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.

What to Watch Out for as You Cleanup Hurricane Irma’s Mess

What to Watch Out for as You Cleanup Hurricane Irma’s Mess

The pummeling wind and rain from Hurricane Irma may have passed, but the repairs and cleanup have only just begun. With the cleanup process in mind, it’s important to remember that displaced wild animals are still seeking food and shelter in the vicinity of your home or business. Thousands of wild animals, including raccoons, snakes, possums, rats and squirrels, were forced to flee their natural habitat due to heavy winds and flooding. Displaced wild animals can be dangerous. Raccoons and possums are known to bite when approached, and there may be a venomous snake hiding in that pile of garbage or brush.

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Even in the best of times, rodents, snakes and other wildlife take refuge in rubbish piles and overgrown vegetation. Venomous and non-venomous snakes, for example, are searching for prey such as rodents and birds. The state of Florida is host to several species of venomous snake. That’s why you should always be wary of piles of new or discarded building materials, tree branches and leaves and other assorted refuse that was blown here and there by Hurricane Irma’s mighty winds.

Expert Wildlife Removal Services

Floridians are accustomed to a diverse array of wildlife. Wild animals have a tendency to wander onto residential and commercial properties and take advantage of the comfort that homes, businesses and industrial facilities have to offer.

Florida residents have learned to depend on a local professional wildlife management company to ensure that homes and businesses are safe and healthy. An expert wild animal removal company can even professionally seal homes and businesses to keep wild animals outside where they belong. Wild animals can be dangerous. They also destroy building materials, contaminate surfaces with mold producing feces and urine and spread disease.

If you spot a snake, opossum or raccoon while cleaning up your property, be sure to call a wildlife removal company right away. An expert wildlife removal operator has the knowledge and equipment to safely remove venomous snakes, raccoons and other wild animal species. Unless you’re an expert in the area of snake identification, and you’re probably not, never assume that the snake you noticed is non-venomous. Venomous snake species vary in color and pattern. They are often confused with non-venomous snake species. Rely on a professional wildlife management company to keep your family or employees safe.

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.

Wild Animals Take Over Abandoned Homes After Hurricane Irma

Wild Animals Take Over Abandoned Homes After Hurricane Irma

Vast numbers of Florida residents abandoned their homes in an effort to avoid the flooding and fierce winds of Hurricane Irma. Meanwhile, thousands of wild animals were driven from their natural habitat and forced to take refuge in damaged homes, businesses and industrial facilities. Floridians are accustomed to dealing with wild animals such as armadillos, snakes, possums, birds, skunks, wild hogs, raccoons and rats. Tropical Florida provides an ideal environment for a diverse array of animal species.

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Trapping Wild Hog

Armadillos and wild boars will dig up your yard and garden. Snakes will slither into your attic and walls in search of the rats and mice that live in your home or business. Raccoons, bats and squirrels will contaminate your attic insulation with mold producing feces and urine. Raccoons and squirrels will even create a fire hazard by chewing away the insulation on your electrical wires. Wild animals are incredibly resourceful.

Well, no big deal, right? A professional wildlife management company has the expertise to get rid of the rats that attract the snakes, trap the armadillo that dug up your rose garden and move that raccoon or skunk to a more suitable location. A wild animal removal company can even professionally seal your home, business or industrial facility to keep those troublesome varmints outside where they belong. Still, things are somewhat different when residents abandon their homes and businesses to get away from a major hurricane.

Generally speaking, wild animals tend to steer clear of human beings. That’s why they lurk in attics, walls, basements, cupboards and behind major appliances like refrigerators and washing machines. They enjoy the creature comforts of your home or business, but they know their place. Things are a bit different, however, when wild animals take possession of an abandoned home.

Can You Believe it? They’re Back!

Actually, wild animals have an affinity for abandoned buildings. The Internet is loaded with pictures of wild animals that have taken over abandoned homes and businesses. Instead of being satisfied with the attic and walls of a home or business, a raccoon, a few rats and a couple of snakes can have the place to themselves, furniture and all. The humans are gone. What a deal. Here’s the point. Have your home or business inspected by a professional wildlife management company before you assume that the handiwork of Hurricane Irma is gone forever. You may have a few uninvited houseguests. Wild animals can be dangerous. They damage building materials, contaminate surfaces and spread disease. They actually thought that the place was theirs, lock stock and barrel, until you showed up!

