Serving the Omaha & Council Bluffs Areas
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.
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Wildlife Problems in Omaha, NE
Omaha, Nebraska, is in the heart of the great plains. This area contains large populations of squirrels, mice, rats, raccoons, bats, and opossums. These pests can cause extensive structural damage, wreak havoc in garbage areas, and spread diseases.
A climate with extreme hot and cold temperatures makes Omaha, NE, susceptible to storms, tornadoes, and other severe weather throughout the year. Such conditions often drive wildlife like raccoons, bats, and squirrels indoors. Once inside, the pests create issues for residents.
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: We search for your entire property, including ceilings, walls, and attics of all buildings on your property. Our inspection includes assessing damages caused by bat activity, like staining and structural issues. We find food and water sources bats find attractive and create a plan of action.
Removal: Critter Control uses live exclusion methods to deter bats from your property. If removing a bat by hand is needed, we have protective gloves to do so. Otherwise, we use a one-way door that allows bats to fly out of the structure, but that is too narrow for them to reenter. We implement several exclusion techniques. We follow all state guidelines when setting up exclusion techniques.
Repair: Once the bats are removed, we clean and sanitize the area. We cover stains and seal all holes used as an entry point to keep them around but away from your home. One of the best exclusion methods is to remove food and water sources that attract insects. Turning off nighttime lighting and removing stagnant water sources are two examples. We improve your surroundings by making them less welcoming to bats.
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.
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Inspection: Inspecting for signs of raccoon activity and damage is easy for our experts. They know all the right places to look for a nest. Nearby will be a raccoon toilet or a pile of their feces since they tend to go in the same place each time. They know how to recognize smudges, paw prints, chew marks, and forced entry into your home.
Removal: We follow guidelines set by the city and state regarding humane trapping. We also consult with the Nebraska Wildlife Department for permitting when needed.
Repair: We have made many repairs from raccoon damage, like replacing broken screens on vents and chimneys, repairing boards on decks and porches, and replacing sod. We clean and sanitize all areas in which a raccoon was active. We also implement exclusion methods like sealing all possible entry points to your home, fence gardens, and crops and install food storage that can’t be broken into by a raccoon.
Another nocturnal nuisance we see a lot in Omaha is the opossum.
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: We follow droppings to locate entry points to your home, cabinets, and other structures. We check for sagging electrical wires outdoors, scratches and dents on shingles, and food and water sources that attract rodents to your property.
Removal: We use various trapping methods to remove rats and mice from your home. Exclusion is the key, however.
Repair: To exclude rodents, we seal all entry points to your home, no matter what size. Rats can squeeze through a hole the size of a golf ball and mice through a hole the size of a quarter. We close all holes, including those on screens, doors, and baseboards. Getting rid of rats and mice means getting rid of food and water sources, of which we are experts.
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: Our pros can recognize feces and urine, including stains, of squirrels. They search for all entry points, food and water sources, and nests.
Removal: Flying squirrels are a protected species, and others require permitting for removal. We follow Nebraska laws and work with the Wildlife Department. We use our CritterSafe trap to remove squirrels from your home if needed. Otherwise, we focus on how to keep squirrels away.
Repair: We make clean areas with squirrel activity. We seal all entry points into your home, from vent and chimney screens to broken siding and eaves. We repair or replace gnawed wires both inside and outside your home. We can install fencing to protect your plants and fruit trees. Trimming tree branches that allow access to your roof, cleaning yard debris, removing or relocating bird feeders, and proper storage of human food, as well as pet and livestock feed, are other exclusion techniques that work.
While we get many calls about squirrels, one of our most popular requests is for rat and mice control, which we are happy to provide.
Inspection: Our team inspects your house looking for signs of squirrel activity such as openings in your house, droppings, or nesting debris. We may find gnaw marks on the roof or crawl space.
Trapping & Removal: Squirrels can be difficult to catch due to their agility. However, we can outsmart squirrels by using excluders, live traps, or deterrents that keep them away.
Repairs: If we discover damage caused by squirrels, we can repair the damage on-site. Our repair service includes full decontamination, nest cleanup and removal, and structural repairs.
Omaha opossums are a lot like raccoons. They scavenge after dark and can be very destructive to your home and property. They have grey and white colored fur. They both carry diseases like rabies and distemper. In appearance, they are different, with opossums looking a bit like rats but are the size of a house cat. Although they can weigh up to ten pounds, they can fit through a three-inch hole.
Opossums love living in your attic, crawlspace, hollowed trees, sheds, and even in the engine of that old car that’s been broken down in the backyard for years. The Critter Control process works great for controlling this nuisance wildlife.
Inspection: Opossums have unique paw prints, so we look for those around your home and property. We can identify their feces, which is similar to a cat’s, and we examine the types of damage created. We look for food and water sources opossums find attractive. Their favorite foods are insects.
Removal: Critter Control has a custom CritterSafe trap to safely and humanely remove opossums according to Nebraska guidelines. We remove all nests. If it is maternity season, we follow any special rules for removing mother and newborn opossums.
Repair: Broken screens on chimney and roof vent are replaced with sturdier materials, and we properly seal all entry points, including crawlspaces. We clean and sanitize areas of opossum activity. Exclusion methods are used to keep opossums out of your home and away from your property. Exclusion may include eliminating sources that attract bugs, like nighttime lighting, stagnant water, and livestock poop. We make your property attractive to your neighbors but unattractive to opossums.
If you suspect you have a wildlife intrusion on your residential or commercial property, contact our professionals at Critter Control of Omaha today!
How Professional Wildlife Control Services Can Help You
Critter Control can eliminate the hassle of wildlife removal and ensure that 100 percent of all animals are removed from the house. We have the knowledge and equipment necessary to fully remove all pests safely and quickly. There are several advantages of working with a professional wildlife control service.
- You don’t have to buy and set up supplies and equipment.
- You avoid being the victim of an animal attack.
- We use humane methods to relocate the animals into the wild.
- You receive building restoration and contamination services.
Why Choose Critter Control
- Impeccable Customer Service: Critter Control is dedicated to providing you with the highest level of customer service anywhere in the industry. We show up on time, professionally conduct ourselves, listen to our customers, and provide efficient service. We want you to be 100 percent satisfied with our work on every level.
- We Deliver Results: At Critter Control, the job isn’t done until every animal is removed from your property. We conduct a comprehensive inspection followed by a complete wildlife removal in every area of your building. We also fully restore your property.
- You Work With Experienced Professionals: Our team of wildlife specialists is vetted, trained, and certified in professional wildlife removal. When you hire Critter Control, you partner with industry experts who can get the job done regardless of your situation.
Wildlife Removal Q&A with Critter Control of Omaha
What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in your area?
Raccoons, woodchucks, opossums, bats, moles, mice, and birds.
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.
When should homeowners call Critter Control?
Homeowners should call at the first sign of any of the common signs above.
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
- Chimney Swifts
- Deer Mouse
- Ground Squirrels
- House Finches
- Norway Rats
- Stinging Insects
- Yellow Jackets
Serving the following locations in Nebraska:
By County:Cass, Douglas, Fremont, Mills, Pottawattamie, Sarpy, Saunders and Washington Counties
- Anderson, IA
Cedar Creek, NE
Council Bluffs, IA
Honey Creek, IA
Pacific Junction, IA
Silver City, IA
Weeping Water, NE
For Wildlife & Pest Control Near You, Call: (402) 339-2653
This franchise is independently licensed and operated by Ship Enterprises, Inc., dba Critter Control of Omaha.