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Animals Returning for the Spring

Spring is right around the corner. With warmer weather and longer days ahead, hibernating animals are awakening; and birds are flying back home. As the breeding season begins, how can you protect your home animal invasion?

Hibernation Season is Over

Animals like squirrels and groundhogs are coming out of their winter slumber. These animals are going to be active, and looking for food. Budding garden plants are often one of the first targets for groundhogs. This burst of active animals waking from their hibernation can become a hassle for your yard.

Breeding Season

Most animals in our region breed in the spring, and will look for shelter that can accommodate the new litter. Often, the best form of this shelter is man-made structures. Attics, crawlspaces, and sheds are often ideal locations for animals to find shelter.

Returning Birds

Birds are returning from their southern migration. As they do, new nests may be built, and in new locations. Chimneys, gutters, sheds, attics and trees in your yard may be a new nesting spot for returning birds.

Yard Cleanup

Spring yard work helps cut down on potential hideouts for wild animals. Trimming bushes, removing debris, and maintaining your garden are important for reducing the chance that animals will move in. Clean out gutters of debris that can weigh them down. Heavy gutters can create cracks in the eaves where animals can access the inside of your home. Chimneys and vents are also potential hideouts for critters.

Spring Repairs

Winter weather can cause damage to your home, which can create openings for animal invaders. Damage to the roof, gutters, siding, and more are opportunities for animals to break into your home. If you notice damage to the exterior of your home, hire a professional and licensed service to repair damages.

We specialize in the humane removal of groundhogs, raccoons, and other pests in the New York New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 718-227-7227 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Do Mice Really Like Cheese?

mouse with cheese in trapMice have been associated with cheese for a very long time. This is because mice just love cheese, right? It is hard to imagine an episode of Tom and Jerry without a piece of cheese in a mousetrap. But, a mouse’s attraction towards cheese is actually a myth. While mice will eat cheese if there aren’t other options, they actually prefer fruits and nuts more. So where do we get this idea from?

Medieval Mice

The myth of mice loving cheese stems from the middle ages. While other foods were stored properly, cheese was often left out to age. This gave mice plenty of opportunities to score a meal. Thus, people assumed that mice were going after the cheese specifically. In reality, it was just the easiest option. Mice will actually choose grains, nuts, or fruits before cheese. Ultimately, mice just like free food.

Proper Food Storage

Any food in your home, from cheese to grains, should be properly stored. While the people of the middle ages didn’t have refrigerators to store their foods, they still had ways to keep mice (partially) out of their food. Consider investing in sturdy, sealable containers for common pantry items, such as cereal. Reusable plastic or glass containers that properly seal will keep your pantry items fresher for longer; while helping prevent pest animals from scoring a meal.

We specialize in the humane removal of mice, 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.

Why Do We Celebrate Groundhog Day?

People love watching to see if their local groundhog sees its shadow on February 2nd, but why do we have this odd tradition? While groundhogs can be a pain to gardeners, they are celebrated across the US for their apparent ability to foresee the coming of Spring weather. So why do Americans celebrate Groundhog Day?

Punxsutawney

In a small region of Pennsylvania, American settlers learned how to survive the new frontier from the Delaware Indians. The Native Americans had a tradition which celebrated the woodchuck, which they believed to have a strong connection with “mother earth.” According to their traditions, humanity originated as animals underground, who emerged from the Earth. Because of this, the natives recognized groundhogs to be closely connected with humanity’s ancestors. This legend became popular amongst white settlers, who continued the tradition. Groundhog day was established in the town of Punxsutawney in 1887. Since then, a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil would be the center of a town-wide festival.

Predictions

According to tradition, if Phil sees his shadow, he is startled back to his hole for another six weeks of winter. If he does not see his shadow, it means that spring has arrived. While this is just tradition, people around the country await the predictions of Punxsutawney Phil and other local zoo-dwelling groundhogs.

Groundhogs in Your Yard

Groundhogs in your yard can be a big problem, shadow or not. Groundhogs can wreak havoc on gardens and flowers. They like to burrow below sheds and disturb foundations. Holes left by groundhogs can be dangerous tripping hazards. If you have a groundhog living on your property, you should hire a humane wildlife removal company to remove it. This is especially important during the springtime, as female woodchucks may be caring for young within its burrow.

We specialize in the humane removal of groundhogs, raccoons, and other pests in the New York New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 718-227-7227 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Mice Moving In for the Winter

Mice can be a real issue year-round, but especially in the winter time. As temperatures drop, mice look for any way they can access the warmth of your home. Mice can exploit the tiniest of cracks and openings. The average mouse can squeeze through holes about the size of a dime, but will often gnaw the entrance until it is much wider. Mice can gnaw their way through wood, siding, and even brick.

