Snake Sightings in Howard County on the Rise

Snake Sightings in Howard County on the Rise

Despite chilly temperatures since the second week in March pest control companies in Howard County have been flooded with calls from scared homeowners with snakes on their property. Howard Counties leading snake experts from Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control have been busy responding to snake removal calls in Columbia, Ellicott City, Elkridge, and Jessup. Most of the snakes they have removed were Garter Snakes however several Black Rat Snakes have been captured and removed as well. Only one Copperhead has been removed so far this year but as temperatures rise many more will show up. The photo of the Copperhead below was taken at the end of last summer in the back yard of a home on Governor Howard Drive in Ellicott City 21043. The homeowner took her small dogs out to the back yard to exercise when one of the dogs began to bark uncontrollably. This prompted the homeowner to investigate and that is when she saw a two foot long Copperhead. The homeowner had no idea if the snake was poisonous or not and did not know how to get rid of snakes so she contacted Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control who arrived within 40 minutes of the sighting. They informed the homeowner that the snake is venomous and because her dogs were so small a bite from a Copperhead most likely would have been fatal. Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control was able to capture the snake and relocate it to a more appropriate place. The homeowner was so distrait by the encounter that she put her home up for sale a week later. As you can see in the photo below Copperheads have a natural camouflage and blend into natural surroundings very well. Many people and pets are bitten simply because they don’t see the Copperhead and walk on it or very close to it.

Most homeowners don’t know what to do when they encounter a snake in their yard. Often the first thing that comes to mind is how to kill a snake. However, it is illegal to kill snakes in the state of Maryland. In fact, all 27 species of snakes that are found in the state of Maryland are protected by law and anyone that kills a snake can receive a large fine and or be sentenced to prison. The best thing to do if you encounter a snake in your yard or in your home is to call a professional snake removal company in Howard County. Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control is the leading snake control company in Maryland and is highly recommended by government agencies and wildlife rescue groups. If you find a snake give Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control a call at [DirectNumber] and talk to an expert.

Howard County Homeowner Traumatized By Invasive Birds

Howard County Homeowner Traumatized By Invasive Birds

Birds can quickly turn from majestic fairytale like animals that are amazing to observe into nuisance pests that cause American property owners billions of dollars in damage each year. A Howard County homeowner has been watching many different species of birds for many years enjoy the bird houses he put up in his yard and the bird feeders he keeps filled with seed each day. The homeowner never suspected that the birds he was loyally feeding would invade his home and cause a couple thousand dollars in damages. The son of Mr. Chavez on Howes Lane in Columbia was visiting one Saturday afternoon and noticed a foul odor in the home. He searched everywhere for the source of the odor but found nothing so he called several different companies and government agencies seeking advice. After talking to a few people he was convinced that an animal must have dead in the walls. At the recommendation of Howard County Animal Control he call Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control who specializes in dead animal removal. When the technician from Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control arrived he know right away that the odor was a combination of dead birds and bird feces. The bathroom vents, kitchen vents and dryer vents were the first places the technician inspected. He discovered a terrible mess in the first floor bathroom vent. The vent pipe had come unattached from the exhaust fan housing and the birds were nesting on top of the bathroom ceiling around the exhaust vent. Several baby birds had died and the smell from the dead birds and bird feces was overwhelming.

The technician from Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control wanted to be thorough so he inspected the other vents and the attic. He found birds nesting in one more bathroom vent but the real shocker was the amount of bird feces he found in the attic. It appeared that birds must have been nesting in the attic for many years and the floor of the attic was covered with bird feces, dead birds, and nesting materials. Technicians from Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control spent two day removing all of the insulation from the attic that was covered with bird feces, dead birds and nesting material. After the insulation was bagged up and removed the technicians went over the entire attic with a vacuum to suck up as many mites and lice as possible then they used an environmentally friendly sanitizer. The gable vent in the attic was repaired to prevent birds from getting back in the attic. Not every wildlife control company in Howard County knows how to remove nesting materials from above ceilings without cutting down the entire ceiling. Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control tries their best to minimize the expenses brought on by bird damages so they only make small openings when possible. Industrial strength vacuums are inserted into the small openings to suck out the nesting materials and bird feces. Bird proof vent covers were installed on all the bathroom, kitchen and dryer vents to prevent future bird problems. If you are looking for an experienced bird removal company in Howard County call Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control at [DirectNumber]. They are the most trusted local provider for bird control services, deterrents, and cleanup in Howard County. Our professional staff will help you discover what option is best for your needs.

