GET RID OF NUISANCE WILDLIFE PROBLEMS IN HAMPTON ROADS
Wildlife Problems near Virginia Beach, VA
There are many cities in Hampton Roads that people chose to live in. Residents enjoy mild winters, warm summers, and ocean life. Combine great weather and man-made shelter with proximity to local wildlife refuges, and it's no wonder that animal encounters are common in Coastal Virginia.
Raccoon problems are frequent in areas of Virginia Beach with trash to provide meals. As the pests rummage through garbage cans, they often leave porches, driveways, and yards in disarray. Raccoons may also be carriers of health risks like rabies and roundworm.
There are about 16 bat species in Virginia. Outdoors, the animals control insects, eating hundreds per evening. However, bats present a serious issue in homes. After entering through holes as small as a half-inch in diameter, they can and will begin to repopulate.
Common Bat Problems
Bats' droppings tend to accumulate quickly, and it can lead to hazardous situations in your home. Common bat problems can include:
- Feces odors and stains
- Home insulation contamination
- Harmful diseases and bacteria
Are you finding droppings in the basement or attic of your home? If so, you may have a rodent control problem—rats, mice, squirrels, chipmunks, beavers, woodchucks and other rodents can become more than just a nuisance when they begin affecting your everyday life.
Jump to Typical Rodents around Virginia Beach
In addition to spreading disease to both humans and household pets, rodents can also cause property damage and contaminate food sources. A variety of techniques, including exclusion, habitat modification, and trapping are available that may effectively control these pests.
Rats are abundant in Virginia and home infestations are frequent. Once indoors, these pests leave urine and droppings and continuously gnaw on your home.
Successful long-term rat control is not simple. The key is to control rat populations, not individual rats. Rat control requires an integrated approach that includes non-lethal tools such as careful inspections, upgraded sanitation, and rat-proofing structures. Lethal control often combines the use of rodenticides with non-toxic control measures.
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisherries recongizes five species of squirrels within the state: northern flying squirrel, southern flying squirrel, fox squirrel, gray squirrel, and the red squirrel.
Most Common Rat Species around Virginia Beach
Squirrels are a nuisance when they enter Virginia Beach houses. Seeking a safe nesting spot, these pests will make or enlarge openings to enter attics and vents. Before sealing any holes, be sure all animals are gone. A mother squirrel can cause extensive damage trying to get to her young.
In suburban areas, chipmunks rarely enter homes but may burrow under the walls, patios, or foundations of houses and cause structural damage. The rodents can squeeze through tight spaces and eat unsecured bird seed or pet food in yards, garages, and sheds. Chipmunks may also dig up bulbs and seedlings from gardens. They may also nest in attics.
To keep chipmunks away from homes and gardens, cover vulnerable areas with hardware cloth or wire mesh and seal any cracks or holes along exterior walls. Moving bird feeders away from homes also discourages chipmunks from burrowing near human dwellings. The odor of mothballs may also repel the rodents.
The best way to ensure your chipmunk problem is handled legally and safely is to call wildlife removal specialists. Trained in the removal of chipmunks, our animal control technicians not only help eradicate chipmunk infestations but also provide tips regarding the prevention of future chipmunk activity.
Beavers are found in every county in Virginia. Before removing a beaver, you must contact Commonwealth Attorney's office. In order to manage established beaver populations, drainage systems may be constructed with the assistance of conservation specialists to control the water level. Employing traps to remove problematic beavers is the most effective method. However, traps must be set by experts, such as Critter Control Beaver Specialists, at the underwater entrances of beaver lodges.
Woodchucks can have enough of a negative impact on yards, gardens, and crops to warrant removal. Exclusion tends to be the most effective method of woodchuck control. Since groundhogs are effective climbers and diggers, fences placed around gardens and crop fields should be at least three feet high. Wire deterrents installed below the fence line prevent the burrowing animals from digging under the fence. Block off areas under porches and decks to preclude woodchucks from burrowing and building dens under such structures.
Getting Rid of Opossums or Skunks
Though they are not prone to aggression, opossums and skunks are still wild animals. Both are very adaptable to urban areas. Food sources and easily accessible areas to make a den often attract the animal to your property.
To reduce the likelihood of opossums and skunks making their homes in residential yards, entrances to crawlspaces and garages should be sealed up, including the areas around:
- Garage doors
- Attic vents
- Gaps in walls or siding
Birds are an important part of our natural environment in the area.
- As predators, they feed on insects, rodents, worms, fish and countless other animals.
- Game birds, song birds, hawks and other bird species contribute to outdoor recreation and the overall enjoyment of nature.
Birds may be beneficial, neutral, or harmful to man's interests, depending upon time, location and activity, and certain birds (sparrows, woodpeckers, waterfowl, pigeons and black birds) are more likely to become pests and require bird-proofing and bird control. Pest bird situations that require bird control and bird proofing include:
- Feeding on agricultural products
- Roosting or nesting around human habitations
- Destroying vegetation and contaminating foods
- Noise, droppings, odor and feathers
- Diseases or ectoparasites affecting man including histoplasmosis and cryptococcosis
- Unpleasant or hazardous working conditions
Woodpeckers in Virginia
There are eight specifices of woodpeckers in Virginia; seven of which can be found year round. Woodpeckers return to the same sites with regularity once an established food source has been found. Homes that border wooded areas generally endure heightened woodpecker activity. The pests may move from pecking trees to drumming on the siding, trim, and eaves of buildings.
