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Don’t Let Hungry Groundhogs Devour Your Garden

They may look cute and fuzzy; but a groundhog can lay waste to your backyard garden plot in a single night. All the hours you spent digging and planting and the money spent on seeds and plants can be destroyed in a matter of hours by a hungry groundhog. These herbivorous rodents have a taste for leafy green vegetation but won’t think twice about feasting on your expensive landscape plants and ornamental grasses. They can also cause serious damage to lawns when they use their sharp talons to dig for grubs and snails.

Native to New Jersey and common throughout Eastern and Midwestern states, groundhogs, called woodchucks in some areas, are members of the marmot family. Adults are brown with short bushy tails, weigh between 4 and 9 pounds and grow to an average length of 16 to 26 inches. These rodents typically live in underground dens in forested areas but in suburban areas will burrow under porches, decks and sheds. Dens harbor fleas, ticks and mites which can migrate indoors or onto pets when dens are built under homes.

Fierce defenders, groundhogs can carry rabies, presenting a serious problem for New York City, Long Island and New Jersey homeowners, particularly in late spring when litters are born. For your safety, humane groundhog removal should be performed by an experienced New Jersey wildlife removal expert.

Raccoons…The Houseguest That Never Wants To Leave

Raccoons are interesting animals to watch.  They are nocturnal, so being able to view them foraging for food, climbing a tree, or playing with each other is a special treat.  For many people, the adorable masked faces of a raccoon makes them look like they are an animal to make friends and cuddle up with, but in reality, they are wild animals that humans should not interact with.

Raccoons are intelligent critters that adapt well to human surroundings.  They enjoy nibbling on pet food that is left outdoors and any trash can that is not secured serves as an all-night buffet for a hungry raccoon.  They have extremely strong paws with five long skinny toes which are quite similar to human hands.

Because of their keen mind, clear-cut will, and strong paws, a raccoon will look for ways to gain access to a structure to escape the elements report NJ pest control professionals.  Female raccoons find crawl spaces, attics, chimneys, and under porches, to be great places to rear their young as they are well protected from the cold, wind, rain, and from predators.

Once raccoons have made your home or business their home, you cannot just chase it off and then seal off the entry hole.  Many have tried this tactic only to find in a short time that the raccoon has returned and has caused an even greater amount of damage than what originally occurred.

Convincing a raccoon that your New Jersey home or business is not a good place to be has proven to be useless.  You need the help of a licensed pest control professional like Stern Environmental Group.  Our technicians are trained to humanely trap raccoons so they are no longer a problem for you.

What Kind Of Damage Can A Groundhog Do?

For many people, groundhogs are interesting furry critters that are fun to watch scurry around to and fro.  Groundhogs are also known as woodchucks and whistle dogs.  Despite them being ground dwelling critters, they are members of the squirrel family.  Unlike other animals such as raccoons, they are not typically an aggressive species when they come in contact with humans or pets.

Although it can be neat watching these wild animals up close near our home, there is a danger to having them living on your property.  A single groundhog is capable of moving up to 700 pounds of soil as it completes its tunneling system.  Depending on where the tunnel runs are, the lack of soil can undermine the foundation of a home, shed, garage, deck, gazebo, or patio area.

Groundhogs are also known for their voracious appetites. Feeding in the morning and evening hours, it is not uncommon for one groundhog to consume two pounds of fresh vegetation each day.  To an avid gardener, this can quickly put an end to a vegetable garden or special landscaping.  Besides consuming various types of fruits and vegetables, groundhogs will also eat expensive ornamental plants if they find them to be tasty treats.

Homeowners often try groundhog repellents, which rarely work at keeping groundhogs away.  Once groundhogs begin to breed in April or May, there will soon be baby groundhogs to contend with as well.  Babies only stay with their mother for about five weeks before venturing off on their own.  They do not stray far though. Baby groundhogs often dig up nearby tunnels for their new den in the same area as their mother resides…and the cycle repeats itself.

NJ pest control professionals know that the only way to rid an area of groundhogs is to hire licensed pest control professional with experience in wildlife removal.  Stern Environmental Group has the expertise to properly remove groundhogs in a humane way.  Call us today for fast service.

Raccoons Are Cute But Dangerous To Handle

Raccoons are common creatures that live throughout all areas in North America. NJ pest control professionals report that they are in fact more commonly found in urban areas than in rural areas.

NJ raccoons are a difficult animal to deal with as adults will reach large sizes and weigh 50 pounds, often heavier than most household pets.  They are not afraid of any size dog or cat that they encounter near a home and will not hesitate to steal food that is left out, or enter a home to devour food that is left out for fluffy or Fido.  Because of their intelligence and resourceful hands, it is not uncommon for the cleaver raccoon to open stored pet food containers and eat until they are stuffed.  An exterior pet door is an open invitation for the raccoon to return each night for its daily meal.  If they don’t make a mess, many homeowners might not even know that they have been in their home.

Raccoons are crafty creatures that are primarily nocturnal critters.  Most people believe that a raccoon that is seen during the day is rabid, but that is not always the case.  Although it is true that raccoons with rabies do act erratic, and off of their normal routine, some raccoons and other nocturnal wildlife are found roaming due to the spread of suburbia.  As more homes, stores, schools, and restaurants are being built, wildlife is forced to find new ways of surviving in their new surroundings.  Often times that means a clash between home and business owners.

Raccoons may look adorable with their masked faces and ringed tails, but they are not an animal that any human should try to make friends with. Raccoons that have made their way into the attic in most instances have baby raccoons hidden in the attic as well.  Raccoon removal should only be handled by a licensed pest control professional like Stern Environmental Group.  We will be able to humanely remove raccoons that have invaded any space and collect any babies that are hidden as well.

Opossums…Harmless Or A Nuisance?

There is no other animal that is quite like the strange looking opossum.  This marsupial is a somewhat slow moving creature but is known for its cunning ability to outsmart even the smartest animal that is hunting it down.  It faces its doom by looking death straight in the eyes.  The opossum will gladly play…opossum…in an effort to avoid being attacked by other creatures.  The cleaver display is often enough for many animals to leave the “dead” opossum alone.  Once alone the critter will scurry off to safety.

Opossums are pretty docile in that you won’t find them attacking your dogs or cats while they are in the backyard.  They are scavengers that roam around and eat a wide variety of food sources.  They typically make their beds in dense bushes or hollow trees.  When the weather is harsh, the resourceful opossum will seek new living quarters for itself and it’s young in a more sheltered environment.  Attics and crawl spaces provide the perfect habitat for a cold opossum.

Opossums are always on the hunt for food no matter the time of year as they do not store food for energy like some other critters do.  Depending on the time of year, opossums will eat fruits, plants, grain, insects, earthworms, and deceased animals that it happens upon.  During the winter months when food is scarce, opossums are attracted to the scraps of food and garbage that humans create.  Once they discover a food source, it won’t take long for them to try to gain access to a nearby house.

Opossums will bring a host of unwanted parasites into your home.  They are known carriers of fleas, ticks, and even lice.  These unwanted guests will damage insulation as they build their nests and their urine and feces will quickly permeate the ceiling of a home that an opossum has invaded.

For fast removal of unwanted opossums, contact Stern Environmental Group.