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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.

Squirrels in NY City

Squirrels are at home in Urban Areas like the 5 boroughs of NY.  Squirrels scurry up trees and telephone poles, across telephone cables and lawns. Squirrels are even better climbers than you may think. They can climb brick walls and can hang from trees with only their hind legs while they eat, hanging upside down. While squirrels can’t climb all surfaces, there are many ways they can get to the roof of your home, and into your attic. Squirrels are powerful jumpers despite their small size, and can deftly leap from tree branches or telephone wires to get to a shelter or food source. This is one of the reasons that bird feeders are often emptied by squirrels. These little critters can even shake and pour out seeds from feeders for themselves or other squirrels to collect on the ground.
Squirrels can swim for short distances, and in some cases, fall in pools. Unless the pool has steps or an artificial shore, it can be almost impossible for them to get out. Koi ponds can be water sources for squirrels if they are not covered with a metal mesh frame. While squirrels will not hunt or eat the fish in your pond, foxes and raccoons might.
Squirrels may be cute out in the park, but they can be a serious problem in your home. We specialize in removing squirrels, raccoons, and other pests in the 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.

Little Birds Cause Big Problems

Flock of sparrows at roof of house

When most people worry about animal pests in their neighborhood, their biggest concerns are usually large animals such as deer, raccoons, and bears, but one of the most widespread pests in the world today comes in a small package, the common house sparrow. House sparrows are found virtually everywhere that humans are, most people pay them no mind since they are so common and seem so small and harmless, even cute. The sad truth is that these little birds are actually introduced pests on most of the planet.

House sparrows are easy enough to identify, there is certainly no shortage of them around to observe. They are small stubby birds with short wings and tails. Both genders have light colored breasts and brown colored backs, but males have darker plumage on their backs, a gray patch on the crown of their head, and a distinct patch of black extending from the eyes and beak down across their throat. The loud chirping of house sparrows is also easy to pick out among other bird calls.

Like many other bird species, house sparrows can inconvenience humans by building nests in undesirable places. Eaves, awnings and gazebos may become nesting sites for these pests, but they can also settle into exhaust vents for dryers or stoves, or around window-mounted air conditioners. House sparrows build nests made of densely woven twigs and grasses which may clog up vents and prevent them from working properly. They also often invade large indoor public spaces and warehouses.

Unfortunately, the trouble that these birds cause ranges far beyond building nests on or in our homes and businesses. House sparrows may be small, but they are very aggressive and they compete with a number of native North American bird species for nesting sites. If house sparrows have an opportunity to steal a nest instead of building one of their own, they will usually take it. Bluebirds and Purple Martins are often the victims of these violent takeovers and both baby hatchlings and parent birds alike can be fatally mutilated by house sparrows. These pests are the bane of bird enthusiasts who install nesting boxes for native species.

If you want to help discourage house sparrows from taking over your backyard, here are a few steps you can take:

  • Don’t Feed House Sparrows
    House sparrows are a common sight at bird feeders, people who like to attract songbirds to their yard often see these little brown birds as an unavoidable part of owning a bird feeder. What these people don’t know is that simply switching to a black oil sunflower seed will discourage house sparrows from visiting while still attracting native birds. Bird enthusiasts should generally avoid using seed or seed mixes that include millet, cracked corn and wheat because sparrows like these seeds.
  • Keep pests out of your trash
    Though their primary diet consists of seeds and insects, house sparrows also like to snack on many of the things we do. They will often peck open trash bags to get at food scraps inside. Be sure to put your trash in sturdy cans with animal-proof lids. This is a smart idea for discouraging a number of neighborhood pests, not just house sparrows.
  • Remove House Sparrow Nests
    House sparrow nests will only lead to more house sparrows. Always be proactive and consistent about removing their nests from your property. It is much more humane to get rid of the nests before they can lay eggs in them. Removing the nests yourself is not recommended, you should probably wear thick gardening gloves and a dust mask if you want to try it yourself. House sparrows are also very persistent, and unless you want to repeat the same process of removing their nests every 7-10 days, you should probably call and ask us to bird-proof any areas where they build nests.
  • When in Doubt, Call the Professionals
    If you aren’t sure what kind of bird nest you are dealing with, leave it to the pros. Removing nests is difficult and messy, and you could accidentally harm a native or endangered bird species. Our wildlife experts can identify bird pests and remove their nests safely and humanely.
  • Animal Proof Your Home or Business
    This is always a wise choice whether you currently have a sparrow problem or not. Sparrows and other animals can easily find their way into damaged shingles, walls, or unprotected vents. Prevention is the best medicine for unwanted pests. We can identify and seal up common areas where animals can get into walls, roofs, attics, and other spaces.
  • Monitor Your Birdhouse
    Unless you can consistently evict or exclude house sparrows from your birdhouse, consider removing the birdhouse entirely. Fewer birds is a better alternative to more house sparrows.

