Animal Droppings/Feces Removal
You may have come across a pile of animal poop in your attic, and you may be wondering what animal it belongs to. No matter what animal it is, it is important you don’t attempt to remove the poop yourself. Wildlife droppings can cause many illnesses, including Hantavirus, Salmonellosis, and Rat-Bite Fever, among others.
How to Identify Animal Feces
- ¼” in length
- Dispersed around attic
- Tapered on the ends
- Dark brown/black
- Consistent in shape and size
- ½” in length
- Concentrated in one area
- Dark brown
- Different colors such as beige, brown, green, and black
- Spread out
- 3/8 – 1” long
- 1/8” in diameter
- Similar in size and shape to mouse droppings
- Typically found in piles
- Each dropping may be different to the next
- 2-3” in length
- Clustered together in the same area
- Often contains undigested materials
Wildlife animal droppings are unsanitary — over time, fungus or mold can grow on the droppings. This can lead to hazardous problems in your home. Do not attempt to remove animal feces yourself, as you may contract germs and diseases. Call the professionals today at Kansas: 913.912.8985 or Missouri: 816.654.6922 or Contact Us using our online form.
Insulation Management in Kansas City Metro
At Critter Control of Kansas City Metro, we have all the necessary tools and equipment to remove your damaged and contaminated insulation, then replace it with new insulation. Allow our experienced attic restoration experts to get the job done for you. Our skilled specialists will provide quotes from most major insurance companies. We will get your attic fixed in no time!
The right amount of insulation will reduce your energy bill by saving heat in the cold months and releasing heat in the warm ones. We can also add insulation to what you already have to increase your home's energy efficiency!
Dangers of Soiled Insulation
If you've had a critter invasion in your Kansas City Metro attic, you may be dealing with soiled insulation. When rodents like mice and rats run through your insulation, they leave their urine and droppings along the way. Your insulation soaks it up, which is dangerous for you and your family. Raccoons and bats will defecate in one concentrated area, which damages the insulation in that section of your attic. No matter what part of your insulation is damaged, it's important for the health of everyone in the home to have it replaced.
The wildlife in your attic can cause additional problems like bringing in mites, ticks, and fleas. These pests will get into your insulation as well. It's best to have a professional evaluate the situation.
Common Types of Attic Insulation
You may be wondering what type of insulation is best for your attic. There are many options that Critter Control of Kansas City Metro can review with you to find the best option for your home. Our goal is to help you increase your home's R-value, which is the rating for how much heat your insulation will retain. The higher the R-value, the more effective the insulation is.
- Fiberglass Batt Insulation
- Spray Foam Insulation
- Loose-fill Fiberglass Insulation
A poorly insulated attic will result in energy loss in your home and long-term energy loss will drive up your utility expenses. A well-insulated attic will pay for itself in energy savings, so when you contact Critter Control, be sure to ask about energy tax credits. Call today at Kansas: 913.912.8985 or Missouri: 816.654.6922 or Contact Us using our online form for more information and receive your FREE estimate on attic restoration and insulation.
Attic/Soffit/Louvre Vent Screen Guards
Attic Vent Management in Kansas City Metro
Attic vents are a prime location for critters like raccoons, birds, bats, and squirrels to make their way into your home. Many animals can fit through a hole the size of a dime, so without the proper vent screen guards, you could have quite the party in your attic!
The professionals at Critter Control of Kansas City Metro know how to identify the entry points on your roof and around the rest of your home and will provide you with solutions to properly seal your home.
Why do I need vent screen guards?
If the vents on your Kansas City Metro home have missing or damaged screening, animals will find their way inside! Your soffit is the perfect entry point for a bird to fly in, attic vents can be taken advantage of by raccoons, and louvre vents are favorited by rodents looking for a new home. If the vent screen isn't properly secured, raccoons may use their paws to rip apart the screen and make their way inside, especially if their motive is to have babies in your home.
The best way to ensure all your screens are protected from wildlife is to have the professionals a Critter Control of Kansas City Metro do a home evaluation. We will determine any entry points that are commonly missed.
Whether you need attic fan vent guards, roof vent guards, gable vent closures, or soffit vent repairs, our technicians are expertly trained to fix your problems. Let us do all the work for you; call today at Kansas: 913.912.8985 or Missouri: 816.654.6922 or Contact Us using our online form.
Bees, Wasps, Hornets
Stinging Insect Management in Kansas City Metro
Bees, wasps, and hornets commonly build hives in attics; possibly yours! To keep your family safe from stings, it’s important to deter and remove any of these insects. Bees, wasps, and hornets use their stingers to protect themselves when they feel threatened, which can be dangerous for your family. In addition to your attic, these insects may also build their nest in your walls and under your home’s eaves.
Bees, wasps, and hornets are social insects, so they live in colonies. There may be thousands of these pests in your home at one time.
What are bees, wasps, and hornets attracted to?
These insects love sweet-smelling food. They’re attracted to flowers in the wild, and sweet foods remind them of that. Fruit and soda are common attractants. They also enjoy meat.
