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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.

How to Spot a Squirrel Infestation

As there are several species of squirrels, the tree squirrel is typically the most common nuisance for homeowners. They make a ton of noise in any area they inhibit, and are also likely to cause damage. Due to the expanding number of squirrels and the decreasing number of natural habitats, these critters are looking for shelter in attics. Be aware of the following signs, as they are indications that squirrels may be in your attic.

One of the first and most obvious signs that there may be squirrels in your home is the amount of noise they create. The scampering and rattling sounds are typically giveaway signs. As squirrels are most active during the daytime, that is when they are commonly heard. Finding their droppings is also a common sign. If you sense a foul or stale odor coming from your attic, it is a clear indication of a possible infestation. Finding chewed or frayed wiring is not only a concern for your home, but also a clue that you might have squirrels. As they are excellent chewers, you might also find chewed wood pieces.

To prevent your home from falling prey to these pestery animals, it is recommended to remove all bird seeds or any other source of diet, as they attract animals, and the squirrels will remember where they are acquiring their food from. They can also enter through your garage, walls, or even under stairs and decks. Be sure to keep these areas sealed to prevent the squirrel’s access inside your home. Wherever there are any holes larger than 1.5 inches, they are able to chew their way in.

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, squirrels just won’t leave.If your home is infested, leave it to the professionals. Your home has a lot to offer these pests. Warmth, shelter, and food. We specialize in removing 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 917-336-6039 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Tips for Preventing Spring Infestations

Spring has sprung, and it is now officially the most common time for pests to emerge. While looking for a place to build their nest or food for their young, these wild animals might come a little too close for comfort. Before it’s too late, make sure you’re taking the preventative measures to ensure a pest-free Spring.

  1. Keep extra brush and wood away from home structures. Pests such as termites, bees, and wasps are known to get into wood and form nests. Store these items away from your home and garage. 
  2. Keep food in airtight containers. Especially if you have pets in your home, it would be in your best interest to pick their food bowl off the ground and immediately rinsing it out after your pet has eaten. Keep pantry/cabinet foods such as chips and cereal in plastic containers with lids.
  3. Seal up all of the entry points around your home. Check the outside of your house for any cracks or holes. Consider adding a mesh barrier to ward off wildlife.  

Despite your best efforts to keep your home pest-free, infestations are still common. We specialize in removing 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 917-336-6039 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Keep Pigeons Out

Did you know that pigeons are the pestiest bird in the United States? They will get themselves situated, and then damage your property. Pigeons tend to prefer higher places that protect them from predators, while offering food and safety. They will scavenge outdoor restaurants for food, and look for nests near heating units to keep themselves warm.

 

Pigeon nests are mostly composed of twigs and are usually covered in droppings. These nests can be found in farm lands, parks, and city buildings. They tend to migrate toward city window ledges and windows. They tend to reuse the same spots and spaces to build nests, which makes it more difficult for them to leave.

 

They can get into your home through any kind of elevated space, such as an attic or covered/tarped rooftop. They can also gain entrance through broken windows, any opened gaps, or loose vents.

 

 Make sure to never feed the pigeons or leave out bird feeders, as they have an excellent memory when it comes to their sources of food. You can tuck netting under places where the pigeons nest, such as under an air conditioning vent or awning. This will keep them from staying there. Also, be sure to cover chimneys and seal off your attic.

We specialize in removing birds, bats, rats, and other pests in the New York New Jersey area. 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 Mice From Entering your Home

Watching a small mouse scurry across your floor is rarely a welcomed sight. Not only are mice annoying, but they also offer quite a few health threats. These critters multiply quickly, so make sure you’re resolving the issue before it gets too dangerous.

  1. Keep trash sealed. Make sure that your garbage bags are tightly closed and thoroughly cleaned.
  2. Seal food. Mice are coming into your home in search of food, so keep your food shut tight.
  3. Seal foundation. Mice can squirm their way in through cracks in foundation. If you have stacked stone or rubble foundations, mice can easily fit in between gaps.

