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Critter Control of Central Missouri is a full-service nuisance wildlife control company that looks to resolve your wildlife issue from start to finish. We not only look at what your current situation is and what it will take to address it but also what can be done to prevent a future or similar issue down the road.

Many of the nuisance wildlife issues we see in the Central Missouri area could have been avoided with some reasonable prevention to vulnerable areas on homes and businesses that we commonly see critters exploit and enter.  Part of every inspection where the animal(s) are entering a structure includes addressing these common entry points.

Wildlife Problems in Central Missouri

Central Missouri's location away from mountains and water leads animals to seek alternative sources for shelter and sustenance. Finding wildlife pests in houses or backyards is common, especially during bouts of extreme weather.

Q&A with Local Franchisee Peter Riney:

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

Our most common issues are bats, squirrels, and raccoons in the attic.  Birds in vents. Moles in the yard.
How do the seasons affect wildlife activity around Columbia?

Many animals (like bats, groundhogs, and snakes) hibernate in our area, making winter a much slower season for us.
What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity?
Running, walking, or scratching noises in the attic or walls.  Small droppings that accumulate in a localized area in the spring and summer and continue to accumulate after they are cleaned up.

Any prevention tips for residents in your area?
Squirrels have the ability to chew through and raccoons can tear off most building materials to access an attic space. Sturdy metal (like steel) is typically the most versatile and structural sound exclusion material to use for these animals.

When should homeowners call Critter Control?
As soon as they think there may be an unwanted critter in the structure or on the property.  Addressing the issue early will limit the damage and (hopefully!) make the solution less costly.

Bat Problems

Bats may move into Missouri neighborhoods during any season. They often enter houses through uncapped chimneys, holes in roofs, or open doors and windows. Indoor roosts are dangerous since bat droppings can contain a certain type of mold. If inhaled, spores may lead to the respiratory disease histoplasmosis.

Squirrels in Attics

Squirrels are destructive animals and will cause a significant amount of damage in your attic in a short amount of time. A squirrel in the attic can create an electrical fire hazard, ruin insulation, and potentially transmit diseases.

Local Raccoons

Raccoons have adapted well to life in the Central Missouri suburbs. These pests nest in attics or chimneys, often damaging roofing and shingles as they claw their way indoors. A raccoon may also dig through trash bags for food, leaving scattered trash that attracts other pests. Another problem posed by raccoons is the threat of disease. These animals are rabies carriers in Missouri and can also spread illnesses such as canine and feline distemper to pets.

More Animals in Missouri

Central Missouri deals with pests large and small, including everything from coyotes to chipmunks. Coyote packs sometimes prowl yards looking for prey. While rarely infestation towards people, they may view a small pet as a meal. A chipmunk infestation, on the other hand, mostly causes damage. These pests ruin well-kept lawns with their holes and burrows.

Serving the following locations:

By County: Audrain County, Boone County, Calloway County and Cole County 

  • Ashland
  • Boonville
  • California
  • Centralia
  • Columbia
  • Fayette
  • Fulton
  • Glasgow
  • Hallsville
  • Hartsburg
  • Jefferson City
  • Mexico
  • Moberly
  • New Bloomfield
  • Rocheport
For Wildlife Control Near You, Call: (573) 441-0060
This franchise is independently licensed and operated by Riney Enterprises, LLC, dba Critter Control of Central Missouri.
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