With a continuous increase in construction and development throughout the county, it’s no wonder more Anne Arundel County homeowners are finding wildlife in their homes. When this takes place, homeowners should seek out Anne Arundel County animal control services. However, some may believe Anne Arundel County animal removal services are unnecessary and think they can handle the issue themselves. In order to keep your home, yourself, and the critter safe from harm, it’s crucial to seek out help from professionals.
How Do Animals Enter My Home?
Before you seek out Anne Arundel County animal removal services, it’s essential to understand how these animals got in your house. Once you know how critters can get in, you can prevent them from entering in the future. Some of the common ways wildlife enter homes include the following:
- Crawl space
- Gaps around utility lines
- A rotting foundation of the house
- Vents to dryers
- Unused or broken drain pipes
- Roof and attic
So, how do you realize an animal is in your home? One common sign is finding droppings from the animal in different areas of your home. Raccoons or squirrels trapped in your walls tend to make scratching noises. Bats or birds in your attic will also make similar sounds. Foul odors might also occur, due to a build-up of fecal matter. Anne Arundel County homeowners tend to come face to face with the following animals at different times of the year:
Are Anne Arundel County Animal Removal Services Necessary?
A common misconception regarding wildlife in homes is that animal control services are unnecessary. However, attempting to remove wildlife from the home without the assistance of Anne Arundel County animal removal services can lead to serious problems. For one, homeowners lack the equipment and training necessary to remove animals safely. When cornered, wildlife tends to become aggressive, which can lead to injury. Homeowners can also harm the animal when trying to remove them. If the animal attempts to get away, they can cause more damage to your property that wasn’t previously there. To ensure the animal is humanely removed and your home stays safe, it’s best to seek out Anne Arundel County animal removal services.
Help is Available through Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control
If you’re in need of Anne Arundel County animal removal services, you need to learn more about Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control. Our team has the training and experience necessary to remove animals from the homes of our clients safely. With numerous service areas in Maryland, Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control is the name you need to know when it comes to wildlife removal. We’re proud to serve a number of counties throughout Maryland, including:
- Anne Arundel County
- Baltimore County
- Frederick County
- Howard County
- Montgomery County
Along with Anne Arundel County animal removal services, we also provide animal repellent and dead animal removal services for our clients. Our team is licensed and insured, and available for emergency services as well. To learn more about our services, call Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control today at [DirectNumber].
Our Annapolis raccoon removal technicians received a call last week about roof damage and attic noise in an Annapolis home located on Carrollton Rd. Upon inspection, we found a mother raccoon that had been living in the attic for quite some time, judging by the damage. She damaged fascia boards in several places and ripped up parts of the attic insulation. You can see the extent of the damage above.
We captured the nuisance raccoon in a live trap, cleaned up the attic and repaired the damage. Thankfully, the damage wasn’t too serious—trust us, we’ve seen worse—and was covered by the homeowner’s insurance policy. Keep in mind that not all insurance policies cover raccoon damage, which is good coverage to have in Maryland where raccoons are abundant. Check with your provider to determine what’s covered under your policy.
How Raccoons Get Into Your Attic
As you can see from the above photos, raccoons don’t have to wait till a hole opens up—they can make one on their own. Many older homes in Anne Arundel County have rotten soffits and fascia boards that a raccoon can easily break with its strong arms. This is one of the reasons to not delay repairs if you see the edges of your roof starting to crumble away. Another way raccoons gain access to your home is through unscreened or weak gable vents. As a part of wildlife-proofing a home, we always install durable vent covers that withstand both the weather and any unwanted visitors.
How Does Raccoon Damage Go Unnoticed?
How can you not notice a hole in your fascia board? Easily! Most homeowners don’t inspect the exteriors of their homes very often, not to mention the roof and the attic. Also, in summer, we tend to leave for vacations, which means leaving your home for a week or two with minimal or no supervision. This creates numerous opportunities for a crafty animal such as a raccoon to enter your home unnoticed. Always inspect your home when you return from a vacation to make sure there were no wildlife intrusions in your absence.
