The Four Types of Maryland Squirrels

The Four Types of Maryland Squirrels

Squirrels are great to watch; they are one of the more curious and agile Maryland rodents. They sometimes entertain us with aerial displays and acrobats while trying to get to a bird feeder. Despite how much fun squirrels might seem, they can cause homeowners a lot of grief. They are oftentimes found nesting in attics and can get into your home through the ventilation system and vents. There are four types of Maryland squirrels, they all have special characteristics, however, they can all do the same amount of damage. If a squirrel finds its way into your home it is best to call for squirrel removal services as soon as possible.

Gray Squirrel

The gray is the most common squirrel in Maryland, it can be found anywhere with trees. As the name would suggest, this squirrel is known for its gray coloring. Its gray colored fur provides it excellent camouflage in the woods of Maryland and the eastern coastline. They have classic squirrel tails that are large and bushy. They most often nest in White Oak, American Beech, Elm, and maple trees.

Red Squirrel

Also referred to as pine squirrels, the red squirrel is less common in Maryland and prefers to nest in evergreen pine trees. The red squirrel has a thick coat of reddish to brown fur, you will come across them more commonly in Western Maryland. These squirrels are territorial and aggressive.

Fox Squirrel

There are two types of fox squirrels found in Maryland, the Eastern and the Delmarva. Fox squirrels are larger and stockier than what we are accustomed to seeing and can be confused for a small groundhog. The Eastern variety is most commonly found in the Western regions of Maryland while the Delmarva is found throughout the Delmarva Peninsula and into Pennsylvania. These squirrels prefer mixed forests that are abundant in all types of trees and most commonly nest in mature oaks.

Southern Flying Squirrel

You heard right, Maryland has flying squirrels. They are actually very common but are rarely seen because they are nocturnal. You can often hear them during the night and may confuse their calls for an owl or bird. Contrary to the name, flying squirrels do not fly, rather they glide from tree to tree using flaps of skin between their front and hind legs.

Contact Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control

Squirrels are small and can get in through many small openings in your home, some that you may not be aware of. In addition to squirrel removal, Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control offers removal services for other animals that you may find in your home. These include:

No matter what type of squirrel is causing your home or property damages, we can handle it and remove squirrels permanently. Through inspection, exclusion, removal, repair and further squirrel proofing, our methods are sound and effective. Contact us today to discuss your squirrel removal. We are always here to help and are just a phone call away. Call [Direct] today.

5 Most Common Maryland Snakes

5 Most Common Maryland Snakes

Summer is snake season in Maryland. While you’re out gardening or hiking, keep your eyes peeled for snakes trying to warm themselves or hunt for a meal. There are only two venomous snakes in Maryland: the copperhead and the timber rattlesnake. Even though most Maryland snakes are not venomous, it is important to not move a snake yourself but instead contact us for professional snake removal. We humanely remove and relocate them, as they are beneficial to Maryland’s ecosystem. In case you were wondering, there are 27 different species of snakes in Maryland. Below are the 5 most common Maryland snakes that you may encounter.

Garter Snake

The eastern garter snake is one of the most abundant snake species in Maryland. They come in a wide variety of colors from black, greenish, brown, but usually with a yellow or white stripe down the back. The stripe may be absent and appear as spots and all snakes colors can vary. The garter snake can grow up to 26 inches long and is most commonly found in forest, meadows, marshes, and backyards. If there is a water source nearby, you may be more likely to come across a garter snake. They are found statewide, including Montgomery, Howard, Carroll, Frederick, Anne Arundel, Harford, and Baltimore County.

Rat Snake

The rat snake is one of the largest of the most common Maryland snakes and can grow up to 80 inches in length. However large, this snake is more of a gentle giant than you might imagine and is usually not aggressive. As you may have deciphered from its name, the rat snake is an excellent hunter. This means that it is wonderful at taking care of mice and rat problems. This snake is most commonly black with white markings and, as stated before, can reach an amazing 6 feet in length. It makes its home anywhere from rocky areas to forests and flatland which is why you’ll find them from the Chesapeake Bay to the Appalachian Mountains.

Northern Brown Snake

Unlike the rat snake, the northern brown snake is one of the smallest varieties found across Maryland. This brown snake, paired with dark brown to black spots along the back, only grows to be just over a foot long. Although brown is in the name, these snakes may also appear in reddish and grayish tones. They’re plentiful in Maryland but you’ll probably rarely come across one as they primarily hunt at night. When threatened, this small snake will flatten itself to give off the appearance of being larger than it is! You may scare one from its den if you are moving wood or rocks and beware, they are known to be biters.

Northern Racer

You may have guessed from its name that the northern racer is fast! Its long and thin body type makes it especially quick. You could be walking along a Maryland path or forest line and spot one, but by the time you see them, they are already a mile away. In addition to being quick, this is also another large Maryland snake that can grow up to 60 inches. The racer is almost always black, but as with all snakes, coloration can vary. You may see them in gray hues as well. They tend to stick to grassy areas or forests, but that doesn’t mean you won’t find one living in an urban dwelling as well.

Ring-Necked Snake

The ring-necked snack is found all over Maryland, but especially in the Northern Counties near Pennsylvania, and also on the Eastern Shore. One of the smaller varieties, they grow to be around 15 inches in length. They are also characterized by a cream to yellow colored ring around the neck and on the belly. This snake is found primarily in and around pinewood forests. They love damp, moist places like rotting log piles, junk piles, and of course your basement. The ring-necked snake, unlike all the others on the list, is found only in parts of Maryland west of the Chesapeake Bay. On the other side, you’ll find the less common southern ring-necked snake. This is exactly the same but with a broken ring on its neck and half-moon shapes on its belly.

