If you have a problem with wildlife in your Oakton home, your best option is to hire a company that specializes in 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 Virginia and Oakton, and I recommend the following:
NOTE: If you have a dog or cat problem, call Fairfax County Animal Services: 703-830-1100
Nice Wildlife Service specializes primarily in removing animals from attics of homes and buildings - this includes squirrels in attics, raccoons, and rats or mice in homes. Virginia also has a documented problem with
bats in buildings, and Nice Wildlife Service 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 703-939-9551 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 2022.
When hiring a company to solve your wild animal problem, you want these features:
Nice Wildlife Service is a full-service Oakton wildlife removal company. This is very different from a regular Oakton pest control company. The pest control companies spray poison to kill insects. This is not at all
similar to wildlife removal. Nice Wildlife Service 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.
Oakton wildlife trapping - it's not as simple as it may seem. It's illegal in 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 Virginia law. We offer Oakton raccoon removal. Read more about how to get rid of raccoons.
Animals in attics - this is our specialty at Nice Wildlife Service. 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 Oakton 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 Oakton 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 Oakton rat removal. Read more about how to get rid of rats.
Bat removal is a highly specialized task. 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 Oakton pigeon removal and bird control. But our specialty is Oakton 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 Oakton trapper who only removes the critters, then the problem will return. You need to hire a Oakton 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. Nice Wildlife Service does both.
The above are just some of the services offered by Nice Wildlife Service. 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. Nice Wildlife Service also provides dead animal removal in Oakton. 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 Oakton snake removal - most of the snakes in Virginia are not venomous, but call us if you want safe removal, or read about how to get rid of snakes in Oakton. And remember, we are a private business, not Fairfax County Animal Control Services, so if you have a dog or cat problem, call the County at 703-830-1100. Fairfax 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.
Oakton Wildlife Tip #1:
What Smells Repel Rats
Chemicals and plug-in deterrents are not always the answer when figuring out a way to get rid of rats.Rats are filthy and disease-carrying rodents not to mention all their droppings they leave behind them. There are a few products that you know of or even have in your pantry that work well for deterring rats simply because they don't like the scent.Did you know there is another way to get rid of rats just from common products you have in your home? There is no need for traps or poisons you can repel rats with household items that rats cannot stand the scent of.
No more searching for what smells repel rats we have the best right here.
First, before you try to deter them you need to check where they are getting in and try your best to block it up, so they cannot keep entering.
Mothballs work well for moving rats on from your home they cannot stand the smell however these will need to be replaced once the smell has faded. Mothballs are not safe for children or pets, so another alternative below would be best suited to avoid accidental ingestion. If you don't already have mothballs they can be purchased from hardware stores or online where you may be able to access bulk amount to avoid re-buying so often.
Ammonia comes in next rats will avoid ammonia at all costs. They simply cannot stand the smell.Ammonia can often be mistaken for the rats as predator urine which will deter them away quickly. You can soak rags in ammonia and place around your backyard or in holes they appear to be getting in through.Ammonia has a strong smell, so you may want to avoid placing close to your front door or inside your home to avoid the smell soaking through your house.Ammonia is strong so be sure to have the area well ventilated when using the cleaner.It is also a great disinfectant if you find rat droppings on your concrete or patio or even inside your cupboard. A diluted mixture of water and ammonia will be sure to kill the germs.
A remedy that some people might not know about it fabric softener sheets, yep! the ones that go in your clothes dryer.Rats hate the smell of the softener so place the sheets in holes where they frequent and inside your home to deter them away quickly.This is a safe method that can also add some fresh scents to your home at the same time.
Can you use peppermint?
Yes, you can it has a strong smell that lingers, and rats don't like it? You can buy peppermint oil from health food stores or your local shopping Centre. Place some oil in a bowl or plate and leave in places they tend to hang around or where you may see heaps of droppings.
If none of these work you can investigate commercial products from your local hardware store but why not try some common household products first and see how you go.
Oakton Wildlife Tip #2:
Virginia Wildlife Information:
Virginia State bird: Northern cardinal
State mammal: Virginia big-eared bat
State fish: Brook trout, striped bass
State insect: Tiger swallowtail butterfly
Virginia is attached to the Chesapeake Bay, and because of this, it has a large coastal plain that extends inland, passing the bay's tributaries and eventually ending at the swelling of rocky foothills. Those foothills spread into the Blue Ridge Mountains, an extension of the Appalachian range. The state has an abundance of carbonated rock which has led to the creation of thousands of cave systems. Ten of those systems are currently open to the public, leaving about 3,990 on private land or currently uncharted. Along with the caves comes a variety of bat species, including the big brown bat, Brazilian free-tailed bat, eastern red bat, evening bat, gray bat, and the hoary bat, to name a few. Caves are the perfect habitat for these animals, which can either migrate or hibernate in the colder months. While Virginia is not prone to particularly harsh winters, the cave systems make a good, temperature-controlled place for hibernation.
Bats, though numerous, are only a small portion of the animal population in Virginia. The state has a number of predators including black bears, bobcats, cougars, and coyotes. This state doesn't have huge issues with the larger predators mainly because of how mountainous and wild the habitat has remained. The coastal plain is much more covered in people's homes, and this is where critters like squirrels and raccoons love to play. Because of the amount of trees in this state, it doesn't take long for a vertical-loving animal to find a way into a house. While raccoons and squirrels are definitely on the list of nuisance animals, they are among a score of others including woodchucks, skunks, porcupines, and opossums.
The state is also perfect for birds, and Virginia has a population of golden eagles, a large avian that tends to live in isolated settings across the globe. Not much research has been done on the golden eagle, and Virginia wildlife authorities hope they can study the growing population and shed some light on the species.
The fresh water feeding into the Chesapeake Bay provides a good ecosystem for amphibians and reptiles, and Virginia has a number of water-loving snakes including the cottonmouth and the common water snake. The state also has glass lizards, a snake-like creature, and the only limbless lizard in the United States.
You can always call Nice Wildlife Service, any time of day, at 703-939-9551, for a price quote for Oakton wildlife control services. I am confident that this is the best choice amongst wildlife removal companies in Oakton, VA.