Critter Control of Springfield

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Serving the Pioneer Valley and Berkshires

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The ecosystem of Massachusetts has been changing over the last century due to climate change and deforestation for commercial and residential land development, both leading to consequences for humans and wildlife.

Replacing forests with homes and buildings means wildlife must find food, water, and shelter in new places, like your backyard, where they can become a nuisance. Massachusetts defines nuisance wildlife as those that pose a threat to the public, damage or threaten to damage property, or make it hard for you to enjoy your property due to annoyance.

Common nuisance wildlife in Springfield neighborhoods include rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons, snakes, skunks, birds, bats, opossums, etc. Getting rid of nuisance wildlife means following rules and regulations set by the Commonwealth. Each animal may have different guidelines on removal, relocation, and disposal.

The best solution is to contact a wildlife control operator with the knowledge and training on removing nuisances. Critter Control has a three-step process of inspection, removal, and repair. Here are some examples of our work.

Critter Control Wildlife Removal Process

Critter Control is here for you every step of the way in the wildlife removal process. From inspection to removal—and even exclusion and repair—we have the services you need to get rid of raccoons, rodents, and other nuisances fast. First, we identify the animal on the property, then use humane methods to remove the animal and secure weak points where more could enter. If damage has been done, we can make those repairs for a complete restoration. Contact a Critter Control office near you today.

STEP 1

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.
STEP 2

Removal

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.
STEP 3

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.

Bat Removal

There are nine species of bats in Massachusetts. Without bats, our ecosystem would be out of balance. They can consume thousands of insects in just one night, and do most of their feeding at dawn and dusk. A myth is that they are blind. Bats can see, but their eyes are tiny. Because of this, they rely heavily on sounds they make that echo off things in the environment, helping bats avoid crashes.

Bat guano is a primary reason they are considered nuisance wildlife. Mold can grow on bat guano. The mold can produce spores that float through the air and your ventilation system. For some people, inhaling these spores can cause respiratory issues.

Getting rid of bats should be done only by professionals. Why? Because all bats are listed as threatened or endangered and are protected at the state and federal levels. There are specific times of the year allotted for bat removal, mid-summer to late fall, which is outside mating and maternity seasons. When the time is right, we have an effective process for bat removal.

Inspection

Inspection

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.
Repairs

Repairs

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.

Raccoon Removal

You have likely had an encounter with a Springfield raccoon — if not directly, then indirectly with the scattered trash, shredded lawn, missing garden crops, or greasy black smudges outside your home. If the smudges are near your chimney or attic, the raccoon may be living inside your home.

Raccoons have permanent striping on their tails and masks around their eyes. They adapt quickly to urbanization and are omnivorous, meaning they will eat anything from junk food to small rodents to insects and bugs.

Their nimble hands allow them to open trash cans, pet feed bags, and dumpsters. They will climb trees for bird eggs, dig lawns for insects, and steal garden fruits and vegetables.

If a raccoon takes shelter in your attic, you can expect to find a messy area due to feces and urine buildup. They also break boards, shred insulation, scratch floors and walls, and make a lot of noise with their hisses, chirps, howls, and screeches.

Raccoons in Springfield are fur-bearing game animals that require seasonal permitting for trapping. Our Critter Control experts know the laws for getting rid of raccoons and can help in the following ways.

Inspection

Inspection

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.
Repairs

Repairs

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.

Rodent Removal

If you have one rat or mouse in your home, others are nearby. Rats and mice reproduce multiple times a year. And with each litter, five or more rodents are born. A female becomes ready to breed in less than two months. You may already have an infestation and not know it.

Rats and mice in Springfield homes are the Norway rat and the house mouse. Occasionally you may find a field mouse or deer mouse. Rats and mice are small and can squeeze through tiny holes and cracks. Once in your home, they chew and gnaw on flooring, walls, wires, furniture, cabinets, and groceries.

Rats and mice leave feces and urine trails wherever they hunt for food and nesting items. If they enter your pantry, you can expect contamination of foods like cereals, rice, chips, cookies, etc. Getting rid of rats and mice is tricky since not all baits and traps work for all rodents.

Inspection

Inspection

During a rodent inspection, we thoroughly inspect your attic and provide a complete exterior home inspection. The most common signs of rodent activity are gnaw marks, feces, rub marks, nesting material, runs in insulation material, and small entry points.

