Snake Removal Harrisburg

Snake Removal/Black Rat Snake

Snake Removal in Harrisburg, PA

The most common snakes in our area are black snakes and garter snakes. These snakes primarily feed on rodents and bugs. While those benefits are appealing, snakes living inside your home isn’t ideal.

About Snakes

Snakes are cold blooded meaning they can’t maintain a body temperature higher than the environments temperature. Some snakes prefer to hang out around rocks; they lounge on top of the rock to warm up or slither underneath it for shade. Most prefer environments around 55 degrees. Furthermore, they can survive in a 45-degree environment. Comparatively, at 32 degrees they will freeze to death.

Black Snakes

The average black rat snake ranges from forty to seventy inches. These snakes are the ones responsible for keeping mice and rats away. Moreover, they often hibernate in basements during the winter months. During the spring and summer, they like areas with loose soil, sandy habitats, or decaying leaves.

A large rat snake, around six to seven feet, can actually eat a raccoon or opossum.

Garter Snake

Common garter snakes range from twenty to twenty-eight inches long. They are found in a variety of places; cultivated fields, swamps, lawns, and gardens. Additionally, the eastern garter snake is the most common in Pennsylvania.

Their colors range from green to dark brown with prominent yellow stripes. Contrary to the popular belief, these snakes do have venom. However, it is not toxic to humans; it only slows down their prey.

What do they do?

Snakes enter homes and structures through small gaps around the perimeter. This also includes open basement windows or cracks in the foundation. Moreover, they enter in search of shelter, food, or both.

While entry points near ground level are ideal, black snakes are excellent climbers. They often climb brick, siding, or other rough surfaces to gain access to gaps along the roofline.

Are they dangerous?

Many non-venomous snakes are often mistaken for venomous snakes. The wide range of patterns and colors causes a lot of misidentification. In the Susquehanna Valley, the majority of our snakes are non-venomous.

About the Snake Removal Process

All snakes in PA are protected by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. For more information about local breeds of snakes, click here to be taken to their official website.

First, we fully inspect the perimeter of your home during the initial site visit. From there, we discuss trapping and removal options. We can then place traps and physically remove snakes without harm. Additionally, we relocate them to more suitable locations. Moreover, a range of exclusion techniques are available to prevent future issues.

If you have a snake in your home, call (717) 419-0781, or use our contact form.

Backyard Wildlife Solutions offers snake removal service in Lancaster, Lebanon, Harrisburg, Carlisle, Camp Hill, Mechanicsburg, York, Reading, and surrounding areas.

Bird Removal

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Bird Removal

In the springtime when birds are returning from the southern homes, they search for places to nest. Like humans, birds look for places that offer sufficient shelter from the weather. Moreover, they look for a higher place that will protect their young. Sometimes a place in your home becomes their home. Spring is the busiest season for bird removal in Lancaster, PA and surrounding counties. We have addressed many prominent bird issues in blogs, such as birds behind shutters, and birds in vents.

Birds nest in your attic, garage, chimney or anywhere else where they can find protection from the elements. Removal should be a priority. Furthermore, birds carry diseases such as Encephalitis, Salmonellas, Pullorum, Transmissible Gastroenteritis, and Tuberculosis.

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

As licensed professionals in PA, we can provide you with solutions to your current issues with birds or any other unwanted wildlife. We will 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 prevents many species from being trapped, shot, and poisoned. If you have birds in your home, don’t hesitate to call717-419-0781 or use our contact form.

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


Squirrel Removal in Denver Pa

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Squirrel removal in Denver, PA

Sunday evening, we received a call from customer with a squirrel trapped in their fireplace. The home was located in Denver, PA. The owners recently opened the damper to build a fire, but the damper cap remained open.

Upon our inspection, we found the damper cap was not functioning correctly. The squirrel had climbed down the chimney flue and was unable to climb back up.

