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Monthly Archives: February 2021

Why Do Seagulls Like Parking Lots?

For coastal areas of New York and New Jersey, it is common to see seagulls congregating in parking lots. Even if you are a few miles from shore, seagulls can often be found in large flocks walking or flying around in parking lots near malls, strip malls, and department stores. But why do seagulls like parking lots?

Parking Lots and Food Sources

Seagulls will eat almost everything, from waste scraps to human food, to bugs and insects. Parking lots offer a wide assortment of free “food” for these birds. And while many of them will end up eating paper, cigarette butts, and other waste products found in the parking lot; others will manage to score edible food. Well-manicured patches of grass near parking lots meant to beautify the space are often a good source of worms and insects for seagulls as well. Additionally, many gulls can find food in dumpsters from nearby restaurants and supermarkets found in or around parking lots.

Parking Lots and Defense

Like many other bird species, a flock of seagulls will not all eat at once. In most cases, many gulls will feast as a few will act as sentries, looking around for signs of danger. Parking lots offer wide-angle views for the gulls that are often unobstructed. This gives the birds plenty of time to react to danger, usually cars passing through their feeding grounds.

Parking Lots and Nesting

In addition to the food sources and the defensive capabilities of the parking lot, there are also many places for gulls to roost and nest. Tall light poles offer plenty of opportunities for high-up nests. Awnings, signs, and large letter signs offer additional places to build nests. Finally, most parking lots are accompanied by buildings with flat or shallow-sloped roofs. These make it easy for gulls to nest or roost above their feeding grounds.

If you have a flock of gulls terrorizing your parking lot and nesting throughout your property, you need professional removal and exclusion specialists to employ prevention tactics. NY/NJ Wildlife removal specialists can help remove nests and prevent gulls from building more in the future. Removing their ability to nest nearby can limit their activity in your parking lot.

We specialize in the humane removal of birds, 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.

Keeping Turkeys Away From Your Yard

Wild turkeys have been a growing problem for homeowners in the New York/New Jersey area. They have become common in many suburban areas, like Staten Island. These large birds can travel in flocks and can be a major nuisance outside of your home. This article will explore how turkeys can be a problem for homeowners, and some ways to deter them.

Why Are Turkeys in Suburban Neighborhoods?

While the overall population of wild turkeys in the US is on the decline, many suburban communities across the country are seeing a rise in wild turkeys on their streets. This is most likely due to shrinking habitats.

Why Are Turkeys In My Yard?

Like most wild animals, turkeys are probably seeking out food. Turkeys can eat a wide variety of plant and animal matter. They are expert foragers and can eat anything from acorns and berries to grasshoppers and small lizards. Turkeys may forage your yard for garden plants, bugs in your lawn, or scraps from the trash. Berry bushes and oak trees may attract turkeys, as these provide food that turkeys know to eat.

Suburban Turkey Nests

Turkeys may take up roost on your property. Turkey nests can be built in trees or on the ground, depending on what is available. Given the opportunity, a turkey may nest on top of shorter homes, or inside sheds. Turkey nests look like large versions of traditional bird nests, utilizing sticks and branches in addition to smaller twigs. Because of their large size, turkeys can create serious damage to trees, bushes, and structures on your property as they nest there.

Are Turkeys Dangerous?

Turkeys can pose a threat to people and pets. Wild turkeys can be aggressive, especially those who have become accustomed to urban life. They may chase people away or even attack. Additionally, wild turkeys may be carriers of infectious diseases. Children and pets can be more susceptible to attacks by wild turkeys, as their smaller size may make them seem less threatening than an adult person.

Turkeys and the Breeding Season

Turkeys can be especially dangerous in the spring breeding season, where male turkeys will be testosterone-pumped and looking to establish dominance. Turkeys may fight each other, or attempt to fight humans to show off for potential mates. In recent years, people have even found turkeys crashing through glass windows or into cars to fight their reflections.

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.

When Does Hibernation End?

Hibernation is a state of rest that many animals go through to survive the cold winter months. They hide away in their dens and outlast the days of meager food and harsh weather by entering a deep rest. They stock up on food and water in the fall and usually do not emerge until the weather becomes warmer. But how long does the hibernation season last?

Length of Hibernation

The hibernation cycle can differ by species. For most animals in our area, this time can last anywhere between November and April, with most animals staying in hibernating for at least 3-4 months. Most hibernating animals will begin to emerge from their rest in March.
Reptiles such as snakes or turtles enter a state known as Brumation. This usually lasts 3 to 5 months. During this time, Brumating reptiles may burrow underground or hide in their den to wait out the winter.
Raccoons and some bat species enter what is known as torpor, which is essentially a lighter time of rest, where the animals are still fairly active, and not in full hibernation. This will still last around the same amount of time.

After Hibernating: The Mating Season

Hibernation deprives the animals of food and water. They usually come out of hibernation very hungry, and very energetically. This energy helps them find mates and procreate. In some cases, this pent up energy is released when males fight each other for dominance over potential mates. This drive to eat and reproduce can mean those wild animals could be looking for food at your house. After the mating is over, female animals will be looking for a place to den for their upcoming offspring. This can mean looking towards your home as a place to rest.

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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