Raccoons Rip Apart Home in Westminster

Raccoons Rip Apart Home in Westminster

On May 15, 2019, Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control who is the leading raccoon removal company in Westminster received a call from a homeowner off of Littlestown Pike, Westminster 21157 about raccoons ransacking their home. The homeowners knew they had a raccoon getting into their attic space through their soffit so they sealed up the soffit one evening after they watched the raccoon leave for its nightly search for food. Unfortunately, the homeowners did not realize that the raccoon they just sealed out of the attic was a mother who had babies in the attic. The homeowner’s bedroom was on the first floor of this two-story home and around 1 am that night they were woken up by scratching and other loud noises. They thought that the raccoon was attempting to get back in so they went outside with flashlights to scare off the raccoon however the noises had stopped by this time. The homeowner’s checked the soffit that they sealed up earlier to make sure that the raccoon did not get back in and they saw that everything was fine so they went back to bed. As they laid in bed they could hear the loud noises again so they went back out with flashlights and checked the entire roof. At this time they discovered that the raccoon had ripped open a large hole in the rooftop. The raccoon wanted back in so badly that it ripped through the shingles and a 1” inch deep by 6” inch wide wooden board.

The homeowners realized that they clearly did not know how to get rid of raccoons so they immediately called Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control to figure out why the raccoon wanted back in so badly. When the technician from Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control arrived he went straight up on the roof to evaluate the damage caused by the raccoon. As soon as he saw the damage he knew that this must have been a mother raccoon and she was trying to get back into her babies. Clearly, the homeowners had no idea that there were raccoon babies in their attic or they would not have tried to seal the raccoon out. Pest Control companies in Westminster and exterminators deal with bugs and have little to no knowledge about raccoon removal and damage repair. The technician from Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control has 17 years of experience dealing with raccoon problems. The technician knew there were two different ways to resolve this raccoon problem. He knew that mother raccoons will move their babies out of the main den site (which was this homeowner’s attic) if they feel that the main den is no longer safe for the babies. After the mother raccoon had to rip open the rooftop to get back to her babies the technician was sure that the mother raccoon was planning on moving the babies that night. Since this house backs up to a very large wooded area the mother raccoon would most likely move her babies out of the attic that night to the secondary den she had in the woods. The second plan was to trap the mother raccoon and remove the babies. The babies would have to be transported to a wildlife rehabilitator to be raised and released at the appropriate time. After the technician and the homeowner had a long discussion the homeowner decided to wait one night to see if the mother removed the babies on her own. The next day the technician inspected the attic and found no mother raccoon or babies so the mother did in fact move the babies on her own to a secondary den site. With the raccoons gone Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control was able to repair all the damages done by the mother raccoon. If you are in need of an expert raccoon trapping company in Westminster or a company that offers expert raccoon damage repair in Westminster give Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control a call at [Direct].

Signs you have Bats In Your Westminster Home

Signs you have Bats In Your Westminster Home

Many homeowners throughout Westminster discover they have a bat problem at some point during their homeownership especially if they live in an older home or a home with a slate roof. Bats can enter any pre-existing gap or openings around the rooftop that is a ¼” inch or larger. They can only enter pre-existing holes because bats do not chew or dig to get in. Homeowners usually come across signs of bats in the attic before they actually see the bats. The most obvious sign that you have a bat problem is if you see bats flying in and out of your roofline. Another obvious sign is if you actually see bats roosting in your attic. The discovery of bat droppings (guano) in piles on the floor of your attic or on a ledge or between the louvers and screening of your gable vents is one of the signs that bats are roosting in your attic. Besides their droppings, you will also see stains from their urine. The longer period of time the bats are roosting in your attic the more urine stains you will see. Bat urine and droppings also have a pungent ammonia odor and the longer the bats have been roosting in your attic the stronger the ammonia-like odor will become. Since bats roost together their droppings usually pile up together. Bats have natural oils in their fur and over time as they go in and out of the hole that they use to enter a home dark smug marks will appear around the hole. These smug marks will be very obvious if the bats are entering a hole through a soffit or fascia board or gable vent that is a lighter color.

