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In Michiana, 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.

Wild Animal Removal

Safe, humane removal of nuisance animals and pests from your home or property.

Wildlife Pest Prevention

Reliable prevention from future animal intrusions in your home.

Animal Damage Repairs

Professional and permanent repairs to entry points, insulation, and damage from animal urine or feces.

Common Wildlife Issues in Northern, Indiana

Raccoons Remova

Raccoons top the list of animals that have adapted to St. Joseph 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.

Inspection- looking for footprints in or around home, large openings, raccoon poop
Trapping & Removal - Live trapping most effective and humane
Repairs- Seal all entry points. Restore attic insultation. Disinfect latrine sites.

Squirrel Removal

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.

Bat Removal

Thirteen species of bats have been documents in Indiana; all are insectivores. The majority of bats in Indiana hibernate in the very few caves in the state. During the summer, smaller social groups will roost together. Females form colonies of up to 100 bats during the summer.

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.

Because most bats in Indiana are protected, there are limitations when bats can be removed from your attic. Please contact a professional. 

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. Most likely one way doors will be employed once the bats offspring have reached maturity.
Repairs- sealing entry points. Disinfecting area under roost from accumulation of guano. 

Rats and Mice Pest Control

Mice and rats enter Fort Wayne 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.

Snake in your Home

Indiana has 32 native snake species of which only four are venomous. 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.

Inspection- snake skins, snake droppings, odor,  
Trapping & Removing- Live traps and direct capture are effective methods. Most non-venomous snakes are protected from killing. Eliminating any prey species and sealing potential entry points help keep snakes from re-entering your home.

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.
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.

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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