As any wildlife invader in your home could be both incredibly destructive and hazardous to your health, it is important that you call the pest professionals here at Pestmaster® Services for immediate wildlife exclusion services. 
Common wildlife pests around New York include:

 

Raccoons

raccoon on the roof

What are raccoons?

Raccoons are a small mammal species that are native to North America and are recognizable by their distinctive coloration, giving them a bandit-like appearance. And that appearance fits, because raccoons are notorious for getting into and burglarizing homes and commercial properties in search of food. They typically measure about 9 inches to a foot in body length, with a tail that can match that length.

Are raccoons dangerous?

Raccoons present a number of health hazards when they enter human settlements. While they do not often attack humans, they can pester cats and dogs and can act violently in certain circumstances. 
However, the real danger raccoons pose comes from the numerous diseases and parasites they bring with them. Diseases raccoons are known to spread include:

  • Rabies
  • Parvoviralenteritis
  • Pseudorabies
  • Canine hepatitis 

And that’s just the diseases. They are commonly hosts to fleas, ticks, and other parasites, all of which they can bring inside and into your home if you allow them.

Why do I have raccoons?

The most common factor that attracts raccoons to a property is the presence of food they can access. Most of the time, this comes from unsecured garbage containers or food that has been left out. Bird feeders and pet food and water bowls can also attract them. 

How do I get rid of raccoons?

Raccoons are a dangerous pest to deal with. The only surefire way of removing raccoons from your property is with the help of a professional wildlife removal expert.
Due to the harmful diseases they can carry and the personal risk involved in attempting to capture them, it is a job best left to the professionals. If raccoons have accessed your property, call the experts here at Pestmaster® Services for immediate assistance.

Squirrels

squirrel on a window

What are squirrels?

Squirrels are small forest rodents that measure about 6 inches to a foot in length, with long tails that are typically about as long as their bodies. While they come in many shapes and sizes, in our region the most common squirrel we see is the Eastern gray squirrel, which can vary from gray to brown in coloration, with big bushy tails.

Are squirrels dangerous?

While squirrels are not directly dangerous to humans or pets, in that they very rarely attack or interact with them, they can still present hazards to homes and commercial properties. When they infest homes, they typically get into the attic through the roof. The holes they dig into your roof to get inside can set you up for moisture problems later on, and the droppings and fur they leave behind inside the home can allow bacteria and allergens to build up.

Why do I have squirrels?

Like other animals, squirrels are always on the lookout for food, so any loose garbage or pet food could have attracted them. Bird feeders are a common attractant. If they’re inside your home, it could be because your treeline was too close to the roof, allowing them access to your attic. 

How do I get rid of squirrels?

Squirrel treatment is a tricky predicament for many homeowners because of the difficulty of removing squirrels from around the property without also potentially affecting birds and other wildlife in the area. Pestmaster® Services offers professional squirrel exclusion services that can remove any squirrels inside the premises safely and efficiently while maintaining a more secure perimeter around your home against pest infestations in the future. 

Skunks

skunk standing in the yard

What are skunks?

Skunks are small, carnivorous mammals that live throughout the United States that are identified by their black coloration and white striping. The two most common species are the striped skunk and the spotted skunk. They grow to about the size of a housecat. They are most notorious for the foul-smelling odor they spray as a self-defense mechanism. 

Are skunks dangerous?

While getting sprayed is certainly an unpleasant experience, it is not usually harmful to the unfortunate person or pet. However, if skunks get onto your property, the bacteria and parasites they spread to you or your pets could be very serious. 

Why do I have skunks?

Like other wildlife, if you have skunks on your property, they were most likely attracted by the availability of food, either from your garbage cans, from your pet’s food and water bowls, or from bird feeders on the property. 

How do I get rid of skunks?

Don’t leave yourself at risk for a stinky surprise by dealing with a skunk problem on your own. Trust us on this one: call Pestmaster® Services for immediate skunk exclusion services.

Birds

pigeon on a concrete ledge

What are pest birds?

While birds are a pleasant sight to many people, certain species can wreak havoc if they become settled around your home or business. Typically, these types of birds include pigeons, starlings, sparrows, woodpeckers, and other invasive birds that can disturb you, your pets, or your customers in a number of ways.

Are pest birds dangerous?

While most pest birds are not directly dangerous and won’t attack people or pets, they can still create hazardous conditions. For instance, if they settle in your attic, their accumulated droppings will spread bacteria and allergens. 

Why do I have pest birds?

Pest birds could have been attracted by one of many food sources around your property. The presence of bird feeders around your yard will naturally draw birds, but the presence of other pests they feed on can also be a factor.

How do I get rid of pest birds?

As with any pest, the best solution for birds is always to call the professionals for help. Pestmaster® Services offers safe and effective bird exclusion services that can protect your home without doing harm to the surrounding environment. 

Bats

bat in the attic of a house

What are bats?

Bats are small, nocturnal flying mammals that live in most of North America. In our region, the most common bat is the little black bat, which measures about 6 inches long with a 6-inch wingspan. As their name suggests, they are mostly black in coloration though will have brown on their undersides. 

Are bats dangerous?

Bats very seldomly attack humans or pets and are not a direct health hazard in the wild. In fact, around your home, they are a valuable source of natural pest control since they eat harmful insects like mosquitoes. However, if they get into your home, they can create big problems as they can be host to numerous diseases and parasites, and their droppings can pose a serious health concern.

Why do I have bats?

If you have bats around your home, it means you have pests around your home. While they’re helpful in eating those bugs, it’s best to eliminate both from your home with help from a professional pest management provider.

How do I get rid of bats?

Bats are a protected species in many areas, requiring professional help to remove them safely and effectively. If bats have infested your property, call Pestmaster® Services immediately for help!