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Wildlife Control & Removal Services in Reno-Tahoe

Critter Control specializes in wildlife pest control. Crafty wild animals can find countless ways into your home. We create a custom wildlife control strategy to humanely remove the nuisance animal from your home and ensure the animal cannot return.

Wild Animal Removal

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 Repairs

Professional and permanent repairs to entry points, insulation, and damage from animal urine or feces.

Wildlife Problems in Reno, NV

Raccoon Removal

Adaptable and clever, raccoons have no trouble thriving in Reno. Residents should be wary of raccoons in their yards. These pests are notorious for knocking over trash bins, destroying gardens and birdfeeders. Raccoons can wreak havoc trying to gain entry to your home and cause significant damage creating a den in your attic because they typcially use insulation to create their nests. However, the bigger issue is the diseases they spread. Rabies and raccoon roundworm pose serious threats to anyone dealing with an infestation.

Because they are nocturnal, you’ll most likely hear a loud thumbing at night if you have an attic.
Inspection- looking for footprints in or around home, large openings, raccoon poop
Trapping & Removal- Live trapping most effective and humane
Repairs- Seal all entry points. Restore attic insultation.  Latrine disinfection and clean up.

Bats Removal

Bats in Reno-Tahoe also create problems by spreading illness. As a protect species, special consideration must be made for bat control in Nevada and California. 

In the Reno and Lake Tahoe area, they're the most pervasive vector of the rabies virus. But bat guano is the greatest risk to your health (and surest sign you have bats). A large accumulation of guano can lead to structural issues and spread two fungal diseases.

Inspection- Small squeaking sounds. Piles of droppings in one corner of the house or attic. Stains on walls and strong ammonia smell.
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. Once the valve is installed, your house will be bat free in 3-7 days.
Repairs- Sealing entry points. Disinfecting area under roost from accumulation of guano. 

Squirrels in the Attic

Reno has a handful of flying and tree squirrel species. These pests cause trouble when they move their nests from backyard trees into the attic. Once inside, squirrels give birth, stain stored items with urine, and chew on wires. In rare cases, they even start electrical fires.

Inspection- Gnaw marks on, in, or around your home. Small openings to attics or the crawl space. Droppings. Debris like nuts or nesting materials.
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.

Ground Squirrels

While able to climb trees, ground squirrels burrow. Their burrows are about 4 inches in diameter and ranges from 5 to 30 feet. Ground squirrels can damage garden plants and equipment. Burrows can undermine the structural integrity of buildings and damage root systems of trees and shrubbery. They are also known vectors for diseases and parasites.

Effective management of ground squirrels depends on time of year. Because most ground squirrels hibernate, squirrel control during the winter is ineffective. Baiting and trapping work well during the summer and fall when ground squirrels forage.

Inspection – Active during the day. Look for burrows and damage to plants and structures.
Control- Trapping and burrow fumigation.

Nevada Snakes

In Nevada, there are five venomous snake species (sidewinder, Mohave, speckled, western diamondback and Great Basin rattlesnakes). These reptiles thrive in dense brush and hide under porches, rocks, and debris. Most shy away from contact with people. However, when threatened, they may bite in self-defense.

Snakes seek out places where food and shelter are readily available. Reno-Tahoe area residents dealing with a rodent infestation may also discover snakes on the property. Both venomous and non-venomous snakes enter homes and garages looking for prey or a quiet place to escape the heat.

Reno-Tahoe Deer Mice

Since they can fit in openings the size of a nickel, mice have little trouble sneaking into a home. Deer mice near Reno and Lake Tahoe attract predators, contaminate stored food, and spread hantavirus through airborne pathogens in their waste. Seasonal homes and cabins are particularly prone to deer mouse problems.

To effectively get rid of mice you need to control the population. A few traps will not provide adequately control mice. Without properly sealing the home, mice will continue to enter, and 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
Trapping- Variety of traps available.
Repairs- caulking cracks, capping chimneys, installing mesh over vents.

Serving the following locations:

By County: Carson City County, Douglas County, Lyon County, Nevada County, Storey County and  Washoe County

  • Carson City
  • Crystal Bay
  • Dayton
  • Fernley
  • Gardnerville
  • Genoa
  • Glen Brook
  • Incline Village
  • Kingsbury
  • Minden
  • Reno
  • Sparks
  • Stateline
  • Virginia City
  • Zepher Cove
For Wildlife Control Near You, Call: (775) 451-3460.

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