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Monthly Archives: December 2020

Rat Sightings On the Rise During the Pandemic

Rat sightings have been on the rise since the beginning of the pandemic. While it may seem like rats and pandemics go hand in hand, thanks to the Black Plague, the cause of this is something else entirely. Rats forage for any kind of food that they can get. There are two main reasons that people have been finding more rats near or in their homes recently. This article will explore those reasons.

Restaurants at the Beginning of the Pandemic

Rats are no stranger to dining out. But as the pandemic closed restaurants or limited their capacities, less food was kept in stock. Moreso, less food waste went to the trash bins. As such, many rats had to look elsewhere for a meal. Many restaurant-dwelling rats had to branch out to residential properties to find food.

Rats & Stay at Home Orders

So with the pandemic in full-swing, the rats have moved from the restaurants that were no longer fruitful and found their next meal in residential trash bins and pantries. Rats like to sneak in and swipe food. But this can be hard to do when everyone is staying at home. Because of more people staying home, rats are being spotted more often.

Restaurants Reopening

As restaurants continue to serve the public through the pandemic, hungry rats may swarm them. Many restaurants are reporting more rampant rat issues. As restaurants are keeping smaller food quantities for the pandemic, a swarm of rats can take a bigger chunk of the supply.

Rats and Spreading Disease

Rats are well-known for spreading diseases. A rat in the US can carry and transmit more than 35 diseases, such as Leptospirosis, Hantavirus, Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis, Rat-bite fever, Salmonellosis, and Tularemia. Many of these can be dangerous for you and your family. However, there is little evidence of rats contracting or spreading COVID-19. According to the CDC, laboratory mice “do not seem to become infected or spread the infection.”

We specialize in the humane removal of raccoons, opossums, 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.

Animals in the Home for the Holidays

While we prepare to have family members together for the holidays, it is important to be wary of uninvited guests, especially furry ones. Many homeowners discover a pest problem when cleaning the home for the holidays, or pulling the holiday decorations out of the attic. This article will discuss common places for homeowners to find pest animals in the home around the holidays.

Why Pest Animals Invade in the Winter

Many animals, such as squirrels and raccoons, want to hunker down for the winter. A warm home or weather-proof shed can be the perfect spot for them to stay out of the cold when the snow starts to fall. However, this can be dangerous for you and your family. Many wild animals carry a host of diseases and bacteria which can spread to your family while living in close proximity. Additionally, pest animals can create massive damage to your home, including property damage, structural damage, reducing insulation, or even creating fire hazards.

Chimney Nests

Chimney flues are often closed up for most of the year in the New York/New Jersey area. But, in the winter they can be a great way to cozy up on a cold night. Because of the inactivity for most of the year, chimneys can be a popular resting place for wild animals. Be sure to check the chimney for damage and debris before using it for the first time in the season. Keep the flue closed when the chimney is not in use, as animals can enter your home this way.

Attics and Crawlspaces

Animals often try to nest in areas with limited human activity and easy access. Crawlspaces and attics are often invaded by critters because of this. They are usually discovered here because of the noises they make. During the winter, these invaders may be spotted while families are pulling holiday decorations out of storage. Animals will usually gain access to these areas through external damage to the home.

Backyard Sheds

Storage sheds in your backyard can be a common nesting ground for pests such as raccoons, squirrels, and more for the winter. Sheds are often weather-proof. If not, they at least provide some shelter from the cold winds and snow. These pests can often go unnoticed until the Spring or Summer unless you need the snowblower.

Checking Your Home for Animal Intruders

Homeowners often discover wild animals in their homes because they hear them, or they find evidence of the animal living there. If you think your home may have a wild animal problem, contact a professional, humane wildlife removal specialist. NewYork/NewJersey
Wildlife Removal, Inc. specializes in the humane removal of wild animals, as well as the cleanup and repair needed to restore the damage they caused.

We specialize in the humane removal of raccoons, opossums, 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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