How to Prevent Bees, Wasps, and Hornets
Limit the food and water sources that are available to the animals in your home. Seal the food in your pantry, close your trash can, keep pet food covered, and dispose of spoiled produce on the counter. Keep an eye out for the beginnings of a new nest. The sooner you can catch them starting to move in, the easier it is to evict them.
Call Critter Control immediately if you need help with flying insects before any harm can be done to your family or your home.
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Carcass/Dead Animal Removal
Carcass Removal Services in Kansas City Metro
If an animal has died in your home, the area is susceptible to odors, bacteria, and bugs. Dead animal removal is essential to getting your home back to normal. If you're wondering who removes dead animals from homes, look no further than Critter Control. In addition to the strong odor left behind, signs of dead animals in your Kansas City Metro home include stains on the ceiling and walls and an increase in insect presence.
How do you know if an animal has died in your home?
The easiest way to know if an animal has died in your home is to use your nose. Dead animals leave behind a strong odor as their bodies decay in your home. If you follow your nose, you can usually find where the dead animal is to plan for the dead animal's removal. Keep in mind the carcass could be behind a wall or in a vent. The dead animal will continue to smell until it has completely decayed or it has been disposed of. However, keep in mind a decaying body attracts bugs, which can create a new problem in your home
Dead Animal Smell
Deceased animals leave a horrible scent in your home. Factors that can affect the smell include:
Size of Animal: Large animals produce more odor because they have more flesh. Small rodents such as mice and rats produce less odor than large animals like raccoons.
Species of Animal: Different animals have different types of flesh; therefore, they produce different odors.
Stage of Decomposition: As an animal starts to decompose, the odor gradually increases. Once the body is dried out and has been eaten by maggots, the odor will decrease.
Location of Animal: When an animal dies in a low-ventilated area, it takes longer to decompose than when it dies in an area with high-ventilation.
Time of Day: As the air heats up during the day, it rises, so you may not smell the odor as much as you do in the evening when it is cooler.
How do you get rid of dead animal smell?
When the team at Critter Control of Kansas City Metro comes to remove the dead animal from the attic or other area of your home, we will also be sure to eliminate the odors left behind with it. Not only do deceased animals leave a horrible smell in your home, but decayed animal bodies can also lead to other problems such as insect infestations, health hazards, and diseases. Our experienced specialists will remove the carcass from your attic and purify the air with special deodorizers and neutralizers. We have special pet-safe odor eliminators and commercial disinfectants to be sure the smell, bugs, flies, and bacteria are all eliminated.
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Dead Animal in the Vent
Sometimes animals die in tricky places. Dead animal removal from the vent or walls is not an easy task without professional tools! If you have had wildlife die in your vent, walls, or another hard-to-reach place, we can take care of it. We will carefully cut through the drywall and remove the wildlife. Then, we will deodorize and sanitize the area, and finish by repairing our cuts.
Dead Animal Removal Under the House
Do you have an animal that has died under your house? This is common with raccoons, opossums, and skunks. Critter Control offers dead animal removal under the house. Be careful trying to remove dead animals under the house--you don't want to come face to face with a live one by mistake! Leave dead animal removal under the house to the professionals and call the team at Critter Control of Kansas City Metro today.
Caulk & Sealing
Caulking & Sealing Services in Kansas City Metro
After we remove the existing critters from your home, we will go back through and seal any entry points that the wildlife had been using, or any potential entry points for the future.
Our Integrated Pest Management (IPM) service will seal all cracks and crevices in your home with the proper materials to prevent pests from coming inside. This will also result in energy savings for your home. Our trained technicians will perform inspections and monitor for pests in order to identify potential problems in your home. We will prevent small pest infestations from becoming a larger problem.
Common Critter Entry Points
There are some places that are common entry points for critters in many Kansas City homes. They include:
The roofline along your Kansas City Metro home is a common place for critters to wiggle into. Rodents like mice and rats will use this place to sneak into your attic. Holes in the siding on your roofline are also easy spots for those animals to take advantage of. Because rodents can fit into a hole the size of a dime, it's important to ensure every tiny hole is sealed.
Your soffit is another easy spot for rodents and birds to get inside your home. They can often get chewed by squirrels as well. Keeping them in good condition and sealed is essential to keeping your home critter-free.
Around doors and windows
Doors and windows can often have tiny gaps around them. This is another place for rodents to use to get into your home. Those gaps around your trim may seem minor, but they are a door wide open for the neighborhood mice! Especially when the temperatures drop and they sense the warmth coming from these areas, they will be drawn right inside. The team at Critter Control of Kansas City Metro will caulk all the tiny gaps around your doors and windows to ensure they are securely sealed from wildlife.
Under loose roof tiles
Raccoons have the dexterity in their paw to rip up loose roof tiles to get into your attic. Loose roof tiles also allow squirrels, rodents, and birds to get into your attic. Loose roof tiles are also vulnerable to extreme weather--the wind can catch ahold of them and cause even more damage! You may not even know you have this issue because it's not every day you're on your roof--unless you're with the Critter Control team! We know how to efficiently look for loose roof tiles to keep your home in top shape.
The small area around your pipes is favored by many small rodents. They will get into your walls through these holes around your pipes. Rodents can fit through a hole the size of a dime, so as soon as you think you have the area perfectly sealed, the rodents will find a missed spot! The experts at Critter Control of Kansas City Metro are trained to find every possible entry hole and block those off from rodents, including the spaces around your pipes.
