How To Keep Snakes Out Of Your Home in SWFL

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How To Keep Snakes Out Of Your Home in SWFL

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

Snakes are one of the most common types of nuisance wildlife that you can find on your property in SWFL.

Because of our warm climate, and with many neighborhoods in the area being close to water, in Southwest Florida it is especially likely to find a snake around. We have written before about how to identify snakes on your property if you do find them, and see if they are venomous or not, which is important to know.

It is important to take precautions to protect your home from these critters getting into your property and possibly hurting your family or causing damage to your home! Here is some tips on how to keep snakes out of your house in SWFL.

What to Do to Avoid Snakes

  • Lawn Maintenance – Lawns are a common area for you to find snakes and there are a few precautions you can take to keep them away. Firstly, keep your grass trimmed short and keep shrubs trimmed. Snakes are less likely to hang out in these areas and it makes them easier to spot. Also, avoid overwatering your lawn, which could attract prey like worms, slugs, and frogs, which then attracts snakes.
  • Keep pet food inside – If you have pets, be sure to keep your pet food inside – it can attract rodents and insects which attracts snakes. The same goes for those who have a bird feeder outside. If you have one, be sure to clean up right away and store food in a tight-fitting lid.
  • Seal the cracks – You can take precautions to keep snakes out of your yard, but there is always a chance they can show up outside. But to keep your family safe, it is important to keep your home sealed off. Make sure any crevices in the foundation of your home’s foundation or AC systems to keep snakes out.
  • Fencing – An extra precaution to take is to install fencing to keep snakes out. While none will be 100% foolproof, but some companies make fencing specific to keeping wildlife out, so it is worth considering the investment.

What Not to Do to Avoid Snakes

Unfortunately, some companies try to take advantage of human’s fear of snakes to try to sell DIY snake control products that are ineffective.

You may have heard to use mothballs or snake-away products with sulfur to prevent snakes from getting in your home. Not only are these products not effective in preventing snakes, but the chemicals can be detrimental to your family or your pets.

Most importantly, if you do encounter a snake on your property it is important for you to NOT try to remove or relocate it yourself. Even if you can identify if the snake is not venomous, it’s important for you to contact a professional for safe snake removal services immediately.

Contact A Professional Wildlife Removal Company for Snake Control

If you find a snake in your home and need it removed, Alford Wildlife can help!

We are a licensed wildlife removal company that specializes in safely removing and relocating nuisance wildlife in Southwest Florida.

Our licensed wildlife consultants can visit your residence and assess the situation to create a plan that will remove snakes from your home for good.

For snake removal services in SWFL, call us at (239) 491-7592 or contact us online today!

Raccoon Control in SWFL: How to Identify and Remove Nuisance Raccoons from Your Property

Friday, January 24th, 2020

Raccoons are one of the top wildlife complaints in Southwest Florida, and we receive several calls each week about raccoon removal. While they tend to roam in the nighttime outside of homes, you may be one of the unlucky ones to eventually have raccoons get into your home.

Here, we’ll dig into more about raccoons and how to safely remove them from your home.

How to Identify Raccoons

Most people have seen a raccoon or have an idea of what one looks like. But like bugs or other animals, there are multiple species of raccoons, and a handful of breeds you could find in your house. Common physical characteristics you will see with a raccoon are:

  • Grizzled-gray fur with a bushy tail that features dark rings
  • Around 2-3 feet long, weighing 10-30 pounds (for a full-grown adult)
  • Distinctive black area around the eyes

Raccoons eat both plants and animals. They are not picky eaters, which is why you can often find them raiding your trash cans for food. They do not hibernate but tend to be less active in the winter.  They can be found throughout most of the US and are very common in Southwest Florida. They can run up to 15 miles per hour and also swim.

Signs of A Raccoon in Your Home

Now you know how to identify a raccoon if you see one, but there are signs of a raccoon in your home beyond seeing one. As previously mentioned, raccoons are more active at night, so you may hear distinctive vocal sounds at night like growling, chirping, and whining in the evening hours. Raccoons often hide in the attic, so you may hear thumping and scurrying noises. You can also look for their tracks, droppings, and entry holes as signs a raccoon is in your home.

Risks of Raccoons in Your Home

Having an adult raccoon take up residence in your home can be very dangerous. There are some serious illnesses that can be transmitted by raccoons, the most common being a lethal strain of rabies.

They can also carry infected fleas, ticks, and lice. Raccoon droppings can also carry a roundworm egg called Baylisacaris procyonis. If a child makes contact with the raccoon feces, the larvae can transfer a dangerous illness to children and cause blindness or even death.

Although raccoons can appear to be bold or aggressive, they are usually more scared of you than you are of them, and they are rarely known to chase or attack humans.

However, the risk of disease to you or your family is a large risk, not to mention the damage they can do to your property when they take up residence in your home.

How to Get Rid of Raccoons

If all signs point to yes for you having raccoons in your home, you should act fast to get raccoons removed from your property.

Live trapping and relocation are the best ways to safely and humanely remove raccoons from your property. This is not something that you should try to handle on your own. Working with a professional wildlife removal company that is licensed and highly trained in how to capture and remove wild animals from your home will ensure you get the best service possible.

A professional wildlife company will also ensure that any entry holes are closed, and that your home is decontaminated from any mess the animal leaves behind.

Work with A Professional Wildlife Removal Company in Southwest Florida

If you’re located in Southwest Florida and are looking for a professional wildlife removal company to help you with raccoon control, Alford Wildlife can help!

Based in Fort Myers, we provide professional wildlife removal and relocation, exclusion, and decontamination services from Collier to Hillsborough Counties. We also provide full-service pest control so we can handle all your nuisance wildlife and pest management needs.

To get started, contact us online or call us at (239) 491-7592 today!

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