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.
Wildlife Removal in Kittery, Maine
To love Kittery is to love water. Located where the Gulf of Maine and the Atlantic Ocean meet, out of 75 square miles, 57 are covered in water. Visitors wanting an outdoor adventure get it. If it’s local wildlife they want to encounter, it will happen.
Living in Kittery means you encounter wildlife daily. The cute local wildlife is taking over the town, becoming a nuisance. The most common nuisance wildlife in Kittery are raccoons, rats and mice, squirrels, bats, and skunks. Never try to get rid of nuisance wildlife yourself. They carry diseases and may bite if they feel threatened. At Critter Control, we can remove them safely and humanely. Here are some examples of what we do.
Raccoon Removal in Kittery
Nocturnal thieves and masked bandits are just a couple of the nicknames given to this nuisance wildlife that likes to reside in the attics of Kittery homes. Raccoons climb trees, chimneys, and spouting and are filthy, leaving greasy smudges on everything.
Raccoons have hands like humans, allowing them to turn doorknobs, open trash bins, overturn objects, and dig sod to search for bugs. Raccoons eat just about anything, including junk food, pet food, garden crops, restaurant leftovers, and even live chickens.
Damages to the interior of your home may include torn drywall, ripped insulation, scratches on wood, and piles of stinky feces and urine. They are no match for our experts, though.
Inspection: We look for every possible opening leading from the outdoors into your home. We also assess damages to your home and property.
Remove: Raccoons who don’t want to leave on their own can be physically removed by our pros using safe and humane traps. Our certified specialists also remove nesting, feces, and urine.
Repair: We can repair chewed wires, replace drywall, and fix broken sections of decks and porches. To exclude raccoons, we seal all entry points and reduce food and water resources on your property.
Other nocturnal bandits in abundance in Kittery are rats and mice.
Rats and Mice Removal in Kittery
Maine nuisance rodents include the Norway rat, house mouse, and deer mouse. Mice can fit through a hole the size of a quarter. Rats can fit through holes much smaller than their bodies also, and they can burrow. Both rats and mice carry diseases, so keeping them out of your home is crucial.
Rats and mice spend a lot of time chewing on flooring, furniture, baseboards, cabinets, food boxes, walls, ductwork, and pipes. They chew every type of material, including metals and electrical wiring. They gather a wide array of items to make nests often found in ducts, vents, and chimneys, creating fire hazards.
As rodents scurry behind appliances, they leave droppings. This is one of the main ways you know you have a problem. They also reproduce multiple times throughout the year, having numerous babies per litter. An infestation can quickly occur if not dealt with early on.
As soon as you suspect a rat or mouse problem, call us.
Inspection: Our experts will identify nests, trails, and signs of gnawing and scratching to assess damages.
Removal: We use humane traps to remove the rodents. We also remove nests.
Repair: Often, we need to fix chewed wires. Our most significant tasks are sealing the many holes and cracks throughout the home, ones you may not notice, to prevent rodents from entering your home. Exclusion methods involve securing cabinets that hold food, installing screens over vents and chimneys, and clearing debris and piles of rocks and wood in the yard that are good hiding spots for rats.
Another rodent often seen in Maine is the squirrel.
Squirrel Removal in Kittery
We have a lot of tree squirrels in Kittery. The Eastern gray squirrel, fox squirrel, red squirrel, and flying squirrel are always active, gathering and storing food and nest materials. Most squirrels build dens in trees. Occasionally, one will find its way into your attic, crawlspace, chimney, or basement. You may even hear them chirping, scratching, or running back and forth in your ceilings or walls.
Squirrels prefer nuts, fruits, bird eggs, leaves, grass, bark, pinecones, grains, and seeds. If you have a birdfeeder that stays stocked, you have happy squirrels. Squirrels will chew through siding, wood, and drywall to get into your home. But if they can enter through already made holes, they will take the easier route.
