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Wildlife Removal Services

Critter Control is here for you every step of the way in the wildlife removal process. From inspection to removal—and even exclusion and repair—we have the services you need to get rid of raccoons, rodents, and other nuisances fast. First, we identify the animal on the property, then use humane methods to remove the animal and secure weak points where more could enter. If damage has been done, we can make those repairs for a complete restoration. Contact a Critter Control office near you today.

Critter Control in Princeton, New Jersey

The New Jersey Fish and Wildlife department provides specific guidelines for removing, releasing, and relocating nuisance wildlife, or an animal causing damages to your property or posing a threat. For removal, it is recommended you call a local wildlife control company. They know that relocation, if necessary, is decided on a case-by-case basis.

Each nuisance wildlife has its own set of criteria. Some are protected species in New Jersey, like bats. Others must be tested for diseases, like raccoons. The experts at Critter Control understand the criteria and can quickly get rid of your nuisance wildlife problem with their inspection, removal, and repair process.

Our most common calls in Princeton include raccoons, rodents, birds, bats, snakes, squirrels, skunks, rabbits, and opossums. Keep reading to learn how we deal with some of these nuisances.

Raccoon Removal

If you have a lawn, then you have insects and grubs living under it. Raccoons love to dig holes in your yard in search of these insects. Raccoons also like to eat moles, voles, rats, mice, chickens, eggs, garden crops, pet food, and human food.

Raccoons, which are nocturnal, have a considerable advantage, their human-like hands. They can turn doorknobs, open trash cans, tear feed bags, climb trees and homes, and dig. They also like to break into your home to create a cozy den. If the space is available, they will live in your attic, crawlspace, shed, garage, and under your porch. If you have raccoons living in or around your home, do not try to remove them yourself. They are known to carry diseases, and when threatened, they will bite or scratch you in defense.

Our experts get rid of raccoons in the following ways:

Inspection: There are certain things we look for in an inspection, including how raccoons are getting into your home, why they are attracted to your home, and if they have caused damages.

Removal: Some raccoons can be removed using a live trap, while others may require Critter Control technicians to manually remove them with safety tools and equipment. Removal may also include contacting the Fish and Wildlife program to see if they want to test it for diseases.

Repair: Inside your home, raccoons can damage insulation, drywall, flooring, and walls. They can chew through electrical wiring. This nuisance wildlife also leaves behind feces and urine near their nest, causing odors that can travel through your home. During our repairs, we fix these damages and clean the area. We also fix damaged shingles, siding and replace sod outdoors. If needed, we add fencing around your garden, an exclusion method to keep them away. Other exclusions include installing tree and roof barriers, properly storing pet feed, and installing mesh screens over vents and chimney openings.

Rat and Mice Removal

Rat and mouse invasions are causing problems for people all around New Jersey. Rats and mice common to Princeton are the house mouse, Norway rat, and roof rat, which only need a hole the size of a golf ball or smaller to enter your home. Also, nocturnal nuisances, rats, and mice like to chew and gnaw on everything, including your walls, floors, cabinets, electrical wires, siding, shingles, and even contaminate your groceries.

If you notice trails of food, feces, or urine along baseboards and behind appliances, which is how they like to travel, call us. It's best to call at first sight of a mouse or rat. They reproduce multiple times a year, giving birth to five or more babies each time. This can lead to an infestation in your home. Our experts get rid of rats by:

Inspection: We follow the trails and tracks left by mice and rats to find their nest. This may mean looking into burrows outside your home where rats like to live. We also identify all access points and damages to your home or building.

Removal: While there are many DIY mouse traps on the market, improper baiting can create more problems, like when they get stuck, die, and decay in your home. Our experts use the best bait to ensure capture. We can also live trap and release rats and mice.

Repair: Because rodents chew everything, we make many repairs that restore wires, wood, carpet, and more to their original state. We use exclusion methods to keep them away, like sealing all holes and cracks through which they enter your home, installing better storage of foods, and screening openings to vents, chimneys, and pipes.

Squirrel Removal

Squirrels are also rodents, but rather than being nocturnal, they are active during the day. They spend most of their time collecting nuts, grains, flowers, seeds, bird eggs, bark, and anything else they enjoy eating and storing for the colder months.

Storage is a significant issue with squirrels, as they like to dig holes in your yard or take up space in your attic, walls, basement, chimney, and crawlspaces. Not only does this create a fire hazard, but it also means they are destroying wires, walls, furniture, and anything else they can access.

Squirrels' teeth are constantly growing. To keep them filed down, they must gnaw and chew on hard items. Some squirrels will even chew on metal.

Inspection: Critter Control technicians locate entry points into your home. They understand the habits and habitats of all squirrels to easily find nests, trails, tracks, and areas that need to be cleaned from feces and urine. They can also tell the difference between damages by squirrels and ordinary wear and tear.

Removal: Squirrels are live trapped if our pros cannot get them to exit your house on their own. We also may use one-way doors that look like funnels. Squirrels can exit the door, but the hole is too narrow for them to return.

