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Wildlife Control & Removal Services

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.

Nuisance Wildlife in Lansing

Rivers and lakes dotted throughout Lansing, MI, help to form its unique ecosystem. As we develop Lansing and the surrounding areas, we force wildlife to adapt to an urban lifestyle. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recognizes there will be times when humans have conflicts with local wildlife.

As the animals adapt, some may try to take over certain parts of the city, neighborhoods and even our homes. They may even cause damages or become threatening, which classifies them as a nuisance.

Removing wildlife from your property can be dangerous. Call expert animal control operators like the ones at Critter Control to do the job. They inspect and review options before removing nuisance wildlife. They understand which animals are protected and which need permitting to remove. Once removed, they can focus on exclusion methods and repairing damages.

Below are some examples of how we handle the most common nuisance wildlife problems in Lansing.

Raccoon Removal in Lansing

Raccoons are rarely seen in daylight hours because they are nocturnal animals. They build multiple nests in various locations throughout their travel routes. A favorite place for shelter is your attic.

Raccoons are assertive animals and will push their way into a space, even if that means breaking vents, screens and wood to get there. Once in your attic, they will tear out your insulation, scratch walls and rip drywall. They will even chew on wires, creating fire hazards.

Outside your home, the nuisance behaviors of raccoons include tipping over garbage cans, raiding pet food and bird feeders, digging holes in the yard to access insects and stealing crops from your garden. Their nimble hands allow them to climb poles, trees, spouting and chimneys. They can even turn doorknobs and open packaging. They are brave enough to enter your home through a pet door while you're asleep.

If you have a raccoon invading your space, give us a call.

Inspection: Our first goal is to identify every place raccoons are entering your home. Then, we assess damages and create a removal plan.

Removal: While raccoons are not a protected species, according to the Department of Natural Resources, we prefer to remove raccoons using humane traps that are safe for our pros and the animals.

Repair: Damages by raccoons in Lansing include dents, scratches and smudges on the siding. We often repair roof shingles and replace insulation, vent and chimney screens and drywall. We fix flooring and walls and add fencing around gardens. We install adequate storage for garbage and pet food and erect tree and roof barriers. We also seal every point of entry into your home.

Rat and Mice Removal in Lansing

In our area, it's the black and Norway rats you see the most. They run across electrical wires and scavenge dumpsters and trash cans. The house mouse and deer mouse are also common. These Michigan rodents access the inside of your home through tiny holes and cracks.

Once in your home, they build nests using insulation, drywall, papers and any soft materials they find nearby. They love to chew wood, whether it's on your furniture, baseboards, walls, or doors. They will even chew on food boxes in your pantry. They dash out onto your counters at night or when you are not looking, picking up crumbs or leftovers. You only know they've been there by the trail of droppings left behind.

Because rats and mice multiply quickly and often, the sooner you call us for help, the easier it is to limit the infestation.

Inspection: Our experts identify all food and water resources. Rodents typically don't like to travel more than 30 feet from their nest, making it easier to find their home. Most importantly, we locate every possible access point that allows rodents to enter your home.

Removal: We follow local and state guidelines when trapping rats and mice for removal.

Repairs: We commonly repair gnawed wiring and scratched walls, and we seal all holes—even the tiniest. We replace insulation and improve the storage of food for both humans and pets. We ensure proper screening of vents, ducts, pipes and chimneys. We like to clear debris and potential hiding spots rodents prefer outdoors near your home.

Squirrel Removal in Lansing

Due to south-central Michigan's wooded environment and variety of native trees, squirrels in Lansing feel right at home. We have nine species of squirrels in our area. Three tree-dwelling species, including eastern fox squirrels, gray squirrels, and red squirrels, can frequently be spotted in local yards as well as darting along power lines, roofs, and the tops of fences. 

Squirrels love to eat nuts, fruit, seeds, grains, small bird eggs, pinecones and even bark. They love to raid bird feeders and find creative places to build a nest, like chimneys, attics and walls in your home. The list of damages they cause is lengthy and may include chewed and sagging wires, chewed and broken siding and drywall and scratches everywhere they travel.

Other damages include clogging vents and ductwork with the items they hoard for winter, creating fire hazards—also, broken shingles, soffits, fascia, spouting and gutters. Our pros can help get rid of your squirrel problem and repair the damages.

Inspection: First, we locate all possible entry points into your home. Second, we assess damages and determine a squirrel removal process.

Removal: If the squirrel leaves on its own, we can move straight into exclusion methods. If it doesn't leave on its own, we have safe and humane trapping methods that follow state regulations regarding protected and non-protected squirrels.

Repair: We often find ourselves fixing chewed wires, replacing drywall and sealing all holes that squirrels can squeeze through. Most can fit through a hole the size of a golf ball. Other repairs include replacing damaged siding, shingles and soffits. For exclusion, we trim tree limbs close to the home, install climbing barriers on trees and roof ledges and remove or relocate bird feeders.

Bat Removal in Lansing

Michigan is home to nine bat species. Most bat species in Michigan reside in the northern part of the state, but it's not uncommon to find some of these pests in Lansing. The bats in Lansing are all protected federally and at the state level due to diseases that are threatening their existence. If you see a bat in the daylight, it could be due to white-nose syndrome, which is a major threat right now. It causes bats to awaken from hibernation early, depleting their fat reserves and making it difficult for them to survive.

Bats are beneficial wildlife, eating thousands of insects every night. They become a nuisance when they roost in your attic, shed, barn, or other structure on your property. They are very noisy and leave large piles of bat guano wherever they roost.

