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!

How To Remove Nuisance Wildlife From Your Property

Monday, March 30th, 2020

What Is Nuisance Wildlife?

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, nuisance wildlife refers to an animal or animals exhibiting behavior that causes (or is about to cause) property damage, presents a threat to public safety, or causes an annoyance within, under, or upon a building.

With many animals adapting to survive in urban and suburban areas, they can often coexist with humans without creating conflict. I’m sure most of us have seen a squirrel on our lawns or birds in a tree outside and been fine with their presence, knowing that each species of Florida’s native wildlife serves important ecological roles.

However, when wildlife gets into parts of your home it shouldn’t be, like in your attic, or getting stuck under your home, or is causing property damage or a threat to your safety, that’s when proactive measures should be taken to remove them from your property.

What Are Common Types of Nuisance Wildlife in Florida?

There are a few different animals that are commonly found as nuisance wildlife in Florida. Depending on where the animal is, you might just hear a noise and not actually see it. Here is a list of the most common nuisance wildlife animals that need removal in Southwest Florida.

  • Rats are probably the most common nuisance wildlife animal in Florida. Palm rats, also known as roof rats or citrus rats, will invade any home with a small opening leading inside. They often take up residence in attics where they can cause property damage as well as spread diseases throughout the home.
  • Raccoons are another common nuisance wildlife animal that can be found in Florida. They can be found in attics, but also break into garages, porches, and lanais.
  • Opossums are scavenger animals that frequently get into pet food supplies and garbage. They can often be found in attics, walls and under homes.
  • Armadillos are burrowing animals that often choose to burrow next to or under a home. They can also be found in other covered areas like AC units, decks, or sheds. They dig and can often damage landscaping.
  • Moles are nuisance wildlife often found in Florida yards. They dig through soil and create tunnels as they search for worms and underground insects, causing damage to Florida lawns.
  • Squirrels are an animal commonly found in Florida, and often chew on wood and wires which can cause damage when they get into your home.

What to Do If You Find Nuisance Wildlife

There are a number of regulations around removing nuisance wildlife from your property by the FWC.

There are certain guidelines on what animals can be relocated and what traps you are able to use. There are a few DIY methods for capturing wildlife at home, but we do not recommend using those, especially when you are dealing with animals that can possibly be dangerous.

If you have nuisance wildlife on your property, you should reach out to a professional wildlife removal company that is licensed in wildlife removal and trapping. Not only are they trained to handle animals that could be potentially dangerous, but they are familiar with the rules and regulations that need to be followed.

When you encounter nuisance wildlife on your property, you should act immediately to remove any immediate threat of danger. That might mean keeping a certain area of your home blocked off or removing your children or pets from the home or area that the animal is in.

Try to take note of any of the information about the animal you have like what it looks like, what sounds it’s making, or what damage you see – that way you can share it with the professionals. Then, call a professional wildlife trapper to safely remove the animal from your property.

Work with A Professional Wildlife Removal Company in SWFL

If you find nuisance wildlife on your property in Southwest Florida, Alford Wildlife is a professional wildlife removal company that can help. We are licensed and trained to provide professional, safe and reliable wildlife removal of animals like rats, raccoons, opossums, squirrels, moles and other animals from your home or business property.

Based in Fort Myers, we provide service from Collier County to Hillsborough County, throughout Southwest Florida. Call us today for service!

Hear Animals in The Attic? Here’s What to Do

Friday, December 27th, 2019

As a professional wildlife removal company, one of the common things we hear from our clients when they call is “I have an animal in my attic.”

If you live in a home with an attic, it’s an area where nuisance wildlife can frequently enter and nest in. Although they might not spend a lot of time up there, an animal’s presence can cause some long term damage to your home and be a frightening thing to deal with as a homeowner.

Keep reading to find out the types of animals in your attic, risks of animals in your attic, signs of animals in your attic, and what to do if you find animals in your attic.

What Kinds of Animals Live in The Attic?

Depending on where you are geographically, there are quite a few different creatures that could be taking up residence in your attic. Here are some of the most common animals we find that need to be removed from attics in Southwest Florida:

  • Rodents or Rats – Roof rats, also known as palm rats, often nest in Florida homes.
  • Squirrels – if you are hearing scampering noises during the day, a squirrel has probably gotten access to your attic.
  • Raccoons – Racoons are capable of ripping shingles and soffit off and ripping holes in weak areas of a building. If they can loosen a shingle or create an opening in the roof, they can enter your attic and stay.

Risk of Animals in Your Attic

We all know having an unwanted animal in your attic is probably not a good thing. But what are the specific dangers associated with having an animal in the attic?

  • Long term damage – most animals are going to gnaw and claw at the walls and floors of your attic, which can cause damage to the insulation, ductwork, wires, and sheetrock in the attic. They also will release excrement, which will cause a foul smell and can also cause damage to wood and sheetrock when left to fester in the attic, especially in the Southwest Florida heat.
  • Disease – Animals living in the attic can carry disease to you, your family, or your pets. Many common animals that are found in the attic can carry mites, ticks, and fleas that can spread throughout your home. The urine and feces that they leave behind can also cause disease if someone in your home comes in contact with it. Dust spread throughout your home can become contaminated with diseases caused by the creatures in your attic, which can cause disease as well.
  • Disturbance – An obvious danger you will encounter from having an animal in your home is the disturbance caused by them. Activities the animals will engage in – from feeding, mating, to normal communication – will cause unwanted noise that can be alarming to your family. Because many animals are nocturnal, they can often disturb sleep.

Signs of Animals in Your Attic

As previously mentioned, the noises you will hear are usually an early indicator of animals in the attic. There are a few specific noises to look for, and they might indicate which animal you are dealing with.

  • Gnawing or squeaking, especially at night, will often be from rats who are nocturnal.
  • Scampering or scurrying noises are typically from squirrels or rodents.
  • Purrs, whimpers, snarls, growls, hissing or screaming noises are most likely from raccoons.

There are a few other signs that will signal you that there is nuisance wildlife in your attic:

  • Animal droppings or urine
  • Nests made of paper, leaves or twigs
  • Disturbed insulation
  • Ducts ripped apart
  • Animal tracks left in dust
  • Entry holes on the exterior of your home

If you find any of these signs in or around your attic, especially combined with hearing noises, that’s a clear sign that there is an unwanted critter living in your attic.

Get Professional Wildlife Removal Service for Animals in Your Attic

Because each of the common animals you find in your attic are all different, there are different ways to handle them.

Rats are often best to remove with lethal traps and exclusion work, while squirrels are often easier removed with live traps or a one-way exclusion door. There are DIY ways to remove animals from your attic, but since each situation will be different and for the best results, we recommend working with a professional wildlife removal company.

Alford Wildlife is a licensed wildlife removal company in Southwest Florida that has expertise in a variety of areas including animal removal, animal relocation, animal exclusion, decontamination, insulation, and population management.

If you have nuisance animals in your attic, we can remove it safely and make sure that they won’t come back. For help with removing animals from your attic, or any other nuisance wildlife or pest control needs, contact Alford Wildlife online or call us at (239) 491-7592 today!

 

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