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Control of Miscellaneous Nuisance Animals

Athens-Clarke County, Georgia Regional Office of Rid-A-Critter

The Athens, Georgia office of Rid-A-Critter provides control for many animals that aren't significant enough as nuisance animals in our area to warrant their own pages. Most of these animals are common enough throughout Georgia, but don't generally cause problems and therefore don't come to our attention very often.

If you have a problem with a critter that's not on this page or the other pages on the site, chances are that we can take care of it. Just give a call and we'd be happy to talk about it. You can also visit Rid-A-Critter's main site, which has more animal-specific pages.

In the meantime, here are a few of the less-common critter problems that we encounter in the Athens, Georgia area.

Skunks

A striped skunk walking through a field

Skunks are common in Georgia, but usually don't create a nuisance.

Skunks are small- to medium-sized animals who are usually black and white in color, although other variations are possible. They're mainly carnivorous animals who feed primarily on insects, slugs, earthworms, and small mammals. They'll also eat food left over by humans if they happen to come across it. They're most active at night and are considered mainly beneficial because they help keep rodent populations down. Organic farmers also tend to like having skunks around because they eat destructive insects and small rodents, but leave most crops alone.

Although passive by nature, skunks are well-known for their ability to spray a foul-smelling liquid with impressive accuracy at would-be attackers. They generate this liquid in special glands on their rear ends. Because it takes a skunk quite a while to "refill" after spraying, during which time they're vulnerable to predators, they are reluctant to spray and do so only as a last resort. They typically warn their perceived attacker by stamping their feet, arching their backs, snarling, and hissing before deciding to go nuclear and spray.

If you happen to come across a skunk, the best thing you can do is act in a nonchalant and non-intimidating a manner. Hang your head down a bit and slouch slightly, keep your hands at your sides, don't stare at the skunk, don't scream, and don't smile. (Smiling bares the teeth, which animals interpret as a challenge or threat.) Then calmly turn and walk away. This will almost always defuse the situation. The skunk really doesn't want to spray you, anyway.

Be extra careful if the skunk you come across is very young. Juvenile skunks are more likely to spray than are mature skunks, and it's not always easy to distinguish excited playfulness from fear. A juvenile skunk that you think is just being friendly may in fact be afraid of you (or vice-versa). It's also important to teach children (human ones, that is) to keep their distance from skunks and all woodland animals.

Skunks outside a home usually aren't a problem. They go about their business at night and are generally laid-back by nature. Unless you act in a threatening manner, they're usually quite content to peacefully coexist, especially once they get to recognize you and are comfortable that you mean no harm to them. But they're also extremely nearsighted and may not see or recognize you if you're more than 10 feet or so away, especially if the breeze is blowing toward you so they don't pick up your scent. So avoid any movements that may seem threatening when there's a skunk in the area. Even a skunk that has gotten to know you may become startled if you suddenly pop into its field of vision.

Generally speaking, skunk trapping and removal is only necessary when a skunk is living in or under your home (for example, in a crawl space or under the porch), when you have a pet like a dog or cat that harasses or tries to befriend the skunks, or when you have reason to believe that a skunk may be rabid (for example, if it's walking around during the day, seems unusually passive or friendly, or is staggering). Otherwise, there's usually no reason to trap them. If they're healthy, keeping their distance, and causing no problems, they're doing more good than harm.

If they do create a problem, however, then call us. Rid-A-Critter offers skunk trapping and removal services throughout the Athens, Georgia area. We also provide animal-proofing services that will keep skunks and many other animals out of your home.

Muskrats

A muskrat swimming through the water

Muskrats occasionally make a nuisance of themselves throughout Georgia.

Muskrats are medium-sized rodents, slightly larger and stockier than a Norway rat. They're semi-aquatic by nature and can be found along the edges of bodies of water where they build nests called "lodges" out of twigs, small branches, and mud. Their tails have a distinctive shape like a knife standing on its edge. They use their tails like rudders when swimming. They also slap them against the water to warn each other when there are predators in the area.

