Ellicott City is a wonderful community to have a home. While enjoying your home one evening, you happen to hear a scratching noise from above. You check your attic the next morning and find a bat sleeping while hanging from one of your rafters. He seems harmless enough, so you decide to let your new roommate be. It might seem like the right choice at the time, but maybe you should think about the potential effects of leaving a bat in your home.
- Damage to your Home- Bats may be small in size, but they can cause some serious damage to your home. The outside structure of your home can become stained and damaged by constant use and bat guano. Bats can fit into small crawl spaces and the inside of walls, leaving guano to sit and fester without you knowing.
- Disease- Bats are known carriers of rabies, a disease that will attack the central nervous system of an infected human. Bats can also carry histoplasmosis, a disease that will attack the lungs of humans. Both diseases can cause serious damage to a human’s health, and sometimes even death.
- Bugs- Bats can carry bed and bat bugs with them and spread them as they go from place to place. Bed bugs are known to infest homes quickly and be very difficult to remove, similar to bat bugs. Both can be found where bats are living and will feed on humans. Unlike the bed bug, bat bugs will not survive long periods of time without a bat as a host. Bed bugs will use humans as their new host.
At Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control, we specialize in the eviction and clean-up of bats. We use the latest technology to locate any and all locations of bats throughout your Ellicott City home along with bat guano. Our technicians also use the most humane methods and techniques along with bat eviction techniques to remove bats from your home so they can begin the cleaning process. While bats may seem harmless at first, do not be naïve to the damage they can cause. If you suspect bats have made your Ellicott City house their home, contact Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control today. Available, call us at 443.417.3137, or use our contact page. You can also follow Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control on Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook today.
When it comes to protecting their children, parents will do just about anything. Parents will childproof their homes and only have pets that are child friendly and good with kids. However, do parents consider what harm may lie in their own backyard? What some might not realize is that wildlife in the Severn area could pose a threat to children, even if the animal itself doesn’t seem harmful at all. What wildlife could pose a threat to our children in your Severn yard?
- Raccoons- Not only do the animals themselves carry diseases like rabies, but there feces can be harmful as well. Feces left in yards could contain harmful raccoon roundworm that children could come across. Both rabies and raccoon roundworm can have both serious and even fatal effects on children.
- Bats- Bats are known carriers of bat and bed bugs. These insects will feed on humans and can carry diseases of their own. Bat feces can also carry histoplasmosis. This virus can be transmitted to children when they touch soil that has been contaminated by bat feces.
- Snakes- While snakes aren’t commonly linked with disease, there are 2 different venomous species of snake in the state of Maryland.
- Squirrels- While squirrels seem harmful and maybe even frequent guests of your yard, they can carry parasites like lice and fleas that your child could be exposed to. Their feces can also harbor salmonella, which could leave your child exposed in your yard.
At Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control, we specialize in the humane removal of the above animals and more. Our technicians are trained by the top professionals within the animal control industry in order to remove and clean up after wildlife found on your property. We believe that although wildlife can be a nuisance, there is no need to remove them in a harmful way. We use only the most humane techniques and procedures to remove animals while keeping our customers happy. If you believe your children are at risk because of wildlife on or in your property, call Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control. We are available. Call us today at 443.417.3137 or visit our contact page. You can also follow Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control today on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.
Dogs have been the ideal domestic pet for years in Severna Park. Known as man’s best friend, most dog owners will agree that their dog is like another member of their family. One way to treat your dog like a member of the family is to protect them from harmful diseases and viruses that pests can bring. Unwanted wildlife like raccoons, bats, and opossums can harbor bugs and diseases that can have a serious, even fatal, effect on your canine. When you find evidence of unwanted wildlife in your yard or home, it is important to know the diseases dogs are vulnerable to and what symptoms to look for.
- Rabies- Probably the most well-known disease a dog can contract from wildlife, rabies is a virus that attacks the central nervous system. If left untreated, rabies can lead to brain infections and ultimately death for your dog. Symptoms to look for in your dog include change of behavior like constant barking and growling, disorientation, and a change of tone in your dog’s bark.
- Canine Distemper- This virus attacks different systems in your pet after the animal is infected. It begins attacking the tonsils and typically ends with the nervous system. Initial symptoms can include high fever, watery discharge from the eyes and nose, and a reddening of the eyes. Further symptoms can include vomiting, coughing, and even further seizures and paralysis.
