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Q&A with Local Franchisee Ronald Pope

What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in your area?
East Tennessee residents commonly face issues related to bats, raccoons, and squirrels in the attics of their homes, often causing damage to the homes and structures. Snakes, skunks, mice, and rats can also be a nuisance to homeowners in the area. Squirrels, rats, and mice often cause major damage once in a home including gnawing on wiring and damaging appliances.

How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in your area?
Colder temperatures in the region will drive wildlife indoors to seek shelter. Attics are a common place for wildlife to enter the home and create a dwelling. Above average rain fall can effect wildlife activity in East Tennessee.

What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity?
Nuisance wildlife common the East Tennessee region are opossums, skunks, rats, moles, and chipmunks. Some of the most common signs that a homeowner will notice are tracks in the yard, animals on the roof, noises, and tunnels in the yard.

Any prevention tips for residents in your area?
Some helpful tips for homeowners to keep your home secure from wildlife intrusion:

  • Check gutters and make sure they are free of leaves and debris.
  • All ground vents and gable vents should be sealed and checked regularly.
  • Holes and cracks in the foundation of the home should be address immediately. 

When should homeowners call Critter Control?
Call our professional consultant if you have any of the following:

  • Noises in the attics or walls of the home
  • Offensive odor
  • Tracks in the yard
  • Visible tunneling
  • Animals on top of the roof
  • Animal Feces/Droppings
With over 30 years of experience, Critter Control is the nation's leading wildlife control company. At Critter Control of East Tennessee, we're skilled at dealing with many of the area’s most bothersome pest animals. Whether you need to remove bats, squirrels, raccoons, snakes, rats, or mice from your attic or get rid of groundhogs, moles, and skunks that are damaging your property, you can trust Critter Control to get the job done safely, effectively and humanely.

3Wildlife Problems in Johnson City & Eastern Tennessee

Johnson City, TN, has mild weather that allows wildlife to thrive as urban expansion causes viable habitats to shrink. As a result, pests such as squirrels, snakes, and coyotes enter residential areas in search of food and shelter, causing problems for homeowners.

Squirrel Trouble

Tree squirrels climb across branches to leap onto rooftops and access houses in Johnson City. The rodents typically get indoors through broken shingles or damaged vents. Once inside an attic, a tree squirrel may gnaw on wires and tear up insulation. The pests can also bring in fleas, ticks, and parasites when they den inside homes.

Bats and Rabies in Tennessee

When natural roosting spots become difficult to find, bat colonies may move into attics or outbuildings. These animals can transmit rabies through contact with their blood or saliva. Their teeth are also tiny, so bites often go unnoticed. Johnson City residents should avoid any attempts to handle or capture bats to prevent infection.

Raccoons and Disease

Raccoons explore residential areas in Tennessee to find easy meals. Unsecured garbage cans, bird feeders, and pet bowls attract them to yards. These pests can also spread diseases like rabies and canine distemper as well as parasites like raccoon roundworm.

Other Johnson City Nuisances

Like raccoons, hungry coyotes and snakes also cause issues for Tennessee homeowners. In neighborhoods, a snake can help control rodents, but several species, like copperheads, cottonmouths, and rattlesnakes are venomous. Keeping lawns trimmed and clutter free discourages these reptiles from using yards as shelter.

Coyotes hunt mice and rats as well, but when food becomes scarce, they will also prey on outdoor cats. Though generally shy around humans, a coyote pack may fight and injure pet dogs if they view them as a threat or competition for territory.

Serving the following locations:

By County: Carter County, Cocke County, Greene County, Hamblen County, Jefferson County, Johnson County, Sullivan County, Unicoi County and Washington County

  • Afton
  • Bristol
  • Bulls Gap
  • Chuckey
  • City of Elizabethton
  • City of Morristown
  • Fall Branch
  • Hampton
  • Highland Ridge of Johnson City
  • Johnson City
  • Kingsport
  • Limestone
  • Milligan
  • Mosheim
  • Mountain Home
  • Piney Flats
  • Ridges of Johnson City
  • Ridgefield of Kingsport
  • Roan Mountain
  • Russellville
  • Telford
  • Town of Greeneville
  • Town of Jonesborough
  • Whitesburg
For Wildlife Control Near You, Call: (423) 948-4124
This franchise is independently licensed and operated by Popes Wildlife & Consulting Service, LLC., dba Critter Control of East Tennessee.
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