Prevention Services

Wildlife Prevention

Critter Control of Des Moines has several prevention approaches for keeping wildlife out of your home. Your technician may use any number of habitat modifications or exclusion techniques for your specific wildlife control problem.

Wildlife animals can carry dangerous diseases and can cause harm to people if approached. If you have a wildlife control problem in your home, call Critter Control of Des Moines to get them out and keep them out!

Habitat Modifications

Wildlife animals will enter your home and stay on your property for reasons including safe shelter and easily accessible food and water supply. When those reasons are removed, wildlife animals will feel less compelled to enter your personal space. Your technician will help identify the best approaches to keeping your specific wildlife animal away from your home. This technique may include removing excess brush from your property, keeping piles of firewood further away from homes, and limiting food and water supply by keeping pet food inside.


Exclusion methods are used to create a barrier between the wildlife animal outside and the inside of your home. Exclusion techniques may include sealing entry points, placing screens over vents, capping or screening chimneys, and more. Animal exclusion points include:

  • Chimney – Adding chimney caps and screening can prevent animals from falling in or nesting
  • Plumbing Vents – Animals seeking shelter can become stuck in plumbing pipes
  • Roof & Fascia Spaces – Poorly sealed points between roof & fascia invite animal entry
  • Roof Vents – Lightweight, flimsy vents should be replaced with heavy, secure roof vents
  • Oven & Bathroom Exhaust Vents – Adding screening to vents helps keep animals out
  • Roof/Soffit Intersection – Securing gaps will help prevent animal chewing and entry
  • Holes in Siding – Repairing & reinforcing holes will discourage animal infestation
  • Porch & Deck – Durable screening around base prevents nesting animals
  • Trees & Landscaping – Removal of overhanging tree limbs and encroaching vegetation

Critter Control Method

Critter Control of Des Moines will identify your problem animal and create a prevention plan unique to that certain problem animal. Our prevention techniques and methods are humane and efficient! Your technician will be able to keep bats out of the chimney, mice out of the walls, and raccoons out of the chimney. Call us now to have your home critter-proofed.

 Critter Control handles wild animals only. Please call your local shelter if you have a domestic animal issue.