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Wildlife Removal

How Fast do Mice Multiply?

Where there’s one mouse, it’s a safe bet that many more are nearby. Mouse colonies are often huge and for good reason. Mice can reproduce at rapid rates year-round. This means that a small group of mice can quickly explode into a full-on infestation. But just how fast do they multiply?

Mouse Multiplication

Mice become sexually mature anywhere from 4-8 weeks after their birth, depending on species, gender, and other factors. A female mouse can get pregnant 5 to 10 times per year, with each pregnancy yielding 3-14 offspring. Mouse pregnancies usually take up to 3 weeks to gestate fully. Generally speaking, a single pair of mice can rapidly bloom into a few thousand in just a year.

Mice Lifespan

In the wild, mice can live up to about a year. But, when they take refuge in a home, they can live up to 2 years longer. With every year comes more offspring, and an even more rapidly reproducing horde of furry critters. When out in the wild, mice are susceptible to predators. But when a colony resides in a home, they are much less likely to be hunted. This leads to more rapid population growth. With more growth comes a higher likelihood that they can bring destruction and disease to your home. Mice will gnaw and chew through almost anything, from boxes in your attic to electrical wiring. Mice are known to cause drafts from burrowing through insulation, property collapse from weakening structures, and fires from fraying wires.

We specialize in the humane removal of mice, rats, raccoons, and other pests in the New York/New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 718-962-0376 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Double Trouble – Different Animals in Your Trash

Often, if one animal can get into your garbage, more can be using it as a food source than you realize. In urban and suburban settings, there is plenty of trash for raccoons, opossums, skunks, and more to get into. If your garbage cans can be accessed by one type of animal, chances are high that you could be feeding a small community of wild critters near your home.

How Different Animals Access Your Trash

Different animals can utilize different techniques for trash access. Skunks try to knock over cans. Squirrels can access garbage by jumping into the trash can. Opossums, while trash-lovers, usually can’t access bins. But, they will wait for raccoons or skunks to do the heavy lifting before coming in to scavenge what remains.
Raccoons can, and will, try just about anything to access the garbage can’s contents. This includes climbing in, knocking over, and even unlocking cans. Raccoons can figure out simple clamps and basic security functions that would protect the scraps inside your can from the deft hands of the trash bandits.

Protecting Your Cans from Different Animals

There are a few ways to protect your trash bins from would-be diners. First, invest in your trash cans. Sturdy, animal-proof trash bins with locking lids can stave off most critters. Even the smartest of raccoons may be deterred from a meal if the garbage can is sturdy enough. Next, use natural deterrents. Mint Essential Oils and Cayenne pepper powder are natural ingredients that can deter pesky animals from the trash. And the mint can help your trash smell less pungent to human noses. Sawdust sprinkled around your trash cans can also act as a deterrent. Animals like raccoons and skunks do not like the feeling of sawdust on their paws, which may discourage them from approaching your trash bins.

Hopefully, these tips will help reduce animal activity in your trash cans. Shoring up your defenses against dumpster divers will hopefully encourage them to seek their next meal elsewhere.
We specialize in the humane removal of foxes, 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.

Where Do Deer Live On Staten Island?

Deer have been popping up more and more on Staten Island and have been a major nuisance to drivers and homeowners. But Where does this wildly growing population of deer live on the island, and how can we limit their destruction to our cars and property?

Deer Beds

Deer herds generally live in clearings in the woods referred to as deer beds. These clearings will usually have tall grass with many pockets tamped down within them. The pockets are where the deer rest. The tall grass provides insulation and camouflage, while the openness of the clearing allows the sun to warm the deer. Deer populations are crepuscular, meaning that they are most active in early mornings or around sundown. While it is not uncommon to see them at night or during the day, during these times. They prefer to bed down when the midday sun can provide the most warmth. Deer are also more likely to use areas close to wetlands or coniferous (nettled) trees. Wetlands provide water and abundant vegetation for food. Coniferous trees offer food year-round, and fallen nettles can provide warm bedding year-round.

Deer In The Headlights

Hitting a deer with your car can be a major problem. Deer can seriously damage your car, and the sudden hit can pose a serious danger for the people inside. Not to mention that you can seriously injure or even kill a deer with your car. These tips may help prevent you from hitting a deer or suffering from a serious injury because of a collision.

  • Wear a seatbelt while in a moving vehicle.
  • Drive at the posted speed limit.
  • Drive with caution in wooded areas, and where deer crossing signs are posted.
  • Dusk and dawn are higher risk times.
  • If you see one deer, expect there to be more nearby.
  • Don’t expect your headlights to deter deer.
  • Don’t swerve to avoid hitting a deer. You may end up getting in a worse collision.
  • Report any deer-vehicle collisions to the local police department.
  • Stay alert and sober while driving.

