The existence of wildlife in your home or on your property is alarming and potentially dangerous to you and your family. Wild animals can carry many harmful diseases and be destructive to your home and property. Calvert Exterminators animal trapping and removal services offer efficient and effective animal prevention, wildlife control, and maintenance to ensure the safety of your home, family and property.
The most effective method for eliminating wildlife from your home and property is proper prevention. We will thoroughly inspect and seal any open spaces in and around your home, cover vents with wire mesh and also remove any debris on your property to reduce the opportunity for wildlife to enter your home and cause damage.
Calvert Exterminators animal control and removal services are humane and environmentally sound. We are highly trained and offer dedicated professionalism using uniquely designed trapping devices and baiting methods to quickly and humanely remove all forms of animal wildlife.
Animals we trap include:
Snakes we trap include:
The only poisonous snake in the area
There are 4 different types in the area
Coyotes generally resemble a small German Shepherd dog. They have large, erect ears and an elongated muzzle with a long bushy tail. Coloration is usually brown or buff mottled with gray or black. An average adult coyote weighs between 30 to 40 pounds. Males tend to be larger than females.
Coyotes are relatively new to the Maryland area, first appearing in 1972. Since that time, population densities have expanded greatly. Highest densities are found in Western Maryland and the lowest occur on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
Coyote Standing in Brush
Coyotes typically become established in suburban areas and will prey on dogs and cats. In fact, a sign that coyotes are present in a particular area is indicated by a rapid decline in the free ranging cat population. Coyotes are also a threat to agricultural livestock in Maryland. Livestock and pet losses have recently been reported in Maryland, with frequency of occurrence correlating with increases in coyote populations.
There are four squirrel species found in the state of Maryland: gray squirrel, red squirrel, flying squirrel and fox squirrel. The Gray and the flying squirrels are the most frequent cause of homeowner problems.
Squirrels prefer to reside in areas with mature trees to build their nests and breed. They are very vocal and bark and chatter while playing and chasing one another. They sometimes scold intruders like animals or people from a safe distance. But in some urban and suburban areas, they can become quite tame and can be approached closely.
The squirrel’s most damaging and annoying habit is gnawing on outside entrances into attic areas. Once they gain entry, they often nest in insulation or other materials found in the attic. Sometimes they gain entry through fireplaces or vents. They will sometimes chew on wiring which can become a fire hazard to the home.
Generally, squirrels do not carry diseases that easily transmit to humans, although they can infrequently be infected with rabies.
Beavers are among the largest of rodents in North America. They can weigh anywhere from 30-60 pounds and can grow to be over 40 inches in length. They have reddish-brown fur and a hairless, paddle-shaped tail used for swimming in waters.
Beavers live near the water. They cut down small-medium trees to dam up streams and rivers to create ponds. One beaver can usually cut down over 200 trees in a year.
Beaver on Riverbank
Beavers were hunted to near extinction in the mid-1800 but are now common throughout Maryland.
Gray Foxes weigh between 7 and 13 pounds. Their coloring is salt and pepper gray with rusty yellow feet. The tail is long and bushy with a black tip.
There are very few cases of rabies reported in the fox population in Maryland but foxes can be a threat to livestock and pets. They adapt well to most environments.
Eastern striped skunks are common throughout the United States and are also found in Maryland. They often find their way into homes and other outdoor structures. They are about the size of the common house cat and weigh up to 8 pounds. Skunks have a white stripe on their forehead which then splits into two stripes running down the sides of it’s back. Their tails are long and bushy and colored black and white.
When threatened, striped skunks will try to flee or will stomp their front feet as a warning signal. However, if the skunk continues to feel threatened, the skunk will stand upright on its front feet and spray a very foul smelling liquid (called butyl mercaptan) out of scent glands in its backside.
Maryland has ten species of bats. Some live in Maryland all year long while others migrate to Maryland in the spring and fall. Some species live in groups called colonies while others prefer to live alone or in small families.
Bats are the only mammals that can fly using their hands, which are also their wings. Bats have sharp tiny teeth that are designed for eating insects, a mainstay of their diet. However, they are generally not known to be aggressive to humans.
The occasional lone bat that may enter a house during warmer months in Maryland is usually a younger bat that simply made a mistake in their navigating. Their instinct will likely lead them to investigate new areas throughout the house.
The majority of bats that humans encounter are healthy, but bats can contract illness and carry diseases. Some of the diseases that infect bats may also be transmitted to people, although it is rare. Rabies and histoplasmosis are the most critical public health issues to consider when dealing with bats.
Raccoons, found abundantly in Maryland, are plump, stocky mammals with short front legs and longer back legs. They have a striped tail and the telltale black “mask” around their eyes. Their fur is grayish black. They weigh anywhere between 10-35 pounds and measure 20-30 inches in length.
Raccoons can be a nuisance to both wildlife and humans. They are well adapted to urban and suburban areas and often enter homes, basements, attics and other outdoor structures. They love to raid trash bins or any food left in the open.
Raccoons are responsible for over 60% of the rabies cases in the state of Maryland and can also transmit canine distemper and parvovirus to domestic dogs.
The opossum is the only marsupial (pouched mammal), native to North America. They are grayish white in color and are covered in fur with the exception of their ears and tail. The opossum tail is long and scaly. They weigh anywhere from 4 to 13 pounds.
Opossums are abundant throughout the state of Maryland. They prefer to habitat in woods near water but can also be commonly found in urban and suburban environments.
Black snakes grow up to 80 inches long (6.5 feet) and the body is shaped like a loaf of bread. They are harmless but intimidating to look at. They are very helpful in eliminating rats and mice.
The Northern Copperhead is the only venomous snake found in the DC Metropolitan area. They are a rich, reddish brown color with darker hourglass-shaped markings lining its back. Its head is bright copper in color with a pink belly. It can grow up to 3 feet in length. They are found in rocky, wooded areas and feed on small rodents.
A greenish or brown snake covered in checkered spots, and a yellow to white line down its back. Grows up to 48 inches long.
The northern water snake is an aquatic snake that lives in lakes, swamps, streams and other waterways throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Water snakes have a heavy body with a large rounded head. They have a pattern on their back of black or reddish blotches. They can be aggressive when threatened but are non-venomous.