- Parvovirus- This virus is highly contagious and tends to attack cells that reproduce rapidly, like those that line the gastrointestinal tract. Symptoms of the virus can include diarrhea, depression, and fever.
If your dog experiences any of the above symptoms or displays any abnormal behavior, dog owners should probably seek help from a veterinarian immediately. If you find evidence of wildlife on your property or in your home, call the specialists at Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control. Our technicians are available. We use humane, yet effective methods when it comes to wildlife removal and control in Severna Park. We are also members of The Maryland Wildlife Rehabilitators Association. To contact Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control, call us at 443.417.3137 or visit our contact page. You can also follow Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control on Pinterest, Google+, Facebook, and Twitter. Sources: http://www.healthcommunities.com/rabies/symptoms.shtml http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/respiratory/c_dg_canine_distemper http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/parvovirus-in-dogs
Who doesn’t think that raccoons are cute through pictures? Especially when the furry critters are depicted as sidekicks in movies like Pocahontas and Over the Hedge, raccoons seem harmless and even friendly! But when it comes to raccoons in your Silver Spring home, it’s important to remember that movies are fiction and raccoons are not the best sidekicks to have around.
Raccoons in your Silver Spring home can actually become quite dangerous, especially if you have pet dogs or small children. According to Maryland DNR, raccoons are the cause of 60% of rabies cases in the state of Maryland. Raccoons are known carries of the disease that can be harmful, even fatal, to both humans and other animals. Raccoons are also known to carry diseases such as canine distemper and parvovirus, which can have serious harmful effects on your domestic dog. There is also the possibility of your new raccoon roommate to carry raccoon roundworms. In the past year, at least 13 cases of humans with raccoon roundworms have occurred, mostly involving children. Raccoon roundworms are neural larva that have no negative effects on the raccoon, but can cause serious and even fatal central nervous system damage to humans and other animals. Then you have the wonderful possibility of coming across a raccoon latrine in your home. Sound exciting? Just think of it as your roommate’s bathroom. Still excited? We didn’t think so. Raccoons can use the same latrine for years and it can be the site for millions of roundworm eggs. So what happens if you come across a raccoon latrine? Do not attempt to clean it yourself; instead call the professionals at Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control. Our technicians are trained and specialize in the sanitary cleanup of raccoon feces to prevent disease from spreading in your Silver Spring home. We can also remove the animals from your residence in way that eliminates stress to both you and the raccoon itself. Our technicians are trained by the top professionals within the animal control field to ensure the safety of all parties involved in the wildlife removal. Have a raccoon taking up residence in your Silver Spring home? Call Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control any time of day, any day of the week! Call us at 443.417.3137 or visit our contact page. You can also follow Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control today on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest! Source: http://dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Plants_Wildlife/Raccoon.asp
Throughout the state of Maryland, wildlife can be found everywhere. One of the counties that have plenty of wildlife is Montgomery County. As you enjoy the sites and atmosphere of your Montgomery County home, the last thing you want to see is a snake on your floor. When you chose to reside in Montgomery County, did you realize it was home to at least 17 species of snakes? Out of the 27 different species of snakes that call the state of Maryland home, you can find 17 of them in your county. The good news about these 17 snakes is that only one is venomous. The bad news? One is venomous! Do you know which one? The Northern Copperhead is one of the two venomous snakes that can be found in the state of Maryland, and unfortunately they like to live in Montgomery County. In order to identify the Northern Copperhead, just look to its head where it gets its name! This is snake typically has a brightly colored copper head along with a pinkish underbelly. Copperheads enjoy wooded and rocky areas and tend to feed on small, warm-blooded animals such as mice and other rodents. You can also tell a snake is a Copperhead by its dark dorsal markings; the Northern Copperhead is the only snake in Maryland to have this type of marking. Do you feel comfortable identifying a Northern Copperhead if it enters your home? If not, do not fear! Call the experts at Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control! Our technicians are trained on the humane removal of all 27 species of Maryland Snakes, including the venomous Northern Copperhead. Our technicians are trained by the top professionals in the animal control field and know how to handle situations involving dangerous snakes without bringing harm to themselves or the creatures. If you find a snake in your Montgomery County home, call Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control. We are available day and night, seven days a week! Call us at 443.417.3137 or visit our contact page. You can also follow us on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and Facebook. Source: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/plants_wildlife/snakeinfo.asp http://www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/Plants_Wildlife/vsnakes.asp