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How Fast do Mice Multiply?

Where there’s one mouse, it’s a safe bet that many more are nearby. Mouse colonies are often huge and for good reason. Mice can reproduce at rapid rates year-round. This means that a small group of mice can quickly explode into a full-on infestation. But just how fast do they multiply?

Mouse Multiplication

Mice become sexually mature anywhere from 4-8 weeks after their birth, depending on species, gender, and other factors. A female mouse can get pregnant 5 to 10 times per year, with each pregnancy yielding 3-14 offspring. Mouse pregnancies usually take up to 3 weeks to gestate fully. Generally speaking, a single pair of mice can rapidly bloom into a few thousand in just a year.

Mice Lifespan

In the wild, mice can live up to about a year. But, when they take refuge in a home, they can live up to 2 years longer. With every year comes more offspring, and an even more rapidly reproducing horde of furry critters. When out in the wild, mice are susceptible to predators. But when a colony resides in a home, they are much less likely to be hunted. This leads to more rapid population growth. With more growth comes a higher likelihood that they can bring destruction and disease to your home. Mice will gnaw and chew through almost anything, from boxes in your attic to electrical wiring. Mice are known to cause drafts from burrowing through insulation, property collapse from weakening structures, and fires from fraying wires.

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

Double Trouble – Different Animals in Your Trash

Often, if one animal can get into your garbage, more can be using it as a food source than you realize. In urban and suburban settings, there is plenty of trash for raccoons, opossums, skunks, and more to get into. If your garbage cans can be accessed by one type of animal, chances are high that you could be feeding a small community of wild critters near your home.

How Different Animals Access Your Trash

Different animals can utilize different techniques for trash access. Skunks try to knock over cans. Squirrels can access garbage by jumping into the trash can. Opossums, while trash-lovers, usually can’t access bins. But, they will wait for raccoons or skunks to do the heavy lifting before coming in to scavenge what remains.
Raccoons can, and will, try just about anything to access the garbage can’s contents. This includes climbing in, knocking over, and even unlocking cans. Raccoons can figure out simple clamps and basic security functions that would protect the scraps inside your can from the deft hands of the trash bandits.

Protecting Your Cans from Different Animals

There are a few ways to protect your trash bins from would-be diners. First, invest in your trash cans. Sturdy, animal-proof trash bins with locking lids can stave off most critters. Even the smartest of raccoons may be deterred from a meal if the garbage can is sturdy enough. Next, use natural deterrents. Mint Essential Oils and Cayenne pepper powder are natural ingredients that can deter pesky animals from the trash. And the mint can help your trash smell less pungent to human noses. Sawdust sprinkled around your trash cans can also act as a deterrent. Animals like raccoons and skunks do not like the feeling of sawdust on their paws, which may discourage them from approaching your trash bins.

Hopefully, these tips will help reduce animal activity in your trash cans. Shoring up your defenses against dumpster divers will hopefully encourage them to seek their next meal elsewhere.
We specialize in the humane removal of foxes, bats, 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.

Where Do Deer Live On Staten Island?

Deer have been popping up more and more on Staten Island and have been a major nuisance to drivers and homeowners. But Where does this wildly growing population of deer live on the island, and how can we limit their destruction to our cars and property?

Deer Beds

Deer herds generally live in clearings in the woods referred to as deer beds. These clearings will usually have tall grass with many pockets tamped down within them. The pockets are where the deer rest. The tall grass provides insulation and camouflage, while the openness of the clearing allows the sun to warm the deer. Deer populations are crepuscular, meaning that they are most active in early mornings or around sundown. While it is not uncommon to see them at night or during the day, during these times. They prefer to bed down when the midday sun can provide the most warmth. Deer are also more likely to use areas close to wetlands or coniferous (nettled) trees. Wetlands provide water and abundant vegetation for food. Coniferous trees offer food year-round, and fallen nettles can provide warm bedding year-round.

Deer In The Headlights

Hitting a deer with your car can be a major problem. Deer can seriously damage your car, and the sudden hit can pose a serious danger for the people inside. Not to mention that you can seriously injure or even kill a deer with your car. These tips may help prevent you from hitting a deer or suffering from a serious injury because of a collision.

  • Wear a seatbelt while in a moving vehicle.
  • Drive at the posted speed limit.
  • Drive with caution in wooded areas, and where deer crossing signs are posted.
  • Dusk and dawn are higher risk times.
  • If you see one deer, expect there to be more nearby.
  • Don’t expect your headlights to deter deer.
  • Don’t swerve to avoid hitting a deer. You may end up getting in a worse collision.
  • Report any deer-vehicle collisions to the local police department.
  • Stay alert and sober while driving.

