Flying Squirrel Removal – How Do You Get Rid of Flying Squirrels in the Attic?

Squirrels In The Attic – An Educational Guide for the Safe and Humane Removal of Flying Squirrels From Your Richmond, Virginia or Charlottesville, VA Home or Business.

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Flying Squirrel Removal – (434) 270-0488 or toll-free at (888) 893-1975. If you want to get rid of flying squirrels in Virginia, the methods are fairly similar to the removal of the Eastern Gray Squirrels from Richmond and Charlottesville, VA. Except that Flying Squirrels usually occur in much greater numbers, so a repeating trap or gang setting a location is usually better than using a single-animal cage trap. But the principles for mounting the trap(s) or exclusion doors on the entry/exit holes, plus sealing all other points of entry still apply. Flying squirrel removal can be tricky, because these animals are small and can get into very tiny holes and gaps.

Step 1) Inspect the attic and be sure that you are in fact dealing with flying squirrels – they are identifiable by their droppings, toilet areas, tracks, scent, or by visual confirmation.

Step 2) Inspect the outside of the home or business to determine how they are getting inside. It’ll usually be high up, at roof level, and it could be a small entry, or several small entry points.

Step 3) Set traps – the best is a repeater trap mounted on the exit hole. Or, you can set a one-way exclusion door on the exit hole (We are not big fans of one-way doors because of animals chewing back in at other locations.

Step 4) Once you have removed ALL of the flying squirrels, seal and repair the entry points to prevent animals from entering in the future. Use metal, so they don’t chew through.

Step 5) Clean up the attic – decontaminate urine and feces.

Although flying squirrels can glide for long distances, 100 feet or more depending on the starting height, Eastern Gray Squirrels can also jump a fair distance.

What To Know About Flying Squirrels – If you think you can are hearing all kinds of things scratching and scrabbling in the middle of the night you may well have an infestation of flying squirrels. Flying squirrels, unlike their earthbound cousins, are nocturnal. They are also extremely sociable and love to live in a colony – which means if you have see one flying squirrel you most likely have a lot more. As with regular squirrels, the flying variety can also cause a lot of damage with their chewing and gnawing of electrical wires and wood. They have to do this to keep their ever-growing teeth at a manageable level.

The only way to successfully remove flying squirrels is by trapping them and then removing them from your property. Trapping one or two is not enough; you MUST make sure you have evicted every single flying squirrel from your attic. Since a colony can contain around 20 of these critters (we have removed 35 from a single home), you can see that the eviction process will be quite lengthy. In order to set traps effectively you will need to do some detective work to establish the flying squirrels entry and exit routes, you must then block all of them except one – forcing the critters to use the same route all the time. This is where you will then set your trap.

What To Do To Remove Flying Squirrels In Ceiling – If you think you have a flying squirrel in your ceiling you are probably wrong – you are more likely to have a whole colony of them!! Flying squirrels live in colonies and love to spread the news if they find a great place to live. The first thing you need to do when trying to remove your unwelcome visitors is a bit of detective work – get up early and observe the comings and goings of the squirrels. Once you have identified their runways and entry point you can begin the removal process. Install a trap along a runway – leave the bait just outside and don’t set it.

Over the following days, seal up all the cracks, holes, and crevices in your home but one so the squirrel can leave. This means the squirrels will only have one way in and one way out. After a couple of days put some bait inside the trap, but still don’t set it. Leave it there for another couple of days and then set the trap. You should now be able to start catching the squirrels – you should choose a multi-trap that can catch up to six rodents at a time. It will take some time for you to remove all of the flying squirrels and you must ensure you have them all and then seal the remaining holes.

How Are Flying Squirrels Getting In To My Attic? – Squirrels are determined, intelligent and curious creatures; they will use any means to find their way into warm, safe accommodations. Since flying squirrels have many of the same characteristics as their earth bound cousins, it is quite possible that you have squirrels getting in your loft via “flying”. The approach to dealing with an infestation of flying squirrels is the same as for regular squirrels, but will involve slightly different detective work. Flying squirrels are nocturnal – this means in order to discover their routes in and out of your home you will need to do some night-time observations.

