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.

HistoryTacoma Washington Wildlife Control

The name Tacoma stems from the Indian name for Mount Rainier, "Tacobet," meaning “mother of the waters.” Nestled between the Washington capitol of Olympia and the bustling city of Seattle, Tacoma has become a central hub of commerce. It has the sixth largest shipping port in North America and has many railroad ways to transport goods to and fro. The Tacoma Narrows Bridge, built in 1950, is the fifth longest suspension bridge in the world. Point Defiance Park, with 700 acres, is one of the largest urban parks in the nation, second only to Central Park in New York City.

Common Wildlife

Tacoma 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 in Tacoma have been from the smaller critters such as bats, moles, rats and squirrels to the larger animals such as raccoons, coyotes 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 necessary, for many wildlife issues. You could say we are the one-stop shop in pest control.

Wildlife Damage

Some of the raccoon population in Tacoma has been infected with canine distemper. There are times when we are contacted to trap “delirious” raccoons roaming around in urban and woodsy areas.  These sick raccoons were seen during the day in unusual places with runny noses and weepy eyes, scruffy appearance, disoriented and sometimes lying on their backs or going in circles.  

Skunks have been a menace in the tide flats of Tacoma as well.  In one commercial area we trapped 22 skunks that had been living and nesting under their office and storage buildings.  The noxious smell was making the employees nauseous as well as permeating their clothes. 

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

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