If you have a problem with wildlife in your Sterling 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 Sterling, and I recommend the following:
NOTE: If you have a dog or cat problem, call Loudoun 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 Sterling wildlife removal company. This is very different from a regular Sterling 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.
Sterling 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 Sterling 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 Sterling 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 Sterling 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 Sterling 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 Sterling pigeon removal and bird control. But our specialty is Sterling 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 Sterling trapper who only removes the critters, then the problem will return. You need to hire a Sterling 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 Sterling. 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 Sterling 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 Sterling. And remember, we are a private business, not Loudoun County Animal Control Services, so if you have a dog or cat problem, call the County at 703-830-1100. Loudoun 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.
Sterling Wildlife Tip #1:
Can Raccoons Climb Brick Walls or Vinyl Siding?
Raccoons are a known and accepted pest across the North American continent. They gain entry into human dwellings through various means and create a great amount of nuisance. They can cause damage to the attics and chimneys, where they usually reside. They also make a lot of noise, which can be extremely disturbing. The even bigger threat is the fact that they are carriers of the dreaded disease, rabies that can be fatal. Avoiding or barring these pests is not that easy as many people have found out. Let us see why it is difficult to keep them away.
The raccoons are strong animals and very nimble and can move deftly. They are also intelligent and have adapted themselves to the rural as well as urban human settings. So, they understand the human habitats and can make easily make themselves at home. Predominantly, they have understood that they can get easy food and shelter where humans are around. This is what makes them seek out the human homes for their sustenance.
They are omnivorous and eat almost anything, with a vociferous appetite. And they breed fast as well, making things difficult. Along with this, they are excellent climbers who can climb easily on almost any surface. Whether wood, brick, stone, masonite or vinyl siding, soffits, they can handle it all. The only exception is glass as well as un-weathered sheet metal. All other vertical walls can be scaled by them with ease. They use downspouts to ascend as well. To get onto your roof, they may even gain access through nearby trees with low hanging branches. They are good tree climbers as in the wild; they usually make their dens on trees and stay put. So, they are natural climbers.
Another interesting aspect of raccoons is that they are persistent, so once they find food and shelter in your home, then they will stay put. It needs an effort to remove them and also keep them at bay.
They are strong and rip holes in your roof, attic, vents and ducts, to gain entry. They cannot jump very far or high, but make up for this with their amazing climbing skills. The damage control, once after they have gained access will prove costly. This is apart from the general nuisance they cause, and the danger of disease.
If you can bar all entry points with professional help, cut nearby trees and ensure that food is not left lying around; you may be able to avoid raccoons. However, if you do find that they have invaded your home despite of all this, then you can take help of the removal experts. They can help you trap the raccoons and rehabilitate them and also suggest you ways to prevent their entry again. There are specific solutions designed to keep the raccoons out of your chimney or attic. These experts can help you install these for a safer, raccoon free home.
Sterling 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 Sterling wildlife control services. I am confident that this is the best choice amongst wildlife removal companies in Sterling, VA.