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Wildlife Removal

Winter Defense Against Pests

As the temperatures drop and the sun sets earlier each night, we know that winter is fast approaching; and the wild animals know it too. As the cold air sets in, many wild animals will look towards houses for shelter. What can you do to protect your home from unwanted animal intruders from entering your home?  As the temperatures drop and the sun sets earlier each night, we know that winter is fast approaching; and the wild animals know it too. As the cold air sets in, many wild animals will look towards houses for shelter. What can you do to protect your home from unwanted animal intruders from entering your home?

Your home has a lot to offer for wild animals. Shelter, warmth, food, water; don’t let animals take advantage of you. animals can utilize the cracks and holes on the roof to gain entry to the attic. Damage to the eaves or near the gutters can allow them to enter walls of your home.

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. Clean up the yard before the snow starts to fall, in order to prevent dens and burrows to be made by your house.

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.

Fat Rats

If there is one thing NYC is known for, it’s that the big apple has a big rat problem. But that problem can be getting bigger, in both population, and size. It is no question that rats with more access to food, like those near a city dumpster, can get bigger. But it seems that the size of the average adult rat found in New York City has been on the rise. The average weight of an adult brown rat in NYC is about 300 grams (about 10.5 ounces), as opposed to the worldwide average of 230 grams (8.1 ounces). But in some cases, rats have been found that weigh over 2 pounds. Larger rats have been known to wait until smaller ones eat some of the food, which can help the strongest of the group survive poisoned baits or traps. While bigger rats aren’t necessarily more dangerous, they certainly aren’t any cleaner for the city. Rodents of any size can still be susceptible to or carriers of a wide array of diseases that can be dangerous or even deadly to humans.  If there is one thing NYC is known for, it’s that the big apple has a big rat problem. But that problem can be getting bigger, in both population, and size. It is no question that rats with more access to food, like those near a city dumpster, can get bigger. But it seems that the size of the average adult rat found in New York City has been on the rise. The average weight of an adult brown rat in NYC is about 300 grams (about 10.5 ounces), as opposed to the worldwide average of 230 grams (8.1 ounces). But in some cases, rats have been found that weigh over 2 pounds. Larger rats have been known to wait until smaller ones eat some of the food, which can help the strongest of the group survive poisoned baits or traps. While bigger rats aren’t necessarily more dangerous, they certainly aren’t any cleaner for the city. Rodents of any size can still be susceptible to or carriers of a wide array of diseases that can be dangerous or even deadly to humans.

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.

Evolution in Urban Life

Wild animals exist within even the densest of human civilizations. The urban jungle is swarming with life; and a lot of it isn’t bipedal. Raccoons, squirrels, rats, and other creatures co-exist with us in our cities and towns. But what does life on the mean streets of New York City do to these animals? A new study published in Science Magazine looked into the effects of cities on animals that are commonly found in urban locations. The results show that these animals are adapting and evolving. Roaches, raccoons, squirrels, lice, and more; are all changing. Each new generation is adapting more and more to the environment. The result of this adaptation is incredible resilience. Wild animals exist within even the densest of human civilizations. The urban jungle is swarming with life; and a lot of it isn’t bipedal. Raccoons, squirrels, rats, and other creatures co-exist with us in our cities and towns. But what does life on the mean streets of New York City do to these animals? A new study published in Science Magazine looked into the effects of cities on animals that are commonly found in urban locations. The results show that these animals are adapting and evolving. Roaches, raccoons, squirrels, lice, and more; are all changing. Each new generation is adapting more and more to the environment. The result of this adaptation is incredible resilience. As in any ecosystem, those most suited for the environment will continue to live on. This allows the species to survive and thrive. Rats smart enough to avoid traps may pass on that intelligence. Raccoons strong enough to open dumpsters have more access to food. Roaches that are unaffected by a bug bomb can give way to new generations of resistant broods. While our society continues to advance and grow, so does the overall species of those animals that we share the streets with. 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.

