Wildlife Removal Services for Roanoke
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.
What are the Major Wildlife Removal Concerns in Roanoke, Virginia?
The smallish city of Roanoke is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, with the Roanoke River running through it. With a year-round average temperature of 57 degrees, both human citizens and wildlife can enjoy its temperate climate, mountain wilderness, and access to water.
Some of the most common wildlife species in the Roanoke area are raccoons, opossums, squirrels, snakes, groundhogs, and bats. Like many other cities across the nation, development is pushing many species of wildlife out of their natural habitats, forcing them into more populated areas to seek out food and shelter. Though these animals have learned to adapt, it leads to situations that are not advantageous to them and us.
Raccoons are one of the most common nuisance animals found throughout the nation. Raccoons normally make their homes in trees where they feel safe from predators, but as habitats shrink, homeowner attics and chimneys are taking the place of trees. These agile creatures create large holes in roofing and soffits to gain entry, causing significant damage.
Inspection: A wildlife technician will look for footprints, a large-sized hole in your roof, and raccoon poop.
Removal: Raccoons are isolated and trapped for removal from your property. A wildlife rehabilitation center is contacted if the raccoons have a nest with young.
Repairs: Once your attic is free of raccoons, the opening they created to go in and out will be sealed, insulation replaced, and any chewed wires repaired. The area will also be cleaned and sanitized.
Rat and Mice Removal
Although pretty small, these creatures cause not only significant damage, they also bring disease and parasites into homes. They enter homes through the tiniest of holes or gaps in your home. Once comfortable, they breed rapidly and are hard to get rid of. They are mostly nocturnal so you might not see them until an infestation is present, but you will see signs of rodents leaving their feces on kitchen counters and in pantries.
Inspection: An inspection of your home or business will reveal how serious of an infestation is present. We look for feces and nesting material such as torn insulation and cardboard. Other signs include rub marks along baseboards where they walk and small holes in walls.
Removal: A custom plan for trapping and baiting rats and mice is developed based on inspection findings.
Repairs: A priority repair is sealing any holes where these rodents enter so you don’t find yourself with a new infestation. Insulation and wires are fixed, and the area is sanitized.
The most common squirrel in the Roanoke area to take up residence in your attic is the flying squirrel. Because their agility gives them easy access to your roof from tree branches and utility wires, they can take advantage of a vulnerability to squeeze through a hole or make one.
Tree squirrels have two litters per year, in late summer and winter when they give birth to three to four young. They are nocturnal and can be discovered as they scamper about above your head as you try to sleep.
Inspection: Because flying squirrels are smaller than other species, we will look for holes and openings along the edges of the roof, in soffits, and along gutters. The inspection will also reveal their nest, urine, and feces.
Removal: Squirrels are either trapped and removed or removed via a one-way door that lets the squirrels out but does not let them back in.
Repairs: Sealing potential re-entry points like holes and gaps are required. In addition, we remove debris, fix insulation, and clean and sanitize.
Virginia is home to over 15 species of bats, including the gray, Indiana, and Virginia Big-Eared bats that are protected under the Federal Endangered Species act. Plus, in Virginia, it is illegal to transport or relocate a bat anywhere other than the property on which it was caught.
Most people are repulsed by bats, but these creatures are predominantly beneficial and can eat enormous quantities of insects in a single night. In your attic or behind your shutters, they pose health risks to you and your family that require their removal.
Inspection: An inspection will reveal whether you have a single bat or a colony in residence. We will look for feces and the ammonia smell of their urine, as well as the smudge marks they create when flying in and out of your home.
Removal: The most humane method of getting rid of bats is with a one-way bat valve followed by exclusion so they cannot re-enter.
Repairs: While bats are not destructive, their feces and urine will need to be cleaned up and the area sanitized.
Groundhogs, also known as woodchucks, were once a mostly rural-living animal. They are becoming more common in suburban areas because of declining places where they can create their burrows of connecting underground tunnels.
Groundhog burrows have several entrances that are mostly hidden, which is why one favorite place groundhogs choose to place an entrance is underneath a shed or porch. Their tunnels can then run underneath your home or yard paths, causing weakness and potential collapse.
Inspection: While most of their living quarters are underground, a wildlife technician can easily spot a groundhog hole, as they can become ten to twelve inches wide. Also evident will be signs of garden and landscape damage.
Removal: Groundhogs are trapped and removed, followed by excluding them from all of the entrances they’ve made.
Repairs: Mesh or fencing around structures will lessen the chance of future groundhog issues. The areas they resided in will also be cleaned and sanitized.
The striped skunk is found throughout Virginia. A member of the weasel family, they are attracted to food, water, and shelter. When their natural habitats are waning because of urban development, they turn to more populated areas where food is more available. In Virginia, it is illegal to relocate a skunk.
Skunks prefer to make burrows in dark, warm places and will make their nests in crawl spaces, sheds, and underneath decks and porches. Skunks do not hibernate in winter. January and February are their mating season, and to stay warm, they sometimes will shelter in communal burrows. Active at night, they pose a danger in that they can carry rabies as well as diseases such as tularemia, leptospirosis, and canine distemper.
Inspection: During an inspection, we will look for a skunk’s unique footprints and their droppings, which often contain undigested seeds and berries. Also looked for are shallow digged in areas of lawn where skunks look for grubs and other insects.
Removal: Trapping and releasing is the most humane and effective method of getting rid of one or more skunks in a burrow under your porch or shed.
Repairs: An empty burrow is an invitation for another animal to move right in, so the burrow will have to be closed up, and an exclusion method such as mesh or a fence around the foundation of the deck or shed is necessary to keep a future problem from arising.
How Professional Wildlife Control Services Can Help You
Wildlife control services provide a vital role for home and business owners who want to live side-by-side with animals but need to keep them out of their homes and buildings.
- Wildlife specialists come prepared with all the right tools and know-how to assess, rid, and repair your home efficiently and effectively.
- We will use humane methods for removing nuisance pests.
- You and your family will not be exposed to the potential health risks and parasites associated with a wildlife infestation.
Why Choose Critter Control
- Critter Control has over 30 years of experience getting rid of nuisance animals in the Roanoke region.
- Critter Control is knowledgeable in all state and local laws and ordinances and carries the proper insurance to eradicate animals responsibly.
- Critter Control is dedicated to keeping you and your family or employees safe during the eradication process.
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?
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.