Protecting Your Home from Deer

While deer aren’t likely to enter your home, they can wreak havoc on your landscaping. Shrubs, bushes, and young trees are particularly vulnerable to deer appetites. Deer have a habit of overeating from many landscaped plants, so they can do some serious damage to your shrubbery. An over-abundance of deer near your home can also lead to a growing risk of catching a tick. Ticks are small, arachnid parasites that clamp onto mammals and burrow their heads under the skin. They can also host a number of diseases, like Lyme disease.

We specialize in the humane removal of foxes, bats, 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.

Wild Foxes and Protecting Your Pets

Foxes can be a pain to homeowners, but they aren’t usually a threat to humans unless they are rabid. However, foxes can pose a real threat to your pets. This article will provide tips for protecting your pets from getting attacked by foxes.

Proper Supervision When Outside

Pets should not be left outside unsupervised. Cats should not be allowed to freely roam outside. Additionally, pets should remain on a leash or tied to a post when they are outside. This allows you to prevent them from rushing at or charging a wild animal. Leashes also give you a way to pull them away from a wild animal if needed.

Up To Date Boosters

Your pets should be up to date on their boosters, to protect them in the event of wild animal exposure. Many wild animals can carry a host of diseases, so protecting your pet by boosting their immune system is a smart choice. Foxes, in particular, can carry rabies and a wide assortment of other diseases. Speak with your vet about your pets’ booster schedule.

Predator-Proof Fencing

The right fence for your yard can keep foxes out, and prevent your pet from digging under it. A 6 foot high, tight fence with a bottom extending at least 2 feet into the ground can help reduce animal intrusion.

If You See A Fox

When a fox is nearby, get your pet indoors, but do not turn your back to the fox. If your pet is small, consider picking it up, to prevent them from attacking each other. Hold the leash tight. If you cannot get your pet inside safely, act aggressively by shouting and waving your arms. You want to reinforce the idea that you are a threat to the fox, without provoking or cornering it. If foxes are a common threat in your area, consider keeping an air horn handy when sitting outside.

We specialize in the humane removal of foxes, bats, 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.
Please note that we do not handle the removal of dogs or cats.

Do Skunks Bite?

We all know that skunks can deliver a nasty-scented spray from their backside, but are skunks dangerous from the front? Skunks use their spray to mark territory and defend themselves from potential threats, but they can still cause some damage otherwise.

Skunk Defenses

Generally speaking, most people won’t get close enough to a skunk to elicit a bite. A skunk’s pungent spray is usually enough of a deterrent for most people to leave it alone. However, if a skunk is cornered, it may resort to going on the offensive. Skunks’ claws are well-situated for digging but can do plenty of damage to flesh. Skunks have sharp teeth and a set of larger fang-like teeth on the top and bottom sets. These allow them to rip through flesh while eating, or defending themselves.

Diseases That Skunks Carry

If you or your pet are bitten by a skunk, you should wash the wound with mild soap and warm water; then go to a hospital or vet, respectively. Skunks can carry a wide array of diseases, from rabes to canine hepatitis. While humans cannot get canine hepatitis, it can be incredibly dangerous to your pet if they are not inoculated. Additionally, they can carry canine distemper, leptospirosis, listeriosis, Q-fever, tularemia, and Trypanosoma.

Cleaning Skunk Spray

There are plenty of de-skunking cleaning products on the market, but you can make your own mixture for little to no cost, from common household products. Mix 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide with 1 teaspoon of strong dish soap and ¼ cup of baking soda. If you do not have hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar can be substituted. This mixture can clean up the spray from pets and humans alike, just be careful not to get any in their eyes. Hydrogen peroxide may lighten fur or hair, so don’t leave the mixture on for more than five minutes at a time. Do not store this mixture stored in a sealed bottle or container, as it might explode.
For clothes, add ½ cup of baking soda to your washing machine along with your normal detergent. Hot water is more effective if the clothes can handle it. Repeat washing as needed. Air dry, as a dryer can bake in the skunk smell. For furniture, vigorous cleaning with the proper products can be sufficient if it hasn’t had time to set in. for carpets and fabric furniture, a steam cleaner can be effective in removing the spray.

We specialize in the humane removal of raccoons, bats, 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.

After A Big Storm: Protecting Your Home From Animal Intruders

The recent Hurricane Ida has caused a lot of damage in the tri-state area, as major flooding occurred. When a major storm washes over homes and floods streets, it can cause lasting damage. Such storms can also destroy the homes of critters, who may turn to damaged basements and sheds for newfound shelters. This article will cover how to prevent potential animal issues down the line after a massive storm.

Basement Damage

Many basements have taken on water damage from the floodwaters. Some even took on a few feet of runoff. Damage to the foundation or windows of basements can often be overlooked when trying to clear out all of the water-damaged items. But opportunistic animals can sneak into your home this way. Be sure to repair any areas where water was able to enter your home.

Yard Damage

Your yard may have taken extensive damage during the storm. High winds and floodwaters could have damaged your fence, your shed, your shrubbery, and more. Debris from nearby trees can provide potential hiding places for animals. Damaged sheds can be easier for animal invaders to breach. Inspect your yard and any structures there for damage and debris that could be used by critters.

