Animal Droppings/ Feces Removal
Finding animal droppings around your Athens home? That's a sure sign of an animal infestation. If your nuisance animal is already gone, we can help you get rid of animal droppings and clean your home. If it is not, we can help with wildlife removal, too. Many wildlife animals will have used a specific area in or around your home in which to leave their feces, which can lead to health hazards, stains, and unpleasant odors. Call Critter Control of Athens today to learn how we can remove animal droppings from your home. 706.406.8663
Where Are Animal Droppings Found?
Some common places Athens residents discover wildlife animal droppings in the home include:
- Wildlife Animal Droppings in the Kitchen — Animal droppings in kitchens are usually from rodents. Because they are so food-focused, rodents often make their way into this area of your home and leave droppings in your cabinets, pantry, or under sinks. If there is any doubt that rodent feces has come into contact with any food products, dispose of them immediately and call the professionals at Critter Control to remove the droppings safely and quickly.
- Wildlife Animal Droppings in the Attic — Common culprits of droppings in attics include bats, birds, squirrels, raccoons, and more. If you suspect you have animals in your attic, you most certainly have animal droppings, too. Droppings in attics can be hidden behind items or spread across open areas. Wildlife is infamous for using insulation for nest building, so it may be necessary to replace your insulation if it is soiled with feces.
- Wildlife Animal Droppings in the Garages — Just like kitchens, wildlife creatures like mice, raccoons, and rats get into garages to find food (and shelter). Common areas you may find animal droppings in garages include shelving, behind garbage cans, along the wall, and in insulation. Finding raccoon or rodent droppings in your garage should make your decision easy—call Critter Control of Athens today.
Why Are Animal Droppings Dangerous?
The most notable issue with feces of any kind is its endangerment to your health. Animal droppings carry a host of parasites and illnesses. Rodent droppings can expose you to Hantavirus, a dangerous respiratory disease. Bat guano and bird feces can carry Histoplasmosis, another respiratory disease. Raccoon feces are breeding grounds for raccoon roundworm, which can lead to coma in extreme cases. If you spot any type of animal droppings in your home, call Critter Control of Athens today for professional feces removal.
Attic Restoration/ Insulation
Are you suffering from a sudden high energy bill? It could be because of the wildlife nuisance animal in your attic. Raccoons are the most likely problem animal in your attic, but rodents and squirrels also get comfortable with your plush attic insulation. Any presence of animals in your attic will likely mean you need new insulation, and our team can help. Let us replace your matted and soiled attic insulation with brand new insulation to help lower your energy bills and keep your family and pets safe.
Some insulation materials are dangerous on their own, even when not soiled with animal feces, so please call us if your attic needs attention. Our attic restoration and insulation services include raccoon and bat feces removal, attic fan vent guard installation, and more. Learn more about our attic insulation installation and repair services and give Critter Control of Athens a call today. 706.406.8663
Attic/ Soffit/ Louvre Vent Screen Guards
There are certain areas of your Athens home that are attractive to animals looking for nesting locations, most of all: your roof and your roof vents. Animals that frequent rooflines, like raccoons, squirrels, and birds, are very mobile and exceptional climbers/fliers, which can make it hard to keep them away. Luckily, the team at Critter Control of Athens can help you keep wildlife off your roofline. 706.406.8663
Attic Fan Vent Guards
Attic fan vent guards do more than just help ventilate your attic; they also double as wildlife control. A properly installed attic fan vent guard will keep animals like squirrels out of your attic vents. Wildlife has been known to chew through these guards, so it's important to install a sturdy vent guard that will be squirrel-proof (and wildlife-proof).
Roof Vent Guards
Animals like birds, mice, and squirrels will attempt entry into your home through roof vents. If left unprotected, squirrels can easily get into your home through roof vents, but sometimes die in these vents, leading to horrible odors. Prevent dead animals in vents by securing your roof vent with durable materials like hardware cloth and other metal vents.
