People always ask us “How do rats get into our attic?” Well the answer is simple they climb. “But I don’t have any trees touching my home” as in this video you can see they don’t need trees to get onto your roof. I have seen then climb stucco, brick and even wood homes.
Just Ask The Professionals First
So when battling a rodent infestations remember the whole structure must be sealed. That is from top to bottom and underneath if an elevated structure.
There Is Help Available
So remember when dealing with a rat infestation call the PROS at Nuisance Wildlife Removal Inc. to eradicate your rodent issues.
Here at Nuisance Wildlife Removal Inc. when we go out to a snake removal call people always ask how did that snake get into my home. The homeowner always goes and looks around his home for gaps and breaches but they only seem to look at ground level. There has been many times I have been in an attic and seen snake skins.
The Slithering Facts Do Not Lie -Watch The Video
Snakes Can Stick To Brick
So the video shows just how some snakes get into your home though gaps higher than you might think the can access. This just goes to prove that snakes can climb walls..
Nuisance Wildlife Removal Inc. can seal your home from these slithering species.
BRADENTON – There is certainly no shortage of snakes in Florida, as the state is home to more snakes than any other in the Southeast. This year, they seem to have come out of hiding earlier than normal, as some experts say the mild weather is to blame.
For the past nine years, one wildlife educator has been working closely with many types of animals. “One of my main jobs is to go out and capture injured animals, and rehabilitate them and release them back to the wild,” says Damen Hurd, who works at the Wildlife, Inc. Education and Rehabilitation Center.
Includes All Types Of Snakes
Hurd said that includes the slithering reptile that many hope to never find in their homes.
“I have a ton of experience with snakes especially,” Hurd said.
And although the snakes Hurd works with look to be under control, they actually can be pretty dangerous if you interact with the wrong ones. “We definitely have quite a few venomous snakes in the state of Florida,” Hurd said. “We also have exotic snakes like pythons and things like that here in the state. I never recommend anybody who’s not professional or doesn’t have any sort of training and ever touching any snakes in the wild or anything like that.”
Especially with reports of snake sightings up already this year.
“This year we have had a 70% increase of calls compared to last summer,” said Christy Norris, vice president of Nuisance Wildlife Removal.
Norris said it is something experts attribute to the warmer winter, early spring, and recent rains. “We’ve had an abundant call of snake removals,” Norris said. “With all the rains and stuff they’re looking for dry, high lands.”
Snake Bites Are On The Rise
So far this year, 235 snake bites have been reported in Florida as of May, up from the average for the last four years at 220. “What’s happening is people are thinking that it’s not a poisonous snake, and it actually is and they don’t realize that,” Norris said.
So the next time you see this creature chilling in your yard or house, it’s best to let them be. “Your best bet is to call you know a wildlife trapper that will come out, remove it, and take it to a safe habitat,” Norris said.
It’s important to remember that snakes would rather flight than fight. They usually will give you an ample warning before choosing to bite, which is their defense mechanism.
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I was dispatched the other day to a house in the Sarasota / Bradenton area. I was called out to pick up a snake in a bag. I assumed they just needed someone to come by and pick up the bag with the already caught snake. Well, that was definitely not the case.
Upon arrival the home owner greeted me and informed me the bag and snake was on the back porch. So I headed to the porch and came to find out the snake was in a bag of potting soil. I figure no big deal.
Not quite that easy.
The snake was covered in soil so there was no way of identifying the snake. Reaching in to grab an unidentified snake unprotected is definitely not a good idea. I could tell it was black and had some markings but I couldn’t really see enough to let me know if it was a venomous snake or not.
The Expert Knows What To Do
The only snake tool I had on the truck was a snake hook. So I finally get the snake out of the potting soil bag and into a mesh bag and off we go. I get it back to the office and wash it off letting me see that it was a juvenile black racer.
It’s interesting how a little dirt turned this capture into a little harder judgement call.
If you have a snake problem calls the PROS at Nuisance Wildlife Trapper before things get out of hand.
Nuisance Wildlife Removal received a phone call late Thursday afternoon from a Sarasota Podiatry office in reference to a very foul, dead animal smell. They also said that they had and are still hearing a lot of noises in the drop ceiling of the office.
We scheduled an appointment for Friday since they were planning on being closed. With the office being closed up over night as soon as we arrived and the door was open the horrible dead animal smell had taken over the entire office.
Fortunately the staff had somewhat pin-pointed the area of where the smell was most prominent. It seemed to be coming from the bottom of the wall behind the drywall. We went into the attic to see if we could retrieve the dead animal in the wall but the way it was constructed there was not a way to reach all the way to the bottom. We could however see it laying right at the base on the ground and it was a squirrel.
