If you have a problem with wildlife in your Martinsburg 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 Martinsburg, and I recommend the following:
NOTE: If you have a dog or cat problem, call Berkeley County Animal Services: (304) 263-4729
Environmental Pest Control 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 Environmental Pest Control 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 304-984-6331 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:
Environmental Pest Control is a full-service Martinsburg wildlife removal company. This is very different from a regular Martinsburg pest control company. The pest control companies spray poison to kill insects. This is not at all
similar to wildlife removal. Environmental Pest Control 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.
Martinsburg 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 Martinsburg raccoon removal. Read more about how to get rid of raccoons.
Animals in attics - this is our specialty at Environmental Pest Control. 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 Martinsburg 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 Martinsburg 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 Martinsburg 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 Martinsburg pigeon removal and bird control. But our specialty is Martinsburg 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 Martinsburg trapper who only removes the critters, then the problem will return. You need to hire a Martinsburg 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. Environmental Pest Control does both.
The above are just some of the services offered by Environmental Pest Control. 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. Environmental Pest Control also provides dead animal removal in Martinsburg. 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 Martinsburg 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 Martinsburg. And remember, we are a private business, not Berkeley County Animal Control Services, so if you have a dog or cat problem, call the County at (304) 263-4729. Berkeley 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.
Martinsburg Wildlife Tip #1:
What do you do with a squirrel you trapped - Choosing the experts over doing it yourself? - Have you found a squirrel living in your home or yard? If you have then you have two main choices - you can either choose to catch this creature yourself and release or exterminate it, or you can call upon the assistance of a professional to give you a hand. Of course, there will be both pros and cons for both, and these are things that you are going to need to figure out before you make your final decision. Starting with "going it alone", you will find that once you have done the job properly by buying the right traps, getting the right bait and figuring out what to do with the animal once you have caught it, you could actually save money. However, in order to get all of the little parts of catching the animal right, you are going to need to do your research which can take a lot of time. If you don't get it right first time, or get carried away with the "toys" sold on the market designed to remove or repel the creatures, you will find that in the long run, it could actually cost you more. On the upside however, onceWhat do you do with a squirrel you trapped - Choosing the experts over doing it yourself? - Have you found a squirrel living in your home or yard? If you have then you have two main choices - you can either choose to catch this creature yourself and release or exterminate it, or you can call upon the assistance of a professional to give you a hand. Of course, there will be both pros and cons for both, and these are things that you are going to need to figure out before you make your final decision. Starting with "going it alone", you will find that once you have done the job properly by buying the right traps, getting the right bait and figuring out what to do with the animal once you have caught it, you could actually save money. However, in order to get all of the little parts of catching the animal right, you are going to need to do your research which can take a lot of time. If you don't get it right first time, or get carried away with the "toys" sold on the market designed to remove or repel the creatures, you will find that in the long run, it could actually cost you more. On the upside however, once you have bought a trap and done your research, you will be prepared in case another animal invasion should occur. On the side of the experts; with these guys, you know you are getting what you pay for - they will remove the animal humanely, release it in a place where it will be safe to go about its squirrel life, and also could help to educate you against reoccurring animal invasion problems, as well as doing the little jobs to avoid it such as cutting down tree branches and blocking up holes. This is a method definitely worth considering if you want the job done properly! you have bought a trap and done your research, you will be prepared in case another animal invasion should occur. On the side of the experts; with these guys, you know you are getting what you pay for - they will remove the animal humanely, release it in a place where it will be safe to go about its squirrel life, and also could help to educate you against reoccurring animal invasion problems, as well as doing the little jobs to avoid it such as cutting down tree branches and blocking up holes. This is a method definitely worth considering if you want the job done properly!
Martinsburg Wildlife Tip #2:
Dead wild animal smell under your house - There is nothing worse than figuring out you have a mini animal invasion in your home. That is, of course, unless the reason you have discovered that you have an animal invasion in your home is by the smell that a rotting carcass leaves behind. This means many things - firstly, you have a rotting animal somewhere in your home that you possible will not be able to find. Secondly, the smell is awful and it will drive you bonkers. Thirdly - you are going to need to get rid of it, and this can take some figuring out, especially if the smell seems to be coming from the depths of your home. Thankfully, there are more than enough professionals out there to do this horrible and not in the slightest bit glamorous job for you, and this is the best way to deal with it, simply because you are likely to encounter many different problems along the way. The rotting smell is likely to stay in your home for months, and sometimes longer when the weather is warm, unless you get rid of it. You are also going to need to dispose of material that your dead wild animal will have come into contact with, not only because the dead animal may have stained it, but also because the smell will linger. On top of that, this smell is going to attract other things that will more than likely cause problems, for example, attracting mice, rats, beetles, insects, flies and the diseases that these can bring. You will also find that your wild animal will probably have come with a host of problems such as mites, fleas and ticks, and these are going to need to find new homes in the shape of your household cat or dog.
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 Environmental Pest Control, any time of day, at 304-984-6331, for a price quote for Martinsburg wildlife control services. I am confident that this is the best choice amongst wildlife removal companies in Martinsburg, WV.