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Mice Moving In for the Winter

Mice can be a real issue year-round, but especially in the winter time. As temperatures drop, mice look for any way they can access the warmth of your home. Mice can exploit the tiniest of cracks and openings. The average mouse can squeeze through holes about the size of a dime, but will often gnaw the entrance until it is much wider. Mice can gnaw their way through wood, siding, and even brick.

Access Throughout the House

Once a mouse has gotten into your home, they will usually be able to access the rest of it. Mice can squeeze through small wall gaps near pipes or vent systems in the walls to go from the attic to the basement. Mice will usually move from one central location to other places in the home through the walls. They dig their way through insulation, which can create gaps that cause drafts. Mice will usually figure out away to access the kitchen or pantry, so that a steady supply of food is within reach.

Mouse Exclusion

Do not attempt to deal with a mouse problem yourself. You should hire a humane pest removal company to remove the mice. Excluding mice from a home is the best way to ensure that your pest problem does not return. Many fatal methods of removing pest animals like mice do not clear out the problem fully. Exclusionary methods focus on getting rid of all of the mice, and their droppings; and then closing up any entrances they have made. Our team will recommend the safest and most efficient way to get rid of mice in your home. Proper repair of any openings in the house is key to maintaining a pest-free home.

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.

Varying Weather and Hibernation

Recently, New York and New Jersey have been experiencing fluctuating weather conditions through this very strange winter. The weather changes have shown extreme colds one day and warm weather the next. In New York City particularly, snowy winter days have been replaced with wet and rainy ones. What does all this mean for hibernating animals like squirrels, groundhogs, and chipmunks?

Intermittent Warmth and Hibernation

Generally, hibernation is not a reaction to cold weather, but a way to deal with a lack of food. Most animals that hibernate will not wake when the weather gets a bit warmer. Rather, their internal clocks await the coming of Spring. A number of studies have shown that days of warmer weather do not affect yearly hibernation schedules of most mammals.

Warmer Winters

Warmer weather across the whole winter could change hibernation patterns. Many commonly hibernating animals do not hibernate in regions where food is not scarce in the winter. Southern chipmunks do not hibernate in the winter, for example. If the overall winter climate becomes warm enough to sustain naturally occurring food sources, animals such as squirrels, groundhogs, and chipmunks may not need to hibernate. These animals will have to adapt to a changing climate, and will have to figure out how to change their diet accordingly.

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

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.

Odd Raccoon Facts

raccoon by dumpsterRaccoons are quite the strange little creature. The little bandits are known for their ability to knock over trash cans and eat just about anything. But they have a lot of unique quirks that many people don’t know about. Here are a few strange facts about raccoons.

Where Does the Name “Raccoon” Come From?

The word “raccoon” comes from Native Americans of the Powhatan tribe’s word for the critter. The Powhatan word aroughcun, which means “animal that scratches with its hands.”

They Love Corn

Raccoons are often an issue for corn farmers, and scarecrows probably won’t help. Even gardeners who plant a bit of corn in their yard may have issues with raccoons going after the crops. From barbeque day corn on the cob to your vegetable garden, no kernel is safe from raccoons.

Raccoons Wash Food

Raccoons are pretty famous for eating whatever is in your trash bin, as well as anything else they can get their tiny paws on. But, raccoons tend to “wash” their food when a water source is present. They also tend to wash their hands. For a species that has no problem eating roadkill, at least they have some manners. They will even hide and store food underwater.

Strong Swimmers

With their affinity for working with water, it makes sense that raccoons would be skillful swimmers, too. Raccoons can be found swimming in lakes, rivers, and even pools. They like to hunt fish and are known to snatch koi from backyard ponds.

Capable Climbers

Raccoons have an innate ability to climb. While they aren’t as adept as squirrels, they can certainly climb well enough to wreak havoc for many homeowners. They will climb trees, fences, dumpsters, and more to get their next meal. Raccoons often access attic spaces by jumping from tree branches to the roof.

 

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.

Winter is Coming

Winter is almost upon us. As families begin to put up holiday decorations early and prepare for Thanksgiving, raccoons, squirrels, and other wild animals might be looking to move in to attics and crawl spaces to escape the cold. Animals can cause costly damages and potential fire hazards within your home.

Animals in the Home

Mice, squirrels, bats, raccoons, and more can be common intruders for home attics. Each pest animal brings with it specific issues that can be dangerous to you and your family. Wild animals can create health hazards, structural damage, fire hazards, and drafts. All of which can be dangerous and/or costly issues for you and your family; right before the holiday season.

Entry Points to Your Home

Common entry points for pest animals include damaged areas in the roof and eaves of the home. Animals can often make small holes or damaged areas bigger in order to gain entry. Rodents are known to fit through holes as small as a dime, but they will generally gnaw to make it bigger. Vents are also high value targets for some animals, who can hide in the warm tunnels of your vent system. Chimneys can be a good, fairly insulated place for some animals to nest. It is important to check your chimney if it has been a while since you have used it.

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.

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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