Wildlife Control & Removal
Critter Control specializes in wildlife pest control. After a thorough home inspection, we create a custom wildlife control strategy to humanely remove the nuisance animal from your home and ensure the animal cannot return.
Safe, humane removal of nuisance animals and pests from your home or property.
Reliable prevention from future animal intrusions in your home.
Animal Damage Repairs
Professional and permanent repairs to entry points, insulation, and damage from animal urine or feces.
Wildlife Control in Upstate South Carolina
Greenville, SC, is one of the largest cities in the state. Urban expansion has made local wildlife adapt to neighborhoods rather than their natural habitats. These animals scavenge meals from homes as well as yards and can cause damage or spread disease. Humid summers and short winters create a welcome environment for the pests all year long.
South Carolina residents frequently spot squirrels burying seeds and nuts in their lawns. The pests create serious problems by nesting in chimneys or invading attics and wall voids. In addition, a squirrel can carry fleas and ticks, which may spread to humans.
Inspection: Squirrels damage insulation and chew on wooden rafters and support beams. Squirrels also commonly gnaw on wiring, which can damage fixtures and even cause house fires.
Removal: Charleston Critter Control specialists will suggest various squirrel removal techniques, including live trapping, one-way doors, deterrent, and direct capture.
Repairs: Seal all entry points to prevent future entry after squirrel removal and prune tree limbs that could offer easy access to your roof.
These nocturnal animals forage for meals in yards and gardens, creating messes for Greenville homeowners to deal with in the morning. Trash cans and dumpsters are also food sources for the pests. A raccoon can create substantial damage when it dens in your attic.
Inspection: Signs of raccoons on your residential or commercial property include footprints on, in, or around your home, large openings leading to the attic or crawl space, and raccoon poop.
Raccoon Removal: Critter Control specialists will recommend live trapping nuisance raccoons as the most effective and humane way to remove a raccoon.
Repairs: Our specialists will suggest installing chimney caps, pruning trees, fencing the garden, removing food, securing the garbage, and keeping pets secure.
Because bats feed at night, South Carolina residents rarely see them. However, bats can be dangerous when roosting in homes or outbuildings. Homeowners should avoid exposure to bat guano, since their droppings may develop fungal spores that, when inhaled, can cause histoplasmosis.
Inspection: One of the largest problems associated with bat populations is the droppings, or guano, that accumulate. Wildlife inspectors will perform a full interior and exterior inspection.
Removal: Always leave bat removal to a professional. Bats bite and scratch when they feel threatened and can easily injure humans. Critter Control technicians are trained to humanely remove any bat problems using a bat valve allows for bats to exit your home but not re-enter.
Repairs: To keep colonies of the creatures from roosting in attics, we take proper precautions to cover or seal all vents, holes, chimneys, windows, and gaps leading inside homes.
Rat Pest Control
Rats are often mistaken for mice, but they are very different. The most common species of rats in the Upstate include roof rats and Norway rats. Rats can destroy your home and carry fleas and ticks and diseases harmful to humans and domesticated pets. Their droppings can expose your family to harmful bacteria. Rats can cause extensive damage to your home. From foraging in your kitchen cabinets for food to gnawing away at drywall or electrical wiring.
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. Types of traps, placement of traps, and bait used in traps determine the effectiveness of rodent trapping. 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.
Problem Opossum Control
While these pests may hiss and seem threatening if cornered, they are unlikely to cause any harm. Opossum problems in South Carolina often stem from unsecured garbage, which lures the animals near homes. Fleas and ticks from opossums can transmit diseases to pets.
The woodchuck, more commonly known as a "groundhog", is a member of the squirrel family. Woodchucks can cause a fair amount of damage to a yard and landscape. This pest will burrow and build tunnels underground. Many holes are undetectable creating a hazard for the homeowner. They will destroy vegetation, flower and vegetable gardens, and chew on trees. The woodchuck also poses a health risk as they can carry rabies, tularemia, and sylvatic plague.
Wildlife FAQ with Matt Stambaugh
Can you please describe the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in the Upstate?
The climate in South Carolina makes it an ideal paradise for a wide variety of wildlife, but that doesn’t mean you want them sharing your living space! Due to the summer heat, many animals look for cool, dark crawl spaces, chimneys, and attics to escape the elements.
Unfortunately, this can create serious problems. Pests can chew through insulation and wires that can lead to broken connections or even (worst case scenario) potential fire hazards. Wildlife can also carry fleas and ticks and will leave behind unwanted and potentially hazardous waste. These unwanted presents can be dangerous if they spread to humans and domesticated animals and they need to be removed as soon as possible.
How do the seasons affect nuisance wildlife activity in Greenville-Spartanburg?
If you’ve lived in the Upstate for any amount of time, you know that the heat and humidity are real. Snakes and bats are much more active in the hotter months but with mild winters, wildlife stays active pretty much year-round.
Squirrels, opossum, raccoons and others can be problematic all 12 months of the year. Cool, dark spaces like attics, chimneys, crawl spaces, and under porches and decks are especially susceptible. In hotter months, animals are looking to escape the heat, while cooler months encourage animals looking to hibernate.
What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity?
Did you hear a strange noise in the night? It’s not a monster under your bed, but it could be wildlife in the walls. You may also notice exterior damage, destruction to your yard or garden beds, stains on the ceiling or in the walls, or an unpleasant odor. Before you burn the place down, call us immediately and have us come investigate.
Any prevention or exclusion tips for local residents in your area?
Inspect your home regularly. Nuisance wildlife can enter through existing holes or create their own entry. Early detection is key to limiting damage to the home. A Critter Control professional will perform a thorough (and FREE!) inspection of your home or building and provide a solution to remove the unwanted guest.Once removed, Critter Control guarantees all repair work.
When should homeowners call Critter Control?
You should call us at the first sign of suspected wildlife intrusion/damage. A trusted experienced professional will perform a thorough (FREE!) inspection of your property and suggest legal and humane solutions to your nuisance wildlife problem.
Critter Control of Greenville
Critter Control of Greenville-Spartanburg has been serving Anderson, Greenville, Pickens and Spartanbug counties by providing professional animal removal and wildlife control services. We provide integrated animal control and wildlife management solutions which are environmentally sound and ecologically responsible. Animal Control Services are provided to home owners, property management companies, industrial and commercial clients, municipalities and Fortune 500 companies.
Serving the following locations:
By County: Cherokee, Greenville, Spartanburg, Union and York Counties
For Wildlife Control Near You, Call: (864) 525-6475
This franchise is independently licensed and operated by Pest Solutions, LLC, dba Critter Control of Greenville-Rock Hill, SC.