Critter Control is the only full service pest control company in Spokane, WA. Our services include no trap, no-kill wildlife exclusions, pest control include termites and bed bugs, and rodent control. We are one of the only company’s that will still provide services for mole, gopher and voles. Although we provide those varied services we are experts in each of those fields.
Spokane, Washington is a thriving city located in the western part of the state near the border of Idaho. Ranked no. 19 among the fastest-growing places, Spokane has received accolades for its growth in recent years and for its vibrant downtown restaurants, performance venues, breweries, and wineries. The Spokane River runs right through the downtown area and is flanked by Riverfront Park, offering residents and tourists entertainment, along with an outdoor venue for biking, walking, and hanging out.
With plenty of incorporated green spaces, Spokane also has nearby access to numerous lakes and mountains. The city is surrounded by smaller communities with residents that commute to the city for work, serviced by I-90 and several smaller routes that intersect the region. Spokane’s motto
, “Near Nature, Near Perfect,” expresses its allure for people and businesses alike, but it also holds true for wildlife.
It’s hard for any city to grow without disturbing the habitats of the wildlife around it, and Spokane is no exception. While its surrounding landscapes range from basalt columns to mountain lakes perfect for wildlife, these places have become destinations for residents and tourists looking for outdoor recreation. Wildlife adapts to these intrusions by likewise adapting to our habitats, learning that urban and suburban life provides them with easy access to food, water, and shelter.
Raccoons are plentiful throughout Washington state. Although they prefer to live in the woods near a stream, they have adapted well to living among the humans who have spread into their habitat. It is not uncommon for raccoons to be seen in the urban and suburban parts of Spokane.
Their populations have grown considerably because of hunting and trapping restrictions because there are few predators in populated areas and because of the food humans supply to them. Raccoons are not great hunters, but they will eat about anything they find, making populated areas an easy place to find a continuous supply of food from trash cans and pet food left outside.
Raccoons are wily, strong, and determined animals that can easily rip through your roof to make your attic its home. Their hands have thumb-like digits that can claw and tear their way into your home. And, once inside, the damage they do can be even more serious and costly.
Raccoons are mostly solitary animals. Chances are, if you have a raccoon, it is a female looking to raise her young.These nuisance animals are not subtle. The telltale signs include a hole in your roof larger than one a squirrel or rat might make. They are most active at dusk and dawn, so they will also create a bit of noise thumping around. In addition, their footprints are pretty distinct and can easily be recognized by a Critter Control technician.
Raccoons like to create a singular place to use as a bathroom, so you can expect to find a pile of feces. Roundworm is a common parasite in Washington state raccoons that can cause illness in pets and people.
Critter Control rids your house of your resident raccoon by live trapping and returning it to a more natural, wooded habitat. If there are kits, they will be transported with them. If the kits are too young, a wildlife rehabilitator is called in to help.
Never try to get rid of a raccoon on your own. They become aggressive when cornered, especially if kits are present. In addition, they are carriers of rabies and parasites. Other viruses and bacteria that are of concern to both people and pets include canine distemper, canine parvovirus, salmonella, tularemia, and leptospirosis.
Mice Control in Spokane, WA
Mice are one of the worst pest infestations one can have because of the costly damage they create, the health risks they pose, and how quickly they reproduce..
The incisor teeth of rodents grow continuously throughout their lives. They are voracious gnawers because that is their way of keeping these teeth at a manageable length. This trait is what makes them so successful at gnawing their way into homes. Once comfortably inside, they will continue to gnaw pathways, chewing through wood, floorboards, and even electric wires, creating a fire hazard.
These gnaw marks are one of the sure signs of a rodent problem. Other signs to look out for are feces and urine in your pantry, drawers, and counters, and greasy smudge marks left behind along walls and floorboards where they travel often. By the time you see an actual mouse or rat, you could already have an infestation, as these creatures are nocturnal and like to move about under the cover of night.
Depending on the size of the infestation and where the rodents are nesting, your wildlife technician will put together a custom plan for eradication. The process can take anywhere from seven to ten days. Once rats and mice are gone, the gaps through which these mice entered will be sealed. Then repairs and sanitation can take place.
Most people think of squirrels as cute, energetic, and bushy-tailed animals. They are found all over the world except Australia and Antarctica. Opinions about squirrels differ vastly. There are those who think they are adorable and love to watch them in the park or even feed them. Then there are those who only consider them a nuisance.
Even though we don’t think of them as rodents, squirrels are in the rodent family but in a different suborder than rats and mice. They are closely related to prairie dogs, chipmunks, and marmots. Unlike rats and mice, which are nocturnal, squirrels are diurnal. They are active by day and are most active at dawn and dusk.
There are more than 200 species of squirrels categorized into three types. Tree squirrels make nests in trees. Ground squirrels dig systems of tunnels underground, and flying squirrels live in tree holes or in nests they make in crooks of branches. It is a myth that flying squirrels can fly. They spread a muscle membrane between their legs and body to glide up to 160 feet in the air, making it look like they are flying.