Gable Vent Closures
Like attic fan vents, gable vents allow for the circulation of air into your attic, but they also can allow for unintentional wildlife entry. Gable vent closures are an important step in animal-proofing your home. Bats and birds are small enough to slip into attics through gable vents, so ensuring the gable vent is properly secured can save you time and money in the long run.
Soffit Vent Repairs
The underside of rooflines (your home's soffit) is a conspicuous and easy way for clever wildlife to enter your home, especially if your soffit is damaged. Squirrels are frequently responsible for soffit damage, including ripped shingles, damaged gutters, and a weak structure. Keep animals out of your home by letting Critter Control of Athens repair your soffit vents and make sure your roofline is protected against squirrels, raccoons, birds, bats, mice, and more.
Carcass/ Dead Animal Removal
The smell of a dead animal inside your home is unmistakable and incredibly unpleasant. The carcass can also be host to deadly illnesses, insect infestations, serious stains, and odors that stick around after the dead animal has been removed. Critter Control of Athens can remove the dead animal and the hazards, smells, and stains that accompany it. Call today! 706.406.8663 or Contact Us online.
Where Are Dead Animals Found in Homes?
Sometimes a homeowner is not even aware that they have a dead animal in their home, especially if it inside the wall, in a hidden corner of the attic, or another obscured area like a crawlspace. It is likely that the animal will have died in the same place it lived in your home. You may also come across dead animal babies like raccoons in chimneys or other areas they were unable to get out of.
Getting Rid of Dead Animals
Our team is professionally trained to remove dead animal carcasses safely and to deodorize and clean what remains. Lingering parasites and insects like flies, beetles, worms, and more feast on the dead animals, and the carcass can also be dangerous to curious pets.
Dead Animal Smell
Professional, specialized odor removal methods and equipment beyond what you can buy at the store may be necessary, depending upon the severity of and length of time the dead animal has been in your home.
The easiest way to prevent dead animals in your home is to keep the animals from getting inside in the first place. We can help you get rid of dead animals in your home. Call Critter Control of Athens today!
Caulk & Sealing
Sealing animal entry points can be an extremely effective and simple method of wildlife animal control, but it is absolutely essential that you make sure there are no animals inside the holes you are about to have sealed.
Another benefit of sealing animal entry points in your Athens home is similar to attic restoration—it can help improve your home’s energy efficiency. Though you might think smaller holes aren’t an issue, you’d be surprised at how small of holes animals like bats and rodents can get through.
Sealing & Caulking Holes
Caulking areas of your home through which rodents and other critters get in will help keep animals out. Some common areas there may be animal entry points in your Athens home include:
- Kitchen cabinets
- Washing machines and sinks
- Furnace/water heater
- Floor vents
Some exterior areas of your home animals may use to get in include:
- Roofs, including eaves, rafters, fascias & more
Call Critter Control of Athens today for more information on preventing pest entry and damage through effective caulking and sealing. 706.406.8663
Chimney Cap and Screen Installation
Did you know many residents mistake the noises in their chimneys for birds when they are in fact baby raccoons? It's true—raccoons and other critters like squirrels, bats, and birds find refuge in your chimney, but many cannot get back out. Though raccoons are the main creature responsible for chimney problems (they can compromise the smoke shelf and other interior components), the smaller animals may get into your home through the chimney, introducing an even bigger problem. Many home repair methods, including roof vent guards, also double as wildlife control methods. Chimney caps are no exception.
Once Critter Control of Athens's technician removes your problem animal, we can repair and install any size or type of chimney caps and screens to make sure raccoons and other wildlife can't get back in. Contact Us today for more information on fixing your chimney. 706.406.8663
A chimney cap, also known as a chimney screen, is designed to fasten to your flue to keep your chimney protected from gathering moisture and keep your roof safe from rogue embers, but it is also an effective method of wildlife prevention. A thick metal material will resist the bites and scratches of raccoons and squirrels.
Due to their location, chimneys are often subject to the most extreme elements, and natural deterioration is to be expected. We can help with chimney repair, due to natural causes or from wildlife damage. Wildlife in your chimney may also mean there is a need for the removal of the animal that is still there. Call Critter Control of Athens today for more information and to request an estimate on chimney repairs and other chimney services.
