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Wildlife Control Services in Albuquerque

A warm climate increases the likelihood of animal intrusions in Albuquerque, New Mexico. These intrusions can cause significant damage to residential and commercial property, and more importantly, threaten the safety and health of Albuquerque residents.  

Wild Animal Removal

Safe, humane removal of nuisance animals and pests from your home or property.

Animal Infestation 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.

Common Wildlife Problems in Albuquerque, NM 

Critter Control specializes in wildlife pest control. Resourceful animals can find countless ways into your home in search for food, water, and shelter. After a thorough home inspection, we create a custom wildlife control strategy to humanely remove the nuisance animal from your home and ensure the animal cannot return.

Critter Control Process

  1. Inspection & Indentification
  2. Removal & Trapping
  3. Exclusion & Repairs
  4. Sanitize  & Deodorize
  5. Prevention


Squirrel Removal

The most common squirrels in New Mexico are ground squirrel, but the red squirrel is in Bernalillo County.
Ground Squirrels are among the most common nuisance wildlife in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They are notorious for digging unsightly and dangerous holes in yards and gardens, but they’re also capable of entering homes through gaps in roofing or siding.  

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.

Raccoon Removal

Raccoons are no stranger to most Albuquerque neighborhoods. These highly adaptable pests raid trash cans and dumpsters for meals and will enter homes if desperate for food. A raccoon near or inside a home or business is dangerous as they will act aggressively if cornered or threatened. They are capable of transmitting deadly diseases through bites, scratches, and scat, including rabies and raccoon roundworm. 

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.

Bat Removal

Most bats in Albuquerque are insectivores. Each night they can eat half their body weight in inspects!
During the spring and summer bats roost to have babies. Bat droppings that accumulate over time can foster the growth of harmful Histoplasma mold and weaken home structures.

Bats are a protected species, and the most effective, humane, and legal removal process is exclusion. Bats should not be excluded when females are raising pups. Abandonded pups in attics cannot survive without their mother. The maternity season for bats in New Mexico is generally from May to August

Inspection- Small squeaking sounds. Piles of droppings in one corner of the house. Stains on walls and strong ammonia smell.
Trapping & Removing- You can only remove a bat if its in the livable part of your home. Most likely one way doors will be employed once the bats offspring have reached maturity.
Repairs- Sealing entry points. Disinfecting area under roost from accumulation of guano. 

Snakes in the House

Albuquerque’s dry climate is perfect for snakes. On average, this Sun Belt city experiences 310 days of sunshine per year, driving these pests to find shade in yards. Lawns with gardens, unkempt grass, or debris provide ideal hiding spots. These features also attract rodents and other prey. 

Generally snakes enter a home looking for food. If you have a snake in the house you might have rodents too. During the inspection, the Critter Control Wildlife Technician will also look for signs of prey species.

Some snakes in Albuquerque will attack with venomous fangs if threatened, including the dangerous western diamondback rattlesnake and coral snake. Identifying these species can be difficult, so it's best to treat all snakes as if they are venomous. 

Inspection- snake skins, snake droppings, odor,  
Trapping & Removing- Live traps and direct capture are effective methods. Most non-venomous snakes are protected from killing. Eliminating any prey species and sealing potential entry points help keep snakes from re-entering your home.

Skunk Control 

Skunks are another common pest found in Albuquerque yards. Skunks dig holes in lawns looking for insects and access to backyard chicken coops to feed on poultry or eggs. 

If a skunk feels threatened, it will try to deter those who get too close with a sticky, foul-smelling spray. The liquid is tough to wash away and can irritate the skin. In New Mexico, these pests are common rabies carriers. To avoid a skunk’s spray rely on professional handling and skunk trapping. Removing food supplies is one of the most effective ways to prevent a skunk from entering your property.

Mice Pest Control

Rain and snowstorms can drive mice to seek shelter indoors, where kitchen floors and garbage cans offer food scraps. A mouse can squeeze through a hole smaller than a dime to get inside a home. 

A few mouse traps will not effectively exterminate your mouse pest problem. One mouse can have up to thirty-five babies in one year. 

Mice make squeaking noises and scratching sounds as they interact and forage for food late at night. Saliva, urine, and droppings left behind by mice in pantries can transmit hantavirus to unsuspecting residents. The pests may also bring disease-carrying fleas and ticks indoors on their fur. 

Rat Pest Control

Roof rats and Norway rats thrive in the Albuquerque climate and habitat. Urban areas give the pests plenty of hiding places and an abundance of trash to eat. When in need of water, food, or shelter, rat simply move into local homes. 

