“I’ve got a snake under my refrigerator!”
We get those calls from time to time. Call Nuisance Wildlife Removal for your Florida snake problems. Our highly trained professional trappers will track and retrieve the intruder, and if its not a poisonous species, we’ll take it to a different habitat better suited for a snake than your home.
If it is a poisonous variety, it will be euthanized in a quick and humane way. Florida has 45 species of snakes, and six of them are venomous. Like many predators, snakes can be beneficial in the elimination of unwanted vermin like rats and mice. That doesn’t mean you necessarily want them in your yard. We will gladly remove snakes from your house, yard, shed, pool, and even your attic (thats right, snakes can climb), and we will relocate or dispose of the snakes that we catch.
At Nuisance Wildlife Removal we specialize in the trapping and removal of rats, bats, raccoons, opossums, snakes, feral hogs, squirrels, armadillos, and moles. If its a nuisance to you, we can remove it.
What about bees, wasps, hornets or yellow jackets? Yes we take care of those too. Our trained bee removal experts will destroy and remove all traces of the nest or hive, and prevent the nuisance wildlife from getting back in
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Raccoons in your attic are not just annoying, but dangerous. Raccoon droppings are a biological hazard to you and your family, due to the high instance of a parasite called Baylisascaris procyonis also known as Raccoon Roundworm. This is a roundworm that can cause extremely serious diseases in people.
For children and the elderly, as well as those with weakened immune systems, exposure to this roundworm can be fatal.
Most humans are exposed through direct or indirect contact with raccoon scat (poop), which contains millions of roundworm eggs. Though the roundworms themselves can’t survive outside of an animal host, their eggs are extremely tough and can remain viable for years. So people can come into contact with old and decomposed raccoon droppings, or even the dirt where it once was, and become very ill.
For people, exposure symptoms include nausea, skin irritation, fatigue, confusion, loss of coordination and muscle control, as well as liver enlargement, blindness and coma.
So if you think there might be wildlife residing in your attic or near your home, call an expert to catch the animals and clean up the mess. Nuisance Willdlife Removal technicians are Florida’s rodent and wildlife control experts, and are known as the Tampa Wildlife Removal specialists. We are true technicians, not just animal trappers.
If you don’t want to come nose to nose with a raccoon on your Orlando porch when going out to get your paper, one simple remedy is removing the pet food for the evening.
Raccoons and opossums may travel far and wide looking for something to eat. Raccoons survive naturally on acorns and stream life, but a dog or cat bowl outside your Tampa home is easy pickings.
Your pet won’t starve being without its food until morning and the critters will be tempted to your Orange County doorstep. Raccoons and opossums will also be lured by food in any trash outside that is not in a secure location.
Holes in your Orlando home’s eaves make a fine winter shelter for raccoons, opossums, and squirrels. If they are comfortable in your attic over the next few months they may believe this location is a safe spot to rear their young.
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The muscovy duck (Cairina moschata) occurs naturally only in southern Texas. It has been introduced in other locations, where itis considered an invasive species that sometimes creates problems through competition with native species, damage to property, and transmission of disease.
The Federal Fish and Wildlife Service amends the regulations to prohibit sale, transfer, or propagation of muscovy ducks for hunting and any other purpose other than food production, and to allow their removal in locations in which the species does not occur naturally in the contiguous United States, Alaska, and Hawaii, and in U.S. territories and possessions.
This requires revision of regulations governing permit exceptions for captivebred migratory waterfowl other than mallard ducks, and waterfowl sale and disposal permits, and the addition of an order to allow control of muscovy ducks, their nests, and eggs. This agency has also rewritten the affected regulations to make them easier to understand. DATES: This rule will be effective on March 31, 2010.
The muscovy is a large duck native to South America, Central America, and Mexico. Due to a recent northward expansion of the range of the species, there is a small natural population in three counties in southern Texas in which natural breeding of wild birds has been confirmed. For that reason, this species is included in the final rule published today to revise the list of migratory birds found at 50 CFR 10.13.
