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Troy, NY

Critter Control
518-730-1490

Critter Control is a full-service wildlife control company serving Troy 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 Troy pest control of wildlife, just give us a call at 518-730-1490 - 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 Rensselaer 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 Troy animal control for wildlife issues.

Rensselaer County Animal Services or Humane Society: (518)-270-4411


Troy Wildlife Removal Tip: What is a groundhog's natural diet, and how does it get its food?

An average groundhog grows up to twenty-five inches long and can weigh up to fourteen pounds. The males, however, will grow up to three times bigger than their female counterparts. The fur colour ranges from grey and yellowish brown to deep brown depending on the type, climatic condition and even the diet of the groundhog.

Basically, a groundhog's diet is highly dependent on their surrounding environment, and therefore you will find them living in fields, in meadows, on the outskirts of forests, and also in residential yards. These places are where they can easily access their food as per their own requirements and preferences if there is an abundant supply.

Generally, the overall diet of a groundhog consists of leaves from bushes, grains, nuts, flowers, grass, fern and fruits. The plant species mostly consumed by these animals and the ones they prefer most include the dandelion, clover, chickweed, asters, plantains and sorrel plants. In fact, if it were up to them, they would only consume these and nothing else. But due to the ever changing world, with climate and human encroachment being the two most influential factors, these animals had to exploit other options.

The preferred vegetation material is usually herbaceous green plant material. These nutrient rich cultivated vegetables include lettuce, beans, peas, squash, corn, broccoli and soybeans. This is the reason why you will find groundhogs in your crop land. Usually, their burrows and dens are just within the agricultural land or close by so that they can access this readily available food for themselves without a lot of hassle. This explains why human beings find them a nuisance since they destroy crops and reduce the amount of produce. Therefore. They are considered as pests.

As for fruits, groundhogs will eat ripe fruits that smell sweet and yummy. But still, even if there are a wide range of fruits that are sweet, ripe and yummy, groundhogs have their most preferred kind: cherries and broccoli.

From the above explanation of a groundhog's food preferences, it is very evident that they are herbivorous in nature. However, they are not completely herbivorous. Groundhogs will also eat snails, juvenile birds, bugs and eggs occasionally just to get that extra supply of other ions required in the body that are not found in plant materials.

In preparation for hibernation during summer, groundhogs usually load up during the autumn months to sustain them during that hibernation period in winter. After hibernation, they will get back to their every day diet, but in case they come out of hibernation before plants re-sprout, then they will feed on small branches plus tree barks temporarily until their food becomes available.

Foraging takes situate in the morning, sometimes in the day, and in the mid-afternoons, and it usually lasts a maximum of two hours.


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