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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.

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.

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.

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.

Don’t let mice squeak by this winter!

Winter is coming and that means all of the critters that live outdoors are gonna be looking for a warm place to reside during the cold months of the year. What better place than the walls and basement of your home! Nobody wants these disgusting rodents scurrying around their property all throughout the night; scavenging your kitchen for food and building nests inside your walls. Also, don’t forget about the dangers that they may bring to you and your family since they can carry all sorts of disease.

Mice are normally drawn to cluttered and unsanitary homes. If you have a cluttered basement full of storage, or if you have leftover food laying around they maybe more drawn to your home than a typical neat and clean home. However, mice will take what they can get, they are intelligent rodents and if the conditions outside are poor they will make even the cleanest of homes their new home. Some tell-tale signs of a mice infestation include; small pebble sized droppings, urine odors, gnawed holes, gnaw marks, rodent runways, rodent nests, scampering, and unusual pet behavior.

Mice like to nest in a variety of places. Normally they’ll find their way into the walls, however if they dont they may choose other locations such as; inside storage boxes, inside of ceiling voids, underneath appliances, or in ground burrows right outside of your home.

One of the dangers mice pose is the fact that they can possibly carry a lot of different diseases. One of the diseases are called the Hantavirus. This virus is a respiratory disease and if left untreated can actually be fatal. Another disease that they may carry is called Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis. This disease will cause fever, headaches, nausea and vomiting. Lastly and the most well known disease that they may carry is the Plague. As many know the disease is credited for killing millions of europeans during the middle ages. Today luckily the disease is curable and easily treatable, but why would you ever want a species credited with causing millions of deaths worldwide residing in YOUR home?

The next time you see or hear any of the signs that tell you that you may have mice in your home, contact us to ensure a safe and humane removal of these pesky rodents.

We specialize in removing 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 917-633-0888 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Rodent-Proof your Home this Fall

Rats, squirrels, mice, and more might be looking for a new place to live this fall. It is important to make sure that your house is prepared for the new season, so that your home can be protected from potential rodent raids.

Lawn Preparation

Trimming weeds, cutting grass regularly, and trimming overhanging branches will not only make your home look nicer, but it can help keep pests away. Rodents thrive in the overgrowth. Overhanging branches can give pests easy access to your rooftop, air vents, or chimney. Give pests fewer places to hide by trimming bushes and shrubs.

Invest in Your Trash

One of the best defenses against rodents, raccoons, opossums and more is investing in better garbage storage. Strong, sturdy, and animal proof garbage cans can help you reduce animal activity near your home. Animals want to set up camp near where they can get a meal easily and consistently. Cutting off their food source is one of the best ways to accomplish this.

Repair Potential Entry Points

Breaks in the foundation, roof damage, and cracks in the eaves of your home can all spell disaster and potentially high repair costs if they are left to persist. These openings are also how most rodents first gain entry. Cut them off before they have a chance to get in by repairing problem areas soon after they appear.

Pet Food Can be a Problem

Pet food can be a huge draw for potential pests. Whether your pet is a messy eater or if you leave the plate full for them, rodents can see a bowl of pet food as an easy meal ticket. You should not put a bowl of pet food outside. Store pet food in an airtight container, and put food out in smaller doses so there is less of a chance that a pest might come to the bowl.

Clean and Sanitize your Kitchen

Your kitchen can house lots of food residue and crumbs. Regularly cleaning and sanitizing your kitchen space can help hold back rodents from coming into your home. Every month or so, you should remove everything from the cupboards and clean them out well.

We specialize in removing mice, 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.

Keep Critters Away From Your Garden

With the warm weather finally making its debut, gardening season is upon us. After spending weeks perfecting your garden, animals tearing it up is less than welcomed. Especially after spending the whole winter looking forward to tomatoes, cucumbers, and other crops, the last thing you need is pests disturbing your garden.

Skunks have a tendency to dig up gardens and eat fruit or foilage. You will probably be able to tell if a skunk visits your yard by the strong odor that they leave behind. Rabbits will also most likely feed on the foliage in your yard during the day, raccoons will leave it a mess at night. Other animals to  watch out for are deer, groundhogs, and even foxes.

In attempt to deter these critters away from your yard, try odor repellents. Taste repellents could be sprayed on plants, and will cause a bad taste on the plants. It’s important to note that these repellents will only upset their stomachs, and are not designed to actually hurt the animals.

Despite your best efforts, certain animals just won’t budge. Leave it to the professionals! For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 917-633-0146 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Do Bats Carry Rabies?

Bats could potentially carry rabies, just as most mammals do. 90% of human rabies cases in America are caused from contact with bats. Since only about 6% of the bat population is known to carry the disease, there is about one human death per year due to bat rabies.

Although these mammals have very small teeth, bat bites are known to feel like sharp needle jabs. According to the United States Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people typically are aware when getting bit. However, the bites themselves are small punctures, so it’s possible for these bites to go unnoticed. Most of these bat bites occur when people attempt to handle or them up. According to the CDC, it is impossible for someone to get rabies just from seeing a bat in an attic, in a cave, or at a distance. In addition to this, it’s also impossible to contract rabies from coming in contact with bat feces, blood, or urine, or from touching a bat on its fur, (although touching a bat untrained is advised against!)

The most common species of infectious bats are the Silver Haired Bats. These bats are dominantly found throughout the United States, except Florida. It is important to remember that a grounded bat who may appear to be sick may be carrying the disease, so leave the rescuing to the professionals.

Snakes: Venomous Vs Harmless

It can be difficult to distinguish a venomous snake from a harmless one. The primary misconception of snakes is that the majority of them are dangerous. Depending on where you’re located, this is typically not true.

A common myth about snakes is that just because they have a triangular shaped head, they’re automatically venomous. 99% of snakes have triangular heads. Another myth is that if a snake has a patterned scale, it’s venomous. A lot of snakes have patterns, and some venomous species don’t have a pattern. The most common snake, a Garter Snake, has a patterned scale and is harmless. In addition to these misconceptions, just because a snake rattles their tail is not an indication of danger. The sound of a snake rattling against dry leaves can seem very similar to the sound a Rattlesnake makes, which can cause some confusion.

Most venomous snakes are big and fat. Rattlesnakes have a distinct and unmistakable rattle at the end of their tale. They have gray, black, brown, olive, or yellow scales and banded, diamond, or spotted patterns are most common. Pupil size is also a common way to distinguish venomous and harmless snakes. Typically, dangerous snakes have a pupil that resembles a cat’s; an elliptical shape with peaked ends. Non-venomous snakes usually have rounded pupils.

We do not recommend getting too close to any snakes, as it can be difficult to distinguish them. Spotting any breed of snake is hardly ever a welcomed sight. Leave it to the professionals! For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 917-633-0146 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

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