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Preparing for Spring Squirrels

After a long winter those pesky squirrels are ready to come out from hiding and go back to their scavenging. All through the Fall months they spent time gathering and storing away food to come back to in the spring and now they have to go find it. They usually hide their food in tree trunks, buried in gardens or forests, or sometimes even under your backyard structures or in the attic of your home. And you need to be aware of the signs that you may be a victim.

Signs of Squirrels on your Property

Some signs that your property may have a spring squirrel issue are small shallow holes where food may be buried, biting or gnawing on your wooden structures, small footprints in the soil or melting snow, or the sound of scurrying in your attic. Squirrels can also cause all sorts of damage to your property and the bills can pile up fast.

Damage caused by Squirrels

The first thing a squirrel will do once it gets into your home or garage is search for bedding materials. They start with shredding wood framing, and gathering soft materials such as insulation. Also since they are heavy chewers they will also chew on any loose wires and PVC pipe they come across which can lead to costly electrical or plumbing damage. They also can cause inconvenient outdoor damage. Your garden, fences, and sheds can also get chewed up and damaged by these rodents and you will have to replace them, which can be costly and stressful.

Preventing Squirrels

The easiest way for a squirrel to enter your home is through a hole. If they see a hole or an opening they will chew through until they can get through. The best method of prevention is to search your attic for any openings that show from both sides, and closing them off by patching them. Also be sure to keep all doors and windows closed at all times. Also try to seal off all insulation and wood framing in the attic so if the squirrels do make their way in, they will not see your attic as a possible home.

If you are struggling with preventing squirrels, already have them in your home, or need to restore your property to brand new, contact us for professional help. We specialize in removing squirrels and other pesky rodents 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.

Preventing Pesky Rabbits

Rabbits are an all year round pest, and they love an urban yard to call their home. Like most animals, a rabbit spends most of its day in search of food. Their main diet consists of vegetables, flowers, tree bark and other plants found in most home gardens. This is what attracts them to urban areas and your yard specifically.

Identifying the culprit

Before hopping to the conclusion that your culprit is a rabbit you must first investigate. Twigs and stems that are eaten by rabbits appear to be cleanly cut, as opposed to the ragged tearing that other animals leave when making a meal out of your vegetation. Another clear sign that your property damage is the result of a rabbit could be tracks in the soft soil. Rabbit tracks are normally two small indents next to each other followed by another two a short distance away, showing their hopping pattern. The last and most obvious sign is if you catch the rabbit in the act, their most active times are close to the hours of dawn and dusk.

Preventing rabbits

The best, and most natural way to prevent rabbits from feasting on your prized garden is to build some kind of a barrier. Many people use chicken wire supported by fence posts, however if you are looking for a more fashionable alternative many people use wooden fences or fence panels. Some people also use repellents depending on what type of garen they have. If you are growing food to be eaten then you may want to stray from chemical alternatives.

If you are going to try and remove the rabbit by yourself be sure to wear safety gloves. Some rabbits may carry diseases such as tularemia which can be transmitted through handling a sick animal. Rabbits also have teeth and possibly catch you with a bite while struggling to escape. Be sure to leave the removal of all animals, including rabbits, to the professionals. We specialize in removing rabbits, squirrels and other pesky rodents 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.

Preparing for the Spring

Winter is coming to an end in the upcoming months and it is time to prepare for all of those pesky rodents to come out from hibernation. Once out of hibernation animals such as squirrels, mice and groundhogs will begin looking for food and a mate.
Animals such as these will search for food anywhere they can find it, including garbage pails, basements, sheds and garages, or even through the walls of your home. And once they find a source of food they will choose to live close by or even in your home. The yearly cycle of a squirrel is such; find food and shelter, find a mate, raise the babies and stock up on food, and lastly hibernate. These rodents cycle through the same process yearly and if the correct measures aren’t taken your home may be victim to becoming a breeding ground for all sorts of rodents.
Be sure to properly dispose of your trash in liners and covered pails to prevent animals from seeking it out and calling your house their home. Also ensure that your basement and garage windows are kept closed and be sure that all openings are secure and sealed.
We specialize in removing squirrels, mice, 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.

Flying Rats!

Pigeons are a mainstay of any urban city, however the dangers of them are unknown to many. Pigeons carry many diseases such as the H5N2 strain of the bird flu, or the H7N9 strain which can cause very serious illness in humans. In fact, there have been over 600 confirmed deaths from the bird flu alone, and that’s just one disease that these flying rats may carry.

Another concern is for the owners of businesses in areas with a high count of pigeons. Let’s set a scene and say you’re walking down a major street after leaving your apartment in New York City. You’re on your way to pick up groceries and come across an organic food store; however just as you’re about to walk in you see that their store sign is covered in pigeon feces! Anybody in their right mind would turn around and find a new place to shop after seeing how unsanitary this place may seem.

