Squirrel Removal Poughkeepsie, NY | Squirrel Removal Kingston, NY

Like most rodentssquirrels are expert chewers. Squirrels have the ability to destroy your Rhinebeck home and surrounding areas quickly. Squirrels use openings and holes found in and around our open as entry and exit points to gain their needs. If these entry ways are not available that is not a problem, they will handle that on their own.

There are simple measures to keep squirrels away. Check out our tips below to prevent squirrels from calling your home, “home.”

  • Keep animal dishes and food inside. If you feed your pets outside, make sure to clean up behind them or bring in remaining uneaten food.
  • Clean up spilt bird seed in and around bird feeders.
  • Cap your chimney to prevent squirrels from enter into your chimney or even making a nest.
  • Trim you tree branches at least 10 feet from the roof of your house. This will prevent squirrels from getting onto your roof and creating damage.
  • Inspect your home from the outside and look for entry points or ways insects and wildlife and can get inside. Begin around where utilities and pipes enter the home. If you find entrance ways, seal with caulk and hardware cloth to prevent them from re-entering.

If you are a homeowner in Woodstock looking for squirrel removal, contact a licensed wildlife company. Removing wildlife requires a license, knowledge and expertise. Do not let scratching or gnawing keep you up at night; allow Craig Thomas Pest Control to trap and remove these critters. Contact us for a free estimate or call for wildlife removal today.

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What's that noise in my ceiling?

According to Punxsutawney Phil, his shadow earlier this month indicated another six more weeks of winter. Here in the Hudson Valley, we have fared well with the winter weather without much snow or fridge temperatures.

With warmer temperatures many insects and animals are coming out of their hibernation states prematurely in search of food. With this, some Pleasant Valley homeowners, homes in New Paltz and surrounding areas are hearing sounds and noises coming from the attic, ceiling, walls, crawl spaces, etc. As animals and rodents move around, they can scratch, thumps, scurry and pitter-patter.

Let’s help you determine that noise in your attic, ceiling or wall:

Daytime Noises: Grey Squirrel

The gray squirrel is active during the daytime, particularly early morning and early evening. Squirrels make fast, scurrying noises running.

Sometimes raccoons can make noises during the day, but  make heavier and slower noises.

Vocal Noises: Racoons

Vocal growls or chattering, can indicate raccoons.

Fast Pitter-Patter at Night: Rodents

Rats and mice can be surprisingly loud. Sometimes they can scratch, but if you hear fast running, particularly if it goes up and down walls, then you’ve got rats or mice!

Thumping at Night: Larger Animal.

Thumping usually comes from larger animals, like a raccoon or opossum.

Once the varmint is identified, Craig Thomas Pest Control, your wildlife removal specialist will create a treatment plan to trap, remove and seal to prevent entry again. The most important thing after removing the animal is cleaning up the mess they left and preventing animal entry again. As your Poughkeepsie wildlife removal specialists, we help homeowners and business in Germantown, Millbrook, Highland, Warwick, Cornwall and Pawling with effective wildlife solutions.

Happy Groundhog Day!

Every February 2nd, a groundhog named Phil emerges from his burrow in Pennsylvania to predict the weather for the rest of the winter season. Legend states, if Phil sees his shadow, then there will be six more weeks of winter. If Phil does not see his shadow, spring will arrive early.

The USA Today  reports, this morning at 7:20am, Punxsutawney Phil’s shadow proclaimed another six weeks of winter. How is that so?

For many this year, especially here in the Hudson Valley, this year’s mild weather feels like spring is already in the air. Yesterday’s temperatures in Albany reached a high of 58 degrees. Wow!

Today on our Facebook and Twitter Pages, we are discussing Groundhog facts. Here are some:

  • The National Climatic Data Center reports the groundhogs prediction accuracy rate is around 39%.
  • The groundhog is one of the few mammals that are true winter hibernators. Their breathing slows and heart rate falls to 4 beats per minute.
  • Thegroundhog is in the Sciuridae family, which embraces all tree squirrels, ground squirrels, prairie dogs and marmots.
  • Groundhogs are most active during daylight hours. During the warmer months they forage for grasses, flowers and cultivated crops.
  • If disturbed groundhogs will stand erect and motionless for to identify the danger and may emit a shrill whistle when alarmed.
  • Groundhogs can infest favorable habitats, especially alfalfa and clover hay fields, at a rate of as many as 10 chucks per acre.
Happy Groundhog Day from your local pest control expert!
Harsh Weather Yet to Come

Is it really winter? With below average snow fall totals in the Northeast, it certainly does not look like winter. It may be cool, but experts states this is one of the mildest winters in years. Despite the mild winter, pests can still invade your structure, is your Rhinebeck or Cornwall home protected?

The National Pest Mangment Assocaitons states, “dangers posed to roads and airports, the winter weather trifecta of ice, snow and wind also poses a threat to homes.”  A combination of these elements can cause new cracks and openings in foundations and roofs, leaving the house vulnerable to spring rains and unexpected pests. Unfortuantely winter storm damage may not be noticeable until pests are already in and infesting your home. Moisture from ice and snow can lead to damaged walls, ceilings, insulation and drywall attracting wood destroying insects like termites and carpenter ants.

NPMA recommends the following tips for homeowners to ensure their homes are and remain pest-free:

  • Look for missing roof shingles, ripped window screens and clogged gutters, all of which are entry points for pests.
  • Seal cracks and holes including entry points for utilities and pipes.
  • Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around basement foundations and windows.
  • Keep basements, attics and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
  • Vacuum around doors and windows. Frequent vacuuming can catch invaders like spiders, silverfish, earwigs and beetles.
  • Inspect garages and outbuildings for rodents or signs of a rodent infestation. organzie cluttered debris, boxes and random items along the walls where mice may hide or nest.
  • If you suspect an infestation, contact a licensed pest professional.

For more information about pest maintenance and tips on identifying an infestation, contact Craig Thomas Pest Control. Serving the Hudson Valley with local, 3rd Generation Experience you can TRUST!

Bed Bug Infested Clothing

A recent article from CBS news expresses the reality of bed bugs facing people across the country. A dryer cleaner in Edmonton, Canada said, “Accepting bedbug-infested clothing is too risky.”

After discovering an infestation of bed bugs, many peoples first reaction is to throw items away. However, this is not always necessary. The key is to contain infested or suspected items by placing in a plastic bag or container. Once contained, follow these simple steps:

  1. All items (clothing, bedding) should be washed and dried on the highest heat for a minimum of 1 hour. Once cleaned, place in plastic bags or plastic containers until you are cleared bed bug free.
  2. Items that can not be washed (suitcase, shoes, electronics, couches), place in a plastic bag or plastic container. Contact us about our heat chamber, where items can be heated and be removed after 6 hours bed bug free.
  3. Mattresses do not have be thrown out. Ask about our mattress encasements.

When returning home from traveling, place all items (clean and dirty) in washer and dryer. Place in the dryer on the highest setting for a minimum of an hour. This will kill all life stages of bed bugs. In regard to your suitcase, inspect the suitcase, vacuum the suitcase and use a scrub brush along the seams and folds.

With the increase of bed bugs across the nation, especially locally in New Paltz, Woodstock, Ellenville, we are your bed bug specialists. With news coverage and raised awareness, become educated and more cautious when traveling or visiting bed bug prone areas. Contact us for a free estimate and/or information.

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