It’s normal for snakes to show up at this time of the year but this spring snake removal companies in Gaithersburg like Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control have received more calls than previous years. It may just be that the population of snakes, in general, has increased. It may be because the human population in Gaithersburg has jumped from 60,000 people in 2010’ to 69,000 people in 2019’. Another reason could be that more and more housing developments are going up everywhere to accommodate the steady increase in the human population. There are at least 20 new housing communities that have been developed in Gaithersburg just in the last year which has brought humans and snakes closer together. The increase in human population and housing development also means an increase in the rodent population especially mice. Since many different species of snakes such as the Black Rat Snake (non-venomous) and the Copperhead (venomous) feed on mice this means an increase in the snake population. Snakes find rodents by following their scent trail even if that means following the scent trail of the mouse into a house. The photo of the Brown Snake was taken at a home off of Longdraft Rd, Gaithersburg, 20878 on April 14th of this year. The homeowners found this harmless little snake in their front foyer when they came home from church. Brown Snakes are very small and often get into homes through gaps under exterior doors. Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control was actually at a neighboring house removing a Black Rat Snake when these homeowners called for help with the removal of this Brown Snake.
Most people call Gaithersburg animal control if they find a snake on their property however animal control does not handle snake issues or any other wildlife or pest control problems. Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control is highly recommended by several animal control authorities throughout Maryland. Mid-Atlantic Wildlife control is fully licensed and insured and has a team of top-notch experts who wrote the book for snake control in Gaithersburg and the state of Maryland. If you need to know how to get rid of snakes in the yard or how to keep snakes out of a house give Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control a call at [Direct].
Bird removal companies in Gaithersburg like Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control receive an average of 30 calls each day from Gaithersburg residents that have invasive bird problems. Several of those calls are from homeowners that are upset because they have to pay for birds to be removed from their bathroom exhaust vent or from under their porch. Many property owners call and say “well, this isn’t my bird so why do I have to pay to have it removed” however property owners have to pay Gaithersburg pest control companies when they find roaches, ants or mice in their home so the same applies for bird removal. Gaithersburg property owners even have to pay for bird removal or bird control when birds decide to roost or build a nest on the outside of a home such as a porch. A homeowner off of Clopper Road Gaithersburg 20878 has been continuously battling birds on her front porch. When this problem started two years ago the homeowner first called Gaithersburg animal control thinking they would come to her home and catch the birds that were building a nest under the roof of her front porch but animal control explained to her that bird removal or bird control of any kind is performed by private wildlife control companies that are licensed by the state. The homeowner called an exterminator who installed bird spikes in attempted to stop the birds from nesting and roosting under the roof of the front porch. Bird spikes work well when trying to prevent large birds like crows from roosting in an area however they do not work for smaller birds like House Sparrows which is the species of bird that has been roosting and nesting on this homeowner’s front porch. The bird spikes help hold the House Sparrows nesting materials in place so the exterminator actually attracted more birds to the homeowner’s front porch.
As you can see in the photo above a House Sparrow is perched on top of the spikes. In the photo below you can see that a House Sparrow built its nest on top of the spikes because the spike help to hold the nesting material in place.
At this point, the homeowner was frustrated and ready to surrender until she saw Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control at her neighbor’s home getting birds out of a bathroom exhaust vent and installing a bird proof vent cover. The technician from Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control explained to the homeowner that the bird spikes only work for larger species of birds and the best bird control product to use in her situation was bird netting. Bird netting is almost invisible to the human eye when installed properly, in fact, many museums, schools, public buildings, government buildings, parking garages, and shopping centers have bird netting installed to prevent birds from nesting and roosting in sensitive areas. Even the capital building has bird netting on the entire outside of the building to protect the marble and granite from birds. Don’t call a Gaithersburg exterminator for birds, instead, call Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control and talk to a bird control expert at [Direct].
