The Black Rat and the Black Plague

The Black Rat and the Black Plague

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+PinterestTwitter, and Facebook.

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Handling a Rat Infestation

Handling a Rat Infestation

Cecil County residents know that wildlife is a common occurrence in their area. However, those living in Cecil County prefer for their wildlife to remain outdoors at all times, rather than finding the way into their homes. The worst type of wildlife invasion for any Cecil County homeowner is when a rat infestation occurs. A rat infestation can leave your family vulnerable to several parasites and diseases as well as causing serious damage to your home.   Because of how rats tend to move around from place to place, actually seeing a rat infestation within your home might be difficult. However, the rats will more than likely leave behind evidence of their presence. The most obvious sign of a rat infestation is to find the animals within your home. This could mean seeing them scurry along your basement floor, or find a dead rat in your attic. Another clear sign of a rat infestation is to find droppings along your walls and in the back of cabinets. As rats move around your home, they can also leave marks on your carpet or wood floors. Rats also enjoy chewing on a number of different materials. If you suspect a rat infestation, check in reach items that aremade of either wood or plastic. You can also check your wiring to different appliances for possible rat teeth marks.   If you suspect a rat infestation in your Cecil County home, call the professionals of Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control immediately. A rat infestation is going to require more than just a few sticky traps to remove all of the animals from your home. The professionals at Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control are trained to humanely handle rat infestation situations in the Cecil County area. If wildlife finds a way into your Cecil County 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 rat removal and control services for the Cecil County 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.

Common Bat Removal Questions

Common Bat Removal Questions

Throughout the state of Maryland, there are seven different species of bats that can be found. While these bats are quite useful in our ecosystem, they are not useful in our Maryland homes. That is why bat removal services are essential when a bat has made its way into your Maryland home. Bat removal should be conducted humanely and by a professional so the animals are never harmed during the process. However, when dealing with bat removal, many Maryland residents have a number of questions. Here are some of the more commonly asked questions regarding bat removal.

  1. Will a bat leave without human force? Bats could potentially leave your home after a period of time, but they will leave behind serious damage. You should never assume a bat will leave your Maryland home on its own accord. If you know that a bat is living in your attic or other area of your house, bat removal services should be called immediately before any serious damage can occur.
  2. Is bat removal for my attic necessary? Bat removal is always necessary once a bat enters your attic. Bat droppings can cause serious health risks to your family while bat activity can cause damage to the structure of your attic. As soon as bats are spotted in your attic, bat removal services should be your next step.
  3. Should I trap the bats myself? Never attempt to trap a bat or remove a bat on your own. This could put yourself and the bat in harm’s way. Always leave bat removal to the professionals.
  4. Are bats dangerous to humans? While bats are not known to specifically attack humans, they can be harmful. Bat guano can cause serious health problems for humans due to exposure. Bats are also the number one cause for rabies infection in humans.

The professionals at Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control are trained to humanely handle bat removal situations throughout the state of Maryland. If bats find 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 bats 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 bat removal and control, 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.

All about Raccoons in Maryland

All about Raccoons in Maryland

Maryland residents will tell you that their state is no stranger to wildlife. In every county, there is some type of critter that is commonly found throughout the year that can cause havoc to residents or not bother them at all. One creature that can be found throughout the state of Maryland is the raccoon. While many Maryland residents will agree that raccoons can be quite the nuisance, it is also important to understand the critters that so many are eager to be rid of.

Raccoons are mammals that can be found across most of North America. They can grow to be 38 inches long and weigh up to 23 pounds. When left in the wild, the raccoon typically lives between two to three years, but can reach its twenties if raised in captivity. A raccoon is most recognized by the “mask” of black fur that covers its eyes and the black rings that can be found on its tail. A Maryland raccoon can have a varying diet depending on the area that it is living. A raccoon will eat anything from bugs to berries to trash left behind by humans. The raccoon has shown a great ease of being able to adapt to urbanizing areas while also being able to live in forests or more tropical areas. The front paws of a raccoon include five toes that can be used to examine food as well as work latches and jars if present. The front paws of a raccoon are also extremely sensitive, making touch it’s most heightened sense.   The professionals at Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control are trained to humanely handle raccoon prevention situations throughout the state of Maryland. If raccoons find 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 squirrels 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 raccoon removal and control, 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.   Source: http://goo.gl/LE3aAn

