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Monthly Archives: May 2018

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.

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