While squirrels are excellent climbers, newer chimneys are lined with clay tile. Builders started using these around the 1940’s. Older chimneys constructed of brick or stone provided ideal traction for squirrels to come and go as they pleased. However, the clay tile flues are too smooth for climbing. When squirrels are unable to climb up, they venture down into the fireplace.

The Removal Process

We removed the squirrel from the fireplace, and successfully closed the faulty cap. On the contrary, we recommended the cap be replaced.

A week later, the customer encountered another squirrel in their fireplace! In attempt to use the fireplace, the faulty damper remained open. We removed the squirrel, and closed the damper.

This particular cap and damper system is a Lyemance damper. The cable inside the fireplace opens and closes the damper. Generally, builders use these on a chimney if a damper was never installed. Additionally, they are used if the damper above the fireplace is broken. After each use, Lyemance caps must be closed once the fire has been completely extinguished. When 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 prevent any critters from entering. 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, Mechanicsburg, Carlisle, and Harrisburg, Pa.

Squirrel Removal in Lancaster Pa

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We are experts in squirrel removal in Lancaster PA and vicinity

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!

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We offer squirrel removal in Lancaster, Harrisburg, Lebanon, York, Camp Hill, Mechanicsburg, 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, Mechanicsburg, 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, Mechanicsburg, Carlisle, Reading, and surrounding areas in Pennsylvania.

Bat Removal Harrisburg Pa

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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, Mechanicsburg, Carlisle, and surrounding areas in 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, Mechanicsburg, Carlisle, Reading, York, and surrounding areas.


Birds Behind Shutters Lancaster, Pa

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Birds behind shutters can be a harmful issue for homeowners

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.

Need bird removal in Lancaster PA? Contact Backyard Wildlife Solutions for your custom solution. We offer bird removal services and all animal control and animal removal services.

Serving Lancaster, Lebanon, Harrisburg, Camp Hill, Mechanicsburg, Carlisle, Reading, York, and surrounding areas.

Birds in Vents / Bird Problems in Lancaster, Pa

As spring approaches birds return and begin to nest. Bird problems develop when opportunistic cavity dwellers, such as House Sparrows and Starlings, begin to invade your home.

Birds in vents can be particularly destructive once they have gained access to your home. Bathroom vents, dryer vents, stove vents, and microwave vents are common entry points. Birds will also access your home through gable vents and a wide variety of roof-mounted vents, such as ridge vents, powered fan vents, and static vents.

Birds in dryer vents cause the most immediate hazard for homeowners. Dryer vents can become clogged quickly with nesting material, which causes poor performance from your dryer and the potential for a fire hazard. Bird activity in a dryer vent can also cause the exhaust line to tear, allowing the dryer to vent into the wall or ceiling. A dryer that does not properly vent to the outside will cause unseen moisture issues within the closed spaces of your home.

Birds in bathroom vents present different types of issues, such as odors and disease concerns. A clogged or damaged line on a bathroom vent will create air contamination in the home-“sharing the air” with the birds. As the amount of nesting material and droppings increase, warmer temperatures will facilitate increased odor that will begin to permeate the living space. When the exhaust fan is activated, the clogged line can actually force air back into the bathroom.

Nuisance birds are direct carriers of disease and the most common ones are: Histoplasmosis, Salmonellosis, and E. Coli.  Nuisance birds are also frequently associated with more than fifty types of ectoparasites (parasites which live on the exterior of another organism.) These pests can work their way into the home, infest the living space, and bite humans. A significant amount of these pests can also cause general health and well-being issues in both humans and pets.

Backyard Wildlife Solutions will provide remediation and repair services for all types of bird issues, and exclude the birds from gaining access in the future. We will replace damaged lines, clean out nesting debris, and ensure proper ventilation for all vents.

Call Backyard Wildlife Solutions today if you are experiencing bird problems or birds in vents. We offer bird removal services in Lancaster, Lebanon, Harrisburg, Camp Hill, Mechanicsburg, Carlisle, Reading, York, and surrounding areas.