3 Useful Animal Control Resources in Maryland

3 Useful Animal Control Resources in Maryland

When people come across animals in the wild, the experience usually leaves them feeling excited and full of wonder. However, being face-to-snout with creatures such as deer, foxes, or raccoons can also pose problems. As such, it’s essential to know about the animal control resources available to Maryland residents. At Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control, we have the resources you need to control the wildlife you come across. Contact our expert team today by calling [Direct] to learn more about animal control in MD.

Animal Rehabilitation in Maryland

If you’ve come across an orphaned, sick, or injured animal on your journey, it can be tempting to try to rehabilitate the creature on your own. However, in the state of Maryland, unlicensed citizens are not allowed to rehabilitate animals for the safety of both the human in the animal. As such, you need to contact one of Maryland’s licensed animal rehabilitation experts.

Before contacting the experts for animal repellent services, it’s also critical to follow the following steps:

  • Without touching the animal, you should try to determine whether the animal is actually sick or injured. During the spring, many animals, such as deer and foxes, forage through the forest to find food for their babies. At times, young animals will be alone for several hours. However, sick animals will be lethargic and act disoriented. They may also drool, pant, sneeze, limp, or have more apparent wounds. If you sit and wait for a little bit, you should be able to determine whether the creature needs help.
  • While examining the situation, you should also study the environment thoroughly. You want to make sure it is safe for the rehabilitation expert to rescue the animal. If an animal has rabies or is in pain, they may bite or scratch, so it’s essential to remove yourself and any other people or pets from the area.
  • If you have determined that the area is safe and the animal does need help, it’s vital to contact animal control experts. They can give you advice on how to proceed.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources

The state of Maryland is proud to be home to dozens of species and subspecies of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and aquatic life. There are also thousands of insects and invertebrates that call our lovely state home. Many of the creatures that live in Maryland are rare, threatened, or endangered, so they need specific protection. Each creature, no matter what type, is a valuable part of our ecosystem, whether we know it or not. The existence of the diverse species in Maryland plays into a variety of things we take for granted, such as:

  • Food
  • Shelter
  • Clothing
  • Clean drinking water
  • Recreational activities

Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources provides excellent animal control resources and allows you to learn about the types of animals we co-exist with every day. This resource also allows you to create a backyard habitat so that you can see wildlife up close and personal.

Animal Control Resources

Feeding wild animals can cause many species to become pests or even become aggressive. As such, you may need to learn how to remove the wild animals from your yard, home, or neighborhood. In such cases, one of the most reliable animal control resources in MD is Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control. Our team has extensive training to humanely deal with wildlife removal, including:

Seeing wildlife in the wild is a treat, but when you find them in your home, it can be less exciting. When you seek wildlife control in Maryland, we can humanely deal with this problem. Contact Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control today at [Direct] to learn more.

What are the Benefits of Humane Groundhog Removal Services?

What are the Benefits of Humane Groundhog Removal Services?

Are you experiencing a groundhog problem in your garden? It’s irksome to see any type of animal destroy all your hard work in the garden. Although groundhogs are our friends on Groundhogs Day, we are not very happy when they take our home as their home for the other 364 days of the year. How will you go about your groundhog removal? If you believe your best strategy is to kill off the groundhogs co-habituating your property, think again. Groundhogs are very friendly creatures. They like to enjoy the sunshine and sit on fence posts. Groundhogs like to chew on wood and plants. During the night, they enjoy sleeping in burrows. They are pleasant and intelligent creatures. Killing them off your property will not deter other groundhogs from making a home out of your home.

To truly remove groundhogs from a property, what’s attracting the groundhogs to your property must be removed or concealed. It may be a fruit tree in your yard or a pile of fireplace wood. There’s something there. When groundhogs feel threaten, they know how to stand their ground, as they are excellent swimmers and climbers with good eyesight. You don’t want to be bitten by groundhogs, as they are carriers of diseases such as roundworms, and groundhogs can have rabies. To prevent groundhogs from eating, burrowing, and reproducing/hibernating on your property, you should hire a professional wildlife control company to provide you humane groundhog removal services.

