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Monthly Archives: April 2018

Are There Flying Squirrels in Your Home?

Best known for their ability to “fly,” flying squirrels hold about 50 different species that are most commonly found in North America. These animals usually reach approximately 12 inches in length and weigh between 4-6.5 ounces. Although the name “flying squirrels” might sound convincing, these squirrels don’t actually fly. They glide through the air using their arms and tail for stability.

Flying squirrels typically live in large trees. But, as large trees are constantly being torn down, these squirrels will look for houses to nest in. They usually go for attics, wall interiors, and ceiling spaces. Unlike regular squirrels, flying squirrels are not territorial and don’t mind sharing spaces with other squirrels. This could quickly result to an infestation.

Flying squirrels don’t force their way in by chewing like regular squirrels do. They wait until they find an opportunity, which includes missing screens, a chimney gap, loose sliding, or  a missing/loose pieces of soffit.

If not handled properly and professionally, flying squirrels can be a huge disturbance. Leave it to the professionals! For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 917-633-0146 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Different Types of Snakes

Snakes are cold-blooded creatures that hold about 2900 species of serpents. As these animals have been around for centuries, most people have a preconceived idea that all snakes are dangerous, while most snakes are actually non-venomous. Learn about three of the most dangerous kinds of snakes that could be in your area.

Elapid snakes are poisonous, with venom filled glands in the rear of their upper jaws. With long, slender bodies and smooth scales. One type of Elapid, the Coral snake, are usually found in North America. They have been spotted in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and occasionally in Oklahoma. According to the American National Institutes of Health, there are an average of 15–25 coral snake bites in the United States each year

Viperidae snakes, more commonly known as vipers, are also known for their fangs. Unlike the Elapiades, vipers are able to retract and extend their fangs. While unthreatened, these fangs remain folded back against the roof of their mouth. When their mouth opens, the fangs extend into a biting position. The most common vipers include Copperheads, Rattlesnakes, and Saw-scaled viper.

Colubridae snakes are usually non venomous, lack a functioning left lung, and their heads are covered by large scales. With these similarities aside, Colubridae snakes are very different. Some are ground-dwellers, while others are found near bodies of water. A popular member of this species is the garter snake, also known as the garden snake. These are one of the most common snakes found in North America. Opposed to most other snakes, garter snakes react to threat by releasing a musky odor.

Boidae snakes are non-venomous, but huge and powerful constrictors. Boidaes are most known for their ability to swallow a grown animal whole, and rely on their strength to suffocate prey. Although they don’t have fangs, they have rows of teeth on their upper and lower jaws. Some popular members of the Boidae family include Anacondas, and Boa constrictors. They are commonly found in Central and South America.   

Seeing any breed of snake is hardly ever a welcomed sight. Leave it to the professionals! For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 917-633-0146 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

How to Spot a Squirrel Infestation

As there are several species of squirrels, the tree squirrel is typically the most common nuisance for homeowners. They make a ton of noise in any area they inhibit, and are also likely to cause damage. Due to the expanding number of squirrels and the decreasing number of natural habitats, these critters are looking for shelter in attics. Be aware of the following signs, as they are indications that squirrels may be in your attic.

One of the first and most obvious signs that there may be squirrels in your home is the amount of noise they create. The scampering and rattling sounds are typically giveaway signs. As squirrels are most active during the daytime, that is when they are commonly heard. Finding their droppings is also a common sign. If you sense a foul or stale odor coming from your attic, it is a clear indication of a possible infestation. Finding chewed or frayed wiring is not only a concern for your home, but also a clue that you might have squirrels. As they are excellent chewers, you might also find chewed wood pieces.

To prevent your home from falling prey to these pestery animals, it is recommended to remove all bird seeds or any other source of diet, as they attract animals, and the squirrels will remember where they are acquiring their food from. They can also enter through your garage, walls, or even under stairs and decks. Be sure to keep these areas sealed to prevent the squirrel’s access inside your home. Wherever there are any holes larger than 1.5 inches, they are able to chew their way in.

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, squirrels just won’t leave.If your home is infested, leave it to the professionals. Your home has a lot to offer these pests. Warmth, shelter, and food. 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 917-336-6039 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

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