How To Keep Snakes Out Of Your Basement

How To Keep Snakes Out Of Your Basement

With the arrival of spring comes many frustrated homeowners in need of snake removal in Silver Spring. As temperatures rise and stay above 45 degrees some snake species come out of hibernation. The first species to come out of hibernation is the Garter Snake. This non-aggressive, non-venomous species feeds on small fish like minnows, a variety of insects, and earthworms. Garter Snakes are a small snake and can fit into small gaps and cracks in the foundation of any home. Do to their slender build they are also known to enter a home through gaps under an exterior door. Most homeowners don’t know how to get rid of snakes because they don’t understand the way snakes function and most people are afraid of snakes because they have never handled one before. This is why snake expert companies like Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control stay busy throughout the spring, summer and early fall months in Silver Spring. Last week a homeowner on Harvey Rd, Silver Spring 20910 contacted Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control because they were finding snake skins in their basement. Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control sent out one of their snake experts to inspect the yard, the exterior foundation of the home and the basement to determine why the snakes were on the property, how are they gaining entry into the home and why are they getting into the home. Immediately when the snake expert pulled into the driveway he noticed several places in the yard where snakes would hibernate and find security from predators. Upon a more detailed inspection of the yard, he discovered an old oak tree that was hollowed out at the bottom with loose dirt in the hollowed base. A tree like this is perfect for snakes to hibernate in or simply to hang out in during the warmer months of the year. The snake expert found and removed a Brown Snake (see photo below) from under a pallet that firewood was stacked on top of.

The snake expert from Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control proceeded to inspect the foundation of the home where he found three gaps that any small to medium size snake could fit through. In fact, he actually found a snakeskin in one of the gaps. The skin was still very soft and flexible meaning that a snake must have shed while entering the house. He continued the inspection in the basement in an attempt to locate the snake that left the skin in the foundation gap. The shedded skin was only 10 inches long and there were a lot of storage boxes in the basement making it almost impossible to locate the snake. After searching for 30 minutes the snake expert was able to find the snake in the rafters of the ceiling. After the inspection was complete Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control sealed up the entry points in the foundation of the home to prevent any more snakes from coming in the basement in the future. If you don’t know what to do if you find a snakeskin or snake in your house then contact a professional that can help. Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control is the leading snake expert in Silver Spring. Call [DirectNumber] and a professional will help you.

Bats Return To Silver Spring

Bats Return To Silver Spring

With the return of insects this spring comes the return of bats. The two species of bats that are most commonly found in Silver Spring are the Big Brown Bat and the Little Brown Bat. These two species are often found roosting in attics and crawl spaces. Bat experts at Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control receive hundreds of calls throughout the warmer months from homeowners wanting to know how to get rid of bats behind shutters. Both the Big Brown Bat and the Little Brown Bat can fit through gaps and openings around the rooftop that are about the size of a quarter. Since bats do not chew or dig they can only enter through pre-existing openings or gaps which all rooftops have. The louvers on gable vents and soffit vents are usually spaced far enough apart for bats to fit through. To prevent bats from entering the gable vents or soffit vents they should have a heavy gauge screening or hardware cloth that is a ¼ inch or smaller on the interior. Other entry points include where the edge of the roof and the fascia board meet (see photo below). This gap occurs when roofers install a cheap pre-made drip edge along with the fascia board that does not properly fit. Many so-called bat removal companies in Silver Spring will use spray foam to fill this gap in an attempt to keep bats out. Instead, they should install a drip edge that is custom made for that particular fascia board to prevent bats and other animals from entering the attic. A homeowner on Kingsbury Drive, Silver Spring 20910 went into the attic to retrieve some springtime clothing and discovered 12 bats roosting above the gable vent. They contacted Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control to do an inspection to locate the entry points. Upon inspection, the technician from Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control discovered that the bats were not coming through the gable vent because the homeowners had installed a heavy gauge screen on the interior of the gable vent. Once the technician put a ladder up around the rooftop he quickly found that the bats were coming through a gap where the fascia board and roofs edge meet. He installed aluminum drip edging to seal the gap but left a 2-inch opening where he then installed a one-way door to allow the bats to exit but not re-enter. The one-way door will stay in place for a little while. Once the bats have left the one-way door is removed and the 2-inch opening was sealed with the aluminum drip edge.

The technicians at Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control are carpenters that have years of training, knowledge and experience working on bat eviction and properly sealing up homes to prevent bats from re-entering. Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Controls technicians professionally install the proper materials to match and blend in with the existing facade of your home. It’s important to know that all ten species of bats that reside in the state of Maryland are protected by law and it is illegal to kill them. Anyone that conducts a bat eviction or removal from a home or building must be licensed and must follow the guidelines set forth by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control is licensed and follows all laws and guidelines to ensure the protection of the bats and the people and pets that live in the home. If you want to know how to get bats out of an attic and keep them out then give Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control a call at [DirectNumber].

Birds Take Over Silver Spring Neighborhood

Birds Take Over Silver Spring Neighborhood

Since the beginning of March bird removal companies in Silver Spring like Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control have been receiving calls from homeowners with invasive bird problems. The most common call is from homeowners with House Sparrows and Starlings building a nest in bathroom vents, dryer vents, and kitchen vents. These species of birds are called cavity birds meaning they prefer to build their nest in cavities in trees and cavities in man-made structures. Exhaust vents for bathrooms, dryers, and kitchens are the perfect shape and size for these birds to nest in. Other invasive birds like Grackles and Pigeons building nest in attics and under porch roofs. Last week 8 homeowners on Woodside Pkwy, Woodland Drive, and Grace Church Rd, in Silver Spring 20910 contacted Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control for bird removal services and three more are scheduled in the next three days. Two of the homeowners had birds building a nest in multiple vents. Ms. Lee on Dale Drive, Silver Spring 20910 had fascia boards that were rotting and literally falling off of her home. As you can see in the photo below birds had easy access to her attic through the long gap in the fascia of her roofline. This gap extended half the length of her roofline. Unfortunately, the fascia board must have been missing for a few years because there was an extreme amount of nesting materials and bird feces throughout the attic.

