Wichita is the largest city in Kansas. Home to many beautiful natural and residential areas, Wichita is a place where a range of North American wildlife meet human development. This inevitably will cause problems where humans and animals meet and compete for space to live. Here at Critter Control we know how to deal with the many critters such as rodents, raccoon, skunks, and snakes. No matter your critter issue you can trust us to get the job done!
Raccoons are known for their sneaky behavior, and rightfully so. These critters love to get in to garbage cans, under decks, down chimneys, in garages, and barns. Although raccoons are cute never approach them on your own as they can carry disease which can be passed to you or your pets
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
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.
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.
Squirrels are everywhere in Wichita, and we know just what to do when they invade your home or property. Squirrels can cause quite a bit of damage to your property chewing your home, electric and making homes in your gutters.
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
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.
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.
Most Kansas snakes are nonvenomous, but five species are venomous. All snakes will bite when they feel threatened. While you may not be envenomated, you can still be infected with bacteria. It is much wiser to leave a snake alone until we can get there to help.
Snakes found on your property are likely seeking food or water. They are attracted to rodents, frogs, spiders, insects and eggs. Snakes cause fear in many people until they know it is gone. That’s where we can help.
Snakes are excellent at avoiding detection. We inspect your home for potential entry points and look for signs like snake skin and feces. Because a snake typically enters a home hunting for food, our wildlife inspector also looks for signs of a rodent infestation.
Removal & Control
Depending on the location, we can set a live trap or direct capture. Exclusion is the most effective way to keep snakes out of your home. If rodents are present, it is essential to exterminate the rodent infestation. Their presence will continue to attract snakes.
We all know skunks for their black and white coats and smelly sprays, but skunks actually pose other threats as well. They can carry disease like rabies and canine distemper, which means skunk bites can be very dangerous. Skunks can also cause damage to homes and yards with their claws.
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
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.
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.
Other Common Wildlife Issues
Critter Control Process
How Critter Control humane and safely gets rid of nuisance wildlife from your home and property.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Q&A With Local Critter Control Franchisees Ed and Theresa Shearer
What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in your area?
Skunks, Raccoons, Mice, Snakes, Squirrels, Opossums, Pack Rats and Bats.
How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in your area?
Skunks are most active between March and October. Raccoon activity is year-round, with young born between March and June. Mice are also year-round. Snakes are most active from May-Sept. Squirrels are most active October-April (cooler months). Opossums and Pack Rats are active year-round and Bats are most common during warmer months.
What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity?
The most common activity is digging around door stoops, patios and AC pads. Chewing, scratching and running sounds in attic are also good signs of animal activity. Insulation on the roof, or in the yard, and droppings in unfinished areas of basement, or in drawers or cabinets in kitchen ar also sure signs.
Any prevention or exclusion tips for residents in your area?
It is important to keep house maintenance up, such as painting and siding. Reduce skunk activity by keeping your mulch and landscaping up even with your side walk and patio areas.
When should homeowners call you?
Anytime there is a wildlife concern, or question. We would be happy to help with all wildlife issues, whether it is just answering questions over the phone, or scheduling a tech to come solve your wildlife issue.
This franchise is independently licensed and operated by ETA Services, LLC, dba Critter Control of Kaw Valley.