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Virginia Directory Of Nuisance Wildlife Control Professionals

Hopewell, 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 Hopewell 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 Hopewell 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 Prince George 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 Hopewell animal control for wildlife issues.

Prince George County Animal Services or Humane Society: (804) 541-2204


Hopewell Wildlife Removal Tip: What diseases do groundhogs carry?

Rabies

This is one of the most common diseases that can easily be transferred from a groundhog to human beings. This disease is very lethal to people and mainly transmitted through the bite of a rabid groundhog. The very obvious symptoms that will indicate a groundhog is infected with rabies include foaming in the mouth, partial or full paralysis, and aggression. If you notice these signs in a groundhog, it is advised to steer clear from it and call animal control services to take care of the situation. But then if you get bitten by accident, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. The doctors will administer an antidote which will heal you; otherwise, the virus will kill you. The sooner the better, just to be on the safe side.

Hepatitis

It has also been found that a groundhog has the capability to carry micro-organisms which cause hepatitis in humans. The down side is that there is no specific symptom or sign that will indicate if a groundhog definitely is the carrier of these deadly micro-organisms. However, it is never a crime to be cautious instead of waiting for a catastrophe to strike. Take that step of visiting a doctor for testing if there is a large population of groundhogs in your area or if in one way or the other you found yourself handling a groundhog without proper care.

Fleas

They are tiny and hence fleas will easily attach on a groundhog as the host animal and feed on it. Fleas feed on human and animal blood, and if you have a swollen, itchy spot which will in turn change into a small wound, chances are you are flea infested. Other than just feeding on our blood, fleas are known to transmit tapeworm larvae from an animal to a human or another animal for hosting purposes. Also, they are known to transfer the bubonic plaque, though on rare occasions.

Ticks

In addition to attaching themselves on animals such as cows, goats and even pets, ticks can be transmitted from groundhogs to these domestic animals. They get blood from the host animal and also depend on them for shelter. Although ticks are known to just suck blood from host animals, too many of them on one animal becomes very dangerous. This is because it may result in anaemia in the infested animals. Also, they carry disease-causing bacteria, which includes Lyme disease and tularaemia. Ticks do not directly affect human beings, but indirectly they do affect them when they affect their pets and domestic animals which provide them with the basic need of food. Keep wild groundhogs away from your pets, domestic animals and also yourself.


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