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Wildlife Removal

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.

Opossums Under Your Deck

If an opossum is living under your deck, this can be a serious problem for you and your family. While fairly harmless, opossums can be pesky. They can make quite a mess under the deck and in your trash bins.

Deck Damage

Opossums can damage your deck. Like most pest animals, they can fit in small spaces but may damage the opening to make it easier for themselves. Generally, they won’t do enough damage to ruin the structural integrity of your deck.

Opossums and Your Yard

Opossums are opportunistic eaters. They may scrounge around your garden for the plants, as well as bugs. Generally, opossums can have a hard time knocking over trash bins. They may climb in the bin to feast. Additionally, they may wait for another animal to do the hard work for them. Opossums will often scrounge pails that raccoons or skunks have already knocked over.

Opossums in the Spring

If you have an opossum living under your deck during this time of year, it could be more troublesome. Opossums give birth in the Spring. Overall, this can mean that you could have a mother and its babies living under your deck. While opossums are generally harmless, a mother opossum may be more territorial to defend their young.

Humane Opossum Removal and Repair

Especially during the Spring, humane wildlife removal is important for all critters. Humane removal methods will help ensure that pesky opossums and their young are removed from your property and released into the wild together. This is important for the species and the environment.

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.

Rodents and Food Safety

Rat Crawls In The Kitchen On Dishes And Looking For FoodRodents have been associated with famine and pestilence for millennia, and much of it is for good reason. Ratatouille may be a cute movie, but no one wants a rat in the kitchen. This article will look into the problems that rodents can cause for food safety in both the home and in restaurants.

Rodents and Health Hazards

Rodents like mice and rats carry a wide variety of diseases and parasites that can affect food safety. In addition to their penchant for scavenging food from pantries, they are likely to leave behind parasites or diseases that can be harmful to humans. Rodents may also leave behind droppings that may house these harmful parasites, or carry disease. Additionally, rodent fur produces natural oils that can stain surfaces or contaminate food, which may also harbor these health hazards.

Protecting Home Pantries From Rodents

Any food that is not stored in the fridge or freezer should be stored securely in the pantry. Consider using sturdy, animal-proof containers to store food in the pantry. Clear out trash as needed to prevent it from building up inside. If you notice any signs of rodent activity in your pantry, contact a wildlife removal service immediately.

Protecting Your Restaurant From Rodents

To reduce the risk of rat problems in your restaurant, be sure to secure food sources and clean up regularly. It is important to keep pantries and other areas where food is held clutter-free. Be sure to regularly clean any dining areas so that critters aren’t attracted by dropped scraps. Take care of landscaping and nearby plants, which can be used by rodents as shelter, or access points to windows. Doors to outdoor areas should remain closed to prevent rodents and other pests from slipping into your restaurant. Inspect your restaurant regularly for damage or signs of rodent activity.

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

Why Do Seagulls Like Parking Lots?

For coastal areas of New York and New Jersey, it is common to see seagulls congregating in parking lots. Even if you are a few miles from shore, seagulls can often be found in large flocks walking or flying around in parking lots near malls, strip malls, and department stores. But why do seagulls like parking lots?

Parking Lots and Food Sources

Seagulls will eat almost everything, from waste scraps to human food, to bugs and insects. Parking lots offer a wide assortment of free “food” for these birds. And while many of them will end up eating paper, cigarette butts, and other waste products found in the parking lot; others will manage to score edible food. Well-manicured patches of grass near parking lots meant to beautify the space are often a good source of worms and insects for seagulls as well. Additionally, many gulls can find food in dumpsters from nearby restaurants and supermarkets found in or around parking lots.

Parking Lots and Defense

Like many other bird species, a flock of seagulls will not all eat at once. In most cases, many gulls will feast as a few will act as sentries, looking around for signs of danger. Parking lots offer wide-angle views for the gulls that are often unobstructed. This gives the birds plenty of time to react to danger, usually cars passing through their feeding grounds.

Parking Lots and Nesting

In addition to the food sources and the defensive capabilities of the parking lot, there are also many places for gulls to roost and nest. Tall light poles offer plenty of opportunities for high-up nests. Awnings, signs, and large letter signs offer additional places to build nests. Finally, most parking lots are accompanied by buildings with flat or shallow-sloped roofs. These make it easy for gulls to nest or roost above their feeding grounds.

If you have a flock of gulls terrorizing your parking lot and nesting throughout your property, you need professional removal and exclusion specialists to employ prevention tactics. NY/NJ Wildlife removal specialists can help remove nests and prevent gulls from building more in the future. Removing their ability to nest nearby can limit their activity in your parking lot.

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.

Keeping Turkeys Away From Your Yard

Wild turkeys have been a growing problem for homeowners in the New York/New Jersey area. They have become common in many suburban areas, like Staten Island. These large birds can travel in flocks and can be a major nuisance outside of your home. This article will explore how turkeys can be a problem for homeowners, and some ways to deter them.

Why Are Turkeys in Suburban Neighborhoods?

While the overall population of wild turkeys in the US is on the decline, many suburban communities across the country are seeing a rise in wild turkeys on their streets. This is most likely due to shrinking habitats.

