North America’s Largest Rodent

Beavers in your pond, damming up your creek, or eating your trees? Critter Control can help.

The beaver is a stocky rodent adapted for aquatic environments. Many of the beaver’s features enable it to remain submerged for long periods of time. Most people identify beavers by their distinctive tail. The prominent tail is used as a prop while the beaver is sitting upright and for a rudder when swimming. Beavers also use their tail to warn others of danger by abruptly slapping the surface of the water.

Beavers are found throughout North America, except for the arctic tundra, most of peninsular Florida, and the southwestern desert areas. The species may be locally abundant wherever aquatic habitats are found.

The legal status of beavers varies from state to state. In some states the beaver is protected except during furbearer seasons; in others it is classified as a pest and may be taken year-round when causing damage.

Beaver habitat is almost anywhere there is a source of water year-round. You can also identify beavers by the dams they build. Beavers build dams to modify the environment to their liking. Dam building is often stimulated by running water. Beavers are adaptable and will use whatever materials are available to construct dams, such as fencing material, bridge planking, crossties, rocks, wire, and other metal, wood and fiber materials. The beaver is unparalleled at dam building and can build dams on fast-moving streams as well as slow-moving ones. They also build lodges and bank dens, depending on the available habitat.

Due to the variations from state to state on the restriction of beaver control and beaver removal, it is best to contact your local Critter Control office if you think you have a beaver problem. Our Critter Control beaver removal specialist are trained to identify beaver problems and to get rid of beavers using beaver removal methods such as beaver trapping.

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What is a Weasel?

Dead chickens or other birds in your yard? Those may well be caused by a marauding weasel. Weasels raid poultry houses at night and kill or injure domestic fowl. They feed on the warm blood of victims bitten in the head or neck.

Identify Weasels

Weasels usually have a light brown upper coat and a white belly; in many species, populations living at high latitudes have a pure white coat in winter. Their tails are typically almost as long as the rest of their bodies. Weasels are intelligent creatures that are known for their cleverness and guile.

Although members of the weasel family vary in size and color, they usually have long, slender bodies, short legs, rounded ears, and anal scent glands. Three species of weasels live in North America. The most abundant and widespread is the long-tailed weasel. The short-tailed weasel occurs in Canada, Alaska, and the northeastern, Great Lakes, and northwestern states, while the least weasel occurs in Canada, Alaska, and the northeastern and Great Lakes states.

Weasel Habits & Behavior

Weasels are active in both winter and summer; they do not hibernate. Weasels are commonly thought to be nocturnal but evidence indicates they are more active in the daytime in summer than in winter. Weasels produce a pungent odor. When irritated, they discharge the odor, which can be detected at some distance.

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Got Wildlife Damage Problems?

Critter Control offers a variety of animal removal services to eliminate animal problems and prevent recurring animal removal problems that require professional services. Some of our services include:

  • Species-specific animal removal techniques featuring one-way doors and excluders
  • Collecting, safe keeping and reuniting of offspring with parents/siblings after animal removal
  • The use of eco-friendly repellents and deterrent animal removal techniques todiscourage return
  • Professional grade animal proofing that includes animal entry and exit holes and identifying problem areas to prevent the need for animal removal services, including consumer awareness and education regarding follow-up procedures to prevent the need for recurring animal removal services
  • Pre-construction wildlife land clearing guidelines for the responsible management of wildlife affected by land clearing and habitat modification

Since 1983, the Critter Control concept has called for humane animal removal and environmentally responsible techniques for handling nuisance animal problems. We use innovative, integrated methods to provide ecologically sound animal removal management services for homeowners, businesses and municipalities. We offer both residential animal removal and commercial animal removal throughout all of our Critter Control offices.

We’re highly trained in squirrel trapping, mole removal, raccoon removal, geese removal, and much more. Do you have raccoon’s in the yard or attic? Maybe you need assistance with bird trapping or bird damage? Perhaps you have rats in your house or raccoon dens on your property. Call us. There’s nothing we can’t handle.

Animal removal, animal pest control and wildlife damage problems are increasing throughout the United States and Canada. Population growth, urbanization and increasing wildlife numbers are all factors contributing to nuisance wildlife situations requiring professional animal removal services. Government spending cuts have left much of the nuisance wildlife management and animal removal needs in the hands of private individuals. But mole removal, raccoon trapping, geese removal, getting rid of squirrels, bat control, skunk removal or countless other wildlife management tasks can be time-consuming, expensive and even dangerous for the untrained homeowner.

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Chipmunk Problems: Chipmunk Damage & Prevention

Chipmunks in your garage or under your deck? Chipmunks chewing wires or eating your bird seed and pet food? Call your local Critter Control office today at 800 CRITTER for effective chipmunk removal and exclusion services.

How to Identify Chipmunks

The eastern chipmunk and the least chipmunk are the two most widely distributed and notable species. The eastern chipmunk’s range includes most of the eastern United States. The least chipmunk’s range includes most of Canada, the United States Rocky Mountains, the Great Basin and parts of the upper Midwest.