Squirrels are all around us, so it’s hard not to have some on your property. The trees around us contain the acorns and other nuts in a squirrel’s diet, and the trees provide them with a home and cover from predators.
It isn’t a far stretch for squirrels on your property to come inside your house. Your home is a safe haven from predators and a warm home for them and their young in harsh temperatures.
Signs of squirrels in your attic or chimney include
- Scurrying and squeaking noises in the walls early in the morning and again at dusk.
- Squirrel droppings in and around the house.
- Chewing damage on the outside of your home on the roofline, soffits, or shingles.
- A foul smell coming from the attic, chimney, or crawlspace. If a squirrel has made a nest in your home, the smell of the accumulation of urine and feces will penetrate into your living area.
- Yard damage, such as a dug-up lawn or bulbs, chewed bark, and eaten fruits and vegetables from the garden.
If you suspect you have squirrels in your house, it’s imperative to get rid of them as quickly as possible because the damage they create is costly and sometimes dangerous. They will gnaw on wood, tear insulation to use for their nests, and chew on wires. In addition, they will defecate, and this causes rot as well as a health issue. Squirrels also carry parasites such as ticks, mites, and fleas that can infest your home.
Few mammals have been as misunderstood as bats. They are extremely beneficial to our environment and economy, yet they instill fear and horror. The theory is that bats appeared on Earth about the same time as dinosaurs, about 65 to 100 million years ago
. There are around 1,300 bat species worldwide. They account for about one in every five mammals living on the planet, yet they are mostly invisible to us.
Bats live on almost every continent, but there are only about 15 species living in Washington state. All of them are insectivores. Bats can eat
up to 600 to 1,000 flying insects, such as mosquitoes, beetles, and stink bugs, in just one hour. They also help farmers by eating tomato hornworms, cucumber beetles, and earworms from our crops.
In the rainforest, bats pollinate the flowers of countless trees important to our continuing existence. And in Africa, the baobab is an important ecosystem that depends almost exclusively on bats for pollination. Without bats, the baobab ecosystem would collapse. Bats are also key to maintaining pollination for many of the foods we love: bananas, mangoes, cashews, dates, avocados, and much more. All in all, the U.S. pollination of agricultural crops by bats is valued at $10 billion and $3.7 billion in pest control services per year, according to biological diversity.org
Bats are all around us in Spokane and every other city in the nation. Because they are nocturnal, we may not notice them. And it’s hard to notice them when they decide to roost in your chimney or attic—or behind shutters. While we love the good bats do, they pose health risks when roosting in our homes.
Bats don’t have the physical capability to create an entrance into our homes, but they do take advantage of the weak spots that exist. Once within our walls, the guano they produce is the real danger as it carries parasites and can cause disease.
Signs of bats include an ammonia smell of their urine, smudge marks along areas where they fly in and out, and squeaking noises within the walls. Bats are federally protected and cannot be harmed. In addition, their young, born in spring, are helpless until fall. So if you have bats in your attic, fall is when you can get rid of them. Critter Control will install a one-way door or bat valve that lets the bats fly out but does not let them return once the bats have left. The bat valve is removed, and the entryway is sealed.
We perform a full interior and exterior inspection and search for signs such as rub marks, guano, a strong scent of ammonia, and small openings. The most common sign is the accumulation of guano (feces).
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. We follow all local ordinances for humane bat removal. We will never abandon flightless pups in your attic.
After removing the bat valves, we seal the entrance hole(s) so bats can no longer enter your home. If there is substantial guano in your attic, you should consider taking advantage of our attic remediation services to remove the soiled insulation and replace it.
Even though skunks prefer to live and forage in open fields, pastures, and farms, they have been a growing presence in urban and suburban areas because of the loss of habitat and the easy accessibility of food in populated areas. Spokane is a popular place for skunks because of the city’s proximity to the Spokane River.
Known for their stinky spray, skunks can cause damage to homes. They tend to dig burrows under porches and sheds. When burrowing for food or shelter, they can damage foundations, electrical wiring, and plumbing. A skunk’s spray is also capable of ruining outdoor furniture or equipment. Because they are nocturnal, you may not see one, but their odor will let you know they are nearby. And, if you smell their musk day after day, it probably lives nearby.
are the most common carriers of rabies, so no homeowner should try to get rid of a skunk on one’s own. They are also carriers of distemper, tularemia, and leptospirosis. On the less dangerous side, when your dog gets sprayed, the scent can last for days.
Critter Control specialists will humanely trap and relocate the skunk to a more wooded habitat. Critter Control will also repair any damage caused by the skunk and get rid of the odor. Skunks are opportunistic animals, and another skunk will move right in, so exclusionary measures should be taken. Mesh and other fencing around decks and porches can keep your home free from skunks and other burrowing animals. Skunks are docile and like to avoid conflict. Keeping a motion-sensitive light on is an effective skunk deterrent.
