Wildlife Control Services in Austin
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. Contact a Critter Control office near you today.
Safe, humane removal of nuisance animals and pests from your home or property.
Wildlife Pest Prevention
Reliable prevention from future animal intrusions in your home.
Animal Damage Repairs
Professional and permanent repairs to entry points, insulation, and damage from animal urine or feces.
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Nuisance Wildlife Problems in Austin, TX
Wildlife in the Austin, Texas area can cause various problems for home and business owners. Animals such as squirrels, bats, rats, mice, raccoons, armadillos, snakes, and skunks can spread diseases, cause structural damage, and even attack people when confronted. Critter Control offers comprehensive wildlife removal in Austin, Texas. We can remove any animals safely and repair any damage to your home or business.
Squirrels may seem like harmless animals. However, they can cause significant damage to your house. They can also be highly aggressive when threatened. Squirrel populations grow quickly due to their bi-annual mating season - January through February and May through June. As a result, you will notice high levels of squirrel activity during these months.
Squirrels cause extensive roof damage. They chew through roof decking, tear holes in the fascia and soffit, and peel roof shingles. Once squirrels enter the home, they virtually chew or claw through any type of material. They also transmit diseases. For example, a squirrel can transmit Lyme disease without contact.
Inspection: During an inspection, our team looks for food and nesting debris, droppings, and openings in the crawl space or attic. Squirrels also leave identifiable gnaw marks.
Trapping & Removal: Some of the most common professional squirrel removal methods include animal excluders (one-way door trap), deterrents, and live trappings.
Repairs: We can restore your home or office by decontaminating the area, repairing nest sites, removing debris and food, and covering up or repairing any holes or entry points.
Humane Bat Removal
Home to millions of Mexican free-tailed bats and eight other bat species, Austin is a city that understands both the benefits and risks these animals pose to people. While they help to control disease-causing mosquitoes, bats can also transmit illnesses to humans, including rabies and histoplasmosis. Perhaps the greatest risk of bats in the attic is the accumulation of bat guano which can weaken home structures.
Bats are protected by federal and state regulations. It is illegal to kill bats with chemicals. Evicting adult bats can stranded pups in your home. Maternity season lasts anywhere from May to July so the best time for bat removal is early spring and late summer.
Inspection- Small squeaking sounds. Piles of droppings in one corner of the house. Stains on walls and strong ammonia smell.
Trapping & Removing- Generally you can only remove a bat if its 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.
Rat Pest Control
Mice and rats are among the most common animals that invade your home. These animals can crawl in and out of tiny holes, allowing them to travel throughout any building undetected. They also breed quickly, which leads to uncontrolled rapid population growth. There can be dozens of mice crawling through the house before you discover the first one.
Rats and mice destroy property, spread diseases, and contaminate the food that you consume daily. To eliminate these rodents, you need to wipe out the entire population at once. This might require using various traps and bait in multiple areas throughout your home or business. You may also need follow-up inspections to ensure that the animals have not returned to your home.
Inspection: We look for common signs of invasion, such as rodent droppings or noisy movement in the walls, ceiling, or flooring. There may also be nests made of paper or holes throughout the walls.
Trapping & Removal: We use a variety of rat traps, depending on the situation.
Repairs: Most rodent repairs are simple. We can install a vented mesh, cap your chimney, and also apply caulk around cracks and openings.
Raccoons are common in the Austin area, often spotted eating scraps around garbage cans or dumpsters. These intelligent animals have hands that allow them to open lids, create large holes, and climb over fences. Once inside a building, they can cause extensive damage to any structure and spread harmful parasites—like ticks and roundworms—to humans and their pets.
You are likely to see more raccoons during mating season, which is mid to late summer. Activity is higher because female raccoons are searching for food. A raccoon litter can contain up to four kits or cubs.
Inspection: During an inspection, we look for raccoon footprints and droppings, as well as large openings in walls, floors, or roofs.
Trapping & Removal: We set live trappings, which are both human and highly effective.
Repairs: Restoration may include sealing entry points, disinfection, clean-up, and attic insulation replacement.
Armadillos present little danger to people. The greatest danger they pose is to your landscaping. Controlling the animal can protect your lawn and garden and the integrity of structures like decks and driveways on your property.
