If you are having a problem with wildlife in your Franklin home, your best option is to hire a company that specializes in Tennessee wildlife removal only. This is a specialty business, and regular
pest control companies do not use the proper techniques to solve animal problems. I have spent many years reviewing Franklin, and I recommend the following:
Cell Phone: 615-499-5298
NOTE: If you have a dog or cat problem, call Williamson County Animal Services: 615-790-5759
Critter Control specializes primarily in removing animals from attics of homes and buildings - this includes squirrels in attics, raccoons, and rats
or mice in homes. Tennessee also has a documented problem with
bats in buildings, and Critter Control is specially trained in bat removal. They also perform general wildlife trapping services, such as the capture and removal of skunks or opossums on the
property. Call 615-499-5298
to discuss your critter problem and schedule a same-day or next-day appointment.
When hiring a company to solve your wild animal problem, you want these features:
- Specializes in wildlife removal, not pest control
- Fully Tennessee and Williamson County licensed and insured
- Works 7 days per week (critters don't take weekends off)
- Performs full building inspections: enters and inspects attic
- Performs exclusion repairs, with guarantee against animal re-entry
- Offers cleanup of biohazardous wildlife waste
Critter Control is a full-service Franklin wildlife removal company. This is very different from a regular Franklin pest control company. The pest control companies spray poison to kill insects. This is not at all
similar to wildlife removal. Critter Control performs a full inspection of the home or property, and determines why the animal(s) are there, and if inside a building, how the animals got inside. All
animals (including rodents) are trapped and removed, or if possible, removed from the building using special exclusion devices. Once the animals are gone, preventative repairs are essential, and
cleanup is sometimes recommended.
Franklin wildlife trapping - it's not as simple as it may seem. It's illegal in Tennessee to trap without a license. Trap type is very important and there are many different types, bait is somewhat relevant, trap placement
is vital, and there are dozens of small things that are very important to know.
Safety is a concern. Then once the animal is trapped, it must be removed and dealt with in the proper manner according to Tennessee law. We offer Franklin raccoon removal. Read more about how to get rid of raccoons.
Animals in attics - this is our specialty at Critter Control. Many types of animals like to live in attics. This includes squirrels, raccoons, rats, mice, bats, birds, and even possums. Critters like to go into attics for a safe place to live
and raise their young. Removing animals from attics is very complex work, partly because of the presence of baby animals. If you need Franklin squirrel removal, we can remove all the squirrels from your attic, and seal out any future ones. Read more about how to get rid of squirrels.
Rodent control must be done in a very specific way. First off, the most important thing is that all the openings that rats and mice can use to enter a house be sealed. Then all the rodents must be physically trapped and removed.
Never, ever use poison! Most Franklin exterminators will just use this lazy poison technique to kill rodents, and it causes more harm than good - dead stinky rats, and it doesn't solve the problem. Call us for correct Franklin rat removal. Read more about how to get rid of rats.
Bat removal is a highly specialized task. Tennessee is known to have colonizing bats who often live in buildings. Bats love attics. If not removed, the colony can grow to a very large size over the years. The bat droppings are often corrosive and
cause health risks. The same goes for bird droppings on or in buildings. We perform Franklin pigeon removal and bird control. But our specialty is Franklin bat removal. We remove 100% of the bat colony and seal the building so that it's totally bat-proof. Read more about how to get rid of bats.
If you have animals inside a house, no job is complete without proper exclusion repairs. If you simply hire a Franklin trapper who only removes the critters, then the problem will return. You need to hire a Franklin wildlife control company that identifies 100% of the animal entry points
into your building, and seals them shut with professional repairs. In addition, in many cases animals have left waste or contamination behind, and you'll want a company that can provide professional cleaning services. Critter Control does both.
The above are just some of the services offered by Critter Control. We also trap and remove animals that destroy lawns, such as moles, or digging animals. Sometimes animals like opossums will live under buildings, steal pet food, raid garbage cans, etc.
Read about how to get rid of opossums
. Skunks commonly live under sheds or decks, and set up a den. We can trap and remove them without them spraying. Read about how to get rid of skunks
. Critter Control
also provides dead animal removal in Franklin. If you need help with any other wildlife conflict, from a fox, beaver, groundhog, or any other critter, we can solve it. We also do Franklin snake removal - most of the snakes in Tennessee are not venomous, but
call us if you want safe removal, or read about how to get rid of snakes
in Franklin. And remember, we are a private business, not Williamson County Animal Control Services, so if you have a dog or cat problem, call the County at 615-790-5759.
Williamson County animal services does not handle any wildlife issues.
