Raccoon Tore Open Orlando Roof

Raccoons Mean Business

Raccoons can do a lot of damage to a home.  An attic is a raccoon’s playground and just like a kid, they can be destructive at times.  They frequently tear apart the HVAC system, tear through wiring, and destroy the integrity of a home’s insulation by throwing insulation everywhere.

Most often a raccoon gets into an attic at a roof joint where the soffit is weakest and easiest to remove.  Their raiser sharp claws and ability to use their thumbs to grab things makes these weak points and other areas of concern very easy to get through without proper preventative work by a knowledgeable wildlife technician.  And as one Orlando customer learned the hard way, if the animal is not dealt with properly and all precautions taken, a much bigger problem may arise.

 Taking Action

I was called out to a home in Orlando that had been having an issue with raccoons getting into the attic over the last few months.  It’s never a good sign when someone knowingly allows any animal problem, especially a raccoon due to their immense strength and size in general, to go on for that long.  The longer a raccoon stays in your attic the greater the chance of damage occurring to the home.  Also, the longer the raccoon is in the attic the harder it is to evict them without using traps.

The raccoon feels comfortable and is more inclined to stay since they’ve already been there so long, especially if they’ve had babies during this period.  That was this customer’s issue.  He had tried getting rid of the raccoon several times by scaring it away with lights and noise in the attic, vinegar and ammonia sprayed in the attic, and finally by sealing the raccoon out once he saw it leave at night.  This was a big mistake.  He did a very good job sealing the entry point but completely neglected, simply out of not knowing to check, to completely assess the situation.

The Wildlife Expert Gets Involved

This is where our technicians are so important at Nuisance Wildlife Removal.  It turned out the raccoon he excluded from the attic was a mother raccoon with babies still trapped in the attic.  At this point, there’s usually not much that can keep them out.  Just like any mother with her babies in danger or cut off, this raccoon did everything to get them back.  It tore straight through the roof to get back in.

Now, not only does the customer have to worry about getting rid of the raccoon again, but will have to have some substantial roof repair done.  Another example of why a professional wildlife technician should always be called out to deal with nuisance animals.  Give Nuisance Wildlife Removal a call at 1-866-263-9453.

Raccoon Damage to Roof
Raccoon Damage

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Pocket Gophers

Pocket Gophers Digging Away In Davenport Florida

Today we were sent out to an apartment complex in Davenport.  They informed us that they had some kind of animal digging up their beautiful, expensive Zoysia grass and leaving unsightly mounds of dirt in their wake.  On the way to the property it was evident that the surrounding area around the complex was completely overrun by pocket gophers.  Dozens and dozens of gopher mounds beyond the property line could be seen in every direction from each corner of the property.

After talking with management and maintenance we decided the best action would be to immediately trap the gophers that were tearing the landscape apart within the property and to begin trapping just outside the property to prevent movement of the gophers from outside to inside the property line.  I started poking and prodding the ground to find the gopher tunnels in various locations in and around the property.

I set two traps in each gopher tunnel, one facing one way and one the other way as the gopher may come from either direction.  I’ll be back tomorrow and every couple days after that until we rid the lawn and property of these nuisance gophers.



 A Return Visit To Check On The Gopher Problem

Today is the third time I’ve been back to check on the gopher activity in Davenport.  The first trip to check the traps resulted in eight out of nine tunnels producing a trapped gopher.  The second produced another half dozen.  The gopher activity within the property has completely stopped with the third trap check.  No longer do the annoying, lawn destroying gopher mounds dot the expensive landscape.  Gopher activity has diminished substantially outside the property as well.  A few more trips and the activity should be completely eradicated in and immediately around the apartment complex.

Noisey Sarasota Attic

A Rodent Nightmare In Sarasota

Rodents like rats and mice can be a serious nuisance.  A Sarasota home I was called out to last week was a rodent nightmare.  The family complained about hearing scratching and tapping coming from above their ceiling. I knew right away it was a rodent issue. Sure enough after taking a quick glance in the attic, I saw rat droppings everywhere.

Where Were The Rodents Getting In?

The first step was to figure out where they were getting in to the home.  I noticed two small holes in the corner of the attic where sunlight was shining through, so I plugged those holes and set numerous traps.

A Call Back To Finish The Rodent Problem

On my return service visit, I found that every trap had been successful.  It is important to remove the trapped rats as soon as possible to avoid sitting in the heat of the attic.

The family was at ease knowing the smalls holes in their home’s attic where filled professionally and the rats we’re gone for good!

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