Critter Control of South Bend

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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.

Raccoon 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

Inspection

During the inspection, we determine the severity of the raccoon infestation. We look for physical evidence like footprints in or around the home, stains from raccoon feces and urine. On the exterior of the house, we look for damage like scratches on boards, broken vents and screens, ripped apart shingles, destroyed soffits, and every possible entry point.

Trapping & Removal

Trapping & Removal

Live trapping, or one-way doors are the most effective and humane way to remove raccoons. The choice of device is largely dependent on the season and location of the raccoons on your property. Direct capture is not commonly used because raccoons are a rabies vector species. If we must trap, we place traps strategically to safely catch the raccoons and we check traps frequently, based on state laws.
Repairs

Repairs

We provide a wide range of repair and restoration services. We can repair raccoon damage like broken screens on vents and chimneys and broken boards on decks and porches. It is essential to apply cleaning agents and ectoparasite treatments on areas inhabited by raccoons.

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

Inspection

Wildlife specialists look for signs such as chewing on, in, or around your home, small openings leading to the attic or the crawl space, droppings, and debris like nuts or nesting material. Beams, wires, pipes, and insulation may all show signs of damage from squirrels.

Trapping & Removal

Trapping & Removal

Live trapping or one-way doors are the most effective and humane ways to get rid of squirrels. One-way doors should never be used during birthing seasons (Spring & Fall), so our specialists will decide which is the best tool for the job. If we have to trap, we place traps strategically to safely catch the squirrels and check those according to state laws.
Repairs

Repairs

We can restore your home or office by squirrel proofing all entry points after we have removed the offenders. We can also clean-up the nesting sites and remove any debris, food, feces and soiled insulation. 

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 are not nuisances 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. Bat guano can grow a mold 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

Inspection

We perform a full interior and exterior inspection and search for signs such as rub marks, guano, a strong scent of ammonia, and small openings. The most common sign is the accumulation of guano (feces).

Bat Removal

Bat Removal

The most effective and humane way to remove bats is by utilizing a bat valve in conjunction with a full home exclusion. A bat valve allows for bats to exit your home but not re-enter. We follow all local ordinances for humane bat removal. We will never abandon flightless pups in your attic.
Repairs

Repairs

After removing the bat valves, we seal the entrance hole(s) so bats can no longer enter your home. If there is substantial guano in your attic, you should consider taking advantage of our attic remediation services to remove the soiled insulation and replace it.

Skunk Control

Nocturnal by nature, striped skunks are plentiful in South Bend and the surrounding areas. Skunks prosper in and around neighnorhoods, taking advantage of pet food and trash left outside by residents. Skunks do not hibernate and may be active year-round. They can cause plenty of lawn damage when burrowing for food and can cause a smelly situation if confronted by a person, or pets. Not only is their spray foul-smelling and hard to remove, but skunks in the South Bend area also have been known to carry rabies; therefore, it’s best to let a professional handle removal for you.
Inspection

Inspection

In addition to noting any pungent odors that signal the presence of a skunk, we will inspect the condition of your landscaping, as skunks are known for tearing-up lawns and shredding grass while hunting for grubs and insects. We will also inspect the perimeter of your building's foundations and under decks, to locate burrows.
 

Trapping and Removal

Trapping and Removal

Never try to remove a skunk from your property yourself. Getting sprayed is a very unpleasant experience. Furthermore, these animals may carry diseases that can spread to humans and pets, such as rabies. Our specialists will use live traps to capture and remove skunks for you, or they'll use a one-way exclusion device to evict skunks from their harborage areas. The most effective ways to control a skunk problem is exclusion and habitat modification.
Skunk Control

Skunk Control

The most effective ways to control a skunk problem is exclusion and habitat modification. Methods like sealing foundation gaps, replacing and screening broken foundation vents and installing hardware cloth (rat walls) around unprotected sheds and decks are the most effective and permanent ways to keep skunks out.
We recommend keeping pet food inside and securing any trash bins.
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Critter Control Process

