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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Squirrel Nests

Squirrels often like to find a home in the hollows of trees or hidden away in a small den. But for many squirrels, a nest built on tree branches, or even in attics, is the place they call home. Squirrel nests, called dreys, are clumpy, seemingly haphazard, piles of debris that a squirrel constructs into a nest.
Despite how clumsily-built they may appear, a squirrel drey is surprisingly resilient and can hold up well. Similarly to a bird’s nest, the drey is generally bowl shaped. This keeps the young squirrels from falling out, while protecting them from the elements. Squirrels will use whatever types of materials in order to build it; like twigs, leaves, vines, and more. In homes, they may even resort to using items like insulation, boxes, and books. They will often look for a place to build that is already sturdy and supportive, like a hollow tree, a chimney, or an attic.
Squirrels will use their mouths and front paws to carry over materials, and will construct the drey over multiple days. They use their heads to push and bend debris in order to create a frame out of living twigs; which are harder to break. Squirrels may chew on the ends of the sticks to spread the fibers, which can help keep them in place. They will use mud, twigs, and leaves to insulate and reinforce it. An outer shell of sticks will give it additional support.
We specialize in the humane removal of squirrels, raccoons, and other pests in the New York New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 718-227-7227 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Opossums and Their Natural Defenses

We have all heard the term “Playing Opossum,” and know that this is where the animal feigns death to attempt to avoid predators. But what are the other ways this creature survives in the wild? Opossums are extremely resilient pests, and can be a big problem for homeowners.
Opossums have a very strong immunity to the rabies virus. It is about 8 times more likely for a wild dog to be carrying the disease than an opossum. This natural immunity does not mean that they cannot carry it. Any bites or contact with a wild opossum should be treated as if it does have rabies.
It is very difficult for opossums to die from poison. The marsupial produces a very powerful protein called Lethal Toxin-Neutralizing Factor (LTNF); that can neutralize a number of poisons and venoms. Most opossums can survive venomous snake bites from the snakes in our area. In lab studies, this protein has been shown to neutralize the venom of snakes from across the world, as well as a number of other poisons, like ricin. Even some neurotoxins had no effect, quickly being denatured by the protein. This is why many so-called “opossum poisons” for pest control purposes have little to no effect. Removal and relocation tactics are much more effective
With a thumb on each paw, and a prehensile tail; these animals are expert climbers. Their tails have such mobility and strength that the animal can hang out of trees with it, or carry grasses or debris for den building.
“Playing Opossum” is usually a last resort for these creatures. They will usually try to run away or make noise. They may belch or growl in an attempt to scare away predators. Urination and defecation can be used defensively, as well.
We specialize in the humane removal of opossums, rats, and other pests in the New York New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 718-227-7227 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

What to do if a Skunk Sprays You

The rancid smell of a skunk’s spray is a powerful one. Many homeowners with a skunk on their property find out about it because of the smell. Or worse, they find out when they, their child, or a pet is sprayed by one. When a skunk sprays something, the smell can linger for a long time. But when that spray gets on a person or animal, it can stick around for even longer. The problem is the oily nature of the spray. How do you get rid of that nasty odor?
An old-fashioned method that many people have heard of is a tomato juice bath. This is not a perfect solution. The next time you wash yourself or get wet, such as with a shower or the rain, the smell will most likely return. The sulfurous spray gets into your skin and hair, which can cause the smell to linger.
In 1993, a chemist discovered a solution that is universally accepted as the best way to remove the smell permanently by breaking it down; and it is produced with common household ingredients. For pets or people, start by mixing 1 quart of hydrogen peroxide with ¼ of baking soda. Add in a teaspoon of dish soap. Rub it on affected areas and let it sit for about 5 minutes before rinsing it off. If the spray gets in your eyes, or the eyes of your pet, flush it out with water. You should not use the above solution on your eyes.
We specialize in the humane removal of skunks, raccoons, and other pests in the New York New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 718-227-7227 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

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