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4 Reasons to Work with a Local Pest Control Company

Thursday, January 7th, 2021

As DIY projects become more popular, many of us are more confident in taking pest control issues into our own hands. But when it comes to pest control, we highly recommend that you leave it to the pros.

If you are one of these DIYers hesitant to open your phone and search “local pest control companies near me,” we have compiled 4 reasons why you should do so. Read on!

Proper Treatment

When your house becomes home to pests, you will start seeing the signs. Some of these are as obvious as having a cockroach on your kitchen counter, but others take longer to identify, like bed bugs.

Regardless, a pest control expert will know where to look for these signs and best access the root of your problem. They have the knowledge to identify how the pests are entering your home and what is attracting them.

Proper Decontamination

Pest infestations often bring additional unwanted problems. You will also have to deal with their droppings, their eggs, and their dead relatives. Such factors can be carriers of diseases and affect your family if your house is not decontaminated properly. You can avoid these issues by hiring a local pest control company. They will make sure the job is done right.


A local pest control company will know and use products that best eliminate the pests at hand. They are also affordable, so save yourself the money from several failed DIY attempts! To take it even further, most local pest control companies near you probably offer some sort of maintenance to help prevent future pest problems (again, saving you money in the long-run).


Professionals know what they are doing. While you are still trying to figure out what pesticides work best, or if they even work, a pest control specialist will already have a plan of action. Get rid of the pests of your home as quickly as possible with expert help.

Again, don’t waste money or time on DIY solutions that are often temporary.

Looking for A Local Pest Control Company?

So, you have decided to work with a local business, but are thinking “Where can I find trustworthy local pest control companies near me? That’s easy.

Alford Wildlife & Pest Management offers local, affordable, and professional solutions to many pest problems including cockroaches, fleas, ants, bed bugs, and more.

Our certified experts service Southwest and Central Florida. Find out more about our services today. Give us a call!

  • Lee, Collier, and Charlotte Counties: (239) 245-7482
  • Manatee and Sarasota Counties: (941) 271-0450
  • Pinellas, Pasco, and Hillsborough Counties: (727) 291 9801


How to Spot An Armadillo And How To Remove It From Your Home

Thursday, December 3rd, 2020

Living in states like Florid means that the land occupies plenty of other inhabitants that may just wander in and about your property. Trespassing wildlife usually includes mammals like armadillos and raccoons, birds, and rodents. Armadillos are commonly mistaken for rodents because of their rodent-like features, but they are, in fact, the only mammals with armor-like skin. They are also notorious for their digging habits.

Spotting an Armadillo in plain sight is rather easy because of its unique features. However, you will rarely find these in action. Once it enters your property, it is likely to leave behind damage. Their incredible capacity to dig burrows and holes can become a nuisance to any landowner. Let us discuss how you can spot an armadillo by identifying its damage and how to remove it.

We always recommend hiring professional wildlife removal services to best remove and prevent armadillos from coming back.

Holes and Burrow Entrances

Armadillos will try to make holes throughout your lawn. These holes are most likely to be 3-5m wide and 1-3m deep. Once you identify holes, you may also find burrow entrances on sidewalks, low-lying shrubs, brush piles, and underneath structures or walls.

These burrows are likely to be 7” to 10” in diameter, capable of damaging underground pipes and wires. Furthermore, it may also cause the cracking of concrete sidewalks and foundations.

Other than holes and burrow entrances, plenty of other indications point to an armadillo problem. For example, the uprooting and plucking down of plants and seedlings, along with identifiable foot tracks. Armadillos have recognizable footprints with four toes in the front legs and five toes in the hind legs, with elongated center toes on each foot.

How to Remove Armadillos from Your Home

Let’s begin with proper fencing, as the armadillo’s main route to entry is the underground. Therefore, installing proper fencing that digs deep into the ground can prevent this problem. Secondly, if you spot the main entrance burrow, consider setting a cage trap. Trapping is another quick solution to this problem.

