Critter Picker Update | Shark Tank Season 11

Raccoons are a huge problem for some homeowners, as the pests can get into everything and pose safety risks to humans. This pest control entrepreneur came up with a way to keep raccoons out of areas of your home. Will the sharks be deterred from investing in this Season 11 product? Find out by reading our Shark Tank Critter Picker update and pitch recap.

Shark Tank Critter Picker Update

Critter Picker Update

  • Entrepreneur: Joe Balistreri
  • Business: Raccoon deterrent spikes
  • Ask: $115,000 for 15% equity
  • Result: $115,000 for 15% equity, plus $2.50 per unit royalty in perpetuity
  • Shark: Kevin O’Leary

A former pest control guy, Joe Balistreri, has come up with the perfectly humane way to deal with raccoons being a nuisance. His spikey deterrents stop raccoons without hurting their little feet, keeping them from knocking over trash cans and getting into your pools. Raccoons have sensitive paws, and the sharp spikes on these strips make them scamper away.

Critter Pricker Raccoon Deterrent Spikes

Critter Pricker is a patented humane, cost-effective prevention tool for raccoons and other nuisance animals. The critter control California strips are made of strong polypropylene plastic and prevent animals from entering unwanted areas such as pools, trash cans, hunting feeders, and attics. 

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Critter Picker is a line of plastic squares with sharp spikes that can be snapped together to create a perimeter for anything, as the shape and size are modular. They can even be snapped together in a circle.

Daymond John mentions that they’re heavy, which is apparently by design. This way, the raccoons won’t simply move them out of the way. Lori  Greiner is surprised by how pointy the spikes are.

So far, Critter Picker has done $80,000 in sales as of the filming year.

Mark Cuban is the first shark to drop out because he’s afraid of liability and what might happen if people are injured on the shark spikes. Barbara Corcoran drops out because of similar concerns, and Daymond John follows because he’s worried about dogs and other pets.

Lori agrees with their sentiments and drops out as well. This leaves Kevin as the only shark that might make a deal.

He thinks the product is a good idea, but he has an issue with the high valuation. Despite this, he makes an offer of $115,000 for 15% equity and $2.50 per unit royalty in perpetuity. It’s what the entrepreneur asked for, but with the standard Kevin-brand royalty deal.

Despite the royalty, Joe accepts Kevin’s offer! Will they be able to stop raccoons together? Keep reading our Shark Tank Critter Picker update to find out.

After Shark Tank, Critter Picker is still going strong, though it hasn’t grown to the huge business that Joe Balistreri predicted. There are a lot of competitors on the market, which definitely affects his bottom line.

Research for our Critter Picker update revealed that the company hasn’t blown up like some other Shark Tank companies, but they are doing better than they were before airing on the show.

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