WE CAN HELP YOU GET RID OF NUISANCE WILDLIFE PROBLEMS
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 Repair
Professional and permanent repairs to entry points and insulation. Disinfecting areas damaged by urine and feces.
Wildlife Problems in Knoxville
Knoxville, TN, sits in the midst of the Great Appalachian Valley and is part of the mountain range of the same name. The high elevation brings weather patterns to the area that differ from those in surrounding cities. Wildlife pests may move into homes during cool and snowy winters or warm summers.
Bat Removal in Knoxville
There are sixteen species of bats in Tennessee. The Little Brown Bat is the most common and frequently enters Knoxville homes during summers. 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 Knoxville. As omnivores, raccoons can make a meal out of nearly anything. Tipped over garbage cans are a sure sign of raccoons. 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. 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 Knoxville 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.
Colder temperatures during the winter drive squirrels into the home, but they also seek shelter in attics during maternity season. 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 a home. 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 Knoxville 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.
Local Predatory Pests
Thanks to Knoxville'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.
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.
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: Anderson County, Blount County, Campbell County, Claiborne County, Cocke County, Grainger County, Jefferson County, Knox County, Loudon County, Monroe County, Morgan County, Roane County, Scott County, Sevier County, Union County
City of Knoxville
Town of Loudon
For Wildlife Control Near You, Call: (865) 351-4415