Thursday, February 24, 2011

Spring in Massachusetts is right around the corner

Precision Wildlife offers a variety of services;
Chimney Caps
Some of the most common services we will provide for our customers are trim board removal and replacement, gable/louvered vent installation, chimney caps, rake board replacement, bathroom/dryer vent installation w/guard, ridge vent installation, deck or structure modification , corner and return board installation. Gutter Guards, and of course nuisance wildlife removal!


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Is a bat loose in your house?

Occasionally bats will enter through chimneys, a/c units, and open windows but the majority
of bat invasions are due to the fact that there is a colony residing within the structures of you
home. Bat colonies will not always be in plain view within attics as they can, and often do colonize
in soffit, and ceiling voids that make evidence of bats minimal and the sightings of them unlikely.



What to do if you have a bat in your house!
  • Isolate the bat to one room or area of your home
  • Do not touch the bat, bats are considered high risk carriers of rabies
  • Secure the base of the doors to that area with towels
  • Contact a bat specialist for removal and further inspectional services
Precision Wildlife offers emergency service to most of Eastern
Massachusetts including Boston and Cape Cod, New Hampshire,
and Rhode Island.
Please contact us immediately to speak with a bat specialist.
Do I have a bat colony in my attic if I had a bat in my living space?
Occasionally bats will enter through chimneys, a/c units, and open windows
but the majority of bat invasions are due to the fact that there is a colony
residing within the structures of you home. Bat colonies will not always be
in plain view within attics as they can, and often do colonize in soffit, and
ceiling voids that make evidence of bats minimal and the sightings of them
unlikely. Call a bat specialist to thoroughly inspect your home inside
and out. Precision Wildlife offers bat inspections and bat removal services.
Why does a bat invade my living space?
There are a few reasons why bats invade your living space.
During the months of June and July juvenile bats are learning how
to fly and becoming more mobile in there current habitat. They become
investigative and curious and will wander away from colonies sometimes
only to lose there way and end up in your living room.
Also during the hot days of June, July, and August attics sometimes
actually become less than inviting for a bat colony. Bat colonies will
crawl under insulation and into cooler areas of your homes internal
structure to escape the high temperatures. Movement of any type
will always increase the chances of a bat mistakenly wandering into
your living space.
Winter bats, bats that gestate inside attics all winter, also look for
the most ideal location in an attic for the cold winter months. They
to will often crawl under insulation in search of proper elements for
winter semi-hibernation.
Bats can also enter homes through window a/c units and chimneys
and be considered a fluke. Many consumers will generally believe
this to be there situation because it is the easiest explanation to swallow.
If a bat has entered your home an inspection by a bat specialists might
prevent further headaches in the future.◦

Monday, February 14, 2011

Big Brown Bat New Hampshire

Description: A medium-sized bat with upper parts rich chestnut brown; ears relatively small, thick, leathery, and black; membranes blackish; under-parts paler than back; ears and membranes devoid of hair, or nearly so; wing short and broad, length of fifth metacarpal almost equal to that of third.

Habits: Big brown bats are one of the most widely distributed of America's bats, ranging from Canada to northern South America and the Caribbean Islands.
Big brown bats are most often found in trees, attics, and bat houses in the summer. Maternity colonies can consist of hundreds of females, although smaller colonies are more common. Big browns usually enter caves or buildings where they will hibernate safely throughout the winter months or they will migrate.
Young ones (called pups) are born in nursery colonies where females congregate together. The usual litter size is two bats in the eastern United States, and one pup in the western U.S. Pups are born without any fur and with their eyes closed. Immediately after the pups are born, they begin to squeak, and within 24 hours their eyes are open. For the first two weeks of life, while the mother bat is at rest, the young stay nestled under her wing. During the third week they are able to fly, and practice until they can negotiate their own turns, land, and hang well. Pups completely stop nursing from their mothers at about 9 weeks old, and at this time are able to eat insects on their own.
Of all the North American species of bats, this is the one most closely associated with humans because of its year-round use of buildings. Big brown bats are highly beneficial to humans because they consume extremely high numbers of insects.
Even though big brown bats are abundant throughout the United States, their populations are decreasing every year. The population is lowing because of human disturbance (the bats are especially vulnerable when hibernating), people killing bats (especially when bats accidentally fly into people's houses), and loss of habitat. Call us for Bat Removal and Exclusion Services


