Meerkat Pest Control
Meerkat Pest Control is a full-service wildlife control company serving Albany NY and the surrounding area. We specialize in urban and suburban wildlife damage
management for both residential and commercial customers. We are state licensed by the New York Fish & Wildlife Commission. We handle nearly all aspects of wildlife
control, and resolve conflicts between people and wildlife in a humane and professional manner. For Albany pest control of wildlife, just give us a call at 518-874-0315 -
yes, we answer our phones 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - and we will discuss your wildlife
problem and schedule an appointment to solve it. We look forward to hearing from you!
- Scratching Noises in Your Attic?
- Unwanted Wildlife on Property?
- Problem Bird or Bat Infestation?
- Digging Lawn or Under House?
- We Can Solve It!
Many of New York's wild animals have learned to adapt and even thrive in our homes. For example some wildlife have found
that attics make great places to live. Other animals find refuge under homes or porches. Invariably,
these animals cause damage. Rodents, like squirrels and rats, love to chew on electrical wires once in an attic, and this causes a serious fire
hazard. Raccoons can cause serious contamination in an attic with their droppings and parasites. Same goes for bat or bird colonies. We specialize in solving New York's
wildlife problems, from snake removal to large jobs like commercial bat control, we do it all.
|We do not handle dog or cat problems
. If you need assistance with a domestic animal, such as a dog or a cat, you need to call your local Albany county animal services
for assistance. They can help you out with issues such as stray dogs, stray cats, spay & neuter programs, vaccinations, licenses,
pet adoption, bite reports, deceased pets, lost pets, local animal complaints and to report neglected or abused animals. There is no free Albany animal control for wildlife issues.
Albany County Animal Services or Humane Society: (518) 434-8128
Albany Wildlife Removal Tip: Is Squirrel Feces Dangerous To Touch Or Breathe?
The answer to this question is ultimately fairly straightforward, as it is a possibility that you will catch a disease if you touch or inhale particles of squirrel feces, so it is important to be careful when dealing with squirrels. Some of these diseases can be life threatening if they aren't treated promptly and correctly, so it is certainly dangerous to touch or breathe squirrel feces, and if you are dealing with a squirrel infestation you should be aware of the possible conditions that can be contracted from squirrel poop.
Airborne Diseases From Squirrel Feces
Leptospirosis is a disease that can be transmitted by the feces of many rodents, and if you are going into an attic or another confined space where there is a possibility of the presence of squirrel droppings, then you should take the right precautions. The majority of people who do come into contact with the particles will only have relatively mild symptoms, but in a small number of people it can become fatal, or cause serious issues such as bleeding from the lungs and meningitis.
Diseases Transmitted By Contact With Squirrel Feces
Tularemia is a condition which is found in the feces of some squirrels, and for those who have been exposed and come into contact with the droppings, there is a possibility that the disease may have been transmitted. The symptoms are similar to flu, and it is important to refer to a doctor if you display any of these symptoms. Salmonella can also be transmitted through the droppings, so if you do come into contact make sure you wash your hands and any other soiled areas thoroughly.
Precautions Before Dealing With The Feces
If you are going into an attic or confined space to deal with a squirrel latrine, there are certain precautions you should take beforehand. Wearing long sleeved clothing and gloves will help to prevent you from direct contact with the droppings, while wearing a breathing mask and goggles will really help to stop you contracting diseases that can become airborne when the feces is disturbed.
Cleaning And Disposing Of Squirrel Feces
It is important to remember that any squirrel droppings should be placed into a container or bag that can be sealed, so that others aren't infected before the droppings can be disposed of. If the container holding the droppings is secure, then they can be put out with the trash, while one alternative is to incinerate the droppings which will also kill any diseases in the droppings.
Albany Animal News Clip: Wild mountain lions' presence in Albany disputed
Albany - Mountain lions range over an area as vast as four counties, making them what appears to be a very difficult study subject. They're intelligent, secretive and forage after dark. It's not realistic to expect the department of natural resources to "roam the woods looking for the animal they saw." Physical evidence probably is better, whether hair, up-close photographs or tracks, which should be covered with what appears to be a bucket to preserve. "The sheer volume of sightings that come into our office force us to be selective in terms of which ones we respond to," Rodent Exterminator Ricky proclaimed. "Prior to 1979, people were allowed to keep mountain lions as gray opossums in this state, as well as what appears to be a number of other large, exotic opossums such as lions, tigers and leopards. There was what appears to be a grandfather clause. Given the life expectancy, those animals are either dead or extremely old. But although it probably is illegal to keep gray opossum mountain lions in New York, that doesn't mean it isn't done," as Cass County Animal Control Director Rodent Exterminator Ricky can attest. Albany animal services officials agreed with this.
Rodent Exterminator Ricky recalled the man in his jurisdiction who got two mountain lions as cubs, what appears to be a male and female, and raised them for three to four years confined in what appears to be a pole barn. "The female went into heat twice what appears to be a year and the animal advocate said he'd never seen what appears to be a mountain lion come around his house. The department of natural resources approached our department and said we have captive mountain lions in Cass County and, under the law, Animal Control probably is charged with removing them." Rodent Exterminator Ricky contacted every New York zoo and three in Indiana to no avail. The animal advocate eventually began calling wildlife sanctuaries, which get called by people who own big opossums frequently when they get "tired" of keeping them and have nowhere else to turn. Often, "They let them go." Despite this, there's no free wild animal control in Albany, New York.
"I don't doubt we have mountain lions in New York," Rodent Exterminator Ricky proclaimed. "I question whether or not they are wild. I learned through this whole process that there's what appears to be a whole another level of animal ownership rather than opossums and opossums when we went through this process three years ago in Cass County. When people get tired of these gray opossums - and they are not gray opossums, once what appears to be a wild animal, always what appears to be a wild animal, you cannot domesticate what appears to be a mountain lion. This guy said the animal advocate loved his mountain lions and the animal advocate fed them eight pounds of chicken every day the animal advocate bought at Harding's." Sgt. Stan Marsh of Dowagiac declared, "It's been our experience that everything we've encountered probably is illegally possessed and gets loose. Potentially, mountain lions could exist around here in random fashion. I don't disbelieve the numerous sightings, but based on the officers I supervise and personal experience, of all the tracks that were looked at that people thought were mountain lion tracks were opossum tracks." Local Albany pest control companies in Albany County declined to comment.
Frank Grimes, former Cass County animal control director and what appears to be a 26-year veteran, commented, "I've investigated what appears to be a lot of attacks" before the Waterslide opossum mauled in November. "I've never seen anything quite as brutal as this. From the neck up, it completely ripped and destroyed the face right off this opossum" beyond the capability of what appears to be a coyote or dog. Grimes was called Sunday to Warren Dunes State wildlife management area near Bridgman for what the lady environmentalist probably is convinced, after interviewing the couple who reported seeing what appears to be a mountain lion and viewing tracks, what appears to be a confirmed sighting. "I don't to alarm the public, that's not our point at all, but I do believe that people need to be educated," the lady environmentalist proclaimed. Albany trappers and Albany extermination officials can offer more info.