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Monthly Archives: December 2019

5 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Pest Problems in 2020

Pest animals like rats, squirrels, and raccoons can wreak havoc on your home; but there are a few ways to reduce your risk of animal invasion. This article will explore a few different ways you can improve your defenses against pest problems.

Cleaning Gutters

Gutters fill up with leaves and other debris year-round. This can put pressure on the eaves of the house as gutters get heavier and heavier. Cracks and breaks in the eaves from heavy gutters are the perfect entrance to your attic for critters. By cleaning your gutters regularly, you can reduce the risk of damage to your home; while preventing pests from gaining access to the inside.

Grow Mint in Your Garden

Mint is a natural pest repellent. Mice and many other pests that like to munch on your garden veggies hate the scent of mint. It is a great herb to grow to keep other plants from getting chomped on.

Shed Maintenance

Sheds and other backyard storage can be great real estate for a number of pest animals. Some may want to live inside, while others may burrow under the foundation. Regularly checking your shed for damage can be important to preventing pest problems in the future.

Upgrade Your Garbage Cans

Garbage cans are a source of food for all manner of pests, but mainly opossums and raccoons. Sturdy, hard plastic bins that are rated to be raccoon-proof are a good investment in keeping pest animals away from your home. If they can’t eat your trash, they are less likely to look for shelter near you. Strapping your cans to your fence can also keep pests from knocking them over. Animals like skunks or opossums will generally knock over cans in order to open them up. Homeowners in more heavily wooded areas should have bear-proof garbage cans, if bears are in your area.

Clean Debris Piles

Debris piles from yard work can make excellent dens for unwanted animals. Cleaning these away regularly can help prevent pests like snakes from moving in. Piles that are against the house or shed can provide a good structure for a basic den, and can provide burrowing animals shelter while they dig their way under the foundations.

We specialize in the humane removal of bats, 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.

Where do Bats Hide in the Winter?

As the cold weather is in full swing, most of the birds have fled for the south, and many animals have hunkered down to hibernate. But what do the bats do? Many of the different types of bats in the New York New Jersey area, unlike birds, will actually stay and hibernate.

Hibernation Hotspots

The flying mammals will hide out in whatever shelter they call home for a large portion of the winter. Whether in a cave, shed, or attic; bat colonies stay put in their warm shelter. With the main source of food for most bats, insects, gone during the cold season; they have less of a need to go out and face the elements. But what could this mean for you and your family?

Bats in the House

Bats can utilize spaces like your attic as a roost. While usually only smaller colonies will move into a home, it only takes a few bats to cause problems. Bats can tear up insulation, and damage items stored in attic spaces. They also leave piles of disease-ridden guano. Bat guano is dust-like and can be lifted into the air as particulates. These particulates can infiltrate the rest of the house including your air/heating unit. Bat guano exposure can lead to a host of diseases and respiratory problems for you, your family, and your pets. Bats also could be carrying rabies.

Bat Signals

How do you know if there are bats above you? Bats are nocturnal, and can make a lot of noise, especially near the times of dusk and dawn. Bats screech, which can be an annoyance when they are in your home.

We specialize in the humane removal of bats, 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.

Can Mice Chew Through Brick?

Mice are known to chew their way through wires boxes, trash bags and more. But mice can make more than just the “Tom and Jerry” style mouse-hole in the wooden molding of your home. Mice have powerful teeth that allow them to chew, chomp, and gnaw their way through everything from a piece of cheese, to solid brick. Rodents can be very tricky adversaries to a home, because they are resilient and can bite their way through most common household surfaces, given enough time.

Gnawing Through Brick

It may be hard to imagine tiny teeth overcoming such a strong material such as brick, but mice can be very diligent when they work their way into a structure. The front teeth of mice and rats are constantly growing. They need to gnaw on surfaces like hard nuts, wood, and even brick; to prevent their teeth from overgrowing.

Squeezing Through

Mice can fit through a hole as small as a dime, by squeezing through. A mouse doesn’t have to break down a whole brick wall just to get in. It will rather focus on one small area; usually with some sort of breakage already. Once a hole big enough to enter through is made, its open season for the rest of the colony to set up camp in your home. Other mice may even chew on the existing hole to make it wider. The best way to spot mouse holes is by brown or black stains on the bricks. When mice slide through, the oils in their fur will stain the bricks. These stains can be a good indicator of mouse or rat break-ins.

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, rats, 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.

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