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Critter-Proofing Your Backyard

As we approach Spring, many people in the New York/New Jersey area will be looking forward to utilizing their backyards once again. When getting your backyard ready for the Spring, it is important to prepare it against wild animals that may want to move onto your property.

Secure Garbage Cans

Garbage cans are practically beacons to wandering wild animals looking for a meal. Locking down your garbage cans is a good way to limit animal activity on your property. Consider upgrading your cans to animal-proof models with locking lids. You can also secure your cans to your fence or the side of your house. This will prevent pest animals from knocking them over to access the scraps inside.

Eliminating Food Sources

Other than your garbage cans, pest cutters can find other sources of food on your property. Keep food bowls for pets inside when not under your supervision. Clean up the patio space after having a meal outside. Thoroughly clean barbeques after use. If you have a garden, take precautions to defend your crops from animals that might eat them.

Decluttering Your Backyard

Yard debris and other clutter can provide pest animals with shelter. Animals will identify places that provide cover or shelter. A neat and clear backyard is less appealing to critters.

Keeping Ornamental Plants Neat

Ornamental shrubs and bushes should be kept neat and trimmed on your property. Tall, overgrown grass and bushes give critters plenty of hiding places.

Limit Access to Shelters

Pest animals like to move into man-made structures to shelter themselves from the elements. Sheds, crawl spaces, and the space below your deck or patio can be prime real estate for critters. Secure these areas by inspecting for damage and repair any structural issues you find.

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

Why Do Seagulls Like Parking Lots?

For coastal areas of New York and New Jersey, it is common to see seagulls congregating in parking lots. Even if you are a few miles from shore, seagulls can often be found in large flocks walking or flying around in parking lots near malls, strip malls, and department stores. But why do seagulls like parking lots?

Parking Lots and Food Sources

Seagulls will eat almost everything, from waste scraps to human food, to bugs and insects. Parking lots offer a wide assortment of free “food” for these birds. And while many of them will end up eating paper, cigarette butts, and other waste products found in the parking lot; others will manage to score edible food. Well-manicured patches of grass near parking lots meant to beautify the space are often a good source of worms and insects for seagulls as well. Additionally, many gulls can find food in dumpsters from nearby restaurants and supermarkets found in or around parking lots.

Parking Lots and Defense

Like many other bird species, a flock of seagulls will not all eat at once. In most cases, many gulls will feast as a few will act as sentries, looking around for signs of danger. Parking lots offer wide-angle views for the gulls that are often unobstructed. This gives the birds plenty of time to react to danger, usually cars passing through their feeding grounds.

Parking Lots and Nesting

In addition to the food sources and the defensive capabilities of the parking lot, there are also many places for gulls to roost and nest. Tall light poles offer plenty of opportunities for high-up nests. Awnings, signs, and large letter signs offer additional places to build nests. Finally, most parking lots are accompanied by buildings with flat or shallow-sloped roofs. These make it easy for gulls to nest or roost above their feeding grounds.

If you have a flock of gulls terrorizing your parking lot and nesting throughout your property, you need professional removal and exclusion specialists to employ prevention tactics. NY/NJ Wildlife removal specialists can help remove nests and prevent gulls from building more in the future. Removing their ability to nest nearby can limit their activity in your parking lot.

We specialize in the humane removal of birds, rats, and other pests in the New York/New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 718-962-0376 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Keeping Turkeys Away From Your Yard

Wild turkeys have been a growing problem for homeowners in the New York/New Jersey area. They have become common in many suburban areas, like Staten Island. These large birds can travel in flocks and can be a major nuisance outside of your home. This article will explore how turkeys can be a problem for homeowners, and some ways to deter them.

Why Are Turkeys in Suburban Neighborhoods?

While the overall population of wild turkeys in the US is on the decline, many suburban communities across the country are seeing a rise in wild turkeys on their streets. This is most likely due to shrinking habitats.

Why Are Turkeys In My Yard?

Like most wild animals, turkeys are probably seeking out food. Turkeys can eat a wide variety of plant and animal matter. They are expert foragers and can eat anything from acorns and berries to grasshoppers and small lizards. Turkeys may forage your yard for garden plants, bugs in your lawn, or scraps from the trash. Berry bushes and oak trees may attract turkeys, as these provide food that turkeys know to eat.