Woodpeckers can cause extensive property damage by drilling holes in wood siding. Most damage occurs in the spring and fall when males attempt to attract mates with territorial hammering. Some species of woodpeckers will actually store food supplies, such as acorns and nuts, in drilled-out areas beneath wooden siding and shingles. Sapsucker woodpeckers weaken trees over time with their constant drilling, which leaves the affected trees susceptible to harmful insects and diseases.
Quick action must be taken once woodpecker activity becomes noticeable.
Swallows seek shelter from the elements and predators in Virginia Beach buildings. As a result, it is fairly common for homeowners to find these birds in barns, around eaves, and inside chimneys. Since swallows live near people and often travel in flocks, their noise and droppings can be a nuisance.
Blackbirds are a problem in the fields, gardens, and yards of Hampton Roads. The pests tend to roost in large numbers and can transmit diseases like salmonellosis through their waste. Because this group of birds is protected by law, it's safest to consult wildlife professionals for prevention tips such as:
- Covering fields of crops or gardens with mesh netting is perhaps the most efficient way to deter blackbird feeding.
- Though time-consuming, scare tactics, like the use of frequent loud bangs or reflective tapes, also have favorable results.
Certain methods, such as scare tactics, are usually ineffective at removing pigeons as the birds are accustomed to human interaction. Exclusion methods and the elimination of food sources are the best ways to abolish large populations of pigeons. Blocking and sealing openings to roosting sites, fixing broken screens, and using mechanical repellents, such as spikes and porcupine wire, may discourage pigeons from landing on buildings. Refraining from feeding the birds and removing access to other food sources, such as garbage cans, also helps keep pigeon numbers down.
Though primarily nocturnal, weasels can be seen hunting during the day, as well. They are vicious creatures that cause problems for farmers by regularly attacking livestock for food. If you spot a weasel on your property or notice livestock that has gone missing, call Critter Control of Virginia Beach today.
Common Weasel Problems
For the most part, weasels are merely nuisance pests. The largest threat they pose is to the poultry industry, as they target chickens and their eggs as easy meals. Farmers should especially be on alert for these pests. Weasels also carry various parasites known to harbor infectious diseases, including:
Weasel Removal Services
While exclusion methods can be effective, they are also time-consuming. There are no known fumigants or repellents that keep weasels away, which makes closing off building openings necessary to ward off the pest.
Wildlife FAQ in Hampton Roads
What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in your area?
Rats and squirrels will chew into attics and destroy insulation, electrical wires, and duct work. Raccoons will pull down soffit and gable vents in order to access attic spaces and nest in insulation. Bats will access gable vents, construction gap, open rake board and fascia boards, and often find their way inside the living space. Bat droppings will accumulate beneath roosting sites and is hazardous to our health when breathed-in. Lastly, birds will access microwave and dryer exhaust vents and build nests inside them. This will completely block exhaust flow and becomes a fire hazard.
How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in your area?
Spring and summer are the busiest times of the year for pest activity. This is the most common time for wildlife to reproduce which ultimately leads to even more pest problems for homeowners. Most pests are active and as a result we deal with squirrels, rats, snakes, raccoons, birds, moles/voles, ground hogs, opossum, skunks, otters, muskrats, and bugs. During the fall and winter, there is less activity due to the colder weather and therefore we deal with fewer pests. However, because of the colder weather, more pests push into homes for warmth. This is the most common time of the year to have squirrels and rats chew into attics and seek harborage in insulation. We also deal with raccoons causing damage to the home seeking warmth in attics, soffit lines, and dormer voids.
What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity?
Common signs for nuisance wildlife activity are hearing chewing and scratching in the walls, ceiling, and attic. If you hear squirrels regularly running on the roof, it’s only a matter of time before they “explore” their way into your attic. Be proactive and call Critter Control before they chew their way inside, causing damage to your home. Other signs are visual. You may see chew holes on the exterior of your home along the roof line or on gable vents. You may also see droppings in the attic or gable vents when you are putting Christmas decorations away. Call Critter Control at the first sign of any type of pest problem.
Any prevention tips for residents in your area?
It’s best to be proactive and have your home undergo a full home exclusion before the issues arise. This is a cheaper alternative to dealing with the damages that pests cause. We offer free home inspections for this service.
When should homeowners call Critter Control?
Call Critter Control at the first sign of any pest problems. If you hear or see something unusual, call right away.
COMMON WILDLIFE ISSUES IN THIS LOCATION
- Animal Damage
- Animal Droppings
- Animal Noises
- Animal Odor Removal
- Animal Tracks in Yard
- 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
- Chimney Swifts
- Deer Mouse
- Flying Squirrels
- Ground Squirrels
- Norway Rats
- Roof Rats
- Stinging Insects
- Yellow Jackets
Serving the following locations:
Coastal City: Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Newport News, Hampton, Williamsburg, Suffolk, Capeville
- Bay View
For Wildlife Control Near You, Call: (757) 471-6234