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How a Late Winter can Affect Pests

After a relatively warm December, we are finally getting winter weather in January. While areas like New York City are being hit with cold rains rather than winter snow, how does the late start to the winter affect wild animals near you?

Hibernating Animals

Cool weather is often the signal for wild animals to start preparing for the winter’s chill. But with a warmer fall, and a later winter animals like squirrels, bears, and more can’t properly prepare for the winter. These animals won’t be able to properly prepare dens or food stores for their hibernation. This can often lead to more desperate attempts at survival.
For animals like squirrels, groundhogs, and other smaller animals, this can mean a drive towards civilizations and homes. Pest animals will often work their way into human homes after the weather gets surprisingly cold for them.
For larger animals such as bears, they can remain active and become desperate for food supplies that aren’t often available in the winter. This can lead to more bears going through garbage cans and moving towards more populated areas. Some bears are changing their hibernation routines, scientists say. In some cases, bears are not hibernating at all, staying awake all winter. In others, bears are waking from their slumber too early.

Non-Hibernating Animals

Animals like skunks and raccoons that do not hibernate, but will usually spend more time in their dens in the cold will also be more active. These animals may need to rely on human waste products for more of their diet than normal, and will likely search for dens nearer to reliable trash bins.

Mating Patterns

Spring mating patterns can potentially be disrupted or postponed due to late winters. This can throw off cyclical patterns of animals, potentially for years. Effects of this may lead to growing populations of pest animals, as warmer weather can lead to more mating seasons.

We specialize in removing snakes, raccoons, and other pests in the New York New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 917-633-0888 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Groundhogs

Groundhogs, also known as woodchucks, are one of the United States’ largest rodents, in fact they can weigh up to 17 pounds. These rodents can cause all kinds of problems for your property, and even your home.
Groundhogs only exist in the northeast region of the United States, in areas with many trees and forests, such as New York and New Jersey. With winter approaching the groundhogs are going to begin looking for places to hibernate. When a groundhog builds a den they can borrow up to 6 feet into the ground. They normally look for a warm place such as next to a house.
Some signs that this giant rodent may be sneaking around your property are the following; large mounds of dirt leading to a burrow, hollowed out crops and plants, and weakened building foundations. Groundhogs have very large incisor teeth which is what classifies them as rodents. These teeth are perfect for chewing or gnawing on wood and wires that may support your home or supply you with power to your home. These rodents also may ruin your garden by digging around in it, or helping itself to your plants. If you notice 1/4th-3/4th inch tooth marks on your property you may be dealing with groundhogs.
Groundhogs will hibernate from November-February, and then come out to mate in the spring. If you don’t catch these rodents before they mate you may be dealing with a whole family of rodents within just a few months.
If you see any signs of groundhogs around your home you may want to look into getting them professionally removed by us, NY NJ Wildlife Removal, for a safe and humane catch and release back into the wild.
We specialize in removing Groundhogs, squirrels, and other pests in the New York New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 917-633-0888 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Winter Invaders

At this time of year, many people hurry to fix the heater, the insulation, and make sure that the windows are sealed off for the fast approaching winter. One area we often miss is the attic. The attic is often where we store our holiday decorations and winter clothes, but it can also be home to wild animals. Birds may go south for the season, but the rest need shelter. Raccoons, squirrels, and more are known to break into your home to escape the winter chill.
Squirrels, snakes, raccoons, and bats can utilize the cracks or eaves on the roof to gain entry to the attic and walls of your home; due to their excellent agility and climbing skills. These animals can use the cracks in the eaves of your house, or dig through the roof to get inside. Attic spaces are often filled with all sorts of old boxes and clothes that pests can quickly turn into nests. Snakes, rats, squirrels, and the like can use the walls to travel to other parts of the home. This can cause disruptions in insulation, wiring damage, and animal waste in the walls.
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. Pests that enter the walls, basement, or crawl spaces can often move or damage insulation and create pockets that cause drafts.
Make sure your home is in good condition all around to keep animals at bay. Clean up the yard before the snow starts to fall, in order to prevent dens and burrows to be made by your house. Animals often make use of tool sheds, wood piles, or untrimmed hedges as the start of a winter den. Clean up your yard, and secure your tool shed before wild animals get a chance to move in.
We specialize in removing snakes, raccoons, and other pests in the New York New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 917-633-0888 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Don’t let mice squeak by this winter!

Winter is coming and that means all of the critters that live outdoors are gonna be looking for a warm place to reside during the cold months of the year. What better place than the walls and basement of your home! Nobody wants these disgusting rodents scurrying around their property all throughout the night; scavenging your kitchen for food and building nests inside your walls. Also, don’t forget about the dangers that they may bring to you and your family since they can carry all sorts of disease.

