|Fun Animal Fact of the Month
Raccoons. President Calvin Coolidge had a pet raccoon named Rebbecca.
Squirrels.¬† Squirrels can fall up to 100 feet without hurting themselves.
Skunks.¬† Skunks have their scent glands from the day they are born, and can spray when they are 8 days old.
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Raccoons, Squirrels & Skunks
Ahhh…Fall is upon us, my favorite season of the year.¬† Life is transitioning and constantly changing this time of year.¬† I am blessed to live in an area that completely shines with all of the colors of fall, reds, oranges, yellows, even purple,¬† it’s simply magnificent to gaze out my window and wonder upon the fall foliage resting on top of the Shawangunk Mountains.¬† It’s also time to get ready for winter.¬† It will be here before we know it.¬† The animals intuitively know this and they are preparing to hunker down.¬† What does that mean to you?¬† Well, for animals that don’t hibernate like raccoons, squirrels and skunks, it means they are on the hunt for a¬† warm, cozy place to spend the winter and your homes, commercial property s’ and businesses are all¬† an exceptional location for them to take residence¬† during this time of year.
As a service to you, we would like to spend sometime reviewing a few of the animals that become most active this time of year as winter approaches.¬†¬† We have discussed all of these animals in detail in earlier published newsletters, which can be found on our website at www.GotWildlifePro.com.¬† Here, we will re-visit some of the ways you will be seeing the animals, the risks associated with the animals and how you may alter your lifestyle to avoid encountering a wildlife/human conflict.
Raccoons will look to den in your attics, chimneys, sheds and barns typically annoying people with their noises and odor.¬† Raccoons can damage buildings, either purposefully, to gain entry or create a nesting area or accidentally, because they are heavy enough to bend gutters as they move through them.¬† Raccoons enter buildings through the roof ,using rain gutters, brick chimneys and overhanging branches.¬† They may also push their way through louvers or soffits or even climb directly up your siding.¬† They may tear shingles, vents or roofing material to gain entry.¬† Once they are in your public space, the real risks begin to occur.¬† Their nest materials might block a vent or they may begin to chew on wires, both are a substantial fire hazard to you, your family, employees or tenants.¬† Their scat fouls yards and children’s play areas and presents a significant health hazard to any individual who comes in contact with it.¬† Raccoons are the highest carrier of Rabies in New York State.¬† They also have a few other hazards they leave behind like roundworm and flees.¬† Although they appear cute and cuddly, they are wild animals that belong in their natural habitat.¬† If you or someone you know is experiencing any issues with Raccoons, please give us a call at 1-877-FUR-FIND and allow Got Wildlife? the opportunity to rid you of your Wildlife Management circumstance,in a professional and humane manner. You Got It? We Get It! As we always say, ” The only right wildlife should not be allowed to have is to “live in” and within close proximity to your home or business.”
Squirrels, like raccoons, will look to den in attics, walls, sheds, barns and chimneys.¬† They are loud and emit a foul odor.¬† Squirrels usually gain access via overhanging branches, power lines, or by climbing up the siding.¬† They may fall into the chimney and furnace flues, thus gaining entrance to the basement or interior of the house.¬† Squirrels constantly need to chew.¬† They will look to knaw on and scratch wires¬† and also damage attic vents, eaves, screens, bird feeders, siding, insulation and other household goods.¬† Their chewing creates a significant fire hazard to your residence or commercial property.¬† Squirrels also carry many diseases including mange, cat scratch disease, typhus and rabies.¬† If you encounter a squirrel, it is best to call a professional at Got Wildlife? to assist you in resolving your wildlife circumstance.
Skunks are not avid climbers and hence they look to gain access into your¬† residences or commercial property through low lying access points.¬† They will look to den under your porches, decks, foundations, garages, sheds and barns.¬† There odor is repulsive and can be frequent in and around where they den.¬† They are also disease carriers mainly rabies and distemper.
What Can You Do Differently?
What can you do differently to protect yourself? If anyone is feeding the raccoons, squirrels or skunks ask them to stop.¬† Put trash out in the morning, instead of evening and if possible keep trash in a protected area. Wildlife proof your garbage cans or dumpsters with a tight fitting lid.¬† Secure garbage cans with heavy duty straps or bungee cords.¬† Feed your pets in doors. Replace plastic vents and louvers with metal designs that are securely attached to the building.¬† Cover your chimney flues with commercial caps. Utilize a form of wire mesh to protect screen holes, decks or other vulnerable areas.¬† Trim overhanging tree branches 6 to 10 feet away from your home or commercial property.¬† Alternatively, give Got Wildlife? a call at 1-877-Fur-Find and we would welcome the opportunity¬† to assist you in Wildlife Proofing your home or commercial property.If you are having issues with Squirrels, please give us a call at 1-877-FUR-FIND and allow Got Wildlife? the opportunity to rid you of your Wildlife Management circumstance,in a professional and humane manner. You Got It? We Get It! As we always say, ” The only right wildlife should not be allowed to have is to “live in” and within close proximity to your home or business.”
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Friday October 15th.¬† Toddlers on the Trail – In Search of Signs of Glaciers 10:00 am to 12 pm.
Saturday October 16. Annual Ridge Hike 6:30 am to 5:30 pm.
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Saturday October 2nd. Autumn Schunnemunk Hike 9am.
Sunday October 3rd & 24th. Meet Our Resident Animal Friends 11:00 am to 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
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Saturday October 2nd. Exploring Woodlots: Kids on Safari 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
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Saturday October 2nd. Hudson River Family Seining 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.
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