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Virginia Directory Of Nuisance Wildlife Control Professionals

Salem, VA

Critter Control

Critter Control is a full-service wildlife control company serving Salem 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 Salem pest control of wildlife, just give us a call at 540-492-4128 - 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 Roanoke 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 Salem animal control for wildlife issues.

Roanoke County Animal Services or Humane Society: (540) 777-8606

Salem Wildlife Removal Tip: What is a groundhog's mating habits, when do they have babies, how do they raise their young ones?

The breeding season of these mammals usually begins during the end days of the month of February, just a few days after hibernation. The gestation period of groundhogs is usually between twenty-eight and thirty-two days. Females during this period prepare for the arrival of their babies by basically ensuring that the den is well protected and comfortable to accommodate the babies. A female groundhog will then give birth around the end of March or early April to a litter of between two to ten litters.

The juvenile babies are usually furless, blind, and very weak and will measure up to around 4 inches long. They are very light in weight, and they are usually very tiny. The baby groundhogs at this time are very helpless and will require every support provided by their mother. A month later is when these young ones open their eyes, and so their journey to facing the outside world begins. However, they will not easily come out of their den until they are around six to seven weeks old. Before then, they solely depend on their mother for food.

As summer approaches and progresses, these young ones grows to an average length of about twenty inches and will weigh up to four pounds. When they have reached six weeks old and get out of their hidden place, they also become very much able to walk and try to find food on their own, though they are still dependent on their mother. But at this time, in midsummer, most leave their parents' den and go their separate ways to try and fend for themselves, find their own dens to live in, and look for their own food. They finally become independent. However, they do not go far away for the time being so as to avoid territory invasion and conflict with the older, aggressive male groundhogs.

As time goes by and the baby groundhogs become all grown up, they continue to move further and further away from their parents and finally form their own territories. Groundhogs are solitary animals except during the mating season when the males go out looking for their female counterparts for reproduction purposes. Groundhogs become sexually active during their second year with some maturing sexually during their first year.

The unique characteristic of a groundhog that distinguishes their mating process from other hibernating animals is that the males usually come out of hibernation earlier than their female counterparts. They will take this time to survey their territories to ensure that there are no enemies or invaders around and will also go to check on their female partners den by den in their sleep. This is done a month prior to the end of hibernation, and if all females are in and there are no enemies around, the male goes back to sleep knowing that all is well.

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