DIY Animal Removal Mistakes

When an unexpected visitor enters your home, there are many ways to react.  Unless you have had professional training, you may make some typical mistakes when removing animals.

Here are some common mistakes many homeowners make while attempting nuisance animal removal.

Infographic of DIY Animal Removal Mistakes

About our professional removal process

At Backyard Wildlife Solutions, we find trapping to be the most effective method of removal for most animals. Furthermore, all of our traps and methods are approved by the Pennsylvania State Game Commission. We also use proper equipment and techniques during clean-up to prevent the spread of bacteria and disease. During repair, we use a practical approach that includes matching materials to your home’s aesthetic.

Overall, DIY methods of animal removal can be dangerous. Feel free to call us or use our contact form to receive assistance from a licensed wildlife technician.

 

Birds Behind Shutters Lancaster, Pa

Birds behind shutters

While it may be relaxing to hear birds in the morning, they can also be too close for comfort. If they are nested behind your shutters, constant chirping may interrupt your sleep habits. Birds behind shutters also cause damage to your home and may expose you to diseases.

Why are birds behind shutters harmful?

Not only can nuisance birds leave a large mess, but they also cause damage to your home. Birds nesting behind shutters is a very common occurrence we see in homes with a stone exterior with mounted shutters. The nesting debris hangs around the windows surrounded by droppings. If droppings are left to sit, they will corrode and destroy the exterior elements of your home. Moreover, while the outdoor temperatures rise, odors from their nests are pungent.

Diseases they carry

In addition to the noise, mess, and odor, they also carry bacteria and diseases. Histoplasmosis, Toxoplasmosis, West Nile Virus and Salmonella are just a few they carry. Hundreds of microscopic mites and parasites are found on birds and in their droppings.

Removal and Repair

In order to relocate the birds safely and humanely, bird removal should be handled by a wildlife professional. We handle the removal and cleanup of debris. To prevent birds from building more nests behind your shutters, we also offer exclusion options.

Some common exclusion methods used by other wildlife technicians may not be visually appealing such as bird spikes. We came up with a practical solution that creates a seamless look when finished. During our exclusion process, we craft custom bent and color-matched aluminum to fit the contour of the existing shutters. Ultimately, the aluminum sealing matches the aesthetic of your home while providing a long-lasting solution.

We also provide custom solutions for birds nesting above doorway headers too.

Do you need bird removal in Lancaster, PA? Contact us for a custom solution that’s consistent with your home’s aesthetic. We offer bird removal and other services in the Lancaster county area including Ephrata, Lititz, Manheim, and Harrisburg, and surrounding areas.

Bat Removal in Harrisburg PA

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Bat Removal in Harrisburg, PA

Typical bat removal in Harrisburg, PA involves Big Brown Bats or Little Brown Bats. Both species are prevalent in Pennsylvania. However, their populations have dwindled due to white-nose syndrome.

White-Nose Syndrome is a fungus that attacks bats during hibernation periods. The disease is fatal for bats but luckily does not affect humans. Comparatively, bats are common carriers of rabies and histoplasmosis, which are both fatal to humans if untreated.

The percentage of bats carrying rabies in low, but local bats have tested positive before. Rabies is transmitted through a scratch or bite from a bat.

Moreover, histoplasmosis is a fungus contained in bat droppings (guano). During cleanup, it becomes airborne. We recommend that an experienced technician handle clean-up to avoid any transmission.

Our removal process

First, your home is inspected to identify their entry points. Bats squeeze through spaces that are the size of a quarter! This is why exclusion is an important part of our process.

During our inspection, we find their primary entrances. We will then install one-way doors which allow bats inside your home to exit, but not return.

Our experienced technicians check chimneys, rooflines, all types of ventilation, fascia, soffit, and various types of siding. We understand all building components and are able to repair and replace elements throughout our process.

Exclusion

Our exclusion process for bats can be somewhat restricted depending on the breeding seasons. Some exclusion work on secondary entrance points is performed, however; primary entrances are left open until the babies can fly. During the warmer months, the doors must remain in place until late August. If later than that, the doors would remain in place until May when they wake from hibernation.

