Coyote Problems in Panther Ridge [Lakewood Ranch,FL]

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2 coyotes caught on night vision camera.

COYOTE TRAPPING LAKEWOOD RANCH

As of 2007 Coyotes have been recorded in all 67 Florida counties.  Encounters are becoming more frequent between people and coyotes and as a result, they may begin to lose some fear of people. Consequently, coyotes also can get more difficult to scare away once the fear of people is lost. So, like other wild animals, this behavior (their fear or lack of it) will vary between animals. There have been several reports of coyote attacks on dogs and cats over recent years in Florida. Sometimes the owners were present at the attacks, however, and the humans were not targeted in those attacks.

    • Typical Coyotes weigh between 24-37 lbs

    • Coat color is from gray to rust brown

    • Use negative reinforcement – loud noises, throw rocks or spray with garden hose

    • Do not walk dogs during dawn or dusk hours

    • It’s a good idea to carry a boat whistle if hiking or walking a dog

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How Do You Keep Raccoons Out of Your Yard? [Manatee County, FL]

How Do You Keep Raccoons Out of Your Yard? [Manatee County, FL]

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Raccoon in a pond looking up.

Raccoons are Omnivores

Raccoons are omnivores, which means that they eat a wide variety of foods including both plants and animals. Their diet is mainly fruits, nuts, worms, insects, amphibians, fish, birds eggs and even an occasional small mammal or bird. If raccoons find that there is an abundant source of food on your property,  they will probably take it rather than make the effort to hunt. This also includes your vegetable gardens– they look at it as a food buffet or in that case a salad bar!  The biggest mistake people make is leaving pet food outdoors. Trash is another lure for the furry fellows. It is widely recommended that you get secured trash can lids and keep it secured in the garage if at all possible. Bird feeders are also no-nos for anyone who does not want to attract the “wrong” type of wildlife to their area. How do you keep raccoons out of your yard? #1 Remove any possible food source.

Raccoons are Nocturnal

Nocturnal creatures prefer to hunt when it is dark outside so that they are camouflaged and it makes them feel safer. If a raccoon should meander into your area, you could dissuade them from advancing by utilizing motion lights and or loud sounds. A simple light by the door may not be enough for a stubborn raccoon though. Auto lights activated by motion in several areas are more likely to startle them and keep them away. Since they don’t like human interaction, the Humane Society even recommends putting an am radio near your trash can with a talk station on. How do you keep raccoons out of your yard? #2 Remove their nocturnal and quiet habitat.

Fences

The everyday normal fence does not help in keeping raccoons out because they are such good climbers as well as diggers. If you are having an ongoing problem with raccoons in various areas such as gardens, yards, homes etc., either chicken wiring or an electrified fence is a good choice. How do you keep raccoons out of your yard? #3 Install chicken wire or electric fencing to prevent them getting into places where they are not wanted!

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To read part II of our Raccoon FAQ installment series “Are Raccoons Dangerous During the Day?” click here

To read part I of our Raccoon FAQ installment series “How to Get Rid of a Raccoon?” click here

 

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Are Raccoons Dangerous During the Day? [Fishhawk, FL]

Two raccoons interacting.

What Does it Mean When You See a Raccoon During the Day?

  • Is there a food source available?

  • Was the raccoon frightened?

  • Is there high competition in the area at night from other nocturnal animals?

It is a fairly well known myth that if you see a raccoon walking around during the day, that it is sick or that it has rabies. Even though raccoons normally are most active at night (nocturnal) they can take up activity during the day for a variety of different reasons.

What is considered normal activity?

If you see a raccoon that is behaving responsively during the day it is probably fine. They might come out during the day if there is some food available, or if they have been scared from their daytime sleeping spot, or if there is a high competition in the area from other nocturnal animals. It is very common to see baby raccoons during the day, while the mother raccoons might be out looking for food.

What is not normal?

