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.
Wild Animal Removal
Safe, humane removal of nuisance animals and pests from your home or property.
Wildlife Pest Prevention
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 Problems in West Tennessee
The abudance of water, rich soil, and mild climate makes West Tennessee an ideal habitat for a variety of wildlife. The short wet winters can lead some mammals to seek shelther in your home from the elements, and the long summers allow wildlife to be active for longer.
There are sixteen species of bats in Tennessee, the Little Brown Bat is the most common. Bat guano is the surest sign you have bats and the greatest risk to your health. A large accumulation of guano can lead to structural issues and spread two fungal diseases.
Only a handful of bat species are likely to enter your attic to roost, but they could form large maternity colonies during the summer. Tennessee regulates bat removal. From May 1st to August 1st you cannot remove a colony with flightless pups.
Inspection- Small squeaking sounds. Piles of droppings in one corner of the house or attic. Stains on walls and strong ammonia smell.
Trapping & Removing- Generally you can only remove a bat if it’s in the livable part of your home. Most likely one-way doors will be employed once the bats offspring have reached maturity.
Repairs- Sealing entry points. Disinfecting area under roost from accumulation of guano.
Adaptable and clever, raccoons have no trouble thriving in urban, rural, or suburban. As omnivores, raccoons can make a meal out of nearly anything. Attics and chimneys make ideal den sites raccoons. Raccoons can wreak havoc trying to gain entry to your home and cause significant damage creating a den in your attic. They can cause a mess of garbage and destroy home gardens and birdfeeders.
Because they are nocturnal, you’ll most likely hear a loud thumbing at night if you have an attic.
The peak of breeding season in in February in West Tennesee. Females will seek out shelter to give birth. There are usually 3-4 kits (baby raccoons) in a litter. If you see a raccoon during the day in the spring, you might have a raccoon family.
Inspection- looking for footprints in or around home, large openings, raccoon poop
Trapping & Removal- Live trapping most effective and humane
Repairs- Seal all entry points. Restore attic insultation. Latrine disinfection and clean up.
There are five species of squirrels in Tennessee but the most common to be in your home in West Tennesee is the Eastern Gray Squirrel, the Eastern Fox Squirrel or the Southern Flying Squirrels.
One of the most noticeable differences between tree squirrels and flying squirrels are when they are active. Tree squirrels are active during the day while flying squirrels are nocturnal. If you hear chittering in the morning or at night would be a sign what type of squirrel is in your attic.
Squirrels generally breed twice a year and often move into Tennessee homes to give birth to young. Breeding typically happens December-February and May-June.
A squirrel that gnaws on electrical wires in an attic might create fires and shorts. Those that tear insulation or gnaw holes in buildings may affect heating costs or result in water damage.
Inspection- Gnaw marks on, in, or around your home. Small openings to attics or the crawl space. Droppings. Debris like nuts or nesting materials.
Trapping & Removal- Live trapping, deterrents, one-way doors.
Repairs- exclusion services focus on repairing entry points. Removing debris, repairing nest sites, decontaminating droppings and urine.
Rats and mice are typical pest animals in West Tennesee. Proximity to water and buildings with plenty of entry holes allow the pests to travel freely and breed rapidly. In homes, a mouse or rat may contaminate food with waste, spread disease, and destroy property.
To effectively get rid of rats you need to control the population. Female rats can have six litters in one year (mice can have up to 35 babies in one year). The wildlife technician will determine the best type of trap, placement of trap, and the best bait to use.
Inspection- Noises such as scurrying and rat or mouse droppings most prominent signs you have a rodent infestation
Trapping- Variety of traps available.
Repairs- caulking cracks, capping chimneys, installing mesh over vents.
Skunks typically invade 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.
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.
Aquatic Rodent Control
Situated between the Mississippi River and the western Tennessee River Valley, the abundance of rivers, wetlakes and lakes make for ideal habitats for beavers, nutrias (copyu), and muskrats. These animals are generally docile and pose no physical threat to people. The animals can cause significant damage. Muskrats and nutria can burrow into dams, dikes and riverbends. Beaver dams can lead to floods.
It can be cost prohibitive to try to exclude these animals from a lake, pond, or river. In most situations, trapping is the most effective, practical and environmentally safe method of control.
Snake in your Home
If you have a snake in your home, you have another animal pest problem. Snakes generally enter a home looking for food. Snakes will also enter your home to explore, shed its skin, or as a temporary refuge.
Removing the snake’s food source is the ideal way to remove a snake.
Inspection- snake skins, snake droppings, odor,
Trapping & Removing- Live traps and direct capture are effective methods. Most non-venomous snakes are protected from killing. Eliminating any prey species and sealing potential entry points help keep snakes from re-entering your home.
Coyotes in West Tennessee enter yards to feed on garbage, pet food, and rodents. They make themselves comfortable near food sources, denning under porches and in ditches or storm drains. This brings the pests dangerously close to homes, as coyotes sometimes prey on dogs and cats.
A number of diseases can pass from a coyote to a pet, including mange, distemper, and rabies. Coyotes also bring lice and fleas near homes, which may find their way indoors.
Wild Hog Damage
Wild hog damage costs property owners millions of dollars each year in Tennessee. These pests raze crops, dig up lawns, and contaminate fresh water with their urine and waste. Wild hogs are opportunistic eaters that often enter yards in search of food. Almost anything from trash to garden vegetables may attract them.
These pests create muddy wallows and root for insects in yards, damaging grass, plants, and topsoil in the process. Wild hogs give birth multiple times each year, so their populations can increase rapidly. In addition, many diseases and parasites can spread from wild hogs to people, livestock, and pets.
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
- House Finches
- Norway Rats
- Pack Rats
- Prairie Dog
- Roof Rats
- Wild Hogs
Serving the following locations:
By County: Madison, Carroll, Henry, Weakley, Gibson, Crockett, Dyer, Lake, Obion
For Wildlife Control Near You, Call: (731) 201-6040