WE CAN HELP YOU GET RID OF NUISANCE WILDLIFE PROBLEMS
Local Franchisee: Michelle Souza
Serving Atlantic Beach, Fernandina Beach, Jacksonville Beach, St. Augustine, and Ponte Vedra Beach
Common Wildlife Issues in Jacksonville
Jacksonville, FL, residents must contend with numerous wildlife pests throughout the year, one of the most common being snakes. Florida is home to nearly 50 species of the pest, six of which are venomous, including the cottonmouth, or water moccasin. Though white-tail deer were once nearly eradicated from the state, populations now number in the hundreds of thousands. The wildlife pests feed on numerous crops and ornamental plants and can also carry Lyme disease-causing ticks. Finally, wild hogs are omnivorous pests that feed by rooting in the ground with their snouts. Large populations of feral pigs cause extensive damage to the soil and trample planted crops. Gray squirrels can also be a nuisance.
Raccoons in Jacksonville, FL, find food and shelter in both urban areas and residential neighborhoods. Since raccoons are scavengers with versatile appetites, they can eat a number of different items found in Jacksonville yards and trash bins. Scratching sounds heard during the night may indicate infestations, while messy lawns the following morning are another sign that the pests are present. Sometimes raccoon populations move into attics and crawlspaces, under decks, or behind walls to nest and breed. When frightened or rabid, they may attack people and pets.
Bats in Jacksonville
Brazilian free-tailed bats and northern yellow bats have adapted well to the rapid urbanization of Jacksonville, FL. These species can be found living in overpasses, culverts, attics, and walls. In homes, their musky odor and scratching noises quickly become a nuisance. The humidity in Florida is ideal both for young bats and the fungus Histoplasma, which grows in bat droppings and makes humans ill. Since the flying pests roost in colonies and create huge piles of waste, bats in Jacksonville attics and chimneys can be dangerous. Their ability to transmit rabies is also a serious threat to homeowners and pets.
Squirrels in Jacksonville
The year-round pleasant weather in Jacksonville, FL, creates an enticing environment for a wide variety of wildlife. This includes pesky and curious squirrels, which can sometimes take up residence in the attic or behind walls. Homeowners with a squirrel infestation will hear scurrying noises and the sounds of scratching. Squirrels in Jacksonville can also carry diseases like tularemia, which can cause flu-like symptoms in humans. Even when confined to yards, the pests make a nuisance of themselves by emptying bird feeders, harassing other wildlife, and leaving droppings behind.
Trapping and Removal
As squirrels are considered game in many states, trapping the pests may require the procurement of a special permit. Furthermore, though squirrels are not known to be particularly aggressive, it is always safer to contact a trained professional rather than attempt to handle wild animals without the proper knowledge or assistance. The wildlife specialists at Critter Control are skilled at identifying the different species of squirrels and handling squirrel removal properly and humanely. Our job is to protect people, property and wildlife and in doing so, we don’t exterminate squirrels, but instead we humanely exclude or remove them from your property.
With warm weather and miles of beach, Jacksonville, FL, is the perfect place for people and pests alike. Skunk infestations are common in the region, as they have adapted to living in urban areas. Though typically nocturnal, these animals may wander during the day in search of food. Due to skunks' proximity to homes, residents may hear scratching noises and other sounds when the pests rummage through garbage. Healthy skunks rarely defend themselves with their teeth or claws, preferring to rely on glands that release a foul stench up to 15 feet away. In addition to stinking up yards, skunks in Jacksonville have also been known to transmit rabies.
Jacksonville, FL, is home to 45 of the state's 46 snake species. Many of these unwanted pests and their prey thrive in northern Florida's warm climate and mix of wetland and woodland habitats. Though many snakes are harmless, there are six venomous varieties that occupy yards in this urban area. The most common venomous snakes in Jacksonville are pygmy rattlesnakes, while the most aggressive are eastern diamondbacks. In addition to scaring people, these pests can deliver potentially fatal bites, which require immediate medical attention. Jacksonville residents should always take precautions around snakes to avoid provoking an attack.
Due to its warm weather and proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, Jacksonville, FL, is a haven for birds. Although many residents enjoy their presence in the backyard, birds produce unsightly droppings that stain roofs, patios, and driveways. Some species poop as many as eight times per hour, contaminating water supplies and dirtying sidewalks and fields. When a bird nests in a wall void or attic, loud scratching, chirping, and flapping noises can keep residents up all night. Birds in Jacksonville pose additional risks to the city, as vultures, gulls, and doves that collide with planes may endanger passengers.
A city on the St. Johns River, Jacksonville, FL, attracts opossums with its coastal location and pleasant weather. These opportunistic eaters are attracted to leftover meal scraps in trash cans and outdoor pet food. While foraging at night, an opossum may distress homeowners by making noise and messes in the yard. The pests are also agile climbers, sometimes moving into homes through chimneys or damaged roofing. Sounds coming from the crawl space, garage, or attic, such as scratching or the pitter-pat of feet, may indicate an infestation. In addition to their irritating behavior, opossums in Jacksonville are known to carry ticks, fleas, and lice, as well as diseases like leptospirosis and tularemia.
