Nuisance Animals, Their Wildlife Management, Removal, and Control
Nature and wildlife can be beautiful, but they can also be a major inconvenience — particularly when they show up in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Every year, countless New Jersey residents find themselves on the receiving end of an unwanted visit from one of the many types of nuisance animals found in the state.
Below is a comprehensive list of nuisance animals in New Jersey, along with some guidance on the best thing to do if you encounter one of them.
List of Nuisance Animals in New Jersey
Although the following list is comprehensive, it is not exhaustive. New Jersey is a state with many different ecosystems and a diverse range of animal inhabitants. This list will look at the most common nuisance animals.
Squirrels are one of the most common types of nuisance animals found in New Jersey. Homeowners often report squirrels eating food left in bird feeders or seeking shelter in attics and chimneys. Traps are the most effective way to remove squirrels from a home. It is not advised to grab them by hand, as their teeth are particularly sharp.
Another common New Jersey nuisance animal, raccoons are notorious for going through garbage and setting up shop in attics in the colder months. Since raccoons are rabies carriers, it is advised that homeowners exercise extreme caution when dealing with a raccoon problem.
Canadian geese are found in many areas throughout North America, particularly those close to bodies of water. Geese can be aggressive and their droppings can spoil property and also carries disease. Chemical repellants and habitat modification methods can be used to keep geese off of your property.
Known for the foul odor they emit, skunks live in almost every state in America, including New Jersey. Skunks feed on insects and are nocturnal animals. They often nest under the porches of homes. Due to their behavior when scared, and the fact that they are carriers of rabies, many people choose to call in professionals to deal with this particular creature.
Bats often nest inside the attics of homes and can pose a risk of passing along diseases to people and pets. They are a legally protected animal, meaning that it is disallowed by law to kill a bat. Luckily, most bats can be easily scared out of a space with loud noises. To get rid of bats for good it is essential to hire a wildlife control expert who provides bat exclusion services. Bat exclusion is the process of installing one-way doors for the bats to leave the premises and seal off all possible ways for them to re-enter.
The opossum is not a typically aggressive animal, however, when it feels threatened it may bear its teeth, hiss, or play dead. Opossums will eat almost anything, and homeowners often find they feed on their garbage or pet food.
Other nuisance animals found in New Jersey include:
There are regulations around trapping animals in New Jersey, so it is alway recommended to call a nuisance animal control expert.
Know Your Foe
These animals are not only a hindrance and an annoyance, they can also be dangerous, as well.
The list of nuisance animals that carry dangerous diseases is a long one. This is why it’s important to educate yourself about the different types of wildlife that inhabit your area, and the potential harm they can bring.
When encountering a nuisance animal, if you’re unsure of what to do, the safest course of action is always to call in a trained professional. If you’re in need of help with nuisance wildlife management with control and removal services, contact NJ Wildlife and Pest Control today.
Our office location is in Randolph NJ. We provide wildlife management services to the counties of Morris, Bergen, Essex, Sussex, Hunterdon, Somerset, Union, Warren, and Passaic counties.