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Wildlife Control & Removal

Located along the Mississippi River and with more than two dozen national and state parks and green spaces, St. Louis is home to a variety of wildlife that can become a nuisance for the metropolitan area’s 2.8 million residents. There are plenty of the usual suspects, including raccoons, bats, and squirrels, as well as other animals unique to the region, such as moles and snakes. Whether you own a business in downtown St. Louis or live in one of the surrounding suburbs, Critter Control specialists are ready to address your nuisance wildlife issue and remove all unwelcome animals from your property.

Typical Nuisance Wildlife in St. Louis

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.

Raccoon Removal

Raccoons find plenty of natural habitat—and plenty of food—in the St. Louis area. These clever animals are known to gain easy access to garbage cans, pet food, and create dens inside attics and chimneys. It’s especially important for St. Louis homeowners to keep their dogs and cats away from raccoons, which are infamous for spreading distemper to pets.

Inspection: In addition to noting overturned trash cans, our Critter Control specialist will inspect all chimneys and attics and quickly determine whether one or more raccoons have taken up residence in your home.

Removal: Removing a raccoon from your property should always be left to a trained wildlife technician. Your Critter Control specialist will most likely use a live trap to capture and remove the animal.

Repairs: After removing all animals, your specialist will disinfect the area(s) and clean up any detritus and feces and then seal all entry points that most likely invited raccoons into your home. If necessary, we will also restore attic insulation and perform latrine disinfection and clean-up.

Bat Removal

Missouri’s mild climate is perfect for bats; in fact, the state is home to 15 species of bats. During the winter months, bats that do not migrate to warmer areas may be found hibernating inside buildings. Eliminating bats from your property should be a priority for all homeowners; bats in St. Louis can transmit rabies through their bites or the disease histoplasmosis via their waste.

Inspection: A wildlife specialist will inspect your property for the presence of bats and take note of bat feces or guano, stains on walls, and a strong ammonia odor.

Removal: All bats are protected in the state of Missouri. If you're dealing with bats in your house, your best option is to contact a trained specialist who knows how to remove a bat using the most humane methods. Your specialist will most likely set up one-way doors that will be employed once bat offspring have reached maturity.

Repairs: Once all bats are removed, our Critter Control specialist will seal entry points to ensure bats no longer have access to your property. We will also remove all guano and disinfect the area under the roost.

St. Louis Squirrel Problems

Like most major metropolitan areas in the United States, St. Louis has plenty of tree squirrels that are attracted to parks, backyards, and, when the weather changes, attics. Though squirrels in St. Louis prefer to live in wooded areas, they may seek shelter in attics during the cold Missouri winters. Once inside, the pests cause damage ranging from gnawed wires to ripped insulation.

Inspection: Your Critter Control specialist look for gnawing marks on wood in and around your home and, also make a note of openings to your attic or crawl space that could be used as entry points for one or more squirrels. Other signs that squirrels are living on your property include droppings and debris such as nuts and nesting materials.

Removal: Live traps, deterrents, and one-way doors are the most effective solutions for removing squirrels from your property. Please do not try to remove squirrels yourself, as these animals may have disease-carrying parasites in their fur.

Repairs: The best way to keep squirrels out of your home is to repair all entry points. In addition to making these important repairs for you, your Critter Control specialist will remove all debris, repairing nest sites, and decontaminate any areas soiled by squirrel droppings and urine.

Rodent Pest Control

St. Louis’ location along the Mississippi River means residents and business owners should not be surprised if they find rats and mice on their properties at some point. As the snow melts into the Mississippi and nearby Missouri Rivers, rising water often forces rats and mice to leave their burrows and seek shelter indoors.

Inspection: The first sign of a rodent infestation usually includes the sound of scratching in the walls, particularly at night when rodents are most active. Your Critter Control specialist will take note of these noises, and also look for rodent droppings and signs of gnawing.

Removal: Your technician will determine the best type of trap, placement of trap, and the best bait to use. Please be aware that eliminating rodents from your property will not happen overnight and can take at least several days.

Repairs: In addition to cleaning up feces and repairing damage to wires, insulation, and wood, your specialist will seal up caulking cracks, install mesh over vents, and, if necessary, cap your chimneys.

Skunk Control

Skunks typically invade St. Louis yards in search for food and a safe place to burrow. Sheds, porches, and foundations make ideal burrowing locations which can lead to structural damage. To avoid a skunk’s spray, rely on professional handling and skunk trapping. Removing food supplies is one of the most effective ways to prevent a skunk from entering your property.

Skunk mating season starts in February. Males typically spray during fights over females. A minor skunk problem can quickly magnify during breeding season.

Inspection- Faint odor if skunks typically travel through your yard.
Skunk Control- Exclusion and habitat modifications most effective form of skunk control. Cage-type live traps.