If squirrels are getting in your loft via “flying” you must take steps to squirrel proof your home by sealing all of their entry and exit ways, except for the most popular route; this will force all the rodents to use that one entry way – making it a perfect location to set your trap. While you are sealing all entry points, it is a good idea to place your trap near the location you intend to use, with some bait placed just outside of it – this will give the squirrels’ time to get used to the trap before you set it to catch them.

If you are having trouble trapping and removing the flying squirrels occupying your home you should turn the job over to experts like Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services, LLC. We can safely and humanely remove and help control any wildlife problem in the Richmond, Virginia and Charlottesville, VA area. Contact us today at (434) 270-0488 or toll-free at (888) 893-1975 or visit us on the web at www.virginiaprofessionalwildliferemovalservices.com

Squirrel Removal From Attics In Richmond & Charlottesville Virginia

Virginia – Flying Squirrel Removal and Control – Safely and Humanely Remove Squirrels from Attics in Richmond and Charlottesville VA

Squirrel Removal From Attics In Richmond & Charlottesville Virginia – (434) 270-0488 or toll-free at (888) 893-1975. Yep, it’s that time of year when the baby squirrels are starting to show up in the attics of homes and businesses. We are often asked by Richmond and Charlottesville homeowners, How Do I Remove Squirrels From My Attic?

Squirrel removal from attics in Richmond & Charlottesville Virginia should be left to our experts. We can safely and humanely remove the squirrels from your attic and repair the damaged areas to help keep them out.

squirrel semoval from attics in richmond & charlottesville virginiaThis is a picture of a young baby squirrel that we humanely removed from a Richmond Virginia attic. Gray squirrels normally have two litters a year, but in the comfort of your home’s attic, squirrels can breed year round. The average litter size of squirrels that we trap and remove from Richmond VA attics and homes is two.

 

Squirrel Removal From Attics In Richmond & Charlottesville Virginia 2This is another picture of four (4) baby squirrels that we were able to safely and humanely remove from the attic of a Charlottesville Virginia home. Squirrel trapping can sometimes be a challenge. Attic are hot and often difficult to navigate, and its not simply a matter of sticking a cage trap in the attic. As with all animals, an understanding of squirrel behavior and biology is often important to trap, remove and control squirrels that have entered your Richmond, VA or Charlottesville, Virginia home or attic.

Squirrels can cause significant damage to your attics electrical wiring, wood framing, and insulation. Left unchecked, the problem rarely goes away on its own. In fact, it usually gets worse as litter after litter of new squirrels are born in your home. To safely remove squirrels from your Richmond or Charlottesville home or business, contact Virginia’s premier animal removal and control company – Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services, LLC at (434) 270-0488 or toll-free at (888) 893-1975. We trap, removal and help control all nuisance animal wildlife pests that are causing you problems.

Squirrel removal from attics in Richmond & Charlottesville Virginia can be problematic if not done correctly, particularly during the squirrel birthing period. One of the biggest problems we see are from those people who seal the squirrels in the attic where they cause additional damage trying to get out or they end up dying in the attic causing problems with dead animal odors and the insects they attract.

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Flying Squirrel Removal & Control In Richmond Virginia

Flying Squirrel Removal & Control – Richmond, Virginia

Flying squirrel removal & control in Richmond Virginia and Charlottesville Virginia areas can be a difficult task and should be left to professional animal removal and control companies. Their entry points can be difficult to located and because they tend to cache their food, they don’t respond well to traditional baits and lures. Contact Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services, LLC at (434) 270-0488 or toll-free at (888) 893-1975 for all of your animal removal and wildlife pest control problems

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Flying Squirrels in Virginia – Description and Range

The southern flying squirrel is the smallest tree squirrel in Richmond and Charlottesville Virginia, coming  in at about 9-10 inches long and weighing 2-4 ounces. Southern flying squirrels  are a grayish brown in color with a white belly and have a black ring around  their large eyes. A furry fold of skin stretches from the wrist of each front  leg to the ankle of each rear leg. This fold of skin is also known as a patagium  and allows the squirrels to glide from tree to tree.

