Opossum Spotting in Ellicott City

Opossum Spotting in Ellicott City

To some, opossums are adorable and, to others, opossums are scary vermin. However, opossums moving into a residential area are often problematic for the people and pets living in the area. Let’s talk about some ways you can spot an opossum and how to deter them from your home.

Sights and Sounds

Opossums native to Ellicott City are grey and white with hairless tails. They have opposable thumbs and are the only marsupial native to Maryland. They are about the size of a house cat when they are adults. Opossums aren’t terribly vocal creatures unless cornered. They sometimes make clicking sounds when separated from their young or while they are in mating season. Baby opossums may make sneezing noises when they are looking for their mother. When threatened, opossums may hiss or growl. Though it is not advisable to corner an opossum yourself, you can rest a little easier. Opossums are incredibly clean animals who groom often and have a very low chance of contracting rabies.

Opossum homes

Though some think that they live in trees, only young opossums really hang from trees. Though some opossums will choose to live in old squirrel nests, most live underground. Due to their soft feet and claws, opossums don’t make their own holes in the ground. They are more likely to move into a hole left behind by another animal and make a little den using materials found in the area. However, it should be said that opossums don’t ever really settle. They are a nomadic animal. Thus, it is important to stay vigilant because they can appear suddenly. Opossums like to sleep under porches, beneath houses, or even under cars during the day.

Opossum Prevention

To deter these little marsupials from your home you should make sure to cover your trash cans. Opossums that live near residential areas can become accustomed to eating human food, so it’s best to keep your leftovers well contained. If you have any animals or pets that live outside it is imperative that any food left for them is picked up before turning in for the night. Opossums are nocturnal animals and tend to be most active while you are asleep. Tell your neighbors to keep their trash and animal feed contained as well to widen the area of prevention to as much of Ellicott City as possible. If you have more questions or suspect an opossum is moving into your neighborhood contact Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control at [Direct]. You can also find us on Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook.

Ellicott City Fox Control

Ellicott City Fox Control

Ellicott City is one of the more well-known residential areas of Montgomery County. While some areas see more activity than others, the area is still perfect for the two species of fox that can be found in the state of Maryland. While most foxes won’t pose an immediate threat to humans, it is important to implement fox control services should the population begin to spill onto residential property in Ellicott City. There are two species of fox found in Maryland. The Gray Fox is the shyer of the fox species found in Maryland. This fox is not the commonly seen fox by humans in the Ellicott City area, but is known to attack livestock on occasion. If you have a chicken coup on your Ellicott City property, or if you tend to leave your domestic pets outdoors, having a fox near your property could be a disaster. Instead of harming the animal or putting yourself at risk, call a professional from Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control to provide fox control services. When Ellicott City residents see a fox on their property, it is typically a Red Fox. The Red Fox is normally a problem because of the damage they cause in Ellicott City yards. The Red Fox will typically create a den for their young and for shelter under sheds, decks, and crawl spaces. If they create a den too close to your home, the structure of your home could suffer. While these animals are not typically aggressive towards humans, they can be carriers of rabies which will then cause the fox to attack. If an infected fox attacks a human or pet, they run the risk of becoming infected as well. If you suspect a fox to be on your Ellicott City property, call the professionals at Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control. Our trained staff has been trained by only the top professionals within the animal control industry. When our staff handles a job, we ensure that no harm will come to the animals we are moving. Our technicians are trained to handle the removal and control of foxes using the most humane methods that include:

  1. Live capture trapping
  2. Poultry fence installation
  3. Damage repair
  4. Waste cleanup and sanitization
  5. Exclusion techniques and barriers

To get help with your Ellicott City fox problem, call the professionals at Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control today at 443.417.3137. Our staff is available, never hesitate to call us. You can also visit our contact page. Be sure to follow us on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest today.

Humane Raccoon Removal Services in Ellicott City

Humane Raccoon Removal Services in Ellicott City

On October 6, 2014 Howard County wildlife control professionals received a call from a resident on Collage Ave, Ellicott City, MD 21043 who complained about a raccoon climbing on the roof however the homeowner was adamant that the raccoons were not getting into the attic or chimney. The Howard County wildlife removal professionals advised the home owner to have their roof inspected for raccoon damage and entry points where the raccoon may be entering the attic (usually if raccoons are climbing around on the roof then raccoons are getting into the attic) . The homeowner refused to have the inspection and proceeded with raccoon trapping. Howard County animal control professionals were surprised that the raccoon trapped was a nursing female (mother) raccoon. Raccoons generally have their young between April and June. The homeowner allowed the raccoon removal professionals to inspect the roof and attic space to search for baby raccoons and damaged caused by raccoons. The raccoon control professionals found two entry points that the raccoon ripped open in the roof as well as three raccoon babies in the attic. Raccoons are very smart animals so if you are trying to learn how to keep raccoons out of your attic and attempting to do raccoon trapping without the assistance of the Ellicott City animal removal experts (443-417-3137) then you may not succeed with keeping raccoons out of the attic. Invasive raccoons enter attics in many different ways. Raccoons rip open holes in soffit boards, roofs, fascia boards, and they also bend the louvers open in gable vents to access attics. Often raccoons enter attics through attic fans that do not have a raccoon proof attic fan cover installed. Ellicott City raccoon removal professionals answer hundreds of calls from frightened home owners asking “how do I get raccoons out of my chimney”.  Chimney flues resemble a hollow tree and that is why raccoons like to give birth to their raccoon babies in chimneys. It is never a good idea to trap a mother raccoon with babies in the chimney.  For details on how to get baby raccoons out of the chimney contact the Ellicott City raccoon trapping experts at 443-417-3137.

