Squirrel Removal and Prevention in Massachusetts

Squirrel Removal and Prevention in Massachusetts

Grey Squirrels – By far the number one home invader of all local squirrel species! Grey Squirrels typically have two or three nest sites that they will frequent throughout the year. Warm weather nests are constructed in nearby trees where squirrels create a cluster of branches and leaves. Cold weather nests are made in tree hollows and building structures. Grey Squirrels will chew a baseball size hole to gain entry to a cavity to escape the elements. This species of squirrel is active during the day (diurnal) usually from sunrise to sunset. If scratching and gnawing is heard during the day, Grey Squirrels are a likely culprit.

Red Squirrels – Although smaller in size than the Grey Squirrel, ‘Red Squirrels’ also known as ‘Pine Squirrels’, are more vocal and territorial than the other species. One key characteristic of the red squirrel is that they can enter the structure from low or even ground level entry points. This behavior is not as typical of the Grey or Flying Squirrel.

Flying Squirrels – ‘Flyers’ Many people are unaware that Flying Squirrels even exist in Massachusetts. This is because Flyers are nocturnal and are rarely seen by people. They are the smallest of the three species with Flyers being slightly larger than adult mice. Squirrel Damage Squirrels take advantage of a “weak spot” to gnaw their way in. They can damage wires, insulation, personal belongs and contaminate surfaces once inside.

Our Squirrel Removal Experts are equipped to remove and prevent squirrel activity!

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New Rat City: Boston’s Growing Rodent Problem

 NBC Boston News: By Ally Donnelly

Boston is the second most rat-infested city in America behind Philadelphia, according to federal census data. And that’s unlikely to change anytime soon.

(Published Monday, Nov. 20, 2017)

Boston is the second most rat-infested city in America behind Philadelphia, according to federal census data.

And that’s unlikely to change anytime soon.

Rats need three things to survive — water, food and shelter. Boston, built on a landfill, has plenty of all three.

“They’re definitely a health hazard,” said Buddy Christopher, commissioner of Boston’s Inspectional Services Department. “Their environment that they live in is filthy. And they’ll transport that everywhere.”

In the early hours of the morning, city inspectors stalk back alleys and trash bins in an effort to neutralize the growing rat population. Following trails of rat droppings, the inspectors set traps and plunge bricks of poison into the sewers to kill as many rodents as possible.

“It’s just out of control,” city inspector Chris McNally said. “People have a right to live without dealing with this kind of stuff.”

Rat complaints were up nearly 50 percent last year. There were about 3,100 complaints in 2016, up from 2,100 in 2015. According to the city’s data, no neighborhood has been left unscathed

The hardest hit area is Dorchester — the city’s largest neighborhood — followed by student-saturated Allston/Brighton, Jamaica Plain and restaurant-heavy Back Bay.

One newer hot spot is Public Alley 809 off Symphony Road in the Fenway neighborhood.

Neighbors said the rat problem is so bad that they can’t park their cars in the spots they own.

The Top 5 ‘Rattiest’ Areas in Boston

[NECN] The Top 5 'Rattiest' Areas in Boston

(Published Monday, Nov. 20, 2017)

But inspectors said getting rid of rats is an uphill battle.

Commissioner Christopher pointed to all of the pizza boxes and trash left in flimsy plastic garbage bags on the ground.

“This is all homes for them,” he said. “We have tried over and over to explain to people to make sure all their food, all their waste is put into the proper containers, that they have the proper tops on, and they’ve got to maintain them.”

The city fights landlords that don’t plug holes in foundations or properly seal the bottoms of doors.

“A rat can get through a hole the size of a quarter,” McNally said. “Once they get inside, it can be a nightmare.”

Many landlords or residents don’t have enough trash barrels or at least not enough that are rodent-proof.

The Rats of Boston

 

“Those are all gnaw marks. That’s rats — chewin’,” said McNally as he showed the NBC Boston Investigators a potato-sized hole in a recycling barrel that had been bitten through by rats. “They can eat through soft metals. It’s unreal what they can do. Great climbers, great swimmers.”

The city slaps the owner of one Gainsborough Street building that backs up into Public Alley 809 with violations nearly twice a month — thousands in fines.

“A lot of people see that as the cost of doing business,” Christopher said.

We went to see the building manager, Mohsen Minaie. He said he just brought in exterminators, but he can’t stop the tide of trash that people leave in the alley.

“I’ve been witnessing it myself,” Minaie said. “That other people throw out their trash there.”

Since 2008, his company has received 73 trash or rodent violations.

“Not my fault at all,” he said.

As the city expands — more people equals more food equals more rats.

Business has never better for private exterminators like Ultra Safe Pest Management. Exterminator Vic Palermo showed us what they’re up against as he worked on a building in Southie recently.

