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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.

Getting Your Backyard Fall-Ready

As we draw closer to September, it is important to consider how your backyard should be defended against critters. Wild animals such as raccoons, squirrels, skunks, and more could be looking for a new place to den for the winter. As summer activities dwindle and make way for autumn, it is important to make sure that your backyard doesn’t become a safe haven for wildlife.

Cleaning Up The Yard

A messy or unkempt yard gives wild animals a number of places to hide. Trim bushes and shrubs remove potential sheltering. Clear out debris piles, such as stick bundles or leave piles, which can make for an easy den. Stow unused lawn furniture and cushions for the cold seasons.

Maintenance and Repairs

Close off the space under your deck or patio, or inspect them for damage. Check your shed for damage, including cracks that smaller animals can take advantage of. This includes ensuring that the foundation around your shed is sturdy and undamaged. Fixing these issues can help prevent further damage caused by wild animals and/or weather.

Check for Signs of Animal Activity

When inspecting your property, look for signs that wild animals may be living on your property. This may include burrow holes, garden damage from animals, structural damage caused by animals, and more. If you see signs that wild animals may be living on your property, call a professional wildlife removal company. Hiring a humane wildlife removal company can help you ensure that your property can be cleared of unwanted animal intruders and that the proper cleanup and repairs are taken care of after exclusion.

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.

Identifying Signs of Rabies in Wild Animals

Animal raccoon closeup in the autumn in the daytimeRabies is a disease that affects mammals. Generally, it is spread through a bite from an infected animal. The rabies virus affects the central nervous system of an infected mammal. Prolonged illness from the disease can result in paralysis, brain damage, and death. The disease is commonly spread amongst wild animals such as raccoons, bats, skunks, and foxes. Wild animals with rabies may bite humans or domesticated pets and spread the disease to them. This article will look at how the disease affects a host, and what to do if you think you have been exposed to rabies.

Symptoms of Rabies

Rabies has an incubation period before signs and symptoms of the disease develop. This incubation period can vary based on the location of the bite, the affected species, and more. Early symptoms may include confusion, disorientation, abnormal behavior, and difficulty walking. Fevers, vomiting, and anorexia are also possible symptoms. As the disease develops further, the infected animal may experience extreme fatigue, aggression, difficulty breathing, or foam at the mouth. Days after, the animal will experience paralysis, cerebral dysfunction, cranial nerve dysfunction, ataxia, seizures, self-mutilation, and death.

Identifying Rabies in Animals

A rabid animal may or may not be showing signs of rabies at the time of the bite. Common identifying signs may include mouth foam, aggression, and lethargy. For nocturnal animals such as raccoons and bats, being active in the daytime can be a sign of rabies.

If Bitten By A Wild Animal

If you or a pet are bitten by a wild mammal, wash the wound with mild soap and warm water and seek medical attention as soon as possible. It is important to seek treatment in the event that the animal carried rabies or other infectious diseases. If your pet is bitten by a wild mammal, bring them to a vet as soon as possible. Make sure that your pet is up to date on all of its shots. Pets should not be left outside unattended.

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. Please note: we do not handle the removal of domestic animals such as dogs or cats, even if they appear to be rabid.

Rodents in Your Downspout

The downspouts from your gutter help channel water from your roof and away from your home. However, it can also be used by pest animals such as chipmunks, squirrels, and other small rodents. This article will discuss how these animals use your downspouts, and how to prevent this.

side of house with gutter and downspoutWhy Are Rodents In My Downspout?

There are a few reasons rodents might use your downspout. Firstly, they can use your downspout to quickly move up the side of your home without the risk of being spotted by predators. Next, your gutters can be chock full of plant material. Acorns, seeds, leaves, bark, and branches can fill your gutters. Rodent may use this plant material to create nests, or for a meal. Your downspout is an easy and safe tunnel that leads to food and shelter material. Rodents can use your chimney, vents, or gutters as a nesting spot. If rodents are living in or on your house, they may use the downspout to easily climb up to their nest

Preventing Rodents from Using your Gutters

Prevent rodents from using your gutters by making sure make sure that your gutters are sturdy and in good condition. Clean out your gutters regularly as needed. Prevent the buildup of debris in your gutters by installing gutter guards and/or a leaf strainer.

We specialize in the humane removal of chipmunks, squirrels, 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.

Inactive Chimneys Can Become Animal Dens

In the Summer, no one wants to turn off the A/C and use the fireplace. This means that your chimney is open for critters to potentially move in. It is common for animals such as birds, squirrels, raccoons, and more to set up shop in an unused and unprotected chimney. This article will discuss how to prevent animals from taking up residence in your chimney.

Keep the Damper Closed

The damper prevents energy loss during times when your chimney is inactive. But it can also let animals into your home. Keep the damper closed when the chimney is not in use.

Invest in a Chimney Cap

Chimney caps can help prevent pest animals from entering your chimney. They also reduce the risk of snow or rain entering your home through the chimney. However, these can sustain damage over time, so be sure to check it on occasion, and replace it as needed.

Clean and Inspect the Chimney

According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, chimneys and fireplaces should be inspected for damages a least once a year, and cleanings should be administered as needed. Regular cleanings and inspections can help you more quickly identify if there is an animal problem, as they cause the chimney to be accessed more often, even in the off-season.

Listen For Animal Sounds

If there are animals living in your chimney, you might hear them. If you hear chirps, squeaks, or scratching coming from the chimney, you may have a pest problem. If you suspect that you have an animal living in your chimney, contact a local wildlife removal service to humanely trap and remove the animal from your property.

We specialize in the humane removal of raccoons, snakes, skunks, 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.

“I Caught a Wild Animal in A Trap, Now What?”

We are writing this article because it is important to inform our community of this. Please note that you should not attempt to trap a wild animal yourself. Professional wildlife removal companies are trained to handle these animals safely and humanely. For both your safety and that of the animal(s), call a professional removal company first. However, if you did trap a wild animal, and are now looking for information, this article can help you understand what to do next.

“Animal Control” Isn’t Here for Wild Animals

Despite what many people think, Animal Control does not handle wild animals. Animal Control handles dogs and other domestic animals that are threatening the public. Wild animal removal is the responsibility of the homeowner. This responsibility can be handled either through a wildlife removal company or by handling it themselves.

You Can’t Release Animals Away From Your Home

There are federal laws, as well as state and local ordinances, that prevent people from catching and releasing wild animals. The primary reason behind this is that the general public cannot tell if the animal in question is diseased. Releasing diseased animals into the wild can spread that disease to other animal populations in other areas. You have 3 options as a homeowner at that point. The first two would be to release the animal on-site where you caught it, or euthanize it yourself and dispose of the body. The last would be to call a wildlife removal specialist, who can transfer the animal into one of their traps and remove it from your property.

Capturing a Wild Animal is Dangerous

You should by no means attempt to capture a wild animal yourself. When you try, you are risking the animal’s life as well as your own. Wild animals can be carrying a wide assortment of harmful parasites and diseases. Animals such as predators and poisonous snakes can pose a more serious threat to your life. If there is a wild animal living on your property, stay away from it and contact a local wildlife removal specialist to take care of it. Professional removal companies are trained to handle, remove, and relocate animals properly. They can provide professional cleaning services to remove harmful animal waste from the property and can help prevent future animal invasions. Lastly, they can repair damages caused by the animal.

New York/New Jersey Wildlife Removal, Inc. does not provide legal advice via articles. This article is intended for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for legal advice.
We specialize in the humane removal of raccoons, snakes, skunks, 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.

Myths About Bats

Bats make a lot of people uncomfortable. They are an often misunderstood species. Many people take what they see about bats in movies or on TV as truths. This article will discuss common misconceptions about bats, and what

Bats Can See

We have all heard the phrase “blind as a bat.” However, while they have weak eyesight, they can see pretty well at night. Overall, a bat’s eyes are tailored to seeing at night, and they can see enough to further enhance their spatial awareness. Bats rely more on echolocation than their vision, so the animal’s hearing is incredible. Actually, the phrase “blind as a bat” came from the way bats land after flying. Most bat species have little to no landing prowess, leading to clumsy grabbing motions and crash landings.

Bats and Diseases

Bats are commonly thought to carry rabies, but they are often rabies-free. There is rabies in about 1 in every thousand bats. However, the CDC reports that bats make up roughly 33% of all rabies cases in the US. This is likely due to large colony sizes and massive decreases in raccoon rabies cases.
When it comes to pathogens and diseases, bats are known to have very dangerous feces. Otherwise known as guano, creates dust-like particles in the affected area. These particles can carry a wide array of diseases, as well as being a powerful carcinogen itself.

No Vampires Here

Unlike in vampire movies, not all bats drink blood. Only 3 species of bats drink blood, and they live in Mexico, Central America, and South America. Additionally, these bats will generally feed on livestock rather than humans.

All Tangled Up

Another misconception used in movies and TV is that bats commonly get tangled in people’s hair. In fact, bats are masters of evasion and navigation. Because of this, it is very rare that one will get caught on your head unless it is sick and/or injured.

Sick Bats in the Winter

If a bat is flying around in cold-climate areas in winter, it is not looking for insect nests, as some people may believe. In reality, the bat probably has White-Nose syndrome. This is where a fungus grows on a bat’s nose while it is hibernating, and confuses it. It causes the bat to think that it is springtime. The infected bat will become more active and burn up its stored fat. Most bats that get the fungus will die, both from the cold and lack of food.

Bat Houses and Your Attic

If there are bats in your attic, putting up a bat house won’t help. Bat colonies will not usually move their home unless they absolutely need to. Do not try and remove bats on your own. Hire a professional, humane wildlife removal service to deal with your bat infestation.

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

Why You Should Hire a Professional to Remove a Rat Infestation

Pest control for rodents like mice and rats can be incredibly important to the health and safety of your family, as well as the structural integrity of your home. Unfortunately, many homeowners take it upon themselves to attempt to remove the colony themselves. This can not only be dangerous but there is also the risk of an incomplete job. This article will explore why you should hire a professional wildlife removal specialist to handle your rat infestation.

Whole House Inspections

Rats and mice can get to every corner of your house. A proper wildlife removal specialist will take the time to investigate and ensure that the rodent colony is fully identified and removed from the house and surrounding property.

Experienced & Humane Rat Removal

The removal of a rat colony is something that requires experience to do safely. Removal specialists know where to set traps to catch rats without creating issues for family pets or young children. Furthermore, it is unsafe to handle captured rats without the proper training and protective gear.
Humane methods may not seem necessary when it comes to rats, but there is an important reason for it. Rat poisons and other harmful traps can pose health risks to members of the household, including pets. Additionally, these methods may not outright kill the rat. Rats have been known to survive rat poison long enough to crawl up and die within the walls of a home. Then, you have a rat problem and a dead rat problem. Humane removal methods eliminate this issue.

Rat Exclusion and Repair

Wildlife removal specialists do more than just clear out rats. We also know how to prevent them from coming back. A professional pest removal service will include exclusion services that will help prevent other animals from moving in. This will also include repairing any interior or exterior damage that can be exploited by other pest animals.

Rodent-Proofing

In addition to repairing the damages, a professional humane wildlife removal specialist will help you reduce the risk of a recurring rat problem by identifying factors that could attract another colony. Our wildlife removal specialists can help you locate areas of your home and surrounding property that can be repaired, replaced, or cleaned up to make your home less attractive to rodents. By making these improvements, you can rest easy knowing that the risk of another pest problem is much lower than if you tried doing it alone.

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 718-962-0376 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

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