Birds Take Over Silver Spring Neighborhood

Birds Take Over Silver Spring Neighborhood

Since the beginning of March bird removal companies in Silver Spring like Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control have been receiving calls from homeowners with invasive bird problems. The most common call is from homeowners with House Sparrows and Starlings building a nest in bathroom vents, dryer vents, and kitchen vents. These species of birds are called cavity birds meaning they prefer to build their nest in cavities in trees and cavities in man-made structures. Exhaust vents for bathrooms, dryers, and kitchens are the perfect shape and size for these birds to nest in. Other invasive birds like Grackles and Pigeons building nest in attics and under porch roofs. Last week 8 homeowners on Woodside Pkwy, Woodland Drive, and Grace Church Rd, in Silver Spring 20910 contacted Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control for bird removal services and three more are scheduled in the next three days. Two of the homeowners had birds building a nest in multiple vents. Ms. Lee on Dale Drive, Silver Spring 20910 had fascia boards that were rotting and literally falling off of her home. As you can see in the photo below birds had easy access to her attic through the long gap in the fascia of her roofline. This gap extended half the length of her roofline. Unfortunately, the fascia board must have been missing for a few years because there was an extreme amount of nesting materials and bird feces throughout the attic.

Technicians from Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control know how to get birds out of an attic quick. Lucky for the technicians and the birds it was too early for baby birds or for the adult birds to lay their eggs. After all the birds were humanely evicted from the attic Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control installed new fascia boards and gutters to ensure no other birds will get in. Another neighbor a block away had birds nesting in both his dryer vent and upstairs bathroom vent. Again there were no babies or eggs yet but unfortunately, this homeowner was smelling a foul odor in his bathroom because the exhaust vent pipe was detached in the ceiling and the adult birds became trapped and died. Instead of ripping down the bathroom ceiling a technician from Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control removed the exhaust fan and was able to grab the dead birds. Once the nesting material was removed bird proof vent covers were installed to stop any invasive birds from doing this again in the future. If you have a bird in a vent or in the attic call the top pest control company in Silver Spring that has expert knowledge and superior skills to solve all of your wildlife control problems. An expert at Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control [DirectNumber] is ready to help.

Bats Return To Silver Spring

Bats Return To Silver Spring

With the return of insects this spring comes the return of bats. The two species of bats that are most commonly found in Silver Spring are the Big Brown Bat and the Little Brown Bat. These two species are often found roosting in attics and crawl spaces. Bat experts at Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control receive hundreds of calls throughout the warmer months from homeowners wanting to know how to get rid of bats behind shutters. Both the Big Brown Bat and the Little Brown Bat can fit through gaps and openings around the rooftop that are about the size of a quarter. Since bats do not chew or dig they can only enter through pre-existing openings or gaps which all rooftops have. The louvers on gable vents and soffit vents are usually spaced far enough apart for bats to fit through. To prevent bats from entering the gable vents or soffit vents they should have a heavy gauge screening or hardware cloth that is a ¼ inch or smaller on the interior. Other entry points include where the edge of the roof and the fascia board meet (see photo below). This gap occurs when roofers install a cheap pre-made drip edge along with the fascia board that does not properly fit. Many so-called bat removal companies in Silver Spring will use spray foam to fill this gap in an attempt to keep bats out. Instead, they should install a drip edge that is custom made for that particular fascia board to prevent bats and other animals from entering the attic. A homeowner on Kingsbury Drive, Silver Spring 20910 went into the attic to retrieve some springtime clothing and discovered 12 bats roosting above the gable vent. They contacted Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control to do an inspection to locate the entry points. Upon inspection, the technician from Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control discovered that the bats were not coming through the gable vent because the homeowners had installed a heavy gauge screen on the interior of the gable vent. Once the technician put a ladder up around the rooftop he quickly found that the bats were coming through a gap where the fascia board and roofs edge meet. He installed aluminum drip edging to seal the gap but left a 2-inch opening where he then installed a one-way door to allow the bats to exit but not re-enter. The one-way door will stay in place for a little while. Once the bats have left the one-way door is removed and the 2-inch opening was sealed with the aluminum drip edge.

The technicians at Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control are carpenters that have years of training, knowledge and experience working on bat eviction and properly sealing up homes to prevent bats from re-entering. Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Controls technicians professionally install the proper materials to match and blend in with the existing facade of your home. It’s important to know that all ten species of bats that reside in the state of Maryland are protected by law and it is illegal to kill them. Anyone that conducts a bat eviction or removal from a home or building must be licensed and must follow the guidelines set forth by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control is licensed and follows all laws and guidelines to ensure the protection of the bats and the people and pets that live in the home. If you want to know how to get bats out of an attic and keep them out then give Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control a call at [DirectNumber].

