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 basic bird control, we conduct each job under the highest of humane animal-handling standards. Also serving New Castle.
Common problem wildlife animals in Pittsburgh include:
Local Franchisee: Kevin Kaclik
Address: 290 Blackswoods Rd Freedom, PA 15042 (724) 775-5444
Q&A with Local Franchisee Kevin Kaclik
What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in your area?
We often find raccoons in attics and chimneys -- also under decks and in crawl spaces -- as well as squirrels and bats in attics. Moles are becoming more common. We see starlings and sparrows in vents and woodpecker holes in cedar siding.
How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in your area?
Winter is typically slower when animal populations are at their lowest levels. Certain animals hibernate and some just curtail activity during the coldest, harshest periods.
Any prevention tips for residents in your area?
Keep the area around the home tidy, lawn mowed, bushes trimmed, tree branches away from the roof, garbage disposed of properly, structural vents screened, chimneys capped, soffits and fascia sound, and gaps along roof line caulked. All penetrations should be secured including electric, water, and a/c lines.
When should homeowners call Critter Control?
Call anytime they have a question about wildlife or when they notice activity that they think is wildlife related. This includes unusual noises, visible damage to lawn or structures, or telltale signs like droppings or sightings.
Nuisance Wildlife in the Pittsburg Area:
The local rivers and booming steel industry of Pittsburgh, PA, create a unique environment that draws unique pests to the area. Rats, mice, and various types of birds congregate in both operational and abandoned factories as well as in residential neighborhoods. All three of these pests are known for spreading diseases like food poisoning, salmonellosis, and histoplasmosis. Mammalian pests common in the city include raccoons, opossums, skunks, and beavers. These pests spread diseases, dig holes in lawns, and disturb both pets and house residents with their presence.
Common Wildlife Issues in Pittsburgh NW, PA
Bat Benefits and Issues
Every bat species in Pittsburgh NW feeds on insects. Since this cuts down on mosquitoes, some residents see their presence as a good thing. However, bats also move into people's attics. While inside, they make rustling noises at night and can spread diseases like rabies and histoplasmosis.
Tree Squirrel Problems
Many tree squirrels use attics as nesting sites, so Pennsylvania residents often come in conflict with these pests. The eastern gray squirrel is the biggest culprit locally. During cold weather, the animals sneak into homes through vents and gaps in roofing. Indoors, squirrels damage insulation and homeowner belongings.
Skunks in Northwest Pittsburgh
Just one skunk can riddle a yard with dozens of holes. The pests dig deep into turf to find grubs and insects to eat. These animals also make dens under homes that result in structural damage as well as a foul, lingering odor. Like raccoons, skunks in Pennsylvania can transmit rabies to both people and pets.
Well-populated neighborhoods bring the promise of food and shelter for local wildlife. Some of the most common pests causing issues in northwestern Pittsburgh, PA, are raccoons and skunks. They cause trouble in yards and seek refuge in homes during harsh winter weather.