Protecting Your Home from Deer

While deer aren’t likely to enter your home, they can wreak havoc on your landscaping. Shrubs, bushes, and young trees are particularly vulnerable to deer appetites. Deer have a habit of overeating from many landscaped plants, so they can do some serious damage to your shrubbery. An over-abundance of deer near your home can also lead to a growing risk of catching a tick. Ticks are small, arachnid parasites that clamp onto mammals and burrow their heads under the skin. They can also host a number of diseases, like Lyme disease.

We specialize in the humane removal of foxes, 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.

Wild Foxes and Protecting Your Pets

Foxes can be a pain to homeowners, but they aren’t usually a threat to humans unless they are rabid. However, foxes can pose a real threat to your pets. This article will provide tips for protecting your pets from getting attacked by foxes.

Proper Supervision When Outside

Pets should not be left outside unsupervised. Cats should not be allowed to freely roam outside. Additionally, pets should remain on a leash or tied to a post when they are outside. This allows you to prevent them from rushing at or charging a wild animal. Leashes also give you a way to pull them away from a wild animal if needed.

Up To Date Boosters

Your pets should be up to date on their boosters, to protect them in the event of wild animal exposure. Many wild animals can carry a host of diseases, so protecting your pet by boosting their immune system is a smart choice. Foxes, in particular, can carry rabies and a wide assortment of other diseases. Speak with your vet about your pets’ booster schedule.

Predator-Proof Fencing

The right fence for your yard can keep foxes out, and prevent your pet from digging under it. A 6 foot high, tight fence with a bottom extending at least 2 feet into the ground can help reduce animal intrusion.

If You See A Fox

When a fox is nearby, get your pet indoors, but do not turn your back to the fox. If your pet is small, consider picking it up, to prevent them from attacking each other. Hold the leash tight. If you cannot get your pet inside safely, act aggressively by shouting and waving your arms. You want to reinforce the idea that you are a threat to the fox, without provoking or cornering it. If foxes are a common threat in your area, consider keeping an air horn handy when sitting outside.

We specialize in the humane removal of foxes, 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.
Please note that we do not handle the removal of dogs or cats.

Do Skunks Bite?

We all know that skunks can deliver a nasty-scented spray from their backside, but are skunks dangerous from the front? Skunks use their spray to mark territory and defend themselves from potential threats, but they can still cause some damage otherwise.

Skunk Defenses

Generally speaking, most people won’t get close enough to a skunk to elicit a bite. A skunk’s pungent spray is usually enough of a deterrent for most people to leave it alone. However, if a skunk is cornered, it may resort to going on the offensive. Skunks’ claws are well-situated for digging but can do plenty of damage to flesh. Skunks have sharp teeth and a set of larger fang-like teeth on the top and bottom sets. These allow them to rip through flesh while eating, or defending themselves.

Diseases That Skunks Carry

If you or your pet are bitten by a skunk, you should wash the wound with mild soap and warm water; then go to a hospital or vet, respectively. Skunks can carry a wide array of diseases, from rabes to canine hepatitis. While humans cannot get canine hepatitis, it can be incredibly dangerous to your pet if they are not inoculated. Additionally, they can carry canine distemper, leptospirosis, listeriosis, Q-fever, tularemia, and Trypanosoma.

Cleaning Skunk Spray

There are plenty of de-skunking cleaning products on the market, but you can make your own mixture for little to no cost, from common household products. Mix 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide with 1 teaspoon of strong dish soap and ¼ cup of baking soda. If you do not have hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar can be substituted. This mixture can clean up the spray from pets and humans alike, just be careful not to get any in their eyes. Hydrogen peroxide may lighten fur or hair, so don’t leave the mixture on for more than five minutes at a time. Do not store this mixture stored in a sealed bottle or container, as it might explode.
For clothes, add ½ cup of baking soda to your washing machine along with your normal detergent. Hot water is more effective if the clothes can handle it. Repeat washing as needed. Air dry, as a dryer can bake in the skunk smell. For furniture, vigorous cleaning with the proper products can be sufficient if it hasn’t had time to set in. for carpets and fabric furniture, a steam cleaner can be effective in removing the spray.

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.

“I Caught a Wild Animal in A Trap, Now What?”

We are writing this article because it is important to inform our community of this. Please note that you should not attempt to trap a wild animal yourself. Professional wildlife removal companies are trained to handle these animals safely and humanely. For both your safety and that of the animal(s), call a professional removal company first. However, if you did trap a wild animal, and are now looking for information, this article can help you understand what to do next.

