attic, or ceiling. They don't travel too far from their nests for food and often live in colonies.

Let us help you keep rats and mice outside your home.

Inspection: Finding out how the rodents are entering your home is the most important step. Our inspection has to be thorough because they can squeeze through holes or cracks that are only inches in size.

Removal: We use traps to capture rodents according to local regulations.

Repair: We have fixed chewed wires, replaced drywall, refitted windows and doors, even garage doors. We use exclusion methods to prevent future rodent problems, including installing mesh wire to the chimney, vent, and pipe openings. Keeping your yard free of pet feces and feed helps. Also, keeping your yard manicured makes it less attractive to rodents. Finally, storing feed and trash the right way is a must.

Squirrels are rodents, too, that can be just as destructive.

Snake Removal from Home

There are 32 snake species in Indiana, but only four are venomous: copperhead, cottonmouth, timber rattlesnake, and eastern rattlesnake. Snakes rarely bother or annoy people. However, nuisance wildlife usually has an official designation so that we can remove them from a home. Without snakes, our ecosystem could not survive. They are a kind of pest control, eating insects, mice, and other small animals.

The snakes you see around your South Bend home are mostly harmless garter snakes, rat snakes, blue racers, hog-nose, fox, and milk snakes. If a snake is in your home or on your property, do not kill it. Call us instead. Snakes are good at avoiding detection. If we can catch them, we will.

Inspection: Our experts determine why snakes find your property attractive, like food sources such as rats and mice. We look for signs of both snakes and rodents.

Removal: We typically allow snakes to leave on their own. If one is stuck or refusing to go, we have safety equipment to remove and relocate snakes away from your home.

Repair: Snake exclusion starts with sealing all entry points. Our experts can offer tips on how to deter snakes in the future, like keeping your yard manicured and tidy, removing piles of wood, logs, and debris, and getting rid of rodents.

Opossum Control

Opossums are more of a nuisance than a real danger. They are very common in urban and suburban settings and will eat practically anything.  Opossums will use attics, crawlspaces and the areas under sheds and porches as dens.

Opossum Control: Live trapping. Securing potential food sources like pet food and garbage. Sealing entry points to prevent entry to attics and crawl spaces. Installed fencing prevents opossums  from using decks and sheds as dens.

Professional Wildlife Control Company

Calling professional wildlife control experts at Critter Control ensures your safety from potential bites and bacteria. Hiring experts has many benefits, including:

  • They take care of cleaning and sanitizing areas covered by feces and urine.
  • They have the right equipment to complete wildlife removal quickly.
  • They can teach you how to prevent future nuisance wildlife invasions.

Hiring Critter Control provides further advantages. You get experts with:

  • Extensive knowledge of all wildlife.
  • Understanding of local and state laws.
  • Licensure, certification, and insurance.

FAQ about Wildlife in South Bend

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

Raccoons and bats in their attics.

How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in your area?
Winter slows things down and the heat slows down a little. Rest of the time business as usual

Any prevention tips for residents in your area?
Annual home inspections.  

When should homeowners call Critter Control?
As soon as they see it hear the first noise in the home.

Critter Control in Northern Indiana

Dedicated to animal pest control excellence, our staff of professionals at Critter Control includes biologists, zoologists, animal control officers, and anti-cruelty employees. Our highly qualified animal control teams can handle nearly any wildlife control issue in Elkhart and South Bend, with the help of our unique accumulation of expert knowledge. From risky raccoon removal to basic bird control, we conduct each job under the highest of humane animal-handling standards.

Serving the following locations:

By Indiana County: Elkhart, Kosciusko, Saint Joseph 

By Michigan County: Cass and St. Joseph

  • Bristol
  • Cass, MI
  • City of Goshen
  • City of South Bend
  • City of Warsaw
  • Colon, MI
  • Constantine, MI
  • Dowagiac, MI
  • Elkhart
  • Etna Green
  • Granger
  • Lakeville
  • Leesburg
  • Middlebury
  • Millersburg
  • Mishawaka
  • Nappanee
  • New Carlisle
  • New Paris
  • North Liberty
  • North Webster
  • Notre Dame
  • Osceola
  • Pierceton
  • Silver Lake
  • Sturgis, MI
  • Three Rivers, MI
  • Wakarusa
  • Walkerton
  • Wyatt
For Wildlife Control Near You, Call: (574) 326-8400
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