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Welcome to the Wildlife Trapper Podcast

Welcome to the Wildlife Trapper Podcast

Welcome to the Wildlife Trapper podcast. Where it’s all about how to handle urban wildlife conflicts. What you can do on your own, and when it’s time to call a professional. Protect your home and loved ones with Jeff’s tips and tricks gained from over 20 years of encountering wildlife in every possible scenario. Here is with over 20 years of wildlife trapping experience from alligators to pythons. Your host Jeff Norris.

Hello I’m Jeff Norris, and I’m you’re host. I am The Wildlife Trapper. Today’s going to be our intro podcast to explain what our podcast series is going to be about. It’s going to be homeowner tips and tricks, it’s going to be some insight to professional services that we provide, and hopefully you just get a better understanding of dealing with urban wildlife and conflicts in your home or property. May it be commercial or residential.

For more information and a FREE inspection Call Nuisance Wildlife Removal at 1-866-263-WILD!

Hopefully these podcasts won’t be to long, be a few minutes so you can breeze through them. Have fun, get some good information from it, and make sense of maybe some problems you’re having, and pick up some ideas on how to treat them.

There’s always that thing that people think they can fix things themselves. That’s true a lot of times, but a lot of times you get into a situation it’s time to call a professional. Either for safety, health, or you don’t have the adequate tools, or learning curve to do it. Hopefully we can kind of bridge both those together and let you know when it’s time to call a professional and when it’s not and you can try to do it on your own.

A lot of things to think of when trapping and stuff on your own, and we’ll cover those in podcasts. Things you might not think of until it happens, and then you’re standing there wondering what to do next. Hopefully we can help you with all that. Again, my names Jeff Norris, I’m been trapping professionally for over 20 years. I’ve trapped most of my life. I really don’t like the term trapper, but it seems the most fitting. I am a wildlife removal specialist or professional. Again, 20 years of experience. I can’t think of to many things I can’t answer usually, but we do learn everyday even in this trade, and we’d like to share this with you.

Hopefully it’ll be an informative podcast for you. Thanks, and thanks for listening. You can check us out on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and links will be in the end. Thanks.

For more information and a FREE inspection Call Nuisance Wildlife Removal at 1-866-263-WILD!

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Wild Hog Removal Lakewood Ranch

Wild Hog Removal in Lakewood Ranch

Do you have damage in your yard that looks like something has uprooted the vegetation and moved it aside? It’s possible that you have wild pig damage and need a trained professional to come out and trap it to prevent further damage and costs!

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Front yard area of home where grass is uprooted and the soil is exposed.

For more information and a FREE INSPECTION/ESTIMATE call us at 1-866-263-WILD or 941-729-2103. We are experts at wild hog, and feral pig removal in Lakewood Ranch and surrounding areas. Thank you for supporting a local, family owned business.

What are wild hogs exactly and where do they come from?

The wild hog (Sus scrofa), is also called a wild pig, wild boar or feral pig, and is not a Florida native. Many think that it was introduced by Spanish explorer Hernando Desoto as far back as 1539. However most agree that they were introduced by some Europeans and are considered an exotic species. In the state of Florida, wild hogs exist in all 67 counties. They can get as large as 150 lbs and grow to 5-6 feet long. They will move alone or in groups of relatives as in a small family.

What do wild hogs eat?

A feral pig is omnivores… eating all types of foods, both animal and plant life. They are know to eat by rooting around with their broad snouts. You will recognize that they have been in the area by the fact that they soil has been uncovered and disturbed, and the plant material, be it grass or other vegetation appears to have been plowed up.

The Damages

Like many wild animals, wild hogs can carry diseases that can be spread to humans, domestic animals, and wildlife. When hogs root below the surface for food, it destabilizes the soil surface, whic can lead to erosion and exotic plants then come in and take over. This weakens the native plants and damages lawns, roads, recreation areas and even structure. When wild pigs wallow, tis impacts small ponds and stream banks making the water fallow and declines in quality.

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Two wild boars in a grassy area. One is rust and the other is brown.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post.

For more information and a FREE INSPECTION/ESTIMATE call us at 1-866-263-WILD or 941-729-2103. We are experts at wild hog, and feral pig removal in Lakewood Ranch and surrounding areas. Thank you for supporting a local, family owned business.

 

How to Choose a Good Wildlife Removal Company

How to Choose a Good Wildlife Removal Company

Almost everyone who lives in Florida will encounter a wildlife problem in or around their homes at one time or another. Rats, snakes, bats, squirrels, lizards, even armadillos may choose to make your home and property their own!

How to Hire a Good Wildlife Removal Company

Learn How to Hire a Wildlife Removal Company

Effective removal of nuisance wildlife doesn’t have to mean shooting, trapping or poisoning animals. In fact, more and more people want humane wildlife control solutions for dealing with this problem. A reputable wildlife removal service can help you implement a strategy that removes and excludes animals, and that doesn’t exterminate them unless it’s a last resort.

