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Monthly Archives: November 2017

Rabid Raccoons in New Jersey

In the month of November, there have been at least 5 raccoons have been captured in different towns in New Jersey carrying rabies. In the beginning of the month, a raccoon attacked a man and his 2 dogs in Audubon. Middletown has had 2 attacks from 2 different rabid raccoons within the first 2 weeks of November. In South River, a rabid raccoon was captured at the start of the month, marking the 12th rabid animal captured in Middlesex county this year. Another raccoon was found near Hopewell. It was captured and confirmed to have rabies. In the month of November, there have been at least 5 raccoons have been captured in different towns in New Jersey carrying rabies. In the beginning of the month, a raccoon attacked a man and his 2 dogs in Audubon. Middletown has had 2 attacks from 2 different rabid raccoons within the first 2 weeks of November. In South River, a rabid raccoon was captured at the start of the month, marking the 12th rabid animal captured in Middlesex county this year. Another raccoon was found near Hopewell. It was captured and confirmed to have rabies.

According to the CDC, raccoons account for almost 30% of all rabies cases in the US, with bats being the only animal to have more reported cases of the disease. Luckily, the number of reported cases of the disease has been on the decline for the past 20 years. Increases in vaccinations to pets and boosters upon contact with animals suspected of carrying the disease have helped mitigate the spread of it. Less than 8% of cases in the US consist of people and domesticated animals.

We specialize in removing 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.

Fat Rats

If there is one thing NYC is known for, it’s that the big apple has a big rat problem. But that problem can be getting bigger, in both population, and size. It is no question that rats with more access to food, like those near a city dumpster, can get bigger. But it seems that the size of the average adult rat found in New York City has been on the rise. The average weight of an adult brown rat in NYC is about 300 grams (about 10.5 ounces), as opposed to the worldwide average of 230 grams (8.1 ounces). But in some cases, rats have been found that weigh over 2 pounds. Larger rats have been known to wait until smaller ones eat some of the food, which can help the strongest of the group survive poisoned baits or traps. While bigger rats aren’t necessarily more dangerous, they certainly aren’t any cleaner for the city. Rodents of any size can still be susceptible to or carriers of a wide array of diseases that can be dangerous or even deadly to humans.  If there is one thing NYC is known for, it’s that the big apple has a big rat problem. But that problem can be getting bigger, in both population, and size. It is no question that rats with more access to food, like those near a city dumpster, can get bigger. But it seems that the size of the average adult rat found in New York City has been on the rise. The average weight of an adult brown rat in NYC is about 300 grams (about 10.5 ounces), as opposed to the worldwide average of 230 grams (8.1 ounces). But in some cases, rats have been found that weigh over 2 pounds. Larger rats have been known to wait until smaller ones eat some of the food, which can help the strongest of the group survive poisoned baits or traps. While bigger rats aren’t necessarily more dangerous, they certainly aren’t any cleaner for the city. Rodents of any size can still be susceptible to or carriers of a wide array of diseases that can be dangerous or even deadly to humans.

We specialize in removing 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.

Evolution in Urban Life

Wild animals exist within even the densest of human civilizations. The urban jungle is swarming with life; and a lot of it isn’t bipedal. Raccoons, squirrels, rats, and other creatures co-exist with us in our cities and towns. But what does life on the mean streets of New York City do to these animals? A new study published in Science Magazine looked into the effects of cities on animals that are commonly found in urban locations. The results show that these animals are adapting and evolving. Roaches, raccoons, squirrels, lice, and more; are all changing. Each new generation is adapting more and more to the environment. The result of this adaptation is incredible resilience. Wild animals exist within even the densest of human civilizations. The urban jungle is swarming with life; and a lot of it isn’t bipedal. Raccoons, squirrels, rats, and other creatures co-exist with us in our cities and towns. But what does life on the mean streets of New York City do to these animals? A new study published in Science Magazine looked into the effects of cities on animals that are commonly found in urban locations. The results show that these animals are adapting and evolving. Roaches, raccoons, squirrels, lice, and more; are all changing. Each new generation is adapting more and more to the environment. The result of this adaptation is incredible resilience. As in any ecosystem, those most suited for the environment will continue to live on. This allows the species to survive and thrive. Rats smart enough to avoid traps may pass on that intelligence. Raccoons strong enough to open dumpsters have more access to food. Roaches that are unaffected by a bug bomb can give way to new generations of resistant broods. While our society continues to advance and grow, so does the overall species of those animals that we share the streets with. We specialize in removing 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.

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