Snake Removal Lancaster, Lebanon, Harrisburg, York, Reading, Pa

Snake Removal/Black Rat Snake

Snake removal and exclusion is a service offered by Backyard Wildlife Solutions in Lancaster, Lebanon, Harrisburg, York, Reading, and surrounding areas in Pa.

The most common snakes in our area are black snakes and garter snakes, both of which are non-venomous snakes. These snakes primarily feed on rodents and bugs. While those types of benefits are appealing, having them inside the living space of your home is not.

Snakes enter homes and other structures through small gaps around the perimeter. They often enter homes in search of shelter, food, or both. While they generally enter areas at or near ground level, black snakes are excellent climbers. They can often climb brick, siding, or other rough surfaces to gain access to gaps along the roofline.

Many non-venomous snakes are often mistaken for venomous snakes. The wide range in patterns and colors of snakes when they are young causes confusion and misidentification. Here in the Susquehanna Valley, the vast majority of our snakes are non-venomous. Whenever possible, snakes can be removed without harm and relocated to more suitable locations.

Snake removal is conducted through extraction and trapping when necessary. Backyard Wildlife Solutions also offers a full range of exclusion services to eliminate future issues. We will fully inspect the perimeter of your home during the initial site visit, discuss trapping and removal options, place traps, and provide a comprehensive plan to seal the structure once the snakes have been removed.

Call us today at (717) 419-0781, or use our contact form to send us an email. Backyard Wildlife Solutions offers snake removal service in Lancaster, Lebanon, Harrisburg, Carlisle, Camp Hill, York, Reading and surrounding areas.

Bird Removal in Lancaster Pa

bird removal in Lancaster Pa

Bird Removal in Lancaster Pa-Spring is the busiest season for bird removal in Lancaster Pa and surrounding counties. We have addressed many prominent bird issues in other blogs, such as birds behind shutters, and birds in vents.

Bird Removal in Lancaster Pa should only be conducted by an experienced, licensed professional. Backyard Wildlife Solutions can offer you the best methods for permanently removing your birds, and prevent them from gaining entry or roosting in the future.

We can provide you with solutions to your current issues, as well as identify and make recommendations to resolve other potential issues that may arise once the current area is addressed. Birds will often exploit another area on your home if available.

Most birds in Pennsylvania are protected by federal law, with the exception of a few nuisance species, such as house sparrows, starlings, and pigeons. This precludes many species from being trapped, shot, and poisoned. Contact us today via phone or our contact form for solutions to your bird issues.

Backyard Wildlife Solutions provides bird removal in Lancaster Pa and surrounding counties. We offer bird removal in Lancaster, Lebanon, Harrisburg, Camp Hill, Carlisle, Reading, York, and surrounding areas.

Squirrel Removal in Denver Pa

squirrel removal in Denver Pa

Squirrel removal in Denver Pa-We recently performed squirrel removal in Denver Pa. A customer called on a Sunday evening to report a squirrel that had become trapped in their fireplace. Upon our arrival, the customer explained to us that the squirrel had been able to access the chimney flue through an open damper cap after they had a fire in the fireplace. The damper cap was not functioning properly, and the customer had been unable to close it completely. The squirrel came down the chimney flue, but was unable to climb out.

When squirrels end up in a chimney, they are often unable to get back out. Older chimneys that were built completely from brick or stone provide squirrels, who are excellent climbers and jumpers, with adequate surfaces to climb out. Chimneys that are lined with clay tile flues, which your home is likely to have if it was built in the 1940’s or later, are generally too smooth for the squirrels to climb out. If they are unable to climb out, they will end up down in the fireplace, looking for another way out.

We removed this particular squirrel from the fireplace, and were able to close the existing cap sufficiently, with a recommendation that the customer have it replaced. A week later, we received a call from the same customer-with another squirrel in the same fireplace! They had used the fireplace again, and the cap had remained open. Once again, we removed the squirrel, and closed the damper.

This particular cap/damper system, known as a Lyemance damper, is a cap and damper system all-in-one, that is closed by a cable inside the fireplace. They are generally installed on a chimney if either the damper above the fireplace is broken, or if a damper was never installed. Lyemance caps must be closed each time after use, once the fire has been completely extinguished. If they remain open, animals have access to enter the chimney and fireplace.

At Backyard Wildlife Solutions, we install all stainless steel standard and custom chimney caps to suit your wildlife prevention needs. We also inspect and seal chimney crowns to protect your chimney against water damage.

Backyard Wildlife Solutions provides squirrel removal in Denver Pa, and surrounding Lancaster County. We provide all animal removal and exclusion services in Lancaster, Lebanon, Reading, York, Camp Hill, Carlisle, and Harrisburg, Pa.

