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Reston, VA

Critter Control
571-364-0162

Critter Control is a full-service wildlife control company serving Reston 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 Reston pest control of wildlife, just give us a call at 571-364-0162 - 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 Fairfax 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 Reston animal control for wildlife issues.

Fairfax County Animal Services or Humane Society: 703-830-1100


Reston Wildlife Removal Tip: What is the best bait to trap a groundhog?

First and foremost, one needs to understand some basic facts about groundhogs to know the best way to deal with them. Groundhogs are basically rodents that feed on and destroy various plants, which may include agricultural crops. They are also referred to as woodchucks.

Basically, the process of selecting the bait for trapping a groundhog depends on a number of factors. These include:

1. The type of trap being used to capture the groundhog. This will mainly affect the amount of bait to be used since most, if not all, groundhog traps are not bait specific.
2. The location of the trap. If it is in a closed location, then one does not necessarily have to use strongly scented bait, but if it is in an open area, then the scent factor of the bait has to be highly considered and applied.

When the above factors are considered and implemented, it becomes easier to select the type of bait to be used. The most recommended and effective baits mainly include any food item that the groundhog can steal from your grounds. One other thing that will really help is the fact that these animals are largely attracted to sweet fruits and herbaceous GP/green plants. What this means is that a ripe fruit, a nutrient well-off food or some kind of vegetable are great options.

The above facts and factors, if put into consideration, will basically narrow your selection of the best bait to use for your trap. The best baits include:

1. Cantaloupe
2. Sweet corn
3. Fresh string beans
4. Strawberries
5. Peas
6. Lettuce
7. Peaches
8. Vanilla extract, etc.

With the correct selection of the bait, which comes after determining which trap you are using, you are well on your way to trapping a groundhog, but just having the correct bait is not enough. The next thing that one has to pay attention to is the placement of the bait in the trap since this will highly determine the success or failure of the trapping process. The perfect placement of bait will not only lure the groundhog into the catch but also will ensure that the groundhog steps on top of the trigger while reaching for the bait, which will lead to its trapping.

However, bait placement also differs from one trap to another.

1. One door trap bait placement is at the ending of the trap at the back the trigger plate. Also, the bait should be kept as far from the walls as likely to prevent the groundhog from stealing it while on the outside.
2. Two door trap bait is placed at the centre since either way the groundhog has to encounter the trigger cover.


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