The photo above was taken at a home off of New Windsor Road, Westminster 21157. Bats had been entering this gap in the slate roof of this home for years and roosting in the attic. The homeowners didn’t care that the bats were roosting in the attic until the noise from the bats started waking them up throughout the night. Most of the noise bats emit are high frequency and humans cannot hear them however they do emit some chirping like noises that humans can hear. Many homeowners discover they have bats roosting in their attic or walls or chimney when they hear this chirping like sound. Bats may also make some scratching sounds as they navigate inside of a wall or ceiling or as they go in and out of the hole they use to access an attic. Most homeowners don’t know how to get rid of bats and must rely on bat experts from bat removal companies in Westminster like Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control. If you discover signs that bats maybe roosting in your attic give Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control a call at [Direct].

Why Are Rats Attracted To Your Westminster Property

Why Are Rats Attracted To Your Westminster Property

The rat population is exploding throughout Carroll County. Westminster rat exterminators are receiving record number calls from desperate homeowners that are encountering rats on their property and even in their home. Most of these homeowners have lived in the same house for decades and are experiencing rats in their home for the first time. The question everyone has is “why are rats coming into my house”? The reasons are shelter and food! Rats have been thriving alongside mankind for thousands of years in fact they do poorly in areas where humans no longer dwell because they have become so reliant on us for food and shelter. Most people think that rats only enter homes that are dirty and unkept but that is simply not true. Rats enter a home if they smell food. They will enter a home and feed on dry dog food or cat food or seeds that a bird drops out of their cage. They will commonly chew through any food container that is cardboard or plastic like a cereal box. One of the first questions homeowners ask pest control companies in Westminster is “How are rats getting in my house”? Rats can fit into a pre-existing gap or hole about the size of a quarter. The fact is that if a rats head can fit into a hole then the rest of their body can fit in. Rats can easily create their own hole by chewing and dig through just about anything except steel. Rats are known to enter homes through sewer drains that have been installed incorrectly or sewer drains that have displaced joints or broken joints or cracks. Rats will enter through dryer vents that are just a couple feet off the ground. Rats also enter through gaps under doors and through window unit air conditioners that are low to the ground. If you live in a townhouse and your neighbor has rats then you will eventually get rats.

Most people think it’s a myth that rats can enter a home through a toilet but it’s true. Rats have incredible stamina and are capable of treading water for up to three days. They can also hold their breath for up to three minutes so if they enter a gap in a sewer pipe underground in your yard they can definitely make the journey into your home and come out in your toilet. Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control took the photos above at a home off of Pennsylvania Ave, Westminster 21157. This photo shows the space under the new addition of this home which is a bathroom. Four days after the new bathroom was complete the homeowner opened the toilet lid and discovered two rats in the toilet. Upon inspection, the technician from Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control discovered that the rats had chewed a 1 ½” hole in the top of the PVC drain pipe and swam up into the toilet. After the PVC drain pipe was replaced Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control set rat traps to rat and remove the existing population of rats on the property. Then they installed heavy gauge sheet metal around the base of the new addition bathroom crawl space to prevent any rats or other critters from entering the crawl space in the future. If you have a rat infestation or suspect rats maybe living on your property then give Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control a call at [Direct]. They are the “do it all” top rated rat control company in Westminster.

Birds Building Nest in Vents Throughout Westminster

Birds Building Nest in Vents Throughout Westminster

Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control has received more calls for bird removal in Westminster so far this spring than any other year. Hundreds of Westminster homeowners have discovered that birds have built a nest in their bathroom vent, dryer vent, kitchen vent, gable vent or soffit vent. Some of these cases are more difficult than others to resolve especially when the exhaust duct pipe is completely blocked with nesting materials and the forced air is no longer able to flow to the outside. An exhaust duct pipe that’s blocked with dried grass, small twigs, dried leaves, and bits of trash is a fire hazard and it can also cause the exhaust fan motor to overheat and burn up. If you don’t know how to get rid of birds then you should probably call a professional bird control company that services Westminster. Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control has provided expert bird removal services for Westminster and surrounding areas for over a decade. They have encountered every bird control scenario known to man yet they occasionally run into a complicated situation that requires unique techniques to resolve. One such situation occurred last week off of New Windsor Road, Westminster 21157. The homeowner called Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control to report that she was constantly hearing birds in the exterior wall whenever she would sit in her office. A technician from Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control arrived two hours later and conducted an inspection. Upon inspection, the technician discovered that there was a dryer vent on the exterior wall where the homeowner’s office is. The homeowner had just moved in a month earlier and did not know that the previous homeowner had moved the laundry room to the basement and put an office where the laundry room was on the second floor. When the previous homeowner changed the laundry room into an office he sheetrocked over the dryer vent opening on the inside but did not close off or remove the dryer vent on the outside. This meant that birds still had access to the dryer vent opening on the second floor from the outside and that the birds had entered the exterior vent and built a nest in the wall. This explains why the current homeowner was hearing birds whenever she was in the office.