If the vents in your Kansas City Metro home have missing or damaged covers, birds, rodents, squirrels, and other wildlife will make these vents your cozy home! A common vent that is taken advantage of is the dryer vent. Birds will make their nest here and enjoy the warm air that blows through. At Critter Control of Kansas City Metro, we know what covers are best for each vent in your home to ensure they work properly and keep your home critter-free!
Crawlspaces that aren't properly sealed off make the perfect home for neighborhood mice, rats, and raccoons. We will ensure you have the right covers to keep the vents working properly while keeping wildlife out. Crawlspaces also oftentimes hold wiring to the home, which is something you don't want the critters to get to. Rodents in particular will chew through the wiring which is an electrical hazard.
In addition to invading your crawlspace, critters like rodents may come for your foundation vent. Rodents in your [MARKE] foundation vent are more than just a nuisance. They will chew your insulation, chew the pipes, and cover the space in droppings. If you suspect there are animals in your foundation vent or crawlspace, we will remove them and securely seal the space to keep them from coming back. Wildlife reproduces quickly, so the sooner you can catch this problem, the better!
Don't wait until your critter crisis gets out of hand; be proactive and prevent the problem from happening!
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Chimney Cap and Screen Installation
Chimney Cap & Screen Installation Services in Kansas City Metro
Animals like raccoons, birds, and snakes love to use your chimney as an entry to your home. The best way to prevent this from happening is to have Critter Control of Kansas City install a chimney cap for you. This not only keeps the animals out of your home, but it keeps the rain out of your chimney.
With years of experience, we offer a wide selection of products and services related to animal and pest control. After the removal of unwanted pests and wildlife from your home, our service professionals are ready to repair any damages done to your home with modern prevention techniques.
We can reduce the possibility of wildlife entry by:
- screening vents
- installing chimney caps
- closing entry holes & more
Let us do the work for you — just call Critter Control of Kansas City today! Kansas: 913.912.8985 or Missouri: 816.654.6922
Chimney Repairs/Sealing/Tuck Pointing
Chimney Repairs in Kansas City Metro
Chimneys are exposed to all of the elements due to their location at the top of your house or building. Chimneys may suffer from degradation of the following areas:
Bricks are porous, and over time, they can begin to break down. If moisture freezes in the bricks, they may break down faster.
Mortar joints break down with age. If you have damaged mortar joints, you will also have excess moisture in your chimney. The cracks can make your home less energy efficient.
Any damage to your chimney cap can allow animals to enter through your chimney. Damaged chimney caps also allow excess moisture to enter your home.
Other possible issues with chimneys include rust, damage to the flue lining, moisture, or chimney crown damage.
Contact us to discuss repairing your chimney.
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Crawl space Clean-up
Crawlspace Cleanup in Kansas City Metro
Similar to attics, crawl spaces are commonly invaded by wildlife and pests. If you have had critters invade your home, they likely left behind droppings and chewed any insulation down there. Luckily, crawlspace cleanup will get your home back to top shape. You might also have damage to the pipes or other damages that require crawlspace repair. Our trained technicians will clean the crawl space of your home after the animals have been removed.
Common problems that animals cause that warrant crawl space repair in Kansas City include:
Rodent teeth do not stop growing, and they will find anything to chew to relieve their teeth. They may choose to chew on your pipes, which causes great damage to your home. Damaged pipes can lead to water damage which could include ruined drywall and foundation problems. Damaged pipes will continue to make problems until repaired. When our team implements crawl space cleaning, we will be sure any damaged pipes are taken care of before the cleaning starts so the problem doesn't return.
When wildlife gets into your crawlspace, they will use the insulation for their bedding. When the insulation is ripped and dissipated throughout the space, it is no longer effective. Luckily, insulation restoration is available. Before we restore the insulation, we will implement our pest clean up services and prevention methods so the new insulation stays effective.
When rodents like mice and rats are looking for something to chew, they may also choose to chew the wires in your crawlspace. This can be a great fire hazard to your home because when they chew the wires they remove the protective coating on the outside. A single spark on a damaged wire could cause a fire. When we implement our craw space rodent clean up, we will check for any damaged wires so we can get them repaired and keep your home safe.
Soiled items with feces
When wildlife is scurrying through your crawlspace, they will leave their droppings behind. Wildlife droppings will damage your insulation and spread diseases in your crawlspace. These messes and diseases require professional equipment to destroy the bacteria. Our team will implement professional crawlspace cleaning to get rid of the diseases and droppings left behind.
When pests invade your home, they leave behind these messes and damage. Luckily, Critter Control of Kansas City Metro offers full-service pest clean-up services. Once we remove the animal and fix any damage, we will install prevention methods to keep the animals from coming back!
Animal in the Crawlspace
If you notice torn insulation, chewed wires, or droppings, you likely have an animal in the crawlspace! Many different animals could be the culprit, but the most common are raccoons, opossums, and rodents.
