Critter Control of Charlottesville

Charlottesville, Virginia, is centrally located in the Piedmont ecoregion. Piedmont is a term for “foot of the mountain.” In Charlottesville, we call it Southern Appalachia or the Appalachian foothills. Among the10,000 species of wildlife in this area are raccoons, skunks, opossums, squirrels, groundhogs, birds, bats, beavers, deer, snakes, rats, mice, and rabbits.

According to reports, Charlottesville is one of the fastest-growing cities in Virginia. To accommodate the number of people eager to move to the area, developers are replacing forests with subdivisions. Doing so displaces wildlife due to a lack of food, water, and shelter. Some wildlife migrates to other areas, and some remain. They survive by adapting to living among humans.

Wildlife and humans do not always get along. Wildlife does not have boundaries or manners when invading your home or property. Many become nuisance wildlife, defined as those so annoying you struggle to enjoy your living space. They may also pose a threat or injury to humans and damage your home or property.

Getting rid of nuisance wildlife requires knowing and following the laws for each species on your property. The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources recommends hiring a wildlife control specialist for help. They know the regulations for removing native and non-native species, including ones listed as endangered or threatened.

Critter Control Wildlife Removal Process

Critter Control is here for you every step of the way in the wildlife removal process. From inspection to removal—and even exclusion and repair—we have the services you need to get rid of raccoons, rodents, and other nuisances fast. First, we identify the animal on the property, then use humane methods to remove the animal and secure weak points where more could enter. If damage has been done, we can make those repairs for a complete restoration. Contact a Critter Control office near you today.


Wildlife Inspection

During the inspection we try to ascertain how many animals there are, where they are located, and how they got in. Based on what you have seen, heard and smelled, we start the inspection where you have noticed signs of animal activity. Evidence of animals inside your home include nests, dens, feces, and animal tracks. We investigate the exterior of your home looking for possible entry points, any evidence of animal damage, tracks, fur, animal waste, or rub marks.


We use several methods to humanely remove the animal from your home. Depending on the species, the number of animals, and the condition of your property, we develop a custom wildlife removal plan. Humane wildlife removal strategies include animal traps, one-way doors, and repellents. Once we guarantee all animals are gone, we implement exclusion techniques. Exclusion techniques provide a safe, long-term solution to nuisance wildlife in your home. We create barriers to prevent animals from getting to resources. We only apply exclusions once we are sure all animals are gone from your home.

Exclusion and Repair

Wildlife will damage your home. Exclusion techniques repair any damage the animal causes getting into your home. Inside your home, animals build nests and dens out of readily available material. They will create runs through the insulation. Rodents will gnaw on anything including electrical wires and pipes. Animals can also spread diseases. We apply sanitation agents to clean up feces and urine. Mammals can host pests like fleas, ticks, and mites. Ectoparasite treatments exterminate those pests so you don’t become their next host.

Raccoon Removal

The raccoon population in central Virginia is on the rise. They are well-adapted to urban and rural living and have no problem making themselves a home in your attic, basement, or crawlspace. Raccoons have a mask around their eyes and stripes on their tail. Their appearance matches their misbehaviors. These night bandits can cause a lot of damage to your home and yard.

Raccoons are around the size of a big cat, making it easy for them to break open doors and vents that may not be sturdy. Once inside your home, they will create a den. Females will create a place to give birth to babies. Raccoons will shred insulation and destroy structural boards, insulation, and drywall. They will also leave their feces and urine in one specific spot.

Raccoons are not averse to daylight. You can sometimes see them lying on a tree branch or rooftop, sunning themselves. It is at night they hunt for food, which can be anything. Raccoons will eat whatever is available. They do not hibernate in the winter, so they do not store food for later. They search day-to-day for nuts, fruits, vegetables, fish, rodents, insects, reptiles, junk food, and table scraps.

Avoid getting rid of a raccoon on your own. Last year, the Blue Ridge Health District issued a report on a raccoon found along the Rivanna River in Charlottesville that tested positive for rabies. There may be more in that area. Call a wildlife control specialist for help.



