Wildlife Removal in Charlotte
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.
Nuisance Wildlife in Charlotte
Charlotte is a growing city with a population of more than 2.6 million in the metropolitan area; in fact, it ranks as one of the 25 largest in the United States and a "top ten" city for urban forests. The city's large population combined with its moderate climate and appealing natural surroundings means its also attractive to nuisance wildlife, including Eastern gray squirrels, raccoons, and bats.
The state of North Carolina is home to 17 bat species, according to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. Bats play a vital role in the local ecosystem and can help the economy; in fact, bats assist agricultural industries by controlling the pest population.
Inspection: Critter Control’s wildlife specialists will perform a full interior and exterior inspection. Due to the dangers of exposure to guano, or feces, a respirator must be worn when in an attic containing bats.
Removal: Our specialist will construct a custom plan for your home to safely remove the bats and properly seal your home. If a bat is in your living space at the time of the inspection, the top priority to keep you as well as the bat safe. The specialist will use gloves specifically designed to handle animals and ensure the bat is safely released outdoors.
Repairs: To avoid future problems, seal windows, screens, and other entrances before mating season, which lasts from May to July in Charlotte.
Raccoons thrive in Charlotte as well as nearby suburban and rural areas. These omnivores topple trash cans and even enter homes through pet doors to look for food.
Inspection: A wildlife service technician will look for signs such as footprints on, in, or around your home, large openings leading to the attic or crawl space, and raccoon poop.
Removal: Live trapping is the most effective and humane way to remove a raccoon. Direct capture is not commonly used because raccoons are a rabies vector species. When there are babies present, Critter Control specialists never trap and remove a mother raccoon without ensuring her babies are safely removed as well.
Repairs: Prevent raccoons by installing chimney caps, pruning trees, fencing the garden, removing food, securing the garbage, and keeping pets secure.
Many cities in North Carolina, including Charlotte, have squirrel problems. These pests rarely pose health concerns, but they may bite and carry parasites. A squirrel nesting in an attic will gnaw on beams or wires, which can lead to costly repairs or fire hazards.
Inspection: Our specialist will look for signs of nuisance squirrels such as chewing on, in, or around your home, small openings leading to the attic or the crawl space, droppings, and debris like nuts or nesting material.
Removal: Removing one or more squirrels requires constructing a custom solution to trap, remove, and seal all entry points.
Repairs: It is essential to seal all entry points to prevent future entry after squirrel removal. In addition, we strongly recommend a maintenance service. Like other rodents, squirrels have front teeth that continuously grow, which means they can chew a new way back into your home.
Rodent Pest Control
In the Charlotte area, proximity to water and buildings with plenty of entry holes allow mice and rats to travel freely and breed rapidly. In homes, a mouse or rat may contaminate food with waste, spread disease, and destroy property. Mice are more common in residences and commercial structures than rats.
Inspection: The most common signs of rodent activity are chewing, droppings, rub marks, nesting material, and small entry points.
Removal: A Critter Control wildlife specialist will create a strategic trapping plan to remove the rodents found in your home and ensure you have effective rat and mouse pest control in place. Types of traps, placement of traps, and bait used in traps determine the effectiveness of rodent trapping. Critter Control specialists use snap traps and live traps to capture and remove mice and rats.
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.
Striped skunks damage lawns across Charlotte, digging holes in the turf while searching for grubs and insects to eat. Skunks are common throughout Charlotte in both rural and suburban areas.
Inspection: The presence of a skunk can easily be identified by its odor. An inspector will also make a note of any holes and upturned earth on your landscape created by skunks.
Removal: Removing a skunk requires professional tools and techniques, including the use of a cage trap. Property owners should never attempt to remove a skunk without professional assistance. When threatened, skunks discharge their spray, and the smell is difficult to remove and causes serious irritation to the skin and eyes.
Repairs: Critter Control wildlife specialists can help prevent skunk intrusions with a variety of skunk control techniques, including the installation of a buried fence barrier system. This system prevents the skunks from digging into crawl spaces, under porches, decks, and entry into other common den sites.
Armadillos are prominent as far north as the southeastern United States; Charlotte's mild climate is particularly attractive to these creatures. The only species known to inhabit the U.S., the nine-banded armadillo eats fire ants and termites, among other potentially harmful insects, such as grubs and spiders.
Inspection: Problems arise when the armored animals wander onto land owned by people as they dig holes to search for food and create shelter. Armadillos can dig small burrows, sometimes as deep as a couple of feet.
Removal: Calling a certified professional to manage the procedure is the best way to ensure the animal's safety and make sure armadillos cannot find their way back to the property. Handling armadillos without proper protection can lead to scratches and increases the risk of contracting a disease.
