Bats Removed From Ellenton Home (Bay News9)

Bats In Ellenton Home


A Manatee County family is battling a bat problem.

Leo and Joan Masucci, who live in Ellenton’s Colony Cove, said hundreds of bats recently moved into their home, causing major problems for them.

“You can’t imagine how stressful this has been for us,” Joan Masucci said.

The couple said that at first, they didn’t even realize the bats were there. Then, after a few months, they started smelling a rotten odor.

“I thought there was a dead animal under the house,” Leo Masucci said.

The bats were not visible to the homeowners because they were up above the ceiling. They were able to get into the home through a small hole in the back of the house.

The bats chewed through the drywall, shredded the duct work and left feces all over, which created the terrible odor.

Despite learning about the problem, the couple couldn’t do anything about it because of what time of the year it was.

“From April 15 to Aug. 15, bats here in Florida are protected,” said Christy Norris, who works with Nuisance Wildlife Removal. “There’s a maternity season, and you can’t exclude them in any way shape or form during that time.”

So the couple waited until after the protection date to move forward. However, now they’re dealing with another problem.

To repair all of the damage done to their home, it’s going to cost an estimated $15,000.

The couple thought their homeowner’s insurance would pay for it, but they’ve been told the repairs are not covered.

Bay News 9 contacted the homeowner’s insurance company, American Traditions. A representative said the company is aware of the problem and is looking into it.

The homeowners fear for their health and said that because of that, along with the smell and damages, they’ve moved out.

The Masuccis said they have decided to pay for the repairs themselves so they can return home soon. However, they’re still trying to convince their insurance company to cover the costs.

Nuisance Wildlife Removal and another team are now working on the home.

The couple says this is something they never thought was possible and now they’re warning others.

“I’d like people to know to make sure their homes are checked and that holes are filled in,” Joan Masucci said.  “There are a lot of bats looking to nest. I don’t want anyone else to have this same problem.”


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Yosemite Hantavirus

Yosemite Hantavirus May And Larger Mouse Population

By Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times  6:00 PM PDT, September 12, 2012

The population of mice that carry hantavirus may have swelled in Yosemite National Park, a possible lead in the ongoing investigation into an outbreak of infections that has killed three people since mid-June.

Trapping of deer mice indicates a larger population, a possible factor in the outbreak of infections. Three Yosemite visitors have died from the disease.

Recent trapping related to the investigation indicates that the park’s deer mouse population is larger this year, said Dr. Vicki Kramer, head of the California Department of Public Health’s vector-borne disease section. Deer mice are the primary carriers of hantavirus in the U.S.

Rodent Trappings Provide Evidence

Agency officials have twice laid peanut butter-laced traps for the rodents at the park, Kramer said. The first traps, set out between Aug. 21 and Aug. 23, were centered on Curry Village, where seven of the eight hantavirus cases have been traced to tent cabins.

About 50% of the Curry Village traps caught mice, and 13.7% of the rodents tested positive for antibodies of sin nombre virus, indicating that they either have, or have had, hantavirus. The statewide average is about 14%, Kramer said.

Trapping resumed last week, after additional cases of hantavirus were linked to Yosemite — including one traced to the High Sierra Loop that links Yosemite Valley with Tuolumne Meadows and other areas. Traps were also laid in Tuolumne Meadows, where about 45% were successful, Kramer said.

That could indicate a larger mouse population, she said. In 2007, only 17% of traps in the area caught mice; in 2008, 25%. Antibody results for the second set of traps were not yet available.

Some experts have wondered if a population boom of deer mice contributed to the Yosemite outbreak. Scientists have attributed the 1993 outbreak in the Four Corners region of the Southwest to an abundant deer mouse population that year.

“That could be a contributing factor,” Kramer said of the Yosemite cases. “This seems to be supporting that hypothesis.”

Officials have called the Yosemite outbreak unprecedented — more than one hantavirus infection from the same location in the same year is rare. The disease is typically transmitted to humans as they inhale dust or dirt containing the droppings or urine of infected mice.

The mice collected from Yosemite were euthanized and stored in freezers in case experts need their blood or tissue for additional research, said Kramer, who added that fewer than 100 mice had been trapped.

“Our objective is not rodent reduction but risk assessment, by trying to get a general idea of mice abundance,” Kramer said.

Park Visitors May Increase Rodent Populations

It could take months to complete the investigation into the Yosemite outbreak, which is being conducted by state and federal agencies, said Danielle Buttke, a veterinary epidemiologist with the National Park Service.

