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 the Harrisburg and Lancaster area, with the help of our unique accumulation of expert knowledge. From risky raccoon removal to skunks to basic bird control, we conduct each job under the highest of humane animal-handling standards. Serving Allentown, Reading, York, and surrounding areas.
Local Franchisee: William Kilby
Address: 1163 Stonehill Rd Conestoga, PA 17516
Q&A with Local Franchisee William Kilby
What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in your area?
Bats in attics. Groundhogs and skunks under decks and sheds. Animals in chimneys.
How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in your area?
Cold weather shuts most activity down.
Any prevention tips for residents in your area?
Call Critter Control.
When should homeowners call Critter Control?
When they have an issue or question.
Common Wildlife Issues in Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA, is home to large communities of people and numerous wildlife pests.
Pennsylvania Native Bats
Nine bat species live in the state, two of which hibernate in Lancaster homes. Big and little brown bats use local attics and sheds to roost. When many of the pests gather in one place, their droppings pile up quickly. Harmful Histoplasma mold likes to grow under these conditions, so residents should be careful around bat guano.
Raccoon and Squirrel Problems
The warm, humid summers of Harrisburg, PA, draw many wildlife pests to the area, such as skunks, raccoons, and squirrels. All of these pests forage for food in outdoor garbage bins and gardens.
They set up nests on lawns and destroy landscaping by killing plants and digging holes in the ground. Once cold weather sets in, these pests and others move inside homes, where they den in garages, under decks, in wall voids, and inside attics.
Their close proximity puts residents at risk of contracting various diseases, particularly rabies, and may facilitate secondary infestations of fleas, ticks, and mites.
White Tail Deer Issues
In recent years, the region has experienced an explosion of white-tailed deer populations. Though the animals aren't aggressive, they do cause problems on private properties by eating shrubberies, garden crops, and tree bark.
Deer also carry a variety of diseases and parasites that affect the health of both people and household pets.
Rats and Mice
Mice and rats are also common in the area. These pests contaminate stored food with their droppings and urine and damage electrical wiring as they gnaw through walls.