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Wildlife Control Services in Cleveland

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.

Damage Repairs

Professional and permanent repairs to entry points, insulation, and damage from animal urine or feces.

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Critter Control of Cleveland

Critter Control provides premier wildlife control services in Cleveland, Ohio. We’re dedicated to the safe and humane removal of all nuisance animals from residential and commercial property in the city of Cleveland and the surrounding area, including Elyria, Mentor, Parma, and Strongsville. Our specialists are licensed and trained in the most advanced techniques in the industry, including the removal of bats, raccoons, squirrels, skunks, opossums, and more. We also specialize in future prevention of intrusions as well as damage repair. 

With more than 30 years of experience in handling wild animals, we understand the danger that they present to the residents and businesses of Cleveland. Our top priority is to protect our customers by accurately assessing the intrusion and acting in accordance with our high standards of service. If you have a wildlife problem in the Cleveland area, contact our experts at Critter Control as soon as possible.

Q&A with Critter Control of Cleveland

Can you please describe the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in your area?
Raccoons, squirrels, skunks, and groundhogs.
How do the seasons affect nuisance wildlife activity in your area?
Spring and summer are the busiest times of the year. Winter is the slowest.
What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity?
Feces and noises in the walls, attic, and chimney of the home.
Any prevention or exclusion tips for residents in your area?
Home repairs such as covering exterior holes that allow animals in.
When should homeowners call Critter Control?
At the first sign of an issue.

Wildlife Problems in Cleveland, OH

Located on Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio, attracts wildlife with its abundant resources. Cleveland residents are accustomed to seeing animals such as bats, squirrels, and raccoons in their neighborhoods and around their homes.


Of the 14 species of bats in the state, the big and little brown bat have adapted to the urban environment of Cleveland. These species roost inside warehouses and homes in the crevices of attics, walls, and between rafters and roofing. If bats aren't visible during the day, then listen for scratching and squeaking sounds at dusk when the pests are most active.
Bats in Cleveland are problematic, in part, because of the diseases they carry. Piles of waste beneath their roosts create structural hazards and risk of fungal infection. Bat saliva can transmit rabies, leptospirosis, and a host of other illnesses to humans.


The streets of Cleveland are common homes for raccoons. The black-masked pests are known for knocking over garbage cans and raiding pet food bowls for meals. Raccoons also create den sites beneath decks or inside uncapped chimneys. A raccoon may also find its way into the attic to rest during the day and raise its young.
Raccoons will remove shingles and tear through walls to get indoors. Raccoons also can carry rabies, so it’s important that you never attempt to handle a raccoon.


Tree squirrels are notorious for entering attics with their exceptional climbing ability. They use overgrown branches or utility lines to find access to homes, where they hide food caches as winter approaches. To detect the presence of a tree squirrel, homeowners can listen for scratching and scurrying noises coming from the attic or walls during the afternoon.


Though it may seem more common to see skunks in fields and meadows, they are no stranger to cities like Cleveland. In fact, these white-striped pests often den under buildings and decks or in basements in the area, as they prefer dark, warm places that offer shelter.
Attracted to homes and yards that provide ample food and water, a skunk will dig for insects and hunt for mice at night. Aside from their appearance, skunks in Cleveland are best known for their pungent spray. They only use this defense mechanism when they feel threatened, but the smell can linger for days.


Opossums are frequently found in yards throughout Cleveland. They are about the size of a house cat with silver to white fur, black eyes, and pink noses. The sound of an opossum hissing or the sight of its 50 sharp teeth may cause alarm, but these animals are not typically aggressive.
Instead, they will play dead as an attempt to deter predators or avoid threats. Though usually harmless to people and pets, the presence of opossums in Cleveland can be a nuisance when the pests spill garbage or raid and destroy gardens. They also could attract other unwanted pests such as skunks and raccoons.


A mole is generally five to seven inches in length with dark fur and long, broad front paws. The small, burrowing animal is often the source of holes in lawns and gardens in the Cleveland metro area. The solitary animals tend to stay out of sight but create raised mole-hills and visible shallow tunnels.


The most problematic birds in Cleveland are pigeons, starlings, and house sparrows. Many bird species are responsible for similar types of damage, including crop losses, noise and odor issues, unsightly droppings, and nests blocking vents, gutters, and chimneys.
Disease is another concern. Birds often carry fleas, lice, and ticks that can spread illnesses like encephalitis, Lyme disease, salmonellosis, and cryptococcosis. Bird feces may harbor the fungal disease histoplasmosis as well, which affects human lungs.


Coyotes are becoming more frequent visitors to Cleveland neighborhoods, causing concern for Clevelanders who are unfamiliar with the animal. Coyotes are scavengers and will feed on other wildlife, including small pets if other options are not available.
If you suspect you have a wildlife intrusion on your residential or commercial property, contact our professionals at Critter Control of Cleveland today!


Serving the following locations:

By County: Cuyahoga County, Geauga County, Lake County, Lorain County, Summit County

  • Avon
  • Avon Lake
  • Bay Village
  • Beachwood
  • Bedford
  • Bedford Heights
  • Berea
  • Bratenahl
  • Brecksville
  • Broadview Heights
  • Brook Park
  • Brooklyn
  • Brooklyn Heights
  • Chagrin Falls
  • City of Cleveland
  • Cleveland Heights
  • Columbia Station
  • Cuyahoga Heights
  • East Cleveland
  • Eastlake
  • Euclid
  • Fairview Park
  • Garfield Heights
  • Gates Mills
  • Glenwillow
  • Highland Heights
  • Highland Hills
  • Hunting Valley
  • Independence
  • Lakewood
  • Linndale
  • Lyndhurst
  • Macedonia
  • Maple Heights
  • Mayfield
  • Mayfield Heights
  • Middleburg Heights
  • Middlefield
  • Moreland Hills
  • Newburgh Heights
  • North Olmsted
  • North Randall
  • North Ridgeville
  • North Royalton
  • Northfield
  • Oakwood
  • Olmsted
  • Orange
  • Parma
  • Parma Heights
  • Pepper Pike
  • Richmond Heights
  • Rocky River
  • Seven Hills
  • Shaker Heights
  • Solon
  • South Euclid
  • Strongsville
  • Twinsburg
  • University Heights
  • Valley View
  • Walton Hills
  • Warrensville
  • Westlake
  • Wickliffe
  • Willoughby
  • Willoughby Hills
  • Willowick
  • Woodmere
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