Understanding the Northern Copperhead

Understanding the Northern Copperhead

In the state of Maryland, you can find 27 different species of snakes. Of those twenty seven species, only two are venomous and a danger to humans if bitten. One of the two species that is more commonly found throughout the state is the Northern Copperhead. As bites from the Northern Copperhead increase in some counties throughout the state, it’s important for humans to understand the animals that surround them every day.

The Northern Copperhead can be found throughout the East Coast in a number of different habitats from dense forests to open fields. The Northern Copperhead is actually one of five subspecies and one of three species of copperheads that can be found in North America. They are, like most snakes, unable to produce their own body heat, so they bask in the sun during the day in order to function. Once the cooler months of the winter arrive, the Copperhead will coil tightly and hibernate. The Northern Copperhead can be found out during moderate temperatures in the fall and spring seasons as well. While the Northern Copperhead has an expanding diet of insects, frogs, mice, and birds, they are not known to attack humans voluntarily. The snake will strike a human if it feels either trapped or threatened. Humans commonly fail to see the snake coiled in the wild because of how easily the snake blends in with its surroundings. It’s important for hikers and campers to be alert for the animal coiled among fallen leaves or twigs while walking. The tan to brown coloring along with the diamond-like pattern of the Northern Copperhead allows the snake to become almost invisible. Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control specializes in the humane removal and control of copperhead snakes, along with the other twenty six species of snakes found throughout the state of Maryland. We understand how important the Northern Copperhead is to our ecosystem, therefore we use only the most humane removal techniques when dealing with the animal. Our methods are designed to cause the least amount of stress to the animal that we are handling. When a Northern Copperhead is found on your property, never put yourself or the animal in harm’s way. Call the professionals at Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control instead. To get started with us, call us today at 443-417-3137 or visit our online contact page. We are available, so never hesitate to call. Follow Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control today on Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook.   Source: http://www.marylandzoo.org/animals-conservation/reptiles/northern-copperhead/  

The Need for Bird Control in Crownsville

Wherever there are trees in an area, residents can expect to see a bird or two fly past their window every now and again. In Crownsville, there are plenty of trees surrounding the homes and businesses of the area, meaning plenty of birds to be found. While watching birds fly from a distance is always pleasant while taking a stroll in the neighborhood, they can be a nuisance if they ever find their way into your Crownsville home. This is why bird control in Crownsville is important for its residents.   Birds may seem harmless enough, but can really cause serious problems for your home. Birds can enter your home through small gaps in roofing and siding, causing damage to the structure of your home. If there is a space big enough for a bird to enter, that also means there can be serious water damage to your home as well. A bird’s nest can cause blocks in your HVAC systems as well as your chimney or fireplace if you have one installed in your home. The droppings of a bird can also cause serious blocks in your home as well as pose a health hazard to you and your family. Bird droppings have the potential to land in spaces that are left unseen to homeowners, meaning diseases and parasites have the ability to fester in your home without your knowledge. Birds can also cause havoc in businesses by entering the building through an open door or window. Nests in a business setting can deter customers and cause problems for sales.

Bird Control with Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control

If birds have become a problem in Crownsville, never take matters into your own hands. Some people may think poison is the best way to handle pesky birds, when really it makes the matter worse. The poison given to the bird can enter the environment through the soil or water as the bird begins to decompose, creating an even more hazardous situation for residents. Instead, call the professionals at Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control. Our technicians are trained to use only the most humane barrier and exclusion techniques when dealing with bird control. There is never a reason to harm an animal if it is only trying to find a home. To get started with us, call us today at 443-417-3137 or visit our online contact page. We are available, so never hesitate to call. Follow Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control today on Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook.  

Combating Diseases and Parasites in Edgewater

Edgewater is a quaint community located within Anne Arundel County of Maryland. With areas near water and woods, wildlife is sure to be around for residents to admire from a distance. There are times, however, when the wildlife decides to have a closer look at your Edgewater property. When wildlife decides to enter your yard or home, they can bring with them diseases and parasites that can be harmful to you and your family. When you notice wildlife near your home, it’s helpful to be aware of the threat they pose to your family.

Diseases and Parasites

  1. Rabies- Probably the most commonly known threat posed to humans by wildlife, rabies can be carried by most mammals. This includes raccoons, skunks, foxes, squirrels, bats, and opossums. Rabies will attack the central nervous system of a human, which can then lead to brain disease, and even death.
  2. Tapeworm- This parasite can be carried in the feces of foxes. Most humans fail to realize they have been infected by tapeworm; however it does have the potential to cause seizures in humans.
  3. Raccoon Roundworm- Carried by raccoons, this parasite can be found in their feces and cause serious problems for humans. While it is uncommon for humans to become infected by roundworm, the parasite can potentially invade the organs, brain, and eyes of a human.
  4. Salmonella- Carried by snakes and in the feces of rodents and squirrels, this disease is known to have caused at least 450 deaths in the United States alone. Symptoms normally last for up to seven days and include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps.
  5. Leptospirosis- Commonly caused by skunks, this disease can be mistaken for other diseases while also leading to meningitis, liver failure, and kidney damage.
  6. Histoplasmosis- Mainly carried by the feces of bats, this disease tends to cause fatigue, coughing, and fever in infected humans.

Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control

In order to combat diseases and parasites carried by wildlife in Edgewater, call the professionals at Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control. Our professionals are trained to humanely remove any animal found on your property while also specializing in sanitization for your home. Never take matters into your own hands when dealing with wildlife, you could potentially put yourself and the animal in a hazardous situation. To get started with us, call us today at 443-417-3137 or visit our online contact page. We are available, so never hesitate to call. Follow Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control today on Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook.   Source: http://www.cdc.gov/az

Commercial Wildlife Control in Ellicott City

Commercial Wildlife Control in Ellicott City

Ellicott City is home to residents and business owners alike. Whether you enjoy looking at store fronts or you own a store front, Ellicott City has something for you. While residents browse the commercial areas of Ellicott City, business owners are constantly thinking of ways to improve their business and keep residents from the area and surrounding areas coming back to their store. Sometimes they fail to realize a simple step in benefiting their business, and that is hiring a commercial wildlife control company. While you may not always see it, wildlife surrounds the area of Ellicott City. While more buildings and stores are added to the area, wildlife adapts and survives amongst the residential and commercial buildings. While most wildlife goes undetected, it could pose a threat to your business. So why is commercial wildlife control so important? Commercial wildlife control by Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control comes with several benefits, including:

  • Peace of Mind- Business owners can relax knowing that their commercial building is wildlife free. Should an incident ever occur, within your business, our technicians will not only remove the wildlife found, but use techniques to prevent the problem from occurring in the future.
  • Professionalism- Your business will have a bad reputation if it is known for having wildlife flying or running around. Let your customers know you are a professional and reputable business by preventing wildlife invasions in your commercial building.
  • Sanitation- Waste left behind by wildlife can cause major health problems for your Ellicott City business. Commercial wildlife control will not only remove the animals found, but clean up their waste to help your building stay safe.
  • Humane- Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control is a humane commercial wildlife control company. There is never a reason to cause harm to the wildlife found in your building, which is why our technicians use only the most humane methods when dealing with wildlife.
  • Economic- While commercial wildlife control may not seem necessary at first, consider the money you will lose if customers begin to notice animals or waste around your building. Also consider the amount of money necessary to repair damage caused by animals entering and leaving your building.

Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control is your commercial wildlife control company in Ellicott City. We use only the most humane methods and techniques while also being quick and efficient at our job. We offer removal and control services for the following animals:

  • Raccoon
  • Fox
  • Bat
  • Bird
  • Skunk
  • Rodent
  • Squirrel
  • and many more!

To get started with Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control, call us today at 443-417-3137 or visit our online contact page. Follow Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control today on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Raccoon Rabies Vaccination Project Begins

Raccoon Rabies Vaccination Project Begins

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health is currently preparing themselves to begin the Raccoon Oral Rabies Vaccine Project for 2014. With help from the county with funding, the project is expected to place 85,000 baits across the county. The bait contains within it a vaccine to help vaccinate wild raccoons in the area from rabies. The goal of the project is to reduce the total number of rabid animals in the area, which would then reduce the number of humans and domestic pets exposed. This year’s project is slotted to take place on September 3rd, with the completion expected towards the end of September. The original project began during the October of 1998, with officials spreading the vaccination solely on the Annapolis Peninsula. In 2001, the Broadneck Peninsula was included in the project, with the entire county being included in 2003. The project continued until 2011, when efforts were forced to end due to the lack of funding. The county has shown a severe spike in rabies cases found since the project stopped, with only four cases reported in 2011 and thirty cases reported in 2013. There will be two different types of baits, distributed in two different ways, throughout the county this year with the project. One bait will resemble a small brick while the other will resemble a ketchup packet. Both baits will require the raccoon to bite into the object in order to become vaccinated. The baits will be distributed by hand and by helicopter. The Anne Arundel County Police helicopter will drop the baits in areas of the county that are less populated while teams with the health department will place the baits by hand in areas where raccoons will likely be found. Even with these vaccination efforts, there can still be chance that a raccoon could carry rabies. If you believe a rabid raccoon is living near your property, or you have seen the animal yourself, do not take matters into your own hands. Instead, call the professionals at Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control. Our technicians are trained in raccoon removal, even those with rabies. Our team is also trained on exclusion and barrier techniques that will prevent raccoons from entering your Anne Arundel County home. A raccoon with rabies will most likely be seen during the day, versus the evening hours when raccoons are normally active. The animal can seem disoriented and will be unable to walk properly. They could also appear aggressive and agitated. In need of services from Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control? Call us today at 443-417-3137, or visit our contact page. Our technicians are available, never hesitate to call. Follow Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control today on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.   Source: http://aahealth.org/programs/env-hlth/orv