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Glen Allen, VA

The Urban Herpetologist Pest Control and Wildlife Removal
804-302-5810

The Urban Herpetologist Pest Control and Wildlife Removal is a full-service wildlife control company serving Glen Allen VA and the surrounding area. We specialize in urban and suburban wildlife damage management for both residential and commercial customers. We are state licensed by the Virginia Fish & Wildlife Commission. We handle nearly all aspects of wildlife control, and resolve conflicts between people and wildlife in a humane and professional manner. For Glen Allen pest control of wildlife, just give us a call at 804-302-5810 - yes, we answer our phones 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - and we will discuss your wildlife problem and schedule an appointment to solve it. We look forward to hearing from you!

  • Scratching Noises in Your Attic?
  • Unwanted Wildlife on Property?
  • Problem Bird or Bat Infestation?
  • Digging Lawn or Under House?
  • We Can Solve It!
Many of Virginia's wild animals have learned to adapt and even thrive in our homes. For example some wildlife have found that attics make great places to live. Other animals find refuge under homes or porches. Invariably, these animals cause damage. Rodents, like squirrels and rats, love to chew on electrical wires once in an attic, and this causes a serious fire hazard. Raccoons can cause serious contamination in an attic with their droppings and parasites. Same goes for bat or bird colonies. We specialize in solving Virginia's wildlife problems, from snake removal to large jobs like commercial bat control, we do it all.

We do not handle dog or cat problems. If you need assistance with a domestic animal, such as a dog or a cat, you need to call your local Henrico county animal services for assistance. They can help you out with issues such as stray dogs, stray cats, spay & neuter programs, vaccinations, licenses, pet adoption, bite reports, deceased pets, lost pets, local animal complaints and to report neglected or abused animals. There is no free Glen Allen animal control for wildlife issues.

Henrico County Animal Services or Humane Society: (804) 727-8800


Glen Allen Wildlife Removal Tip: What diseases do armadillos carry?

When seen from afar, the armadillo might seem like a small, quirky but cuddly creature. The truth, though, is that while armadillos might seem cute and cuddly, it is not in your best health's interest that you get too close oftentimes.

One of the most infectious, and common diseases that armadillos carry is one often found in ancient stories- not in the new age of medicine: leprosy. Many armadillos are natural carriers of this disease, making them and humans the only one whose bodies are acceptable incubators for the virus. Armadillos make great carriers for the virus, mostly due to their low body temperature in conjunction with the fragile nature of leprosy itself; leprosy will only survive in the body of its host, and the high body temperature that keeps it out of other animals is not a factor with the armadillo. While this is great news for scientists trying to find a live sample of leprosy for their studies, it can spell trouble for many humans that encounter an armadillo.

There are many ways that a human can encounter the leprosy virus through armadillos. However, according to studies done in Louisiana- where the population of armadillos living with leprosy is estimated at over fifty percent- the most common ways that patients have reported contracting the disease is either through handling an armadillo, or ingesting its meat.

A disease that is often seen in dogs, armadillos also carry another potentially dangerous virus to humans, as well as other animals: rabies. Many people are unaware that armadillos, as mild-mannered as they are known to be, could ever be infected with rabies, and rates are usually low, sitting at between twenty and thirty percent, but the animals that are infected can be incredibly dangerous to people and pets that might meet them. Armadillos have short, stubby teeth that often are not enough to hurt a person, however, if you suspect that the animals that has bitten you is rabid, contact your local Animal Control department.

One of the more common diseases that armadillos can transmit, mostly due to their habits in their natural habitat, is both salmonella and tapeworms. Tapeworms are typically transmitted through the animals' scat, making it a problem in areas with a heavy armadillo population. When in the wild, armadillos will find areas that are rich in food and sand to burrow into, and mark it as their 'territory'; in urban areas, though, this can easily stretch into a neighborhood, even into a person's garden. If people meet these markings, they will have an increased likelihood of contracting tapeworms. Generally, salmonella can be caught from armadillos as well. However, many of the cases of this disease are often due to two causes: the patient either touched an armadillo without protective gloves, or ate the meat of the animal.


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