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Monthly Archives: July 2020

Moles in Your Garden

Moles are pesky diggers. They love to tunnel through lawns and wreak havoc on your garden. Moles will dig small tunnels that can snake across your property and beyond

Identifying Moles

Mole coming out of dirtMoles have short grey fur and grow to be about 18 cm in length. Their tails are short and hairless. Moles dig holes that are not too deep underground, less than a foot below. Mounds and ridges on the surface of the ground can help reveal where the tunnels are. These mounds will have a volcano-like structure to them.

Fast Diggers

Moles dig very fast for their size, and can tunnel through about 6 meters of dirt per hour. The average mole tunnel complex can support up to about 12 moles living inside. This means that it can be difficult to ensure that a mole problem is dealt with completely, unless done by a professional. Mole tunnels generally sit deeper in the ground than voles, usually about 10-12 inches below the surface.

Mole Diet

Moles will eat worms, bugs, and seeds within the ground, but will generally not eat plant roots or bulbs. They will eat bugs that can be helpful to gardens, such as earthworms. While they usually won’t bother garden plants, it can be hard to effectively seed while they are around, as they may eat newly planted seeds.

We specialize in the humane removal of groundhogs, squirrels, and other pests in the New York New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 718-962-0376 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Rattlesnakes in New York

It can be easy to think of rattlesnakes in a desert setting. After all, many movies use the signature rattlesnake rattle to set the scene of a desert landscape. But rattlesnakes are one of the most common venomous snakes in America, with a number of different subspecies spread across the country. The Timber Rattlesnake is common across most of the east coast, and going as far west as Texas. It is one of three venomous snakes found in the New York area.

Rattlesnake Warnings

Rattlesnakes are a danger to those who get bit, but they often give plenty of warning before they strike. Timber rattlesnakes, like their desert-dwelling cousins, have a signature “rattle” on the end of their tails. This allows them to warn potential threats and scare them off before they strike. This rattle helps humans avoid contact, when they know to stay away. Rattlesnakes have other physical identifiers. They, like most venomous snakes, have triangular-shaped heads. Rattlesnakes are spotted, and the timber rattlesnake will sport colors ranging from black to brown to tan.

Rattlesnake Venom

Rattlesnake venom is potent, and the Timber Rattlesnake is known to pump a large amount into their prey in a single bite. Because of this, they can be very deadly. However, because of their mild temperament, they give plenty of warning time before they strike. Because of this, it is an often avoidable scenario, and few fatalities are reported yearly.

Bite Prevention

The best way to prevent a snake bite is to listen to it’s warnings, and avoid it. Do not provoke any snake, venomous or not. Luckily, Timber Rattlesnakes are very mild in temperament, and will usually only bite when provoked. They will usually give ample warning before striking.

Bite Treatment

If you or a loved one is bitten by a rattlesnake, go to the hospital immediately. If your pet is bitten, take them to the vet. There is no real solution in the field for a venomous snakebite, just go to a hospital. In a hospital, you can be assessed properly, and administered the proper antivenom. Do not attempt to suck out the venom. That is dangerous and ineffective. Keep the wound below heart level, and await the ambulance or drive them to the hospital.

Rattlesnake Removal

If there is a rattlesnake on your property, avoid it and call a humane wildlife removal service. Do not attempt to trap or kill a snake yourself, even for identification purposes after someone is bitten; as this is not necessary.

We specialize in the humane removal of snakes, rats, and other pests in the New York New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 718-962-0376 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

What Squirrels do for the Environment

One of the major reasons people call a humane wildlife removal service is because we understand that little critters can be a pest indoors. But we also understand that they benefit the environment and the local ecosystem. It can be easy to think of squirrels as nothing more than fluffy little beasts that just want acorns. But, they also play an important role in protecting forests. Urban squirrels can be a pain, but they can really help the environment after relocation.

Tree Planters

If squirrels love anything more than nuts, it’s hiding them for later. However, they are also quite forgetful creatures. They love to forage for nuts and berries, but will often forget where they store their snacks. They will often bury a pile of nuts, and then promptly forget about it to forage anew. Their forgetful nature helps new trees to sprout and grow. These buried nuts are brought by squirrels to open patches of earth, and they use their paws to till the soil. This helps the seeds have a healthy place to start growing.

Truffle Shufflers

Truffles can grow symbiotically with trees, but naturally occur underground, and away from vegetation. After squirrels dig up and eat truffles, they poop them out closer to trees. The truffle spores can then connect with a tree more easily. Truffles help keep a connected tree healthy.

Humane Removal of Squirrels

We at New York/New Jersey Wildlife Removal understand the value that squirrels have to our environment; as well as the destruction that they can cause to a home. We specialize in the safe and humane removal of squirrels; as well as cleaning up any waste or damage they leave behind.

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 718-962-0376 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

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