What do pests like pigeons search for in a nesting or landing place? The most common places for a pigeon to reside are roof tops and ledges, holes in roofs or walls, or rooftops, warehouses etc. Many people worry about these pesky birds damaging such property or the areas around it. Pigeons thrive in areas that have high rooftops, water irrigation such as gutters, and leftover food waste left behind by humans in public garbage cans. In other words, any urban town or city is the perfect home for these disgusting animals. The professional removal of these animals is recommended over any “do it yourself” tactics in order to ensure a safe, healthy, and humane course of action.

These flying rats are the cause of serious health problems, they hurt the pockets of business owners, and they inconvenience the everyday lives of regular people like you.

We specialize in removing pigeons 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.

 

Groundhogs Under Your Lawn

Groundhog day is coming up soon; but one thing you don’t want is for one to pop up in your lawn or garden. Groundhogs can be a problematic pest, as they dig holes in your lawn and burrow under patios. Holes made by groundhogs can cause injuries or damage to the foundation of your home or patio.
These large rodents tear up lawns by digging holes and tunnels that allow them to travel undetected and safely across open spaces. They create their burrows underground, often using man-made structures for support and further protection. It is common for them to dig under decks, patios, or sheds. They may even set up their shelters against the foundation of your home. The creation of these tunnels can cause foundations to sink or loosen if there is enough displacement. To establish their tunnels and den, a groundhog may move up to 700 pounds of dirt and create more than 50 feet of tunnels with multiple exits. A groundhog den can house anywhere from 1 to 8 groundhogs, depending on the time of year. Mid-Spring is when groundhogs give birth. The offspring will stay with the mother for about 6 weeks before leaving to make their own dens and tunnels.
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.

Skunk Infestation

Skunks can create huge issues for NY homeowners. The odor a skunk meits can be awful, but that’s not all. Skunks tear into garbage, eat garden vegetables, and make a mess in your yard. Skunks will burrow under low decks and break into sheds for shelter. Skunks are relatively nocturnal and do not hibernate in the winter.
Unlike a lot of other urban wildlife, skunks don’t jump or climb well. They will sometimes get into garbage cans by climbing piled bags or attempting to knock them over. They may even become trapped in garbage cans that they climb into.
A skunk’s spray is a sulfuric liquid that can be blasted up to 20 feet, while usually only accurate up to 10. The smell can linger for days. If you see a skunk with its tail raised, get away from it. If the spray gets in you or a pet’s eyes, it can cause temporary blindness.
Skunks are the number 2 carrier of rabies in the country, where raccoons are first. They carry a large host of diseases, including roundworms and canine hepatitis. They are known to be littered with fleas, lice, and ticks; and may contract diseases from them.
We specialize in removing rats and other pests in the New York and New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 855-468-0771 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Fall Animal Control

Fall weather can be beautiful. It is a time of transition. Birds fly south, the squirrels, snakes, raccoons, and other critters are here to stay. Don’t let your home become overrun by wild animals. These tips can help you protect your home from animal invaders, as well as damage from the coming winter.
Clean your gutters. Gutters filled with soggy leaves or heavy snow can rip off of the house. This can be expensive to repair; but it can also create entryways for animals to enter your home.
Trim nearby and overhanging trees. Trees close to your home are excellent vantage points for animals to leap onto your home. Branches that hang by the house can also damage the exterior of the house. Be careful of tree roots that creep to close to the home. Tree roots can sometimes damage foundation or basement walls. This damage can also be exploited by burrowing animals such as moles, voles, and some snakes.
Secure the screens on your windows. Never leave your window open unattended, and don’t leave a window without a screen open. You will lose money on heating during the colder seasons from your windows. Open windows with a broken screen or without one at all can give animals an easy way into the home.
We specialize in removing squirrels, raccoons, and other pests in the new York and  New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 855-468-0771 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Rats In The Fall

Fall has begun, and as the days get shorter and colder, pests will look for shelter from the elements. Rat colonies are a huge problem for homeowners during the cold seasons, where large numbers of these dirty rodents can swarm and infest a home. Rats often break into sheds, basements, or attics for a place to nest. They can even live within your walls, chewing through insulation and creating drafts in your home and wasting your heat; and chewed wires can become fire hazards. How do these furry little monsters make their way into your home? Most rats can fit through holes about the size of a nickel or even smaller, but they will chew the edges to make it even bigger. Rats carry a vast number of diseases, and can cause your family to become very sick if they stick around.
We specialize in removing rats and other pests in the New York and New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 855-468-0771 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Squirrels in NY City

