How to Get Help With Birds in Dryer Vents in Columbia

How to Get Help With Birds in Dryer Vents in Columbia

Every spring bird removal from dryer vents in Columbia becomes a high-demand service. Frightened Columbia residents call local exterminators and government animal control services seeking help with evicting the birds from their dryer vents, as well as removing bird droppings, lice, debris or nesting material that the birds brought into the vent. Unfortunately, the residents of Columbia find little to no help from exterminators because they specialize in bugs, not birds. And local government animal control services help mostly with domestic animals, not birds in vents. What you need is a professional Columbia wildlife removal company!

Wildlife control professionals that specialize in the humane eviction of birds from dryer vents and other vents on homes and buildings are the right people to contact. Birds of different species build their nests and lay eggs at different times of year, starting in late February and ending in early August. The two species of birds most often found nesting in dryer vents in Columbia are the starling and the house sparrow. Starlings usually only lay one round of 1 to 6 eggs per year. House sparrows can lay between 1 and 8 eggs (5 is the average) 2 to 4 (usually 3) times per year. House sparrows reproduce so quickly, that sometimes they will lay a new round of eggs before the last round of babies leaves the nest. Since the house sparrow uses the same nest up to 6 times, that would be an average of about 15 baby birds born and raised in your dryer vent per year. And if the house sparrow decides to rebuild in the same area, then there could be many, many more baby birds in the future years. Columbia bird control professionals like Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control offer full-service humane bird removal and bird control that works year after year. The first step is to evict the adult birds from the vent and then removal any babies (all baby birds are transported to local wildlife rehabilitators who will raise them until they are old enough to survive on their own). After the birds are out of the vent, all bird droppings and nesting materials must be removed. The vent should then be inspected for lice. The final step is to install a bird-proof vent cover to prevent any birds from nesting there in the future. This is the approach we take, and if you like it, feel free to give us a call for bird removal in Columbia!

Expect a Squirrel Population Boom in Columbia, MD

Expect a Squirrel Population Boom in Columbia, MD

Starting January 4, 2016, Columbia squirrel removal professionals will have to start working double shifts to keep up with the increased demand for removal of squirrels from attics and repair of the roof damage caused by squirrels. Many of the homes in Columbia have wood siding or wood around the soffits, so squirrels are able to chew entry holes. Many female gray squirrels gave birth to two litters of 2 to 6 baby squirrels this past year. And because there was an abundant nut harvest, they are expected to do the same in 2016 also. The first litter of babies are conceived in December or February and are born 45 days later (some time in March or April). The second litter is born between June and August. Often the second litter will stay with the mother through the fall and early part of the winter. Some juvenile squirrels that were born in the winter may produce a litter of their own the first summer. We’ve recently caught and removed one adult and four juvenile squirrels from a home on Stonegate Lane in Columbia. As you can see in the photo below, the squirrels have chewed a grapefruit-size hole in the fascia board. The entry hole can provide many clues about the home and the invasive wildlife. You can clearly see the wood has been chewed through because the large front teeth squirrel has leave distinct markings on the wood.

It’s very important to have a Columbia squirrel removal company conduct squirrel trapping before the squirrel in your attic gives birth to two litters of 2 to 6 babies. Squirrels will also chew new holes in other areas of the roof if their original entry holes are repaired. Squirrel trapping can be done humanely using live-capture squirrel traps. The success of trapping and removing squirrels depends on many things such as the bait used and the location of the traps. Once the squirrel is removed from the attic or walls cavities, the entry holes or damage caused by squirrels should be repaired to its original state by a licensed professional. Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control is Columbia’s only licensed full-service squirrel removal company. We offer total squirrel damage repair, including roof repair, gutter replacement, chimney cap installation, attic fan cover installation and shingle replacement. Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control also offers total or partial attic cleanout and re-insulation for homes that have had squirrels living in the attic for very long time. This Columbia, MD business in the photo below had a female squirrel and four three-week-old babies in the attic. The mother squirrel was entering through an attic fan on the side of the building. A Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control technician humanely removed the mother squirrel and babies and installed an attic fan cover to stop squirrels and other wildlife from entering the attic again. We have also installed a man-made nesting box on a tree nearby so the mother squirrel and babies can remain together until the babies are ready to leave.

Raccoons Cause Costly Damage to Columbia Attics

Raccoons Cause Costly Damage to Columbia Attics

On March 9, 2015 our Columbia raccoon removal professionals received 43 calls from homeowners in Columbia reporting that raccoons are living in the attic. After wildlife control technicians inspected the attics and rooftops of these homes, it was discovered that 5% of these homes had to have the attic insulation removed and replaced due to the damage caused by the raccoons living in the attic for a long period of time.

Raccoons damage rolled-in attic insulation in many ways:

  • They tear it apart to make a comfortable den.
  • They flatten it by walking on it.
  • Raccoons will also designate portion of the attic as their litter box, so some of the insulation will be covered in their feces.

In many cases, the attic insulation becomes so saturated with urine that the sheet rock or plaster ceiling below the attic becomes stained. Raccoons will also rip open soffits, gable vents and dormer pockets to gain entry into an attic. Occasionally, raccoons will chew on electrical wiring in attics causing power loss and fire hazards. If you suspect that raccoons are living in your attic it’s important to contact Columbia raccoon trapping professionals (you can reach us at 443-417-3137) as soon as possible. We will guide you in the right direction, and if you have extensive damage, we will inform you how to have your homeowner’s insurance cover the damage caused by raccoons.

