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Urban Wildlife: The Cuteness You’d Better Keep at an Arm’s Length

Wildlife are Cute, but Beware the Diseases they May Harbor.
Wildlife are Cute, but Beware the Diseases they May Harbor.

While wildlife may be cute, interesting, and fun to watch, NJ wildlife pest control specialists will tell you that it’s best to keep critters at a safe distance. Animals live in the wild, but unfortunately, their habitat areas are slowly being encroached upon by humans in their quest to construct new buildings. This pushes wildlife into human areas where they must compete for food, warmth, and safe nesting places to give birth and raise their young.

Negative Side Effects

In their desire for a new place to live, wildlife often finds ways into a home or business. Whether it’s in a crawl space, in the attic, a storage shed, or inside a porch, their presence can result in damage to the property as well as subjecting humans to pests, such as fleas, mites, and ticks, and a long list of diseases such as rabies, ringworm, encephalitis, toxoplasmosis, mumps, and more.

Positive Problem Solving

The most common wildlife seen in communities include rats and mice, skunks, groundhogs, pigeons, opossums, raccoons, feral cats, and squirrels. While you may want to attempt to remove wildlife to another location on your own, it’s best to leave this part to the professionals.

If unwanted wildlife shows up, contact our NJ wildlife pest control technicians as soon as possible. We have the experience and the proper methods to safely remove pests that have set up residence in your home or business.

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.

Protect Your Home from Squirrel Invaders

Squirrels may seem cute as they chase each other through the trees, and their acrobatics as they try to snitch seeds from your birdfeeder can be entertaining; but when squirrels move into your attic for the winter their charm quickly dissipates. In the fall, squirrels start looking for toasty places to build their winter nests. If they gain access to the attic of your home or commercial building, they can ruin insulation, damage stored items and even start fires if they chew through electrical wires.

Squirrel-caused fires are more common than you might think. Like other rodents, squirrels’ teeth grow constantly which means they must gnaw constantly to keep their teeth worn down and sharp. A determined squirrel can chew through roofing shingles and underlayment to gain entrance to eaves or attics; although these pesky animals are more likely to enlarge small holes or take advantage of rotted fascia boards to chew an entrance into your home or building.

Once squirrels establish a nest, they will return year after year to the same location, complicating efforts to get rid of these determined critters. Not only can squirrels carry rabies, but they can bring fleas, mites, ticks and parasites into your home or commercial building. Their droppings and food stores can also attract secondary pest infestations.

For safe, effective squirrel removal, call the squirrel removal experts at Stern Environmental.

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.

Groundhogs In The Spring

The groundhog is best known throughout the United States for its ability to predict the early arrival of spring which is determined when he emerges from his lair in Western Pennsylvania in early February.  The fun tradition of having Punxsutawney Phil predict spring may have many people believing that the large rodent is all fun and games, but having a groundhog living in your yard means you will endure significant damage to your landscaping.

Groundhogs are from the marmot family.  They are considered to be docile rodents that do not attack humans and are considered to be disease free. Groundhogs however do have a huge appetite for vegetation, especially grasses, clover and alfalfa. New York and New Jersey homeowners often become frustrated with groundhogs as these rodents can easily consume an entire vegetable garden overnight as well.

Groundhogs are also known as “woodchucks” or “whistle pigs”.  Groundhogs have long curved claws which enable them to dig their burrows beneath the soil. Groundhogs feed in the morning and evening hours.  At times people will see them basking in the sun during the afternoon hours.  Groundhogs are one of the few mammals that go into true hibernation which is why they consume an extreme amount of vegetation in the late summer and early fall.

New York and New Jersey homeowners should never try to poison groundhogs as they will consume the poison and move on to another area.  The poisoned bodies can then be consumed by pets or other wildlife which will also become poisoned and will die.  A licensed NY and NJ pest control professional like Stern Environmental Group will be able to humanely trap groundhogs quickly and efficiently.  We offer 24 emergency groundhog removal services so that your property will be protected from these voracious eaters.  Call us today!