Repair: Damages we often repair include chewed wires, holes in siding, and broken shingles. For exclusion, we install tree and roof barriers to prevent climbing, manicure the lawn, place screens over chimneys, vents, ducts, and pipes, and make sure all holes and cracks are sealed properly to prevent entry into your home. We remove bird feeders that all squirrels love to raid.

Bat Removal

Bats are a protected species in New Jersey. The bats you may see flying around your home at night are the big and little brown bats. Bats, like all other nuisance wildlife, seek food, water, and shelter. If you have a good source of insects, you likely have a bat or colony of bats living nearby.

Bats eat thousands of insects a night; some can eat their body weight in bugs. This is great for our ecosystem but not so great for your attic, barn, or shed. Here bats leave their poop, or guano, which can smell terrible and grow mold spores. If the spores are inhaled, you may develop respiratory issues.

Inspection: Nuisance wildlife experts, like the ones at Critter Control, inspect your property to find all cracks and holes allowing entry into your home. If the guano has piled up, it can be heavy and bad for floors and rafters. Our technicians will also assess the damages caused.

Removal: Bats are known to carry diseases, so please do not try to remove one yourself. We have safety equipment for removing bats manually, if necessary. We will then work with the Fish and Wildlife office for testing if required. Most of the time, install one-way doors that allow bats to exit but not reenter your property.

Repair: Cleaning areas where bats live is part of the repair process. We also apply sanitization to the area. Exclusion methods include sealing all entry points and reducing areas that attract insects—for example, turning off outdoor lighting at night, relocating manure piles if you have livestock, and removing stagnant water.

Skunk Control

Middletown Township has its fair share of skunks that can be found wandering neighborhoods at night. These animals can wreak havoc when they burrow for food or shelter, damaging yards, foundations and even plumbing. When threatened, they will release their pungent spray in defense and leave an unpleasant odor that can linger for days. If you happen to cross paths with one or more in your yard, please keep your distance as these animals have also tested positive for rabies in Middletown.

Inspection: Our wildlife specialist will inspect your property for the usual signs of skunks, including dug-up earth and established dens.

Removal: Never attempt to remove a skunk yourself. In addition to getting sprayed, you may end up exposing yourself—and your pets—to diseases such as rabies as well as parasites, such as ticks, that cause diseases. Our specialist will capture and remove all skunks with a humane trap.

Repairs: We will assist you with repairing any property damage caused by the skunk, including removing any left-behind odor.

Snake Control

With 22 different species of snakes in the Princeton area, it's likely one may stumble onto your property every once in a while. One may even make its way into your basement to shed its skin as it weaves around the pipes and beams. Every homeowner should be aware of a couple of poisonous snakes, rattlesnakes, and copperheads. You want to know the difference between harmful and non-harmful, especially since snakes blend in very well with the environment and usually only bite with stepped-on or startled.

You can attract snakes if you have mice, rats, or other small rodents on your property. They also eat eggs, toads, tadpoles, and more. Because many snakes are protected from being killed, it's essential to let experts handle removal.

Inspection: We look for all food sources that may attract a snake to your property. If you have outdoor pet food bins, you may have rats and mice. If you have a pond, garden, and small or large livestock, there is potential for attracting snakes after the smaller wildlife sharing feed with your animals.

Removal: Snakes will usually leave on their own if left alone. If they are inside your home, we have safety equipment to remove snakes manually.

Repair: Exclusions include clearing debris from your yard since snakes like to hide in piles of logs, rocks, or other cluttered items. Also, installing better storage of animal feeds to avoid attracting rodents.

Chipmunk Removal

Although most people think chipmunks are adorable as they scamper and play. Like squirrels, these little one-pound creatures will enter attics and crawl spaces to hide their winter stockpiles of food. A single chipmunk can gather up to 165 acorns in a day. They give birth to two to eight young at a time. Inside the home is not a chipmunk’s first choice for a home, but they will travel in and out of your attic or crawl space as they store food for winter.

Inspection: Inspectors will check your premises for drippings and a stockpile of nuts.

Removal: Chipmunk removal consists mostly of wire mesh to prevent them from entering your home.

Repairs: Damage from chipmunks is minimal, and repairs usually include sealing all small openings that a chipmunk would be able to sneak through.

How Professional Wildlife Control Services Can Help You

There are advantages to hiring a wildlife control operator, like getting

  • An expert who understands the habits of wildlife.
  • An expert with methods to prevent future wildlife problems.
  • An expert with the tools and equipment to get all jobs done safely.

Why Choose Critter Control

Critter Control experts have

  • Licensure and certification
  • Insurance for protection
  • Extensive training in inspection, removal, and repair

Serving the following locations:

By County: Mercer County

  • East Windsor
  • Ewing
  • Hamilton
  • Highstown
  • Hopewell
  • Hopewell Township
  • Lawrenceville
  • Lawrence Township
  • Pennington
  • Princeton
  • Robbinsville
  • Trenton
  • West Windsor
For Wildlife Control Near You, Call: (609) 348-6100

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