Preventing Problems With Nesting Birds

Preventing Problems With Nesting Birds

March is just around the corner, which means birds are about to start building nests and laying eggs. Many birds are fine living in trees, but others prefer cavities or look for more secure dwellings, such as your gutters, vents, etc. Allow our Maryland bird removal specialists to show you how you can keep the nuisance birds away this spring. But first let’s go over why this is even necessary.

Why Nesting Birds Can Be Dangerous

When a bird like a sparrow or a starling builds a nest, it gathers twigs, leaves, feathers and other materials in can find. Now imagine if these twigs and leaves are stuffed inside your dryer vent. This will restrict the airflow and may even cause your appliance to overheat and break down. In rare cases, clogged dryer vents may result in a fire, especially if the vent was already packed with lint which is extremely flammable.

How to Keep Birds out of Vents

The first thing you need to do is inspect the exterior of your home. Look inside the vents, such appliance and plumbing vents on the roof or the side of your house. Also check the tops of gutters and downspouts as well as your attic. If you find a nest, it could be one left from last year or it may be newly built. Either way, now you know where birds are likely to be a problem. Once you determine that there are no birds present in a particular vent, it’s time to install a vent cover. There are plenty of commercial vent covers available in stores and online, or you could use a wire mesh.

Signs of Nesting Birds

If you didn’t take any of the precautions and now you think you may have bird nests in your vents, here are a few ways to confirm. Leave your bedroom window open overnight and see if you get woken up early in the morning by birds. If you have birds in vents or gutters, right after sunrise you would hear tweeting, as well as scratching noises. The sound of bird nails clutching to the metal gutters is hard to miss. But what if the birds are mostly quiet and you can’t tell for sure whether you got a problem or not? Walk around the outside of your house and visually inspect the vents. Look for any nesting materials sticking out of vents or bird poop on the ground under the vent. Need help getting rid of nuisance birds? Give Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control a call today for bird removal in Maryland!

5 Pest Animals Most Likely to Invade Your Attic

5 Pest Animals Most Likely to Invade Your Attic

If you aren’t using your attic as a living space, the chances are someone else will. We are talking about sneaky wildlife that can gain access to your attic and make themselves comfortable. They live there, stash their food there, even have babies and die there! It’s good to be aware of the kinds of animals that are likely to invade your attic. So when you start hearing odd noises or noticing leaks and roof damage, you can put two and two together. Our Montgomery County animal removal experts are happy to give you some basic information on the Maryland wildlife that likes to nest in attics.

Squirrels in the Attic

We write about squirrels a lot on our blog and there is a good reason for that. Eastern Gray Squirrels are one of the most common wildlife pests found in Maryland attics. Like most wildlife seeking shelter in our dwellings, squirrels typically do so to find a safe place to have their babies. So what you think is one harmless squirrel in your attic is actually a squirrel family with an appetite for destruction. Because squirrels have front teeth that constantly grow longer and longer, they need to gnaw on stuff to keep the size in check. This “stuff” includes wood and wiring in your attic. In fact, squirrels are known to cause house fires due to their chewing habits, so don’t take this invader lightly.

Raccoons in the Attic

Raccoon is one of the largest animals you may find in your attic. Therefore, they are usually one of the easiest to notice, as they make quite a bit of noise, especially at night. Raccoon are very strong for their size. Where a squirrel would gnaw a hole in your fascia board, a raccoon would just rip the entire board off if it’s been weakened by the elements. The worst part about having raccoons in your attic is probably the raccoon latrine—the spot raccoons use as their litter box. Their feces and urine will ruin your insulation and can even soak though the ceiling. Many raccoons are infected with the raccoon roundworm parasite, so be careful if you plan on cleaning up the latrine yourself.

Bats in the Attic

If raccoons are the largest attic invaders, bats would probably take the trophy for the largest crowd. Bats live in colonies, so it’s not unusual to have 50 or more bats living at one time in your attic. The more bats you have, the sooner you may want them gone, because their strength is indeed in numbers. If not for the bat guano (bat poop), having bats in the attic would have been an all-around positive thing. After all, they eat mosquitoes and other insects in large amounts, making your summer nights more pleasant. Unfortunately, all that food ends up as pounds of guano in your attic. In extreme cases, it can weigh down your ceiling so much, it may collapse. In less severe cases, it will stink, stain your insulation and become a breeding ground for bacteria and mold, such as the dangerous histoplasma.

Mice and Rats in the Attic

Mice and rats are sneaky rodents that can be virtually anywhere in your house. They can chew holes through most surfaces, creating safe routes they can use to stay out of our sight. They can be found in attics too, where mice and rats can roam freely since humans barely use this space. While they don’t do nearly as much damage as squirrels or raccoons, rats and mice are still unwanted critters. One of the biggest risks of having them around is the fact that they can contaminate your food and your kitchen counters. Rodents often carry numerous diseases and bacteria they can “share” with you.

Birds in the Attic

Birds in residential attics are not very common, but they do get in on occasion. Birds like starlings, pigeons and sparrows will first try your vents, gutters and soffits, but if the access to the attic is easy, they will nest there too. Birds build nests in spring to lay eggs and hatch their young. Once that’s done, they usually leave on their own. However, having birds in your attic means bird poop everywhere and a risk of a bird mite infestation. So depending on your situation and the number of birds in your attic, you may want them gone sooner rather than later. But don’t worry. If you find any of these critters in your attic, you can always rely on Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control to safely remove them and clean up any mess they left behind. Call us or contact online today for help fighting your attic invaders.

