Raccoon & Squirrel Removal
Question: What time of year do raccoons and squirrels bear young?
Answer: Raccoons bear young in the Northeast in April & May and squirrels bear young between February & March and June-August.
Question: What are the signs of a raccoon intrusion? How do I know if I have a problem?
Answer: Raccoons are nocturnal, meaning they are active at night. You may hear noises (loud noises) in the attic, walls, roof, garage, fireplace etc., during this time. You may also hear squealing or crying during mating season. Vents, attic fans, and roofing can easily be damaged by a raccoon attempting to enter or exit your premises. If they have been nesting in your place for a while, you may experience a bad odor due to fecal matter and urine. (Fecal matter and urine carry bacteria and should not be inhaled or touched.) Arrow can safely remove and clean all of this debris as well as replace all damaged insulation. Many times this is covered by insurance.
Question: Can you remove raccoons in my backyard?
Answer: By law, nuisance wildlife trappers cannot remove wildlife unless they are doing physical damage to property or your family is threatened by them.
Question: Do raccoons do damage inside attics?
Answer: Yes. They can soil areas with urine and fecal material. They can completely ruin insulation this way.
Question: Do squirrels and raccoons chew wires?
Answer: Squirrels chew wires and lots of other things. Raccoons, on the other hand, do not. They do their damage with urine and fecal material.
Question: I think raccoons are living under my deck. What do I do?
Answer: The raccoons should be removed. If they are destroying property or threatening your family they can be trapped. After they are removed, you should consider rodent prevention or screening the deck. Arrow can do this. Simply give us a call for a free estimate.
Question: I am hearing noises. How can I tell what they are from?
Answer: First, remember that raccoons are nocturnal (awake at night) and squirrels are not (they sleep at night). So if you’re hearing scuffing and shuffling in walls or the attic, chances are they are squirrels. Loud noises at night generally indicate raccoons. Please don’t forget that the intruder could be a mouse or rat.
Question: I have no pets but I have fleas. Where did they come from?
Answer: Fleas have to be brought in by something. Squirrels and raccoons carry fleas. Chances are if you have fleas and no pets, a squirrel, raccoon or rat brought them in.
Question: I found a dead animal in my house. What concerns should I have?
Answer: When an animal dies you will find many ectoparasites including: fleas, carpet beetles and lice. When the animal is removed it is a good idea to treat the nesting area to eliminate the possibility of a different infestation.
Question: Can squirrels and raccoons fit into my chimney?
Answer: Yes. In fact it is very common. A simple solution is to get a chimney cap installed. Contact Arrow for pricing.
Question: How many squirrels can there be nesting in my attic?
Answer: Since squirrels are very social, you can expect their whole family to nest there. Typically 2-12 squirrels will be nesting in your attic.
Inquisitive, methodical, intelligent, strong and destructive. For a homeowner a raccoon may be their worst nightmare. Ranging from 22-44 pounds, a raccoon is a sizeable intruder. Often nesting in houses, raccoons have become a nuisance pest in the Northeast United States. The raccoon is from the genus Procyon in the family Procyonedae. They prefer wooded swampy areas often near water and avoid high elevations. Breeding is from February to early March with a 63 day gestation period. The litters are generally 1-7 young. If it is consistently below 25 degrees or if it snows a lot, they will become dormant, spending weeks in a deep sleep yet never actually going into hibernation.
Raccoons can be destructive and leave quite a mess where they are nesting. The fecal matter and urine can ruin insulation, ceilings and any other area they nest in. The removal of nesting raccoons should be left to a professional New York State Licensed Trapper (Arrow has over 20 on staff) since they can be dangerous and carry rabies. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us and we will be happy to make an appointment to come over at your convenience.
Squirrels are members of the rodent family Sciuridae and typically have a long bushy tail and slender body. Squirrels vary in size from such tiny tropical forms as the pygmy squirrels, Myosciurus, of Africa, which are about 130mm (5 in) in length including the tail, to the giant squirrels, Ratufa, of Asia, which may attain 91cm (36in). The American eastern gray squirrel, Sciurus Carolinensis, typical of the tree squirrels, is native to the forests of the eastern half of the United States. They normally nest in tree hollows or may construct leaf nests, which are used mainly as feeding shelters. Gray squirrels may breed in midwinter and again in late spring. Gestation is about 44 days, with usually two to four young per litter. Squirrels are very social animals and nest with their families. One can expect from 2-12 squirrels may be nesting together, this includes when they nest in an attic.