Here’s What a Wildlife Control Company Can Do For You

A trained wildlife removal technician can quickly and effectively:
• Identify the intruding species
• Determine their points of entry and exit to your property or home
• Find out if there are offspring that can be moved, relocated
• Trap and remove the animals
• Effectively block entry points to keep animals from coming back

How to Hire a Wildlife Removal Company

The first thing to do when calling a wildlife control company on the phone or browsing on its website is to find out if they use humane wildlife control methods. Ask what sorts of strategies are available, such as humane traps or one-way doors that block reentry. Ask whether the animals will be caught and released elsewhere. If euthanasia is required, ask for assurance that the method is painless. Humane wildlife control companies always consider whether offspring left behind in walls, burrows, nests and attics can be relocated, and will have a strategy for dealing with them humanely, saving them if possible.

Don’t Do It Yourself

We are a nation of do-it-yourselfers, but animal control is not something you should tackle without professional help. Seeking out a licensed, insured wildlife control service is the way to go. It’s safer for you, your family and pets. It’s more effective than homegrown solutions, and in some cases, less expensive because there’s no trial and error involved. It also makes sense to seek out a trained professional who knows the habits and behaviors of the animals you’re dealing with.

Animal control should be safe, humane and, above all, effective. Now that you know how to hire a wildlife removal service, share that information with neighbors and friends who might have a similar problem!

Call Nuisance Wildlife Removal, Inc. for a free estimate on eliminating your nuisance animal problems, today! 866-263-WILD.

Armadillo Control and Removal in Sarasota

Why do I have Armadillos in my yard?

In this post, we will talk about the question “Why do I have Armadillos in my yard?” This will address Armadillo control and removal in Sarasota and surrounding areas.

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An armadillo on his hind legs in a cage.
The most common question I am asked when on an Armadillo job is, “Why my yard and not the neighbors?” Well that’s an easy question to answer, YOU have a food source and your neighbors don’t. Actually, you have a primary issue of “grubs” in your yard- and the Armadillo is a secondary issue. When I give this answer many people respond with: “But I have a company that sprays my lawn!” Well I hate to tell you this, either they are not spraying for grubs or they just may  not be a good reputable company.

“Well, we use the same company as our neighbors, yet they  don’t have this problem.” Ok this is where it gets tricky… you might water more or possibly your lawn is lower than the neighbors making it hold more moisture. Or you have brought plants or mulch in that were already infected with grubs and they have now infested your yard. Bottom line  is  you have to get control of grubs in your yard!

Controlling grubs.

The best way we have found to control grubs is using a chemical called Triclorfon or DYLOX is another name for this granular product.

Armadillo Removal
Armadillo Removal

It is available at Home Depot or Lowes. Use per directions… water in with 1/2 inch of water immediately as it is UV sensitive. I suggest doing it on an evening as it has more time to soak in and not evaporate. Treat all areas including flower beds but keep away from hibiscus. Remember to keep a little extra to treat plants or mulch you might bring in later. Even if  your plants are in a pot treat them because  you want to make your yard a sterile environment, for a lack of better words,  so any soil, plants, mulch that you bring into your yard gets treated… This should be done  once a year,  and this will resolve your grub problem.

Now you still have to trap and remove the armadillos (They won’t just go away) but long term you should not have any problems!

Call Nuisance Wildlife Removal, Inc to evaluate  your Armadillo problem, today! 941-729-2103 or 866-263-WILD.

When should I call a Wildlife Control Company?

When is it the right time to call a Wildlife Removal Company?

Have an emergency? Call (866)-263-WILD 24/7 and speak with a trusted professional.

There’s a lot homeowners can do to prevent a problem, or solve an existing one. It’s important to keep in mind that wild animals don’t want to be around humans, they just want to eat, sleep and breed in the most convenient places possible. That’s often under your driveway, in your attic, on your landscape or in your walls!

You can discourage bats and squirrels from nesting in an attic by sealing entry points under eaves and replacing damaged siding or roofing. Keep trash cans securely lidded and in the garage until the morning of pickup to frustrate a raccoon. Keep rodents away by removing bird feeders for the summer and fall, when there’s plenty of food in the wild. Keeping pet food indoors and fastening pet doors at night will keep snakes and other hungry creatures from coming in.

Call (866)-263-WILD 24/7 and speak with a trusted professional.

When It’s Time to Call a Professional

Of course, if you already have an armadillo burrowed under your home’s foundation, or a persistent family of raccoons that still find a way into the trash, it may be time to call a professional wildlife removal service. No matter how small, it is never wise to handle a wild animal by yourself. They can inflict physical injury when confronted, and their droppings and bodies carry parasites and diseases.

