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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.

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.

Baby Raccoon Wreckage

Raccoons give birth to a new litter in the spring, with most births occurring in late March to early April. Raccoon mothers will usually birth to 2-5 children per litter. Baby raccoons may seem adorable, but they can be just as dangerous as their full-grown mother.

Using Caution Around Baby Raccoons

First, it is important to keep your distance from any wild animal. However, on the subject of baby raccoons, it can be easy to become hurt. Like most mammals, a mother raccoon will be very protective of her young. If you see a baby raccoon, the mother is probably nearby. The young raccoon may also view your presence as a threat, and may attack. Despite looking adorable, a baby raccoon will have claws developed for climbing, and sharp teeth. Because of this, they can be quite ferocious when they feel threatened. Baby raccoons can carry just as many diseases as their parents, including rabies.

If the Mother is Not Around

If you do not see a mother raccoon nearby, it probably won’t be far off. Leave the young raccoons alone. The mother is most likely foraging or looking for a den. If it is not nearby, it will be, soon. If the mother returns and you are near the babies, it may consider you a threat, and attack.

Deterring Raccoons from Your Property

Young Raccoon Procyon Lotor Marinus Forages For FoodRaccoons like easy meals and secure shelters. They will eat almost any food or scraps, so it is important to secure your trash cans. Animal-proof, locking trash cans can be a good way to prevent raccoons from dumping your trash everywhere. If you do not want to purchase more expensive cans, consider tying them down or using bungee cords to secure the lids.

Sheds and decks can make excellent raccoon dens. Be sure to check their integrity regularly, and lock the shed. The crawlspace under a deck is a common spot for dens, so securing this area with wire mesh or boards can help.

Lastly, trim tree branches that hang over or near the roof of your home. Raccoons and other animals can use branches to access your roof or chimney as another potential place to den.

Safe Removal of Raccoons and their Young

If there is a raccoon living on your property, call a humane wildlife removal specialist. The specialist will be able to remove the raccoon family and repair any damages that they caused. This will also help ensure that all of the raccoon’s young are humanely removed.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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