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You Think You Have Squirrels in Your Attic, What Do You Do First?

Make Sure Squirrels Don't Bite You!
Make Sure Squirrels Don’t Bite You!

Squirrels are opportunists when it comes to finding warm, dry, and cozy locations to make their nests. Even the smallest opening isn’t a problem for creative squirrels looking for accommodations inside your home.

Access to Your Home

There are several ways squirrels can enter your home to set up housekeeping. One popular area is the attic. Another is crawl spaces, and a third is inside the soffits.

Avoiding a Squirrel Infestation

A few tips to help avoid a squirrel community inside your residence includes the following:

– Do a visual inspection of the outside of your home searching for any holes, cracks, or crevices squirrels may enter.

– Check for broken soffits. Squirrels are adept acrobats and squeezing into a soffit is easy.

– If crawl spaces aren’t secure, meaning there’s no barrier to keep critters out, be creative with covering the hole that allows access to you but not to wildlife.

– An area that is already damaged is another easy entry point as the squirrels will chew their way inside.

NJ squirrel removal is not something you want to handle on your own. While there are traps and baits available to capture and remove squirrels to another location, it’s best to let our experts at Stern Environmental Group handle the issue safely.

Contact us today for an inspection. Our NJ squirrel removal goal is fast and efficient service, a focus on customer satisfaction, and a squirrel-free environment.

What Diseases do Squirrels Carry?

Make Sure Squirrels Don't Bite You!
Make Sure Squirrels Don’t Bite You!

Squirrels are cute, furry and cuddly, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be a nuisance. They often find their way inside homes as the weather gets colder in the late fall and winter seasons. Not only can they cause problems in your home, but they can also carry diseases. As your Long Island squirrel specialists, we want you to be aware of the dangers of these pests.

Squirrels and the Diseases They Carry

If you have squirrels living your attic, or other parts of your home, your entire family could be at risk. You could contract:

• Salmonellosis

• Lyme Disease

• Rabies

• Leptospirosis

• Tularemia

Most people don’t realize how dangerous squirrels can be. You also may not know if a squirrel is carrying a disease until you get bit by one.

Leave Squirrel Removal to the Professionals

It’s tempting to buy a squirrel trap and handle the situation yourself. However, this can also be dangerous. Squirrels can be quite vicious if they feel threatened. If one of them has a disease it can become even more aggressive and dangerous.

It’s best to let Long Island squirrel specialists handle any squirrel problems in your home. At Stern, that’s just one of the services we provide to our customers. Having a squirrel in your house can be annoying at best, and quite often, it can also be hazardous. Contact us to get information on how we can help you.

How to Get Squirrels to Get Out and Stay Out of Your Attic

Squirrels Are Cute in Your Yard, But Not In Your Office!
Squirrels Are Cute in Your Yard, But Not In Your Office!

Persistent and acrobatic, squirrels might seem cute and fuzzy when they’re playing in your yard, but they’re anything but cute when camping out in your attic. Five-a.m. acorn-rolling contest anyone? What can be done about these playful nuisances?

NJ Squirrel Control Isn’t Easy
Squirrels can be aggressive, particularly when defending their young. They’ve been known to remove the tips of people’s fingers when their “territory” (your home) is challenged.

Squirrels typically squeeze in at the roofline of your home to nest between the attic floor and ceiling. They can bring in fleas and ticks, yard debris, and worse yet – chew their way through vinyl siding, hardware cloth, chicken wire, beams, insulation, and eventually your electrical wires. The latter could lead to a fire.

De-Squirreling Strategies
There are several different ways to remove these rascally rodents from your attic, including one-way door-type tubes with a flapper that allows exit but no re-entry, and single or multi-catch squirrel traps. As it is illegal to release captured squirrels onto public or private land without a permit, the latter method typically involves euthanasia.

After the animals have been moved out, however, the battle is not yet over. All potential entry points must be tightly sealed with not just plywood, but heavy-duty aluminum flashing or steel mesh.

Urban Wildlife Moving In?
Let the NJ squirrel control experts at Stern Environmental help you show them the door. Contact us today.

Rare Squirrel Pack Attack Injures Three Year Old

Rare Squirrel Pack Attack Injures Three Year Old
Rare Squirrel Pack Attack Injures Three Year Old

Squirrels. They’re entertaining when they’re leaping, climbing and jumping from tree to tree. We’re intrigued by their inquisitiveness and expressive faces and think it’s cute the way they hold tidbits of food in their tiny paws and eat so daintily.

Many people set up squirrel feeding stations in their back yards and watch as they enjoy their snacks. Folks may even give them names and talk to them as they approach the feeders feeling as though they’re family pets.

Unfortunately, people tend to forget that squirrels are wild and potentially dangerous. They’re not domestic pets and should never be approached with that assumption. While they may come up close and seem as though they’re not afraid, this can result in trusting a wild critter when you shouldn’t.

Animals in the wild should be treated as such by being responsible, careful, and safe while in their natural habitat. Attempting to pet or hold a squirrel is dangerous and should be avoided. Hand feeding is also something you never want to attempt. It only takes one skittish or aggressive squirrel to leap and attack. Our NYC squirrel removal is your best solution, especially if children are at risk.

When squirrels make themselves at home in your house or yard, you need the professional services of a NYC squirrel removal specialist. At Stern Environmental Group, we can humanely remove unwanted wildlife with just a call to our office.

Squirrels at Mountain Campsite Test Positive for the Plague

Squirrels At Mountain Campsite Not So Cute Anymore
Squirrels At Mountain Campsite Not So Cute Anymore

Most people think of squirrels as cute and harmless wildlife critters that eat nuts and nest in trees. While this might be true in most cases, sometimes squirrels can be vectors for disease. Such is the case at both the Marion Mountain Campground and the Dark Canyon Campground in San Jacinto, California, where some of the squirrels have tested positive for bubonic plague.

Spread by Fleas

The plague, which was the Middle Ages disease that ravished Europe, is carried by fleas. Infected fleas bite animals or humans, thus spreading the disease. Although plague is easily cured by modern antibiotics, if left untreated it can cause serious complications including death.

No Known East Coast Carriers

On the east coast there are no known reports of plague-infected squirrels. However, as we know from squirrels at the two campgrounds cited above, they can become infected with plague and potentially become a health hazard, especially if they begin to nest in or on your house, home or apartment complex.

Squirrel Removal

Squirrels do not belong in your living space! The best defense against any squirrel habitation where they don’t belong is through professional, humane NYC squirrel removal. For peace of mind, if you have a squirrel habitation problem contact the Stern Environmental Group. We are the NYC pest control and squirrel removal experts in the New York City and New Jersey metropolitan areas with over 17 years experience.