Critter Control of Des Moines
Phone: (515) 287-0419
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm
Saturday & Sunday Closed
24 Hour Emergency Service Available
With over 30 years of experience, Critter Control is the nation's leading wildlife control company. At Critter Control of DesMoines, we're skilled at dealing with many of the midwest's most bothersome pest animals. Whether you need to remove raccoons from your attic. or get rid of nuisance wildlife that are damaging your property, you can trust Critter Control to get the job done safely, effectively and humanely.
Serving the Des Moines Area
Q&A with Local Franchise Gary Shipley
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?
We have warm summers and cold winters, so all seasons have their 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, IA, draws an abundance of wildlife activity. Wherever people provide food and shelter, pests are likely to follow.
Tree squirrels are common throughout Iowa. These pests run around backyards, digging holes in lawns to store food. A squirrel can also harm property when it moves inside. Residents may see ripped shingles, torn vents, and even shredded insulation due to these pests.
Bats in the Attic
Bats are one of the biggest offenders when it comes to invading houses. Colonies may take up residence in attics, disturbing Des Moines homeowners with rustling sounds and piles of droppings. Bat guano not only smells bad, it can develop mold spores that, if inhaled, may cause histoplasmosis.
Raccoons and Diseases
Another frequent visitor to Des Moines yards, raccoons are notorious for knocking over trash bins and eating out of pet bowls. They're primary carriers of the rabies virus as well. 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. The placement of pigeon or starling nests in vents or gutters can damage homes. In addition, birds carry parasites like mites, ticks, and fleas.