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Finding evidence of a pest animal in your home is a stressful experience. Critter Control of Morgantown will solve that problem quickly and humanely.

Wildlife becomes a nuisance if it causes damage to your property, threatens you or others, or causes such an annoyance that you cannot enjoy your property. Nuisance wildlife must be removed immediately. Hiring a wildlife control expert protects you from bites, scratches, diseases, feces, and urine risks from getting rid of nuisance wildlife.

Below are examples of common wildlife behaviors causing a nuisance in Morgantown.

Critter Control Wildlife Removal Process

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.

STEP 1

Wildlife Inspection

During the inspection we try to ascertain how many animals there are, where they are located, and how they got in. Based on what you have seen, heard and smelled, we start the inspection where you have noticed signs of animal activity. Evidence of animals inside your home include nests, dens, feces, and animal tracks. We investigate the exterior of your home looking for possible entry points, any evidence of animal damage, tracks, fur, animal waste, or rub marks.

STEP 2

Trapping and Removal

We use several methods to humanely remove the animal from your home. Depending on the species, the number of animals, and the condition of your property, we develop a custom wildlife removal plan. Humane wildlife removal strategies include animal traps, one-way doors, and repellents. Once we guarantee all animals are gone, we implement exclusion techniques. Exclusion techniques provide a safe, long-term solution to nuisance wildlife in your home. We create barriers to prevent animals from getting to resources. We only apply exclusions once we are sure all animals are gone from your home.

STEP 3

Exclusion and Control

Wildlife will damage your home. Exclusion techniques repair any damage the animal causes getting into your home. Inside your home, animals build nests and dens out of readily available material. They will create runs through the insulation. Rodents will gnaw on anything including electrical wires and pipes. Animals can also spread diseases. We apply sanitation agents to clean up feces and urine. Mammals can host pests like fleas, ticks, and mites. Ectoparasite treatments exterminate those pests so you don’t become their next host.

Raccoon Removal in Morgantown, WV

Raccoons living in Morgantown have black masks and striped tails. They can weigh up to 35 pounds, about the size of a large house cat. Raccoons adapt well to residential living. They have no trouble finding food, water, and shelter. They are omnivores and enjoy a variety of nuts, grains, fish, pet food, chickens, eggs, vegetables, junk food, and table scraps.

Raccoons also have dexterous hands. They have a thumb, too, making their hands much like that of humans. The myth of raccoons washing their food underwater before eating is not strictly true. A raccoon’s hand has a lot of nerve endings, and feeling its food helps its brain process what it has a hold of. Its hands have a thin layer of skin that protects them, and when in water, this skin becomes soft, further enhancing the senses in their hands.

Another way you can know raccoons are not washing their food is because they are filthy animals. They don’t care if their food is dirty. They poop in the same water where they feel food. They love being in the water and are excellent swimmers. Raccoons are known to take dips in residential swimming pools and leave feces by the steps on their way out.

Raccoons become a nuisance when they inhabit your attic, chimney, basement, or crawlspace. They will enter your home through a pet door if accessible. Once inside, they gnaw wires, chew wood beams, and contaminate areas where they leave feces and urine. To build nests, they shred insulation, drywall and take any items they find lying around, even your sentimental items.

Raccoons are mostly nocturnal but sometimes sun themselves in the open during the day. They are opportunistic eaters and won’t miss out on good food, so seeing them during the day is possible. However, if you see a raccoon staggering and coming straight toward you, it may be sick, and you should avoid it.

Raccoons will travel several miles for food and, while searching, may cause damage. They can open trash cans and scatter garbage. They dig holes in your lawn, leave greasy smudge marks on siding and walls, and strip bark from trees. They raid gardens, chicken coops, and ponds. Raccoons also carry diseases like rabies.

Avoid the risks of getting rid of a raccoon yourself by hiring a professional to do the job. Experts know how to obtain correct permits for raccoon removal due to its status as a fur-bearing small game animal, and they know how to correctly trap and extract a raccoon safely.

Inspection

Inspection

During the inspection, we determine the severity of the raccoon infestation. We look for physical evidence like footprints in or around the home, stains from raccoon feces and urine. On the exterior of the house, we look for damage like scratches on boards, broken vents and screens, ripped apart shingles, destroyed soffits, and every possible entry point.

Trapping and Removal

Raccoon Trapping

Live trapping is one of the most efficient ways to get rid of a raccoon. Depending on the situation, a one-way door or excluder valve can be installed. An excluder valve works by allowing the raccoon to leave but blocks its reentry. The choice of device is largely dependent on the season and location of the raccoons on your property. Direct capture is not commonly used because raccoons are a rabies vector species. If we must trap, we place traps strategically to safely catch the raccoons and we check traps frequently, based on state laws.

Repairs

Exclusion Repairs

We provide a wide range of repair and restoration services. We can repair raccoon damage like broken screens on vents and chimneys and broken boards on decks and porches. It is essential to apply cleaning agents and ectoparasite treatments on areas inhabited by raccoons.

