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We have rivers, lakes, and land that make up the Milwaukee River Basin, habitats for all types of wildlife. We also have state parks, local parks, conservatories, and forests.

All of these create food, water, and shelter for wildlife. The problem is that we share these areas with the local wildlife, and the more we develop the area, the more the animals are forced into our backyards. If they are searching for food and water in our yards, they are also looking for shelter. If you have open vents, chimneys, or crawlspaces, you may also have a nuisance animal living in your home.

Wildlife goes from being cute to a nuisance when they start destroying your property. Bats, raccoons, opossums, rodents, squirrels, birds, ducks, geese, rabbits, and many other animals can create costly property damage.

Critter Control Wildlife Removal Process

Southern Wisconsin boasts a diverse array of wildlife habitats, each supporting a rich variety of flora and fauna. The region’s habitats include prairies, woodlands, wetlands, and aquatic ecosystems, each with its unique characteristics and ecological significance. Southern Wisconsin’s wildlife habitats are dynamic and rich ecosystems that play a crucial role in the region’s environmental health and biodiversity.

Bats, raccoons, opossums, rodents, squirrels, skunks, woodchucks, moles, birds, coyotes and many other animals can be removed from your property when they causing damage or a nuisance.

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 in Southern Wisconsin 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

Wildlife Trapping & 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

Wildlife Control and Exclusion

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

Unless you are out late at night, sneaking around the back alleys, you may not see too many raccoons. However, they are everywhere in Milwaukee. Raccoons are clever, and with their nimble hands, they can climb and open containers that contain food. Raccoons have adapted to the city life ad love eating scraps they find behind restaurants and, if possible, at your house.

Raccoons build nests close to their food and water sources. They like cozy places, especially if they are giving birth to baby raccoons. Your attic or crawlspace is a preferred space. Raccoons are willing to break screens, bust holes, and dig to get their way. Because they will eat just about anything, including chickens, nothing is safe on your property.

Raccoons can block chimneys and clog ductwork, creating fire hazards. They chew wires and love to scratch wallpaper and drywall. They also poop in the same area each time, making a pile of toxic waste that can be dangerous to inhale.

We can help get your raccoon problem under control.

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

Raccoon Control & Exclusions

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.

Rodent Removal

Whether you are having trouble with the house mouse or the Norway rat, getting help from rodent experts will ensure you get rid of the rat or mice problem for good. Rodents multiply quickly, so getting rid of one rodent doesn’t mean they are all gone.

Rats and mice in Milwaukee are in abundance. There is no lack of food, water, or shelter. If you have a hole they can enter, even a tiny one, they will make their way into your home. They live in attics, walls, and behind furniture. They are active year-round, mostly at night.

Rodents leave trails of poop and pee wherever they go, even on your kitchen counter when trying to steal a leftover crumb. They get into your groceries and will chew fabrics to add to their nests. Outside they can make electrical wires sag, break shingles, and clog vents or chimneys with nesting materials.

We can get rid of your rodent infestation.

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

Rat 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

Exclusions & 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 Milwaukee

Milwaukee is overwhelmed with squirrels. The most common squirrels in our area are gray squirrels. You enjoy watching them stuff their cheeks with fruits, nuts, pinecones, or bird eggs. They run off to their den to stow away their treasures.

You may be surprised to learn the squirrel’s den can be inside your home. If you hear scratching, chirping, or scurrying in your ceiling, it may be a squirrel. The noises you hear can indicate the destruction of property. They may be gnawing on wires or boards, ripping insulation, or scratching holes in drywall. You can be sure they are leaving feces and urine that contains toxins.

You must call animal control experts to get rid of squirrels. They carry diseases and will bite if they feel threatened. We have the proper equipment to remove squirrels from your home.

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 Control

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.

Bat Removal

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 Milwaukee, 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.

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.

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 Control

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.

Opossum Control

Homeowners in Milwaukee, WI, might observe various signs of opossum activity and behavior around their property. Opossums are nocturnal marsupials, meaning they are most active during the night. Homeowners might spot opossums scurrying around their yards, porches, or garages after dusk. They are often seen searching for food or shelter. At night, you might hear rustling in bushes, under decks, or around garbage cans as opossums forage. They are generally quiet animals but can make scratching sounds or soft vocalizations.

Opossums often seek shelter in secure, dark places like under decks, sheds, or porches. Homeowners might notice disturbed soil or nesting materials like leaves and grass in these areas. Occasionally, opossums may enter attics or crawl spaces through openings or damaged vents. Signs include droppings, nesting materials, or unpleasant odors from urine and feces.

Inspection

Inspection

We look for signs of opossums like droppings, tracks, and claw marks.

Trapping and Removal

Opossum Trapping

Critter Control specialists are educated in opossum behavior and can effectively and safely trap an opossum. Untrained individuals do not have the knowledge, resources, and certifications to safely and properly handle the marsupials as professionals do.

Mole Control

Woodchucks are also known as groundhogs. It is improbable you will find a groundhog inside your home. However, they may dig under your home, creating foundation cracks and structural instability. They burrow underground, creating multiple long tunnels for traveling from one place to another. These tunnels can ruin your driveway, retaining walls, sheds, and other outdoor structures. Groundhogs love to steal garden crops and take them underground for a feast. They also chew wires, water hoses, decks, porches, and outdoor furniture. If they get under your vehicle, they may chew wires underneath it too.

