What’s Making Noise In My Attic?

What’s Making Noise In My Attic?

Frustrated Towson homeowners that have been kept awake all night by noises in the attic call Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control who has been the leading expert for pest control in Towson, Maryland for over a decade. Towson is an old community with lots of old nuts producing trees so nine times out of ten squirrels are usually the culprit making the noise in the attic. Squirrels in Towson, Maryland often have two litters per year depending on the food supply each year. If trees produce an abundance of nuts this year (and it is predicted that they will) then two out of three females will have a second litter. Female squirrels have become accustomed to giving birth and raising their young in man-made structures like attics because the young are protected from harsh weather and predators. About a week before female squirrels give birth they will start to build their nest. Female squirrels usually have 2 or 3 nesting sites so they can move their babies in case the nest becomes infested with fleas or mites. Towson squirrel removal companies often find 2 or 3 nesting sites within one attic. A female squirrel might build a nest in opposite corners of the same attic. Squirrels that are nesting in townhouse attics may use the gaps in the soffit to move back and forth between neighboring attics and they will frequently move their young from one attic to a neighboring attic. A female squirrel chewed a hole through the vinyl siding and plywood on the side of an end unit townhouse on Southwick Drive, Towson, Maryland 21286. As you can see in the photo below this squirrel was determined to get in. After gaining entry into this homeowners attic this female squirrel worked tirelessly to build a nest overtop the homeowner’s bedroom on the attic floor near the front soffit. The homeowners reported hearing scratching noises on and off for hours until finally, the squirrel had punctured a hole through the sheetrock ceiling. The homeowner was lying in bed and watched in horror as the squirrel punctured the hole through the ceiling. The homeowner immediately ran from the bedroom and called Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control. An hour later a Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control technician arrived and installed a one-way door over the entry point to allow the squirrel to safely leave and not re-enter. At the homeowners request the technician also installed a nesting box on the large old oak tree that the squirrel was using to access the attic.

Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control has been providing expert solutions for animal control in Towson Maryland for over a decade. Your call is welcomed no matter if you want to schedule an inspection because your hearing noises in the attic or if you simply have a wildlife control question. Call now at 866-784-8058 for Towson MD squirrel removal services.

Hanover Resident Ran Out By Snake Infestation

Hanover Resident Ran Out By Snake Infestation

Snake removal companies in Hanover always receive their first snake call of the year in March. Usually, it’s a call from a homeowner that has stumbled across a Gartner Snake since Gartner Snakes are the first species to arise from hibernation. Throughout the cold winter months, Gartner Snakes also hibernate in dens alongside other snake species such as Black Rat Snakes, Timber Rattlesnakes, and Copperheads. In the fall just before the cold temperatures hit snakes seek out the perfect site to hibernate through the winter. These sites must maintain the right temperature and humidity for the snake to survive until springtime. These hibernation dens can be found in rock crevices, in hollowed tree stumps, under fallen trees, in gaps under concrete walkways, in gaps in the foundation of homes, and in the basement of homes throughout Hanover. Most homeowners only find one or two snakes in their home throughout the years that they live there however occasionally a homeowner will find several snakes at the same time in their home. Even worst then that once or twice a year Mid-Atlantic Wildlife receives a call from a frantic homeowner that has a snake infestation in their home. This is what happened to a young couple who purchased a home on Hoff Road, Hanover, Pennsylvania 17331 that had been vacant for 2 years. At the beginning of February, this couple had just moved into their home and from the beginning, they began to see a Gartner Snake or two weekly for 3 weeks. Being that it was an older home that sat vacant for two years the couple didn’t think much of it until the first week in March when they saw 6 snakes at the same time in the basement. The couple immediately called Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control who is the leading snake control expert in Hanover. Can you see the snake in the photo above? The photo was taken as Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control pulled into the homeowner’s driveway later that afternoon. As you can see a Black Rat Snake is coming out through a small walnut size hole in the foundation of the home.

