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The "quad" section of the Occidental Campus

I visited Occidental College here in LA on Saturday, Sept 27, 1997. I'd never been there before. It is a small liberal arts college, founded in 1887. However, the present campus is not that old, since the college was originally located in the Boyle Heights section of Los Angeles. It has a good-sized squirrel population due to the number of mature oak trees around. This one at left could easily be older than this campus, which was established around 1910.

I was there early in the morning, having gotten off work around 4 a.m., and brought some peanuts (roasted, non-salted) with me. No filberts in the store, unfortunately.

The squirrels had no interest in getting food from me or approaching me at all. This was because the oak trees are all producing acorns now, and mother nature is giving them her yearly big food handout! The squirrels seldom even came down to the ground, preferring to eat the acorns still attached to the tree. This critter at left, who is perhaps 15 feet off the ground, is looking at me like I'm crazy, sneaking up with my camera and a bag of peanuts.

You could hear lots of them above, rummaging through the leaves and branches to pick the acorns and eat them. You could see little bits of leaves and partially eaten acorns raining down, and you could in the background hear the squirrels nibbling. The campus was very quiet, since it was about 7 am. The only real noise was from some athletic practice at the other end of campus.

The squirrels would normally just eat one section of the acorn and then drop it. This might look wasteful, but there is a reason. Many oak trees have acorns that have tannic acid, which tastes bad, more concentrated in one end of the acorn than the other. The squirrels eat the end without the bad taste. The acorn will germinate from the bitter end that the critters won't eat, and will grow if half eaten. It would be counterproductive for the tree to make the acorns completely indedible, since they wouldn't get scattered as much. Also, it would be chemically "expensive." So, it is a strategy of the oak trees to make the acorns taste better at one end than the other!


Partially-eaten acorns littering the ground

Squirrels can be considered adorable, but when they start chewing up your home and nesting in your attic space, Stern Environmental is here to help. At Stern Environmental Group, we specialize in 24 hour emergency squirrel removal services in the New York City metropolitan region serving, New York City, parts of New Jersey, and parts of Long Island.

It's the season for squirrels in the New York, New York City, Manhattan, and New Jersey areas, they are not hibernating. It is important to take prompt removal action to assure that your home and property are not destroyed by chewing squirrels and that you family isn't exposed to diseases.

Squirrels like to nest inside the eaves and attics of homes and commercial properties when left alone, they can be quite destructive. Squirrels are difficult to eradicate once established. They will return year after year to the same location for nesting. To remove them, you need professional experienced service from Stern Environmental Group, your squirrel removal experts.

We Provide These Squirrel Control Services:

  • 24 Hour Emergency Squirrel Removal
  • Humane Squirrel Trapping
  • Quick Squirrel Removal Services
  • We Can Also Treat For Bed Bugs, Cockroaches, Ants, and Other Insect Pests


Should I trap and relocate the animal? Trapping is not an effective method of wildlife control because it doesn't address the problem of the availability of food and shelter. Trapped wildlife can suffer severe self- injury in their attempts to escape and this is more probable as their confinement in the trap is prolonged. Furthermore, relocation of the captured animals adds to the stress of being in an unfamiliar territory, increases the potential for transmission of infectious diseases and increases conflict between the animal and its environment. Trapping and relocation of adult animals (especially during the spring and summer) in many instances separates mother from babies and will result in the death of dependent offspring. In addition, the Ministry of Natural Resources studies show that 60% of relocated raccoons will die. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REMOVE WILDLIFE ON YOUR OWN. 



How do I shop for a Professional?
The wildlife removal industry is licensed in New York State therefore consumers should be aware of what to look out for when calling a professional wildlife removal company. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when hiring a professional to remove wildlife.
•  Many companies come and go very quickly with inexperienced employees, make sure they have at least three years
•  Many companies only offer wildlife removal as a part time service or as an add on service to another business they have.
•  "Hands-On" removal or eviction should be preferred above any other removal method. Do not hire companies that trap and
•  Hire companies that offer a guarantee on the entire serviced area and not just the entrance hole.
•  Hire companies that offer repair work and preventative measures as part of their service to prevent future conflicts and cost
   associated with removal.