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Red Squirrels in Massachusetts

What do red squirrels look like?
The red squirrel is a small squirrel with reddish to reddish-gray fur on top and a white or cream underside. It has white around its eyes. It's tail is not as long or bushy as the tail of other tree squirrels. In the summer, the red squirrel may have a black stripe on its sides. Its curved front claws and powerful hind legs make it a very good climber and jumper.
These squirrels are not as common as the above mentioned but can be just as aggressive when trying to enter a home. We have seen reds that enter at foundations of a home as well as at roof lines. They are most commonly found in northeast MA and in the state of NH but service calls for such animals have been received in south shore MA.◦

Southern Flying Squirrels in Massachusetts and New Hampshire

What do Flying squirrels look like?

In the wildlife industry we call them flyers and see them on a regular basis. These neat little creatures are nocturnal and many don't even know they exist. Flyers are in their nesting areas during the day so is not uncommon to inspect an attic infested with such animals and see them peeking right back at you. The southern flying squirrel is easily distinguished from gray squirrels by its smaller size and by its gliding membrane, a fold of skin that extends from the wrist of the front leg to the ankle of the hind leg.
When the front and hind legs are extended, the membrane forms a wing-like gliding surface. The furred, broad and horizontally flattened tail serves as a rudder and stabilizer during glides. The eyes are noticeably large, an adaptation for its nocturnal habits. The ears are more prominent than in other tree squirrels. Whiskers are also prominent. Southern flying squirrels are quite small. Adults usually are nine to 10 inches long including the tail, and they weigh between two and four ounces. Their fur is soft, silky and moderately long. The upper body is grayish to brownish in color, and the under parts are creamy white. The eyes are surrounded by a black ring, and a black border extends along the edge of the gliding membrane.
*Flyers often nest with high populations and can cause destruction and unhealthy situations in an attic. For more info. on attic cleanouts click here.


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Roof Snow Removal and Clearing

Why do I need to remove the snow from my roof?
A major roof problem that homeowners face is the build-up of heavy snow and the development of ice dams. The excess weight of snow can damage roofs, gutters, and down spouts. Excess snow can also block the air flow of the home's ventilation systems. Ice dams form when heavy snow melts during the day, flows under the shingles, and refreezes at night. After several melting-freezing cycles, water can enter the attic and damage insulation, ceilings, walls, and even the building itself. Fortunately, there are steps homeowners can take to prevent damage caused by heavy snow and ice dams.
By keeping the snow load to a minimum, you will reduce the chances of an ice dam forming. In addition, you will prevent damage to the roof due to the excess weight.Large icicles can be safely removed by our trained crews.
What is included in the Roof Top Snow Removal Service?
You have the peace of mind of a job done by well trained, and experienced tradesmen. An inexperienced person on the roof attempting to remove snow can cause irreparable damage to the roof's components leading to expensive repairs or ultimately complete re-roofing. We will:
*Carefully remove the bulk of the snow with roof rakes and snow shovels uncovering the upper vents.*Chip and channel ice dams to ensure future water flow is allowed.*Clear the: side walks, steps or drive way of any snow that has came from the roof during the roof top snow removal.
This service is done on a time and material basis. Each home is different in the steepness of the roof and where the snow needs to be shoveled, which dictates the amount of care needed.
Homeowners should to be home so we can address any primary concerns.
We are also licensed home improvement contractors making service for major repairs a headache no more. We carry general liability insurance as well as workers compensation insurance.


February 1-2, 2011

Just an update to all of our customers, due to the weather conditions in most of New England, Precision Wildlife’s office will be closing today, Tuesday February 1, 2011 @ 1:00 PM. If you have any urgent questions or issues we will still be checking messages and answering any questions you may have regarding upcoming appointments. We do have technicians out  covering as much area as possible that may be able to attend to some emergency situations.

Wednesday February 2, 2011 will be decided later today, or first thing tomorrow morning.

Again we will be taking calls and checking emails, you can contact the office follow the prompts and leave a message in the emergency mailbox. We do apologize for any inconvenience and hope everyone is safe, and is able to enjoy some of the snow.




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