A homeowner off of Horns Point Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20878 discovered bats flying around in his bedroom and master bathroom around 9 pm as he was getting ready for bed. He called Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control for emergency bat removal services. At 10:30 pm a bat expert from Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control Arrived to capture the bats that were flying around in the bedroom and to conduct a thorough inspection to determine how and why the bats got in. The homeowner had a new roof installed the day before. The bat expert from Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control conducted a thorough inspection of the exterior rooftop and the attic. He discovered that the roofers used spray foam to seal up some holes they encountered around the roofline structure of the home including some holes that lead from the attic to the exterior bathroom wall. By doing this the roofers unknowing sealed a colony of bats in the bathroom wall. The combination of the banging from the roofers and the recent warm weather along with the return of insects like mosquitos must have woke the bats up. The only exit point the bats could find was a gap in the air conditioning vent that lead to the master bathroom. The homeowner had no idea that bats were roosting in his master bathroom wall and most likely they were hibernating in the wall all winter. The bat expert from Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control removed the spray foam to allow the remaining bats to exit the wall. Since the bat expert also found additional gaps and openings around the roofline the homeowner had him do a bat seal up to prevent the colony that was roosting in the bathroom wall and other bats from getting into the attic or walls in the future. The photo below shows the hole where the bats were entering this home. You can clearly see the dark oily rub mark on the white drip edge where the bats were getting in. Once inside the attic, the bats would make a sharp turn and crawl down the wall. Since this is a plaster wall there are wooden lath strips down the entire wall which allowed the bats to crawl down the wall and also gave the bats something to hold onto while roosting in the wall.
According to the bat experts at Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control many homeowners encounter problems similar to this when they have their roof replaced and they don’t know how to get rid of bats. Due to the potential risk of rabies and the fact that the average Gaithersburg homeowner doesn’t know how to keep bats out of an attic, it’s highly recommended that they contact a bat removal company in Gaithersburg. If you find a bat flying around in your home or discover a colony of bats roosting in your attic contact Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control at [Direct]. A bat expert is ready to help you and answer all of your bat questions.
Most homeowners in Gaithersburg don’t know how to get rid of groundhogs and at this time of the year, groundhogs are defiantly out of hibernation and on the move. Some of the females that had a late litter last season let their young stay and hibernate in their den through the winter however it is now spring and these females are kicking their offspring out on their own. This means that the offspring have to find their own territory and make their own dens. Thousands of backyards across Gaithersburg are prime real estate for groundhogs to set up their territory and make the perfect den for them and their young. Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control is the leading groundhog removal companies in Gaithersburg. They use humane groundhog control techniques and live capture trapping. They offer top-rated wildlife exclusion services to evict unwanted groundhogs and seal up potential entry points to prevent future damages. Last week a homeowner off of Diamond Drive, Gaithersburg 20878 contacted Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control because they discovered two groundhog holes in their backyard. One groundhog hole was in the far end of the yard under a large evergreen tree and the second hole was up against the foundation wall of the house. Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control inserted a remote camera in the hole that was against the foundation wall and discovered that the groundhog had just started digging under the concrete basement floor of the home. Luck for the homeowner no extensive damages were done yet. According to Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control groundhogs always have at least two holes that lead through tunnels up to 50 feet long. These tunnels lead to chambers that the groundhog will use for different things. One chamber will be used as a toilet and another will be used for resting or sleeping, and if a female lives in the den, then she will have another chamber that she uses to feed and raise her young in.
Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control trapped and removed the groundhog then dug a ditch around the foundation of the home and installed corrugated steel to prevent groundhogs from damaging the foundation in the future. The first photo above shows this groundhog exclusion project after the corrugated steel was installed before all of the dirt was put back. The photo below shows the project in the finishing stage. Notice you cannot see the corrugated steel. The tunnel that the groundhog started to dig under the basement floor was filled with concrete to prevent water from accumulating under the foundation of the home and to prevent the basement floor from cracking or collapsing. Call Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control at [Direct] if you are looking for a groundhog trapping company in Gaithersburg or if you are in need of groundhog damage repair.
A raccoon latrine is one of the reasons why it’s dangerous to have a raccoon living in your attic and even on your property. If you haven’t heard this term before, our Gaithersburg raccoon removal experts will be happy to tell you all about it, as we’ve found and cleaned up numerous latrines during our many years in business.
So What is a Latrine?
A latrine is basically a fancy name for a raccoon litter box. That’s right, just like cats, raccoons pick an area where they go to the bathroom, so to speak. It can be a fairly large area, much bigger than what your cat has. And depending on how many raccoons are using it, it can get covered in feces and soaked in urine pretty fast. If you think cat pee stinks, you haven’t dealt with an indoor raccoon latrine before. Now imagine that this latrine is in your attic or your back yard! We know, it’s an unpleasant thought, but for many Maryland homeowners it’s a sad reality.
