Wildlife Control & Removal
Critter Control specializes in wildlife pest control. In order to remove and control nuisance wildlife on your property humanely, our wildlife specialist will perform a thorough inspection to ascertain the severity of the infestation.
Safe, humane removal of nuisance animals and pests from your home or property.
Wildlife Pest Prevention
Reliable prevention from future animal intrusions in your home.
Animal Damage Repair
Professional and permanent repairs to entry points and insulation. Disinfecting areas damaged by urine and feces.
Typical Wildlife Pest Problems in St. Louis
Raccoons in St. Louis
Adaptable and clever, raccoons have no trouble thriving in St. Louis. Raccoons can wreak havoc trying to gain entry to your home and cause significant damage creating a den (attics and chimney make ideal denning sites).
Reports of raccoons spreading distemper in St. Louis, MO, are on the rise, which is a concern for area pet owners. Unlike most animals that carry the disease, these unique pests can transmit both canine and feline distemper. Raccoons also create issues for homeowners by riffling through trash and denning in garages or attics.
Inspection- looking for footprints in or around home, large openings, raccoon poop
Raccoon Trapping & Removal- Live trapping most effective and humane
Repairs- Seal all entry points. Restore attic insultation. Latrine disinfection and clean up.
With plenty of available food and a mild climate, St. Louis, MO, is the perfect place for bats most of the year. However, because there are few insects around in the winter for a bat to eat, many migrate to warmer areas. Others choose to stay and hibernate inside buildings.
While bats may make some scratching noises, most bat sounds are outside the human range of hearing. Homeowners are unlikely to hear these animals in the wall voids or attics where they roost.
This can be a problem, as infestations are dangerous. Bats in St. Louis can transmit rabies through their bites or the disease histoplasmosis via their waste.
Inspection- Small squeaking sounds. Piles of droppings in one corner of the house or attic. Stains on walls and strong ammonia smell.
Bat Trapping & Removing- Generally you can only remove a bat if it’s in the livable part of your home. Most likely one-way doors will be employed once the bats offspring have reached maturity.
Repairs- Sealing entry points. Disinfecting area under roost from accumulation of guano.
St. Louis Squirrel Problems
Tree squirrels are a common sight in St. Louis, MO. Many people give these pests food scraps, attracting them back to yards in search of more.
Bird feeders and gardens will also lure squirrels into St. Louis yards, where they may even get into homes. Small openings like vents and chimneys are an open invitation to come indoors.
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.
They can also bring along disease-carrying parasites in their fur and make disruptive scratching noises during the day.
Inspection- Gnaw marks on, in, or around your home. Small openings to attics or the crawl space. Droppings. Debris like nuts or nesting materials.
Squirrel Trapping & Removal- Live trapping, deterrents, one-way doors.
Repairs- exclusion services focus on repairing entry points. Removing debris, repairing nest sites, decontaminating droppings and urine.
Rodent Pest Control
Flooding & Rodents
As snow melts into the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, residents of St. Louis, MO, are subject to spring flooding. Rising water forces rats and mice to leave their burrows and seek shelter indoors.
Because the pests are active at night, people may not know they have a mouse infestation until they hear scratching noises in the walls.
Once indoors, mice in St. Louis homes damage electrical wires, insulation, and wood trim with their constant gnawing. In addition, rodents contaminate whatever they feed on or touch. This means a mouse can spread several diseases to humans, including food poisoning.
To effectively get rid of mice you need to control the population. Mice can have up to 35 babies in one year. The wildlife technician will determine the best type of trap, placement of trap, and the best bait to use.
Inspection- Noises such as scurrying and rat or mouse droppings most prominent signs you have a rodent infestation
Mouse Trapping- Variety of traps available.
Repairs- caulking cracks, capping chimneys, installing mesh over vents.
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.
Moles in St. Louis, MO, are troublesome for many homeowners because they tear up yards and gardens. The pests uproot grass and vegetation as they search for insects below the ground. This behavior creates costly lawn care issues for residents.
The Problem with Burrows
While moles in St. Louis rarely eat plants, their burrows may destroy roots or attract dangerous pests, like snakes, seeking shelter and prey. In addition, the holes and tunnels these pests leave behind cause tripping or falling injuries for people, livestock, and pets.
Time, energy, and resources can be wasted by trying to control moles in an unoccupied burrow. Effective control includes a strategic approach to baiting and trapping. Buried fencing around garden plots can help protect your vegetables and flowers.
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.
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, MO, is home to three of the state's five species of venomous snakes:
- Timber Rattlesnakes
These snakes are all found in the local St. Louis area. Snakes in St. Louis generally prefer less populated areas but can find their way into parks, hiking trails, and yards. Residents fishing or boating are most likely to encounter a cottonmouth.
Avoiding Snake Bites
These animals generally strike only when people handle, step on, or provoke them. The best way to avoid conflicts with snakes in St. Louis is to keep away from them completely. While the area also has plenty of harmless species, like rat snakes and garter snakes, it's best to treat any of these pests with caution.
Snake in your Home
If you have a snake in your home, you have another animal pest problem. Snakes generally enter a home looking for food. Snakes will also enter your home to explore, shed its skin, or as a temporary refuge. Removing the snake’s food source is the ideal way to remove a snake.
Inspection- snake skins, snake droppings, odor,
Trapping & Removing- Live traps and direct capture are effective methods. Most non-venomous snakes are protected from killing. Eliminating any prey species and sealing potential entry points help keep snakes from re-entering 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.
COMMON WILDLIFE ISSUES IN THIS LOCATION
- Animal Damage
- Animal Droppings
- Animal Noises
- Animal Odor Removal
- 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
- 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
- Squirrel Trapping
- Squirrels in Attics
- Squirrels in Homes
- Venomous Snake Removal
- Wild Hogs
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,
City of Clayton
City of Saint Charles
City of Troy
Lake Saint Louis
Town and Country
For Wildlife Control Near You, Call: (314) 310-0423