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Wildlife and your Patio

Decks and patio spaces are great for entertaining on a nice summer day; but a wild animal may be using yours as it’s house. Many animal species can use a deck as shelter, to various degrees. It is important to make sure that your deck is well guarded against wildlife.
One of the most common ways that a wild animal will gain access to your deck is by digging a hole. Raccoons, foxes, squirrels, or skunks can dig slight openings under the edge of the patio to slip inside.If you see a dug indentation in the ground near your patio, you may have an invading animal.
Many decks have fence-like structures under them, rather than solid walls. This allows for snakes or rodents to easily navigate in and out of the space below the deck at will. Decks like this should be built with a metal mesh fence on the inside to prevent pesky animals from setting up shop below.
We specialize in removing raccoons, mice, and other pests in the New York New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 718-227-7227 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Prevent Snakes from Moving In

When a snake moves into someone’s backyard, it is because there are a lot of benefits for the snake in the area. Is your backyard a haven for snakes?
Snakes like to hide in debris and wood piles. If the side of your house has a pile like this, you could be providing a home for a number of animals; snakes included. Investing in a rack for your wood stack that raises it at least 6 inches off the ground can help prevent wildlife from moving in. Clear debris from near your house whenever possible.
Ponds, fountains, puddles in the backyard can be a watering hole for any number of creatures. For something higher on the food chain, like a snake, this can also be a good hunting spot, as other critters may come for a drink. Snakes will especially like to utilize a pond or water feature if there is ample shade near it.
Your landscaping can be a welcome mat to snakes. Vegetation that is close together and taller are ideal for snakes. Tall vegetation provides more shade for snakes. Plants that are closer together provide cover and shelter for snakes.
Make sure your home, garage, and shed are sealed up. Not only can snakes get in, but so could rodents. If rodents take up shelter in your buildings, snakes are more likely to live nearby.
Snakes are most active from the Spring to the Fall, because they try to stay dormant in the winter
We specialize in removing snakes, rats, and other pests in the New York New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 718-227-7227 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Zombie Raccoons

Zombie Raccoons? It might sound crazy, but it is more possible than you may think. Raccoons, when infected with diseases can exhibit incredibly weird behaviors. There is one disease that causes raccoons to act like the living dead.  Raccoon distemper is an incurable disease that causes raccoons to walk on their hind legs, in the day time, and bearing their teeth. They are also known to fall backwards into a comatose state, when infected.
Distemper is a very contagious and viral disease. It can not be transmitted to humans, but cats and dogs, and some other mammals are susceptible. While there is no cure, there are vaccines to help protect your pets.
Early stages of the disease show up as mild to moderate respiratory problems, insomnia, runny noses, and watery eyes (which can lead to the development of conjunctivitis or pneumonia). The final stages of the disease can lead to the animal only being able to move in circles, to eventual paralysis and brain damage. The final stage of this disease is similar to that of rabies.
If you notice raccoons exhibiting these behaviors, call a professional wildlife removal service. If your dog or cat have these symptoms, take them to a vet as soon as possible.
We specialize in removing raccoons, rats, and other pests in the New York New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 718-227-7227 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Top Places Where Mice can Hide in Your Homes

Just when you might have thought the warmer weather has driven pests away, you notice traces of mice in your home. Once mice settle in, it’s hard to get rid of them. These rodents are also known to transmit diseases, which is more than enough reason to want them out as soon as possible. To prevent an infestation from growing, it’s necessary to locate their source and then contact professionals. These are the top places these rodents could be hiding in your home:
Kitchen cabinets
Inside drawers
In kitchen appliances
Under furniture
Secluded corners
Empty voids in walls or ceilings
Water heater/boiler closets
Cardboard storage boxes
If not handled properly and professionally, mice can be a huge disturbance, lead to an infestation. Leave it to the professionals! For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 917-633-0146 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Keep Critters Away From Your Garden

With the warm weather finally making its debut, gardening season is upon us. After spending weeks perfecting your garden, animals tearing it up is less than welcomed. Especially after spending the whole winter looking forward to tomatoes, cucumbers, and other crops, the last thing you need is pests disturbing your garden.

Skunks have a tendency to dig up gardens and eat fruit or foilage. You will probably be able to tell if a skunk visits your yard by the strong odor that they leave behind. Rabbits will also most likely feed on the foliage in your yard during the day, raccoons will leave it a mess at night. Other animals to  watch out for are deer, groundhogs, and even foxes.

In attempt to deter these critters away from your yard, try odor repellents. Taste repellents could be sprayed on plants, and will cause a bad taste on the plants. It’s important to note that these repellents will only upset their stomachs, and are not designed to actually hurt the animals.

Despite your best efforts, certain animals just won’t budge. Leave it to the professionals! For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 917-633-0146 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Do Bats Carry Rabies?

Bats could potentially carry rabies, just as most mammals do. 90% of human rabies cases in America are caused from contact with bats. Since only about 6% of the bat population is known to carry the disease, there is about one human death per year due to bat rabies.

Although these mammals have very small teeth, bat bites are known to feel like sharp needle jabs. According to the United States Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people typically are aware when getting bit. However, the bites themselves are small punctures, so it’s possible for these bites to go unnoticed. Most of these bat bites occur when people attempt to handle or them up. According to the CDC, it is impossible for someone to get rabies just from seeing a bat in an attic, in a cave, or at a distance. In addition to this, it’s also impossible to contract rabies from coming in contact with bat feces, blood, or urine, or from touching a bat on its fur, (although touching a bat untrained is advised against!)

