Southwest Michigan has many living options, from downtown Kalamazoo city life to rural farmland. If you like living near water, we have lakes like Sturgis and Vicksburg. If you love the beach, you can be on Lake Michigan in less than 45 minutes.
Wildlife Removal in Southwest Michigan/Kalamazoo
In every neighborhood, city or rural, we have an abundance of wildlife. Squirrels, raccoons, deer, birds, bats, skunks, turtles, snakes, and many other animals adapt well to living near humans. You can find them searching for food, water, and shelter in your yard. If they can find food and water, they will create a shelter nearby, possibly in your home.
Attics, sheds, basements, crawlspaces, and underneath porches and decks are preferred shelters for many wildlife. If they can access the area, they will, causing damages to your home and property in the process.
Critter Control has experts who perform thorough inspections to create a plan for removing nuisance wildlife and repairing damages. Below are examples of how our process works with raccoons, rats and mice, squirrels, bats, and birds.
Raccoons are active at night. While you sleep, they are out scavenging for food. There are plenty of sources in Kalamazoo and all of Southwest Michigan. Raccoons eat just about anything, from restaurant scraps and pet food to garden crops and chickens. Their hands resemble human hands and allow them to turn doorknobs, open storage bins, and climb trees, chimneys, and poles.
Raccoons have a permanent mask and banded tail. They would be cute if they weren’t so destructive. They will do what they can to get into parts of your house they see fit to sleep and give birth to pups. If they must rip, tear, or break something to get to that spot, they will. Raccoons make lots of noises, like whimpers, growls, and screams. They leave feces and urine nearby their shelter.
Before trying to remove a raccoon from your home by yourself, remember they can carry diseases, and if threatened, they may bite. Calling nuisance wildlife animal control experts is recommended. Critter Control's three-step process works well for raccoon removal.
There are nine squirrel species in our area. They can be seen in Kalamazoo and throughout the Southwest Michigan region. Squirrels are constantly hunting for their favorite foods, including nuts, berries, apples, bird eggs, grains, seeds, vegetation, and insects. If you have any of these on your property, you likely have squirrels.
While squirrels are fun to watch, they can wreak havoc on your garden, birdfeeder, electrical wires, shingles, vents, chimneys, and attic. They like to bring items from the outdoors to the inside of your home. They sometimes place these items in your vents, ducts, and other places that could create a fire hazard. They tear out your insulation and drywall to add to their nest-building materials.
Some squirrels are considered endangered, which is one reason you should call an animal control operator to get rid of squirrels from your home. Plus, they carry diseases. Our experts start working on your removal plan as soon as you call for help.
There are nine species of bats in Michigan, include big and little brown bats, long-eared bats, hoary bats, silver-haired bats, and red bats. All bats are beneficial. They control the insect population by eating thousands each day. Due to white-nose syndrome and other threats, bats are on the protected species list in Michigan.
There are a couple of essential factors to remember when removing a bat from your home or property. One, bats must be left alone during the maternity season, which runs from May to August. Two, never try to remove a bat alone. They can carry diseases, and most are covered in their own feces.
If your property attracts a lot of insects, you are also likely attracting bats. Here’s how we can help.
Skunks are a common pest in SW Michigan. These animals are known for foraging for food in trash bins and pet food bowls. They're also profound and efficient diggers, and can mutilate an entire yard in a single night searching for grubs. They're distinctive black and white fur, and their pungent odor that can linger for days, are unmistakeable. If you happen to cross paths with a skunk, do not try to scare it away. Please also remember that skunks can carry rabies
; therefore, it’s best to let a professional handle removal for you.