During the inspection, we determine the severity of the raccoon infestation. We look for physical evidence like footprints in or around the home, stains from raccoon feces and urine. On the exterior of the house, we look for damage like scratches on boards, broken vents and screens, ripped apart shingles, destroyed soffits, and every possible entry point.

Trapping and Removal

Raccoon Trapping

Live trapping is one of the most efficient ways to get rid of a raccoon. Depending on the situation, a one-way door or excluder valve can be installed. An excluder valve works by allowing the raccoon to leave but blocks its reentry. The choice of device is largely dependent on the season and location of the raccoons on your property. Direct capture is not commonly used because raccoons are a rabies vector species. If we must trap, we place traps strategically to safely catch the raccoons and we check traps frequently, based on state laws.


We provide a wide range of repair and restoration services. We can repair raccoon damage like broken screens on vents and chimneys and broken boards on decks and porches. It is essential to apply cleaning agents and ectoparasite treatments on areas inhabited by raccoons.

Rat and Mice Pest Control

House mice and Norway rats are overpopulating the Charlottesville area and Virginia. Some families are being displaced. Family Dollar and Dollar Tree face hundreds of lawsuits due to infestations. The population is out of hand and continues to grow. The reason is that rats and mice reproduce six or more times yearly, giving birth to six or more babies each time.

One pair of rodents can produce thousands upon thousands of descendants in the few years they are alive. Rats and mice that get into your home put you at risk for contaminated food, house fires due to chewed wires, and allergic reactions from mold spores on rodent feces. Rats and mice can carry hundreds of germs and transmit them through saliva, feces, and urine.

Signs of rats or mice infestations include trails of feces and urine, chew marks on corners, trash cans, cupboards, and food containers. You may find burrows outside your home. Rats burrow, and if they do so under your home, your foundation may become unstable.

A wildlife control expert can help you eliminate the things that attract rats and mice to your home, including pet food, garden and bird seeds, pet waste, compost piles, and access to trash cans.



During a rodent inspection, we thoroughly inspect your attic and provide a complete exterior home inspection. The most common signs of rodent activity are gnaw marks, feces, rub marks, nesting material, runs in insulation material, and small entry points.

Trapping and Removal

Rodent Trapping

A Critter Control wildlife specialist will create a strategic trapping plan to remove the rodents found in your home. Critter Control specialists may use snap traps and live traps to capture and remove mice and rats. Rodent trapping can usually takes between five to fourteen days.


The best way to reduce the possibility of letting unwanted rodents into homes is to seal possible entrances. Exclusion methods include caulking cracks in foundations, capping chimneys, and installing mesh covers over vents and crawl space entrances. We also strongly recommend a maintenance service. Rodents have front teeth that continuously grow, which means they can gnaw a new way back into your home.

Squirrel Removal

Squirrels in Virginia include the Northern and Southern flying squirrels and fox, gray, and red squirrels. Each species has sub-species you may see roaming Charlottesville neighborhoods. Squirrels become nuisance wildlife when they invade your personal living space, like building nests in your chimney, attic, walls, crawlspace, or basement.

Squirrels are collectors. They scavenge for treasures and store them in their den. As a nuisance, squirrels will keep items in your ductwork and vents, creating fire hazards for you and your family. They also shred soil insulation, drywall, and any sentimental items they find lying around. Squirrels must constantly chew and gnaw on things to keep their ever-growing teeth filed down to a pain-free length.

Squirrels can chew through most materials, including vinyl siding, plastic, aluminum, wood, paper, and fabrics. Some squirrels like to dig burrows underground, creating foundation problems for your home, driveway, or other structures. They will also dig for vegetable and plant bulbs. Foods they like include nuts, birdseed, grass seeds, garden crops, bird eggs, insects, and occasionally, bark.

Squirrels give birth once or twice a year to a small litter. If the mother is separated from her babies, she will create extreme damage to get back to them. A wildlife expert can help you get rid of nuisance squirrels and know the many regulations required for the process. For example, permits are required during non-trapping season, relocating the animal is not allowed, and contacting the Commonwealth’s attorney for potential Charlottesville ordinances is a mandatory step.