Other methods include making your yard or lawn as inhospitable as possible.  One way to do this is by changing to abrasive landscaping materials and installing motion-activated lights.  Another way is to treat your lawn for the armadillo’s food sources, such as grubs and insects.  Overall, the best solution to your armadillo problem involves hiring professional wildlife removal services to remove them and deter them from returning to your property.

Need Wildlife Removal Services?

While there are DIY solutions to remove armadillos from your property, we always recommend hiring wildlife removal services. Solving the problems of armadillo invasions requires expert-level management and insight into wildlife removal and relocation. Armadillos also carry diseases, and while the possibilities are not as high, they could transfer the bacteria known to cause leprosy.

At Alford Wildlife & Pest Management, we offer wildlife removal services and have certified experts that can inspect, assess, and effectively remove armadillos from your yard. To learn more about our armadillo removal services contact us online for Southwest Florida removal service and Central Florida removal services.

You can also contact us directly by calling these numbers:

  • Lee, Collier, and Charlotte Counties: (239) 245-7482
  • Manatee and Sarasota Counties: (941) 271-0450
  • Pinellas and Pasco Counties: (727) 291 9801






3 Types of Rats in Florida & How to Remove Rats

Monday, November 16th, 2020

Florida is home to a variety of rats especially Palm rats, Wood rats, and Norway rats. They easily become a problem for many homeowners as they reproduce quickly and chew on cables, your pet’s food, and other things that could affect your everyday life.

If you are currently facing rat infestation, you should search for rat removal services as soon as possible since these animals also carry viruses that could transmit to humans and pets.

Types of Rats in Florida

1. Palm Rats

These are the most common types of rats, also known as roof rats. They receive this name because of their ability to climb and live in palm trees. Palm rats are one of the most present rats in Florida due to the state’s warm climate.

You can identify them as they have darker skin but a lighter underbelly. They are not bigger than 12 to 14 inches.

Like other rats, they chew through wirings in your home and will spoil your garden in search of food. They will often present damage to your home’s roof too by digging holes to get entry access.

2. Wood Rats

Wood rats are not as common in Florida as Palm rats or Norway rats, but they are still seen in the northern parts of the state. These can grow as long as seven inches and have the look of hamsters.

Wood rats become a nuisance as they eat your food and leave droppings that can expose you to diseases. They tend to steal some lightweight, smaller items from your home as well, which is why they are also called Pack Rats.

3. Norway Rats

Unlike other types of rats, these rats spend most time of their lives outside instead of entering your home. You may often find them hiding in your garden and lawn. If you see physical damage in your garden, such as holes and uneven surfaces, it could likely be a Norway rat.

Even though they usually live in sewers and the streets, they will still enter homes when they have scarce food sources outside. These rats can also transmit some pathogens that can cause serious diseases.

How to Remove Rats

No matter what type of rat you are dealing with, the first thing you need to do is hire professional rat removal services. We have covered on one of our blogs why you should not do DIY rat removal work. It often leads to a temporary solution.

A professional ensures to get the job done accurately in the first attempt. Moreover, hiring an expert means that you don’t have to worry about getting exposed to any diseases and you won’t have to dispose of them afterward.

In our blog, “How Rat Removal services Work” we cover in detail the process professionals follow for rat removal from the initial inspection to the final cleanup.

Have A Rat Problem?

If you have identified the common signs of rat infestation, call us today! We have certified rat removal experts that can eliminate rats on your property and block their point of entry. The sooner you take action the less damage you will experience.

Contact us today to get a free quote!

Common Types of Nuisance Wildlife in Florida

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

In Florida, wildlife plays an important part in the ecology, but it can become a nuisance to property owners. Certain animals can cause significant economic loss or even property damage if they are not removed.

In this blog, we will list the most common nuisance wildlife in Florida and why they tend to become a problem.

Common Nuisance Wildlife

1.      Raccoons

Raccoons are the most common nuisance wildlife species in Florida. These animals break into people’s homes, porches, attics, lanais, garages, and create a mess especially if there is any garbage left behind. They also are a carrier of rabies which can be transferred to you or your pets.

