Woodinville, 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 Woodins were the first family to settle in the Woodinville community when they homesteaded 160 acres along the banks of the Squak Slough. Later renamed the Sammamish River, the slough served as the highway for the early pioneers since there were no roads. During the early years, lumber mills and logging were the main employers. Woodinville's mills included the Machias and Saginaw Sawmilles and the Woodinville Shingle Mill.The commununity of Woodinville did not develop until the Seattle-Lake Shore & Eastern Railway arrived in 1888. The early business district evolved around the railroad depot located where the railroad split at Woodinville. For the first time, stores, saloons, roads and bridges were built. Woodinville's first post office, school and Sunday School were held in the home of Susan and Ira Woodin. As Woodinville grew, the Calkins family donated land for a one-room school which was built in 1892. Today, the land is the current site of the Carol Edwards Center/Old Woodinville School. This building was replaced by a two-room schoolhouse in 1906 which burned from a chimney fire two years later. Woodinville is still a prospering city, and has a very diverse population. With every older city however, there can also be problematic wildlife. 

Common Wildlife

Wildlife in Woodinville can include everything from woodpeckers, rats, and mice; to raccoons, opossums, and rabbits. Woodinville is an older city, and with older buildlings there can be some construction gaps, or spaces that have settled creating holes. Rats and mice can use these areas to gain access into your home, creating a home for themselves. 



Wildlife Damage

Repairing your home from rodent damage can cost a pretty penny. They can soil insulation with urine and feces, chew new holes for entry, damage wires, destroy moisture barriers, chew through eaves, and try to gain access to the interior of the home. They can cause awful smells, and carry diseases that are transferable to people, and domesticated pets. The fact of the matter is, everyone deals with wildlife. You are not alone. 206.317.5048