The muscovy duck normally inhabits forested swamps and mangrove ponds, lakes and streams, and freshwater ponds near wooded areas. The species often roosts in trees at night. The hen usually lays her eggs in a tree hole or hollow. However, muscovy ducks will occasionally nest in abandoned nests of large birds such as ospreys or eagles, between palm tree fronds, and in wooden boxes or other man-made, elevated cavities. The species does not form stable pairs.
Muscovy ducks can breed near urban and suburban lakes and on farms, nesting in tree cavities or on the ground, under shrubs in yards, on condominium balconies, or under roof overhangs. Feral populations, particularly in Florida, are said to present problems. Feral muscovy ducks are wary and associate little with other species. Muscovy ducks feed on the roots, stems, leaves, and seeds of aquatic and terrestrial plants, including agricultural crops. They also eat small fishes, reptiles, crustaceans, insects, millipedes, and termites.
Muscovy ducks live alone or in groups of 4 to 12, rarely in large flocks. They are mainly active in the morning and afternoon, feeding on the shores of brackish waters, or in the flood
savannah and underbrush. They often sleep at night in permanent roosts in trees along the river bank. Heavy and low-flying, they are silent and timid. Muscovy ducks swim much less than other ducks, and the males fly poorly. We received comments from States and individuals expressing concern over control of muscovy ducks in response to the 2006 proposal to add the species to the list of those protected under the MBTA (50 CFR 10.13).
In general, States expressed concern over feral and freeranging populations of muscovy ducks present as the result of human activity. For example, one State was concerned
that protecting the species under the MBTA ‘‘would severely impede our efforts to manage the feral and freeranging populations of domestic muscovy ducks.’’ Individuals expressed
concern over property damage and aggressiveness demonstrated by the ducks. The muscovy duck is an introduced species in many locations in the United States. We believe it is
prudent to prohibit activities that would allow release of muscovy ducks in areas in which they are not native and may compete with native species.
We expect control of muscovy ducks to be undertaken primarily through the use of walk-in baited traps and through shooting. The use of baited traps will greatly limit the potential impacts to other species, especially passerines, which would be unlikely to enter properly placed traps. Shooting undertaken by State agency or U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services personnel would be very unlikely to harm other species.
We propose to revise 50 CFR 21.14 to prohibit sale and, in most cases, possession, of muscovy ducks; to revise § 21.25 to prohibit sale or transfer of captive-bred muscovy ducks for
hunting; and to add § 21.54 to allow removal of introduced muscovy ducks from any location in the contiguous United States outside Hidalgo, Starr, and Zapata Counties in Texas, and in Alaska, Hawaii, and U.S. territories and possessions. This removal is in keeping with the Service’s other actions to reduce the spread of introduced species that compete with native species or harm habitats that they use. It also is in keeping with the intent of the Migratory Bird Treaty Reform Act of 2004 (16 U.S.C. 703 (b)), which excluded nonnative
species from MBTA protection.muscovy ducks are produced in the millions in the United States generally for meat production * * *. No permits are needed to possess domesticated barnyard fowl. This species is bought and sold in the millions being the most commonly held species of waterfowl in the United States.’’ ‘‘I believe that problems associated with
large feral populations of muscovy ducks are from domesticated varieties raised in captivity that have wandered, or allowed to free range, and not from ‘wild’ type muscovies imported from Latin America. ‘‘The proposed regulation’s goal of preventing additional human introduction of Muscovy ducks has great merit. It is far better to prevent populations from establishing than to subject more ducks to control later.
However, the proposed regulation limits acquisition, possession, and propagation for some owners but not for others. Accidental releases from food production are not addressed and could continue to allow Muscovy populations to become established. No clear reason is evident for targeting only Muscovies not in food production to prevent additional introductions. Why are Muscovies in food production excepted when this source of accidental releases may be significant?