We may never be able to remove these hardy pests from our neighborhoods for good, but we can help native birds by controlling their population in every way possible. Contact us today to help with all your wildlife problems, no matter how big or small they may be.

The end of spring spread

squirrel-1389376624T24Summer is not far away. With less than a month from the beginning of the new season; much of the offspring of pest wildlife in the area is growing and almost ready to go out of their nests and dens – if they haven’t already. This extra activity can include ripping up your garden, breaking into your home, or messing up your lawn.

The new litters of all sorts of critters in your neighborhood can mean trouble for your family. Pets and children often can come into contact with offspring – or worse, their protective parents. It can be difficult to enjoy the beautiful weather if your backyard has a pest problem. Make sure to have all pets get their rabies shots updated if needed; and keep an eye on all pets and children while they are outside.

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.

Wildlife Invasion Prevention

bigstock-Pigeon-s-Crap-44114515(1)Keeping squirrels, raccoons, birds and other small animals out of your home garage and property can be a challenge, but it’s worth the effort to avoid possible damage that can be done to your home.  You must remember that animals are attracted to your home by either food or shelter. Here are a few tips that can help you minimize  the risk of wildlife trying to enter your home.

If you have a pet try to keep their food and water where other animals can’t get to it.  Don’t feed wildlife of any kind. It attracts other wildlife and keeps animals coming back for more. Do not feed squirrels or raccoons or other wildlife that can cause issues around your home. If you must feed birds, don’t let the bird food accumulate anywhere. Keep the feeding area clean. Squirrels and raccoons will eat leftover bird feed.

 

Keep trash receptacles sealed and avoid using compost bins. Don’t throw food scraps into your garden. If you have a fruit and vegetable garden make sure your harvest before fruit and vegetables are over ripe.

 

bigstock-Tailless-raccoon-looking-back--26747381Keep firewood off of the ground and trim branches that hang close to your roof. Don’t allow brush and other debris to accumulate around your home.

 

Make sure all chimneys fans and vents have protective coverings for pests.

 

NYNJ Wildlife removal can send a specialist over to inspect your residence or commercial property for problem areas and easy access for wildlife and pests. We will check attics, roofs, eaves, garages shed and crawl spaces. We will let you know where the weak spots are for pest invasion. We can make suggestions and reinforce your home for you.

Skunks

No one likes the smell of skunks. The last thing you would want is a skunk near or burrowed in your home. Skunks are a terrible nuisance for any homeowner. They eat almost all of the garden fruits and vegetables. They also destroy lawns looking for insects. Skunks dig under foundations and decks, which can damage them or leave an odor to mark their territory. Skunks are the second most common carrier of rabies in the US; raccoons being the first. Skunks are generally nocturnal, so seeing them in the middle of the day can be a sign of rabies. The spray of skunks is thick, oily, and smells horrid. It is difficult to remove from clothes, skin, walls, and just about any household furniture. If it gets into the eyes of people or pets, it can cause pain and temporary blindness.

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

    

 

Raccoon Infestation on the Rise

    Raccoons survive in the wild due to a diet of wild plants and animals; but because of their adaptability, our garbage cans are veritable buffets for thousands of them lurking in the cities of New York and New Jersey. The highly diverse diet of a raccoon allows them to eat almost anything humans do; making dumpsters, garbage pails, and waste bins high profile targets for these messy eaters.
    Raccoons can easily knock over or break into garbage pails, and tear into bags. The scattered garbage, while a good sign of a pest problem, can be used as a meal for mice, rats, opossums, pigeons, and more. One family of raccoons can attract an entire zoo of pests to your home. As nocturnal animals, raccoons easily get into your garbage unseen, and will keep coming back for more. Most raccoons can figure out how to open latches on common garbage cans. Spring is approaching, and raccoons will start breeding, making more pests to feed off of your garbage. 
Raccoons can get into your home via open windows or doors, and will search for food almost immediately once inside. Raccoons are hosts to many diseases, including rabies. If you see a raccoon in the day, it may have rabies. These mammals are among the biggest pests you will have to deal with in a city, other than snakes or owls. Raccoons can grow to weigh about 30 pounds, about the size of a medium dog. Sheds make good shelters for these pests, protecting them from rain, snow, or extreme heat. They need places to hide in the day. Raccoons have very sensitive and dexterous paws that they can use to open garbage pails, jars, and even door knobs. The natural predators of raccoons are not found in New York City or urban areas of New Jersey, so only diseases, infection, and roadkills limit the population. Raccoons are fantastic swimmers and climbers, making it easy for them to break into a home, and hunt in the wild. Outdoor fish ponds in backyards are easy hunting spots for these omnivores. The species has been eating raw fish for thousands of years. 
We specialize in removing 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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