If you have a problem with wildlife in your Beckley home, your best option is to hire a company that specializes in West Virginia wildlife removal only. This is a specialty business, and regular pest control companies do not use the proper techniques to solve animal problems. I have spent many years reviewing West Virginia and Beckley, and I recommend the following:
NOTE: If you have a dog or cat problem, call Raleigh County Animal Services: 304-253-8921
ACS Wildlife Removal specializes primarily in removing animals from attics of homes and buildings - this includes squirrels in attics, raccoons, and rats or mice in homes. West Virginia also has a documented problem with
bats in buildings, and ACS Wildlife Removal is specially trained in bat removal. They also perform general wildlife trapping services, such as the capture and removal of skunks or opossums on the
property. Call 304-306-7050 to discuss your critter problem and schedule a same-day or next-day appointment. Click here to learn more about what prices we charge in 2020.
When hiring a company to solve your wild animal problem, you want these features:
ACS Wildlife Removal is a full-service Beckley wildlife removal company. This is very different from a regular Beckley pest control company. The pest control companies spray poison to kill insects. This is not at all
similar to wildlife removal. ACS Wildlife Removal performs a full inspection of the home or property, and determines why the animal(s) are there, and if inside a building, how the animals got inside. All
animals (including rodents) are trapped and removed, or if possible, removed from the building using special exclusion devices. Once the animals are gone, preventative repairs are essential, and
cleanup is sometimes recommended.
Beckley wildlife trapping - it's not as simple as it may seem. It's illegal in West Virginia to trap without a license. Trap type is very important and there are many different types, bait is somewhat relevant, trap placement is vital, and there are dozens of small things that are very important to know. Safety is a concern. Then once the animal is trapped, it must be removed and dealt with in the proper manner according to West Virginia law. We offer Beckley raccoon removal. Read more about how to get rid of raccoons.
Animals in attics - this is our specialty at ACS Wildlife Removal. Many types of animals like to live in attics. This includes squirrels, raccoons, rats, mice, bats, birds, and even possums. Critters like to go into attics for a safe place to live and raise their young. Removing animals from attics is very complex work, partly because of the presence of baby animals. If you need Beckley squirrel removal, we can remove all the squirrels from your attic, and seal out any future ones. Read more about how to get rid of squirrels.
Rodent control must be done in a very specific way. First off, the most important thing is that all the openings that rats and mice can use to enter a house be sealed. Then all the rodents must be physically trapped and removed. Never, ever use poison! Most Beckley exterminators will just use this lazy poison technique to kill rodents, and it causes more harm than good - dead stinky rats, and it doesn't solve the problem. Call us for correct Beckley rat removal. Read more about how to get rid of rats.
Bat removal is a highly specialized task. West Virginia is known to have colonizing bats who often live in buildings. Bats love attics. If not removed, the colony can grow to a very large size over the years. The bat droppings are often corrosive and cause health risks. The same goes for bird droppings on or in buildings. We perform Beckley pigeon removal and bird control. But our specialty is Beckley bat removal. We remove 100% of the bat colony and seal the building so that it's totally bat-proof. Read more about how to get rid of bats.
If you have animals inside a house, no job is complete without proper exclusion repairs. If you simply hire a Beckley trapper who only removes the critters, then the problem will return. You need to hire a Beckley wildlife control company that identifies 100% of the animal entry points into your building, and seals them shut with professional repairs. In addition, in many cases animals have left waste or contamination behind, and you'll want a company that can provide professional cleaning services. ACS Wildlife Removal does both.
The above are just some of the services offered by ACS Wildlife Removal. We also trap and remove animals that destroy lawns, such as moles, or digging animals. Sometimes animals like opossums will live under buildings, steal pet food, raid garbage cans, etc. Read about how to get rid of opossums. Skunks commonly live under sheds or decks, and set up a den. We can trap and remove them without them spraying. Read about how to get rid of skunks. ACS Wildlife Removal also provides dead animal removal in Beckley. If you need help with any other wildlife conflict, from a fox, beaver, groundhog, or any other critter, we can solve it. We also do Beckley snake removal - most of the snakes in West Virginia are not venomous, but call us if you want safe removal, or read about how to get rid of snakes in Beckley. And remember, we are a private business, not Raleigh County Animal Control Services, so if you have a dog or cat problem, call the County at 304-253-8921. Raleigh County animal services does not handle any wildlife issues.
Every wildlife removal situation is different, from the species of animals involved, the location of the animal inside a house or outside, the extent of repairs or cleanup, etc. It's impossible to give one-size-fits-all prices. Examples MIGHT include:
Small Job: For example, a one-stop job to remove an animal in the yard: $100 on up
Medium Job: For example, getting critters out of your house with minor repairs: $300 on up
Large Job: For example, a project involving many service trips and complex work: $500 on up
Give us a phone call now and tell us about your wildlife issue and we will be able to give you a price estimate over the phone. If you're cool with it, we can schedule a same-day or next-day appointment if you like. Our prices are fair, and a good value because we do the job right, the first time.