Access Throughout the House

Once a mouse has gotten into your home, they will usually be able to access the rest of it. Mice can squeeze through small wall gaps near pipes or vent systems in the walls to go from the attic to the basement. Mice will usually move from one central location to other places in the home through the walls. They dig their way through insulation, which can create gaps that cause drafts. Mice will usually figure out away to access the kitchen or pantry, so that a steady supply of food is within reach.

Mouse Exclusion

Do not attempt to deal with a mouse problem yourself. You should hire a humane pest removal company to remove the mice. Excluding mice from a home is the best way to ensure that your pest problem does not return. Many fatal methods of removing pest animals like mice do not clear out the problem fully. Exclusionary methods focus on getting rid of all of the mice, and their droppings; and then closing up any entrances they have made. Our team will recommend the safest and most efficient way to get rid of mice in your home. Proper repair of any openings in the house is key to maintaining a pest-free home.

We specialize in the humane removal of mice, 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.

Varying Weather and Hibernation

Recently, New York and New Jersey have been experiencing fluctuating weather conditions through this very strange winter. The weather changes have shown extreme colds one day and warm weather the next. In New York City particularly, snowy winter days have been replaced with wet and rainy ones. What does all this mean for hibernating animals like squirrels, groundhogs, and chipmunks?

Intermittent Warmth and Hibernation

Generally, hibernation is not a reaction to cold weather, but a way to deal with a lack of food. Most animals that hibernate will not wake when the weather gets a bit warmer. Rather, their internal clocks await the coming of Spring. A number of studies have shown that days of warmer weather do not affect yearly hibernation schedules of most mammals.

Warmer Winters

Warmer weather across the whole winter could change hibernation patterns. Many commonly hibernating animals do not hibernate in regions where food is not scarce in the winter. Southern chipmunks do not hibernate in the winter, for example. If the overall winter climate becomes warm enough to sustain naturally occurring food sources, animals such as squirrels, groundhogs, and chipmunks may not need to hibernate. These animals will have to adapt to a changing climate, and will have to figure out how to change their diet accordingly.

We specialize in the humane removal of groundhogs, squirrels, and other pests in the New York New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 718-227-7227 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

5 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Pest Problems in 2020

Pest animals like rats, squirrels, and raccoons can wreak havoc on your home; but there are a few ways to reduce your risk of animal invasion. This article will explore a few different ways you can improve your defenses against pest problems.

Cleaning Gutters

Gutters fill up with leaves and other debris year-round. This can put pressure on the eaves of the house as gutters get heavier and heavier. Cracks and breaks in the eaves from heavy gutters are the perfect entrance to your attic for critters. By cleaning your gutters regularly, you can reduce the risk of damage to your home; while preventing pests from gaining access to the inside.

Grow Mint in Your Garden

Mint is a natural pest repellent. Mice and many other pests that like to munch on your garden veggies hate the scent of mint. It is a great herb to grow to keep other plants from getting chomped on.

Shed Maintenance

Sheds and other backyard storage can be great real estate for a number of pest animals. Some may want to live inside, while others may burrow under the foundation. Regularly checking your shed for damage can be important to preventing pest problems in the future.

Upgrade Your Garbage Cans

Garbage cans are a source of food for all manner of pests, but mainly opossums and raccoons. Sturdy, hard plastic bins that are rated to be raccoon-proof are a good investment in keeping pest animals away from your home. If they can’t eat your trash, they are less likely to look for shelter near you. Strapping your cans to your fence can also keep pests from knocking them over. Animals like skunks or opossums will generally knock over cans in order to open them up. Homeowners in more heavily wooded areas should have bear-proof garbage cans, if bears are in your area.

Clean Debris Piles

Debris piles from yard work can make excellent dens for unwanted animals. Cleaning these away regularly can help prevent pests like snakes from moving in. Piles that are against the house or shed can provide a good structure for a basic den, and can provide burrowing animals shelter while they dig their way under the foundations.

We specialize in the humane removal of bats, raccoons, and other pests in the New York New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 718-227-7227 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Where do Bats Hide in the Winter?

As the cold weather is in full swing, most of the birds have fled for the south, and many animals have hunkered down to hibernate. But what do the bats do? Many of the different types of bats in the New York New Jersey area, unlike birds, will actually stay and hibernate.

Hibernation Hotspots

The flying mammals will hide out in whatever shelter they call home for a large portion of the winter. Whether in a cave, shed, or attic; bat colonies stay put in their warm shelter. With the main source of food for most bats, insects, gone during the cold season; they have less of a need to go out and face the elements. But what could this mean for you and your family?

Bats in the House

Bats can utilize spaces like your attic as a roost. While usually only smaller colonies will move into a home, it only takes a few bats to cause problems. Bats can tear up insulation, and damage items stored in attic spaces. They also leave piles of disease-ridden guano. Bat guano is dust-like and can be lifted into the air as particulates. These particulates can infiltrate the rest of the house including your air/heating unit. Bat guano exposure can lead to a host of diseases and respiratory problems for you, your family, and your pets. Bats also could be carrying rabies.

