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Wildlife Removal

Mice Moving In for the Winter

Mice can be a real issue year-round, but especially in the winter time. As temperatures drop, mice look for any way they can access the warmth of your home. Mice can exploit the tiniest of cracks and openings. The average mouse can squeeze through holes about the size of a dime, but will often gnaw the entrance until it is much wider. Mice can gnaw their way through wood, siding, and even brick.

Access Throughout the House

Once a mouse has gotten into your home, they will usually be able to access the rest of it. Mice can squeeze through small wall gaps near pipes or vent systems in the walls to go from the attic to the basement. Mice will usually move from one central location to other places in the home through the walls. They dig their way through insulation, which can create gaps that cause drafts. Mice will usually figure out away to access the kitchen or pantry, so that a steady supply of food is within reach.

Mouse Exclusion

Do not attempt to deal with a mouse problem yourself. You should hire a humane pest removal company to remove the mice. Excluding mice from a home is the best way to ensure that your pest problem does not return. Many fatal methods of removing pest animals like mice do not clear out the problem fully. Exclusionary methods focus on getting rid of all of the mice, and their droppings; and then closing up any entrances they have made. Our team will recommend the safest and most efficient way to get rid of mice in your home. Proper repair of any openings in the house is key to maintaining a pest-free home.

We specialize in the humane removal of 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 718-227-7227 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Varying Weather and Hibernation

Recently, New York and New Jersey have been experiencing fluctuating weather conditions through this very strange winter. The weather changes have shown extreme colds one day and warm weather the next. In New York City particularly, snowy winter days have been replaced with wet and rainy ones. What does all this mean for hibernating animals like squirrels, groundhogs, and chipmunks?

Intermittent Warmth and Hibernation

Generally, hibernation is not a reaction to cold weather, but a way to deal with a lack of food. Most animals that hibernate will not wake when the weather gets a bit warmer. Rather, their internal clocks await the coming of Spring. A number of studies have shown that days of warmer weather do not affect yearly hibernation schedules of most mammals.

Warmer Winters

Warmer weather across the whole winter could change hibernation patterns. Many commonly hibernating animals do not hibernate in regions where food is not scarce in the winter. Southern chipmunks do not hibernate in the winter, for example. If the overall winter climate becomes warm enough to sustain naturally occurring food sources, animals such as squirrels, groundhogs, and chipmunks may not need to hibernate. These animals will have to adapt to a changing climate, and will have to figure out how to change their diet accordingly.

We specialize in the humane removal of groundhogs, squirrels, 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.

Where do Bats Hide in the Winter?

As the cold weather is in full swing, most of the birds have fled for the south, and many animals have hunkered down to hibernate. But what do the bats do? Many of the different types of bats in the New York New Jersey area, unlike birds, will actually stay and hibernate.

Hibernation Hotspots

The flying mammals will hide out in whatever shelter they call home for a large portion of the winter. Whether in a cave, shed, or attic; bat colonies stay put in their warm shelter. With the main source of food for most bats, insects, gone during the cold season; they have less of a need to go out and face the elements. But what could this mean for you and your family?

Bats in the House

Bats can utilize spaces like your attic as a roost. While usually only smaller colonies will move into a home, it only takes a few bats to cause problems. Bats can tear up insulation, and damage items stored in attic spaces. They also leave piles of disease-ridden guano. Bat guano is dust-like and can be lifted into the air as particulates. These particulates can infiltrate the rest of the house including your air/heating unit. Bat guano exposure can lead to a host of diseases and respiratory problems for you, your family, and your pets. Bats also could be carrying rabies.

Bat Signals

How do you know if there are bats above you? Bats are nocturnal, and can make a lot of noise, especially near the times of dusk and dawn. Bats screech, which can be an annoyance when they are in your home.

We specialize in the humane removal of bats, 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.

Can Mice Chew Through Brick?

Mice are known to chew their way through wires boxes, trash bags and more. But mice can make more than just the “Tom and Jerry” style mouse-hole in the wooden molding of your home. Mice have powerful teeth that allow them to chew, chomp, and gnaw their way through everything from a piece of cheese, to solid brick. Rodents can be very tricky adversaries to a home, because they are resilient and can bite their way through most common household surfaces, given enough time.

Gnawing Through Brick

It may be hard to imagine tiny teeth overcoming such a strong material such as brick, but mice can be very diligent when they work their way into a structure. The front teeth of mice and rats are constantly growing. They need to gnaw on surfaces like hard nuts, wood, and even brick; to prevent their teeth from overgrowing.

