Wildlife 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.
Wildlife Removal in Southwest Michigan/Kalamazoo
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.
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.
Raccoon Removal in Southwest Michigan
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.
Inspection: Our experts look for signs of raccoon activity, including holes in the ground where they dig for insects, raided gardens, broken porches or decks, damaged vents, and greasy smudges on your siding, to name a few. They identify entry points, food sources, and damages.
Removal: While raccoons are not a protected species in Michigan, it’s better to use safe and humane traps to get rid of the animal. We follow all guidelines set by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Repair: If raccoons are in your attic, you can expect to need a sanitization treatment applied and replacement of insulation, chewed wires, and pieces of drywall. We focus on exclusion to keep raccoons out of your home for good. One method is to seal all possible holes they can use to enter the house. This can mean screening vents and chimneys and enclosing the space underneath your porch. We also give you tips on adequately storing pet food, trash bags, and other raccoon attractants.
Rat and Mice Control in Southwest Michigan
In June 2021, a woman in Michigan contracted the hantavirus from cleaning a rodent-infested home. The virus is a dangerous respiratory illness. This is the first case since 1993 in our area. While this situation is rare, rats and mice are not meant to cohabitate with humans. Removing even one rodent is necessary.
The black and Norway rats and house and deer mice are the most common in Southwest Michigan. Rats and mice chew on wires, wood, fabrics, papers, and any other items they find interesting or useful. They make nests from various materials found inside your home, even those items you consider sentimental. Rodents run along baseboards and behind appliances. They leave droppings everywhere they go. Because rats and mice multiply quickly and often, you should call for animal control assistance as soon as you spot one.
Inspection: The professionals in our company can locate every hole in your home through which rats and mice can enter. They find nests and assess damages, including ruined groceries by rats who sneak into your pantry.
Removal: Rodents are not protected in Michigan, and permits are not required. However, our experts like to use safe and humane trapping methods to get rid of rats and mice.
Repair: Inside, we often need to replace gnawed wires and repair holes in chewed wood. We also ensure all entry points are sealed. Outside, rats can damage shingles, screens, and spouting. Exclusion may include clearing debris from your home and yard and properly storing food for pets and people.
Squirrel Removal in Southwest Michigan
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.
Inspection: Our wildlife control operators identify every place where squirrels can enter your home. They identify the food sources available on your property and assess travel paths and damages.
Removal: We trap squirrels using our CritterSafe system, which is safe and humane for the animal.
Repair: Common repairs we see for damages caused by squirrels include dents and scratches on the outside of your home, siding, and spouting. Also, broken screens covering vents and chimneys, as well as sagging electrical wiring. Inside we see torn insulation and damaged walls and flooring in attics. We exclude squirrels by sealing all entry points into your home, remove bird feeders, fence gardens and berry bushes, and install tree barriers to prevent climbing. We trim tree branches to make it more challenging to travel from trees to your roof.
Bat Removal in Southwest Michigan
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.
Inspection: We locate the bats’ roosting spot, food, and water sources. We figure out how bats are accessing your attic or building.
Removal: Bats will often fly out of your attic. Using our one-way bat valve, they can’t fly back in. If a bat doesn’t fly out on its own, our pros have the proper gloves and other equipment to remove the bat safely.
Repair: Bats leave behind guano, which contains uric acid, which can cause terrible staining on your home and respiratory infections if inhaled. We apply a sanitation treatment to the roosting area and seal all entry points. Exclusion includes reducing the number of insects on your property. This may mean using repellants, turning off outdoor lights at night, and clearing areas with stagnant water.
Woodpeckers in Southwest Michigan
In Michigan, there are eight species of woodpeckers. The downy, Northern flicker, red-bellied, and hairy woodpeckers are the species most likely to show up at your birdfeeder. If woodpeckers start pecking on your siding or other parts of your home, they are most likely eating insects. Doing so can cause damage to your home’s exterior.
Woodpeckers have federal protection that prevents harm to the bird and their nests. Other than putting holes in the outside of your home or sheds, they can also damage trees. They may choose your attic, eave, spouting, or chimney to build a nest. Plus, the constant pecking can be annoying for some.
To get rid of woodpeckers, call our office.
Inspection: Woodpeckers love insects, so our first step is to identify all sources of insects. We also assess damages caused by the bird.
Removal: Our primary focus is on exclusion. We follow guidelines set by the Migratory Bird Program in Michigan and state and federal guidelines set by the conservation departments.
Repair: To keep the woodpecker out of your home, we seal all entry points, including eaves. We put proper screens on chimneys and vents. We install barriers on roof ledges to prevent roosting. It’s important to remove food sources like bird feeders if you want to reduce woodpecker activity. If they don’t have food and water, they won’t stay.
How Professional Wildlife Control Services Can Help You
Hiring nuisance wildlife control operators to remove animals and repair damages they cause has benefits, like:
- You don’t have to worry about interacting with an animal that may have a disease.
- You don’t have to get dirty.
- You get to choose the best of several options to resolve your wildlife problem.
Why Choose Critter Control
Critter Control experts give you even more benefits, like:
- An extensive knowledge base on all wildlife and their habits
- Safe and humane removal techniques for removing nuisance wildlife
- Various exclusion methods to prevent future problems
Other SW Michigan Pests
Skunks in Michigan are a nuisance to people and pets. Dogs, cats, and gardeners can be a target for skunk spray if these animals feel threatened. Sparrows are also an issue. When a sparrow nests on a building, their acidic droppings can stain siding and ruin paint finishes.
Q&A with Local Franchisee Todd Topham
Can you please describe the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in your area?Homeowners in the Southern Michigan area find squirrels, bats, mice and raccoons in homes. Moles and chipmunks damage lawns and gardens and woodchucks den under buildings and decks.
How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in your area?
December through February is much slower due to the winter weather. Spring is our busiest time of year, as we're busily removing offspring found in homes and businesses. Summer months bring mole control, and bat exclusions are performed in the fall.
What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity?
Noise in walls and ceilings, damage to homes and businesses, droppings and staining, lawn and landscape damage.
Any prevention tips for residents in your area?
Keep bird and squirrel feeders as far away from the home as possible. Keep pet food in metal containers with lids and maintain the exterior of the home.
When should homeowners call Critter Control?
Homeowners should call if they hear noises, see wildlife in or around their homes, find droppings or see damage to their home, lawn or gardens.
COMMON WILDLIFE ISSUES IN THIS LOCATION
- Animal Damage
- Animal Droppings
- Animal Noises
- Animal Tracks in Yard
- Animals on the Roof
- Animals Under Homes & Porches
- Bats in Homes
- Bats in the Attic
- Carcass Removal from Homes
- Chimney Repairs
- Chipmunk Removal
- 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
- Snake Removal
- Squirrel Trapping
- Squirrels in Attics
- Squirrels in Homes
- Woodpecker Removal
- Chimney Swifts
- Deer Mouse
- Flying Squirrels
- Ground Squirrels
- House Finches
- Muscovy Duck
Serving the following locations in Southwest Michigan:
By County: Allegan County, Calhoun County, Kalamazoo County and Van Buren County
For Wildlife & Pest Control Near You, Call: (269) 353-2874
This franchise is independently licensed and operated by Todd Topham, LLC., dba Critter Control of SW Michigan.