Mice are normally drawn to cluttered and unsanitary homes. If you have a cluttered basement full of storage, or if you have leftover food laying around they maybe more drawn to your home than a typical neat and clean home. However, mice will take what they can get, they are intelligent rodents and if the conditions outside are poor they will make even the cleanest of homes their new home. Some tell-tale signs of a mice infestation include; small pebble sized droppings, urine odors, gnawed holes, gnaw marks, rodent runways, rodent nests, scampering, and unusual pet behavior.

Mice like to nest in a variety of places. Normally they’ll find their way into the walls, however if they dont they may choose other locations such as; inside storage boxes, inside of ceiling voids, underneath appliances, or in ground burrows right outside of your home.

One of the dangers mice pose is the fact that they can possibly carry a lot of different diseases. One of the diseases are called the Hantavirus. This virus is a respiratory disease and if left untreated can actually be fatal. Another disease that they may carry is called Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis. This disease will cause fever, headaches, nausea and vomiting. Lastly and the most well known disease that they may carry is the Plague. As many know the disease is credited for killing millions of europeans during the middle ages. Today luckily the disease is curable and easily treatable, but why would you ever want a species credited with causing millions of deaths worldwide residing in YOUR home?

The next time you see or hear any of the signs that tell you that you may have mice in your home, contact us to ensure a safe and humane removal of these pesky rodents.

We specialize in removing 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 917-633-0888 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Skunks, Don’t They Just Stink?

Skunks are one of the most rancid smelling animals that you may ever come across, so why should you have to deal with them living in your area? Skunks pose many threats to your home, your family, and your beloved pets. All it takes is one accidental run in with a skunk for you or your pet to get sprayed and end up smelling putrid for days.
Another risk that you should be aware of is that skunks may carry the rabies virus. Just a few years ago almost 27% of rabies cases in the United States were related to skunks. A few signs of rabies to look out for are fearless behavior in the animals around humans or pets, and extreme aggression, which is not common for animals such as the skunk.
Imagine taking out the trash at the end of the day and you open up the pail and come face to face with a disgusting skunk. Much like raccoons, skunks are omnivorous animals and will dig through the trash for scraps and leftovers. This can pose an extreme danger for people as they risk an attack or a spraying while doing something as simple as taking out the trash.
Lastly be sure to look out for the droppings of these animals. If you notice that there has been a skunk wandering around your area, and you come across strange droppings be sure to remove them in a safe manner. Skunk droppings harbor harmful bacteria and parasites and pose an extreme threat for humans and animals.If you notice a skunk in your area please be sure to leave it up to the professionals for the safe and humane removal of it.
We specialize in removing skunks, rats, and other pests in the New York New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 917-633-0888 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

How do Snakes Get into the Attic

We all know that squirrels are skilled at scaling buildings and climbing walls; but how do snakes do it? Snakes are often caught in attics or inside the walls of homes, but how do they get upthere?
Snakes have the ability to “climb” rough surfaces such as bricks, trees, or some sidings used for houses. They can tighten their muscles and squeeze their way up surfaces. Snakes can slide up these surfaces with relative ease and make their way up to your roof.
Snakes don’t stick to or latch on to walls the way a lizard or squirrel could, but they do utilize their muscles to tightly squeeze into the soffits of bricks or around tree trunks. Rougher surfaces are easier for them to slip up.
Snakes would gain access to your attic in the same way that a squirrel might. Holes in the roof, cracks in the eaves, or damage from the gutter can give a pest animal access to the inside of your home.
Snakes that gain access to the inside of your home often go into walls as well. They use them to travel throughout the rest of the house. Snakes that enter the home at a lower level may migrate to the attic where it is warmer. Snake activity in the walls can lead to damage to the insulation of your home, causing drafts and cold pockets.
We specialize in removing snakes, raccoons, and other pests in the New York New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 917-633-0888 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Rodent-Proof your Home this Fall

Rats, squirrels, mice, and more might be looking for a new place to live this fall. It is important to make sure that your house is prepared for the new season, so that your home can be protected from potential rodent raids.

Lawn Preparation

Trimming weeds, cutting grass regularly, and trimming overhanging branches will not only make your home look nicer, but it can help keep pests away. Rodents thrive in the overgrowth. Overhanging branches can give pests easy access to your rooftop, air vents, or chimney. Give pests fewer places to hide by trimming bushes and shrubs.

Invest in Your Trash

One of the best defenses against rodents, raccoons, opossums and more is investing in better garbage storage. Strong, sturdy, and animal proof garbage cans can help you reduce animal activity near your home. Animals want to set up camp near where they can get a meal easily and consistently. Cutting off their food source is one of the best ways to accomplish this.

Repair Potential Entry Points

Breaks in the foundation, roof damage, and cracks in the eaves of your home can all spell disaster and potentially high repair costs if they are left to persist. These openings are also how most rodents first gain entry. Cut them off before they have a chance to get in by repairing problem areas soon after they appear.

