Wildlife Problems in Royal Oaks, MI

Extensive development and a growing population make Royal Oak, MI, a prime target for nuisance wildlife. Habitat loss often drives animals like squirrelsbatsraccoons, and coyotes to shelter in or around homes and search yards for easy meals.

Squirrel Removal

There are nine species of squirrels in Michigan. While some hibernate, others make take up residence inside homes. These animals are adept at finding food in and around homes. If they find an entry point, they will certainly set up a nesting site for their young.

A regular sight in Royal Oak, squirrels raid gardens to find fruit, nuts, and seeds. They strip bark from trees and dig numerous holes in lawns to bury caches of food as well. High populations of these rodents can also entice predators like foxes and coyotes to hunt near houses.

Inspection: Your Critter Control specialist will inspect your attic and crawl space for the presence of squirrels; in particular, they’ll look for food such as nuts, nests, nesting materials, and droppings.

Removal: Although squirrels are considered small game animals and can be hunted in the state of Michigan, please leave removing them from your property to a professional. Your specialist will discuss trapping or setting up one-way doors to remove squirrels. If babies are also found, they will be hand removed and relocated with their mom.

Repairs: It is essential to seal all entry points to prevent future entry after squirrel removal. Like other rodents, squirrels have front teeth that continuously grow, which means they can chew a new way back into your home. Your specialist may also suggest removing trees or tree branches on or close to your roof to help prevent the entry or reentry of squirrels into your home.

Bat Removal

Michigan is home to nine bat species. Big brown and little brown bats are the most common and can be found in buildings.

The little brown bat is the most common species in Michigan. They tend to roost near homes, and colonies will often move indoors. The guano that builds up beneath bat roosts results in foul odors, and it can also develop fungal spores that, if inhaled, can cause histoplasmosis, a serious respiratory illness.

Although bats can be a nuisance for home and business owners throughout the Detroit metropolitan area, they are protected by law and may not be harmed.

Inspection: Your Critter Control specialist will take note of not only bat guano, or feces, but also look for any small holes or open windows that could welcome bats into your home. Gaps along rooflines are likely entry points for an infestation, for example.

Removal: It’s always best to let a professional wildlife specialist handle bat removal since these animals may transmit rabies or histoplasmosis. Your specialist will most likely install a bat valve to safely remove bats from your home. The removal process can take up to seven days.

Repairs: Please leave cleaning up all guano, which can spread disease to humans, to your specialist. After removing bats from your home, your specialist will seal any entry points. Unlike rodents, bats do not chew their way inside and will only use existing holes to gain access to attics and crawl spaces.

Royal Oak Raccoon Removal

Detroit’s suburbs play host to raccoons searching for food and shelter. Garbage, compost, and scraps attract these animals to properties; in some cases, these animals also establish dens in chimneys and attics.

Raccoons forage in trashcans and dumpsters for meals, leaving a mess for Michigan residents in their wake. Once they discover a reliable food source, the pests may den under decks, porches, and sheds to stay close.

The animals’ feces also contain raccoon roundworm eggs, which infiltrate the soil in yards, gardens, and play areas. These parasites spread to humans through ingestion, and children are particularly vulnerable.

Inspection: Raccoons are well-known for raiding trash cans and pet food. Your specialist will inspect your property for footprints in and around your home and also inspect any chimneys and attics. Raccoons may travel alone or in family groups; therefore, your specialist will not assume they’re looking for a single animal.

Removal: Never attempt to remove raccoons yourself. Raccoons are a rabies vector species; therefore, your technician will live trap all raccoons to humanely remove them from your property.

Repairs: Your specialist will ensure all entry points that can be used by raccoons or other local wildlife are fully sealed to prevent future entry. You may also be advised to seal your trash cans and bring pet food inside.

Rodent Control in The Metro Detroit Area

Like most major cities with harsh winters, Detroit has its share of rodent problems. Both rats and mice find shelter and food in residential areas and will build nests in homes to prepare for the long Michigan winters.