Most rodents live outdoors, but house mice sometimes move into homes in Jacksonville, FL, and infest attics or cabinets. Although mice need little food and water to survive, kitchens are ideal living quarters, as pantries provide the pests with plenty of options. Aside from contaminating stored goods and countertops, mice in Jacksonville also leave disease-infected droppings and urine. Their waste is especially problematic when it carries hantavirus, which causes serious health issues in humans. Mouse problems can be detected by listening for scratching noises in the walls or noticing gnaw marks on woodwork and wires.
As a thriving seaport, Jacksonville, FL, is invariably home to plenty of rodents. Black rats, also called roof rats, are excellent climbers that enter homes through gaps in the roofline. They can be heard scurrying and scratching in ceilings and attics during the nighttime hours, when they are most active. Norway rats in Jacksonville are larger and are usually found around foundations, digging in rubbish and burrowing underneath buildings. Both types of rats regularly infest homes, passing along disease and contaminating stored food with their feces and urine.
COMMON WILDLIFE ISSUES IN THIS LOCATION
- Animal Damage
- Animal Droppings
- Animal Noises
- Animal Odor Removal
- Animal Tracks in Yard
- Animals on the Roof
- Animals Under Homes & Porches
- Bats in Homes
- Bats in the Attic
- Carcass Removal from Homes
- Chimney Repairs
- Dead Animal Removal
- Humane Animal Trapping
- Mice in Walls & Attics
- Raccoon Trapping
- Raccoons in Attic
- Rats in Walls & Attics
- Seal Animal Entry Points in Homes
- Skunk Control
- Skunk Trapping
- Squirrel Trapping
- Squirrels in Attics
- Squirrels in Homes
- Venomous Snake Removal
- Flying Squirrels
- House Finches
- Muscovy Duck
- Norway Rats
- Pack Rats
- Roof Rats
- Stinging Insects
- Wild Hogs
- Yellow Jackets
Serving the following locations:
By County: Duval County, Nassau County, Saint Johns County
- Atlantic Beach
City of Fernandina Beach
City of Jacksonville
City of Saint Augustine
Ponte Vedra Beach
Saint Augustine Beach
Excellent customer service ! Job well done. Thanks Michelle Souza with Critter Control
Always professional with great workmanship.
Great service. Great communication. They came when they said they would. Very professional. They got the job done.
Put enough traps in good areas and got 3 raccoons!
They did a great job ,
They delivered what they promised,
Came several time , they were on time and knew what they were doing ,
Very pleased with their work .
Would highly recommend.
A pleasure to work with. I had a terrible mole problem and my yard was almost destroyed. They came out as many times as needed to get rid of my moles and now my yard is in great shape. Excellent job Critter Control!
Great service - great job! I'm a property manager of several homes and must have professional techs and excellent service that gets the job done perfectly. I've tried other companies, now this is the ONLY company I use. Thanks Daryl S. Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Great job! Always professional.
Prompt-Friendly & Informative
as always friendly professional work
Very reliable. Easy to work with. They do what they promise.
Michelle and the guy working with her (can't remember his name) did a great job! They were very thorough and followed up every step of the way!
Great job is rescuing our cat. Truly appreciate you coming on a Sunday to help us out.
Thank you, Mo & Alicia Bijani.
Michelle and her team were very professional to deal with.....she explained what the job involved/etc. She kept in touch with us throughout the experience.......I would recommend her to anyone seeking "critter control"!
Expert and professional service throughout.
Very professional , job executed immediately to trap and take away critters ! Thank you Michelle
Thank goodness I called them! We had a problem with rodents getting into our attic. We tried to battle it ourselves but failed. Critter Control came out and found all the entry points and solved our problem! They are professional, knowledgeable and communication is great! I highly recommend them!!!! You wont be disappointed.
Everyone was friendly and knowledgeable. They did a good job.
Finally after having gotten tired of hearing the squirrels in the attic, we had the good sense to call Critter Control. In the past we tried to rid these beasts ourselves, to no avail, so clearly we needed help. After one call to Critter Control, an appointment was made and they arrived shortly thereafter.
A thorough evaluation was conducted and a plan put in place to rid our resident critters for good. Michelle and George, the owners, were nothing short of knowledgeable, committed, professional and personable. This was not a one day process as squirrels are tricky and persistent. They, however, could not be outsmarted by Michelle and George!
During this job Michelle set up times for their visits and were always on time. She did a great job in communicating with us, very consistent and accommodating. George found the entrance to the attic by which the squirrel entered. He covered it so that there would be no way that the squirrels could ever get back in through that hole and replaced all our soffits. He was thorough, efficient and tidy. Their price was fair and fit the amount of time, labor expertise they to used resolve our our problem. Their work is warranted.
We cannot sing their praises enough. Great owners and a solid company. Thanks Michelle and George you're the best! It was a pleasure working with you.
Very happy with job performed. Techs were friendly and professional promptly identifying issues and remedying the problem.
The project was done very professionally. It was completed in the time allowed. I would refer them to anyone needing that kind of work done!
For Wildlife Control Near You, Call: (904) 221-8633
This franchise is independently licensed and operated by FHWP Services, Inc, dba Critter Control of Jacksonville