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Wildlife Removal

Garage Intruders

The garage is usually a place to store bikes, tools, and lawn care equipment. But for raccoons, squirrels, and more, a garage can be a spacious and weatherproof den. This article will explore the ways pest animals can enter your garage, and what precautions you can take to limit critters from hiding away inside.

Close the Garage Door

It is a common practice to leave the garage door open when outside your home. However, this can leave it available for raccoons and other animals to move right in. If possible, only open the garage when necessary, and close it right after. Reducing the time you leave the garage door open can limit the chance of a pest animal from entering your home. Additionally, limiting this exposure can reduce the risk of theft.

Keeping your Garage Clean

When the garage is free of clutter, there are fewer places for critters to hide. With less hiding places, pests are less likely to move in. Reducing clutter can also help you identify signs of pest invasion earlier.

Removing Food and Water

Some homeowners may store bulk food and water in their garage. A steady supply of food and water can make your garage a very habitable place for raccoons and other wild animals. Easy access to food means that they do not have to travel far for a meal, which makes your garage an attractive piece of real estate. Removing food stores from the garage, or limiting the amount of food stored there can reduce this risk. Additionally, putting bulk food items into animal-proof containers can reduce the risk of attracting animals from the smell of the food.

If you have a wild animal living in your garage, contact a humane wildlife removal specialist to get rid of the animal. We provide removal services in addition to restoration, cleanup, and repair of affected areas.
We specialize in the humane removal of raccoons, opossums, and other pests in the New York/New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 718-962-0376 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Wire Biting Mice

Mice can cause a lot of damage to homes, in a variety of ways. One of the most problematic sources of damage is the fact that mice like to chew on wires. Left unchecked, these critters can create major fire hazards. This article will explore why mice chew through wires, and what steps can be taken to prevent major fire damage.

Why Do Mice Chew on Wires?

There are usually a lot of wires hidden in crawl spaces, attics, and walls. These are all places where mice like to hide. As the mice maneuver through your home, they bite through whatever they need to to get around. This can include wires, insulation, wood, glass, rubber brick, and more. These rodents, however, may use wires to grind down their teeth. Mice and rats need to gnaw on hard objects to whittle down their teeth to a more manageable size. Because they can wrap their paws around smaller wires, it can be an easy way to grind them down. Damaged wiring can cause power losses and short circuits. Exposed and frayed electrical wires can create sparks and can even cause fires.

Protecting Your Wires

Mice and rats can easily chomp through wires, but there are ways to prevent or mitigate this. Rodent resistant wire coverings can be placed over existing wires or their replacements. You should have your wiring inspected by an electrician for any signs of damage. They may also be able to help you with encasing wires to prevent rodent damage. If you see any signs of rodents in your home, call a professional, humane wildlife removal service to remove them. New York/New Jersey Wildlife offers humane removal services, as well as cleaning and repair after the animals are removed.

We specialize in the humane removal of 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 718-962-0376 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Removing Skunk Scent from Your Dog

Skunk smell can be one of the hardest, foulest scents to get rid of. If your dog is sprayed by a skunk, it can be difficult to remove the smell. This article will explore what to do to remove the smell from your dog (and your home if needed), as well as ways to prevent future skunk attacks.

Why Your Dog Got Sprayed

two skunks in tree hollowSkunks can propel their smelly spray up to 10 feet with incredible accuracy. This spray is horrible smelling and downright difficult to clean off. Skunks will spray their sulfurous liquid at anything that threatens them. Even dogs chained up or behind a fence can be sprayed at if the skunk feels threatened. Dogs may chase after or bark at a skunk, which can provoke spraying.

Why is Skunk Spray Hard to Clean?

Because of the oily nature of the spray, water alone can not wash it off. The spray is oily and sulfurous, a combination that leaves a hard to clean, rancid smell. As such, you will need a powerful combination of cleaners to handle this mess.

Cleaning your Dog

  • First, leave your dog outside if possible. Bringing your dog indoors will only make cleaning harder, as they will probably wipe the spray all over you home. Skunk spray can seep into most rugs and furniture fabrics.
  • Second, prepare a bath for your dog. The bath should be comfortably warm for them. You will need de-skunking shampoo. Alternatively, assuming you don’t have this, you can mix a few common household items together to make a suitable de-skunking mix. Combine 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide, a ¼ cup of baking soda, and 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap. This recipe is for small and medium dogs. For large dogs, scale up the mixture as needed.
  • Next, make sure to wash your dog thoroughly. If you are using a de-skunking product, follow the instructions on the bottle. If you are using the above mixture, rub the mixture into your dog’s fur thoroughly, and be sure to rinse well. Hydrogen peroxide can bleach your dog’s fur if left in for too long. Use a washcloth to clean your dog’s face and snout, to avoid getting the mix in their eyes.
  • Last, wash your dog with their standard shampoo. This will help wash out any lingering spray or de-skunking mix.

