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Wildlife Removal Services in Gatlinburg

 

As a popular Southeast tourism destination and a high population mean plenty of resources for animals to flourish year-round. The high elevation brings weather patterns to the area that differ from those in surrounding cities. Wild animals may move into homes during cool and snowy winters or warm summers.

Wildlife Problems in Gatlinburg

Tennessee defines a nuisance animal as wildlife that poses a threat to humans, is causing damage to your home or property, or is persistently annoying. Our state keeps track of wildlife nuisance reports. Gatlinburg and all of Sevier County have their share of nuisance wildlife, according to the 2019-2020 report. Last year the following animals caused damage to a homeowner's property throughout Sevier County: 174 on bats, four on beavers, 35 on birds, seven on opossums, 118 on rodents, 119 on raccoons, eight on reptiles, 34 on skunks, and 379 reports on squirrels.

While each of these animals has a purpose and is beneficial to our ecosystem, they can also destroy the exterior and interior of your home. They can create significant hazards for you and your family. We have been called to remove animal nests from ductwork, chimneys, vents, and even gutters.

Nuisance wildlife critters are not pets who stop long enough to take a nap on the front porch. They are in survival mode most of the time, seeking food, water, and shelter. Many will break and enter your home to find a place to nest. Others will steal your pet's food, garden crops, and small livestock. Over time, it can feel like the wildlife has taken over.

At Critter Control, we get rid of nuisance wildlife with our inspection, removal, and repair process. Below are examples of how we handle some of the animals in the list above.

Bat Removal in Gatlinburg

We have at least 16 bat species in Tennessee. While most bats like to live in the caves and trees in the forested areas, some choose to live in your attic or barn. Bats tend to live near their food and water sources. So, if you have bats, then you also have a good source of insects and water.

Bats eat thousands of insects an hour. They can eat half their body weight in insects every day, which is why they are a huge benefit to the environment. Bats can be loud, and the guano they leave in your home smells terrible. It can also stain and corrode wood and metal due to the uric acid it contains.

Bats are a protected species due to threatening diseases spreading through colonies. There are specific laws regarding the removal of bats, like they cannot be removed or even harassed during the maternity season, which is typically from late Spring to early Fall. We can help with your bat problem.

Inspection: We can quickly locate where bats are residing on your property. We focus more on inspecting any damages they may have caused to your home or other structure.

Removal: We have several methods of bat removal, including one-way exit cones. When they go out to feast on insects, they quickly find they cannot return to their roosting spot.

Repair: We seal all cracks and holes that allow a bat entry into your home. Outside we reduce food and water resources as much as possible to encourage bats to move to another location. For example, we turn off outdoor lighting that attracts insects.

Raccoon Removal

Raccoons in Gatlinburg have adapted well to urban life. They have hands that allow them to open doors, tear trash bags, climb trees and chimneys, and steal crops out of your garden. They can reach through wire fencing to grab chickens and roll sod to dig for insects underground.

Raccoons will break wood, screens, and anything else if it helps them enter your attic, basement, crawlspace, or area underneath a deck or porch. They often create multiple nests in a six-mile radius, which they will travel to look for food. Raccoons will reportedly enter your home through a pet door if left open.

Once inside your home, females will go to great lengths to create a nest where they will give birth to a litter of pups (​peak of breeding season in in February). Removing raccoons can be dangerous. They may bite if they feel threatened. If the raccoon that bites you has a disease, you are at risk of being infected.

We can get rid of your raccoon troubles.

Inspection: Our experts at Critter Control figure out how raccoons are getting into your home. We identify all food and water sources, like bird feeders, bird nests, small livestock, eggs, and pet feed or garbage not correctly stored.

Removal: We use live traps to safely and humanely remove a raccoon from your home. We also use exclusion methods to prevent future raccoon visitors.

Repair: Common repairs include replacing screens on vents, ductwork, and chimneys. We have also replaced siding, drywall, and chewed wires. If a raccoon has dug holes in your yard, we can resod. We can secure gardens and chickens with fencing and remove all the accessible food sources we can, including birdbaths and feeders.

Rat and Mouse Pest Control

Gatlinburg rodents include roof rats, house mice, and Norway rats. Because mice only need an opening the size of a quarter and rats need one the size of a golf ball, there are many opportunities for them to enter your home.

Rats typically burrow underground rather than in your home. However, burrowing under your home or other structures can cause damage to the foundation, making it unstable. Rats run along your roof, damaging shingles, gutters, siding, and more. Mice do most of their work inside, chewing wood, walls, cabinets, groceries, carpet, and more.

Where this is one rodent, there are others. They multiply quickly and often, having multiple litters a year. The sooner you call Critter Control, the better. Calling early can mean the difference between having one family of rodents versus an infestation.

Inspection: We find the tiny holes that rats and mice use to enter your home. We follow their tracks and find their nests and look for damages. We know what to look for as far as damages.

