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Raccoons, squirrels, rats, mice, snakes, bats and other nuisance wildlife are resourceful and clever critters. When searching for food, shelter, and water, they will exploit any small advantage. 
  • Mice and bats only need a hole the size of a pencil.
  • Squirrels can squeeze into a hole the size of a baseball.
  • Raccoons can fit into a grapefruit size hole.
Rodents like squirrels, rats, and mice constantly gnaw and chew to manage their perpetually growing incisors.

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Cedar shingles and natural materials stand no chance against rodent teeth.

Raccoons are strong and dextrous and can create their own way into your home. Here a raccoon created a sizable entry point in the soffitt of this Houston home.

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Professional Animal Damage Repairs vs DIY Repairs

Keeping an animal out requires more than some plywood. There are different materials designed to keep specific species out. Rodents can easily chew through  materials such as wood, vinyl, plastic, asphalt shingles, and even soft metals like aluminum. 

A homeowner noticed a hole in their soffitt and had it patched, but nobody checked if there was an animal present. This squirrel was sealed inside the attic but found a way out. 
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This is why you can’t use spray foam for animals and insects. They can penetrate spray foam within seconds. This re-entry occurred 2 days after foam was applied. The right material for the right project is critical!  

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A raccoon fell down a chimney after an poorly installed chimeny grate collapsed under the raccoon's weight.

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Typical Animal Entry Points

Knowing where to look for animal entry points is half the battle. Soffitts, eaves, loose shingles, and gable vents are typical entry points for animals.

When a raccoon wants in, they can often get in through the hardiest of structural engineering and building materials. A raccoon was able to take advantage of a few loose shingles to create a large enough entry point.

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Eaves returns must be sealed. Any critter can waltz right through this gap into the attic.

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During a whole home exclusion, we will reinforce any potential entry points. This is why it’s necessary to screen all openings appropriately. Most insert screens are not installed with the purpose to keep a motivated animal out of your home. 

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Testimonials

8/28/2023
Great people to work with!
8/28/2023
John with CC has helped us twice in the last six years - first with a minor mouse problem, and then in troubleshooting a mystery animal that was raising a ruckus on the roof. In each case he was friendly, professional, and offered excellent guidance on the practical solutions. Highly recommend him, and this company.
8/26/2023
Squirrels chewed siding of chimney. CC tech came out to assess situation. Fortunately animals not in attack. CC repair team came out and repaired damage and did a fine job. Very pleased with the business, their work and customer service.
8/26/2023
Cannot say enough wonderful things about this company and Joe especially. We recently found a bat in our basement…SCARY! Called and asked for help, Joe came out at 8pm and was able to search the house, capture the bat safely and removed it from our home. His customer service was priceless to me and I highly recommend this company to everyone. Post visit he even sent a team to further assess our property and provide a quote for future needs.
LW
8/25/2023
They helped get rid of bats at our house and were friendly and easy to work with, highly recommend
Connie
8/25/2023
We appreciated the quick response and the careful service by David Gleason. He explained each step of the process. He also returned to reset traps that had been sprung. He was professional and friendly. We highly recommend Critter Control.
Jill
8/22/2023
Bryan was great. On time, professional, friendly. Most importantly, honest. No lies, no fear tactics, no gimmicks. Assessed the issue and was honest about the lack of work that actually needed to be done/was recommended, knowing that other places had dramatized and given several thousand dollar (4k+) estimates on a job that costs a couple hundred dollars. Can't recommend enough. Will be using for any future issues.
8/20/2023
I’ve been using them for several years now. They are great!
8/20/2023
Removed bats from our house and sealed up other areas of concern. Very responsive, explained things throughly to us, and did the work in a very timely manner. Much better than their two competitors that we also called. I would highly recommend them.
8/20/2023
We have been having issues in our yard, and recently discovered large holes. Called this team, they immediately came out and determined the holes were partially exposed mole tunnels. They took care of the tunnels (as best they could), and trapped and caught a mole for removal. They were responsive, knowledgeable, and thorough. While I hope it is not needed - we would certainly reach out to them again should a need arise!
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