Common Squirrel Removal Questions

Common Squirrel Removal Questions

Columbia homeowners and residents are no strangers to the Eastern Gray Squirrel roaming around. Squirrels are commonly found creatures throughout the state of Maryland, especially in Columbia, and have learned to coexist with humans without much problem. However, there are occasions when squirrels find their way into a Columbia home, leaving Columbia residents in need of squirrel removal services. Columbia residents tend to have questions regarding squirrel removal, but are never sure who to ask or what to do. Here are some commonly asked questions surrounding squirrel removal:

  • Why has a squirrel entered my home? Squirrels are first attracted to your home if they are provided with a food source. Food provided for domestic pets, bird feeders, and even home gardens can provide a suitable food source for the squirrel. As they continue to explore the area, they may come across an opening in your roof, siding, or basement that allows them access into your Columbia home. The warmth of your home provides the squirrel with a safe place to take shelter during the harsher winter months.
  • Why is the squirrel a problem? While squirrels may appear small and cute, they can cause serious damage to your Columbia home and property. Squirrels continuously chew on materials to prevent their front teeth from growing too long. This means that soffits in your attic along with any wooden beams, electric lines, or personal property, could be chewed through by a squirrel.
  • How can I remove the squirrel on my own? Squirrels are small and can fit themselves in hard to reach places, including behind your walls. Squirrels will also attack out of defense if they feel threatened. This means that any squirrel removal should be conducted by a trained professional through a humane wildlife removal company, such as Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control.
  • What are signs of squirrel activity? Columbia residents normally report hearing a scratching noise coming from the infested area. They also notice flickering lights from where the squirrels have chewed through electrical cables and wiring.

The professionals at Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control are trained to humanely handle wildlife control situations in the Columbia area. If wildlife finds a way into your Columbia 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 Columbia 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 Wildlife Removal Questions

Common Wildlife Removal Questions

When it comes to hiring a wildlife control provider, many Columbia residents have plenty of questions, but never ask them. It is important to know the company you choose to help with your wildlife control needs, which is why asking questions is essential when you make your call. Here are some commonly asked questions surrounding wildlife removal that your provider should be able to answer.

  1. Will the county or city help with wildlife removal free of charge? The animal control provided by the government is typically only for cases of dogs and cats. These cases usually include excessive barking, biting, and animal abuse. Some wildlife removal cases may be covered by the government; however it wouldn’t be the same as a humane wildlife removal company like Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control. With a humane wildlife removal company, the animals are removed safely and an inspection of your home then occurs.
  2. What happens with the wildlife once removed? This depends on the wildlife removal situation. If the animal is sick or diseased, certain laws may require the animal to be euthanized. In most cases, the animal is released into its natural habitat, away from urbanization.
  3. What type of wildlife do you remove? Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control removes a number of different creatures including; Raccoons, bats, squirrels, skunks, opossums, foxes, and birds.
  4. Are you licensed? A reputable wildlife removal provider should be licensed by the state in which it serves. Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control is fully insured and licensed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Delaware Fish & Game and Virginia Fish & Game.

The professionals at Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control are trained to humanely handle wildlife control situations in the Columbia area. If wildlife finds a way into your Columbia 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 removal and control services for the Columbia 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.

Bats: Friend or Foe?

Bats: Friend or Foe?

Bats are often times seen by society as a nuisance and a creature that should be feared. When a bat is spotted, the first thing an individual may reach for is a broom or some blunt object to harm the bat. But did you know that bats are actually very important to the balance of our environment and ecosystem.

Bats are essential when it comes to our ecosystem and its overall health. Bats have a diet that includes many insects that tend to cause problems for farmers and individuals. Bats also aid in the pollination of numerous plants and seeds throughout North America. In Maryland alone we have 10 different species of bats that help balance our ecosystem and provide benefits to our local environment. While bats provide benefits to our environment, that doesn’t necessarily mean we want them as pets in our Columbia home. Bats tend to find their way into our attics, chimneys, and even basements, especially during the hot temperatures of summer. Bats may seem small and harmless, but these little bodied creatures can cause significant damage to your home as well as carry harmful diseases. Bats are known carriers of rabies and histoplasmosis disease as well as bed and bat bugs that can infest your home. If you believe your house has become the home to bats, do not panic. Call the specialists at Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control. Our technicians are trained and skilled in the humane removal of the following species of bats:

  1. Evening Bat
  2. Eastern Pipistrelle
  3. Indiana Bat
  4. Little Brown Bat
  5. Big Brown Bat
  6. Eastern Small-Footed Bat
  7. Northern Long-Eared Bat
  8. Silver-Haired Bat
  9. Eastern Red Bat
  10. Hoary Bat

Our technicians will also evaluate the damage to your home and recognize possible ways a bat could reenter your house. We will then work with you to discuss preventative measures that could be taken as well as damage control. Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control specialists are available never hesitate to call us when bats become an issue in your Columbia home. To contact our trained team, call us at 443.417.3137 or click here for our contact page. You can also begin to follow Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control on Pinterest, Google+, Facebook, and Twitter.   Source: http://www.crittercontrol.com/facts/animals/bats/