“Right down here we have an active entry point into the building. Some concrete has broken away,” he said. “The rats are able to take advantage. They excavate or burrow right down inside, meaning into the building.”

He and his crew bait traps and stuff holes with rat-resistant mesh.

“This is stainless steel. It’s not going to corrode. It’s going to last a long time. Rats are not going to be able to chew through it.”

They then seal it with concrete and set bait traps to lure them away from the building.

“We rotate from snap traps and baits to certain areas,” exterminator Jeff Kilian of Ultra Safe Pest Management said. “We figure snap traps have been working in this area as opposed to bait. So basically what I’m doing is I’m replacing the bait to keep a fresh supply on the snap traps, because after a couple days in this weather it’ll go bad and we want to make sure there’s fresh bait.”

The crew also advises building management on simple solutions to reduce the rat population, like moving the buffet — the dumpsters — away from the building.

“They wouldn’t feel safe crossing the parking lot getting to the dumpsters and getting back,” Palermo said.

The city said it doesn’t see the problem going away anytime soon.

“I don’t see us getting rid of rats ever,” said Christopher. “It’s too big a population.”

The city has had some success killing rats with dry ice — frozen carbon dioxide. It doesn’t leave a mess, won’t be accidentally eaten by other animals and is environmentally friendly. The EPA had ordered them to stop using it because it isn’t a registered pesticide, but the city said the agency is now showing signs of easing up on that restriction.

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The Advanced Wildlife Control training course and exam was held during the National Wildlife Control Operators Association conferences in Memphis TN. The course focused on advanced animal removal, exclusion and damage repair methods and related business practices.

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Ultra Safe is proud to be on the cutting edge of nuisance wildlife control operators in Massachusetts!

Rodents, Mice Prevention Tips

Rodent Inspection
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Rodents, Mice 

Most of the rodents, mice in our area live in the wild and pose little threat to people or pets. Listed below, are the most common species of rodents known to infest homes and buildings in Massachusetts.

House Mouse

The ‘House Mouse is an invasive species of mice. Because its not native to our region, these mice typically do not thrive in the wild. This rodent is totally commensal and survives  by living with off of people without contributing anything positive to the environment. The House Mouse can be a problem all year round. The weather outside has little effect on these indoor mice.

Why do Rodents, Mice come inside?

The weather does effect the White-Footed Mouse and other species like Deer Mice. These are native wild species of mice. They actually thrive and prefer to live in the wild but do seek shelter in the winter. Our homes and buildings provide the shelter they need. These mice will often times bring their own food source in with them. For this reason the mice may go undetected for some time as they are not really foraging around kitchens like a House Mouse would. Mice are detected when people find the food scraps and droppings. The food is made up of acorns, seeds, nuts and other outdoor food sources they have brought inside. These mice usually keep behind the scenes, preferring attics and crawlspaces over mainstream living areas. Watch for mouse droppings in attics and tunneling holes in the insulation.

Squirrels

Like mice, there are several species of squirrel, all Native to Massachusetts. The Gray Squirrel is the most common species of squirrel to invade buildings in our area. As the leaves fall from trees and nighttime temps drop, Gray Squirrels look for a protected hollow shelter to store food, stay warm and dry, and rear their young in the Spring. Home owners can usually tell the difference between Squirrel noises and Mice noises by noting the time of the noise or activity. Squirrels usually move and become active in the morning hours as the sun rises and again later in the afternoon before it sets. Mice on the other hand are more nocturnal and active at night.

Flying Squirrels can invade homes and buildings too. This species is much smaller than the Gray and actually glides through the air from trees to buildings. This is also a nocturnal rodent species that is very vocal at night.

Rats

Norway Rats are an invasive rodent species in Massachusetts. Rats will take advantage of entry points and garbage all year round. Rats move inside for food and shelter as a result of colder weather months.

Rodent, Mice Inspection

Have a professional Rodent, Mice inspection performed. A thorough inspection can identify activity and potential entry points. Its important to inspect high and low as rats and mice will normally enter close to ground level and squirrels higher up near roof-line, dormers etc.

Keep all trash or garbage in rodent proof containers

Trash containers should have tight fitting lids that prevent rats, mice and wildlife from feeding .

Seal the gaps and openings

With the help of a rodent proofing/ exclusion expert, professional rodent-proofing is the safest and most effective long-term control method available today. Rodent-exclusion should focus on exterior foundations and basement areas for mice and rats. Upper areas including soffits, vents, chimney, trim boards etc. should be inspected and sealed for squirrel prevention.

The best materials to use for rodent-proofing are stainless steel mesh, hydraulic cement, sheet-metal, professional sealants and custom fitted vent and chimney covers. Our specialists are available to perform the work or consult with homeowners or handy person.

Contact us for more information about our rodent protocol!

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