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Daredevil Raccoon Climbs Minnesota Skyscraper and Becomes a Sensation

Daredevil Raccoon Climbs Minnesota Skyscraper and Becomes a Sensation A raccoon took a break on Tuesday outside a window on the 23rd floor of UBS Tower in St. Paul, Minn., hours after it began its ascent. Credit Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio, via Associated Press By Matthew Haag and Christina Caron…

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Seeing Wildlife on Your Property and Have Concerns?

Virginia Wildlife Concerns Many residents across the Commonwealth enjoy seeing wildlife in their backyards. Bird feeding and bird watching are popular activities, while others enjoy watching squirrels, deer, or other animals. Not everyone is accustomed to seeing wildlife on their property, however, and the unexpected…

White-Nose Syndrome Is Affecting Our Bats

What is White-Nose Syndrome? White-nose syndrome is a disease affecting hibernating bats. Named for the white fungus that appears on the muzzle and other parts of hibernating bats, WNS is associated with extensive mortality of bats in eastern North America. First documented in New York…

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Basement Waterproofing

BASEMENT WATERPROOFING While older homes have above ground crawl spaces that allow for airflow, a lot of newer homes have underground basements that are more susceptible to water and basement leaks. A dry basement is critical to a healthy home. Water is one of the…

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Do I need to worry about water in my crawl space?

CRAWL SPACE WATERPROOFING While a lot of newer homes have underground basements, older homes often have above ground crawl spaces. Crawl spaces that are not protected against water damage can be susceptible to water intrusion and sitting water that has nowhere to go. Water is…

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What You Need to Know About Snakes in Virginia

What You Need to Know About Snakes in Virginia Our top 5 favorite snake movies, in no particular order:   Snakes on a plane Anaconda Venom Python Rattled Here’s the thing, we’re fine with snakes in the movies, but sometimes they decide to slither their…

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Possum Versus Opossum: The Real Answer

Is it Possum or Opossum? There are a lot of articles about the possum vs opossum conundrum and it appears that not very many people have come up with the correct answer. At least, not the entire or complete answer. It is said that a possum is a sweet,…

The Dangers of Carpenter Bees

Carpenter Bee’s that are not taken care of or exterminated can be very dangerous! In this blog, I will be recounting an event that occurred because a homeowner ignored their Carpenter Bee infestation.   A homeowner in Virginia noticed that there was a species of…

The Effect Of Flooding Water On Basements

With the water table rising by the hour, water is flooding into basements and crawlspaces across Virginia and the eastern seaboard. How do I stop my basement from flooding? Tips Put a vent or hole in the basement wall where flooded water can flow out…

Wild Animal Removal: Professionals Do it Best

Problems with Wild Animals The presence of wild animals like squirrels, skunks, snakes, and raccoons inside a residential property can be a mess. They may cause discomfort by leaving unpleasant odors, waking homeowners in the middle of the night and embarrassing them before visitors. Apart…

It’s A SNAKE! Now Let’s Answer Your Questions

Are black snakes poisonous in Virginia? It’s, er, a dark snake!” … These snakes would be the Northern black racer, the Eastern ratsnake, and the sometimes-but-not-always-black Eastern hognose. Though all three are non-venomous, harmless and native to Virginia, it is the first two, according to Steele, that is likely most often confused—and…

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Fun Facts About Bats

What are some interesting facts about bats? Bats can eat up to 1,200 mosquitoes in an hour and often consume their body weight in insects every night, helping keep bug populations in check. Other bats eat fruit or nectar and can play an important role as pollinators. There…