Animals have the same basic needs as humans -- food, shelter, and water, and an animal enters your home to satisfy one of those needs.

When they invade homes, animals look for dark, remote areas safe from danger. Crawl spaces under floors or roofs provide a quiet, secluded place where pests feel secure. As a result, homeowners may be living with animals in crawl spaces for a long time without knowing it.

Why Are There Animals in My Home?

Animals may biologically chose your home instead of your neighbors for a variety of reasons. There might be gaps that allow easy access to your house. There could be areas in the home that animals naturally prefer like attics, chimneys and crawlspaces.Animals also prefer certain areas, sometimes because they encounter predators.
 
  • Attics
  • Chimneys
  • Crawlspaces
  • Wall Voids
  • Roof
  • Gutters

How Do Animals Get in the Attic?

Homeowners may notice sounds in their attics during the colder months. Many types of wildlife seek shelter when temperatures drop, making attics a popular nesting spot. Cracks and holes in siding or walls give animals easy entry points.

Animals that Live in Attics

  • Bats
  • Rats
  • Mice
  • Raccoons
  • Squirrels
Populations of certain pests in the area can increase the chances of finding animals in the attic. Squirrels, mice, and rats often enter through small openings. Likewise, bats gain entry through any structural gap exceeding ½” in size, and raccoons will tear through weak or damaged spots on your roof to gain entry and rear their young.

Signs of Wildlife in the Attic

Residents often hear distinct sounds made by animals in attics, including:
  • Scratching at walls, insulation, or support beams
  • Scampering or running across floors
  • Chirping, whining, and other vocal calls
Noises are a strong sign of an animal in the attic. Visual clues are also important. For example, greasy smudges from fur and scratches on fascia boards or gutters are evidence of a potential access point. In addition, piles of droppings on roofs indicate areas where pests enter or exit.

Animal Attic Damage

Animals can cause structural damage within your attic. T hese animals can carry ectoparasites, which after the wildlife host is evicted, may move inside the home looking for a new host. Bat bugs, mites, ticks and fleas are just some of the ectoparasites you need to be concerned about.

Animals in the attic soil insultation with their droppings and urine. Some critters use the insulation to build nests. Raccoons are known for using a single spot in your home as a latrine, while using another part of your attic as their living area. This can lead to matted attic insulation and reduced “R” values, which means you continue to lose money as you continue to heat and cool your home. It can also lead to stained ceilings and unnecessary odors.

Problems and Attic Removal

Animals that live in attics are more than just annoying; they also cause damage and spread diseases. Getting rid of home-infesting pests is difficult and dangerous for property owners. The professionals at Critter Control have safe, effective removal methods to handle animals in attics.

Why are there animals in the chimney?

When animals try to get in the house, the chimney is a popular point of entry. This dark, sheltered area seems like a perfect habitat to many birds and mammals. Chimneys protect them from harsh weather and predators while providing access to the home.

What Kinds of Animals Get In Chimneys?

Homeowners often encounter the following animals in chimneys:
  • Raccoons - Raccoons are always looking for places to raise their young and will take advantage of any available shelter.
  • Bats - Since they overwinter in caves and tree hollows, bats appreciate the isolated nature of chimneys.
  • Squirrels - Much like raccoons, squirrels see chimneys as ideal places to give birth.
  • Birds -  Uncovered chimneys appeal to birds like sparrows, wood ducks, owls  instinct to build its nest high off the ground.

How do animals get into a chimney

An uncapped chimney provides easy access to your home to any climbers or flyers.

Signs of Animal in Chimney

Noises- Squeaking and rustling in the morning or late at night.
Odors

Many homeowners call us in the spring and complain of what they believe are “birds” in their chimney. These callers are shocked to find that those “birds” are actually baby raccoons! Yes, mama raccoons use your chimney as a den and have their litters in there each year. A raccoon can easily scamper up and down a chimney flue tile, as it is just a large hollow tree to them.

Raccoons can cause damage requiring chimney repairs to the smoke shelf, damper or flue tiles while in there and our trained Wildlife Specialists can remove the offending wildlife, identify any damage for you and provide chimney repairs.

Problems Caused

Having animals in the chimney puts residents at risk of contracting diseases if the pests move indoors. Bats and raccoons carry rabies, while several species of birds harbor Salmonella bacteria.

