Critter Control of Springfield

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Serving the Pioneer Valley and Berkshires

(413) 262-0138
Springfield, MA is losing many acres per day, due to urban sprawl and new land  development. As a result, many wildlife species have adapted to living with humans, instead of fleeing from us. They find it easier to live under our decks, patios or sheds; or in our attics, chimneys or crawl spaces, than in their native habitats. They also find it easier to eat the pet food we leave outside, or the trash we set on the curb once a week, insted of foraging for food in the wild.

With over 35 years of experience, Critter Control is the nation's leading wildlife control company. At Critter Control of Springfield, we're skilled at dealing with many of Western Massachusetts’s most bothersome pest animals. Whether you need to remove squirrels from your attic or get rid of skunks that are damaging your property, you can trust Critter Control to get the job done safely, effectively and humanely.

Raccoon Removal

Raccoons are abundant throughout the Greater Springfield area. They are active at night, out scavenging for food. There are plenty of choices for them, as raccoons eat just about anything, from restaurant scraps and pet food to garden crops and chickens. Their hands resemble human hands and allow them to turn doorknobs, open storage bins, and climb trees, chimneys, and poles.

Raccoons have a permanent mask and banded tail. They would be cute if they weren’t so destructive. They will do what they can to get into parts of your house they see fit to sleep and give birth to pups. If they must rip, tear, or break something to get to that spot, they will. Raccoons make lots of noises, like whimpers, growls, and screams. They leave feces and urine nearby their shelter.

Before trying to remove a raccoon from your home by yourself, remember they can carry diseases, and if threatened, they may bite. Calling nuisance wildlife animal control experts is recommended. Critter Control's three-step process works well for raccoon removal.



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

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 sanitization agents and ectoparasite treatments on areas inhabited by raccoons.

Squirrel Removal

When abundant Gray and Red squirrels in Springfield, MA get too close to homes, they can become a nuisance. They often chew threw fascia boards and builder's gaps on homes and enter attics to give birth to their young. Squirrels will damage the structure, pull apart insulation, and chew electrical wires. Both squirrels are tolerant of humans and don't mind living beside/with us. If you are experiencing a squirrel problem on your property, it’s best to leave removal to a trained specialist who will humanely trap and remove squirrels.


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

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. 

Bat Removal

Most of the bats found in Greater Springfield homes during the summer are Little Brown Bats, or Big Brown Bats. Bats are insectivores and can consume more than one-half their body weight in insects each night. These bat species raise pups late May through late July and should not be excluded from roosts during this time. Some property owners may attempt to remove a bat themselves; however, this is not advisable, as bats are known carriers of rabies. Rather than trying to remove them yourself, please allow a Critter Control specialist to humanely remove all bats for you.


We perform a full interior and exterior inspection and search for signs such as rub marks, guano, a strong scent of ammonia, and small openings. The most common sign is the accumulation of guano (feces).

Bat Removal

Bat Removal

The most effective and humane way to remove bats is by utilizing a bat valve in conjunction with a full home exclusion. A bat valve allows for bats to exit your home but not re-enter. We follow all local ordinances for humane bat removal. We will never abandon flightless pups in your attic.


After removing the bat valves, we seal the entrance hole(s) so bats can no longer enter your home. If there is substantial guano in your attic, you should consider taking advantage of our attic remediation services to remove the soiled insulation and replace it.

Skunk Control

Striped skunks are a common pest in Greater Springfield. These animals are known for foraging for food in trash bins and pet food bowls. They're also profound and efficient diggers, and can mutilate an entire yard in a single night searching for grubs. They're distinctive black and white fur, and their pungent odor that can linger for days, are unmistakeable. If you happen to cross paths with a skunk, do not try to scare it away. Please also remember that skunks can carry rabies; therefore, it’s best to let a professional handle removal for you.


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 shred 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

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 specialist will use a live trap 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.
Skunk Control

Skunk Control

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 around unprotected sheds/decks are the most effective and permanent ways to keep skunks out.
We recommend to keep pet food inside and secure any trash bins.
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Critter Control Process

How Critter Control humane and safely gets rid of nuisance wildlife from your home and property.

Wildlife Inspection

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

Trained Specialists 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.
Safety 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.
Financing Available Critter Control offers in-house financing. Both standard and 90-day same as cash financing options have 12-,18-,24-, or 36-month options. Some projects might qualify for a budgeted plan up to 60 months.

Q & A with your local Critter Control franchisee Jonathan Cahoon

What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in your area?

We most commonly service homes and businesses for skunks, snakes, bats, squirrels, beaver, mice, rats and woodchucks.

How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in Springfield, MA?

When food, and water become harder to find in the winter months, wildlife will seek shelter in your homes and often reproduce there. All wildlife looks to exploit those weak points in your home to meet their needs, often leading to conflicts.

What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity?

Foul smells, scratching, gnawing, feces, accumulation of bedding materials and food stuffs where they don’t belong.

Any prevention or exclusion tips for residents in your area?

General property maintenance is a must. Clearing brush, ground cover and debris from around the structures in your yard will eliminate piles of brush as they can provide hiding spots for animals. Have licensed and insured professionals maintain hard to get places, such as chimneys, attics and crawlspaces.

When should homeowners call you?

If you think you have a problem you should call immediately, especially if you see obvious signs of habitation in your home or outbuildings.
This franchise is independently licensed and operated by Jancee Enterprises, LLC, dba Critter Control of Springfield, Massachusetts.
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