Reducing the Risk of Skunk Sprays

To prevent your dog from getting sprayed by a skunk in the future, be sure to take the following precautions. Do not leave your dog unsupervised in the outdoors, even in your backyard. Do not let your dog off the leash when not at home, as it can be harder to pull them away from wild animals. If you see a skunk in your area, bring your dog inside. Do not leave dog food or water bowls unattended outside, as this can attract skunks, raccoons, and other pest animals.

We specialize in the humane removal of raccoons, opossums, and other pests in the New York/New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 718-962-0376 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Removing Skunk Scent from your Dog

Skunk smell can be one of the hardest, foulest scents to get rid of. If your dog is sprayed by a skunk, it can be difficult to remove the smell. This article will explore what to do to remove the smell from your dog (and your home if needed), as well as ways to prevent future skunk attacks.

Why Your Dog Got Sprayed

Skunks can propel their smelly spray up to 10 feet with incredible accuracy. This spray is horrible smelling and downright difficult to clean off. Skunks will spray their sulfurous liquid at anything that threatens them. Even dogs chained up or behind a fence can be sprayed at if the skunk feels threatened. Dogs may chase after or bark at a skunk, which can provoke spraying.

Why is Skunk Spray Hard to Clean?

Because of the oily nature of the spray, water alone can not wash it off. The spray is oily and sulfurous, a combination that leaves a hard to clean, rancid smell. As such, you will need a powerful combination of cleaners to handle this mess.

Cleaning your Dog

First, leave your dog outside if possible. Bringing your dog indoors will only make cleaning harder, as they will probably wipe the spray all over you home. Skunk spray can seep into most rugs and furniture fabrics.

Second, prepare a bath for your dog. The bath should be comfortably warm for them. You will need de-skunking shampoo. Alternatively, assuming you don’t have this, you can mix a few common household items together to make a suitable de-skunking mix. Combine 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide, a ¼ cup of baking soda, and 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap. This recipe is for small and medium dogs. For large dogs, scale up the mixture as needed.

Next, make sure to wash your dog thoroughly. If you are using a de-skunking product, follow the instructions on the bottle. If you are using the above mixture, rub the mixture into your dog’s fur thoroughly, and be sure to rinse well. Hydrogen peroxide can bleach your dog’s fur if left in for too long. Use a washcloth to clean your dog’s face and snout, to avoid getting the mix in their eyes.

Last, wash your dog with their standard shampoo. This will help wash out any lingering spray or de-skunking mix.

Reducing the Risk of Skunk Sprays

To prevent your dog from getting sprayed by a skunk in the future, be sure to take the following precautions. Do not leave your dog unsupervised in the outdoors, even in your backyard. Do not let your dog off the leash when not at home, as it can be harder to pull them away from wild animals. If you see a skunk in your area, bring your dog inside. Do not leave dog food or water bowls unattended outside, as this can attract skunks, raccoons, and other pest animals.

We specialize in the humane removal of raccoons, opossums, and other pests in the New York/New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 718-962-0376 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Birds in the Chimney

Birds love to roost in high places, and your chimney can be a great place for them. Unfortunately, this can create issues for you in the future. While you are unlikely to use your chimney in the summer, you may have to clear out nests and debris when winter is on the horizon. Birds chirping in your chimney can become a nuisance, especially early in the morning Clearing out your bird problem in the summer can make your life easier down the road.
Nesting Birds and Chimneys
Birds can create nests inside or on top of the chimneys. Bird feces and debris from the nests can dirty up the chimney shoot. If nests are inside the chimney, it can damage or lock up the flue. Larger birds may even block the entire chimney, which can fill your house with smoke. Bird feces can also put you and your family in close proximity to diseases and bacteria they may be carrying.
Trapped Birds
Sometimes, a bird may become trapped within your chimney. Not all birds have the ability to move vertically up the chimney. When a bird is trapped, it should be removed quickly, and safely. You should call a licensed, humane, wildlife professional to take care of the bird.
Preventing Animals from Entering Your Chimney
Screens are key to excluding animal intruders from taking up residence in your chimney. Chimney screens can help prevent birds, raccoons, squirrels, rats, and more from entering your home.

