Critter Control of Omaha

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Serving the Omaha & Council Bluffs Areas

(402) 339-2653

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.

Critter Control Process

How Critter Control humane and safely gets rid of nuisance wildlife from your home and property.
STEP 1

Wildlife Inspection

During the inspection we try to ascertain how many animals there are, where they are located, and how they got in. Based on what you have seen, heard and smelled, we start the inspection where you have noticed signs of animal activity. Evidence of animals inside your home include nests, dens, feces, and animal tracks. We investigate the exterior of your home looking for possible entry points, any evidence of animal damage, tracks, fur, animal waste, or rub marks.
STEP 2

Removal

We use several methods to humanely remove the animal from your home. Depending on the species, the number of animals, and the condition of your property, we develop a custom wildlife removal plan. Humane wildlife removal strategies include animal traps, one-way doors, and repellents. Once we guarantee all animals are gone, we implement exclusion techniques. Exclusion techniques provide a safe, long-term solution to nuisance wildlife in your home. We create barriers to prevent animals from getting to resources. We only apply exclusions once we are sure all animals are gone from your home.
STEP 3

Exclusion and Repair

Wildlife will damage your home. Exclusion techniques repair any damage the animal causes getting into your home. Inside your home, animals build nests and dens out of readily available material. They will create runs through the insulation. Rodents will gnaw on anything including electrical wires and pipes. Animals can also spread diseases. We apply sanitation agents to clean up feces and urine. Mammals can host pests like fleas, ticks, and mites. Ectoparasite treatments exterminate those pests so you don’t become their next host.

Bat Removal

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.

Inspection

Inspection

We perform a full interior and exterior inspection and search for signs such as rub marks, guano, a strong scent of ammonia, and small openings. The most common sign is the accumulation of guano (feces).

Bat Removal

Bat Removal

The most effective and humane way to remove bats is by utilizing a bat valve in conjunction with a full home exclusion. A bat valve allows for bats to exit your home but not re-enter. We follow all local ordinances for humane bat removal. We will never abandon flightless pups in your attic.
Repairs

Repairs

After removing the bat valves, we seal the entrance hole(s) so bats can no longer enter your home. If there is substantial guano in your attic, you should consider taking advantage of our attic remediation services to remove the soiled insulation and replace it.

Raccoon Removal

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.

Inspection

Inspection

During the inspection, we determine the severity of the raccoon infestation. We look for physical evidence like footprints in or around the home, stains from raccoon feces and urine. On the exterior of the house, we look for damage like scratches on boards, broken vents and screens, ripped apart shingles, destroyed soffits, and every possible entry point.

Trapping & Removal

Trapping & Removal

Live trapping, or one-way doors are the most effective and humane way to remove raccoons. The choice of device is largely dependent on the season and location of the raccoons on your property. Direct capture is not commonly used because raccoons are a rabies vector species. If we must trap, we place traps strategically to safely catch the raccoons and we check traps frequently, based on state laws.
Repairs

Repairs

We provide a wide range of repair and restoration services. We can repair raccoon damage like broken screens on vents and chimneys and broken boards on decks and porches. It is essential to apply cleaning agents and ectoparasite treatments on areas inhabited by raccoons.

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.

Inspection

Inspection

During a rodent inspection, we thoroughly inspect your attic and provide a complete exterior home inspection. The most common signs of rodent activity are gnaw marks, feces, rub marks, nesting material, runs in insulation material, and small entry points.

Rodent Trapping

Rodent Trapping

A Critter Control wildlife specialist will create a strategic trapping plan to remove the rodents found in your home. Critter Control specialists may use snap traps and live traps to capture and remove mice and rats. 
Repairs

Repairs

The best way to reduce the possibility of letting unwanted rodents into homes is to seal possible entrances. Exclusion methods include caulking cracks in foundations, capping chimneys, and installing mesh covers over vents and crawl space entrances. We also strongly recommend a maintenance service. Rodents have front teeth that continuously grow, which means they can gnaw a new way back into your home.

Squirrel Removal

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.

Inspection

Inspection

In addition to noting any pungent odors that signal the presence of a skunk, we will inspect the condition of your landscaping, as skunks are known for tearing-up lawns and shredding grass while hunting for grubs and insects. We will also inspect the perimeter of your building's foundations and under decks, to locate burrows.
 

Trapping and Removal

Trapping and Removal

Never try to remove a skunk from your property yourself. Getting sprayed is a very unpleasant experience. Furthermore, these animals may carry diseases that can spread to humans and pets, such as rabies. Our specialists will use live traps to capture and remove skunks for you, or they'll use a one-way exclusion device to evict skunks from their harborage areas. The most effective ways to control a skunk problem is exclusion and habitat modification.
Skunk Control

Skunk Control

The most effective ways to control a skunk problem is exclusion and habitat modification. Methods like sealing foundation gaps, replacing and screening broken foundation vents and installing hardware cloth (rat walls) around unprotected sheds and decks are the most effective and permanent ways to keep skunks out.
We recommend keeping pet food inside and securing any trash bins.
Get them out.
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The Critter Control Difference

Trained Specialists Animal removal is a highly sophisticated job. As such, we vet and train our team members to ensure they have the knowledge and skill to remove any pest from your building. Our wildlife experts utilize advanced removal and exclusion techniques and damage repair.
Safety Guaranteeing the safety of both humans and animals is our number one priority. Our wildlife specialists are trained to protect our human customers and keep everyone safe while ensuring the animals we are removing for you are handled using the most humane tools and techniques.
Residential and Commerical Invading nuisance wildlife can wreak havoc on property. If left unattended wildlife and pests can cause costly property damage. Whether a residential property, apartment buildings, retail stores, office buildings, industrial plants, medical facilities, or warehouses, our trained professionals can handle any wildlife removal problem.
Financing Available Critter Control offers in-house financing. Both standard and 90-day same as cash financing options have 12-,18-,24-, or 36-month options. Some projects might qualify for a budgeted plan up to 60 months.
Critter Control Guarantee Your satisfaction is always guaranteed. We provide reliable prevention from future intrusions. Resolving a nuisance wildlife issue calls for more than trapping and removing the critter. Our exclusion services offer immediate and long-term wildlife solutions.

Q&A With Local Critter Control Expert Gary Shipley

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

Raccoons, woodchucks, opossums, bats, moles, mice, and birds. 

How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in your area?

The warmth of the summers causes bats to seek attic spaces to birth and rear their young.  Cold winters force wildlife like raccoons, squirrels, mice and rats to seek shelter in homes. These different seasons have their different challenges. 

What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity?

Look/listen for the following clues; Chewing, scratching, squeaking, chirping, mounds of dirt in the yard, and holes in the siding, soffit, or roof. Also, keep an eye out for footprints and animal feces. 

Any prevention or exclusion tips for residents in your area?

Eliminate any food sources on your property and alter any habitat that may provide cover for unwanted wildlife. 

When should homeowners call you?

Homeowners should call at the first sign of any of the common signs above. 
This franchise is independently licensed and operated by Ship Enterprises, Inc., dba Critter Control of Omaha.
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