2.      Squirrels

Squirrels love to dig holes. If you have a garden, they can destroy your plants by digging them up. They also chew every item that comes in their way. This includes electric wires, bird feeders, wood, and the list goes on.

3.      Opossums

These wildlife animals are scavengers. They spoil pet food and garbage. In Florida, they enter attics and homes. Sometimes they die inside the walls, attics, and under the house, which creates a bad odor that can be difficult to get rid of.

4.      Palm Rats

They are also among the most common nuisance wildlife you will find in Florida. Palm rats or roof rats invade houses once they find any opening or holes and reproduce quickly. They are a nocturnal animal and they can chew up wires affecting your home electrical system. In some cases, they can even chew up the wires in your car, causing serious damage.

How to Remove Nuisance Wildlife

We do not recommend property owners to try to solve these issues themselves. It is best to contact a wildlife removal company.  There are best practices and procedures to correctly remove this nuisance wildlife and keep them out of your house permanently.

In one of our recent blogs, we addressed the dangers of DIY squirrel and other rodent removal and why it is important to contact a professional wildlife removal company.

Call a Wildlife Removal Company Today

Let the experts take care of the nuisance wildlife for you. They are more knowledgeable and will have more effective methods for removal and exclusion.

At Alford Wildlife & Pest Management we offer affordable, local wildlife removal services, done by certified professionals. Give us a call today to get started.

  • Lee, Collier, and Charlotte Counties: (239) 245-7482
  • Manatee and Sarasota Counties: (941) 271-0450
  • Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough Counties: (727) 291 9801

The Dangers of DIY Squirrel & Other Rodent Removal

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020

Squirrels, and other rodents, are very common in Southwest Florida. You’ll find them near businesses, residential neighborhoods, and schools.

Most of the time, squirrels are harmless, and you may just see one or two at a time scurrying in the trees and around the bushes. However, if you are noticing that squirrels are multiplying in numbers and becoming a nuisance (either outdoors or inside of your home or business), you may want to consider removing the squirrels. But where do you start?

The first recommendation we have is to contact a local wildlife removal company that specializes in squirrel removal.

You may be tempted to take this on as a DIY project, but we highly encourage you not to – and for various reasons. Read the rest of this article to find out more.

Toxic Chemical Danger

The internet has ample information on how to do pretty much everything, including DIY rodent or squirrel removal. A quick search will show you hundreds of products you can use to bait and trap squirrels, including poison baits.

Unless you are familiar with the live animal trapping/removal industry, chances are that you do not know what is in these chemicals and how they can harm your family or pets. You could unknowingly create a concoction that will end up costing you money, time, and could be harmful to you.

Squirrel Removal Does Not Mean They Cannot Return

Consider the topic of the blog – it’s about squirrel removal. But what do you do after the squirrels are gone?

If you had squirrels living in your attic or other parts of your home, just because you removed them does not mean they will not come back. Consider their entry points. Did you seal those off?

As a professional rodent removal company working in the South Florida area, we’ve run into this more times than we can count. Removing the symptom (squirrels being in your home or attic) does not solve the issue.

A professional knows how squirrels live and as such, they can assist you in sealing off any entry points to ensure that they do not return. Squirrel removal is just the first part. Then comes the exclusion services to seal off any entry points and prevent their return. Without this, you’re likely to deal with this problem again.

Rodent Removal & Cleanup

Another part of the rodent removal process is the cleanup and decontamination. Surely this is not a task you want to take on by yourself.

If squirrels or other rodents have made their way into your home, there is likely going to be a cleanup required. Long-term exposure to squirrel or rodent droppings can make your family and pets prone to health risks. A professional squirrel removal company will be able to help you with the decontamination, ensuring that you and your family are taken care of.