I Think I Have a Raccoon in My Attic
If you suspect you might have a raccoon problem, first of all stay calm and act fast. The sooner you get help, the less damage and cleanup you’ll have to deal with later. Whatever you do, don’t go to the attic and try to confront a raccoon with a broom or any other household item. Raccoons can carry rabies and can also be aggressive when approached, especially if they are protecting their young. The best thing to do is leave the raccoon alone and call our Anne Arundel wildlife control experts. We are trained in finding and capturing raccoons with minimal stress and harm to both you and the animal. Contact us today for raccoon removal in Maryland.
Anne Arundel County, Maryland, has hundreds of waterways running through populated communities like Annapolis, Pasadena and Severna Park. Most of the insect species that bats prefer to feed on need a body of water to reproduce and survive. With a plentiful food source, the only other environmental factor a bat needs to survive is a safe place to roost. Naturally, bats roost in tree cavities, caves and rock cliffs. However, over time bats have learned that man-made structures such as attics, walls, and chimneys offer great protection from harsh weather and predators. Bats are great to have around in your community as free pest control. But when bats are roosting in your attic they can cause damage to your home and put your health at risk.
Bats and Rabies
Bats are known to roost in secluded areas of man-made structures, including attics and walls of residential homes. They usually don’t enter your living space in order to avoid encounters with humans or other animal that may harm them. Most bats that find their way into the living space (bedroom, living room, kitchen, etc.) are usually juveniles that are confused or lost. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 10% of all bats found in the living space of a home test positive for rabies.
How Bats Transfer Rabies
Rabies can be deadly if not taken seriously and treated immediately. There was a fairly recent case when a woman got bitten by a bat and subsequently died of rabies. She was woken up at night by a flying bat, and when she found the bat hanging on the curtains, she opened the window and shook the bat off. A few months later the woman became ill and went to a local hospital with symptoms of heart disease. She was sent to see a cardiologist who then realized she did not have a heart problem but she did, in fact, have rabies. Unfortunately, it was too late for the treatment. Bats have very small sharp teeth, and in most bat bite cases the bite appears as two small needle-like scratches or punctures. In most cases, a bite from a bat reportedly feels like two needle-like jabs. However, several people that have died from rabies didn’t even know they had been bitten by a bat and were most likely bitten while they were sleeping. During the autopsy, a bat bite was found on some and no bite at all was found on others, even though they tested positive for the strain of rabies carried by bats. Most of the people who were bitten by a bat while sleeping and didn’t feel the bite were elderly, young children or people who took sleep aids and were most likely in a deep sleep when the bite happened. While camping in his parents’ back yard, this teenage boy was bitten by a Big Brown Bat on the arm. The image of the bat bite in the photo above has been magnified, so that you can clearly see the puncture wounds from the bat’s teeth. This woman was bitten by a Big Brown Bat on her finger when she captured and removed the bat from her living room. Note how the bite is barely visible.
The Anne Arundel County Health Department urges anyone who has had contact with a bat to seek medical attention immediately. If a young child has picked a sick or injured bat off the ground, that child should be taken to a local emergency room. If you are woken in the night by a bat flying around in your bedroom, it is assumed that you have had potential exposure to rabies and you should get medical attention. In any case, if a human has been bitten or is suspected of having contact with a bat, the bat must be contained and then you should call the Anne Arundel County Animal Control and Health Department so the bat can be tested for rabies.
Bats Carry Bat Bugs and Bedbugs
Bedbugs and bat bugs are so similar in appearance, even Anne Arundel County’s best pest control professionals and exterminators would need a magnifying glass to be able to tell them apart. Thousands of years ago when mankind and bats shared caves together, the bat bug and bedbug were the same species. However, as mankind left the caves, the bugs that went with the humans evolved into bedbugs feeding on humans and other mammals. The bugs that stayed behind evolved to feed on bats and became the bat bug. Bat bugs will also feed on humans and other mammals if bats are absent, but they predominately feed on bats and most often leave with the bats. If a bat or a colony of bats roosts in a home that is infested with bedbugs, it is very possible for the bed bugs to feed on bats as well. Bedbugs will also hitch a ride on a bat to spread between households. The control methods for bedbugs and bat bugs are very different. Bedbug control requires all infested areas to be treated at the same time. If any bed bugs or their eggs remain in the home, then the infestation will start all over again. Bat bugs are controlled by having an Anne Arundel County bat removal company properly evict the bats that are roosting in your home. After the bats are gone, any remaining bat bugs usually die off in the attic or walls. However, immediately after the bats are evicted, existing bat bugs may migrate through the home in search of a new host to feed on. The homeowner in this video pulled a shutter off of the exterior wall and discovered that bats were roosting behind it. The dark pile on the step is bat droppings (guano) with hundreds of bat bugs crawling through it and all over the wall.
