Critter Control of Emerald Coast

Wildlife Removal Services
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Wildlife Removal Services

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Florida is home to 4,368 known animal species, with 269 species found only in Florida. With so much wildlife enjoying the sandy white beaches and the clear emerald green waters, tourists and locals can expect an encounter. Hopefully, the encounter will be pleasant and not a nuisance.

Florida defines nuisance wildlife as those who pose a threat to the public, cause damage to your property, or are an annoyance anywhere on your property. Nuisance wildlife numbers will continue to grow if we continue to develop land for residential and commercial use. If you encounter wildlife on your property, you must know the requirements for removal, which can vary for each animal.

If you own property on the Emerald Coast, you have made a significant investment that must be protected from nuisance wildlife. If you rent your property, your tenants may not understand Florida's regulations on nuisance wildlife. They may not be prepared for the raccoons, squirrels, bats, skunks, opossums, armadillos, snakes, and rodents they may encounter during their visit.

The best way to handle nuisance wildlife is to call an wildlife control company. At Critter Control, we y know the laws and permit requirements and have safe and humane removal methods.

Critter Control Wildlife Removal Service

Critter Control is here for you every step of the way in the wildlife removal process. From inspection to removal — and even exclusion and repair — we have the services you need to get rid of raccoons, rodents, and other nuisances fast. First, we identify the animal on the property, then use humane methods to remove the animal and secure weak points where more could enter. If damage has been done, we can make those repairs for a complete restoration.
STEP 1

Wildlife Inspection

During the inspection we try to ascertain how many animals there are, where they are located, and how they got in. Based on what you have seen, heard and smelled, we start the inspection where you have noticed signs of animal activity. Evidence of animals inside your home include nests, dens, feces, and animal tracks. We investigate the exterior of your home looking for possible entry points, any evidence of animal damage, tracks, fur, animal waste, or rub marks.
STEP 2

Removal

We use several methods to humanely remove the animal from your home. Depending on the species, the number of animals, and the condition of your property, we develop a custom wildlife removal plan. Humane wildlife removal strategies include animal traps, one-way doors, and repellents. Once we guarantee all animals are gone, we implement exclusion techniques. Exclusion techniques provide a safe, long-term solution to nuisance wildlife in your home. We create barriers to prevent animals from getting to resources. We only apply exclusions once we are sure all animals are gone from your home.
STEP 3

Exclusion and Repair

Wildlife will damage your home. Exclusion techniques repair any damage the animal causes getting into your home. Inside your home, animals build nests and dens out of readily available material. They will create runs through the insulation. Rodents will gnaw on anything including electrical wires and pipes. Animals can also spread diseases. We apply sanitation agents to clean up feces and urine. Mammals can host pests like fleas, ticks, and mites. Ectoparasite treatments exterminate those pests so you don’t become their next host.

Raccoon Removal

Raccoons on the Emerald Coast are growing in number. Their permanent masks and banded tails make them easy to identify. You may not see them often but recognize the wreckage they leave behind, like the scattered trash, missing garden crops, and holes in your yard. Raccoons will eat just about anything, including insects, small animals, fish, garden crops, pet food, and people's food. If you have any of these outside your home, you can attract a raccoon.

Raccoons will enter your attic to create a nest. They will scratch flooring, shred insulation, break shingles, and cover the area in feces and urine. They leave greasy smudges on anything their fur touches and don't mind using parts of your attic as their restroom. Raccoons also enjoy pooping on the steps of a swimming pool. So if your home or investment property has a pool, you will want to take prevention steps.

Florida has regulations for removing raccoons. You cannot relocate a raccoon outside of your county, and if you relocate them on someone else's property, it must be at least 40 acres and have written permission from the landowner. Raccoons are considered furbearers and have laws regarding hunting and trapping.
Inspection

Inspection

During the inspection, we determine the severity of the raccoon infestation. We look for physical evidence like footprints in or around the home, stains from raccoon feces and urine. On the exterior of the house, we look for damage like scratches on boards, broken vents and screens, ripped apart shingles, destroyed soffits, and every possible entry point.

Trapping & Removal

Trapping & Removal

Live trapping, or one-way doors are the most effective and humane way to remove raccoons. The choice of device is largely dependent on the season and location of the raccoons on your property. Direct capture is not commonly used because raccoons are a rabies vector species. If we must trap, we place traps strategically to safely catch the raccoons and we check traps frequently, based on state laws.
Repairs

Repairs

We provide a wide range of repair and restoration services. We can repair raccoon damage like broken screens on vents and chimneys and broken boards on decks and porches. It is essential to apply cleaning agents and ectoparasite treatments on areas inhabited by raccoons.