We specialize in the humane removal of birds, rats, and other pests in the New York/New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 718-962-0376 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Raccoons Under the Deck

When you have a raccoon, or a family of them, living under your deck, you may not want to make full use of your outdoor space. Raccoons can be a nuisance and can make entertaining outdoors problematic.

Removal of Problem Raccoons

Removing a raccoon living under your deck is important in ensuring the safety of your family. A raccoon living in close proximity to the home, such as under the deck, raises your family’s risk of injury. This is especially true for children and pets, which may go under the deck or provoke the raccoon. When cornered, raccoons may bite or scratch, and can carry rabies among other diseases. Professional, humane removal of these raccoons is the best way to take back your backyard.

Exclusion From the Deck

Raccoon removal is just the first step. Proper exclusion is important to preventing other pest animals from taking the place of your current unwanted resident. We specialize in repairs and protective measures to prevent pest animals like raccoons from getting back under your deck. Our team identifies access points and repairs them to reduce the risk of having additional pest problems in the future.

We specialize in the humane removal of raccoons, opossums, and other pests in the New York/New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 718-962-0376 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Rattlesnakes in New York

It can be easy to think of rattlesnakes in a desert setting. After all, many movies use the signature rattlesnake rattle to set the scene of a desert landscape. But rattlesnakes are one of the most common venomous snakes in America, with a number of different subspecies spread across the country. The Timber Rattlesnake is common across most of the east coast, and going as far west as Texas. It is one of three venomous snakes found in the New York area.

Rattlesnake Warnings

Rattlesnakes are a danger to those who get bit, but they often give plenty of warning before they strike. Timber rattlesnakes, like their desert-dwelling cousins, have a signature “rattle” on the end of their tails. This allows them to warn potential threats and scare them off before they strike. This rattle helps humans avoid contact, when they know to stay away. Rattlesnakes have other physical identifiers. They, like most venomous snakes, have triangular-shaped heads. Rattlesnakes are spotted, and the timber rattlesnake will sport colors ranging from black to brown to tan.

Rattlesnake Venom

Rattlesnake venom is potent, and the Timber Rattlesnake is known to pump a large amount into their prey in a single bite. Because of this, they can be very deadly. However, because of their mild temperament, they give plenty of warning time before they strike. Because of this, it is an often avoidable scenario, and few fatalities are reported yearly.

Bite Prevention

The best way to prevent a snake bite is to listen to it’s warnings, and avoid it. Do not provoke any snake, venomous or not. Luckily, Timber Rattlesnakes are very mild in temperament, and will usually only bite when provoked. They will usually give ample warning before striking.

Bite Treatment

If you or a loved one is bitten by a rattlesnake, go to the hospital immediately. If your pet is bitten, take them to the vet. There is no real solution in the field for a venomous snakebite, just go to a hospital. In a hospital, you can be assessed properly, and administered the proper antivenom. Do not attempt to suck out the venom. That is dangerous and ineffective. Keep the wound below heart level, and await the ambulance or drive them to the hospital.

Rattlesnake Removal

If there is a rattlesnake on your property, avoid it and call a humane wildlife removal service. Do not attempt to trap or kill a snake yourself, even for identification purposes after someone is bitten; as this is not necessary.

We specialize in the humane removal of snakes, rats, and other pests in the New York New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 718-962-0376 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Animals in the Trash

Trash bins provide a source of food for hungry critters, and a source of anger for homeowners who have to clean up from their meals. This article will explore how to identify what animals are snacking on your trash, and how to prevent them from becoming return customers.

Raccoons

raccoon by dumpsterRaccoons are tricky little trash bandits. They love to climb into dumpsters and knock over pails. Raccoons will dig through trash and can spread garbage and debris out to find the best scraps. They can use walls, poles, and trees to gain access to trash cans and dumpsters from above. They can also knock them over from the ground. A good indicator would be claw marks in plastic pails.

Skunks

Skunks like to knock over pails and munch on scraps. Skunks are not as adept as raccoons at climbing, with long nails that are better at digging than gripping. They tend to bump into trash cans to knock them over, and may claw at the lid to get it off. Skunks can tear through softer plastic trash bins, but will prefer to knock them over if possible. Skunk claw marks, or their distinctive musk can help indicate that they are the source of your trash problem.

