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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.

How Much Damage Can A Squirrel Do To My Roof?

Squirrels are small little critters, how much damage can they really do to a roof? After all, if fully grown adults can stand on a roof to do repairs, how bad could one small rodent be? Unfortunately, squirrels have one thing a roofer doesn’t. Rodent teeth.

Squirrel Teeth and Roof Damage

Like other rodents, the teeth of squirrels constantly grow. Because of this, squirrels constantly gnaw their way through all sorts of material to trim them down. This can include wood, stone, brick, roof shingles, and even metal. Because of this, it is common for squirrels to gnaw their way into a home from the roof or attic. If they see a crack or other opening in the roof of your home, they may gnaw until the hole is big enough to fit through.

Expert Climbers

Squirrels can climb up almost any vertical surface in a suburban environment, from metal poles to vinyl siding. Squirrels can even jump from high trees to reach the roof of your home. While you may not be able to stop every squirrel from climbing up the side of your home, there are ways to limit their reach. Consider trimming tree branches that may aid a squirrel in reaching your roof.

Squirrel Infiltration

Squirrels have lost a lot of their natural habitat through human development. Because of this, squirrels may seek out alternative shelters, such as your home. Squirrels can squeeze through small cracks to gain entry but may gnaw the hole to make it easier to come in and out of.

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.

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.

Critter-Proofing Your Backyard

As we approach Spring, many people in the New York/New Jersey area will be looking forward to utilizing their backyards once again. When getting your backyard ready for the Spring, it is important to prepare it against wild animals that may want to move onto your property.

Secure Garbage Cans

Garbage cans are practically beacons to wandering wild animals looking for a meal. Locking down your garbage cans is a good way to limit animal activity on your property. Consider upgrading your cans to animal-proof models with locking lids. You can also secure your cans to your fence or the side of your house. This will prevent pest animals from knocking them over to access the scraps inside.

Eliminating Food Sources

Other than your garbage cans, pest cutters can find other sources of food on your property. Keep food bowls for pets inside when not under your supervision. Clean up the patio space after having a meal outside. Thoroughly clean barbeques after use. If you have a garden, take precautions to defend your crops from animals that might eat them.

Decluttering Your Backyard

Yard debris and other clutter can provide pest animals with shelter. Animals will identify places that provide cover or shelter. A neat and clear backyard is less appealing to critters.

Keeping Ornamental Plants Neat

Ornamental shrubs and bushes should be kept neat and trimmed on your property. Tall, overgrown grass and bushes give critters plenty of hiding places.

Limit Access to Shelters

Pest animals like to move into man-made structures to shelter themselves from the elements. Sheds, crawl spaces, and the space below your deck or patio can be prime real estate for critters. Secure these areas by inspecting for damage and repair any structural issues you find.

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.

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.

When Does Hibernation End?

Hibernation is a state of rest that many animals go through to survive the cold winter months. They hide away in their dens and outlast the days of meager food and harsh weather by entering a deep rest. They stock up on food and water in the fall and usually do not emerge until the weather becomes warmer. But how long does the hibernation season last?

Length of Hibernation

The hibernation cycle can differ by species. For most animals in our area, this time can last anywhere between November and April, with most animals staying in hibernating for at least 3-4 months. Most hibernating animals will begin to emerge from their rest in March.
Reptiles such as snakes or turtles enter a state known as Brumation. This usually lasts 3 to 5 months. During this time, Brumating reptiles may burrow underground or hide in their den to wait out the winter.
Raccoons and some bat species enter what is known as torpor, which is essentially a lighter time of rest, where the animals are still fairly active, and not in full hibernation. This will still last around the same amount of time.

After Hibernating: The Mating Season

Hibernation deprives the animals of food and water. They usually come out of hibernation very hungry, and very energetically. This energy helps them find mates and procreate. In some cases, this pent up energy is released when males fight each other for dominance over potential mates. This drive to eat and reproduce can mean those wild animals could be looking for food at your house. After the mating is over, female animals will be looking for a place to den for their upcoming offspring. This can mean looking towards your home as a place to rest.

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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