Southern flying squirrels can be found throughout Richmond and Charlottesville Virginia as well as throughout  the eastern United States, southeastern Canada and parts of Central America.  There are as many as 10 sub-species of southern flying squirrels recognized. 

Flying Squirrels in Virginia – Habitat

Southern flying squirrels in Richmond and Charlottesville VA are typically found in areas with pine and hardwood  trees such as oaks, hickories and walnuts. Flying squirrels make their nests in  tree cavities and rely on acorns and nuts as their main food sources. Hickory nuts seem to be their favorite. 

Flying Squirrels in Virginia – Diet

Southern flying squirrels in Richmond and Charlottesville Virginia are mostly granivores- eating a variety of seeds and  nuts. Preferred foods include nuts, acorns and seeds as well as lichen and  fungi. When acorns and other foods are plentiful, flying squirrels will cache  them in locations throughout their home range for later eating in the winter.  Occasionally, flying squirrels will also prey upon insects, bird eggs and  carrion. 

Flying Squirrels in Virginia – Reproduction

Southern flying squirrels in Richmond and Charlottesville Virginia usually make their nests in natural tree cavities or  old woodpecker holes, 15-20 feet up a tree. These nests can hold either a single  female or a maternal colony of several females and their young. Sometimes,  flying squirrels will also build a summer leaf nest.

Flying squirrels mate twice a year- once in February-March and again in  June-July. Therefore, some females can have two litters of young per year,  averaging about 3-4 young per litter. The baby squirrels are born hairless and  helpless after about 40 days of gestation. Five weeks after birth, the young are  weaned and can leave the nest soon afterwards. 

Flying Squirrels in Virginia – Sounds and Noises

Southern flying squirrels make a variety of noises, many of which are not  audible to people. One noise that people can hear is a loud “tseep” call which  is considered to be an alarm or warning call for other squirrels. Flying  squirrels also make a “chittering” call as well as a variety of chuckle-like  noises. 

Flying Squirrels in Virginia – Behavior

Though flying squirrels in Richmond and Charlottesville VA are more abundant than gray squirrels in some areas,  they are rarely seen due to their nocturnal habits. Flying squirrels are also  arboreal, meaning they spend much of their time in trees. When gliding between  trees, flying squirrels use their tails as a rudder.

Female flying squirrels tend to be more territorial than males and will often  aggressively defend prime nesting areas. Males, on the other hand, will usually  have overlapping territories and sometimes even roost together. During the  winter, flying squirrels often nest communally, with up to 19 squirrels sharing  the same area to conserve body heat. 

Flying Squirrel Trapping, Removing and Control in Virginia

flying squirrel removal & control in Richmond Virginia 2There are several reasons that flying squirrels in Richmond and Charlottesville VA are such a nuisance and difficult to control.

1. Flying squirrels in Richmond and Charlottesville are small and their entry point into homes and businesses tend to be about the size of a walnut and often very difficult to locate. Because of their small size they often get into walls.

2. Flying squirrels in Richmond and Charlottesville are nocturnal. Their periods of greatest activity tends to be from dusk to dawn. Their night time activities often make it difficult for home owners to get a restful nights sleep.

3. Flying squirrels in Richmond and Charlottesville stockpile their food in the attics and walls of homes. This activity has often been described by homeowners as sounding like “bowling balls” rolling across the ceiling. It is not unusual during our inspection of homes and businesses to find caches of uneaten hickory nuts (their favorite food) or caches of “capped” nuts at their favorite feeding stations throughout the home. Because they bring their own food into a dwelling, they do not respond well to traditional baits and lures when trapping.

4. Flying squirrels in Richmond and Charlottesville often create toilet areas in attics and damage insulation. Flying squirrels are much like a cat using a litter box. They will often pick out a location or locations in the attic of homes to deposit their urine and feces. They soil insulation and are know to create tunneling activity in the insulation.

5. Flying squirrels in Richmond and Charlottesville are very social creatures. They seem to enjoy being around their own kind and it is not unusual to find large colonies in the attics of homes during the winter months as they group together to stay warm and share in the cached food supply.

