Baby Wild Animals are Usually Not Orphans

Nicole Hafer, Guest Columnist

Nuisance Wild Animal Remover- North Sarasota
A fawn on side of road eating grass.

Spring is the season where everything is born anew, the wildflowers are in bloom, insects are buzzing around, and baby animals are born. Read more Baby Wild Animals are Usually Not Orphans

Dangers and Repercussions of DIY Wildlife Control Solutions

DIY Nightmares
A vent entry point that a client attempted to seal.

Unfortunately, after the momma raccoon left one day, this homeowner thought he would solve the issue of re-entry. What you are seeing here is a roof vent that the mama raccoon gained entry through originally. So, you may ask…. what’s the problem? Was there any harm done? Well, the little baby raccoons that were still inside the home think so! If you are a homeowner, please do not get involved or in the way of what a professional trapper is doing!

Read more Dangers and Repercussions of DIY Wildlife Control Solutions

A Field Guide for Living with Wildlife this Spring!

How to Watch out for Animal Safety

These tips will help you live in harmony with nature and prevent injuring a baby animal or causing it to be orphaned.

With regards to chimneys and vents:

Truth be told, an open chimney or dryer/stove vent is considered an “open house” invitation from a wild animal’s viewpoint. Why? Because they make appealing places to have young and are generally cozy environments. Don’t be shocked or too surprised if you should happen to find some guests in your chimney this spring… If you can possibly let them be- just temporarily- that would be one option. However, once the babies have left, then you should have the area decontaminated and the chimney should be closed off or capped.

A word of caution: NEVER attempt to evacuate the chimney by smoking out the animals… it can have deadly consequences. Baby animals may not be able to get out on their own.

Most birds are protected by the Migratory Bird Act and cannot be killed or moved. Unless you are able to exclude birds out early, prior to them laying eggs, you must leave them alone for a few weeks until the young are able to fly on their own.

There is a way to humanely attempt to provoke the animals to leave and they are as follows:

  1. Place a radio in the fireplace and turn up the volume.
  2. Turn on lights.
  3. Carefully place rags soaked in cider vinegar (but not ammonia) in the fireplace.
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Chimneys are an easy access point for many animals.

Animals in the Attic:

Before commencing to spring clean out your attic, check around for any animals that might have taken up residence there.

Don’t even try to evict any animals– there could be babies and you never want to separate mama from a baby wild animal. Since wild animals can cause a lot of damage not to mention some serious health risks, you may need professional help to determine the species of the animal and legally trap and relocate the family of guests. This is the safest, best and most humane way of solving this problem of animals in homes.


Before you Clean out your Attic- check for uninvited guests!



Windows and Sliding Doors

Sometimes birds can fly right into glass pane windows or sliding glass doors. To avoid this you can place a visual deterrant or obstruction of Mylar tape from the top of the glass outside in front of the window.


There are special places that animals like to come in to your home from. Check behind appliances, anywhere that pipes enter into the building. Some animals can get in to even a 1/2″ to a 1/4″ hole or crack for example snakes or mice. Cover up those holes with insualtion, paper, cloth– then give it a few days and see if those materials have been pushed out. Afterwards seal up those gaps.


In order to protect baby wildlife you should walk around the yard before mowing to take a look. You are looking for things like turtles, and nests of baby rabbits. Turtles are fine to gently relocate. However rabbit nests should be left alone, so that the mom rabbit can be sure to return to the same place when she returns to feed them. They’ll be grown up and ready to live on their own in just 3 weeks. A great tip is to leave a safety zone of grass around the nest until they are gone.


Keep branches around your house trimmed in order to dissuade wild critters from climbing. Be sure to look carefully at the limbs for birds and squirrels prior to trimming. Make sure that there are no nests there. If by chance a nest is accidentally knocked out here are some guidelines for preserving the animals..

Retrieve the babies and the nest and move them to a secure nearby area.

If the nest is damaged, do your best to mend it or replace it with something of similar size.

It is ok to use a household container as long as it hasn’t been used previously for cleaners.

You could punch holes in the bottom of plastic containers to help for drainage.

Be on the lookout for the mother to come back. Do not worry that if a human scent gets on the babym it will cause the mother to reject it. That is a myth.

Got Nuisance WILDLIFE? Call 1-866-263 WILD!

Nuisance Wildlife Removal Inc is  a locally and family-owned business that has been operating in Manatee and Sarasota county for 20 years. We are the real experts and have the long-time experience to prove it. Don’t trust your home or family to a new kid on the block. Call today to speak with a trusted professional. 

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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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!


Wild Hog Removal Lakewood Ranch

Wild Hog Trapping 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!

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.

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



Nuisance Wildlife Removal, Inc is very well known in the community as the GO-TO expert with the highest experience level in solving difficult nuisance infestations efficiently and easily. We employ advanced technology such as thermographic cameras and Go-pro technology. This reduces the amount of damage to your structure and in turn, will reduce the overall cost of your project.  
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.

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.

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!

GOT ARMADILLOS?  Call 1-866-263 WILD!

Nuisance Wildlife Removal Inc is fully licensed and insured. We are a locally and family-owned business that has been operating in Manatee and Sarasota county for 20 years. We are the real experts and have the experience to prove it. Call today to speak with a trusted professional.

When should I call a Wildlife Control Company?

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

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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!

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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.