We can help you get rid of nuisance wildlife problems.

Phone: (402) 339-2653

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm
Saturday/Sunday Closed
24 Hour Emergency Service Available

Serving the Council Bluffs Area

Q&A with Local Franchisee Gary Shipley

What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in your area?
Raccoons, bats, mice, and birds in attics and other areas of the home. Woodchucks, opossums, and moles in yards.

What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity?
Watch out for these warning signs: animal droppings, footprints, chewing/scratching, squeaking/chirping, mounds of dirt in the yard, and holes in the siding, soffit, or roof.

When should homeowners call Critter Control?
Homeowners should call us immediately upon discovering any of the common signs listed above.

Wildlife Issues in Council Bluffs, IA

Due to its growing population, Council Bluffs, IA, is home to many nuisance pests. These opportunistic animals, including raccoons, bats, and squirrels, invade lawns and homes seeking food or nesting sites.

Raccoons in the City

A frequent sight in Council Bluffs, raccoons dig up gardens and knock over trash cans looking for a meal. These pests often den under porches or in sheds, but harsh weather may drive them to den in attics and chimneys as well. Iowa residents should never approach a raccoon, as it can spread rabies through bites or scratches.

Bats and Disease

While bats help control insect populations, they can create issues in neighborhoods. Bat colonies grow quickly and use buildings as roosts. When the animals move into attics or outbuildings, they bring parasites and diseases close to Iowa homeowners.

Squirrels in Iowa

Council Bluffs residents usually spot squirrels digging holes in lawns. The rodents prefer to nest high above the ground, so they may also infest attics. In addition to ripping up insulation, gnawing on rafters, and soiling ceilings, a squirrel carries fleas and ticks that can transmit illnesses to people and pets.

Other Pests in Council Bluffs

Skunks and mice are also common in Iowa. A skunk damages yards and gardens by tearing up turf while searching for insects. The powerful, lingering smell of their musk can cause problems as well. Mouse infestations in Council Bluffs homes are bad news, too. The pests contaminate stored goods and chew on wiring, wood, and plastic.



  • Animal Damage
  • Animal Droppings
  • Animal Noises
  • Animal Odor Removal
  • Animal Tracks in Yard
  • Animals on the Roof
  • Animals Under Homes & Porches
  • Bats in Homes
  • Bats in the Attic
  • Carcass Removal from Homes
  • Chimney Repairs
  • Dead Animal Removal
  • Humane Animal Trapping
  • Mice in Walls & Attics
  • Raccoon Trapping
  • Raccoons in Attic
  • Rats in Walls & Attics
  • Seal Animal Entry Points in Homes
  • Skunk Control
  • Skunk Trapping
  • Skunks Under Heating Units
  • Squirrel Trapping
  • Squirrels in Attics
  • Squirrels in Homes
  • Venomous Snake Removal


Residential Services

We provide trapping & removal services for the following types of animals:


  • Badger
  • Bats
  • Beavers
  • Bees
  • Birds
  • Blackbirds
  • Bobcat
  • Chimney Swifts
  • Chipmunks
  • Coyote
  • Deer
  • Deer Mouse
  • Fox
  • Gopher
  • Ground Squirrels
  • Hornets
  • House Finches
  • Mice
  • Moles
  • Muskrats
  • Norway Rats
  • Opossums
  • Pigeons
  • Rabbits
  • Raccoons
  • Rats
  • Rattlesnakes
  • Rodents
  • Skunks
  • Snakes
  • Sparrow
  • Squirrels
  • Starlings
  • Stinging Insects
  • Swallows
  • Turtle
  • Voles
  • Vulture
  • Wasps
  • Woodchuck
  • Woodpeckers
  • Yellow Jackets


Commercial Services


  • Bird Control & Municipal Animal Control

Serving the following locations in Iowa:

By County: Mills County, Pottawattamie County

  • Carson, IA
  • Council Bluffs, IA
  • Crescent, IA
  • Henderson, IA
  • Malvern, IA
  • NcClelland, IA
  • Oakland, IA
  • Pacific Junction, IA
  • Silver City, IA
  • Treynor, IA
  • York Center, IA

For Wildlife Control Near You, Call: (402) 339-2653

This franchise is independently licensed and operated by Ship Enterprises, Inc., dba Critter Control of Omaha.