Pet Food Can be a Problem

Pet food can be a huge draw for potential pests. Whether your pet is a messy eater or if you leave the plate full for them, rodents can see a bowl of pet food as an easy meal ticket. You should not put a bowl of pet food outside. Store pet food in an airtight container, and put food out in smaller doses so there is less of a chance that a pest might come to the bowl.

Clean and Sanitize your Kitchen

Your kitchen can house lots of food residue and crumbs. Regularly cleaning and sanitizing your kitchen space can help hold back rodents from coming into your home. Every month or so, you should remove everything from the cupboards and clean them out well.

We specialize in removing mice, squirrels, and other pests in the New York New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 917-633-0888 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Squirrels, Don’t They Just Drive You Nuts!

Squirrels, don’t they just drive you nuts! These pesky rodents are the cause of a large amount of urban property damage. You may like to watch these cute critters chasing each other around in your yard but what you don’t see is what they’re doing to your property.
A squirrel is a type of rodent which means that they are mammals that have ever growing incisor teeth that they need to keep filed down. They do this filing with the act of gnawing on things such as wood, metal, wires, hoses, or any other objects that may be in your yard. Also if you have a grass yard these rodents will dig and burrow underneath your shed, your pool, or even your home! Once they do this there is not much you could do before they begin causing substantial property damage.
Squirrels search for a warm dry place to reside. Normally they would choose an attic of a suburban home located by a wooded area. Once they get into the home they can make a mess with their waste, and will scratch and gnaw through wood, plaster, insulation, cardboard, and plastic.
The longer you wait to handle the removal of these pesky rodents the more money you will be paying in property damage, so get professional help as soon as possible. These animals could be quite aggressive too.
We specialize in removing squirrels and other pests in the New York New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 917-633-0888 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Plants that Repel Rabbits from Your Garden

Rabbits may be cute, but they can be a huge detriment to any garden. Any gardener that has a rabbit issue will know that they will chew through a large number of flowers and vegetables alike. While removal of the pesky critters is the most effective way to keep them out of your garden, planting certain plants can help prevent more of them from chewing up your garden. Plant some of these beautiful additions to your garden turn away rabbits.

Woody Plants

Rabbits are not fans of wooden plants like azaleas or mountain laurel. Both have beautiful flowers that provide plenty of color to your garden. Rabbits can’t chew through the woody stems and prefer to avoid these.

Bulbs

Daffodils and Hyacinths are two bulbs that Rabbits can’t stand. While rabbits do eat some bulb plants, daffodils and hyacinths have a much lower toxicity level; which may be why they are avoided. Daffodils are also known for their ability to repel mice.

Vegetables

It’s no surprise that rabbits will munch on the vegetables in your garden. But there are a few different vegetables that rabbits avoid. Tomatoes, onions, potatoes and summer squash are generally avoided by rabbits. While they won’t repel them, growing these vegetables in place of their favorites can often make them look elsewhere for food.

Herbs

Herbs are often shown to repel certain animals or pests due to the pungent earthy aromas. Rabbits, with their keen sense of smell often stay away from gardens growing sage, rosemary, and basil. These strongly scented herbs are great to have fresh for the kitchen, and can help repel rabbits from your garden.

We specialize in removing rabbits, 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.

Flying Rats!

Pigeons are a mainstay of any urban city, however the dangers of them are unknown to many. Pigeons carry many diseases such as the H5N2 strain of the bird flu, or the H7N9 strain which can cause very serious illness in humans. In fact, there have been over 600 confirmed deaths from the bird flu alone, and that’s just one disease that these flying rats may carry.

Another concern is for the owners of businesses in areas with a high count of pigeons. Let’s set a scene and say you’re walking down a major street after leaving your apartment in New York City. You’re on your way to pick up groceries and come across an organic food store; however just as you’re about to walk in you see that their store sign is covered in pigeon feces! Anybody in their right mind would turn around and find a new place to shop after seeing how unsanitary this place may seem.

What do pests like pigeons search for in a nesting or landing place? The most common places for a pigeon to reside are roof tops and ledges, holes in roofs or walls, or rooftops, warehouses etc. Many people worry about these pesky birds damaging such property or the areas around it. Pigeons thrive in areas that have high rooftops, water irrigation such as gutters, and leftover food waste left behind by humans in public garbage cans. In other words, any urban town or city is the perfect home for these disgusting animals. The professional removal of these animals is recommended over any “do it yourself” tactics in order to ensure a safe, healthy, and humane course of action.

These flying rats are the cause of serious health problems, they hurt the pockets of business owners, and they inconvenience the everyday lives of regular people like you.

We specialize in removing pigeons 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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