Dead Squirrel Found And Removed
So, in order to cause the least damage to the building while retrieving the dead animal we removed the base board and cut a small piece of drywall out at the bottom of the wall. This minimized the necessary repairs. After the dead animal was removed and an enzyme treatment was done to eliminate the odor and bacteria, we then did a complete inspection of the commercial property.
There were a total of five other offices joined together and we knew that they did not want to encounter the same issue. Upon inspection it was noted that the squirrels had definitely made themselves right at home. There were several nesting sights throughout the building and while we were inspecting we saw a squirrel exiting the building from an opening in the soffit. We proposed an estimate to seal the entire commercial complex and to humanely trap and remove the squirrels.
The owner of the building was more than happy with all of our suggestions and gladly accepted. We will be relieving the doctors of their “unwanted” patients in no time!
We have all heard that the banks have a lot of foreclosed and bank owned homes and that they can not maintain them. Often times they will find homeless living in the foreclosed homes.
Well not in this case! Nuisance Wildlife Removal was asked to go out to a foreclosed, bank owned home in Valrico, FL and inspect to see what type of animal had decided to take-up residency.
Squirrels Definitely Can Do A Lot Of Damage
Upon arrival to the home it was noted that there were definite animal entry signs, from what looked to be that of a squirrel. Not only were there chewing and gnawing marks in the wood fascia and soffit but due to the lack of maintenance the soffit had been blown out and created quite the free-way for entry. As if that wasn’t enough damage caused by the squirrels, when I opened the door to the home in Valrico, FL I immediately noticed water all over the floor. I just assumed that a pipe had busted. I ventured into the kitchen area where the water seemed to be coming from and as soon as I turned the corner there was insulation, drywall, and a lot more water all over the place. The ceiling had collapsed from the squirrels chewing on the plumbing lines that were ran in the attic, causing a leak, and then causing the ceiling to collapse. I immediately called the management company to report the findings. They were astonished at the damage that such a little animal like a squirrel could do.
The Squirrels Had To Go So Says The Bank
We completed the inspection of the rest of the property and it was quite evident that the squirrels had taken up residency in the attic. There were several nesting sights, a lot of droppings and urine, and several areas in the AC duct work that had been compromised. It is definitely time for an eviction on these squirrels, we plan on sealing up the house and live trapping the squirrels for relocation to a more suitable habitat.
Critter Intruders: Why You Should Hire a Pro for Removal
At some point, almost every homeowner will find an unwanted guest in his or her home, and I’m not talking about a stepmother. These intruders can be anything from insects to larger mammals, such as raccoons or opossums. If you find yourself having a superfluous visitor in your home, you may be tempted to try to deal with it by yourself. However, this approach can often end up backfiring on you and creating more problems than it solves. The best approach is to hire a professional to remove the animals from your property.
It can seem easy to get rid of these pests, but if you do not know what you are doing, you are not likely to succeed. There are all sorts of misinformation available about how best to get rid of animal intruders, and so trying to use this advice will likely mean failure. You may even end up attracting more animals than you had in the first place. A professional service is going to know exactly what does and does not work, and so they will succeed the first time.
A professional animal removal service can also safely transport the animals away from your property so that they will not return. It is not enough to just drive away one animal at one point in time. You need to take steps to make sure that they do not come back again in the future. A professional service can help you assess your property so that you will know what attracted your unwanted guests in the first place. This way, you can make changes to ensure that they do not return again. With their years of experience in dealing with these pests, a professional service can give you lots of great pointers that you might not have thought of.
My Own Experience
As a homeowner myself, I’ve experienced problems with squirrels in the attic – This is one of the most frustrating problems to have, especially since it means that my roof contractor performed his job inadequately. Nevertheless, after many unsuccessful and harmful attempts at ridding of these pests, I called a professional. Everything was done humanely and securely, ensuring that the squirrels would never return.
Since they’ve been around it for so long, most pest control professionals are also very aware of these types of structural problems that cause infestations. So as far as the roof goes, that problem has also been taken care of. Not only did I benefit from the service, but I made out in the long haul as I was able to take care of structural problems that may have decreased the value of my home upon resale.
But the most important reason to hire a professional involves that of your family’s safety. Although furry and sometimes cute, wild animals are also quite dangerous. Professionals are trained in dealing with these animals and have the proper equipment and protective gear that is needed to safely remove them from your property. If you try to do it on your own, you risk injuring yourself and potentially contracting an unpleasant disease. Do not put yourself or your family at risk. If you are dealing with unwanted animals in your home or on your property, call a professional removal service right away.
By Erik Braunitzer, courtesy of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, agents for New York City Apartments.