With a tropical climate and population of more than 2.7 million people in Miami-Dade County, it’s no surprise that the area has its share of nuisance wildlife issues. Located thirty miles from Miami, residents in Homestead-Florida City enjoy the amenities of a big city but with a small town feel. Residents and visitors alike should not be surprised to encounter local wildlife, including raccoons, bats, snakes, and skunks, to name just a few animals that thrive throughout South Florida.
Typical Nuisance Wildlife in Homestead Florida
Raccoon Removal in Homestead-Florida City
Suburban residents in Homestead are quite familiar with these intelligent, dexterous animals who love to seek food in trash cans. Some residents may even enjoy helping these critters fill their bellies by feeding them. Please keep in mind that in the state of Florida, intentional feeding of raccoons is illegal. Raccoons are rabies vectors and are therefore very dangerous to both humans and pets. In fact, raccoons in Miami have tested positive for rabies in recent years. If you come across one or more raccoons on your property, please contact your Miami-based Critter Control office. We will be happy to remove all raccoons for you.
Inspection: Our specialist will take note of the usual signs that raccoons are visiting your property, such as disturbed trash cans and pet food bowls, as well as raccoon droppings.
Removal: Cornered or frightened raccoons claw and bite, which makes trapping them without qualified assistance a dangerous task. Please leave raccoon removal to a Critter Control specialist who will use a humane trap to capture the animal for you.
Repairs: Once we’ve removed all raccoons, we will seal all entry points to prevent future entry. If there’s a mess left behind inside your home, we will clean up and disinfect the area.
Homestead, FL Squirrel Removal
Squirrels are a common sight throughout Homestaed, FLneighborhoods. Residents and visitors alike most likely cross paths with squirrels every day in parks and yards. While harmless, squirrels can become quite a nuisance if they gain access to your property. These animals are excellent climbers and can access roofs and make their way inside a home where they may bring in debris and establish nests. While these animals can be hunted in the state of Florida, trying to remove one yourself is not always the best option.
Inspection: Your wildlife specialist will look for the typical signs of a squirrel infestation, such as piles of debris and gnawing marks on wood and wires.
Removal: Please do not try to chase a squirrel out of your home with a broom or shovel. Instead, let our wildlife specialist use a humane removal method such as capturing the squirrel(s) with a live trap or installing a one-way door.
Repairs: We will seal up all entry points that invited the squirrels into your home and clean up all feces and debris left behind.
There are 13 bat species in the state of Florida; two of the resident species, the Florida bonneted bat and the gray myotis, are listed as Endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It’s important to know that bats in Florida are protected year-round, and therefore it is illegal to harm or kill them. If you find one or more bats inside your home, please contact your Miami-based Critter Control office to remove them humanely.
Inspection: Your Critter Control specialist will look for bat feces, or guano, where you suspect bats are roosting. They may also make a note of rub marks, a strong scent of ammonia, and small openings.
Removal: The most effective and humane way to remove bats is by utilizing a bat valve, which allows for bats to exit your home but not re-enter. Again, please leave bat removal to a trained professional.
Repairs: We will seal up all entry points inside your home. Please also leave the clean-up of guano to your Critter Control specialist, who will safely remove it for you.
Rat Pest Control in Miami
Coral Gables Rodent Removal
Rodents such as rats, mice, and squirrels are destructive mammals that can cause expensive property damage. If you notice chew marks, droppings, or scratching and squeaking noises in your Homestead-Florida City business or home, don’t hesitate to contact the expert rodent removal professionals at Critter Control® in Miami-Dade County.
Efficient Best Practices
Critter Control® specializes in safe and efficient rodent removal through a proven four-step process.
- Inspect - During your free consultation, your property will receive a thorough inspection from one of our expert technicians to assess the level of your rodent infestation.
- Remove - Our technician will eliminate your infestation without leaving any dead rodents behind by using our humane CritterSafe removal practices. Our CritterSafe program minimizes harm to rodents by using:
- Non-lethal techniques
- Eco-friendly, non-toxic, sprays
- Live catch traps
- Off-site release
- Restore - Any damage your property suffered as a result of your rodent infestation will be repaired by our technician. Restoration includes replacing chewed up drywall and cleaning up rodent droppings.
- Exclude - To ensure rodents will not return, any and all entry points into your property will be sealed off.
Expert Rodent Removal
Trust the professionals at Critter Control® to permanently remove rodents from your home. Call us today to schedule your free consultation.
