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Monthly Archives: January 2019

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.

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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.

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