Raccoon Prevention and Humane Removal

Raccoon Prevention and Humane Removal

Clever, mischievous, resourceful, these are all ways we describe our masked furry intruders. Whether you’ve got a raccoon getting into your garbage cans, or worse yet, entering your home through a chimney or pet door, you have to address raccoon removal immediately. Raccoons can be destructive and harmful to humans, pets, lawns, and your home. There are many preventative measures that can be taken to assure your home is raccoon proofed, at Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control we recommend sealing all outside points of entry, removing food sources like outside pet food and bird feeders, and making sure your garbage cans have secure lids. Taking a few simple precautions like these will ensure that raccoons don’t view your home as a source of food or fun. If the time comes that a raccoon must be removed from your residence or property we believe that it should be done humanely, if possible. This is done through live trapping and removal of raccoons from your home or yard. Leave the removal to the experts, raccoons can carry disease and parasites, and while most raccoons won’t pick a fight, if threatened, they may lash out with claws or teeth. Our recommendations to those that have a raccoon pest in the house are to first and foremost stay calm. If possible, pets should be isolated before attempting anything further to protect their safety. Close off all parts of the house you can, in order to keep the raccoon from entering the home further, once they come in they may have a hard time remembering how to get out. If possible open a door to the outside that the raccoon can access, it may exit on its own. If the raccoon doesn’t leave on its own then it’s time to reach out to wildlife control. If you are experiencing raccoon problems in your yard or wood pile it is best to contact a professional to evacuate the animal safely and humanely. We provide humane raccoon removal in Montgomery County, Howard County, Carroll County, Silver Spring, Potomac, Eldersburg, Westminster, Annapolis, Gaithersburg and Anne Arundel County, as well as other counties throughout Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, DC, and Delaware. For more information on Raccoon removal contact us today.

What are My Options for Deer Control

What are My Options for Deer Control

It is not unusual for homeowners who live in areas close to the natural habitat of deer to spot a deer in their yards. In most cases the absence of coyotes, wolves and similar predators are one of the reasons why deer start to multiply so intensively and start entering our properties. At the same time, lack of food forces deer out of their wild habitat to populated areas. Homeowners may be thrilled to see a deer in their yard and usually take photos and videos of it. But, the truth is that once deer discover your yard and taste the trees and shrubs in it, they will come back for more after a while. There is no doubt that their regular presence will cause significant damage to your yard. This is the reason why many people are looking for the best options for deer control. The good news is that there is more than one effective way to prevent deer from entering your property and it is up to homeowners to choose the best one. In this article we will suggest some of these options. First of all, you can buy a dog. According to many homeowners, this is the most efficient deer repellent. Deer are scared of dogs regardless of their breed. So, just let your dog out in the yard during the night and keep the deer away. Needless to say, owning a dog can be very rewarding, but it is also a great responsibility so think twice about this option. If you are not interested in keeping a dog in your yard, there is even a simpler solution that comes in the form of a sprinkler that is activated by motion detection. This is a nice system that works and doesn’t require any special maintenance. The best part is that it is efficient as a repellent not only for deer but also for rabbits, cats, dogs, raccoons etc. Whenever a deer enters its range it sprays a long stream of water for 2-3 seconds. It only needs a battery and access to water. A more radical option is to build an electric fence. These fences transmit electricity and deer are buzzed whenever they touch it. However, this fence should be quite high because deer can jump very high. There are special electric fences for deer so make sure that you are buying one for this purpose. There are also few all-natural, homemade deer repellents that you can try. For instance, many homeowners say that placing human hair in a nylon bag and putting it on branches and trees or between plants will keep deer away. These animals have excellent sense of smell and the smell of human hair will warn them that they should stay away. In addition, you can use pieces of ivory soap and put them close to the plant. Additionally, feel free to put these soap bars in old socks and place them strategically all over the yard and see how it goes. Deer control is very important if you want to keep your garden safe, so try these methods because some of them will definitely work in your yard.

