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Amsterdam, NY

Critter Control

Critter Control is a full-service wildlife control company serving Amsterdam NY and the surrounding area. We specialize in urban and suburban wildlife damage management for both residential and commercial customers. We are state licensed by the New York Fish & Wildlife Commission. We handle nearly all aspects of wildlife control, and resolve conflicts between people and wildlife in a humane and professional manner. For Amsterdam pest control of wildlife, just give us a call at 518-730-1490 - yes, we answer our phones 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - and we will discuss your wildlife problem and schedule an appointment to solve it. We look forward to hearing from you!

  • Scratching Noises in Your Attic?
  • Unwanted Wildlife on Property?
  • Problem Bird or Bat Infestation?
  • Digging Lawn or Under House?
  • We Can Solve It!
Many of New York's wild animals have learned to adapt and even thrive in our homes. For example some wildlife have found that attics make great places to live. Other animals find refuge under homes or porches. Invariably, these animals cause damage. Rodents, like squirrels and rats, love to chew on electrical wires once in an attic, and this causes a serious fire hazard. Raccoons can cause serious contamination in an attic with their droppings and parasites. Same goes for bat or bird colonies. We specialize in solving New York's wildlife problems, from snake removal to large jobs like commercial bat control, we do it all.

We do not handle dog or cat problems. If you need assistance with a domestic animal, such as a dog or a cat, you need to call your local Montgomery county animal services for assistance. They can help you out with issues such as stray dogs, stray cats, spay & neuter programs, vaccinations, licenses, pet adoption, bite reports, deceased pets, lost pets, local animal complaints and to report neglected or abused animals. There is no free Amsterdam animal control for wildlife issues.

Montgomery County Animal Services or Humane Society: (518) 842-8050

Amsterdam Wildlife Removal Tip: The Northern Water Snake: Appearance, Biology, Life Cycle, Habitat, Diet, Behavior

The northern water snakes are usually available in large number, and people in the United States report most sightings of these large snakes in their outdoors. Although these snakes do not have their own venom, they are trained enough to defend themselves. In case if they feel threatened, these creatures can even bit, so it is better to stay away from these creatures. The northern water snakes are said to have an aggressive nature, so they are considered to be dangerous for the pets and kids around. You will be surprised to know that is also skilled enough to climb on tree branches that are close to the watery regions. In case they get disturbed due to some activity in the surrounding region, they fall into the water. In many cases, they also fall into the boats passing below the trees.


If you live in the United States, it is important to stay aware of the appearance of northern water snakes because they are some of the most commonly found snakes in the area. The northern water snake can have a colorful body, and in most cases, it ranges between reddish, gray and brownish. You can recognize them from a dark crossband that is visible on their neck. The northern water snakes also have dark stripes and experts also report blotches on the remaining portion of their body. Probably this is the major reason why these snakes are often misidentified as being a dangerous copperhead or cottonmouth snake. The skin color of these water snakes keeps on becoming darker with their age.


The northern water snake follows a variety of diets, but they are normally observed targeting small fishes. The best preference use to be slow moving fish as they are easier to capture. But it doesn't mean that they do not eat other preys rather these reptiles can easily swallow any small creature that is living in water. Note that these water snakes can grow over 1.5 feet in length. Hence they are capable enough to eat up larger animals as well including frogs. The female northern water snakes use to have a healthier body as compared to the males of this category, and they also grow faster comparatively.


As the name indicates, the northern water snakes prefer to live in water or lands that are close to the rich source of water such as rivers or streams. Most of these snakes live in the beaver lodges as well as in the muskrat houses. These snakes are always in search of some dense places to stay hidden and unrecognized. You can easily encounter them in rivers, canals, ponds, marshes, and lakes or they can even move to any other part of the nation where they can find easy access to fresh water. These creatures can also share their dens with other snakes like copperheads and black rat snakes. The northern water snake stays active in the day as well as night hours. You can find them hidden below rocks, bushes, and stumps in the forest areas or even in human habitats.

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