Mercer Island, WA


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.


The first settlements were established in this region in the 1870s. According to some, the island is named after two brothers, Thomas Mercer and Asa Shinn Mercer, who used to row to the island to pick berries, hunt or fish.  Others believe is was named in honor of the pioneer, Judge Thomas Mercer.  The bridges to the island played a major role in the Mercer Island Washington Wildlife Controldevelopment of the region.   The Lacey V. Murrow Bridge, erected in the 1940s, connects Mercer Island to Seattle, while the East Channel bridge connects Mercer Island to Bellevue. Currently, the Lacey V. Murrow Bridge is the second longest floating bridge on Earth.

Common Wildlife

Thus, due to the later development of this area, Mercer Island still has many critters that interact in the urban environment and come into contact with its residents. Some of the animals we have dealt with on Mercer Island have been from the smaller critters such as bats, moles, rats and squirrels to the larger animals such as raccoons, otters and beavers. Please refer to the professionals at Critter Control of Seattle for advice or help. We handle the trapping, assessments, reinforcements and clean ups if need be for many wildlife issues. You could say we are the one-stop shop in pest control.

Wildlife Damage

The major animal we deal with on Mercer Island is raccoons. For a long time, the City of MercerRaccoon Damage to yard in Mercer Island Island had laws against trapping wildlife and was considered a raccoon haven. There would be numerous hurdles that a property owner would have to go through to obtain the proper authorization to legally trap. Property damage and wildlife aggression would have to be documented.  In 2008, one homeowner was determined to initiate change to these city laws allowing the trapping of raccoons on the island. The ruling was successfully overturned.  We have dealt with raccoons rolling up entire lawns with fresh sod, going after koi in ponds and nesting in attics or fireplaces.

There have been some speculation that people have illegally relocated raccoons onto Mercer Island. Raccoons are highly intelligent and adaptable. Due to this act, raccoons can be challenging to capture on Mercer Island. Raccoons that have been captured and released have been known to stay away from traps and teach their offspring to do the same. Therefore, we have to be craftier than the raccoons.

The fact of the matter is, everyone deals with wildlife. You are not alone. 206.317.5048


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