Dedicated to animal pest control excellence, our staff of professionals at Critter Control includes biologists, zoologists, animal control officers, and anti-cruelty employees. Our highly qualified animal control teams can handle nearly any wildlife control issue in the Memphis area, with the help of our unique accumulation of expert knowledge. From risky raccoon removal to basic bird control, we conduct each job under the highest of humane animal-handling standards.
Local Franchisee: Mark Randall
Address: 6177 Seminole Drive Olive Branch, MS 38654
Q&A with Local Franchisee Mark Randall
What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in your area?
Squirrels, raccoon, rats, moles.
How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in your area?
Raccoon & squirrels in the Fall, Winter, and Spring. Moles in Spring and Summer, Rats year around.
Any prevention tips for residents in your area?
Get an inspection and have animal exclusion repairs completed.
When should homeowners call Critter Control?
As soon as they are aware of critter issues.
Wildlife Problems in Memphis, TN
Temperatures rarely fall below freezing in Memphis, TN. As such, people can enjoy outdoor activities through the winter. Unfortunately, this also means wildlife pests in the area have more time to breed and cause trouble year-round.
The eastern gray, eastern fox, and southern flying squirrel species all live and thrive in Tennessee backyards. Though typically just a nuisance outside, their presence becomes an issue when the rodents break into houses. Squirrels can carry ticks in their fur, rip up insulation, and gnaw on wood or wires in attics.
Home-Invading Bats in Memphis
Bat colonies need spacious but secluded areas for their roosts. The animals sometimes seek out barns, sheds, and attics as a place to rest or raise their young. Once inside, bats often keep residents up at night with rustling noises and fill homes with foul odors from their feces. These pests can even spread rabies.
Raccoons in Memphis Yards
Raccoons in Memphis, TN, enter lawns to eat from gardens and fruit trees. These omnivores also hunt rodents and root through garbage bins to find meals.
Raccoons often prefer to live close to humans and their plentiful food by denning in crawl spaces, attics, and garages.
While rare, bites and scratches from these pests can transfer rabies to humans and pets. The pests' droppings may also contain raccoon roundworm. This parasite contaminates the underlying soil and can lie dormant for long periods of time until picked up by a host.
Problems with Tennessee Rats
Rats are common Memphis pests that live near people to feed on food scraps. They often hide in wall voids and attics, waiting until nightfall to scavenge for trash and crumbs. Their sharp senses of smell and touch allow them to locate any traces of food.
Breeding during the spring and fall, female rats give birth to over 20 pups per year. This often leads to overpopulation, which increases the odds of infestation and rat bites or scratches. Rodents can also transmit plague, murine typhus, and trichinosis to both people and other animals.
Other Backyard-Dwelling Pests
Memphis residents also see skunks and groundhogs on their lawns. Both wildlife species dig holes in turf. However, a skunk forages for larvae and grubs, while a groundhog builds underground dens. These divots in the ground may lead to expensive lawn mower damage and tripping injuries for homeowners.