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How We Solve Baltimore Wildlife Problems

It starts with your phone call. We answer our phones 24/7, and we will carefully listen to your wildlife problem. Every case is different, so we will ask appropriate questions to help us understand the situation better. Questions like, "do you hear the noises at night or during the daytime?" or "what type of roof do you have?" After we have a general idea of your situation, we can provide a ballpark price range, and schedule a same-day or next-day appointment to inspect your property.

INSPECTION: Once on site, we will perform a full inspection of your home and property. This allows us to use the correct strategy and traps. If the animals are in an attic, a full building inspection is crucial, including the following:

  • All ground-level areas, such as piper or A/C line entry & exit areas, A/C chase bottoms, ground-level vents, etc.
  • All mid-level areas, such as dryer vents, siding gaps, first floor eaves or dormers, etc.
  • We inspect the entire roof, including all plumbing stacks, ridge caps, vents, and other potential gaps or holes.
  • We also inspect inside your attic, to identify animals and damage they have caused.
  • If the animals are outside, we notice many subtle clues that will assist us in a successful strategy.

TRAPPING, EXCLUSION, REMOVAL: Once we understand what animal species we are dealing with, and the problem, we use the most effective means of removing the animals. We use dozens of different types of traps.

  • Trapping - If trapping the animal(s) in live cage traps, trap type, set, and location are crucial to success.
  • Exclusion - Oftentimes, we are able to simply set one-way doors or other exclusion devices that allow the animals inside a building to safely exit, but never get back inside.
  • Removal By Hand - Sometimes we actually remove animals by hand, or with special tools like snare poles.
  • The Law - In all cases, we obey state and local laws regarding wildlife, but aim to take the most humane approach.

ENTRY HOLE REPAIRS: Repairs are a crucial step in the wildlife removal process. In many cases, such as bat or rodent control, the job cannot be performed without detailed repairs, and in all cases, sealing the entry holes shut ensures that no future wildlife will ever enter your home.

  • 100% of the entry holes must be found, and sealed shut, or the job is not complete.
  • Our repairs are professional contractor grade, look good, and when applicable we use steel, which rodents such as rats or squirrels are unable to chew through.
  • We give a written guarantee on our repairs against any future animal entry.

ATTIC DECONTAMINATION SERVICES: It may be desirable to clean your attic after we've removed the animals. They can leave behind large amounts of droppings, urine, hair, oils, food, nesting material, and so on. These remnants can attract insects like cockroaches, and the scent left behind can encourage new animals to chew their way into your house. You might experience odor problems from the waste. It's possible that mold will grow on waste areas.

  • We remove or vacuum all droppings, or remove all the soiled insulation.
  • We fog the attic with a special enzyme-based cleaner that destroys any organic matter and deodorizes the space.
  • We repair damage, such as ductwork, electrical wires, pipes, insulation, and more.
The above are just a brief explanation of some of our methods. I haven't even addressed the hundreds of other potential cases that we deal with, from bat exclusions, to poison-free rodent control, to dead animal removal, bird roosting prevention, mole trapping in a yard, ground-based exclusion barriers around a shed, etc. etc. Just give us a call any time, and we can describe in detail how we will resolve your specific wildlife problem.

As a Mid-Atlantic city, we have an abundance of squirrels, raccoons, opossums, skunks, and groundhogs. There are some snakes in Eastern Maryland, but they are usually harmless. The most common bats are the Little Brown Bats or the Big Brown. In the city of Baltimore, we often handle rat problems and pigeon issues. We service the greater Baltimore region, including Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, and Queen Anne's County. We service the towns of Columbia, Towson, Aberdeen, Annapolis, Bel Air, Catonsville, Dundalk, Ellicott City, Glen Burnie, Havre de Grace, Joppatowne, Owings Mills, Westminster, and more. To learn more about our services, visit the Baltimore wildlife control home page.

This month's wildlife how-to article: Opossum trapping – how to catch opossums with traps

If you want a yard that is free from animals, you may find yourself in a bit of a battle with the not so humble opossum! With a string of babies behind them, and a scavenging mind that us humans will probably never understand, there is a reason why these critters have been around since the ages of the dinosaurs, and will give you a great indication of exactly how stubborn this creatures are once they make your yard their home.

Eliminating an opossum from your yard is going to be a tough one if you are not armed with good knowledge. For example, they love piles of wood and brush, so by getting rid of these, you will be one step closer to removing the issue. However, there are a lot more things to take into consideration than just this, especially if you don’t want to rely on wildlife control experts to do the job for you. Thankfully, however, help is at hand!

The first stage of opossum trapping is to actually pick a trap. You have a number of options to choose from:
  • Pop-up or easy traps. These are created to be as simple as possible to set up, and therefore are practically fool proof.
  • Single door traps. This is a longer trap with just one door, as the name suggests. The creature goes into the trap, the trigger is set off and the door closes behind it to ensure the opossum cannot get out.
  • Double door traps. This is the same as a single door trap, but as the name suggests, has a door at either end of the trap itself, making it look like less of a trap. Clever, huh?
There are a few things that you are going to want to watch out for with opossum trapping. You need a trap that is large enough to actually trap the creature, and on top of that, you are going to want the trap to be durable enough to withstand both weather conditions, and a very upset animal that is just waiting to bust their way out. On top of this, you are going to want the trap to be safe – what is the point in buying a humane style trap, only to hurt it with sharp edges, cutting wire or similar? Last, but certainly not least, you want a trap that is actually going to work, not one that promises great results and doesn’t deliver. This means that you should purchase from a reliable and reputable source, more information on which you can easily find online.

Once you’ve figure out the trap situation, you are going to want to find a good bait product. Thankfully, the opossum is a greedy creature that will enjoy a good munch out on most foods, but the ones that have proven to be very effective are:
  • Fruit. Opossums love fruit, and two of the best that you can use as bait are oranges and apples.
  • Fish. If you have some leftover fish for dinner, you can use that. Alternatively, you can use a tin of tuna that has been sat in the back of your cupboard for a while, and even a tin of sardines. You may want to make sure that there is no flavoring on the sardines, or oil left with the fish – these could cause the animal a stomach upset.
  • Lastly, the opossum loves pet food, so if you have a dog or cat, sacrifice some of theirs to be used as bait.
Other Baltimore animal pest control topics:
Raccoon trapping
Opossum prevention
Wild animal diseases
Skunk under a porch
Will a Rat Chew Through the Ceiling?
What is Best Brand of Cage Trap?
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