Map Shows Squirrel Damage to Electrical Grid

Map Shows Squirrel Damage to Electrical Grid

Cyber Squirrel 1 is a website designed to provide visual information and related links for “Cyber Squirrel Operations.” It gathers information from other online sources and compiles a visual representation of where and what sort of damage squirrels cause to infrastructure. Squirrel damage is something our Maryland squirrel removal experts are closely familiar with, so we dug into the data to unveil relevant statistics for our state.

Power Outages Caused by Wildlife

We’ve recently talked about how squirrels can cause house fires if they get access to an attic. Squirrels tend to chew on wires, not for any particular reason, but simply because they love chewing and the wires are right there in the open. But residential homes are not the only structures affected by squirrels. These animals also pose risk to commercial buildings as well as municipalities. Here are a few notable statistics form the Cyber Squirrel 1 Map:

These are just a few of the power outages that were reported, written about and tracked back to squirrels. Imagine how many squirrel-related outages and fires don’t get this sort of public attention.

Commercial Squirrel Removal

In some cases, there is little you can do to prevent a wildlife-caused power outages. After all, squirrels are free to roam in the streets, climb on telephone poles and bite live wires if they choose to. However, if you have electrical equipment such as transformers or solar panels on your property, we can help you protect it from nuisance animals. From choosing the right transformer box, to installing animal guards and deterrents, there are quite a few things you can do to keep both the power and animals safe.

Squirrels Inside Buildings ans Cars

Although commercial structures are usually much more solid than residential homes, they have their own weak spots where wildlife may gain access. And since businesses typically use much more power than homes, there are more opportunities for a squirrel to damage the wiring. Because parts of commercial buildings can go unused for a while, it’s important to check all remote corners frequently to make sure there are no squirrels under your roof. One other risk to consider is commercial equipment and vehicles that are left unused for a long time, such as tractors stored for the season. Squirrels are known to make nests under the hood even in vehicles that are frequently driven. Be sure to lift the hood and check under there often if you work in an area where squirrels roam freely. And if you have any questions, feel free to give our Maryland squirrel removal experts a call. We serve all of Maryland, as well as parts of Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, DC.

Squirrels Invade Attics Throughout Baltimore County

Squirrels Invade Attics Throughout Baltimore County

Late December kicks off the first of two mating seasons for gray squirrels. Baltimore County squirrel control companies like Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control are working their wildlife control technicians around the clock in communities such as Hereford, Monkton and Phoenix. Residents are calling at all hours of the day and night to report that squirrels are running through the attic or a squirrel is digging a hole through the sheet rock ceiling.

Hereford Squirrel Problems

The photo below was taken on Monkton Rd, in Hereford, Maryland. A female squirrel chose this home because the rooftop was easily accessed by the overhanging tree branches. Once on the roof, the female gray squirrel was able to chew an entry point into the fascia board and roof edge because the aluminum drip edge was too thin. The residents of this property did not hear the mother squirrel and her five offspring running around in the attic over the past 6 months. The damage caused by the squirrels was significant and required a great deal of repairs including replacing a part of the plywood and shingles, as well as installing custom fitted drip edge. Our Baltimore squirrel trapping company came out to remove the squirrels from the property to prevent further damage.

Monkton Squirrel Problems

The home in the photo below located on Corbett Road, in Monkton, Maryland was invaded by a gray squirrel in the beginning of January 2016. This hole is located directly above the home’s master bedroom and the residents were awoken by the squirrels running in the attic every morning around 6 a.m. This home did not have any drip edge, so the squirrels were able to climb up the brick chimney, then chew a hole through the edge of the roof into the attic space. The homeowner quickly contacted Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control to trap the squirrels and repair the damages caused by squirrels. Luckily for the homeowners, they caught the problem quickly so the only damage was the entry point the squirrel chewed through the rooftop. After the squirrels were trapped and removed, the roof was repaired to its original state.

Phoenix Squirrel Problems

The photo below was taken on January 19, 2016 at a residence off of Paper Mill Road in Phoenix, Maryland. This corner townhouse was in a desperate need of a new roof, which has nothing to do with the squirrels living in the attic. The fascia board of this home was never wrapped in aluminum and has rotted out over the past decade, leaving an open door for pests and wildlife to enter the attic. This homeowner hired our Baltimore squirrel exterminators to remove the squirrels before a new roof and new soffits were installed. Squirrels have been living in this attic for a few years and destroyed the attic insulation by urinating and defecating all over it. The homeowners had to have their attic insulation removed and replaced.

Contact us today if you also live in or near these Baltimore County communities and have problems with squirrels in your attic.

How Squirrels Cause House Fires

How Squirrels Cause House Fires

Squirrels cause thousands of house fires each year. Although not all of them can be traced directly to squirrels and squirrels are merely suspected, in many cases the evidence is there. If you have squirrels living in your attic or near your home, you could be at risk of a house fire. Let our Maryland squirrel removal professionals explain exactly how this happens.

Squirrels Chewing on Wiring

One of the most common causes of house fires that result from squirrel activity is damaged wiring. Squirrels don’t have anything against wiring specifically, but they like to chew on things in general. Their ever-growing front teeth need to be ground down constantly in order to maintain a manageable length. A squirrel that has a nest in your attic will be spending a lot of time there, and therefore will be chewing on whatever it can find. As we clean up squirrel damage, we often find bite marks on rafters, wood, plastic, air ducts, and wiring too! Sometimes we also find dead squirrels that got electrocuted as they bit on a live wire. Here is a video showing damage to wiring squirrels can cause in the attic (beware that it contains an image of a dead squirrel). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQEdsheAeOQ

Overheating Issues

If a squirrel builds a nest in a tight space next to an electrical appliance or inside a vent, it will pack its nesting material tight and may cause overheating. An overheated appliance may fail and sometimes may cause a fire. In a recent case, squirrels have built a nest inside a ceiling vent of an upstairs bathroom. Their nesting material caught fire due to the overheated appliance. Thankfully, the fire department responded quickly and the damage was minimal.