6. Flying squirrels in Richmond and Charlottesville tend to move inside during the winter and outside during the warmer months. Many of our customers that have had flying squirrel problems in the past, and for whatever reason chose not to address the issue, often mistakingly believe that the problem no longer exists. In fact, what happens is the flying squirrels move into homes during the colder months, leave during the warmer months and then return inside the attics and walls of homes once the weather turns cold again. A flying squirrel problem ignored NEVER resolves itself. 

Flying Squirrels in Virginia – How Do I Trap, Remove and Control Them?

Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services, LLC provides flying squirrel trapping, removal and control services in the Richmond and Charlottesville VA areas. The trapping and removal of these critters requires a professional. Do it yourselfers may catch an animal or two, but often leave the bulk of a flying squirrel colony behind to repopulate. We NEVER recommend that poisons be used to address ANY animal wildlife problem. This often results in dead animals in areas of the home that are inaccessible and may lead to secondary poisoning of children and pets. We ALWAYS recommend that you hire an experienced Animal Removal Company and NOT a Pest Control Company that specializes in bugs, mice and rats. You would not hire a carpenter to fix your homes electrical problems. Don’t hire a bug company to try and remediate your nuisance animal problem. Call us at (434) 270-0488 or toll-free at (888) 893-1975 to safely and humanely trap, remove and control any animal causing you problems in your Richmond or Charlottesville Virginia home or business.

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Dead Raccoon Found In Henrico Had Rabies / Raccoon Removal & Capture – Richmond, VA

Rabid Animals – Raccoons

Rabid animals can pose a significant health risk to Virginian’s and their pets. In Virginia, the top rabid animals include raccoons, skunks, foxes and bats. If you see what you believe is a rabid animal contact your local animal control immediately, then contact us at (434) 270-0488 or toll-free at (888) 893-1975. Rabid animals in Virginia are a real threat as the article below shows.

Henrico, VA—A dead raccoon found in Western Henrico tested positive for rabies, Animal Protection officials say.

Officers were called to the 8400 block of Marroit Road on October 13, where they found a raccoon who had been killed by a dog.

The raccoon’s body was submitted to the

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State Lab for rabies testing, and on Tuesday, the test returned positive results.

The dog which killed the raccoon will be quarantined for 45 days, to ensure it did not contract rabies from the raccoon.

Henrico Police Animal Protection would like to remind everyone to be sure to keep their pets’ rabies vaccinations current to ensure the safety of their pets and our community. Please contact Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services, LLC at (434) 270-0488 or toll-free at (888) 893-1975 or visit us on the web at www.virginiaprofessionalwildliferemovalservices.com

We provide animal removal, animal trapping, animal capture and animal control services in the Richmond and Charlottesville areas for raccoons, squirrels, skunks, snakes, birds, bats, opossums, groundhogs and other wildlife pests.

Unbelieveable Number Of Copperhead Snakes Removed From VA Home – Richmond & Charlottesville, Virginia

Copperhead Snake Removal – Virginia

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Richmond and Charlottesville, Virginia Animal Control & Wildlife Removal

Snakes can be one the most beneficial animals in Virginia. They help by keeping our rodent population in check. However, snakes pose a huge problem to homeowners and wildlife professionals in Richmond and Charlottesville, as well as other areas of Virginia. Most snakes are very shy and inhabit inaccessible places that are hard to access. Most people have snakes in their homes and never realize it. One thing that 98 % of our Virginia snake calls have in common is that most of the time there is a rodent problem in the home. One key thing to do when dealing with a snake in your Virginia home is to try and determine what it’s doing there, what it’s eating and what stage of growth it’s in. Those are the 3 key factors in helping a professional animal control and wildlife removal technician determine a program to eliminate your snake problem. Very rarely will removing a snake from the home completely solve your problem. Contact Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services, LLC at (434) 270-0488 or toll-free at (888) 893-1975 to schedule a snake inspection with one of our technicians. Additional information can be found by visiting us on the web at www.virginiaprofessionalwildliferemovalservices.com

A total of 25 copperhead snakes have been removed in Virginia from areas of a 200 foot retaining wall made out of railroad ties. The homeowner now wants the entire retaining wall removed and replaced. It is unbelievable to have found such a large concentration of copperhead snakes in Virginia this time of year from such a small area.

