If you are having a problem with wildlife in your Havre de Grace 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 Havre de Grace, and I recommend the following:
Shumaker's Animal Control
Cell Phone: 443-231-4132
NOTE: If you have a dog or cat problem, call Harford County Animal Services: 410.638.3505
Shumaker's Animal Control 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 Shumaker's Animal Control 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 443-231-4132
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 Harford 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
Shumaker's Animal Control is a full-service Havre de Grace wildlife removal company. This is very different from a regular Havre de Grace pest control company. The pest control companies spray poison to kill insects. This is not at all
similar to wildlife removal. Shumaker's Animal Control 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.
Havre de Grace 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 Havre de Grace raccoon removal. Read more about how to get rid of raccoons.
Animals in attics - this is our specialty at Shumaker's Animal Control. 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 Havre de Grace 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 Havre de Grace 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 Havre de Grace 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 Havre de Grace pigeon removal and bird control. But our specialty is Havre de Grace 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 Havre de Grace trapper who only removes the critters, then the problem will return. You need to hire a Havre de Grace 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. Shumaker's Animal Control does both.
The above are just some of the services offered by Shumaker's Animal Control. 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
. Shumaker's Animal Control
also provides dead animal removal in Havre de Grace. 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 Havre de Grace 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 Havre de Grace. And remember, we are a private business, not Harford County Animal Control Services, so if you have a dog or cat problem, call the County at 410.638.3505.
Harford County animal services does not handle any wildlife issues.
Shumaker's Animal Control
Cell Phone: 443-231-4132
Havre de Grace Wildlife Tip #1:
What pest control company handles unwanted nuisance wild animals? - Do you have a problem with a rather pesky unwanted nuisance wild animal? If you do, there is no need to panic, you just need to call the professionals, and in this case, you are going to want to look for a pest control company or a wildlife control expert. Of course, you could always try and catch the critter yourself, but unless you are willing to do your research, there is a good chance that you will not be successful. Thankfully, with a little bit of research, you will find plenty of wildlife control companies and professionals in your area, and all you need to do is have a look around. The phone book may prove to be helpful; as will be the internet, but there will be a few things that you will need to take a look for: Firstly, have a look around the company's website and also on the search engine for reviews of the services they have to offer. A bad review will not always mean a bad service, of course, but if there are a few, it may be wise to look elsewhere. You will find that there is more than one way to skin a cat, as the old saying goes, and you will want to find the right person to deal with your problem in the right manner. Secondly, what does the company actually offer with their services? Some companies will offer a full service which will normally include the trapping and removal of your unwanted nuisance wild animal problem, as well as a cleanup operation to remove urine and feces, as well as blocking all holes and entrances to avoid the problem from being a reoccurring one. Some other companies however, will only offer some of these services, and they may not always be the best choice. Lastly, take a look around for prices - some companies may offer you a good deal, but you may not find that the service will be right for you. At the same time, a more expensive service doesn't always guarantee complete success.
Havre de Grace Wildlife Tip #2:
Where opossums can get in your house - How many words can you think of to describe the possum? Small, bizarre looking, cute, smelly, messy... this list could possibly go on for some time. Not only do they wreak havoc just by themselves, they also have a nasty habit of attracting other animals that could create just as much havoc. For example, they are going to nibble on your plants, (food or flowers) in your yard, knock the seeds out of the bird feeder causing a mess, deterring other birds and cuter creatures, and finding a source of food for themselves, knocking over your garbage can and leaving litter everywhere, and much more besides. You may even find that the territory wars will leave an awful stench of possum versus skunk; something that you are most definitely not going to want. Getting to the root of the problem - these possums are going to be a pain in the backside. Does your house have an air conditioning unit? Have you ever thought about how easy it would be for the possums to crawl into the tiny spaces within this unit? Once they are in here, they are going to scent mark, poop, pee, and even worse than this, die! Just imagine when you want to put the air conditioning unit on when the weather gets warmer; the smell of all of these things combined is going to reek out your home, and it is not a smell that you are going to want to smell ever again! The fact is these creatures are not house trained. This means that they are going to do whatever they want to do, when they want to do it, and no amount of trying to avoid this is going to make life any easier for any of you. In short - these creatures are not housebroken, which means that living a life alongside these animals is going to be somewhat difficult.
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 Shumaker's Animal Control, any time of day, at 443-231-4132, for a price quote for Havre de Grace wildlife control services. I am confident that this is the best choice amongst wildlife removal companies in Havre de Grace, MD.