Muskrats are disliked for two reasons. The first is that their lodges can cause localized flooding when they block the flow of water. The second is that they are serious garden and agricultural pests. They also have this infuriating habit of taking just a bite or two from every vegetable in a garden that they like, thus destroying far more of the crop than they actually eat.

Muskrat control is achieved by trapping and removal on an as-needed basis. Gardens can also be fenced off to try to keep muskrats out, but the fence needs to be sturdy, at least 12 to 18 inches high, have openings of no more than two inches at the very most, and extend a few inches into the soil to prevent muskrats from burrowing under it.

Other than that, there is little that can be done to prevent "new" muskrats from moving in after we remove the "old" ones. But neither is there any need to control muskrats at all unless they are causing a flooding situation or are damaging crops. Other than in those two scenarios, muskrats are harmless.

Other Miscellaneous Animals

The Athens-Clarke County Regional Office of Rid-A-Critter provides control of a great many animals not listed here. Over the years we've done work removing or excluding rabbits, chipmunks, turtles, and even turkeys. These animals rarely cause problems for homeowners, but when they do, we can help. So if you have a problem with any nuisance animal, please contact us and we'll talk about it. Chances are that we can help.

 

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Started off in Rome ga, raccoons in the crawl space, then headed to Atlanta, ga, rats in the attic
by Chris Collender
Jan 05, 2023 11:48:37 am.

Happy New years, back at it, started off in Conyers ga, squirrels, then headed to Stone Mountain ga, rats in the attic, now In Gainesville ga, bats in the house
by Chris Collender
Jan 02, 2023 11:16:26 am.

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by Webmaster
Dec 23, 2022 12:56:04 pm.

Rain rain go away, i need to quote some houses today, started off Snellville ga, squirrels have chewed several new holes, paid 2 companies to do patch work , never works long term, why she called us, we will give her a permanent solution
by Chris Collender
Dec 20, 2022 12:54:00 pm.

Beautiful day but Baby, it’s cold outside. Started the day in Athens ga, rats, then headed to Brasselton, ga, rats, then headed over to Oxford, ga, squirrels. Good times
by Chris Collender
Dec 19, 2022 12:42:44 pm.

Back in conyers, ga today, seems to be busy over here, flyers in the attic, headed to Ellenwood, ga, square
by Chris Collender
Dec 16, 2022 09:53:13 am.

Beautiful day, had 2 stops in Dacula, ga. Rats and squirrels, headed to conyers, ga. For another squirrel job.
by Chris Collender
Dec 15, 2022 12:15:22 pm.

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by Chris Collender
Dec 14, 2022 12:45:29 pm.

Quoted a rental property In Atlanta ga, rats, them headed to Athens, ga, mice, then off to Snellville ga, squirrels in the attic
by Chris Collender
Dec 13, 2022 12:33:01 pm.

Finally no more rain, headed to Decatur ga, rental property, rats, headed to Monroe, ga, squirrels in a house, then back to Atlanta ga, rats
by Chris Collender
Dec 12, 2022 03:51:16 pm.

Good day yesterday, other then the rain, started off in Dawsonville ga, rats, then headed to Lawrenceville ga, flyers, then headed to Atlanta ga, rats
by Chris Collender
Dec 07, 2022 10:01:04 am.

Rainy day, started out in Duluth, ga, snakes found in the house, then headed to doraville ga, squirrels again, then 2 stops in Atlantic ga, rats. Busy day
by Chris Collender
Dec 05, 2022 03:25:03 pm.

Glad the rain stopped yesterday, we stood in Atlanta, ga. rats and squirrels, then headed to Duluth ga, squirrels again, then to Marietta ga, rats. Another good day
by Chris Collender
Dec 01, 2022 07:20:51 am.

Happy thanksgiving to all, it’s back to work, was in Decatur ga, rats, to off to McDonough ga, rats again, the headed to Douglasville ga, for grey squirrels, then I just left Carrollton ga, bats in attic
by Chris Collender
Nov 28, 2022 12:25:45 pm.

