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Don’t Poison Squirrels – Use Catch and Remove Instead

While squirrels may be fun to watch as they scurry from tree to tree or maybe you enjoy feeding them peanuts or sunflower seeds, they can become a nuisance and do damage to your home.

This is especially true during the winter when they prefer the attic in someone’s home where it is relatively warm versus facing the cold elements of the outdoors. They also look for cozy places to build nests and raise their young until they’re old enough to move outside.

Removing Squirrels

NJ squirrel removal is best left to the professionals who know how to find entry points and then trap the squirrels to be moved to another location. It’s best to remember that squirrels are wild and very agile. If cornered, they have the ability to jump, which may be on you, as well as bite and scratch.

Do not attempt to remove squirrels yourself as it could be dangerous and you should never use a poisonous substance as it isn’t effectual or humane. With a catch and remove approach, squirrels can be safely trapped in specially designed cages and removed by experts.

When NJ squirrel removal is necessary for the protection of your home, contact the professionals at Stern Environmental Group. Our services provide fast and efficient humane squirrel trapping and removal. Call us today about squirrels in the attic and let us take care of making your home squirrel-free.

 

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.

 

The Truth About Squirrels

Squirrels? Boring?
Squirrels? Boring?

Are squirrels boring? They are definitely common and simple little creatures. However, squirrels also have their fair share of strange habits and incredible history. Did you know all of these interesting facts about squirrels?

World travelers! Squirrels call 5 continents their native home. Only Australia and Antarctica do not have native squirrel species.

Ancient civilizations! Squirrel fossils have been found from at least 35 million years ago. The earliest breeds were like the flying squirrels found today.

Weird cousins! The greater squirrel family includes species that are smaller, larger, toothier, and wilder than gray squirrels. Groundhogs and marmots are close cousins.

Long in the tooth! Ever notice how squirrels are always chewing? That’s partly because they must file down their incisors — which keep growing their entire lives.

What goes down… Squirrels are physically incapable of vomiting. They must be careful to spit out whatever they cannot digest.

Sweaty feet. Squirrels sweat through glands on their feet. Hence you may notice little squirrel paw prints on the sidewalk when it’s hot.

So, now you’re a squirrel expert! You still might need help taking care of a squirrel infestation. We offer humane squirrel trapping and 24-hour emergency service. If squirrels take over your attic, you’ll appreciate fast, safe removal so you can get your peace of mind back!

Make the call to Stern Environmental squirrel control services and get effective treatment and recommendations for protecting your property.

Can Squirrels be Black or White?

The Squirrels
The Squirrels

Squirrels can be entertaining to watch as they scamper from tree to tree, chasing, playing, and having an all out good time. Depending on where you live, many people are only familiar with the grey and red variations of the Eastern Grey and Eastern Fox squirrel that live in abundance in backyard environments, parks, and forests throughout eastern and southeastern U.S.

There are also two other squirrels on the color spectrum; black and white. Both are interesting in their own way.

Black Squirrels

Information about where black squirrels originated is limited but one of the conclusions is they were introduced to specific regions making them more “regional-based” versus other species of squirrels. Black squirrels tend to be primarily black but may have white-tipped ears and tail, and a white face.

White Squirrels

Solid white or albino squirrels are rare. The lack of colors that blend with the environment is considered to be a genetic anomaly that unfortunately puts them in danger. The stark white color makes them easily seen by predators.White squirrel populations exist in Canada, and in the U.S. in Missouri, Illinois, North Carolina and Tennessee.

Regardless of a squirrel’s color, like any wild critter, squirrels can cause extensive damage to your home if they decide to set up residence in your attic. Whenever you have squirrels that need to be removed, contact Stern Environmental Group for professional assistance.