Contact Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control Today

Snakes can be very dangerous, regardless of if they are venomous or not. It is best to get them professionally removed if they have made their way into their home. In addition to snakes, we can help with a number of other animal removals, such as:

No matter which of the most common Maryland snakes are invading your home or property, please take care not to remove snakes on your own, as even the most docile snakes will bite if threatened. Snakes are one of our specialties, and our skilled snake handlers will safely remove and relocate your snake pests. Call us today at [Direct] for snake and other animal removals.

How Did Feral Hogs Reach Maryland?

How Did Feral Hogs Reach Maryland?

Wild boar, otherwise known as feral hogs or wild pigs, are not native to the United States or Maryland. So how did feral hogs reach Maryland? These pesky pigs were brought to North America by way of a ship in the late 1400s and 1500s by explorers like Hernando DeSoto and Christopher Columbus. It is estimated that the first shipment of pigs to the U.S. was as large as 300 hogs. These first pigs were used as a food source or were traded to native people. Most hogs brought over were allowed to roam free, many escaped, and as a result, formed their own population of wild pigs. Of all livestock, pigs are the most likely to escape and “go wild” but why that is is unclear. Over many years the feral hog population has dwindled but, due to the resurgence of wild boar in the areas surrounding Maryland, it is cause for concern.

How Are States Dealing With Feral Hogs

In 2014, as a result of the growing population of wild hogs near Maryland, the DNR asked that Maryland hunters shoot to kill if they encounter wild hogs. A 2013 census lists 6 million feral pigs found in 38 states. Texas has the largest feral pig population, estimated to number 2.3 million animals. At present, there are significant feral pig populations in Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania, but there are no known breeding populations in either Maryland or Delaware. Recent estimates in Pennsylvania list 3,000 feral pigs in the state; the state has declared an open season on them, creating the Pennsylvania Feral Swine Task Force to develop strategies to control these populations. Some feral pigs have been shot in Allegany County, which more than likely migrated south from Bedford or Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

Since the Potomac River separates Maryland from Virginia and West Virginia it is more likely that these boar will arrive from the north. Wild boars cause significant damage to ecosystems due to their feeding habits. They dig out roots, eat eggs of ground-nesting birds and animals and leave behind nothing but bare dirt. For farmers, wild pigs destroy crops, kill other livestock and leave the landscape completely bare. Because they are so detrimental to the environment, they must be removed immediately.

Get Rid of Feral Hogs Sooner Rather Than Later

Regardless of how did feral hogs reach Maryland, they do not seem to be going anywhere. This invasive species can cause damage to wherever they are. It is important to have professional help to get rid of feral hogs. In addition to feral hogs, Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control can help with the removal of many different species. Some of these services include:

Feral hogs can do thousands of dollars of damage to property overnight. To prevent this devastation, the feral hog population has to be kept in check. If you come in contact with a feral hog on your Maryland property, contact us today at [Direct] for wild boar removal. Get rid of this invasive species today.

What is an Animal Removal Emergency?

What is an Animal Removal Emergency?

At Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control, we work hard to cover all your animal pest removal needs. We are effective and humane and as experienced professionals, we have pretty much seen it all. Unlike other animal removal companies, We are available. If you have an animal emergency, you can call on us at any time. But what separates a regular removal call or preventative call from an emergency one? What is an animal removal emergency?

Emergency Scenarios

We take every call and removal seriously, but sometimes a homeowner may need someone out immediately, at very early hours of the morning, or very late at night. Animals are unpredictable and many Maryland nuisance animals are nocturnal and find themselves getting into areas around your home while you would normally be sleeping. We consider any wild animal in the home to be an animal removal emergency. There are many animals and scenarios that we commonly find. A raccoon may have entered your home through a pet door and forgotten how to get out. A squirrel or bat may have entered the house through your chimney and is now causing chaos in your home. A large Maryland snake may have found its way into your home and taken residence in your kitchen.

As you can imagine, these are all causes for homeowners to reach for their phones and call us, no matter what time of day or night. In addition to the home intruder, you may find that the animal on your property is causing major damage to your home or landscape. Whenever an animal is destroying your home or property we want to come out and remove it ASAP. Whether it is groundhogs in and around your homes foundation or raccoons destroying your roofing, or even other pests, like deer, getting into your garden and flower beds, we are here to help. We want to come out and save you from more extensive and expensive repairs.

Dead animal carcasses should also be removed as soon as possible to prevent the spread of odor and disease, as well as preventing other animals and birds from using this dead animal as a food source. If you have a dead animal in your home, in the walls, for example, you will want to remove as quickly as possible to prevent the odor from spreading. We neutralize and sanitize to ensure your home’s safety.

Contact Mid-Atlantic Wildlife for Help Today

Animal removal can be dangerous to do on your own. You run the risk of an attack or in the instance of a carcass, improperly removing and cleaning up after. Luckily Mid-Atlantic Wildlife is trained to remove animals from your home safely. We can do a number of kinds of animal removals including:

Whether it is an emergency scenario or just a regular call, we are here for you any time and any day of the week – contact us today! What is an animal removal emergency? Any unwanted guests in your walls or attic.