Wildlife Control Services in Seattle
Wild Animal Removal
Safe, humane removal of nuisance animals and pests from your home or property.
Animal Infestation Prevention
Reliable prevention from future animal intrusions in your home.
Wildlife Damage Repairs
Professional and permanent repairs to entry points, insulation, and damage from animal urine or feces.
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Critter Control of Seattle
Critter Control provides premier wildlife and pest control services in the Seattle area. If you suspect you have a wildlife problem in or near your home, it's imperative that you contact the trained professionals at Critter Control to safely and humanely remove the nuisance animals or pests. Our licensed specialists are trained in the most advanced removal and prevention techniques in the industry, and we also specialize in damage repair.
With more than 30 years of experience, Critter Control is dedicated to providing safety and peace of mind for all of the residents and businesses of Seattle, Washington.
Q&A with Critter Control of Seattle
What are 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?
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 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 the 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.
What animals do you not handle?
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.
If I call the city, or county, will they take care of my problem for free?
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.
Can I trap and relocate nuisance wildlife on my own?
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.
Do you carry insurance?
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.
If there is a dead animal on the side of the road, will you come pick it up?
No, we do not pick up roadkill. For this type of situation please call either your city or county Department of Transportation.
Do you offer senior discounts?
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.
I just discovered a critter in my attic, will you come out the same day to remove the animal?
In most situations, we'll schedule a day with you for one of our technicians to come assess the situation. There are instances where we can 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.
Do you handle only wildlife?
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 treat for bed bugs, mosquitoes, or termites.
I see that some animals are protected. What does that mean?
When an animal is protected, this means that the animal is on or is on its 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. With invasive species, typically their numbers will skyrocket, leaving native animals vulnerable and without the 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.
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, Washington, 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 year-round nuisance for homeowners. These pests look for places to hibernate during cold weather and roosts to rest during warmer months. Though some colonies choose trees or caves, others will enter homes. Bat droppings in crawl spaces and attics can stain ceilings, produce foul smells, and encourage the growth of health-hazardous mold. Bats are also known carriers of rabies and should always be avoided.
These pests like to den near a water source, so frequent rainfall in Seattle provides a variety of comfortable habitats. Raccoons are well adapted to urban and suburban environments and attracted to unsealed trash cans and outdoor pet food. In colder months, raccoons will attempt to access a home through the chimney or den under a deck. These pests come with the risk of disease and property damage and should be removed immediately.
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. This also increases the risk of a house fire.
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.
Moles and Mountain Beavers
Well-maintained landscaping, while pleasing to the eye, may provide the perfect living conditions for moles. They often build 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.
If you suspect you have a wildlife intrusion on your residential or commercial property, contact our professionals at Critter Control of Seattle today!
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.