Critter Control of Memphis

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Memphis, Tennessee is best known as the home of blues and barbeque, but it is also home to a large number of wild critters that are unphased about joining people in their love of all this city has to offer.

Memphis is the largest city in Tennessee, located in the southwestern corner of the state. The Mississippi is on its western border, and the Wolf River runs through the city toward its northern border. Critters love this easy access to water as well as to Memphis' mild climate of long summers and short winters. The warmth allows these animals to remain active for a greater part of the year than those in colder climates.

The city has a rich cultural life. Thousands come to Memphis every year to visit Graceland and Sun Studio, as well as to attend the Beale St. Music Festival. Residents, tourists, and critters love this energetic cultural life as there is an abundance of restaurants and clubs with continual access to food.

In addition, Memphis is one of the world’s largest distribution centers for livestock, grains, and other agricultural products, providing further sustenance for the critters of the region.

How to Get a Critter Free Home

Critter Control is here for you every step of the way in the wildlife removal process. From inspection to removal—and even exclusion and repair—we have the services you need to get rid of raccoons, rodents, and other nuisances fast. First, we identify the animal on the property, then use humane methods to remove the animal and secure weak points where more could enter. If damage has been done, we can make those repairs for a complete restoration.
STEP 1

Wildlife Inspection

During the inspection we try to ascertain how many animals there are, where they are located, and how they got in. Based on what you have seen, heard and smelled, we start the inspection where you have noticed signs of animal activity. Evidence of animals inside your home include nests, dens, feces, and animal tracks. We investigate the exterior of your home looking for possible entry points, any evidence of animal damage, tracks, fur, animal waste, or rub marks.
STEP 2

Removal

We use several methods to humanely remove the animal from your home. Depending on the species, the number of animals, and the condition of your property, we develop a custom wildlife removal plan. Humane wildlife removal strategies include animal traps, one-way doors, and repellents. Once we guarantee all animals are gone, we implement exclusion techniques. Exclusion techniques provide a safe, long-term solution to nuisance wildlife in your home. We create barriers to prevent animals from getting to resources. We only apply exclusions once we are sure all animals are gone from your home.
STEP 3

Exclusion and Repair

Wildlife will damage your home. Exclusion techniques repair any damage the animal causes getting into your home. Inside your home, animals build nests and dens out of readily available material. They will create runs through the insulation. Rodents will gnaw on anything including electrical wires and pipes. Animals can also spread diseases. We apply sanitation agents to clean up feces and urine. Mammals can host pests like fleas, ticks, and mites. Ectoparasite treatments exterminate those pests so you don’t become their next host.

Squirrel Removal

Squirrels are actively looking for a safe place to shelter in the fall. 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

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.

The Eastern gray squirrel is the most common squirrel in the Memphis area, and they can be quite noisy and destructive when living above us in the attic. Like mice and rats, they like to gnaw on wood and wires to help them keep their ever-growing teeth at a manageable length so that they can create quite a bit of damage.

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.

A squirrel in your home requires professional assistance as it will use attic insulation and other materials to build its nest and will create a mess with the nuts and seeds they bring in. In addition, they harbor parasites such as fleas as well as spread illnesses like leptospirosis. Live trapping and one-way doors are used to rid your home or office of squirrels.

Inspection

Inspection

Wildlife specialists look for signs such as chewing on, in, or around your home, small openings leading to the attic or the crawl space, droppings, and debris like nuts or nesting material. Beams, wires, pipes, and insulation may all show signs of damage from squirrels.

Trapping & Removal

Trapping & Removal

Live trapping or one-way doors are the most effective and humane ways to get rid of squirrels. One-way doors should never be used during birthing seasons (Spring & Fall), so our specialists will decide which is the best tool for the job. If we have to trap, we place traps strategically to safely catch the squirrels and check those according to state laws.
Repairs

Repairs

We can restore your home or office by squirrel proofing all entry points after we have removed the offenders. We can also clean-up the nesting sites and remove any debris, food, feces and soiled insulation. 

Raccoon Removal

 

Even though raccoons are native to North America and live just about everywhere in the United States except in the Rockies, the raccoon is the official wild animal of Tennessee!

Raccoons do not hibernate. When it gets especially cold, raccoons will retreat to their dens. A raccoon denning in your attic could lead to a long, noisy winter. 

The peak of breeding season in in February in Tennesee. Females will seek out shelter to give birth in March and April. 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.

Raccoons are smart and destructive animals that will rip a hole through your roof or soffits to gain entry. Once inside, they will damage insulation and wires and contaminate the area with their feces. Because they can become quite aggressive, a wildlife specialist such as Critter Control is needed to effectively and humanely get rid of them using live trapping or one-way doors.

Inspection

Inspection

During the inspection, we determine the severity of the raccoon infestation. We look for physical evidence like footprints in or around the home, stains from raccoon feces and urine. On the exterior of the house, we look for damage like scratches on boards, broken vents and screens, ripped apart shingles, destroyed soffits, and every possible entry point.

Trapping & Removal

Trapping & Removal

Live trapping, or one-way doors are the most effective and humane way to remove raccoons. The choice of device is largely dependent on the season and location of the raccoons on your property. Direct capture is not commonly used because raccoons are a rabies vector species. If we must trap, we place traps strategically to safely catch the raccoons and we check traps frequently, based on state laws.
Repairs

Repairs

We provide a wide range of repair and restoration services. We can repair raccoon damage like broken screens on vents and chimneys and broken boards on decks and porches. It is essential to apply cleaning agents and ectoparasite treatments on areas inhabited by raccoons.

