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Monthly Archives: February 2020

Do Mice Really Like Cheese?

mouse with cheese in trapMice have been associated with cheese for a very long time. This is because mice just love cheese, right? It is hard to imagine an episode of Tom and Jerry without a piece of cheese in a mousetrap. But, a mouse’s attraction towards cheese is actually a myth. While mice will eat cheese if there aren’t other options, they actually prefer fruits and nuts more. So where do we get this idea from?

Medieval Mice

The myth of mice loving cheese stems from the middle ages. While other foods were stored properly, cheese was often left out to age. This gave mice plenty of opportunities to score a meal. Thus, people assumed that mice were going after the cheese specifically. In reality, it was just the easiest option. Mice will actually choose grains, nuts, or fruits before cheese. Ultimately, mice just like free food.

Proper Food Storage

Any food in your home, from cheese to grains, should be properly stored. While the people of the middle ages didn’t have refrigerators to store their foods, they still had ways to keep mice (partially) out of their food. Consider investing in sturdy, sealable containers for common pantry items, such as cereal. Reusable plastic or glass containers that properly seal will keep your pantry items fresher for longer; while helping prevent pest animals from scoring a meal.

We specialize in the humane removal of 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 718-227-7227 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Why Do We Celebrate Groundhog Day?

People love watching to see if their local groundhog sees its shadow on February 2nd, but why do we have this odd tradition? While groundhogs can be a pain to gardeners, they are celebrated across the US for their apparent ability to foresee the coming of Spring weather. So why do Americans celebrate Groundhog Day?

Punxsutawney

In a small region of Pennsylvania, American settlers learned how to survive the new frontier from the Delaware Indians. The Native Americans had a tradition which celebrated the woodchuck, which they believed to have a strong connection with “mother earth.” According to their traditions, humanity originated as animals underground, who emerged from the Earth. Because of this, the natives recognized groundhogs to be closely connected with humanity’s ancestors. This legend became popular amongst white settlers, who continued the tradition. Groundhog day was established in the town of Punxsutawney in 1887. Since then, a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil would be the center of a town-wide festival.

Predictions

According to tradition, if Phil sees his shadow, he is startled back to his hole for another six weeks of winter. If he does not see his shadow, it means that spring has arrived. While this is just tradition, people around the country await the predictions of Punxsutawney Phil and other local zoo-dwelling groundhogs.

Groundhogs in Your Yard

Groundhogs in your yard can be a big problem, shadow or not. Groundhogs can wreak havoc on gardens and flowers. They like to burrow below sheds and disturb foundations. Holes left by groundhogs can be dangerous tripping hazards. If you have a groundhog living on your property, you should hire a humane wildlife removal company to remove it. This is especially important during the springtime, as female woodchucks may be caring for young within its burrow.

We specialize in the humane removal of groundhogs, 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.

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