‘‘The rule should be focused on controlling populations, both feral and domestic, instead of destroying established populations. By controlling populations, the Fish and
Wildlife Service can largely achieve the same goals without many of the potential harmful side effects.’’
If you find this all too confusing, just call Nuisance Wildlife Removal for your nuisance duck problems, and we’ll know what to do.
Nuisance Wildlife Removal provides professional wildlife control and removal for customers in Tampa Florida. We offer custom animal control solutions for almost any type of wildlife problem, whether it is the chatter of squirrels in your Tampa attic, a colony of bats living in your condo building, or the destructive behavior of a raccoon or opossum, we at Tampa Nuisance Wildlife Removal have the experience and the tools to quickly and professionally solve your problem. We also remove bees. For a consultation, give us a call at 866-263-WILD.
There are many so called Tampa pest control experts out there, but not all of them are licensed and insured professionals. Make sure that you hire a competent expert for your Tampa wildlife control and removal. At Nuisance Wildlife Removal, we are courteous and friendly and take the time to answer your questions. Give our Tampa trappers at Nuisance Wildlife Removal a call. We will listen to your problem, and make an appointment to perform a FREE inspection.
Tampa Florida is full of wildlife, including snakes, squirrels, raccoons, opossums, and more. You will need professional Tampa snake removal or raccoon control if you can’t trap the wild animal on your own and perform full repairs and prevention to keep pests out for good. We perform the repairs and decontamination if necessary. Rats and mice love to live in attics, and can chew wires or leave droppings. In fact Tampa wildlife frequently enter homes, and it takes a Tampa pest management company to remove them.
We are Tampa wildlife management experts, and are familiar with all the pest animals, including all species of Florida snakes and bats. We at Nuisance Wildlife Removal are the best among Tampa nuisance wildlife companies and can solve all animal damage issues. Our wildlife operators are skilled at bird control and bat removal, and would be happy to serve your Tampa bat control or pigeon and bird control needs with a professional solution. Opossums, skunks, moles, and other animals that can damage your lawn – we are the exterminators who can capture and remove them. Our professional pest management of wildlife and animals can solve all of your Tampa animal control and capture needs. Give us a call at 941-729-2103 for a price quote and more information.
Thats right, Bat Season. In Florida, between April 15th and August 15th is considered Bat Maternity Season. Bats in Florida are already considered a beneficial and therefore protected species because of the massive amount of flying insects they consume at night. Thats why we never harm bats, even when we are called to remove them from a home or business. We just convince them to find another place to roost. However, during the maternity season, we are forbidden by law (and so are you) from molesting or disturbing bats, regardless of where they are roosting. Thats so the next generation of these little flying rodents is assured of consuming their fair share of nuisance insects from the Florida sky.
So if you suspect that a roost of bats has taken up residence in or near your house or out buildings, now is the time to call. We can prevent the problem from becoming worse, and clean up the area as well. One of the services we offer is attic insulation removal, attic decontamination and insulation replacement.
The powers that be in Marco island hired a wildlife trapper six months ago to catch and kill their nuisance iguanas. The complaints are that they deficate in pools, eating shrubs and flowers, and undermining foundations and seawalls. The state of Florida requires the trapper to kill them because they are a non-native species, and as such, cannot be released back into the wild once captured.
Iguanas are just one example of non-native species in Florida becoming a nuisance.
Some others are armadillos, foxes, hogs, rats, mice, and even the European rabbit. And thats just some of the mammals. The reptiles on the list include Boa constrictors, pythons, monitor lizards, and even the brown Anole. Don’t know what an Anole is? Ever seen those cute little lazards that stand on the side of a tree and make their throat stick out to warn others and attract a mate?
We won’t even get into the debate here about Africanized Honey Bees in Florida.
The point is that practically everything in Florida is non-native, including most of the people.
Our job here at Nuisance Wildlife Removal is to trap and remove the animals and insects that have become nuisances to people. Now you know why we can’t just move some species to another location and let them go.
