How to Deal With the Potomac Raccoon Epidemic

How to Deal With the Potomac Raccoon Epidemic

Since March 1, 2015, our Potomac raccoon removal professionals have received 50% more calls for raccoon control than during the first week of March 2014. Many homeowners find out they have raccoons living in the attic when they hear animal noises coming from the attic or the sound of animals running across the roof. Raccoon trapping is an effective raccoon control method if the raccoons are just coming into the yard or if raccoons are running across the roof. However, Potomac raccoon trapping professionals suggest other raccoon removal methods if the raccoons are living in the attic. Potomac raccoon removal experts warn that raccoons are getting ready to start having babies, so it’s important to check for baby raccoons in the attic before removing the adult raccoon. Many homeowners look in the attic and do not see the raccoons, so they assume that the raccoons are gone and seal up the entry holes that the animals ripped open in the roof. By sealing the entry holes, you risk trapping baby raccoons in the attic. It is never a good idea to do this unless you are 100% sure that the raccoons are out of the attic. Montgomery County raccoon removal experts (202-557-1443) recommend hiring a professional raccoon control company to get raccoons out of the attic to avoid sealing the raccoons in the attic.

Deterring Wildlife in Potomac

Deterring Wildlife in Potomac

As we continue to see dropping temperatures and poor weather in the Potomac area, much wildlife is left searching for shelter from the harsh elements. Because of this, some critters may find their way into your Potomac home. While it may seem harmless to let these animals remain in your home, it can really become quite hazardous and the animals should have never entered in the first place. Here are some ways Potomac residents can deter wildlife from entering their homes.

  1. Potomac residents should keep their yards free of trash, debris, and pet droppings. Having a constant source of food available will only attract wildlife and encourage the animals to return to the area.
  2. If trees are in your yard, use wiring to make it impossible to climb the trunk of the trees. Along with the wiring, be sure to trim down any branches that may reach to your roof. Trees tend to provide wildlife with direct access to your roof, which can lead them to your attic.
  3. If your Potomac home has a chimney, consider installing a chimney cap. A chimney cap will allow you to use your chimney and fireplace while preventing birds, bats, and squirrels from entering your chimney.
  4. Use mesh coverings to close off the openings to your ventilation systems. Wildlife tends to use the vents for your dryers to enter your basement easily.
  5. Regularly check your Potomac home for cracks and openings that a creature could use to enter your home easily.

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

The Health Hazards of Bird Infestations

The Health Hazards of Bird Infestations

While birds are always present within the Potomac area, most homeowners never actually interact with the animals. However, when a bird infestation occurs in their Potomac home, they are forced to interact with the creatures on a much closer level. While birds may seem harmless, they can actually cause several health hazards for Potomac families, should a bird infestation occur. These health hazards can take place several ways:

  1. Feces and Food- If birds have infested your home’s attic, more than likely you will be faced with a massive cleanup effort due to bird feces. As the feces dries, the spores from the droppings can be spread through the HVAC system of your home. When this occurs, open food or drink could become contaminated, leading to food poisoning.
  2. Parasites- Birds are known to carry small parasites such as fleas, mites, and ticks. When they infest their home, your family and domestic pets are now exposed to these parasites and the diseases they can carry. This parasite exposure can then lead to a whole new kind of infestation, even once the birds have been removed.
  3. Fecal Dust- Once the feces of the birds have dried, it can continue to present health hazards. Should the feces be disturbed, fecal dust can enter the air of your home. If this dust is inhaled by humans, it can cause serious infection of the body.
  4. Direct Contact- When you are faced with a bird infestation in your Potomac home, you are also running the risk of having direct contact with the bird feces. Should feces enter an open wound, you are now at risk of serious infection.

