5 Church Ln Unit 102, Pikesville, MD 21208 (410) 982-5050
For Wildlife Removal Emergencies Text (410) 646-8850
On The Fly’s wildlife team is committed to solving human-wildlife conflicts in a safe and sustainable manner for all involved. We provide exclusion services, wildlife services and emergency animal removal for Baltimore County and surrounding Maryland counties. To schedule a wildlife evaluation with one of our highly trained and certified technicians, call our office.
Squirrel Removal Services
Squirrels are our most common nuisance wildlife. The Eastern Grey squirrel has a habit of damaging homes to gain entry for nesting purposes. Once inside, they chew on wires, causing electrical fires. Finding the entry point can sometimes be difficult, and before sealing it up, a one-way door must be installed and all the squirrels must be removed. Ideally, trees should be trimmed 5-10 feet away from the home to prevent squirrels from accessing the house in the future.
If a squirrel has made its way into a home, it is likely going to be in the attic because they are accessing this area of the house from the trees or power lines nearby. They make their way in because they are looking for a safe place to build a nest for themselves and/or their young. Many of our customers have gotten rid of an adult squirrel only to realize that there are still babies in the attic or somewhere in the home that need to be dealt with.
Squirrels seem like passive animals, but there are times when they can get aggressive with people. If you are dealing with a mother who is trying to protect her young, there is a good chance that she is going to get aggressive in order to do so. Another time when squirrels can become aggressive is when they are used to having access to a food source and then it is suddenly taken away. They will become aggressive in their hunt for food.
Raccoon Removal Services
Raccoons can pose several risks to homeowners. Nuisance wildlife control operators like us need to be well equipped to handle all circumstances. A mother raccoon was raising her kits in one customer’s chimney. Chimneys resemble tree hollows to many pests and are frequently inhabited if the chimney is not properly capped. Our wildlife team was able to remove all the raccoons by hand and secure the chimney to ensure no more unwelcome intruders will get in.
The presence of raccoons is not really the problem, the problem is when they begin to be destructive to your home and your property. They are dumping the garbage over as they look for food, they are destroying your home by trying to get into the attic to have their babies, they are getting into your dog’s food, they are digging up the garden you have worked so hard to grow.
Ultimately, they are attracted to some part of your property. The way to solve this is by eliminating their ability to access these attractive areas. You will need to get locking lids for your garbage cans, secure your garden, seal up any and all possible entry points to your home, store your pet’s food inside or in a locked container. It is about vigilance. Our experts can help you to identify some of the attractive areas around your home and property that may be attractive to raccoons.
Skunk Removal Services
As well as a terrible smell, skunks can also cause structural damage to your home. They naturally dig, and this can result in instabilities in foundations and porches if they have chosen to nest in these areas, as well as causing damage to your lawns and gardens.
If they choose to mark their scent in an enclosed area, the smell can travel to the entire property and be very hard to eliminate. This is amplified if the animal marks on concrete – this is a porous material and so will hold the smell for longer.
Skunks can also be dangerous; they are very common carriers of diseases such as parvo, rabies, and distemper. These can be risky for humans and can prove fatal for animals such as dogs. It is important that any skunk problem is dealt with as soon as possible to ensure the safety of your household – both two and four-legged!
Bat Removal Services
Bats are nature’s mosquito control. Did you know a bat can eat up to 10,000 mosquitoes a night? Problems with bats begin when they try to shelter in attics and homes. Bats are carriers of rabies, and their guano contains deadly diseases. Therefore, our professionals are skilled in performing bat removal and exclusion.
Bats are an unwanted, dangerous and expensive pest to find in your home. They are messy, leave unpleasant odors, and have the potential to be a danger to the health of you and your family.
As a professional bat removal company, we offer a comprehensive service which deals with the issue from start to finish, including carrying out a complete assessment and always finish up with a plan to seal your home, making sure it is totally secure and bat-proof to avoid any risk of a future infestation.
Bat removal can be expensive due to the high levels of skills and equipment needed. Despite the cost, it is a job which should always be left to the experts; attempting to carry out preventative measures yourself could make the situation worse, and you risk damage to your home and family.
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Other Nuisance Species That We Handle
We received a call about a groundhog burrowing under a home. Groundhogs, a.k.a. Woodchucks, are not an inherently dangerous pest but their burrowing can be very destructive. Did you know that a groundhog burrow can stretch as long as 50 feet?! While groundhogs are normally destructive to just gardens and landscaping, the burrows from this groundhog were so extensive that the slab foundation started to sink! We were able to humanely capture and relocate our groundhog friend and provide the proper exclusionary methods to ensure this client would never have to deal with this problem again!
Chattering noises emanating from a basement is what drove this customer to call for our services. Our wildlife control team searched the basement to find a mother opossum with her babies. Our team was then able to remove these animals safely from the customer’s home and humanely relocate them. Opossums are America’s only marsupial, which means they carry their babies in a special pouch. They are nomadic creatures and will often take up temporary shelter under a porch, or even in an attic or basement if there is access. In this case, our technicians were able to find the entry point and seal it so that no other critters will take up residence in our customer’s home in the future.
Starlings are an invasive species of birds. While mostly known for their large-scale damage to agricultural operations, they also pose a threat to the average homeowner as well. Starlings are crevice dwellers, meaning that they will build their nests in the cracks and gaps in a structure. A favorite spot for them is in dryer vents. Obstructions such as bird nests in dryer vents are a serious fire hazard, leading to almost 3,000 house fires a year in the U.S alone! Our wildlife technician was able to remove our trapped starling and install a pest-proof vent to prevent any further pests from causing hazards like this in the future.
Flying Squirrel Removal
Flying Squirrels are actually quite common in Maryland, although they are not often seen due to their nocturnal nature. They get their name from the webbed skin that stretches from their front to their rear legs that enables them to glide distances of up to 200 feet! Their size enables them to fit into holes the size of a dime. Flying squirrels are a colonizing species and will live together in groups of up to 15 members. This creates quite a racket and quite a mess.
This Baltimore City resident received quite the surprise when a snake fell from his attic as he lowered the drop-down attic stairs. It turns out this young eastern black rat snake got his head stuck in the stairs! Rat snakes such as this one can grow up to eight feet long and commonly end up in attics and basements following a food source, such as mice. Our emergency wildlife tech responded immediately and was able to rescue both the snake and customer. Upon further inspection, the attic was found to have signs of snakes, mice, birds, and squirrels. Our technicians were able to find the entry points and conduct exclusion to keep this customer’s home free of wildlife.
One customer was directed to us by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources as she had a sick fox trapped in her barn with her other animals. Foxes can carry dangerous diseases, such as rabies and mange. Sick animals need to be dealt with swiftly to minimize the risk of hurting people and pets. Our wildlife technician arrived on the scene in just 30 minutes! Shortly after, the fox was contained and removed from the property. Our technician worked with the customer to come up with preventative measures to ensure her animals’ future safety.