Our Clean-Up Process

Once our exclusion process is completed, we begin the clean-up process. Proper clean up includes special vacuums and PPE that prevents the spread of diseases.

Schedule your inspection for bat removal in Harrisburg, Pa and surrounding areas with Backyard Wildlife Solutions by calling us or using 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.

 

Squirrel Removal in Harrisburg Pa

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Squirrel removal Harrisburg

Damage from squirrels is extremely common in Harrisburg and surrounding areas. Their damages to your home and property can be extreme. For squirrel removal, we always use traps and methods approved by the PA Game Commission for indoor and outdoor issues. After we remove the squirrels, we repair your home and use preventative methods to ensure the squirrels don’t return.

What do they do?

As cooler weather approaches, they begin searching for warmer areas to nest. Unfortunately, these warmer places are often in homes because they provide a shield from the elements. Squirrels are skilled climbers that investigate homes from top to bottom, searching for weak spots. If your home isn’t fully sealed, they will end up in your home!

Squirrels usually enter through unprotected vents and chimneys. Moreover, most vents with built-in screens fail to protect your home as squirrels can easily chew through them. With uncapped chimneys, a faulty damper could allow a squirrel to end up in your living room!

They also chew through a variety of materials including wood, vinyl, and aluminum. A small gap will quickly turn into their front door!

What damage do they cause?

The longer squirrels have access to your home, the more damage they cause. They nest in insulation to stay warm. During nesting, they move the insulation around, flatten it out, and destroy the “R” value.

Furthermore, their damage extends to wiring. They chew on the electrical wires, which creates a large fire hazard! In some homes, they will chew through walls and ceilings to enter the living spaces.

During our experience with squirrel removal, we have seen severe and expensive damage to windows and door trims. This is usually caused by trapped squirrels that found their way in, but couldn’t find their way out.

Our Preventative Services

To protect your home from squirrels, we offer a variety of services. chimney caps, custom screening, and other custom exclusion methods ensure your home is squirrel free.

Backyard Wildlife Solutions will solve your squirrel problems. 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 or use our contact form.

Ticks in Pennsylvania

Checking for ticks is expected during the warmer months in Central PA. Many people know that pets like dogs and animals can carry ticks, but other nuisance animals can too! If these animals gain access to your home, they could also bring ticks inside.

Ticks in Pennsylvania

Ticks are often found in wooded or grassy areas, if your property has or is close to a wooded area your home may be more susceptible to animals with ticks.

Back-Legged Ticks and Lyme Disease

There are various types of ticks in Pennsylvania, but back-legged ticks are the most concerning. They can be infected with Lyme disease and pass it on to their hosts. This typically causes symptoms like fever, headache, fatigue, and a skin rash in adults. If diagnosed early, Lyme disease is treatable.

Back-legged ticks do not fly or jump, they crawl onto people and animals from the ground or low vegetation.

What nuisance animals carry ticks?

We do not offer pest control for ticks but do offer removal of animals that are potential hosts. Penn State offers great advice for reducing ticks around your home. However, we deal with many animals that can carry ticks.

Ticks live on a variety of animals including deer, rabbits, opossums, raccoons, squirrels, chipmunks, rats, mice, and birds. Ticks can also be found on dogs and cats.

Opossums: The Special Exception

Opossums kill about 90% of ticks that try to attach to their bodies. Although they eat most of them, ticks can still attach to them. Luckily, opossums have great immune systems and can easily fight off Lyme disease!

Animals That Can Be Infected by Lyme

Raccoons, chipmunks, rats, mice, birds, and squirrels can all be infected by Lyme disease. Symptoms are rarely noticeable in these animals, so we always recommend that removal is handled by a wildlife professional.

If you believe your pet has contracted Lyme, noticeable symptoms include lameness, fatigue, fever, and loss of appetite. However, many cats do not show symptoms when infected.

Animals in your Home

Aside from the usual damage nuisance animals create, there’s a chance they could bring infected ticks into your home. Physical removal of the animal is our first priority, we can then assess how to seal the home from other animals entering in the future.

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