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
Q&A with Local Franchisee David Crowe
What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in your area?
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 your area?
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.
Common Wildlife Issues in Charlotte
Charlotte, NC, is a large metropolis that houses millions of residents. Large numbers of people require resources that also attract and support nuisance wildlife. Common adaptable pests like bats, raccoons, and squirrels flourish under these conditions.
Keeping Bats Away
Maternal roosts, where female bats care for their dependent pups, are difficult to remove. Exclusion can result in abandoned young bats in attics or wall voids. To avoid problems, seal windows, screens, and other entrances before mating season, which lasts from May to July in North Carolina.
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. Raccoon populations also attract large predators, like coyotes, to neighborhoods.
Dangers of Squirrels
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. Many cities in North Carolina, including Charlotte, have squirrel problems.
Striped skunks and armadillos damage lawns across North Carolina. Both animals dig holes in turf while searching for grubs and insects to eat. In residential areas, a skunk is a rabies threat with a foul odor, while an armadillo is most likely to cause vehicle accidents on local roadways.
Beavers in Charlotte
Native to the area, beavers take advantage of water sources in Charlotte, NC. Residents often see dams or gnawed wood near lakes and rivers. These signs of beaver activity can lead to larger problems, such as:
- Flooding caused by dammed culverts or creeks
- Dead trees as a result of stripped bark
- Hazardous landscapes due to debris and fallen trees
While the large rodents can benefit local ecosystems, these problems make removal necessary when beavers move too close to homes.
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.
Spring in Charlotte offers perfect conditions for the Canada goose to nest. These birds can be hostile towards people when defending their eggs or homes. Over time, Canada geese lose their fear of humans and flock to manmade shelters. While it's best to avoid the pests, excluding them from yards can be difficult.