What are the benefits of humane groundhog removal services?

The wildlife control technician can offer you excellent solutions to your groundhog problems by identifying how to peacefully relocate the groundhogs or help you better co-exist with the groundhogs. Depending on the time of year, different groundhog removal solutions are offered. In the spring groundhogs live in burrows. In the fall groundhogs begin to hibernate. The wildlife control technicians will have the proper groundhog removal equipment to safely stop groundhogs from digging holes in your yard and eating your plants. What are the benefits of humane groundhog removal services? Read about our groundhog removal services to learn how our humane groundhog traps, exclusion services and other groundhog removal solutions. You can count on Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control to serve as your humane nuisance wildlife control company. We will prevent property damage, protect you from disease, and save you money.

Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control also offers animal removal services. We can help you:

Give our wildlife control technicians a call to have any questions answered about wildlife control solutions. For more information about our wildlife control services, contact us at [Direct] or go to our contact us page. We humanely resolve wildlife dilemmas, no matter how big or small. Let us keep wildlife out of your sight and mind. Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control is here to protect you from invasive wildlife. Our company is fully insured and licensed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Delaware Fish & Game, and Virginia Fish & Game. Call us for wildlife control services.

 

Signs of Raccoon Damage in Montgomery County

Signs of Raccoon Damage in Montgomery County

People find raccoons cute until one ruins their attic or yard. If you think a raccoon is infesting your home or property, check for the signs of raccoon damage. Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Removal will gladly remove raccoons from your residence. Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Removal offers services across the state of Maryland, including Montgomery County

Signs of Raccoon Damage in Montgomery County

Raccoons damage everything from your house to your yard. Raccoons also transmit rabies and ringworm, two deadly diseases you’ll want to avoid. Sure signs of raccoon damage include: 

  • A wrecked garden
  • An overturned trashcan with scattered garbage around it
  • You hear raccoons in your chimney and attic 
  • Torn insulation is on the ground outside

One of the major signs of raccoon damage in Montgomery County is a torn-off soffit from older homes. If you have an older home, replace your soffits and other vents before raccoons enter your home!

Signs of Raccoon Damage Inside Your House

Warm, waterproof, and secure, an attic is a perfect place for a mother raccoon to rear her young. Raccoons mate somewhere between January and May. The female finds a good maternity den in a safe and solitary location. If raccoons den in your attic, you’ll hear thumping and rustling above the ceiling at night. Raccoons also growl, hiss, and yelp, making them fairly noticeable. 

Once they establish a way in, raccoons turn your attic into a giant litter box. In days, raccoons rip up insulation, tear open air ducts, and fill your attic with dangerous feces. If you notice these signs of raccoon damage in Montgomery County, call our raccoon removal service.

Signs of Raccoon Damage Outside Your House

Raccoons forage opportunistically for food. If no food is readily available, raccoons dig for worms, insects, and flower bulbs. One of the signs of raccoon damage outside is a torn-up garden or yard. And, of course, raccoons eat trash. Raccoons regularly outsmart human adaptations to keep their trash lids closed. After prying open lids, raccoons eat scraps and leftovers. Raccoons usually knock over trash cans rummaging for food.  

Raccoons walk on the entire surface of their feet, not just the toes like dogs. Raccoon tracks resemble a handprint with five relatively equal-sized toes. With snow or mud, you can quickly tell raccoon tracks from those of deer or your pets. 

