Besides being ranked as a top city to live in America, best college town, best new tech hub, Ann Arbor is the place to be if you’re looking for job opportunities, high-quality education, and growth. Ann Arbor is beautiful, with many parks, water resources, and recreational areas adjoining our neighborhoods, inhabited by wildlife.
Proximity to the Great Lakes contributes to nuisance wildlife problems in Ann Arbor, MI. Animals flock to the area due to the rich ecosystem with plenty of food and fresh water.
As their population grows, and as we continue to develop Ann Arbor, the wildlife is moving into our communities. Because they are searching for food, water, and shelter, most homes in Ann Arbor appear very attractive.
Rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, rodents, bats, snakes, turtles, foxes, turkeys, woodcocks, and numerous bird species can be seen on any given day in Ann Arbor. Some can be found in your home, along with damages to your property. They eat your garden crops, dig holes in your yard, build nests in your attic, and leave a lot of urine and feces behind in their travels.
The local raccoon is rarely seen. It truly is a masked bandit that roams at night, searching for food. Their hands and claws are strong, helping them overturn garbage cans, open dumpster lids, ripping through trash bags. They have adapted well to Ann Arbor’s development and will eat just about anything.
Although cute, raccoons can carry rabies and other diseases, and they leave greasy smudges on your property as they force their way through screens and small holes that lead into your home. They are climbers, so they have few problems getting onto your roof, where they may damage shingles, gutters, siding, and more. Once in your attic, they build nests out of any materials they find, including insulation. They also leave behind feces and urine. We have solutions to your raccoon problems.
Rat and Mice Pest Control
The deer mouse, house mouse, and Norway rat are the most common in our area. You don’t’ see too many rats and mice in Ann Arbor during the day. At night, however, they are out searching for food, water, and shelter. They don’t care if it’s behind Krazy Jim’s Blimpy Burger, your office, or in your attic.
Rats and mice are rodents that can be very destructive. Mice can fit through a hole the size of a quarter, making it possible for them to enter your home in spots you don’t even know exist. They chew wires, rip out insulation, build nests, have babies, and raid your pantry while you sleep. It’s important to call for help at the first sign of a rodent in your home because they multiply quickly and leave behind feces and urine.
Species of squirrels in Ann Arbor include the Eastern fox and gray squirrels, red squirrels, flying squirrels, chipmunks, woodchucks, and the thirteen-lined ground squirrel. The ones you see most in your yard are the Eastern fox and Eastern gray squirrels.
Squirrels can squeeze through a hole the size of a golf ball. They have strong teeth and can chew through soffits, fascia boards, siding, wood, metal, wire screens, and shingles to gain access to your attic. Once inside your home, squirrels damage attics by chewing wires, ripping up insulation and defecating in the attic. They will use items found in your attic to build a nest, like those treasured, sentimental family heirlooms.
Here’s how our Critter Control pros can help.
If you want to get rid of insects around your home, bats are one solution. They can eat thousands of insects a night. If you want to get rid of bats, Critter Control of Ann Arbor is the solution.
There are nine bats in Michigan, but the two most common in the Ann Arbor area are the big brown bat and the Northern long-eared bat. Many bats are on the list of threatened or endangered list and are protected when removing them from your property. It’s crucial to hire a professional who understands the laws to deal with a bat problem on your property. Bat removal is not a DIY project as they carry diseases and can bite if they feel threatened.
If you hear scratching or chirping in your attic, ceiling, or walls at night, It’s likely the brown bat. You may even see them flying around light sources at night, feeding on insects. You may also see bat guano on parts of your property.
We can help solve your bat problem.
You can see roosting birds all over Ann Arbor, including park benches, cars, and of course, your home and property. European starlings, house sparrows, and pigeons are a few that are growing in number and getting creative in where they build nests.
If they have made their way in your attic, eaves, roof ledges, and trees, you likely have some damages as a result. We can help!