Removal: We follow all local and state guidelines regarding trapping rats and mice.

Repair: Rodent repairs usually require fixing everything they gnawed, including wood, drywall, siding, and cabinets. We clean out nests and apply sanitization to the area. For exclusion, we help you implement better storage for groceries and pet feed. Keeping your yard free of debris will deter rats. We also seal all holes, no matter what size, and replace screens on vents, to prevent rodent entry. Outside, we replace sod and fill in burrows.

Another rodent is the squirrel, which is fun to watch but also destructive to your property.

Squirrel Removal

Gray and fox squirrels are the most common in Gatlinburg. Squirrels in our area are often called ground, tree, or flying squirrels. You can see squirrels everywhere you go in Gatlinburg. They are in abundance here and are always hunting for food and materials to build a nest for colder months. They are collectors looking for the proper storage spot, which is often your attic. Squirrels also enter your home during breeding season which typically happens December-February and May-June

Squirrels like to eat nuts, grains, seeds, leaves, bark, bird eggs, fruits, and vegetables. If you have those on your property, you likely have a squirrel problem.

Squirrels make a mess once inside your home. They rip insulation, scratch flooring, chew wires, and will use sentimental items to create a nest if they find it available in your attic. Before this happens, call us. We can assess the squirrel activity at your home before they cause damage or after.

Inspection: Our first goal is to figure out how squirrels are getting into your home. We then look for all the places a squirrel is active, as well as their nesting area.

Removal: Squirrels can be live-trapped humanely and safely if necessary. Most of the time, we can implement exclusion techniques while they are out scavenging.

Repair: Exclusion includes making your home and property less attractive to squirrels and removing food sources like bird feeders, birdbaths, and pet food. We also install tree and roof barriers to prevent squirrels from climbing up and down. Replacing siding, shingles, wires, and gnawed wood is typical.

Skunk Control

Skunks typically invade Gatlinburg yards in search for food and a safe place to burrow. Sheds, porches, and foundations make ideal burrowing locations which can lead to structural damage. To avoid a skunk’s spray, rely on professional handling and skunk trapping. Removing food supplies is one of the most effective ways to prevent a skunk from entering your property.

Skunk mating season starts in February. Males wander in search for females in heat.Males typically spray during fights over females. A minor skunk problem can quickly magnify during breeding season.

Inspection- Faint odor if skunks typically travel through your yard.
Control- Exclusion and habitat modifications most effective form of skunk control. Cage-type live traps.

Opossum Control

Opossums are more of a nuisance than a real danger. They are very common in urban and suburban settings and will eat practically anything.  Opossums will use attics, crawlspaces and the areas under sheds and porches as dens.

Inspection – Scat. Remnants of previous nights foraging and feeding.
Control—Exclusion work most effective method. Live trapping. Securing potential food sources like pet food and garbage. Sealing entry points to prevent entry to attics and crawl spaces. Scare devices provide temporary solutions and chemical repellents have significant effect.

Snake Control and Reptile Removal

In Gatlinburg, we have many reptiles, including snakes, turtles, lizards, and even alligators. While they aren't all nuisance wildlife, there will be times when you encounter one and do not know what to do.

Most people call us to handle reptiles because they aren't sure if they are dangerous or poisonous. We are always eager to provide education on reptiles to reduce fear in homeowners. Also, we want you to know what to do if you encounter a reptile that can cause serious harm.

Most reptiles are on the move and don't stay on your property for very long unless there is an unlimited supply of food, like eggs, rats, and mice. Don't hesitate to call for help removing a reptile from your property.

Inspection: Reptiles are usually hard to find. When someone calls us, they often keep track of it. Most reptiles like to hide in piles of wood or rocks, or debris in your yard. They aren't known to cause damage to your property. They are more frightening than anything else.

Removal: We have the tools and equipment to remove reptiles if necessary. Often they leave on their own.

Repair: Exclusion methods include clearing debris from your yard and keeping it manicured so you do not attract rodents, which attract reptiles.

Local Predators

Thanks to Gatlinburg's abundance of food and diverse terrain, large predators thrive in this city. Residents are likely to encounter foxes and rabbits in their yards, as well. Both the red and gray fox thrive statewide. They feed on the eastern cottontail rabbit, which is extremely common throughout Tennessee. When people get too close to them, a fox can turn hostile. Rabbits are also undesirable because they ravage gardens and reproduce rapidly.

Nuisance wildlife experts provide:

  • Safe and humane animal removal practices

  • Quick and efficient services

  • The right equipment and tools to handle all wildlife removal jobs

At Critter Control, our experts are:

  • Licensed and insured

  • Extensively trained on wildlife habits

  • Up to date on permitting and trapping requirements in Tennessee

 

Serving the following locations:

By County: Sevier County

  • Gatlinburg
  • Pigeon Forge
For Wildlife Control Near You, Call: (865) 351-4423
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