Wildlife specialists look for signs such as chewing on, in, or around your home, small openings leading to the attic or the crawl space, droppings, and debris like nuts or nesting material. Beams, wires, pipes, and insulation may all show signs of damage from squirrels.

Trapping and Removal

Squirrel Trapping

Live trapping or one-way doors are the most effective and humane ways to get rid of squirrels. One-way doors should never be used during birthing seasons (Spring & Fall), so our specialists will decide which is the best tool for the job. If we have to trap, we place traps strategically to safely catch the squirrels and check those according to state laws.


We can restore your home or office by squirrel proofing all entry points after we have removed the offenders. We can also clean-up the nesting sites and remove any debris, food, feces and soiled insulation.

Bat Removal

All 17 species of bats in Virginia are classified as endangered or threatened; therefore, you must follow specific regulations when removing a nuisance bat from your home. Diseases like white-nose syndrome cause bats to become dehydrated, leading to changes in the bat’s metabolism. In some fatal cases, bats experience an early depletion of fat that leads to hibernation disruptions.

Bats are highly beneficial to the ecosystem, consuming half their body weight in insects every night. If they are on your property, you have a plentiful supply of bugs nearby. Insects are attracted to lights, especially night lights. Bugs like manure, stagnant water, open trash cans, and open feed bags.

Bats in Charlottesville that become a nuisance are the little brown bat. When their guano, or feces, piles up in their roost, they get heavy and can damage structural boards. It grows mold spores that can lead to respiratory illnesses like histoplasmosis. It contains uric acid that corrodes wood and metals and leaves permanent stains on walls, floors, and siding.

Maternity season is in the spring; during this time, you cannot harass, threaten, or remove bats from your structure. Hiring an expert to remove bats is recommended, especially when dealing with bat colonies.



We perform a full interior and exterior inspection and search for signs such as rub marks, guano, a strong scent of ammonia, and small openings. The most common sign is the accumulation of guano (feces).

Trapping and Removal

Bat Removal

The most effective and humane way to remove bats is by utilizing a bat valve in conjunction with a full home exclusion. A bat valve allows for bats to exit your home but not re-enter. We follow all local ordinances for humane bat removal. We will never abandon flightless pups in your attic.


After removing the bat valves, we seal the entrance hole(s) so bats can no longer enter your home. If there is substantial guano in your attic, you should consider taking advantage of our attic remediation services to remove the soiled insulation and replace it.

Skunk & Opossum Control

Skunks and opossums are different species, but their nuisance behaviors are identical and eerily like raccoons. One difference is that skunks and opossums typically change living habitats after a few weeks. Both animals use vacant dens in your yard, the attic, crawlspace, basement, or area under a porch or deck for shelter. They are very messy and will destroy everything in their space.

A recent report about a family in Albemarle County educated many on the dangers of an opossum dying in your water well. It can contaminate it, causing high levels of E.coli and coliform. Drinking it will lead to severe health issues.
Skunks and opossums crawl through insulation, ductwork, vents, and pet doors, searching for food. If they need to make an entry bigger, they will. Both eat insects, small rodents, fish, garden crops, eggs, and human and pet food. They raid compost piles and trash cans. After all that eating, they will leave piles of feces and urine in their dens.

When skunks and opossums feel threatened, they will hiss, growl, and screech, and both release a musky-smelling fluid that can take days or weeks to fade. One difference is that opossums play dead when frightened. Wildlife control specialists are extensively trained to get rid of skunks and opossums, and they understand the local, state, and federal regulations for nuisance wildlife removal.



In addition to noting any pungent odors that signal the presence of a skunk, we will inspect the condition of your landscaping, as skunks are known for tearing-up lawns and shredding grass while hunting for grubs and insects. We will also inspect the perimeter of your building’s foundations and under decks, to locate burrows.

Trapping and Removal

Trapping and Removal

Never try to remove a skunk from your property yourself. Getting sprayed is a very unpleasant experience. Furthermore, these animals may carry diseases that can spread to humans and pets, such as rabies. Our specialists will use live traps to capture and remove skunks for you, or they’ll use a one-way exclusion device to evict skunks from their harborage areas. The most effective ways to control a skunk problem is exclusion and habitat modification.