Call (866)-263-WILD 24/7 and speak with a trusted professional.

A wildlife removal specialist receives extensive training in the biology and habits of nuisance animals in spring, and is expert in techniques for raccoon trapping and armadillo trapping. Call for a free assessment of your wildlife problem this spring, and start the summer off right!

Call (866)-263-WILD 24/7 and speak with a trusted professional.

Spring is always a welcome rejuvenation for the winter landscapes of Florida. The people of the Sunshine State are getting out and about, and so are the animals. Everything from the ever-present grey squirrel to the armor-plated armadillo is scurrying around, looking for food, digging burrows and making nests for new litters of young. Insects hatch, and bats get busy eating them, flitting around at dusk.

Wildlife Prevention Tips
Wildlife Prevention Tips

With all the diversity of Florida wildlife come the problems of invasive species, lack of natural predators and a shrinking habitat. While we enjoy sharing the environment with the wildlife that surrounds us, there are limits when it comes to the property damage we’re willing to endure. When overpopulation creates a nuisance or a danger to human health, it’s time to consider a strategy for keeping wildlife at bay.

 

 

What Can You Do to Keep Raccoons out of Trash Cans?

How Do I keep Raccoons out of Trash Cans?

Raccoons are cute, furry animals with little masks that most people find adorable as long as they are not going after their trash. Even though the furry little beasts are cute, it is not cute to have them in your trash can. They are smart animals so it is very hard to keep them out of the garbage. In some cases, raccoon trapping and raccoon removal are options that need to be performed.

Call Nuisance Wildlife Removal, Inc. today, to humanely solve your wildlife problems, and wildlife proof your home. 1-866-263-WILD.

How to keep raccoons out of trash
How to keep raccoons out of trash

It is one of the things that you may need for when you are looking or the type of options to get rid of the raccoons. You may be looking for removal options.When it come to keeping raccoons out of your trash can, the best defense is a good offense. You should buy a garbage can with a locking lid. That is the best way to keep raccoons out of trash cans! Also, brightly colored Christmas lights hung above the trash can keep predators, namely Rocky and friends, away from your trash. Also sprinkling a bit of ammonia on the bags and around the trash cans can keep clever raccoons away.

If you have tried all the above simple solutions, and are still having a problem you may have to resort to trapping and raccoon removal.

Call Nuisance Wildlife Removal, Inc. today, to humanely solve your wildlife problems, and wildlife proof your home. 1-866-263-WILD.

There are two ways to do raccoon trapping and removal. The safest way, and the easiest is to hire professional exterminators to do it, However, a careful homeowner can do it themselves.

The first step in raccoon trapping and removal is to purchase a large trap, It should be Purchase a large cage trap, at least 32x10x12, It should be debris free, bait with marshmallows or white bread. Monitor the trap frequently as you don’t want to leave an animal suffering in the cold or heat. Wear thick gloves when relocating the animal. Drive any captured raccoons at least 10 miles away, to keep them from returning.

Call Nuisance Wildlife Removal, Inc. today, to humanely solve your wildlife problems, and wildlife proof your home. 1-866-263-WILD.

Note that if you don’t fix what caused your raccoon infestation in the first place, you are going to have repeat business. Invest in pest free trash cans with locking lids, and never leave your garbage cans open as this can attract pests easily.

 

Winter’s Chill Drives Rodents Indoors

Winter’s Chill Drives Nuisance Animals Rodents Indoors

 

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Rats looking for warmer space.

By NPMA Staff

 

During the chilly winter months, most people seek refuge in the warmth of their homes, but they are not alone. From October through February, rodents, including mice, rats and squirrels, often take shelter in homes, causing potential hazards to both health and property.

Rodents seek to protect themselves from winter’s chill by invading your home, says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for NPMA. Rodents invade an estimated 21 million homes in the United States every winter and are a considerable health and property nuisance.

Rodents can enter homes through almost any opening. Once inside, rodents can cause severe damage as they can chew through wallboards, cardboard, wood and even electrical wiring, increasing the potential risk of a fire.

Henriksen advises homeowners to inspect for rodent droppings in undisturbed areas, including pantries, attics, and garages as these droppings can cause allergies and disease, such as Hantavirus.

NPMA also recommends taking these precautions to keep rodents outside:

 

  • Make sure all holes, cracks and voids are sealed.

 

  • Don’t overlook proper drainage at the foundation and install gutters.

 

  • Keep branches and other plants cut back from the house.

 

  • If you find rodents in your home, call a local pest professional to identify and correct the problem.

 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed limiting the use of several rodent bait products to certified applicators who have had sufficient training to know when and how to use these products in order to limit risks. Although homeowners will be prohibited from purchasing these rodenticides, licensed pest professionals will be allowed to purchase and apply these products to meet critical public health needs.

