Critter Control of Grand Rapids
Phone: (616) 245-4680
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With over 30 years of experience, Critter Control is the nation's leading wildlife control company. At Critter Control of Grand Rapids, we're skilled at dealing with many of West Michigan’s most bothersome pest animals. Whether you need to remove squirrels, raccoons, bats or mice from your attic, or get rid of moles, skunks, woodchucks, muskrats, voles or shrews that are damaging your property, you can trust Critter Control to get the job done safely, effectively and humanely.
Serving the Grand Rapids and Holland Areas
Q&A with Local Franchisees Don and Mars VandenBos
What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in your area?
We're plagued with squirrels, raccoons, bats, woodchucks, birds, moles, skunks, and opossums.
How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in your area?
Different seasons bring different animal problems. Colder weather brings home invaders, like mice and rats. Warmer weather brings yard dwellers like moles. Spring brings us baby squirrels and raccoons, while Summer brings baby bats.
What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity?
Muddy paw prints on structural supports. Noise in the attic, walls, between floors, or in the chimney. Animal droppings and holes in the lawn.
Any prevention tips for residents in your area?
Make sure all animals are out of your structure, before you seal things up. The last thing you want to do is to force an animal into your living space, because it can't exit your home. You also don't want trapped animals dying in your home.
When should homeowners call Critter Control?
Homeowners should call at the first sign of animal activity.
Issues with Wildlife in Grand Rapids, MI
Rabies is a serious problem in Grand Rapids, MI, and bats are one of the primary vectors of the disease.These pests often overwinter in barns, sheds, or even residents' attics. Having the animals nearby puts people in danger of being bitten and contracting the virus.
Damage Caused by Squirrels
Michigan is home to nine flying squirrel and tree squirrel species. These pests gather in yards looking for seeds or insects to eat. Squirrels will also tear screens and remove ill-fitting vents to get indoors. Ripped insulation, urine stains on floors, and gnawed wiring in walls are all problems that can arise from a squirrel infestation.
Raccoons in Michigan
Raccoons use their paws to tear sod straight from the ground, leaving large holes and patches of upturned grass in lawns. During the night, they compete with skunks for insects in Michigan yards.
Raccoons raid garbage cans and invade Grand Rapids homes to nest in chimneys or attics. These wildlife pests also transmit rabies through their blood and saliva. Even raccoon droppings can be problematic since they often contain dangerous roundworm parasites.
Skunks in Grand Rapids tear up turf and excavate holes in lawns. The pests spend all night digging for grubs and other insects. This activity leaves costly and time-consuming yard repairs for homeowners to discover.
When threatened, a skunk can spray a foul-scented musk from its hindquarters. In addition to this unpleasant defense, skunks are rabies carriers that will bite and scratch if cornered. Grand Rapids dog owners should be wary of letting pets wander freely when skunks are nearby.