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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.

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.

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.

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