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How We Solve New York City Wildlife Problems

It starts with your phone call. We answer our phones 24/7, and we will carefully listen to your wildlife problem. Every case is different, so we will ask appropriate questions to help us understand the situation better. Questions like, "do you hear the noises at night or during the daytime?" or "what type of roof do you have?" After we have a general idea of your situation, we can provide a ballpark price range, and schedule a same-day or next-day appointment to inspect your property.

INSPECTION: Once on site, we will perform a full inspection of your home and property. This allows us to use the correct strategy and traps. If the animals are in an attic, a full building inspection is crucial, including the following:

  • All ground-level areas, such as piper or A/C line entry & exit areas, A/C chase bottoms, ground-level vents, etc.
  • All mid-level areas, such as dryer vents, siding gaps, first floor eaves or dormers, etc.
  • We inspect the entire roof, including all plumbing stacks, ridge caps, vents, and other potential gaps or holes.
  • We also inspect inside your attic, to identify animals and damage they have caused.
  • If the animals are outside, we notice many subtle clues that will assist us in a successful strategy.

TRAPPING, EXCLUSION, REMOVAL: Once we understand what animal species we are dealing with, and the problem, we use the most effective means of removing the animals. We use dozens of different types of traps.

  • Trapping - If trapping the animal(s) in live cage traps, trap type, set, and location are crucial to success.
  • Exclusion - Oftentimes, we are able to simply set one-way doors or other exclusion devices that allow the animals inside a building to safely exit, but never get back inside.
  • Removal By Hand - Sometimes we actually remove animals by hand, or with special tools like snare poles.
  • The Law - In all cases, we obey state and local laws regarding wildlife, but aim to take the most humane approach.

ENTRY HOLE REPAIRS: Repairs are a crucial step in the wildlife removal process. In many cases, such as bat or rodent control, the job cannot be performed without detailed repairs, and in all cases, sealing the entry holes shut ensures that no future wildlife will ever enter your home.

  • 100% of the entry holes must be found, and sealed shut, or the job is not complete.
  • Our repairs are professional contractor grade, look good, and when applicable we use steel, which rodents such as rats or squirrels are unable to chew through.
  • We give a written guarantee on our repairs against any future animal entry.

ATTIC DECONTAMINATION SERVICES: It may be desirable to clean your attic after we've removed the animals. They can leave behind large amounts of droppings, urine, hair, oils, food, nesting material, and so on. These remnants can attract insects like cockroaches, and the scent left behind can encourage new animals to chew their way into your house. You might experience odor problems from the waste. It's possible that mold will grow on waste areas.

  • We remove or vacuum all droppings, or remove all the soiled insulation.
  • We fog the attic with a special enzyme-based cleaner that destroys any organic matter and deodorizes the space.
  • We repair damage, such as ductwork, electrical wires, pipes, insulation, and more.
The above are just a brief explanation of some of our methods. I haven't even addressed the hundreds of other potential cases that we deal with, from bat exclusions, to poison-free rodent control, to dead animal removal, bird roosting prevention, mole trapping in a yard, ground-based exclusion barriers around a shed, etc. etc. Just give us a call any time, and we can describe in detail how we will resolve your specific wildlife problem.

The hustle and bustle of New York City never stops, and neither do the critters that roam the city! Rats are a huge problem here. So if you find signs of rats in your home, ex: droppings or chewed wires, give us a call! These rats can make you ill from their droppings, and when they chew wires they put your home at risk of an electrical wire. We can remove your rat problem and prevent them from returning. We also service the following cities: Albany, Amsterdam, Auburn, Batavia, Beacon, Binghamton, Buffalo, Canandaigua, Cohoes, Corning, Cortland, Dunkirk, Elmira, Fulton, Geneva, Glen Cove, Glens Falls, Gloversville, Hornell, Hudson, Ithaca, Jamestown, Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. We also service the following counties: Rockland County, West Chester County, Bronx County, Putnam County, Orange County, Broome County, Delaware County, Greene County, Ulster County, Dutchess County, Albany County, Washington County, Steunen County, Chemung County, Tioga County, and Otsego County.

Other New York City animal pest control topics:
How to Find and Remove a Dead Bat
How to Remove Rats From a Wall
Do Squirrels Make Good Pets
Will Homeowners Insurance Pay for Pigeon Damage?

To learn more about our services, visit the New York City wildlife control home page.

This month's wildlife how-to article: What kind of damage do pigeons cause in the attic

What kind of damage do pigeons cause in the attic

Pigeons can create a terrible mess in the attic, their droppings for instance have been found to be capable of causing damages to air conditioning devices as well as industrial machineries. Pigeons have been found to create ways of accessing the attics of houses, restaurants, and apartments, and then create their nests. Once they create such nests, the debris, and inflammable materials they bring into the attic may cause a significant fire outbreak.

Pigeons can take broken pieces of woods, leaves, and with their droppings, they can cause the following damages to the attics:
-Damages to roofs,
-Damages to industrial machineries,
-Fire accidents,
-Blockage of ventilation systems,
-Damages to pains and finishing, and
-Collapsed ceilings.

Pigeons can get into attics through openings caused by breakages or areas that were never sealed, then they create a home within their protected areas in the attic , and then build their nests before creating places where they can dispose their waste materials. The weight of pigeon droppings, and nest building materials can become so heavy that they add pressure to the weight of the roof ceiling which will eventually collapse.

Once pigeons access attics, they can also find their ways into the chimneys and build their nests. When they do this they eventually block the air-flow through such systems and this can increase the chances of air-borne diseases caused by bacterial infections from pigeon droppings. The blockage of ventilation systems in the attic can result in carbon monoxide build up in homes.

Pigeon feathers, twigs, straws and dry droppings are known to increase the chances of fire accidents in and around the attics. The chances of fire accidents are further increased when pigeons build their nests close to electrical appliances and insulators in the attic. Many electrical companies often blame bird nests for most of the electrical fire repairs they carry out in the attics.

Damages to roofs by pigeons are quite common when the birds become active in the attic. They may build nests in roof corners where drains are located. This problem is believed to cause warehouses as well as private home owners thousands of dollars in repairs every year. When the activities of pigeons are not controlled in the attic, the damages they cause can increase the cost of renovations by several thousands of dollars and they may also reduce the price value of homes significantly.
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