Locally Owned and Operated
Serving the Central Michigan Area
Based in Midland, MI, Critter Control of Central Michigan East has been serving Arenac, Bay, Gladwin, Iosco, Midland, Ogemaw, Roscommon and Saginaw counties by providing professional animal and wildlife control services. We provide integrated animal control and wildlife management solutions which are environmentally sound and ecologically responsible. Animal control services are provided to home owners, property management companies, industrial and commercial clients, municipalities and Fortune 500 companies throughout the greater Midland area.
Critter Control of Central Michigan East establishes the standards for excellence in the animal pest control industry and upholds those standards with a professional staff of biologists, zoologists, certified wildlife specialists, animal control officers and anti-cruelty personal.
In addition to other wildlife services, we specialize in:
- Bat removal
- Repairing bat damage
- Bat exclusion (keeping bats from entering buildings)
Q&A with Local Franchisee Curt Baker
Can you please describe the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in your area?
Bats, mice, squirrels, raccoons, moles, skunks and opossums.
How do the seasons affect nuisance wildlife activity in your area?
It's very seasonal in Central Michigan and the Midland area. Bats are active from Easter through Halloween. Raccoons are more active in the spring with babies, and mice are almost the only thing active in the winter months. Moles are active from May through October and skunks are most active during the breeding season, around February. Squirrels and opossums are active almost any time of year.
What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity?
Bat droppings, mice trails and tunnels, feed leftovers from squirrels. Outside is where the entry points are found on the house. Also look for holes in ground, under a deck or shed.
Any prevention or exclusion tips for local residents in your area?
Keep all junk and debris away from the house and call Critter Control.
When should homeowners call Critter Control?
When they hear noises in the house, notice mouse droppings or see animals in the yard.
Wildlife Issues in Central Michigan
Bats in the Home
Homeowners are in for an unpleasant surprise when these flying bats take shelter in Central Michigan houses. While colonies can produce foul smells and flapping noises at night, disease is the biggest concern when these pests live indoors. rabies can spread through bat bites or scratches.
Squirrel Food Caches
The feeding habits of Central Michigan squirrels create problems for residents. Squirrels eat plant buds, nuts, and seeds, often storing them in various places for later. The rodents may bury caches in the ground or place them in attics and basements. Forgotten food stashes can cause damage and attract mice into homes.
Problems with Raccoons
During springtime in Central Michigan, raccoons move into yards looking for easy meals. The pests rummage through garbage, dig in yards, steal from outdoor pet bowls, and scavenge for fallen birdseed. In addition, raccoons access rooftops by climbing trees near homes. Once on the roof, they can sneak into attics and chimneys to nest and raise young.
A raccoon infestation in the house is a serious problem for residents. Bites from these animals may transfer rabies and many other diseases, while their droppings can contain roundworm. This dangerous parasite is prevalent in Central Michigan raccoons and can infect both wildlife and humans.
Skunks in the Yard
Skunks in Central Michigan dig holes in yards while searching for grubs and other insects to eat. They are active at night, so homeowners often get an unpleasant surprise when they see their ruined lawn in the morning.
Treating the yard for grubs is not enough to get rid of skunks, as the pests eat several types of insects and worms that live just beneath the topsoil. To make matters worse, skunks spray if startled and have no problem targeting both humans and pets.