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Different Types of Snakes

Snakes are cold-blooded creatures that hold about 2900 species of serpents. As these animals have been around for centuries, most people have a preconceived idea that all snakes are dangerous, while most snakes are actually non-venomous. Learn about three of the most dangerous kinds of snakes that could be in your area.

Elapid snakes are poisonous, with venom filled glands in the rear of their upper jaws. With long, slender bodies and smooth scales. One type of Elapid, the Coral snake, are usually found in North America. They have been spotted in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and occasionally in Oklahoma. According to the American National Institutes of Health, there are an average of 15–25 coral snake bites in the United States each year

Viperidae snakes, more commonly known as vipers, are also known for their fangs. Unlike the Elapiades, vipers are able to retract and extend their fangs. While unthreatened, these fangs remain folded back against the roof of their mouth. When their mouth opens, the fangs extend into a biting position. The most common vipers include Copperheads, Rattlesnakes, and Saw-scaled viper.

Colubridae snakes are usually non venomous, lack a functioning left lung, and their heads are covered by large scales. With these similarities aside, Colubridae snakes are very different. Some are ground-dwellers, while others are found near bodies of water. A popular member of this species is the garter snake, also known as the garden snake. These are one of the most common snakes found in North America. Opposed to most other snakes, garter snakes react to threat by releasing a musky odor.

Boidae snakes are non-venomous, but huge and powerful constrictors. Boidaes are most known for their ability to swallow a grown animal whole, and rely on their strength to suffocate prey. Although they don’t have fangs, they have rows of teeth on their upper and lower jaws. Some popular members of the Boidae family include Anacondas, and Boa constrictors. They are commonly found in Central and South America.   

Seeing any breed of snake is hardly ever a welcomed sight. Leave it to the professionals! For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 917-633-0146 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

How to Spot a Squirrel Infestation

As there are several species of squirrels, the tree squirrel is typically the most common nuisance for homeowners. They make a ton of noise in any area they inhibit, and are also likely to cause damage. Due to the expanding number of squirrels and the decreasing number of natural habitats, these critters are looking for shelter in attics. Be aware of the following signs, as they are indications that squirrels may be in your attic.

One of the first and most obvious signs that there may be squirrels in your home is the amount of noise they create. The scampering and rattling sounds are typically giveaway signs. As squirrels are most active during the daytime, that is when they are commonly heard. Finding their droppings is also a common sign. If you sense a foul or stale odor coming from your attic, it is a clear indication of a possible infestation. Finding chewed or frayed wiring is not only a concern for your home, but also a clue that you might have squirrels. As they are excellent chewers, you might also find chewed wood pieces.

To prevent your home from falling prey to these pestery animals, it is recommended to remove all bird seeds or any other source of diet, as they attract animals, and the squirrels will remember where they are acquiring their food from. They can also enter through your garage, walls, or even under stairs and decks. Be sure to keep these areas sealed to prevent the squirrel’s access inside your home. Wherever there are any holes larger than 1.5 inches, they are able to chew their way in.

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, squirrels just won’t leave.If your home is infested, leave it to the professionals. Your home has a lot to offer these pests. Warmth, shelter, and food. We specialize in removing 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 917-336-6039 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Tips for Preventing Spring Infestations

Spring has sprung, and it is now officially the most common time for pests to emerge. While looking for a place to build their nest or food for their young, these wild animals might come a little too close for comfort. Before it’s too late, make sure you’re taking the preventative measures to ensure a pest-free Spring.

  1. Keep extra brush and wood away from home structures. Pests such as termites, bees, and wasps are known to get into wood and form nests. Store these items away from your home and garage. 
  2. Keep food in airtight containers. Especially if you have pets in your home, it would be in your best interest to pick their food bowl off the ground and immediately rinsing it out after your pet has eaten. Keep pantry/cabinet foods such as chips and cereal in plastic containers with lids.
  3. Seal up all of the entry points around your home. Check the outside of your house for any cracks or holes. Consider adding a mesh barrier to ward off wildlife.  

