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Q&A with Local Franchisee Lance Farlow:

Can you please describe the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in Raleigh-Durham?
Bats, raccoons, and squirrels in attics. Mice in crawl spaces. Birds in vents seasonally.

How do the seasons affect nuisance wildlife activity in your area?
In winter, we see squirrels, raccoons, and opossums. In spring, we see mice, squirrels, birds, and snakes. In summer, we see bats, raccoons, mice, and snakes. In fall, we start to see more squirrels and raccoons.

What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity?
Noises in ceilings and walls, visible mice and guano droppings.

Any prevention or exclusion tips for North Carolina residents?
Don't have bird feeders, keep pet food stored in a closed container, ensure crawl space doors and foundation vents are secure, and inspect your attics and crawl spaces periodically.

When should homeowners call Critter Control?
As soon as noises are heard or nuisance wildlife are seen entering/exiting your home so that further damage does not occur.


Wildlife Problems in the Triangle

The Piedmont of North Carolina is rich with streams, woodlands, fields, and rocky outcrops. Animals that cause trouble for local homeowners include bats, raccoons, and squirrels.

Bat Removal

Bats form maternal groups to raise their pups. Barns, sheds, and attics in the Triangle area are popular roosting spots. Excluding females from an attic may trap young bats inside homes, so colonies can be difficult to remove completely and safely.

Raccoon Removal

These clever animals prefer to den near food sources. As a result, North Carolina homeowners with bird feeders or pet bowls in the backyard may find raccoons living under their decks. These pests are one of the primary rabies carriers in the state, and their feces can spread raccoon roundworm.

Squirrel Removal

North Carolina hosts several squirrel species. Residents of the Triangle region encounter fox, gray, and southern flying squirrels, which can den in attics as well as trees. Inside a house, these animals often gnaw on wiring, shred insulation for their nests, and stain surfaces with urine and droppings.

Rodent Pest Control

Rats and mice are typical pest animals in a home. Proximity to water and buildings with plenty of entry holes allow the pests to travel freely and breed rapidly. In homes, a mouse or rat may contaminate food with waste, spread disease, and destroy property. To effectively get rid of rats you need to control the population. Female rats can have six litters in one year (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.

Piedmont Bird Control

In large numbers, birds such as the Canada goose and wild turkey can cause problems for Triangle residents. Canada geese dine on grass, seeds, and aquatic plants. While some of these birds leave for the winter, the local non-migrant population is growing. The pests overgraze lawns and leave behind large amounts of droppings and feathers.

Wild turkeys inhabit forests and open fields. These pests can be noisy neighbors, as males make booming sounds during the spring to attract mates. Wild turkeys may also damage garden crops or even become hostile towards people and pets during mating season.

Snakes in the Home

Cottonmouths and corn snakes live in the Triangle region of North Carolina as well. Also known as water moccasins, cottonmouths are venomous snakes that grow up to six feet long. Corn snakes, on the other hand, are harmless and one of the area's most colorful species. Both snakes usually flee from humans, but will bite if cornered.

Groundhog and Opossum Control

Groundhog populations are on the rise in North Carolina. These large rodents eat growing vegetables in gardens and create burrows that can become tripping hazards. In addition, opossums are an issue in Triangle yards when they rip open trash bags to look for food.

About Critter Control of Triangle

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 Raleigh Durham, and Chapel Hill 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.

Serving the following locations:

By County: Chatham County, Durham County, Orange County, Wake County

  • Apex
  • Carrboro
  • Cary
  • Chapel Hill
  • City of Durham
  • City of Raleigh
  • Garner
  • Goldston
  • Morrisville
  • Town of Hillsborough
  • Town of Pittsboro
  • Town of Siler City
  • Wake Forest
For Wildlife Control Near You, Call: (919) 382-0651
This franchise is independently licensed and operated by Critter Squad, Inc., dba Critter Control of Raleigh.
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