Call a Professional Squirrel & Rodent Removal Company

We understand the allure of DIY squirrel and rodent removal. You probably think it’s cheaper, faster, and better in your hands. However, we’ve seen the damage that rodents and squirrels can cause when they inevitably return, so we recommend contacting a professional from the beginning.

Here at Alford Wildlife & Pest Management, we offer rodent removal services in the following areas:

  • Lee County – Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres, and Bonita Springs
  • Collier County – North Naples, Naples, and Marco Island
  • Charlotte County – Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda
  • Sarasota County – Sarasota and North Port
  • Manatee County – Anna Maria, Bradenton, and Palmetto
  • Hillsborough County – Tampa, Plant City, and Brandon
  • Pinellas County – St. Petersburg and Clearwater
  • Pasco County – New Port Richey, Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills, and Odessa

Give us a call today to inquire about our rodent removal services.

  • Lee, Collier, and Charlotte Counties: (239) 245-7482
  • Manatee and Sarasota Counties: (941) 271-0450
  • Pinellas and Pasco Counties: (727) 291 9801

Alford Wildlife & Pest Management Expands Its Services to the Greater Tampa Area

Friday, August 28th, 2020

Alford Wildlife & Pest Management expanded its wildlife and pest control services to the Greater Tampa area, including:

  • Sarasota County – Sarasota and North Port
  • Manatee County – Anna Maria, Bradenton, and Palmetto
  • Hillsborough County – Tampa, Plant City, and Brandon
  • Pinellas County – St. Petersburg and Clearwater
  • Pasco County – New Port Richey, Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills, and Odessa

While still based in Fort Myers, Florida, we are now offering the following services to these counties as well:

  • Animal Removal & Relocation
  • Animal Exclusion
  • Dead Animal Removal
  • Population Management
  • Decontamination
  • Pest Eradication
  • Pest Management

We are certified in several areas to best help you with wildlife and pest problems. If you reside in any of these counties and are experiencing problems in your property, contact us to the following numbers to get a free consultation:

  • Manatee & Sarasota: (941) 271-0450
  • Pinellas, Pasco & Hillsborough: (727) 291 9801

You can also fill out a contact form by clicking here and we will reach out shortly.




How Rat Removal Services Work

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

Rats are a common rodent in Southwest Florida. They love the warm weather as much as we do and will take any opportunity to invade your property if you are not cautious. Whether they are brown rats or palm rats, they will quickly reproduce and become a problem for you.

How to Identify Rats in Your Property

There are many signs that point to a rat infestation, however, you have to be very attentive to catch these as rats are nocturnal animals. Here are some of the signs that you have rats in your home:

  • The most obvious: You spot a rat on your property
  • There are rat droppings near your home, especially around your trash or your pet’s food.
  • You hear scratching sounds in your attic and mostly at night.
  • There are nests in hidden areas of your home.
  • You spot chewed wires or marks of teeth on wood.
  • You spot teeth marks on fallen fruit on your property.
  • There are signs of burrows in your yard.

If you spot any of these, we highly recommend you contact a professional rat removal company before rats take over your property and create damage.

How Effective Rat Removal Services Work

Once you have recognized you have a rat infestation and hire a rat removal services company, there are a couple of steps the professional will follow to ensure effective removal and prevention.


The first step to eliminating any rodents is to identify and confirm that you do have them on your property.

In an inspection, a professional will determine where the rats are congregating and setting up their nests. This is crucial to the rat removal process since it will show the rats’ trails. Inspections also reveal where they are feeding and the access points they have in your property.

There is a variety of equipment that can be used to spot rats if needed. Among the most well-known are:

  • UV light source: It can be used to find trails of urine.
  • Fluorescent Tracking Power: It attaches to rats and can be seen under UV lights to observe rats’ movements.

Sealing & Prevention

Simply eliminating rats will not solve your problem if you have access points in your home that can be invaded by other rats. To prevent recurrent infestation, all holes should be covered or at least filled with wire mesh, metal flashing, or any durable material that cannot be chewed through.