Silver Spring Homeowners Plagued By Groundhogs

Silver Spring Homeowners Plagued By Groundhogs

Homeowners in Silver Spring Maryland have been plagued by Groundhogs ravaging their vegetable gardens and flower beds for many decades. Unfortunately, the damages caused by Groundhogs have evolved in the past couple of years. Companies that provide Groundhog trapping services in Silver Spring are responding daily to calls about Groundhogs digging burrows alongside and under patios, decks, sheds, concrete walkways and even under the foundation of homes. Groundhog burrows are between 3 feet and 15 feet below the ground and they will have between 2 and 5 entry holes on the surface of the ground that lead through tunnels up to 50 feet long. These tunnels lead to the main chamber where the Groundhog sleeps, raises their young and hibernates during the cold winter months. Usually, Groundhogs only have 2 holes on the ground surface in most cases but there will be more holes dug on the surface of the ground and more tunnels leading to more chambers the longer period of time that the Groundhog resides in the burrow. Many Silver Spring homeowners that have had a Groundhog problem for a long time want to know how to stop Groundhogs from digging but it’s not that simple. To do this you would have to dig up your entire yard and put down a hardware cloth that will not deteriorate or rust too quickly. Then you would have to put all the dirt back on top of the hardware cloth. Groundhogs usually prefer to dig next to the base of trees, under concrete walkways, under sheds, and even under homes. A large Groundhog dug underneath this front porch on Woodside Pkwy, Silver Spring 20910. Once the Groundhog gained access to the area under the front porch it dug down alongside the foundation wall of this home and up under the basement floor. Since the homeowner rarely used the front door this Groundhog went undetected for over a month until the homeowner went to the basement and noticed a 4 foot long deep crack in the basement floor. This crack was caused by the Ground Hog excavating the dirt from underneath the concrete floor.

A wildlife technician from Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control inspected the property and gave the homeowner some expert advice on how to get rid of Groundhogs. First, Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control trapped and removed the Groundhog. Next, they repaired the entry point under the porch and then filled in the burrow hole next to the foundation of the home. Last they repaired the concrete basement floor. This project took two days to resolve thanks to the professionals at Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control. If you have a Groundhog problem or any other wildlife issues give Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control a call at [DirectNumber]. No question is a bad question and we are more than happy to help you come up with a solution for your wildlife control problems.

Are Birds Nesting in Your Silver Spring Dryer Vent?

Are Birds Nesting in Your Silver Spring Dryer Vent?

Every year in spring bird removal from dryer vents in Silver Spring becomes a major issue. In early March birds start building nests in and around homes, and the most common area is the dryer vent. Our Silver Spring pest control company receives over 100 calls every week from residents seeking help with bird removal from a dryer vents. In most cases the bird or birds stay in the vent duct within a few inches of the exterior opening, so the humane eviction of the bird is quick and easy. Unfortunately, not every situation is the same, especially when the vent duct is open in the wall or ceiling, allowing birds to venture out of the vent duct, and in some cases get lost or stuck between the walls.

What species of birds nest in dryer vents?

The two most common birds found nesting in dryer vents are the house sparrow and starling. A house sparrow can enter a round hole that is 1 ¼” in diameter, whether it’s a horizontal or a vertical opening that is 1 1/2” x 1”. House sparrows prefer a nesting site with a little elbow room with about 4” to 6” in diameter. Starlings can enter a hole that is 1 5/8” in diameter, however they also prefer a spacious hole and will use an opening up to 10”. Since the house sparrow and starling only use pre-existing holes, both species find a dryer vent to be most appealing because its 4” in diameter and long enough to house adults and babies.

How will I know if birds are nesting in my dryer vent?

If you live in an area that has plenty of man-made structures and a large human population like Silver Spring or Chevy Chase, then you have a higher chance of finding birds nesting in you dryer vent at some point. Silver Spring bird control experts at Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control advise home owners to inspect the dryer vent, bathroom exhaust vent and kitchen exhaust vent once a week during the bird breeding season between late February and August. If you are not able to do the inspection, then keep a watchful eye on any birds entering or exiting the dryer vent. Often homeowners are able to hear the birds when putting clothes in the dryer. If you hear a bird that may be in the wall, mark that area to be able to locate the bird in case it dies there. The carcass will need to be removed before the odor becomes overwhelming in your home.

How will a bird removal company get birds out of my dryer vent?

Exterminators and general pest control companies specialize in insects, not wildlife such as birds, so you are better off contacting Silver Spring bird removal experts to get the job done right. The first step is to evict the adult birds from the vent, which can be done in many ways depending on whether the birds are in the vent, in the wall cavity or between floors. If the birds are in the wall or between floors, then a hole may need to be cut open to extract the birds. If the birds are nesting in the vent, then the adults are humanly evicted and baby birds are transported to wildlife rehabilitators, so that they can be raised and released at the right time. After the birds are removed from the dryer vent, the nesting materials and any debris also need to be removed. All birds carry lice, so a sanitizer is then sprayed in the vent to eliminate any lice that may be left behind. A bird-proof dryer vent cover is then installed to prevent any birds from re-entering the vent. It’s important to install the correct vent cover. Dryer vent covers should have a cleanout door so you can remove built-up lint to prevent a house fire. Over 15,000 house fires are sparked each year from lint buildup in dryer vents. If there is an excess buildup of bird droppings in the vent duct, then a new vent duct may need to be installed. Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control will be happy to help you with bird removal in Silver Spring and surrounding areas. Just give us a call or contact online!