Fortunately, there are only 3 species of snakes in Virginia that are venomous. They are the copperhead snake, water moccasin snake and the timber rattlesnake. Most people refer to these snakes as poisonous snakes, but the correct term is venomous. We receive well over 100 snake calls a year and most people identify their problem snake as a copperhead snake. In fact most of these snake calls end up being a common rat snake or a black racer snake. Some people refer to these snakes collectively as black snakes.

We provide animal control and wildlife removal services in Richmond, Short Pump, Glen Allen, Midlothian,  Chesterfield, Fluvanna, Henrico, Louisa, Hanover, Powhatan, Goochland, Albemarle, Orange, Nelson, and  Charlottesville, VA.
Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services is a full-service animal wildlife trapping, removal and control  company serving Richmond, Henrico, Glen Allen, Short Pump, Midlothian, Chesterfield, Charlottesville, Louisa, Powhatan, Hanover, Goochland, Fluvanna, Albemarle, Nelson and Orange, VA and the surrounding areas. We specialize in the safest and most humane removal of critters,  and urban and suburban wildlife damage management for both residential, commercial and industrial  customers. We are state licensed by the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries. We handle nearly  all aspects of wildlife animal control, and resolve conflicts between people and wildlife in a humane and  professional manner. For Richmond and Charlottesville pest control of animal wildlife, just give us a call at (434) 270-0488 or toll-free at (888) 893-1975 and we will discuss the control of your wildlife critter problem and schedule an appointment  to solve it.

How Do You Prevent Animal Wildlife Pests From Entering Your Home Or Business?

How do I keep animal wildlife pests from entering my home or business?

Simple, Call Richmond and Charlottesville, VA Animal Removal and Wildlife Control at (434) 270-0488 or toll-free at (888) 893-1975

prevent animal wildlife pestsWe are often asked by our customers, “How do I keep animals from entering and causing damage to my home?” Many times animal pests enter Richmond, Virginia homes and businesses through weakened or damaged areas. These areas are often the result of storm damage, poor workmanship during construction or remodeling, or simple homeowner neglect of routine home maintenance.

To minimize the possibility of animals entering your Richmond or Charlottesville, VA home and causing further damage to your home’s attic, walls, roof, insulation, wiring, fascia, crawlspace, vents and soffit we recommend that homeowner’s perform an inspection of their home or business twice a year, once just before Spring when newborn animals are typically born, and once in the Fall when animals are looking for Winter denning sites.

By simply taking a pen and paper — or even better, a digital camera — Richmond and Charlottesville, VA home owner’s should examine the entire house and look for signs of loose or missing siding, peeling paint and damaged wood, loose fitting soffits and fascia, cracks in masonry, crawlspace access doors that are missing or will not close properly, and any other problems that animals can exploit to gain entry to your Richmond or Charlottesville Virginia home and cause additional damage. Also look for places where critters such as rats or mice could burrow under the siding or gnaw at the siding or foundation coating. Loose siding needs to be reattached before it rips free and pulls other pieces with it. Wood and masonry siding can be easily reattached and nailed in place; vinyl needs a special siding tool that pulls the lip on one panel over the piece below it to lock the pieces together. Rotting or damaged wood should be replaced. Peeling paint needs to be scraped off before you repaint. Because of the danger of falling, homeowners should stay off the roof and leave that type of work to the professionals. Roof work is too dangerous for novices to walk around up there. Instead, you should examine the roof from the ground using binoculars to look for missing, curling or damaged shingles. Also look for mold or fungus growing on shingles, which discolors them and lessens the life expectancy of the roof. Mold or fungus can be washed off, but, again, this is a job best left to professions.

