Critter Control of Scranton Wilkes-Barre

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Serving the greater Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Area

(570) 862-1972
The most common mammals that residents in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre experience issues with are deer, moles, bats, rabbits, raccoonsopossums, skunks, shrews and rodents (such as squirrels, chipmunks, voles, mice, and rats). Many of these animals feel right at home living with humans, and as such, human-wildlife encounters happen frequently. If you encounter unexpected wildlife in your home or business, contact Critter Control of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and let us get the wildlife back where it belongs. We can exclude them from your home or business and secure it against future animal invasion with our three-step process, discussed below.

Raccoon Removal

Raccoons are medium-sized mammals native to North America and are very common in Scranton, PA. Their grayish coat mostly consists of dense underfur, which insulates it against cold weather. Three of the raccoon's most distinctive features are its extremely dexterous front paws, its facial mask, and its ringed tail.

Raccoons are noted for their intelligence, as studies show that they're able to remember the solution to tasks for at least three years. It is this intelligence, combined with their dexterity, that allows these critters to find ways into your home. They'll walk roof tops to find weak points and then tear their way inside. They'll also use dormer gaps, loose soffits and attic vents to enter your attic. They're able to easily descend and ascend uncapped fireplace and furnace chimney flues, where they often give birth to their young from March through June.

Before trying to remove a raccoon from your home by yourself, remember they can carry diseases, and if threatened, they may bite. Calling nuisance wildlife animal control experts is recommended. Critter Control's three-step process works well for raccoon removal.

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 sanitization agents and ectoparasite treatments on areas inhabited by raccoons.

Squirrel Removal

Most residents of Scranton and Wilkes-Barre have gray squirrels in their communities. The gray is Pennsylvania's most common squirrel; the fox, red and flying squirrels are three other species native to the area. Squirrels are fast and agile, scaling trees and homes with great speed. 

Squirrels have a keen sense of vision and detect movement well. They also have a keen sense of smell. All squirrels, except for flying squirrels, are most active in early mornings and late afternoons. Squirrels love to use attics and concealed spaces in your home to give birth to their young. Born blind and hairless, young are dependent upon their mother for up to two months and care should be taken when trying to remove squirrels during these months, so young aren't separated from their mother.

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

Pennsylvania has nine native bat species: Little Brown Bat, Big Brown Bat, Hoary Bat, Tri-Colored Bat, Indiana Bat, Northern Long-Eared Bat, Small-Footed Bat, Silver-Haired Bat and Red Bat. All of these bats are insect eaters and are helpful in control insect populations, consuming 25-percent of their body weight in a single feeding.

Bats may congregate in buildings, usually in warm attics, where they'll give birth to their pups. While these bats do no real harm to human occupants, their droppings, odor and noise may become a nuisance. If you ever encounter a bat in your home, take note of where it was found and if there was anyone sleeping in that room where the bat was found. If there was, consult your doctor on the possibility of getting rabies post-exposure shots. Bats have very small teeth and bites often go unoticed.

Rather than trying to remove them yourself, please allow a Critter Control specialist to humanely remove all bats for you.
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.

Skunk Control

Striped skunks in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre are in the same family as badgers. Thankfully, they're nowhere near as aggressive, but they are armed with a potent defensive weapon: a pair of large scent glands found beneath the skin on either side of the rectum. These glands have nozzle-like ducts, which protrude through the anus. Skunks discharge their scent, or musk, through these nozzles, powering the stream with a strong hip muscle contraction. Musk is an oily liquid, creamy or yellowish in color. Its active ingredient is a sulphide called mercaptan. Field guides refer to the musk as “highly repellent to all mammals.” In short, it stinks.

If threatened, a skunk drums its forefeet on the ground, snarls, arches its back and raises its tail. It can spray in any direction by twisting its rump toward the target. And, contrary to popular opinion, it can discharge when hoisted by the tail.

These animals are known for foraging for food in trash bins and pet food bowls. They're also profound and efficient diggers, and can mutilate an entire yard in a single night searching for grubs. They're distinctive black and white fur, and their pungent odor that can linger for days, are unmistakeable. If you happen to cross paths with a skunk, do not try to scare it away. Please also remember that skunks can carry rabies; therefore, it’s best to let a professional handle removal for you.
Inspection

Inspection

In addition to noting any pungent odors that signal the presence of a skunk, we will inspect the condition of your landscaping as skunks are known for tearing up lawns and shred grass while hunting for grubs and insects. We will also inspect the perimeter of your building's foundations and under decks, to locate burrows.
 

Trapping and Removal

Trapping and Removal

Never try to remove a skunk from your property yourself. Getting sprayed is a very unpleasant experience. Furthermore, these animals may carry diseases that can spread to humans and pets, such as rabies. Our specialist will use a live trap to capture and remove skunks for you, or they'll use a one-way exclusion device to evict skunks from their harborage areas. The most effective ways to control a skunk problem is exclusion and habitat modification.
Skunk Control

Skunk Control

The most effective ways to control a skunk problem is exclusion and habitat modification. Methods like sealing foundation gaps, replacing and screening broken foundation vents and installing hardware cloth around unprotected sheds/decks are the most effective and permanent ways to keep skunks out.
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Critter Control Process

How Critter Control humane and safely gets rid of nuisance wildlife from your home and property.
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.

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.
Residential and Commerical Invading nuisance wildlife can wreak havoc on property. If left unattended wildlife and pests can cause costly property damage. Whether a residential property, apartment buildings, retail stores, office buildings, industrial plants, medical facilities, or warehouses, our trained professionals can handle any wildlife removal problem.
Financing Available Critter Control offers in-house financing. Both standard and 90-day same as cash financing options have 12-,18-,24-, or 36-month options. Some projects might qualify for a budgeted plan up to 60 months.
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.

Q&A With Local Critter Control Franchisee Steven Austin

What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in your area?

We have the most problems with birds, bats, raccoons, opossums, skunks, squirrels, snakes, mice, rats and deer.

How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in your area?

Spring and Summer are the busiest times for us. Fall and Winter tend to slow down.

What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity?

Droppings found around the home and noises in attic or walls.

Any prevention or exclusion tips for residents in your area?

Keep animal feeders away from your home. Keep foliage and fallen leaves at least 2 feet away from your home. Don’t let material build-up against the house.  Keep exterior vents and chimneys covered, to prevent animals from getting in.

When should homeowners call you?

At the first sign of any nuisance wildlife activity.
This franchise is independently licensed and operated by SLA Rodent Control, LLC, dba Critter Control of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, PA.
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