Rat and Mice Pest Control

The most common rat and mouse nuisances are the Norway rat, black rat, and house mouse, all non-native to the Emerald Coast. Rats and mice do not live very long, some less than one year. However, they can cause a lot of damage and leave many offspring in that short period.

Rats are attracted to food, water, and shelter. Pet feed, bird feeders, and trash cans attract rodents. It's good to note that rodents attract raccoons. Fixing rat and mouse problems can eliminate two nuisances. There aren't any regulations regarding capturing and removing rats and mice. However, some specifics can make the job easier. Wildlife control technicians can teach you the correct traps and baits for rodents, which are very clever and suspicious, and understand how to avoid a trap.

Rats can fit through a hole the size of a golf ball and mice through a hole the size of a quarter. Once inside your home, they build nests, chew wires, contaminate foods, and leave trails of urine and feces. The sooner you call for help, the better. When you see one rodent, there are others nearby. Rats and mice can have several litters within the same year. They reproduce and multiply quickly. It doesn't take long to have an infestation. We can help.

Rat removal and mouse removal can take days or weeks, depending on the size of the problem. You or your tenants must never handle rats and mice without protection. They can transmit up to 35 diseases to humans.
Inspection

Inspection

During a rodent inspection, we thoroughly inspect your attic and provide a complete exterior home inspection. The most common signs of rodent activity are gnaw marks, feces, rub marks, nesting material, runs in insulation material, and small entry points.

Rodent Trapping

Rodent Trapping

A Critter Control wildlife specialist will create a strategic trapping plan to remove the rodents found in your home. Critter Control specialists may use snap traps and live traps to capture and remove mice and rats. 
Repairs

Repairs

The best way to reduce the possibility of letting unwanted rodents into homes is to seal possible entrances. Exclusion methods include caulking cracks in foundations, capping chimneys, and installing mesh covers over vents and crawl space entrances. We also strongly recommend a maintenance service. Rodents have front teeth that continuously grow, which means they can gnaw a new way back into your home.

Squirrel Removal

Squirrels on the Emerald Coast include the fox, Southern fox, and Eastern gray squirrels. While it is fun to watch squirrels in action, scurrying around and collecting goodies, you must also be aware of the damage they can do to your property. Squirrels like to create nests inside your attic, walls, chimney, and ducts. They also create fire hazards, broken boards, shredded insulation, and trails of feces and urine that can harbor mold spores.

You will likely hear squirrels chirping, scratching, and moving their hoards, which include foods like nuts, grains, seeds, fruits, bird eggs, and more. Because they are always on the go, squirrels are known to break shingles, siding, wires, and screens on a home to get from place to place. Squirrels have an innate desire to chew and gnaw due to their teeth being in a constant state of growth, which can cause pain. To prevent this, squirrels chew on hard surfaces, like any part of your house.

Squirrels are considered furbearers and may require permits. Understanding the regulations, including the removal of young, is essential.
Inspection

Inspection

Wildlife specialists look for signs such as chewing on, in, or around your home, small openings leading to the attic or the crawl space, droppings, and debris like nuts or nesting material. Beams, wires, pipes, and insulation may all show signs of damage from squirrels.

Trapping & Removal

Trapping & Removal

Live trapping or one-way doors are the most effective and humane ways to get rid of squirrels. One-way doors should never be used during birthing seasons (Spring & Fall), so our specialists will decide which is the best tool for the job. If we have to trap, we place traps strategically to safely catch the squirrels and check those according to state laws.
Repairs

Repairs

We can restore your home or office by squirrel proofing all entry points after we have removed the offenders. We can also clean-up the nesting sites and remove any debris, food, feces and soiled insulation. 

Bat Removal

Florida has 13 native bat species and seven non-native species found along the Emerald Coast. Bats are protected species in Florida, and according to Florida Administrative Code rule 68A-4.001, bats cannot be exterminated or harassed.

Bats can be removed if it is not between April and August, their maternity season, and as long as the temperature is forecasted to remain above 50 degrees.

Bats are incredibly beneficial to the ecosystem as they consume thousands of insects every night. If you have a bat problem, you likely have a good source of insects and bugs nearby.

Bats will roost in attics, eaves, bridges, sheds, barns, etc. Bats can be very loud and, since they are nocturnal, can keep you awake at night. They also leave a lot of feces, or guano, in their roosting areas. Guano contains uric acid and grows mold spores that can lead to respiratory issues in humans if inhaled. Bats are also known to carry diseases.
Inspection

Inspection

We perform a full interior and exterior inspection and search for signs such as rub marks, guano, a strong scent of ammonia, and small openings. The most common sign is the accumulation of guano (feces).