If an animal damages or enters your Richmond or Charlottesville, Virginia home or business you should contact a professional animal wildlife removal company. Our Richmond and Charlottesville, VA Animal Removal and Wildlife Control Experts provide full-service nuisance animal control services throughout the Richmond and Charlottesville Virginia area. Wildlife Control operators can get rid of all types of nuisance wild animal including the removal and control of such animals as Birds, Bats, Bees, Squirrels, Groundhogs, Snakes, Mice, Skunks, Raccoons, Possums, and Rats. Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services, LLC is Virginia’s nuisance animal removal specialist. To schedule one of our Richmond or Charlottesville animal control technicians to inspect and remove wildlife pests from your home or business, call us at (434) 270-0488 or toll-free at (888) 893-1975 or visit us on the web at www.virginiaprofessionalwildliferemovalservices.com

I found a snake in my Richmond, Virginia home or business! What kind is it? | Richmond, Virginia

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I found a snake in my Richmond, Virginia home or business! What kind is it?

Do you have a snake in your yard or house? Call us at (434) 270-0488 or toll-free at (888) 893-1975. Snake removal services in Virginia. By far, the snake species that is most often found in homes and businesses in Richmond and Charlottesville, Virginia is the Black Rat Snake (Elaphe obsoleta obsoleta). Black Rat Snakes are large non-venomous snakes which eat rats, mice, squirrels and birds. They are often referred to simply as black snakes are rat snakes.

There are three reasons why Black Rat Snakes get into Richmond and
Charlottesville, VA homes and businesses so often. First, they are abundant.
Second, their principal prey, rodents and birds, thrive around our homes and businesses.
And third, they are excellent climbers. Black Rat Snakes hunt by scent and
sight. They can follow the trail of a mouse or squirrel along its secret path
into our homes, no matter whether the trail leads through the crawl space or the
attic.

Adult Black Rat Snakes have shiny, jet black backs and show very little pattern. Juvenile Black Rat Snakes have a blotched pattern.

Rat Snakes will attempt to remain unseen by freezing in place when first threatened. This strategy leads to many of them being killed on our roads. However, even newborns will assume a striking defensive posture when cornered and harassed. They will bite and adults can puncture the skin. They will also emit a strong musk smell.

If you have a snake in your Richmond or Charlottesville, VA home or business, contact Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services, LLC at (434) 270-0488 or toll-free at (888) 893-1975. We can humanely trap, control and remove all types of wildlife including birds, bats, beavers, opossums, skunks, moles, squirrels, raccoons, and groundhogs – to name a few. Snake removal is our specialty and performed by the leading snake removal experts in the Richmond VA, Charlottesville VA and Central Virginia areas of VA.

Squirrels in Richmond Attics: Get Rid of Squirrels in Homes: Squirrel Trapping & Removal: Trapping Squirrels in Richmond, VA Attics

Squirrels In Attics – Richmond and Charlottesville, Virginia, VA – (434) 270-0488 or toll-free at (888) 893-1975

There are squirrels in my attic. Yikes! It is actually extremely common for squirrels in Richmond or Charlottesville Virginia to enter houses, primarily in attics. Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services has the professional solutions necessary to get squirrels out of attics and keep them from re-entering the attics of your home. Squirrels in attics can cause damage if the problem remains unaddressed.

Why Do Squirrels Go in Attics?

squirrels in atticsSquirrels in Richmond and Charlottesville Virginia currently have litters of newborns two times a year, once in the springtime and once in the fall season, they are continuously hunting for protected areas to make their nests. Squirrels get in the attic simply by chewing holes from the outside, typically above gutters, or at building gaps where dormers meet the roofline. They may also attain entry to attics by simply chewing corners of trim or almost any other weak area that enables them entry into the attic space. Contact us to humanely trap, remove , capture and control squirrels that have entered your Richmond or Charlottesville, Virginia home or business.

Contact us today at (434) 270-0488 or toll-free at (888) 893-1975 to safely & humane trap, remove, capture and control squirrels in attic. We can also repair the squirrel damage to keep them out! Visit us on the web at Virginia Wildlife Removal & Animal Control.

Be Careful! Snakes Like Easter Egg Hiding Places Too.

