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Fall Pest Prevention

Fall is almost here. And as we get ready for the cool weather and the changing of the leaves, many animals are looking for a new place to outlast the winter. For many pest animals, there is no better place to hunker down, than in your attic or crawl space. From squirrels to raccoons, there are few places more appealing to outlast winter than a heated home. Here are a few ways you can prepare your home for the winter, and reduce the risk of pest intrusion.

Sheds

Sheds and outdoor storage containers are often a good hideout for a raccoon or skunk. Make sure that any damage to the foundation below the shed is repaired. Lock the doors, and check to see if there are any cracks or holes that a small animal can get through. Repairing damages can help reduce the risk of a critter using your tool shed as a winter home.

Garbage Cans

Garbage cans offer pests an oasis of food in the barren winter wilderness. For those animals that do not hibernate, unprotected garbage can be a source of food year round. Investing in sturdy, raccoon-proof garbage cans will help reduce the number of animals that choose to come by your home. They will often move towards other, less protected food sources.

Cleaning Gutters

Gutters can fill up with leaves and all sorts of debris over the year. When the gutters get too full of junk, they can weigh down on the eaves of your home. This can cause cracks that squirrels or mice can slip through, to get into your attic. Snow and autumn leaves can add onto this, which is why they should be cleared out at the beginning and end of fall.

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.

Reducing Rabies Risk for Your Family

Rabies can be a life-threatening condition if not treated quickly after contact with a rabid animal. It is important to be informed on how rabies is spread, and what you and your family can do to reduce the risk of infection.

How Rabies is Spread

Mammals such as dogs, cats, bats, raccoons, and humans can carry and contract rabies. The virus is carried in the saliva and the nervous system. It is usually transferred via bites. If infected saliva comes in contact with an open wound, eyes, nose, or mouth, there is a risk of infection. Bats and raccoons are often considered to have the highest rates of rabies among wild animals.

Leave Wild Animals Alone

Wild animals should be left alone. It is usually best to give any wild animals a wide berth, to avoid contact. If you see a baby animal, odds are that a parent is nearby. If the baby is still abandoned after several hours, contact a wildlife rehabilitation center. Talk to your children about leaving wild animals alone, and teach them to respect any animal they see by leaving it alone.

Strays

Stray dogs and feral cats are often harbingers of all sorts of diseases, and rabies is just one of them. Unfamiliar and unattended dogs and cats should be left alone, especially if it looks dirty or sickly. Children have a tendency to try to pick up or play with strays. They should be taught to avoid strays, even if they seem friendly.
New York/New Jersey Wildlife Removal, Inc. does not provide services in dealing with the removal of stray/feral dogs and cats.

Your Pets

Your pets should not be allowed to roam freely, nor should they be left outdoors unattended. Pets that are unsupervised run the risk of coming into contact with animals that might have rabies or other diseases. Keep them up to date on all of their shots.

Contact With a Wild Animal

Not all rabid animals appear sickly. The best way to protect yourself is to avoid wild animals whenever possible. If you are bitten by a wild animal, wash the wound with mild soap and warm water, and then seek medical attention. The wild animal should be humanely trapped by a licenced professional.

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.

Skunk Facts

Skunks may seem cute but their smelly spray can pack a real punch. These critters can be a real problem for your neighborhood; and they can be even worse for you if they decide to set up camp in your shed or below your patio. Here are some facts you may not know about these striped stink bombs.

Bad Vision

Skunks cannot see very well. They can really only see what is right in front of them. When a skunk is born, it is completely blind and deaf. It’s hearing and sight will develop as it grows, but a skunk’s eyesight won’t improve too much. It’s distinct lack of good senses is why skunks fire off their spray often when frightened.

High Accuracy

Despite their horrible eyesight, skunks have incredibly accurate spray. Both males and females can fire their spray up to about 15 feet, with accuracy up to about 10 feet. The spray can also mist and travel up to 45 feet, lingering in the air.

Winding Up

Skunks can spray incredibly fast, but it can be easy to see that they are getting ready to blast you, if you know what to look for. These warnings can help you to know if they are agitated or scared. If you see the skunk scratching its feet, raising its tail, or hissing, try to get out of the blast zone.

Fast Runners

Despite their pudgy bodies and stumpy legs, skunks can bolt if they really need to, reaching speeds of up to 10 mph. If they are not threatened and not trying to hide, they will usually just lazily walk around.

Stripes For Caution

Most wild animals can see the stripes of a skunk and know to stay away. This can be both a learned and instinctive knowledge. However, one animal who fails to stay away is the domesticated dog. Man’s best friend doesn’t seem to take the hint; and pet owners may find themselves scrubbing off skunk smell from their dog on more than one occasion.