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 mole trapping and removal.

Flooding from Hurricane Irma Causes Wild Animal Pests to Seek Shelter in Homes and Businesses

Flooding from Hurricane Irma Causes Wild Animal Pests to Seek Shelter in Homes and Businesses

A hurricane can cause streams and rivers to overflow and flood areas that aren’t supposed to be underwater. Hurricane Irma overwhelmed many Florida communities by dumping millions of gallons of water onshore. Waterways were stirred and chaos engulfed agricultural areas and urban centers. Trees were swept away and peaceful streams began to rage. The water flowed where it could as people and wildlife abandoned their homes and headed for higher ground.

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Flooded area

Government agencies and community organizations established refuge centers for the people, but the wild animals had to go it alone. Although some animals have the ability to sense severe changes in barometric pressure, most wild animals were forced to seek safety by the rising waters and destructive winds.

Wild animals strayed into residential and business areas, entering damaged homes and businesses to escape the storm and the flooding.
Hurricanes and floods have been altering the geography of Florida for millennia, but that doesn’t make a massive hurricane any easier to live through.

Storms and flooding have the potential to upset Florida’s sensitive ecosystem at every level. Estimates will undoubtedly be forthcoming, but we will probably never know how many animals ultimately perish due to the stormy temperament of Hurricane Irma. We do know that many pest species, especially snakes, raccoons and rats, sought shelter in temporarily abandoned homes, commercial businesses, industrial facilities and other buildings. We also know that many families may be in for quite a surprise. Wild animals can do a lot of harm in a short period of time. Ask an expert wildlife management company to inspect the premises and remove any unwelcome guests before they spread disease or cause harm to a family member.

Rising and fast moving water has the power to carve away the landscape and destroy communities. Hurricane Irma performed its share of destructive acts, but Floridians have a history of rebounding from major hurricanes. Rodents and other wild animal species can spread disease through mold producing feces and urine. Speak with a nuisance wild animal removal company to humanely eliminate those pests from your home or business and have your building professionally sealed to ensure that they never return.

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.

Did Hurricane Irma Send You an Uninvited Houseguest?

Did Hurricane Irma Send You an Uninvited Houseguest?

 When it’s all said and done, animals are kind of like people. They instinctively search for dry ground, not to mention your home or business, when a hurricane rolls into town. Hurricane Irma displaced thousands of wild animals due to flooding and destructive winds. Damage to homes, including damaged windows, roofs, soffits and vents, made it possible for countless wild animals to enter Florida homes to avoid the wrath of hurricane Irma. Homeowners should be wary as they attempt to reclaim their property and possessions. There’s a good chance that you have an uninvited house guest.
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Watch Out for Displaced Animals

Even though the Florida Department of Health has urged residents to watch out for displaced wild animals such as alligators and snakes, there are bound to be a few surprises along the way. No one expects to find a raccoon in their closet. Wildlife management companies have already received numerous reports of wild animal sightings in homes and neighborhoods. Nuisance wildlife can be dangerous, especially frightened wild animals that have been forced to flee their natural habitat. Florida home and business owners should rely on a professional wildlife removal company to inspect buildings and humanely return wild animals to their preferred habitat.

There’s no doubt that hurricane Irma displaced thousands of wild animals, including snakes, raccoons, birds, possums, rats, squirrels, armadillos and many other wildlife species. All they wanted to do is get out of the rain. Well, there’s a solution to every problem, and an expert wildlife management operator can make things right again. Nuisance wild animals are a common occurrence in Florida, but hurricane Irma caused everyone, people and animals alike, to head for the hills.

Wild Animal Parks

The good news is that Florida wildlife park officials have assured the public that no dangerous wild animal species have escaped. That is good news for Florida residents, not to mention the animals. Wild animal parks are home to many dangerous species, including snakes, gators and raccoons.

Wild animals are quite adept at entering homes in the best of times. Snakes, squirrels, rats and other animals don’t require much of a hole to enter attics, basements or HVAC systems. Wildlife management companies can professionally seal homes and businesses to prevent wild animals from entering homes, commercial businesses and industrial facilities.

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.

Hurricane Irma’s Impact on Animals and Property

Hurricane Irma What Happened?