Expert Snake Removal in Virginia

snake removalDo you have a snake in your yard? Is there a snake in your house? Have a fear of snakes, especially copperhead snakes? Call Virginia Snake Removal Experts at (434) 270-0488 or toll-free at (888) 893-1975. Beware of snakes when hiding eggs for Easter Egg hunts.

With the warm weather, snakes have been active, but they like to hide in shady or damp areas during the day.

Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services, LLC offers some safety tips to avoid incidents with snakes that could spoil the fun.

Don’t hide eggs on the ground where childern will have to reach where they can’t see. That includes under bushes, behind flower pots and rocks or even under pool toys.

Damp areas, such as under bushes with drip systems, are especially appealing to snakes.

If you do find a snake, walk away and don’t try to move it yourself. An estimated 80 to 90 percent of snake bites happen when homeowners try to deal with the snake themselves.

If bitten by a snake, call 911 and stay calm. Keep the bitten area still and elevated. Remove any jewelry or constructing items near the affected area in case of swelling.

Do not drive yourself to the hospital, use ice to cool the bite, cut open the wound and struck to suck out the venom or use a tourniquet.

At least 3 species of venomous snakes make their home in Virginia. However, far more non-venomous snakes are found in the state.

Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services, LLC also wants people to understand that killing a snake or other reptile isn’t the best way of dealing with these creatures.

“Wildlife plays an important role in our world. We can co-exist if we understand how.”

For a fee, Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services, LLC will remove a snake from your Richmond or Charlottesville property and/or conduct snake inspections. Contact us at (434) 270-0488 or toll-free at (888) 893-1975 for Central Virginia Snake Removal.

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Garter Snakes in Richmond & Charlottesville: To be revered or feared?

The weather has been colder than normal in Richmond and Charlottesville, VA, but that hasn’t kept garter snakes from emerging this spring. Tolerant of cold weather, the garter snake may even come out to bask in the sun on warm, winter days, then go back into hibernation when temperatures drop. Once it’s out for good, usually in April, the garter snake is not looking to scare humans, but rather to find a mate. In fact, this snake is rather docile, unless an animal or human provokes it. Call us at (434) 270-0488 or toll-free at (888) 893-1975 for Virginia Snake Removal Specialist.

A garter snake in Virginia can grow up to 48 inches in length. Its dark body has longitudinal stripes, typically yellow, but sometimes blue or other colors.

Like all snakes, the garter is cold-blooded and needs outside sources of heat to warm its body. In winter, garter snakes live in hibernacula below the frost line, waiting for spring’s arrival. Hibernacula are typically crevices in rocks, a burrowing animal’s tunnel or an ant mound. Garter snakes return to the same hibernacula each year.

Males emerge from the hibernacula first – and some may actually pretend they are females, luring other males away with a fake female odor. He’ll lead the males away and then slither back to the den where females are emerging to mate, provided he can catch them. This time of year, a dozen or more males may swarm one or two females forming what is termed a mating ball.

Some snakes lay eggs, but the garter snake gives birth to live young usually in July and August. Females can bear up to 80 young at one time.

Once born, the young garter snakes are on their own searching for tadpoles, insects and worms. As they grow, they add larger fish, frogs and mice to their diet.

Garter snakes serve an important role in the food chain, providing sustenance to large fish, bull frogs, other snakes, hawks and foxes. Some hawks rely on garter snakes to feed their young.

If a garter snake sees a human, it will usually go the other way – but if a human provokes or picks one up, it may emit a foul odor or bite. The snake’s saliva is toxic to amphibians, but not to humans.

Fun Facts:

•The garter snake was named after decorative garters decorated with longitudinal stripes that men once wore to hold up their socks. When alarmed, garter snakes flatten their bodies showing off these colorful stripes.
•There are 13 subspecies of garter snakes including the Chicago garter snake.
•Snakes are not slimy. The skin consists of a layer of scales made from material similar to human fingernails.
•Snakes can only move forward.
•Snakes smell with their tongues, which is why they constantly flick that part of their body in and out.

Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services, LLC removes all types of snakes – poisonous and non-poisonous – in the Richmond and Charlottesville areas. Contact us today for all of your nuisance wildlife removal needs at (434) 270-0488 or toll-free at (888) 893-1975.

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