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Animal Damage Repair and Animal-Proofing

Columbia and Aiken, South Carolina Rid-A-Critter Office

Installing a chimney cap to keep animals out of a house.

Installing a chimney cap to keep animals out of a house.

South Carolina is growing. In fact, we're one of the fastest-growing states in America. That has a lot of implications for people and resources. But it also causes dilemmas for wild animals. As human development expands into previously-wild areas and natural wildlife habitats are destroyed, wild animals are forced into closer contact with humans.

That's a real problem for a wild critter. Given their choices, most wild critters would rather put as much distance between themselves and the nearest humans being as possible. By nature, humans are predators; so when most wild animals see a human, they think that we want to eat them. And sometimes they're right! So understandably, animals would prefer to keep their distance from people.

The problem is that as the human population of South Carolina keeps growing, there's less and less suitable wild habitat left between human-populated places. Animals, in short, have been forced to adapt. In the process, many animals have learned that humans aren't all bad.

Our homes, for example, tend to be a lot more comfy than their natural habitats. A nice, insulated attic is a lot more luxurious a home for a squirrel or a raccoon than a rotted out, hollow tree; and the crawl space under a home is a lot more comfy a den for a rat than a cold burrow in the soil.

Wild animals have also learned that humans have this odd habit of leaving food outside in plastic bags several times a week, and storing seed in these big, red buildings where it's free for the taking. With all the food that humans store and discard, from an animal's perspective, it's almost as if we're asking them to hang around.

What it comes down to is that animals have been forced by human population growth to adapt to living around people; and although that's a big problem for them, they adapt and make the most of it. And that's when their problem becomes our problem.

Problems Associated With Nuisance Wildlife

When wild animals get into homes and other human-occupied buildings, they cause all kinds of problems.

For example, animals cause health risks when they move into homes. All animals contaminate homes with their droppings, which in turn can harbor all sorts of bacterial and fungal pathogens. The animals also have parasites like fleas, ticks, and mites, and some animals have been identified as being involved in the transmission of serious diseases such as Lyme disease, hantavirus, and various forms of encephalitis. Some animals, like bats, raccoons, and any of the canines, have fairly high rates of rabies, which is incurable once symptoms start to show; and rarely, wild animals living in homes may attack if they are surprised by the people who live there.

Animals living in homes also cause damage both trying to get in and once they're inside. Rats, mice, grey squirrels, and flying squirrels gnaw away at wood, stored possessions, and electrical wiring. Raccoons van tear up insulation, block chimneys, and damage shingles and soffits. Bats deposit large amounts of guano that can contaminate and stink up an attic. And if any animal living in your home dies in your home, the rotting carcass will cause odor problems, as well as attracting insects like flies that can spread diseases.

Clearly, as much as we love wild animals, letting them live in our homes, schools, churches, and commercial buildings is not a viable option. They need to be kept out. Fortunately, you've come to the right place, because keeping animals out of homes and other human-occupied buildings is exactly what we do.

Professional Animal-Proofing and Animal Damage Repair

Rid-A-Critter staff meeting showing several male staff members in a room with the Rid-A-Critter logo on the wall

Rid-A-Critter is dedicated to professional wildlife management. We are not handymen.

If you have an animal problem in your home or commercial building, you need a company that's devoted to providing animal control and exclusion work -- not a handyman, carpenter, roofer, or someone else who "does animal control on the side."

At Rid-A-Critter, wildlife management is what we do. It's not a sideline or something that we do in our spare time. We choose, screen, train, and employ technicians who have devoted their careers to this work. We invest heavily in training our technicians and providing them with everything that they need to do their jobs properly. We have to. We back every job we do with the best warranty in the business.

We also have the equipment to do literally any animal-control job, no matter how big or how complex. We've worked on buildings ranging from cabins and cottages to paper mills, electrical power generating stations, radar towers, and aircraft hangars. Having offices and personnel located throughout Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina, we also have the manpower to handle any job and to respond quickly to emergencies. There is, quite literally, no animal-control job that we can't handle.

Many of our customers learned how important this is the hard way. They first hired a handyman who believed that all he needed to do animal control was a ladder, a hammer, and some nails. When the handyman's work didn't solve the problem, they called us, thus paying twice for the job.

Complete, Comprehensive Animal Removal and Exclusion

At Rid-A-Critter, we take a comprehensive approach to animal control that provides the customer with the most seamless experience possible. Our approach to animal removal and exclusion includes:

The nuisance animal species we control include:

and many others.

Animal Damage Repair Gallery

Here are pictures of animal damage repair and exclusion work we've done in the South Carolina. Please contact us for more information about any of our wildlife management services.

 

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The Columbia, South Carolina office of Rid-A-Critter provides animal damage repair and exclusion in the Greater Columbia, South Carolina area, including Aiken, Barnwell, Camden, Columbia, Evans, Greenwood, Lexington, Newberry, North Augusta, Orangeburg, and Sumter.

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