Skunk Spray Isn’t Dangerous

Skunk spray is not toxic as many people may believe. While it can be hard to wash off, skunk spray is not dangerous. You may have heard that skunk spray can cause blindness if it gets into your eyes, but this is false. You should still try not to get sprayed, because the smell is horrible.

We specialize in removing raccoons, 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.

Why Poison and Traps are not Recommended for Rodents

Mouse traps or rat poison may seem like a quick fix for your pest problem, yet they are anything but! Traps and poison can cause a lot of problems for homeowners and restaurants alike. In addition to not being fully effective, traps and poison are not humane. It is important to know why capture and proper exclusion is the best way to deal with your rodent infestation. But first, why shouldn’t you use poison or traps?

Traps Are Tricky

Traps may seem like a quick way to deal with a rogue mouse or rat sneaking into your cabinet, but traps are often more trouble than they are worth. Traps can usually take care of a few pests, but the rest of the colony will usually adapt to work around them. Rodents may seem simple, but they can be quick-thinking and learn to avoid traps, especially after they lose a few members of their colony to them. Additionally traps can be hard to deal with once they are sprung. Traps set up in walls or hard to reach places can be difficult to check. You may end up having a dead animal living inside of your wall. Traps that misfire or trigger without catching the rodent are rendered useless until you remember to reset them.

Poison Doesn’t Always Cut It

Poison has plenty of problems as well. Firstly, not all of the rats will eat it. Rats can learn that a food source is not good for them and learn to avoid the poison. Some rats will even develop a slight resistance to it, or even a full immunity. When we find rat droppings that are green in color, it usually means that the rat was surviving while eating poisoned bait. Rats also tend not to die right around the pile of bait. Often, a rodent partaking in poisoned food will find somewhere to curl up and die, often deep in your walls. With rat poison, there is always a risk that it will affect others in the home or restaurant. Children or pets can often be the victims of accidental poisoning. Rat poison not properly stored can contaminate food and drink.

Why Removal and Exclusion Works

Exclusion and removal is effective because it solves the issue fully, and humanely. When traps or poisons are involved, you aren’t able to guarantee that the full colony is gone. You also may have to deal with dead pests in all of the nooks and crannies. And any other pests can intrude from any entry points established by the colony. Removal and exclusion by a professional specialist means that your rodent problem will be dealt with, cleaned up, and the entry points repaired. With a humane removal company, your conscience can be kept clean too.

We specialize in removing rats, squirrels, mice, 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.

Looking for Pest Damage When Buying a Home

When looking for a new home, buyers often look for signs of termites or rodents; but what about other animals? It is important when buying a home that you are able to tell if the home has had a wild animal problem in the past, and what that can mean for the home in the future. If the home has had a pest problem in the past, you should check with the owner or real estate agent to ensure that the animals have been dealt with, and that the affected area was properly cleaned and repaired. Professional cleaning is vital to ensure that the space is free of any bacteria or parasites carried by intruding animals. Repair of damages from a pest is important to ensure that other animals don’t find their way back in.

Rodents

Mice, rats, and squirrels can be a big problem for homeowners, especially in urban areas. Rodents can cause damage throughout the home, can produce fire hazards, and can create drafts in the insulation. Most rodents carry a large host of diseases, especially rats. Rodents tend to gnaw their way through walls, and make smaller, pre-existing holes larger. They can create tunnels through insulation that can cause drafts and waste energy. Wires can be chewed up by rodents, creating potential fire hazards. Signs of rodent infestation can include holes in the walls, roof, or floors; brown stains from the oils of rodent fur; droppings; gnawed wires or beams; or gaps in insulation.

Raccoons

Raccoons can be a lot of trouble for homeowners. They love camping out under decks or sheds, but can easily make their way into an attic. They can be a huge problem for in and around the house. They like to dig through trash, and are adept at opening garbage cans. Raccoons have been known to tear up boxes and bags in an attic and make beds out of the scraps of clothing or items in them. Raccoons can also hunt for fish kept in outdoor ponds such as koi. They may also make use of your pool, and can leave parasites in their feces in the water. Raccoons are one of the most common carriers of rabies, which can pose a threat to people or pets that come into contact with them.
Signs of raccoon problems can be damaged trash cans, damage under a deck or patio space, and damage in the attic. Raccoon claws have 5 toes, as opposed to cats, which have 4. This may help you determine whether scratch marks were made by a pet, or an unwanted intruder.

