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Why Do Animals Move into Chimneys?

Summer is coming up fast, and as we kick on the A/C, the last thing on your mind is probably your chimney. But chimneys, usually unused in the summer, are a popular place for local wildlife to live. Birds make nests on top, and animals like squirrels and raccoons like to climb inside. What makes a chimney such prime real estate for wild animals?
Whether made of stone or brick, the space inside the chimney is often cool and protected from the elements. This means that an animal hiding inside can stay out of the summer heat, and that nocturnal animals such as raccoons or bats have a dark place to rest during the day. Stones and bricks that line both the inside and outside of the chimney allow for easy gripping for claws. This makes it easy to run up and down the chimney.
Nesting materials in chimneys can be a major fire hazard when you do eventually use your chimney come wintertime. If there is an animal living in your chimney, you should have it professionally removed, and the chimney should be cleaned of debris and waste before use. A heavy duty stainless steel cover should be used to keep pests out of the chimney. Weaker metals can often be torn up by raccoons.
We specialize in removing raccoons, pigeons, 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.

Raccoon Warning Issued From NYC Health Department

This week, the New York City Department of Health issued a warning regarding raccoons in the area. Recently, 6 raccoons have been found throughout the city that tested positive for rabies. 4 of them were found in Manhattan, 1 in the Bronx, and 1 in Staten Island. There has not been a case of rabies in a raccoon in Manhattan in at least 8 years.
With this outbreak of rabies in the city, it is important to remain aware of the potential danger that raccoons pose near your home. Do not leave pets or young children unattended outside. Do not leave food outside for your pets. Make sure that your garbage cans are sturdy and have a locking cover. Signs of rabies can include changes in sleep patterns (raccoons are normally nocturnal), foaming at the mouth, difficulty walking, and sudden aggressive outbursts.
If you see a raccoon near your home; you should avoid contact with it. Raccoons are wild animals and should always be left to professionals to exclude. Rabid or not, raccoons can use sharp claws and teeth if they need to defend themselves from something it sees as a threat, like a dog or person. If you or a loved one is attacked by a raccoon, wash the wound with soap and warm water; and seek medical attention.
We specialize in removing raccoons, pigeons, 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.

Rats In Your Home

With Spring in full swing, wild animals become more active. Rats are among the most common animals to invade a house in the spring, especially in urban areas. These tiny rodents can bring a lot of damage and even other pests into your home.

Rats Moving In

Rats only require a very small opening to get inside your home. They can squeeze through holes as small as a coin. However, they usually make the hole larger by gnawing around it. Rats can thrive in basements, crawl spaces, attics, between floors, and inside walls. Apartment buildings can house huge colonies of rodents inside the walls and in between floors.

Heavy Damages

Rats can be incredibly destructive to the building they infiltrate. They can chew their way through insulation, wood beams, and wires. When they chew the wires, they may cause house fires. Gnawing on the wood beams can weaken the structural integrity of the building. The oily fur of a rat, as well as it’s droppings, may dirty the areas where they scurry. In Spring, rats breed and give birth, which will create a flood of tiny rodents to ransack your house.

Disease

Rats are known to host a wide array of diseases. Dead rats will bring foul odors and even more diseases to your home. In addition to smells and disease, rats may carry a multitude of parasites, such as ticks and fleas. These can cause further harm to your family, and can further spread diseases from the rats.

Further Problems

When rats are removed and excluded from a home, their entrance ways need to be repaired. Because they usually make tiny holes bigger; a rat’s doorway can eventually be large enough to let in larger pest animals. The openings made by the little rodents can bring in other pests, such as bats, mice, raccoons, opossums, squirrels, chipmunks, and even more rat colonies. Proper removal, cleaning, and repair is vital to fully defend your home.

We specialize in removing rats, mice, and other pesky rodents 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.

Garden Gophers

Gophers can be a big problem for homeowners, and especially for those who tend a garden. Gophers easily dig through dirt and create caves and tunnels underground. Gophers eat a combination of weeds, bulbs, crops, roots, grasses, and other plants. Their eating habits can ruin a garden.
Gophers like to burrow under and chew through a garden. They can wreak absolute havoc on your garden space. They love to eat roots, stems, crops, and flower bulbs. They can burrow under your garden and ruin its structure along with all of the crops. They can also damage any bushes, trees, and even the lawn.
Gopher holes are usually several inches to a few feet deep, but can span a few hundred feet in length. Gopher dens can become a labyrinth that winds around your property. The openings to the holes have a horseshoe-shaped mound of dirt around them. Aside from leaving holes in the ground, a gopher can leave underground paths that can damage plants, sheds, and the foundation of a home. Heavy rain can cause the paths to fill up, bringing water damage the compromised areas even more.
We specialize in removing gophers, groundhogs 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.

