Critter Control of Lancaster

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The warm, humid summers of South Central Pennsylvania draw many wildlife pests to the area, such as squirrels, raccoons, skunks, and opossums. 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.

Our knowledgeable wildlife control operators can handle nearly any wildlife control issue in Lancaster, Reading, York, and Harrisburg. We are very familiar with the wildlife issues facing area property owners, from bats in attics to raccoons in chimneys.

Critter Control Wildlife Control 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.

STEP 1

Wildlife Inspection

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.
STEP 2

Removal

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.
STEP 3

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.

Raccoon Removal

In the Lancaster area, raccoons 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 Lancaster’s cold weather sets in, these pests and others move inside homes, where they den in garages, under decks, in wall voids, and inside attics.

Inspection

Inspection

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.

Trapping & Removal

Trapping & Removal

Live trapping, or one-way doors are the most effective and humane way to remove raccoons. 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.
Repairs

Repairs

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

All communities throughout the northeastern United States experience rodent infestation. In Lancaster, both residents and business owners have called us for assistance with eradicating both mice and rats.

Inspection

Inspection

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.

Rodent Trapping

Rodent Trapping

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. 
Repairs

Repairs

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.

Squirrel Removal

Another rodent, squirrels, are viewed as cute creatures that are fun to watch. Watching them raid bird feeders, scurry across electrical wires, and steal fruits or vegetables from the garden can be fun. However, too much of this "cute" behavior becomes a nuisance. Squirrels do not fully hibernate during winter, so they spend so much time collecting and hoarding foods and nesting materials.

Squirrels in Pennsylvania include gray, fox, red, and flying squirrels, and they prefer nuts, grains, seeds, flowers, fruits, vegetables, and mushrooms. They bury their findings in shallow holes close to their nests, often in tree hollows but may also be in your attic, chimney, crawlspace, or behind the siding. Squirrels can find food under a foot of snow, so their collecting doesn't end in winter.

Like rats and mice, squirrels' teeth are constantly growing. To keep them filed, they will chew on anything. They can chew vinyl, plastic, wood, wires, and more. If these materials are in your home, the damages can be costly. Squirrels also rip out insulation, changing your home's ventilation abilities. They clog pipes and ducts, creating fire hazards.

Signs you have a nuisance squirrel are seeing tracks, droppings, or piles of foods and items from the outdoors. Look for frayed or gnawed wiring, teeth marks in the wood, broken vents, holes in shingles, and water damage from the ceiling. If you hear chirping, squeaking, barking, scratching, and the pitter-patter of feet. Wherever squirrels are active, they will leave feces and urine, which have been associated with diseases like tularemia and salmonella.

Let the experts eliminate your squirrel problem safely and humanely, and follow Pennsylvania regulations.

Inspection

Inspection

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.

Trapping & Removal

Trapping & Removal

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.
Repairs

Repairs

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. 

Bat Removal

Nine species of bats exist in Pennsylvania. The ones you may find in Lancaster homes are brown bats. Bats often have multiple roosting spots, including attics, eaves, chimneys, barn rafters, and sheds. Bats are the only true flying mammal, and they travel to areas with a good source of insects. If you watch them closely, they appear to be performing acrobats in the air.

Every bat consumes thousands of insects every night, making them crucial for the ecosystem. Although needed, they can become nuisances to some homeowners. Bats' biggest problem is their guano feces, which can leave stain marks wherever it lands.

Some bats roost alone, and some roost in colonies. The larger the colony, the more guano you will see on your property. Guano is toxic as it contains acids. It also can grow mold spores associated with histoplasmosis and other respiratory conditions if inhaled by humans. Additional problems associated with bat guano include the smell it emits as it decomposes.

Bat guano tends to pile up quickly and become heavy. It may cause weak boards to break. It will seep through gaps between floorboards, contaminating areas below. If these areas hold food or commercial products, it can be a costly problem to fix.

Bat guano attracts parasites and arthropods like cockroaches, mites, fleas, and ticks that can move to other parts of your home. They may even be sucked into your ventilation system, eventually entering your living area.

Bat urine crystalizes at room temperature, soaking wood beams, floors, and rafters. A white powder-like coating is a sign of urine saturation. When colonies of bats urinate in the same area, stalactites and stalagmites will form.

It is rare for a bat to have rabies. However, don't risk getting the other diseases a bat carries by trying to remove it yourself. Call a wildlife technician first.

Inspection

Inspection

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).

Bat Removal

Bat Removal

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.
Repairs

Repairs

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.

Opossum Control

Opossums are prevalent in and around Lancaster,PA. If you see an opossum in your yard, it is best to ignore it. They usually move on from a location within a few days. In the meantime, they will probably eat pests like ticks or rodents. 

If you’ve got one in your home, you know it’s there. They are noisy animals. They scream, hiss, thump and bump. They can truly be annoying at any time during the day or night.Opossums will also leave feces and urine wherever they go. If you have a nuisance opossum in your house or udner a deck, call us to evict opossums early.
Inspection

Inspection

Opossums can be found inside attics and basements or outside under decks and sheds. Common signs include unique paw prints and feces. Opossums are docile and usually easy to spot.

Trapping & Removal

Trapping & Removal

Opossums can be lured into cages for live capture. If it is maternity season, we follow all guidelines for removing mother and newborn opossums. We will seal entryways into the building to prevent opossums from reentering in the future. Opossums can be kept from getting under sheds and decks by installing fencing around the bottom edges and burying the fence underground.
Repairs

Repairs

Broken screens on chimney and roof vents are replaced with sturdier materials, and we properly seal all entry points, including crawlspaces. We clean and deodorize areas of opossum activity. Exclusion may include eliminating sources that attract bugs, like nighttime lighting, stagnant water, and livestock poop.
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The Critter Control Difference

Trained Specialists 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.
Safety Guaranteeing the safety of both humans and animals is our number one priority. Our wildlife specialists are trained to protect our human customers and keep everyone safe while ensuring the animals we are removing for you are handled using the most humane tools and techniques.
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.

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