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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.

Sharing Your Backyard with Unwanted Animals

With the weather finally nice, and summer in full swing; many people trapped in their homes from the coronavirus are finding reprieve in the comfort of their own backyards. The problem is, many people share their backyard with unwanted critters; such as raccoons and squirrels. What can these pest animals do to ruin your backyard fun?

Dropping Food

Everyone loves a summer BBQ, but spilled food and drink can attract animals to come by after the party. Clean table surfaces and barbeques after the guests leave, and use a hose to spray down the deck or patio space. Clear away food crumbs and spilt drinks will help prevent pest animals from going into your backyard for the scraps.

Koi Ponds

Ponds for koi and other outdoor fish can be an excellent feature for your backyard; but can also be a source of food for a hungry animal. Raccoons especially like to go hunting in koi ponds. If you have a koi pond, be sure to protect your fish from predators with a mesh cover at night.

Garden

A healthy garden can easily be ruined by a rogue animal. Protect your garden by planting mint, garlic, and other herbs that naturally deter pest animals.

Pools

Pools can be a great place for summer fun; but wild animals like them too. It is not uncommon for a squirrel or raccoon to take a dip, especially at night. Raccoons like to use pools as toilets; which can become a volatile health and safety issue. raccoon feces can sometimes contain the eggs of the parasite Baylisascaris procyonis, which can infect humans and cause severe neurologic illness. Children are more susceptible to this parasite. For more on this, visit our article on raccoon latrines, here.

Garbage Cans

The garbage can be a source of food for many animals, such as skunks, raccoons, and opossums. When cleaning up your backyard, or throwing out the trash from inside, store garbage bags in animal-proof pails. Additionally, you can also secure bins to the side of your house, or a fence, to prevent animals from knocking them down.

We specialize in the humane removal of opossums, 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

How Opossums Help the Environment

One of the biggest reasons that people choose a humane wildlife removal service is that we care about the environment. Take the opossum for example. To many, America’s only marsupial is just a trash-digger. But we understand the value of this creature. While no one wants one rooting around in their garbage, opossums can be a benefit to the environment as a whole. This article will explore what this strange critter does for us, and why it should be removed from homes; rather than exterminated.

Do Opossums go through Garbage?

Opossums will almost never actually go into or knock over your trash cans. They can forage for plenty of food without needing your trash. However, if other animals, like a raccoon or skunk knock over your garbage cans, they may go through what has spilled out. If anything, they clean up after more messy animals.

Opossums and Ticks

Opossums are often thought to be disease-ridden, but this is actually far from true. In fact, they hunt and eat many problem animals like ticks. They are very adept at catching these bugs and will even clean them off of themselves and other animals. Ticks carry and spread lyme disease, but opossums cannot contract it.

Opossums and Gardens

Opossums are not usually a threat to a garden. While they are omnivores, they tend to only eat rotting plant life. They will generally leave healthy plants alone. They will, however, munch on mice, slugs, beetles, snakes, crickets, and other animals that can pose a threat to your garden.

Exclusion and Relocation

While opossums can be a help to the environment, the damage they can do to your home and property can still be detrimental. Exclusion and relocation can protect your home from damage, while allowing for opossums to continue living and cleaning up problem pests elsewhere. Humane removal and exclusion is the best way to deal with these and other pest wildlife. Hire a professional, humane, wildlife removal company.

We specialize in the humane removal of opossums, 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.

Animals and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) 

Animals and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

 

The corona Viruses are a large family of viruses that can cause cold-like illnesses in people while others cause illness in animals such as bats, canine and feline animals. This could happen with raccoons and squirrels, which hasn’t been confirmed yet, but why take the chance. Some of these viruses that infect animals have become able to infect humans and be spread to people but this is rare. We learn more every day about the new strain of Corona virus and how it can transfer from animals to humans on the CDC Website here.

At NewYork/NewJersey Wildlife Removal, Inc. we recommend you remove any wildlife from your home immediately for many health reasons, including the remote possibility of Coronavirus. We just don’t know enough at this point to take unnecessary risks. You can rest assured that New York/New Jersey Wildlife Removal, Inc. takes a planned approach and all possible precautions for your safety, and for safe removal of wildlife from your home. Our homeowners and their safety is our priority. We use Sporicidin disinfectant solution used by hospitals to kill a broad spectrum  of pathogenic vegetative organisms including Coronavirus (SARs virus), MRSA, and VRE Avian Influenza A Virus (H9N2 and H1N1). We can remove wildlife from outside of your home without ever entering. In these uncertain times don’t leave animals lurking in and around your home that can possibly make you sick. Call us right away. 1-888-928-2668

Animals Returning for the Spring

Spring is right around the corner. With warmer weather and longer days ahead, hibernating animals are awakening; and birds are flying back home. As the breeding season begins, how can you protect your home animal invasion?