How to Choose Howard County Animal Removal Services

How to Choose Howard County Animal Removal Services

As more residential and commercial buildings continue to go up around the area, the habitats available for local wildlife begins to dwindle. Because of this, some critters might try to find their way into your home. If a creature manages to find its way into your home, your best option is to seek out Howard County animal removal services. However, it can be hard to determine which wildlife control services in Howard County you can count on.

Do I Really Need Howard County Animal Removal Services?

A common misconception among homeowners is that Howard County animal removal services are unnecessary. They believe that they can remove the animals on their own without having to pay someone to do it. However, nothing could be further from the truth. An animal removal company will know how to safely remove the animal without putting the creature at risk or putting themselves in danger. Without the proper knowledge of how to handle wild animals, homeowners leave themselves at risk of being attacked by the creature. They also risk causing more damage to their home should the animal try to escape.

How to Decide on a Howard County Animal Removal Company

Another misconception about Howard County animal removal services is that it doesn’t matter which company you use. However, not all removal companies are created equal. Consider the following criteria when looking for a wildlife removal company:

  • Location- Determine what their service areas in Maryland are. Some companies may say they serve the state but might charge more money to travel.
  • Practices- One thing to keep in mind is that this isn’t the fault of the animals. As their options for shelter continue to shrink, creatures are desperate to find a home. You never want an animal harmed during the removal process. When searching for a wildlife removal company, be sure to confirm they use humane methods when removing the animals.
  • Licensing and Insurance- In order to be a legitimate company, licensing is required. Ask to see the proper licensing from the company to ensure they’re legal. You also want to ask them about insurance and the type of coverage they have. This helps to protect both parties should further damage occur to your home or if someone should suffer an injury.
  • Experience- Handling wild animals properly takes years of education and training. For this reason, you want to hire a wildlife company that comes to the table with years of experience.

Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control

When it comes to Howard County animal removal, you need Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control. Learn more about Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control today and call us at 866-784-8058. We’re ready to help you take back your home from unwanted and uninvited house guests.

Which Animal Removal Company Should I Hire?

Which Animal Removal Company Should I Hire?

When it comes to animal removal or wildlife removal, you have many options which company to call. By simply searching in Google for “animal removal in Howard County” or any other Maryland location, you will find at least 2-4 companies that offer such services. But how do you narrow down your search? Or does it even matter who you hire as long as they get your pest animal out of your house? Here are a few tips on how to make the right decision.

It Matters Who You Hire

First of all, let’s settle this: it does matter who you hire. Different animal removal companies may have different approaches to wildlife trapping and removal, and they may not have the same procedures, price points and even goals. We’ll go into details on some of these factors below.

Make Sure They Work With Wildlife

Pest control companies and wildlife removal companies are completely different. Sometimes, one company may do both, but you are better off choosing a company that specializes in animal removal. The reason is that pest infestations, such as termite or cockroach, are far more common than human-wildlife conflicts. So a company doing both will likely get the majority of their calls for pest control, which leave animal removal as a side job. Effective animal removal requires experience and training, not to mention a completely different approach. Someone who does it full-time will be more qualified to assist you.

Are Their Practices Humane?

While you may be angry at that squirrel that chewed a hole through your fascia board, there is no reason for the animal to die. In most cases, it can be safely captured and relocated or rehabbed as needed, so that both you and the animal can forget about this and move on with your lives. Moreover, certain wildlife, such as bats and some species of birds, may be protected by law and can’t be harmed. If it doesn’t explicitly say on the company’s website that their approach is humane, ask them directly. At Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control, we do our best to make animal removal the least stressful for all parties.

Are They Licensed and Insured?

Nuisance wildlife removal is a regulated industry that requires licensing. If needed, your wildlife removal company should be able to present a copy of their license or give you the license number to verify. And since animals can be unpredictable, you definitely want your wildlife remover to carry liability insurance in case an injury or property damage occur.

Do They Clean Up and Repair?

