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Wildlife Control, Trapping & Removal in Miami

Wild Animal Removal

Safe, humane removal of nuisance animals and pests from your home or property.

Wildlife Pest Prevention

Reliable prevention from future animal intrusions in your home.

Animal Damage Repairs

Professional and permanent repairs to entry points, insulation, and damage from animal urine or feces.

Wildlife Issues in Miami

Miami, FL, is known for its rich heritage, picturesque scenery, and warm sandy beaches. For residents, this paradise unfortunately comes at the cost of dealing with local wildlife pests. Urban settings are prime feeding grounds for scavengers like raccoons and skunks.

Raccoons in Miami

Extremely adaptable to a variety of food sources and habitats, raccoons living in Miami can be found in both urban and suburban neighborhoods. These pests are becoming a more frequent sight locally and are easily recognized thanks to their distinctive ringed tail and mask-like markings. Growing up to three feet long and weighing up to 30 pounds, raccoons are well known for knocking over garbage cans, stealing pet food, and occasionally denning inside chimneys and attics.

Problems Raccoons Cause

Aside from their usual raucous nighttime activities, raccoons can transmit several dangerous diseases to both humans and pets. For instance, they are known carriers of the rabies virus as well as baylisascaris procyonis, better known as raccoon roundworm. Raccoons make communal latrines near areas they infest, including attics. Roundworms are shed in their feces and can be accidentally inhaled when these latrines are cleaned incorrectly.

Proper Raccoon Removal
In addition to rabies and roundworm, the pests may spread salmonella, lepto spirosis, and numerous parasites such as fleas and ticks. Cornered or frightened raccoons also claw and bite, which makes trapping them without qualified assistance a dangerous task. In order to properly achieve safe and successful raccoon removal, Miami residents should contact the trained wildlife professionals at Critter Control.

Miami Squirrel Species

Squirrels are a common sight in the Miami area, frequenting parks, parking lots, and residential yards alike. Homeowners who see these pests during the daytime in trees or running along powerlines are likely watching gray or fox squirrels. Although listed as endangered in some states, southern flying squirrels are going strong in South Florida. Due to the tiny pests' nocturnal schedule, most people never observe them in action. All of these squirrels certainly look cute and cuddly, but they have a variety of habits that can quickly make them unwelcome visitors in most yards.

Problems Caused by Squirrels

When searching for good nesting spots, squirrels in Miami often take shelter in attics and garages. As the pests gnaw on wiring and carry harmful bacteria in their droppings, this can become a serious problem. Squirrels can also be a terror to gardeners, eating nuts, seeds, fruits, and plants as well as digging up lawns to bury their finds. In fact, a single gray squirrel may create thousands of buried food caches every season. Additionally, flying squirrels are known to hang out in birdhouses and around feeders, driving away or even eating more desirable wildlife.

Prevention & Removal
As squirrels are excellent climbers, it is nearly impossible to keep them out of yards entirely. However, removing bird feeders and installing collars of metal sheeting around nut and fruit trees can encourage the pests to move on. To keep them out of buildings, seal any openings with hardware cloth, though be sure not to trap any adults or young inside. Not only will they aggressively chew at the walls and fascia boards to get out, but squirrels that die indoors leave homeowners with a foul-smelling mess to clean up. For best results with squirrel removal, Miami homeowners and residents should contact wildlife control professionals who can successfully get rid of the problem and prevent future infestations.

Bats in Miami

Although over a dozen species of bats occupy the state year -round, only five of them live in Miami, FL. Many of these are relatively similar in appearance but differ in size, habitat, and behavior. The most common species in Miami neighborhoods is the Brazilian free-tailed bat, while the largest and rarest is the Florida bonneted bat. These pests get their name from their large ears, which slant forward and cover their eyes. Other varieties include northern yellow bats, Seminole bats, and evening bats.

Why Are Bats Dangerous?

Bats are helpful in eliminating insects, but they can be dangerous to residents. While the pests naturally roost in caves or trees, they also invade man-made structures, such as attics and walls. Droppings, called guano, pile up quickly when bats live indoors. This creates a serious health hazard, since exposure to guano can cause histoplasmosis. If untreated, this life-threatening fungal disease may damage the lungs and other organs. Bats in Miami can also be carriers of rabies, though transmission of the virus from bats to humans is rare.

Detection and Control of Bats
To avoid the dangers these pests bring into homes, Miami residents should be aware of the signs of bats. Because they are nocturnal, bats make squeaking and scratching sounds as they move around during the night. Additionally, guano on walls indicates that a colony is nearby. If bats are found indoors, safely eliminate the problem by contacting the professionals at Critter Control.