The Benefit of Humane Wildlife Removal

The Benefit of Humane Wildlife Removal

When Maryland residents find themselves faced with unwanted wildlife in their home, many believe they can take on the job on their own. However, human wildlife removal is a job that should be left to professionals for a number of reasons. Humane wildlife removal services allow animals to be removed from your home in a way that keeps everyone safe. Animals that enter your home don’t deserve to be harmed; they are simply looking for shelter now that homes and buildings have overtaken their natural habitat. If an individual attempts to remove an animal without proper training, the animal could be harmed in the process, which isn’t fair. Those who are trained in humane wildlife removal techniques have the ability to locate an animal inside your home and have it removed without causing any harm to the creature. This means never using harsh chemicals or harmful equipment. If you want to ensure you are using a company that specializes in humane wildlife removal, call Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control. Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control specializes in the humane removal of several different animals to ensure the safety of you, your home, and the animal itself. Some of the animals that are included in our humane wildlife removal services include:

  1. Raccoons- These creatures are known to enter your home through your attic or basement. Because raccoons are known to carry raccoon roundworm and rabies, it is important to remove the animals with care while also being sure to sanitize your home properly.
  2. Squirrels- Squirrels are typically found in attics and walls, which can cause serious damage to your home. Our technicians are able to locate the animals within your home using cameras that won’t cause any further damage to your home’s structure.
  3. Foxes- While not as dangerous as many think, dens created by foxes in your yard can cause damage if too close to your home. A fox also has the potential to attack domestic pets that are kept outdoors, so it’s important to let a professional handle the removal of a fox.
  4. Bats- Bats can be found in attics, chimneys, and basements should they find an opening in your home. To ensure the creatures are removed safely, turn to the professionals at Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control.

To get started with Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control, call us today at 443-417-3137 or visit our online contact page. We are available, so never hesitate to call. Follow Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control today on Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook.

Understanding the Northern Copperhead

Understanding the Northern Copperhead

In the state of Maryland, you can find 27 different species of snakes. Of those twenty seven species, only two are venomous and a danger to humans if bitten. One of the two species that is more commonly found throughout the state is the Northern Copperhead. As bites from the Northern Copperhead increase in some counties throughout the state, it’s important for humans to understand the animals that surround them every day.

The Northern Copperhead can be found throughout the East Coast in a number of different habitats from dense forests to open fields. The Northern Copperhead is actually one of five subspecies and one of three species of copperheads that can be found in North America. They are, like most snakes, unable to produce their own body heat, so they bask in the sun during the day in order to function. Once the cooler months of the winter arrive, the Copperhead will coil tightly and hibernate. The Northern Copperhead can be found out during moderate temperatures in the fall and spring seasons as well. While the Northern Copperhead has an expanding diet of insects, frogs, mice, and birds, they are not known to attack humans voluntarily. The snake will strike a human if it feels either trapped or threatened. Humans commonly fail to see the snake coiled in the wild because of how easily the snake blends in with its surroundings. It’s important for hikers and campers to be alert for the animal coiled among fallen leaves or twigs while walking. The tan to brown coloring along with the diamond-like pattern of the Northern Copperhead allows the snake to become almost invisible. Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control specializes in the humane removal and control of copperhead snakes, along with the other twenty six species of snakes found throughout the state of Maryland. We understand how important the Northern Copperhead is to our ecosystem, therefore we use only the most humane removal techniques when dealing with the animal. Our methods are designed to cause the least amount of stress to the animal that we are handling. When a Northern Copperhead is found on your property, never put yourself or the animal in harm’s way. Call the professionals at Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control instead. To get started with us, call us today at 443-417-3137 or visit our online contact page. We are available, so never hesitate to call. Follow Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control today on Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook.   Source: http://www.marylandzoo.org/animals-conservation/reptiles/northern-copperhead/