It is never normal for an adult raccoon to show symptoms like loss of balance, difficulty walking or lethargy. If you see a raccoon acting this way, or if one is bleeding or injured contact a professional wildlife trapper.

To read part I in our Raccoon series “How Do You Get Rid of a Raccoon?” click here

GOT RACCOONS?

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1329 10th Street East Palmetto, Florida 34221
(941) 729-2103

How Do You Get Rid of a Raccoon? [Longboat Key]

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Pic of a raccoon with wildflowers.

Best Methods for Raccoon Control

  • Protect your trash

  • Make them feel unwelcome

  • Employ scare tactics

  • Keep yard clean and free of attractants

First of all and probably the most important thing to do to get rid of a raccoon on Longboat Key is to protect your trash! There’s no reason for the raccoon to leave if you keep a food source available for them. To get started,  pick up some metal garbage cans, bungee strap cords, and a cement block. Once you have the garbage can strapped down with the cord, place your cement block on top. Next, be sure to keep your yard cleaned up from stuff that a raccoon would want. For example, try not to leave any pet food out overnight.. also not any fruit from fruit trees. Bird feeders will also have to be brought in for several weeks. Once they notice that the food source is no longer there, they will stop coming around. Make them feel unwelcome. Actually the only way to probably do that is to put up a barbed wire or electric fence around any vegetable garden areas. Almost any fence can become electric by adding one strand of wire about 8 inches back from the fence. Employ some scare tactics.. There are devices designed to scare off unwelcomed invaders that work well. The problem comes in because raccoons are so smart and they realize that most of what you put out there can’t really do them any harm. An example would be a motion detector device such as floodlights or  radios (set to talk radio) as raccoons would avoid human voices and even sprinklers.

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GOT RACCOONS ON LONGBOAT KEY? CALL 1-866-263-WILD!

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To read part II of our Raccoon FAQ installment series “Are Raccoons Dangerous During the Day?” click here

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Are Muscovy Ducks Protected? [Lakewood Ranch, FL]

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What are Muscovy Ducks Used For?

  • Muscovy drakes are commercially crossed with mallard-derived hens

  • 40-60% of birds are raised only for their meat production

  • They grow fast like Mallards but to a large size like muscovy ducks

The Muscovy duck is a large duck that is native to Mexico, Central and South America. In the United States, there are small wild and feral breeding populations that are well established. Mostly in Florida and the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. There are even feral muscovy ducks found in New Zealand, Australia and Europe.

There are new regulations from the US Fish and Wildlife Service that adds Muscovy ducks to the list of federally protected native birds. However, they are native only to southern Texas and are considered invasive in all other states. That could result in open season on the ducks in Florida and elsewhere.

How long do Muscovy Ducks live?

Whether they are wild or domesticated Muscovy ducks typically live for 7-8 years. They seem to be resistant to the majority of diseases. The exception is that Avian influenza leads to a 100% mortality rate.

How do I catch muscovy ducks?

If the nuisance ducks are accustomed to being fed, you can often bait them in and get close enough to capture them by net. Traps can be made of welded wire and baited with corn. Muscovy ducks can be removed by trappers for a fee. Remember, according to the FWC, it is a violation of Federal regulations to release the captured birds.

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October is Bat Appreciation Month!

October is bat appreciation month.

This is the time when fall arrives and Halloween is on the horizon. We start to see images of bats more frequently. Many people think that bats are scary and unpleasant creatures, however, bats are an important part of our ecology.

Bats are mammals and there are 1000 species of bats in the world. There are 40 species of bats in the United States. They are extremely diverse and range from a bumblebee bat which weighs less than a dime, to a flying fox whose wings span almost six feet!

Myths and Facts

One myth about bats is that not a single species is actually blind.

Image result for bat imagesBats can fly at top speeds of 100 miles per hour!

Bats are misconstrued as pests when they are a form of pest control. About 70% of all bats eat their weight in mosquitoes each night.

Bats are pollinators for numerous plants. For example, Tequila is made from blue agave, and that is exclusively pollinated by Mexican long-nosed bats.

