With over 30 years of experience, Critter Control is the nation's leading wildlife control company. At Critter Control of NW Washington, we're skilled at dealing with many of Whatcom, Skagit, Island and San Juan county's most bothersome pest animals. Whether you need to remove bats, rats, mice, raccoons, squirrels, skunks, opossums, birds, river otters or beavers from your attic or crawl space, or get rid of moles, voles, bees, ants, spiders, raccoons, skunks, opossums or squirrels that are damaging your property, you can trust Critter Control to get the job done safely, effectively and humanely.
Q&A with Local Franchisee Travis Stremler
What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in your area?
Moles in landscaping and lawns. Bats in attics and buildings. Rats and mice in buildings, specifically crawlspaces and attics. Raccoons, squirrels, skunks, and opossums in both buildings and yards. Various types of birds nesting in or on buildings. River otters in crawl spaces. Spiders, bees, general insect control. Also, repairs to homes and buildings to prevent any of the above critters from reentering.
How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in your area?
Every season we deal with different critters as our primary focus. For example, bat exclusion work is done in the spring and fall. Rats are busy in the fall and winter, and moles are most active in the summer. Squirrels, raccoons, opossums, and skunks are more active in the spring.
What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity?
Nosies in walls, ceilings, or floors. Droppings on the side of the house or outside. Dirt mounds in the yard. Seeing lots of wildlife around.
Any prevention tips for residents in your area?
Keep brush and bushes away from the house.
When should homeowners call Critter Control?
Anytime they have questions or need help with a pest animal.
Common Wildlife Problems in Northwest Washington
The moderate climate of Northwest Washington supports many types of wildlife. However, some animals become a problem when they stray too close to homes. Three species, opossums, raccoons, and gophers, cause frequent issues for residents.
Opossums and Raccoons in Washington
Both the raccoon and opossum flourish in local yards with sources of food and shelter. The pests have broad diets, eating anything from insects and garden plants to trash and pet food. People that feed them, on purpose or by accident, increase the chance of seeing these animals.
Opossums in Washington rarely stick around lawns for more than a few days, but the pests may stay longer when raising their young. Crawl spaces and openings under porches make ideal dens for opossums, while raccoons often force their way into attics. Proximity to people and pets may lead to conflicts.
Pocket gophers throughout Northwest Washington cause problems with their digging habits. Dirt mounds, holes in lawns, wilted plants, and damaged underground cables suggest an infestation. In yards where soil is soft and moist, a pocket gopher can burrow year-round.