What Needs to Be Replaced on My Chimney?
- Flashing — The area where your roof and chimney meet is covered by flashing material; often sheet metal. The purpose of flashing is to create a waterproof seal but if warped or degraded, flashings can be fallible and leaky, so it's prudent to replace them once you notice signs of a leak.
- Bricks — Bricks are also subject to deterioration from being exposed to the elements, but the mortar joints within the layers of brick can succumb to water damage more quickly over the years than the bricks themselves. Well-constructed mortar can last on average up to 25 years, but depending on the exposure to weather, that can be less or more. Tuckpointing, or replacing the mortar on bricks, is a necessary chimney repair that can extend the life of your brick and help stabilize the structure of the chimney.
- Concrete Caps — Concrete caps on chimneys help water to run off the chimney, but if the concrete cap is damaged, it can allow wildlife entry. Maintaining the concrete cap on your chimney can also help extend the life of your chimney.
Do Chimney Repairs Matter?
A chimney is a major selling point on many homes, especially if it is well-maintained and in good condition. Keeping your chimney in good shape and protected with strong prevention methods also helps discourage curious wildlife from falling or climbing in. Call today to learn more about our chimney repair services! 706.406.8663
Like your attic, your crawlspace is another favorite spot for critters to turn into their home, offering many nooks and crannies in which wildlife animals can nest, raise babies, and leave droppings. Due to the isolated nature of spaces like this, it's very possible that you could have a wildlife guest for a long time without even being aware of it.
Signs of An Animal in the Crawlspace
- Ripped insulation
- Noises like thumping or rustling
- Grease stains or fur
- Presence of dead animals
Cleaning Your Crawlspace After Animal Removal
Once the animal has been removed, it can still be obvious that it was living there from droppings to nesting materials scattered around. Our job is to restore your crawlspace so you'd never know there had been a wildlife animal living there. The animal could have created a way to enter your main living area or causing damage to your insulation or pipes, but we will identify any damage and repair it. The carcasses and past nesting sites can draw in insects like fleas and ticks, which may consider you or your pets the perfect next host.
If you don't know for sure if the animal has been removed from your crawlspace, we can help with the removal process, too. Call Critter Control of Athens today for information on solving your animal-related crawlspace problems and damage repair today! 706.406.8663
Foundation vents are installed to keep a flow of air into crawlspaces to prevent mold and mildew from forming in the often moist spaces. Animals are known to take advantage of damaged foundation vents to gain entry into your crawlspace, so it's important to keep foundation vents maintained. Squirrels and skunks can get through weak foundation vents, often by chewing or tearing. Processes like foundation vent screening, chimney caps and screens, and repairing entry points discourage future animal entry.
Foundation Vent Installation & Repair
Strong metal foundation vent screens will keep bigger animals like squirrels and skunks from getting into your crawlspace, and smaller animals will no longer have holes to get into your home through. Call Critter Control of Athens to learn more about our foundation vent services! 706.406.8663
Gutter Cleaning/ Leaf Guards
Did you know clogged gutters can cause more than just a headache to clean out? That’s right—clogged gutters can lead to unwelcome animal entry, water damage, and if left unchecked for too long, that water damage can cause structural damage to your home that can be extremely costly.
Why Should I Clean My Gutters?
A few reasons you should keep your gutters clean include not having to deal with:
- Foundation problems
- Basement leaks
- Rotting around windows, fascia boards & soffits
- Mold and mildew growth
- Insect infestations
- Potentially broken shingles and siding from collapsed gutters
Trust Critter Control to Keep Your Gutters Clean
Critter Control of Athens will clean your gutters and install Leaf Proof and Leaf Defier gutter guards to protect your Athens home from the hazards listed above. Call today for an estimate! 706.406.8663
Critter Control is a full-service company. When we come to your home, we’ll inspect your property inside and out, and from top to bottom, using our copyrighted AEW (Animal Entry Worksheet) so we can identify all potential problem areas and offer you safe and cost effective solutions. Call today for more information on solving your animal related problems and damage.