Squirrel Removal in Lancaster Pa

squirrel removal in Lancaster Pa

Squirrel removal in Lancaster Pa is common year round, but during the winter months, inside activity is at it’s height. As the temperature drops, squirrels seek out shelter from the cold nights, and often enter chimneys and the attic and crawl spaces of homes. Squirrels can enter these spaces of your home by accessing a variety of vents, or by exploiting a “weak point” on your home. Proper exclusion work done by an experienced professional in conjunction with trapping and removal of the offending animal will insure your home against repeated squirrel issues.

Backyard Wildlife Solutions recently performed squirrel removal in Lancaster Pa. We received a call from a customer who was experiencing noise in their fireplace. They suspected a squirrel. After inspecting the fireplace and chimney flues, we were able to confirm that a squirrel had accessed the open chimney.

Quite often a squirrel that enters a flue lined chimney is unable to crawl back out, due to the smooth texture of the flue tiles. After removing the trapped squirrel from the fireplace, we were able to verify that there were no additional blockages in the chimney. We then installed properly fitted chimney caps on both of the open flues to prevent future issues for the homeowner. Aside from keeping out additional squirrels, the new chimney caps will keep out birds and raccoons, as well as rain, which will help prevent weather damage.

For help with squirrel removal in Lancaster Pa, call Backyard Wildlife Solutions at 717-419-0781 today! We offer squirrel removal in Lancaster, Harrisburg, Lebanon, York, Camp Hill, Carlisle, and Reading, Pa.

Squirrel Removal in Harrisburg Pa

Squirrel removal in Harrisburg Pa-Squirrel problems are extremely common in Harrisburg and surrounding areas. The squirrel population is high, and squirrels can do significant damage to your home and property. Backyard Wildlife Solutions offers trapping and removal of squirrels both inside and outside of your home, as well as damage repair and preventative work to keep squirrels out of your home in the future.

Squirrels typically have two litters per year, one in the spring, and one in late summer. Young squirrels from the first litter will generally disperse, but squirrels from the second litter may stay with their mother. As fall and winter approach, squirrels that have nested outside begin to look for warmer places.

Being excellent climbers allows squirrels to explore and investigate your home from top to bottom. They will exploit any “weakness” on your home’s exterior. This includes all types of vents, which may or may not have factory screening systems, but are no match for a squirrel. Chimneys are another highly probable area for squirrel entry, and if there is no damper in place, they could end up in your living room. Squirrels can also chew through a variety of materials, including wood, vinyl, and aluminum. They will quickly turn a small hole or gap into their new front door.

When squirrels are living in your attic, the damage continues to increase. They nest in the insulation, move it around, flatten it out, and destroy the “R” value. They also chew on electric wires, causing the risk of fire. In some cases, they will scratch and chew through walls and ceilings, and enter your living spaces. We have seen severe and costly damage to window and door trim from squirrels who are stuck inside trying to escape.

Backyard Wildlife Solutions will solve your squirrel problems and we offer repair and exclusion work on all exterior components of your home. We will repair holes and seal them properly, screen vents, and install chimney caps. We offer squirrel removal in Harrisburg Pa, and surrounding areas such as Lancaster, Lebanon, York, Camp Hill, Carlisle, and Reading.

Call us today at (717) 419-0781 to schedule your service appointment for squirrel removal in Harrisburg Pa.

 

 

Skunk Removal in Lancaster Pa

Skunk Removal in Lancaster Pa is being performed at many homes right now. Backyard Wildlife Solutions has been removing skunks at locations such as Lancaster, Manheim Township, Akron, Lititz, and more.

Skunks typically breed in February and March and will often spray during these activities. Their young will emerge in late Spring and generally remain with their mother until the following breeding season. Often during the summer and fall months, multiple skunks will be present at a den site. Den sites can be present under patios, decks, sheds, or any other suitable location that will offer the skunks cover and protection. Skunks are nocturnal, but are sometimes seen during the day. When they travel at night, they generally tend to move along edges, such as along the side of your home, fence, or tree line to offer themselves some cover and protection.

The skunk removal we recently performed in Akron was for a local property management group. They had received a call from a tenant who had seen several skunks at a property they are responsible for. The skunks had been seen moving in and out from under the home. Once we were contracted to perform the skunk removal, we began the process to assess the structure and set up a removal program. The skunks had exploited a loosely constructed foundation and were living under the home. We removed nine skunks total, all from the same litter. We have also offered the property owner a solution for permanent exclusion and repair work to prevent this issue in the future. All of the skunks were removed without any incident of spraying.