Raccoons in the Crawlspace
Raccoons love to take advantage of your Kansas City Metro crawl space to stay warm and have their babies. Raccoons will create a mess with their latrine, which is a place they choose to use as their bathroom. If you hear thumping in your crawlspace, you may have a raccoon in your crawlspace.
Crawl Space Rodent Clean Up
While they are small, rodents create a lot of damage in the crawlspace! From droppings to chewed insulation and wires, they certainly show proof they were there. Our team offers full-service crawl space rodent clean up to get your crawlspace back to normal! Our crawlspace cleaning services will ensure your home is clean and healthy and back to top shape in no time.
Opossums in the Crawlspace
If you notice opossums in the crawlspace, they are likely just passing through for a short time. However, it's still important to remove them as quickly as possible before they tear any insulation or leave behind droppings. If opossums have invaded your crawlspace, you will likely need some crawl space cleaning to remove any droppings and diseases left behind.
We will remove all of the animal droppings and inspect the condition of the pipes and insulation of your home to ensure there are no possible leaks that can cause a lack of energy efficiency. Call Critter Control of Kansas City Metro today if you suspect there are unwanted animals in and around your crawl space.
Foundation Vent Management in Kansas City Metro
After the removal of unwanted wildlife from your crawl space, we repair damages and implement prevention techniques. Physical barriers are the best way to keep critters out of your home. We reduce the opportunity for future conflicts with unwanted nuisance animals through the following steps:
Screening foundation vents
Foundation vents are important to your home because they keep the air flowing and prevent moisture buildup. However, if they aren't properly screened, they can invite neighborhood critters to make their home inside. Critters like rodents can chew through weak foundation vent materials, so it's important to have the correct foundation vents on. Other animals with a lot of dexterity, like raccoons, can rip off foundation vent covers that are not properly installed.
Installing chimney caps and screens
Chimneys are a common place for raccoons, birds, and snakes to get into your Kansas City Metro home. Raccoons like to have their babies in chimneys, which can create quite a surprise! Birds will also find their way into your chimney and make a ruckus. Chimney caps and screens are a great preventative measure for this.
Closing entry holes
There is no shortage of potential entry holes around Kansas City Metro homes. Rooflines, soffits, vents, and the outside of doors and windows are just a few of the places that can act as entry holes for critters. Keeping these areas caulked and sealed will ensure your home is safe from unwanted critters.
What animals live in foundation vents?
Raccoons In Your Foundation Vent
Raccoons see your foundation vent as the perfect place to have their babies. If you suspect you have a raccoon or their babies in your Kansas City Metro home, it's important to have a professional remove them. If raccoons are blocked from their babies, they will do anything to get to them and cause a lot of damage in the process, including ripping the vent screen off that you just installed. Also, you do not want to crawl into your foundation vent and come face to face with a raccoon!
Mice and Rats In Your Foundation Vent
Rodents in your Kansas City Metro foundation vent are more than just a nuisance. They will chew your insulation, chew the pipes, and cover the space in droppings. If you suspect there are rodents in your foundation vent, we will remove them and securely seal the space to keep them from coming back. Rodents reproduce quickly, so the sooner you can catch this problem, the better!
Skunks In Your Foundation Vent
It stinks to find out you have skunks in your foundation vent! If you suspect you have one lurking around, call the professionals at Critter Control of Kansas City Metro. The last thing you want is to come face to face with a skunk stuck in your foundation vent!
If you have any concerns about the security of your foundation vent, Critter Control of Kansas City Metro can help. Call our office today at Kansas: 913.912.8985 or Missouri: 816.654.6922, or Contact Us using our online form.
Geese Management in Kansas City Metro
Goose droppings are not a pleasant sight to have around your home. Not only will they stain your sidewalks and driveways, but they can also carry germs and diseases in their droppings.
Geese can be very aggressive animals, especially during nesting season. That's why our trained professionals here at Critter Control have developed effective techniques to control geese populations and to remove geese from your properties. Critter Control will work with your local Wildlife Officials to round up and remove unwanted geese. Goose repellent on turf is an effective way to deter geese from feeding and loafing. Contact Critter Control today to learn more about goose management programs.
Gutter Cleaning/Leaf Guards
Gutter Cleaning in Kansas City Metro
Untreated, clogged gutters can be a problem as they can cause extensive water damage to your home. Our experienced professionals will fix your clogged gutters for you. We will install leaf-proof and Leaf Defier gutter guards to protect your home from future problems such as:
- Foundation problems
- Basement leaks
- Rotting windows
- Rotting fascia boards and soffits
- Mold and mildew
- Insect infestations
Additional benefits of having your gutters repaired include:
- Removing a potential nesting area for critters
- Extending the life of your roof
- Increasing the longevity of your gutters
- Keeps your landscape from damage
Call Critter Control of Kansas City Metro for more information and a free estimate!
Keeping Rodents Out of Your Home
Rodents are no stranger to Kansas City residents. It is not uncommon to find mice, rats, squirrels, and/or other rodents inside your home. These critters can be a nuisance and cause damage to your home and health. It is important to check common possible rodent nesting areas within your home and to call the professionals at Critter Control of Kansas City Metro if you find rodents in your home.
Why are Rodents Entering My Home?
