In Virginia the beautiful scenery and woods lends itself to a number of wild animals that naturally roam through the woods and surrounding parks. Sometimes these animals may wander onto your property and begin causing problems for your family by setting up a nest in your house or outbuildings. There are a number of different wild animals in the Virginia Beach area including deer, rabbits, gophers, badgers and raccoons. Birds and bats may take up residence in your attic. All of these animals can pose a health risk as they leave their droppings in your home or around your dropping. Some may even become aggressive and charge your pets or children if they come too close to where their nest is.
EcoTek Termite and Pest control has an experienced wildlife removal team that can help trap and remove any wildlife that wanders onto your property. Our technicians use humane traps that are safe for the animals and then release them. Our team can also remove animals that have died on your property and may be causing you issues. Call EcoTek today to set up an appointment and consultation.
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Wildlife Trapping and Removal
There a variety of wild animals throughout Virginia, but the majority of calls are regarding a specific list of animals that we treat in the Virginia Beach area including:
Raccoon, Possum, and Squirrel Control
Squirrels, raccoons and possums are well-known for getting into attics, basements and crawlspaces where they build their nests and have their young. Possums will breed in the spring. While they only breed once a year, each litter can have up to twelve young in it. Squirrels will breed more often and will have several litters each year and can have up to eight kits in each litter. Raccoons will breed in the spring. They may be the most difficult animal to deal with because they are very territorial and will charge if you threaten their nest or their home. They are quite clever at working around traps and into garbage cans.
Most people do not want snakes around their property and especially in their homes, even though snakes are one of the best natural ways to control rodents. One of the main issues is that it can be difficult to identify the difference between the venomous snakes and harmless snakes. Virginia has several venomous snakes including copperheads and rattlesnakes. If you see snakes on your property, EcoTek can work to remove them for you.
Mole, Vole, Gopher and Woodchuck Control
Groundhogs (also called woodchucks), voles and moles can dig holes and tunnels throughout your property ruining your landscape and feeding on your garden and other plants. Moles and voles are small and tend to avoid interacting with wild animals, but groundhogs and gophers are much more aggressive. They have large front teeth that can do serious damage. You should never try to trap and remove one on your own. The professionals at EcoTek can safely trap and remove these animals without causing any additional dangers to you or your pets.
Skunks can quickly turn a nice yard and home into a nightmare to clean up. If skunks are making their home on your property or in your crawlspace, you will want to remove them without accidentally causing them to spray leaving their pungent odor behind. You can protect your pets by removing them from the area. Contact the experts at EcoTek who can lure them into traps and safely release them miles away from your home to make sure that they do not return. The technicians can also install exclusion barriers to make sure you do not have any issues with skunks in the future.
Deer and Rabbit Control
Deer and rabbits are relatively harmless animals, but they can quickly eat through your entire garden. While EcoTek can safely trap and remove rabbits from your property, deer are a different story. The professionals at EcoTek can work to set up barriers that will keep the deer out of your garden. If you happen to have a deer or rabbit die on your property, the experts at EcoTek can remove the carcass for you.
Humane Methods of Trapping
At EcoTek, we focus on trapping animals in a way that is humane and safe. We do not use spring traps that can harm the animals or any pets that accidentally wander into them. We also check the traps on a daily basis to make sure that the animals do not summer from dehydration or starvation. Once we have trapped the animal, we will release it at least twenty-five miles away from your home in an area where it can establish a home without bothering other people.
Bat and Bird Removal and Exclusion
Birds and bats will build their nests in your attic. The main issue is the droppings and guano that they leave behind which can cause odors and even spread diseases. The best solution is to draw them out of the home and then install a pest exclusion barrier to stop them from coming back in. After that our technician can assist with the cleanup. Once the issues are addressed, your home will be safe from the diseases that these animals can carry.
Wildlife Cleanup, Repair and Prevention Services
EcoTek offers a specialized turnkey service that will help with all aspects of dealing with wildlife in your home. This service includes removing the wildlife from your home and property, repairing any damage they have done to your home and install the exclusion barriers that will keep them from coming back into your home.
Whenever an animal enters your home, it begins to create a nest and it leaves droppings in your home. You can also find hair, blood and decaying carcasses in your home or attic which can cause very strong odors in your home. The droppings can also carry diseases that can affect your family. You will need to remove the nests and any droppings.
Wildlife Damage Repair
When wild animals come into your home, they will work to build nests and create pathways through your home. They can chew up your insulation and through wires in your home. They may also chew holes through your walls or pull down the ductwork that is in your home. The experts in the Home Services division can repair the damage and restore your home to the condition it was in before the wildlife invaded.
Wildlife Exclusion Services
Once you have dealt with invading wildlife, chances are that you do not want to go through the entire process again, which is why we also install exclusion barriers around your property to stop the animals from finding their way inside of your home again.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you release the animals that you catch?
At EcoTek, we only offer a catch and release option or the wild animals that are on your property. Our technicians will set humane traps that they check regularly for animals. Once the animal is caught, they will take it at least 25 miles from your home before they release it back into the wild.
Do you check the traps often?
We check the traps on a regular basis. It may be every day or every other day depending on the situation on your property. We want to make sure that no animals suffer from thirst or hunger or that they accidentally die in the trap. Once we find an animal we release it. If you find an animal in the trap, you can contact us.
How can I tell that a wild animal is causing an issue around my property?
If you have animals outside your home, you may notice tipped over trashcans or trash strewn around your yard. Inside your home, you may notice scratching in your walls or ceiling or a strong odor may start permeating your home.
Where are common areas in my home where animals hide?
Raccoons and squirrels may build their nests in your attic or in your crawlspace. Birds and bats will make their nests in your attic or the vents leading into your home. Other wild animals may also set up nests in the outbuildings around your property.
Is there any way to prevent wild animals from getting inside?
There are steps that you can take to prevent wildlife from getting in your home. Checking your home to make sure that it is in good repair can help. Installing grates over the vents and checking areas where pies and wires come into your home is just one place to start. Our home services experts can do an inspection of your home and make suggestions of areas that need to be repaired.
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