Skunk removal in Lancaster Pa should only be performed by a licensed professional wildlife control operator. Call Backyard Wildlife Solutions today at 717-419-0781 or use our contact form for skunk removal in Lancaster Pa and surrounding areas. We offer skunk removal and control and all animal removal and control in Lancaster, Harrisburg, Lebanon, York, Camp Hill, Carlisle, Reading, and surrounding areas in Pennsylvania.

Bat Removal Harrisburg Pa

bat removal harrisburg pa

Bat Removal Harrisburg Pa-bat removal should only be conducted by a licensed professional wildlife control operator. In this blog, we will discuss the proper procedure for bat removal, addressing bat-proofing, one-way doors, timing, and remediation.

Having successfully sealed many homes for bat removal in Harrisburg, Pa and surrounding areas, Backyard Wildlife Solutions has the experience and knowledge to make your home bat free.

A complete inspection of the structure is necessary to determine the proper plan of exclusion and remediation for each home. An inspection should include a complete external review from the roof to ground level. While bats typically enter from elevated areas, we have seen them with active entrances four to five feet off the ground. The inspection should also include any accessible areas inside that the bats may have access to including the attic and/or upper level crawlspaces.

A typical bat removal in Harrisburg, Pa and surrounding areas will involve Big Brown Bats and Little Brown Bats. Both are common in Pennsylvania, although population numbers have dwindled over the past few years due to White Nose Syndrome. White Nose Syndrome is a fungus that attacks the bats primarily during hibernation and has been proven fatal. White Nose Syndrome has not been shown to affect humans. Health concerns to humans regarding bats are primarily rabies and Histoplasmosis. While the ratio of bats carrying rabies is relatively low (widely considered to be one percent,) positive tests for bats with the disease have been made locally. Histoplasmosis is a fungus contained in the guano, or droppings of the bats. It can be contracted by humans when the spores become airborne typically during cleanup or demolition. If left untreated, Histoplasmosis can be fatal to humans.

During the inspection, the primary entry points for bats should be identified so they can be isolated for bat-venting. Bat-venting is the process of installing one way doors or escape tubes for bats to exit the home after the exclusion has taken place. Bat-venting is the only legal way remove bats permanently in Pennsylvania as regulated by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Secondary entrances and areas for preventative sealing will also be identified during the initial inspection. A competent, professional bat exclusion technician will perform an invasive inspection of all components of the structure. This includes, and is not limited to: chimneys, rooflines, all types of ventilation, fascia, soffit, siding, brick, stone, etc. As an experienced bat exclusion company, Backyard Wildlife Solutions has a competent understanding of all building components and we are able to repair and replace all necessary items during the process.

The timing of bat exclusions can be restricted to a certain degree. Identified bat colonies should not be vented from late May through the end of July. Some exclusion can be performed (such as the preventative work,) but the primary entrances should be left open until the young bats can fly. Bat exclusion performed late in the fall should remain vented until the end of May so that bats do not become trapped if they hibernate in the structure over the winter.

Once the bats have been permanently excluded, clean up of guano in affected areas can be performed. In homes with established bat colonies, it is sometimes necessary to replace certain components that may be damaged or stained by years of bat activity. Proper and safe clean up of the areas should be performed with HEPA filtration vacuums and appropriate respiratory and other protective equipment for anyone performing these duties.

Schedule your bat inspection for bat removal in Harrisburg, Pa and surrounding areas with Backyard Wildlife Solutions at 717-419-0781 or use our contact form. Backyard Wildlife Solutions offers bat removal, bat exclusions, and bat control in Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon, Reading, York, Camp Hill, Carlisle, and surrounding areas in Pa.

 

Animal Control Lancaster Pa

Animal control Lancaster Pa-The primary objective of an animal control program is to reduce and eliminate damage in an practical and humane manner. As wildlife control operators, Backyard Wildlife Solutions uses animal control methods which are most effective to the specific type of nuisance animal. The key to controlling and resolving animal damage and activity is the accurate identification of the type of animal that is causing the issue. Identification will often require a professional wildlife control operator to recognize certain signs such as tracks, droppings, nesting material and debris, and food caches. Once the offending animal has been identified, proper animal control methods can be employed.

Trapping and removing the animal or animals is the first step to resolving the problem in an animal control program. Trapping can be accomplished by a variety of traps, and we use only traps and methods approved by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, which licenses wildlife control professionals. Having the knowledge of animal behavior and utilizing proper trapping and baiting techniques is essential for a successful trapping program. Improper control techniques may harm the animals, risk not capturing them, and make them more difficult to capture in the future. Animals may become wary of traps and ignore them altogether.

