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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.

Ways to Deter Wild Animals From Your Property

Deterring wild animals from intruding on your property can be a challenge. Raccoons, mice, squirrels, skunks and more like to use homes or sheds for shelter when possible, as they provide good weather protection throughout the year. This article will explore possible ways to deter wild animals from living on or near your property.

Install a Sturdy Fence

While it might not stop all animals from intruding on your property, a sturdy fence can make a difference. A fence that stands about 5 feet high, and is buried about 1 foot underground is recommended. The height can discourage some animals from climbing it, while the depth can reduce the risk of animals digging under it.

Secure Your Trash Cans

Animal-proof trash cans will often deter a variety of dumpster diving critters. Opossums, raccoons, skunks, and more may be deterred if they can’t get free food. Removing the possibility of an easy meal is an important factor in preventing animal intrusion.

Inspect for Entry Points

Damage to the attics, walls, foundation, or basement can provide animals with a potential entry point. Smaller animals such as rats or mice need only a small crack to gain entry into your home. If you find any holes or signs of damage, get them repaired before they are used by animals to enter your home.

Dogs as Deterrence

A dog can be a good deterrence factor for your home. Dogs are natural hunters with sensitive senses. They can be territorial to intruding animals. Additionally, the scent of a dog can act as a deterrence system for pest animals that may consider it a predator. Be careful not to leave food for the dog unattended in the yard, as it may attract pest animals. Your dog should not be left unattended outside, as it may interact with pest animals in a violent manner. This could expose your dog to a number of diseases that can be harmful to their health; as well as that of your family.

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

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.

How Animal Hibernation can Affect Homeowners

As birds fly south for the winter, many mammals in the New York/New Jersey area go into hibernation. While this may seem like the animals are no longer an issue until the Spring, you may actually have a bigger problem on your hands. Many wild animals that hibernate, such as skunks and squirrels, may take up residence on your property.

What Animals Hibernate in My Area?

In the New York and New Jersey area, there are many animals that hibernate during the winter. This can include squirrels, skunks, snakes, moles, groundhogs, some bats, and more. Hibernation is a deep, sleep-like state where the animal does not venture out of its den. Rather, their body turns off all but the most necessary functions, and they survive off of stored fat.
Notably, raccoons and opossums do not hibernate, but rather slow down their metabolism in a similar way, known as torpor. During torpor, an animal may venture out of their den in search of food, but will usually stay inside of its shelter.

Hibernation Dens

Animals will seek out warm, weatherproof places to den before it is time to hibernate. This can often include manmade structures. Attics, crawl spaces, sheds, and chimneys are common structures that can make a good shelter for pests. These areas can be damaged or soiled by these pest animals living within. Additionally, they can spread diseases to your family via waste material or parasites.

Underground Burrows

Alternatively, some animals can create underground dens on your property. Holes dug to access these tunnels can damage your lawn. Tunnels and holes can also create areas of high injury risk. Some animals may even burrow under the foundation of structures on your property, which can create structural issues.

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.

Why do Raccoons Eat Trash?

Raccoon in Trash CanRaccoons are well-known for being expert dumpster divers. But, why do these little bandits frequent our trash cans? Raccoons, especially in urban areas, love to jump in or knock over trash cans for food. This article will explore why raccoons scavenge through our garbage, and how to reduce the risk of them making a mess in your bins.

Country vs City Raccoons

In the wild, raccoons have a diverse, omnivorous diet. They will hunt for fish, frogs, insects, small rodents, and bird eggs. They can eat a variety of plants, including wild berries and nuts. However, a raccoon in the countryside may have to travel up to 15 miles to find sufficient food.
Raccoons that live in urban areas can find bountiful meals in the trash. Because of this, they may only have to travel up to a ¼ mile to find enough food. While urban areas pose their own challenges, such as dodging cars and avoiding humans, food can be found almost anywhere.

What Trash do Raccoons Eat?

Raccoons are not picky eaters, so they will feast on pretty much anything in your trash can, as long as it isn’t spoiled. Despite being scavenging creatures, raccoons tend to avoid rotten food unless absolutely necessary. Raccoons will eat plant and meat scraps they can find. They can easily dig through other items in the trash to get to the food scraps.

