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Do Bats Carry Rabies?

Bats could potentially carry rabies, just as most mammals do. 90% of human rabies cases in America are caused from contact with bats. Since only about 6% of the bat population is known to carry the disease, there is about one human death per year due to bat rabies.

Although these mammals have very small teeth, bat bites are known to feel like sharp needle jabs. According to the United States Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people typically are aware when getting bit. However, the bites themselves are small punctures, so it’s possible for these bites to go unnoticed. Most of these bat bites occur when people attempt to handle or them up. According to the CDC, it is impossible for someone to get rabies just from seeing a bat in an attic, in a cave, or at a distance. In addition to this, it’s also impossible to contract rabies from coming in contact with bat feces, blood, or urine, or from touching a bat on its fur, (although touching a bat untrained is advised against!)

The most common species of infectious bats are the Silver Haired Bats. These bats are dominantly found throughout the United States, except Florida. It is important to remember that a grounded bat who may appear to be sick may be carrying the disease, so leave the rescuing to the professionals.

Snakes: Venomous Vs Harmless

It can be difficult to distinguish a venomous snake from a harmless one. The primary misconception of snakes is that the majority of them are dangerous. Depending on where you’re located, this is typically not true.

A common myth about snakes is that just because they have a triangular shaped head, they’re automatically venomous. 99% of snakes have triangular heads. Another myth is that if a snake has a patterned scale, it’s venomous. A lot of snakes have patterns, and some venomous species don’t have a pattern. The most common snake, a Garter Snake, has a patterned scale and is harmless. In addition to these misconceptions, just because a snake rattles their tail is not an indication of danger. The sound of a snake rattling against dry leaves can seem very similar to the sound a Rattlesnake makes, which can cause some confusion.

Most venomous snakes are big and fat. Rattlesnakes have a distinct and unmistakable rattle at the end of their tale. They have gray, black, brown, olive, or yellow scales and banded, diamond, or spotted patterns are most common. Pupil size is also a common way to distinguish venomous and harmless snakes. Typically, dangerous snakes have a pupil that resembles a cat’s; an elliptical shape with peaked ends. Non-venomous snakes usually have rounded pupils.

We do not recommend getting too close to any snakes, as it can be difficult to distinguish them. Spotting any breed of snake is hardly ever a welcomed sight. Leave it to the professionals! For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 917-633-0146 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Prevent Squirrels From Taking Over Bird Feeders

Birds are typically one of the few welcomed animals in backyards. Tons of people love watching and listening to their chirps, but they are also quite beneficial to have around on your property. They usually feed on some insects that can be harmful to a garden, including aphids, spiders, and mosquitos. Attracting birds encourages them to feed on these pests, which cuts out the need for harsh chemical treatments.

Bird feeders are a nice way to bring these creatures to your yard, but it can be difficult to keep other disruptive animals away, like squirrels. Creating a bird-friendly yard as opposed to a squirrel- friendly yard can be challenging. One tip to keep squirrels away is to slip the bird feeder onto a long wire, and hang it between two nearby trees. Be sure to keep it away from any low branches, so squirrels won’t be able to jump into it. Another tip is to add some spice to your bird food. Birds have no capsaicin receptors- meaning they are unable to taste spices. But, squirrels can taste and don’t like it. A spice like hot pepper is commonly used for this method, and is also full of vitamins that can kill off parasites. 

Sometimes, despite all your best efforts, pesky squirrels just won’t go away. If your yard has become squirrel central, give us a call and we would be happy to help. Leave it to the professionals! For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 917-633-0146 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Are There Flying Squirrels in Your Home?

Best known for their ability to “fly,” flying squirrels hold about 50 different species that are most commonly found in North America. These animals usually reach approximately 12 inches in length and weigh between 4-6.5 ounces. Although the name “flying squirrels” might sound convincing, these squirrels don’t actually fly. They glide through the air using their arms and tail for stability.

Flying squirrels typically live in large trees. But, as large trees are constantly being torn down, these squirrels will look for houses to nest in. They usually go for attics, wall interiors, and ceiling spaces. Unlike regular squirrels, flying squirrels are not territorial and don’t mind sharing spaces with other squirrels. This could quickly result to an infestation.

Flying squirrels don’t force their way in by chewing like regular squirrels do. They wait until they find an opportunity, which includes missing screens, a chimney gap, loose sliding, or  a missing/loose pieces of soffit.

If not handled properly and professionally, flying squirrels can be a huge disturbance. Leave it to the professionals! For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 917-633-0146 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Different Types of Snakes

Snakes are cold-blooded creatures that hold about 2900 species of serpents. As these animals have been around for centuries, most people have a preconceived idea that all snakes are dangerous, while most snakes are actually non-venomous. Learn about three of the most dangerous kinds of snakes that could be in your area.

Elapid snakes are poisonous, with venom filled glands in the rear of their upper jaws. With long, slender bodies and smooth scales. One type of Elapid, the Coral snake, are usually found in North America. They have been spotted in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and occasionally in Oklahoma. According to the American National Institutes of Health, there are an average of 15–25 coral snake bites in the United States each year

Viperidae snakes, more commonly known as vipers, are also known for their fangs. Unlike the Elapiades, vipers are able to retract and extend their fangs. While unthreatened, these fangs remain folded back against the roof of their mouth. When their mouth opens, the fangs extend into a biting position. The most common vipers include Copperheads, Rattlesnakes, and Saw-scaled viper.

Colubridae snakes are usually non venomous, lack a functioning left lung, and their heads are covered by large scales. With these similarities aside, Colubridae snakes are very different. Some are ground-dwellers, while others are found near bodies of water. A popular member of this species is the garter snake, also known as the garden snake. These are one of the most common snakes found in North America. Opposed to most other snakes, garter snakes react to threat by releasing a musky odor.

