Critter Control of Provo

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Provo is the third largest city in Utah and is considered one of the nation's top places to live because of its access to outdoor recreation. Located just south of Salt Lake City, it is nicely situated between the national parks and canyons of southern Utah and the mountainous ski areas of the northern part of the state.

Its proximity to these natural wonders, as well as its proximity to the freshwater Utah Lake, make its location a desirable home for lots of wildlife. Because Provo has been cited as one of the fastest growing cities in the nation, wildlife trying to thrive in their shrinking habitat have little choice but to look toward residential, tourist, and commercial areas for food, water, and shelter.

Critter Control Wildlife Removal Process

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.

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.

Raccoon Removal

Raccoons are one of the most prevalent nuisance animals in the U.S. They are smart, strong, and determined creatures that are relatively unafraid of humans. Their ability to forage for food in trash cans and backyard gardens is one of the main reasons residential attics and chimneys have become a favorite place to set down roots.

Raccoons have learned that yards, garden trash cans, compost bins, and pet food often provide the perfect forage environment for themselves and their young. Because of the easy access to a steady supply of food, these raccoons choose to build their dens in the attics, chimneys, and basements close at hand. The damage raccoons cause to homes and commercial spaces is significant. They are smart and powerful and can rip holes in roofs, soffits, and vent covers to gain entry. In addition to causing damage to insulation and wiring, raccoons carry parasites and other diseases.

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 Removal

Because of Provo’s snowy winters, rodents such as mice and rats will look for a warm and cozy place indoors to live. Attics, basements, and crawl spaces become ideal as they are also close to our food sources. Rodents’ teeth grow throughout their lives, and they are notorious for chewing through electric wires, walls, and floors to create pathways to pantries and kitchen counters. Reproducing profusely, they bring disease and contamination, making it important to get rid of them quickly.

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.

Squirrel Removal

Unlike other rodents like mice and rats, squirrels are active during the daytime and can be quite noisy when living above our heads in the attic. And, like mice and rats, they like to gnaw on wood and wires to help them keep their ever-growing teeth at a manageable length.

Squirrel infestations have increased in Provo as a new invasive species, the fox squirrel is now in the region and reproducing rapidly. Fox squirrels have supposedly spread over trees and power lines to the western regions of the U.S.

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. 

Bat Removal

Barns, sheds, attics, and window shutters are the usual spots bats choose to roost. Beneficial to our environment because of the vast amount of insects they consume, the 18 bat species in Utah are all protected. Common bats in the region include the big free-tailed bat, which has a wingspan of 17 inches but weighs less than 1 ounce, and the western pipistrelle, which is the smallest bat and weighs one-tenth of an ounce.

Bat guano and urine can grow a mold that can cause a respiratory infection called Histoplasmosis. Histoplasmosis is a common problem in the central and eastern regions of the country but is rarely found in Utah because of the dry climate.

Bats are best removed in the fall, which is when their young have matured enough to fly and capture insects on their own.

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.

Chipmunk Removal

Unlike squirrels, who are tree-dwellers, chipmunks make their burrows underground. They mate twice a year, giving birth to up to five babies. The female will raise the young on her own and wean them when they are six weeks old. At one year of age, chipmunks are able to breed and have litters of their own. Even though they are small and cute, chipmunks are notorious for causing structural damage to patios, foundations, and retaining walls, as well as for eating seedlings and flower bulbs.

Inspection

Inspection

The clearest sign of a chipmunk infestation is the damage in your yard. Chipmunks create extensive burrows. Their holes are only 2-3 inches wide but can stretch 20 to 30 feet. Other signs of chimpunks include dug planted seeds, gnaw marks on tree bark, and destroyed flowers, stems, fruits, and vegetables. Chipmunks rarely enter homes so the signs of a chipmunk infestation will be in your yard. While it is unlikely a chipmunk is in your house, we will still look for any potential entry points.
Chipmunk Trapping

Chipmunk Trapping

One of the most effective ways to prevent chipmunk damage is to create exclusions around your home. Buried hardware cloth is a useful option to keep chipmunks out of gardens and flower beds. Additionally, you can use wire mesh to prevent chipmunks from entering your home. The wire mesh should be secured to any openings that a chipmunk may be able to squeeze through.

Chipmunk trapping typically takes 10-14 days; however, this may vary depending on the extent of the chipmunk intrusion. Cage traps with fine mesh can be effective with peanut butter as the bait. Additionally, you may use fruit, nuts, or seed to bait the trap. Live traps and snare traps can be an effective tools to remove chipmunks from your property.
Repairs

Repairs

Filling a chipmunk hole before a control strategy is not effective. Chipmunks will be able to dig the hole again.
Chipmunks can cause structural damage by burrowing under patios, stairs, retention walls, and foundations. If a chipmunk enters a home, it typically uses a downsport or gutter. Critter Control will install gutter guards to prevent that from happening.

Snake Removal

Utah is home to 31 snake species, with only seven of them being venomous. The remaining species are mostly harmless and nocturnal. Even if the snake is harmless, it is the last thing you want to see slithering inside your home or office. When snakes venture indoors, it is for one of two reasons, they are either looking for relief from the heat or cold or are on the hunt for rodents.

If a snake is on-premise, a wildlife specialist such as Critter Control will inspect the property for rodents as well and provide a plan for getting rid of them if an infestation is discovered.

Inspection

Inspection

Snakes are excellent at avoiding detection. We inspect your home for potential entry points and look for signs like snake skin and feces. Because a snake typically enters a home hunting for food, our wildlife inspector also looks for signs of a rodent infestation.

Removal & Control

Removal & Control

Depending on the location, we can set a live trap or direct capture. Exclusion is the most effective way to keep snakes out of your home. If rodents are present, it is essential to exterminate the rodent infestation. Their presence will continue to attract snakes.
Repairs

Repairs

In addition to dealing with any possible rodent problem drawing snakes to your property, a specialist will assist with sealing possible entry points and also encourage you to remove any debris where snakes can easily take up residence.
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The Critter Control Difference

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.
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.
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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