Rat and Mice Pest Control

Nine species of rats and mice live in West Virginia. The house mouse and Norway rat are common invaders of local residences. Both adapt well to living among humans and are happy to take up space in and under your home. Rats and mice rely on their sense of smell, which is quite powerful, to help them find food. They don’t typically travel more than 300 feet from their nests, so you can follow them to their nests if you see mouse or rat droppings along baseboards, under appliances, or on countertops.

Rat and mice damage includes gnawed electrical wires, carpets, cabinets, baseboards, and furniture. They gnaw on every type of material because their teeth never stop growing. Their incisors can grow as much as five inches in a year and be painful if not filed down. Gnawing keeps rodent teeth short and pain-free. In addition to gnawing, Norway rats like to burrow underground, specifically under your home. Burrows create gaps in soil that lead to unstable foundations. If you notice your driveway or sidewalks cracking, it may be due to rat activity.

Rodents have no problems entering a home that is not adequately sealed. Mice can fit through a hole the size of a dime, and rats through holes the size of a quarter. If they are denning in your attic or walls, rats will build nests from insulation, drywall pieces, and anything else they find. You will likely hear them scratching, clawing, squeaking, squealing, and rummaging. Rats and mice usually enter the kitchen and pantry, contaminating expensive groceries.

The biggest threat to your home is the ability of rats and mice to reproduce. These animals give birth to a new litter seven or more times yearly. With each delivery, an average of six pups are born. Females are ready to reproduce three months after birth, meaning the number of rodents will continue to grow at an alarming rate. Rats and mice do not live alone. If you see one, you must figure out if you have one family or ten or more living in your home.

Because rats and mice carry diseases and mold spores can grow on their feces, making it harmful to humans if inhaled, call the wildlife experts for help removing them. They know how to set the correct traps and bait for each species, which can differ greatly. They also know where to place traps based on rat and mouse behaviors.

Inspection

Inspection

During a rodent inspection, we thoroughly inspect your attic and provide a complete exterior home inspection. The most common signs of rodent activity are gnaw marks, feces, rub marks, nesting material, runs in insulation material, and small entry points.

Trapping and Removal

Rodent Trapping

A Critter Control wildlife specialist will create a strategic trapping plan to remove the rodents found in your home. Critter Control specialists may use snap traps and live traps to capture and remove mice and rats. Rodent trapping can usually takes between five to fourteen days.

Repairs

Rodent Control

The best way to reduce the possibility of letting unwanted rodents into homes is to seal possible entrances. Exclusion methods include caulking cracks in foundations, capping chimneys, and installing mesh covers over vents and crawl space entrances. We also strongly recommend a maintenance service. Rodents have front teeth that continuously grow, which means they can gnaw a new way back into your home.

Squirrel Removal in Morgantown, WV

Five total squirrel species exist in West Virginia, but two of the three tree squirrels are commonly caught misbehaving on your property in Morgantown. The Eastern gray and fox squirrels can wreak havoc on your lawn, your home’s exterior, and inside your attic or your walls.

Squirrels are in the rodent family and share traits with rats and mice, like chewing through hard materials to keep their ever-growing teeth filed. They are also commonly found in attics and walls, which can cause a lot of destruction while building nests, leaving feces and urine piles. Squirrels can enter your home through a hole the size of a golf ball.

Squirrels are active during the day. You can see them scurry around your yard, up and down trees, and across your roof. They may appear not to have a purpose, but they are on a mission to collect food and materials for the winter months. They pack the pouches in their cheeks full of nuts, grains, berries, fruits, twigs, buds, bark, insects, bird eggs, smaller rodents, and bird seed.

Collectors must find places to store their treasures. Squirrels choose multiple locations to hide the food they scavenge, including holes in the ground, tree hollows, and your pipes, vents, or wall cavities. They may also use gutters, soffits, fascia, siding, and eaves as mini-storage units. Plugging up these areas creates water and fire hazards for your home.

Squirrels leave their feces and urine near their nests. This waste can contain diseases that may be contracted by humans if mishandled. Squirrels can short out transformers by running and gnawing on utility lines. Call a professional to get rid of squirrels to avoid getting bit or scratched or handling feces.

Inspection

Inspection

Wildlife specialists look for signs such as chewing on, in, or around your home, small openings leading to the attic or the crawl space, droppings, and debris like nuts or nesting material. Beams, wires, pipes, and insulation may all show signs of damage from squirrels.

Trapping and Removal

Squirrel Trapping

Live trapping or one-way doors are the most effective and humane ways to get rid of squirrels. One-way doors should never be used during birthing seasons (Spring & Fall), so our specialists will decide which is the best tool for the job. If we have to trap, we place traps strategically to safely catch the squirrels and check those according to state laws.

Repairs

Squirrel Exclusion

We can restore your home or office by squirrel proofing all entry points after we have removed the offenders. We can also clean-up the nesting sites and remove any debris, food, feces and soiled insulation.

Morgantown Bat Removal

Fourteen bat species are in West Virginia, some native and some non-native. Bats are one of the most essential parts of our ecosystem. The gray, Indiana, and Virginia big-eared bats are deemed federally endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services.