Boidae snakes are non-venomous, but huge and powerful constrictors. Boidaes are most known for their ability to swallow a grown animal whole, and rely on their strength to suffocate prey. Although they don’t have fangs, they have rows of teeth on their upper and lower jaws. Some popular members of the Boidae family include Anacondas, and Boa constrictors. They are commonly found in Central and South America.   

Seeing any breed of snake is hardly ever a welcomed sight. Leave it to the professionals! For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 917-633-0146 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

How to Spot a Squirrel Infestation

As there are several species of squirrels, the tree squirrel is typically the most common nuisance for homeowners. They make a ton of noise in any area they inhibit, and are also likely to cause damage. Due to the expanding number of squirrels and the decreasing number of natural habitats, these critters are looking for shelter in attics. Be aware of the following signs, as they are indications that squirrels may be in your attic.

One of the first and most obvious signs that there may be squirrels in your home is the amount of noise they create. The scampering and rattling sounds are typically giveaway signs. As squirrels are most active during the daytime, that is when they are commonly heard. Finding their droppings is also a common sign. If you sense a foul or stale odor coming from your attic, it is a clear indication of a possible infestation. Finding chewed or frayed wiring is not only a concern for your home, but also a clue that you might have squirrels. As they are excellent chewers, you might also find chewed wood pieces.

To prevent your home from falling prey to these pestery animals, it is recommended to remove all bird seeds or any other source of diet, as they attract animals, and the squirrels will remember where they are acquiring their food from. They can also enter through your garage, walls, or even under stairs and decks. Be sure to keep these areas sealed to prevent the squirrel’s access inside your home. Wherever there are any holes larger than 1.5 inches, they are able to chew their way in.

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, squirrels just won’t leave.If your home is infested, leave it to the professionals. Your home has a lot to offer these pests. Warmth, shelter, and food. 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 917-336-6039 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Tips for Preventing Spring Infestations

Spring has sprung, and it is now officially the most common time for pests to emerge. While looking for a place to build their nest or food for their young, these wild animals might come a little too close for comfort. Before it’s too late, make sure you’re taking the preventative measures to ensure a pest-free Spring.

  1. Keep extra brush and wood away from home structures. Pests such as termites, bees, and wasps are known to get into wood and form nests. Store these items away from your home and garage. 
  2. Keep food in airtight containers. Especially if you have pets in your home, it would be in your best interest to pick their food bowl off the ground and immediately rinsing it out after your pet has eaten. Keep pantry/cabinet foods such as chips and cereal in plastic containers with lids.
  3. Seal up all of the entry points around your home. Check the outside of your house for any cracks or holes. Consider adding a mesh barrier to ward off wildlife.  

Despite your best efforts to keep your home pest-free, infestations are still common. 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 917-336-6039 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Keep Pigeons Out

Did you know that pigeons are the pestiest bird in the United States? They will get themselves situated, and then damage your property. Pigeons tend to prefer higher places that protect them from predators, while offering food and safety. They will scavenge outdoor restaurants for food, and look for nests near heating units to keep themselves warm.

 

Pigeon nests are mostly composed of twigs and are usually covered in droppings. These nests can be found in farm lands, parks, and city buildings. They tend to migrate toward city window ledges and windows. They tend to reuse the same spots and spaces to build nests, which makes it more difficult for them to leave.

 

They can get into your home through any kind of elevated space, such as an attic or covered/tarped rooftop. They can also gain entrance through broken windows, any opened gaps, or loose vents.

 

 Make sure to never feed the pigeons or leave out bird feeders, as they have an excellent memory when it comes to their sources of food. You can tuck netting under places where the pigeons nest, such as under an air conditioning vent or awning. This will keep them from staying there. Also, be sure to cover chimneys and seal off your attic.

We specialize in removing birds, bats, rats, and other pests in the New York New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 917-633-0146 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Prevent Mice From Entering your Home

Watching a small mouse scurry across your floor is rarely a welcomed sight. Not only are mice annoying, but they also offer quite a few health threats. These critters multiply quickly, so make sure you’re resolving the issue before it gets too dangerous.

  1. Keep trash sealed. Make sure that your garbage bags are tightly closed and thoroughly cleaned.
  2. Seal food. Mice are coming into your home in search of food, so keep your food shut tight.
  3. Seal foundation. Mice can squirm their way in through cracks in foundation. If you have stacked stone or rubble foundations, mice can easily fit in between gaps.

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, mice just won’t leave.If your home is infested, leave it to the professionals. Your home has a lot to offer these pests. Warmth, shelter, and food. 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 917-336-6039 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Eliminate Skunk Odor

Skunks are nuisances, and so are their horrendous stench. The first thing you’ll be wondering after getting sprayed is how to remove the awful smell. We have all heard the old remedy of bathing in tomato juice, but this has been scientifically proven to not neutralize the order, but instead your nose is full of the strong scent of the tomato juice.

A remedy found by Myth busters that was proved to work is s a quart of fresh three percent hydrogen peroxide, a ¼ cup of baking soda, and a teaspoon of liquid soap, such as Dawn Dish washing Liquid. The soap is able to break down the oily nature of the skunk liquid, and the peroxide and baking soda form the musk into an odorless acid. Soak clothes in a mixture of 10% Clorox Bleach, 90% water, and then wash in a heavy duty detergent.

You can eliminate the skunk smell in just minutes if you act quickly, but call us to remove the skunks! We specialize in removing bats, rats, and other pests in the New York New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 917-633-0146 and we will be happy to make anappointment at your convenience.

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