Indiana is home to about 750 wildlife species, with 150 endangered and protected. Fortunately, you won't find most of these species in your neighborhood, yard, or home. In Michiana, the St. Joseph River provides food and water for many types of wildlife.
Wildlife you may see nearby include skunks, bats, rats, squirrels, raccoons, rabbits, snakes, opossums, groundhogs, and various birds.
All these animals can become nuisances if left uncontrolled. They can damage the interior and exterior of your home and make you feel unsafe in your personal space. That is not okay. At Critter Control, we remove nuisance animals and give you back security and peace. Below are some examples of how we have removed the most common nuisance wildlife in South Bend using our inspection, removal, and repair process.
We don't see the nocturnal, masked bandit of South Bend too often, only the evidence of its existence, like scattered trash, tipped garbage cans, opened feed bags, and missing chickens. They dig holes in your yard searching for insects, raid your garden and literally break and enter your home.
Raccoons will tear screens or doors blocking an entrance and even crawl through windows or open pet doors. Once in your personal space, raccoons will set up two places: a bathroom and a nest. To create these, they will use their nimble hands to rip insulation, scratch flooring and walls, and destroy stored personal items.
There are regulations regarding the removal of raccoons. Calling wildlife control experts is the best option to get rid of a raccoon problem.
South Bend mammals include the Northern and Southern flying squirrels, red squirrel, gray squirrel, and fox squirrel. They can all be found scavenging in your property for garden crops, nuts, fruits, seeds, grains, and even tiny bird eggs. Squirrels are collectors, stealing treasures to store for winter months.
You may hear squirrels chirping, growling, hissing, and making other sounds in your walls, attic, or ceiling. Prioritze getting rid of squirrels in your home because they can create fire hazards by storing items in your vents and ducts and gnawing on electrical wires. They like to raid bird feeders and strip bark from trees to nibble on the sap. In their daily scurries, they dent gutters and spouting, chew through the siding and break roof shingles.
We know how to handle issues with squirrels.
The big and little brown bats are two of thirteen bat species in Indiana. The brown bats are the ones you may hear or smell roosting in your attic. Bats are loud and when roosting in colonies, it will make it hard for you to ignore them.
Bats eating insects are not nuisances at all. We love that about them. We need them. It's their guano that is the primary nuisance. They poop while roosting, so most of their guano is inside your attic, shed, barn, or other man-made structure. Bat guano can grow a mold that, if inhaled, can lead to respiratory issues. Also, when they feel threatened, bats may act aggressively and bite you. While rare, some bats can carry diseases like rabies.
Bat roosts are easy to locate. Getting them to move out of the roost is challenging. That's where our experts can help.
Nocturnal by nature, striped skunks are plentiful in South Bend and the surrounding areas. Skunks prosper in and around neighnorhoods, taking advantage of pet food and trash left outside by residents. Skunks do not hibernate and may be active year-round. They can cause plenty of lawn damage when burrowing for food and can cause a smelly situation if confronted by a person, or pets. Not only is their spray foul-smelling and hard to remove, but skunks in the South Bend area also have been known to carry rabies
; therefore, it’s best to let a professional handle removal for you.
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