Bat Removal

Bat Removal

The most effective and humane way to remove bats is by utilizing a bat valve in conjunction with a full home exclusion. A bat valve allows for bats to exit your home but not re-enter. We follow all local ordinances for humane bat removal. We will never abandon flightless pups in your attic.
Repairs

Repairs

After removing the bat valves, we seal the entrance hole(s) so bats can no longer enter your home. If there is substantial guano in your attic, you should consider taking advantage of our attic remediation services to remove the soiled insulation and replace it.

Opossum Removal

Opossums are like raccoons in that they are nocturnal, and they will eat just about anything. Because they are immune to snake venom, they can eat poisonous snakes. Reports claim opossums can eat around 5,000 ticks in a growing season. Opossums on the Emerald Coast will raid garbage cans, gardens, and pet feed. Most damage is done to your yard as they dig holes to find insects and steal fruits and vegetables from the garden.

Both raccoons and opossums will enter your home through a pet door if they think they can access food. Damages may also include broken entryways to crawlspaces, basements, or under decks or porches.

They will growl, hiss, drool, and play dead if they feel threatened. Opossums produce a large amount of waste that can leave stains in or on your home. It can even get embedded in your insulation.
Inspection

Inspection

Opossums can be found inside attics and basements or outside under decks and sheds. Common signs include unique paw prints and feces. Opossums are docile and usually easy to spot.

Trapping & Removal

Trapping & Removal

Opossums can be lured into cages for live capture. If it is maternity season, we follow all guidelines for removing mother and newborn opossums. We will seal entryways into the building to prevent opossums from reentering in the future. Opossums can be kept from getting under sheds and decks by installing fencing around the bottom edges and burying the fence underground.
Repairs

Repairs

Broken screens on chimney and roof vents are replaced with sturdier materials, and we properly seal all entry points, including crawlspaces. We clean and deodorize areas of opossum activity. Exclusion may include eliminating sources that attract bugs, like nighttime lighting, stagnant water, and livestock poop.

Snake Removal

Snakes on the Emerald Coast are abundant. There are 44 native species. Only six snakes in Florida are venomous. Snakes, even venomous snakes, do not cause many problems. The rate of venomous snakebite is one death every four to five years, which is less than the deaths from lightning strikes.

Snakes help keep rodent populations under control, though. A snake can be a sign you have a rodent infestation. During the inspection, we also look for signs of mice and rats.

If you see snakes on your property, you likely have rats and mice around. Most people do not like snakes, however, and want them removed. Snakes do not typically cause damage, but they can be an annoyance.

Removing snakes can be tricky since some are endangered species, such as the Eastern Indigo snake, and there are special laws on how to get rid of them. Rules also exist for handling, caging, and transporting snakes.
Inspection

Inspection

Snakes are excellent at avoiding detection. We inspect your home for potential entry points and look for signs like snake skin and feces. Because a snake typically enters a home hunting for food, our wildlife inspector also looks for signs of a rodent infestation.

Removal & Control

Removal & Control

Depending on the location, we can set a live trap or direct capture. Exclusion is the most effective way to keep snakes out of your home. If rodents are present, it is essential to exterminate the rodent infestation. Their presence will continue to attract snakes.
Repairs

Repairs

In addition to dealing with any possible rodent problem drawing snakes to your property, a specialist will assist with sealing possible entry points and also encourage you to remove any debris where snakes can easily take up residence.

Armadillo Removal

The nine-banded armadillo on the Emerald Coast is active at night, despite having poor eyesight. They are searching for invertebrates, insects, and plants. If they are on your property, they have likely dug burrows nearby. Burrows become dangerous when they are under your home's foundation, swimming pools, and driveways, causing them to become unstable. Burrows can also mean damaged gardens, flower beds, and lawns.

Armadillos must never be handled without protection since they can harbor diseases. They are known to carry the disease-carrying agent for leprosy.

The Critter Control Difference

Trained Specialists Animal removal is a highly sophisticated job. As such, we vet and train our team members to ensure they have the knowledge and skill to remove any pest from your building. Our wildlife experts utilize advanced removal and exclusion techniques and damage repair.
Safety Guaranteeing the safety of both humans and animals is our number one priority. Our wildlife specialists are trained to protect our human customers and keep everyone safe while ensuring the animals we are removing for you are handled using the most humane tools and techniques.
Residential and Commerical Invading nuisance wildlife can wreak havoc on property. If left unattended wildlife and pests can cause costly property damage. Whether a residential property, apartment buildings, retail stores, office buildings, industrial plants, medical facilities, or warehouses, our trained professionals can handle any wildlife removal problem.
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