Recent years have seen a reduction in the number of living bats. One reason is human disturbance, causing bats to come out of hibernation earlier than they should. Waking up too early causes their fat reserves to deplete too quickly and often results in the death of these animals.

Other bat species are listed as threatened or vulnerable due to diseases spreading through colonies, like the white-nose syndrome. Other factors threatening their existence include climate change, wind turbines, and deforestation.

Bats are fascinating creatures. Bats eat insects, thousands of them every night. This act alone saves America billions in money that would need to be spent on insecticides. They save our crops and our peace of mind. Bats pollinate tropical plants like bananas and mangoes, which would not be available without the help bats provide. Bats also disperse seeds for reforestation.

Two factors make bats a nuisance to homeowners, rabies and guano or feces. One bat tested positive for rabies in Monongalia County last year. That’s one too many for the residents of Morgantown. It is rare for a human to contract rabies but not impossible.

Bats expel much guano both when they are active and when roosting upside down. Although bats clean themselves, they are constantly covered in guano. Bat guano consists of uric acids that corrode wood and metals. Guano also grows mold spores; if humans inhale these spores, respiratory issues can develop.

If you have one bat living in your attic, barn, shed, or other structure, it will take longer for guano to cause damage versus if you have a colony roosting there. Guano is thick and heavy, and piles of it can threaten the stability of beams and flooring. It can leak through floors, down your walls, and into your living space. Mold spores can travel through HVAC ducts and vents into your bedrooms, kitchen, and den.

Contact a wildlife control professional if you suspect a bat is roosting in your home. Don’t risk breaking laws, receiving hefty fines, or getting bit or scratched. Let the experts remove the bat and its guano and sanitize the affected area.

Inspection

Inspection

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).

Trapping and Removal

Bat Removal

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.

Repairs

Bat Exclusions

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.

Snake Removal

At least twenty snake species live in West Virginia, with only two being venomous: the Northern Copperhead and Timber Rattlesnake. However, most snakes carry bacteria and can pass it on to humans through a bite.

Snake bites are rare since they don’t typically happen unless the snake feels threatened in some way. If you leave a snake alone, it will typically leave you alone. Unfortunately, coming upon a snake can surprise you, and many homeowners have snake phobias.

Snakes are incredibly beneficial to the planet and to humans. They consume rodents, including rats and mice. Without snakes, the rodent population would be much higher. If you see a snake on your property, it is most likely searching for food sources like rats, mice, chipmunks, baby birds, or chicken eggs.

Snakes prefer cool, damp, dark areas so you may find one in your basement or crawlspace, though again, it is probably there to chase a rodent. It may also be looking for a place to shed skin. Most snakes will leave an area shortly after arriving or consuming all the food they can find.

A snake that causes fear is annoying; a professional can certainly remove it from your property. You do not have to live in fear. Experts have catch poles and snake traps to extract snakes quickly. They can also check your home for rodent infestations that attract snakes and create a plan for removal if one exists.

Inspection

Inspection

Snakes are excellent at avoiding detection. We inspect your home for potential entry points and look for signs like snake skin and feces. Because a snake typically enters a home hunting for food, our wildlife inspector also looks for signs of a rodent infestation.

Trapping and Removal

Snake Trapping

Depending on the location, we can set a live trap or direct capture. Exclusion is the most effective way to keep snakes out of your home. If rodents are present, it is essential to exterminate the rodent infestation. Their presence will continue to attract snakes.

Repairs

Exclusion

In addition to dealing with any possible rodent problem drawing snakes to your property, a specialist will assist with sealing possible entry points and also encourage you to remove any debris where snakes can easily take up residence.

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Q&A With Local Critter Control Experts Irene and Daniel Lambka

What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in your area?

We have the most issues with bats, mice and snakes in homes. We also have problems with animals burrowing in and under buildings in the fall and winter months.

How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in your area?

Winter is usually when we see animals in homes to escape the cold. During the summer months, we find them in gardens and under and around buildings and sheds.

What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity?

You will hear noises in the attic and see droppings, rub marks and chew marks from animals.

Any prevention or exclusion tips for residents in your area?

Some ways to prevent animal entry is to seal up any cracks in the home, especially dormer gaps, soffits, under and around the doors and windows. Look at the entire building, from top to bottom, to seal entry points to prevent animals from entering. Definitely don’t feedi any pets outside, as this can bring in other animals.

When should homeowners call you?

Call whenever you see signs of any animals inside your home, or hear any noises from them. You don’t want to wait until a smaill issue develops into something bigger and more costly. Let’s take care of the problem now. We also specialize in sanitation efforts in the home (i.e attics or crawl spaces). This will make it a clean and healthy environment for you and your family.

The Critter Control Difference

Trained Specialists Critter Control set the standards for humane wildlife removal. 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.
Residential and Commercial 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.
Critter Control Guarantee Your satisfaction is always guaranteed. We provide reliable prevention from future intrusions. Resolving a nuisance wildlife issue calls for more than trapping and removing the critter. Our exclusion services offer immediate and long-term wildlife solutions.

This franchise is independently licensed and operated by Lambka, LLC, dba Critter Control of Morgantown, WV.