In the vast majority of circumstances, birds add to our outdoor quality of life in addition to helping our environment by pollinating plants, eating pests, fertilizing the soil with their droppings, and spreading seeds. But there are some bird species that, because of their habits and loss of natural habitats, wreak havoc on homes, agriculture, and city buildings.
From individual woodpeckers hammering on houses to entire flocks of starlings, geese, and pigeons descending on lawns or building tops, birds can become a nuisance and a health hazard.
Bird poop contains uric acid, a corrosive element that, in large quantities, will mar the paint on buildings and corrode metal on roofs and bridges. All in all, birds cause millions of dollars in damage annually
to roofs, ventilation systems, cars, and machinery. Bird poop and feathers can also clog gutters and vents, causing water damage to homes and commercial properties.
House sparrows and starlings are not native to the U.S. Imported from Europe, they become aggressive and force more docile species out of an area. When congregating in large numbers, they will also remove an entire year’s fruit off of a tree, an especially damaging outcome for the many wineries in Washington state.
Bird poop poses health and accident risks as well. Their poop on sidewalks is a slip hazard. And, through their poop, they can pass on parasites. People can also contract diseases such as histoplasmosis and cryptococcosis by breathing in the dust created when cleaning dried droppings.
It’s nearly impossible to eradicate flying birds. Critter Control employs exclusion methods depending on the species and type of property that eliminates bird access to nesting and roosting areas. Our specialists recommend barriers such as bird netting, bird slides, and capping chimneys, among others.
Moles are the bane of many homeowners who love their lawns and garden beds. Many people believe moles are rodents, but they are small mammals that spend most of their lives alone and underground in their tunnels. In addition to homeowners, they are considered to be a nuisance in ballfields, golf courses, horse pastures, and farms.
Although moles can cause damage to lawns and to the roots of plantings in the course of tunneling, they do serve the beneficial purpose of aerating the soil and eating many destructive insects. In addition, they eat earthworms. When tunneling in your garden, it is the earthworms they are after.
Because moles spend most of their lives underground, you may not see one to know you have a mole problem. Signs of a mole problem include large molehills, ridges from tunnels, and spongy ground.
It’s hard to get rid of an animal you cannot see. Mole tunnels are so extensive that you do not know where underneath your lawn the mole actually is. DIY treatments are mostly ineffective and best left to professionals who can rid your lawn of moles and then institute exclusion methods so garden beds and other areas can be protected from future recurrences.
Because voles also live most of their lives underground, many think they are similar to moles, but they are not. Unlike moles, voles are small rodents whose diet consists of vegetation. In addition, they like to live in large burrow complexes as part of a colony of voles. But like moles, voles also damage lawns and gardens by eating the roots, stems, and leaves of plants.
Voles look more like mice and are active all year round, day and night, so the damage they can create on your property is ongoing. Also, they are prolific breeders
, producing five to 10 litters per year with three to six young per litter.
Vole signs include spongy soil under your feet, holes in the ground, and collapsed plants. Identifying voles can be tricky, but a Critter Control technician can help.
Like moles and voles, gophers spend their time building complex underground burrow systems. Gophers are rodents found most commonly in the midwest and western regions of the country. They are herbivores and can eat about 60% of their weight in vegetation every day. They are rarely seen above ground but will cause significant damage to lawns and gardens from below, even damaging underground electrical wiring or drain lines.
Gophers also breed profusely and can have as many as 18 pups annually. Born blind, they are dependent on their mother. Once they gain their vision, they are mature enough to live on their own.
Gophers can carry rabies and are aggressive. Critter Control can evaluate your situation and create a plan for its humane removal.
How Professional Wildlife Control Services Can Help You
Trying to remove birds, snakes, moles, voles, and gophers from your property can be a frustrating and often dangerous DIY chore. These are some of the most difficult nuisance wildlife to locate and get rid of and are better left to the professionals at Critter Control.
- Critter Control makes sure that nuisance wildlife is removed or excluded humanely — customer satisfaction is guaranteed.
- By hiring Critter Control, you are assured that you, your family, and your pets will not risk getting hurt by aggressive animals or face any related health risks.
- Critter Control services include making repairs to any damage created by wildlife as well as sanitization. Our technicians also offer solutions to save you from any further animal invasion.
The Critter Control Difference
Animal removal is a highly sophisticated job. As such, we vet and train our team members to ensure they have the knowledge and skill to remove any pest from your building. Our wildlife experts utilize advanced removal and exclusion techniques and damage repair.
Your satisfaction is always guaranteed. Critter Control® takes great pride in providing quality workmanship resulting in customer satisfaction.
Residential and Commerical
Invading nuisance wildlife can wreak havoc on property. If left unattended wildlife and pests can cause costly property damage. Whether a residential property, apartment buildings, retail stores, office buildings, industrial plants, medical facilities, or warehouses, our trained professionals can handle any wildlife removal problem.
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