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Wildlife Control & Removal

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.

Nuisance Wildlife Issues in Pennsylvania Dutch Country

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.

Raccoon Removal

Raccoons are found throughout the northeastern U.S. and are common in woodlands, suburban, and agricultural areas. In Pennsylvania, raccoons are considered furbearers; trappers are permitted to harvest an unlimited number of raccoons during specific timeframes from October through February. (Please note: the PGC website doesn't list raccoons as a protected fur-bearing species. You do not need a license to harvest them).

Inspection: Raccoons are superb climbers and frequently enter buildings by climbing trees or downspouts, or by shimmying up the side of a building. Raccoons learn that uncapped chimneys are good substitutes for traditional hollow trees used for denning sites.

A wildlife technician will perform a thorough inspection to ascertain the severity of the raccoon infestation. Technicians will look for signs such as footprints on, in, or around your home, large openings leading to the attic or crawl space, and raccoon poop.

Removal: Live trapping is the most effective and humane way to remove a raccoon. According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, raccoons should not be relocated because they are a rabies vector species.

Therefore, homeowners should contact trained wildlife specialists to handle the removal of a raccoon.

When babies are removed from an attic, our wildlife specialists seek help from a local wildlife rehabilitation center.

Repairs: Preventative exclusion services are the most effective means to prevent a raccoon from entering your home. After raccoon removal, it is imperative to seal all entry points to prevent future entry.

Squirrel Removal

Eastern gray squirrels are often in conflict with people in the Lancaster County for various reasons. Squirrels hide food for winter in gutters, drains, and attic corners, creating blockages and drawing insects.

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, and insulation may all show signs of damage from squirrels.

Removal: The most common methods used are live trapping, one-way doors, deterrent, and direct capture. We do not directly capture adult squirrels as they move too quickly and fit in very small spaces. If babies are found in an attic, they will be hand removed and relocated with their mom.

Repairs: It is essential to seal all entry points to prevent future entry after squirrel removal. We also strongly recommend a maintenance service. Like other rodents, squirrels have front teeth that continuously grow, which means they can chew a new way back into your home.

Bat Removal

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.

Inspection: Wildlife inspectors will be able to spot the presence of bats quickly — bat feces, or guano, piles up wherever these animals take up residence.

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.

Repairs: Critter Control specialists will seal all cracks, plug all holes, and use good screens and tight-fitting doors. In addition, property owners are encouraged to keep outside lights turned off at night. The lights will attract insects, and insects are a huge food source for bats.

Opossum Control

Opossums are the only marsupials native to North America. In the state of Pennsylvania, these nocturnal animals are classified as furbearers and can be hunted and trapped. For homeowners in the Lancaster area, opossums are nuisance animals, leaving tipped-over garbage cans and trash strewn across lawns are common sights when opossums are around.

Inspection: Lancaster's Critter Control’s technicians can easily identify opossum tracks as well as droppings.

Removal: Critter Control specialists are educated in opossum behavior and can effectively remove these animals humanely with the appropriate traps.

Repairs: Entrances to attics and garages should be sealed up, including the areas around garage doors and windows, attic vents, and gaps in walls or siding.

Rats and Mice Removal

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: During a rodent inspection, our inspector will thoroughly inspect your attic as well as provide a full exterior home inspection. The most common signs of rodent activity are chewing, droppings, rub marks, nesting material, and small entry points.

Removal: A Critter Control wildlife specialist will create a strategic trapping plan to remove the rodents found in your home and may use snap traps and live traps to capture and remove mice and rats.

Repairs: The best way to reduce the possibility of letting unwanted rodents into homes is to seal possible entrances. Our wildlife specialists will work closely with you on an effective plan to secure your property.


Groundhog Removal

Commonly referred to as groundhogs, woodchucks are the most widespread species of marmot in the United States and Canada. Punxsutawney, Pa., is home to Groundhog Day, the popular early February celebration that coincides with the imminent change in seasons from winter to spring. 

Inspection: The presence of burrows is the most obvious sign of the presence of groundhogs on your property. Groundhogs are also known to chew on wood and gnaw on pipes and wires. An inspector will assess damage to the landscape and structures and report safety risks.

Removal: While habitat modifications are not recommended for groundhog control, wildlife specialists will consider what is most appropriate for your property and suggest the use of traps, flooding, or toxicants to remove groundhogs.

Repairs: Specialists will recommend a variety of techniques to continue protecting your property from groundhogs. Helpful techniques include constructing fences, installing frightening devices, and using repellents such as fox urine to deter groundhogs.

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.


How Professional Wildlife Control Services Can Help You

Critter Control’s team is familiar with the particular environment and wildlife-related challenges facing residents and business owners in the Lancaster area. Whether you are dealing with mice, skunks, or snakes, our wildlife specialists will work with you to find a permanent solution that protects your property and keeps everyone healthy and safe.

Why Chose Critter Control

  • Critter Control’s wildlife specialists understand the specific wildlife and pest control challenges of the Lancaster area. Therefore, we provide every customer with a customized, detailed plan specific to your situation and property.
  • Critter Control ensures every wildlife specialist is equipped with the required training and know-how to make sure we fully address your pest control and removal needs.
  • Critter Control’s goal for every client is to not only get the animals out of your property — we want to keep them out.

FAQ Nuisance Wildlife in Pennsylvania Dutch Country

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.

Wildlife Removal in Allentown, HarrisburgReading, York.

Serving the following locations:

By County: Berks County, Lancaster County, Lehigh County, Northampton County, York County

For Wildlife Control Near You, Call: (717) 872-6575
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