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.


Orting is a small city located approximately 30 miles from Mount Rainier. The first ever recorded claims of land in Orting, were made in 1854.William Whitesell, Thomas Headley, Daniel Lane, and Daniel Varner are considered the founders of Orting. These 4 people have monuments in the Orting City Park, commemorating them and their accomplishments. However, not all 4 of these men stayed in the area. Daniel Varner's land was abandoned only a year later in 1855, due to Indian attacks. These attacks happened throughout the earlier years, causing many homesteads to be abandoned. These families rushed to nearby Fort Steilacoom for protection.The city of Orting was incorporated on April 22, 1889. Growth came early to Orting, as the area developed fields to grow hops, produce, and logging industries. Orting was also a supply city for neighboring mining communities such as Wilkeson, and Carbonado. In 1877 the Northern Pacific Railway built the first railroad in Orting. It was named "Whitesell's Crossing", because the railway went right through Whitesell's property. Orting's population rose at a rapid pace after the railroad was constructed. This new method of transportation made access to the established city much easier, and made the city of Orting itself more inviting. 


Common Wildlife

In Orting, there are many species of wildlife. The most common animal we deal with here are bat's, and beavers. Bat's are known to take shelter under eaves, in attic spaces, barns, or even sheds. As for the beavers, you'll know you have them if you do. They are notorious for altering the once dry landscape into wetlands.



Wildlife Damage

Beavers are the only animal in existance that can actually change an entire environment. They cut down trees, and will create dams', blocking the flow of water in rivers. It can cause the natural creation of lakes, ponds, or even swamp lands. If you have a beaver on your property, do you want to live underwater? It's a good questions to ask youself, because if you're on property with a river or stream it's a good possibility it will happen. The fact of the matter is, everyone deals with wildlife. You are not alone. 206.317.5048