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Located between Cleveland and Columbia, Wayne County residents experience their fair share of nuisance wildlife issues such as a raccoon in the chimney, skunks in the garden or bats in the attic. If you encounter these and other unwanted pests in or around your property, please contact your local Critter Control professionals to remove the animal(s) and make the repairs to ensure unwanted visitors stay away.
Critter Control Wildlife Removal Process
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.
During the inspection we try to ascertain how many animals there are, where they are located, and how they got in.
Based on what you have seen, heard and smelled, we start the inspection where you have noticed signs of animal activity. Evidence of animals inside your home include nests, dens, feces, and animal tracks. We investigate the exterior of your home looking for possible entry points, any evidence of animal damage, tracks, fur, animal waste, or rub marks.
We use several methods to humanely remove the animal from your home. Depending on the species, the number of animals, and the condition of your property, we develop a custom wildlife removal plan. Humane wildlife removal strategies include animal traps, one-way doors, and repellents.
Once we guarantee all animals are gone, we implement exclusion techniques. Exclusion techniques provide a safe, long-term solution to nuisance wildlife in your home. We create barriers to prevent animals from getting to resources. We only apply exclusions once we are sure all animals are gone from your home.
Exclusion and Repair
Wildlife will damage your home. Exclusion techniques repair any damage the animal causes getting into your home. Inside your home, animals build nests and dens out of readily available material. They will create runs through the insulation. Rodents will gnaw on anything including electrical wires and pipes.
Animals can also spread diseases. We apply sanitation agents to clean up feces and urine. Mammals can host pests like fleas, ticks, and mites. Ectoparasite treatments exterminate those pests so you don’t become their next host.
Crossing paths with one or more raccoons at night is not unheard of in the Wayne County. The intelligent, omnivorous animals usually prefer to eat berries, acorns, fish and even baby birds; however, if there's an easy-to-access trash can filled with food scraps nearby, raccoons will certainly seek it out—and leave quite a mess.
During the inspection, we determine the severity of the raccoon infestation. We look for physical evidence like footprints in or around the home, stains from raccoon feces and urine. On the exterior of the house, we look for damage like scratches on boards, broken vents and screens, ripped apart shingles, destroyed soffits, and every possible entry point.
Live trapping is one of the most efficient ways to get rid of a raccoon. Depending on the situation, a one-way door or excluder valve can be installed. An excluder valve works by allowing the raccoon to leave but blocks its reentry. The choice of device is largely dependent on the season and location of the raccoons on your property. Direct capture is not commonly used because raccoons are a rabies vector species. If we must trap, we place traps strategically to safely catch the raccoons and we check traps frequently, based on state laws.
We provide a wide range of repair and restoration services. We can repair raccoon damage like broken screens on vents and chimneys and broken boards on decks and porches. It is essential to apply cleaning agents and ectoparasite treatments on areas inhabited by raccoons.
Rat and Mice Pest Control
If there's food and water to be had inside your home or business, chances are rats and mice will find it. Both mice and rats are common throughout the United States. Mice, in particular, will seek out warm places inside walls and attics and establish nests during the winter months. Infestations can be detected early; therefore, once the first signs of activity appear, property owners should contact us to deal with the problem immediately
During a rodent inspection, we thoroughly inspect your attic and provide a complete exterior home inspection. The most common signs of rodent activity are gnaw marks, feces, rub marks, nesting material, runs in insulation material, and small entry points.
A Critter Control wildlife specialist will create a strategic trapping plan to remove the rodents found in your home. Critter Control specialists may use snap traps and live traps to capture and remove mice and rats. Rodent trapping can usually takes between five to fourteen days.
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. We also strongly recommend a maintenance service. Rodents have front teeth that continuously grow, which means they can gnaw a new way back into your home.
Squirrels are a common sight around Wayne County and are sometimes known to enter homes and store food for the winter inside attics and crawl spaces. Although red, grey, black and fox squirrels are legal game
in the state of Ohio from September through January, it's best to contact a professional wildlife specialist to remove nuisance squirrels from your property
Wildlife specialists look for signs 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. Beams, wires, pipes, and insulation may all show signs of damage from squirrels.