Squirrels Compromising Outdoor Wires

Even if squirrels are not inside your home, they may still cause trouble. In one case last May, a squirrel ran along a power line and touched the pole, becoming the path to ground and creating an electrical arc. This chain reaction caused the power line to detach from the pole and drop on the telephone line, from where the current reached the water heater inside the house and started a fire. Although this is not a scenario that is likely to repeat often, squirrels climbing on power lines can be dangerous. They also often make their way inside transformers, where they can cause significant damage to the wiring and leave an entire neighborhood without power. If you see squirrels running on your roof or hear them scratching inside your attic, don’t delay calling a Maryland squirrel removal professional. You could be a few chewed wires away from a house fire!

Beware of Rabid Raccoons in Baltimore County

Beware of Rabid Raccoons in Baltimore County

A sick raccoon has been recently spotted on Rosebank Avenue in Dundalk, Maryland. According to the Baltimore County Health Department, the animal was captured and tested positive for rabies. What does this mean? Should you worry? This simply means that raccoons are common in Maryland and it’s rather common for them to get rabies. In fact, raccoons are the species that suffers the most from rabies in the eastern U.S. Raccoons are also one of the animals most likely to break into our homes and attics. You should worry if you have a raccoon living in your attic or chimney, because there is always a chance it can get rabies. Let our Baltimore raccoon removal experts walk you through some precautions you can take to keep yourself and your family safe.

Signs of Rabies in Raccoons

You can often tell if a raccoon you’ve encountered has rabies. Watch out for these tell-tale signs:

  • The animal is moving slow, in circles or erratically and looks disoriented.
  • The animal appears to have a partial paralysis in its legs.
  • The animal is making odd noises for no particular reason.
  • There is foam at the animal’s mouth.
  • The animals looks sick in general.

What to Do if You See a Rabid Raccoon

If you see a rabid raccoon, first of all, stay away. Don’t approach to take a closer look—the animal may perceive it as a threat and attack you. Report the rabid animal to your county’s authorities. In Baltimore County, you should call Baltimore County Animal Services at 410-887-7297. You can use this number to report any sick, injured or dead animals even if you are not sure if the animal has rabies. If your pet has been bitten by a raccoon that may have rabies, scrub the wound with antibacterial soap and then take your pet to an emergency veterinary clinic right away. In general, it’s a good idea to keep your pet’s rabies vaccinations up to date. If you are the one who was bitten or scratched, seek medical attention right away.

If Raccoons Are Living in Your Attic

If you suspect that raccoons may be denning in your attic, call our Baltimore raccoon removal professionals. Even if there is no risk of rabies, raccoons in the attic can still spell disaster. They break open air ducts, shred your insulation into little pieces and make a big mess. Raccoon poop also often contains something just as bad as rabies, if not worse. Raccoon roundworm is a parasite that doesn’t harm raccoons, but may cripple and even kill a human, especially if it’s a small child. Children playing outdoors near a raccoon’s litter box are at risk of contracting this parasite. And if you have dogs that roam freely outdoors, they could bring the parasite inside your home on their dirty paws. Let our Maryland raccoon removal experts help you keep your home safe and free of raccoons and other nuisance wildlife.

3 Communities Around Baltimore Overpopulated With Squirrels

3 Communities Around Baltimore Overpopulated With Squirrels

Baltimore communities like Cockeysville, Lutherville-Timonium and Towson provide a very suitable habitat for squirrels. These communities have streets lined with nut-producing trees. The majority of these trees are oaks which produce acorns, the gray squirrel’s favorite food. A healthy food source supports population growth allowing the females to have two litters of 2 to 6 young each year.

Lutherville-Timonium Squirrel Control

Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control has provided squirrel removal in Lutherville-Timonium for over a decade now. During our ten years of service to the community, we have reported a minimum of a 10% increase per year in the squirrel population. Besides the abundant food supply, there are trees everywhere in Lutherville-Timonium, which allows squirrels to travel high off the ground. All too often these trees are within 10 feet of a rooftop, giving squirrels easy access to the attic, crawl space or wall cavity.

Towson Squirrel Control

Towson is one of Baltimore’s oldest communities, so the homes are older and usually have wood around the roof line. There are several different styles of homes throughout Towson, including many townhouses. Squirrels can run through the soffit from one townhome to the next, creating a nightmare for Baltimore squirrel exterminators. The only way to resolve this type of squirrel problem is to set live-capture traps and remove the squirrels from the area. After the squirrels are trapped and removed, the entry points must be repaired to prevent future wildlife or pest control issues.

Cockeysville Squirrel Control

Cockeysville keeps a booming squirrel population because this is where suburbia meets the wilderness. There are trees on every residential road in Cockeysville, and most of the residential homes are single family style. There is a combination of old and new homes, however, squirrels do not choose homes by their age—they choose a home because they were able to access the rooftop and chew a hole into the attic space. Many homes around Cockeysville are brick or stone, which squirrels are able to climb like a tree. The photo below was taken on Hidden Moss Drive in Cockeysville. Before the three squirrels living in the attic were trapped, they managed to chew through electrical wiring in the attic causing a fire hazard for the family living there.

No matter what part of Baltimore you live in, squirrels can cause a great deal of damage. And the longer the squirrels live in your attic, the costlier it will be. It’s imperative to contact a licensed Baltimore squirrel removal company.