Officials are looking at other factors, among them the density of development in Curry Village, she said. The popular campground offers more food for mice, as well as protection — natural predators are more likely to be scared off by such a large human presence.

Copyright © 2012, Los Angeles Times

Can Rats Climb Walls?

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.

How Do Snakes Get In My House

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.


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Snakes Out In Numbers

image of a snake head
Snake Removal Bradenton

Reported by: Meredith Garofalo

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.
Copyright 2012 Southern Broadcast Corp of Sarasota All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.



Bee Hive Removal

A Bee Extraction Followup

Orlando Bee Hive Under Trailer
Orlando Bee Hive Under Trailer

I went out a couple days ago to clean out the bee hive from the previous post Swarm of Angry Bees in Orlando.  It’s always important to remove a bee hive and spray the area down after the bee extermination is done.  Leaving the hive will result in the honey beginning to pour downward, out of the hive as the bees are no longer taking care of it.  The honey will start to smell very bad and attract other pests like ants.  It also may attract other bees that will start another hive.

Bee Removal Guy Gets A Break

This particular bee hive was underneath a work trailer in Orlando.  Unlike a lot of bee hive removals I run into in Orlando, no walls, masonry, fascia or other major obstruction needed to be cut through to get to it.  A little bit of insulation and the vapor barrier was all that needed removed.  As can be seen in the pictures this was a decent size hive but certainly not huge.  It was probably about two and a half feet long by sixteen inches, enough that it would have created quite the mess.


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The Invisible Snake

black cnake in a bag of potting soil
Black snake hidden in a bag of potting soil

Snake Is In The Bag

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.

Easy Money?

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.

  • Open bag.
  • Grab snake.
  • Collect money.
  • 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.


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Angry Bee Swarm

Occasionally, people ask how we can do what we do without being worried about getting bit, scratched, stung, infected, or some other worry.  Well, like any other hazardous job, we are educated and prepared in order to prevent such things.  A construction site in Orlando provided an opportunity to show a small part of this training.

It’s BUZZZZ To The Rescue

A work trailer had a large hive of bees living underneath it and we were called to deal with it.  I put my bee suit on, carefully checking for any holes around the zipper connections and overlapping areas, such as where the gloves pull over the long sleeves or the leg pants slide over the boots.  Knowing my bee keeper suit is completely sealed I don’t have to worry about bee stings, except the occasional bee that just won’t quit and actually penetrates through the fabric, which does happen.

While not an Africanized bee hive, this colony of bees was pretty aggressive after I started fogging them.  Ten minutes earlier I was squatting directly underneath the hive, unprotected, with no bees trying to sting me.  As the video below shows, they weren’t so happy once I disturbed them.  I will be back in a couple days to clean this hive out and take some pictures.

See The Bee Trapper All Decked Out To Work

Orlando Eastern Coral Snake

Eastern Coral Snake Capture

A Coral Snake
Eastern Coral Snake

Orlando Coral Snake
Orlando Coral Snake

Today’s list of jobs included a somewhat rare treat, the eastern coral snake.  A customer in Orlando had one of these beautiful, yet dangerous snakes lying by his pool.  As I’ve said in other posts, the majority of snake calls we get are for non-venomous snakes.  Most of our snake calls seem to be for black snakes, king snakes, and rat snakes.  We do occasionally go out to remove a cottonmouth or rattlesnake.  Much less frequently, we run into the coral snake, North America’s most venomous native snake.

Coral Snake Facts

Astoundingly, as dangerous as the coral snake’s venom is, less than one percent of all venomous snakebites in the United States come from a coral snake.  This is due to their very illusive nature and the ineffectiveness of their bite.  Coral snakes don’t strike like a rattlesnake or water moccasin does.  They kind of latch on and actually have to grind their small teeth down into their prey to inject their venom, making them easy to shake off quickly and prevent the venom from getting into the prey’s system.  This, along with their skittish nature, is why there are so few snake bite cases involving coral snakes.

In fact, only one person has died since 1967, when the coral snake anti-venom was first produced, from a coral snake bite.  This infrequency of bites by coral snakes has even led to yearly talks of doing away with the supply of anti-venom.  The current stock of antivenin was set to expire in October 31 of 2008.  The FDA has so far extended the expiration date each year as tests have shown that the stock is still good.  No company currently produces FDA approved antivenin for coral snake bites so when it finally does expire, it’s possible that it will not be replaced.

 Always Call A Professional To Remove Snakes

Coral snake or not, do not take chances of being bitten by a poisonous snake. Call the Nuisance Wildlife Trapper for this and any type of wild animal control job.


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