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Monthly Archives: May 2021

Keeping Squirrels Away From Your Bird Feeder

A bird feeder can be a lovely addition to the backyard. They can beautify your backyard and can attract beautiful songbirds. However, opportunistic rodents like squirrels like to use bird feeders as an easy source of food. While it can be impossible to stop squirrels from getting to your bird feeder entirely, there are ways to make it harder for them to get to. This article will explore ways to reduce access to bird feeders for squirrels and other rodents.

Stop Squirrels from Climbing the Pole

Because squirrels can climb almost any surface in your backyard, it can be hard to stop them from getting to bird feeders sitting on a pole. However, there are a few ways to prevent climbing. One way to deter them from climbing is to coat the pole. Covering the pole in a greasy substance, such as petroleum jelly can prevent them from climbing up. However, this is not sustainable, nor is it a long term solution. Additionally, you could purchase a squirrel baffle. A Squirrel baffle is a plastic cone or dome that sits on the pole under the bird feeder. The baffle can prevent squirrels from scurrying up the pole, as they cannot effectively climb past it. Be sure to attach it high enough where the squirrels can’t just jump over it.

Move Feeders Away From Trees

It’s no secret that squirrels are expert climbers. But they can also jump very far, and with great accuracy. This allows squirrels to jump from branches or rooftops to gain access to the bird feeder. Move the bird feeder away from trees and your home, and trim tree branches that hang towards it. This will help reduce access via jumping.

Use Safflower Seeds in Your Feeder

Squirrels aren’t too picky when they raid the bird feeder, but they generally leave safflower seeds alone. If the squirrels are not deterred by the other methods, switch to safflower seeds in your feeder. While many birds will happily eat these seeds, squirrels will not eat them. However, they will sift through seeds to avoid them. Only try this method if you are using safflower seeds alone in the feeder.

Pepper as a Deterrent

Pepper is unpleasant-smelling for some animals, including squirrels. Sprinkling pepper near the bird feeder can be a way to deter the squirrels from going near the feeder. Thankfully, pepper does not deter birds, so you do not have to worry about scaring them off.

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.

Inspecting Your Windows To Protect Your Home

Your windows allow natural light or a breeze to come into your home, but they can also protect it. Wild animals can use damaged windows or screens to gain access to your home. Window damage can also lead to higher energy costs and the growth of mold or mildew in your home.

Sealed Windows

Making sure your windows are properly sealed when closed is important to keep unwanted moisture and wild animals out of your home. Even small breaks or cracks in the base of the window can grow into major problems down the road. Caulk and weatherstripping around the windowpane or the sill can deteriorate over time. Be sure to inspect the windows of your house yearly to make sure that there is nothing that needs repairing.

Window Screens

As the weather gets warmer, it can be nice to open the windows and some fresh air flowing through the house. However, it is important to make sure that your window screens are properly installed, and undamaged. Pest animals can use damaged window screens to gain access to your home through open windows. This can be especially important in low-traffic areas of the home, such as the basement or attic, where the open window may be left unattended.

If You Spot Damage

If you notice that your window or screen is damaged, it is important to look for signs of pest invasion. Signs may include droppings, tufts of fur, nesting materials, and more. Some animals, such as rodents, will leave brown oil stains from their fur as they squeeze through. If you suspect that there is a wild animal living in your home, contact a humane wildlife removal company to deal with the animal. Do not try to catch it yourself.

We specialize in the humane removal of 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.

Chipmunk Burrows on Your Property

Chipmunks are the ground-dwelling cousin of the squirrel. Usually, they can be found scurrying around near trees and bushes, collecting nuts and seeds in their cheeks. Chipmunks can dig sprawling, complex burrows that can create major issues for homeowners. This article will explore how chipmunks build their burrows, and how to identify them.

Chipmunk Burrowing

Unlike other burrowing critters like moles, chipmunk burrow entrances can be quite small. The entrance holes may only be 2-3 inches wide, and usually do not have dirt piled up around the exits. This is because chipmunks will carry dirt in their cheeks and scatter it further away to camouflage their homes. They may create their exit holes near vegetation, rocks, under patios, and more to hide the holes further.

Home Base

Their sprawling cave system can stretch as far as a 30-foot area, and can vary in depth from the surface to about 3 feet deep. Chipmunks will create a number of rooms in their burrow, for a variety of purposes. They will usually have a room for nesting, several food storage chambers, and a deeper nesting room for the hibernation season. Many small tunnels will connect each of the rooms to each other. There will also be multiple escape tunnels that allow the chipmunks to flee if needed. Their burrow works as a home base, and they will rarely venture more than a third of a mile from it.

Chipmunk Burrow Damage

Chipmunk burrows can cause structural damage to your property, as well as damage to your garden. Chipmunks can burrow under and around paved walkways & driveways, sheds, decks, patios, and even the foundation of your home. This can create structural integrity issues that could cause severe damage down the line. Chipmunks can also ravage a garden for food, munching on seeds, flower bulbs, fruits, vegetables, and plants. They will also feed at unprotected bird feeders.

We specialize in the humane removal of chipmunks, moles, 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.

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