WE CAN HELP YOU GET RID OF NUISANCE WILDLIFE PROBLEMS
With over 30 years of experience, Critter Control is the nation's leading wildlife control company. At Critter Control of Seattle, we're skilled at dealing with many of Puget Sound's most bothersome pest animals. Whether you need to remove raccoons, rats or bats from your attic, or get rid of beavers, moles or mountain beavers that are damaging your property, you can trust Critter Control to get the job done safely, effectively and humanely.
Q&A with Local Franchisee Karen Awrylo
What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in your area?
Raccoons, squirrels, opossum, bats, rats and mice accessing attics, crawl spaces or chimneys, birds nesting in attics, skunks denning in crawl spaces or woodpiles, woodpeckers drumming on structures, and moles and mountain beavers excavating holes and dirt in lawns and hillsides.
How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in your area?
We definitely see seasonal variances with nuisance wildlife. Spring and summer tend to be the busiest time of year for all Pacific Northwest critters. They are usually looking for ideal nest sites in which to raise their young, however, this brings about a myriad of other problems for unsuspecting homeowners. Fall and winter is commonly the slower time of year where we can take deep breaths and concentrate on exclusion, crawl space and attic restorations from rodent activity as well as trap maintenance.
What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity?
Fecal droppings in attics or crawl spaces, drumming on chimneys or gable walls, bird-like vocalizations, scratching or running in attics or crawl spaces, frequent sightings of wildlife or insects, dirt mounds or rolled up sod in lawns, and holes excavated in hillsides.
Any prevention tips for residents in your area?
Don't encourage wildlife to stay in area by feeding them. Keep brush, bushes and branches trimmed away from homes. Keep woodpiles, which provide harborage areas, as far away as possible from homes. Schedule a preventative home inspection to identify actual and potential points of entry before they become a problem. Be proactive instead of reactive.
When should homeowners call Critter Control?
Call us anytime at 1-800-CRITTER (274-8837). We'd love to answer any questions you may have about nuisance wildlife.
Wildlife Problems in Seattle, WA
Surrounded by mountains, water, and forests, Seattle, WA, is ideal for wildlife. While the area's terrain and resources are attractive to people, they also lure many animals close to properties. Bats, raccoons, squirrels, woodpeckers, and moles in neighborhoods can all lead to pest issues.
In Washington, bats are a nuisance for homeowners year-round. The pests look for places to hibernate during cold weather as well as seek roosts to rest during warmer months. Though some colonies choose trees or caves, others enter homes. Bat droppings in crawl spaces and attics can stain ceilings, produce foul smells, and encourage mold to grow.
Raccoons in Yards
These pests like to den near a water source, so frequent rainfall in Seattle opens up many choices for a place to live. Unsealed trash cans and outdoor pet food often draw a foraging raccoon into a yard. Raccoons in the chimney or under the deck come with the risk of disease and property damage.
Those living in both urban and suburban parts of Seattle encounter tree squirrels. The rodents' climbing abilities give them access to roofs from overhanging branches. Small holes provide entry into attics, where a squirrel will chew wires and destroy insulation.
Woodpeckers and Noise
The Northern flicker is the most common woodpecker in Washington. Homeowners often deal with these pests in wooded areas. Woodpecker issues are especially frequent after storms or landscaping efforts displace trees. Birds that lose their habitats seek alternate shelter. Residents may hear them drumming on siding or gutters.
Burrowing Critters – Moles and Mountain Beavers
Well-maintained landscaping, while pleasing to the eye, may provide the perfect combination of conditions and food for moles to live and thrive in. This can mean unsightly dirt mounds and raised surface tunnels which can disrupt gardens, pavers, and plant root systems. Mountain beavers are another culprit when it comes to damage to plant life and ground integrity on your property. They will eat your plants and shrubs and their burrow entrances leave large holes in the earth, usually on a hill or slope.
CRITTER CASH REFERRAL PROGRAM by Critter Control of Seattle (CCRP)
We would like to implement an official referral program that rewards our loyal customers for their word-of-mouth referrals.This program is a special thank you for all of you that have helped us build this legacy over the years.If you refer someone to us for service, please give them your name, and address or invoice number so we can verify you as a customer and send you by mail the critter cash. The critter cash you receive is numbered and can only be used once.Please hurry to use the critter cash because it does have a 6 month expiration date.
Q. Is it real cash that will be sent in the mail?
A. No, it is a cash coupon entitling you to $20 off your next service invoice.
Q. Can I get credit for all my past referrals?
A. Sorry, this is a new program but we promise to be diligent with any future referrals. The cash coupon must be presented at the time of service.