Why Are Turkeys In My Yard?

Like most wild animals, turkeys are probably seeking out food. Turkeys can eat a wide variety of plant and animal matter. They are expert foragers and can eat anything from acorns and berries to grasshoppers and small lizards. Turkeys may forage your yard for garden plants, bugs in your lawn, or scraps from the trash. Berry bushes and oak trees may attract turkeys, as these provide food that turkeys know to eat.

Suburban Turkey Nests

Turkeys may take up roost on your property. Turkey nests can be built in trees or on the ground, depending on what is available. Given the opportunity, a turkey may nest on top of shorter homes, or inside sheds. Turkey nests look like large versions of traditional bird nests, utilizing sticks and branches in addition to smaller twigs. Because of their large size, turkeys can create serious damage to trees, bushes, and structures on your property as they nest there.

Are Turkeys Dangerous?

Turkeys can pose a threat to people and pets. Wild turkeys can be aggressive, especially those who have become accustomed to urban life. They may chase people away or even attack. Additionally, wild turkeys may be carriers of infectious diseases. Children and pets can be more susceptible to attacks by wild turkeys, as their smaller size may make them seem less threatening than an adult person.

Turkeys and the Breeding Season

Turkeys can be especially dangerous in the spring breeding season, where male turkeys will be testosterone-pumped and looking to establish dominance. Turkeys may fight each other, or attempt to fight humans to show off for potential mates. In recent years, people have even found turkeys crashing through glass windows or into cars to fight their reflections.

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.

Do I Need to Repair My Attic After an Animal Infestation?

After a wild animal is removed by a wildlife removal specialist, homeowners may wonder if repairs should be made. After all, how much damage could one critter do? Unfortunately, Animals can cause major damage to your home, including the insulation, electrical systems, and more. Additionally, repairs can prevent further infestations down the road. This article will explore key points of repair and restoration, and why they are essential.

Entry Holes

Animals can find small cracks or holes in your home and use them to gain entry. Often, they will work to make these holes bigger. Firstly, these holes can be used by other critters in the future to gain access to your attic once again. Next, these holes can be a source of a draft, which can mean that you spend more money on heating and air conditioning.

Grease Marks

Most mammals have natural oils that cover their fur. These oils can stain parts of your home as they rub against surfaces. The grease stains caused by these animals contain chemicals that may attract other critters, as they might smell the animal’s presence.

Chewing & Gnawing

Animals, and especially rodents, may chew and bite through walls, floors, insulation, wires, and more. This damage can affect the structural integrity of your house, create drafts, or even create fire hazards. It is important to repair any damage caused by animals as they munched their way across your attic.

Waste Removal

Animals living in your home will leave waste behind. Often, this waste can seep throughout the home. This can cause severe health issues for you and your loved ones. Propper clean-up of waste materials is essential to restoring your home and keeping your family healthy. This is why hiring a company that specializes in wildlife removal and repair is vital. Most carpenters are not trained to properly sanitize an area in a way that removes diseases and parasites left behind by unwanted critters.

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.

Common Mistakes When Hiring a Wildlife Removal Company

When you have an animal living in your home, it is important to get it evicted. Unfortunately, not all wildlife removal companies are the same. You need to make sure that the company you hire to deal with your pest problem can get the job done right, and without issue. Below, this article will discuss the common mistakes in hiring a removal service, and how New York/New Jersey Wildlife Removal Inc. does it right.

Not Getting an Inspection First

When choosing a wildlife removal service, it is important that a specialist inspects your property for signs of animal invasion and damage. This is vital to ensuring that the animals are excluded properly and that any potential damage is noted. NY/NJ inspects your property to ensure that our team of professional removal specialists knows exactly how to get the job done right, the first time.

Hiring an Inhumane Removal Company

Inhumane removal companies kill or improperly dispose of trapped animals. Alternatively, they may use harmful traps or poisons to kill the animals before removal. This is heavily problematic. Not only is it inhumane, but it often does not solve your pest problem. Pest animals may survive poisons or traps, only to die within your walls. This can cause them to be missed by the trappers. Rather than dealing with inhumane trappers or rotting animals in your walls, it is best to hire a humane company from the start. NY/NJ Wildlife Removal Inc understands the environmental and moral importance of humane trapping and exclusion of pest animals. We work to ensure that all of the animals are properly removed from your home, and released into the wild where they belong.

Hiring a Company That Doesn’t Provide Cleanup/Repair Services

Animals can wreak havoc on your home and endanger the health and safety of your family. Pest animals and their waste can spread diseases to your family. Structural damage and fire hazards can occur when pests take up residence in your home. Furthermore, animals burrowing through your insulation can create drafts that can raise your energy costs significantly. It is vital that the removal specialists that you hire offer extensive repair and cleanup services. These services are essential to restoring your home and protecting the health of your loved ones. NY/NJ Wildlife Removal Inc offers our clients extensive cleaning and repair services.

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.