Rodents have similar needs to humans— food, water, and shelter. Your home offers all these resources and at great comfort. The warmness of an attic or chimney can sound like a beach vacation for a rodent. In spring, your home seems like the perfect place to raise a rodent family, resulting in many rodents building nests and housing their babies. Rodents can get a free meal from your pantry or open garbage cans. Not to mention a nice cold drink of water from a leaky faucet, pipe, or pet bowl.
How do rodents get into your home?
Now that you know why rodents are entering your home, it is important to understand how they are getting in, so you can put efforts in to prevent them. Rodents can enter your home through various means, including gaps, cracks, holes, and open windows and doors.
- Gaps and Cracks: Rodents often enter through small gaps, cracks, or holes in the walls, foundation, roof, or attic of your home. Rodents are expert squeezers and can manage to fit through an opening the size of a quarter.
- Entry Points: Another common way rodents gain entrance to your home is through open doors and windows. Rodents may use long tree branches close to your windows or that overhang your roof or deck to easily gain access to these entry points.
Where do rodents go in your home?
Rodents will choose various shelter and nesting sites in your home. Their choice may depend on a variety of factors including the type of rodent, the layout of your home, the availability of food and water, and the activity in your home. Here are some common places rodents may choose to go in your home:
- Walls and Ceilings: Rodents may use the cavities of your wall or ceilings as pathways and nesting sites. While they occupy these spaces they may chew through insulation or wiring, causing serious damage.
- Attics: Attics provide a warm and quiet area for rodents, especially during the colder months, when they may use insulation to create their nests.
- Basements and Crawl Spaces: These areas are attractive to rodents because they often have hidden nooks and crannies for rodents to hide in. Rodents may also burrow into the soil in crawl spaces.
- Garages and Sheds: Rodents are able to very easily access garages and sheds due to their locations. Cluttered storage areas offer additional hiding spots.
- Kitchen and Pantry: Rodents are attracted to food sources making kitchens and pantries a prime location for rodents in your home. They may hide in cabinets, behind appliances, or in pantry shelves.
Signs of Rodent Infestation – How to Tell if Rodents Are in Your Home:
There are multiple signs to tell if rodents are living rent-free in your home, here are a few:
Rodent droppings are a clear indication of rodents living in your home. They vary in size depending on the species, but our generally small and pellet-like. Fresh droppings appear darker in color and become lighter as they sit and age.
Rodents constantly gnaw on things to keep their teeth from growing too long. One way to tell if rodents are in your home is if you see gnaw marks on wires, furniture, walls, and/or food packaging.
Rodents will use anything soft they can get their hands on to make a nest in a hidden area in your home. These materials can include shredded paper, fabric, insulation, and other materials. Look for these materials in corners, attics, closets, and crawl spaces.
Rodents have oil fur that can leave grease marks along their frequently traveled paths. If you see these marks on your walls, baseboards, and/or floorboards then you most likely have rodents living in your home.
The easiest way and most common way Kansas City residents can tell if rodents are in their homes is by visibly seeing them run around.
Scratching, scurrying, or squeaking.
A common sign of rodent infestation is hearing noises coming from walls, ceilings, or hidden spaces, especially at night.
Your pet going crazy.
If your pet suddenly starts displaying heightened interest in certain areas or exhibits unusual behavior like pawing or barking at walls, there might be rodents present.
Rodents can exert strong unpleasant and pungent odors that can be noticeable, especially in enclosed spaces. These scents mostly come from their droppings and urine.
If you find rodents in your home, it’s important to remove them as quickly as possible to prevent further damage or health risks.
How Can I Protect My Home?
The best way to protect your home is to call the professionals at Critter Control of Kansas City Metro. We specialize in rodent control and removal. Not only will our experts safely and humanely remove the rodents from your Kansas City home, but they will seal all entry points and put preventative solutions in place. Call Kansas: 913.912.8985 or Missouri: 816.654.6922 and schedule your home inspection today!
There are several precautions you can put into place to prevent or limit rodents access to your home. Here are our suggestions:
- Inspect your home and yard for potential entry points, such as gaps in your roof, foundation, or vents. Seal any openings to prevent animals from entering your home.
- Keep your attic and home clean and free from debris and clutter. Rodents like to use shredded paper, insulation, old clothing, and other materials to build nests.
- Store food and pet food in sealed plastic or glass containers to prevent rodents from being able to chew through cardboard or eat your food. Use trash cans with lids to prevent rodents from getting into your trash.
- Fix any leaky pipes or faucets. Not only will this save you money, but it will also prevent rodents from having access to free water.
It is important to remove rodents at the first sight of them in your home. They can cause structural damage to your home by ruining insulation, chewing through wires, or putting your family in risk for serious diseases. Rodent feces can carry a number of dangerous diseases, it is important that only professionals manage rodent removal and clean up. Call Critter Control of Kansas City Metro and get rid of rodents for good today!
Welcoming Spring: The Season of New Life and Critter Control in Kansas City
As the winter frost thaws and spring begins to bloom, Kansas City welcomes a season of renewal and new life. While many of us delight in the warmer temperatures and colorful blossoms, spring also brings about an increase in wildlife activity, particularly with the birth of baby animals. It's important to be aware of the increased presence of critters around your property and know when to call in the professionals at Critter Control of Kansas City.
