[Sarasota, FL] Are Muscovy Ducks Aggressive?

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Are Muscovy Ducks Aggressive?

Muscovy ducks are native to South America. But did you know, they are the only duck that is held in captivity, that is not a descendant of the wild MALLARD?!  Please be aware however, that a Muscovy DRAKE (male) can sometimes be aggressive. If and when this does happen in Sarasota, FL or any other area, it is important that you do not ignore the problem. If the problem is not addressed, it is likely to continue and increase. This could escalate to people getting injured, bitten or bruised.

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Why do people like to have Muscovy ducks? People like to have them for a few different reasons. For the most part the animals are quiet. They can be interesting because their feathers and colors come in such a wide range of colors. Also, the drakes have a more generous amount of meat than many other ducks.  If a Muscovy duck shows signs of aggression, there are several steps that can be taken. The first one is to segregate the duck away to a separate area from the others. If you can, give it a comfortable area with a fence.  The next step is to train the animal by holding its beak shut and say a firm “no.” Next be sure to connect with your animal by socializing with it. For example pet it, feed it out of hand and speak with it kindly. This will help to reassure him or her that you are not a threat. Also it would be good if your duck had a mate. They are ready for this by 5-6 months of age. At the very first sign of forward or aggressive behavior, its best to discourage it promptly. Even when they are just a baby- this behavior will only get worse. There is much debate about whether a muscovy duck is good to have in your area. For more info on this discussion check out our hugely popular post on Muscovy Ducks.

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True Wild Muscovy Duck

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Do you have concerns about MUSCOVY DUCKS in your area? Nuisance Wildlife Removal Inc. is your expert for muscovy duck removal in Manatee County. Call today to speak with a trusted professional. We are locally owned, family operated and fully licensed and insured. For more information or a FREE estimate call 1-866-263-WILD or 941-729-2103.

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Lakewood Ranch, FL Do I Have Moles in My Yard?

If you are seeing mounds of dirt piled up… on top of your lawn– it could be because of a mole.

Nuisance Wildlife Removal, Inc. is your local expert for mole removal in Manatee County. Call today to talk with a professional wildlife technician. For a fast and FREE estimate call 1-866-263-WILD or 941-729-2103.

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A mole that has come up for air!

Moles are small mammals adapted to an underground lifestyle. They have cylinder shaped bodies, velvety fur, tiny and hard to detect eyes and ears. Their hindlimbs are quite small relative to their front limbs that have large paws which are adapted for digging. Did you know they can dig at approximately 18 feet per hour? They usually feed on assorted insect pests, including earthworms, grubs and other tiny creatures that live in the soil. When you see a mound of dirt on your lawn from a Mole, it is because he is on the hunt for survival! Mole tunnels are usually 10 inches underground, unless they are just surface scanning looking for a mate. Then they would be nearer to the top of the lawn. Actually moles could be called the super heroes of digging! Their deep tunnels can be anywhere from two inches to five feet underground. However, it should be noted that the quantity of mounds in your yard does not necessarily correspond to the number of moles in your yard.

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Since the tunneling of moles will destroy the roots of your grass, the ridges will then brown quickly. The sooner that you can stop the tunneling of the moles, the less damage that they can cause.

MOLE TIP #1 – How do I know if I have an active mound in my yard?

You can locate an active mound by pushing down on the raised areas of soil. Then, the next day, note which ridges have been raised up again.

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Do I have moles in my yard?

You may be wondering, do moles bite?

Moles can bite, however, since they generally do not carry rabies,  a mole bite isn’t normally any reason to be concerned. If you have been bitten by a mole, it is important to clean it out and disinfect the area immediately so that the area does not become infected. If you should happen to have redness and swelling, this should not cause alarm as that would be normal.

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 this can reduce the overall cost of your project!

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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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Are Raccoons Harmful to Humans? [Sarasota]

A FEW SIMPLE FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW

Are Raccoons Harmful to Humans? Sarasota, FL
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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.

So, 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.

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#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. 

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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Florida Wild Hog Trapping and Removal [Lakewood Ranch]

Wild Hog Trapping and Removal 

Florida is a haven for tropical animal species, but the Lakewood Ranch in 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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A wid hog in a trap.

Do you have questions about what is tearing up your lawn? Feel free to contact us anytime. Nuisance Wildlife Removal Inc. is your expert for wild hog trapping and removal in Manatee and Sarasota County. Call today and speak with a trusted professional! We are locally owned, family operated and fully licensed and insured. For more information or a FREE estimate call 1-866-263-WILD or 941-729-2103.

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 in Lakewood Ranch or surrounding area. 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.

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 this will reduce the overall cost of your project.

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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.

 

How to Get Rid of Squirrels in the Attic

Are you hearing noises and not sure what is causing them?

We may get taken in with the antics of squirrels and how interesting and fun they look. But we should not forget the havoc that they can cause to an attic, your valuables or your family. If by chance you have an uninvited guest that is a squirrel, if not discovered quickly, you’ll have a much more difficult situation to deal with.

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Why does a squirrel LOVE my attic?

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Small Squirrel Resting on Brown Wood

There are several reasons why a squirrel might be drawn to an attic. Squirrels are looking for the best place they can survive and do well. An attic provides a place out of the elements where they can feel somewhat protected as attics are not normally traveled by humans. Attics tend to be dry and warm even if you are in a cold climate. It’s almost like a hotel has put out a shingle stating “come stay here and build your nest and you won’t be disturbed” none of your enemies or threats are here so step right up!

So how do I get rid of them?

The first thing you will have to do is to seal off the entire attic. Cover up holes and entry points that are wide enough for a squirrel to get through. If you have vents, cover them with a wire mesh guard. Next, you should locate any areas that are chewed that lead inside– with the exception of one area. That is where the little guy will exit, and where he will be trapped. Additionally, make sure to secure openings between the attic and everywhere else in your home. There are several other steps to do additionally. However, if you would like to call a professional, please feel free to contact us. 1-866-263-WILD.

For more information or a FREE ESTIMATE on squirrel removal please call 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.