Pest & Wildlife Pressure in Richmond
Copperheads in Richmond
While the state of Virginia is home to three types of venomous snakes, Richmond falls squarely into copperhead territory. These pests have brown markings that allow them to blend into tall grass, wood piles, and debris. This makes copperheads dangerous, since encounters with unsuspecting people may prompt a startled snake to attack.
As copperhead populations grow in Richmond, so does the risk for a bite. Residents typically see the snakes in summer, when they enter open garages and vents to find shelter from the sun. Since many harmless Virginia species look similar to the copperhead, it is best to avoid handling any snake around the home or yard.
Predators and Prey
Copperhead snakes may also enter Richmond homes and yards to hunt for rodents. After heavy rainfall, rats often leave the sewers in search of dry nesting areas. Cold weather brings the pests indoors as well. Droppings and runways or burrows in yards are common signs of a rat problem.
Rat infestations not only attract Virginia predators, but they can be dangerous in their own right. These rodents spread over 35 diseases through their bites, waste, and parasites. In addition, rats contaminate stored food and any surfaces they touch.
Q&A with Local Franchisee Keith Copi
What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in your area?
Gray squirrels and mice.
How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in your area?
Squirrels, raccoons, mice, and rats are big problems during the winter and spring months. Woodpeckers are also wintertime nuisances. We see a lot of bats, birds, and snakes during the summer and fall.
What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity?
Scratching, scurrying, chewed holes in the structure, and other structural damage.
Any prevention tips for residents in your area?
We offer preventative exclusion services.
When should homeowners call Critter Control?
Call you first notice evidence of wildlife activity.
COMMON WILDLIFE ISSUES IN THIS LOCATION
- Animal Damage
- Animal Droppings
- Animal Noises
- Animal Odor Removal
- Animals on the Roof
- Animals Under Homes & Porches
- Bats in Homes
- Bats in the Attic
- Carcass Removal from Homes
- Chimney Repairs
- Dead Animal Removal
- Humane Animal Trapping
- Mice in Walls & Attics
- Raccoon Trapping
- Raccoons in Attic
- Rats in Walls & Attics
- Seal Animal Entry Points in Homes
- Skunk Control
- Skunk Trapping
- Skunks Under Heating Units
- Squirrel Trapping
- Squirrels in Attics
- Squirrels in Homes
- Venomous Snake Removal
Residential ServicesWe provide trapping & removal services for the following types of animals:
- Flying Squirrels
- Norway Rats
- Bird Control & Municipal Animal Control
Serving the following locations:
For Wildlife Control Near You, Call: (804) 674-6621
This franchise is independently licensed and operated by K. J. Copi, Inc., dba Critter Control of Richmond.