Opossums

Opossums are not adept at getting into trash cans, but will often forage bins that raccoons and skunks knock over. They will often clean up scraps left behind by other animals. Their omnivorous diet mainly consists of mice, rats, and bugs such as slugs and ticks. Because they don’t really have the ability to access trash themselves, they often focus on their more natural food sources. Even in areas of NYC where garbage bags are left on curbs, opossums are more likely to forage in parks and gardens than scavenge in trash.

Squirrels

Squirrels are not well known for dumpster diving, but it is not uncommon. Squirrels may scrounge through trash for nesting debris or vegetable scraps. These expert climbers are too small to knock over a full trash bin, but can easily make use of an open can by climbing up and hopping in.

Preventing Trash Raids

The best way to reduce the likelihood of animals eating your trash is to get animal-proof pails with locking lids. Strong, sturdy pails with attached and locking lids will help stop animals from breaking into them. You can use bungee cords to keep your trash bins attached to your fence. For dumpsters, move them at least 3 feet away from walls, poles, and fences, to limit access from animals. Keep pail and dumpster lids closed and locked.

We specialize in the humane removal of 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 718-962-0376 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

4 Common Ways Animals Enter the Home

When an animal invades your home, it can cause damage, spread disease, and even create fire hazards. But how do critters enter your house? This article will explore a few of the ways animals like raccoons and squirrels can get inside your home.

Cracks and Damage

Cracks, holes, and other breaks in your home’s exterior can provide an animal with a perfect entryway into your home smaller animals, such as rats and mice can squeeze through dime-sized cracks, and can gnaw them open even wider. Damage to the siding, foundation, or eaves can be let the critters walk right in.

Roofing

Old roofing can expose openings for animals. A few lose shingles and some scratching, and a raccoon has a new home in your attic. Even small openings can be further opened by animals. A professional should inspect your roof, if you suspect that it might be damaged.

Chimneys

Chimneys can be a lovely addition to the home, but they can also be a great place for animals to live. Many animals that live in the New York/New Jersey area can climb brick or stone and live in the chimney. Birds also commonly make nests on the edge of chimneys. Keep the flue closed when the chimney is not in use; to prevent pest animals from entering the rest of your home. The summer months are a good time to get your chimney cleaned and inspected, as you probably aren’t using it. Chimney caps or screens can help reduce the risk of animal invaders.

Overhanging Trees

Tree branches that are close to your home, or those that hang over it, can become a walkway for many animals. Hanging branches can also be a source of damage in extreme weather conditions, such as hurricanes. Snakes may not be able to climb some sidings, but they can use a tree branch to gain access to your roof. Hire a tree-trimming company to trim problem branches.

We specialize in the humane removal of 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 718-962-0376 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Can Beavers be Dangerous to Children or Pets?

We all know to stay away from skunks to avoid being sprayed, and to avoid raccoons because of rabies, but what about beavers? Although they are usually timid and shy creatures, they can be fairly territorial. Beavers, while seemingly cute, can be a danger to children or pets if threatened.

wet beaver in wooded areaBeaver Territory

Beavers live near river beds and streams, and are well-known for building their dams. Beavers are important for maintaining the environment by controlling the flow of streams to create wetlands. These dams are built as a defense to predators, such as wolves. Beavers tend to protect the area surrounding their dam, and will mark their territories with their urine, like many mammals. They will actually build mounds to mark with their scent out of mud, sticks, and debris. They can get aggressive if they detect an unfamiliar scent in their territory, such as a dog’s urine.

Beavers Bite

Beavers that become aggressive will generally slap their tails to try to scare off potential threats. If that does not scare it off, they may bite. Beavers are rodents with powerful teeth that can allow them to gnaw through trees. Their bite can be painful, and they are known to carry rabies.

Protecting Pets

Pets should not roam unsupervised. Keep animals on leashes when outdoors. Make sure that your pet’s rabies shots are up to date. If your pet is bitten by a beaver, move them away from the animal. Clean the wound with soap and warm water and take them to a veterinarian as soon as possible, to be treated for rabies.

Children and Beaver Bites

Children are more likely to be bitten by a wild animal than adults. Children should be supervised when outdoors. If your child is bitten by a beaver, wash the wound with soap and warm water, and visit a hospital or clinic to be treated for rabies.

Humane Beaver Removal

Beavers, although they can be dangerous, are important to the ecosystem. If you have a beaver living on your property, call New York/New Jersey Wildlife Removal, Inc. to remove and relocate your problem animal.

We specialize in the humane removal of beavers, raccoons, and other pests in the New York New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 718-962-0210 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

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