Leave Removing Raccoons To Us

You may want to try to tackle the problem yourself, but trained professionals should handle wildlife control. It’s hard to know how to get rid of raccoons without experience. Trying to remove raccoons yourself poses:

  • Risks of injury to both yourself and the animals
  • The possibility of accidentally killing the animals
  • Scared animals further damaging your property
  • You or your family could contract rabies or raccoon ringworm

We know exactly how to get rid of raccoons and ensure that they don’t come back afterward. Our raccoon removal services consist of: 

  • Finding and sealing raccoon entry points
  • Trapping and removal, without harm to the animal
  • Fluid treatment of barriers
  • Removal of dead animals
  • Cleaning and restoring attics or crawlspaces the raccoons invaded
  • Raccoon-proofing your house and yard with various tools and products

Let us help you remove your unwanted raccoon infestation. Keep things safe and humane by contacting Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control or calling us at 866.784.8058.

Signs you have Bats In Your Westminster Home

Signs you have Bats In Your Westminster Home

Many homeowners throughout Westminster discover they have a bat problem at some point during their homeownership especially if they live in an older home or a home with a slate roof. Bats can enter any pre-existing gap or openings around the rooftop that is a ¼” inch or larger. They can only enter pre-existing holes because bats do not chew or dig to get in. Homeowners usually come across signs of bats in the attic before they actually see the bats. The most obvious sign that you have a bat problem is if you see bats flying in and out of your roofline. Another obvious sign is if you actually see bats roosting in your attic. The discovery of bat droppings (guano) in piles on the floor of your attic or on a ledge or between the louvers and screening of your gable vents is one of the signs that bats are roosting in your attic. Besides their droppings, you will also see stains from their urine. The longer period of time the bats are roosting in your attic the more urine stains you will see. Bat urine and droppings also have a pungent ammonia odor and the longer the bats have been roosting in your attic the stronger the ammonia-like odor will become. Since bats roost together their droppings usually pile up together. Bats have natural oils in their fur and over time as they go in and out of the hole that they use to enter a home dark smug marks will appear around the hole. These smug marks will be very obvious if the bats are entering a hole through a soffit or fascia board or gable vent that is a lighter color.

The photo above was taken at a home off of New Windsor Road, Westminster 21157. Bats had been entering this gap in the slate roof of this home for years and roosting in the attic. The homeowners didn’t care that the bats were roosting in the attic until the noise from the bats started waking them up throughout the night. Most of the noise bats emit are high frequency and humans cannot hear them however they do emit some chirping like noises that humans can hear. Many homeowners discover they have bats roosting in their attic or walls or chimney when they hear this chirping like sound. Bats may also make some scratching sounds as they navigate inside of a wall or ceiling or as they go in and out of the hole they use to access an attic. Most homeowners don’t know how to get rid of bats and must rely on bat experts from bat removal companies in Westminster like Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control. If you discover signs that bats maybe roosting in your attic give Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control a call at [Direct].

Easton Home Invaded By Bats

Easton Home Invaded By Bats

Easton in Talbot County Maryland is a quaint historic all American town filled with beautiful historic homes and shops that attract thousands of tourist throughout the summer. Unfortunately, Easton’s humid subtropical climate during the summer also attracts tens of thousands of bats. The many bodies of water like ponds, rivers, and creeks throughout Easton along with the hot, humid climate presents the perfect breeding grounds for mosquitos which is a favorite food of bats. To top it all off the beautiful historic homes throughout Easton provide the perfect roosting haven for bats. Many of the older historic homes and shops in Easton have beautiful metal roofs but unfortunately, metal roofs have many gaps that are 1/4” inch or larger which easily allows bats to enter the attic space. Many of Easton’s homes also have dormer soffits that add a wonderful architectural element to home but over time as a home settles gaps are created and bats enter. Bat removal companies in Easton have been overwhelmed with calls from homeowners in need of bat eviction services and bat dropping cleanup services. Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control has a team of bat experts in Easton on a daily basis from April till November evicting bats from attics, sealing rooflines to prevent bats from re-entering, and removing bats that have found their way into the living space of a home. Most of the homes have minor bat-related issues however Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control encounters larger more involved projects on occasion. One such bat project off of Easton Parkway 21601 near Papermill Pond was so involved it required the removal of the ceiling and all the plaster walls in a finished attic bedroom. This home had been in the same family for three generations and the homeowners could recall having bats in the attic for decades but did not think it was a problem until they could no longer bear the odor from the bat urine and droppings that now permeated throughout the entire house. The bat expert from Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control realized that this home was going to be a larger project when the homeowners explained how pungent the odor was and that they would watch over 80 bats every evening flying out of a dormer soffit and out of a corner at the roof’s apex. After the bat expert from Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control conducted an inspection of the home he discovered that there was about a ton of bat droppings above the ceiling and behind the walls of the finished attic. Due to the health hazards involved with a fungal spore that forms in large quantities of bat droppings that causes histoplasmosis the homeowner had to temporarily move out of the home while Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control was performing the extensive removal and cleanup of the bat droppings. The only way Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control could remove all of the bat droppings (guano) was by ripping out all of the plaster walls and the ceiling. Once the walls and ceiling were ripped out they used a high powered industrial vacuum to suck up all of the droppings. The technicians had to bust up the bat droppings with hammers because the bat urine caused the bat droppings to fuse together in large clumps.