Beckley Wildlife Tip #1:
What is the best way to remove squirrels from attic - the pros and cons of doing it yourself - It would make sense to try and remove the wild animal you have living in your home or yard in the easiest and cheapest way possible - no one would argue against you about this. However, although there are ways that you will be able to catch this critter alone, it is always a wise choice to hire the assistance of a professional to make life a little easier. Should you decide to trap this squirrel on your own, you are going to want to look up the pros and cons of doing so-
The pros: It could be cheaper to do things by yourself, especially if you do your research and buy the right materials. Also, once you have done your research and bought all the materials necessary, you will be perfectly set for catching another wild animal, as well as another squirrel, should they dare to set foot on your land again!
Now for the cons: In the long run, you could end up paying much more by doing this alone than what you would have ended up paying to hire a professional. You could buy the wrong traps, the wrong bait, waste time and money on researching and buying those commercially sold products that are designed to repel... There is no guarantee that you would get the job done as well as the professionals could have done. You won't have the entire knowledge necessary to not only trap, but also to avoid the animals from coming back again. Would you even know what to do with an squirrel once you have caught it? The professionals do - you should probably just leave it to them!
Beckley Wildlife Tip #2:
Skunk break into house - A skunk won't break into a house if that building is fortified as a home should be. Fortifying your home isn't about installing bars or fencing around the perimeter. All it takes to keep a skunk out of the home is regular preventative maintenance. This is the most important thing you can do as a homeowner. Cracks need to be repaired. Siding needs to be fixed and replaced. You can't leave screens torn and windows broken. Doing these things only invites a wild animal inside. If a skunk comes into your home, probably during the night, it did so because it found the task easy, and because there was something drawing it inside. That "something" was most likely food of some sort. People forget that cat and dog food is real food and contains real meat and vegetable protein. A skunk will love this kind of easy meal. If you have pets, you should pick up their bowls once they have walked away-unless your home is secure. If the skunk is inside and you're not sure what to do with the animal, chances are it is just as afraid of you as you are of it. You can't spray it with a putrid odor, but the you share a mutual ddesire for the animal to get outside. Open a few doors and wait patiently. The skunk will find its way out. If not, call a wildlife removal company.
West Virginia Wildlife Information:
West Virginia State bird: Northern cardinal
State mammal: Black bear
State reptile: Timber rattlesnake
State fish: Brook trout
State insect: European honey bee
West Virginia is almost entirely mountainous and is referred to as "the mountain state". It lies in the Appalachian region, which is the reason for all the changes in elevation. The lack of flat land has made this state less populous that it might otherwise be. The region has large lakes and beautiful hardwood forests comprise of oaks, maples, American sycamore, and chestnut. The climate is predominately warm and humid. The winters are short but can be wet, and the higher elevations see a significant amount of snowfall. Animals in the state are often encountered because of how close people live with nature among the hills.
There are numerous small animals, and with most homes nestled in the woods, pest issues are very common. People in West Virginia have issues with rats, mice, raccoons, skunks, opossums, porcupines, woodchucks, squirrels, wild boars, and foxes. The wild boars, while nuisances, were deliberately brought into the state and have since developed breeding populations. The boars have begun to migrate north, becoming unwelcomed visitor as far up as New York State.
While the boars were brought in to the state, heavy hunting and deforestation have eliminated many different native animals. West Virginia no longer has populations of elk, gray wolves, or bison. At one point in time, beavers, river otter and fishers were also eliminated, but these species have since been reintroduced. It has taken many decades, but there are substantial populations now in the wild. The largest predator in the state is the black bear. While these animals could easily take down a deer if they were so inclined to catch one, they prefer to go after less active prey-like berries and insects. Black bears can be particularly problematic for homeowners looking to have birdfeeders in their yards.
While most states have some stray cats and dogs, West Virginia has feral populations in the wild, which is uncommon for once-domesticated creatures. The long, warm summers and ample forests allow these animals to continue to thrive and breed away from humans. In addition to the wild cats and dogs, there is a breeding population of feral goats. The goats and the wild boars are good food for middle-level predators like coyotes. Bobcats will rarely take on an adult boar, but the cats are easily able to pick up a baby and carry it into a tree where the mother cannot retrieve it.
You can always call ACS Wildlife Removal, any time of day, at 304-306-7050, for a price quote for Beckley wildlife control services. I am confident that this is the best choice amongst wildlife removal companies in Beckley, WV.