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Inactive Chimneys Can Become Animal Dens

In the Summer, no one wants to turn off the A/C and use the fireplace. This means that your chimney is open for critters to potentially move in. It is common for animals such as birds, squirrels, raccoons, and more to set up shop in an unused and unprotected chimney. This article will discuss how to prevent animals from taking up residence in your chimney.

Keep the Damper Closed

The damper prevents energy loss during times when your chimney is inactive. But it can also let animals into your home. Keep the damper closed when the chimney is not in use.

Invest in a Chimney Cap

Chimney caps can help prevent pest animals from entering your chimney. They also reduce the risk of snow or rain entering your home through the chimney. However, these can sustain damage over time, so be sure to check it on occasion, and replace it as needed.

Clean and Inspect the Chimney

According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, chimneys and fireplaces should be inspected for damages a least once a year, and cleanings should be administered as needed. Regular cleanings and inspections can help you more quickly identify if there is an animal problem, as they cause the chimney to be accessed more often, even in the off-season.

Listen For Animal Sounds

If there are animals living in your chimney, you might hear them. If you hear chirps, squeaks, or scratching coming from the chimney, you may have a pest problem. If you suspect that you have an animal living in your chimney, contact a local wildlife removal service to humanely trap and remove the animal from your property.

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.

“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.


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.

5 Wild Rattlesnake Facts

Rattlesnakes are known for their signature rattling sound, and venomous bite. One bite from a rattlesnake can create dangerous health conditions, and could be deadly. If you see a rattlesnake, use caution and leave it alone. This article will discuss some interesting facts about these deadly pit vipers that you might not have known.

Internal Birth

Rattlesnakes lay eggs as all reptiles do. However, they are an ovoviviparous species. This means that the mother produces and retains the eggs internally until after they hatch. The usual brood of tiny rattlesnakes will range from 5-12 snakes, each about 6-8 inches long. Rattlesnakes only reproduce once every 2 years and will carry the eggs for about 90 days.

Growing Rattles

When a rattlesnake is born, its rattle is very small. In fact, it is just the tip of the tail. Each time a rattlesnake molts it’s skin, the rattle gains an extra tier. Because of this, the signature rattler can show the snake’s age.

How Does The Tail Make Noise?

It may surprise you, but a rattlesnake tail is not a natural maraca. The rattles are segments of a protein called keratin, which is what our nails are made of. There are smaller, ringed segments of keratin found within the tail, loosely fit within. As the snake shakes its tail, the interior keratin vibrates and hits the outer shell. This creates the signature rattlesnake sound.

The Most Evolved Snake

Scientists have concluded that rattlesnakes are the “newest or most recently evolved” species of snakes, according to the San Diego Zoo. Their rattle is a highly evolved predator-avoidance system. Their rattling noise can help them shoo off predators, and scare away humans.
Additionally, the pits below a rattlesnake’s eyes are an important evolution. Rattlesnakes are part of a class of snakes known as pit vipers. Pit vipers have an eye adaptation where the heat-sensitive pits allow them to see prey in total darkness.

Rattlesnake Species

There are about 30 different species of rattlesnake, living across North and South America. Only 2 live in New York, the Timber Rattlesnake and the Massasauga. The Timber Rattlesnake is the only species to live in New Jersey. Arizona is the state with the largest range of rattler species, with 13 different types living there. Rattlesnake species are highly varied across the hemisphere; living in swamps, deserts, forests, grasslands, mountains, and more. Some species in colder regions will even hibernate during the winter. The snake’s color can vary greatly by species.

We specialize in the humane removal of snakes, 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.

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.

Inspecting Your Windows To Protect Your Home

Your windows allow natural light or a breeze to come into your home, but they can also protect it. Wild animals can use damaged windows or screens to gain access to your home. Window damage can also lead to higher energy costs and the growth of mold or mildew in your home.

Sealed Windows

Making sure your windows are properly sealed when closed is important to keep unwanted moisture and wild animals out of your home. Even small breaks or cracks in the base of the window can grow into major problems down the road. Caulk and weatherstripping around the windowpane or the sill can deteriorate over time. Be sure to inspect the windows of your house yearly to make sure that there is nothing that needs repairing.

