How Do Raccoons Enter Attics?

How Do Raccoons Enter Attics?

Our Bethesda raccoon removal specialists have removed numerous raccoons from attic spaces in Bethesda, Silver Spring, Annapolis and throughout Maryland. And no matter where you live, we’ve noticed that raccoons usually use the same strategy for getting inside your attic.

Take a Look at This Bethesda Home

A raccoon climbed up the downspout on this Bethesda home to access the roof. Once on the roof, he began to investigate and discovered a vulnerable part of the soffit where he ripped off a section of rotted wood to gain entry into the attic, as seen in the photo above.

Raccoons prefer to den high up off the ground to avoid falling prey to predators. Once the raccoon has access to the roof, he will start investigating and looking for pre-existing holes and entry points, including gable vents and attic fan outlets that don’t have covers. This investigation involves sniffing the roof for prey, predators and air movement coming out of gaps around the roof. If a raccoon cannot find a pre-existing entry point, he will make one by ripping a hole in the roof, soffit, dormer pockets or weak vent guards. Raccoons also feel around the roof for gaps and openings just large enough for them to get their front paws in, so they can rip open a hole in weak or rotten wood.

After the raccoon rips open an entry point, the attic becomes “home, sweet home.” Most homeowners discover that there is a raccoon living in the attic of their Bethesda home after they hear loud stomping noises coming from the ceiling. The longer the raccoon dens in the attic, the more he will defecate and urinate all over the attic insulation. It’s important to have the raccoon or raccoons trapped and removed as soon as possible to minimize the damage repair cost.

If you have a raccoon problem, contact our Bethesda raccoon removal professionals online or by calling us at 240-599-6815.

How to Get Rid of Squirrels in Your Bethesda Attic

How to Get Rid of Squirrels in Your Bethesda Attic

Late winter into early spring is the time of the year when homeowners often discover squirrels living in the attic. If you hear scratching noises in the attic or scratching noises in the ceiling, it’s a good indication that you have a squirrel problem. Female gray squirrels do a lot of scratching when they are preparing to have their babies. Often a female squirrel will scratch a hole in the sheet rock ceiling beneath the attic. Many homeowners in Bethesda make the mistake of hiring a Bethesda pest control professional or a Bethesda exterminator who has no experience dealing with a squirrel problem in the attic. If you want to know the proper squirrel control techniques, you are better off contacting our Bethesda squirrel removal professionals (202-557-1443) or Bethesda wildlife control experts (240-599-6815) to guide you in the right direction.

What to Do if Baby Raccoons Are Living in Your Attic

What to Do if Baby Raccoons Are Living in Your Attic

Raccoon trapping isn’t always the answer when you are trying to get raccoons out of the attic. There are several ways to handle raccoon removal from an attic or any animal removal from an attic space. In many cases during the Bethesda spring raccoon invasion, there are baby raccoons in the attic and it’s important to get them out along with the adults. If you have an animal control company trap and remove raccoons living in the attic, there may be baby raccoons that are too young to get out on their own, so they will surely die of starvation. Not only is this an inhumane thing to do, but the dead baby raccoons will also smell up your home and, in some cases, their carcasses will attract other pest animals such as rats and mice. Wildlife control companies, pest control companies and exterminators that are reputable will use other humane, yet affective, wildlife removal methods. If you have any questions about the proper animal trapping techniques or raccoon eviction techniques, call Bethesda Raccoon removal professionals at 202-557-1443 or call Montgomery County animal control professionals at 240-599-6815. On March 4, 2015, our Bethesda raccoon trapping experts inspected a home in the 5600 block of Durbin Road in Bethesda, MD. Even though March is early for raccoons to have babies, the wildlife control technicians discovered a female raccoon with 2 babies about two weeks old. The Bethesda raccoon removal professionals use humane raccoon control techniques that force the mother to move her young to a new den site. If raccoons are running across the roof at night, or you hear loud noises coming from the attic, contact Bethesda animal removal professionals.

Does Bethesda need Wildlife Control?

Does Bethesda need Wildlife Control?