Mole Control in St. Louis

Commonly mistaken for rodents, moles are troublesome for many homeowners and cause costly property damage. In the St. Louis area, these subterranean animals often tear up yards and gardens and uproot grass and vegetation as they search for insects below the ground. The holes and tunnels these pests leave behind cause tripping or falling injuries for people, livestock, and pets.

Inspection: Your Critter Control specialist will look for disturbed soil, the telltale sign that moles have dug burrows on your property. While moles in St. Louis rarely eat plants, their burrows may destroy roots or attract dangerous pests, like snakes.

Removal: The most common way to remove moles is to trap them. However, given the elusive nature of moles, trapping is a difficult and tedious process better left to professionals. Trapping moles may sound easy, but it requires the proper equipment and knowledge to pinpoint the “travel” tunnels to effectively trap the mole.

Repairs: After removing moles, your technician will discuss various methods to ensure moles stay away, including packing the soil to reduce the attractiveness of your property to moles and exclusion methods such as installing fencing.

Local Vole Species

There are two types of voles in St. Louis, MO. Both the prairie and woodland varieties are plant eaters and can damage lawns and gardens. Their populations have cycles of abundance and decline, so homeowners may struggle with more vole problems in some years than in others.

Vole Damage

The main problem caused by voles is the unsightly runways they create in lawns. These branching lines of bare dirt running through the grass take time and dedicated care to repair. Voles in St. Louis yards may also strip the bark from trees or eat fruits, flowers, and herbs in gardens.

Snakes in St. Louis

St. Louis is home to three species of venomous snakes: copperheads, timber rattlesnakes, and cottonmouths, as well as a variety of nonvenomous snakes, including rat and garter snakes. In general, snakes prefer less populated areas but can find their way into parks, hiking trails, and yards.

Inspection: Your specialist will look for snakeskins and droppings; the specialist will also inspect your home for rodents as mice and rats are a common food source for snakes.

Removal: To best avoid a snake bite, please leave removing any snakes to your Critter Control specialist who is familiar with the safest and most humane removal methods. If necessary, your specialist will also install traps to remove any rodents attracting snakes to your property.

Repairs: If there is a lot of debris on your property, your specialist will discuss the importance of removing it to avoid attracting future snake infestations. We will also assist with sealing possible entry points in and around your home.

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.
 

St. Louis Wildlife Q&A 

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

We address a lot of bat situations in the metropolitan area along with squirrels and raccoons in attic spaces. We also do a fair amount of rodent (mice/rats) and bird control. We receive many calls on moles, skunks, and groundhogs damaging landscaping around homes.

How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in your area?
Call volumes generally increase in the spring due to the "critters" waking up from hibernation. Young are also born in the spring, which increases the opportunity for customers to hear or see more activity in both residential and commercial accounts. During the summer and fall months, bats, stinging insects, and burrowing animals such as moles, groundhogs, and skunks keep us busy. In the winter, our primary "critter" calls are squirrels and raccoons in attic spaces. These animals are trying to find warm areas to get out of the weather.

Any prevention tips for residents in your area?
Animals generally access homes through louvre vents, soffit roof interface gaps, roof vents, power fan vents, general foundation construction gaps, foundation vents, and open chimney flues, which should all be secured. Make sure any critter-related issues are addressed promptly.

When should homeowners call Critter Control?
When a homeowner has any concerns of unusual noises or odors coming from their attic or crawl space or if a homeowner notices any unusual activity in or around the yard and landscaping that might have been caused by a critter, give us a call. It could also be that a homeowner just wants an inspection by a trained professional to give them peace of mind that their home is secured and animal-free.

Serving the following locations:

By County: Crawford, Franklin, Gasconade, Jefferson, Lincoln, Montgomery, Pike, Ralls, Saint Charles, Saint Francois, Saint Genevieve, Saint Louis, Warren and Washington Counties, 

  • Affton
  • Arnold
  • Ballwin
  • Bellefontaine
  • Brentwood
  • Bridgeton
  • Caseyville
  • Chesterfield
  • City of Clayton
  • City of Saint Charles
  • City of Troy
  • Cotterville
  • Crestwood
  • Creve Coeur
  • Des Peres
  • Earth City
  • Ellisville
  • Eureka
  • Fenton
  • Ferguson
  • Florissant
  • Frontenac
  • Hazelwood
  • Ladue
  • Lake Saint Louis
  • Maplewood
  • Maryland Heights
  • O'Fallon
  • Olivette
  • Pacific
  • Richmond Heights
  • Saint Albans
  • Saint Ann
  • Saint Johns
  • Saint Peters
  • Shrewsbury
  • Sunset Hills
  • Town and Country
  • University City
  • Webster Groves
  • West Alton
  • Wildwood
For Wildlife Control Near You, Call: (314) 310-0423

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