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.
Rodents like squirrels, rats, and mice constantly gnaw and chew to manage their perpetually growing incisors.
- 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.
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.
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.
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!
A raccoon fell down a chimney after an poorly installed chimeny grate collapsed under the raccoon's weight.
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.
Eaves returns must be sealed. Any critter can waltz right through this gap into the attic.
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.
Outstanding service. Cooper was very knowledgeable and good to work with. He answered all of our questions and communicated with us on a regular basis throughout the process. He seemed to care just as much about fixing our critter issue as we did. Also learned a few interesting squirrel facts along the way. Our only regret was that we didn't call Critter Control earlier!
First, allow me to say that I've been with Critter Control for a year now and I've been pleased with the service for the most part. Today however was different. Raymond was my service guy and introduced himself as my new technician going forward. He was very thorough and explained to me how the bait stations worked and even showed me the inside of them. Unfortunately, there was a snake in one of the bait stations and because he knew of my fear, he called for backup to have it removed. He takes great pride in his job and worked diligently until all issues were resolved. Thank You Raymond for your excellence service. You are greatly appreciated!
Jack was our Wildlife Damage Control Technician from Critter Control of Dayton. Jack was very professional and explained exactly what he would do and when. He then followed through performing his service for two weeks. Although he did not catch any animals in the two traps he placed on our roof near two holes, he checked them daily, reset them as necessary, verified there were no animals nesting in the holes, and then sealed them with painted steel plates. If anyone has a problem with critters in or around your house, I highly recommend Critter Control as the solution to your problem.
Critter Control came right out and explained what they were going to do, how they would retrieve the squirrel and how they would capture it. I would definitely call on them again!
We had a family of squirrels in our attic. Our technician did an excellent job an over a couple of weeks to eliminate our invasion. He communicated daily including photos to document entry points and his progress. We were very satisfied.
This company has been great. The technician Kensi was very through and checked everywhere to make sure all access points were found. After a skunk was found in the trap on a Saturday morning they came to pick it up very quickly.
Michael was super friendly and knowledgeable. He checked my entire house and recommended and installed the solution within an hour.
We are under contract with your company and so far they are doing a fine job. Many thanks.
Excellent work environment full of presence of God. Professional and dedicated staff. A good place if you want to have your children in a place where Christian values are protected and encouraged.
Great company and amazing service, the staff is extremely knowledgeable and friendly! Thank you to the staff and especially to Bubba for taking care of my property and giving it that "personal touch" to rid and maintain it from pests and bugs! Appreciate you guys and look forward to continuing business together!