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

Bat Removal for Potomac Residents

Bat Removal for Potomac Residents

The Potomac area is a quaint residential and commercial area found in Montgomery County, Maryland. While this area is perfect for owning a home, it is also the perfect home for bats. Because of the increasing population of bats in the Potomac area, residents are finding the need for bat removal services. As the weather continues to grow colder, bats will continue to search for places to take shelter. The Potomac area still provides some natural shelter for bats, but also provides plenty of residential homes for bats to use for shelter as well. Bats tend to enter your Potomac home through openings they find along your siding, in your roof tiles, and in your basement. They can also use vent and chimney openings to enter your home to roost. When you begin to hear activity coming from areas of your home, you are more than likely hosting an uninvited bat. While some Potomac residents may not see the bats as a threat, they should be looking for bat removal services. Bat guano can harbor plenty of parasites and diseases along with the bats themselves. Bats are known carriers of rabies along with hosting bed bugs and bat bugs. Should a bat spend time within your home, you are allowing these harmful parasites and diseases to be spread throughout your Potomac home. Bats can also carry other diseases that may seem harmless to humans, but can be deadly to domestic pets. Bat activity as they enter and leave your home can also cause damage to the stricture and foundation of your home while dead bats stuck in chimneys or vents can cause other health hazards. When you find evidence of bats in your attic or any other area of your home, don’t panic. Simply pick up the phone and call Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control. Our technicians use only the most humane techniques to remove bats from your home as well as preventing their entry in the future. We are available at any hour, all seven days of the week, so never hesitate to call when you have a bat problem in your Potomac home. Our technicians will be able to effectively locate the bat in question and remove the animal without causing further damage to your home or the bat itself. To contact a professional from Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control, call us at 443.417.3137 or click here for our contact page. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest today!      

Importance of Potomac Skunk Removal

Importance of Potomac Skunk Removal

Most of us have experienced the foul smell of skunk while driving down the road. Some of us have even experienced the frightful sight of a skunk, dreading the possibility of being sprayed. Skunks have a tendency to hide under houses, decks, sheds, cabins, and storage buildings. Nobody wants to have to deal with a skunk invasion on their property, so it’s important to hire a company who can assist you with skunk removal. But first, how do you know if you have a skunk problem?   You can tell if you have a few skunks as neighbors if you frequently spot a black bushy tail. Be warned: this is not a black squirrel. Skunks are well known as having a white stripe down their backs. If you see a skunk and it begins stomping its feet, get as far away as possible; they can spray up to 15 feet! Another sign of nearby skunks is if you frequently smell that foul odor.   So why should you have skunks removed from your property? While skunks can be helpful in keeping rodents and insects away, many of them can carry rabies and are a danger to your pets and children. Because most skunks act at night, you definitely want to call animal control if you see a skunk in the daytime; it could be a sign of a rabies infection. Skunks can also damage your property while trying to sneak into your basement or crawl space. In addition, they can cause unwanted holes in your lawn and make a mess of the trash in your trashcans.   If you think you have a skunk problem at your Potomac home, don’t try to solve it on your own. You run the risk of being bitten or sprayed and having to deal with the awful smell. It’s best to call a skunk removal professional who can also give you tips and tricks about how to prevent a skunk problem in the future. For more information about skunk removal, call the professionals at Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control. Our technicians are trained to properly handle local wildlife, especially those infected with rabies. We use humane removal and control methods that eliminate any potential to harm to both humans and the wildlife. If you need help, you can reach us by calling 410-417-3137 or by visiting 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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Does That Potomac Raccoon Have Rabies?

Does That Potomac Raccoon Have Rabies?

If you live in the Potomac area, or any area of Montgomery County, you are no stranger to wildlife. While raccoons are common mammals in the area, many Potomac residents may fail to realize their ability to carry and transmit rabies. If you came across a Potomac raccoon, would you be able to determine if it had rabies?

Symptoms of Rabies in a Potomac Raccoon

  1. The Potomac raccoon will appear sick overall. Just like humans, you can typically tell by looking at an animal if they are feeling well or not.
  2. The animal is making strange and alarming noises. While raccoons will “talk” to one another, an individual raccoon should not be making loud noises.
  3. The raccoon will be foaming out the mouth profusely.
  4. The Potomac raccoon is unable to walk properly. This is because they are unable to move one or more of their legs, preventing them from moving.
  5. The raccoon appears disoriented and overall confused. It seems to not know where it is, and may appear “intoxicated” while trying to walk.

There are other two symptoms that could be linked to the Potomac raccoon having rabies, but they are not guaranteed symptoms. Some people assume that when a raccoon is seeing during daytime hours that it has rabies. While this could be an indicator, there is also a great chance that the raccoon is healthy. Another possible indicator is if the raccoon appears to be unafraid of a human presence. While this used to be a sure sign of rabies, raccoons have become very comfortable with human contact.

Potomac Raccoon Control

If you find a Potomac raccoon that is displaying symptoms of rabies, do not approach the animal. Instead, call the professionals at Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control. Our technicians are trained to properly handle local wildlife, especially those infected with rabies. We use humane removal and control methods that eliminate any potential to harm to both humans and the wildlife. To get started with Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control for removal and control services for a Potomac raccoon that potentially has rabies, 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. Sources: http://www.raccoonatticguide.com/rabies-vector.html