In Virginia, there are a number of different types of wildlife that wander through the woods and yards of people in the area. These animals may become an issue if they try to build their nests inside of your home or family or if they try to defend territory in your yard which stops you and your pets from enjoying time outside. There are a variety of different animals that can damage your home and yard in Virginia including squirrels, raccoons, bats and moles. While some of these animals may not cause any problems while living on your property, if they die there, they can cause issues with unpleasant smells. They can also cause health issues for you or your pets. If the animals try to build their nests in your crawlspace or attic, they can cause further complications because they can chew up insulation or wiring and create fire hazards.
Fortunately, EcoTek Termite and Pest Control has a Wildlife Control division that specializes in trapping and removing wildlife that can harm you or your family from your home and property. The technicians use humane traps that will not harm the animals and then they will release the far away from your property to prevent them from returning. It is best to choose a professional when it comes to wildlife removal because it can protect your from being bitten or from contracting a disease when handling the remains of a dead animal. Contact EcoTek today to learn more about the wildlife serves that are available.
Wildlife Trapping and Removal
While Virginia is home to a variety of animals that call the Prince William county area home, there are animals that we help homeowners with more often including:
- Wood badgers
Raccoon, Possum, and Squirrel Control
Squirrels, possums and raccoons are common throughout the state. They will run through your yard and neighborhood. They will make their homes in your crawlspaces, attics and basements. Raccoons tend to have their kits in the spring, and will become aggressive when defending their litter. Possums will also breed in the spring, but can have up to twelve young in each litter. Squirrels will breed several times throughout the year and have up to eight young in each litter. This means that these animals can quickly multiply and become a problem on your property, especially if they are nesting in your home or out buildings. Raccoons can be the most dangerous because they are very adaptable and intelligent and can be come vicious when threatened.
Snakes are one of the best forms of natural wildlife control, but that does not mean that you want to find snakes in your home or a large number of snakes around your property. There are also venomous snakes to worry about in Virginia including copperheads, timber rattlesnakes and eastern cottonmouths. It can be difficult to distinguish the different types of snakes. The experts at EcoTek can remove snakes that are residing on your property.
Mole, Vole, Gopher and Woodchuck Control
Woodchucks, mole and voles are known for their extensive burrowing and the holes they create which can damage your landscaping and make your yard difficult to navigate. They can also raid your garden and eat everything you have planted if you do not do something about them. Moles and voles are small and will avoid human contact. Woodchucks and gophers have sharp, long front teeth that can cause serious harm to anyone that is bitten. Only a professional should attempt to trap a woodchuck or a gopher.
Having a skunk living in your crawlspace or around your property can cause anyone stress. No one wants to deal with resulting odor of a skunk defending itself underneath your home. This can spread up into your whole house and the smell can be difficult to remove. If you find a skunk around your property, you need to handle the situation carefully and the experts at EcoTek Wildlife Control services can safely trap and remove the skunks ensuring that your home and property can be odor free.
Deer and Rabbit Control
Most people do not consider deer or rabbits as a threat. The only thing they really are a danger to is your garden. The neighborhood deer and rabbits can quickly work their way through your garden meaning that you will not benefit from all your hard work. While EcoTek does not really trap and remove deer, our professionals can help set up methods of exclusion so that you do not need to worry about your vegetable garden. EcoTek can also help with the removal of any of these animals that happen to die on your property. EcoTek can trap and remove rabbits and then help set up exclusion barriers to keep them from returning to your property.
Humane Methods of Trapping
It is important to trap and remove wildlife humanely. There is always the danger that a pet can wander into the trap too, which is why we only use humane traps and avoid using spring traps completely. We will check the traps frequently to make sure an animal does not die from dehydration or starvation after being caught. Once we catch a wild animal, we will deal with it humanely and drive it at least twenty-five miles away to prevent it from returning to your property.
Bat and Bird Removal and Exclusion
Birds and bats are different from other forms of wildlife. While they can set up their nests inside of your attic, the best way to deal with them is not to trap them. Our technician will visit your home and perform an inspection to determine the point of entry for the animals. Once this is done, our professionals will draw them out of your home and then install exclusion barriers to stop them from coming back into the home. After that the technicians will work with you to assist in the cleanup of droppings and guano so that there are no unpleasant odors in your home.
Wildlife Cleanup, Repair and Prevention Services
EcoTek offers turnkey wildlife removal services that will remove the wildlife from your home, as well as assist in cleanup and repair of any damage that the animal may have caused to your property. This treatment also includes installing exclusion barriers to stop them from returning.
It is essential to completely remove the nests and any droppings that the wildlife may have left behind inside your home or business. The hair, blood, feces and any decaying carcasses can cause unpleasant odors, and spread serious illnesses to your family or pets.
Wildlife Damage Repair
Most wildlife will gain access to your home or property by causing damage as they chew through the wood of fences or even the wood of your home. They may tear down HVAC ducts in your crawlspace or destroy insulation as they build their nests. Wildlife can even chew through wires which can cause a fire hazard in your home. EcoTek has a home services department that can repair the damage done at a lower cost than you would find with an independent contractor.
Wildlife Exclusion Services
While you may breathe a sigh of relief once the animal is removed from your property, it is just as important to prevent other animals from returning. EcoTek can build pest exclusion barriers that will keep your home free from future wildlife infestations.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where do wild animals make their nests?
There are a variety of different places that wild animals can make their nests on your property, and the type of animal will determine where they nest. Raccoons will build their nests in your crawlspace or your attic. Squirrels will use your attic. Bird and bats also prefer attics for their nests.
How can I tell if I am having issues with wildlife?
If the animals are in your home, you may hear them scratching in the walls and ceiling, especially at night. Another sign may be a strong odor in your home. You may also notice issues with your trash can being tipped over at night.
Do you offer catch and release trapping?
We only perform catch and release trappings for all our wild animal removals. We use traps that are safe for animals and that will not injure them in any way. We will then release the animal into a safe environment that is at least twenty-five miles from your home.
How often do you check the traps?
Usually we check them every twenty-four hours. Occasionally, depending on the weather and other conditions, it is every other day. You can call us if you find an animal in the trap. We check often enough so that the animal will not suffer from hunger or dehydration.
Is there any way to prevent wildlife from getting in my home?
There are steps that you can take to prevent wildlife from getting in your home such as pest exclusion barriers which will block their entry. It is important to keep your home in good repair and regularly check your foundation and the eaves under your home to make sure there are no holes or wood rot. Be sure that grates are installed over any vents and periodically check where pipes and wires come into your home to be sure that there are no holes there.
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