Live trapping or one-way doors are the most effective and humane ways to get rid of squirrels. One-way doors should never be used during birthing seasons (Spring & Fall), so our specialists will decide which is the best tool for the job. If we have to trap, we place traps strategically to safely catch the squirrels and check those according to state laws.
We can restore your home or office by squirrel proofing all entry points after we have removed the offenders. We can also clean-up the nesting sites and remove any debris, food, feces and soiled insulation.
There are 11 species
of bats found in the state of Ohio. While these insectivores are critical to the environment—in particular, they feed on and help control agricultural pests—they can carry diseases such as rabies. Therefore, it's also best to leave bat removal and the cleanup of guano, to a professional.
We perform a full interior and exterior inspection and search for signs such as rub marks, guano, a strong scent of ammonia, and small openings. The most common sign is the accumulation of guano (feces).
The most effective and humane way to remove bats is by utilizing a bat valve in conjunction with a full home exclusion. A bat valve allows for bats to exit your home but not re-enter. We follow all local ordinances for humane bat removal. We will never abandon flightless pups in your attic.
After removing the bat valves, we seal the entrance hole(s) so bats can no longer enter your home. If there is substantial guano in your attic, you should consider taking advantage of our attic remediation services to remove the soiled insulation and replace it.
Groundhog (Woodchuck) Control
Groundhogs, also known as woodchucks, can be found in all of Ohio's 88 counties
as well as throughout most of North America. As diurnal animals, groundhogs spend several hours a day feeding above ground before returning underground to their protected burrows. These animals are voracious eaters. They can enter yards searching for new sources of food.
Groundhog nesting isn't hard to spot. Being the largest member of the squirrel family, they have a rather large entrance hole to their nesting spots and they leave a great amount of dirt at their front door.
Once we've identified all burrow entrances, the next step is deciding what will work best for the situation at hand. Woodchucks may be excluded from denning under structures with one-way doors, if the structure they're living under can be sealed with a rat wall. If the area can't be sealed, then trapping and removing the animal is the best option.
We can install rat walls to keep groundhogs out of crawl spaces and from entering under decks, sheds, patios and many other locations. Please call us to discuss how this process is completed.
Other Common Wildlife Issues
The Critter Control Difference
Critter Control Guarantee
Your satisfaction is always guaranteed. We provide reliable prevention from future intrusions. Resolving a nuisance wildlife issue calls for more than trapping and removing the critter. Our exclusion services offer immediate and long-term wildlife solutions.
Animal removal is a highly sophisticated job. As such, we vet and train our team members to ensure they have the knowledge and skill to remove any pest from your building. Our wildlife experts utilize advanced removal and exclusion techniques and damage repair.
Your satisfaction is always guaranteed. Critter Control® takes great pride in providing quality workmanship resulting in customer satisfaction.
Residential and Commerical
Invading nuisance wildlife can wreak havoc on property. If left unattended wildlife and pests can cause costly property damage. Whether a residential property, apartment buildings, retail stores, office buildings, industrial plants, medical facilities, or warehouses, our trained professionals can handle any wildlife removal problem.
Q&A With Local Critter Control Expert Laucke Hooper
What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in your area?
All forms of wild animals making your home, their home; which causes damage to the outside structure and inside the dwelling, all while making their new nest.
How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in your area?
Every season comes with an upward movement of one animal or another, it is not just in the Spring. Not only does this happen for different months of the year, but also different times of the day. Some are active as much as 20 hours in a 24 hour period.
What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity?
Squeaking or scratching noises behind a wall or ceiling. Rustling noises coming from walls or ceilings. Unusual noises that are typically not a normal house noise and are louder at night or at dusk. Garbage cans turned over and trash scattered around. Urine stains on ceilings or floors that have a strong odor. Feces droppings around your home that are small and brown. Gnaw marks on electrical wiring or walls.
Any prevention or exclusion tips for residents in your area?
Keep brush and trash away from the home. Keep bushes away from the home, or trim them up from the ground. Make sure to remove any nests found on the outside of the structure, as long as they're not from a protected species.
When should homeowners call you?
As soon as they hear any noises on the inside that should not be there and when they see nesting material or observe the animal going into the structure.
This franchise is independently licensed and operated by Lauhoo 247, LLC., dba Critter Control of Mansfield.