Cell Phone: 615-499-5298
Franklin Wildlife Tip #1:
What kind of poison will kill a raccoon or groundhog? Extermination is a road that you probably aren't going to want to go down when it comes to removing a raccoon or groundhog from your life, although you would be forgiven for thinking about. As yet, there are no registered poisons that have been deemed safe and humane to kill a raccoon or groundhog, which is why you should look at other extermination methods, such as using kill traps. This is even more so the case if you want your raccoon or groundhog to have a somewhat humane death. Usually, rat poison is used to kill a raccoon or groundhog, and although it might work, it will generally take a long time, in some cases - 4 weeks or more. As you can probably imagine, this will be a long and painful death, with the animal suffering with related conditions of the poisoning, rather than the poisoning itself - blood loss, internal bleeding and even anemia. These are all things that have proven to be very painful - is it really worth it? You are already ending the raccoon or groundhog's life; do you really want to put it through that much pain beforehand? There are so many risk factors that you are going to need to put some serious thought into if you decide to use poison. Firstly, are your children going to be safe? Secondly, are you going to kill your dog or cat, or even other household pets in the community? Thirdly, could you be the cause of secondary poisoning? This is when a predator eats the carcass of the raccoon or groundhog that has died as a result of poisoning, thus transferring the poisoning residue to another animal. This could potentially kill wildlife that you may actively be encouraging into your garden. If you really want to get rid of that raccoon or groundhog, there are so many other options open to you that poisoning should really be a last resort, especially if you are not willing to put your time and effort into researching it first.
Franklin Wildlife Tip #2:
What kind of food is best to bait opossums? - The opossum is a greedy creature with an incredibly varied diet, which works in your favor when it comes to trapping them. Any trap will only be as good as the bait that you place within it, so making sure you have the right tools for the job is essential to get the opossum removed as quickly and effectively as possible. Thankfully, the varied diet does make this process a much easier human for us humans - there aren't very many things that this creature would stick its nose up at, even to the point where it often becomes road kill itself in a bid to grab dead animals that have been run over. Of course, as with most animals, the opossum will have a special love for some foods, and these are probably the best place to start when it comes to choosing bait. An opossum will crawl through an open window, or rip through a screen door in order to get to cat and dog food that the animal stupidly left behind. This means that this particular type of bait will work well - if the opossum is brave enough to go after a dog's food, it is going to go after the same food when it has been placed into a trap. An opossum also loves fruit and insects, although the latter will obviously be much harder to use as bait. If you have a fruit tree or a vegetable garden in your yard, you will often find that the opossum has had a good old nibble on it, which gives you a good indication of how well they will work as bait, especially when it comes to sweet and sugary fruits such as berries, apples and kiwi fruits.
Tennessee Wildlife Information:
Tennessee State bird: Northern mockingbird, bobwhite quail
State mammal: Raccoon
State reptile: Eastern box turtle
State amphibian: Tennessee cave salamander
State fish: Largemouth bass, channel catfish
State insect: 7-spotted ladybug, European honeybee
Tennessee sometimes gets a reputation for being a land of nothing but flat fields and farms. This is untrue, and comes from the fact it transitions to the center of the country where states like Kansas really are primarily flat farmland. Tennessee is, in fact, full of mountains and lush valleys, having a number of mountain ranges including the Appalachians and the Smokey Mountains. The summers are typically hot and humid, but higher elevations can be quite cold in the winter with significant snowfall. A number of animals make their homes in this state, enjoying the warm weather and comparably milder winters.
This state is actually known for its salamander population in the Smokey Mountain National Park. With over 30 species of salamanders in five different families, the park is considered the salamander capital of the world.
Not surprisingly, since it is the state mammal, raccoons are one of the top nuisance creatures in Tennessee. The masked garbage-raiders are right at home in the state's forests, eventually moving in to invade human homes when it's time to have a family. Homeowners in Tennessee also have to worry about skunks, bats, beavers, muskrats, woodchucks, squirrels, and opossums.
Armadillos also make short work of people's yards. The armadillo, while a quiet and docile animal, is very destructive when it decides to search a yard for grubs, bugs, or worms. Thankfully, these critters are easy to trap, and some areas of Tennessee consider them a delicacy. People must be careful consuming armadillo meat as it can carry leprosy. Despite the concern, there are a number of ways to cook the creature, and most recipes favor the BBQ.
Campers can attest to evidence of the larger animals in Tennessee. Black bear are very common in the mountains, and these large predators can grow to be over 500 pounds. Second to the black bear only in size are the cougars. These large cats are incredibly smart, and very dangerous if they decide to stalk human prey. A problematic cougar can watch a person for days while formulating a plan of attack. Wolves and coyotes are also top carnivores, though wolves are small in number, having just been reintroduced into the state back in the early 1990's.
You can always call Critter Control, any time of day, at 615-499-5298, for a price quote for Franklin wildlife control services. I am confident that this is the best choice amongst wildlife removal companies in Franklin, TN.