Controlling Animals in Chimneys

Timing is everything when it comes to getting animals out of chimneys. Sealing or capping an exit too soon can trap babies inside and lead to hostile or unpleasant pest encounters. Waiting too long to address the problem brings about a host of other issues such as structural damage, foul odors, and insect infestations.
The best way to deal with a live or dead animal in the chimney is to call Critter Control. Our teams have experience removing all different types of pests from homes

Chimney Swifts actually live in chimneys and are the only birds that can fly up the chimney after they enter it. If you have Chimney Swifts, don’t attempt to remove them without consulting a professional, as they are federally protected and special considerations need to be implemented when dealing with them.

Our chimney repair specialists can install a chimney cap on ANY sized, or type of chimney, and prevent wildlife from using it as a home.

While our chimney repair specialists are inspecting the condition of your chimney, don’t forget to ask about the condition of the chimney crown. Our  specialists use Crown Saver products to repair broken, or cracked masonry on chimneys and stop moisture from damaging your  chimney any further.


Why are tehre animals in my crawlspace?

Crawlspaces are dry, sheltered areas that homeowners rarely enter making it an ideal location for wildlife.

Animals in Crawlspace

  • Rodents (rats, mice)
  • Opossums
  • Skunks
  • Raccoons
  • Snakes
  • Burrowing animals

How do animals get into crawlspaces?

Any weaknesses in the exterior of a home, an animal can exploit. Foundation vents, construction gaps, basement window wells, and foundation cracks are typical spots for animal to find a way into your home. Burrowing animals like moles, gophers, and skunks can dig under foundations and weaken your home.

Signs of Animals in Crawlspace

  • Scratching or rustling noises, especially at night
  • Droppings near crawl space entrances
  • Waste or carcass smells with no obvious source
  • Grease stains or tufts of fur
  • Gnaw marks and other chewing damage
  • Nests made from shredded paper or debris

Removing Animals in Crawl Spaces

Though these pests may be out of the way, they still cause issues. Even in crawl spaces, animals can cause structural damage or find entry points to main living spaces. Their nests and den sites can attract insects like cockroaches. Fleas and ticks are another concern. Furthermore, animals can become trapped in crawl spaces and die, creating additional problems.

Attempting to trap or remove animals in crawl spaces is a dangerous task. Most wildlife will bite and scratch if cornered, increasing the risk of injury or disease. To remove and prevent unwelcome pests in crawl spaces, contact the experts at Critter Control.

Nuisance Wildlife on Rooftops

Animals and people are in a constant struggle for space, so conflicts may arise as cities expand and wildlife habitats shrink. When pests invade neighborhoods, animals on roofs and in soffits can cause problems for homeowners.

Roof Damage Caused by Animals

Most of the issues caused by animals in soffits and on roofs are structural. Broken shingles and holes in roofing materials are common. Some animals also carry diseases that affect humans. These pests spread illnesses via their body fluids, parasites, or feces.

How Did I Get Animals on the Roof?

Trees, power lines, and downspouts are easy pathways that allow pests on roofs. For example, untrimmed branches act as bridges for wildlife to cross over to roofs and enter houses.

Signs of Animals on the Roof

Gathering information about animals in soffits and on roofs is the first step toward controlling the issue. Pay close attention to the following clues:
  • Sounds - Scratching or gnawing noises during the day may be a sign of squirrels. However, sounds at night may indicate a bat or roof rat issue.
  • Tracks - The size and shape of footprints left by an animal on a roof or in an attic can help identify the pest.
  • Droppings - The volume and location of scat can also reveal the type of animal nesting in soffit spaces.

Trapping Animals on the Roof

Special considerations need to be made when trapping an animal on your roof. You need to check the trap regularily and make sure the trapped animal is protected from the elements. Animals on roofs and in soffits are usually agile climbers, which makes prevention difficult. Homeowners with these wildlife issues should call the experts at Critter Control to remove infestations.

Nuisance Animals in Gutters

Home gutters filled with leaf litter are prime real estate for a number of pests. Rodents and other wildlife prefer hideouts high off the ground and safe from predators. Common animals in gutters include:
  • Squirrels - Squirrels build their nests from leaves, and drainage channels supply plenty of construction materials. Pests in gutters may be trying to find an entry point to the attic.
  • Roof rats - Rodents use downspouts to access the roof. It's not uncommon to find the animals stuck in gutters as well.
  • Raccoons - Agile and curious, raccoons can damage water ducts during their attempts to pry up roof shingles and force their way into attics.
  • Birds - Pigeons, among other birds, clog gutter outlets above downspouts with their nests. Unhatched eggs, droppings, and debris also block drainage areas.