Reproduction happens twice a year, increasing the population by three with each birth. You can see why the population is rising. If you suspect squirrels are invading your space, call us right away so we can get rid of your rodent problem.
Inspection: Our experts identify where squirrels are accessing your home, their food sources, and damages to the outside and inside of your home.
Removal: Squirrels are not a protected species in Maine. However, we use our custom CritterSafe traps to remove squirrels that won’t leave on their own. We find and remove all nests.
Repair: In dealing with squirrels, we often repair damage to siding, boards, flooring, insulation, drywall, soffits, and gutters. We properly screen vents, chimneys, pipes, and ductwork with materials that squirrels cannot destroy. We also install tree and roof barriers to prevent climbing. Keeping your yard clean of debris, trimming tree branches away from your roof, and removing bird feeders help reduce squirrel activity. Most importantly, we seal all cracks and holes squirrels use for entrance to your home.
Bats aren’t nearly as destructive as squirrels, but they should still be considered nuisance wildlife.
Bat Removal in Kittery
Bats offer benefits to the Kittery environment. They can eat their body weight in insects every night. We need bats, but we don't need them to reside in our attics, barns, sheds, or other structures.
We have over eight species of bats in Maine, including the big and little brown bat, hoary bat, and silver-haired bat. They are nocturnal creatures, roosting upside down in dark, dry locations during the day. Bat wings work like the human arm and hand but with elongated fingers, helping them hunt comfortably while flying.
Bats in Maine have protected status because their existence is being threatened by diseases, like white-nose syndrome. Bats have important events that take place throughout the year, limiting removal time. The mating season happens in late winter and early spring. Maternity season runs from May to August. The best time to remove bats is between October and March.
When roosting in your attic or other building, bat guano piles up and can seep through cracks in the floor into your home. It gives off a strong smell and stains walls. It can also contain toxins that grow mold, making it dangerous for you to inhale. The bat's body is covered in guano, so avoid getting close to a bat if possible.
Instead, let us remove bats for you.
Inspection: Our experts can quickly locate roosting spots, food sources nearby, and damages caused by guano. They also identify all entry points, which only have to be two inches or less in diameter.
Removal: We can safely remove bats using bat gloves and equipment. However, we can also wait for bats to leave at dark to feed, then install a one-way door that makes it impossible for them to reaccess your attic.
Repair: The repairs we do the most are sealing the cracks and holes through which a bat can squeeze and removing toxic guano. We can apply a sanitation treatment and help you reduce food and water resources.
There are numerous nuisance wildlife animals in Kittery, one of which people assume doesn't do much damage. But let's take a closer look at the local skunk.
Skunk Removal in Kittery
It may be rare to run into a skunk in Kittery, but they are out there, rooting through debris for insects, fruits, nuts, grains, seeds, and more. While they are most active at night, you may occasionally catch them traveling alone or with their kits during the day. The nests for those kits may be under your home.
If a skunk feels threatened, it will release a foul-smelling spray. If it sprays in an area under your home, the fumes can travel into your home, lasting for 10 days or longer.
Skunks carry diseases, so if you need to remove the wildlife, call the experts.
Inspection: Looking for dens and nests tells us how we will get rid of skunks on your property and if damages exist.
Removal: Skunks will typically move on to a new location in less than a week. But if they are causing a lot of damage during that time, we can trap them safely and humanely.
Repair: Skunk damages include broken screens or boards. Exclusion methods include proper storage of pet feed, fencing gardens, and cleaning debris in your yard.
How Professional Wildlife Control Services Can Help You
Hiring a professional animal control specialist ensures:
- Proper closure of crawlspaces and exposed areas under your home
- Elimination of food and water resources near your home
- Proper removal methods that are safe for the animal, you, and the experts
Why Choose Critter Control
Hiring Critter Control wildlife control specialists is a good choice because they are:
- Extensively trained
- Licensed and insured
- Familiar with all local and state regulations