Infectious Lung Disease
Histoplasmosis is a lung disease found in humans that is caused by breathing in airborne fungal spores. The fungal spores form in bat guano (droppings) and bird droppings when they are in soil or have decayed over a long period of time. The fungal spores attach to dust particles and become airborne, especially when disturbed. People who do bat guano or bird dropping cleanup work should always wear proper protection to avoid histoplasmosis. In the past Ten years, Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control has encountered 3 customers who died from histoplasmosis due to living too long with bat guano in the attic and walls of their homes. Two were in Maryland and one was in Southern Pennsylvania. If bats are roosting in your attic or walls, it’s important to have bats evicted from your home as soon as possible to avoid costly bat guano cleanup, attic insulation replacement and possible health risk. If you suspect that you may have bats roosting in you Anne Arundel County home, sit outside in the evening (be sure to have someone watching on all sides of the home at the same time) to see if any bats are coming out around your roof line. If you see bats coming out of your home, contact your Anne Arundel County bat control company at 443-417-3137 to inspect your home and review the bat eviction process with you.
Bats are great to have around your community because they are nature’s pest control. However, if you have bats living in the attic or walls, then your health can be at risk. Many people are OK with bats roosting in the attic until they smell the bat urine and feces that’s accumulating in the attic or until a bat gets into the living space possibly exposing you and your family to rabies. When bats roost in attics and wall cavities, they sometimes find their way into the main living area of a home. Some bats get into the living space of the home through gaps as small as 3/8 of an inch around the attic access panel or door. They also enter gaps around air conditioning ventilation duct work in attics. If bats get into the wall cavities in the attic, they may accidentally find their way down to the basement through the walls. If the basement has an unfinished ceiling or walls, then the bats can get out into the living space of the home.
The Rabies Risk
During the first week of June 2015, our Anne Arundel County bat removal professionals were overwhelmed with calls from Glen Burnie, Maryland homeowners who were woken in the night by bats flying around in their homes. Many residents had to get rabies shot as a precaution because they opened a window and released the bats. Other home owners who received our assistance avoided the rabies shot because our technicians were able to capture the bats and they were tested for rabies by The Anne Arundel County Health Department. To learn more about bats and rabies visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Airborne Fungal Spores
Histoplasmosis is an infection caused by breathing in fungus spores found in bat droppings. Histoplasmosis is most commonly transmitted when these spores become airborne. Soil, insulation, and other materials that are often contaminated with bat droppings also can contain histoplasmosis. People who reside in a building or home that has a bat infestation, as well as farmers and landscapers are at a higher risk of contracting the disease. Most people with histoplasmosis never develop symptoms and aren’t aware they’re infected. However, histoplasmosis can be serious and even deadly for some people including infants and people that already have lung or breathing problems.
Damage Caused by Bat Urine and Feces
Bat urine and feces (guano) can cause a lot of damage to a home. Bat urine and feces will stain just about any surface including sheet rock or plaster walls and ceilings. Attic and wall insulation becomes saturated with urine and feces which prohibits the insulation from insulating your home. As bat urine and feces accumulates in the attic or wall cavities you may start to smell an ammonia odor. Urine and feces staining may also be found at the entry/exit hole the bats are using to access the attic or walls. You will see a brownish stain occur as this urine and feces is washed down the exterior wall of the home or building. If you have bats living in your attic or walls, it is a good idea to contact the Anne Arundel County bat removal professionals to inspect your attic or home for accumulated bat droppings. If you have only had bats living in your attic or home for a short period of time, then you may only need a small area of the attic cleaned out. However, if bats have been living in your attic for a long period of time, then you may be in need of a total attic cleanout and re-insulation after the bat removal project is complete.
