Attic Restoration Services
Critter Control offers a complete attic remediation process which includes but is not limited to removal of soiled/compressed insulation, application of deodorizer/disinfectant, replacement of damaged flex AC ducts, and installation of T.A.P. (Thermal Acoustical Pest Control) cellulose insulation.
Q&A with Local Franchisee Jeff Archer:
What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in your area?
We tend to primarily deal with mice, squirrels, raccoons, and bats in attic spaces. Crawl space and ground pests include moles, skunks, woodchucks, opossums, raccoons, and armadillos.
How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in your area?
During the spring, most wildlife have their young, therefore we receive a lot of calls pertaining to an increase of noise in attic spaces. During the summer months, we stay busy with bats accessing the living space of residential homes and commercial buildings. During the winter months, most of our calls are for squirrels and raccoons in the attic (they are getting out of the elements).
Any prevention tips for residents in your area?
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?
When a customer has any concerns of unusual noises or odors coming from their attic or crawl space, notices any unusual activity in or around the yard and landscaping that might be caused by a "critter," or if a homeowner just wants an inspection by a trained professional to give them peace of mind that their home is secured and animal-free.
Wildlife Problems in Springfield, MO
Wildlife species thrive in parts of Springfield, MO, where food and shelter are available. This is especially true in populated areas like neighborhoods. It is not unusual for homeowners to find animals living in yards, attics, and garages.
Bats lose their natural habitat when houses go up in Missouri, so the pests often invade living spaces. They come inside through small gaps, open windows, or uncapped chimneys. Feces and urine that accumulates under bat roosts can pose health risks for residents.
Tree Squirrel Problems
These rodents are a frequent problem in Springfield urban areas since buildings provide the perfect den sites. While entering a structure, squirrels may tear up shingles or ruin insulation. They also attract predators like coyotes and bobcats.
When raising her young, a female raccoon looks for a warm and protected den site. The animals are good climbers and easily gain access to roofs from nearby trees. In addition to rabies and other diseases, raccoons may carry fleas and ticks that can spread to Missouri residents or their pets.
Frequently Encountered Wildlife
A common nuisance in Springfield, opossums search backyards for food. They often get into bird feeders or garbage near houses. Another outdoor pest, groundhogs can scale fencing to reach gardens and ornamentals. Groundhog burrows also create a tripping hazard in Missouri lawns.
Deer in Greater Springfield
Deer overpopulation is a major problem in and around Springfield. These pests cause issues by eating crops and darting across busy highways in front of cars. When deer overrun neighborhoods, they destroy gardens and landscaping. They can also carry deer ticks, which are a vector for Lyme disease.
Mice and rats are the most common rodents in Missouri. These pests shelter in attics or basements and contaminate food as well as kitchen surfaces. Rodents nest inside wall voids and even within large appliances. A rat or mouse will chew through wires, which can result in costly repairs.
The Springfield area is home to a thriving urban skunk population. These animals dig for insects in lawns and den under porches and decks. Especially in an enclosed area, a skunk's foul scent can linger for weeks.