Upon inspection of the home, Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control discovered a large hibernation den of Gartner Snakes, Black Rat Snakes, and Copperheads under the stone basement floor. The snakes were entering the basement through a gap in the foundation wall of the home then crawled into a lemon size gap in the stone floor that lead to a 36 inch by 58-inch void under the stone basement floor. This voided area under the basement floor was the perfect hibernation site and these snakes must have been denning there for several years. The snake expert from Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control suspected that the snakes started to arise from hibernation early because the young couple that just moved in had turned up the heat in the house to 75 degrees. The snake expert inserted a remote inspection camera into the gap in the basement floor and saw between 25 to 35 snakes still hibernating in the den. This prompted the homeowners to temporarily move out until Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control was able to remove all the snakes and seal the entry points around the foundation of the home to prevent any snakes from re-entering the home. At the beginning of the second week in March Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control began the daunting task of capturing and removing the snakes from the home. Since snakes are protected by law in the state of Pennsylvania all the snakes had to be live captured and released in a more appropriate area. The only way to get to the snakes was to bust up the stone basement floor and the homeowners did not want to do that so Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control put two heaters in the basement to bring the temperature up so the snakes would come out of hibernation. It was also helpful that a warm front moved in and the outside temperature reached 73 that day. Four snake experts from Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control began removing the snakes as they emerged from the gap in the basement floor and placing them in large snake holding containers. At the end of the day 19 Gartner Snakes, 8 Black Rat Snakes and 2 Copperheads were removed that day. If you want to know how to get rid of snakes during a Hanover PA snake infestation, give Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control a call at 866-784-8058. Their snake removal experts will answer any questions you have and are happy to inspect your home for entry points or remove any snakes you may have on your property.

Hanover Becomes Over Ran With Skunks

Hanover Becomes Over Ran With Skunks

There has been an abundance of Skunks living in Hanover, Pennsylvania since the end of the ice age. In the last two years, their population has exploded and after their mating season is over this year it is predicted that the Skunk population in Hanover will reach all-time high record numbers. Skunk trapping companies in Hanover attribute their population growth to the increase in human population and the thousands of new homes being built throughout Hanover and the surrounding areas. An abundance of food comes with all the new trash being put out by all the humans moving into the new communities being built. Food sources also come from the bird seed that thousands of Hanover residents put out daily to feed songbirds. The seeds that the birds drop on the ground will provide a Skunk with a healthy food source that they will keep coming back for. Pet food for dogs and cats is also enjoyed by Skunks. It has also become a trend for people living in communities to have a small back yard chicken coop which also gives Skunks another food source. About half of all the new homes being built in and around Hanover have some kind of shed or storage building in the yard. The space under these sheds and storage buildings provide the perfect den site for Skunks. Wildlife control companies like Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control in Hanover receive hundreds of calls from homeowners wanting to know how to get rid of Skunks under a shed. Skunks will also den under above ground pools, under the foundation of homes and under concrete walkways and patios. Many of these new homes are built with deep window wells for the basement windows. Unfortunately, animals of all kind including Skunks often get trapped in the window wells. On March 14th Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control received a call from a homeowner on Meadowview Drive, Hanover Pennsylvania 17331 about a Skunk that had climbed down in their basement window well and could not get back out. They did not know about the Skunk in the window well until their dog discovered it and got sprayed. As you can see in the photo below the window well was too deep for the Skunk to climb out on his own.

Since Skunks use a pungently fail smelling sulfur based spray as a protection to ward of potential predators which includes humans most people don’t want to approach them and choose to hire Skunk removal companies in Hanover like Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control. If you have a Skunk problem give Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control a call. One of their Skunk removal experts will answer any pest control or wildlife control questions you may have. Call today at 866-784-8058 for Hanover PA skunk removal.

