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.
Critter Control services Elkhart and South Bend areas, including Goshen, Mishawaka, and Warsaw.
Local Franchisee: Sam Helton
Address: 1204 N. Division St. Bristol, IN 46507
Q&A with Local Franchisee Sam Helton
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.
Common Wildlife Issues in South Bend, IN
In South Bend, IN, the St. Joseph River provides food and water for many types of wildlife. Some of these animals also make use of urban areas, putting them at odds with residents. Common pests can cause issues ranging from disease to property damage.
Raccoons top the list of animals that have adapted to South Bend city life. With their tendencies to rummage through garbage cans and scrounge for scraps in local parks, raccoons create trouble for residents. Beside harm to property, one of the biggest raccoon dangers is the spread of rabies.
The gray squirrel species thrives across Indiana. Outdoors, the pests eat nuts and berries, digging holes in lawns to store their food. Pet doors and branches that overhang roofs can allow squirrels to get inside. Tree branches also suffer squirrel damage as the rodents strip bark to access the nutrient-rich sap.
These nocturnal animals fly around at night eating insects across Indiana. Sometimes the pests nest in attics, where bat droppings gather beneath their roosts. This guano often develops mold spores that scatter into the air during clean up or pest activity. Inhaling these particles can lead to respiratory disease in humans.
Mice and rats enter South Bend homes in search of meals as well as shelter. Some rats stockpile food for later inside a home, which can attract insects. In addition, the rodents may draw predatory snakes into a yard. Some local species, like the Eastern Massasauga rattlesnake, have venomous bites.