Squeezing Through

Mice can fit through a hole as small as a dime, by squeezing through. A mouse doesn’t have to break down a whole brick wall just to get in. It will rather focus on one small area; usually with some sort of breakage already. Once a hole big enough to enter through is made, its open season for the rest of the colony to set up camp in your home. Other mice may even chew on the existing hole to make it wider. The best way to spot mouse holes is by brown or black stains on the bricks. When mice slide through, the oils in their fur will stain the bricks. These stains can be a good indicator of mouse or rat break-ins.

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, rats, mice, 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.

Scratching in the Walls and Ceiling

It may be Halloween, but that scratching noise you’re hearing may be a real monster that goes bump in the night. Or, at least, it may be an unwanted animal intruder. Pest animals like rats, squirrels, mice, bats, raccoons and more can make a lot of noise when making themselves at home in your house. These animals can hide out in your walls or attic, and are often found from the noise they make. So how do you tell what noise is just the house, and which are critters?

Animal Noises or House Noises

Your house can make a lot of noise on it’s own. It is important to figure out what noises are just the house, before you can really know if there are any animals in your walls. If the noise is consistent, it could be anything from a loose pipe to a dislodged piece of siding. If the noise is inconsistent, or you are unable to determine that it is a general house noise, you may want to consult a wildlife removal company. Animals can be erratic, so their noises can be heard at odd hours. Random, inconsistent scratches, chitters, and squeaks are telltale signs of animal intruders.

Raccoons

Raccoons tend to scratch and thump about. They move much slower than many smaller animals. They also make chittering noises, that can often be heard from other parts of the house.

Rodents

Rodents can move around fast, and they are much lighter than raccoons or other animals. You may not hear them moving around, but you may hear squeaks or scratches. Squirrels are much more rigid in their schedule, so if sounds are regularly heard at certain times, there may be squirrels living in your home.

Bats

Bats can make squeaking noises, similar to a rodent. As bats hang from the ceiling, it can be difficult for you to hear them from lower floors. Mostly, you will likely see signs of bats, rather than hearing them.

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.

Fall Squirrel Nests

Squirrels often like to find a home in the hollows of trees or hidden away in a small den. But for many squirrels, a nest built on tree branches, or even in attics, is the perfect place they call home. Squirrel nests, also called dreys, are clumpy, seemingly haphazard, piles of debris that a squirrel uses as a place to rest.

Clumsy But Strong

Despite how clumsily-built they may appear, a squirrel drey is surprisingly strong and can hold up well to wind. Similarly to a bird’s nest, the drey is generally bowl-shaped. This keeps the young squirrels from falling out, and protects them from the elements. Squirrels will use pretty much anything to build it; like twigs, leaves, trash scraps, and more. In homes, they may even resort to using items like insulation, boxes, and books.

Where Are They Built?

Squirrels try to pick somewhere that already resists the elements well. They will often look for a place to build that is already sturdy and supportive, like a hollow tree, a chimney, or an attic. Sheds or pool storage boxes are also commonly used by these rodents. Man-made structures are often the best suited to resist winter cold, so attics are definitely prime real estate for squirrels.

How Are They Built?

Squirrels will use their mouths and front paws to carry over materials. They can take multiple days to fully build it. They use their heads to push and bend debris in order to create a frame out of living twigs; which are harder to break. Squirrels may chew on the ends of the sticks to spread the fibers, which can help keep them in place. They will use mud, twigs, and leaves to insulate and reinforce it. An outer shell of sticks gives additional support.

Fall Nests

Squirrels tend to build their dreys in the fall season, as they gear up for the long winter. In addition to storing food in various locations, a well-built drey will ready the squirrel for the winter ahead.Squirrels in New York and New Jersey do not hibernate, so they can leave the drey and access their food stores throughout the winter.

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.

Getting Rid of Skunk Stink

When you have a skunk problem in or around your home, the stink from it’s spray can be a real problem. There are a number of ways to deal with the foul odor of a skunk’s spray. Here are a few ways that can help you get rid of the sulfurous smell of skunk.

