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Get the Facts on Raccoons and Why They Love to Move Into Your Attic

Too Adaptable

Get the Facts on Raccoons and Why They Love to Move Into Your Attic
Get the Facts on Raccoons and Why They Love to Move Into Your Attic

For raccoons, survival is dependent on adaptability. Adaptability is a great skill for raccoons to have but it spells trouble for you. The same instincts that keep raccoons seeking shelter, feeding and surviving can drive them to invade your space. In New Jersey, the only thing that should be inhabiting your attic is keepsakes, mementos, and living space, not uninvited guests. Stern Environmental’s NJ pest control aims to keep out the stowaways.

What’s in Your Attic?

Raccoons seek shelter in dry and abandoned areas. When was the last time you checked your attic? Are there any dumpsters or scraps of food near or outside your home? Raccoons love to munch on human food. They’re omnivores and love fruits, vegetables and meat. If your home has a dry and warm attic that comes with questionably edible entrees within reach, it’s like an open invitational for a raccoon! Stop the raccoon invasion! Get some great advice from an NJ pest control professional today!

The Dexterity Paws

Do you think there’s no way a raccoon can get into your house? Think again. Raccoons are professionals at getting around obstacles. They’ve been known to open doors, bottles, lift latches and to the frustration of attic owners everywhere are great climbers. Beware of tipped trash cans, tell-tale paw prints, and ruined crop gardens. A raccoon may be raiding your property! Contact Stern Environmental right away!

Our One Way Tunnels Let Raccoons Out and Not Back Into Your Attic

Our One Way Tunnels Let Raccoons Out and Not Back Into Your Attic
Our One Way Tunnels Let Raccoons Out and Not Back Into Your Attic

Wondering what to do about raccoons in the attic? Send them packing with a one-way ticket! Our NJ pest control experts have devised a one-way tunnel for raccoons that they will use to go foraging—then find out they cannot re-enter the home.

Eviction tunnels solve your raccoon problem safely and humanely:

No trapping necessary so you can avoid contact, which can spread rabies and other illnesses.

Avoids euthanasia, assuming the raccoon takes the hint and goes away.

More effective by far compared to sprays, lights, music, or other DIY raccoon removal tactics.

How Do One-Way Raccoon Tunnels Work?

Our doors are made from strong metal that even a wily raccoon cannot bend or break. A NJ pest control technician will safely install the tunnel at the raccoon’s preferred entry and exit point.

A narrow, angled opening allows the raccoon to escape at night when it wants to search for food. Raccoons will push their way out of the door, but will not be able to enter from the other direction.

Beware of DIY Raccoon Tunnels

A one-way door should only be used after consulting with a professional wildlife removal specialist. Most importantly, we need to ensure there are no baby raccoons stuck inside the attic.

Leaving babies behind will lead to foul odors, especially if one dies in the nest. You also want professional cleaning to remove urine and feces, which may contain roundworm.

If getting rid of raccoons in the attic is your objective, nothing beats a one-way tunnel. Contact us for NJ pest control and raccoon removal by knowledgeable, experienced professionals!

Five Weird Yet Interesting Facts About Squirrels

Five Weird Yet Interesting Facts About Squirrels
Five Weird Yet Interesting Facts About Squirrels

When describing squirrels, several adjectives come to mind; they’re cute, inquisitive, acrobatic, and entertaining. They’re also interesting and are found in nearly any type of ecosystem on the planet. They can also be destructive, which is when you will need the help of a NJ squirrel removal specialist to keep your home squirrel free.

Facts About Squirrels

1. When it comes to the number of species inhabiting the planet, the figure is a whopping 285 worldwide.

2. They are true survivalists. Each year, they stock up on nuts, acorns, and seeds to get them through harsh winter conditions when food is not plentiful.

3. The smallest species is the pygmy tree squirrel weighing in at half an ounce. On the flip side, the largest are western Africa’s gray marmots of Kazakhstan weighing 20 pounds.

4. Squirrels are environmentalists when it comes to tree planting. An example is a gray squirrel that can create thousands of buried food caches filled with nuts. Not all caches will be found, though, which leads to new saplings sprouting from acorns. Not only that, the acorns may be buried in open places in need of trees.

5. Squirrels like mushrooms and during the winter they will hang the fungi in tree branches to dry. This preserves the mushrooms for winter dining.

If you need help with invading squirrel populations, our NJ squirrel removal specialists at Stern provide humane removal services.

NJ Squirrels: Where Do They Go When It Gets Cold?

The Secret Life of the Squirrel
The Secret Life of the Squirrel

Squirrels are intriguing characters. They’re multi-talented acrobats who can “fly through the air with the greatest of ease.” People are entertained by their antics, enjoy the opportunity to provide peanuts, and generally relax while these whirlwinds of energy bounce from tree limb to tree limb.

Squirrels and Cold Weather

While the spring, summer, and fall are comfortable times with plenty of sunshine, blue skies, and warm temperatures for squirrels to take advantage of, what happens during the winter when the temps drop and snow covers the landscape?

According to information provided by registered nurse and squirrel rehabilitator William Sells, they find their closest friends of the same sex and curl up together and sleep around 18 to 20 hours a day. The community sleep-in provides ample warmth as all of the squirrels in the den are sharing their body warmth. Very smart survival tactic on the part of this inquisitive species.

Squirrels have also built up a 3-year stash of food that they’ll venture out to dine on when there is a break in the cold weather. This is yet another survival tactic for winter cold snaps.

While squirrels are entertaining, they can do damage if they enter your attic and set up winter housekeeping. In this case, you’ll need the services of NJ squirrel removal experts.

At Stern Environmental, we provide humane NJ squirrel removal. Call us and we’ll take care of the rest.

 

Rodent Expert Says Rat Populations Are Silently Growing Out of Control

Slow and Steady, and the Rat Population Grows out of Control.
Slow and Steady, and the Rat Population Grows out of Control.

Out of sight and out of mind can lead to an increasing rat problem, according to rodent expert Robert Corrigan. He has a doctorate in urban rodentology from Purdue University and says rat populations are growing largely unnoticed along the entire eastern seaboard of the United States. Corrigan said many people in cities and towns from Boston to Washington, D.C. don’t even realize they have a rat problem. Going unnoticed by humans helps rats live longer, breed more often, and grow in number.

Rats exploit human imperfections

In an interview with The Westerly Sun, Corrigan said rats congregate near riverbanks and trash dumpsters. The rats then move into neighborhoods and people don’t notice that the rodents have invaded. When restaurant employees are negligent about maintaining their dumpster area or keeping the kitchen clean, the rats move in. According to Corrigan, homeowners who don’t maintain their yard or have clutter also unwittingly invite rats into their home. The rats take advantage of these imperfections in human behavior.

What can you do?

Many businesses benefit from our innovative Smart Mouse Monitoring. This innovative and environmentally friendly solution goes beyond just putting a band-aid on the problem. You can identify rodent entry points and block them off to stop future problems. Contact us for more information. We also provide traditional mouse eradication services and mouse inspection services to restaurants, other businesses, multi-family units, and homes.