How to Stop Birds From Loafing On Your Roof

How to Stop Birds From Loafing On Your Roof

Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control has been providing Maryland bird removal services for years. We evict unwanted birds nesting in gutters, vents, rafters and similar areas. But now we are also happy to offer bird control services to help get rid of birds that may not be living inside your home, but like to gather on it leaving an unsightly mess. We are talking about pigeons, seagulls and sparrows that tend to hang out in groups and can cause quite a bit of damage. This behavior is called “loafing” and often takes place after birds are done gathering food and take the time to digest, clean themselves and socialize.

Common Loafing Spots

Quite often, we find nuisance birds loafing in these areas of your home’s exterior:

  • Balconies
  • Chimneys and skylights
  • Gutters
  • Roof-top HVAC units
  • Exterior windowsills
  • Deck railings
  • Roofs and roof ridges
  • Exposed rafters and other architectural features

Why Are Birds Attracted to My Home?

There are many behavioral reasons why nuisance birds may be “hanging out” on your roof versus another structure. One of the reasons is that your roof provides a perfect observation spot for birds to look out for food and be on alert for predators at the same time. On the other hand, such areas as roof overhangs and windowsills provide comfortable shelter and protection from the elements as well as potential predators. Your roof may just be the tallest or the warmest structure around, which makes it perfect for loafing.

Deterring Nuisance Birds

Loafing birds wouldn’t be such a big deal if it wasn’t for the fecal mess they leave behind. And bird feces are not only foul-smelling and unattractive, but also contain a variety of nasty microorganisms that may lead to serious illnesses if ingested. In addition to that, bird feces are acidic and able to corrode almost any building material, including stone and metal. So what can you do to keep your home free of these nuisance loafers? The modern wildlife control market offers a variety of solutions for dealing with nuisance birds. Just to name a few:

  • Special netting can be installed over balconies to keep the birds away.
  • Spikes, wire, shock strip or coil can be installed on ridges to take away the birds’ landing area.
  • Smooth bird slide can be added to the ledges to create a slippery angled surface birds can’t land on.
  • Bird-off gel can be used on any surface to ward off the winged menace.

Some of these solutions may sound cruel, especially spikes and shock strips, but they actually don’t cause any harm to the bird. Spikes are rather thin and simply prevent the bird from landing. And the shock strip provides a very small zap that’s only enough to disturb the bird and make it look for another loafing spot.

Why Hire a Professional

It may seem like these bird control products are rather easy to install, and that’s true—no rocket science required! But the reason you need a professional is to know where exactly and what kind of device to use in order to ensure that your bird-proofing efforts last. Different birds have different habits and require different approaches. It took us years of experience to be able to advise our customers with confidence, which we’ll be happy to do for you. Contact us today to learn more about bird control solutions in Maryland.

Is a Bird Infestation Harmful?

Is a Bird Infestation Harmful?

Residents of Caroline County have grown accustomed to seeing birds throughout the area. Whether they see a pigeon resting on a power line or a robin on a tree branch, seeing birds from day to day is never a surprise or reason for concern with Caroline County residents. However, when a bird infestation occurs within your Caroline County home, there becomes a need for concern.

One bird in your home may not seem like a problem, but a bird infestation could lead to serious problems for you and your family. A bird infestation can first lead to serious damage to your home. Bird droppings can damage personal items as well as destroy fabrics and hardwood surfaces within your home. The constant activity from the bird infestation can damage the insulation within your home along with your personal belongings. As the birds come and go from your Caroline County home, they can damage the siding and roof of your home, leaving you vulnerable to water damage. A bird infestation can also cause serious health problems as well. Dust from dried bird droppings can travel through your HVAC system and spread to all areas of your home, including your kitchen where it can rest on open food. Birds are also carriers of fleas and ticks, which could leave your domestic pets and family members vulnerable to bites and even Lyme disease. The professionals at Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control are trained to humanely handle bird control situations in the Caroline County area. If wildlife finds a way into your Caroline County 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 Caroline County 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.

Keeping Birds from your Jessup Home

Keeping Birds from your Jessup Home

Jessup residents are never short of birds within their area. While these birds may seem harmless and beneficial for the environment, they can actually cause serious damage to your Jessup home. If birds are left to nest within your home, you could be faced with thousands of dollars in damage to your Jessup home. To avoid these damages, take these steps to avoid birds entering your home.

  1. Remove any food source from your yard. Birds will keep returning if they find a reliable food source. If you want to help feed the birds in the Jessup area, spread food in local parks closer to their natural habitat. This way, you can help while keeping the birds from your home.
  2. Install a chimney cap for your Jessup chimney to prevent birds from creating a nest. Not only can a nest damage your chimney, it can also create a serious fire hazard. Birds that become stuck and nests can cause a block in your chimney, preventing smoke to leave your home and possible fires to start.
  3. Check your basement and attic for any gaps and holes. These can be used by birds to enter your home and create a nest. Use a covering to prevent birds from using the vents in your home to enter. Commonly used vents by birds are your dryer vent and attic fan.

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