Critter Control of Knoxville
Branch Manager: Tyler McCarty
Phone: (865) 351-4415
Serving the Knoxville Area
Pest & Wildlife Pressure in Knoxville
Common Pests in Knoxville
The warm weather of Knoxville, TN, allows wildlife like raccoons and bats to thrive. Since these nuisances create both indoor and outdoor issues, many homeowners will have trouble with a raccoon or bat somewhere on their property.
Raccoons in Knoxville have learned to look to people as food suppliers. These pests may tip over garbage cans and spread trash around the yard as they search for a meal. They also invade homes to find shelter, denning inside chimneys or forcing their way into attics.
Along with bats, foxes, and skunks in Tennessee, raccoons are common rabies carriers. This disease spreads rapidly among the animals and can pose a real health concern to people and pets. Residents are also at risk for roundworm parasites from raccoon waste if the pests live nearby.
Little Brown Bats
Of the 16 species of bats in Tennessee, the most common is the little brown bat. These pests frequently enter buildings during warm summers in Knoxville.
Bats in abandoned structures can be beneficial because they feed on mosquitoes and other insects. However, if they roost in an occupied home, the pests become a concern. Bat droppings often carry the fungus responsible for histoplasmosis, a life-threatening respiratory illness.