Homeowners facing rodent problems can benefit from the knowledge and training of licensed pest professionals in areas such as rodent biology and integrated pest management. They should feel encouraged to contact a pest professional for a complete inspection and treatment, if necessary.

http://www.pestworld.org/news-and-views/pest-articles/articles/winters-chill-drives-rodents-indoors/

 

Fall Guide to Preventing Pest Destruction

How to Prevent Pests from Coming Indoors

Once the leaves start turning color, the air turns crisp and the temperature starts dropping, fall aficianados tend to enjoy their favorite season by cozying up in our warm, comfortable houses. Unfortunately, insects,racoon in tash rodents and other pests have the same appreciation for warm, dry surroundings, and would like nothing more than to move in and share your accommodations. To avoid sharing your home with unwanted critters, preventative pest-fighting strategies are in order.

Call Nuisance Wildlife Removal, Inc. today, to humanely solve your wildlife problems, and wildlife proof your home. 866-263-WILD or 729-2103.

Who is sneaking in?

While it is pretty easy to identify small invaders such as ants marching across your kitchen counter, or larger invaders such as garbage can-thieving raccoons, it’s not always easy to tell what some pests are. Taking a picture of the invading insect will help you locate it on PestWorld.org. Once you know what you are dealing with, it will be easier to figure out how to evict your unwanted guests.

For many homes, when the seasons change, the most common pests seeking refuge from the outdoors are rodents, spiders and cockroaches. Fall pest-proofing can play an important role in keeping those pests from making themselves comfortable in your home.

  • Rodents can carry diseases such as Hantavirus and Salmonella, and can cause structural and property damage, including fires, by chewing through electrical wires and nesting in insulation.
  • Cockroaches’ saliva and droppings can trigger asthma attacks, particularly in young children.
  • Many spiders, including brown recluse spiders, will deliver a painful bite if disturbed or threatened.

Call Nuisance Wildlife Removal, Inc. today, to humanely solve your wildlife problems, and wildlife proof your home. 866-263-WILD or 729-2103.

When the weather cools down, and your warm home becomes inviting, your best bet is to be proactive to prevent pests from coming indoors by performing some simple household tasks:

  • Repair damaged screens and install door sweeps on exterior doors.
  • Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter.
  • Cover vents and openings to chimneys with screens.
  • To discourage rodents, store food in airtight containers and dispose of properly sealed garbage regularly. Remove and relocate any wandering “scouts”, before they invite their family to settle in. HavaHart.com offers cruelty-free catch-and-release traps.
  • Replace weather stripping around your basement foundation and windows.
  • Fix any moisture problems, such as leaking pipes and clogged drains. Look for a reputable plumber on Angieslist.com or ask friends and family for referrals.
  • If you suspect a serious pest infestation in your house, contact a professional pest control specialist to identify and treat the problem.

Call Nuisance Wildlife Removal, Inc. today, to humanely solve your wildlife problems, and wildlife proof your home. 866-263-WILD or 729-2103.

Focus on windows and doors

Because these are the most likely entry points for pests, make sure your screens are tear-free, and seal around your window and door frames with caulking or foam. For commercial businesses and offices, you may want to consider renting a scissorlift from SunbeltRentals.com to reach the upper floor windows. Remember that plants and shrubs are a haven for insects and rodents, so keep plants a few feet away from your home, and store firewood at least 20 feet away.

By eliminating easy access to pests, you can enjoy watching the colorful leaves falling from inside your warm home – without having to share it with uninvited intruders.

Creative Commons image by Arrr!

Call Nuisance Wildlife Removal, Inc. today, to humanely solve your wildlife problems, and wildlife proof your home. 866-263-WILD or 729-2103.

Yikes! What Made All This Blood Splatter On My Wall?

Blood Splatter from Animals

It happens… It’s late Monday night and we receive a call
from a homeowner that is absolutely beside herself. She starts off by saying
there is something that is bleeding all over her walls… Just the walls in
several rooms. I ask her if there is any tracks or blood from room to
room…she responds with no just on the walls.  She then proceeds to tell
me that they had just purchased the home and that the carpet had just been
taken out but the tack strips were still there… along with that the entire
interior was painted she pauses and says well maybe the painter cut himself and
bled everywhere…I said ok that might be possible but i would think it would
be everywhere not just in a few spaces here / there and def not in the closet?
So I set up an appointment to come out and inspect and see if we can
determine what is going on.  We are in route to the customers home and she
calls stating that she sees the culprit and it appears to be a flying squirrel.
I asked her to keep her eye on it and we were about 20 min away. We get there
and she shows us all the blood in the closet and on the walls… she then shows
us the culprit… A HUGE frog that had scraped it’s nose trying to get out…
This was def one for the record books for sure… We rescued the frog and set
him free in the pond out back.

 

 

Frog that left blood splatter on wall