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Monthly Archives: October 2019

Scratching in the Walls and Ceiling

It may be Halloween, but that scratching noise you’re hearing may be a real monster that goes bump in the night. Or, at least, it may be an unwanted animal intruder. Pest animals like rats, squirrels, mice, bats, raccoons and more can make a lot of noise when making themselves at home in your house. These animals can hide out in your walls or attic, and are often found from the noise they make. So how do you tell what noise is just the house, and which are critters?

Animal Noises or House Noises

Your house can make a lot of noise on it’s own. It is important to figure out what noises are just the house, before you can really know if there are any animals in your walls. If the noise is consistent, it could be anything from a loose pipe to a dislodged piece of siding. If the noise is inconsistent, or you are unable to determine that it is a general house noise, you may want to consult a wildlife removal company. Animals can be erratic, so their noises can be heard at odd hours. Random, inconsistent scratches, chitters, and squeaks are telltale signs of animal intruders.

Raccoons

Raccoons tend to scratch and thump about. They move much slower than many smaller animals. They also make chittering noises, that can often be heard from other parts of the house.

Rodents

Rodents can move around fast, and they are much lighter than raccoons or other animals. You may not hear them moving around, but you may hear squeaks or scratches. Squirrels are much more rigid in their schedule, so if sounds are regularly heard at certain times, there may be squirrels living in your home.

Bats

Bats can make squeaking noises, similar to a rodent. As bats hang from the ceiling, it can be difficult for you to hear them from lower floors. Mostly, you will likely see signs of bats, rather than hearing them.

If you believe that a wild animal may be in your home, contact a local wildlife removal company. Do not try to remove the animal yourself. We specialize in the humane removal of squirrels, raccoons, and other pests in the New York New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 718-227-7227 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Fall Squirrel Nests

Squirrels often like to find a home in the hollows of trees or hidden away in a small den. But for many squirrels, a nest built on tree branches, or even in attics, is the perfect place they call home. Squirrel nests, also called dreys, are clumpy, seemingly haphazard, piles of debris that a squirrel uses as a place to rest.

Clumsy But Strong

Despite how clumsily-built they may appear, a squirrel drey is surprisingly strong and can hold up well to wind. Similarly to a bird’s nest, the drey is generally bowl-shaped. This keeps the young squirrels from falling out, and protects them from the elements. Squirrels will use pretty much anything to build it; like twigs, leaves, trash scraps, and more. In homes, they may even resort to using items like insulation, boxes, and books.

Where Are They Built?

Squirrels try to pick somewhere that already resists the elements well. They will often look for a place to build that is already sturdy and supportive, like a hollow tree, a chimney, or an attic. Sheds or pool storage boxes are also commonly used by these rodents. Man-made structures are often the best suited to resist winter cold, so attics are definitely prime real estate for squirrels.

How Are They Built?

Squirrels will use their mouths and front paws to carry over materials. They can take multiple days to fully build it. They use their heads to push and bend debris in order to create a frame out of living twigs; which are harder to break. Squirrels may chew on the ends of the sticks to spread the fibers, which can help keep them in place. They will use mud, twigs, and leaves to insulate and reinforce it. An outer shell of sticks gives additional support.

Fall Nests

Squirrels tend to build their dreys in the fall season, as they gear up for the long winter. In addition to storing food in various locations, a well-built drey will ready the squirrel for the winter ahead.Squirrels in New York and New Jersey do not hibernate, so they can leave the drey and access their food stores throughout the winter.

We specialize in the humane removal of squirrels, raccoons, and other pests in the New York New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 718-227-7227 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Getting Rid of Skunk Stink

When you have a skunk problem in or around your home, the stink from it’s spray can be a real problem. There are a number of ways to deal with the foul odor of a skunk’s spray. Here are a few ways that can help you get rid of the sulfurous smell of skunk.

Wash Pets Outside

Pets are often the victims of skunk attacks. Dogs are unfortunate repeat victims, as they seem to forget not to scare the skunk. Keep pets on a leash when outdoors, and do not leave pets unattended. Pets that are sprayed by a skunk should be cleaned thoroughly outside, before being let back into your home. You don’t want the smell permeating through the house. Most pet shampoos can be effective. If the smell persists, mix 6 parts water to 1 part vinegar, and wash your pet with this mix, before shampooing them again.

Spray on your Skin

If you are sprayed by a skunk, try not to go inside. If you are indoors, stand in the shower to reduce mess and the spread of the odor. Get another family member to retrieve this mixture. Wear rubber gloves for this. Mix 1 quart of hydrogen peroxide, 1/2 cup of baking soda, and 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid into a container, and stir with a spoon. Use a sponge or washcloth, and work the mix into a lather before applying to the skin. Apply to the skin, and let it sit on your skin for at least 5 minutes, or until it stops bubbling. Shower and wash yourself thoroughly. If the odor persists, re-apply the mixture, and then shower again, until the smell is gone. Do not cover the solution, as it can pressurize and explode. Instead, dilute it with water, and dump it down the shower drain.

Wash All Clothes That Have Been Sprayed

Skunk smell is not something that should be left in the hamper for later. Wash all clothes that have been affected by skunk spray; including the ones worn while washing a sprayed pet. To get rid of skunk smell from clothes, soak clothes in 1 part household ammonia to 6 parts water for 30 minutes; before machine-washing with a heavy-duty detergent. This will break down the oils of the musk. Repeat as needed until clean and odor free. Additionally, you can use a solution of 1 part hydrogen peroxide, 1 part baking soda, and 6 parts water. This solution requires a longer soak (about 1 hour). Line-dry outside if possible Be careful not to use detergents containing bleach. When ammonia mixes with bleach, toxic fumes are produced.

Carpet, Upholstery, and Camping Equipment

Many surfaces in the home, the inside of your car, or a camping tent, can’t be washed as easily as a t-shirt. If skunk spray affects some of these surfaces, you can try your best to clean them. Mix one of the above solutions, and scrub the affected area with a sponge. Blot repeatedly to remove the oils and excess moisture. Then rinse with plain water. Allow the area to air dry away from direct heat. Vacuum when dry. If the affected area is too large to be handled by you, or if the smell persists after a few tries; consult a professional upholstery or carpet cleaner.

If the Smell Persists in the Home

When the smell of skunk is in the house, odor molecules can enter the air vents. Replace air vent filters to prevent odor molecules from persisting. You should also replace the vacuum filter after treating the carpet or upholstery for spray.

Skunks in the Home

If the skunk has entered your home, hire a professional and humane wildlife removal service to remove the animal, and to clean the area inhabited by the animal. Skunks are known to hide away in attics and crawl spaces. Do not attempt to remove wild animals from your home yourself.

We specialize in removing raccoons, bats, skunks, and more 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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