Capturing an armadillo with a live trap can be difficult. Habitat modification and exclusions are extremely effective in removing armadillos from your lawn. Water your garden beds in the morning because armadillos prefer loose soil. Armadillos are nocturnal, and the soil will have dried out by the mid-afternoon.
Texas is home to over one hundred types of snake; fortunately, Austin is home to only four venomous snakes (Copperhead, Cottonmouths, Rattlesnakes, Coral Snakes).The majority of the time, snakes enter a home in search for food. So if you find a snake in your house, you might have a rodent problem. Snakes also look for shelter when shedding skin, which occurs every three weeks to two months. If you spot a snake in your home or business, do not approach it. Instead, contact Critter Control and allow our professionals to remove it safely. It will prevent you from getting bitten by the snake.
Snakes usually will not bite unless threatened or provoked. During the home inspection, the wildlife specialist will look for other signs of nuisance wildlife in your home.
Inspection: Snakes leave droppings and skin behind. They also have a musky odor that is distinct from other animals.
Trapping & Removal: Texas state laws prohibit us from killing non-venomous snakes. We use direct capture methods and live traps to catch and remove all snakes.
Repair: Snakes typically do not cause damage to buildings. However, we can seal any entry points and remove any pests to prevent snakes from invading your home.
Home to five species of skunks, the striped skunk is the most common in Austin. Skunks typically invade Austin 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.
Skunk breeding season starts in February or March. When females are in heat, males will seek her out. A minor skunk problem can turn into a big issue during mating season.
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 Control: Live trapping. Securing potential food sources like pet food and garbage. Sealing entry points to prevent entry to attics and crawl spaces. Installed fencing prevents opossums from using decks and sheds as dens.
Opossums are not prone to aggression. They pose the greatest threat to your garden, but they will eat almost anything. Opossums do carry diseases so do not approach them haphazardly. Opossums will also look for safe nesting areas under decks, inside garages, or under foundations. Sealing ground level entrances and burying wire mesh are effective ways to exclude a skunk infestation.
Austin includes wetland areas, where these rodents feed on vegetation. Their appearance is similar to a beaver, and they are known to rapidly reproduce. A nutria infestation can cause significant damage to wood structures and home gardens.
There are several types of bees in Austin. The most common are European honeybees, bumblebees, Africanized bees, and ground bees. Typically, bees will only sting if their hive is threatened. But Africanized bees, otherwise known as killer bees, are known for aggressive behavior and may attack unprovoked.
After the bees are taken care of, the entire hive must be removed. An old hive left in your home could attract a new colony of bees. It’s easy to see how this old hive would attract new bees. Additionally, the hive area must be sanitized to remove any honey. Otherwise, leftover honey could attract other pests, including ants, cockroaches, rats, or raccoons.
If you suspect you have a wildlife intrusion on your residential or commercial property, contact our professionals at Critter Control of Austin today!
Benefits of Professional Wildlife Control Services
Before you attempt to remove an animal from your house, you may want to consider hiring an expert to perform the job. There are several advantages to using professional wildlife control services:
- Professionals have the equipment and supplies necessary to do the job.
- Pro removal prevents you from sustaining any animal-related injuries.
- All animals are removed safely and humanely.
- You get the added benefit of a built-in structural repair service.
- Experts can identify pests anywhere, including hard-to-find spaces.
- All areas are de-contaminated, ensuring that the building is inhabitable.
Why Choose Critter Control
- 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.
- Safe, Humane Removal: Animals are just being animals. They merely need to be redirected. Therefore, we remove every pest humanely and safely. Our goal is to place the animal in a more natural habitat and away from your property so that everyone is happier.
- Accurate Inspection and Removal: It is not always easy finding and removing animals from a home or office. Critter Control specialists can locate any animals in the home and utilize the right equipment and methods for completely removing them from the premises.
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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: Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Colorado, Fayette, Gillespie, Hays, Lampasas, Lee, Llano, Mason, Travis and Williamson Counties
City of Fredericksburg
City of Georgetown
City of Giddings
City of La Grange
City of Lampasas
City of San Saba
West Lake Hills
For Wildlife Control Near You, Call: (512) 833-5000