Nocturnal Animals in the Fall

Autumn is approaching fast; and while the nights get longer, the nocturnal animals lurking outside will be more active. In the Fall, the extended night time affords raccoons, opossums, and other nocturnal animals more time to be up and around. During this time, they will scavenge for more food, look for warmer places to live, and caused more damage to your home.  Autumn is approaching fast; and while the nights get longer, the nocturnal animals lurking outside will be more active. In the Fall, the extended night time affords raccoons, opossums, and other nocturnal animals more time to be up and around. During this time, they will scavenge for more food, look for warmer places to live, and caused more damage to your home.

Skunks, raccoons, and other nocturnal animals in our area utilize the natural changes in the day/night cycle in order to better prepare for the winter. Many of these mammals do not hibernate during the cold winters, and will need to prepare to outlast it. During the Fall, as days get colder and nights get longer, they will seek out more food. They may look for ways into your home to escape the growing cold.

The Fall is often the time where the offspring from the Spring start branching off and finding dens of their own. These younger animals may be less aware of how to avoid humans. They may be more inclined to try to break into your home or shed.

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.

The Difference Between Gophers and Groundhogs

When there is a fuzzy little beast ripping up your lawn and tunneling through your garden, there are a number of different animals it can be. The four most common burrowing pests in the New York/New Jersey area are moles, voles, groundhogs, and gophers. Gophers and groundhogs are commonly mistaken for each other, but there are a number of distinct differences separating the two animals. When there is a fuzzy little beast ripping up your lawn and tunneling through your garden, there are a number of different animals it can be. The four most common burrowing pests in the New York/New Jersey area are moles, voles, groundhogs, and gophers. Gophers and groundhogs are commonly mistaken for each other, but there are a number of distinct differences separating the two animals. Gophers are the smaller of the two, growing to only about 2 to 4 pounds in weight. A fully grown groundhog will weigh anywhere from 4 to 14 pounds, and will usually be much bigger than a gopher, so size is the first indicator of with type of pest is ripping up your garden. In completely favorable conditions, with no predators and plenty of food, a groundhog can achieve a weight of 30 pounds or more. Gopher fur can be a range of colors from white to brown to black. It is generally very soft. Depending on the species, a gopher may have stripes, spots, or other distinct markings. A groundhog’s fur is more coarse and is usually brown or rust colored. Gophers have thin, rat-like tails; while a groundhog’s bushy tail will resemble that of a squirrel. Groundhogs are much more comfortable going topside to forage for food. They can eat up to 1.5 pounds of vegetation a day, and will munch on almost all kinds of flowers, vegetables, and bulbs. Gophers tend to attack gardens from below, eating the roots of plants, shrubs, and vegetables. Carrots and radishes in particular are often the targets of gophers. They will often bite and gnaw at the roots, and fill up the pouches in their mouths. They tend to store extra food within the tunnel systems they dig.  Gopher tunnels usually go as deep as 2 feet or so, and feature extensive systems of pathways leading to a number of burrow chambers and exits scattered within the labyrinthian structure. The shape of the exit holes resemble a horseshoe in terms of the excess dirt surrounding it to form a mound. The exit holes of a Groundhog structure is more like a dome dirt pile. Groundhog tunnels are wider and less extensive, with generally only one burrow chamber, towards the back-end of the tunnel system. Groundhogs also usually create a chamber for the sole purpose of excrement, like a bathroom. They may go as deep as 4 feet deep underground.  We specialize in removing gophers, groundhogs, 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.

Don’t Feed the Pigeons

      When it comes to living in New York City, pigeons are just something that we all have to deal with. From entire flocks walking on the sidewalk, to droppings all over the statues, we have all seen how much of a nuisance these pests can be. But one thing that many New Yorkers do is feed the pigeons, especially in parks. People should not be feeding pigeons, for a variety of reasons. It is important to understand why it is not good for anyone to feed wild pigeons, if you live in a city like New York where populations run rampant. Feeding pigeons can lead to a number of problems, including malnutrition in the birds; and the further spread of diseases, whether just to the other pigeons, or cross-species.