To get started with Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control for humane raccoon removal, 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.

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Commercial Wildlife Control in Ellicott City

Commercial Wildlife Control in Ellicott City

Ellicott City is home to residents and business owners alike. Whether you enjoy looking at store fronts or you own a store front, Ellicott City has something for you. While residents browse the commercial areas of Ellicott City, business owners are constantly thinking of ways to improve their business and keep residents from the area and surrounding areas coming back to their store. Sometimes they fail to realize a simple step in benefiting their business, and that is hiring a commercial wildlife control company. While you may not always see it, wildlife surrounds the area of Ellicott City. While more buildings and stores are added to the area, wildlife adapts and survives amongst the residential and commercial buildings. While most wildlife goes undetected, it could pose a threat to your business. So why is commercial wildlife control so important? Commercial wildlife control by Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control comes with several benefits, including:

  • Peace of Mind- Business owners can relax knowing that their commercial building is wildlife free. Should an incident ever occur, within your business, our technicians will not only remove the wildlife found, but use techniques to prevent the problem from occurring in the future.
  • Professionalism- Your business will have a bad reputation if it is known for having wildlife flying or running around. Let your customers know you are a professional and reputable business by preventing wildlife invasions in your commercial building.
  • Sanitation- Waste left behind by wildlife can cause major health problems for your Ellicott City business. Commercial wildlife control will not only remove the animals found, but clean up their waste to help your building stay safe.
  • Humane- Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control is a humane commercial wildlife control company. There is never a reason to cause harm to the wildlife found in your building, which is why our technicians use only the most humane methods when dealing with wildlife.
  • Economic- While commercial wildlife control may not seem necessary at first, consider the money you will lose if customers begin to notice animals or waste around your building. Also consider the amount of money necessary to repair damage caused by animals entering and leaving your building.

Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control is your commercial wildlife control company in Ellicott City. We use only the most humane methods and techniques while also being quick and efficient at our job. We offer removal and control services for the following animals:

  • Raccoon
  • Fox
  • Bat
  • Bird
  • Skunk
  • Rodent
  • Squirrel
  • and many more!

To get started with Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control, call us today at 443-417-3137 or visit our online contact page. Follow Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control today on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Bat Removal in Ellicott City

Bat Removal in Ellicott City

Ellicott City is a wonderful community to have a home. While enjoying your home one evening, you happen to hear a scratching noise from above. You check your attic the next morning and find a bat sleeping while hanging from one of your rafters. He seems harmless enough, so you decide to let your new roommate be. It might seem like the right choice at the time, but maybe you should think about the potential effects of leaving a bat in your home.

  1. Damage to your Home- Bats may be small in size, but they can cause some serious damage to your home. The outside structure of your home can become stained and damaged by constant use and bat guano. Bats can fit into small crawl spaces and the inside of walls, leaving guano to sit and fester without you knowing.
  2. Disease- Bats are known carriers of rabies, a disease that will attack the central nervous system of an infected human. Bats can also carry histoplasmosis, a disease that will attack the lungs of humans. Both diseases can cause serious damage to a human’s health, and sometimes even death.
  3. Bugs- Bats can carry bed and bat bugs with them and spread them as they go from place to place. Bed bugs are known to infest homes quickly and be very difficult to remove, similar to bat bugs. Both can be found where bats are living and will feed on humans. Unlike the bed bug, bat bugs will not survive long periods of time without a bat as a host. Bed bugs will use humans as their new host.

At Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control, we specialize in the eviction and clean-up of bats. We use the latest technology to locate any and all locations of bats throughout your Ellicott City home along with bat guano. Our technicians also use the most humane methods and techniques along with bat eviction techniques to remove bats from your home so they can begin the cleaning process. While bats may seem harmless at first, do not be naïve to the damage they can cause. If you suspect bats have made your Ellicott City house their home, contact Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control today. Available, call us at 443.417.3137, or use our contact page. You can also follow Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control on Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook today.