Wildlife Control Reviews

Hari Dharam K.
Our current technician is very good.  He always calls us the day before so we know when he is coming.  He also has done a very good job keeping pocket gophers in check. 
- Espanola, NM 
Maria R.
Mike did our service today. He was awesome! He addressed and resolved a couple of critter issues we were having. It's really helpful to be reminded when he was coming and texted me when he was on his way. Thank you for the great service!

Service: Rodent Control in Santa Fe
Pat S.
We appreciate that your company was able to rid our property of the squirrel activity that we observed. We were concerned that the squirrels would dig under the foundation of our house (which had happened to a neighbor in our area).

Thank you for doing what you said you would do to eliminate this squirrel activity.

Service: Ground squirrel control in Rio Rancho, NM
Paul C.
We personally have a bad infestation for a while, Critter Control has been stellar in the customer service/ communication department, We are still working on the infestation but CC has been absolutely above and beyond our expectations with some of our projects hurdles.

Services: Wildlife Control in Philadelphia
Kirk D.
It has been very effective at reducing the number of mice, lizard, and snake sightings. During one visit Edgar removed a rattlesnake he came across. We may see a snake maybe two to three times during the spring and summer months, but it has been far less than before.

Serivces: Wildlife & Rodent Control in San Diego
Estelle R.
Melinda is a true professional.  She has helped us maintain a "critter-free" home.  Whenever a mole decides to visit our property, she is right on top of it.  Her recommendations about mosquito control made a big difference for my boys to be able to enjoy our backyard.  

Services: Mole Control in St. Louis
Jennifer M.
We use Critter Control to deter snakes. We haven't seen any since using the monthly service. They are quick to answer questions and explain snake behavior. Also, if any are found they remove them with no extra charge. 

Services: Recurring Snake Control in Destin, FL
Patricia B.
Have been using for almost 10 years after a record rat invasion. The help I had back then was like a super-helpful friend taking a few weeks to rid me of that invasion. Over the years I have had a few other representatives. They are always nice and helpful. 

Services: Rat Control in Austin, TX
Pat S.
Very informative and very knowledgeable staff in the field. Also they keep you up to date of how things are progressing. 

Services: Wildlife Control in Detroit
Kathy S.
Knowing my critter control professional & his familiarity with my property, especially when emergency wildlife issues arise.

Services: Wildlife Control in Quad Cities
Vincent S.
On recommendations from a nearby pest control company, I called Critter Control for suspicious bat droppings.

Madison came out the same day to do an inspection. She was knowledgeable, thorough, and highly professional. She examined the ‘matter’ that had been scattered on my threshold and thought it was foliage. But she then asked to go up to my attic space where the bats could be roosting. She had to walk up 3 flights of stairs with a heavy ladder. She again spent some time searching all the nooks and crannies and found nothing.

She seemed so interested in her craft, it was truly inspiring to see! She reassured me and is writing up a prevention strategy for my appraisal. She charged me NOTHING!! I am so impressed. We need more Madisons in this world!

Service: Bat Removal in San Diego
Daniel did a great job pigeon proofing. We have a huge pigeon problem in our neighborhood and the pigeons were roosting in the gutters of my house and my two next door neighbors, who also had nests in their gutters and under their air conditioner. Pigeon poop filled our gutters, and was piled on the outside floor when I bought the house. Since Daniel's pigeon proofing, and my neighbors also pigeon proofing their gutters, fireplace chimney, air conditioners, and removal of nest, I rarely see pigeons any more. Only the lovely native sparrows, robins, vermillion fly catchers, and mourning doves visit our property now.

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