Solutions For Animal Control In Baltimore

Solutions For Animal Control In Baltimore

Communities throughout Baltimore such as Cockeysville, Towson, Pikesville, and White Marsh are plagued with a variety of animal control problems. This is why there’s an increase in demand for animal control solutions in Baltimore County. During the spring animal control companies in Baltimore are busy removing birds from dryer vents, kitchen vents, and bathroom vents. Several different species of birds have taken to building their nest in vents that do not have a bird proof vent cover. These vents offer shelter from harsh weather and protection from predators. Spring is also the time of the year when groundhogs come out of hibernation. The juvenile groundhogs from last year’s litters will leave their mothers’ den to seek out their own territory and dig their own dens. Groundhog dens have between 2 and 5 holes on the surface of the ground that are up to 50 feet apart from each other. These holes lead to their main chamber underground. Groundhogs cleverly hide their entry holes under the crawl spaces of homes, under shrubs and under piles of wood. In April Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control is flooded with calls from hundreds of homeowners wanting to know how to get rid of groundhogs. The photo below was taken at a home on Round Oak Road, Towson, Maryland 21204. This homeowner was surprised to find this groundhog on her top deck. Apparently, the groundhog had been climbing up 8 steps to feed on the flowers in a planter on the deck. It was also ripping open trash bags that the homeowner had put on the deck. Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control humanly live-trapped this groundhog and filled in two holes to prevent other groundhogs from moving in.

Snakes are another critter in need of control as they emerge from their hibernation in the spring. Gartner Snakes are usually the first snake species to come out of hibernation. The Gartner Snake in the photo below was removed from the basement of a home on Oakdale Ave, Parkville, Maryland 21234 on March 2nd. After Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control removed the snake they sealed several entry points to prevent any other snakes from entering in the future. Snakes are not able to chew or dig so they can only enter a home through pre-existing holes. It is common for snakes to enter homes through holes that mice have chewed through.

Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control’s technicians are busy around the clock providing raccoon removal, squirrel removal, snake removal, bat removal, ground hog removal, mouse removal, and rat removal services in Baltimore. They also provide repair services for damages caused by wildlife. If you are in need of Baltimore County animal control services, give Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control a call at 866-784-8058.

The Need for Trapping Raccoons

The Need for Trapping Raccoons

Cold days and even colder nights can make surviving difficult for wild animals. Pair that with a shrinking habitat and shortage of food, and you’re left with animals desperate for shelter. Often, homeowners will find uninvited visitors living in their attic, chimney, or basement. When raccoons decide to take up residence in your home, trapping raccoons is the best way to evict them. However, trapping raccoons should only take place through Maryland raccoon removal services.

Are Professionals Necessary for Trapping Raccoons?

To save on time and money, many homeowners believe they can remove the raccoons on their own. They think trapping raccoons will take too long, so they try other tactics instead. Not only is this inhumane for the animal, but it’s also dangerous for the human. Raccoons may look cute, but they can attack when they become scared. Their sharp claws and teeth can lead to injury, and they carry viruses and other diseases like rabies. To keep both the human and the animal safe, trapping raccoons with qualified Maryland wildlife control services is the best option. Professionals will know how to set up traps, handle the animal, and safely dispose of any fecal matter. Homeowners who like nature and find raccoons cute might want to try and keep the animal as a pet. This should never be the case. Raccoons can carry a variety of illnesses that humans can catch through their fecal matter. If a raccoon seems overly friendly, it’s possible it might even have rabies. To keep your family and pets safe, it’s essential to stay away from the creature and to call the professionals.

Why Trap the Raccoons?

Some might wonder why trapping raccoons is better than trying to scare them off. When a raccoon becomes scared, they try to quickly get away. Once they’re inside your home, they will only cause more damage the more they move around. A frightened raccoon may continue to damage your roof, attic, siding, insulation, or other components of your home. A humane trap used by a professional will safety and calmly remove the animal from your home. Not only will this prevent injury, but it will also prevent further damage from occurring to your property. Once out of the home, the trap will allow a professional to relocate the animal to a safe location.

Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control

If you need assistance trapping raccoons that have invaded your home, you need the help of Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control. We have the skills, equipment, and training necessary to safely and humanely trap the raccoons that are living in your home. If you need to learn more about our services, contact Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control today by calling 866-784-8058.