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As the most populated city in the state of Tennessee with more than 670,000 residents, Nashville draws people and pests in equal measure. As a growing city, many Nashville residents will eventually encounter nuisance wildlife in or around their homes, if they haven’t already. Hot, humid summers combined with a thriving tourism industry make the city an ideal place for animals to seek food and shelter.

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

If you’re a Nashville resident experiencing unwanted visits from raccoons, bats, mice, or other wild animals, call your Critter Control Nashville office today.

Rodent Pest Control

Most cities throughout the U.S. experience rodent problems, and Nashville is no exception. Both rats and mice are in search of food, water, and shelter, and properties with unsealed entry holes that welcome in rats or mice will offer quick access to all three of these things. Please contact a wildlife specialist as soon as you notice rat or mice urine and feces, or hear scurrying sounds inside your walls. Rodents not only contaminate food but also spread disease, so it’s imperative you remove them quickly with professional assistance.

Inspection: Your Critter Control specialist will make note of the usual signs of rats or mice infestation, including chew marks, urine, and feces.

Removal: Once we assess your rodent problem, we will work with you on developing a customized that will most likely involve setting up a number of rodent traps. Please note—it can take several days to remove all rat or mice. We will return to your property to remove and replace traps.

Repairs: After we’ve ensured all rodents have been removed from your property, we will seal up all entry points and disinfect the affected area.

Rats and mice aren't the only rodents in Nashville. 

Squirrel Removal

Squirrels are a common sight throughout Nashville, and it should be no surprise: the state is home to five species of squirrels. In particular, the Eastern gray squirrel is most commonly found scurrying across front yards and public parks.

When squirrels find their way inside homes, however, they can wreak havoc and can be difficult to capture and remove. 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

Although the state offers a long squirrel hunting season from August through February and permits hunters to harvest up to 10 squirrels per day, it’s still best to contact your Nashville-based Critter Control office to remove nuisance squirrels from your home.

Inspection: Piles of debris and gnawing marks on wood and wires are the usual signs of the presence of squirrels inside one’s home. Your Critter Control specialist will also make note of possible points of entry around your home.

Removal: Please let our wildlife specialist use a humane removal method such as capturing the squirrel(s) with a live trap or installing a one-way door rather than attempting to chase a squirrel out with a broom.

Repairs: After we remove the squirrel(s) our specialist will seal up all entry points that invited the squirrels into your home and remove all feces and debris left behind.

Read about squirrel removal in Brentwood and Bellevue

Bat Removal in Nashville

There are sixteen species of bats in Tennessee, the Little Brown Bat is the most common, including the common Southeastern bat and the uncommon Rafinesque’s big-eared bat, which the state has deemed in need of management. Tennessee regulates bat removal. From May 1st to August 1st you cannot remove a colony with flightless pups. 

Only a handful of bat species are likely to enter your attic to roost, but they could form large maternity colonies during the summer. Please contact your Nashville-based Critter Control office to handle bat removal according to state law.

 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.

Inspection: Your Critter Control specialist will look for bat feces, or guano, where you suspect bats are roosting. Other signs include rub marks near bat entrances

Removal: The most effective and humane way to remove bats is by utilizing a bat valve, which allows for bats to exit your home but not re-enter. Again, do not try to remove bats yourself, especially when pups are present.

Repairs: Leave all repairs and cleanup to your specialist who will handle structural repairs and remove guano left behind. A large accumulation of guano can spread two fungal diseases.

Raccoon Removal

Raccoons can be found throughout the Nashville area. In addition to scouting out easy-to-access food from trash bins, these clever animals are known for setting up dens inside attics and ​crawl spaces. While attempting to shoo away raccoons yourself may seem like the quickest way to remove them from your property, please be aware that these animals can become aggressive. In addition, raccoons in the Nashville area have been known to carry distemper, which can spread to pets.

The peak of breeding season in in February in Nasvhille. 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: Our specialist will take note of disturbed trash cans and pet food bowls, as well as raccoon droppings and footprints.

Removal: Please leave raccoon removal to a Critter Control specialist who will use a humane trap to capture the animal for you.

Repairs: If a raccoon has set up a den inside your chimney or crawl space, your specialist will seal up all entry points and cap your chimney. Please also leave cleaning up to our specialist, who will disinfect the affected area as well.

Skunk Control

Skunks typically invade Nashville 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.

Opossum Control

Opossums are the only marsupial found in North America, and they’re found throughout the entire state of Tennessee. Therefore, Nashville residents shouldn’t be surprised to cross paths with one or more of these animals during the evening hours, especially during peak breeding season in the second week of February. They are usually found foraging for food in the dark and may be found in yards or garages. If you ever find one too close to—or inside—your home, please contact Critter Control to remove the animal as soon as possible.

Inspection: Your Critter Control specialist will inspect your property for opossum tracks and droppings and make note of disturbed trash cans. If one or more opossums have made their way into your attic or crawl space, we will look for entry points.

Removal: Removing an opossum should only be handled by a trained specialist as these animals can carry diseases such as leptospirosis and tuberculosis. Your specialist will use a humane live trap to remove the opossum(s) from your property.

Snake Control

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.


Serving the following locations:

By County: Cheatham County, Davidson County, Dickson County, Hickman County, Rutherford County, Sumner County, Williamson County

  • Murfreesboro
  • Franklin
  • Hendersonville
  • Brentwood
  • Bellevue
  • City of Lakewood (historical)
  • Antioch
  • Arrington
  • Belle Meade
  • Berry Hill
  • Burns
  • Charlotte Park
  • City of Dickson
  • City of Gallatin
  • City of Goodlettsville
  • College Grove
  • Eagleville
  • East Nashville
  • Fairview
  • Forest Hills
  • Goodlettsville
  • Hermitage
  • Joelton
  • Kingston Springs
  • La Vergne
  • Madison
  • Millersville
  • Mitchellville
  • Nolensville
  • Oak Hill
  • Old Hickory
  • Pegram
  • Pleasant View
  • Portland
  • Slayden
  • Smyrna
  • Thompson's Station
  • Town of Ashland City
  • Town of Centerville
  • Town of Charlotte
  • Vanleer
  • Westmoreland
  • White Bluff
  • White House
  • Whites Creek
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