Securing your Garbage Cans

Raccoons can make quite a large mess in order to get the food in your trash bin. To avoid cleaning up after these pesky dumpster divers, there are a few ways you can secure your trash bins. First, consider investing in animal-proof bins. Raccoon-proof bins with locking covers can reduce the risk of wild animals eating your garbage and making a mess. If you live in an area with bears, you may want to consider going a step further and investing in bear-proof trash cans.
Securing your bins can be a good way to limit mealtime at your trash cans. If your bins do not have locking lids, consider using a bungee cord to secure the tops. Because raccoons like to knock over cans, consider tying them to your fence when not out on the curb. Raccoons can scare easy, and do not like bright light. Motion sensor flood lights by your garbage pails can scare these critters away.

Safety and Raccoons

If there is a raccoon in your trash, do not approach or corner it. Raccoons can attack if they feel threatened. Instead, make loud noises from afar. Often, this will be enough to scare it off. If the raccoon does not leave, move away safely and call a humane animal removal specialist. Do not engage the raccoon. Raccoons can carry a number of diseases, including rabies. 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 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.

Does My Attic Need Repairs After Animal Exclusion?

After an animal lives in your attic, it will probably need some major repairs and clean up. If your home was invaded by raccoons, bats, squirrels, or other critters; you may need some serious work. Animals can create several issues that need to be addressed, from contamination to fire hazards.

Exclusion

When wild animals are removed from your attic, it is vital to find entry points and repair them immediately. If left open, these entryways can allow other animals to move right in.

Animal Waste and Parasites

Everybody poops, and the pests living in your attic are no exception. Wild animals can be the host to an array of bacteria and parasites that can be expelled via fecal matter. This waste can seep through the attic floor or flow into your air ducts, which can harm you and your family’s health. Professional waste removal is an important step in keeping your family safe after an exclusion.

Oil Stains

Pests, like rats, have oily fur that can stain surfaces in your home. This can ruin surfaces in your home and is commonly seen around entry points used by the pests. Additionally, these stains have been known to attract other pests, as they mark potential points of entry for other critters.

Structural Damage

Wild animals may cause further damage to make a nest, or even to travel throughout your home. They may gnaw on support beams or scratch up wooden surfaces. Rodents like rats, mice, and squirrels like to burrow through fiberglass insulation to go into the walls. This can create drafts and cause your energy bills to rise.

Damage to Stored Items

Items stored in the attic are often damaged or destroyed by pest animals. They usually dig through boxes and bags for scraps of cloth or paper to built nests. This can ruin stored items. These items may be soiled by urine or waste from the animals as well. Proper disposal of damaged or soiled items is essential to cleaning up your home after exclusion.

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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.

Home Protection in the Fall

Squirrel running across the top of a wooden fence with a red brick house, window and ivy in the background. Wildlife, animal, nature.As the Summer comes to a close, it is important to prepare your home for the Fall season. It is important to maintain your home, to prevent pests from moving onto your property. In the Fall and Winter, many pest animals, such as raccoons and squirrels, look for a warm place to outlast the cold weather. Unfortunately, your home could be prime real estate for a lot of critters.

Cleaning the Gutters

The gutters on your home can get easily filled and blocked by fallen leaves in Autumn. This can weigh down your gutters and damage the eaves of your home. These cracks and damage can, in turn, create an entryway for pest animals such as mice or squirrels. Gutter damage can give these animals access to the attic or the spaces within your walls.

Secure the Shed

Your shed or garage can provide pest animals with a dry, weather-proof shelter for the Winter months. It is important to inspect your shed or garage to make sure that there aren’t any potential entry points for wild animals. Cracks in the walls or damage to the doors can be exploited by pest animals. Mice and rats can squeeze through extremely small spaces, as wide as a dime. Your shed should have secure, sturdy doors that can withstand winter weather, as well as potential damage from critters.

Roof Damage

Your roof can often be a major source of problems with pests because you probably don’t look at it too often. Usually, homeowners only notice roof damage when leaks cause interior damage. Rooftop inspections can help reduce future damage to your home while reducing the chances of a pest animal roosting your attic.

Yard Debris

Debris in the yard, such as piles of branches and sticks, can provide partial shelter for a variety of pests. And, when hidden by snowfall, yard debris can create a potential source of injury on your property. Yard debris should be cleaned up as soon as possible, to prevent injury or unwanted wildlife.

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.

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.

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