Squirrels may be an entertaining sight when they scamper around in a park, but not when they’re wreaking havoc in your home. Our NJ pest control experts share these helpful facts about squirrels.
Types of NJ Squirrels
The most common species of squirrel found in New Jersey is the gray squirrel. “Gray” is something of a misnomer, as it’s actually a combination of white, black and brown fur that creates the illusion of gray.
New Jersey is also home to both northern flying squirrels and southern flying squirrels. Instead of wings, these squirrels have membranes from arms to chest and between the legs that allow them to glide, giving the appearance of flying.
The northern flying squirrel prefers to live in wooded areas, high up in the trees. So, if you find flying squirrels in your home they’re likely to be the southern variety.
In order to control their constantly growing teeth, squirrels need to gnaw, which causes significant damage to wood, wires and even pipes. Squirrels also spread disease directly through biting and indirectly through their droppings.
Rocket Raccoon was a member of Guardians of the Galaxy, but in real life raccoons are not so heroic. Here’s some helpful information about these wildlife intruders from our NJ pest control team.
Raccoons: Cute but Deadly
Raccoons are often associated with being in the country, but these durable critters have made their way into more densely populated areas. They’ve become so acclimated to urban and suburban areas that they find houses to be an appealing place to nest.
While kids in particular may find raccoons cute to watch, their behavior is anything but. Raccoons can be vicious when they feel threatened, and they’ve been known to attack humans and other animals. According to the CDC, raccoons are one of the primary wildlife carriers of rabies, second only to bats.
Destructive Raccoon Behavior
As true omnivores, raccoons will eat just about anything they find. Unfortunately, this often leads them to search dumpsters and garbage cans for meals. As a result, you can become ill just coming into contact with their left-behind fur.
Like squirrels, raccoons living in your attic will gnaw on wood, wires and other materials, resulting in significant structural damage. Their urine and feces contain germs that, if airborne, will create a major health risk.
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