Roof Damage From Squirrels in Silver Spring

Roof Damage From Squirrels in Silver Spring

This time of the year it is very common for the residents of Silver Spring and other Maryland cities and suburbs to find squirrels living in the attic. From late spring to mid-fall, squirrels usually prefer denning in a tree that is covered with leaves that offer great protection from predators and harsh weather. However, after the leaves fall off the trees, the squirrels have no coverage from hawks, rain and wind, so they often chew holes through roofs to den in attics and wall cavities.

Why Squirrels Picked Your Attic

A squirrel will investigate a roof to find the most vulnerable spots to enter the attic. In most cases, squirrels will chew a baseball-sized hole through the fascia board (the board your gutter is attached to). Many homeowners have no drip edge flashing (the L-shaped aluminum flashing installed under the edge of the shingles to close the gap between the roof and fascia board). This allows squirrels and other wildlife to enter the attic anytime, which could be the reason why squirrels picked your house.

What Squirrel Roof Damage Looks Like

The photo below shows that a gray squirrel has been entering through the gap between the plywood roof deck and the fascia board. The photo also shows that the squirrel has ripped up some of the attic insulation and built a den site. Many different species of wildlife including mice, snakes, birds, and bats can easily fit through this gap to access the attic or wall cavities. Drip edge flashing must be installed to prevent further squirrel damage and future pest control problems.

Dormer pockets are another area of the roof where a Silver Spring squirrel control professional may be needed. Squirrels can easily chew through or push through the dormer pocket to access an attic or crawl space. A dormer pocket is the inside vertical corner of a dormer where the rooftop and the dormers meet. Most homes that have dormers have vinyl siding on the sidewalls. When the vinyl siding is installed, it is sometimes tucked behind the corner and not fastened down, which allows squirrels and other wildlife to easily push it in. In some cases, it can be difficult for the average homeowner to determine if the squirrel living in their Silver Spring attic is using the dormer pockets as an entry point because it did not chew a hole and may be pushing and pulling the inside corner of the dormer just like a door (squirrels can be very smart and very inventive).

How to Remove Squirrels from Your Attic

It can be very difficult and frustrating to attempt to get rid of squirrels living in the attic. All too often do-it-yourself homeowners will try to take care of their squirrel problem on their own and fail. They usually seal a squirrel or two up in the attic after repairing the holes the squirrels chewed through on the rooftop. At this point, one of three things will happen: <

  • (1) the squirrel(s) will make a lot of noise trying to escape and eventually die in the attic, which will create a very bad odor in the home
  • (2) the squirrel(s) will dig a hole through the sheet rock ceiling beneath the attic and get into the living space of your home
  • (3) the squirrel(s) will find a vulnerable spot on the interior of the roof and chew their way out.

To prevent future roof damage caused by squirrels it is important to set live-capture squirrel traps to remove the invasive squirrels like the photo below shows:

Choosing a full-service Silver Spring squirrel removal company like Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control is always the best solution to resolve your invasive squirrel problem. After the squirrels are humanely evicted from your home, the wildlife control professionals at Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control will restore any area of your roof or walls that was damaged by squirrels.

Is This How Squirrels Are Getting Into Your Attic?

Is This How Squirrels Are Getting Into Your Attic?

The homeowners of this Silver Spring, Maryland, home heard noises coming from the attic and suspected that it may be squirrels. The homeowners contacted our Silver Spring squirrel removal professionals to inspect the attic and roof to determine what the problem may be. The technician confirmed that the homeowners’ suspicions were correct and squirrels were living in the attic. The technician discovered that the squirrels chewed a hole in the fascia board above the gutter.

Our technician set humane live-capture traps to remove the squirrels. If the squirrels are not trapped, they will continue to chew new holes around the roof top. The technician also installed a one-way door over the point of entry, which allows the squirrels to exit but not re-enter the attic. The one-way door ensures that the squirrels will be evicted from the attic for good.

The Importance of Eave Drip Edge

The squirrels were able to chew this hole because there was no eave drip edge installed in this Silver Spring home. Eave drip edge (also know as eave strip) is a metal strip designed to cover the carpenter’s gap between the roof deck and the fascia board. A drip strip is necessary because:

  • It stops squirrels and other wildlife from chewing through that area.
  • It prevents birds, bats and other pests from entering the attic.
  • It stops rain water from rolling off the edge of the roof and down the side of the fascia board, which causes moisture damage and wood rot.

After the squirrels were trapped and removed, the technician installed 25’ of eave drip edge fabricated from aluminum. If you are hearing noises coming from the attic during the early morning hours and early evening hours, then you may have a gray squirrel problem. The sooner you contact a licensed Maryland wildlife removal professional the less damage will be done. Call Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control today for fast and humane squirrel removal in Maryland.