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Madison, Wisconsin, offers its residents many beautiful neighborhoods as well as many beautiful natural areas. This upper Midwestern city is home to an array of flora and fauna that includes your typical variety of North American wildlife. In areas where human and wildlife habitats meet and intertwine, there can be issues with wildlife attempting to inhabit human spaces. This ranges from various rodents and raccoons to birds and squirrels.
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 quickly get rid of raccoons, rodents, and other wildlife nuisances. 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 the repairs for a complete restoration. Contact a Critter Control office near you today.
This well-known animal is very common in Madison, Wisconsin. These cheeky critters are very smart and can get into many places they are not supposed to be. Raccoons love to explore dumpsters, garden sheds, homes, and outdoor areas around the home. We may look at raccoons as being friendly, but in truth, they can be quite dangerous. Raccoons can carry diseases and parasites, so you should not approach them if you see one close to your home.
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.
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.
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
Rats and mice can usually be found in warm dark places where they feel it is safe to multiply and raise babies. They look for areas that have a good food source.
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.
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.
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.
Squirrels can cause a surprising amount of damage. Squirrels often chew siding, wood, and even electric wiring in housing, which can cause serious issues for you and in maintaining the structure and safety of your home. They also build nests out of loose yard material and make homes in places that are dry and warm.
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.
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.
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.
Madison, Wisconsin, is home to a wide variety of bird species. Birds are an important part of our natural ecosystems as they feed on insects and rodents, which helps to control those populations. Birds typically cause damage to homes by building nests and leaving droppings in unwanted places.
We thoroughly inspect the area for things that attract birds, like harborage and loafing areas, as well as food and water sources. Also, we look for where birds may be entering your home or business. We also inspect for damage caused by birds, whether it's by nesting, or by droppings.
Trapping and Removal
Removing birds from your home and property is more about implementing deterrents, like spikes, netting, wire, electrical or acoustic solutions. Each bird may require a different answer.
Repairs & Prevention
We can repair the damage that is allowing birds entry to your home, like broken siding, weakened gutters, rotted soffits and fascia. We can also install protective screens on chimneys and vents. We can also remove nesting materials and accumulated droppings, then clean surface stains. We can use netting over fruit and vegetable crops and water basins. Netting can also be used in car ports, building overhangs and food courts. We also install a large number of different types of roof ledge barriers too.
Bats are a protected species, especially during maternity season from May to August. Experts at Critter Control use their knowledge of Wisconsin bats to remove them from your property.
Bats can eat their body weight in insects every night. The easiest place for them to find swarms of insects is around lights, like pole lights or outdoor lighting near your home or office. You may not ever see a bat, but you will know they are in your house by the loud noises they make and the massive piles of guano they leave behind.
Bats poop a lot, even when they are roosting upside down. They let the feces slide down their bodies, coating their fur with toxic waste. Bat guano contains uric acid that can rust metal and eat through wood. It can also cause respiratory diseases in humans when inhaled.
In Madison, we have big and little brown bats, silver-haired bats, Northern long-eared bats, Eastern red and pipistrelle bats, and hoary bats. Each of these bats can carry diseases, including rabies. Please never try to remove a bat from your property. Experts have special equipment and supplies to get rid of bats safely and humanely.
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.
Other Common Wildlife Issues
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.
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.
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.
Exclusion and Repair
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.
How Professional Wildlife Control Services Can Help You
It can be frustrating when wildlife attempts to make your home its own, but we never recommend trying to deal with wildlife on your own. Wildlife control and removal are why we are here. We will base our help on your individual needs and circumstances. We are available around the clock to answer questions. We will keep you, your family, and your pets safe from harmful bites and sprays from wildlife. We are the best at what we do because we have:
- Many years of experience
- The highest standards of safe removal and efficiency- we trap and release wildlife
- Humane methods of animal removal - keeping you and wildlife safe is our top priority
- Repairing damaged property and decontamination following animal removal are also part of our full range of services
- Experience with the removal of a diverse group of wildlife
Why Choose Critter Control
- We treat animals humanely—always. The wildlife that invade your structures are simply trying to exist, find food, make homes, and raise their young in a safe place.
- We are highly trained professionals who know what they are doing and have many years in the business.
- We guarantee 100% wildlife removal the first time. We will remove all the wildlife on your property or in your home.
Q&A With Local Critter Control Expert Evan Windholz
What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in Madison?
Madison residents and businesses are confronted with bats, raccoons, squirrels and mice getting into attics & crawl spaces.
How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in the Madison area?
Spring is the time of the year when most nuisance animals are looking for places to have their babies. Summer and fall stay consistently busy. During the winter cold weather can drive some animals into your home for shelter.
Any prevention tips for residents near Madison?
Don't encourage the local wildlife by feeding birds near your home. Keep pet food inside or in air tight containers. Keep an eye on vent covers, foundation vents, etc. for signs of entry.
When should homeowners call Critter Control?
As soon as they discover a problem. The longer you wait, the more damage the animals do.
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.
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 WAKKE, LLC, dba Critter Control of South Wisconsin.