Feeding wildlife of any kind can create a dependency. Why would an animal seek out food if they know they can receive it for just being near a certain park bench? When pigeons, or any other wild animals, find out about a specific spot to get food consistently, they generally stay near that source, and they don’t look elsewhere. That means that more animals will tend to hang around that area. By feeding a pigeon, you are forcing other people who visit the area to deal with a higher concentration of them, and the side effects of that, like higher concentrations of bird feces in the area.

Feeding pigeons can also lead to malnutrition in the animals. Pigeons, while we may not like them, do provide many a service to the city. Some of the seeds that pigeons tend to favor are weeds that could otherwise crop up all over the city. They also eat pest bugs. They clean up our streets by eating food litter.

Pigeons, no matter how urbanized they are, are still a part of the wildlife here. Wildlife should be (as long as it is not on our property) respected, and from afar if possible. You should not want to disturb wild pigeons if possible. It is there city as much as it is ours. It is only when they become a problem or compromise the health of the people that they should be excluded from the ecosystem of the city.

We specialize in removing 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 718-227-7227 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Which Rat is That?

The two most common rat species in the Northern US, but especially New York City, are the Norway and Roof rats. Both can gain entry to your home easily, cause damage greatly, and carry a large host of diseases. Knowing what kind of rat infestation you have can help identify how they got into your home, or where they may be nesting within it.  The two most common rat species in the Northern US, but especially New York City, are the Norway and Roof rats. Both can gain entry to your home easily, cause damage greatly, and carry a large host of diseases. Knowing what kind of rat infestation you have can help identify how they got into your home, or where they may be nesting within it.

Norway rats are large rats that can weigh over 8 ounces. Roof rats weigh about 10 ounces when fully grown. Norway rats can grow to be 40 cm in length. Roof rats are smaller and sleeker than the Norway, but can reach a length of about the same size. The tail of a Roof rat makes up most of it’s length, while a Norway rat’s tail is shorter than it’s body. Norway rats have very shaggy fur that can be either brown or gray. Roof rats have smooth hair that is generally brown or black. Both rats are omnivorous, but have a liking for fruits, nuts, and grains. Rats tend to hide and sleep during the day, and are very active at night. Seeing an active rat during the day usually means that there is a very large amount of them in that particular colony. Norwegian rats have scales on their ears and tails, while the Roof rats have scales on only their tails.

Norway rats have anywhere from 4-22 litters a year, each consisting of of 3-12 offspring. Roof rats have about 4-6 litters per year, with about 6-8 offspring each time.

Rat droppings found in your home can help determine the type of rat you are infested with.Roof rat droppings are about 12-13 mm long, while Norway rat droppings are about 18-20 mm.

Roof rats get their name from their excellent climbing ability and usually tend to live higher up in structures. They are also commonly referred to as black rats, ship rats, or house rats. Norway rats are much better at digging and can burrow into buildings. Their alternate names include the common rat, brown rat, or sewer rat.

While both use the walls of a building for colony uses, Norway rats have less of a tendency to live in the attic. Both rats live for about a year, but can produce litters year round. Holes in the eaves, roof, foundation, and walls of your home can allow these rats to gain entry. Non-screened windows and open doors can also be entry points for either variety.

Both rats carry a large assortment of diseases, but roof rats have been known to carry the Bubonic Plague. While this disease is no longer a huge threat to the public, it can make you very sick, and spread. There are very few cases of this disease in America yearly. If you see rats or evidence of them in your home, such as a nest or droppings, do not touch them, or get close to them. Call a wildlife removal specialist as soon as possible, to avoid and limit contact with harmful diseases.

