Furry Pests Dealing With Wildlife Camping in Your Condo

 The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife says that there are over 800  species of wildlife living in the Garden State, and while most of them will  never been seen on association properties, it seems that others are showing up  more than ever before.  

 On Facebook recently, one resident of Nutley proclaimed “The goose problem in Nutley is ridiculous!” Since the 1980s, the Garden State's black bear population also has been  increasing, with confirmed bear sightings in all 21 of New Jersey's counties.  In a recent newspaper article, Larry Katz, professor of animal science at  Rutgers University, says the white-tailed deer population in some Jersey  suburbs exceeds 100 deer per square mile when it should be only 5 to 10 deer  per square mile.  

 Wildlife can cause a tremendous amount of damage as they navigate their way onto  properties. Migrating geese can befoul golf courses, deer can chew hedges into  mulch, and gophers, raccoons, and squirrels can wreak havoc on landscaping,  strew garbage for blocks, and infringe on residents’ peace and quiet. Bats can nest in attics, causing a build up of unsanitary  conditions thanks to their droppings, or guano.  

 Drew Cowley, president/owner of Little Rascals Nuisance Wildlife Removal  Services in Neptune City says the most common wildlife complaints he gets are  for birds, bats, raccoons and squirrels. “They constantly get in through vents and attic fans and with association’s dumpsters, opportunistic raccoons, chipmunks and rats will try to get in if  garbage is not disposed of properly.”  

 “Gophers can also cause sidewalk damage from burrowing under and landscape damage  depending on the foliage around the structures,” says Raymond Navarro, special operations manager of Cooper Pest Solutions in  Lawrenceville.  

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