Squirrel removal and squirrel control can be very challenging.  It will require many different types of tools and ladders to complete this task. There are many different types of squirrel traps. Live traps in the attics aren't as effective as you might think. Trapping squirrels at the roof entrance and near the entrance can be very successful  Most squirrel control service work is at the roof line if the house or dwelling. Properly trained & licensed exclusion professionals will make squirrel control, problem free. State animal control officers will respond free of charge when a squirrel is in the living areas of your home.

Raccoon control and removal is very dangerous work. Raccoons have a higher possibility of carrying rabies and will be aggressive if cornered in the attic or inside your chimney. Most county and state animal control officials will respond to a raccoon inside you living areas of your home at no charge. When the raccoon takes up residence in your yard, crawlspace, attic, and chimney then you need a professional. Most wildlife removal and control professionals have had a rabies pre-exposure vaccine administered to them. Trapping raccoons will be the best form of control. Raccoons that enter traps must always be treated as if they have rabies.





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Raccoons are easily recognized by their large size (up to 50 pounds), masked face, and ringed tail. They are primarily nocturnal. Raccoons can breed from December to June, but most breed about February. Gestation period is about 63 days, with babies born for April to May. Litter size is usually 2-5 babies. At about 8 weeks old, the young usually leave the den and follow the mother to a new location. Young are weaned at about 12 weeks and disperse in the fall or early winter or they may stay with their mother until spring.

The presence of wildlife in the city is usually a delight to the residents and in most situations; people and wildlife can coexist. The key is to respect the wildness of wildlife. Most dangerous and potentially harmful encounters occur because people fail to leave the animals alone. Wildlife should not be harassed, captured, domesticated or fed. Intentional or inadvertent feeding is the major cause of most wildlife problems.

Raccoons like all wildlife need food, water, and shelter. If your yard or home is providing any one of these three items you may be attracting raccoons to your home. The following information may provide some practical ideas for deterring raccoons from your yard and home.


    1. Be sure to eliminate all food sources.
  1. Do not leave pet food or scraps outside. If you have to feed your pet outside, then remove all food at night.
  2. If you feed the birds be sure your feeder is placed where raccoons can not get to it and clean up all split feed each night.
  3. Keep BBQ grills clean or stored in a secure place, such as a garage or shed.
  4. If you have a fruit or vegetable garden, motion-activated light may work to keep raccoons away until crops mature. Pick up all fallen fruit and old vegetables.
  5. Use metal or heavy plastic trash containers with tight fitting lids and secure it with a chain or bungee cord. You can also use a mixture of 2 Tablespoons Tabasco sauce per quart of water or plain ammonia to pour over the trash can to discourage raccoons from dining on your trash. Or best, keep your trash container in your garage or shed until the morning it is to be picked up.
  6. Close large trash dumpsters to avoid midnight raids. If a young raccoon gets into the dumpster but can not climb out, place a 2 x 4 board at a 45-degree angle into the dumpster and the raccoon will use it for a ladder to climb out. They may wait until dark to vacate.
  7. If you have an ornamental pond with fish cover it at night, as raccoons like to go fishing for their food.
    2. Keep raccoons from nesting in or around your home.
  1. Trim overhanging tree branches that may provide easy access to your home or attic.
  2. Put a 24inch wide band of sheet metal around trees to keep raccoons from climbing them. This will also help keep raccoons out of fruit trees.
  3. Screen fireplace chimneys, but make sure no raccoons are present before doing this. To prevent fire and safety hazards, check with a knowledgeable source before attempting this.
  4. Make sure all vent screens and other possible access points to your attic are secure.
  5. Lock pet doors at night, or use electronically-controlled pet doors that can be activated only by your animal’s collar.
  6. Cover your window wells. Young raccoons may climb or fall into a window well and not be able to get out. Use a 2 x 4 board placed at a 45-degree angle into the well and the raccoon will climb out.
  7. Use hardware wire buried 18 to 24 inches deep and attached to the side of decks, sheds, and other structures to prevent raccoons from digging underneath them and nesting.
  8. Seal any entries into crawlspaces. Make sure no raccoons are present first! In spring and summer, be especially careful that no baby raccoons are present.


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