The Danger of Raccoon Latrines
Having a designated “toilet” area may sound like a pretty hygienic concept. And it may as well be that way for raccoons, but not for humans. Besides the sheer grossness of having a raccoon litter box over your head or underneath your feet, there are serious health risks involved. Raccoons are known to carry raccoon roundworm (Baylisascaris procyonis)—a dangerous parasite that does little to raccoons. It lives in the raccoon’s intestines and produces eggs that are expelled with feces. From there, the eggs can be picked up and ingested by other raccoons, your household pets and humans. Children are especially prone to picking up raccoon roundworm, as they unknowingly touch their face and mouth with dirty hands. Although there is only a small number of reported cases, for those who do contract raccoon roundworm the prognosis is less than hopeful. The parasite tends to cause encephalitis, attaching the central nervous system. If the infected person survives, they are likely to suffer from blindness, deafness or have significant brain damage.
Protecting Your Family From Raccoon Roundworm
If you think that roundworm is a rare occurrence in raccoons, hear this: anywhere from 70% to 100% of the U.S. raccoon population carry the parasite. And if you think that there are no raccoons near you, we may have to disappoint you again. A 2009 survey found that 51% of lawns in suburban Chicago had a raccoon latrine. If your home is in or near a forest, pond or a marshy area, there is a good chance you have raccoons living near you. To protect yourself and your family, the best you can do is make sure everyone knows to wash their hands after working outside or touching animals that have been outside. If you suspect a raccoon is living in your home or on your property, or if you find a latrine, call a Maryland raccoon removal professional to have the animal removed and the latrine cleaned up. Don’t try to clean a latrine yourself, especially if you are not using proper protective gear. Roundworm eggs can survive long after they’ve been deposited, even if the latrine is no longer active. They are also extremely resilient to disinfectants and are best killed with heat. Contact us today if you have any questions or need help evicting unwelcome wildlife from your home or yard.
This time of year, most animals are getting ready for winter, and squirrels are not an exception. However, their idea of “getting ready for winter” may include finding a way to get into your attic. Around September – October, we usually get a lot of calls about squirrel removal in Gaithersburg, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, and many other areas throughout Maryland. Here are a few tips on how to prevent squirrel invasion in fall, as well as how to address the problem if they already got in.
Your Squirrel Invader is a Nesting Female
In fall, you are most likely dealing with a female squirrel looking to build a nest to rear her young. Squirrels mate and give birth twice a year to around 2-4 babies. The first time is in late winter and the second time is around June – August. The babies are born in just 45 days after mating, which means a squirrel that mated in August may have her babies as early as September. Males are not really present or active in taking care of their young. A mother-squirrel, however, will make the best use of all available resources, even if it means chewing a hole in your fascia board to build a warm and secure nest for her young.
Signs of Squirrel Activity in Your Attic
If you think you might have a squirrel in your attic, it’s likely there are actually 4-6 of them. Most squirrels already gave birth and are working tirelessly on gathering enough supplies to support their little squirrel family in winter. You may not hear the babies, as they are small and don’t leave the nest yet. However, you should check for the following signs of a mother-squirrel:
- Day-time scampering as the squirrel makes multiple trips to forage for food.
- Scratching noise behind walls if a squirrel has a misfortune to fall.
- Holes along your roof line or sawdust-like debris on the ground.
How to Deal With Nesting Squirrels
Whatever you do, don’t separate the mother squirrel from her young. At this young age, they are not yet ready to fend for themselves, so they will likely die in mother’s absence. You also don’t want them to start looking for their mother, wander off and fall in the gap behind a wall. A dead animal behind your living room wall will cause unbearable stench and you may end up having to cut into the wall to remove it. To avoid all this trouble, it’s best when the babies are removed at the same time as the mother. This can be done by your Maryland squirrel removal professional in a safe and humane manner. A big mistake we see some homeowners make is sealing the squirrel’s entrance hole while the mother squirrel is away. If the babies are still in the attic, the mother could rip off your seal or make a new hole to get to them.
Inspecting Your Roof
If you think your home is so far free of squirrels, you’d probably want to keep it that way. Squirrels and other nuisance wildlife often choose homes with existing damage to roof, flashing or trim boards. Now is a good time to inspect your home’s exterior, specifically roof, to make sure there are no weak spots. Even if squirrels are not an issue, patching holes and replacing rotten boards will help with insulation in winter. And if you ever need assistance of a squirrel removal professional, you can rely on our experienced technicians at Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control. Just call us or contact online today.