May 22
A few weeks ago, we discovered an otter had decided to set up her den under our house. The stench grew worse and worse (they are adorable, but they stink!), and we called to see if Critter Control could help. Tino, one of their otter specialists, came out a week and a half ago to assess our situation and set some traps. The otter was able to avoid the traps for that first week, and found another way out of the den. Tino came back this past Monday, blocked off more potential exit routes, reset the traps, and we caught her that night. We called first thing in the morning, and Tino showed up by 9:30. Turned out access to the den was limited from the outside. He ended up having to crawl up into a storage space from within the house, and cut through the plywood floor to access the hidden area of the den. He discovered a pup, and carefully caught it. He brought the cages out to the driveway, and took extra time to show us the ADORABLE pup and explain more about otters and their typical behavior. It was an amazing experience for us. We discovered another pup, who had been hidden yesterday, late last night. Tino stopped by again first thing this morning, and got the other baby to take back to reunite with his mama and sibling. Hopefully they can now find a nice place to relocate this family. Tino's respect and care for these animals was obvious. He was immediately responsive when we called, took time to explain what he was doing and teach us a bit about these animals, and was an absolute joy to work with. I can't recommend him enough, and he will be the first person we call should we have more critter problems in the future.


Algona was first purchased in 1874 by L.S. Rogers. It was then sold to the Hillmanns in 1906, and is the first mention of an easement for the right of way, for the interurban railway between Seattle and Tacoma. It was a city rich in soil for vegetation. The name Algoma was suggested, an Indian name meaning "Valley of Flowers", and was submitted, but for some reason the name of Algona was substituted. It was a town full of life, festivals, and dancing. Mayor John Matchett had a huge take in the growth and development of Algona. He served 3 terms between 1968 and 1987. He guided the city through several projects including; building new roads, putting in a new water supply system, building a new school, and extended highway 167. Between 1984 and 1988 Algona had continued growth in business, one being The Tharco Manufacturing plant renting out a large area for packaging foam plastics. Algona is an old city, with older buildings, as well as new growth. There is always the possibility of animals gaining access to your home. 


Common Wildlife

Algona is not only diverse when it comes to it's residents, but also when it comes to it's wildlife. Most commonly dealing with smaller critters, such as but not limited to; rats, mice, raccoons, or opossums. Rats and mice are known to chew their way into attics, crawlspaces, or even living spaces. If you or a neighbor has a rodent infestation, please refer to Critter Control of Seattle, for all of your pest control needs.


Wildlife Damage

Rodents can be responsible for thousands of dollars worth of damage to your home. They can soil insulation with their urine and feces, damage drywall, chew holes in and out of your home. When mice and rats gain access into your home, multiple diseases are introduced to your home. They are a health hazard to people, and even your domesticated pets. Many times upon inspection, the smell is enough to identify the problem area. The fact of the matter is, everyone deals with wildlife. You are not alone. 206.317.5048