Suburban Turkey Nests

Turkeys may take up roost on your property. Turkey nests can be built in trees or on the ground, depending on what is available. Given the opportunity, a turkey may nest on top of shorter homes, or inside sheds. Turkey nests look like large versions of traditional bird nests, utilizing sticks and branches in addition to smaller twigs. Because of their large size, turkeys can create serious damage to trees, bushes, and structures on your property as they nest there.

Are Turkeys Dangerous?

Turkeys can pose a threat to people and pets. Wild turkeys can be aggressive, especially those who have become accustomed to urban life. They may chase people away or even attack. Additionally, wild turkeys may be carriers of infectious diseases. Children and pets can be more susceptible to attacks by wild turkeys, as their smaller size may make them seem less threatening than an adult person.

Turkeys and the Breeding Season

Turkeys can be especially dangerous in the spring breeding season, where male turkeys will be testosterone-pumped and looking to establish dominance. Turkeys may fight each other, or attempt to fight humans to show off for potential mates. In recent years, people have even found turkeys crashing through glass windows or into cars to fight their reflections.

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

When Does Hibernation End?

Hibernation is a state of rest that many animals go through to survive the cold winter months. They hide away in their dens and outlast the days of meager food and harsh weather by entering a deep rest. They stock up on food and water in the fall and usually do not emerge until the weather becomes warmer. But how long does the hibernation season last?

Length of Hibernation

The hibernation cycle can differ by species. For most animals in our area, this time can last anywhere between November and April, with most animals staying in hibernating for at least 3-4 months. Most hibernating animals will begin to emerge from their rest in March.
Reptiles such as snakes or turtles enter a state known as Brumation. This usually lasts 3 to 5 months. During this time, Brumating reptiles may burrow underground or hide in their den to wait out the winter.
Raccoons and some bat species enter what is known as torpor, which is essentially a lighter time of rest, where the animals are still fairly active, and not in full hibernation. This will still last around the same amount of time.

After Hibernating: The Mating Season

Hibernation deprives the animals of food and water. They usually come out of hibernation very hungry, and very energetically. This energy helps them find mates and procreate. In some cases, this pent up energy is released when males fight each other for dominance over potential mates. This drive to eat and reproduce can mean those wild animals could be looking for food at your house. After the mating is over, female animals will be looking for a place to den for their upcoming offspring. This can mean looking towards your home as a place to rest.

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

Protecting Your Home Against Wildlife in the Spring

As Spring draws ever closer, it is important to consider how to prepare your home against wild animal invaders. As many mammals come out of hibernation, and birds return from their migration, animal-proofing your home can save you a lot of trouble down the road.

Inspect for Exterior Damage

Many animals breach the home via small cracks or holes in the house. These are most often found on the roof, along the eaves, or down near the foundation. If there is any exterior damage to your house, you may have more problems than just an animal invasion. Unchecked, exterior damage can cause drafts, leaks, and more. Identifying and repairing any exterior damage can help reduce the risk of further issues down the line.

Declutter the Attic and Basement

Pest animals love to hide out in attics or basements. This is especially true for cluttered and messy areas. Clutter provides plenty of hiding places, as well as materials for nesting. Clean up and declutter these areas to reduce the risk of a pest infestation.

Clean up the Backyard

Clear out debris and overgrown plants early, to help reduce overgrowth and clutter. Animals can make use of yard debris and overgrown plants to make shelters. Cleaning out the backyard early helps prevent animals from moving in, come Springtime.

Invest in Your Trash Cans

It may seem odd, but you should invest in stronger, sturdier, and locking trash cans. Strong trash cans can prevent pest animals like raccoons and skunks from using your garbage cans as a food source. This can help prevent them from coming to your property for a meal. Furthermore, it will reduce the amount of post-feeding cleanup you will have to do. Animals like to live close to food sources and may seek out shelter nearby. By investing in stronger garbage cans, you can prevent damage costs in the future.

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

Do I Need to Repair My Attic After an Animal Infestation?

After a wild animal is removed by a wildlife removal specialist, homeowners may wonder if repairs should be made. After all, how much damage could one critter do? Unfortunately, Animals can cause major damage to your home, including the insulation, electrical systems, and more. Additionally, repairs can prevent further infestations down the road. This article will explore key points of repair and restoration, and why they are essential.

Entry Holes

Animals can find small cracks or holes in your home and use them to gain entry. Often, they will work to make these holes bigger. Firstly, these holes can be used by other critters in the future to gain access to your attic once again. Next, these holes can be a source of a draft, which can mean that you spend more money on heating and air conditioning.

Grease Marks

Most mammals have natural oils that cover their fur. These oils can stain parts of your home as they rub against surfaces. The grease stains caused by these animals contain chemicals that may attract other critters, as they might smell the animal’s presence.

Chewing & Gnawing

Animals, and especially rodents, may chew and bite through walls, floors, insulation, wires, and more. This damage can affect the structural integrity of your house, create drafts, or even create fire hazards. It is important to repair any damage caused by animals as they munched their way across your attic.

Waste Removal

Animals living in your home will leave waste behind. Often, this waste can seep throughout the home. This can cause severe health issues for you and your loved ones. Propper clean-up of waste materials is essential to restoring your home and keeping your family healthy. This is why hiring a company that specializes in wildlife removal and repair is vital. Most carpenters are not trained to properly sanitize an area in a way that removes diseases and parasites left behind by unwanted critters.

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

Common Mistakes When Hiring a Wildlife Removal Company

When you have an animal living in your home, it is important to get it evicted. Unfortunately, not all wildlife removal companies are the same. You need to make sure that the company you hire to deal with your pest problem can get the job done right, and without issue. Below, this article will discuss the common mistakes in hiring a removal service, and how New York/New Jersey Wildlife Removal Inc. does it right.

Not Getting an Inspection First

When choosing a wildlife removal service, it is important that a specialist inspects your property for signs of animal invasion and damage. This is vital to ensuring that the animals are excluded properly and that any potential damage is noted. NY/NJ inspects your property to ensure that our team of professional removal specialists knows exactly how to get the job done right, the first time.

Hiring an Inhumane Removal Company

Inhumane removal companies kill or improperly dispose of trapped animals. Alternatively, they may use harmful traps or poisons to kill the animals before removal. This is heavily problematic. Not only is it inhumane, but it often does not solve your pest problem. Pest animals may survive poisons or traps, only to die within your walls. This can cause them to be missed by the trappers. Rather than dealing with inhumane trappers or rotting animals in your walls, it is best to hire a humane company from the start. NY/NJ Wildlife Removal Inc understands the environmental and moral importance of humane trapping and exclusion of pest animals. We work to ensure that all of the animals are properly removed from your home, and released into the wild where they belong.

Hiring a Company That Doesn’t Provide Cleanup/Repair Services

Animals can wreak havoc on your home and endanger the health and safety of your family. Pest animals and their waste can spread diseases to your family. Structural damage and fire hazards can occur when pests take up residence in your home. Furthermore, animals burrowing through your insulation can create drafts that can raise your energy costs significantly. It is vital that the removal specialists that you hire offer extensive repair and cleanup services. These services are essential to restoring your home and protecting the health of your loved ones. NY/NJ Wildlife Removal Inc offers our clients extensive cleaning and repair services.

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

Animals in the Home for the Holidays

While we prepare to have family members together for the holidays, it is important to be wary of uninvited guests, especially furry ones. Many homeowners discover a pest problem when cleaning the home for the holidays, or pulling the holiday decorations out of the attic. This article will discuss common places for homeowners to find pest animals in the home around the holidays.

Why Pest Animals Invade in the Winter

Many animals, such as squirrels and raccoons, want to hunker down for the winter. A warm home or weather-proof shed can be the perfect spot for them to stay out of the cold when the snow starts to fall. However, this can be dangerous for you and your family. Many wild animals carry a host of diseases and bacteria which can spread to your family while living in close proximity. Additionally, pest animals can create massive damage to your home, including property damage, structural damage, reducing insulation, or even creating fire hazards.

