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Monthly Archives: September 2021

Wild Foxes and Protecting Your Pets

Foxes can be a pain to homeowners, but they aren’t usually a threat to humans unless they are rabid. However, foxes can pose a real threat to your pets. This article will provide tips for protecting your pets from getting attacked by foxes.

Proper Supervision When Outside

Pets should not be left outside unsupervised. Cats should not be allowed to freely roam outside. Additionally, pets should remain on a leash or tied to a post when they are outside. This allows you to prevent them from rushing at or charging a wild animal. Leashes also give you a way to pull them away from a wild animal if needed.

Up To Date Boosters

Your pets should be up to date on their boosters, to protect them in the event of wild animal exposure. Many wild animals can carry a host of diseases, so protecting your pet by boosting their immune system is a smart choice. Foxes, in particular, can carry rabies and a wide assortment of other diseases. Speak with your vet about your pets’ booster schedule.

Predator-Proof Fencing

The right fence for your yard can keep foxes out, and prevent your pet from digging under it. A 6 foot high, tight fence with a bottom extending at least 2 feet into the ground can help reduce animal intrusion.

If You See A Fox

When a fox is nearby, get your pet indoors, but do not turn your back to the fox. If your pet is small, consider picking it up, to prevent them from attacking each other. Hold the leash tight. If you cannot get your pet inside safely, act aggressively by shouting and waving your arms. You want to reinforce the idea that you are a threat to the fox, without provoking or cornering it. If foxes are a common threat in your area, consider keeping an air horn handy when sitting outside.

We specialize in the humane removal of foxes, bats, 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.
Please note that we do not handle the removal of dogs or cats.

Do Skunks Bite?

We all know that skunks can deliver a nasty-scented spray from their backside, but are skunks dangerous from the front? Skunks use their spray to mark territory and defend themselves from potential threats, but they can still cause some damage otherwise.

Skunk Defenses

Generally speaking, most people won’t get close enough to a skunk to elicit a bite. A skunk’s pungent spray is usually enough of a deterrent for most people to leave it alone. However, if a skunk is cornered, it may resort to going on the offensive. Skunks’ claws are well-situated for digging but can do plenty of damage to flesh. Skunks have sharp teeth and a set of larger fang-like teeth on the top and bottom sets. These allow them to rip through flesh while eating, or defending themselves.

Diseases That Skunks Carry

If you or your pet are bitten by a skunk, you should wash the wound with mild soap and warm water; then go to a hospital or vet, respectively. Skunks can carry a wide array of diseases, from rabes to canine hepatitis. While humans cannot get canine hepatitis, it can be incredibly dangerous to your pet if they are not inoculated. Additionally, they can carry canine distemper, leptospirosis, listeriosis, Q-fever, tularemia, and Trypanosoma.

Cleaning Skunk Spray

There are plenty of de-skunking cleaning products on the market, but you can make your own mixture for little to no cost, from common household products. Mix 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide with 1 teaspoon of strong dish soap and ¼ cup of baking soda. If you do not have hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar can be substituted. This mixture can clean up the spray from pets and humans alike, just be careful not to get any in their eyes. Hydrogen peroxide may lighten fur or hair, so don’t leave the mixture on for more than five minutes at a time. Do not store this mixture stored in a sealed bottle or container, as it might explode.
For clothes, add ½ cup of baking soda to your washing machine along with your normal detergent. Hot water is more effective if the clothes can handle it. Repeat washing as needed. Air dry, as a dryer can bake in the skunk smell. For furniture, vigorous cleaning with the proper products can be sufficient if it hasn’t had time to set in. for carpets and fabric furniture, a steam cleaner can be effective in removing the spray.

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

After A Big Storm: Protecting Your Home From Animal Intruders

The recent Hurricane Ida has caused a lot of damage in the tri-state area, as major flooding occurred. When a major storm washes over homes and floods streets, it can cause lasting damage. Such storms can also destroy the homes of critters, who may turn to damaged basements and sheds for newfound shelters. This article will cover how to prevent potential animal issues down the line after a massive storm.

Basement Damage

Many basements have taken on water damage from the floodwaters. Some even took on a few feet of runoff. Damage to the foundation or windows of basements can often be overlooked when trying to clear out all of the water-damaged items. But opportunistic animals can sneak into your home this way. Be sure to repair any areas where water was able to enter your home.

Yard Damage

Your yard may have taken extensive damage during the storm. High winds and floodwaters could have damaged your fence, your shed, your shrubbery, and more. Debris from nearby trees can provide potential hiding places for animals. Damaged sheds can be easier for animal invaders to breach. Inspect your yard and any structures there for damage and debris that could be used by critters.

Gutter Damage

Excessive flooding can weigh down gutters and cause further damage to the home. Make sure that you clear gutters of leaves and debris regularly, and consider installing a gutter screen. After a major storm, inspect your gutters for damage, including the eaves of the home, where the gutter connects. Ensuring that these areas are intact can prevent future water leaks in the roof, and can limit your risk of animal intrusion into your attic.

We specialize in the humane removal of raccoons, bats, 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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