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Wildlife Removal

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.

Why Do Animals Move into Chimneys?

Summer is coming up fast, and as we kick on the A/C, the last thing on your mind is probably your chimney. But chimneys, usually unused in the summer, are a popular place for local wildlife to live. Birds make nests on top, and animals like squirrels and raccoons like to climb inside. What makes a chimney such prime real estate for wild animals?
Whether made of stone or brick, the space inside the chimney is often cool and protected from the elements. This means that an animal hiding inside can stay out of the summer heat, and that nocturnal animals such as raccoons or bats have a dark place to rest during the day. Stones and bricks that line both the inside and outside of the chimney allow for easy gripping for claws. This makes it easy to run up and down the chimney.
Nesting materials in chimneys can be a major fire hazard when you do eventually use your chimney come wintertime. If there is an animal living in your chimney, you should have it professionally removed, and the chimney should be cleaned of debris and waste before use. A heavy duty stainless steel cover should be used to keep pests out of the chimney. Weaker metals can often be torn up by raccoons.
We specialize in removing raccoons, 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.

Raccoon Warning Issued From NYC Health Department

This week, the New York City Department of Health issued a warning regarding raccoons in the area. Recently, 6 raccoons have been found throughout the city that tested positive for rabies. 4 of them were found in Manhattan, 1 in the Bronx, and 1 in Staten Island. There has not been a case of rabies in a raccoon in Manhattan in at least 8 years.
With this outbreak of rabies in the city, it is important to remain aware of the potential danger that raccoons pose near your home. Do not leave pets or young children unattended outside. Do not leave food outside for your pets. Make sure that your garbage cans are sturdy and have a locking cover. Signs of rabies can include changes in sleep patterns (raccoons are normally nocturnal), foaming at the mouth, difficulty walking, and sudden aggressive outbursts.
If you see a raccoon near your home; you should avoid contact with it. Raccoons are wild animals and should always be left to professionals to exclude. Rabid or not, raccoons can use sharp claws and teeth if they need to defend themselves from something it sees as a threat, like a dog or person. If you or a loved one is attacked by a raccoon, wash the wound with soap and warm water; and seek medical attention.
We specialize in removing raccoons, 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.

Rats In Your Home

With Spring in full swing, wild animals become more active. Rats are among the most common animals to invade a house in the spring, especially in urban areas. These tiny rodents can bring a lot of damage and even other pests into your home.

Rats Moving In

Rats only require a very small opening to get inside your home. They can squeeze through holes as small as a coin. However, they usually make the hole larger by gnawing around it. Rats can thrive in basements, crawl spaces, attics, between floors, and inside walls. Apartment buildings can house huge colonies of rodents inside the walls and in between floors.

Heavy Damages

Rats can be incredibly destructive to the building they infiltrate. They can chew their way through insulation, wood beams, and wires. When they chew the wires, they may cause house fires. Gnawing on the wood beams can weaken the structural integrity of the building. The oily fur of a rat, as well as it’s droppings, may dirty the areas where they scurry. In Spring, rats breed and give birth, which will create a flood of tiny rodents to ransack your house.

Disease

Rats are known to host a wide array of diseases. Dead rats will bring foul odors and even more diseases to your home. In addition to smells and disease, rats may carry a multitude of parasites, such as ticks and fleas. These can cause further harm to your family, and can further spread diseases from the rats.

Further Problems

When rats are removed and excluded from a home, their entrance ways need to be repaired. Because they usually make tiny holes bigger; a rat’s doorway can eventually be large enough to let in larger pest animals. The openings made by the little rodents can bring in other pests, such as bats, mice, raccoons, opossums, squirrels, chipmunks, and even more rat colonies. Proper removal, cleaning, and repair is vital to fully defend your home.

We specialize in removing rats, mice, and other pesky rodents 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.

Garden Gophers

Gophers can be a big problem for homeowners, and especially for those who tend a garden. Gophers easily dig through dirt and create caves and tunnels underground. Gophers eat a combination of weeds, bulbs, crops, roots, grasses, and other plants. Their eating habits can ruin a garden.
Gophers like to burrow under and chew through a garden. They can wreak absolute havoc on your garden space. They love to eat roots, stems, crops, and flower bulbs. They can burrow under your garden and ruin its structure along with all of the crops. They can also damage any bushes, trees, and even the lawn.
Gopher holes are usually several inches to a few feet deep, but can span a few hundred feet in length. Gopher dens can become a labyrinth that winds around your property. The openings to the holes have a horseshoe-shaped mound of dirt around them. Aside from leaving holes in the ground, a gopher can leave underground paths that can damage plants, sheds, and the foundation of a home. Heavy rain can cause the paths to fill up, bringing water damage the compromised areas even more.
We specialize in removing gophers, groundhogs 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.

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.

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