Would you ask your plumber to fix your car? Of course not. He has his specialty, and so do we at Nuisance Wildlife Removal. We remove animals such as raccoons, snakes, opossoms, bats, and bee hives, when they invade peoples’ spaces. Do it your selfers often think they’ll save money by hiring a handy man or even doing the job themselves, but often that can cause a bigger problem.
The baby raccoon on the left would have died if the homeowner had gone ahead with his plan to wait until the raccoon in his attic left at night, then seal up the entrance. First of all, a mother raccoon would have just frantically made a new entrance to get to her babies, causing even more damage to the house. Secondly, if she had failed, then the owner would have the foul odor of rotting dead raccoons in his attic to deal with.
Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed. His wife called NWR for a FREE assessment of the situation. We showed the owner that there was indeed a nest of babies in his attic, and that momma had more than one entrance to his house. We went to work by first convincing the mother raccoon that she should not stay any longer. To do this, we sprayed a predator scent, which alerts her to constant danger to her and her babies. In exiting the only route that we had left her, she stepped into a trap we had set.
Once the young family was evicted, we fixed all the places on the home where the raccoons had done damage to get in. Unfortunately, it was also obvious that this was not the first time this house had been used as a raccoon nursery. We ended up having to do a complete attic restoration for this home owner. We pulled out all the old insulation and disinfected the entire attic area, and sprayed for the thousands of fleas we found there. We then replaced all the insulation, and even had some crushed ventwork repaired.
By the way, this was covered by his home owner’s insurance.
The raccoons were taken to an animal rehab facility until the babies can fend for themselves in the wild.
State seeks to eradicate, or limit these colonies
Africanized bees are over taking the wild populations of European bees in Florida. Thats why the state advises residents to exterminate feral colonies found on properties close to people.
“Public safety is ultimately our goal,” said Jerry Hayes, chief of the apiary section of Florida’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
“Three or four years ago, the bees we were finding might show 20 to 30 percent Africanization. Now it’s 60 to 80 percent.”
Southern and southwest Florida has a higher density of the bees than other parts of the state, he said. That’s probably because the area resembles Central and South America, where Africanized bees started in this hemisphere.
“Beekeepers are not part of the problem,” Hayes said. “We don’t want them zoned or ordinanced out of being. But having more managed colonies will not stop Africanized bees from expanding.”
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We often get calls here at Nuisance Wildlife Removal Inc. about bees invading a home or other structure on a property. The unseen hive usually has the iceberg effect, where you only see the entrance, and not the main colony.
On this call, the bees were spotted going in and out of a hole up near the rain gutter of a
two story house. Once the gutter and drain pipe were removed, you could see the damage and rotted wood, which allowed the bees to enter the structure and start their hive.
Our trained technician removed some facia board, and the hive combs a were pretty big. This hive was not a new one. It had been there for more than one season. The deeper he dug into the damaged wood, the worse things looked for the home owner.
First things first, the bees need to be eliminated. Some people don’t understand why this is necessary, considering the world wide distress that domesticated bees are in due to CCD or “colony collapse disorder“. Bees are dying off by the billions due to everything from infections, to mites, to lack of food, pesticides and even the stress of being trucked all over the country at harvest time.
The bigger danger is that the healthy domestic bees would be contaminated by cross breeding with the AHB or Africanized Honey Bees which have now invaded our part of Florida. We can’t take the time to try and recognize whether we are dealing with the AHB or just wild honey bees. We exterminate the hive to help the Florida bee industry keep its good hives intact. In the past, a licensed bee keeper may want to take the wild hives that we find, but not any more.
Now that the bees have been “dusted”, we start the removal process. You can’t just leave an empty hive in place, or it will attract maggots which would feed on the dead bee larvae. Also, all that honey may eventually start running down the inside walls. That is a mess you don’t want to ever have to deal with. Bees and humans are’nt the only creatures who like to eat honey.
Our technicians will make sure that all traces and remnants of the hive are cleaned away, and the area is left ready for the contractor to repair any structural damage left behind by the bees.