We specialize in removing 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 718-227-7227 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Barbeque Season and Pests

Summer time is in full swing now, and with the 4th of July only a day away, the barbeques are firing up and everyone is going to be enjoying the holiday outside. But one thing to consider are the wild animals that may be attracted by all the food. You don’t want any uninvited pests to show up after the party is over. Once an animal finds food in a certain place, they will usually come back again for more later. Summer time is in full swing now, and with the 4th of July only a day away, the barbeques are firing up and everyone is going to be enjoying the holiday outside. But one thing to consider are the wild animals that may be attracted by all the food. You don’t want any uninvited pests to show up after the party is over. Once an animal finds food in a certain place, they will usually come back again for more later. Many people do not clean up properly after a long night of partying on the Fourth of July. Food spills, messy garbage, and even food scraps can attract wild animals looking for a meal. When the sun goes down, animals will be more inclined to check out your backyard if it was or is still full of food. The biggest culprits on BBQ nights are raccoons and opossums. These critters love scavenging for a meal, and are not picky either.Cleaning up is very important in the prevention of unwanted animals in your backyard. If drinks are spilled, be sure to hose down your patio space after the party. Alcohol and sugary sodas alike can attract uninvited guests. Food scraps and should be swept away and thrown out. Garbage bags should be placed in lockable garbage cans. Dumpster diving animals like raccoons can usually find a feast in the garbage of a barbeque night. Be sure to clean off the grill and take any leftover food and drinks inside the house.We specialize in the humane removal of squirrels, 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 718-227-7227 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Squirrel Nests

Squirrels often like to find a home in the hollows of trees or hidden away in a small den. But for many squirrels, a nest built on tree branches, or even in attics, is the place they call home. Squirrel nests, called dreys, are clumpy, seemingly haphazard, piles of debris that a squirrel constructs into a nest.
Despite how clumsily-built they may appear, a squirrel drey is surprisingly resilient and can hold up well. Similarly to a bird’s nest, the drey is generally bowl shaped. This keeps the young squirrels from falling out, while protecting them from the elements. Squirrels will use whatever types of materials in order to build it; like twigs, leaves, vines, and more. In homes, they may even resort to using items like insulation, boxes, and books. They will often look for a place to build that is already sturdy and supportive, like a hollow tree, a chimney, or an attic.
Squirrels will use their mouths and front paws to carry over materials, and will construct the drey over multiple days. They use their heads to push and bend debris in order to create a frame out of living twigs; which are harder to break. Squirrels may chew on the ends of the sticks to spread the fibers, which can help keep them in place. They will use mud, twigs, and leaves to insulate and reinforce it. An outer shell of sticks will give it additional support.
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 718-227-7227 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Opossums and Their Natural Defenses

We have all heard the term “Playing Opossum,” and know that this is where the animal feigns death to attempt to avoid predators. But what are the other ways this creature survives in the wild? Opossums are extremely resilient pests, and can be a big problem for homeowners.
Opossums have a very strong immunity to the rabies virus. It is about 8 times more likely for a wild dog to be carrying the disease than an opossum. This natural immunity does not mean that they cannot carry it. Any bites or contact with a wild opossum should be treated as if it does have rabies.
It is very difficult for opossums to die from poison. The marsupial produces a very powerful protein called Lethal Toxin-Neutralizing Factor (LTNF); that can neutralize a number of poisons and venoms. Most opossums can survive venomous snake bites from the snakes in our area. In lab studies, this protein has been shown to neutralize the venom of snakes from across the world, as well as a number of other poisons, like ricin. Even some neurotoxins had no effect, quickly being denatured by the protein. This is why many so-called “opossum poisons” for pest control purposes have little to no effect. Removal and relocation tactics are much more effective
With a thumb on each paw, and a prehensile tail; these animals are expert climbers. Their tails have such mobility and strength that the animal can hang out of trees with it, or carry grasses or debris for den building.
“Playing Opossum” is usually a last resort for these creatures. They will usually try to run away or make noise. They may belch or growl in an attempt to scare away predators. Urination and defecation can be used defensively, as well.
We specialize in the humane removal of opossums, rats, and other pests in the New York New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 718-227-7227 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

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