Skunk Control

The most effective ways to control a skunk problem is exclusion and habitat modification. Methods like sealing foundation gaps, replacing and screening broken foundation vents and installing hardware cloth (rat walls) around unprotected sheds and decks are the most effective and permanent ways to keep skunks out.
We recommend keeping pet food inside and securing any trash bins.

Snake Removal & Control

There are 13 species of snakes classified as needing conservation in Virginia, including some king, rattle, pine, earth, and crayfish snakes. For the most part, snakes are harmless. Virginia has only three venomous snakes, with the copperhead being the most common in Charlottesville. Timber rattlesnakes and canebrake rattlesnakes are prevalent in other areas of Virginia.

If you have snakes in your home or property, you also likely have a rodent problem. Snakes preferred food includes rats and mice. Eliminating rats and mice from the property will also get rid of snakes. Because snakes often create fear in humans, call an expert for help in removing it.



Snakes are excellent at avoiding detection. We inspect your home for potential entry points and look for signs like snake skin and feces. Because a snake typically enters a home hunting for food, our wildlife inspector also looks for signs of a rodent infestation.

Trapping and Removal

Removal & Control

Depending on the location, we can set a live trap or direct capture. Exclusion is the most effective way to keep snakes out of your home. If rodents are present, it is essential to exterminate the rodent infestation. Their presence will continue to attract snakes.


In addition to dealing with any possible rodent problem drawing snakes to your property, a specialist will assist with sealing possible entry points and also encourage you to remove any debris where snakes can easily take up residence.

Armadillo Removal & Control

In 2019, the first armadillo was captured in Russell County in Southwest Virginia. It now sits in the Virginia Museum of Natural History. They will begin spreading into other Virginia regions, including Central or Piedmont.
Armadillos are easily identifiable by their armor-looking shell with nine distinctive bands. They have the shape of a football. They have claws that help them dig massive holes in your yard to search for insects.

Armadillos like to burrow and will do so under your home, pool, driveway, shed, and other structures. They can destroy your landscaping. If you hear grunting noises at night, it could be an armadillo. They will jump straight into the air three feet or more when frightened.

Armadillos are carriers of leprosy, now called Hansen’s disease, and can spread it to humans. Some reports claim humans can contract it by eating armadillo meat and others report inhaling fecal spores can transmit the disease. You must hire an expert for removal.



Our experts understand the habits and habitats of armadillos. We can assess if damages were caused by their burrows or digging.
Trapping and Removal

Armadillo Removal

We have tools and equipment to properly remove armadillos, like safe and humane traps to capture the animal. Every armadillo removal is different and may require different safety techniques, from live traps to fumigations and repellents.

Armadillo Repair

Exclusion efforts include clearing debris, brush, and piles of wood or rocks. These are spots armadillos like to hide. We also cover burrows so an armadillo cannot return.

How Professional Wildlife Services Can Help You

Hiring a professional to get rid of nuisance wildlife keeps you, the expert, and the animal safe. The job gets done quickly and effectively, including taking steps to prevent future visits. Wildlife specialists have the following:

  • Numerous hours of education and training on wildlife habits and habitats.
  • Licensure, certification, and permitting to complete the job.
  • Safety methods to protect you from COVID-19 and other viruses.
  • Schedules that allow prioritizing serious wildlife concerns.
  • Safety gear and equipment for trapping and removal.

The Critter Control Difference

Trained Specialists Animal removal is a highly sophisticated job. As such, we vet and train our team members to ensure they have the knowledge and skill to remove any pest from your building. Our wildlife experts utilize advanced removal and exclusion techniques and damage repair.
Guaranteed Work Your satisfaction is always guaranteed. Critter Control® takes great pride in providing quality workmanship resulting in customer satisfaction.
Residential and Commercial Invading nuisance wildlife can wreak havoc on property. If left unattended wildlife and pests can cause costly property damage. Whether a residential property, apartment buildings, retail stores, office buildings, industrial plants, medical facilities, or warehouses, our trained professionals can handle any wildlife removal problem.
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