Wildlife Control Services in Seattle
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. Contact a Critter Control office near you today.
Safe, humane removal of nuisance animals and pests from your home or property.
Nuisance Wildlife Prevention
Reliable prevention from future animal intrusions in your home.
Animal Damage Repairs
Professional and permanent repairs to entry points, insulation, and damage from animal urine or feces.
See our helpful hints on how to keep critters out of your home.
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Nuisance Wildlife Control in Seattle, Washington
Seattle has its share of unwanted wildlife in developed areas. King County reports there are some invasive species in our area. For example, European starlings and sparrows are aggressively taking over the nests of woodpeckers and other birds.
These same birds like to invade other things, too, like your home. They aren’t the only wildlife trying to find food, water, and shelter in your home. Snakes, squirrels, opossums, and skunks are just a few more examples of Seattle wildlife becoming a nuisance in developed areas.
An animal making the news in Seattle recently is the brown bat.
Raccoons 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.
Inspection- Footprints in or around home, large openings, raccoon poop, sounds late at night.
Raccoon Trapping & Removal- Live trapping most effective and humane method.
Repairs- Seal all entry points. Restore attic insultation. Latrine disinfection and clean up.
Bat Removal Services
In Washington, bats are a year-round nuisance for homeowners. These critters 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.
Bats are a common sight in Seattle because they live in homes. The most common bats seen in the Seattle area are the little brown bat and the big brown bat, which could be living in your home now, damaging the structure of your home with their toxic feces and urine made of high levels of uric acid.
If you have bats in your home or yard, call a professional at Critter Control for help.
Inspection: Our experts do a thorough examination of your home to identify entry points and the damage caused by the bats. The inspection determines how they will be removed so that everyone is safe, including the bats.
Removal: We find our custom-designed bat valve is particularly successful at removing bats and preventing them from reentering your home. Critter Control also uses specialty gloves created specifically for bat removal. There are time restrictions for removing bats in Seattle.
We must wait to block holes over a period of days early in the evening after the bats have left the structure to feed. We do this from mid-August to mid-October to give baby bats time to learn to fly. We also want to give them time to leave before colder weather arrives. Another window of opportunity occurs in early spring, before the birthing period in May.
Repairs: Several things must happen in the repair process: clean and sanitize the area where bats lived, close entry and exit points, and help you implement methods to prevent the attraction of bats, like turning off the lights at night and minimizing water sources on your property.
The King County Public Health Department issued a statement that the first bat tested for rabies in 2021 was positive. The person who found this rabid bat in their backyard tried removing it on their own, wearing only garden gloves. They were bit multiple times and required treatment to prevent the spread of rabies.
Squirrels are so fun to watch. They fill up their cheeks with acorns and race up and down trees. It’s all fun and games until your bird feeders are destroyed, the siding on your home has been chewed through, and nests are built in your chimney. The Eastern Gray squirrel is a particular nuisance since it is the one to most likely enter your home. They are most active in the early mornings and evenings.
Native squirrels in our area include the Western Gray Squirrel, Douglas Squirrel, Red Squirrel, Northern Flying Squirrel. Non-native squirrels are the Eastern Gray Squirrel and the Eastern Fox Squirrel. Squirrels in Seattle have also been known to chew on wires lying on the roof of homes, causing power lines to droop, digging holes in your garden, and chewing holes in your attic where they may build a nest.
Squirrels mate from late winter to early spring, with litters arriving from March to June. All squirrels except flying squirrels and the western gray squirrel can produce a second litter in the Fall.
If you have squirrels on your property, call us for an inspection.
Inspection: Our experts will inspect your attic, power lines, bird feeders, and every other spot a squirrel may visit each day to determine damage and necessary repairs.
Removal: We consider mating and delivery seasons as part of removal. If we need to remove squirrels, we do so humanely and safely and relocate them into the wild. Often, we can help you implement squirrel deterrent methods so squirrels will leave on their own.
Repair: Typical repairs from squirrel damage include fixing wires and wood. We also help you make your environment a place where squirrels don’t like to hang out. We put baffles around bird feeders, trim trees, and block tree passageways. We protect chimneys and pipes, install water sprinklers that are motion activated, clean up yard debris, and install fencing.
Skunk Removal Services
Skunks carry rabies and other diseases, making them dangerous to humans and pets. Female skunks seek a quiet, safe place to have baby skunks. Many find places underneath your home, porch, or decks. If the mama skunk feels threatened at any time, it will release an odor that repels any living creature.
Suppose they spray while living underneath your home; those odors can rise and enter your home, taking weeks for the odors to fade.
Skunks like to chew wood, tear screens, or burrow to find the right spot under your home. Don’t risk being sprayed by a skunk in trying to remove it by yourself. Call us instead.
Inspection: We inspect and locate the animal and its damages.
Removal: We remove the skunks humanely, following state guidelines for exclusion.
Repair: Our repair services include eliminating skunk odors left behind by their sulfuric spray, fixing damaged wood, screens, or pipes. Fixing damage to your yard caused by skunks digging holes. Helping you implement skunk deterrent methods like properly storing pet food, garbage, and excess debris.
Opossums can cause significant damage to your attic and under your home, two places they like to make a home. Opossums build nests and get their nest building materials from your home. They will use sentimental letters, insulation, air ducts, or anything else they find lying around to build a nest.
Opossums carry diseases that can be spread through a bite or through the massive amounts of waste they leave behind. They have claws and teeth and aren’t afraid to use them. Opossum removal should be done by the pros.
Inspection: We check every spot on your property that would look like a good nesting spot for an opossum. This includes your home, barns, sheds, and other buildings on the property. We know what their waste looks like and how they build nests. We locate the entry points before beginning repairs.
Removal: We use our CritterSafe trapping system to capture and relocate the opossum.
Repair: Because opossums can be so destructive, we show up ready to repair damaged wires and ductwork. We clean out waste and sanitize the area. We remove nests and properly block entry points to prevent future opossum inhabitants.
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.
Why Choose Critter Control
- Insured, certified, and highly trained wildlife experts
- Free telephone estimates
- CritterSafe service options
- Custom removal plans for Seattle wildlife
Q&A with Critter Control of Seattle
What are the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in Pugent Sound 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 Pacific Northwest?
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 Seattle residents?
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 206-607-8788. We'd love to answer any questions you may have about nuisance wildlife.
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.