Window Screens

As the weather gets warmer, it can be nice to open the windows and some fresh air flowing through the house. However, it is important to make sure that your window screens are properly installed, and undamaged. Pest animals can use damaged window screens to gain access to your home through open windows. This can be especially important in low-traffic areas of the home, such as the basement or attic, where the open window may be left unattended.

If You Spot Damage

If you notice that your window or screen is damaged, it is important to look for signs of pest invasion. Signs may include droppings, tufts of fur, nesting materials, and more. Some animals, such as rodents, will leave brown oil stains from their fur as they squeeze through. If you suspect that there is a wild animal living in your home, contact a humane wildlife removal company to deal with the animal. Do not try to catch it yourself.

We specialize in the humane removal of rats, 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.

Chipmunk Burrows on Your Property

Chipmunks are the ground-dwelling cousin of the squirrel. Usually, they can be found scurrying around near trees and bushes, collecting nuts and seeds in their cheeks. Chipmunks can dig sprawling, complex burrows that can create major issues for homeowners. This article will explore how chipmunks build their burrows, and how to identify them.

Chipmunk Burrowing

Unlike other burrowing critters like moles, chipmunk burrow entrances can be quite small. The entrance holes may only be 2-3 inches wide, and usually do not have dirt piled up around the exits. This is because chipmunks will carry dirt in their cheeks and scatter it further away to camouflage their homes. They may create their exit holes near vegetation, rocks, under patios, and more to hide the holes further.

Home Base

Their sprawling cave system can stretch as far as a 30-foot area, and can vary in depth from the surface to about 3 feet deep. Chipmunks will create a number of rooms in their burrow, for a variety of purposes. They will usually have a room for nesting, several food storage chambers, and a deeper nesting room for the hibernation season. Many small tunnels will connect each of the rooms to each other. There will also be multiple escape tunnels that allow the chipmunks to flee if needed. Their burrow works as a home base, and they will rarely venture more than a third of a mile from it.

Chipmunk Burrow Damage

Chipmunk burrows can cause structural damage to your property, as well as damage to your garden. Chipmunks can burrow under and around paved walkways & driveways, sheds, decks, patios, and even the foundation of your home. This can create structural integrity issues that could cause severe damage down the line. Chipmunks can also ravage a garden for food, munching on seeds, flower bulbs, fruits, vegetables, and plants. They will also feed at unprotected bird feeders.

We specialize in the humane removal of chipmunks, moles, 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.

Mice are Getting Smaller

It may sound strange, but the average size of mice has been shrinking. A new study from Scientific Reports shows that the average mass of the North American deer mouse has been steadily declining over the last 70 years. This body size reduction is theorized to be linked to global temperature increases, including temperature rises in “urban heat islands.” This article will explore what this means overall.

Global Climate and Body Size of Mice

As global climate increases, the body size of the deer mice has been shown to shrink, according to this study. Overall, a fairly well-documented understanding that populations and species of warm-blooded animals are larger in colder environments, and smaller in warmer climates. This is referred to as Bergmann’s Rule. It is possible that as global climate change occurs, the deer mouse has gotten smaller.

Urban Heat Islands and Mice

An Urban Heat Island is the concept that urban areas are warmer than most of the surrounding areas. This is due to a number of factors. A few examples include heat reflecting off of the asphalt and buildings, the localization of a large number of people, an increased concentration of vehicles, as well as the concentration of smog from those vehicles. All of this together creates a temperature hotspot compared to the rest of the region. As urbanization reduces habitats while providing a concentration of food, many mice populations are active in urban areas. With warmer temperatures in urban areas overall, it would make sense for urban rodents to be smaller than those found elsewhere.

Habitat Fragmentation and Mouse Size

Habitat fragmentation is the division of ecosystems, into smaller, less secure ones. Generally, this refers to habitat breakdowns from human development. Urbanization, highway development, and agriculture are common causes of habitat fragmentation. As sections of an ecosystem are divided, it becomes harder for the habitat to sustain larger animals and larger populations of them. Food scarcity and shrinking borders may leave animals struggling with limited resources. This can also lead to a more diminutive population of a species.

What Smaller Mice Mean to Your Home

So what does this all mean? As mice are shrinking in size, this means that they may be more equipped to hide out in your home or commercial property. Mice can generally squeeze through tight cracks and holes, but a smaller mouse could breach an even tighter space. A smaller mouse population could, in theory, access your home more easily.

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

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