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Monthly Archives: April 2021

Mice are Getting Smaller

It may sound strange, but the average size of mice has been shrinking. A new study from Scientific Reports shows that the average mass of the North American deer mouse has been steadily declining over the last 70 years. This body size reduction is theorized to be linked to global temperature increases, including temperature rises in “urban heat islands.” This article will explore what this means overall.

Global Climate and Body Size of Mice

As global climate increases, the body size of the deer mice has been shown to shrink, according to this study. Overall, a fairly well-documented understanding that populations and species of warm-blooded animals are larger in colder environments, and smaller in warmer climates. This is referred to as Bergmann’s Rule. It is possible that as global climate change occurs, the deer mouse has gotten smaller.

Urban Heat Islands and Mice

An Urban Heat Island is the concept that urban areas are warmer than most of the surrounding areas. This is due to a number of factors. A few examples include heat reflecting off of the asphalt and buildings, the localization of a large number of people, an increased concentration of vehicles, as well as the concentration of smog from those vehicles. All of this together creates a temperature hotspot compared to the rest of the region. As urbanization reduces habitats while providing a concentration of food, many mice populations are active in urban areas. With warmer temperatures in urban areas overall, it would make sense for urban rodents to be smaller than those found elsewhere.

Habitat Fragmentation and Mouse Size

Habitat fragmentation is the division of ecosystems, into smaller, less secure ones. Generally, this refers to habitat breakdowns from human development. Urbanization, highway development, and agriculture are common causes of habitat fragmentation. As sections of an ecosystem are divided, it becomes harder for the habitat to sustain larger animals and larger populations of them. Food scarcity and shrinking borders may leave animals struggling with limited resources. This can also lead to a more diminutive population of a species.

What Smaller Mice Mean to Your Home

So what does this all mean? As mice are shrinking in size, this means that they may be more equipped to hide out in your home or commercial property. Mice can generally squeeze through tight cracks and holes, but a smaller mouse could breach an even tighter space. A smaller mouse population could, in theory, access your home more easily.

We specialize in the humane removal of mice, rats, 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.

How Much Damage Can A Squirrel Do To My Roof?

Squirrels are small little critters, how much damage can they really do to a roof? After all, if fully grown adults can stand on a roof to do repairs, how bad could one small rodent be? Unfortunately, squirrels have one thing a roofer doesn’t. Rodent teeth.

Squirrel Teeth and Roof Damage

Like other rodents, the teeth of squirrels constantly grow. Because of this, squirrels constantly gnaw their way through all sorts of material to trim them down. This can include wood, stone, brick, roof shingles, and even metal. Because of this, it is common for squirrels to gnaw their way into a home from the roof or attic. If they see a crack or other opening in the roof of your home, they may gnaw until the hole is big enough to fit through.

Expert Climbers

Squirrels can climb up almost any vertical surface in a suburban environment, from metal poles to vinyl siding. Squirrels can even jump from high trees to reach the roof of your home. While you may not be able to stop every squirrel from climbing up the side of your home, there are ways to limit their reach. Consider trimming tree branches that may aid a squirrel in reaching your roof.

Squirrel Infiltration

Squirrels have lost a lot of their natural habitat through human development. Because of this, squirrels may seek out alternative shelters, such as your home. Squirrels can squeeze through small cracks to gain entry but may gnaw the hole to make it easier to come in and out of.

We specialize in the humane removal of mice, 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.

Baby Raccoon Wreckage

Raccoons give birth to a new litter in the spring, with most births occurring in late March to early April. Raccoon mothers will usually birth to 2-5 children per litter. Baby raccoons may seem adorable, but they can be just as dangerous as their full-grown mother.

Using Caution Around Baby Raccoons

First, it is important to keep your distance from any wild animal. However, on the subject of baby raccoons, it can be easy to become hurt. Like most mammals, a mother raccoon will be very protective of her young. If you see a baby raccoon, the mother is probably nearby. The young raccoon may also view your presence as a threat, and may attack. Despite looking adorable, a baby raccoon will have claws developed for climbing, and sharp teeth. Because of this, they can be quite ferocious when they feel threatened. Baby raccoons can carry just as many diseases as their parents, including rabies.

If the Mother is Not Around

If you do not see a mother raccoon nearby, it probably won’t be far off. Leave the young raccoons alone. The mother is most likely foraging or looking for a den. If it is not nearby, it will be, soon. If the mother returns and you are near the babies, it may consider you a threat, and attack.

Deterring Raccoons from Your Property

Young Raccoon Procyon Lotor Marinus Forages For FoodRaccoons like easy meals and secure shelters. They will eat almost any food or scraps, so it is important to secure your trash cans. Animal-proof, locking trash cans can be a good way to prevent raccoons from dumping your trash everywhere. If you do not want to purchase more expensive cans, consider tying them down or using bungee cords to secure the lids.

Sheds and decks can make excellent raccoon dens. Be sure to check their integrity regularly, and lock the shed. The crawlspace under a deck is a common spot for dens, so securing this area with wire mesh or boards can help.

Lastly, trim tree branches that hang over or near the roof of your home. Raccoons and other animals can use branches to access your roof or chimney as another potential place to den.

Safe Removal of Raccoons and their Young

If there is a raccoon living on your property, call a humane wildlife removal specialist. The specialist will be able to remove the raccoon family and repair any damages that they caused. This will also help ensure that all of the raccoon’s young are humanely removed.

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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