“Animal Control” Isn’t Here for Wild Animals

Despite what many people think, Animal Control does not handle wild animals. Animal Control handles dogs and other domestic animals that are threatening the public. Wild animal removal is the responsibility of the homeowner. This responsibility can be handled either through a wildlife removal company or by handling it themselves.

You Can’t Release Animals Away From Your Home

There are federal laws, as well as state and local ordinances, that prevent people from catching and releasing wild animals. The primary reason behind this is that the general public cannot tell if the animal in question is diseased. Releasing diseased animals into the wild can spread that disease to other animal populations in other areas. You have 3 options as a homeowner at that point. The first two would be to release the animal on-site where you caught it, or euthanize it yourself and dispose of the body. The last would be to call a wildlife removal specialist, who can transfer the animal into one of their traps and remove it from your property.

Capturing a Wild Animal is Dangerous

You should by no means attempt to capture a wild animal yourself. When you try, you are risking the animal’s life as well as your own. Wild animals can be carrying a wide assortment of harmful parasites and diseases. Animals such as predators and poisonous snakes can pose a more serious threat to your life. If there is a wild animal living on your property, stay away from it and contact a local wildlife removal specialist to take care of it. Professional removal companies are trained to handle, remove, and relocate animals properly. They can provide professional cleaning services to remove harmful animal waste from the property and can help prevent future animal invasions. Lastly, they can repair damages caused by the animal.

New York/New Jersey Wildlife Removal, Inc. does not provide legal advice via articles. This article is intended for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for legal advice.
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.

Myths About Bats

Bats make a lot of people uncomfortable. They are an often misunderstood species. Many people take what they see about bats in movies or on TV as truths. This article will discuss common misconceptions about bats, and what

Bats Can See

We have all heard the phrase “blind as a bat.” However, while they have weak eyesight, they can see pretty well at night. Overall, a bat’s eyes are tailored to seeing at night, and they can see enough to further enhance their spatial awareness. Bats rely more on echolocation than their vision, so the animal’s hearing is incredible. Actually, the phrase “blind as a bat” came from the way bats land after flying. Most bat species have little to no landing prowess, leading to clumsy grabbing motions and crash landings.

Bats and Diseases

Bats are commonly thought to carry rabies, but they are often rabies-free. There is rabies in about 1 in every thousand bats. However, the CDC reports that bats make up roughly 33% of all rabies cases in the US. This is likely due to large colony sizes and massive decreases in raccoon rabies cases.
When it comes to pathogens and diseases, bats are known to have very dangerous feces. Otherwise known as guano, creates dust-like particles in the affected area. These particles can carry a wide array of diseases, as well as being a powerful carcinogen itself.

No Vampires Here

Unlike in vampire movies, not all bats drink blood. Only 3 species of bats drink blood, and they live in Mexico, Central America, and South America. Additionally, these bats will generally feed on livestock rather than humans.

All Tangled Up

Another misconception used in movies and TV is that bats commonly get tangled in people’s hair. In fact, bats are masters of evasion and navigation. Because of this, it is very rare that one will get caught on your head unless it is sick and/or injured.

Sick Bats in the Winter

If a bat is flying around in cold-climate areas in winter, it is not looking for insect nests, as some people may believe. In reality, the bat probably has White-Nose syndrome. This is where a fungus grows on a bat’s nose while it is hibernating, and confuses it. It causes the bat to think that it is springtime. The infected bat will become more active and burn up its stored fat. Most bats that get the fungus will die, both from the cold and lack of food.

Bat Houses and Your Attic

If there are bats in your attic, putting up a bat house won’t help. Bat colonies will not usually move their home unless they absolutely need to. Do not try and remove bats on your own. Hire a professional, humane wildlife removal service to deal with your bat infestation.

We specialize in the humane removal of bats, squirrels, and other pests in the New York/New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 718-962-0376 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Why You Should Hire a Professional to Remove a Rat Infestation

Pest control for rodents like mice and rats can be incredibly important to the health and safety of your family, as well as the structural integrity of your home. Unfortunately, many homeowners take it upon themselves to attempt to remove the colony themselves. This can not only be dangerous but there is also the risk of an incomplete job. This article will explore why you should hire a professional wildlife removal specialist to handle your rat infestation.

Whole House Inspections

Rats and mice can get to every corner of your house. A proper wildlife removal specialist will take the time to investigate and ensure that the rodent colony is fully identified and removed from the house and surrounding property.

Experienced & Humane Rat Removal

The removal of a rat colony is something that requires experience to do safely. Removal specialists know where to set traps to catch rats without creating issues for family pets or young children. Furthermore, it is unsafe to handle captured rats without the proper training and protective gear.
Humane methods may not seem necessary when it comes to rats, but there is an important reason for it. Rat poisons and other harmful traps can pose health risks to members of the household, including pets. Additionally, these methods may not outright kill the rat. Rats have been known to survive rat poison long enough to crawl up and die within the walls of a home. Then, you have a rat problem and a dead rat problem. Humane removal methods eliminate this issue.