Since there were no eggs in the nest yet Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control evicted the adult birds, removed the nesting materials, removed the vent on the exterior and installed a face plate to prevent any other birds from entering the wall cavity again. If you are in need of bird control in Westminster call Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control at [Direct] and talk to an expert that knows how to get birds out of a vent or attic or porch or any other part of your home.

Groundhog Digs Into Basement in Westminster

Groundhog Digs Into Basement in Westminster

Groundhog removal companies in Westminster remain busy trapping groundhogs and repairing damages they cause do to the high population of groundhogs in the Westminster area. Despite that groundhogs have a cute friendly appearance they can cause very costly damages to homes, buildings, sheds, barns, retaining walls, roadways, walkways, and ponds. Groundhogs dig burrows with extensive tunnels and chambers between 3 and 15 below ground. Groundhogs are very clever animals and prefer to dig the entry holes to their burrows under structures such as porches and sheds to prevent rain from entering the hole. Groundhogs have also figured out that digging a hole next to the foundation of a home or building also helps keep rainwater out. The foundation wall of a home or building also provides their tunnels and chambers with the perfect support that will not collapse on them. As they dig down alongside the foundation wall they will dig their main chamber underneath of the homes concrete basement floor. Again this helps to keep the rain out of their living space (chambers) but unfortunately, over time the concrete basement floor will crack and even collapse causing the homeowner thousands of dollars in damage. Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control who is the leading groundhog trapping company in Westminster received a call from a homeowner off of New Windsor Road, Westminster, 21157 on April 19th about a groundhog that was running around in their basement. This was an old stone house with a basement that had a stone floor. A few of the stones on the floor were missing so the groundhog dug a hole into the basement. Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control set live capture traps and within an hour the groundhog was trapped and removed. The homeowners also had Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control seal up the groundhog’s hole and tunnel along the foundation of the home. In addition, Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control poured 8 inches of concrete on the dirt basement floor to prevent groundhogs or any other critters from getting in.

If you don’t know how to get rid of groundhogs or repair the damages caused by groundhogs give Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control a call at [Direct].

Westminster Homeowner Finds Black Snake In The Fireplace

Westminster Homeowner Finds Black Snake In The Fireplace

Snake removal in Westminster is a necessity from April till November. The most common non-venomous species of snakes that homeowners throughout Westminster encounter are the black rat snake, garter snake, brown snake, ring-neck snake, and northern racer. The most common venomous snake species that homeowners throughout Westminster encounter are the northern copperhead, however, the timber rattlesnake does show up on a rare occasion. All of these species are found in yards across Westminster however usually only the black rat snake, garter snake, brown snake, and ring-neck snake are found inside of homes. There have been remote cases where copperheads and timber rattlesnakes are found in the basement of older stone homes especially during the cold winter months when an old stone basement presents its self as the perfect place for these snakes to hibernate. These snakes can enter a home through any gap or opening but the most common entry points are through pre-existing gaps or openings around the foundation of a home including gaps under or around doors. Snakes will enter a home through open doors or windows including through window air conditioning units. Some species like the black rat snake are excellent climbers and often enter a home through gaps and openings around the rooftop. A homeowner off of Ridge Road, Westminster 21157 sat down in her living room to watch TV and saw something moving in the fireplace. As she looked closer she was horrified to find a 5-foot long black rat snake. Since she and her husband did not know how to get a snake out of the house she quickly called Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control to catch and remove the snake. The snake expert from Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control inspected the exterior of the home and found that this black rat snake entered the home by climbing up ivy that grew up the outside of a chimney then it climbed down the chimney into the fireplace.

If you find a snake in your home or on your property and want to know how to get rid of snakes call Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control who is Westminster’s leading snake control experts at [Direct].