Inspection: Your Critter Control specialist will conduct a thorough inspection of your home and make a note of all potential entry points that could provide access. For example, slim gaps under doors and tiny, dime-sized holes in home foundations are enough to allow a mouse inside.

Removal: It’s always best to leave rodent removal to a trained specialist with the proper equipment. A mouse can transmit pathogens and parasites to humans as well as pets. Your technician will set up traps and check them for several days to ensure all rodents are captured.

Repairs: Rodents can leave plenty of damage behind. Your specialist will seal all entry points, clean up excrement, and use rodenticides around the exterior of the home to reduce the mouse infestation pressure on the house.

Skunk Control in Royal Oak, MI

Nocturnal by nature, skunks can cause plenty of damage when burrowing for food and shelter. Although it is legal to kill a nuisance skunk on your property, please leave removal to a trained specialist. Not only is their spray foul-smelling and hard to remove, but skunks in the Detroit area also have been known to carry rabies.

Inspection: In addition to noticing the animal’s well-known odor, our specialist will look for signs of digging on your property and take note of disturbed patches of lawn or disturbed gardens.

Removal: To best avoid being sprayed, please leave skunk removal to a Critter Control specialist who will humanely remove the skunk or skunks with a live trap.

Repairs: A skunk’s pungent spray can severely damage indoor or outdoor property. Critter Control specializes in getting rid of these odors and repairing any property damage. In addition to repairing soiled property, we also repair damaged access points, including foundation vent screens.

Additional Nuisance Wildlife in Michigan

In addition to squirrels, a coyote will also hunt for micerats, and rabbits around sunrise and sunset. While generally timid around people, coyotes can adapt to the presence of humans and may prey on cats and small dogs in Michigan neighborhoods.

While they prefer to avoid conflict, if threatened, a skunk will spray a foul-smelling liquid from its hindquarters. Curious dogs are often unfortunate targets of these attacks. Skunks are nocturnal, so when they tear up turf to look for grubs and insects to eat, Farmington Hills homeowners usually don’t see the damage until morning.

How Professional Wildlife Control Services Can Help You

Whether you need us to remove a raccoon from your chimney, eliminate a rodent infestation or eliminate skunks from your backyard, all our Detroit-based wildlife technicians are ready to help you protect your home or business. What can Critter Control do for you?

  • Our specialists conduct full inspections to ascertain the severity of your nuisance wildlife issue.
  • We will help you find the most effective solution for keeping all nuisance wildlife out of and away from your home.
  • We do more than remove the animals from your property. We remove all evidence of the animals and disinfect the location.

Why Chose Critter Control

  • Critter Control customizes every solution according to the needs of each property.
  • We do more than remove animals. We will make the necessary repairs for you.
  • Every specialist has received the most up-to-date training and knows how to remove every animal humanely.

Common Wildlife Issues in this Location

  • Animal Damage
  • Animal Droppings
  • Animal Noises
  • Animal Odor Removal
  • Animals on the Roof
  • Animals Under Homes & Porches
  • Bats in Homes
  • Bats in the Attic
  • Carcass Removal from Homes
  • Chimney Repairs
  • 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
  • Venomous Snake Removal

Residential Services

We provide trapping & removal services for the following types of animals:

  • Armadillos
  • Badger
  • Bats
  • Beavers
  • Bees
  • Birds
  • Blackbirds
  • Bobcat
  • Chipmunks
  • Coyote
  • Crows
  • Deer
  • Fox
  • Gulls
  • Hornets
  • House Finches
  • Magpies
  • Mice
  • Moles
  • Muskrats
  • NorwayRats
  • Opossums
  • Pack Rats
  • Pigeons
  • Porcupine
  • Rabbits
  • Raccoons
  • Rats
  • Roof Rats
  • Skunks
  • Snakes
  • Sparrow
  • Squirrels
  • Starlings
  • Swallows
  • Voles
  • Weasel
  • Wild Hogs
  • Woodchuck
  • Woodpeckers

Commercial Services

  • Bird Control
  • Municipal Animal Control