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Monthly Archives: August 2019

Skunk Facts

Skunks may seem cute but their smelly spray can pack a real punch. These critters can be a real problem for your neighborhood; and they can be even worse for you if they decide to set up camp in your shed or below your patio. Here are some facts you may not know about these striped stink bombs.

Bad Vision

Skunks cannot see very well. They can really only see what is right in front of them. When a skunk is born, it is completely blind and deaf. It’s hearing and sight will develop as it grows, but a skunk’s eyesight won’t improve too much. It’s distinct lack of good senses is why skunks fire off their spray often when frightened.

High Accuracy

Despite their horrible eyesight, skunks have incredibly accurate spray. Both males and females can fire their spray up to about 15 feet, with accuracy up to about 10 feet. The spray can also mist and travel up to 45 feet, lingering in the air.

Winding Up

Skunks can spray incredibly fast, but it can be easy to see that they are getting ready to blast you, if you know what to look for. These warnings can help you to know if they are agitated or scared. If you see the skunk scratching its feet, raising its tail, or hissing, try to get out of the blast zone.

Fast Runners

Despite their pudgy bodies and stumpy legs, skunks can bolt if they really need to, reaching speeds of up to 10 mph. If they are not threatened and not trying to hide, they will usually just lazily walk around.

Stripes For Caution

Most wild animals can see the stripes of a skunk and know to stay away. This can be both a learned and instinctive knowledge. However, one animal who fails to stay away is the domesticated dog. Man’s best friend doesn’t seem to take the hint; and pet owners may find themselves scrubbing off skunk smell from their dog on more than one occasion.

Skunk Spray Isn’t Dangerous

Skunk spray is not toxic as many people may believe. While it can be hard to wash off, skunk spray is not dangerous. You may have heard that skunk spray can cause blindness if it gets into your eyes, but this is false. You should still try not to get sprayed, because the smell is horrible.

We specialize in removing raccoons, skunks, and more 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.

Why Poison and Traps are not Recommended for Rodents

Mouse traps or rat poison may seem like a quick fix for your pest problem, yet they are anything but! Traps and poison can cause a lot of problems for homeowners and restaurants alike. In addition to not being fully effective, traps and poison are not humane. It is important to know why capture and proper exclusion is the best way to deal with your rodent infestation. But first, why shouldn’t you use poison or traps?

Traps Are Tricky

Traps may seem like a quick way to deal with a rogue mouse or rat sneaking into your cabinet, but traps are often more trouble than they are worth. Traps can usually take care of a few pests, but the rest of the colony will usually adapt to work around them. Rodents may seem simple, but they can be quick-thinking and learn to avoid traps, especially after they lose a few members of their colony to them. Additionally traps can be hard to deal with once they are sprung. Traps set up in walls or hard to reach places can be difficult to check. You may end up having a dead animal living inside of your wall. Traps that misfire or trigger without catching the rodent are rendered useless until you remember to reset them.

Poison Doesn’t Always Cut It

Poison has plenty of problems as well. Firstly, not all of the rats will eat it. Rats can learn that a food source is not good for them and learn to avoid the poison. Some rats will even develop a slight resistance to it, or even a full immunity. When we find rat droppings that are green in color, it usually means that the rat was surviving while eating poisoned bait. Rats also tend not to die right around the pile of bait. Often, a rodent partaking in poisoned food will find somewhere to curl up and die, often deep in your walls. With rat poison, there is always a risk that it will affect others in the home or restaurant. Children or pets can often be the victims of accidental poisoning. Rat poison not properly stored can contaminate food and drink.

Why Removal and Exclusion Works

Exclusion and removal is effective because it solves the issue fully, and humanely. When traps or poisons are involved, you aren’t able to guarantee that the full colony is gone. You also may have to deal with dead pests in all of the nooks and crannies. And any other pests can intrude from any entry points established by the colony. Removal and exclusion by a professional specialist means that your rodent problem will be dealt with, cleaned up, and the entry points repaired. With a humane removal company, your conscience can be kept clean too.

We specialize in removing rats, squirrels, mice, and more 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.

Looking for Pest Damage When Buying a Home

When looking for a new home, buyers often look for signs of termites or rodents; but what about other animals? It is important when buying a home that you are able to tell if the home has had a wild animal problem in the past, and what that can mean for the home in the future. If the home has had a pest problem in the past, you should check with the owner or real estate agent to ensure that the animals have been dealt with, and that the affected area was properly cleaned and repaired. Professional cleaning is vital to ensure that the space is free of any bacteria or parasites carried by intruding animals. Repair of damages from a pest is important to ensure that other animals don’t find their way back in.


Mice, rats, and squirrels can be a big problem for homeowners, especially in urban areas. Rodents can cause damage throughout the home, can produce fire hazards, and can create drafts in the insulation. Most rodents carry a large host of diseases, especially rats. Rodents tend to gnaw their way through walls, and make smaller, pre-existing holes larger. They can create tunnels through insulation that can cause drafts and waste energy. Wires can be chewed up by rodents, creating potential fire hazards. Signs of rodent infestation can include holes in the walls, roof, or floors; brown stains from the oils of rodent fur; droppings; gnawed wires or beams; or gaps in insulation.


Raccoons can be a lot of trouble for homeowners. They love camping out under decks or sheds, but can easily make their way into an attic. They can be a huge problem for in and around the house. They like to dig through trash, and are adept at opening garbage cans. Raccoons have been known to tear up boxes and bags in an attic and make beds out of the scraps of clothing or items in them. Raccoons can also hunt for fish kept in outdoor ponds such as koi. They may also make use of your pool, and can leave parasites in their feces in the water. Raccoons are one of the most common carriers of rabies, which can pose a threat to people or pets that come into contact with them.
Signs of raccoon problems can be damaged trash cans, damage under a deck or patio space, and damage in the attic. Raccoon claws have 5 toes, as opposed to cats, which have 4. This may help you determine whether scratch marks were made by a pet, or an unwanted intruder.


Bats can be a real nightmare for homeowners. Bats often break into attics and sheds, and can squeeze through small breaks in the roof or eaves in order to gain access to your home. Like rats, bats leave brown oil stains where they squeeze their way into a home. Bats can cause damage to the beams in an attic with their claws as they hang. Bat guano can be a severe issue for homeowners. Guano is dust-like, and carries many parasites that can become airborne when disturbed. These parasites can persist without proper cleaning, and can infect people or animals living in the home below the bat colony.


Pigeons are an issue for many homeowners. Pigeon waste can be corrosive to your roofing. They tend to roost on the roof of homes or in chimneys. They may make use of vent ducts or gutters on the home for nesting. Flocks of pigeons resting on the gutters can cause damage to the eaves of the home, and can even detach them from the home. While not as common as outdoor roosting, sometimes they will attempt to roost in sheds or attics. The most obvious sign of pigeon problems in a home is evidence of feces or nests. Fecal matter that is not properly dealt with can leave white or green stains, and can corrode and eat away at the material it is left on.

We specialize in removing rats, bats, pigeons, and more 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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