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Wildlife Removal

Preparing for Spring Squirrel

After a long winter those pesky squirrels are ready to come out from hiding and go back to their scavenging. All through the Fall months they spent time gathering and storing away food to come back to in the spring and now they have to go find it. They usually hide their food in tree trunks, buried in gardens or forests, or sometimes even under your backyard structures or in the attic of your home. And you need to be aware of the signs that you may be a victim.

Signs of Squirrels on your Property

Some signs that your property may have a spring squirrel issue are small shallow holes where food may be buried, biting or gnawing on your wooden structures, small footprints in the soil or melting snow, or the sound of scurrying in your attic. Squirrels can also cause all sorts of damage to your property and the bills can pile up fast.

Damage caused by Squirrels

The first thing a squirrel will do once it gets into your home or garage is search for bedding materials. They start with shredding wood framing, and gathering soft materials such as insulation. Also since they are heavy chewers they will also chew on any loose wires and PVC pipe they come across which can lead to costly electrical or plumbing damage. They also can cause inconvenient outdoor damage. Your garden, fences, and sheds can also get chewed up and damaged by these rodents and you will have to replace them, which can be costly and stressful.

Preventing Squirrels

The easiest way for a squirrel to enter your home is through a hole. If they see a hole or an opening they will chew through until they can get through. The best method of prevention is to search your attic for any openings that show from both sides, and closing them off by patching them. Also be sure to keep all doors and windows closed at all times. Also try to seal off all insulation and wood framing in the attic so if the squirrels do make their way in, they will not see your attic as a possible home.

If you are struggling with preventing squirrels, already have them in your home, or need to restore your property to brand new, contact us for professional help. We specialize in removing squirrels and other pesky rodents in the New York New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 917-633-0888 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Preventing Pesky Rabbits

Rabbits are an all year round pest, and they love an urban yard to call their home. Like most animals, a rabbit spends most of its day in search of food. Their main diet consists of vegetables, flowers, tree bark and other plants found in most home gardens. This is what attracts them to urban areas and your yard specifically.

Identifying the culprit

Before hopping to the conclusion that your culprit is a rabbit you must first investigate. Twigs and stems that are eaten by rabbits appear to be cleanly cut, as opposed to the ragged tearing that other animals leave when making a meal out of your vegetation. Another clear sign that your property damage is the result of a rabbit could be tracks in the soft soil. Rabbit tracks are normally two small indents next to each other followed by another two a short distance away, showing their hopping pattern. The last and most obvious sign is if you catch the rabbit in the act, their most active times are close to the hours of dawn and dusk.

Preventing rabbits

The best, and most natural way to prevent rabbits from feasting on your prized garden is to build some kind of a barrier. Many people use chicken wire supported by fence posts, however if you are looking for a more fashionable alternative many people use wooden fences or fence panels. Some people also use repellents depending on what type of garen they have. If you are growing food to be eaten then you may want to stray from chemical alternatives.

If you are going to try and remove the rabbit by yourself be sure to wear safety gloves. Some rabbits may carry diseases such as tularemia which can be transmitted through handling a sick animal. Rabbits also have teeth and possibly catch you with a bite while struggling to escape. Be sure to leave the removal of all animals, including rabbits, to the professionals. We specialize in removing rabbits, squirrels and other pesky rodents in the New York New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 917-633-0888 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Night Time Visitors

In residential areas nocturnal pests such as raccoons and opossums are extremely common due to the amount of shelter and food a common back or side yard can offer. However, it is fairly easy to prevent these night time bandits from becoming permanent residents on your property.
A few tips to help prevent this issue from ever occurring is to ensure the upkeep of backyard clutter and trash bins. These animals are always looking for a midnight snack, and an open garbage can gives them the opportunity to find just that. Once they know that your home is a place they can find food, it is a sure thing that these pests will return again. Second, be sure to keep your backyard clutter to a minimum. This can be prevented with storage sheds, small or large, or sealed bins pushed into a corner of the yard. A nocturnal animal will always look to find a nice secure dark spot to rest through the day before going back out at night, and a messy backyard is the perfect place to do just that. Last a great addition to any backyard is the use of sensor triggered security lights. These animals have an extreme distaste for the light, so if they are suddenly exposed and lit up in the dead of night they will most certainly become spooked and choose another location to terrorize.
We specialize in removing raccoons, opossums, and other night time pests in the New York New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 917-633-0888 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Seagull Removal

Seagulls and other coastal birds can be a huge problem for both commercial and residential properties near the shore or landfills. Effective seagull control is necessary to keep your home or business protected. Gulls can bring disease, noise pollution, trash, and property damage.