Problems and Control

Homeowners should contact a professional pest removal service before damage occurs. Animals in gutters often tear up fascia boards and shingles in an attempt to move indoors. Also, blocked gutters may lead to expensive roof repairs or unexpected water leaks.

An animal stuck in the gutter can also cause problems. Some pests use building drainage areas as a place to store food and build nests. Occasionally, they get trapped inside. Residents who notice scratches on downspouts or animals in gutters should call Critter Control for assistance.

 

Testimonials

Marilyn
6/15/2021
Brendan is always good and he is friendly.thank you
Richard
6/11/2021
Y’all were responsive & personable… & caught 4 critters that were doing damage digging up our lawn. Thanks.
Sally
6/11/2021
Thanks for taking care of our "critters" so quickly and efficiently. It's not a job I want any part of, but I'm glad you are good at it!
Bill
6/11/2021
They did a really good job, very professional and courteous.
Lee
6/10/2021
Terrance showed up when he said he would and did a great job. Thank you for the help.
SMK Trust
6/10/2021
Excellent work. Kept us informed throughout and helped us control the problem.
Marshall
6/10/2021
Chris is great , courteous and professional
Bob
6/10/2021
Prompt service,very nice on phone.Glad to know about Crittercontrol.
Mica
6/10/2021
My whole interaction with Critter Control was very satisfying from making the appointment to Chris' 2 visits. He diagnosed the issue and returned several days later to finish the job with a creative solution. Many thanks!
Nancy
6/10/2021
Chris is excellent! He eliminated the flying squirrels and bats from our new home. He’s always professional and polite.
Brian
6/10/2021
Terry did a great job with the initial bird removal and covering up the hole where the birds had nested afterwards. He was also very polite and explained everything that he was doing. I couldn't ask for a better experience.
Bethany
6/10/2021
Great crew and service!
Phyllis
6/9/2021
Critter Control was EXCELLENT in helping us get an iguana out of our attic! The technician was polite, friendly and very responsible! He explained what he was doing and what had to be done to ensure success in removing the iguana. I would hire Critter Control again without hesitation. Thanks Critter Control for helping us!
Heather
6/3/2021
Thank you!..always on top of it!
Robert
6/2/2021
Great service to secure our home. We had a new roof installed but they never did Rescreen the vents to keep the critters out of the house. Nice job Brandon.
Daryl
6/2/2021
Thanks
Laura
6/2/2021
Chris is amazing!
Paul
6/2/2021
Great job on the screening and thank you for checking on the traps daily!
Michael
6/2/2021
Service Tech was excellent.
Olga
6/2/2021
Thank you very much!
Joann
6/2/2021
I appreciated the help from the men who came to take care of my raccoon problem. They both were friendly and professional. Thank you! Jo Ann Rayner
SMK Trust
6/2/2021
Very professional and kept us informed throughout the process.
Teri
5/21/2021
Dependable, good job!
Bill
5/19/2021
I was very satisfied with there service. They quickly responded to my request and captured the animal that was destroying my garden. Totally professional.
Renee
5/18/2021
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Bert
5/11/2021
CC did a very good job.
Erik
5/4/2021
Professional and friendly
Sara
5/4/2021
Excellent customer service! Last week we realized a family of cute birds were nesting in our roof soffit. The nest was right above our deck, and they were getting aggressive with our dogs and us. A super friendly service coordinator answered the phone right away. She was able to get us scheduled for the next day. The tech showed up on time, in a freak April snowstorm! He quickly addressed the issue, thoroughly explained what he did and when he would be back. He showed up right on time again, made sure our squatting birds were gone for good and completed the permanent fix where they were accessing the soffit. Probably one of the easiest service calls we’ve ever had! Thank you!
Dawn
5/4/2021
We had a nuisance woodpecker driving us insane drumming on the metal chimney cap. We called Brittni and she provided detailed information over the phone as to estimated costs and methods used. She promptly followed up everything with a detailed email. Scheduling was easy. Terrance was on-time and very pleasant to work with. He inspected the chimney for damage and for evidence of nests = none found! He installed two deterrents and wa on his way! Highly recommend!
Mark
5/1/2021
Very professional service, wonderful people, pricey
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