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Monthly Archives: July 2021

Inactive Chimneys Can Become Animal Dens

In the Summer, no one wants to turn off the A/C and use the fireplace. This means that your chimney is open for critters to potentially move in. It is common for animals such as birds, squirrels, raccoons, and more to set up shop in an unused and unprotected chimney. This article will discuss how to prevent animals from taking up residence in your chimney.

Keep the Damper Closed

The damper prevents energy loss during times when your chimney is inactive. But it can also let animals into your home. Keep the damper closed when the chimney is not in use.

Invest in a Chimney Cap

Chimney caps can help prevent pest animals from entering your chimney. They also reduce the risk of snow or rain entering your home through the chimney. However, these can sustain damage over time, so be sure to check it on occasion, and replace it as needed.

Clean and Inspect the Chimney

According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, chimneys and fireplaces should be inspected for damages a least once a year, and cleanings should be administered as needed. Regular cleanings and inspections can help you more quickly identify if there is an animal problem, as they cause the chimney to be accessed more often, even in the off-season.

Listen For Animal Sounds

If there are animals living in your chimney, you might hear them. If you hear chirps, squeaks, or scratching coming from the chimney, you may have a pest problem. If you suspect that you have an animal living in your chimney, contact a local wildlife removal service to humanely trap and remove the animal from your property.

We specialize in the humane removal of raccoons, snakes, skunks, 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.

“I Caught a Wild Animal in A Trap, Now What?”

We are writing this article because it is important to inform our community of this. Please note that you should not attempt to trap a wild animal yourself. Professional wildlife removal companies are trained to handle these animals safely and humanely. For both your safety and that of the animal(s), call a professional removal company first. However, if you did trap a wild animal, and are now looking for information, this article can help you understand what to do next.

“Animal Control” Isn’t Here for Wild Animals

Despite what many people think, Animal Control does not handle wild animals. Animal Control handles dogs and other domestic animals that are threatening the public. Wild animal removal is the responsibility of the homeowner. This responsibility can be handled either through a wildlife removal company or by handling it themselves.

You Can’t Release Animals Away From Your Home

There are federal laws, as well as state and local ordinances, that prevent people from catching and releasing wild animals. The primary reason behind this is that the general public cannot tell if the animal in question is diseased. Releasing diseased animals into the wild can spread that disease to other animal populations in other areas. You have 3 options as a homeowner at that point. The first two would be to release the animal on-site where you caught it, or euthanize it yourself and dispose of the body. The last would be to call a wildlife removal specialist, who can transfer the animal into one of their traps and remove it from your property.

Capturing a Wild Animal is Dangerous

You should by no means attempt to capture a wild animal yourself. When you try, you are risking the animal’s life as well as your own. Wild animals can be carrying a wide assortment of harmful parasites and diseases. Animals such as predators and poisonous snakes can pose a more serious threat to your life. If there is a wild animal living on your property, stay away from it and contact a local wildlife removal specialist to take care of it. Professional removal companies are trained to handle, remove, and relocate animals properly. They can provide professional cleaning services to remove harmful animal waste from the property and can help prevent future animal invasions. Lastly, they can repair damages caused by the animal.

New York/New Jersey Wildlife Removal, Inc. does not provide legal advice via articles. This article is intended for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for legal advice.
We specialize in the humane removal of raccoons, snakes, skunks, 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.

Myths About Bats

Bats make a lot of people uncomfortable. They are an often misunderstood species. Many people take what they see about bats in movies or on TV as truths. This article will discuss common misconceptions about bats, and what

Bats Can See

We have all heard the phrase “blind as a bat.” However, while they have weak eyesight, they can see pretty well at night. Overall, a bat’s eyes are tailored to seeing at night, and they can see enough to further enhance their spatial awareness. Bats rely more on echolocation than their vision, so the animal’s hearing is incredible. Actually, the phrase “blind as a bat” came from the way bats land after flying. Most bat species have little to no landing prowess, leading to clumsy grabbing motions and crash landings.

Bats and Diseases

Bats are commonly thought to carry rabies, but they are often rabies-free. There is rabies in about 1 in every thousand bats. However, the CDC reports that bats make up roughly 33% of all rabies cases in the US. This is likely due to large colony sizes and massive decreases in raccoon rabies cases.
When it comes to pathogens and diseases, bats are known to have very dangerous feces. Otherwise known as guano, creates dust-like particles in the affected area. These particles can carry a wide array of diseases, as well as being a powerful carcinogen itself.

No Vampires Here

Unlike in vampire movies, not all bats drink blood. Only 3 species of bats drink blood, and they live in Mexico, Central America, and South America. Additionally, these bats will generally feed on livestock rather than humans.

All Tangled Up

Another misconception used in movies and TV is that bats commonly get tangled in people’s hair. In fact, bats are masters of evasion and navigation. Because of this, it is very rare that one will get caught on your head unless it is sick and/or injured.

Sick Bats in the Winter

If a bat is flying around in cold-climate areas in winter, it is not looking for insect nests, as some people may believe. In reality, the bat probably has White-Nose syndrome. This is where a fungus grows on a bat’s nose while it is hibernating, and confuses it. It causes the bat to think that it is springtime. The infected bat will become more active and burn up its stored fat. Most bats that get the fungus will die, both from the cold and lack of food.

Bat Houses and Your Attic

If there are bats in your attic, putting up a bat house won’t help. Bat colonies will not usually move their home unless they absolutely need to. Do not try and remove bats on your own. Hire a professional, humane wildlife removal service to deal with your bat infestation.

We specialize in the humane removal of bats, 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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