Wildlife Control Services for Roanoke & Lynchburg, VA
Located in a river valley, Roanoke and Lynchburg, VA, encounter plenty of problems with pests due to its geography. Abundant water sources bring many animals to the area, while heavy rainfall and frequent flooding may drive them to seek shelter in neighborhoods.
Wild Animal Removal
Safe, humane removal of nuisance animals and pests from your home or property.
Animal Infestation Prevention
Reliable prevention from future animal intrusions in your home.
Professional and permanent repairs to entry points, insulation, and damage from animal urine or feces.
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Common Wildlife Problems in Southwestern Virginia
Critter Control specializes in wildlife pest control. Resource animals can find countless ways into your home in search for food, water, and shelter. After a thorough home inspection, we create a custom wildlife control strategy to humanely remove the nuisance animal from your home and ensure the animal cannot return.
Humane Bat Removal
The caves near Roanoke are a popular home for bats in the area, but several species will roost under eaves, in chimneys, and inside attics of residential homes. When bats invade homes, they significantly increase the risk of transmitting dangerous diseases like histoplasmosis and rabies to residents.
Histoplasmosis spreads through mold spores found in bat waste. The high humidity of attics can accelerate the growth of these mold spores. When stirred, the pathogens become airborne and spread through ventilation ducts.
Bats can transmit the rabies virus to humans and pets through scratches and bites.
Inspection- Small squeaking sounds. Piles of droppings in one corner of the house. Stains on walls and strong ammonia smell.
Bat Removal- Generally you can only remove a bat if its in the livable part of your home. Most likely one way doors will be employed once the bats offspring have reached maturity.
Repairs- Sealing entry points. Disinfecting area under roost from accumulation of guano.
Both grey squirrels and flying squirrels are known to chew into homes and destroy attic insulation. These rodents are common in residential areas in Roanoke and Lynchburg. As excellent climbers, they easily move onto roofs, where they find access to garage, attics, and chimneys. Squirrels are often noisy and will create nests once indoors.
Inspection- Gnaw marks on, in, or around your home. Small openings to attics or the crawl space. Droppings. Debris like nuts or nesting materials.
Trapping & Removal- Live trapping, deterrents, one-way doors.
Repairs- exculsion services focus on repairing entry points. Removing debris, repairing nest sites, decontaminating droppings and urine.
Rodent Pest Control
Rats and mice are typical pest animals in a home. Proximity to water and buildings with plenty of entry holes allow the pests to travel freely and breed rapidly. In homes, a mouse or rat may contaminate food with waste, spread disease, and destroy property. To effectively get rid of rats you need to control the population. Female rats can have six litters in one year. The wildlife technician will determine the best type of trap, placement of trap, and the best bait to use.
Inspection- Noises such as scurrying and rat or mouse droppings most prominent signs you have a rodent infestation
Rat Trapping- Variety of traps available.
Repairs- caulking cracks, capping chimneys, installing mesh over vents.
Raccoons are known in the Roanoke area for raiding trash cans and denning in chimneys. While often portrayed as a cuddly animal, raccoons do pose a threat to humans and pets. They are aggressive if they feel threatened, but they also are carriers of illnesses like rabies and tularemia. Tight-fitting lids on trash cans are sometimes effective deterrents, but raccoons are skillful and persistent.
Inspection- looking for footprints in or around home, large openings, raccoon poop
Raccoon Trapping & Removal- Live trapping most effective and humane
Repairs- Seal all entry points. Restore attic insultation. Latrine disinfection and clean up.
Snake in your Home
If you have a snake in your home, you have another animal pest problem. Snakes generally enter a home looking for food. Snakes will also enter your home to explore, shed its skin, or as a temporary refuge. Removing the snake’s food source is the ideal way to remove a snake.
Inspection- snake skins, snake droppings, odor,
Snake Trapping- Live traps and direct capture are effective methods. Most non-venomous snakes are protected from killing. Eliminating any prey species and sealing potential entry points help keep snakes from re-entering your home.