How Critter Control humane and safely gets rid of nuisance wildlife from your home and property.
STEP 1

Wildlife Inspection

During the inspection we try to ascertain how many animals there are, where they are located, and how they got in. Based on what you have seen, heard and smelled, we start the inspection where you have noticed signs of animal activity. Evidence of animals inside your home include nests, dens, feces, and animal tracks. We investigate the exterior of your home looking for possible entry points, any evidence of animal damage, tracks, fur, animal waste, or rub marks.
STEP 2

Removal

We use several methods to humanely remove the animal from your home. Depending on the species, the number of animals, and the condition of your property, we develop a custom wildlife removal plan. Humane wildlife removal strategies include animal traps, one-way doors, and repellents. Once we guarantee all animals are gone, we implement exclusion techniques. Exclusion techniques provide a safe, long-term solution to nuisance wildlife in your home. We create barriers to prevent animals from getting to resources. We only apply exclusions once we are sure all animals are gone from your home.
STEP 3

Exclusion and Repair

Wildlife will damage your home. Exclusion techniques repair any damage the animal causes getting into your home. Inside your home, animals build nests and dens out of readily available material. They will create runs through the insulation. Rodents will gnaw on anything including electrical wires and pipes. Animals can also spread diseases. We apply sanitation agents to clean up feces and urine. Mammals can host pests like fleas, ticks, and mites. Ectoparasite treatments exterminate those pests so you don’t become their next host.

The Critter Control Difference

Trained Specialists Animal removal is a highly sophisticated job. As such, we vet and train our team members to ensure they have the knowledge and skill to remove any pest from your building. Our wildlife experts utilize advanced removal and exclusion techniques and damage repair.
Safety Guaranteeing the safety of both humans and animals is our number one priority. Our wildlife specialists are trained to protect our human customers and keep everyone safe while ensuring the animals we are removing for you are handled using the most humane tools and techniques.
Critter Control Guarantee Your satisfaction is always guaranteed. We provide reliable prevention from future intrusions. Resolving a nuisance wildlife issue calls for more than trapping and removing the critter. Our exclusion services offer immediate and long-term wildlife solutions.
Residential and Commerical Invading nuisance wildlife can wreak havoc on property. If left unattended wildlife and pests can cause costly property damage. Whether a residential property, apartment buildings, retail stores, office buildings, industrial plants, medical facilities, or warehouses, our trained professionals can handle any wildlife removal problem.

Q&A With Local Critter Control Expert Shane Dietrich

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

The most common wildlife issues in my area are raccoons, bats, squirrels, and mice gaining access into customers attics, walls, and crawlspaces/basements. Also skunks, opossums, raccoons, and other wildlife living under decks and sheds and damaging landscaping.

How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in South Bend?

Most nuisance wildlife is active throughout all the seasons.However, there are times that we see peak activity. Just before winter we will see an uptick in wildlife entering homes to find a place to overwinter. Also during spring and fall wildlife are giving birth to their young causing homeowners to hear more activity.

What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity?

The most common sign of wildlife activity is noises being heard by a homeowner. Additional signs of wildlife can be droppings or nesting material in or on the home and/or holes the animals have created to enter the home.

Any prevention or exclusion tips for residents in your area?

The best advice for prevention or exclusion is to call Critter Control for a whole home inspection to determine the needs of the home to prevent and or exclude wildlife.

When should homeowners call you?

The best time to take action and call Critter Control is the first time you notice or think you may have a wildlife problem. Delaying will likely result in the animal creating more damage to the home. Homeowners can also call for an inspection to seal the home before wildlife becomes a problem. Being proactive versus reactive to wildlife issues will save homeowners money and headaches in the future.
This franchise is independently licensed and operated by Dietrich & Sons, LLC, dba Critter Control of South Bend, IN.
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