Repairs: One way to keep armadillos away and protect your landscaping is to build a fence that feeds a few feet into the ground. Adding unfavorable scents to the yard can deter the nuisance, as well, since they possess acute senses of smell.
Beavers in Charlotte
Charlotte is close to many rivers, creeks, and lakes, so beaver control is an issue. In Charlotte, beavers take advantage of water sources. Residents often see dams or gnawed wood near lakes and rivers. While beavers can benefit local ecosystems, these problems make removal necessary when beavers move too close to homes. Please remember: throughout most of North America, beavers hold a protected status as fur-bearing animals.
Inspection: Beavers do not enter houses or buildings, but they may cause problems in residential yards and timber industry operations by damaging trees. Inspectors will look for nuisance dams.
Removal: Beaver traps must be set by experts, such as Critter Control Beaver Specialists, at the underwater entrances of beaver lodges.
Repairs: In most states, including North Carolina, it is illegal to destroy or disturb established beaver lodges and dams since the wetlands they create are vital to local ecosystems
North Carolina Deer
Another native species, white-tailed deer have a large population in Charlotte. Many residents enjoy watching the animals, but feeding and welcoming them into yards has allowed their numbers to increase. Because these pests cause property damage and endanger drivers, too many deer can be a nuisance.
Canada geese have become a pest species across the world. These birds, known for flying in distinct “V” formations, can also be hostile towards people when defending their eggs or homes. Over time, Canada geese lose their fear of humans and flock to manmade shelters.
Inspection: Canada geese live in fields near sources of water, such as ponds, marshes, lakes, and rivers. They are also found in suburban areas, as well-manicured lawns are ideal grazing and nesting sites. Geese especially enjoy nesting near humans when people feed them directly or indirectly. Farms, for example, are a favored place for nesting,
Removal: Geese are federally protected and may only be trapped by properly permitted individuals. Critter Control technicians possess the experience and tools necessary to get rid of Canada geese problems. Our professionals practice humane removal to catch and release these birds.
Repairs: Habitat modification typically is the best way to control Canada geese and keep areas safe. Canada geese stay away from tall grasses that may hide predators, so creating barriers of natural vegetation and building fences around bodies of water can be effective.
Why Chose Critter Control
Critter Control’s team is familiar with the particular environment and wildlife-related challenges facing residents of the Charlotte area.
- Regardless of whether you live in a rural, suburban, or urban area of Charlotte, Critter Control’s wildlife specialists are prepared to help you protect your property.
- Critter Control’s knowledgeable and experienced staff is equipped with the required training and knowledge of the Charlotte area’s particular wildlife issues.
- Critter Control’s goal for every client is to make we do not only get the animals out of your property—we want to keep them out.
Wildlife Q&A with David Crowe
What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in Mecklenburg County?
Eastern Gray Squirrels, raccoons and bats. These animals enter attics and crawl spaces primarily. Damage from these animals can be quite extensive to roof overhangs, fascia boards and crawlspace vents.
How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in your area?
We do have seasonal activity especially during birthing seasons for various animals. However, because of our moderate climate, many animals are active all year long.
Any prevention tips for residents in Charlotte?
Keep low hanging branches and trees cut back from the home. Keep gutters free of debris. Make sure you lawn is cut on a regular basis. Remove harborage areas in the yard such as leaf litter and wood debris. Keep bird feeders at a distance from the home. Do not leave cat and dog food outside on a regular basis. Routinely walk the perimeter of your home taking not of foundation vents, any foreign debris such as insulation or wood chips.
When should homeowners call Critter Control?
Customers should call if the are hearing unusual, scratching, or running noises at anytime during the day or night. They should also call if the see animals on their homes or in their yards on a frequent basis. Odors can be another alert that animals have invaded the home.
Critter Control of Charlotte
Dedicated to animal pest control excellence, our staff of professionals at Critter Control includes biologists, zoologists, animal control officers, and anti-cruelty employees. Our highly qualified animal control teams can handle nearly any wildlife control issue in Charlotte, with the help of our unique accumulation of expert knowledge. From risky raccoon removal to basic bird control, we conduct each job under the highest of humane animal-handling standards.
Local Franchisee: David Crowe
Address: 9415 Parkton Rd Ste A, Charlotte, NC 28215
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
- House Finches
- Norway Rats
- Pack Rats
- Prairie Dog
- Roof Rats
- Wild Hogs
Serving the following locations:
By County: Cabarrus, Gaston, Lincoln and Mecklenburg Counties
For Wildlife Control Near You, Call: (704) 531-2241
This franchise is independently licensed and operated by World Wide Birds, Inc, dba Critter Control of Charlotte.