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Raccoons: the Pests That Know No Season

NYC Raccoons
Call Stern Environmental to Safely and Humanely Remove Raccoons

Raccoons – they’re cute with their signature masked bandit eyes, and clever and wily when it comes to surviving. The most important point is they are wild.

Raccoon Stats

An adult raccoon can grow to approximately 2 to 3-feet in length including their ringed tail. Their body is stocky with a mixture of salt, pepper, and gray fur. They have white tipped ears, black nose, and paws with five individual digits. These work great for riffling through a garbage can.

Raccoon Habits and Habitats

Raccoons prefer forested areas near a water source but are found in abandoned buildings, sheds, burrows, or in the hollows of trees.

They are omnivores with a menu featuring fruits and berries, insects, mice, fish and bird eggs.

A female usually has one litter of 3 to 5 kits each year. Raccoons have an average life span of 12 years.

Raccoon Safety

Found throughout the US, raccoons are a major threat when it comes to rabies. With this in mind, removal of raccoons requires the professional services of a NYC pest control technician who can remove the animals safely.

Raccoons can also cause property damage by tearing up shingles and boarding in an attempt to enter your attic or chimney while searching for a den for their young.

Our NYC pest control technicians at Stern Environmental have the means to safely and humanely remove raccoons. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

Tips to Keeping Squirrels, Groundhogs, and Other Animals Out of Your House

Unless it’s a house pet, a small animal skittering around in your home is a nuisance, to say the least. Squirrels, groundhogs and other critters are always lurking, but you can take steps to prevent them from infiltrating your home. Here are a few things that you can do in that regard:

Check your attic or roof for possible points of access

Many small animals can climb walls as effectively than your favorite comic book superhero. This means that they will eventually be searching for points of access to your home from the roof. Do yourself a favor and search for — and seal/cover — any holes or potential access points that the would-be intruder could take advantage of.

Keep tree branches away from your home

Once your roof and/or attic are all sealed up, the small animals will start scouring the area for other access points into your home. One of the most common tools that they will try to use in this regard is the tree right in front of your house. They will climb and jump from outstretched tree branches to your open windows or anything else that they can find.

If all else fails, call local pest control services

If something has successfully invaded you home, you need pest control services to not only get rid of the problem, but also to keep it from getting worse.

NJ, NYC Squirrels – Why so Many Holes?

NJ and NYC squirrels are cute but they can easily ruin the looks of a well manicured lawn with all their hole digging. Why do they dig so many holes? One expert claims that during the Autumn season one squirrel can bury up to one thousand nuts. That explains most of the holes. However, if a squirrel notices a competitor like a human or a bird watching them they will create fake nut stashes in the ground in order to disappoint the nut stealer’s. They hope the thieves will stopping looking in their holes for tasty nuts.

By the way, besides eating nuts NJ and NYC squirrels enjoy fruits, vegetables, grains, mushrooms, flower bulbs and sap from trees. One expert claims a squirrel eats about two pounds of food per week yet he claims they weigh only one and a quarter pounds. If that ‘s true, most NJ and NYC residents would happily trade metabolisms with their local squirrel.

NJ and NYC squirrels typically have two nests (called dreys). They have a summer nest and a winter nest . The winter nest has a heavier lining to keep them nice and warm. The spend less time making holes and more time napping in the winter.

Call a NJ, NYC wildlife animal control specialist if you are having problems with squirrels.