Rodent Trapping

Rodent Trapping

A Critter Control wildlife specialist will create a strategic trapping plan to remove the rodents found in your home. Critter Control specialists may use snap traps and live traps to capture and remove mice and rats. 
Repairs

Repairs

The best way to reduce the possibility of letting unwanted rodents into homes is to seal possible entrances. Exclusion methods include caulking cracks in foundations, capping chimneys, and installing mesh covers over vents and crawl space entrances. We also strongly recommend a maintenance service. Rodents have front teeth that continuously grow, which means they can gnaw a new way back into your home.

Squirrel Removal

The most common squirrels in Massachusetts are gray and red squirrels. Gray squirrels can even be found on our islands. Gray squirrels are more of a nuisance and cause more damage to properties than red squirrels.

Game hunting seasons exist for squirrels because they are fur-bearing animals. This means permits may be required when removing a squirrel from your property. You may think you don’t want to remove squirrels from your property. You may enjoy watching them scurry and scavenge in your yard.

It’s possible, though, that the squirrels are causing damage to your home or property. When they run across your roof, they can damage shingles and siding. They may be tempted to build a nest in your chimney or vent openings. They will enter your attic when given a chance.

Once inside, they wreak havoc on your flooring, drywall, insulation, ductwork, and any items lying around, including sentimental items. Squirrel noises include scratching, running, building, and chirping. Maternity season occurs in January and February and again from May to July. Having multiple squirrels in your home can be very annoying.

Squirrels chew wires, wood, metals, fabrics, and plastics. If a squirrel cannot chew on something, its teeth will grow to a larger size and become painful. Keeping their teeth filed is a priority to a squirrel, even if that means they chew holes in your siding, walls, pipes, etc. We can help get rid of your squirrel problem.

Inspection

Inspection

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.
Repairs

Repairs

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. 

Opossum Removal

The Virginia Opossum is the only marsupial found in the United States. In Massachusetts, opossums breed from January to July. Opossums can have difficulty with Western Massachusetts winters. Opossums ofen use homes, shed, and garages for shelther from the cold. Opossums are excellent climbers and can gain access to your chimney and attics. 
 
Inspection

Inspection

Opossums can be found inside attics and basements or outside under decks and sheds. Common signs include unique paw prints and feces. Opossums are docile and usually easy to spot.

Trapping & Removal

Trapping & Removal

Opossums can be lured into cages for live capture. If it is maternity season, we follow all guidelines for removing mother and newborn opossums. We will seal entryways into the building to prevent opossums from reentering in the future. Opossums can be kept from getting under sheds and decks by installing fencing around the bottom edges and burying the fence underground.
Repairs

Repairs

Broken screens on chimney and roof vents are replaced with sturdier materials, and we properly seal all entry points, including crawlspaces. We clean and deodorize areas of opossum activity. Exclusion may include eliminating sources that attract bugs, like nighttime lighting, stagnant water, and livestock poop.

Skunk Removal

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.
Inspection

Inspection

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

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.
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 (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.

Fox Removal

Western Massachusetts is home to both the red fox and gray fox. 

You might notice foxes on your property during breeding season. Both species breed mid-Jaunary to late February. They usually den on the side of a knoll but they may also den in or under sheds, porches, and crawlspaces. The family unit stays together until autumn at which point the pups become independent. 

Foxes are opporunitic omnivores. Their range varies in size from two to seven square miles. So a fox on your property might be searching for food. In that case do not feed the fox and remove any potential food sources like birdfeeders and livestock. 

Foxes are considered furbearers in Massachusetts, for which regulated hunting seasons and management programs have been established. If you have a fox problem on your property, we have the knowledge to legally and humanely take care of it.  

Snake Removal

Fourteen species of snakes live in Massachusetts. Only two, the rattlesnake and copperhead, are venomous. The snakes you encounter in your basement, shed, or yard are garter or milk snakes.

Like all other wildlife, snakes search for food, water, and shelter. Snakes are both predators and prey. They eat rats, mice, eggs, slugs, birds, worms, and other snakes. Larger birds and mammals eat snakes.

Snakes do not cause many problems, but because so many people fear them, they are considered a nuisance. We are happy to get rid of snakes in your home.

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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

Critter Control of Springfield Owner Jonathon Calhoun

What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in Western Massachusetts?

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

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.

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.
This franchise is independently licensed and operated by Jancee Enterprises, LLC, dba Critter Control of Springfield, Massachusetts.
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