Shore Gulls

Seagulls and other seabirds like to make nests on roofs or on high perches, such as commercial signage. High, flat places are best for them, as they are reminiscent of the cliff edges that they naturally roost on.

Landfill Birds

Seagulls are often attracted to areas of landfills, where food is in heavy abundance, and there are plenty of trash hills to perch on. Homes and businesses near landfills can suffer from roving flocks of seagulls that can emerge from the landfills. These flocks will often make nests in the surrounding areas, specifically on flat-roofed buildings

Humane-Seagull Removal

Just like with pigeons, seagulls can be a nuisance to property owners. They can be taken care of, relocated, and deterred in a similar fashion to pigeons. Seagull feces can be corrosive and can harbor disease, so proper clean up and removal of waste is vital.

We specialize in removing snakes, raccoons, and other pests in the New York New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 917-633-0888 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

How a Late Winter can Affect Pests

After a relatively warm December, we are finally getting winter weather in January. While areas like New York City are being hit with cold rains rather than winter snow, how does the late start to the winter affect wild animals near you?

Hibernating Animals

Cool weather is often the signal for wild animals to start preparing for the winter’s chill. But with a warmer fall, and a later winter animals like squirrels, bears, and more can’t properly prepare for the winter. These animals won’t be able to properly prepare dens or food stores for their hibernation. This can often lead to more desperate attempts at survival.
For animals like squirrels, groundhogs, and other smaller animals, this can mean a drive towards civilizations and homes. Pest animals will often work their way into human homes after the weather gets surprisingly cold for them.
For larger animals such as bears, they can remain active and become desperate for food supplies that aren’t often available in the winter. This can lead to more bears going through garbage cans and moving towards more populated areas. Some bears are changing their hibernation routines, scientists say. In some cases, bears are not hibernating at all, staying awake all winter. In others, bears are waking from their slumber too early.

Non-Hibernating Animals

Animals like skunks and raccoons that do not hibernate, but will usually spend more time in their dens in the cold will also be more active. These animals may need to rely on human waste products for more of their diet than normal, and will likely search for dens nearer to reliable trash bins.

Mating Patterns

Spring mating patterns can potentially be disrupted or postponed due to late winters. This can throw off cyclical patterns of animals, potentially for years. Effects of this may lead to growing populations of pest animals, as warmer weather can lead to more mating seasons.

We specialize in removing snakes, raccoons, and other pests in the New York New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 917-633-0888 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Groundhogs

Groundhogs, also known as woodchucks, are one of the United States’ largest rodents, in fact they can weigh up to 17 pounds. These rodents can cause all kinds of problems for your property, and even your home.
Groundhogs only exist in the northeast region of the United States, in areas with many trees and forests, such as New York and New Jersey. With winter approaching the groundhogs are going to begin looking for places to hibernate. When a groundhog builds a den they can borrow up to 6 feet into the ground. They normally look for a warm place such as next to a house.
Some signs that this giant rodent may be sneaking around your property are the following; large mounds of dirt leading to a burrow, hollowed out crops and plants, and weakened building foundations. Groundhogs have very large incisor teeth which is what classifies them as rodents. These teeth are perfect for chewing or gnawing on wood and wires that may support your home or supply you with power to your home. These rodents also may ruin your garden by digging around in it, or helping itself to your plants. If you notice 1/4th-3/4th inch tooth marks on your property you may be dealing with groundhogs.
Groundhogs will hibernate from November-February, and then come out to mate in the spring. If you don’t catch these rodents before they mate you may be dealing with a whole family of rodents within just a few months.
If you see any signs of groundhogs around your home you may want to look into getting them professionally removed by us, NY NJ Wildlife Removal, for a safe and humane catch and release back into the wild.
We specialize in removing 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 917-633-0888 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Winter Invaders

