If you are having a problem with wildlife in your Charleston 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 Charleston, and I recommend the following:
ACS Wildlife Removal
Cell Phone: 304-306-7050
NOTE: If you have a dog or cat problem, call Kanawha County Animal Services: 304-342-1576
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.
When hiring a company to solve your wild animal problem, you want these features:
- Specializes in wildlife removal, not pest control
- Fully West Virginia and Kanawha County licensed and insured
- Works 7 days per week (critters don't take weekends off)
- Performs full building inspections: enters and inspects attic
- Performs exclusion repairs, with guarantee against animal re-entry
- Offers cleanup of biohazardous wildlife waste
ACS Wildlife Removal is a full-service Charleston wildlife removal company. This is very different from a regular Charleston 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.
Charleston 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 Charleston 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 Charleston 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 Charleston 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 Charleston 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 Charleston pigeon removal and bird control. But our specialty is Charleston 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 Charleston trapper who only removes the critters, then the problem will return. You need to hire a Charleston 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 Charleston. 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 Charleston 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 Charleston. And remember, we are a private business, not Kanawha County Animal Control Services, so if you have a dog or cat problem, call the County at 304-342-1576.
Kanawha County animal services does not handle any wildlife issues.
ACS Wildlife Removal
Cell Phone: 304-306-7050
Charleston Wildlife Tip #1:
What health risk is associated with not cleaning up your attic after an animal? - When it comes to wild animals, you can never really be too careful, especially when you take into consideration the sheer amount of diseases that the animal can bring along with it. Although rabies is not the usual concern with humans versus animals, there are still diseases, pathogens and parasites that you will need to be wary of, and in many cases, studies have long since shown that you don't even need to be face to face with the animal, or even in contact with it, to catch any number of nasty bugs that you certainly wouldn't want! It has been shown that you can catch diseases from wild animals like the animal in other ways than mentioned above. For example, the skin and fur cells left behind can easily transfer nasty bugs, as well as the urine and poop and even scent markings that have been left behind by the animal from scent glands on the chest, chin and anus in order to mark territories. There are so many nasty things that you can get from an animal that it just doesn't make sense to ignore the droppings and mess that the animal will leave behind. In most cases, it would be highly advisable to call upon the help of a professional to ensure that the job has indeed been done properly. Things like fleas, mites and ticks can easily be transferred, especially to family pets, and that is before you even begin to think about really nasty diseases such as toxoplasmosis, TB, leptospirosis and also things such as roundworm.
Charleston Wildlife Tip #2:
Skunk house damage photo - There are many different websites on the Internet that provide pictures of all things skunk. When doing your research, especially when it comes to looking up house damage photos from a skunk, make sure you are on a credible website. Anyone can post whatever they want on the Internet, and personal websites or blogs will often have what people assume is skunk damage. In reality, the things you see on websites might not be accurate at all. People can easily misconstrue what is really storm damage or age deterioration for animal damage. For the best, most accurate information, look for a professional website. Government agencies, colleges, and wildlife companies usually all have reliable pictures for the public to view. When in doubt, you can usually tell a skunk by the smell that accompanies it. If the animal isn't hanging around the home, but seems to be at the edges of your yard, a wildlife camera may also provide you with the proof you need.
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 Charleston wildlife control services. I am confident that this is the best choice amongst wildlife removal companies in Charleston, WV.