Technicians from Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control know how to get birds out of an attic quick. Lucky for the technicians and the birds it was too early for baby birds or for the adult birds to lay their eggs. After all the birds were humanely evicted from the attic Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control installed new fascia boards and gutters to ensure no other birds will get in. Another neighbor a block away had birds nesting in both his dryer vent and upstairs bathroom vent. Again there were no babies or eggs yet but unfortunately, this homeowner was smelling a foul odor in his bathroom because the exhaust vent pipe was detached in the ceiling and the adult birds became trapped and died. Instead of ripping down the bathroom ceiling a technician from Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control removed the exhaust fan and was able to grab the dead birds. Once the nesting material was removed bird proof vent covers were installed to stop any invasive birds from doing this again in the future. If you have a bird in a vent or in the attic call the top pest control company in Silver Spring that has expert knowledge and superior skills to solve all of your wildlife control problems. An expert at Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control [DirectNumber] is ready to help.

Silver Spring Homeowners Plagued By Groundhogs

Silver Spring Homeowners Plagued By Groundhogs

Homeowners in Silver Spring Maryland have been plagued by Groundhogs ravaging their vegetable gardens and flower beds for many decades. Unfortunately, the damages caused by Groundhogs have evolved in the past couple of years. Companies that provide Groundhog trapping services in Silver Spring are responding daily to calls about Groundhogs digging burrows alongside and under patios, decks, sheds, concrete walkways and even under the foundation of homes. Groundhog burrows are between 3 feet and 15 feet below the ground and they will have between 2 and 5 entry holes on the surface of the ground that lead through tunnels up to 50 feet long. These tunnels lead to the main chamber where the Groundhog sleeps, raises their young and hibernates during the cold winter months. Usually, Groundhogs only have 2 holes on the ground surface in most cases but there will be more holes dug on the surface of the ground and more tunnels leading to more chambers the longer period of time that the Groundhog resides in the burrow. Many Silver Spring homeowners that have had a Groundhog problem for a long time want to know how to stop Groundhogs from digging but it’s not that simple. To do this you would have to dig up your entire yard and put down a hardware cloth that will not deteriorate or rust too quickly. Then you would have to put all the dirt back on top of the hardware cloth. Groundhogs usually prefer to dig next to the base of trees, under concrete walkways, under sheds, and even under homes. A large Groundhog dug underneath this front porch on Woodside Pkwy, Silver Spring 20910. Once the Groundhog gained access to the area under the front porch it dug down alongside the foundation wall of this home and up under the basement floor. Since the homeowner rarely used the front door this Groundhog went undetected for over a month until the homeowner went to the basement and noticed a 4 foot long deep crack in the basement floor. This crack was caused by the Ground Hog excavating the dirt from underneath the concrete floor.

A wildlife technician from Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control inspected the property and gave the homeowner some expert advice on how to get rid of Groundhogs. First, Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control trapped and removed the Groundhog. Next, they repaired the entry point under the porch and then filled in the burrow hole next to the foundation of the home. Last they repaired the concrete basement floor. This project took two days to resolve thanks to the professionals at Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control. If you have a Groundhog problem or any other wildlife issues give Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control a call at [DirectNumber]. No question is a bad question and we are more than happy to help you come up with a solution for your wildlife control problems.

Hanover Residents Battle Bird Invasion

Hanover Residents Battle Bird Invasion

Birds are building nest everywhere at this time of year especially in man-made structures like dryer vents, kitchen exhaust vents, and bathroom exhaust vents. Wildlife control companies like Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control stay busy with bird removal from vents in Hanover throughout the spring and early summer months. People purchasing a new home usually don’t notice that bird proof vent covers were not installed on kitchen, bathroom and dryer exhaust vents on most homes that have been built in the last 10 years until a year or two after they have lived in the home when they hear baby birds chirping in the house. Besides hearing baby bird’s homeowners may also experience mites or lice getting into the home through the vent. Another side effect caused by birds nesting in an exhaust vent is the pungent odor of a decaying bird carcass caused by a baby bird that died in the vent or the foul odor of bird feces emanating from the vent. Most pest control companies in Hanover don’t have a clue how to evict birds from exhaust vents. It takes a company that specializes in bird removal to properly and humanely evict the birds, remove the nesting materials, sanitize, repair any damages and install a bird proof vent cover. The photo below was taken on Penn Ave. Hanover, Pennsylvania 17331 during the second week of March this year. The outer cover of this vent somehow broke off during the winter and House Sparrows packed nesting materials into this bathroom exhaust vent to prepare for the eggs that the female was about to lay. These little birds packed so much dried grass, small twigs, and trash into this vent it caused the vent pipe to break open in the ceiling and the birds became trapped and died in the ceiling. The horrific smell from the dead birds is what brought this problem to the homeowner’s attention. Unfortunately for the homeowners, the ceiling had to be cut open to remove the dead birds and the nesting materials. Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control installed a new vent pipe and a bird proof vent cover to prevent this from happening again in the future.

Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control is the leading bird control experts in Pennsylvania. They are highly recommended by various Pennsylvania government agencies for their expert knowledge and superior skills in animal control as well as various animal rescue group for the humane techniques that they use to evict birds and other wildlife. If you want an expert that knows how to get rid of birds in a vent give Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control a call at [DirectNumber].