At this time of year, many people hurry to fix the heater, the insulation, and make sure that the windows are sealed off for the fast approaching winter. One area we often miss is the attic. The attic is often where we store our holiday decorations and winter clothes, but it can also be home to wild animals. Birds may go south for the season, but the rest need shelter. Raccoons, squirrels, and more are known to break into your home to escape the winter chill.
Squirrels, snakes, raccoons, and bats can utilize the cracks or eaves on the roof to gain entry to the attic and walls of your home; due to their excellent agility and climbing skills. These animals can use the cracks in the eaves of your house, or dig through the roof to get inside. Attic spaces are often filled with all sorts of old boxes and clothes that pests can quickly turn into nests. Snakes, rats, squirrels, and the like can use the walls to travel to other parts of the home. This can cause disruptions in insulation, wiring damage, and animal waste in the walls.
Animals with poor climbing skills (such as rabbits, rats, and skunks) can enter from lower cracks or holes in the walls or foundation of the house. Pests that enter the walls, basement, or crawl spaces can often move or damage insulation and create pockets that cause drafts.
Make sure your home is in good condition all around to keep animals at bay. Clean up the yard before the snow starts to fall, in order to prevent dens and burrows to be made by your house. Animals often make use of tool sheds, wood piles, or untrimmed hedges as the start of a winter den. Clean up your yard, and secure your tool shed before wild animals get a chance to move in.
We specialize in removing snakes, raccoons, and other pests in the New York New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 917-633-0888 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Skunks, Don’t They Just Stink?

Skunks are one of the most rancid smelling animals that you may ever come across, so why should you have to deal with them living in your area? Skunks pose many threats to your home, your family, and your beloved pets. All it takes is one accidental run in with a skunk for you or your pet to get sprayed and end up smelling putrid for days.
Another risk that you should be aware of is that skunks may carry the rabies virus. Just a few years ago almost 27% of rabies cases in the United States were related to skunks. A few signs of rabies to look out for are fearless behavior in the animals around humans or pets, and extreme aggression, which is not common for animals such as the skunk.
Imagine taking out the trash at the end of the day and you open up the pail and come face to face with a disgusting skunk. Much like raccoons, skunks are omnivorous animals and will dig through the trash for scraps and leftovers. This can pose an extreme danger for people as they risk an attack or a spraying while doing something as simple as taking out the trash.
Lastly be sure to look out for the droppings of these animals. If you notice that there has been a skunk wandering around your area, and you come across strange droppings be sure to remove them in a safe manner. Skunk droppings harbor harmful bacteria and parasites and pose an extreme threat for humans and animals.If you notice a skunk in your area please be sure to leave it up to the professionals for the safe and humane removal of it.
We specialize in removing skunks, rats, and other pests in the New York New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 917-633-0888 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

How do Snakes Get into the Attic

We all know that squirrels are skilled at scaling buildings and climbing walls; but how do snakes do it? Snakes are often caught in attics or inside the walls of homes, but how do they get upthere?
Snakes have the ability to “climb” rough surfaces such as bricks, trees, or some sidings used for houses. They can tighten their muscles and squeeze their way up surfaces. Snakes can slide up these surfaces with relative ease and make their way up to your roof.
Snakes don’t stick to or latch on to walls the way a lizard or squirrel could, but they do utilize their muscles to tightly squeeze into the soffits of bricks or around tree trunks. Rougher surfaces are easier for them to slip up.
Snakes would gain access to your attic in the same way that a squirrel might. Holes in the roof, cracks in the eaves, or damage from the gutter can give a pest animal access to the inside of your home.
Snakes that gain access to the inside of your home often go into walls as well. They use them to travel throughout the rest of the house. Snakes that enter the home at a lower level may migrate to the attic where it is warmer. Snake activity in the walls can lead to damage to the insulation of your home, causing drafts and cold pockets.
We specialize in removing snakes, raccoons, and other pests in the New York New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 917-633-0888 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Squirrels, Don’t They Just Drive You Nuts!

Squirrels, don’t they just drive you nuts! These pesky rodents are the cause of a large amount of urban property damage. You may like to watch these cute critters chasing each other around in your yard but what you don’t see is what they’re doing to your property.
A squirrel is a type of rodent which means that they are mammals that have ever growing incisor teeth that they need to keep filed down. They do this filing with the act of gnawing on things such as wood, metal, wires, hoses, or any other objects that may be in your yard. Also if you have a grass yard these rodents will dig and burrow underneath your shed, your pool, or even your home! Once they do this there is not much you could do before they begin causing substantial property damage.
Squirrels search for a warm dry place to reside. Normally they would choose an attic of a suburban home located by a wooded area. Once they get into the home they can make a mess with their waste, and will scratch and gnaw through wood, plaster, insulation, cardboard, and plastic.
The longer you wait to handle the removal of these pesky rodents the more money you will be paying in property damage, so get professional help as soon as possible. These animals could be quite aggressive too.
We specialize in removing squirrels and other pests in the New York New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 917-633-0888 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

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