Bat guano is heavy and can put a lot of weight on attic flooring or structural beams. It also has a strong, foul odor and can grow molds that can be harmful to humans if inhaled, causing respiratory infections like histoplasmosis.

Never try to remove a bat on your own. Bats roost hanging upside down. They expel feces and urine while roosting, allowing it to run down their bodies. If you touch a bat, you are handling their toxic waste.

Inspection: We quickly identify roosting areas, damages caused by guano and the food resources that attract the bats to your property. We locate every entry point bats use to get into your attic. Bats can fit through cracks as small as 3/4" by 3/8".

Removal: Bats will usually leave on their own, but in rare cases when they don't, we have the tools and equipment for safe and humane bat removal. Please note that between May and August is the maternity season for bats. Under federal laws, bats cannot be removed or bothered during this time. We commonly remove bats between October and March.

Repair: After removing bat guano and applying a sanitation treatment, we seal all cracks and holes leading to your attic, shed, or other structures. We focus on exclusion by reducing the number of insects you attract to your property. You can do this by limiting the number of outdoor night lights, keeping lawns manicured and eliminating areas where stagnant water accumulates.

Bird Control in Lansing

Wooded habitats with water, places to perch, and plenty of insects are ideal for birds in Lansing, MI. Unfortunately, well-tended backyards can provide many of the same resources and attract birds.

Pigeons, starlings and sparrows are non-native birds that do not migrate during the winter months. All year in Lansing, our homes, offices, vehicles, park benches, statues and other outdoor features are affected by roosting birds that like to flock together. The biggest nuisance complaint is the large amounts of poop stains. Also, birds will build nests in open areas around your property, like eaves, chimneys, attics and spouting. If birds clog pipes, vents, or ducts with nests, they create a fire hazard.

Larger and more aggressive bird varieties, like Canada geese, also land in large numbers on lawns. In addition to their loud noises and unsightly droppings, the pests create health risks with the disease- carrying mites in their nests and feathers. Since many birds in Lansing are protected by law, disturbing these animals or their eggs without a license can lead to heavy fines.

Inspection: We identify the areas open for nesting and food sources that attract birds to your property.

Removal: We can remove a trapped bird safely and humanely. Most birds fly away on their own long enough for us to implement exclusion methods.

Repair: We focus on sealing openings that birds use to nest, installing barriers on roof ledges and removing food sources like bird feeders.

Skunk Control

Lansing, MI, residents deal with skunk infestations almost exclusively during the warmer spring and summer months, as the pests prefer to hunker down in their dens during harsh, Michigan winters. Skunks are recognizable by their black pelts striped or spotted with white, though there are other telltale signs that they're present.

Homeowners may hear scratching sounds under decks, porches, sheds, and other manmade structures where the pests den. Additionally, they may dig up lawns in search of food. Skunks in Lansing are known carriers of rabies and parasites, but residents are often just as concerned about their pungent spray.

Opossum Control

In addition to its reputation as a hub for culture and education, Lansing, MI, also has an active nightlife, especially of the animal variety. The opossum is generally a quiet and secretive animal, which is why spotting one after dark is such a startling experience. Their dramatic, rat-like faces can be a frightening sight, especially when the pests are found near homes, in garages, or around gardens.

Opossums sometimes make hissing sounds if they feel threatened, but this is a rare occurrence. The biggest problems opossums in Lansing typically cause are raiding unsecured garbage cans for food and damaging yards as they search for grubs to eat.

Groundhog Control

Groundhogs (woodchucks) can cause extensive damage to Lansing, MI, yards and gardens. These stocky rodents often stand up on their hind legs and are usually dark brown with a grizzled appearance. The pests cause the most damage by tunneling in yards, creating raised ridges on the surface of lawns. These break yard equipment and injure animals and people who trip over them.

Groundhogs eat garden plants and are also vectors for various parasites, tularemia, and, on rare occasions, rabies. Woodchucks in Lansing do not typically enter homes, so scratching noises in walls or attics usually point to other pests.

Deer Damage

White-tailed deer feed on gardens and flower beds, leaving behind trampled and shredded plants. The pests also tend to graze near roads. Each year, nearly 50,000 car accidents in Michigan are caused by collisions with deer.

Coyote and Fox Attacks

Residents who find the carcasses of small mammals, such as rabbits and mice, on their property may be dealing with foxes or coyotes. These predators are known to attack unattended livestock and pets.

 

Wildlife FAQ with Rodney Peters

What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in Lansing?

Raccoons, bats, squirrels, skunks, woodchucks, birds, opossums and animal exclusion repairs.

How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in Central Michigan?
Fall, winter, and spring we deal mostly with squirrels, birds and raccoons. During the summer, it is mostly moles, bats, groundhogs (woodchucks), opossums, and skunks.

Any prevention tips for residents in your area?
Have an inspection and animal exclusion repairs done to seal up the house before there are animals getting in the attic.

When should homeowners call Critter Control?
As soon as they are aware that there is a critter issue.

Serving the following locations:

By County: Clinton, Eaton, Ingham and Shiawassee Counties​

  • Bath
  • City of Charlotte
  • City of Lansing
  • City of Saint Johns
  • DeWitt
  • East Lansing
  • Eaton Rapids
  • Grand Ledge
  • Haslett
  • Holt
  • Mason
  • Okemos
  • Williamston
For Wildlife Control Near You, Call: (517) 482-5900
This franchise is independently licensed and operated by Rodney Peters - Sole Proprietor - dba Critter Control of Lansing.

 

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