Wildlife Removal in Philadelphia & Entire Delaware Valley
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.
Nuisance Wildlife in Philadelphia
Following the path of the Delaware River, the Delaware Valley has many parks and forests. Proximity to water and buildings with plenty of entry holes allow nuisance wildlife to travel freely and breed rapidly. Wildlife, including bats, squirrels, and raccoons, may also cause Philadelphia's commercial and residential property owners issues that will require immediate animal 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.).
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.
Eastern gray squirrels are often in conflict with people in the Philadelphia area 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.
Bats are the only mammals that can truly fly. Among the 40 species of bats found north of Mexico, only a few cause problems for humans. Nine of these species reside in Pennsylvania.
Inspection: A wildlife inspector will 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 of a bat or bats inside a property is the accumulation of feces. Unlike mice and rodents, bats do not gnaw and create their own entry holes.
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 before having a problem. In addition, property owners are encouraged to keep outside lights turned off at night.
Rats & Mice Pest Control
Like many older East Coast regions, the Philadelphia area struggles to control rats and mice. Many property owners throughout the city are well aware that their buildings, some more than a century old, can harbor rodents. In the surrounding suburbs and rural communities, rats and mice often take up residence within a home.
Inspection: During a rodent inspection, our inspector will thoroughly inspect your attic and provide a complete 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. Critter Control specialists 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. Exclusion methods include caulking cracks in foundations, capping chimneys, and installing mesh covers over vents and crawl space entrances.
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. In Philadelphia, you can typically find them in the Delaware Valley area.
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.
Well-known for their pungent, nauseating odor that can cause severe reactions in some people, skunks are common throughout the northeastern U.S. in both rural and suburban areas and pose a significant threat to your health, pets, and property.
Inspection: The presence of a skunk can easily be identified by its odor. An inspector will make a note of any holes and upturned earth on your landscape created by skunks.
Removal: Removing a skunk, whether it’s dead or alive, requires professional tools and techniques. Property owners should never attempt to remove a skunk without professional assistance.
Repairs: Critter Control wildlife specialists can help prevent skunk intrusions with a variety of techniques, including the installation of a buried fence barrier system. This system prevents the skunks from digging into crawl spaces, under porches, decks, and entry into other common den sites.
The three birds that most often become pests in the U.S. in urban areas are pigeons, house sparrows, and starlings. In particular, Critter Control’s Philadelphia-based specialists often receive calls to remove woodpeckers, which may peck holes into house siding looking for insects to make nest cavities, or to communicate with other woodpeckers.
Inspection: Inspectors will look for nests and dropping inside and outside of your property to determine the presence of birds and the extent of the damage.
Removal: Relocating birds can be a challenge since they can quickly fly away. A bird removal specialist from Critter Control will know how to remove certain types of birds. Please note that bird trapping is rare for two reasons. First, it is hard to trap a bird. Second, most birds are protected by the Migratory Bird Act. Starlings, pigeons, and sparrows, however, do not fall under this protection.
Repairs: The best bird control and bird proof approaches emphasize deterrents and exclusion methods, such as removal or modification of buildings. The ultimate goal of every removal is to ensure birds no longer roost at that location.
Benefits of Professional Wildlife Control Services
Critter Control’s team is familiar with the particular environment and wildlife-related challenges facing residents and business owners in the Philadelphia area. When determining the total cost of a removal and mitigation project, our specialists consider the following variables after inspecting your property:
- Type of animal involved
- How long the animal has been present on your property
- Damage caused by animal
- Areas needed to be sealed off
Q&A with Local Franchisees Rick and Beth Shervais:
What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in Greater Philadelphia?
The animals you'll most likely find in your home in Philadelphia are squirrels, bats, rodents, birds, woodpeckers, groundhogs, raccoons and skunks.
How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in the Delaware Valley?
In early spring, fall and winter we see more activity in homes, with squirrels, bats and raccoons. Summer provides much more outdoor activity on and under the ground.
What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity?
Noises in the attic and fireplaces. Digging under outside structures
Any prevention tips for residents in Southeastern Pennsylvania?
If you're trying to do it yourself, be sure to temporarily tape or stuff paper in holes before permanently sealing them, to make certain the animals are no longer inside.Keep trees trimmed back away from roof and secure attic vents. Call a wildlife professional to safely and permanently remove animals.
When should homeowners call Critter Control?
As soon as you hear or see anything on your property that concerns you.
Why Chose Critter Control of Philadelphia
- Critter Control’s wildlife specialists create a detailed plan specific to your situation and property.
- Critter Control’s knowledgeable and experienced staff is equipped with the required training and know-how to make sure we do the best job we can for you.
- Critter Control’s goal for every client is to make we do not only get the animals out of your property—we want to keep them out.
COMMON WILDLIFE ISSUES IN THIS LOCATION
- Animal Damage
- Animal Droppings
- Animal Noises
- Animal Odor Removal
- Animal Tracks in Yard
- Animals on the Roof
- Animals Under Homes & Porches
- Bats in Homes
- Bats in the Attic
- Carcass Removal from Homes
- Chimney Repairs
- Dead Animal Removal
- Humane Animal Trapping
- Mice in Walls & Attics
- Raccoon Trapping
- Raccoons in Attic
- Rats in Walls & Attics
- Seal Animal Entry Points in Homes
- Skunk Control
- Skunk Trapping
- Skunks Under Heating Units
- Squirrel Trapping
- Squirrels in Attics
- Squirrels in Homes
- Venomous Snake Removal
- Chimney Swifts
- Deer Mouse
- Flying Squirrels
- Ground Squirrels
- House Finches
- Norway Rats
- Stinging Insects
- Yellow Jackets
Serving the following locations:
By County: Bucks*, Chester, Delaware* and Montgomery*
* Partial county coverage
King Of Prussia
For Wildlife Control Near You, Call: (610) 385-4405
This franchise is independently licensed and operated by Shervais, inc, dba Critter Control of Philadelphia.