Chipmunk problems occur because chipmunks often create burrows in well-hidden areas near objects or buildings. The burrow entrance is usually about 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter. The chipmunk carries the dirt in its cheek pouches and scatters it away from the burrow, making the burrow entrance less conspicuous. Eastern chipmunks typically inhabit mature woodlands and woodlot edges, but they also inhabit areas in and around suburban and rural homes.

Chipmunks are considered minor agricultural pests throughout North America. When chipmunks are present in large numbers they can cause structural damage by burrowing under patios, stairs, retention walls or foundations. They may also consume flower bulbs, seeds or seedlings, and bird seed, grass seed and pet food that is not stored in rodent-proof storage containers.

If you think you are experiencing a chipmunk problem or need help to identify chipmunk damage, please call your local Critter Control office. Our Critter Control chipmunk removal specialist use the proper methods to get rid of chipmunks including chipmunk trapping. For chipmunk problems, chipmunk control, chipmunk removal and to prevent future chipmunk damage contact Critter Control at 1.800.CRITTER.

Raccoon Trapping Methods

Raccoon trapping is something that many people attempt to do, but few succeed. There are many different kinds of raccoon traps, and even more methods of trapping raccoon’s. There is an equal amount of things that can go wrong when attempting to trap a raccoon, from trapping neighborhood pets to accidentally killing the raccoon. This is why raccoon trapping services should always be enlisted when attempting to trap raccoon’s.

Critter Control has many trained professionals that know exactly how to trap raccoon’s humanely and safely in every situation. Trapping raccoon’s is a skill that takes experience in setting raccoon traps, and in some cases, acquiring the raccoon’s young as well. So call Critter Control in your area today and have your raccoon problem solved by an expert in trapping raccoon’s!  1-800-CRITTER

‘Wrestling Gators’ in Business

The CEO of a business on the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch list cites wrestling alligators as one of his responsibilities.“I don’t like to wrestle them, but I do it,” said Kevin Clark, the founder and CEO of Critter Control, a Traverse City-based franchising business that calls itself “the nation’s leading wildlife control firm.

The company, founded in 1983, has about 120 franchise locations nationwide.

Clark got into the business while working as a chimney sweep in metro Detroit after getting a call from a customer who needed to have a raccoon removed from his chimney.

He called around to a few pest control companies and animal control officers, but couldn’t find anyone who would deal with a raccoon in a chimney. So Clark started his own wildlife control company and began franchising it in 1987.

He located the firm in Traverse City, but occasionally removes unwanted alligators for customers while working from his branch office in Florida.


Rodent Control and Critter Control

At Critter Control we specialize in several rodent control services, including rat removal and mouse control, rodent damage control, rodent management, rodent prevention, residential and commercial rodent control. Our certified wildlife specialists and animal control operators are trained with the most advanced rodent control techniques, ranging from rodent control through trapping to rodent damage repair and rodent prevention.

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It’s a Magpie

Magpies are members of the corvid family, which also includes ravens, crows and jays. It is easy to identify magpies from other birds by their size and striking black and white color pattern. They have unusually long tails (at least half of their body length) and short, rounded wings. The feathers of the tail and wings are iridescent, reflecting a bronzy-green to purple. They have white bellies and shoulder patches and their wings flash white in flight. Like other corvids, they are very vocal, even boisterous. Typical calls include a whining ” maag ” and a series of loud, harsh “chuck” notes. Where magpies are not harassed, they can be extremely bold.

Click for more information on:

  • Magpie Range and Habitat
  • Magpie Damage
  • Magpie Legal Status
  • Magpie Damage Prevention and Control Methods

“The Snakes are Coming Out in Droves”

A caller upset with all the snakes, “they’re coming out in droves” from under her porch.  I referred her to her local Critter Control office for help.  Why all the snakes?  Spring brings the snakes out of their dens to sun themselves. These dens can have many as a hundred snakes in them.  Once temperatures consistently stay above freezing the search for food and gradually move to their summer range and birthing area.  These areas can be anywhere from a ¼ to five miles away from the den.  Click for pointers on snake control for property owners and managers.


Seal Animal Entry Points in Homes

If you identify a chewed hole in a wall, a hole in attic, holes in soffit or cracks in foundation, it is important to first determine if the holes are animal related. YOU DO NOT WANT TO SEAL ANIMAL ENTRY POINTS IF THE ANIMALS ARE STILL INSIDE YOUR HOME. You can identify animal entry points by monitoring the areas with the holes and cracks for any animal activity, which may include squirrels, raccoon’s, birds, rodents and bats. If animals are the culprit, contact a Critter Control professional to assist with animal removal services.

Remember, even if the holes are very small, this does not mean that animals cannot fit through them. Some animals can squeeze their bodies through holes as small as the size of a quarter!  For the best repair of animal entry points including holes in walls, attics, soffits or foundation, contact Critter Control in your area.