Groundhog-Proof Your Yard

Groundhog-Proof Your Yard

Groundhogs are native to North America and are found primarily in those northern regions. These cute furry creatures are excellent diggers and can tunnel as far as 45 feet underground. Though Humans and Groundhogs can coexist, their burrowing causes great alarm to home and business owners alike. These animals can destroy plants and vegetation, decimate your lawns, and their tunnels can traverse under homes and buildings resulting in structural damage. If you are a gardener you may also find that a groundhog is a huge nuisance, they love to eat fruits, vegetables, roots and flowers. There are several ways to Groundhog-proof your yard that will help to discourage groundhogs from coming onto the property.

Rid your yard of food sources

Clearing out all possible food sources makes your yard an undesirable place for a groundhog to make its home. If you have fruit bearing trees, it is a good idea to remove all fallen fruit each day. It is also important to store trash in tightly sealed containers and out of access to groundhogs.

Inspect your homes exterior

Each Spring you should inspect your homes exterior for access points, like broken vent covers or holes near the foundation, under sheds and porches, those points of access should be addressed immediately.

What Won’t Work

Trapping, removal and exclusion are the only sure ways to solve an existing groundhog problem – don’t bother with these methods as they won’t actually remove the groundhog:

  • Trying to bury groundhog’s burrow entrance (This will only aggravate the animal)
  • Blocking all entrances to the burrow (This will lead the groundhog to make even more new tunnels)
  • Building fences to protect your gardens (Did you know ground hogs can climb?)
  • Repellents (Smelly repellents may make your groundhog leave, but how far and for how long?)

The most effective solution, and the one that Mid-Atlantic Wildlife control takes, is to use live capture traps. Typically 2-6 traps are set strategically around your home or property with bait designed to attract groundhogs and not other animals. Once captured they can be humanely relocated far from your area. When groundhogs make homes under your porch, shed, or crawlspace, exclusion techniques can be used to create barriers that the animal can not enter, in fact our method is impenetrable. We provide humane groundhog removal in Montgomery County, Howard County, Carroll County, Silver Spring, Potomac, Eldersburg, Westminster, Annapolis, Gaithersburg and Anne Arundel County, as well as other counties throughout Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, DC, and Delaware. For more information contact us today.

Snakes are out, watch your step

Snakes are out, watch your step

Most people change the TV channel whenever they see snakes on TV. The situation is worse when they notice the emergence of snakes on their property. The truth is that not all snakes are dangerous and some of them are completely harmless, but their appearance is what makes most homeowners start looking for a solution right away. It is a good idea to learn more about the skin of snakes and their colors and forms, in order to determine what kind of snake you have in your yard. In some cases, their species is crucial for the way in which you should deal with them. If you don’t have time for that or you are really scared of snakes, it might be a good idea to call a professional service provider and remove the snakes from your home for good. As already mentioned, some snakes can be very dangerous. If you get bitten by a brown snake or a rattlesnake there is a great chance that you will experience pain and some health problems. In rare cases, a bite from these snakes can lead to death. A few other snakes typical in the United States are  the cottonmouth moccasin, copperhead, and, coral snake, which are poisonous, and garter snake, that is harmless. It is good to know that snakes like areas that are usually cooler and places with shade. They are usually found in sandy areas, bushes, lead piles, tall grass, compost places, under trash and under logs. Of course, they are fond of the sun and they often go out on the sun. Snakes spend most of the day coiled up and completely inactive. In case you have noticed a non poisonous snake in your home or yard, you should not panic and you probably won’t need to do anything about this because the snake will just stay for a while and leave your property. But, in case you want to lower the chances of finding a snake in your home or if there is reoccurrence of snakes in your area you can take few actions. First of all, you should not have too many shrubs and bushes in your yard especially close to your home. They are perfect hiding spots for snakes. Another good tip is to clean all the trash and junk because this is where snakes are commonly found looking for food. In addition, you should also mow the lawn on a regular basis. Finally, analyze your yard and find any spots where snakes might hide. Remove these spots. We should also mention that snakes really like bugs and small rodents, so by getting rid of insects and small rodents you are limiting their food sources. In addition, you can find many snake repellents on the market or make some in your home. There are also electric snake repellents that don’t cause any harm to the animal and to the environment. In any case, snakes are out and you better watch your step.