Bat Signals

How do you know if there are bats above you? Bats are nocturnal, and can make a lot of noise, especially near the times of dusk and dawn. Bats screech, which can be an annoyance when they are in your home.

We specialize in the humane removal of bats, raccoons, and other pests in the New York New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 718-227-7227 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Can Mice Chew Through Brick?

Mice are known to chew their way through wires boxes, trash bags and more. But mice can make more than just the “Tom and Jerry” style mouse-hole in the wooden molding of your home. Mice have powerful teeth that allow them to chew, chomp, and gnaw their way through everything from a piece of cheese, to solid brick. Rodents can be very tricky adversaries to a home, because they are resilient and can bite their way through most common household surfaces, given enough time.

Gnawing Through Brick

It may be hard to imagine tiny teeth overcoming such a strong material such as brick, but mice can be very diligent when they work their way into a structure. The front teeth of mice and rats are constantly growing. They need to gnaw on surfaces like hard nuts, wood, and even brick; to prevent their teeth from overgrowing.

Squeezing Through

Mice can fit through a hole as small as a dime, by squeezing through. A mouse doesn’t have to break down a whole brick wall just to get in. It will rather focus on one small area; usually with some sort of breakage already. Once a hole big enough to enter through is made, its open season for the rest of the colony to set up camp in your home. Other mice may even chew on the existing hole to make it wider. The best way to spot mouse holes is by brown or black stains on the bricks. When mice slide through, the oils in their fur will stain the bricks. These stains can be a good indicator of mouse or rat break-ins.

If you believe that a wild animal may be in your home, contact a local wildlife removal company. Do not try to remove the animal yourself.
We specialize in the humane removal of squirrels, rats, 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.

Odd Raccoon Facts

raccoon by dumpsterRaccoons are quite the strange little creature. The little bandits are known for their ability to knock over trash cans and eat just about anything. But they have a lot of unique quirks that many people don’t know about. Here are a few strange facts about raccoons.

Where Does the Name “Raccoon” Come From?

The word “raccoon” comes from Native Americans of the Powhatan tribe’s word for the critter. The Powhatan word aroughcun, which means “animal that scratches with its hands.”

They Love Corn

Raccoons are often an issue for corn farmers, and scarecrows probably won’t help. Even gardeners who plant a bit of corn in their yard may have issues with raccoons going after the crops. From barbeque day corn on the cob to your vegetable garden, no kernel is safe from raccoons.

Raccoons Wash Food

Raccoons are pretty famous for eating whatever is in your trash bin, as well as anything else they can get their tiny paws on. But, raccoons tend to “wash” their food when a water source is present. They also tend to wash their hands. For a species that has no problem eating roadkill, at least they have some manners. They will even hide and store food underwater.

Strong Swimmers

With their affinity for working with water, it makes sense that raccoons would be skillful swimmers, too. Raccoons can be found swimming in lakes, rivers, and even pools. They like to hunt fish and are known to snatch koi from backyard ponds.

Capable Climbers

Raccoons have an innate ability to climb. While they aren’t as adept as squirrels, they can certainly climb well enough to wreak havoc for many homeowners. They will climb trees, fences, dumpsters, and more to get their next meal. Raccoons often access attic spaces by jumping from tree branches to the roof.

 

If you believe that a wild animal may be in your home, contact a local wildlife removal company. Do not try to remove the animal yourself.
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 718-227-7227 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Winter is Coming

Winter is almost upon us. As families begin to put up holiday decorations early and prepare for Thanksgiving, raccoons, squirrels, and other wild animals might be looking to move in to attics and crawl spaces to escape the cold. Animals can cause costly damages and potential fire hazards within your home.

Animals in the Home

Mice, squirrels, bats, raccoons, and more can be common intruders for home attics. Each pest animal brings with it specific issues that can be dangerous to you and your family. Wild animals can create health hazards, structural damage, fire hazards, and drafts. All of which can be dangerous and/or costly issues for you and your family; right before the holiday season.

Entry Points to Your Home

Common entry points for pest animals include damaged areas in the roof and eaves of the home. Animals can often make small holes or damaged areas bigger in order to gain entry. Rodents are known to fit through holes as small as a dime, but they will generally gnaw to make it bigger. Vents are also high value targets for some animals, who can hide in the warm tunnels of your vent system. Chimneys can be a good, fairly insulated place for some animals to nest. It is important to check your chimney if it has been a while since you have used it.

If you believe that a wild animal may be in your home, contact a local wildlife removal company. Do not try to remove the animal yourself.
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 718-227-7227 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

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