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Professional Wildlife Removal Company Servicing Petersburg, VA

Petersburg Wildlife Animal Control

If you are having a problem with wildlife in your Petersburg 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 Petersburg, and I recommend the following:

ACS Wildlife Removal
Cell Phone: 757-777-9824

NOTE: If you have a dog or cat problem, call Dinwiddie County Animal Services: (804) 732-3654



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. 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 757-777-9824 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 Virginia and Dinwiddie 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 Petersburg wildlife removal company. This is very different from a regular Petersburg 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.

  Petersburg 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 Petersburg 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 Petersburg 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 Petersburg 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 Petersburg 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 Petersburg pigeon removal and bird control. But our specialty is Petersburg 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 Petersburg trapper who only removes the critters, then the problem will return. You need to hire a Petersburg 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 Petersburg. 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 Petersburg 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 Petersburg. And remember, we are a private business, not Dinwiddie County Animal Control Services, so if you have a dog or cat problem, call the County at (804) 732-3654. Dinwiddie County animal services does not handle any wildlife issues.

ACS Wildlife Removal
Cell Phone: 757-777-9824

Petersburg Wildlife Tip #1:
The Garter Snake: Appearance, biology, life cycle, habitat, diet, behavior

The Garter snake, which is also known as the garden snake the gardener snake, and the ribbon snake, are some of the least harmful snakes found in North America. The snakes are quite common in North America, found across every area of the United States and Mexico, as well as the southern half of Canada.

These are mostly aquatic snakes, especially in the eastern portion of the continent. Garter snakes live in such areas as forests, grasslands, woodlands, and fields, and are also found commonly in the backyards of many people's homes. In watery areas, they are most likely found in a pond, stream, or wetland.

This makes perfect sense, because the primary diet for these reptiles or amphibians. The garter snake eats such things as slugs, and Fabians, including the eggs of these animals, minnows, rodents, leeches, and lizards. Frogs and tadpoles are also frequently found on their dietary list.

To digest their food, they swallow it whole, then begin the digestive process within their bodies. This will in most cases mean that the animal that their digesting is actually alive once it has been pulled into their bodies. A rather gruesome ending to their life to say the least.

The snakes were long thought to be non-venomous, but that is no longer the case. They actually do produce a rather strong neurotoxin, but not strong enough to have any impact on human beings. They can make a person sick, but the bite is not fatal to humans. However, it is quite effective for those small creatures who happen to be bitten by these snakes.

The garter snake communicates through a very complex system of pheromones that are released, which is especially effective during the time of reproduction. These pheromones are easily distinguishable by males or females, acting as a warning for other males to stay away, and as a alluring scent to females that may be in the area.

Before beginning the reproductive process, snakes will go into what is referred to as a brumation where they will stop eating for two weeks prior to the courting process. This is to ensure that their stomachs are completely cleared. In many species of the garter snake, the male is actually asleep during this two-week period of time.

Once the brumation period is over, the male and female will both release pheromones to let the species of the opposite sex no that they are ready for copulation. There is extremely fierce competition to mate with a female, where dozens may attempt to try to copulate with the female. A female may find that she will have copulation with 25 males before finally becoming pregnant.

Interestingly enough, a female can actually store the sperm of a male for up to a year period of time. It can then draw the sperm down into the reproductive chamber work fertilizes the egg. A truly remarkable process.

Just station last between two and three months, and a brood of garter snakes can have anywhere from 3 to 80 born in a single litter.

Petersburg 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 ACS Wildlife Removal, any time of day, at 757-777-9824, for a price quote for Petersburg wildlife control services. I am confident that this is the best choice amongst wildlife removal companies in Petersburg, VA.

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