Once rats enter walls, basements, and attics, they can cause serious issues for homeowners. These pests are infamous for contaminating food with their waste and spreading illnesses like hantavirus, salmonellosis, and plague. Droppings and scratching sounds late at night often signal the presence of rats in homes. 

To effectively get rid of rats you need to control the population. Female rats can have six litters in one year. The wildlife technician will determine the best type of trap, placement of trap, the best bait to use, and how to prevent future infestations. 

Inspection- Noises such as scurrying and rat or mouse droppings most prominent signs you have a rodent infestation
Rat Traps- Variety of traps available.
Repairs- caulking cracks, capping chimneys, installing mesh over vents.

Pigeon Bird Control

The City of Albuquerque prohibits the feeding of pigeons because they become dependent on humans for food and refuge. This draws them closer to homes, where they don’t leave without a fight. Pigeons roosting in homes and barns often cause damage with their corrosive and foul-smelling droppings. Their droppings also can transmit diseases. 

Pocket Gopher Control

You probably won’t see a gopher or encounter one in your home. A gopher is identified by their burrow and large mound of dirt that sits above the tunnel. Their preferred diet is pieces of plants accessible underground.

Gopher control is most effective during spring and fall when gophers are most active near the surface. Activity is usually indicated by fresh mounds of soil. Time, energy and resources can be wasted by trying to control gophers in an unoccupied burrow. Baiting and trapping are the two most practical and efficient methods. 

Large Predators

Albuquerque residents may spot bobcats and coyotes traveling through lawns. These dangerous predators are attracted to outdoor pet bowls and uncovered trash bins. While rare, bobcats and coyotes will target small dogs and cats as prey. 

Coyotes and bobcats sometimes move closer to homes to find resting spots out of the New Mexico sun. They can be hidden under porches and sheds, putting unsuspecting people and pets at risk. Their presence is also marked by significant lawn damage from digging under fences or enlarging their dens. 


The dry weather of Albuquerque results in an influx of water-seeking insects in homes. Centipedes in Albuquerque often enter houses in search of damp areas. Many people find them frightening due to their rapid zigzag movements and numerous legs. 

The desert centipede, which can grow to over eight inches long, is often hostile and hard to eliminate. A painful bite from this pest injects venom, but the effects are usually not serious. 

The most common type of centipede found in Albuquerque homes is the house centipede, a smaller pest that rarely bites. 

Q&A with Critter Control of Albuquerque 

What does Critter Control do?
Critter Control offers safe and humane solutions to wildlife issues in your home or on your property.

What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in New Mexico?:
Mice, pack rats, raccoons, skunks, squirrels, pocket gopher, bats and pigeons. 

How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in Albuquerque? 
During the winter season, wildlife activity slows down, but mice and rat activity does not. 

What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity?
Odors, droppings and property damage. 

Any prevention tips for residents in Albuquerque? 
Clean up debris spilled by feeding birds. If you have compost piles, they encourage animal activity. 

How much does Critter Control cost?
Our goal is to provide a complete solution. Each situation is unique so there are many variables that go into cost. Starting with the problem itself: what animal is in there, how long has it been in there, and what damage did it cause. Additional considerations include the size of the house, how many entry points need to be sealed. 

When should homeowners call Critter Control?: 
You should call Critter Control at the first sign of nuisance wildlife. The longer an animal inhabits your home, the more damage it causes. 

If you suspect you have a wildlife intrusion on your property, contact our professionals at Critter Control of Albuquerque today! 

Critter Control of Albuquerque 

Critter Control provides professional wildlife control services in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Our wildlife experts are dedicated to the safe and humane removal of all nuisance animals from residential and commercial property. Every Critter Control specialist is licensed and trained in the most advanced techniques in the industry, including the removal of squirrels, raccoons, bats, snakes, skunks, and large predators unique to the Albuquerque area. We also specialize in the prevention of animal intrusion as well as damage repair. 

We understand the urgency and danger of wild animal intrusions to the residents of Albuquerque. Critter Control has more than 30 years of experience in wildlife control that allows us to accurately assess an intrusion problem and immediately take the necessary steps to address the issue. The safety of our customers is always our first priority. If you have an intrusion problem on your property, contact the Critter Control of Albuquerque as soon as possible. 

No cats or dogs. Contact City of Albuquerque Animal Welfare at (505) 242-COPS.

Serving the following locations:

By County: Bernalillo, Valencia, Sandoval, Rio Arriba

  • Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Los Lunas, Belen, Edgewood, Bernalillo, Tijeras, Corrales, Sandia Park, Placitas, Bosque Farms, Cuba, Algodones, Peralta, Dulce, Cedar Crest 
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