Types of Rats in Miami 

One of the most frustrating and unnerving pests that Miami, FL, homeowners deal with are rats. These pests regularly conjure up images of disease and filth and inspire an overall sense of unease. In Florida, the most abundant species is roof rats, also known as black, citrus, or fruit rats. Found in trees and other elevated areas, they can easily gain access to roofs and then homes.

Another variety known to rear its ugly head in the area is Norway rats. These pests differ from roof rats in appearance and habitat, preferring to nest in burrows, crawl spaces, and other subterranean areas.

Health Risks of Rats in Homes

The mere presence of these pests is enough to put people in danger, as they are known carriers of multiple diseases and parasites. In their pursuit of food, rats contamin ate cupboards and pantries when their hair, urine, or feces comes into contact with any surface. Additional health concerns stem from their droppings, which are capable of spreading the respiratory disease Hantavirus via waste particles in the air.

Damage & Removal

Besides creating health risks, rats in Miami may also cause serious damage to homes. Since their teeth are constantly growing, these pests have to gnaw on hard surfaces to keep them worn down. Insulation and wood chewed by rats over time can compromise buildings' structural integrity. Another of their destructive habits is chewing through electrical wiring, which may cause fires. Traps can be effective to get rid of rats, though some expertise in setting and baiting them is needed to ensure success. 

Types of Snakes in Miami

There are four major species of venomous snakes in Miami, FL. Gray and blotchy pygmy rattlesnakes are both the smallest and most common of the four. The largest is the eastern diamondback rattlesnake, which reaches up to six feet in length and has dark diamonds with beige borders across its body. Next are cottonmouths, which are reddish-brown with yellow-tipped tails. Lastly, harlequin coral snakes have bright yellow, red, and black stripes.

Dangers of Snakes

While snakes in Miami do not often attack humans, their proximity to homes can pose a threat to residents. Venomous snake bites are extremely dangerous. If left untreated, they can lead to severe skin and tissue damage or even death. If bitten, see a doctor immediately and do not try to self-medicate. The effects of snake bites can be increasingly harmful as time passes, so they must be cared for promptly and properly.

Prevention and Control

Since Florida is home to over 46 species of snakes, it is hard enough to avoid them, but even harder to properly identify each one. Given their tendency to bite when agitated or threatened, attempting to handle the slithering pests alone may result in severe injury. For safe and effective snake removal, Miami residents should contact the professionals at Critter Control to get rid of these potentially dangerous animals.

Wildlife in Your Yard

Digging pests, such as armadillos, skunks, gophers, and moles, cause complications for homeowners. As they burrow under foundations and in gardens and yards, these animals can create costly damage. Skunks in particular can be major nuisances due to the foul-smelling spray they emit to ward off predators.

Miami Wildlife Q&A

What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in your area?

Rodents, raccoons, bats and squirrels.

How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in your area?
Wildlife is most active in homes during fall and winter in Miami. Business dips in the heat of the summer months, June, July and August.

What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity?
Hearing noises in attics. Finding droppings, or hearing scratching noises in the home.

Any prevention tips for residents in your area?
Trim trees away from home and have a professional inspect your property for wildlife activiity.

When should homeowners call Critter Control?
When you first hear noises, see damage, notice droppings or smell odors in your home or business.

Critter Control of Miami
Critter Control of Miami offers pest control in addition to wildlife control services. Pest control methods help eliminate problems with mosquitoes and termites.

With over 30 years of experience, Critter Control is the nation's leading wildlife control company. At Critter Control of Miami, we're skilled at dealing with many of Miami's 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.

Servicing Miami, Coral Gables, DoralHialeah, Key Biscayne, and the surrounding area.


Serving the following locations:

By County: Miami-Dade County

  • Aventura
  • Bal Harbour
  • Bay Harbor Islands
  • Biscayne Park
  • Coral Gables
  • Cutler Bay
  • Doral
  • El Portal
  • Florida City
  • Golden Beach
  • Hialeah
  • Hialeah Gardens
  • Homestead
  • Indian Creek
  • Key Biscayne
  • Medley
  • Miami
  • Miami Beach
  • Miami Gardens
  • Miami Lakes
  • Miami Shores
  • Miami Springs
  • North Bay Village
  • North Miami
  • North Miami Beach
  • Opa-locka
  • Palmetto Bay
  • Pinecrest
  • South Miami
  • Sunny Isles Beach
  • Surfside
  • Sweetwater
  • Virginia Gardens
  • West Miami
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