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Trypical Wildlife Issues in Washington with 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 and varied terrain of Northwest Washington supports many types of animals. Residents can usually coexist with their wild neighbors, but some local species become pests when they stray too close to homes. Able to live near people, raccoons, squirrels, and bats cause frequent issues.

Raccoons and Food

Skillful scavengers, raccoons will follow the promise of a meal straight onto lawns and porches. In suburban parts of Northwest Washington, the animals can survive on scraps from trash bins, pet bowls, and handouts from people. Feeding a raccoon is dangerous. Not only do the pests learn to expect food and return, but they can turn hostile if they feel cornered.

Squirrel Trouble

Northwest Washington is home to red, eastern gray, Douglas', and flying squirrels. Plentiful around houses, these rodents sometimes eat from gardens, clog gutters with leafy nests, and move indoors to raise their young. A squirrel family living in the attic can lead to annoying noises, smells, and damage to property.

Bat Colonies

Depending on their location, bats can be a helpful natural resource or a serious problem. While they eat the mosquitoes that thrive in damp Northwest Washington, the animals can create a health hazard when they roost in houses. Bats are the state's primary rabies carrier, so a colony near humans increases the risk of disease transmission.

More Wildlife in Northwest Washington

Two outdoor pests in the area, moles and skunks, regularly leave their mark on lawns. 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.

A skunk may also dig for grubs in yards, though what residents often notice first is the pest's foul smell. These nuisances produce a pungent musk that they can spray at threatening people and pets from several feet away.

Critter Control in Northwest Washington

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.

Serving the following locations in Washington:

By County: Island, San Juan, Skagit and Whatcom Counties

  • Acme
  • Allen
  • Anacortes
  • Bellingham
  • Bow
  • Blanchard
  • Blue Canyon
  • Burlington
  • Cokedale
  • Custer
  • Deming
  • Ferndale
  • Friday Harbor
  • Gibraltar
  • Glacier
  • Kendall
  • Kulshan
  • Lummi Island
  • Lynden
  • Marietta
  • Mountain View
  • Mount Vernon
  • Nooksack
  • Oak Harbor
  • Rosario
  • Samish
  • Semiahmoo
  • Similk Beach
  • Sudden Valley
  • Sumas
  • Thatcher
  • Van Zandt
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.
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