Rat Exclusion and Repair

Wildlife removal specialists do more than just clear out rats. We also know how to prevent them from coming back. A professional pest removal service will include exclusion services that will help prevent other animals from moving in. This will also include repairing any interior or exterior damage that can be exploited by other pest animals.

Rodent-Proofing

In addition to repairing the damages, a professional humane wildlife removal specialist will help you reduce the risk of a recurring rat problem by identifying factors that could attract another colony. Our wildlife removal specialists can help you locate areas of your home and surrounding property that can be repaired, replaced, or cleaned up to make your home less attractive to rodents. By making these improvements, you can rest easy knowing that the risk of another pest problem is much lower than if you tried doing it alone.

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 718-962-0376 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Rabbits in the Garden

Pet rabbits may be cute, but a rabbit in your yard can be a real nuisance. Rabbits can wreak havoc on your garden and other yard plants. This article will discuss the potential damage that a rabbit invasion can cause to your garden and other plants on your property.

What do Rabbits Eat?

Rabbits are herbivores and can eat a wide variety of vegetation. While they prefer garden plants, they will not shy away from eating grass, flowers, shrub leaves, ornamental plants, bulbs, and even tree bark. While they won’t dig far for food, they may eat some roots and root vegetables.

Rabbit Munching Can Cause Damage

Other than the obvious loss of your garden veggies, rabbits can create a lot of problems for trees and woody shrubs. Rabbits may eat away at parts of the plants and expose inner layers. These inner layers can cause cold vulnerabilities that cause the plants to die during the Fall and Winter.

Choosing Food

Because rabbits are always on the lookout for predators, they will usually try to snag food that is easily accessible. Otherwise, they may try to snack on low branches of shrubs while hiding under them.

Defending Your Garden

The easiest way to protect your garden is to install chicken wire fences. Tight mesh chicken wire will likely keep most rabbits out. Be sure to install it into the ground to prevent them from digging away under it. Alternatively, you can try growing plants in your garden that naturally deter rabbits; such as basil, garlic, peppers, mint, and rhubarb.
Visual deterrents, such as an owl statue, may help. However, many gardeners have said that visual deterrents have mixed results.

Call a Wildlife Removal Specialist

If you have rabbits tearing through your garden or munching on your shrubs, consider calling a humane wildlife removal specialist. Our team can remove your rabbit problem safely and efficiently, without harming the critters.

We specialize in the humane removal of rabbits, squirrels, moles, 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.

Keeping Squirrels Away From Your Bird Feeder

A bird feeder can be a lovely addition to the backyard. They can beautify your backyard and can attract beautiful songbirds. However, opportunistic rodents like squirrels like to use bird feeders as an easy source of food. While it can be impossible to stop squirrels from getting to your bird feeder entirely, there are ways to make it harder for them to get to. This article will explore ways to reduce access to bird feeders for squirrels and other rodents.

Stop Squirrels from Climbing the Pole

Because squirrels can climb almost any surface in your backyard, it can be hard to stop them from getting to bird feeders sitting on a pole. However, there are a few ways to prevent climbing. One way to deter them from climbing is to coat the pole. Covering the pole in a greasy substance, such as petroleum jelly can prevent them from climbing up. However, this is not sustainable, nor is it a long term solution. Additionally, you could purchase a squirrel baffle. A Squirrel baffle is a plastic cone or dome that sits on the pole under the bird feeder. The baffle can prevent squirrels from scurrying up the pole, as they cannot effectively climb past it. Be sure to attach it high enough where the squirrels can’t just jump over it.

Move Feeders Away From Trees

It’s no secret that squirrels are expert climbers. But they can also jump very far, and with great accuracy. This allows squirrels to jump from branches or rooftops to gain access to the bird feeder. Move the bird feeder away from trees and your home, and trim tree branches that hang towards it. This will help reduce access via jumping.

Use Safflower Seeds in Your Feeder

Squirrels aren’t too picky when they raid the bird feeder, but they generally leave safflower seeds alone. If the squirrels are not deterred by the other methods, switch to safflower seeds in your feeder. While many birds will happily eat these seeds, squirrels will not eat them. However, they will sift through seeds to avoid them. Only try this method if you are using safflower seeds alone in the feeder.

Pepper as a Deterrent

Pepper is unpleasant-smelling for some animals, including squirrels. Sprinkling pepper near the bird feeder can be a way to deter the squirrels from going near the feeder. Thankfully, pepper does not deter birds, so you do not have to worry about scaring them off.

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 718-962-0376 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

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