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How Animal Hibernation can Affect Homeowners

As birds fly south for the winter, many mammals in the New York/New Jersey area go into hibernation. While this may seem like the animals are no longer an issue until the Spring, you may actually have a bigger problem on your hands. Many wild animals that hibernate, such as skunks and squirrels, may take up residence on your property.

What Animals Hibernate in My Area?

In the New York and New Jersey area, there are many animals that hibernate during the winter. This can include squirrels, skunks, snakes, moles, groundhogs, some bats, and more. Hibernation is a deep, sleep-like state where the animal does not venture out of its den. Rather, their body turns off all but the most necessary functions, and they survive off of stored fat.
Notably, raccoons and opossums do not hibernate, but rather slow down their metabolism in a similar way, known as torpor. During torpor, an animal may venture out of their den in search of food, but will usually stay inside of its shelter.

Hibernation Dens

Animals will seek out warm, weatherproof places to den before it is time to hibernate. This can often include manmade structures. Attics, crawl spaces, sheds, and chimneys are common structures that can make a good shelter for pests. These areas can be damaged or soiled by these pest animals living within. Additionally, they can spread diseases to your family via waste material or parasites.

Underground Burrows

Alternatively, some animals can create underground dens on your property. Holes dug to access these tunnels can damage your lawn. Tunnels and holes can also create areas of high injury risk. Some animals may even burrow under the foundation of structures on your property, which can create structural issues.

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.

Home Protection in the Fall

Squirrel running across the top of a wooden fence with a red brick house, window and ivy in the background. Wildlife, animal, nature.As the Summer comes to a close, it is important to prepare your home for the Fall season. It is important to maintain your home, to prevent pests from moving onto your property. In the Fall and Winter, many pest animals, such as raccoons and squirrels, look for a warm place to outlast the cold weather. Unfortunately, your home could be prime real estate for a lot of critters.

Cleaning the Gutters

The gutters on your home can get easily filled and blocked by fallen leaves in Autumn. This can weigh down your gutters and damage the eaves of your home. These cracks and damage can, in turn, create an entryway for pest animals such as mice or squirrels. Gutter damage can give these animals access to the attic or the spaces within your walls.

Secure the Shed

Your shed or garage can provide pest animals with a dry, weather-proof shelter for the Winter months. It is important to inspect your shed or garage to make sure that there aren’t any potential entry points for wild animals. Cracks in the walls or damage to the doors can be exploited by pest animals. Mice and rats can squeeze through extremely small spaces, as wide as a dime. Your shed should have secure, sturdy doors that can withstand winter weather, as well as potential damage from critters.

Roof Damage

Your roof can often be a major source of problems with pests because you probably don’t look at it too often. Usually, homeowners only notice roof damage when leaks cause interior damage. Rooftop inspections can help reduce future damage to your home while reducing the chances of a pest animal roosting your attic.

Yard Debris

Debris in the yard, such as piles of branches and sticks, can provide partial shelter for a variety of pests. And, when hidden by snowfall, yard debris can create a potential source of injury on your property. Yard debris should be cleaned up as soon as possible, to prevent injury or unwanted wildlife.

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.

Sharing Your Backyard with Unwanted Animals

With the weather finally nice, and summer in full swing; many people trapped in their homes from the coronavirus are finding reprieve in the comfort of their own backyards. The problem is, many people share their backyard with unwanted critters; such as raccoons and squirrels. What can these pest animals do to ruin your backyard fun?

Dropping Food

Everyone loves a summer BBQ, but spilled food and drink can attract animals to come by after the party. Clean table surfaces and barbeques after the guests leave, and use a hose to spray down the deck or patio space. Clear away food crumbs and spilt drinks will help prevent pest animals from going into your backyard for the scraps.

Koi Ponds

Ponds for koi and other outdoor fish can be an excellent feature for your backyard; but can also be a source of food for a hungry animal. Raccoons especially like to go hunting in koi ponds. If you have a koi pond, be sure to protect your fish from predators with a mesh cover at night.


A healthy garden can easily be ruined by a rogue animal. Protect your garden by planting mint, garlic, and other herbs that naturally deter pest animals.


Pools can be a great place for summer fun; but wild animals like them too. It is not uncommon for a squirrel or raccoon to take a dip, especially at night. Raccoons like to use pools as toilets; which can become a volatile health and safety issue. raccoon feces can sometimes contain the eggs of the parasite Baylisascaris procyonis, which can infect humans and cause severe neurologic illness. Children are more susceptible to this parasite. For more on this, visit our article on raccoon latrines, here.

Garbage Cans

The garbage can be a source of food for many animals, such as skunks, raccoons, and opossums. When cleaning up your backyard, or throwing out the trash from inside, store garbage bags in animal-proof pails. Additionally, you can also secure bins to the side of your house, or a fence, to prevent animals from knocking them down.

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 718-962-0210 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

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.

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.