Bats

Bats can be a real nightmare for homeowners. Bats often break into attics and sheds, and can squeeze through small breaks in the roof or eaves in order to gain access to your home. Like rats, bats leave brown oil stains where they squeeze their way into a home. Bats can cause damage to the beams in an attic with their claws as they hang. Bat guano can be a severe issue for homeowners. Guano is dust-like, and carries many parasites that can become airborne when disturbed. These parasites can persist without proper cleaning, and can infect people or animals living in the home below the bat colony.

Pigeons

Pigeons are an issue for many homeowners. Pigeon waste can be corrosive to your roofing. They tend to roost on the roof of homes or in chimneys. They may make use of vent ducts or gutters on the home for nesting. Flocks of pigeons resting on the gutters can cause damage to the eaves of the home, and can even detach them from the home. While not as common as outdoor roosting, sometimes they will attempt to roost in sheds or attics. The most obvious sign of pigeon problems in a home is evidence of feces or nests. Fecal matter that is not properly dealt with can leave white or green stains, and can corrode and eat away at the material it is left on.

We specialize in removing rats, bats, 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.

Summer Bats

Bats can be a real nuisance to homeowners, but they can be especially difficult in the summertime, when the days are longer. In the summer, bat sightings are more prevalent as they may start flying around before nightfall. As more people spend time outside in the summer, the risk of contact with bats can increase. Bats roosting in your shed or attic can be a real health hazard to you and your family.

Bats in the Yard

Bats have been known, although it is rare, to raid barbeques and other yard parties in the summer months. They are often attracted to sweet fruits (such as watermelon), or nearby bugs. On occasion, this can lead to contact with humans. In addition to a host of other diseases, bats are one of the most common carriers of rabies.If you or a loved one is bitten by a bat, you should wash the wound with mild soap and warm water, and then seek medical attention.

Bats in the Home

When bats take roost in your home, they can cause some serious issues. Bats can do some serious damage to your attic. They like to roost on the ceiling or support beams in the attic, which can cause a lot of damage to your roof. Bat fur is covered in natural oils that can stain surfaces brown. It is often seen around the holes that bats may squeeze through to gain access to the attic. They also drop fecal matter to the floor of the attic wherever they hang. Bat guano can cause incredibly dangerous health issues in to those in your home, including pets.

Bat Guano

Bat guano usually covers the floors of the attics, sheds, and other areas that bats may inhabit. The fecal material is loaded with a number of parasites that can cause respiratory problems, digestive issues, and even death. Bat guano can be especially dangerous because it is dust-like in consistency. If the guano is disturbed, the dust can become airborne, spreading the parasites throughout the affected area. Even a small animal such as a mouse walking through the feces can spread the parasites into the air. Some of these parasites can survive for weeks after the fecal material leaves the host bat. The waste can also seep into the wood or fiberglass in your home. Fiberglass that has been in contact with guano should be removed and replaced, as well as any insulation that is within 3 or 4 feet of the affected area.

We specialize in removing rats, bats, mice, 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.

Raccoons: Unwanted Party Crashers

No one wants ants at the picnic, but what about a raccoon? With the 4th of July just around the corner, and the whole of Summer ahead, it is important to remember these important tips to help keep your yard free of wild animals after your BBQ.

Bring all Food Inside

Any food left outside can be a meal for potential pests or wild animals. Make sure to bring all extra food inside. Properly dispose of your trash, in raccoon-proof garbage cans. Be sure to pick up any food your guests may have dropped. Many wild animals have the ability to fight their way to a meal, especially raccoons. If you brought any bowls outside for pets, such as for food and water, bring them inside.
If you have an outdoor refrigerator, cooler, or other food storage containers outside, make sure that they are raccoon-proof, and clean. If you live in an area with bears, your containers should be bear-proof.

Hose it Down

It can be a good idea to hose down your deck or patio space after a BBQ. Dropped food particles, spilled soda, and even the scent of previous meals can be a siren’s song to nearby critters. Hosing down the patio after your guests leave can be a good way to lessen the risk of furry party crashers. Clean your grill thoroughly after use.

Raccoon Pool Parties

Raccoons like to use pools. Raccoons are naturally drawn to water sources, and like to make use of pools when they can. They are expert swimmers. They like to wash their hands in pools. Keeping your pool covered when not in use will help prevent raccoons from getting into it. Fencing in the pool can be helpful, but raccoons are very good climbers.
Raccoons also like to use the pool as a bathroom. It is not uncommon for a racoon to sit on the steps of a pool and defecate into the water. While chlorine in the pool may kill most germs carried by a raccoon, it cannot kill Baylisascaris procyonis, a type of parasite that raccoons often carry. The worm’s eggs are found within the fecal matter of a raccoon. If you see a raccoon defecating in your pool, or you find fecal matter within the pool’s filter, contact your local animal control company to deal with the raccoon and to test the feces for Baylisascaris procyonis.

