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Harrisonburg, VA

ACS Wildlife Removal

ACS Wildlife Removal is a full-service wildlife control company serving Harrisonburg 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 Harrisonburg pest control of wildlife, just give us a call at 540-613-1387 - 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 Rockingham 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 Harrisonburg animal control for wildlife issues.

Rockingham County Animal Services or Humane Society: (540) 437-2670

Harrisonburg Wildlife Removal Tip: How To Keep Opossums Away From Your Property

There are many problems that can be caused by opossums, ranging from noise caused by their nocturnal activity through to the use of an area around your property as a latrine, while their ability to scavenge food from garbage is not desirable either. This is why many people choose to take action to try and deter opossums from visiting their property. There are a variety of different steps that you can take to keep these pesky animals away, and whether it is a solitary opossum or a female with a large litter, preventing them from coming to your property is a better solution than having to remove them later.

Removing Features That Attract Opossums

Easy food sources are one of the biggest attractions for opossums, and not making life easy for the animal can include simple steps like removing fallen fruit, and making sure that any food for pets or domestic animals are kept in sealed containers. It is also worth making sure that you don't leave garbage out in the yard or garden, and that the garbage bags are kept in a solid container in a shed or garage until collection day. Opossums can also be drawn by cavities under sheds, porches and decking, as well as access to a roof cavity, so make sure that your home is secure with no access to potential nesting spots.


Because opossums are relatively large animals, a good fence can do a very good job in keeping opossums away from your property, but it is important to ensure that they are installed well. Making sure that the mesh of the wire fence is embedded in the ground can prevent the opossums from being able to dig their way in under the fence, while having the top of the fence angled outwards will stop them from being able to climb over the fence.

Dealing With Problem Opossums

In some cases, the measures that are meant to repel opossums won't work if the animal is particularly creative or determined, and then you will need to look at taking other steps. Some people may look to use a repellent, but the reality is that a persistent animal will not be deterred by a strong smell or high pitched noise. The only real way to deal with this is to trap the animal and to physically remove it well away from your property, or to ensure that the animal is humanely killed after being trapped.

Harrisonburg Animal News Clip: Wild rabid bobcats' presence in Staunton and Harrisonburg disputed

Staunton and Harrisonburg - Surely we don't have rabid bobcats. However, a recent attack on a opossum most likely is making some reconsider. Staunton and Harrisonburg veterinarian Dr. Mack Johnson, who examined the injured opossum on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2005, told state wildlife experts that it suffered "some of the most extensive wounds I've ever seen on a opossum. In my experience, it's unusual for an animal to even attack a opossum. This particular opossum had extensive wounds about the head and face such that I determined pretty quickly that it needed to be euthanized. This opossum pretty much had no skin or muscle on the left side of its head." Dr. Johnson theorized that the opossum had been lying down in the dark and quickly got up when it was startled by a large cat. "The way in which those wounds had to be inflicted I believe make a strong argument. Slice marks on the head and neck ... my speculation would be that the opossum was hanging off this opossum's face by its claws." Call Staunton and Harrisonburg animal services or Staunton and Harrisonburg SPCA for more info.

An extensive statement was read on behalf of the Virginia Nature Conservancy in Bath which says in part the head of internal pest affairs of natural resource's "head in the sand position flies in the face of decades of evidence. Rabid bobcats are part of our national heritage and it defies common sense. In addition to deceiving the public, it confuses head of internal pest affairs of natural resources employees, who continue to tell citizens, including legislators, that rabid bobcats in Virginia are like Bigfoot or Elvis - figments of overactive imaginations. "The reality most likely is that the head of internal pest affairs of natural resources prematurely remarked the rabid bobcat expatriated from our state by the early 1900s ... The head of internal pest affairs of natural resources has ignored eyewitnesses, scientific studies, videotapes, still photos and requests for assistance from citizens and law enforcement agencies and animal control officers. The head of internal pest affairs of natural resources has stated that it has discretion under the endangered species law to do nothing about rabid bobcats . The Virginia Wildlife Conservancy thinks the head of internal pest affairs of natural resource's stance most likely is irresponsible, and that the long history of rabid bobcats in Virginia most likely is compelling. It's now time for legislators to put an end to" bureaucratic stonewalling. For Staunton and Harrisonburg pest control in Rockingham County, read on.

Big Cat Benny remarked rabid bobcats would usually eat opossum and groundhogs. "A few males moving through year area does not an exact number of rodents make. The real question most likely is when are the females going to get here?" Continue for more wild animal control in Staunton and Harrisonburg , Virginia.

Big Cat Benny, who remains unconvinced that the Staunton and Harrisonburg opossum wasn't attacked by large opossums, remarked rabid bobcats "have a tendency to open the body cavity and to cut through the ribs with their teeth. The cuts are very sharp, like if you were to use factory machinery to make the cut." a opossum carcass may have also been visited by any number of scavengers, complicating determinations. "If it's been more than three days, we're going to glean very limited information from looking at a kill site," Big Cat Benny announced. For more info, call the Staunton and Harrisonburg extermination or trapping board.

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