Only 3 bat species out of 1200 consume blood. Only 1 of those consumes blood exclusively- that is the vampire bat. They feed mostly on livestock– they could feed from humans, but it is a rare occurrence. Vampire’s use infrared radiation that detects body heat and their saliva contains an anticoagulant to stop blood from clotting while still feeding. This compound called Draculin, is being explored for its potential to break down blood clots in its victims.

Bats are also very long-lived for their size. SoImage result for bat imagesme bats can live forty years so scientists are researching bats secret to longevity.

Got bats?

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Wild Boars Are Vicious

Wild Boars Are Vicious

Friday morning, there were four people that were hurt, after two wild hogs entered a bank! This ocurred in a small town in Germany according to the German Newspaper The Local.

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A wild boar mother tends to her piglets. Photo credit: Markus Scroeder on Flickr

The damages that occurred were that one person lost a part of his finger. There was an injury of a leg by someone.One hog ran away into the forest. There was another one that police attempted to trap in the bank, however it squeezed through the door and under a vehicle. This animal wound up being taken out by a hunter who was attained to kill the boars and it died after one shot.

People may not realize it, but wild boars are known for killing people who get too close. There was an Italian man in August of 2016, who was killed by one. People that die from boar attacks can sometimes be thought to have wounds that the animals inflict resemble being stabbed.

Hunters find boars a popular animal to kill, and at times it is thought of a conservation hunt. It is true that plant matter is what they eat the most of— but they eat animals that are smaller and  also eat eggs. They cause significiant damage to landscapes by digging and rooting, damaging trees and rolling around in mud. This is the reason they have the tag on “nuisance animal.” Thankfully this allows for fewer restrictions on how, when where they can be killed.

Are you experiencing challenges with wild pigs in your community? Call Nuisance Wildlife Removal, Inc. 1-866-263-WILD. 

Article ref: http://www.newsweek.com/wild-boars-are-huge-vicious-german-town-learns-after-rampage-689665

Are Raccoons Harmful to Humans? [Sarasota]

Is it dangerous to have raccoons living around your home or yard? [Sarasota, FL]

Are Raccoons Harmful to Humans? Sarasota, FL
A raccoon looking defensive.

Part I

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

There are several risks associated with raccoons. The following discusses the threat of disease that is present. However the other dangers are property damage, and attacks on your pets.

What are the contributing factors for diseases coming from raccoons?

#1 RACCOON FECES

One of the most concerning and serious facts about raccoons are the dangers of their droppings. Typically raccoons will select a particular area and designate it as a “latrine.” So many animals will be using the same area for this purpose. If they settle inside your home and have a latrine there… the droppings should be handled with severe caution. The waste could possibly have diseases being carried in them such as raccoon roundworm. When a raccoon has any roundworms, what happens is that the eggs are in the feces of the raccoon. They could be ingested or possibly they could be transmitted by air if they are inhaled. If at any point you should encounter raccoon droppings, you want to wear gloves as well as a face mask. It is unlikely that you will catch anything, however
remember if your pets encounter their waste, they could contract roundworms.

If your pet should become infected, your pet’s droppings will become dangerous as well exposing your family to the same health risks.

#2 RACCOON URINE

Another problem with raccoons is their urine. A bacteria that can be found there is called Leptospirosis. If the raccoon urine should come into contact with any open wound or is accidentally ingested, the disease may be caught. If it is treated, Leptospirosis can be cured. However if not, it can cause kidney failure, or even meningitis. This will deliver devastating consequences to the human body and could even be fatal.

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A raccoon on a mud flat.

#3 RABIES

In the United States the wild animals that carry rabies are bats, foxes, skunks and our animal of topic raccoons. Although an attack on humans from rabid raccoons is rare, you would certainly not want to risk this happening.

Preventative measures: Always bring your pet’s food in at night. If not, you may be inviting racoons to your property.