It is no surprise to Bethesda residents that wildlife lives within the area. Between raccoons, squirrels, and birds, wildlife is never hard to find for Bethesda residents. However, there are times when wildlife manages to find its way into your Bethesda yard or home. When this occurs, Bethesda residents should call the wildlife control services of Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control.     Many Bethesda residents believe that wildlife control is a waste of money; however they fail to realize how important wildlife control services can be to their home and family. While many just assume they can remove the animal on their own, they don’t consider the harm they are putting themselves and the animal into. When a wild animal feels cornered or threatened, they are more likely to lash out and attack. A wildlife control professional will have the proper safety apparel on to avoid harm from these attacks of self-defense. A wildlife control professional also understands the types of parasites and diseases that wildlife can carry, which allows them to handle the animal in the best way possible. Some Bethesda homeowners are unaware of the health risks they are taking by interacting with a wild animal without protective gear. A wildlife control professional will also be able to identify how the animals entered your home, which can be helpful when trying to prevent future infestations. The professionals at Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control are trained to humanely handle wildlife control situations in the Bethesda area. If wildlife finds a way into your Bethesda 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 wildlife control and removal services for the Bethesda 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+PinterestTwitter, and Facebook.

Does Bethesda need Wildlife Control?

Does Bethesda need Wildlife Control?

It is no surprise to Bethesda residents that wildlife lives within the area. Between raccoons, squirrels, and birds, wildlife is never hard to find for Bethesda residents. However, there are times when wildlife manages to find its way into your Bethesda yard or home. When this occurs, Bethesda residents should call the wildlife control services of Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control.     Many Bethesda residents believe that wildlife control is a waste of money; however they fail to realize how important wildlife control services can be to their home and family. While many just assume they can remove the animal on their own, they don’t consider the harm they are putting themselves and the animal into. When a wild animal feels cornered or threatened, they are more likely to lash out and attack. A wildlife control professional will have the proper safety apparel on to avoid harm from these attacks of self-defense. A wildlife control professional also understands the types of parasites and diseases that wildlife can carry, which allows them to handle the animal in the best way possible. Some Bethesda homeowners are unaware of the health risks they are taking by interacting with a wild animal without protective gear. A wildlife control professional will also be able to identify how the animals entered your home, which can be helpful when trying to prevent future infestations. The professionals at Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control are trained to humanely handle wildlife control situations in the Bethesda area. If wildlife finds a way into your Bethesda 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 wildlife control and removal services for the Bethesda 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+PinterestTwitter, and Facebook.

Deterring Squirrels in Bethesda

Deterring Squirrels in Bethesda

Squirrels are common sights throughout the Bethesda area. While squirrels appear to be cute and harmless as they scurry along a tree branch, they are known to cause serious damage if they find their way into your Bethesda home. Because of this, more Bethesda homeowners are wondering how to deter squirrels from their homes and yards.

Deterring Squirrels Outdoors

Squirrels can be deterred from your Bethesda yard in a few ways. Homeowners can first remove any possible food sources from the yard. This means picking up any acorns that have fallen from nearby trees and securing your trash in appropriate receptacles. If you yard includes a bird feeds, use a guard to prevent squirrels from accessing the feeder. You should also keep feeders away from your home or any trees to ensure the squirrels cannot gain access to the food. During the warmer months, automatic sprinklers can be used to deter squirrels from entering your yard or garden.

Deterring Squirrels Indoors

While squirrels can be a nuisance to your yard and garden, they can cost you money if they manage to enter your home. The best way to prevent squirrels from accessing your Bethesda home is to close off any openings or gaps throughout your home. You should also avoid storing food in your attic to prevent attracting squirrels. If you have trees near your home, cut off any branches that will provide squirrels with access to your roof. If your Bethesda home includes a chimney, consider installing a chimney cap to prevent squirrels from gaining access to your living space. The professionals at Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control are trained to humanely handle squirrel control situations in the Bethesda area. If wildlife finds a way into your Bethesda 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 squirrel removal and control services for the Bethesda 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+PinterestTwitter, and Facebook.