If you have a problem with wildlife in your Bluefield 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 Bluefield, and I recommend the following:
NOTE: If you have a dog or cat problem, call Mercer County Animal Services: (304) 425-2838
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 Bluefield wildlife removal company. This is very different from a regular Bluefield 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.
Bluefield 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 Bluefield 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 Bluefield 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 Bluefield 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 Bluefield 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 Bluefield pigeon removal and bird control. But our specialty is Bluefield 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 Bluefield trapper who only removes the critters, then the problem will return. You need to hire a Bluefield 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 Bluefield. 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 Bluefield 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 Bluefield. And remember, we are a private business, not Mercer County Animal Control Services, so if you have a dog or cat problem, call the County at (304) 425-2838. Mercer 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.
Bluefield Wildlife Tip #1:
What is a good way to flush out an mouse or rat from your attic? - Mouse or rats may be amazing creatures but let's be honest; when they live in their natural habitats, for example the woods, we don't care much for or about them. It is when they have the nerve to move their skinny little backsides into our attics and basements that we start to really give a damn about the creatures and perhaps not in a good way either! Of course, the first thing that many people turn to when they have an animal invasion, especially from a creature that they know very little about, like the mouse or rat, is the internet. This can be both a good and a bad resource, depending on which way you look at it, and also how gullible you are. Just type the words "flushing out an mouse or rat from the attic" into any internet search engine and take a peek at some of the results. There will be ridiculous tricks and hints that would never work to remove the animal, crazy liquids designed to repel, bizarre electronic gadgets designed to deter - did you ever really think that any of these things would work? Would it even be worth you wasting your time in trying them? There is no point in taking risks with a wild animal, especially one with sharp teeth and claws like the mouse or rat, one that carries so many disease like the mouse or rat, and one that you don't' know that much about like the mouse or rat. In reality, the first thing that you should be looking at doing is turning your computer or laptop on, but for a very different reason - to give the guys in green a call, (the local wildlife professionals) to get the job done properly and effectively!
Bluefield Wildlife Tip #2:
Gopher rat - There is no such animal as a gopher rat. It is either a gopher or a rat; the two are very different creatures. Most people are referring to a gopher when they use the term. Gophers are small rodents that live in family groups. They live in extensive tunnel networks and can be a part of a larger gopher city. The destructive nature of these animals comes in numbers; large groups can devastate a field and compromise the integrity of the layers of dirt. Many animals and machinery have been lost to collapsed gopher tunnels. It can be very difficult to eliminate gophers from a property, especially if you are dealing with a group that numbers in the thousands. Even if you manage to wall off a section of the land, there is no guarantee the rodents will not reclaim it years down the road. Gophers communicate to one another through various sounds. Sentry animals placed around the community will relay information about predators. The system of communication is so complex that they are believed to be able to pass along the type, size, and location of a predator through their complex language. Because these animals are rarely found above ground, trapping must be done in the tunnels themselves. This can prove problematic if the tunnel system is not currently in use or if the family has moved into a new section of the city.
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 Bluefield wildlife control services. I am confident that this is the best choice amongst wildlife removal companies in Bluefield, WV.