If you have any concerns about raccoons in your area, close to your home or in your yard, PLEASE do not hesitate to call us. We offer free inspections and are available 24/7. We catch and release every raccoon as long as it is not sick or wounded.

For more information and a FREE INSPECTION/ESTIMATE in Lakewood Ranch, Bradenton, Sarasota or surrounding areas, please Call 1-866-263-WILD or (941)729-2103. We are your expert for humane and technologically advanced raccoon trapping and removal. 

 

Sarasota, FL Strange Raccoons

Sarasota, FL Strange Raccoons Trapping and Removal

 

 

Raccoons have learned to thrive in urban areas; thanks to their ingenious survivor skills.

Raccoons walk the urban environment like they own it. Versus squirrels who skitter from tree to tree like it is their own domain.
There are 7 species or raccoons in the world, but only one known as the North American Raccoon- Procyon lotor.

Some other facts about raccoons are:

1) Raccoons are omnivorous meaning that they eat almost anything however, they prefer sweet foods.
2) They have excellent vision at night.
3) Their predators are: Foxes, wolves, alligators, bobcats, coyotes, and owls. Otherwise no natural enemies except an irate homeowner.
4) They go on the move when they are hungry – if food sources are low in wild and high near near humans, that is what moves them.
5) They are usually are not found far from trees.
6) Procyon lotor- is the scientific name and “Lotor” means washer.
7) They are powerful animals- Most adult raccoons are more powerful than most adult dogs.
8) Raccoons always mate during spring.
9) They use a common latrine.
10) They are good swimmers- a young raccoon can swim 150 meters across a river or lake.

Hurricane Irma May Have Damaged Local Squirrel Populations

Hurricane Irma May Have Damaged Local Squirrel Populations

Hurricane Irma may have arrived at the wrong time for local squirrel populations. Many Florida residents have reported that they discovered nests of baby squirrels sprawled out on the ground after Irma made her exit. Heavy winds, fallen trees and broken branches undoubtedly contributed to the problem. You see, mama squirrels give birth to a litter of three or four baby squirrels twice a year. There are a number of wild animal species that produce litters of young’uns more than once a year, so hurricane season can really devastate vulnerable animal populations.

Squirrels are normally a prodigious nuisance wild animal species in Florida and most other states, but they are also a vital part of a vibrant ecosystem. Many wildlife species, including venomous and non-venomous snakes, rely on rodents for food. Nature has its way of adapting, so you can probably look forward to a bumper crop of baby squirrels next spring. In the meantime, try to appreciate the squirrels that managed to make it through the storm.

Squirrels Can Be Pests

Squirrels don’t cause too many problems unless they get into your home or business. It doesn’t take much of a hole, and the little buggers are smart and resourceful. In any case, you don’t want them in your home or business attic. Much like other wild animal species, squirrels have a tendency to destroy property and spread disease by contaminating insulation with mold producing feces and urine. You don’t want your family or employees to breathe that stuff.

Squirrels can work their way into HVAC systems and chew up wood framing, pipes and electric boxes. They can even cause fires by chewing away the insulation on your electrical wiring. If you hear scratching or scampering sounds coming from your attic, call an expert wildlife management company as soon as possible. The squirrels will be humanely removed and you’ll save a lot of money in the long run. A wild animal removal operator can also professionally seal your home or business so that you never have to deal with the problem again.

Well, Irma’s gone, but Florida is on the mend. The same thing can be said of your local squirrel population. The squirrels will come back stronger than ever, but remember, you don’t want them in your home or business. Rely on a professional wildlife removal company to keep your home or business safe and healthy.

For more information or a FREE ESTIMATE on any nuisance wildlife issue please call Nuisance Wildlife Removal, Inc. 1-866-263-WILD or (941)729-2103 and speak with a trusted professional. We would like to be your local expert and learn about your current situation. Call us now! We specialize in humane wildlife trapping and we take pride in using the most advanced technology which is the least invasive to you and your property.