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 or another animal 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 or other animals in your home, don’t hesitate to call 717-419-0781 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

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Squirrels are very common in Harrisburg and surrounding areas. They cause significant damage to your home and property. We offer trapping and squirrel removal for indoor and outdoor issues. We also repair damage and use preventative methods to keep squirrels out of your home in the future.

What do they do?

Typically, squirrels have two litters per year; one in the spring, and one in late summer. Generally, their first litter will disperse, but the second litter may stay with their mother. As cooler weather approaches, squirrels that have nested outside begin to look for warmer places.

As squirrels are excellent climbers, they explore and investigate your home from top to bottom. They will enter any “weaknesses” on your home’s exterior. They will enter all types of vents including ones with built-in screens.

Chimneys are another highly probable area for squirrel entry. If there is no damper in place, they will end up in your living room. Squirrels will 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.

What damages do they cause?

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. We offer repair and exclusion work on all exterior components of your home. We repair holes and seal them properly, screen vents, and install chimney caps. We offer removal of squirrels and other animals in Harrisburg Pa, and surrounding areas such as Lancaster, Lebanon, York, Camp Hill, Mechanicsburg, Carlisle, and Reading.

If you believe squirrels are living in your home, feel free to call us at 717-419-0781 or use our contact form.

Skunk Removal in Akron, 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.

What Do Skunks Do?

Typically, skunks breed in February and March. During breeding, they spray which makes their presence more noticeable. Towards late spring, the young emerge and remain in the den with their mother until the next season.

Throughout the summer and fall multiple skunks are present at a den site. Den sites are usually found under patios, decks, and sheds. As long as the location offers skunks protection from the elements, it is ideal for a den.

Skunks are mainly nocturnal; however, they are sometimes seen during the day. When traveling, skunks prefer to move along edges of homes, fences, or tree lines to remain hidden.

Skunk Removal in Akron

The recent skunk removal in Akron was for a local property management group. A tenant reported sightings of several skunks moving in and out from under the home.

We began the process by assessing the home and setting up a removal plan. Upon inspection, a loosely constructed foundation allowed the skunks to live under the home. Nine skunks total were removed, all from the same litter.

We also offered the property owner a solution for permanent exclusion and repair work to prevent this issue in the future. All skunks were removed without any incident of spraying.

Skunk removal in Lancaster Pa should only be performed by a licensed 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 and all animal removal and control in Lancaster, Harrisburg, Lebanon, York, Camp Hill, Mechanicsburg, Carlisle, Reading, and surrounding areas in Pennsylvania.

Bat Removal in Harrisburg PA

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Backyard Wildlife Solutions are your licensed wildlife control operators for bat removal. In this blog, we will discuss the proper procedure for bat removal, address bat-proofing, one-way doors, timing, and remediation. We successfully sealed many homes for bat removal in Harrisburg, Pa and surrounding areas.

Inspection

A necessary inspection of the home helps us determine a plan for effective exclusion and remediation. We perform a complete external review from the roof to ground level.

While bats typically enter from elevated areas, we have seen active entrances four to five feet off the ground. Additionally, we inspect any accessible areas inside that bats may have access to including the attic and/or upper level crawlspaces.

Types of Bats and Diseases they Carry

A typical bat removal in Harrisburg, Pa and surrounding areas involves 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 bats mainly during hibernation periods. As the disease is fatal for bats, it does not affect humans. However, bats are carriers for rabies and Histoplasmosis. While the ratio of bats carrying rabies is relatively low, local bats have tested positive.

Moreover, Histoplasmosis is a fungus contained in the guano, or bat droppings. Humans contract it when the spores become airborne during cleanup. If left untreated, Histoplasmosis can be fatal to humans.

The Removal Process

During inspection, we identify primary entry points for bats 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. It is the only legal way to remove bats permanently, regulated by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Secondary entrances and areas for preventative sealing are also identified during the initial inspection. An experienced technician performs a thorough 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, we understand all building components and are able to repair and replace all necessary items during the process.

The timing of bat exclusions can be restricted to a certain degree. 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 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 to prevent bats from becoming trapped if they hibernate over the winter.

Clean Up

Once bats are permanently excluded, clean up of guano is performed. In homes with established bat colonies, it is sometimes necessary to replace damaged or stained components 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 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

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

Types of Vents

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. Next, 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. Ultimately, these two types of ventilation systems are the most common roofline vents for bird problems and bird entry.

Additionally, dome vents and static vents cause bird problems. Powered dome vents contain a fan and pull air from the attic. The screen systems are insufficient against bird and other animal entry. Static vents are stationary vents which also help with airflow from the attic. Furthermore, static vents often have no screen system at all, and provide easy entry for birds.

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As we discussed in prior blogs related to bird problems, birds carry diseases and make terrible messes. If they have invaded your home, they should be removed as quickly as possible. Moreover, the affected areas should be restored to safe conditions. We offer heavy gauge vent screening and other permanent components that match the aesthetic of your home.

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 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 other animal removal services.

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

Birds in Vents in Lancaster, Pa

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

Birds in vents are particularly destructive once they gain 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. These include ridge vents, powered fan vents, and static vents.

Damage Caused by Birds in Vents

Birds in dryer vents are an immediate hazard for homeowners. Dryer vents become clogged quickly with nesting material. Furthermore, this causes poor performance from your dryer and the potential for a fire hazard. Bird activity in a dryer vent also causes the exhaust line to tear, allowing the dryer to vent into the wall or ceiling. As a result, unseen moisture damage will occur in your home.

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

Diseases they carry

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.

We provide remediation and repair services for all types of bird issues, and exclude the birds from gaining access in the future. We also 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 and and other services in Lancaster, Lebanon, Harrisburg, Camp Hill, Mechanicsburg, Carlisle, Reading, York, and surrounding areas.