Some of the most common access points are:

  • Holes on garage doors
  • Holes on door frames leading outside the home
  • Holes on windows
  • Pipes
  • Cracked foundations
  • Roof vents and junctions

Make sure you take action in eliminating food sources, so you keep them from coming back. Some common food sources are pet food, food left uncovered overnight, and easily accessible trash.

Trapping & Elimination

After the problem with rats is identified and prevention methods are taken, then it is time for the professional to trap and eliminate them.

  • Setting up traps or baits. This method can take up to a couple of weeks since rats are very smart and cautious by nature.
  • Using rodenticides. When traps or baits are not enough, professionals will apply chemicals throughout your property. This method is mainly used when the rat population is large.

Clean Up

After the rats are eliminated, there needs to be proper sanitation to prevent bacteria and diseases from spreading. Professionals will use protective gear and disinfectant chemicals to handle the treated area. A thorough cleanup is the last step to rat removal.

Seeing Signs of Rats On Your Property?

If you have realized you have a rodent problem, give us a call today! The sooner you eliminate rats, the less damage they will cause. At Alford Wildlife & Pest Management, we have certified professionals with the knowledge and equipment to get rid of rats.

Even if you have not yet experienced any signs, we highly recommend our effective exclusion services to future avoid an infestation in this favorable rodent weather.

Call us today for a free quote.



Michael Alford Gets Reptile and Amphibian Certification from NWCOA

Thursday, July 16th, 2020

We are excited to announce Michael Alford is now Reptile and Amphibian Certified by the National Wildlife Control Operators Association (NWCOA).

What does this mean?

Michael has the knowledge to deal with reptiles and amphibians inhabiting homes and businesses. He can identify, trap, and relocate them following the proper safety procedures and regulations guidelines put in place for wildlife removal companies.

About the NWCOA

The NWCOA is a national trade association that represents the wildlife control industry. It provides resources and training to companies so they can be more competent when providing services. It provides training to or on behalf of state agencies and provides research findings and regulatory announcements affecting the pest control and wildlife removal industry.

3 Difficult Pests to Identify in Florida Homes

Friday, July 10th, 2020

Generally, pests are a nuisance. But if they are not taken care of in time, they can have a drastic impact on our homes and our budgets.

Some of them are harder to identify, making them more dangerous and more difficult to eliminate. Here are 3 of the most difficult pests to identify. Make you sure watch out for them and have a pest control professional visit your home regularly.

Bed Bugs

This pest is one of the worst to have in your home. They are hard to notice at first since they are very small, about the size of an apple seed. They are active at night and will bite you while you are sleeping.

Rather than looking out for them, you should pay attention to key signs such as red marks from the bites on your skin. They live on the blood of humans and animals so you will eventually experience irritation on your skin.

These bugs usually hide on your mattress, headboard, or bed frame so they can get access to you during the night. Be on the lookout for bloodstains on your sheet and mattress or other rusty colored stains.

Bed bugs can become a nightmare if not treated immediately. In a favorable environment, they will produce about three or more generations in one year. On top of that, they can expand quickly to other rooms by crawling on the walls and the floor.


Termites can damage the structure of your home without any obvious signs, and that’s what makes it a terrifying pest. They are called “silent destroyers” since they can chew away at your home’s wood pillars and by the time you notice them, they have done significant damage.

Two types of termites usually infest homes: workers and swarmers. Worker termites are responsible for collecting food for the colony and feed on cellulose which is a component found in wood. Swarmer termites take care of the reproduction and creating new colonies.

Many people often confuse swarmer termites with flying ants, dismissing them when they see them in their homes. This mistake often leads to larger consequences in the future.

A quick and simple test for termite pests is to place your thumb on exposed wooden areas in your house and apply pressure to see if the wood crumbles. This test helps you find the tip of the iceberg and shows extensive long-term damage. We highly recommend having a termite inspection done by a professional.


If you have pets, there is a higher probability you will be exposed to fleas. They usually feed on domestic animals such as cats and dogs. They can even feed on rats and mice, so it is important that you watch out for rodents as well.