The Impact of Spring Seasonality:
During spring, many animals emerge from hibernation or migrate back to the region, seeking food, water, and shelter. This is also the time when most species mate and raise their young, leading to a surge in baby animals around Kansas City. Some common critters you might encounter during spring include squirrels, raccoons, skunks, and birds.
Protecting Your Property:
As wildlife becomes more active, the chances of encountering these animals on your property increase. While baby animals can be adorable, they can also pose risks to your home and family. Here are a few tips to protect your property:
Inspect your home and yard for potential entry points, such as gaps in your roof, foundation, or vents. Seal any openings to prevent animals from entering your home.
Keep your yard clean and free from debris, such as woodpiles, which can attract rodents and other critters seeking shelter.
Use secure trash cans and store pet food indoors to avoid attracting wildlife to your property.
Install birdhouses and feeders away from your home to discourage birds from nesting in your eaves or gutters.
When to Call Critter Control of Kansas City:
If you notice signs of animal activity on your property, such as chewed wires, damaged insulation, or animal droppings, it's essential to act quickly to minimize any potential damage. The professionals at Critter Control of Kansas City are trained to safely and humanely remove wildlife from your property while also providing long-term solutions to prevent future infestations.
The arrival of spring in Kansas City brings new life and increased wildlife activity, making it essential for homeowners to take preventative measures to protect their property. When faced with a critter invasion, trust the experts at Critter Control of Kansas City to resolve your wildlife concerns with the utmost care and professionalism.
The Do's and Don'ts of Bat Exclusion
Bats are fascinating creatures, but they can also be a nuisance if they decide to roost in your home or business. Bat exclusion is the process of safely removing bats from a building and preventing them from re-entering. This process requires a delicate balance of humane treatment of the bats and effective exclusion techniques. The dos and don’ts of bat exclusion are important for keeping you and the animals safe.
Identify the problem
Identifying a bat infestation can be tricky, as bats are nocturnal and tend to roost in dark, secluded areas. Here are some signs that you may have bats:
- Bat droppings: Bat droppings, also known as guano, are one of the most common signs of a bat infestation. They are usually found in piles below the roosting site and are shiny and brittle.
- Stains and smells: Bat urine and feces can leave stains on walls and emit a strong, musty odor.
- Noises: Bats are nocturnal and tend to be active at night. If you hear scratching or rustling noises coming from the attic or walls at night, it could be a sign of a bat infestation.
- Sightings: If you see bats flying in and out of your home or building, it is a clear sign that you have a bat infestation.
- Damage to property: Bats can cause damage to property, such as chewing on electrical wires or insulation.
If you suspect that you have a bat infestation, it is important to contact a professional for proper identification and removal. Attempting to remove bats yourself can be dangerous and ineffective.
Hire a professional
Bat exclusion can be dangerous and should only be performed by trained professionals. A professional bat removal company will use humane exclusion methods that do not harm the bats. Professionals have the proper equipment and training to safely remove bats without putting themselves or others at risk. Additionally, professionals have the knowledge and experience to effectively identify and seal all entry points, preventing future infestations. Hiring a professional for bat removal is not only humane and safe but also ensures that the job is done right the first time.
Critter Control of Kansas City Metro has years of experience in bat exclusion and a great reputation--we will be able to safely remove the bats and prevent them from re-entering.
Use humane exclusion methods
Bats are protected by law in many areas, so it’s important to use humane exclusion methods. This means using exclusion techniques that do not harm the bats. Humane bat removal involves the use of exclusion techniques that safely remove the bats without harming them. Here are some examples of humane bat removal methods:
- One-way exclusion devices: These devices allow the bats to exit the building but prevent them from re-entering. They are typically placed over the bats' entry points and should be left in place for a few days to ensure all the bats have exited.
- Netting: Netting can be used to block off entry points and prevent bats from entering. This is a particularly effective method for larger openings such as attic vents.
- Sealing entry points: Once the bats have been safely removed, all entry points should be sealed to prevent re-entry. This can include caulking gaps or installing screens over openings.
- Habitat modification: In some cases, habitat modification may be necessary to prevent future bat infestations. This could involve installing bat houses in nearby trees to provide an alternative roosting location.
Seal entry points
Once the bats have been safely removed, it’s important to seal all entry points to prevent them from re-entering.
Sealing your home from bats involves identifying and sealing all potential entry points to prevent bats from re-entering your home. Here are some steps to follow:
- Inspect your home: Conduct a thorough inspection of your home to identify all potential entry points. Bats can enter through gaps as small as ¼ inch, so be sure to check for any openings in the roof, walls, vents, and chimney.
- Seal entry points: Once you have identified the entry points, seal them with caulking, weather stripping, or mesh screens. For larger openings, such as attic vents or chimney caps, consider installing a bat exclusion device, which allows bats to exit but prevents re-entry.
- Trim trees and shrubs: Bats can use overhanging trees and shrubs as a bridge to access your home. Trim back any branches or foliage that is within six feet of your home.
- Maintain screens: Make sure that all windows and vents are properly screened and in good condition.