Bats in the Attic

There are 6 year-round species of bats and 3 migratory species in the New Jersey & New York area. The region is home to millions of bats. While urban streets are too bright at night for these nocturnal mammals, suburban and heavily wooded regions are perfect nesting grounds. Homes near the woods can be especially vulnerable, as they provide a sturdy structure to protect them from the elements. Man-made structures are great places for bat colonies to roost, especially before hibernation, or during breeding times.
Bats can slip through very small holes or cracks in a structure to gain entry.Attics and lofts are usually the area of the home in which bats inhabit. Bats can be identified in the home by a variety of signs: thumping and flapping noises, screeching and clicking sounds, fecal matter containing insect parts, and more. Bats can usually be seen leaving their shelters within an hour of sunset, and returning around dawn. The entryway used by a bat colony will soon become stained brown with the oil from their fur.
Bat droppings can lead to the accumulation of a fungus that can cause lung disease in humans. As with any mammal pest, rabies can be an issue. While cases of rabies in bats are rare, they show little to no signs of infection.
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.

Night Time Visitors

In residential areas nocturnal pests such as raccoons and opossums are extremely common due to the amount of shelter and food a common back or side yard can offer. However, it is fairly easy to prevent these night time bandits from becoming permanent residents on your property.
A few tips to help prevent this issue from ever occurring is to ensure the upkeep of backyard clutter and trash bins. These animals are always looking for a midnight snack, and an open garbage can gives them the opportunity to find just that. Once they know that your home is a place they can find food, it is a sure thing that these pests will return again. Second, be sure to keep your backyard clutter to a minimum. This can be prevented with storage sheds, small or large, or sealed bins pushed into a corner of the yard. A nocturnal animal will always look to find a nice secure dark spot to rest through the day before going back out at night, and a messy backyard is the perfect place to do just that. Last a great addition to any backyard is the use of sensor triggered security lights. These animals have an extreme distaste for the light, so if they are suddenly exposed and lit up in the dead of night they will most certainly become spooked and choose another location to terrorize.
We specialize in removing raccoons, opossums, and other night time 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.

Seagull Removal

Seagulls and other coastal birds can be a huge problem for both commercial and residential properties near the shore or landfills. Effective seagull control is necessary to keep your home or business protected. Gulls can bring disease, noise pollution, trash, and property damage.

Shore Gulls

Seagulls and other seabirds like to make nests on roofs or on high perches, such as commercial signage. High, flat places are best for them, as they are reminiscent of the cliff edges that they naturally roost on.

Landfill Birds

Seagulls are often attracted to areas of landfills, where food is in heavy abundance, and there are plenty of trash hills to perch on. Homes and businesses near landfills can suffer from roving flocks of seagulls that can emerge from the landfills. These flocks will often make nests in the surrounding areas, specifically on flat-roofed buildings

Humane-Seagull Removal

Just like with pigeons, seagulls can be a nuisance to property owners. They can be taken care of, relocated, and deterred in a similar fashion to pigeons. Seagull feces can be corrosive and can harbor disease, so proper clean up and removal of waste is vital.

We specialize in removing snakes, raccoons, 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.

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.

We specialize in removing snakes, raccoons, 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.

Groundhogs

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.

Winter Invaders

At this time of year, many people hurry to fix the heater, the insulation, and make sure that the windows are sealed off for the fast approaching winter. One area we often miss is the attic. The attic is often where we store our holiday decorations and winter clothes, but it can also be home to wild animals. Birds may go south for the season, but the rest need shelter. Raccoons, squirrels, and more are known to break into your home to escape the winter chill.
Squirrels, snakes, raccoons, and bats can utilize the cracks or eaves on the roof to gain entry to the attic and walls of your home; due to their excellent agility and climbing skills. These animals can use the cracks in the eaves of your house, or dig through the roof to get inside. Attic spaces are often filled with all sorts of old boxes and clothes that pests can quickly turn into nests. Snakes, rats, squirrels, and the like can use the walls to travel to other parts of the home. This can cause disruptions in insulation, wiring damage, and animal waste in the walls.
Animals with poor climbing skills (such as rabbits, rats, and skunks) can enter from lower cracks or holes in the walls or foundation of the house. Pests that enter the walls, basement, or crawl spaces can often move or damage insulation and create pockets that cause drafts.
Make sure your home is in good condition all around to keep animals at bay. Clean up the yard before the snow starts to fall, in order to prevent dens and burrows to be made by your house. Animals often make use of tool sheds, wood piles, or untrimmed hedges as the start of a winter den. Clean up your yard, and secure your tool shed before wild animals get a chance to move in.
We specialize in removing snakes, raccoons, 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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