Most of us understand, being residents of Florida that hurricanes occur naturally and seasonally. It could be said that we have tourist season and hurricane season. Hurricane Irma arrived in FL as a category 4 storm in the morning hours of Sept 10th. It flooded coastal cities and ripped off roofs… It killed the power to more than 6.8 million people. At one point, Hurricane Irma was the strongest hurricane the National Hurricane Center has ever recorded in the Atlantic.

Do you have damage to your home that you fear an animal can gain entry? We can fix that!

For more information or a FREE ESTIMATE Call 1-866-263-WILD or (941)729-2103.  You can speak with a trusted professional. We would like to be your local expert and learn about your current situation. Call us now. We are the experts for humane wildlife trapping and removal as well as full property restoration, in Bradenton and surrounding areas. We also serve Sarasota, Parrish, Lakewood Ranch, Ellenton and all the surrounding areas.

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With a storm of this magnitude, the fate of the states unique wildlife species and native habitats remains unknown.

How does this affect you as a homeowner?

In an upcoming series, we will address the following homeowner concerns:

Did Hurricane Irma send you an uninvited house guest? 

How will hurricane Irma effect the squirrel population?

How should I handle cleaning up brush and debris around my home after Irma?

What were the impacts of flooding from Irma on various nuisance wildlife species?

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Residential flooding after irma

Do you have damage to your home that you fear an animal can gain entry? We can fix that!

For more information or a FREE ESTIMATE Call 1-866-263-WILD or (941)729-2103.  You can speak with a trusted professional. We would like to be your local expert and learn about your current situation. Call us now. We are the experts for humane wildlife trapping and removal as well as full property restoration, in Bradenton and surrounding areas. We also serve Sarasota, Parrish, Lakewood Ranch, Ellenton and all the surrounding areas.

Southern Florida’s Four Venomous Snake Species

Southern Florida’s Four Venomous Snake Species [Native]

There are four venomous snakes that flourish in central and southern Florida, namely the eastern diamondback, the eastern coral snake, the dusky pygmy rattlesnake and the Florida cottonmouth, also known as the water moccasin.

 Florida offers ideal weather conditions and habitat for dozens of snake species, but only four of those snake species are classified as venomous. Venomous snakes inject venom when they bite. Although venomous snakes are often described as poisonous, venomous snakes aren’t actually poisonous since poison must be ingested rather than injected. Technically, there’s no such thing as a poisonous snake. Venomous snakes, on the other hand, are dangerous and should be avoided.

Florida residents shouldn’t be overly concerned about non-venomous snakes, but it’s important to note that it can be difficult to distinguish between the previously mentioned venomous snakes and certain non-venomous snake species. It should also be mentioned that north Florida is home to the timber rattlesnake and the copperhead.

Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

The eastern diamondback rattlesnake is the largest venomous snake species in the United States. The average length of an eastern diamondback is between five and six feet. This dangerous venomous snake will strike from a classic coiled position and can extend half of its body length to reach a target. Never go near an eastern diamondback to avoid serious injury.

Eastern Coral Snake

The eastern coral snake is distinguished by a red and yellow coloration pattern. The venom of the eastern coral snake is neurotoxic, affecting the nervous system and causing paralysis of the diaphragm.

Dusky Pygmy Rattlesnake

The dusky pygmy rattlesnake is a small rattlesnake with an average length of between 15 and 22 inches. The rattle is so small it sounds like a buzzing insect. This venomous snake is gray with colored blotches running along its back. The venom of the dusky pygmy rattlesnake is painful but not lethal. This particular snake accounts for more Florida snakebites than any other venomous snake species.

Florida Cottonmouth

Also known as a water moccasin, the Florida cottonmouth is a venomous water snake. This dangerous venomous snake is characterized by its solid dull black or patterned coloration. The most common way to identify a water moccasin is to watch for the black eye line running from the side of the snake’s eye and down the side of its head. Even baby cottonmouths have this distinctive eye line.

Florida Cottonmouth

Hiring a Snake Professional

Hiring a Snake Professional

What should you do when you realize that you’ve got a snake problem? Perhaps the lush vegetation around your home or business is attracting rats, mice and other rodents. Snakes like to dine on birds and rodents. One of those snakes might even slip through a crack or tiny hole to enter your attic and hunt down the rats and mice that are living in the walls and floors of your home or business.

Snake had receded into a dark area in the walls of the home. The Go-Pro camera technology was used to secure its location and capture the snake for removal.

