One of our commercial clients, a property management company in Long Branch, contacted us because of a nuisance wildlife problem with one of their properties. As often happens, someone hears unusual noises in the attic. For example, squirrels make various vocal sounds including warning calls of approaching predators and mating talk. The babies also make sounds when hungry. In addition to vocal sounds, squirrels chatter their teeth. Often there are sounds of movement as well.
When I arrived on the scene I spoke with the property manager about the issue, discussing the types of noises, and the time of day and frequency of the noises. After getting the full story, I had a good idea of what was going on, and knowing that area of town, squirrels were the prime suspects. I then conducted a through inspection of the building. Often, the size and location of the entry points is a strong indicator of the type of wildlife. Based on my observations, my suspicions turned out to be correct. The building was being infiltrated by squirrels. I located two different entry points where squirrels were entering the building. I installed two exclusions over the entry points and set up multiple humane box traps to safely capture the animals for relocation.
After I finished my inspection and laid the groundwork for capturing the wildlife, I met with the property manager to review my findings and explain the procedure for resolving the infestation. She was extremely pleased to know that her problem would be quickly resolved. Squirrels are a type of rodent, and once they invade human habitats, they can become a real nuisance. They can cause extensive damage and can be carriers of diseases. In close quarters, they can bite and scratch, and they can create a health risk with their droppings. Squirrels can also carry infected fleas and ticks capable of transmitting blood-borne diseases.
The property manager was under the misconception that the wildlife would be killed. With squirrels, raccoons, bats, and other home invaders, we never ever harm the animals. Our job is always to relocate them to a safe area away from human populations. Nuisance wildlife removal is a win-win situation. Both wildlife and people are better off when they live in peace away from each other. Wildlife is wonderful so long as they stay in the wild. The problem arises when they become a nuisance by taking up residence in our homes and buildings.