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, mice just won’t leave.If your home is infested, leave it to the professionals. Your home has a lot to offer these pests. Warmth, shelter, and food. We specialize in removing 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 917-336-6039 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Eliminate Skunk Odor

Skunks are nuisances, and so are their horrendous stench. The first thing you’ll be wondering after getting sprayed is how to remove the awful smell. We have all heard the old remedy of bathing in tomato juice, but this has been scientifically proven to not neutralize the order, but instead your nose is full of the strong scent of the tomato juice.

A remedy found by Myth busters that was proved to work is s a quart of fresh three percent hydrogen peroxide, a ¼ cup of baking soda, and a teaspoon of liquid soap, such as Dawn Dish washing Liquid. The soap is able to break down the oily nature of the skunk liquid, and the peroxide and baking soda form the musk into an odorless acid. Soak clothes in a mixture of 10% Clorox Bleach, 90% water, and then wash in a heavy duty detergent.

You can eliminate the skunk smell in just minutes if you act quickly, but call us to remove the skunks! We specialize in removing bats, rats, and other pests in the New York New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 917-633-0146 and we will be happy to make anappointment at your convenience.

Rat Virus is Rapidly Spreading

Although you may think your pet rat is harmless, it could be carrying a scary new virus. Your pet could be making you very sick, without you even realizing it. Humans can be infected through exposure to infectious body fluids (blood, saliva, urine), exposure to aerosolized rat feces, or bites from infected rats.

Seoul Virus is a rat- borne virus, similar to the flu. With the same symptoms, (fever, headache, muscle pain) can affect not only rats, but humans as well. This is the first ever break out in the United States or Canada, which resulted in the virus spreading swiftly across 11 states. CDC investigators are still trying to figure out where the virus rooted from, and if any other people are being affected. The investigators tracked the outbreak to 31 different US locations, mostly homes with pet rats, or rat breeders.

To prevent this virus infection and any other diseases rats may carry, wash hands with hot soapy water after coming in contact with rodents. Be sure to clean rodents habitat’s often, ensuring that all dropping and urine are not present for extended periods of time. Everyone’s goal over the duration of the winter months is to stay warm…including wildlife. Bats are one of these animals that seek a warm place to stay. Don’t let your home be the hangout spot for neighborhood bats! Continue reading for our top tricks to keep bats out.

We specialize in removing bats, rats, and other pests in the New York New Jersey area. 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 Bats Out!

Everyone’s goal over the duration of the winter months is to stay warm…including wildlife. Bats are one of these animals that seek a warm place to stay. Don’t let your home be the hangout spot for neighborhood bats! Continue reading for our top tricks to keep bats out.

Know the signs– If you hear screeching, or scratching sounds coming from your walls or attic, this is a dead give away. Another sign that your home may be infested is bat droppings. This sign is particularly dangerous, as the droppings contain a toxic odor similar to ammonia.

Take preventative measures– Before the cold weather begins, call NYNJ Wildlife Removal to ensure that there is no way that these critters can enter your home. Us professionals know how to bat proof your home safely, so you can ensure that you and your family will have a bat free winter.

Bright lights– If you have located where a bat may be able to sneak into your home, keep them out by setting up lights that point in those directions. As bats are looking for a place to hibernate, they won’t even consider coming anywhere near light.

We specialize in removing bats, rats, and other pests in the New York New Jersey area. 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

Top Ways Pests Could be Entering your Home

It’s hard to tell when or how pests enter your home, but they’ll always manage their way inside. With the cold weather still here, these unwanted critters nuzzle their way in, looking for a warm place to stay. Frequently check these places to ensure your home is as pest-free as possible.

  1. Chimneys- Keep your chimney chap clean. If you don’t have one, consider investing in one. Birds, squirrels, and raccoons can easily sneak their way in.
  2. Windows- Make sure that your windows are kept closed, and that there are no holes in the screening.
  3. Siding- Check the foundation on the sides of your home. Seal up the gaps that create any openings.
  4. Roofs- Check roofs and rafters often, as small unwanted pests can squeeze their way in. Check for evidence in the form of droppings. Mice produce small black-grey droppings approximately the size of a large grain of rice.

We specialize in removing bats, rats, and other pests in the New York New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 917-633-1597 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

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