Bats Carry Bed Bugs and Bat Bugs
Bat bugs and bed bugs look so much alike that it’s impossible to tell the difference between the two without a magnifying glass. Bat bugs will mostly feed on bats. If the bats leave their roosting site, then the bat bugs usually go with the bats and any remaining bat bugs usually die off in the attic or wall cavities. However, bats can carry bed bugs as well. If bats are roosting in the attic or wall cavities of a home that is infested with bed bugs and then relocate to a new roosting site such as a neighbor’s attic, then, yes, there is a chance you may get bed bugs from the bats living in the attic. Watch this video to learn more about bats carrying bed bugs and how bed bugs can infest your home. If you suspect that you may be sharing your Glen Burnie home with bats, let our Maryland Wildlife Control experts know right away! The sooner we can evict the bats, the less damage your home will incur. Give us a call or contact online to schedule an appointment!
During the 14th century, Europe experienced a pandemic that has been known for centuries as the Black Plague. From grade school and on, we have believed that the cause of this pandemic that took the lives of over 100 million Europeans began with the black rat. It has always been taught that the black rat carried diseased fleas that bit individuals and caused the pandemic throughout the continent. However, a new study and evidence has now surfaced that may clear the name of the black rat, and turn the blame to gerbils. A study was recently published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that explains how the climate data of that time does not support the concept of rats being the cause, but instead gerbils. Weather patterns were studied through the rings of trees in Europe that shows extremely wet springs with warm summers, which is not a climate condition that supports rats, but it does support gerbils. It is believed that gerbils from Asia made their way to the European continent using the Silk Road. Another study has also challenged the theory of flea bites being the cause of spreading the plague, but that instead the plague was transmitted through the air.
While the black rat’s name could be officially cleared with the Black Plague, it does not mean that rats should be allowed to live in your Maryland home. When you believe you are faced with a rodent infestation in your Maryland home, never try to handle the situation on your own. Rodents and rodent droppings can harbor various diseases and parasites that can be harmful to humans if exposed. The professionals at Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control are trained to humanely handle rodent control situations in the Maryland area. If wildlife finds a way into your Maryland home, our technicians will be able to remove the animals from your home as well. We will then identify where the critters entered your home to avoid future infestations. All methods and techniques used by Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control are humane and avoid stress and harm to the animal being removed. Never try to remove the animals on your own. This could cause harm to both you and the animal.
To get started with Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control for rodent removal and control services for the Maryland area, call us today at 443-417-3137 or visit our online contact page. We are available, so never hesitate to call. We are also available on weekends and holidays as well. Follow Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control today on Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook.
Gambrills residents have probably seen a ground hog or two from time to time around the area. While ground hogs are cute to look at from far away and are excellent meteorologists, they can cause quite the problem for homeowners in Gambrills. Ground hogs cause a lot of their damage through digging and chewing. Ground hogs tend to burrow underground to create their homes, and this means burrowing within your Gambrills yard. Groundhogs will enter your yard and begin to burrow under sheds, decks, and gardens. Because these tunnels can reach up to 50 feet long and can go as deep as 10 feet, they can cause the soil surrounding your yard structures to become unstable. Ground hogs tend to also chew on almost anything they find. This means your plants, equipment, and wires are left vulnerable should a ground hog stumble upon them. Ground hogs can also cause problems in the roadways. Ground hogs are known to dart out into the middle of streets like other wild animals, leaving drivers at risk for major accidents. If a ground hog is struck by a vehicle, their carcass can attract other animals and create a bigger obstacle for drivers. If you believe you have a ground hog in your Gambrills home, never try to harm the animal. Ground hogs are fairly gentle creatures, but can always attack if provoked. The professionals at Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control are trained to humanely handle ground hog control situations in the Gambrills area. If wildlife finds a way into your Gambrills home, our technicians will be able to remove the animals from your home as well. We will then identify where the critters entered your home to avoid future infestations. All methods and techniques used by Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control are humane and avoid stress and harm to the animal being removed. Never try to remove the animals on your own. This could cause harm to both you and the animal. To get started with Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control for ground hog removal and control services for the Gambrills area, call us today at 443-417-3137 or visit our online contact page. We are available, so never hesitate to call. We are also available on weekends and holidays as well. Follow Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control today on Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook.