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How Opossums Help the Environment

One of the biggest reasons that people choose a humane wildlife removal service is that we care about the environment. Take the opossum for example. To many, America’s only marsupial is just a trash-digger. But we understand the value of this creature. While no one wants one rooting around in their garbage, opossums can be a benefit to the environment as a whole. This article will explore what this strange critter does for us, and why it should be removed from homes; rather than exterminated.

Do Opossums go through Garbage?

Opossums will almost never actually go into or knock over your trash cans. They can forage for plenty of food without needing your trash. However, if other animals, like a raccoon or skunk knock over your garbage cans, they may go through what has spilled out. If anything, they clean up after more messy animals.

Opossums and Ticks

Opossums are often thought to be disease-ridden, but this is actually far from true. In fact, they hunt and eat many problem animals like ticks. They are very adept at catching these bugs and will even clean them off of themselves and other animals. Ticks carry and spread lyme disease, but opossums cannot contract it.

Opossums and Gardens

Opossums are not usually a threat to a garden. While they are omnivores, they tend to only eat rotting plant life. They will generally leave healthy plants alone. They will, however, munch on mice, slugs, beetles, snakes, crickets, and other animals that can pose a threat to your garden.

Exclusion and Relocation

While opossums can be a help to the environment, the damage they can do to your home and property can still be detrimental. Exclusion and relocation can protect your home from damage, while allowing for opossums to continue living and cleaning up problem pests elsewhere. Humane removal and exclusion is the best way to deal with these and other pest wildlife. Hire a professional, humane, wildlife removal company.

We specialize in the humane removal of opossums, 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.

Animals and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) 

Animals and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

 

The corona Viruses are a large family of viruses that can cause cold-like illnesses in people while others cause illness in animals such as bats, canine and feline animals. This could happen with raccoons and squirrels, which hasn’t been confirmed yet, but why take the chance. Some of these viruses that infect animals have become able to infect humans and be spread to people but this is rare. We learn more every day about the new strain of Corona virus and how it can transfer from animals to humans on the CDC Website here.

At NewYork/NewJersey Wildlife Removal, Inc. we recommend you remove any wildlife from your home immediately for many health reasons, including the remote possibility of Coronavirus. We just don’t know enough at this point to take unnecessary risks. You can rest assured that New York/New Jersey Wildlife Removal, Inc. takes a planned approach and all possible precautions for your safety, and for safe removal of wildlife from your home. Our homeowners and their safety is our priority. We use Sporicidin disinfectant solution used by hospitals to kill a broad spectrum  of pathogenic vegetative organisms including Coronavirus (SARs virus), MRSA, and VRE Avian Influenza A Virus (H9N2 and H1N1). We can remove wildlife from outside of your home without ever entering. In these uncertain times don’t leave animals lurking in and around your home that can possibly make you sick. Call us right away. 1-888-928-2668

Preparing for Spring Squirrels

After a long winter those pesky squirrels are ready to come out from hiding and go back to their scavenging. All through the Fall months they spent time gathering and storing away food to come back to in the spring and now they have to go find it. They usually hide their food in tree trunks, buried in gardens or forests, or sometimes even under your backyard structures or in the attic of your home. And you need to be aware of the signs that you may be a victim.

Signs of Squirrels on your Property

Some signs that your property may have a spring squirrel issue are small shallow holes where food may be buried, biting or gnawing on your wooden structures, small footprints in the soil or melting snow, or the sound of scurrying in your attic. Squirrels can also cause all sorts of damage to your property and the bills can pile up fast.

Damage caused by Squirrels

The first thing a squirrel will do once it gets into your home or garage is search for bedding materials. They start with shredding wood framing, and gathering soft materials such as insulation. Also since they are heavy chewers they will also chew on any loose wires and PVC pipe they come across which can lead to costly electrical or plumbing damage. They also can cause inconvenient outdoor damage. Your garden, fences, and sheds can also get chewed up and damaged by these rodents and you will have to replace them, which can be costly and stressful.

Preventing Squirrels

The easiest way for a squirrel to enter your home is through a hole. If they see a hole or an opening they will chew through until they can get through. The best method of prevention is to search your attic for any openings that show from both sides, and closing them off by patching them. Also be sure to keep all doors and windows closed at all times. Also try to seal off all insulation and wood framing in the attic so if the squirrels do make their way in, they will not see your attic as a possible home.

If you are struggling with preventing squirrels, already have them in your home, or need to restore your property to brand new, contact us for professional help. We specialize in removing squirrels and other pesky rodents in the New York New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 917-633-0888 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Preventing Pesky Rabbits

Rabbits are an all year round pest, and they love an urban yard to call their home. Like most animals, a rabbit spends most of its day in search of food. Their main diet consists of vegetables, flowers, tree bark and other plants found in most home gardens. This is what attracts them to urban areas and your yard specifically.

Identifying the culprit

Before hopping to the conclusion that your culprit is a rabbit you must first investigate. Twigs and stems that are eaten by rabbits appear to be cleanly cut, as opposed to the ragged tearing that other animals leave when making a meal out of your vegetation. Another clear sign that your property damage is the result of a rabbit could be tracks in the soft soil. Rabbit tracks are normally two small indents next to each other followed by another two a short distance away, showing their hopping pattern. The last and most obvious sign is if you catch the rabbit in the act, their most active times are close to the hours of dawn and dusk.

Preventing rabbits

The best, and most natural way to prevent rabbits from feasting on your prized garden is to build some kind of a barrier. Many people use chicken wire supported by fence posts, however if you are looking for a more fashionable alternative many people use wooden fences or fence panels. Some people also use repellents depending on what type of garen they have. If you are growing food to be eaten then you may want to stray from chemical alternatives.

If you are going to try and remove the rabbit by yourself be sure to wear safety gloves. Some rabbits may carry diseases such as tularemia which can be transmitted through handling a sick animal. Rabbits also have teeth and possibly catch you with a bite while struggling to escape. Be sure to leave the removal of all animals, including rabbits, to the professionals. We specialize in removing rabbits, squirrels and other pesky rodents in the New York New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 917-633-0888 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Preparing for the Spring

Winter is coming to an end in the upcoming months and it is time to prepare for all of those pesky rodents to come out from hibernation. Once out of hibernation animals such as squirrels, mice and groundhogs will begin looking for food and a mate.
Animals such as these will search for food anywhere they can find it, including garbage pails, basements, sheds and garages, or even through the walls of your home. And once they find a source of food they will choose to live close by or even in your home. The yearly cycle of a squirrel is such; find food and shelter, find a mate, raise the babies and stock up on food, and lastly hibernate. These rodents cycle through the same process yearly and if the correct measures aren’t taken your home may be victim to becoming a breeding ground for all sorts of rodents.
Be sure to properly dispose of your trash in liners and covered pails to prevent animals from seeking it out and calling your house their home. Also ensure that your basement and garage windows are kept closed and be sure that all openings are secure and sealed.
We specialize in removing squirrels, mice, and other pests in the New York New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 917-633-0888 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Flying Rats!

Pigeons are a mainstay of any urban city, however the dangers of them are unknown to many. Pigeons carry many diseases such as the H5N2 strain of the bird flu, or the H7N9 strain which can cause very serious illness in humans. In fact, there have been over 600 confirmed deaths from the bird flu alone, and that’s just one disease that these flying rats may carry.

Another concern is for the owners of businesses in areas with a high count of pigeons. Let’s set a scene and say you’re walking down a major street after leaving your apartment in New York City. You’re on your way to pick up groceries and come across an organic food store; however just as you’re about to walk in you see that their store sign is covered in pigeon feces! Anybody in their right mind would turn around and find a new place to shop after seeing how unsanitary this place may seem.

What do pests like pigeons search for in a nesting or landing place? The most common places for a pigeon to reside are roof tops and ledges, holes in roofs or walls, or rooftops, warehouses etc. Many people worry about these pesky birds damaging such property or the areas around it. Pigeons thrive in areas that have high rooftops, water irrigation such as gutters, and leftover food waste left behind by humans in public garbage cans. In other words, any urban town or city is the perfect home for these disgusting animals. The professional removal of these animals is recommended over any “do it yourself” tactics in order to ensure a safe, healthy, and humane course of action.

These flying rats are the cause of serious health problems, they hurt the pockets of business owners, and they inconvenience the everyday lives of regular people like you.

We specialize in removing pigeons 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.

 

Groundhogs Under Your Lawn

Groundhog day is coming up soon; but one thing you don’t want is for one to pop up in your lawn or garden. Groundhogs can be a problematic pest, as they dig holes in your lawn and burrow under patios. Holes made by groundhogs can cause injuries or damage to the foundation of your home or patio.
These large rodents tear up lawns by digging holes and tunnels that allow them to travel undetected and safely across open spaces. They create their burrows underground, often using man-made structures for support and further protection. It is common for them to dig under decks, patios, or sheds. They may even set up their shelters against the foundation of your home. The creation of these tunnels can cause foundations to sink or loosen if there is enough displacement. To establish their tunnels and den, a groundhog may move up to 700 pounds of dirt and create more than 50 feet of tunnels with multiple exits. A groundhog den can house anywhere from 1 to 8 groundhogs, depending on the time of year. Mid-Spring is when groundhogs give birth. The offspring will stay with the mother for about 6 weeks before leaving to make their own dens and tunnels.
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.

Skunk Infestation

Skunks can create huge issues for NY homeowners. The odor a skunk meits can be awful, but that’s not all. Skunks tear into garbage, eat garden vegetables, and make a mess in your yard. Skunks will burrow under low decks and break into sheds for shelter. Skunks are relatively nocturnal and do not hibernate in the winter.
Unlike a lot of other urban wildlife, skunks don’t jump or climb well. They will sometimes get into garbage cans by climbing piled bags or attempting to knock them over. They may even become trapped in garbage cans that they climb into.
A skunk’s spray is a sulfuric liquid that can be blasted up to 20 feet, while usually only accurate up to 10. The smell can linger for days. If you see a skunk with its tail raised, get away from it. If the spray gets in you or a pet’s eyes, it can cause temporary blindness.
Skunks are the number 2 carrier of rabies in the country, where raccoons are first. They carry a large host of diseases, including roundworms and canine hepatitis. They are known to be littered with fleas, lice, and ticks; and may contract diseases from them.
We specialize in removing rats and other pests in the New York and New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 855-468-0771 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Fall Animal Control

Fall weather can be beautiful. It is a time of transition. Birds fly south, the squirrels, snakes, raccoons, and other critters are here to stay. Don’t let your home become overrun by wild animals. These tips can help you protect your home from animal invaders, as well as damage from the coming winter.
Clean your gutters. Gutters filled with soggy leaves or heavy snow can rip off of the house. This can be expensive to repair; but it can also create entryways for animals to enter your home.
Trim nearby and overhanging trees. Trees close to your home are excellent vantage points for animals to leap onto your home. Branches that hang by the house can also damage the exterior of the house. Be careful of tree roots that creep to close to the home. Tree roots can sometimes damage foundation or basement walls. This damage can also be exploited by burrowing animals such as moles, voles, and some snakes.
Secure the screens on your windows. Never leave your window open unattended, and don’t leave a window without a screen open. You will lose money on heating during the colder seasons from your windows. Open windows with a broken screen or without one at all can give animals an easy way into the home.
We specialize in removing squirrels, raccoons, and other pests in the new York and  New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 855-468-0771 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Rats In The Fall

Fall has begun, and as the days get shorter and colder, pests will look for shelter from the elements. Rat colonies are a huge problem for homeowners during the cold seasons, where large numbers of these dirty rodents can swarm and infest a home. Rats often break into sheds, basements, or attics for a place to nest. They can even live within your walls, chewing through insulation and creating drafts in your home and wasting your heat; and chewed wires can become fire hazards. How do these furry little monsters make their way into your home? Most rats can fit through holes about the size of a nickel or even smaller, but they will chew the edges to make it even bigger. Rats carry a vast number of diseases, and can cause your family to become very sick if they stick around.
We specialize in removing rats and other pests in the New York and New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 855-468-0771 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

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