Wildlife Removal Services
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.
Nuisance Wildlife Issues in Ann Arbor
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.
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.
Inspection: We locate entry points, check for damages, and identify food and water resources.
Removal: We use our CritterSafe traps for the safe and humane removal of raccoons. We follow city and state rules for trapping and relocating raccoons in the same county but off your property. We work closely with the local wildlife departments to ensure proper procedures.
Repair: Our experts seal all entry points into your home, including under decks, porches, and crawlspaces. We secure screens in vents and chimneys, replace damaged shingles and spouting, and install food and trash storage that cannot be accessed. We are happy to install fencing around gardens and to protect chickens or other livestock.
Bat Removal in Ann Arbor
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.
Inspection: The Critter Control pros know where to look for signs of bat activity, both inside and outside your home, sheds, and other structures. We look for entry points, food and water sources, and damages.
Removal: Critter Control uses live exclusion methods to deter bats from your property. We can create custom-bat valves that allow the wildlife to exit your home without being able to return. We follow all state rules for bat removal.
Repair: Our experts seal holes that bats could use to enter your home and can apply a sanitization treatment to areas with bat activity. We also reduce the number of food and water sources that attract insects, like outdoor lights and stagnant water.
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.
Inspection: We inspect your entire home and property for squirrel activity and damages. We identify droppings, nest areas, food and water sources. With this information, we create a removal plan.
Removal: The Michigan Department of Natural Resources provides guidelines and permits for experts to follow when trapping and removing squirrels from your home. We have a custom CritterSafe trap that removes the squirrels safely and humanely. We document and submit records as needed.
Repair: We can repair most items damaged by squirrels, including gnawed wires, boards, screens, shingles, and more. We primarily focus on exclusion methods that will prevent squirrels from entering your home in the future. We seal all holes of all sizes that allow entry into your home. We relocate or remove bird feeders, and we can install tree barriers. We can install fencing around your garden, clean debris from the yard, and trim tree branches close to your home, giving squirrels easy access. We make your home and property less attractive to squirrels by limiting the food, water, and shelter resources.
Other rodents considered nuisance wildlife are rats and mice.
Rat and Mice Removal in Ann Arbor
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.
Inspection: We seek and find every possible entry point, even those smaller than a quarter. We identify rodent nesting areas, check for damaged wires, wood, screens, and more. We check pantries for rat and mice activity like chewed through food boxes and droppings.
Removal: We use a trapping system that meets the city, county, and state requirements, whether we remove one rodent or an infestation. Our primary focus is on implementing exclusion methods.
Repair: We fix damages caused by rodents, like chewed wires, wood, insulation, and cabinets. For exclusion, we seal all entry points. We also implement better food storage, replacing screens to vents and chimneys with screens that can’t be chewed, and install durable rat walls along the edges of decks and porches.
Roosting Bird Removal in Ann Arbor
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!
Inspection: We check for damages caused by roosting birds, like on siding, gutters, soffits, and fascia. We identify all openings that birds find attractive for nesting, as well as food and water resources.
Removal: We remove nests and use exclusion methods to prevent birds from returning. We do this by sealing all access areas like open eaves, broken siding, unsealed chimneys and vents, and gutters.
Repair: We can repair or replace damages like broken siding, gutters, soffits, and fascia if needed. We can also install protective screens on chimneys and vents. We seal all entry points to your attic. Exclusion methods include removing or relocating bird feeders and other food sources. We can use netting over fruit and vegetable crops, and we can install roof ledge barriers.
Other Backyard Animals
As a major city in Michigan, Ann Arbor is bound to attract pigeons. These pests gather wherever humans are present, tarnishing the sides of buildings as well as spreading mites and ticks. Small animals like birds and squirrels also draw coyotes to yards. Coyote attacks on people are rare, but the predators may hunt cats and dogs.
Other Washtenaw County Wildlife Problems & Removal
Why Choose Critter Control?
When we finish our three-step process, you will know that we have provided:
- Experts who are licensed and insured to do the job.
- Experts who are extensively trained in the inspection, removal, and repair process.
- Experts who know and understand nuisance wildlife, from their diets to nesting preferences.
- Experts who are friendly and professional.
- Experts who make your wildlife problem a priority.
Q&A with Local Franchisee Scott Purr
What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in Ann Arbor?
Animals in attics, walls, crawl spaces and under decks.
How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in your Michigan?
What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity?
We deal with far more animals in the summer months than in the winter.
Broken gable vents and seeing insulation on the ground.
Any prevention tips for residents in your area?
Keep trees cut back 10-feet from roof line. Look at roof lines, gable vents and roof vents for damage.
When should homeowners call Critter Control?
Immediately when they hear noises in the attic, walls or crawl space.
COMMON WILDLIFE ISSUES IN THIS LOCATION
- Animal Damage
- Animal Droppings
- Animal Noises
- Animals Under Homes & Porches
- Bats in Homes
- Bats in the Attic
- Carcass Removal from Homes
- Dead Animal Removal
- Humane Animal Trapping
- Mice in Walls & Attics
- Raccoon Trapping
- Raccoons in Attic
- Rats in Walls & Attics
- Seal Animal Entry Points in Homes
- Skunk Control
- Skunk Trapping
- Skunks Under Heating Units
- Squirrel Trapping
- Squirrels in Attics
- Squirrels in Homes
- Deer Mouse
- Flying Squirrels
- Yellow Jackets
Serving the following locations:
By County: Livingston County, Oakland County, Washtenaw County
- Ann Arbor
City of Ann Arbor
City of Howell
For Wildlife Control Near You, Call: (734) 215-7810
This franchise is independently licensed and operated by RIDI, Inc., dba Critter Control of Ann Arbor.