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.
Wildlife Problems in Boston, MA
Neither the busy urban areas nor the quiet suburbs of Boston, MA, are immune to wildlife problems. Nuisance animals like raccoons, squirrels, bats, and woodchucks have learned to flourish near humans. Unfortunately, these pests can create safety concerns and harm homes or lawns.
Raccoons and Disease
Raccoons don't hibernate, so Massachusetts residents see the pests during the warmer and colder months. These animals come to see a yard with unsecured trash as a food source and return often. A raccoon may carry diseases like rabies and canine distemper, so contact with this pest poses a health risk to people and pets.
Boston homes with gardens offer easy meals for hungry squirrels. Access to human-grown food makes the pests more likely to hang around lawns and infest buildings. Squirrels will gnaw at small cracks in houses to widen them into entryways. If homeowners cover these holes, a squirrel can become especially destructive while trying to find a way out.
Shelter and Bats
In Boston, humid summers and cold winters alike make attics a common site for bat roosts. Homeowners may discover a bat or two in a living space or stumble upon an entire colony in an attic or loft. Since Massachusetts protects these animals, the safest way to relocate or exclude them is to contact professionals.
Woodchucks excel at digging and climbing, and these skills lead to many conflicts with people. When they dig under structures and sidewalks, the pests, also known as groundhogs, may cause costly damage and create tripping hazards. Above ground fencing often does little to deter a woodchuck, as they can easily climb over it. Fencing may be installed below ground to keep them from under porches, patios, decks, sheds, and other structures. Contact a Critter Control professional for assistance with this type of exclusion.