Omaha’s Lied Jungle is the largest indoor rain forest, and the Desert Dome covers the largest indoor desert. We have underground water reserves, botanical gardens, nature parks, and the Missouri River. With resources like these, it’s no wonder we have a wide variety of wildlife in the area.
You don’t have to go to the Henry Dooly Zoo and Aquarium or the Simmons Conservation Park to see wildlife, however. You can find them roaming your neighborhoods and in your yard, searching for food, water, and shelter. Wildlife like rats, mice, raccoons, skunks, opossums, bats, rabbits, snakes, and squirrels are a nuisance in some parts of Omaha.
Nuisance behaviors include invading your home or property, causing damage as they search for food and a place to sleep. If not dealt with quickly, damages will increase, along with the cost of repairs. We’ve seen this happen many times to homeowners and business owners. To help, we’ve created a three-step process that starts with an inspection. Inspections can be done at any time, even long before you notice damages from Omaha wildlife.
The second and third steps involve removing and excluding the animal, then repairing any damages. Below are some examples of how the process works.
While Nebraska has thirteen different species of bats, but the one you may find living in your attic, office building, or other structures on your Omaha property is the brown bat. They come out at night to feed on thousands of insects. Bats can consume between 25% and 125% of their body weight in insects nightly. Also, bat guano is an excellent fertilizer for your garden. Nebraska bats are a great asset to the environment, except when they become a nuisance.
When bats start living in your home or office, their urine and feces begin to pile up. It becomes heavy and can collapse weaker structures. Guano also contains toxins harmful to the human respiratory system. It contains uric acid that can erode metals and wood. Plus, it smells terrible and leaves stains.
Getting rid of bats is not a job you should do on your own. Bats are protected species, especially during maternity season from May to August. Because some bats carry diseases like rabies, you shouldn’t put yourself in a risky situation. Instead, call our experts at Critter Control of Omaha. We have the knowledge and tools to solve your bat problem.
Raccoons in Omaha are grey and white with black masks across their eyes and stripes on their tails. They are thieves in the night that adapt very well to urban life. Raccoons range in weight from seven to thirty-five pounds or more and, with their strong hands and claws, can climb trees, chimneys, and spouting. They also dig, rip, and tear to reach any place they can use as a den. Typical dens are under crawlspaces, chimneys, hollow trees, and storm drains. But their favorite spot is your attic.
Raccoons will rip through shingles, screens, pet doors, and any other entry point they can find to reach their den. They leave smudge marks, dig holes in your sod searching for insects and overturn food and trash storage bins. They love it when you have backyard barbecues and pool parties where scraps get left behind. Events like the Baseball World Series Championship games are hot spots too. Because raccoons eat anything from junk food to small livestock, they wreak havoc on your property searching for food.
You may want to drop the raccoons off at the Alpine Inn with their buddies where they can enjoy daily treats, but you can't. It's not legal. That's why you should call our Critter Control professionals. Here’s what we can do.
Rat and Mice Pest Control
In Omaha, rodents like the Norway rats and house mice keep our experts at Critter Control busy all year long. These tiny invaders cause significant damages, like chewed wood and wires, ruined food in pantries, and the spread of disease through urine and droppings they seem to leave everywhere they go. As nest builders, they will use any materials they find to make themselves feel cozy. You may find nests in attics, car engines, spouting, gutters, behind siding, chimneys, sheds, and large yard decorations.
Rats and mice multiply quickly. So, the first time you see one, call us.
Fox squirrels are the most common in our Omaha neighborhoods. They are fun to watch as they scavenge for acorns and other nuts, berries, fruit, and even plants.
We also have flying squirrels and gray squirrels in Omaha. To be so small and cute, they can be destructive to your home and property.
Squirrels chew and gnaw on wires and screens, especially if they block an entryway into your home. As they climb spouting, they leave scratches and dents. When food is scarce, squirrels will eat bark, damaging your trees. When building a nest in your attic, chimney, or similar environment, squirrels will use anything to make a nest, including insulation. As you lose insulation, your electrical costs can rise.
We do not want this to happen. Let us get rid of the squirrels for you.