Portland neighborhoods are overwhelmed with squirrels, raccoons, rabbits, skunks, snakes, opossums, bats, rats, and mice. There are different regulations for removing certain animals and may require consultation with various programs, including the County Animal Control office, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Oregon Department of Agriculture.
So, what exactly is nuisance wildlife? Oregon defines them as any wildlife posing a threat to the public, causing damage to your property, or is annoying to the public. At Critter Control, we know the laws and how to get the permits necessary to remove nuisance wildlife. Below are a few examples of our inspection, removal, and repair process that helps us get rid of nuisance wildlife.
There are four native tree squirrels in Oregon: the Western gray, Douglas, Northern flying, and American red squirrels. There are also invasive nonnative species like the Eastern fox and gray squirrels. They are listed as predatory animals.
Squirrels can find every crack and hole to enter your home. The squirrel entry gap ranges from golf ball to softball size. While they are fun to watch, pest squirrels will cause damage to your property.
From March to September, squirrels give birth in a nest they created, possibly in your attic or chimney. Squirrels’ teeth or constantly growing, and if they get too big, they are painful. Squirrels chew on anything hard, including metals, wood, siding, shingles, pipes, ducts, and drywall, to keep them small.
Never try to catch a squirrel. They can carry diseases and will bite or scratch if they are cornered
According to Oregon laws, squirrels cannot be relocated unless it is on the same property. Trapping and transporting a squirrel to a facility that will take in the rodent requires a special permit. Hunting permits may be required for certain species during particular seasons. Rather than going through these processes, contact Critter Control.
Raccoons are active at night. While you sleep, they are out scavenging for food. There are plenty of sources in Portland. Raccoons eat just about anything, from restaurant scraps and pet food to garden crops and chickens. Their hands resemble human hands and allow them to turn doorknobs, open storage bins, and climb trees, chimneys, and poles.
Raccoons have a permanent mask and banded tail. They would be cute if they weren’t so destructive. They will do what they can to get into parts of your house they see fit to sleep and give birth to pups. If they must rip, tear, or break something to get to that spot, they will. Raccoons make lots of noises, like whimpers, growls, and screams. They leave feces and urine nearby their shelter.
Before trying to remove a raccoon from your home by yourself, remember they can carry diseases, and if threatened, they may bite. Calling nuisance wildlife animal control experts is recommended. Critter Control's three-step process works well for raccoon removal.
Rats and mice are some of the most common pests in Portland homes. Rodents can damage homes by chewing through electrical wiring, causing fire hazards. They also gnaw wooden beams, making your home structure unstable. To make their nests, these pests remove insulation, carpet, drywall, and anything else. They enter pantries and raid food sources, contaminating those areas and costing you money. Rats and mice also leave feces and urine throughout your home, transmitting diseases.
The rats and mice roaming our Portland neighborhoods are the Norway rat and the house mouse, even though there are nearly 30 species of rodents in our area. Critter Control understands the habits and habitats of rats and mice to control their population on your property. This is important since rats and mice multiply five or more times a year and give birth to at least five babies in each litter. Before your rodent problem multiplies, call us.
In Portland, bats are everywhere. Big and little brown bats, hoary bats, and silver-haired bats are frequent flyers in our area.
Bats need food and water for survival. They consume thousands of insects every night, making them essential for the ecosystem. But if you have a source on your property that attracts thousands of insects, you won’t find them so necessary. They will be annoying. Wherever they find food and water, they will find shelter nearby, whether in your home or another structure on your property.
If you already have a bat problem, then you know they can be loud, and their waste is smelly and toxic. Bat guano contains uric acid and can corrode wood and metals. It can also stain the side of your home permanently.
Because bats carry diseases, it is never a good idea to try and remove bats by yourself. Instead, call our professionals. We know how to remove bats properly. We also understand the laws regarding mating and maternity season, which are times when removing bats and their babies is illegal due to their federal and state protections.
Skunks are a common animal in Portland
during their breeding seasons. They're distinctive black and white fur, and their pungent odor that can linger for days, are unmistakeable. Stripped skunks breed from February through March. Spotted skunks breed in September and October.
During breeding season, skunks will look for convienent denning sites. Skunks will create dens under elevated sheds, under porches, and inside crawlspaces
These pests are known for foraging for food in trash bins and pet food bowls. They're also profound and efficient diggers, and can mutilate an entire yard in a single night searching for grubs. If you happen to cross paths with a skunk, do not try to scare it away. Please also remember that skunks can carry rabies
; therefore, it’s best to let a professional handle removal for you.
Pigeons are a common sight in Portland. We commonly encounter the rock pigeon and the band-tailed pigeon. They perch on rooftops, office buildings, statues, trees, electrical wires, and anywhere else they want.
Pigeons scavenge for food in the mornings, eating grains, seeds, and human garbage. They aren’t very picky. Pigeons pose a threat due to their toxic droppings, which can host numerous diseases. Because their feces is so acidic, it can damage buildings and homes. Never try to catch a pigeon. They carry parasites, fleas, ticks, lice, and more. Let Critter Control get rid of the pigeons on your property.