Hibernation Season is Over

Animals like squirrels and groundhogs are coming out of their winter slumber. These animals are going to be active, and looking for food. Budding garden plants are often one of the first targets for groundhogs. This burst of active animals waking from their hibernation can become a hassle for your yard.

Breeding Season

Most animals in our region breed in the spring, and will look for shelter that can accommodate the new litter. Often, the best form of this shelter is man-made structures. Attics, crawlspaces, and sheds are often ideal locations for animals to find shelter.

Returning Birds

Birds are returning from their southern migration. As they do, new nests may be built, and in new locations. Chimneys, gutters, sheds, attics and trees in your yard may be a new nesting spot for returning birds.

Yard Cleanup

Spring yard work helps cut down on potential hideouts for wild animals. Trimming bushes, removing debris, and maintaining your garden are important for reducing the chance that animals will move in. Clean out gutters of debris that can weigh them down. Heavy gutters can create cracks in the eaves where animals can access the inside of your home. Chimneys and vents are also potential hideouts for critters.

Spring Repairs

Winter weather can cause damage to your home, which can create openings for animal invaders. Damage to the roof, gutters, siding, and more are opportunities for animals to break into your home. If you notice damage to the exterior of your home, hire a professional and licensed service to repair damages.

We specialize in the humane removal of groundhogs, 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.

Do Mice Really Like Cheese?

mouse with cheese in trapMice have been associated with cheese for a very long time. This is because mice just love cheese, right? It is hard to imagine an episode of Tom and Jerry without a piece of cheese in a mousetrap. But, a mouse’s attraction towards cheese is actually a myth. While mice will eat cheese if there aren’t other options, they actually prefer fruits and nuts more. So where do we get this idea from?

Medieval Mice

The myth of mice loving cheese stems from the middle ages. While other foods were stored properly, cheese was often left out to age. This gave mice plenty of opportunities to score a meal. Thus, people assumed that mice were going after the cheese specifically. In reality, it was just the easiest option. Mice will actually choose grains, nuts, or fruits before cheese. Ultimately, mice just like free food.

Proper Food Storage

Any food in your home, from cheese to grains, should be properly stored. While the people of the middle ages didn’t have refrigerators to store their foods, they still had ways to keep mice (partially) out of their food. Consider investing in sturdy, sealable containers for common pantry items, such as cereal. Reusable plastic or glass containers that properly seal will keep your pantry items fresher for longer; while helping prevent pest animals from scoring a meal.

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.

Why Do We Celebrate Groundhog Day?

People love watching to see if their local groundhog sees its shadow on February 2nd, but why do we have this odd tradition? While groundhogs can be a pain to gardeners, they are celebrated across the US for their apparent ability to foresee the coming of Spring weather. So why do Americans celebrate Groundhog Day?

Punxsutawney

In a small region of Pennsylvania, American settlers learned how to survive the new frontier from the Delaware Indians. The Native Americans had a tradition which celebrated the woodchuck, which they believed to have a strong connection with “mother earth.” According to their traditions, humanity originated as animals underground, who emerged from the Earth. Because of this, the natives recognized groundhogs to be closely connected with humanity’s ancestors. This legend became popular amongst white settlers, who continued the tradition. Groundhog day was established in the town of Punxsutawney in 1887. Since then, a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil would be the center of a town-wide festival.

Predictions

According to tradition, if Phil sees his shadow, he is startled back to his hole for another six weeks of winter. If he does not see his shadow, it means that spring has arrived. While this is just tradition, people around the country await the predictions of Punxsutawney Phil and other local zoo-dwelling groundhogs.

Groundhogs in Your Yard

Groundhogs in your yard can be a big problem, shadow or not. Groundhogs can wreak havoc on gardens and flowers. They like to burrow below sheds and disturb foundations. Holes left by groundhogs can be dangerous tripping hazards. If you have a groundhog living on your property, you should hire a humane wildlife removal company to remove it. This is especially important during the springtime, as female woodchucks may be caring for young within its burrow.

We specialize in the humane removal of groundhogs, 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.

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.

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