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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.

Squirrels May Be Able to Pass Lyme Disease to Humans

Lookout Squirrels Can Have Lime Disease
Lookout Squirrels Can Have Lyme Disease

Even though you might enjoy watching squirrels “leap tall buildings with a single bound,” these aerial acrobats not only cause damage with chewing and gnawing, they are also potential carriers of Lyme disease.

Because of the danger of Lyme disease, it’s important to understand a squirrel’s agenda, how they live, when they breed, what they’re capable of doing, and why it’s important to keep them out of your house.

Grey squirrels which are found in just about every United States. They are an invasive species and have been found to be carriers of the Borrelia bacteria that can lead to Lyme disease.

Lyme disease is an inflammatory disorder. When contracted, it has a direct affect on the heart, joints and nervous system. It is not a disease to be ignored.

Ticks are a known carrier of Lyme disease. These tiny insects infect squirrels which transport them into your home of yard.

When humans are infected, they can experience headaches and muscle pains along with flu-like symptoms about 30 days after a tick bite. The disease is treatable with antibiotics, If left untreated, it can prove to be a serious situation that will continue to spread in the body.

Our staff of NYC pest control experts at Stern Environmental Group is ready to tackle squirrels wreaking havoc on your property. Contact us and our NYC pest control specialists will humanely trap and remove the unwanted critters.


When Should I Call an Exterminator?

The Trouble With Waiting
The Trouble With Waiting

Each month we receive many calls from concerned property managers and business owners. Most of them have suspected that they might have a pest control problem for some time. However, because they weren’t sure, they put off calling to talk with a professional. If that sounds like you, don’t worry. You’re in good company.

The Problems with Waiting

Some people put off contacting a pest control specialist because they’re quite sure they can fix the problem themselves. Others don’t have an understanding of how quickly a small issue can become a big one. When you put off bringing in an exterminator, you’re probably going to end up with a much larger infestation.

The Benefits of Calling Immediately

When you contact an exterminator when you first suspect a problem, not only will you have peace of mind that much sooner, but you’ll also benefit from saving money on a costly pest control procedure for a larger infestation. A professional knows how to look for the source of a problem, and quick action usually provides better results.

If you think you might have a pest control problem in your property or business, please don’t put off talking with a professional about your concerns. It’s likely that you’ll save yourself a great deal of time, money and headaches if you act quickly. For more information, please contact us today.