Removing the unwelcome animal from your home can be complicated, but it’s only a part of the job. Once the animal is gone, there is usually an aftermath to deal with: the holes it made in your roof, the damage it caused inside the attic, etc.—the sheer amount of urine and feces can be overwhelming! You would like a hand with that, wouldn’t you? Be sure to ask your Maryland animal removal company whether they do cleanup and repairs. It’s great if they do, as they will save you a lot of time by doing the dirty work for you. In some cases, such as when you have raccoons in your attic, it could be unsafe for you to handle their droppings that are often infested with raccoon roundworm. Our cleanup specialists take care to thoroughly clean and disinfect the area to eliminate any potential health risks for you and your family.

Do They Care About Prevention?

Just because the company removes a squirrel from your attic or chimney, doesn’t mean you won’t have wildlife problems ever again. Unfortunately, that’s not a promise any wildlife removal company can make. However, they can take the steps to help you reduce the likelihood of future infestations. These steps may include evaluating the potential entry spots, installing animal-proof covers, or advising you on modifying your habits to make your home less attractive to wildlife. At Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control, we think that this is one of the most important stages in animal removal that should never be skipped. Call us or contact online if you think you have an animal intruder in your home or on your property.

Look Out for These Wildlife Invaders Active in Fall

Look Out for These Wildlife Invaders Active in Fall

Fall may be a few weeks away, but animals already sense its imminent arrival. We’ve talked in our previous post about how to protect your attic from unwelcome animal invaders looking to “catch a free ride” at your expense. We gave you some good tips for wildlife-proofing your home, but we haven’t talked much about who you are up against. Our Howard County wildlife removal experts are here today to address this topic. Whether you live in Columbia, Ellicott City, Glenwood, Hanover, Jessup or elsewhere in Maryland, here are some of the opportunistic animals that may try to get into your home this fall.

Bats

Not all bats hibernate during winter—some migrate to warmer clients. And of those that do hibernate, most prefer to do so in caves or hollow trees. However, there are two species of bats common in Howard County and throughout Maryland that have adapted to hibernate in buildings. We are talking about the Big Brown Bat and the Little Brown Bat. An entire bat colony may quietly move into your attic or roost inside your walls without you noticing a thing until it’s too late. Bats typically require a hibernation temperature between 40F and 50F, and your attic accommodates them wonderfully in this regard. If it gets too hot, the bats can move closer to the roof. And if it gets too cold, they can flock together against the interior-facing walls. Bats start moving into attics when the temperature drops in late October – early November and they stay until March – April.

Rodents

Rodents, such as rats and mice, are pretty content with living in the wild during the warmer months. But once the vegetation dies and their sources of food diminish, rodents start looking for a better winter shelter. And what’s better than the warmth and comfort of your home? When it comes to rodents, rats and mice are the ones you should be on the lookout for. They are relatively small and can enter through existing holes around your foundation and even run into the open door as you are airing out the basement. One or two mice or rats in a home may not be a problem, but where there’s one there’s soon going to be a dozen. Rats and mice can chew though almost anything to get to the food they want, so keep an eye on damaged food packaging in your cupboards or pantry.

Squirrels

It’s fun to watch squirrels hopping around your yard and gathering nuts from nearby trees. But it’s only fun until you realize that the squirrel is stashing those nuts in your attic. Despite the fact that we rarely see squirrels in winter, they don’t hibernate. Therefore, they need a warm shelter and food supplies to make it though Howard County’s bitter cold winters. Your attic makes a perfect winter den for both the Eastern Gray Squirrel and the Flying Squirrel. These are some dangerous neighbors despite their small size—their extensive chewing can lead to expensive repairs and even create fire hazards.

Raccoons

A raccoon has adapted to surviving the cold winter weather in numerous ways. It grows thick fur, builds up fat stores and takes every opportunity to secure a warm den. Sometimes, this means breaking into your attic and ripping up your insulation. Instead of hibernating, raccoons enter a state of torpor, which means they sleep for long periods of time, yet they wake up and look for food on warmer days. This makes raccoons living in your attic during winter hard to spot, as they are quiet most of the time and do their business at night when everyone’s asleep. Do you think these or other critters may be looking to move into your Howard County home this fall? Give Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control a call or contact us online today to remove current and prevent future wildlife infestations.

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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