Despite your best efforts to keep your home pest-free, infestations are still common. We specialize in removing 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 917-336-6039 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Keep Pigeons Out

Did you know that pigeons are the pestiest bird in the United States? They will get themselves situated, and then damage your property. Pigeons tend to prefer higher places that protect them from predators, while offering food and safety. They will scavenge outdoor restaurants for food, and look for nests near heating units to keep themselves warm.

 

Pigeon nests are mostly composed of twigs and are usually covered in droppings. These nests can be found in farm lands, parks, and city buildings. They tend to migrate toward city window ledges and windows. They tend to reuse the same spots and spaces to build nests, which makes it more difficult for them to leave.

 

They can get into your home through any kind of elevated space, such as an attic or covered/tarped rooftop. They can also gain entrance through broken windows, any opened gaps, or loose vents.

 

 Make sure to never feed the pigeons or leave out bird feeders, as they have an excellent memory when it comes to their sources of food. You can tuck netting under places where the pigeons nest, such as under an air conditioning vent or awning. This will keep them from staying there. Also, be sure to cover chimneys and seal off your attic.

We specialize in removing birds, bats, rats, and other pests in the New York New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 917-633-0146 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Prevent Mice From Entering your Home

Watching a small mouse scurry across your floor is rarely a welcomed sight. Not only are mice annoying, but they also offer quite a few health threats. These critters multiply quickly, so make sure you’re resolving the issue before it gets too dangerous.

  1. Keep trash sealed. Make sure that your garbage bags are tightly closed and thoroughly cleaned.
  2. Seal food. Mice are coming into your home in search of food, so keep your food shut tight.
  3. Seal foundation. Mice can squirm their way in through cracks in foundation. If you have stacked stone or rubble foundations, mice can easily fit in between gaps.

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, mice just won’t leave.If your home is infested, leave it to the professionals. Your home has a lot to offer these pests. Warmth, shelter, and food. We specialize in removing 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 917-336-6039 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Rat Virus is Rapidly Spreading

Although you may think your pet rat is harmless, it could be carrying a scary new virus. Your pet could be making you very sick, without you even realizing it. Humans can be infected through exposure to infectious body fluids (blood, saliva, urine), exposure to aerosolized rat feces, or bites from infected rats.

Seoul Virus is a rat- borne virus, similar to the flu. With the same symptoms, (fever, headache, muscle pain) can affect not only rats, but humans as well. This is the first ever break out in the United States or Canada, which resulted in the virus spreading swiftly across 11 states. CDC investigators are still trying to figure out where the virus rooted from, and if any other people are being affected. The investigators tracked the outbreak to 31 different US locations, mostly homes with pet rats, or rat breeders.

To prevent this virus infection and any other diseases rats may carry, wash hands with hot soapy water after coming in contact with rodents. Be sure to clean rodents habitat’s often, ensuring that all dropping and urine are not present for extended periods of time. Everyone’s goal over the duration of the winter months is to stay warm…including wildlife. Bats are one of these animals that seek a warm place to stay. Don’t let your home be the hangout spot for neighborhood bats! Continue reading for our top tricks to keep bats out.

We specialize in removing bats, rats, and other pests in the New York New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 917-633-0146 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience

Rabid Cat Found in Edison, NJ

While we do not remove cats and dogs, we feel that it is important to put this information out there. At the end of November, a rabid cat was captured. This is the 13th instance of rabies in Middlesex county this year. The cat was stray, and its health had been deteriorating for some time before it was brought in.
Cases like this are strong reminders that you should not let your cats roam. Roaming cats can come into contact with other animals and contract a number of diseases, including rabies. Keep cats indoors, and do not leave unattended dogs in your yard. If you do take your dog outside, keep it on a leash. Keep your pets’ rabies shots up to date. Do not leave food outside for your pets, as it can attract other animals. If you or a pet is bitten or scratched by a wild animal, wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water. If the wound is open, contact a vet or physician immediately.
We specialize in removing 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. We do not remove cats or dogs.

