About The Urban Herpetologist

My name is Todd Georgel, and my goal is to help people through removing unwanted pests and wildlife from their homes and businesses. 

I was born and raised in Richmond, VA, and I have spent the majority of my life  studying and understanding behavior in wildlife, and Biology in general. I graduated in 1994 with a Bachelors of Science in Biology from East Carolina University, and obtained my Master's from Christopher Newport University in 2001 in Environmental Science. 

I have worked for an international pest control company exterminating warehouse pests and residential pests. I then worked for a Biologist for 10 years researching reptiles and amphibians, small to medium sized mammals, including bats, around Virginia - focusing on military bases and National Parks.

I worked for a major Environmental Company in Newport News Dealing with natural resources; and worked on computer mapping of utilities (water, storm water, waste water, electricity) on military bases.

I also have a background in construction. I have worked for a residential construction company in Richmond for 10 years.

I started The Urban Herpetologist in 2014 as an outlet for my love of animal safety for both humans AND the animals themselves. The Urban Herpetologist was created to mainly help people in the community with removal of venomous snakes, but has grown into a full on pest control and wildlife management company. I really enjoy the work, and all of my customers have been highly satisfied with the results they see from the time I spend at their home or business.


Todd Georgel, The Urban Herpetologist

Todd Georgel, The Urban Herpetologist

When dealing with insect infestation, I like to use an Integrated Pest Management approach. This means that I try to mitigate the pests without using pesticide, with habitat modification or just simply sanitation if we can get away with that. In the event that the 'natural' way doesn't work, then we will resort to pesticides to get rid of them for good. 

When dealing with wildlife, it's not just about removing the pests - anyone can catch a squirrel. The art comes in when you have to fix the holes that the squirrel chewed into the home.  You also have to seal the home from further infestation from bats, squirrels, raccoons, birds, etc. It isn't easy, but I enjoy it and my customers are just thankful someone is willing to take it on! 


Pests Include:

Ants, spiders, cockroaches, termites, silverfish, carpet beetles, bees, yellow jackets, hornets, wasps, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, centipedes, stink bugs, Asian lady beetles, and many, many more...


Wildlife Includes:

Squirrels, chipmunks, groundhogs, flying squirrels, bats, raccoons, opossum, skunk, birds, fox, beaver, shrews, moles, voles, rats, and mice


Fully licensed and Insured

Licensed with the Virginia Department of Agriculture.

    General Pest Control        7a

    Wood Destroying insects 7b

    Wildlife Pest Control         7d

Licensed with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

    Nuisance Wildlife Permit