Most homeowners don’t know how to get rid of bats or how to stop bats from getting into an attic and need a bat expert to get involved. If you suspect that you have bats don’t wait to get help. The longer period of time that bats roost in your attic or walls the more bat droppings will accumulate and eventually a small inexpensive problem will become a very big expensive problem. Call Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control at [Direct] for expert guidance right away if you suspect that bats are roosting in your attic.

Why Are Rats Attracted To Your Westminster Property

Why Are Rats Attracted To Your Westminster Property

The rat population is exploding throughout Carroll County. Westminster rat exterminators are receiving record number calls from desperate homeowners that are encountering rats on their property and even in their home. Most of these homeowners have lived in the same house for decades and are experiencing rats in their home for the first time. The question everyone has is “why are rats coming into my house”? The reasons are shelter and food! Rats have been thriving alongside mankind for thousands of years in fact they do poorly in areas where humans no longer dwell because they have become so reliant on us for food and shelter. Most people think that rats only enter homes that are dirty and unkept but that is simply not true. Rats enter a home if they smell food. They will enter a home and feed on dry dog food or cat food or seeds that a bird drops out of their cage. They will commonly chew through any food container that is cardboard or plastic like a cereal box. One of the first questions homeowners ask pest control companies in Westminster is “How are rats getting in my house”? Rats can fit into a pre-existing gap or hole about the size of a quarter. The fact is that if a rats head can fit into a hole then the rest of their body can fit in. Rats can easily create their own hole by chewing and dig through just about anything except steel. Rats are known to enter homes through sewer drains that have been installed incorrectly or sewer drains that have displaced joints or broken joints or cracks. Rats will enter through dryer vents that are just a couple feet off the ground. Rats also enter through gaps under doors and through window unit air conditioners that are low to the ground. If you live in a townhouse and your neighbor has rats then you will eventually get rats.

Most people think it’s a myth that rats can enter a home through a toilet but it’s true. Rats have incredible stamina and are capable of treading water for up to three days. They can also hold their breath for up to three minutes so if they enter a gap in a sewer pipe underground in your yard they can definitely make the journey into your home and come out in your toilet. Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control took the photos above at a home off of Pennsylvania Ave, Westminster 21157. This photo shows the space under the new addition of this home which is a bathroom. Four days after the new bathroom was complete the homeowner opened the toilet lid and discovered two rats in the toilet. Upon inspection, the technician from Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control discovered that the rats had chewed a 1 ½” hole in the top of the PVC drain pipe and swam up into the toilet. After the PVC drain pipe was replaced Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control set rat traps to rat and remove the existing population of rats on the property. Then they installed heavy gauge sheet metal around the base of the new addition bathroom crawl space to prevent any rats or other critters from entering the crawl space in the future. If you have a rat infestation or suspect rats maybe living on your property then give Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control a call at [Direct]. They are the “do it all” top rated rat control company in Westminster.