Since the mid-1700s, the Treasure Coast of Florida has been made up of a series of cites, towns, and beautiful beaches. Unfortunately, these beautiful areas sometimes allow wildlife to get too close. We have been in business in the surrounding areas for over 20 years and have prided ourselves on superior quality workmanship, continuing wildlife education and the highest level of customer service. Many customers often experience issues with rats, raccoons, squirrels, opossums, armadillos, and a variety of bird species. Let's not forget the smaller guys, ants, spiders, palmetto bugs, roaches, fleas, mosquitos, termites, and more. Critter Control is your one stop shop to help keep your home a treasure.
With over 30 years of experience, Critter Control is the nation's leading wildlife control company. At Critter Control of the Treasure Coast, we're skilled at dealing with many of the most bothersome pest animals. Whether you need to remove raccoons, bats or squirrels from your attic, or get rid of armadillos that are damaging your property, you can trust Critter Control to get the job done safely, effectively and humanely.
Local Franchisee: Jason Sacco
Service Area: Roseland, Winter Beach, Sebastian, Orchid, Wabasso Beach, Wabasso, Fellsmere, Vero Beach, Ft. Pierce, St. Lucie West, White City, Port St. Lucie, Jensen Beach, Hutchinson Island, Rio, Palm City, Indiantown, Stuart, Sewall’s Point, Port Salerno, Hobe Sound, Jupiter Island.
Q&A with Local Franchisee Jason Sacco:
What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in your area?
The Treasure Coast and surrounding areas have a variety of common wildlife issues we deal with regularly. It is common to receive calls for rats, mice, snakes, pigeons, armadillos, bats, raccoons, opossum, squirrels, and stinging insects.
How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in your area?
In the spring, we deal with snakes, bats, and rats. In summer brings more bats, snakes, raccoons, and many calls for raccoons with young in attics. Fall temperatures coincide with rodent breeding and home and business intrusion. Throughout winter, we see an increase in a variety of animals entering structures, including rats, squirrels, and bats.
Any prevention tips for residents in your area?
General maintenance such as keeping the grass mowed and landscaping away from homes and businesses will prevent many wildlife issues. Rodent baiting will certainly help control rodent populations that tend to be a major problem in these urban environments. Having a wildlife professional inspect and service the home or business on a regular basis will prevent many situations and can save customers from sometimes costly intrusions.
When should homeowners call Critter Control?
Immediately if they suspect they have an issue. Changes in smell in home and non-working floodlighting or other types of electrical features can indicate problems. It's not always the noise that gives away an animal intrusion. Many times we are able to prevent an intrusion and save the customer from repairs if we are called at first indication.
Wildlife Problems in Treasure Coast & Ft. Pierce
The lush environment and numerous lakes, rivers, bays, and lagoons of Treasure Coast support a range of wildlife pests. One of the major cities in the region, Ft. Pierce, FL, encounters pests commonly found throughout the area, including bats, birds, and snakes.
Squirrels in Florida love to gather in backyards with tall trees ideal for nesting. Attics provide the pests with another quiet, secure place to raise young. Residents dealing with squirrel infestations might encounter the pervasive scent of urine as well as shredded insulation and gnawed wires.
Living with Raccoons in Fort Pierce
Clever and adaptable, raccoons thrive in the mild climate of Fort Pierce, FL. Fruit trees add diversity to their diets, and homes provide ideal shelters. Whether under a deck or in an attic, raccoons are not picky about where they den. Residents might even be unaware of their presence until they hear telltale scratching, thumping, or chittering sounds.
Raccoons in Fort Pierce are dangerous because they carry rabies and other diseases. Roughly 250 Floridians report a raccoon bite or scratch every year. However, pets are the most likely to suffer after a fight with a rabid animal.
Avoid Feeding Wildlife
People often make raccoon problems worse by feeding them. However, these smart scavengers are rarely at risk of starving because they can eat just about anything. In addition, feeding causes raccoons in Fort Pierce to lose their fear of people, which increases conflicts and the spread of rabies.
When homeowners hear scratching sounds or raccoon noises in the attic or walls, they should contact Critter Control for efficient, humane wildlife removal.
Bats in The Sunrise City
Fort Pierce, FL, residents who see fluttering shadows near the roof or hear scratching noises coming from the attic may have a bat infestation. With 20 species found across the state, running into problems with these pests is fairly common.
Nowhere to Hide
Habitat loss is the main reason bats and humans come into conflict. Normally, these animals roost in caves or tree cavities. If these options are not available, man-made structures are the next best choice. Quiet spaces that warm up during the day, like attics in sunny Fort Pierce, are ideal. Barns, sheds, and bridges are also prime roosting areas.
Bats & Disease
Bats in Fort Pierce can be rabies carriers, transmitting the virus through scratches and bites. In addition, their waste encourages the growth of dangerous Histoplasma fungus. These spores spread quickly through home air vents, especially when bat droppings build up in an attic or crawl space.
Because of the potential for infection, local residents should never handle a bat or clean up its waste. Old bat droppings actually pose a higher disease risk than fresh ones, as dust from dried feces is more likely to become airborne.
Control and Exclusion of Bats in Fort Pierce
Across North America, bat populations are on the decline. Lack of habitat, pesticides, and a fatal epidemic called white nose syndrome all contribute to this decrease in population. However, plenty of the pests still find their way into homes and must be removed.
Florida laws protect these animals, especially the three endangered species of bats in the Fort Pierce area. For legal, humane bat exclusion from a property, contact the experts at Critter Control.
Venomous Snakes in Ft. Pierce
Six of the 44 snake species found in Florida are venomous. These dangerous reptiles see yards as ideal nesting grounds where they often rest under rocks or bask in the sun. Since the pests excel at camouflage, accidental conflicts with people can occur. When disturbed, a snake may bite to protect itself.
Other Treasure Coast Wildlife Issues
Armadillos and opossums also thrive in Treasure Coast. An armadillo ruins landscaping and creates tripping hazards as it digs for grubs and worms. Another unusual-looking pest, opossums aren't usually hostile towards people. However, they do have sharp claws and teeth, so curious dogs may sustain injuries after tangling with an opossum.