Gutter Damage

Excessive flooding can weigh down gutters and cause further damage to the home. Make sure that you clear gutters of leaves and debris regularly, and consider installing a gutter screen. After a major storm, inspect your gutters for damage, including the eaves of the home, where the gutter connects. Ensuring that these areas are intact can prevent future water leaks in the roof, and can limit your risk of animal intrusion into your attic.

We specialize in the humane removal of raccoons, bats, 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.

Getting Your Backyard Fall-Ready

As we draw closer to September, it is important to consider how your backyard should be defended against critters. Wild animals such as raccoons, squirrels, skunks, and more could be looking for a new place to den for the winter. As summer activities dwindle and make way for autumn, it is important to make sure that your backyard doesn’t become a safe haven for wildlife.

Cleaning Up The Yard

A messy or unkempt yard gives wild animals a number of places to hide. Trim bushes and shrubs remove potential sheltering. Clear out debris piles, such as stick bundles or leave piles, which can make for an easy den. Stow unused lawn furniture and cushions for the cold seasons.

Maintenance and Repairs

Close off the space under your deck or patio, or inspect them for damage. Check your shed for damage, including cracks that smaller animals can take advantage of. This includes ensuring that the foundation around your shed is sturdy and undamaged. Fixing these issues can help prevent further damage caused by wild animals and/or weather.

Check for Signs of Animal Activity

When inspecting your property, look for signs that wild animals may be living on your property. This may include burrow holes, garden damage from animals, structural damage caused by animals, and more. If you see signs that wild animals may be living on your property, call a professional wildlife removal company. Hiring a humane wildlife removal company can help you ensure that your property can be cleared of unwanted animal intruders and that the proper cleanup and repairs are taken care of after exclusion.

We specialize in the humane removal of raccoons, bats, 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.

Identifying Signs of Rabies in Wild Animals

Animal raccoon closeup in the autumn in the daytimeRabies is a disease that affects mammals. Generally, it is spread through a bite from an infected animal. The rabies virus affects the central nervous system of an infected mammal. Prolonged illness from the disease can result in paralysis, brain damage, and death. The disease is commonly spread amongst wild animals such as raccoons, bats, skunks, and foxes. Wild animals with rabies may bite humans or domesticated pets and spread the disease to them. This article will look at how the disease affects a host, and what to do if you think you have been exposed to rabies.

Symptoms of Rabies

Rabies has an incubation period before signs and symptoms of the disease develop. This incubation period can vary based on the location of the bite, the affected species, and more. Early symptoms may include confusion, disorientation, abnormal behavior, and difficulty walking. Fevers, vomiting, and anorexia are also possible symptoms. As the disease develops further, the infected animal may experience extreme fatigue, aggression, difficulty breathing, or foam at the mouth. Days after, the animal will experience paralysis, cerebral dysfunction, cranial nerve dysfunction, ataxia, seizures, self-mutilation, and death.

Identifying Rabies in Animals

A rabid animal may or may not be showing signs of rabies at the time of the bite. Common identifying signs may include mouth foam, aggression, and lethargy. For nocturnal animals such as raccoons and bats, being active in the daytime can be a sign of rabies.

If Bitten By A Wild Animal

If you or a pet are bitten by a wild mammal, wash the wound with mild soap and warm water and seek medical attention as soon as possible. It is important to seek treatment in the event that the animal carried rabies or other infectious diseases. If your pet is bitten by a wild mammal, bring them to a vet as soon as possible. Make sure that your pet is up to date on all of its shots. Pets should not be left outside unattended.

We specialize in the humane removal of raccoons, bats, 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. Please note: we do not handle the removal of domestic animals such as dogs or cats, even if they appear to be rabid.

Rodents in Your Downspout

The downspouts from your gutter help channel water from your roof and away from your home. However, it can also be used by pest animals such as chipmunks, squirrels, and other small rodents. This article will discuss how these animals use your downspouts, and how to prevent this.

side of house with gutter and downspoutWhy Are Rodents In My Downspout?

There are a few reasons rodents might use your downspout. Firstly, they can use your downspout to quickly move up the side of your home without the risk of being spotted by predators. Next, your gutters can be chock full of plant material. Acorns, seeds, leaves, bark, and branches can fill your gutters. Rodent may use this plant material to create nests, or for a meal. Your downspout is an easy and safe tunnel that leads to food and shelter material. Rodents can use your chimney, vents, or gutters as a nesting spot. If rodents are living in or on your house, they may use the downspout to easily climb up to their nest

Preventing Rodents from Using your Gutters

Prevent rodents from using your gutters by making sure make sure that your gutters are sturdy and in good condition. Clean out your gutters regularly as needed. Prevent the buildup of debris in your gutters by installing gutter guards and/or a leaf strainer.

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

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.

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