Fleas reproduce very quickly. Their eggs hatch within 2 to 14 days and usually by the time you notice them biting your legs, they have already spread throughout your house.

They don’t need a host to hatch. They can lay their eggs in your carpet, floor cracks, your couch, and almost anywhere. To make matters worse, they tend to flourish more in Florida because of our warm climate all year round.

We highly recommend that you check your home for fleas and their eggs. Start with your pet. They will usually prefer the neck and the inside area of your legs. If you find any, move on to possible contaminated areas such as your pet’s bedding and upholstered furniture.

Get Professional Pest Control Today

None of these pests can be exterminated on your own. It is important that you contact a pest control professional before they greatly affect your home.

Alford Pest Management offers affordable and professional pest control services. We have the proper equipment and expertise to help you get rid of the pests in your home. Contact us today for a free quote or call us to learn more about our services.


Dangers of DIY Rat Removal

Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

Palm rats, also known as roof rats, citrus rats, or black rats are a rodent species that are very common in Florida because of our tropical climate and can often find their way into properties, becoming a nuisance for homeowners.

Palm rats can damage your electrical devices by gnawing on wiring, rummage through your kitchen and garden, cause destruction to your home’s attic– not to mention the risk they pose to your family by spreading disease. Simply put, if you find rats in your home, you want to get rid of them as soon as possible.

You may choose to go the do-it-yourself route to try to get rid of unwanted rats in your home, not realizing that a rat infestation isn’t something you should try to handle yourself.

Here are a few of the risks of DIY rodent removal to remind you why it should be left to the professionals.

Risk 1: Disease

One of the biggest risks of having rats in your home in the first place is the diseases they carry, and that is also a reason you should not try to remove them yourself.

They can transmit what’s known as RBF (rat-bite-fever) to you, your pets, or your children if you come in contact with them. Their droppings and urine also cause serious infection and disease.

If you are trying to set up traps or remove rats yourself, you could expose yourself to these potential dangers. Professional wildlife removal companies are trained in the proper procedures not only to trap and remove the rats safely but to decontaminate the area once they are gone.

Furthermore, any DIY rat poisons on the market also have harmful ingredients that are not safe to have in your home and can get your family or pets sick.

Risk 2: Damage

Since rats can destroy insulation, wiring, get into food, wood, and furniture, there is an added risk when trying to get into the area they are and set up traps. When rats get into your attic and potentially chew through wiring, the destruction they cause can lead to house fires or critical damage to your home.

A professional is trained to assess the current situation and evaluate if your home is in immediate danger and create a plan to trap the rats to mitigate any further damage.

Risk 3: Prevention

Many DIY rat control products are “quick fixes” but aren’t going to help you with keeping rats out of your home in the long term. At home rat traps and rat poison might help you kill or get critters out of your home, but one of the most important parts of rat control is prevention.

Sealing entry points is an essential step in the rat removal process. Rats are able to get into your home through some sort of entry point, usually in the roof (hence the nickname roof rats) that have to be identified and professionally sealed to keep them out for good.

Risk 4: Time & Cost

Many people go the DIY route because they want to see results right away, and they don’t want to spend a lot of money. However, this is counterproductive, because going with a professional wildlife company can save you money and time.

Since rodents are nocturnal, it can actually be difficult to identify them, and know exactly what type of rodent problem you are dealing with. If you’re unsure of the species and the entry points, you can often end up spending a lot of your valuable time and money on different treatments.

Since wildlife trappers are certified and highly trained in how to identify and remove rats, they will be able to identify your rat problem and create a solution that can be quickly executed and cost-effective.

Word with A Professional Rat Removal Company in Florida

If you’ve encountered a rat in your home, don’t panic!

Instead of going the DIY route and putting yourself more in danger and risking costly damage, call Alford Wildlife for help. We are a professional wildlife removal company that specializes in rat removal and rodent control services in Southwest Florida.

For a free quote on our services, contact us online or call (239) 491-7592.

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