Call us for the removal of woodchucks.

Inspection

Inspection

Critter Control’s experts will confirm whether your lawn problems are caused by moles and provide you with a reliable plan to get rid of moles. The most obvious signs are raised mounds of dirt at tunnel entrances and raised ridges crisscrossing the lawn.

Trapping and Removal

Mole Trapping

Because moles are predominantly underground creatures, eliminating them is tricky and best left to professionals. Depending on placement, traps and bait can be the most effective method. This is a tedious and difficult process that Critter Control is fully experienced to accomplish. Critter Control has the right tools, skills, and knowledge to efficiently and humanely eliminate your mole problem.

Repairs

Mole Control

Moles are territorial. After we get rid of the moles from the yard, you are susceptible to a future mole infestation.  Once the moles are eliminated, certain parts of your yard can benefit from exclusionary methods. Garden beds can be surrounded by wire mesh, for example, but unfortunately, doing this around an entire yard is impractical.

Woodchuck Removal

Woodchucks are also known as groundhogs. It is improbable you will find a groundhog inside your home. However, they may dig under your home, creating foundation cracks and structural instability. They burrow underground, creating multiple long tunnels for traveling from one place to another. These tunnels can ruin your driveway, retaining walls, sheds, and other outdoor structures. Groundhogs love to steal garden crops and take them underground for a feast. They also chew wires, water hoses, decks, porches, and outdoor furniture. If they get under your vehicle, they may chew wires underneath it too.

Call us for the removal of woodchucks.

Inspection

Groundhog Inspection

Groundhog nesting isn’t hard to spot. Being the largest member of the squirrel family, they have a rather large entrance hole to their nesting spots and they leave a great amount of dirt at their front door.

Trapping and Removal

Groundhog Removal

Once we’ve identified all burrow entrances, the next step is deciding what will work best for the situation at hand. Woodchucks may be excluded from denning under structures with one-way doors, if the structure they’re living under can be sealed with a rat wall. If the area can’t be sealed, then trapping and removing the animal is the best option.

Repairs

Groundhog Repairs

We can install rat walls to keep groundhogs out of crawl spaces and from entering under decks, sheds, patios and many other locations. Please call us to discuss how this process is completed.

Chipmunk Control in Yards

Chipmunks are common in Milwaukee and their behaviors, while often endearing, can lead to problems for homeowners. Chipmunks are prolific burrowers. They dig extensive tunnel systems that can be several feet deep and long. These burrows are typically used for nesting, food storage, and protection from predators.

Chipmunks often dig in gardens and lawns to search for food or create burrows. This can uproot plants, disturb roots, and create unsightly holes and mounds of dirt. The burrowing behavior of chipmunks can cause significant structural damage. Tunnels dug near foundations, driveways, sidewalks, and retaining walls can lead to erosion and destabilization of these structures.

Inspection

Signs of Chipmunk

The most obvious sign of chipmunks are their burrows. The holes are typically one to two inches in diameter. You’ll often find these relatively small holes near plants or around the base of bird feeders. Although the holes are seemingly innocuous at the surface, these can lead to an expansive burrow system that could be up to 30 feet wide and three feet deep.

Trapping and Removal

Chipmunk Removal

Repairs

Chipmunk Control

One of the most effective ways to prevent chipmunk damage is to create exclusions around your home.

Hardware cloth is a useful option to keep chipmunks out of gardens and flower beds. The cloth should be buried several inches below ground and extend for two to three feet above the ground. Chipmunks will have a difficult time breaking through this perimeter to access your garden.

Additionally, you can use wire mesh to prevent chipmunks from entering your home. The wire mesh should be secured to any openings that a chipmunk may be able to squeeze through.

Skunk Control

Having skunks under your shed can mean foul odors, holes in your lawn, and structural damage to buildings.  Besides the smell, skunk holes are the next most obvious sign of skunks. Skunks dig cone-shaped holes in the lawn looking for insects. Like raccoons, skunks looking for food tear open garbage bags and scatter trash.

Inspection

Skunk Inspection

Specific signs, like tracks, droppings, and odors, can help you confirm you have a skunk under the shed and the extent of the infestation.

Trapping and Removal

Skunk Trapping

Experts understand that trapping skunks involves choosing a safe, humane trap in the size that matches the skunk on your property. They choose the correct bait that attracts skunks and not all other wildlife. Also, they know how to trap one skunk versus a skunk with babies.

Repairs

Skunk Control

Skunk control goes beyond removing the animal from your property. Critter Control experts, for example, aim to prevent and exclude skunks from visiting your area in the future. They help you develop a permanent solution to avoid repeat skunk problems.

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The Critter Control Difference

Trained Specialists 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.
Guaranteed Work 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.

FAQ About Nuisance Wildlife in Milwaukee

What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in Southeast Wisconsin?

Bats, raccoons and squirrels in their attics, walls and crawl spaces; Birds in vents, or nesting on homes, as well as mice inside living areas.

How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in your area?

In the summer months, April through October, we’re extremely busy. Winter months, November through March, the activity slows to a slightly more moderate pace.

Any prevention tips for residents in your area?

Keep pet food secured inside and refrain from using bird feeders away from homes.

When should homeowners call Critter Control?

The minute they think they have a problem; Animal damage only gets worse over time.

This franchise is independently licensed and operated by WAKKE, LLC, dba Critter Control of South Wisconsin.