Rodent Pest Control

Rodent infestations are common in most cities across the United States and Memphis is no exception. Because they can slip through an opening the size of a dime, most homes and businesses are susceptible to rodents looking for a cozy residence in which to breed with easy access to food and water.

The two most common rodents in the metro Memphis area are house mice, roof rats, and brown rats. Rodents are active breeders year-round, but fall is their peak time for breeding. And, as the weather turns cooler, these rodents will find their way indoors.

Rodents are harmful to both your house and health and should be eradicated by a professional to ensure they are fully gone. Rodents’ teeth grow throughout their lives, and they are notorious for chewing through electric wires, walls, and floors to create pathways to pantries and restaurant storage areas. Rats and mice will contaminate food in pantries, and they also carry diseases, including hantavirus, salmonella, and leptospirosis. 

If you see signs of a rodent infestation, such as gnaw marks and feces, Critter Control will expertly conduct rat control or mouse control to eliminate the entire population.

Inspection

Inspection

During a rodent inspection, we thoroughly inspect your attic and provide a complete exterior home inspection. The most common signs of rodent activity are gnaw marks, feces, rub marks, nesting material, runs in insulation material, and small entry points.

Rodent Trapping

Rodent Trapping

A Critter Control wildlife specialist will create a strategic trapping plan to remove the rodents found in your home. Critter Control specialists may use snap traps and live traps to capture and remove mice and rats. 
Repairs

Repairs

The best way to reduce the possibility of letting unwanted rodents into homes is to seal possible entrances. Exclusion methods include caulking cracks in foundations, capping chimneys, and installing mesh covers over vents and crawl space entrances. We also strongly recommend a maintenance service. Rodents have front teeth that continuously grow, which means they can gnaw a new way back into your home.

Bat Removal

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. Bat extermination is illegal. 

Inspection

Inspection

We perform a full interior and exterior inspection and search for signs such as rub marks, guano, a strong scent of ammonia, and small openings. The most common sign is the accumulation of guano (feces).

Bat Removal

Bat Removal

The most effective and humane way to remove bats is by utilizing a bat valve in conjunction with a full home exclusion. A bat valve allows for bats to exit your home but not re-enter. We follow all local ordinances for humane bat removal. We will never abandon flightless pups in your attic.
Repairs

Repairs

After removing the bat valves, we seal the entrance hole(s) so bats can no longer enter your home. If there is substantial guano in your attic, you should consider taking advantage of our attic remediation services to remove the soiled insulation and replace it.

Opossum Control

Opossums are prevalent around Memphis. If you see an opossum in your yard, it is best to ignore it. They usually move on from a location within a few days. In the meantime, they will probably eat pests like ticks or rodents. 

If you’ve got an opossum in your home, you know it’s there. They are noisy animals. They scream, hiss, thump and bump. They can truly be annoying at any time during the day or night.Opossums will also leave feces and urine wherever they go. If you have a nuisance opossum in your house or udner a deck, call us to evict opossums early.
Inspection

Inspection

Opossums can be found inside attics and basements or outside under decks and sheds. Common signs include unique paw prints and feces. Opossums are docile and usually easy to spot.

Trapping & Removal

Trapping & Removal

Opossums can be lured into cages for live capture. If it is maternity season, we follow all guidelines for removing mother and newborn opossums. We will seal entryways into the building to prevent opossums from reentering in the future. Opossums can be kept from getting under sheds and decks by installing fencing around the bottom edges and burying the fence underground.
Repairs

Repairs

Broken screens on chimney and roof vents are replaced with sturdier materials, and we properly seal all entry points, including crawlspaces. We clean and deodorize areas of opossum activity. Exclusion may include eliminating sources that attract bugs, like nighttime lighting, stagnant water, and livestock poop.

Skunk Control

Skunks typically invade Memphis 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

Inspection

In addition to noting any pungent odors that signal the presence of a skunk, we will inspect the condition of your landscaping, as skunks are known for tearing-up lawns and shredding grass while hunting for grubs and insects. We will also inspect the perimeter of your building's foundations and under decks, to locate burrows.
 

Trapping and Removal

Trapping and Removal

Never try to remove a skunk from your property yourself. Getting sprayed is a very unpleasant experience. Furthermore, these animals may carry diseases that can spread to humans and pets, such as rabies. Our specialists will use live traps to capture and remove skunks for you, or they'll use a one-way exclusion device to evict skunks from their harborage areas. The most effective ways to control a skunk problem is exclusion and habitat modification.
Skunk Control

Skunk Control

The most effective ways to control a skunk problem is exclusion and habitat modification. Methods like sealing foundation gaps, replacing and screening broken foundation vents and installing hardware cloth (rat walls) around unprotected sheds and decks are the most effective and permanent ways to keep skunks out.
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The Critter Control Difference

Critter Control Guarantee Your satisfaction is always guaranteed. We provide reliable prevention from future intrusions. Resolving a nuisance wildlife issue calls for more than trapping and removing the critter. Our exclusion services offer immediate and long-term wildlife solutions.
Trained Specialists Animal removal is a highly sophisticated job. As such, we vet and train our team members to ensure they have the knowledge and skill to remove any pest from your building. Our wildlife experts utilize advanced removal and exclusion techniques and damage repair.
Safety Guaranteeing the safety of both humans and animals is our number one priority. Our wildlife specialists are trained to protect our human customers and keep everyone safe while ensuring the animals we are removing for you are handled using the most humane tools and techniques.
Residential and Commerical Invading nuisance wildlife can wreak havoc on property. If left unattended wildlife and pests can cause costly property damage. Whether a residential property, apartment buildings, retail stores, office buildings, industrial plants, medical facilities, or warehouses, our trained professionals can handle any wildlife removal problem.
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