Wildlife Removal Services
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.
What are the Major Wildlife Removal Concerns in NW Washington?
Northwest Washington includes the counties of Island, San Juan, Skagit, and Whatcom. The city of Bellingham, home to more than 92,000 people, boasts 3,000 acres of parks and 71 miles of interurban trails, which not only attract outdoor enthusiasts but provide ample habitat for some of the region’s wildlife, including raccoons, squirrels, and skunks. Residents should not be surprised to occasionally cross paths with one or more of these animals. While some wild animals may be interesting to observe, others can become quite a nuisance if they get too close to home, or worse, make their way inside.
In the Northwest Washington area, these skillful scavengers are not only fond of creatures found in water such as clams and crayfish, but they also enjoy scraps from trash bins, pet bowls, and handouts from people. While it may be entertaining for some to feed raccoons, intentionally feeding raccoons in the city of Bellingham is prohibited. If you find that your property attracts raccoons, please contact Critter Control to remove the animals rather than continue to draw them to your property. This is the best course of action for both humans and raccoons.
Inspection: Our wildlife technician will look for signs such as footprints on, in, or around your home, large openings leading to the attic or crawl space, and raccoon poop.
Removal: Live trapping is the most effective and humane way to remove a raccoon. Please do not attempt to remove a raccoon from your property yourself. Not only can these animals become aggressive, but they can also carry rabies.
Repairs: Once we remove all raccoons, we will seal all entry points to prevent future entry. If a raccoon sets up a den inside your home, we will also clean up and disinfect the area.
Rat and Mice Pest Control
Like most regions, Northwest Washington has its fair share of rodent problems. Rodents are drawn to food sources and seek shelter inside homes. It’s imperative to address a rodent problem as soon as it's discovered. Not only do they contaminate food, but they can also spread deadly diseases. In Washington state, deer mice are the primary carriers of a virus that causes hantavirus in people. Therefore, please contact a professional wildlife technician to trap and remove rodents from your home or business.
Inspection: During a rodent inspection, our inspector will thoroughly inspect your attic as well as provide a full exterior home inspection. The most common signs of rodent activity are chewing, droppings, rub marks, nesting material, and small entry points.
Removal: Our specialist will most likely set traps around your property to trap all rodents. Though the standard trapping/removal duration is generally between 5 to 14 days, the trapping process may be longer if the rodents are well established.
Repairs: After rodent removal, it is essential to repair any entry points on your home. We will also remove all feces and urine and disinfect the affected area.
The state of Washington is home to four native squirrel species—red, western gray, Douglas', and Northern flying squirrels. The state is also home to a few nonnative species, such as the Eastern grey and Eastern fox squirrels. While squirrels can be fun to observe, they can become pests to homeowners if they set up nests inside attics and crawlspaces. Homeowners may believe the best solution to problem squirrels is to chase them away; however, it’s best to leave squirrel removal to a trained wildlife specialist.
Inspection: Our technician will make note of the usual signs of a squirrel problem inside a home, such as chew marks, small openings leading to the attic or the crawl space, droppings, and debris like nuts or nesting material.
Removal: The most common methods used are live trapping, one-way doors, deterrent, and direct capture. We do not directly capture adult squirrels as they move too quickly and fit in very small spaces.
Repairs: Our technician will seal up entry points to prevent future entry after squirrel removal. In addition, we strongly recommend a maintenance service. Like other rodents, squirrels have front teeth that continuously grow, which means they can chew a new way back into your home.
Fifteen species of bats live in the state of Washington, including the common little brown bat and the rare Townsend’s big-eared bat. If you find one or more bats inside your home, it’s important to have the animals removed by a professional wildlife technician rather than trying to handle removal yourself. In the state of Washington, bats are the primary carrier of rabies; between 3-10% of bats submitted for testing are found to be rabid.
Inspection: Our technician will perform a complete interior and exterior inspection and take note of bat feces, or guano, on walls or collecting on the floor.
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.
Repairs: Because bats are not chewers like rodents, they only utilize existing entry points to make their way into your home. Therefore, our Critter Control technician will seal up all entry points to ensure bats stay out of your home.
Both striped and spotted skunks live in Washington state. These nocturnal creatures visit yards in search of food, water, and shelter and will take up residence in areas such as crawl spaces, basements, and under decks and porches, where it’s also dark and protected from predators. When threatened, these animals will release a pungent odor that is hard to remove from clothing and upholstery. Therefore, if you notice one or more skunks on your property, leave removal to a professional wildlife technician.
Inspection: The presence of a skunk can easily be identified by its odor. Our inspector will also make note of any holes and upturned earth on your landscape created by skunks.
Removal: Removing a skunk requires professional tools and techniques, including the use of a cage trap. Property owners should never attempt to remove a skunk without professional assistance.
Repairs: Our wildlife specialists can help prevent skunk intrusions with various skunk control techniques, including installing a buried fence barrier system. In addition, we will assist with removing all left behind skunk odor on your property.
The biggest sign of a mole problem is typically holes and ridges in yards. These animals dig long tunnel systems with multiple entrances. With so many escape routes, they are experts at avoiding capture.
How Professional Wildlife Control Services Can Help You
Rather than try to remove one or more of these animals from your property yourself, call your NW Washington Critter Control office to get the job done safely, effectively, and humanely. How can a professional wildlife technician help you?
- A trained professional knows how to conduct a thorough inspection of your property and local all animals.
- Capturing and removing a wild animal isn’t an easy task and can be quite dangerous. It’s best to leave such a task to a technician who understands animal behavior.
- Eliminating nuisance animals doesn’t end with removal. A professional wildlife control services provider will also make the necessary repairs to your property and clean up the mess left behind.
Why Chose Critter Control
- Critter Control is the nation’s leading wildlife control company. We've been resolving wildlife and pest issues for customers for over 30 years.
- Critter Control consistently practices humane wildlife management. We pride ourselves on being ecologically responsible and only use environmentally sound solutions and humane animal removal techniques.
- Critter Control’s goal for every customer is to keep the animals out of your home. Our work doesn’t end after trapping and removing nuisance animals. We will find the best solution to ensure the animals stay away from your home.
Nuisance Wildlife FAQ
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.
How Much Does it Cost?
There are a number of factors that determine pricing; location of the animal (i.e. - chimney, attic, crawl, wall void, living area), condition of the animal (i.e. - sick, aggressive, dead), location and condition of the property and time of year (i.e. - weather condition, offspring present?). Generally speaking, pricing will vary by location and species for just the animal removal and that pricing usually does not include the entry repair.
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
- Deer Mouse
- Ground Squirrels
- House Finches
- Norway Rats
- Pack Rats
- Roof Rats
- Stinging Insects
- Yellow Jackets
Serving the following locations in Washington:
By County: Island, San Juan, Skagit and Whatcom Counties
For Wildlife & Pest Control Near You, Call: (360) 988-2029
This franchise is independently licensed and operated by Stremler Enterprises, LLC., dba Critter Control of NW Washington.