Squirrels are at home in Urban Areas like the 5 boroughs of NY.  Squirrels scurry up trees and telephone poles, across telephone cables and lawns. Squirrels are even better climbers than you may think. They can climb brick walls and can hang from trees with only their hind legs while they eat, hanging upside down. While squirrels can’t climb all surfaces, there are many ways they can get to the roof of your home, and into your attic. Squirrels are powerful jumpers despite their small size, and can deftly leap from tree branches or telephone wires to get to a shelter or food source. This is one of the reasons that bird feeders are often emptied by squirrels. These little critters can even shake and pour out seeds from feeders for themselves or other squirrels to collect on the ground.
Squirrels can swim for short distances, and in some cases, fall in pools. Unless the pool has steps or an artificial shore, it can be almost impossible for them to get out. Koi ponds can be water sources for squirrels if they are not covered with a metal mesh frame. While squirrels will not hunt or eat the fish in your pond, foxes and raccoons might.
Squirrels may be cute out in the park, but they can be a serious problem in your home. We specialize in removing squirrels, raccoons, and other pests in the 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.

Little Birds Cause Big Problems

Flock of sparrows at roof of house

When most people worry about animal pests in their neighborhood, their biggest concerns are usually large animals such as deer, raccoons, and bears, but one of the most widespread pests in the world today comes in a small package, the common house sparrow. House sparrows are found virtually everywhere that humans are, most people pay them no mind since they are so common and seem so small and harmless, even cute. The sad truth is that these little birds are actually introduced pests on most of the planet.

House sparrows are easy enough to identify, there is certainly no shortage of them around to observe. They are small stubby birds with short wings and tails. Both genders have light colored breasts and brown colored backs, but males have darker plumage on their backs, a gray patch on the crown of their head, and a distinct patch of black extending from the eyes and beak down across their throat. The loud chirping of house sparrows is also easy to pick out among other bird calls.

Like many other bird species, house sparrows can inconvenience humans by building nests in undesirable places. Eaves, awnings and gazebos may become nesting sites for these pests, but they can also settle into exhaust vents for dryers or stoves, or around window-mounted air conditioners. House sparrows build nests made of densely woven twigs and grasses which may clog up vents and prevent them from working properly. They also often invade large indoor public spaces and warehouses.

Unfortunately, the trouble that these birds cause ranges far beyond building nests on or in our homes and businesses. House sparrows may be small, but they are very aggressive and they compete with a number of native North American bird species for nesting sites. If house sparrows have an opportunity to steal a nest instead of building one of their own, they will usually take it. Bluebirds and Purple Martins are often the victims of these violent takeovers and both baby hatchlings and parent birds alike can be fatally mutilated by house sparrows. These pests are the bane of bird enthusiasts who install nesting boxes for native species.

If you want to help discourage house sparrows from taking over your backyard, here are a few steps you can take:

  • Don’t Feed House Sparrows
    House sparrows are a common sight at bird feeders, people who like to attract songbirds to their yard often see these little brown birds as an unavoidable part of owning a bird feeder. What these people don’t know is that simply switching to a black oil sunflower seed will discourage house sparrows from visiting while still attracting native birds. Bird enthusiasts should generally avoid using seed or seed mixes that include millet, cracked corn and wheat because sparrows like these seeds.
  • Keep pests out of your trash
    Though their primary diet consists of seeds and insects, house sparrows also like to snack on many of the things we do. They will often peck open trash bags to get at food scraps inside. Be sure to put your trash in sturdy cans with animal-proof lids. This is a smart idea for discouraging a number of neighborhood pests, not just house sparrows.
  • Remove House Sparrow Nests
    House sparrow nests will only lead to more house sparrows. Always be proactive and consistent about removing their nests from your property. It is much more humane to get rid of the nests before they can lay eggs in them. Removing the nests yourself is not recommended, you should probably wear thick gardening gloves and a dust mask if you want to try it yourself. House sparrows are also very persistent, and unless you want to repeat the same process of removing their nests every 7-10 days, you should probably call and ask us to bird-proof any areas where they build nests.
  • When in Doubt, Call the Professionals
    If you aren’t sure what kind of bird nest you are dealing with, leave it to the pros. Removing nests is difficult and messy, and you could accidentally harm a native or endangered bird species. Our wildlife experts can identify bird pests and remove their nests safely and humanely.
  • Animal Proof Your Home or Business
    This is always a wise choice whether you currently have a sparrow problem or not. Sparrows and other animals can easily find their way into damaged shingles, walls, or unprotected vents. Prevention is the best medicine for unwanted pests. We can identify and seal up common areas where animals can get into walls, roofs, attics, and other spaces.
  • Monitor Your Birdhouse
    Unless you can consistently evict or exclude house sparrows from your birdhouse, consider removing the birdhouse entirely. Fewer birds is a better alternative to more house sparrows.

We may never be able to remove these hardy pests from our neighborhoods for good, but we can help native birds by controlling their population in every way possible. Contact us today to help with all your wildlife problems, no matter how big or small they may be.

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