Fall Pest Prevention

Fall is almost here. And as we get ready for the cool weather and the changing of the leaves, many animals are looking for a new place to outlast the winter. For many pest animals, there is no better place to hunker down, than in your attic or crawl space. From squirrels to raccoons, there are few places more appealing to outlast winter than a heated home. Here are a few ways you can prepare your home for the winter, and reduce the risk of pest intrusion.


Sheds and outdoor storage containers are often a good hideout for a raccoon or skunk. Make sure that any damage to the foundation below the shed is repaired. Lock the doors, and check to see if there are any cracks or holes that a small animal can get through. Repairing damages can help reduce the risk of a critter using your tool shed as a winter home.

Garbage Cans

Garbage cans offer pests an oasis of food in the barren winter wilderness. For those animals that do not hibernate, unprotected garbage can be a source of food year round. Investing in sturdy, raccoon-proof garbage cans will help reduce the number of animals that choose to come by your home. They will often move towards other, less protected food sources.

Cleaning Gutters

Gutters can fill up with leaves and all sorts of debris over the year. When the gutters get too full of junk, they can weigh down on the eaves of your home. This can cause cracks that squirrels or mice can slip through, to get into your attic. Snow and autumn leaves can add onto this, which is why they should be cleared out at the beginning and end of fall.

We specialize in removing raccoons, bats, skunks, and more 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.

Summer Bats

Bats can be a real nuisance to homeowners, but they can be especially difficult in the summertime, when the days are longer. In the summer, bat sightings are more prevalent as they may start flying around before nightfall. As more people spend time outside in the summer, the risk of contact with bats can increase. Bats roosting in your shed or attic can be a real health hazard to you and your family.

Bats in the Yard

Bats have been known, although it is rare, to raid barbeques and other yard parties in the summer months. They are often attracted to sweet fruits (such as watermelon), or nearby bugs. On occasion, this can lead to contact with humans. In addition to a host of other diseases, bats are one of the most common carriers of rabies.If you or a loved one is bitten by a bat, you should wash the wound with mild soap and warm water, and then seek medical attention.

Bats in the Home

When bats take roost in your home, they can cause some serious issues. Bats can do some serious damage to your attic. They like to roost on the ceiling or support beams in the attic, which can cause a lot of damage to your roof. Bat fur is covered in natural oils that can stain surfaces brown. It is often seen around the holes that bats may squeeze through to gain access to the attic. They also drop fecal matter to the floor of the attic wherever they hang. Bat guano can cause incredibly dangerous health issues in to those in your home, including pets.

Bat Guano

Bat guano usually covers the floors of the attics, sheds, and other areas that bats may inhabit. The fecal material is loaded with a number of parasites that can cause respiratory problems, digestive issues, and even death. Bat guano can be especially dangerous because it is dust-like in consistency. If the guano is disturbed, the dust can become airborne, spreading the parasites throughout the affected area. Even a small animal such as a mouse walking through the feces can spread the parasites into the air. Some of these parasites can survive for weeks after the fecal material leaves the host bat. The waste can also seep into the wood or fiberglass in your home. Fiberglass that has been in contact with guano should be removed and replaced, as well as any insulation that is within 3 or 4 feet of the affected area.

We specialize in removing rats, bats, mice, and more 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.

Raccoons: Unwanted Party Crashers

No one wants ants at the picnic, but what about a raccoon? With the 4th of July just around the corner, and the whole of Summer ahead, it is important to remember these important tips to help keep your yard free of wild animals after your BBQ.

Bring all Food Inside

Any food left outside can be a meal for potential pests or wild animals. Make sure to bring all extra food inside. Properly dispose of your trash, in raccoon-proof garbage cans. Be sure to pick up any food your guests may have dropped. Many wild animals have the ability to fight their way to a meal, especially raccoons. If you brought any bowls outside for pets, such as for food and water, bring them inside.
If you have an outdoor refrigerator, cooler, or other food storage containers outside, make sure that they are raccoon-proof, and clean. If you live in an area with bears, your containers should be bear-proof.

Hose it Down

It can be a good idea to hose down your deck or patio space after a BBQ. Dropped food particles, spilled soda, and even the scent of previous meals can be a siren’s song to nearby critters. Hosing down the patio after your guests leave can be a good way to lessen the risk of furry party crashers. Clean your grill thoroughly after use.

Raccoon Pool Parties

Raccoons like to use pools. Raccoons are naturally drawn to water sources, and like to make use of pools when they can. They are expert swimmers. They like to wash their hands in pools. Keeping your pool covered when not in use will help prevent raccoons from getting into it. Fencing in the pool can be helpful, but raccoons are very good climbers.
Raccoons also like to use the pool as a bathroom. It is not uncommon for a racoon to sit on the steps of a pool and defecate into the water. While chlorine in the pool may kill most germs carried by a raccoon, it cannot kill Baylisascaris procyonis, a type of parasite that raccoons often carry. The worm’s eggs are found within the fecal matter of a raccoon. If you see a raccoon defecating in your pool, or you find fecal matter within the pool’s filter, contact your local animal control company to deal with the raccoon and to test the feces for Baylisascaris procyonis.

We specialize in removing rats, bats, mice, and more 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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