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.

Winter’s Chill Drives Rodents Indoors

Winter’s Chill Drives Nuisance Animals Rodents Indoors

 

rats in cold weather
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/

 

Raccoons Can Do Severe Damage

Identify Unwanted Guests and Visitors in Your Home

Do you have unwanted guests or visitors? These particular visitors are of the four legged kind. Last week alone we had 4 different calls with Raccoons that had or were trying to get into the soffit/attic. One of the homes even said they thought they heard babies as well in the attic! Raccoons can do severe damage not only to the exterior of your property but also to your duct work and insulation in the attic as well. So, if you are hearing noises in the attic don’t wait to have us come out and inspect, call us right away before your attic becomes a home for the holidays.

Raccoon Poop Is Dangerous

 Do You Have A Raccoon In The Attic?

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 Baylisascarisraccoon-poop procyonis also known as Raccoon Roundworm. This is a roundworm that can cause extremely serious diseases in people.

 

Young And Old Beware

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.

What Are The Symptoms?

For people, exposure symptoms include nausea, skin irritation, fatigue, confusion, loss of coordination and muscle control, as well as liver enlargement, blindness and coma.

Get Help Fast!

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.

 

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Raccoons In Cold Weather

 Feed Your Pets But Not The Raccoons

When winter comes and it’s cold out, it is lean times for wildlife.

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 Have Free Reign

Raccoons 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 homeraccoon in a stream 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 will also be lured by food in any trash outside that is not in a secure location.

Wildlife Will Move In Without Notice

Holes in your Orlando home’s eaves make a fine winter shelter for raccoons. Not to mention  opossums, and squirrels as well. 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.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
811 South Palm Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236

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Muscovy Ducks

A large muscovy duck lakeside

What About The Local Muscovy Duck?

The Muscovy duck (Cairina moschata) occurs naturally only in southern Texas. It has been introduced in other locations, where it is considered an invasive species that sometimes creates problems through competition with native species, damage to property, and transmission of disease.

Federal Regulations Regarding The Muscovy Duck

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 captive bred 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.

Some Migration Facts About The Muscovy Duck

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.

Habitats And Flocks

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 free-ranging 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 free-ranging 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.

How Do We Control The 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.

A Market For The Muscovy Duck

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 Muscovite 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 Muscovy’s not in food production to prevent additional introductions. Why are Muscovy 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.

 

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