Skunks are another local species that can spread rabies. In addition to being a potential health hazard, these pests can cause costly damage to yards and homes.
Throughout the night, skunks will feed on pet food if left outdoors and eat from garbage cans. Skunks are famous for their pungent spray, which can spread disease as well as damage the porches or decks where they den.
Wildlife Removal Q&A with Critter Control of Roanoke
What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in Southwest Virginia?
Some of the most common wildlife issues a homeowner will face in this area are from grey squirrels, flying squirrels, snakes, groundhogs, and spiders.
Both grey squirrels and flying squirrels are known to chew into homes and destroy attic insulation. Both species can cause thousands of dollars in structural damage to the home. Grey squirrels are larger, and as a result, will create larger holes when chewing in. They are also diurnal, meaning they are active only during the day. Flying squirrels are much smaller, making it harder to determine where they are entering the home. Flying squirrels are nocturnal, and therefore are active during the night. Grey squirrels and flying squirrels are known to chew on wires which may cause house fires. In order to remove, and permanently keep out these pests: trapping, exclusion, and sanitation are required.
Snakes, on the other hand, enter yards and homes where people and pets are present. The bite of a venomous snake can severely injure children, adults, and pets. The most common food source for snakes is mice/rats, frogs, lizards, insects, and other small pests found around a home. In order to reduce snake activity, the food source must be eliminated. Along with food source reduction, trapping and deterrents are also required to solve and prevent snake issues in an area.
Groundhogs are destructive pests known to burrow under homes, porches, sheds, or other permanent structures. They can create basketball-sized holes in yards that may cause serious injury when stepped in. Groundhog burrows that run underneath homes, sidewalks, and other structures may weaken the structure and cause it to collapse. These animals also carry fleas which may spread into a home if burrows are nearby. Trapping, exclusion, and sanitation must be done in order to remove, sanitize, and permanently keep out these pests.
How do the seasons affect wildlife activity Roanoke and Lynchburg?
Mice and rats are active all year. However, pests such as raccoons, grey squirrels, and flying squirrels thrive in the colder months. Snakes are not active during the fall or winter seasons.
Any prevention tips for residents in Southwest Virginia?
Do not leave trash outside, unless it's in a secured trash can. Do not leave pet food outside. Regularly inspect your home. If you notice any strange signs such as chew holes, debris build-up, or if you hear any strange noises, call Critter Control.
When should homeowners call Critter Control?
At the first sign of evidence. It could be damage to the house such as chew holes, debris build up, or stains. It could also be a strange sound you hear in the attic such as scratching, walking, or other strange wildlife sounds. It is important to address wildlife issues
Critter Control of Roanoke
Critter Control of Roanoke provides professional wildlife control services from Roanoke to Lynchburg, Virginia. Our wildlife specialists use the most advanced techniques and tools in the industry to safely and humanely remove bats, squirrels, rats, skunks, and other animals unique to the Roanoke area. Critter Control of Roanoke also specializes in wildlife exclusion as well as professional repair of wildlife damage to commercial or residential property.
Our 30 years of experience in wildlife control allows us to accurately assess an intrusion problem and take the necessary steps to immediately address the issue. The safety of our customers is always our top priority. If you have an intrusion problem on your commercial or residential property, contact Critter Control of Roanoke as soon as possible.
If you suspect you have a wildlife intrusion on your residential or commercial property, contact our professionals at Critter Control of Roanoke today!
Serving the following locations:
By County: Amherst, Bedford, Botetourt, Campbell, Craig, Franklin, Montgomery and Roanoke counties.
- City of Salem
City of Lynchburg
City of Roanoke
Smith Mountain Lake
For Wildlife Control Near You, Call: (540) 404-8178
This franchise is independently licensed and operated by Mann Wildlife Control, LLC, dba Critter Control of Greater Roanoke.