Physically excluding the offending animals is the next step, and is the best and most permanent way for proper animal control. Once the animals have been removed, and the damage and entry points have been identified, a plan can be made for repairs and exclusion. Proper exclusion requires a wide variety of materials as well as an understanding of how homes are constructed, and the proper components to do so. In some instances, a simple repair may not be sufficient, and the area may need to be fortified beyond it’s original construction. We are often asked, “Was my home not properly constructed?” The answer is-sometimes yes, and sometimes no. Improperly installed components, such as soffit, fascia, and siding will often contribute to animal access. Certain components “lend” themselves to easy entry, such as various roof and gable vents, that only have screens designed for bug prevention. Simple “handyman” patches and repairs will often lead to poor results, and likely only offer a temporary fix. Proper exclusion methods should include original components when possible, custom aluminum repair, and galvanized hardware cloth appropriate to the repair area. Quality caulking and sealing will insure against future issues.

Remediation may also require cleaning and restoration of certain areas. In an upcoming blog we will discuss proper removal of droppings and nesting debris, as well as disinfecting and deodorizing  affected areas.

Call Backyard Wildlife Solutions today for animal control and animal removal issues in your home and on your property. Based in Lititz, Pa, we offer animal control and animal removal solutions in Lancaster, Lebanon, Harrisburg, Camp Hill, Carlisle, Reading, York, and surrounding areas. Animal Control Lancaster Pa.

Bird Problems in Your Home/Lancaster, Pa

Bird problems in your home can be caused by a variety of issues. We have discussed bird problems in a few other blogs, such as birds in dryer and bathroom vents, and birds behind shutters. There are also other types of vents on homes that can be exploited by birds. Many of these vents are located on or near the roof of your home, and are not readily visible or accessible.

Ridge vents are mounted at the peak of your home, and often have missing end caps, or end caps that have been pulled out by birds or other animals. Gable end vents are louvered vents that are mounted in the side walls of your home near the peak. Depending on the age of your home, the vents may or may not have screening. They may have screening that is ineffective or compromised and will not prevent bird ingress. These two types of ventilation systems are the most common roofline vents for bird problems and bird entry.

Some additional vents that may cause bird problems are powered dome vents and static vents. Powered dome vents contain a fan and pull air from the attic. The screen systems are not sufficient against bird and other animal entry. Static vents are stationary vents which also help with airflow from the attic. Static vents often have no screen system at all, and provide easy entry for birds.

As we discussed in prior blogs related to bird problems, birds carry diseases and make terrible messes. Birds that have invaded your home need to be removed, and the affected areas restored to safe conditions. Vents should be properly screened with heavy gauge screening and other permanent components in an aesthetically pleasing manner.

Call or email Backyard Wildlife Solutions today if you have bird problems and we will offer you a permanent, custom exclusion solution. Backyard Wildlife Solutions is based in Lititz, Pa and offers nuisance animal control and animal removal services in Lancaster, Lebanon, Harrisburg, Camp Hill, Carlisle, Reading, York, and surrounding areas.

 

Birds Behind Shutters Lancaster, Pa

Nuisance birds can be damaging to your home and leave unsightly messes on and around the areas they decide to exploit.

Birds behind shutters cause some of the worst messes, particularly when they are nesting behind shutters on the front of the home. This situation will typically occur when the home has a stone exterior wall with shutters mounted to it. House Sparrows and Starlings will take advantage of the space created between the shutters and the stone. The result is nesting material hanging around the windows and falling to the ground below, and droppings on everything. Bird droppings can corrode and destroy the materials that are used to build your home. During the warmer months, odor from the nests will permeate the living space from the adjacent windows.

In addition to the noise, mess, and odor, there is also the danger of being exposed to the diseases carried by birds. Histoplasmosis, Toxoplasmosis, West Nile Virus, Salmonella, and hundreds of different mites and parasites can be found on birds and in their droppings.

Removing the offending birds and their nesting material should be performed in conjunction with excluding the areas behind the shutters. Backyard Wildlife Solutions will remove all of the debris, clean and restore the affected area, and exclude the birds from returning to the spaces behind the shutters. While several exclusion options exist for birds behind shutters, aesthetics and maintenance may make them less appealing. We will profile aluminum to the contour of your shutters and stone, offering a natural appearance and longevity to the solution.

Contact Backyard Wildlife Solutions today if you are experiencing issues with birds behind shutters and would like more information for your custom solution. We offer bird removal services and all animal control and animal removal services in Lancaster, Lebanon, Harrisburg, Camp Hill, Carlisle, Reading, York, and surrounding areas.