Wash Pets Outside

Pets are often the victims of skunk attacks. Dogs are unfortunate repeat victims, as they seem to forget not to scare the skunk. Keep pets on a leash when outdoors, and do not leave pets unattended. Pets that are sprayed by a skunk should be cleaned thoroughly outside, before being let back into your home. You don’t want the smell permeating through the house. Most pet shampoos can be effective. If the smell persists, mix 6 parts water to 1 part vinegar, and wash your pet with this mix, before shampooing them again.

Spray on your Skin

If you are sprayed by a skunk, try not to go inside. If you are indoors, stand in the shower to reduce mess and the spread of the odor. Get another family member to retrieve this mixture. Wear rubber gloves for this. Mix 1 quart of hydrogen peroxide, 1/2 cup of baking soda, and 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid into a container, and stir with a spoon. Use a sponge or washcloth, and work the mix into a lather before applying to the skin. Apply to the skin, and let it sit on your skin for at least 5 minutes, or until it stops bubbling. Shower and wash yourself thoroughly. If the odor persists, re-apply the mixture, and then shower again, until the smell is gone. Do not cover the solution, as it can pressurize and explode. Instead, dilute it with water, and dump it down the shower drain.

Wash All Clothes That Have Been Sprayed

Skunk smell is not something that should be left in the hamper for later. Wash all clothes that have been affected by skunk spray; including the ones worn while washing a sprayed pet. To get rid of skunk smell from clothes, soak clothes in 1 part household ammonia to 6 parts water for 30 minutes; before machine-washing with a heavy-duty detergent. This will break down the oils of the musk. Repeat as needed until clean and odor free. Additionally, you can use a solution of 1 part hydrogen peroxide, 1 part baking soda, and 6 parts water. This solution requires a longer soak (about 1 hour). Line-dry outside if possible Be careful not to use detergents containing bleach. When ammonia mixes with bleach, toxic fumes are produced.

Carpet, Upholstery, and Camping Equipment

Many surfaces in the home, the inside of your car, or a camping tent, can’t be washed as easily as a t-shirt. If skunk spray affects some of these surfaces, you can try your best to clean them. Mix one of the above solutions, and scrub the affected area with a sponge. Blot repeatedly to remove the oils and excess moisture. Then rinse with plain water. Allow the area to air dry away from direct heat. Vacuum when dry. If the affected area is too large to be handled by you, or if the smell persists after a few tries; consult a professional upholstery or carpet cleaner.

If the Smell Persists in the Home

When the smell of skunk is in the house, odor molecules can enter the air vents. Replace air vent filters to prevent odor molecules from persisting. You should also replace the vacuum filter after treating the carpet or upholstery for spray.

Skunks in the Home

If the skunk has entered your home, hire a professional and humane wildlife removal service to remove the animal, and to clean the area inhabited by the animal. Skunks are known to hide away in attics and crawl spaces. Do not attempt to remove wild animals from your home yourself.

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.

Raccoon Latrines

Raccoons defecate in communal sites, much like humans. Just like we try to limit our waste activities to the bathroom, raccoons tend to pick out a spot to use as the bathroom together. These spots are referred to as Raccoon Latrines.

Common Latrine Sites

Raccoons will often use certain spots as their latrines. Common sites include bases of trees, hidden spots under decks/patios, sheds, attics, koi ponds, and pools. Raccoons will frequently use a few different sites as their latrines. They probably do this to limit the scent to specific areas of their domain. Raccoon feces are dark brown, tubular, and have a pungent odor.

Why are They Dangerous?

Raccoon Latrines are dangerous because of Baylisascaris procyonis, a dangerous roundworm that is commonly carried by raccoons. The roundworm can infect people when the eggs are ingested. The eggs can survive outside of the raccoon for over a month. Exposure to raccoon fecal material can put you at risk of becoming infected. Young children or developmentally disabled persons are at a higher risk of infection, as they are more likely to put contaminated fingers, soil, or other objects into their mouths. Stirring up dust and debris near the latrine can also increase risk of infection.
Exposure to the eggs can lead to infection. Symptoms usually become present after 1-4 weeks. Signs and symptoms can include: nausea, tiredness, liver enlargement, loss of coordination, lack of attention to people and surroundings, loss of muscle control, blindness, and coma. It can potentially become fatal.

Hire A Professional For Clean-up

Do not attempt to clean up a Raccoon Latrine yourself. Hire a professional Wildlife Removal service to remove the feces and properly clean the affected area. Prompt removal and destruction of the feces will reduce risk of exposure and infection for you and your family.

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.

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.

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.

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