Chimney Nests

Chimney flues are often closed up for most of the year in the New York/New Jersey area. But, in the winter they can be a great way to cozy up on a cold night. Because of the inactivity for most of the year, chimneys can be a popular resting place for wild animals. Be sure to check the chimney for damage and debris before using it for the first time in the season. Keep the flue closed when the chimney is not in use, as animals can enter your home this way.

Attics and Crawlspaces

Animals often try to nest in areas with limited human activity and easy access. Crawlspaces and attics are often invaded by critters because of this. They are usually discovered here because of the noises they make. During the winter, these invaders may be spotted while families are pulling holiday decorations out of storage. Animals will usually gain access to these areas through external damage to the home.

Backyard Sheds

Storage sheds in your backyard can be a common nesting ground for pests such as raccoons, squirrels, and more for the winter. Sheds are often weather-proof. If not, they at least provide some shelter from the cold winds and snow. These pests can often go unnoticed until the Spring or Summer unless you need the snowblower.

Checking Your Home for Animal Intruders

Homeowners often discover wild animals in their homes because they hear them, or they find evidence of the animal living there. If you think your home may have a wild animal problem, contact a professional, humane wildlife removal specialist. NewYork/NewJersey
Wildlife Removal, Inc. specializes in the humane removal of wild animals, as well as the cleanup and repair needed to restore the damage they caused.

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

Garage Intruders

The garage is usually a place to store bikes, tools, and lawn care equipment. But for raccoons, squirrels, and more, a garage can be a spacious and weatherproof den. This article will explore the ways pest animals can enter your garage, and what precautions you can take to limit critters from hiding away inside.

Close the Garage Door

It is a common practice to leave the garage door open when outside your home. However, this can leave it available for raccoons and other animals to move right in. If possible, only open the garage when necessary, and close it right after. Reducing the time you leave the garage door open can limit the chance of a pest animal from entering your home. Additionally, limiting this exposure can reduce the risk of theft.

Keeping your Garage Clean

When the garage is free of clutter, there are fewer places for critters to hide. With less hiding places, pests are less likely to move in. Reducing clutter can also help you identify signs of pest invasion earlier.

Removing Food and Water

Some homeowners may store bulk food and water in their garage. A steady supply of food and water can make your garage a very habitable place for raccoons and other wild animals. Easy access to food means that they do not have to travel far for a meal, which makes your garage an attractive piece of real estate. Removing food stores from the garage, or limiting the amount of food stored there can reduce this risk. Additionally, putting bulk food items into animal-proof containers can reduce the risk of attracting animals from the smell of the food.

If you have a wild animal living in your garage, contact a humane wildlife removal specialist to get rid of the animal. We provide removal services in addition to restoration, cleanup, and repair of affected areas.
We specialize in the humane removal of raccoons, opossums, 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.

Wire Biting Mice

Mice can cause a lot of damage to homes, in a variety of ways. One of the most problematic sources of damage is the fact that mice like to chew on wires. Left unchecked, these critters can create major fire hazards. This article will explore why mice chew through wires, and what steps can be taken to prevent major fire damage.

Why Do Mice Chew on Wires?

There are usually a lot of wires hidden in crawl spaces, attics, and walls. These are all places where mice like to hide. As the mice maneuver through your home, they bite through whatever they need to to get around. This can include wires, insulation, wood, glass, rubber brick, and more. These rodents, however, may use wires to grind down their teeth. Mice and rats need to gnaw on hard objects to whittle down their teeth to a more manageable size. Because they can wrap their paws around smaller wires, it can be an easy way to grind them down. Damaged wiring can cause power losses and short circuits. Exposed and frayed electrical wires can create sparks and can even cause fires.

Protecting Your Wires

Mice and rats can easily chomp through wires, but there are ways to prevent or mitigate this. Rodent resistant wire coverings can be placed over existing wires or their replacements. You should have your wiring inspected by an electrician for any signs of damage. They may also be able to help you with encasing wires to prevent rodent damage. If you see any signs of rodents in your home, call a professional, humane wildlife removal service to remove them. New York/New Jersey Wildlife offers humane removal services, as well as cleaning and repair after the animals are removed.

We specialize in the humane removal of 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 718-962-0376 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

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