Frequently Asked Questions
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Animal Removal Services of Virginia FAQS
Below are some wildlife/pest control questions we often hear on phone or see by email. You’ll find information about common pest problems, the wildlife removal process, and our many services. Also, please feel free to CONTACT US if you have additional questions or need more information about any aspect of Animal Removal Services of Virginia.
Why Choose Animal Removal Services Of Virginia?
Animal Removal Services of Virginia is an upper echelon wildlife removal company operating in Central and Eastern Virginia. Our service areas generally include the Charlottesville and Richmond areas, as well as the counties of Chesterfield, Goochland, Fluvanna, Louisa, Henrico, Hanover, Powhatan, Orange, Nelson and Albemarle.
We pride ourselves on being highly professional, highly trained and environmentally conscientious in every aspect of nuisance wildlife operations. We are licensed and insured, and in most cases we can schedule a visit with you within 24-hours of your inquiry. We provide our services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. Normal business hours are 7 am to 7 pm daily. Our phones are forwarded to a technician outside normal business hours. Service can be arranged by calling (804) 457-2883.
Is Animal Removal Services of Virginia a government agency?
No. We are a privately owned company. There is a fee for wildlife services rendered.
What areas do you service?
We generally operate in the Central Virginia area. Our service areas include Charlottesville and Richmond, as well as the counties of Goochland, Chesterfield, Louisa, Fluvanna, Powhatan, Albemarle, Henrico, Orange, Nelson and Hanover.
We will sometimes travel to other areas depending on the job.
Does Animal Removal Services of Virginia offer services for domestic animals such as dogs and cats?
No, but we will gladly direct you to the agency that handles these types of problems.
Is Animal Removal Services of Virginia a insect pest control company?
Yes we are. Animal Removal Services Of Virginia offers residential and commercial pest control services for mice, rats, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, ants, roaches, centipedes, earwigs, millipedes, flies, spiders, mosquitoes, silverfish, fleas, ticks, crickets and moths.
What is the cost for wildlife removal?
Every job is unique. Prices may vary depending upon the length of service, the degree of difficulty, species being controlled and the element of danger involved. For example, the cost of a one-time animal removal job would be much less than a trapping job lasting several weeks. An inspection is often required to give an accurate estimate.
Nuisance Wildlife Control is a specialty business. It requires a unique set of skills and more knowledge than most people realize. It is also a field with unique risks. Nuisance wildlife control operators take care of difficult problems that few people can properly or safely handle. Many people have the mindset that wild animal problems should be taken care of for free. This stems from the time when state and county agencies provided this service free of charge–this is no longer the case. Because of growth of the nuisance wildlife problem, localities stopped providing this service, and is now handled by private businesses – the nuisance wildlife trapper. As with most businesses, there are costs for vehicles, traps, specialty equipment, insurance, phone service, advertising, and other expenses necessary to run a professional business.
Call for quotes on quality animal removal–you’ll find us to be fair and professional.
What animals does Animal Removal Services of Virginia remove, or offer services for?
Whatever enters a dwelling, or is creating a nuisance on your property–(Our Services) in short, most species of wildlife. This basically involves the following animals: Bats, Birds, Deer, Raccoons, Foxes, Coyotes, Squirrels, Opossums, Beavers, Bobcats, Skunks, Snakes, Groundhogs (Woodchucks), Moles, Voles, Muskrats and dead animals. Some endangered species cannot be captured, or may require a special permit. Since we specialize in solving wildlife problems, we will do whatever the job requires to deter the animal, or get approval to remove it. Allow us to deal with the regulatory agencies of the Federal or State Wildlife Division to get an exemption. Laws are written to protect wildlife and people; however, when it comes to your home or property, we believe people’s needs take top priority.
Does Animal Removal Services of Virginia offer guarantees?
Yes! If you hire Animal Removal Services of Virginia, we can guarantee the control of many nuisance wildlife conflicts. We do the job right the first time. However, if re-entry occurs within 30 days from the date of service, we will remove the species at no cost to you. We want happy customers! Allow us an opportunity to serve you. Call us today at (804) 457-2883.
Are you licensed to remove nuisance wildlife?
Yes, we have a Commercial Nuisance Animal permit issued through the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries.
Are you insured?