Q. Is there a limit to the number of referrals that can be given out?
A. No, you may give out as many referrals as you like; however, they must sign up, complete and be current with payment.
Q. Do I have to use it or can I give it to my daughter to use?
A. You can use it or give it out as a gift; however, they must use it within the 6 month expiration date. The voucher can only be used once and must be surrendered at time of service.
Q. Will I get a cash coupon for each time the referral uses our service?
A. Unfortunately, it is for the initial service only.
Q. When will I receive the critter cash coupon?
A. You will receive it as soon as we provide service and collect from your referral.
Q. Am I only able to use one cash coupon per invoice?
A. No, you are allowed to use all coupons on the next invoice or one if you choose.
Q. Can I receive the critter cash for a referral even though I have not used your service?
A. At this time, it is only for our current customer base; however, we may consider expanding this to include non-customer referrals in the future.
Here at Critter Control of Seattle we answer a wide variety of questions every day. Here are a few of our frequently asked questions, that may help provide you with some insight.
Q: What animals don't you handle?
A: Dogs, peafowl and other domesticated animals that are under the jurisdiction of animal control. However, we are allowed to trap for feral cats but they do have to be taken to a local Humane Society, or animal control. If you feel there is a domestic animal problem, please call the designated animal control for your area.
Q: If I call the city, or county, will they take care of my problem for free?
A: Typically, no. Governmental animal control services, such as city or county animal control, only handle domesticated animals. If you see, hear, or are experiencing a situation that may need the aid of animal, control call them immediately. The situations include, dog bites or attacks, loose animals running around the street, animal abuse/neglect, etc. When handling wild animals extensive experience and knowledge is necessary, and if you call animal control they will most likely refer you to a company like ours.
Q: Can I trap and relocate nuisance wildlife on my own?
A: No, in Washington State it is illegal to relocate wildlife. If you wish to relocate, you must do so on the same property the animal was removed from, which typically defeats the purpose of trapping the animal. You can read more about laws regarding relocation by clicking on the following link: http://www.watrappers.com/faqs.html
Q: Do you carry insurance?
A: Yes. Any reputable pest and wildlife control operator should carry a variety of insurance including general liability, workers compensation, and automobile insurance. It protects you, the consumer, if anything happens.
Q: If there is a dead animal on the side of the road, will you come pick it up?
A: No, we do not pick up roadkill. For this type of situation please call your either your city or county Department of Transportation.
Q: Do we offer senior discounts?
A: Yes, on service calls only we offer a 10% discount for customers 65+ years old. The discount must be inquired about when calling to schedule, or during your first initial appointment.
Q: I just discovered a critter in my attic, will you come out the same day to remove the animal?
A: In most situations, we have to schedule a day with you for one of our technicians to come assess the situation. There are instances where we are able to come out the same day you call, however there are no guarantees. As for the removal of the animal, unfortunately not all animal situations are "grab and go" ones. The removal of an animal is a process that includes trapping and patience. We focus on the safety of our technicians as well as the animals and prefer to capture the animals in the most humane and least invasive way.
Q: Do you handle only wildlife?
A: No, in certain circumstances we can trap for feral cats. However, in most situations involving domesticated animals we do ask that you contact your local animal control office. We also have services and treatments available for most insects. We can help with anything from ants and roaches, to wasps and hornets. We do not however treat for bed bugs, mosquitoes, or termites; for this we will refer you to another company.
Q: I see that some animals are protected. What does that mean?
A: When an animal is protected, this means that the animal is on or is on it's way to the endangered species list. When invasive species begin to take over an area, they use up resources such as food, and shelter leaving little behind. It is critical for our local native species to have access to nesting areas, food, or shelter for their numbers to thrive.However with invasive species, typically their numbers will skyrocket leaving native animals vulnerable, and without necessities to live. It is crucial for us to take control, and do our part for our local wildlife. Not only is our native wildlife helping to keep mother nature in balance, but also for our future generations to enjoy. If you are having problems with a protected species, there are certain rules and regulations that do need to be followed which can make their removal a bit tricky. Here at Critter Control of Seattle with our passion for animals, and years of experience you can be sure we will be removing, and relocating protected species with minimally invasive procedures.
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
- Chimney Swifts
- Deer Mouse
- Flying Squirrels
- House Finches
- Norway Rats
- Pack Rats
- Roof Rats
- Stinging Insects
- Yellow Jackets
Serving the following locations in Washington:
By County: Pierce and King Counties
Beau Arts Village
Lake Forest Park
For Wildlife & Pest Control Near You, Call: (206) 431-6833
This franchise is independently licensed and operated by Awrylo Enterprises, Inc., dba Critter Control of Seattle.