Critter Control of Boston
Phone: (617) 975-0440
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 8am - 5pm
Saturday - Sunday: Emergency Service Only
24-hour Emergency Service Is Available
For most animals in the home situations, we provide an in-person “Free Assessment”. For the situations we do not, we provide estimates over the phone.
Serving the Greater Boston Area
Critter Control of Greater Boston has been providing the Greater Boston and Boston North area with professional animal and wildlife control services since 2003. We provide integrated animal control and wildlife management solutions, which are environmentally sound and ecologically responsible. We have a reputation for innovative “outside the box” solutions for difficult wildlife situations. We at Critter Control pride ourselves on providing the most professional wildlife services available and the absolute best customer service in the industry.
Q&A with Local Franchisee Dan Master
What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in your area?
Squirrels, raccoons, bats and birds are the most common. We also handle mice and rats, groundhogs/woodchucks (they call them both here), skunks, chipmunks, woodpeckers and opossums.
How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in your area?
Winter (December - February) slows down, calls are mostly squirrels and mice with an occasional emergency call for bats in the living space. Spring (March - mid June) is busy, with just about everything. Very high volume of squirrel calls. Bats start flying, raccoons are having their litters, skunks and woodchucks are also very active under decks, sheds, etc. This time of year, birds are also nesting in all kinds of places they shouldn’t be. We handle all of this, but like to focus mostly on squirrels, bats and birds at that time. Summer (mid-Jun - August), lots of bat calls and bat exclusions. Other animals inside the home tend to slow down. Outside ground trapping for raccoons (the juveniles are now running around causing problems) skunks, woodchucks, etc. pick up, as well as underground exclusion fence installations. Fall, (September - November) the squirrels start picking up again and become our primary focus. We seem to get rat and mice calls constantly throughout the year.
What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity?
Noise (scratching, scurrying, chirping), droppings, dead smells, damage to roofs, broken shingles and/or insulation in the gutter or on the ground around the home.
Any prevention tips for residents in your area?
Keep tree branches 8 feet from the roof, remove bird feeders and compost piles, keep trash cans sealed and away from the home, chimney caps are always recommended. Make sure gutters and downspouts are working properly. Make sure soffits, fascia and trim are in good repair. Rinforce week spots and potential entry points on your roof. If there is any question, have Critter Control do and inspection and provide recommendations.
When should homeowners call Critter Control?
Customers should call Critter Control at the first sign of animal activity/damage in inside the home, or if they want to be preventative, they should have us conduct an inspection and provide preventative recommendations. When purchasing a new home, home inspectors generally refuse to go on the roof or inspect the gutter line. Pest Control inspection is primarily looking for insect (termites, etc). They often fail to identify wildlife issues. Critter Control provides new home inspections to identify wildlife issues, or things that could potentially cause a problem in the future.