If you are having a problem with wildlife in your Columbia home, your best option is to hire a company that specializes in Maryland wildlife removal only. This is a specialty business, and regular
pest control companies do not use the proper techniques to solve animal problems. I have spent many years reviewing Columbia, and I recommend the following:
ACS Wildlife Removal
Cell Phone: 443-478-4804
NOTE: If you have a dog or cat problem, call Howard County Animal Services: 410-313-2780
ACS Wildlife Removal specializes primarily in removing animals from attics of homes and buildings - this includes squirrels in attics, raccoons, and rats
or mice in homes. Maryland also has a documented problem with
bats in buildings, and ACS Wildlife Removal is specially trained in bat removal. They also perform general wildlife trapping services, such as the capture and removal of skunks or opossums on the
property. Call 443-478-4804
to discuss your critter problem and schedule a same-day or next-day appointment.
When hiring a company to solve your wild animal problem, you want these features:
- Specializes in wildlife removal, not pest control
- Fully Maryland and Howard County licensed and insured
- Works 7 days per week (critters don't take weekends off)
- Performs full building inspections: enters and inspects attic
- Performs exclusion repairs, with guarantee against animal re-entry
- Offers cleanup of biohazardous wildlife waste
ACS Wildlife Removal is a full-service Columbia wildlife removal company. This is very different from a regular Columbia pest control company. The pest control companies spray poison to kill insects. This is not at all
similar to wildlife removal. ACS Wildlife Removal performs a full inspection of the home or property, and determines why the animal(s) are there, and if inside a building, how the animals got inside. All
animals (including rodents) are trapped and removed, or if possible, removed from the building using special exclusion devices. Once the animals are gone, preventative repairs are essential, and
cleanup is sometimes recommended.
Columbia wildlife trapping - it's not as simple as it may seem. It's illegal in Maryland to trap without a license. Trap type is very important and there are many different types, bait is somewhat relevant, trap placement
is vital, and there are dozens of small things that are very important to know.
Safety is a concern. Then once the animal is trapped, it must be removed and dealt with in the proper manner according to Maryland law. We offer Columbia raccoon removal. Read more about how to get rid of raccoons.
Animals in attics - this is our specialty at ACS Wildlife Removal. Many types of animals like to live in attics. This includes squirrels, raccoons, rats, mice, bats, birds, and even possums. Critters like to go into attics for a safe place to live
and raise their young. Removing animals from attics is very complex work, partly because of the presence of baby animals. If you need Columbia squirrel removal, we can remove all the squirrels from your attic, and seal out any future ones. Read more about how to get rid of squirrels.
Rodent control must be done in a very specific way. First off, the most important thing is that all the openings that rats and mice can use to enter a house be sealed. Then all the rodents must be physically trapped and removed.
Never, ever use poison! Most Columbia exterminators will just use this lazy poison technique to kill rodents, and it causes more harm than good - dead stinky rats, and it doesn't solve the problem. Call us for correct Columbia rat removal. Read more about how to get rid of rats.
Bat removal is a highly specialized task. Maryland is known to have colonizing bats who often live in buildings. Bats love attics. If not removed, the colony can grow to a very large size over the years. The bat droppings are often corrosive and
cause health risks. The same goes for bird droppings on or in buildings. We perform Columbia pigeon removal and bird control. But our specialty is Columbia bat removal. We remove 100% of the bat colony and seal the building so that it's totally bat-proof. Read more about how to get rid of bats.
If you have animals inside a house, no job is complete without proper exclusion repairs. If you simply hire a Columbia trapper who only removes the critters, then the problem will return. You need to hire a Columbia wildlife control company that identifies 100% of the animal entry points
into your building, and seals them shut with professional repairs. In addition, in many cases animals have left waste or contamination behind, and you'll want a company that can provide professional cleaning services. ACS Wildlife Removal does both.
The above are just some of the services offered by ACS Wildlife Removal. We also trap and remove animals that destroy lawns, such as moles, or digging animals. Sometimes animals like opossums will live under buildings, steal pet food, raid garbage cans, etc.
Read about how to get rid of opossums
. Skunks commonly live under sheds or decks, and set up a den. We can trap and remove them without them spraying. Read about how to get rid of skunks
. ACS Wildlife Removal
also provides dead animal removal in Columbia. If you need help with any other wildlife conflict, from a fox, beaver, groundhog, or any other critter, we can solve it. We also do Columbia snake removal - most of the snakes in Maryland are not venomous, but
call us if you want safe removal, or read about how to get rid of snakes
in Columbia. And remember, we are a private business, not Howard County Animal Control Services, so if you have a dog or cat problem, call the County at 410-313-2780.