Yes. We carry commercial general liability insurance with coverage up to $2,000,000. We will provide a certificate of insurance upon request.
Do you use chemicals or pesticides?
No, we are not licensed to do so. We will be glad to refer you to someone that can if chemicals or pesticides are needed.
Can you refer me to a company closer to my home?
Yes, we have a network of companies throughout Virginia.
Do I have to sign a contract?
Yes. In order to protect you and our company a contract must be signed. Our contracts spell out the services to be provided, as well as our guarantee and warranties.
Do you give free estimates?
Yes. We will give you a free phone estimate for our trapping services. If we have to come out to your home, we do charge a trip fee.
What does the inspection and setup fee cover?
This fee covers a full exterior inspection of your home and/or property. Also, the interior if necessary. It also covers setting the traps, and keeping them baited as long as it takes to catch the target animal(s). The reason we charge for this, is that we explain what needs to be done in complete detail and put it in writing for you to see.
How do you prevent from catching non-target animals?
We use species specific paste baits, but they do not always work the way they should. We try our best to set the traps in the area where the target animal is traveling.
Will you inspect my attic and crawl space?
Yes. Attic and crawl space inspections are only necessary with certain species or situations. Additional charges over our standard service fee may be incurred.
When do you pull the traps?
Once the target animal(s) have been captured and we have not had any captures or you have not seen any activity in a week we will pull the traps. Leaving the traps set will only increase the chances of capturing a non-target animal. If needed, we will re-set the traps inside your contracted service period at no additional cost.
Will you repair the damaged areas to prevent future problems?
Yes. We will inspect the entire structure to find the current problem area(s), as well as any potential problems areas that should be repaired. We will give you an itemized estimate of these repairs and prices in your contract. You have the option to do what repairs you feel comfortable with. We will only recommend repairs that we feel are important to prevent future problems. Trapping and removal of the problem animal only solves part of the problem. Exclusion work should be done to prevent the problem from reoccurring.
What does exclusion mean?
It is a technique where damaged areas or possible penetration points are made uninhabitable or impenetrable to the nuisance animal.
How often do you re-bait the traps?
Anywhere from 1 to 5 days depending on the time of year and weather. We like to keep the bait as fresh or not dried up as possible. If you feel like the trap needs bait or you do not see the bait in the trap, call us and we will send someone out to re-bait it as soon as possible.
What if an animal is trapped when you come out to re-bait?
We will call you or leave a note on your door that we picked up an animal.
What types of bait do you use?
We use specialty baits that are formulated for the target animal designed by professionals in our industry.
How many traps will you set?
We set a minimum of two traps, more if needed.
Where do you set the traps?
As close to the damaged or problem area as possible.
What if the trap is stolen?
The customer is responsible for the trap. If the trap is set in an area that you feel like it will get stolen, please let us know so that we can move it or anchor it to the ground. There is a replacement fee for stolen traps.
Can I release non-target animals myself?
No. There is a chance that the animal could turn and bite you.
Will you remove a dead animal?
Yes, for a one-time service fee we will come to the property, remove the dead animal, and dispose of the carcass in an acceptable manner.
What type of traps do you use?
We set professional traps specific for the nuisance wildlife and the area being utilized.
How soon can you set the traps?
We will typically set the traps the day you call.
How often do you check the traps?
Virginia law requires that the traps be checked daily in most situations. We will occasionally ask you as the customer to check the traps and notify us when we have an animal in the trap. By the customer checking the traps, this will eliminate additional costs to the customer and it will also speed up the removal process.
How do I get in touch with the technician once an animal is trapped?
By calling us at (804) 457-2883.
Will you pick up trapped animals on the weekend and holidays?
Yes. We typically shut the traps down for holidays so that the customer does not have to be bothered with checking them.
How long does it take for a technician to pick up an animal once I have called it in?
We will make every effort we can to pick up the animal and re-set a trap as soon as possible.
Where do you relocate the animals?
Our permit only allows us to relocate squirrels.
What do you do with the animal after you catch it?
Our permit allows us to transport the live animals to another location to be euthanized. Squirrels are the only animal that we can relocate.
How do you euthanize the animals or put them to sleep?
There are several ways to euthanize an animal. We use the most humane methods approved by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept checks and cash. We can also accept all major credit cards including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, & American Express.