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Wildlife Control Services in Des Moines

Wild Animal Removal

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

Wild Animal Prevention  

Reliable prevention from future animal intrusions in your home. 

Damage Repairs

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



Critter Control of Des Moines

Critter Control provides outstanding wildlife control service in Des Moines, Iowa. That's because we're uniquely dedicated to the safe and humane removal of all nuisance animals from residential and commercial property. Our licensed specialists are highly trained in the most advanced techniques in the industry, including the identification and removal of squirrels, bats, raccoons, and more. We also specialize in future prevention of infestation as well as damage repair. 

With more than 30 years of experience in handling wild animals, we understand the urgency and danger that these animals pose to the residents and businesses of Des Moines. Our first priority is to protect our customers by accurately assessing the infestation problem and acting in accordance with our high standards of service. If you have a wildlife problem in the Des Moines area, contact our experts at Critter Control as soon as possible. 

Q&A with Critter Control of Des Moines

What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in your area? - We have problems with the following critters in the Des Moines area; raccoons, woodchucks, opossums, bats, moles, mice, and birds. 

How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in your area? - The warmth of the summers causes bats to seek attic spaces to birth and rear their young.  Cold winters force wildlife like raccoons, squirrels, mice and rats to seek shelter in homes. These different seasons have their different challenges. 

What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity? - Chewing, scratching, squeaking, chirping, mounds of dirt and holes in the siding, soffit, or roof. Footprints and animal feces are also dead giveaways. 

Any prevention tips for residents in your area? - Eliminate any food sources on your property and alter any habitat that may provide cover for unwanted wildlife. 

When should homeowners call Critter Control? - At the first sign of animal activity on your property. 

Wildlife Issues in Des Moines, IA

As the capital and most populous city of the state, Des Moines, Iowa, attracts a wide variety of wildlife activity. Wherever people provide food and shelter, pests are likely to follow. 


Tree squirrels are one of the most common animals in Iowa. They are often found in all environments, including backyards and any open spaces. They're known for digging holes in lawns to store food. While squirrels are usually found outside, they can cause significant damage to the inside of homes, where they can panic and act aggressively. The presence of squirrels in or around a home or business may be identified by ripped shingles, torn vents, or shredded insulation.  


Bats are common home invaders in the Des Moines area. Colonies may take up residence in attics and even window curtains and blinds. These infestations can be especially terrifying for homeowners when the bats become active at night. In addition to making themselves at home in your residence, bats can cause significant damage with their piles of droppings. These droppings are capable of developing mold spores that, if inhaled, can cause histoplasmosis. 


Another frequent visitor to Des Moines yards, raccoons are notorious for knocking over trash bins and eating out of pet bowls. Raccoons are primary carriers of the rabies virus, as well as raccoon roundworm and canine distemper. Iowa residents who suspect raccoon activity in a crawl space or under the deck should seek expert aid to remove the pest. 

More Des Moines Wildlife

Many bird species benefit from living close to humans, including pigeons and starlings. Both nest in or on houses, creating more than just an eyesore. Pigeon or starling nests in vents or gutters can damage homes. In addition, birds carry parasites like mites, ticks, and fleas. 

If you suspect you have a wildlife infestation, contact our professionals at Critter Control of Des Moines today! 

Serving the following locations:

By County: Adair, Boone, Clarke, Dallas, Madison, Polk, Story and Warren Counties

  • Ackworth
  • Adel
  • Alleman
  • Altoona
  • Ames
  • Ankeny
  • Bondurant
  • Booneville
  • Churchville
  • Cumming
  • Dallas Center
  • Des Moines
  • East Peru
  • Elkhart
  • Granger
  • Grimes
  • Hartford
  • Indianola
  • Liberty Center
  • Lucas
  • Madrid
  • Millman
  • Minburn
  • Mitchelville
  • New Virginia
  • Norwalk
  • Osceola
  • Palmyra
  • Panther
  • Patterson
  • Perry
  • Pitzer
  • Pleasant Hill
  • Polk City
  • Prole
  • Quarry
  • St. Charles
  • Spring Hill
  • Stuart
  • Truro
  • Urbandale
  • Van Meter
  • Waukee
  • West Des Moines
  • Winterset
For Wildlife & Pest Control Near You, Call: (515) 287-0419
This franchise is independently licensed and operated by Ship Enterprises, Inc., dba Critter Control of Des Moines.
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