Howard County animal services does not handle any wildlife issues.
ACS Wildlife Removal
Cell Phone: 443-478-4804
Columbia Wildlife Tip #1:
Raccoon on roof - A racoon on the roof is one of the most common issues homeowners have aside from the issue of rodent infestations. Raccoons can climb almost anything, and it's not difficult for them to scale the side of a home and make their way on top of the roof. There isn't much harm in having a raccoon up there as long as you make sure no damaged areas exist where the critter can get inside. One secondary concern about raccoons on a roof is that any urine eliminated on the shingles has the potential to seep down and drip off the side of the building. Racoons can carry leptospirosis, a potentially life-threatening infection that destroys the kidneys. If this bacterium gets on a wood pile or object that is then carried inside the home, children, pets, and other adults could possibly be at risk. The best thing you can do is keep a good eye on the upper aspect of your home. If you're diligent, the raccoon will not get inside and will eventually lose interest. Make sure there are no food sources up on the shingles, especially fruit fallen from nearby trees.
Columbia Wildlife Tip #2:
Will a possum eat rat poison? - There are many methods to remove a possum from your home or land, that rat poison is definitely not the best way forward, especially when you consider the dangers and negatives that surround the topic. You could inadvertently poison your own household pets or small children, as well as potentially causing harm to other pets in the neighborhood and other forms of wildlife, and it would make sense to look more towards the idea of kill traps or more humane methods to remove the animal, that relying on this very painful and long way to remove the animal from your life. One of the most popular forms of rat poison contains something called an anticoagulant, which means that the blood will not clot. Now, in rats this process will take a few days to kill the animal, but with a possum, it can take several weeks, and when you consider all of the other problems that will accompany this form of extermination, and the other causes that will lead to the animals demise, it would certainly cause you to think again. The anticoagulant will affect the Vitamin K synthesis in the liver, which means that the blood will not clot. This can lead to anemia, internal bleeding and blood loss, as well as many other problems, which as you can very well imagine, would be a very long and painful death to have to suffer. Although there are pros and cons for all forms of possum removal, there are other more humane methods in which to remove the problem from your life. You could accidentally kill your own pets, as well as community pets and other wild creatures, and that is before you even begin to think about the harm the poison could do to any small children that may live in the neighborhood. All in all, this should be the last form of removal that you consider, especially if you want the animal to be removed quickly and painlessly, for all involved!
Maryland Wildlife Information:
Maryland State bird: Baltimore oriole
State mammal: Thoroughbred, calico cat, Chesapeake Bay retriever
State reptile: Diamondback terrapin
State fish: Striped bass
State insect: Baltimore checkerspot butterfly
Maryland is one of the most diverse states in the country, and it is so unique in its variety of habitats, it has been dubbed "America in miniature". This nickname is due to the fact the state has sand dunes, sea grass, swamps with tall cypress trees, thick oak forests on rolling hills, and mountains covered in pine woods. Despite the multiple ecosystems that exist in Maryland, there are no natural lakes in the state. Glacial activity did not extend into Maryland, and no deep holes were present to hold massive volumes of water. There are numerous natural ponds, but mankind has been forced to make the now plentiful lakes in the state.
Maryland is one of only a few states that have a population of wild horses. No horses in the United States are native; every herd is descended from stock brought over by explorers or settlers when the continent was first discovered. The horses in Maryland are contained on coastal islands. The horses are protected by law, and are allowed to roam free because of their historical relevance.
Horses aren't the only large grazers that aren't native to Maryland. Sika deer were originally introduced to the state, and are now populous enough to warrant a hunting season. The largest native grazer is the American elk, followed by the white-tailed deer.
Maryland doesn't just have large grazers, it also has large predators. Black bear are the most common large predators in the state, followed by coyotes in frequency of sightings. Wolves and mountain lions are much more reclusive but also share territory in the state.
Maryland wouldn't be complete without a list of common animals. Anywhere in the region you can find skunks, raccoons, porcupines, foxes, opossums, voles, moles, woodchucks, fishers, nutria, ermine, and mink. There are also bats, snakes, and a host of amphibians.
Being a coastal state, Maryland has an abundance of marine life, many of which are showcased in the Baltimore Aquarium. The list of marine wildlife includes sperm whales, beaked whales, dolphins, porpoises, humpback whales, and manatees. Of course, with a beach environment comes a large population of seagulls. Seagulls are one of the most problematic nuisance birds for business and homeowners along the coast. Their droppings are highly corrosive and can pose health risks for people.
You can always call ACS Wildlife Removal, any time of day, at 443-478-4804, for a price quote for Columbia wildlife control services. I am confident that this is the best choice amongst wildlife removal companies in Columbia, MD.