Rabid Raccoons in New Jersey

In the month of November, there have been at least 5 raccoons have been captured in different towns in New Jersey carrying rabies. In the beginning of the month, a raccoon attacked a man and his 2 dogs in Audubon. Middletown has had 2 attacks from 2 different rabid raccoons within the first 2 weeks of November. In South River, a rabid raccoon was captured at the start of the month, marking the 12th rabid animal captured in Middlesex county this year. Another raccoon was found near Hopewell. It was captured and confirmed to have rabies. In the month of November, there have been at least 5 raccoons have been captured in different towns in New Jersey carrying rabies. In the beginning of the month, a raccoon attacked a man and his 2 dogs in Audubon. Middletown has had 2 attacks from 2 different rabid raccoons within the first 2 weeks of November. In South River, a rabid raccoon was captured at the start of the month, marking the 12th rabid animal captured in Middlesex county this year. Another raccoon was found near Hopewell. It was captured and confirmed to have rabies.

According to the CDC, raccoons account for almost 30% of all rabies cases in the US, with bats being the only animal to have more reported cases of the disease. Luckily, the number of reported cases of the disease has been on the decline for the past 20 years. Increases in vaccinations to pets and boosters upon contact with animals suspected of carrying the disease have helped mitigate the spread of it. Less than 8% of cases in the US consist of people and domesticated animals.

We specialize in removing 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.

Fearless Squirrels

In the wild, it’s kill or be killed; eat or be eaten. But here, in the urban jungle, the call of the wild is replaced by the honking of horns. Squirrels seem to scurry away and hide when humans and dogs come close, because they are taught to. But in rare cases, squirrels have been known to approach people or animals. Squirrels that approach humans may do so for many reasons: desperation, fear, aggression, hunger, and sometimes unknowingness.
Squirrels don’t know by nature to avoid people. That behavior is learned, whether by experience or parental instruction. Young squirrels are known to approach humans; especially when separated from its family. A squirrel that doesn’t know better may move towards human activity in search of food, shelter, or warmth; just seeking out what it instinctively wants.
A squirrel may come at a human or other animal aggressively for a number of reasons. Most of the time, it is because it feels threatened or desperate to get away, and it chooses fight over flight. In rare cases, a squirrel will become aggressive because of rabies. If at any time a squirrel seems aggressive, you should move away from it. You never want to provoke a squirrel, rabid or not.
If a squirrel is rabid, it is not uncommon to act aggressively towards other squirrels, animals, humans, and even inanimate objects. This level of boldness and aggression is often unprovoked. An aggressive squirrel is not necessarily rabid.
We specialize in removing 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.

Coyotes in NYC

It may seem surprising, but there are predatory animals living within New York City. Many New Yorkers think that a deer populations and the occasional raccoon are the only things they have to worry about. But there are small populations of cootes living within the five boroughs. While more common in Staten Island, Queens, and Brooklyn (where there are more wooded/less urbanized areas) they have been reported in all of them.
NYC Coyotes are most often seen on golf courses or in wooded areas. While most will be naturally wary of humans, you can never be too careful with them. In most areas of the city, they will only hunt animals as big as rodents or birds. They will rarely go after deer, and are even less likely to attack people.
Coyotes are canines, and look similar to wolves or some dogs. They have flatter heads, longer legs, and a pointier snout than most domesticated dogs. They are not fully nocturnal, but are most active during dusk and night. Most coyote sightings in the city occur between October to March. From October to January, young coyotes mature and leave the care of their parents. They will seek out a place to make their den; and up until march, will start looking for a mate.
Avoid contact with coyotes, and follow these guidelines to help make sure that coyotes can safely coexist with humans. Do not leave food out for coyotes, and do not directly feed them either. It is important to not make them dependant on humans for their needs. Clean up your garbage at parks, and use garbage cans there. Keep your dogs on a leash at all times when at a park, and leave your cats indoors. If a coyote approaches you, make yourself seem bigger, and make noises to make them run away. This makes them wary of humans. Try to stay far away from coyotes, and do not approach them.
Most coyotes are not dangerous for people. If you spot an aggressive coyote, report it to the golf course staff or a park rangers. In case of a medical emergency from contact with a coyote, please call 911.
We specialize in removing 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.

 

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