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by Webmaster
Nov 23, 2022 10:05:14 am.

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by Chris Collender
Nov 22, 2022 08:21:48 am.

Rainy day, started off in Cleveland ga, bats in the ridge vents, then headed down to Atlanta ga, rats in the basement, then off to Douglasville ga, squirrels chewing holes threw customers shingles
by Chris Collender
Nov 15, 2022 03:36:15 pm.

It’s a cold Monday, was out in Monroe ga this morning, customer has had a constant issue with squirrels, then out 3 jobs in Atlanta ga, rats rats rats.
by Chris Collender
Nov 14, 2022 11:51:04 am.

Busy day yesterday, started off in Hoschton ga, rats, then out to a rental property in Atlanta, rats, then to Jonesboro ga, rats, then up to Athens ga, squirrels, good times.
by Chris Collender
Nov 10, 2022 10:19:13 am.

Was out in ellijay ga today, rats in crawl space, then headed to Hiawasse ga, flyers in attic, in Athens ga now, raccoons in a house
by Chris Collender
Nov 08, 2022 11:38:20 am.

Did a quote yesterday in Watkinsville, ga bats, and a quote for snakes, different houses, then off the Athens, ga snakes in a crawl space, has mice too. Then over to Covington, squirrels in the attic
by Chris Collender
Nov 03, 2022 09:32:16 am.

Was in Sharpsburg ga, squirrels are chewing threw the shingles to get into the attic, then off to Fayetteville ga, bats in the attic. Headed to Duluth ga, squirrels chewing threw the roof junctions and now in Atlanta ga, for rats
by Chris Collender
Oct 31, 2022 01:43:13 pm.

Went to Rome ga, squirrels for years, then off to Stone Mountain ga, previous customer new house, squirrels again. Headed to Bishop ga, guess for what, squirrels. Seems like theme
by Chris Collender
Oct 26, 2022 01:29:38 pm.

Back at in, was in McDonough ga for squirrels and presences of bats, off the Athens ga for squirrels in a metal roof, over to Gainesville ga, previous customer, we sealed his other house, has flyers in his new house, now headed to Atlanta
by Chris Collender
Oct 24, 2022 01:35:08 pm.

Another busy day, Conyers ga for birds, then to peachtree city ga, bats/rats , headed to Atlanta ga and then to Decatur. Good times
by Chris Collender
Oct 21, 2022 03:14:28 pm.

Beautiful day today, was in Bremen ga for bats, then off to Fairburn ga for squirrels, up to Atlanta ga for rats, headed to Brookhaven ga for another quote, not sure the animal just yet
by Chris Collender
Oct 11, 2022 12:57:50 pm.

Busy day, quoted rats in doraville, then Cummings, rats and squirrels, then headed to Covington, he has had issues for some time, squirrels with several chewed wires
by Chris Collender
Oct 04, 2022 12:55:50 pm.

I was in Big Canoe this morning, rats in the crawl space, then out to Douglasville for flyers in the attic, headed to Forest park for rats in a rental property
by Chris Collender
Sep 27, 2022 11:02:03 am.

Was in hiawassee for Bats, then Suches for rats, Suwannee for squirrels, and then Atlanta for rats again
by Chris Collender
Sep 22, 2022 12:56:25 pm.

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by Chris Collender
Sep 20, 2022 01:41:02 pm.

Atlanta job this morning, flyers in the attic, then headed to Decatur, rats in the crawl space
by Chris Collender
Sep 19, 2022 09:33:06 am.

Bats have been pretty busy this week, Atlanta to dunwoody, over to sandy springs, did a quote this morning for snakes in commerce ga, good times
by Chris Collender
Sep 15, 2022 10:09:54 am.

The Athens, Georgia office of Rid-A-Critter provides animal control and animal-proofing in Athens-Clarke, Greene, and parts of Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall, Banks, Jackson, and Oconee Counties in Georgia, including Athens, Auburn, Bogart, Commerce, Good Hope, Greensboro, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Watkinsville, and Winder. We are fully licensed and insured. Your town not listed? Contact us.

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