You could purchase a snake trap, but that never seems to work. What should you do? Well, like most professional services, it usually saves money in the long run to have an experienced professional do the job right the first time. Not only can a licensed and certified snake removal and control expert eliminate the rodents and snakes from your home or business, they can professionally seal your building so that wild animal can’t get back inside.

 

Free Onsite Inspections

It’s important to understand what attracts snakes and other wild animals. Nuisance Wildlife Removal, Inc. will complete a free onsite inspection and recommend strategies that rodents and snakes find unacceptable. Snakes are searching for food, water and the hospitality of suitable habitat. In the meantime, how are you going to get those snakes out of your home, business, shed, garage, or outbuilding?

•It isn’t that easy to trap a snake. Even if you succeed, it’s likely that there are still a number of baby snakes living in the building. We are the experts and will do the job right for you.

•Unless you really know how to identify snakes, trapping a snake can be dangerous. You don’t want to tangle with venomous snakes such as the eastern diamondback, the eastern coral snake, the dusky pygmy rattlesnake or the Florida cottonmouth.

•It’s not surprising that most snakebites occur while attempting to remove a snake from a trap or other enclosure.

•Many non-venomous snakes are protected by state or federal law. A snake removal pro has the permits to legally remove and relocate protected snake species.

Call Nuisance Wildlife Removal, Inc. professional wildlife expert when you have a problem with a snake or some other wild animal on your property. Only a snake removal pro has the expertise to remove pest snakes and permanently eliminate the environmental conditions that attracted them in the first place.

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 nuisance wildlife trapping and removal.

 

Florida Wild Hog Trapping and Removal

Florida Wild Hog Trapping and Removal

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Florida is a haven for tropical animal species, but the Sunshine State is also prime real estate for wild hogs. Also referred to as feral hogs, wild pigs, wild boars and sows, wild hogs are a danger to property, livestock, pets and people. Wild hogs should be trapped and removed from your residential or commercial property by a licensed and insured wildlife removal professional as soon as possible. Feral hogs multiply quickly, increasing the possibility of incurring property damage or sustaining a serious injury. Wildlife management companies provide professional hog control, tracking, trapping, and removal services throughout the state of Florida.

Feral Hogs

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Trapping Wild Hog

The presence of wild hogs should be taken seriously. Hogs are omnivores, eating both plants and animals, and have extremely sharp teeth. Never chase a hog off your property. They are definitely willing to attack and bite. Moreover, male hogs, or boars, also have sharp tusks capable of ripping flesh and severely injuring animals or people. Wild hogs have even been known to kill and eat pets and livestock. Call a qualified wildlife removal company the moment you see a wild hog near your home or business. Hogs will travel great distances to locate a reliable food supply. If they find food near your home or business, they will probably return.

Feral hogs can damage lawns, gardens and landscaping. They like to dig holes and root around in search of roots, grubs, insects and worms.

•Feral hogs can transmit diseases to pets, livestock and even humans.

•If you notice that a portion of your garden, lawn or landscaping is torn up, you may have been visited by a wild hog or armadillo.

•If you notice that your garbage cans have been overturned and garbage scattered here and there, you may have a hog or raccoon problem.

Wild Hog Trapping

Retaining a professional tracking and trapping company is the most effective means of locating and removing nuisance wild hogs. Only an experienced trapper has the knowledge and equipment to safely remove wild hogs, especially in cities and towns that don’t allow the use of firearms. Wildlife management companies often use trained and protected dogs when a hog becomes trap shy. The dogs help track and capture the nuisance hogs.

Nuisance wild hogs have been a problem in the Sunshine State for many years. Home and business owners have come to rely on the expertise of a professional feral hog removal specialist to guarantee the safety of landscaping, pets and people. One or more wild hogs can inflict significant damage in only a single night of feeding. Wild pigs are a real threat to children and employees. They are aggressive and dangerous animals. It isn’t at all unusual for wild pigs to suddenly attack people.

Get Hog Off My Property

Depending on the circumstances, it could take anywhere from one to 14 days to trap and remove a wild hog. Wild animals are naturally wary of people and traps. The hogs think that your yard belongs to them, not the other way around. Nuisance wild animals, including rats, poisonous toads, raccoons, opossums, skunks, armadillos, bats, birds, squirrels and more should be removed by a Florida wild animal removal specialist to guarantee the health and safety of family members, friends and employees.