Q&A with Local Franchisees Jeff Archer and Tom Brungardt:
What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in your area?
We address a lot of Bat situation in the Kansas City Metro along with Squirrels and Raccoons in the attic spaces. We also do a fair amount of Rodent(Mice/Rats) and Bird Control. Occasionally we receive call on skunks or groundhogs digging around homes and yards.
How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in your area?
We certainly have more calls in the spring and summer for non-hibernating animals and for reproduction, but our call volume is more tied to short bad weather occurrences and major holidays and school-related vacation times.
Any prevention tips for residents in your area?
We occasionally give DIY advice for things like rabbits, or seeing snakes in the yard, but if it is our typical animal damage/entry we recommend professional help. Animals generally access homes through louver vents, soffit roof interface gaps, fascia gaps, roof vents, power fan vents, general foundation construction gaps, foundation vents and open chimney flues. Make sure any related issues are addressed promptly.
When should homeowners call Critter Control?
The sooner, the better!
What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity?
Noises, smells and debris from the animal activity are common signs. Critter damage at the entrance point is also a common sign.
Critter Control of Kansas City offers a scale of wildlife control services to ensure your problem is solved correctly. Our solutions are long term and will keep wildlife animals out of your home for good. Trust Critter Control of Kansas City to solve your wildlife control problem quickly! Our methods are proven and safe, getting rid of the wildlife in your home quickly and in a humane manner.
Issues with Wildlife in Kansas City, MO
Squirrels in Missouri
Squirrels can live in almost any habitat, including urban areas like the Kansas City metropolitan area of Missouri. Large numbers of these pests are a problem when they girdle trees or bury nuts and seeds in lawns. Gray and fox squirrels, both common in the region, may dig hundreds of small holes to store food for winter.
If a squirrel moves into an attic or wall void, it can become a serious issue. Squirrels may create loud thumps and scratching noises early in the morning that go on for hours. In addition, these animals chew through insulation and wiring, leading to costly damage and even fires. Their waste produces stains and foul odors.
Problems with Canada Geese
Some Canada geese in Missouri migrate, while others stay year-round. These pests destroy lawns, parks, and golf courses because they prefer to eat lush, short grass. When nesting or competing for food, Canada geese are often aggressive.
Canada goose droppings are another issue in the Kansas City area. The birds leave excessive amounts of waste on sidewalks and driveways. Their feces also pollutes pools and damages vehicle paint. Canada goose waste is both a public health hazard and a nuisance for homeowners.
Raccoons & Opossums
Many Kansas City area homeowners have woken up to the sound of something crashing around outside at night, only in time to catch a glimpse of a furry critter foraging through their garbage. Raccoons and opossums are the most common culprits of this nuisance behavior and will almost always return to where they've found a food source before.
Both Raccoons and opossums can become agitated and aggressive when approached or cornered, so keep your distance and give us a call instead. We can help you trap your pesky nighttime visitors and give you suggestions and solutions to prevent them from returning in the future.
Using high quality traps, exclusion methods or other techniques, our team will remove all animals from your home. We understand that having bats or squirrels in your chimney is frustrating, so we will work hard to quickly remove the pests in a humane manner.
Wildlife animals inside your home are capable of a lot of damage in a short amount of time. Some damages can lead to leaks, electrical fires, health risks, and other extensive damages. If the damages are not addressed promptly, the result can be expensive and dangerous.
Animal Noises in Walls
When you awake to scratching noises or sounds of chewing/gnawing on wood, those are the signs of a house mice infestation. House mice will chew up furniture and occasionally chew on wires, making a fire hazard in your home! Critter Control of Kansas City will find all points of entry, remove the animals, repair points of entry and put measures in place to help prevent future animal control problems.