- Install bat houses: If you want to provide an alternative roosting location for bats, consider installing bat houses on nearby trees or poles.
It is important to note that sealing your home from bats should only be done once the bats have been safely removed from your home. Attempting to seal your home while bats are still inside can result in trapping the bats inside, which can be harmful to both the bats and humans. It is recommended to hire a professional for bat removal and sealing to ensure that the job is done safely and effectively.
Attempt exclusion during the maternity season
It is not recommended to attempt bat exclusion during their maternity season because this can harm the bats and their young. Maternity season is typically from April to August, depending on the species, and during this time female bats give birth and raise their young. If bats are excluded during this time, the young may become trapped inside the home and die of starvation or dehydration, which can result in unpleasant odors and potential health hazards.
Additionally, it is important to note that many species of bats are protected by law, and it is illegal to harm or kill them. Attempting to exclude bats during their maternity season can result in legal penalties and fines.
Check with the professionals at Critter Control of Kansas City Metro to determine the best time for exclusion.
Use toxic chemicals
Using toxic chemicals to get rid of bats is not recommended for several reasons. Firstly, bats are a protected species in many areas and it is illegal to harm or kill them. Using toxic chemicals can result in legal penalties and fines.
Secondly, using toxic chemicals to remove bats can be harmful to other wildlife, pets, and humans. The chemicals used to kill bats can also contaminate the environment, including the air, soil, and water.
Furthermore, using toxic chemicals is often ineffective in removing bats from your home. Bats can avoid areas that are contaminated with chemicals and may simply relocate to another area of your home, resulting in further infestation.
Disturb roosting bats
It is important to avoid disturbing roosting bats and to seek professional help if you need to remove bats from your home or property. A professional bat removal company can safely and humanely remove bats and relocate them to suitable roosting sites. If you're tempted to disturb roosting bats, consider the following:
- Bats can carry diseases: While bats themselves are not inherently dangerous, they can carry diseases such as rabies, which can be transmitted to humans and pets through bites or scratches. Disturbing bats can increase the risk of exposure to these diseases.
- Disturbing bats can cause stress: Bats rely on roosting sites for shelter and protection. Disturbing these sites can cause stress and harm to the bats, which can negatively impact their health and survival.
- Bats are protected by law: Many species of bats are protected by law, and it is illegal to harm or kill them. Disturbing bat roosting sites can result in legal penalties and fines.
Use ultrasonic devices
Ultrasonic devices are often marketed as a humane and effective way to get rid of bats, but in reality, they are largely ineffective. While many animals, including rodents, are sensitive to high-frequency sounds, bats are not. Bats have evolved to use echolocation, which involves producing and detecting sounds at much higher frequencies than ultrasonic devices can emit. Therefore, ultrasonic devices are unlikely to have any impact on bat behavior or presence.
In addition, ultrasonic devices have limited range: Ultrasonic devices are only effective within a limited range, typically within a few feet of the device. This means that you would need multiple devices placed throughout your home to have any chance of affecting bats that may be present.
Finally, bats can adapt to ultrasonic devices: Even if bats were sensitive to ultrasonic frequencies, they are highly adaptable animals and can quickly learn to avoid or ignore the sounds. This means that the effectiveness of ultrasonic devices is likely to be short-lived.
Ignore the problem
Ignoring a bat infestation can lead to larger problems down the road, including damage to your building and potential health hazards. It’s important to address the issue promptly and effectively.
In conclusion, bat exclusion requires a delicate balance of humane treatment and effective exclusion techniques. Hiring a professional, using humane exclusion methods, and sealing all entry points are key to successful bat exclusion. Avoiding toxic chemicals, disturbing roosting bats, and ignoring the problem are crucial don’ts of bat exclusion. With these dos and don’ts in mind, you can safely and effectively exclude bats from your building.
If you think you have bats in your house, give our office a call today for a fast and free phone estimate. Kansas: 913.912.8985 or Missouri: 816.654.6922
Rodents in the Kitchen? How to Keep Your Food Safe from Rodent Contamination
Rodents in the Kitchen? How to Keep Your Food Safe from Rodent Contamination
Having rodents in your kitchen can be an alarming and unhygienic situation. These pesky creatures not only cause damage to your property but can also pose a significant health risk by contaminating your food. Preventing rodent infestation and keeping your kitchen free from these unwanted guests is crucial for maintaining a safe and sanitary environment.
Seal Entry Points
Rodents can squeeze through tiny openings, so it's essential to seal any potential entry points in your kitchen. Inspect the walls, floors, windows, and doors for gaps, cracks, or holes and seal them using caulk or weatherstripping. Pay extra attention to areas around pipes, vents, and utility openings. By eliminating their entryways, you can significantly reduce the chances of rodents invading your kitchen.
Store Food Properly
Proper food storage is key to preventing rodent contamination. Invest in sturdy, airtight containers for storing dry goods such as grains, cereals, and snacks. Avoid keeping food items in their original packaging, as rodents can easily chew through them. Additionally, store fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator or in closed containers to deter rodents from feasting on them.
Maintaining a clean and clutter-free kitchen is essential in deterring rodents. Regularly clean countertops, sweep the floors, and wipe up spills promptly. Ensure that food crumbs and scraps are not left behind, as they can attract rodents. Don't forget to clean hard-to-reach areas, such as behind appliances and inside cabinets, where rodents may find hidden food sources.