Garage Intruders

The garage is usually a place to store bikes, tools, and lawn care equipment. But for raccoons, squirrels, and more, a garage can be a spacious and weatherproof den. This article will explore the ways pest animals can enter your garage, and what precautions you can take to limit critters from hiding away inside.

Close the Garage Door

It is a common practice to leave the garage door open when outside your home. However, this can leave it available for raccoons and other animals to move right in. If possible, only open the garage when necessary, and close it right after. Reducing the time you leave the garage door open can limit the chance of a pest animal from entering your home. Additionally, limiting this exposure can reduce the risk of theft.

Keeping your Garage Clean

When the garage is free of clutter, there are fewer places for critters to hide. With less hiding places, pests are less likely to move in. Reducing clutter can also help you identify signs of pest invasion earlier.

Removing Food and Water

Some homeowners may store bulk food and water in their garage. A steady supply of food and water can make your garage a very habitable place for raccoons and other wild animals. Easy access to food means that they do not have to travel far for a meal, which makes your garage an attractive piece of real estate. Removing food stores from the garage, or limiting the amount of food stored there can reduce this risk. Additionally, putting bulk food items into animal-proof containers can reduce the risk of attracting animals from the smell of the food.

If you have a wild animal living in your garage, contact a humane wildlife removal specialist to get rid of the animal. We provide removal services in addition to restoration, cleanup, and repair of affected areas.
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.

Wire Biting Mice

Mice can cause a lot of damage to homes, in a variety of ways. One of the most problematic sources of damage is the fact that mice like to chew on wires. Left unchecked, these critters can create major fire hazards. This article will explore why mice chew through wires, and what steps can be taken to prevent major fire damage.

Why Do Mice Chew on Wires?

There are usually a lot of wires hidden in crawl spaces, attics, and walls. These are all places where mice like to hide. As the mice maneuver through your home, they bite through whatever they need to to get around. This can include wires, insulation, wood, glass, rubber brick, and more. These rodents, however, may use wires to grind down their teeth. Mice and rats need to gnaw on hard objects to whittle down their teeth to a more manageable size. Because they can wrap their paws around smaller wires, it can be an easy way to grind them down. Damaged wiring can cause power losses and short circuits. Exposed and frayed electrical wires can create sparks and can even cause fires.

Protecting Your Wires

Mice and rats can easily chomp through wires, but there are ways to prevent or mitigate this. Rodent resistant wire coverings can be placed over existing wires or their replacements. You should have your wiring inspected by an electrician for any signs of damage. They may also be able to help you with encasing wires to prevent rodent damage. If you see any signs of rodents in your home, call a professional, humane wildlife removal service to remove them. New York/New Jersey Wildlife offers humane removal services, as well as cleaning and repair after the animals are removed.

We specialize in the humane removal of rats, mice, 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.

Removing Skunk Scent from Your Dog

Skunk smell can be one of the hardest, foulest scents to get rid of. If your dog is sprayed by a skunk, it can be difficult to remove the smell. This article will explore what to do to remove the smell from your dog (and your home if needed), as well as ways to prevent future skunk attacks.

Why Your Dog Got Sprayed

two skunks in tree hollowSkunks can propel their smelly spray up to 10 feet with incredible accuracy. This spray is horrible smelling and downright difficult to clean off. Skunks will spray their sulfurous liquid at anything that threatens them. Even dogs chained up or behind a fence can be sprayed at if the skunk feels threatened. Dogs may chase after or bark at a skunk, which can provoke spraying.

Why is Skunk Spray Hard to Clean?

Because of the oily nature of the spray, water alone can not wash it off. The spray is oily and sulfurous, a combination that leaves a hard to clean, rancid smell. As such, you will need a powerful combination of cleaners to handle this mess.

Cleaning your Dog

  • First, leave your dog outside if possible. Bringing your dog indoors will only make cleaning harder, as they will probably wipe the spray all over you home. Skunk spray can seep into most rugs and furniture fabrics.
  • Second, prepare a bath for your dog. The bath should be comfortably warm for them. You will need de-skunking shampoo. Alternatively, assuming you don’t have this, you can mix a few common household items together to make a suitable de-skunking mix. Combine 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide, a ¼ cup of baking soda, and 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap. This recipe is for small and medium dogs. For large dogs, scale up the mixture as needed.
  • Next, make sure to wash your dog thoroughly. If you are using a de-skunking product, follow the instructions on the bottle. If you are using the above mixture, rub the mixture into your dog’s fur thoroughly, and be sure to rinse well. Hydrogen peroxide can bleach your dog’s fur if left in for too long. Use a washcloth to clean your dog’s face and snout, to avoid getting the mix in their eyes.
  • Last, wash your dog with their standard shampoo. This will help wash out any lingering spray or de-skunking mix.

Reducing the Risk of Skunk Sprays

To prevent your dog from getting sprayed by a skunk in the future, be sure to take the following precautions. Do not leave your dog unsupervised in the outdoors, even in your backyard. Do not let your dog off the leash when not at home, as it can be harder to pull them away from wild animals. If you see a skunk in your area, bring your dog inside. Do not leave dog food or water bowls unattended outside, as this can attract skunks, raccoons, and other pest animals.

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.

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