We specialize in removing rats, bats, mice, 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.

Why Choosing Humane Wildlife Removal Matters

When you have wild animals living in your backyard, or even your home, you should think carefully about the wildlife removal service you call to get rid of them. Homeowners should consider using an ethical, humane wildlife removal service to deal with their pest problems; and here’s why.

Extermination Isn’t a Long-Term Solution

Most extermination companies do only that. They deal with the problem, clear out the bodies, and leave. While some may offer services beyond that; most only address the issue of the current invading animal. Humane removal focuses on exclusion, and repairing the home, so that other pests can’t gain access later. When you use an extermination company, you may have to find a third party to deal with the repairs. That third party may not be well-versed in sealing up damage caused by animals, or cleaning out hard to reach places where fecal matter and waste may be permeating.

Inhumane Methods Aren’t Always Legal

Pest control and wildlife removal can be very different services. A pest control company way use poisons or other similar methods to clear out wildlife, just as they would do for bugs. In addition to suffering painful deaths, using poison to remove a pest animal may be illegal. Many bats species, snakes, and more can be endangered. You and the company involved can be fined or even imprisoned for killing a member of an endangered species.

Not all Poison Methods are Effective

There is no guarantee that an animal will eat poisons placed out for them. Poisons also don’t always kill instantly. There is a strong chance that an animal may suffer before they die. Some animals may just get sick and survive. Others still may crawl to a hard to reach, tight place and die. It can be almost impossible to confirm that a whole rat or mouse colony is successfully killed,and that all of the bodies are cleared out. Humane traps and exclusion methods help ensure that all animals are removed and kept out of the home.

Animals Have the Right to Live

Animals that try to live in your home may be an annoyance, but they still deserve to live. They enter your home for base needs rooted in survival instincts; food, shelter, warmth. By opting to use a humane removal service, you are helping preserve wildlife and the environment. Killing should never be the first option. You can breathe easy knowing that you did the right thing by choosing to humanely deal with your wild animal problem.

We specialize in removing rats, bats, mice, 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.

Signs that Animals May be Living in Your Walls

Animals like to break into homes for shelter, but they rarely stay in one place. A variety of pest animals will use the walls of your home to access other areas of the home, or to get outside. Mice, rats, snakes, squirrels, and more can be crawling inside your walls. What are some common signs that your walls are occupied by critters?
The most common way a homeowner finds out about a pest in the walls is the noise. You may hear them calling out or moving around in the walls. Squeaks from rodents, scratching in the walls or chittering of raccoons can be heard.
The smell of urine and waste from the animals can permeate through the walls and throughout your home. If left alone, these smells can linger for months after the pests leave. If not properly taken care of, waste from animals can lead to a variety of health risks and diseases that can be harmful to you and your family.
Signs of chewed drywall, insulation, or wood can be a huge indicator of a pest problem. On the outside of the house, you can see similar damage to siding, panels, bricks, roofing, etc. With pest animals like rats, mice, and squirrels, gnawing at openings is fairly commonplace behaviour. Rodents can squeeze through incredibly small openings, but generally prefer to make them wider when possible. When animals move through insulation, they move it out of the way, which can create drafts in the home. Some pests will also chew through wires, which can lead to fires.
If you suspect that there are wild animals are living within your walls, contact us for a consultation for our exclusion and clean up services.
We specialize in removing rodents, snakes, 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.

Gentrification is Causing More Rat Sightings in NYC

Gentrification has been on the rise in New York City, and so has rat sightings. Scientists and pest control experts alike are in agreement that revitalization projects in neighborhoods across the city are driving rats and mice out into the open. What does this mean for you and your home?
With more rodents out in the open, it is likely that they will try to move to other apartment complexes or buildings. It is already a pretty common occurrence to see rats in the subway system, or even on the streets, but these sightings are increasing in regularity. New YOrk City is home to an estimated 33.6 million rats, or about 5 rats per person. The rat population also estimated to be on the rise.
What does an increase of rats on the street mean for the NYC residents? An increase of rodent sightings usually comes with an increase of rodent related diseases. Bacterial infections spread by rat urine, blood, or waste can become more and more commonplace. In 2017, a Bronx resident died of leptospirosis, a bacterium found in rat urine. Increased rat sightings also come as a risk to businesses that can be shut down for rodent issues.

We specialize in removing rodents, snakes, 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.

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