Secure Waste Disposal
Proper waste disposal is crucial in preventing rodents from being attracted to your kitchen. Use sealed garbage bins and make sure they have tight-fitting lids. Regularly empty and clean the bins to eliminate any food residue or odors that might attract rodents. If possible, store the bins outside your home to further reduce the risk of infestation.
Maintain Outdoor Areas
Rodents often find their way into kitchens through outdoor areas. Take preventative measures by trimming overgrown vegetation near the exterior of your home. Keep firewood and other materials away from the walls to discourage rodents from using them as hiding places or entry points. Regularly inspect the exterior of your home for cracks, crevices, or gaps and seal them promptly.
Keeping your food safe from rodent contamination is a crucial aspect of maintaining a healthy and hygienic kitchen. By implementing preventive measures such as sealing entry points, storing food properly, maintaining cleanliness, securing waste disposal, and maintaining outdoor areas, you can significantly reduce the risk of rodents invading your kitchen. In case of persistent rodent problems, do not hesitate to seek professional assistance. Remember, a clean and rodent-free kitchen is essential for the well-being of your family and the integrity of your food.
Professional Critter Control
If you've tried preventive measures but still find signs of rodent activity in your kitchen, it may be time to seek professional help. The experts at Critter Control of Kansas City Metro have the knowledge and tools to effectively eliminate rodent infestations and prevent future occurrences. They can conduct a thorough inspection, identify potential entry points, and implement appropriate treatments to keep your kitchen rodent-free.
Which Squirrel Types are the Most Destructive?
Which Squirrel Types are the Most Destructive?
Squirrels are known to exhibit destructive behaviors in certain contexts. While they are fascinating creatures to observe in their natural habitat, their behavior can have negative impacts to home owners in the Kansas City Metro area.
Some of the problems that squirrels cause include the following:
Nesting and Property Damage:
Squirrels are known to build nests, or dreys, in trees or other structures. While this behavior is natural, it can become problematic when they choose man-made structures like attics, chimneys, or roof spaces as nesting sites. In their efforts to construct or expand their nests, squirrels may chew through insulation, electrical wiring, and other building materials, causing damage to homes and infrastructure.
Garden and Crop Damage:
Squirrels have a fondness for various plants, fruits, and nuts, which can lead to damage in gardens. They are adept climbers and jumpers, allowing them to access trees and plants that are otherwise out of reach for many other animals. Squirrels may raid bird feeders, dig up newly planted bulbs, or consume fruits and vegetables from gardens, negatively impacting crops and frustrating gardeners.
Another destructive behavior exhibited by squirrels is bark stripping. They may chew on the bark of trees, especially during the winter months when other food sources are scarce. This behavior can cause significant damage to tree trunks, weakening the tree and potentially leading to its decline or death.
Competing with Native Species:
Some squirrels are considered an invasive species in some regions. When invasive squrirel species compete with native squirrels, it is harmful to the ecosystem.
Most Destructive Squirrel Species
Gray squirrels are one of the most widespread and adaptable squirrel species in Kansas City Metro. Their tendency for destructive behavior is most clear when they infiltrate residential areas.
Gray squirrels are most known for attacking bird feeders, digging up bulbs and plants, and gnawing on wooden fences and houses. Their persistent chewing can cause significant damage to electrical wiring, posing fire hazards and costly repairs.
While fox squirrels are generally less destructive than gray squirrels, they can still cause trouble when their populations become dense in urban areas.
Fox squirrels are known for digging holes in lawns and gardens, burying food caches, and uprooting newly planted bulbs or seeds. While these behaviors may not be as destructive as those of gray squirrels, they can be frustrating for gardeners and homeowners.
Chipmunks may appear harmless and endearing with their striped bodies, but their activities can sometimes lead to destructive consequences. Chipmunks are known for burrowing under lawns, gardens, and even the foundations of buildings.
Chipmunks create extensive networks of tunnels, often causing soil erosion and destabilizing structures. Additionally, chipmunks have been known to steal fruits and vegetables from gardens, which causes frustration to gardeners.
Ground squirrels encompass various species, including the California ground squirrel and the thirteen-lined ground squirrel. Ground squirrels are notorious for their digging activities, and are often thought to be the most destructive squirrel species next to Gray squirrels.
Ground squirrels excavate extensive burrows, which can undermine the stability of agricultural fields, gardens, and lawns. Their burrowing habits can damage irrigation systems, harm tree roots, and create hazards for livestock, resulting in economic losses for farmers and property owners.
Which squirrel types are most destructive? That will depend on the specific landscape of your home. The team at Critter Control of Kansas City Metro can help you to implement measures to mitigate any potential damage any squirrel species may cause. Employing squirrel-proofing techniques, such as secure bird feeders and protective barriers for plants, can help minimize conflicts while allowing us to coexist with these energetic and mischievous little creatures.
Are squirrels wreaking havoc on your home or yard? Looking to get rid of squirrels? Contact the team at Critter Control of Kansas City Metro today.
Clean Up and Sanitation From Rodents