The most common species of infectious bats are the Silver Haired Bats. These bats are dominantly found throughout the United States, except Florida. It is important to remember that a grounded bat who may appear to be sick may be carrying the disease, so leave the rescuing to the professionals.

Snakes: Venomous Vs Harmless

It can be difficult to distinguish a venomous snake from a harmless one. The primary misconception of snakes is that the majority of them are dangerous. Depending on where you’re located, this is typically not true.

A common myth about snakes is that just because they have a triangular shaped head, they’re automatically venomous. 99% of snakes have triangular heads. Another myth is that if a snake has a patterned scale, it’s venomous. A lot of snakes have patterns, and some venomous species don’t have a pattern. The most common snake, a Garter Snake, has a patterned scale and is harmless. In addition to these misconceptions, just because a snake rattles their tail is not an indication of danger. The sound of a snake rattling against dry leaves can seem very similar to the sound a Rattlesnake makes, which can cause some confusion.

Most venomous snakes are big and fat. Rattlesnakes have a distinct and unmistakable rattle at the end of their tale. They have gray, black, brown, olive, or yellow scales and banded, diamond, or spotted patterns are most common. Pupil size is also a common way to distinguish venomous and harmless snakes. Typically, dangerous snakes have a pupil that resembles a cat’s; an elliptical shape with peaked ends. Non-venomous snakes usually have rounded pupils.

We do not recommend getting too close to any snakes, as it can be difficult to distinguish them. Spotting any breed of snake is hardly ever a welcomed sight. Leave it to the professionals! For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 917-633-0146 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Prevent Squirrels From Taking Over Bird Feeders

Birds are typically one of the few welcomed animals in backyards. Tons of people love watching and listening to their chirps, but they are also quite beneficial to have around on your property. They usually feed on some insects that can be harmful to a garden, including aphids, spiders, and mosquitos. Attracting birds encourages them to feed on these pests, which cuts out the need for harsh chemical treatments.

Bird feeders are a nice way to bring these creatures to your yard, but it can be difficult to keep other disruptive animals away, like squirrels. Creating a bird-friendly yard as opposed to a squirrel- friendly yard can be challenging. One tip to keep squirrels away is to slip the bird feeder onto a long wire, and hang it between two nearby trees. Be sure to keep it away from any low branches, so squirrels won’t be able to jump into it. Another tip is to add some spice to your bird food. Birds have no capsaicin receptors- meaning they are unable to taste spices. But, squirrels can taste and don’t like it. A spice like hot pepper is commonly used for this method, and is also full of vitamins that can kill off parasites. 

Sometimes, despite all your best efforts, pesky squirrels just won’t go away. If your yard has become squirrel central, give us a call and we would be happy to help. Leave it to the professionals! For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 917-633-0146 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Are There Flying Squirrels in Your Home?

Best known for their ability to “fly,” flying squirrels hold about 50 different species that are most commonly found in North America. These animals usually reach approximately 12 inches in length and weigh between 4-6.5 ounces. Although the name “flying squirrels” might sound convincing, these squirrels don’t actually fly. They glide through the air using their arms and tail for stability.

Flying squirrels typically live in large trees. But, as large trees are constantly being torn down, these squirrels will look for houses to nest in. They usually go for attics, wall interiors, and ceiling spaces. Unlike regular squirrels, flying squirrels are not territorial and don’t mind sharing spaces with other squirrels. This could quickly result to an infestation.

Flying squirrels don’t force their way in by chewing like regular squirrels do. They wait until they find an opportunity, which includes missing screens, a chimney gap, loose sliding, or  a missing/loose pieces of soffit.

If not handled properly and professionally, flying squirrels can be a huge disturbance. Leave it to the professionals! For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 917-633-0146 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Different Types of Snakes

Snakes are cold-blooded creatures that hold about 2900 species of serpents. As these animals have been around for centuries, most people have a preconceived idea that all snakes are dangerous, while most snakes are actually non-venomous. Learn about three of the most dangerous kinds of snakes that could be in your area.

Elapid snakes are poisonous, with venom filled glands in the rear of their upper jaws. With long, slender bodies and smooth scales. One type of Elapid, the Coral snake, are usually found in North America. They have been spotted in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and occasionally in Oklahoma. According to the American National Institutes of Health, there are an average of 15–25 coral snake bites in the United States each year

Viperidae snakes, more commonly known as vipers, are also known for their fangs. Unlike the Elapiades, vipers are able to retract and extend their fangs. While unthreatened, these fangs remain folded back against the roof of their mouth. When their mouth opens, the fangs extend into a biting position. The most common vipers include Copperheads, Rattlesnakes, and Saw-scaled viper.

Colubridae snakes are usually non venomous, lack a functioning left lung, and their heads are covered by large scales. With these similarities aside, Colubridae snakes are very different. Some are ground-dwellers, while others are found near bodies of water. A popular member of this species is the garter snake, also known as the garden snake. These are one of the most common snakes found in North America. Opposed to most other snakes, garter snakes react to threat by releasing a musky odor.

Boidae snakes are non-venomous, but huge and powerful constrictors. Boidaes are most known for their ability to swallow a grown animal whole, and rely on their strength to suffocate prey. Although they don’t have fangs, they have rows of teeth on their upper and lower jaws. Some popular members of the Boidae family include Anacondas, and Boa constrictors. They are commonly found in Central and South America.   

Seeing any breed of snake is hardly ever a welcomed sight. Leave it to the professionals! For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 917-633-0146 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

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