With 10 miles of beautiful beach from the Inlet to the Delaware State line, Ocean City Maryland has been a tourist destination for decades. The boardwalk was originally built in 1900!
Ocean City and Berlin, MD are wonderful places to live
and for most of the year it is a small beach town. This changes during the summer months. Over 8 million people visit the area annually and the city hosts up to 345,000
vacationers for a weekend! Only three hours from Washington DC, Ocean City has become a premier vacation rental destination.
The Eastern Shore of Maryland is home to a variety of mammals
like bears, bobcats, cottontail rabbits, porcupines, fishers, beavers, otters, and woodchucks. Raccoons, squirrels, skunks, opossums, rats and mice are the usual suspects for enter your home. Shrews, voles, and woodchucks easily dig the sandy soil and can cause issues in your yard.
Even though some of these animals have adapted to thrive near people; they are all wary of humans. It is unlikely you or your guests will see the animal. But they still leave ample evidence. It is important to remove wildlife as quickly as possible. The longer their in the house, the more damage they will cause.
Raccoons are active at night. While you sleep, they are out scavenging for food. There are plenty of sources in the Eastern Shore including Ocean City and Berlin, MD. Raccoons eat just about anything, from restaurant scraps and pet food to garden crops and chickens. Their hands resemble human hands and allow them to turn doorknobs, open storage bins, and climb trees, chimneys, and poles.
Raccoons have a permanent mask and banded tail. They would be cute if they weren’t so destructive. They will do what they can to get into parts of your house they see fit to sleep and give birth to pups. If they must rip, tear, or break something to get to that spot, they will. Raccoons make lots of noises, like whimpers, growls, and screams. They leave feces and urine nearby their shelter.
Before trying to remove a raccoon from your home by yourself, remember they can carry diseases, and if threatened, they may bite. Calling nuisance wildlife animal control experts is recommended. Critter Control's three-step process works well for raccoon removal.
Rat and Mice Pest Control
Like most areas in the United States, NW Arkansas has its share of rodent issues. Cities like Fayetteville, and Bentonville, offer a nice climate and plenty of habitats favorable to rats and mice. Please do not try to handle rodents, nor attempt to clean up after them yourself, as rodents in the area are known for spreading illnesses. Instead, call your NW Arkansas Critter Control office as soon as you notice any signs of a rodent infestation, and we will send one of our trained technicians to establish the best eradication program for you.
Tree squirrels are in abundance on the Delmarva Peninsula, from the gray, fox, and flying squirrels. They are fun to watch, too, as they collect various items to store for the colder months. Squirrels search for nuts, grains, bird eggs, flowers, garden crops, and birdseed. Some squirrels will strip bark from trees and use it for nesting or meals.
Squirrels are always on the move. They have teeth that never stop growing and must gnaw on hard surfaces to keep them filed and pain-free. That means your siding, shingles, wires, wood, gutters, soffits, wire screens, and mesh may be destroyed. Squirrels also build nests in chimneys, vents, attics, and pipes, creating hazardous and costly outcomes such as fires and clogs.
Squirrels typically give birth twice a year. It’s essential to call a professional to get rid of a squirrel in your home.
Maryland is home to 10 species of bats
. Occassionally a lone bat might fly into your house. Avoid all contact with it! Open windows and attempt to isolate the bat in one room.
In Maryland, Little Brown Bats, Big Brown Bats, Northern Long-eared bats, and Evening Bats form maternity colonies conisting of mothers and their young (pups). These colonies historically were in old hollow trees, but bats adapted to other habitats like attics in houses, churches, barns, condos, townhouses, and apartment buildings.
Exclusions are the only effective and humane way to remove bats in your attic. Before installing, we make sure there are no flightless pups. We avoid getting rid of bats until after August. The state of Maryland recommends installing exclusions from Septmber 1st to February 28
. September and October is the best time to get of bats in your house
because bats are leaving their summer roosts for winter locations.
The striped skunk and spotted skunk
live in Eastern Maryland. Skunks rarely stay in one location for more than a few days. A skunk in your yard will provide some benefits. The ominvore's diet includes insects and small rodents. These animals will also foragie for food in trash bins and pet food bowls.
They're also profound and efficient diggers, and can mutilate an entire yard in a single night searching for grubs. They're distinctive black and white fur, and their pungent odor that can linger for days, are unmistakeable.
Skunks become a nuisance if they estabish a den on your property, destroy property, or pose a direct threat to people.
If you happen to cross paths with a skunk, do not try to scare it away. Please also remember that skunks can carry rabies
; therefore, it’s best to let a professional handle removal for you.