Coral Gables Rat Removal
Rats are an unfortunate nuisance to Coral Gables homes and businesses. As rats spread through the walls and ducts of your home, they destructively gnaw on anything insight to help dull their incessantly-growing front teeth. Their destructive and unsanitary behaviors result in expensive damage including chewed-up wiring, drywall, and insulation as well as foul odors and messes that are both disgusting and difficult to clean. Fortunately, Critter Control® has a proven method for permanent rat removal and rat-related damage restoration.
During your free consultation, our expert technician will inspect common rat entry points to determine the source of your infestation. Rats can access your property through:
- Garage doors
- Roof corners
- Ventilation Ducts
- Foundation Cracks
- Holes in the walls and floors
- Underground pipes
Permanent Rat Removal Process
At Critter Control® , we offer fast and permanent rat removal solutions. Our CritterSafe program uses non-lethal, humane measures to remove rats from your property. After the rats are gone, our technicians will clean and repair any unwanted droppings and damage the pests leave behind.
Contact a Professional
If you are suffering from a rat infestation, the dedicated and experienced professionals at Critter Control® are equipped to handle your problem. Call us today at 305-258-3587 to schedule your consultation and free estimate.
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Inspection: We will carefully inspect your property for all of the usual signs of rodents—feces, urine, chew marks, and scurrying sounds inside walls.
Removal: Once we assess your rodent problem, we will set out the required number of traps to remove all rodents. Please note—it can take several days to remove all rodents. We will return to your property to remove and replace traps. We ask that you do not handle the traps yourself. Rodents can carry diseases that are dangerous to humans. Our technician will handle all rodent removal.
Repairs: In addition to sealing up all entry points, we will remove all feces and disinfect the affected area.
Although Miami-Dade County is quite developed, residents may still encounter snakes. It’s essential to be aware that there are four major species of venomous snakes in South Florida—pygmy rattlesnakes, eastern diamondback rattlesnakes, cottonmouths, and coral snakes. Please also be aware that you are most likely to cross paths with a rattlesnake during the summer and fall breeding season. If you happen to find a snake on your property, allow one of our specialists to handle it for you rather than attempt to remove it yourself.
Inspection: Snakes enter homes and yards in search of food. Our specialist will look for entry points in and around your home and also look for any signs of a rodent infestation as rats and mice, which are a food source for snakes.
Removal: Our wildlife specialist will humanely capture and remove the snake(s) for you. Again, do not try to capture or kill a snake yourself. And remember: never handle the heads of freshly killed venomous snakes, as they may still be able to inject venom through a bite reflex that lingers for a short period of time.
Repairs: After removing the snake(s), we will assist with repairing entry points, such as filling in cracks to closing off gaps under porches.
Nuisance 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.
The green iguana population in Miami is a problem. Their abundance is causing problems for home and business owners. Because they primarily feed on crickets, worms, leaves, and flowers, they can destroy landscapes looking for a meal. Digging underground can accidentally destroy piping, water supplies, and electricity systems. They like to dig under foundations and pavement, making structures, driveways, and roads unstable.
At an average of thirty pounds and three to four feet long, their presence cannot be ignored, especially if they decide to explore the interior of your home. Trying to remove an iguana poses some problems, like their tails falling off when grabbed since it can regrow later.
There is some good news. They don’t usually travel in packs, and Critter Control can help get rid of iguanas in your home.
Inspection: Our experts will inspect the location of the iguana to determine how to remove it and identify any damages to your property.
Removal: We use safe and humane traps when necessary. Often, iguanas can be directed away from your property. They don’t typically want to interact with humans and will go in a different direction when approached. If backed into a corner or if they feel threatened, they may attack. Keeping them away with exclusion methods is a priority.
Repair: Exclusion techniques we encourage include removing the protective cover from your yard, removing plants iguanas like to eat, and installing metal barriers around tree trunks to prevent climbing.
Cane Toad Removal
Cane toads in Miami are an invasive species. Some may know it as the bufo, giant, or marine toad. At about six inches long, they are small but can weigh up to three pounds. Cane toads are often seen around homes and buildings and near all water sources since they breed year-round in standing water.
Cane toads can spit out a toxin chemical when threatened. If your pet bites one, it could be poisoned by the iguana’s venom. Cane toads are not to be eaten by humans. Those who have tried have experienced dire consequences. They prey on vegetation, insects, small birds, frogs, and other reptiles. Cane toads have also been known to favor meal scraps and pet feed.
We can help you control the cane toad population on your property.
Inspection: We look for all water sources, even the less obvious ones, attracting cane toads to your property. Where there are water sources, there are breeding toads and all types of prey to keep them well fed.
Removal: Safety is critical when removing cane toads. We have the proper safety gloves and tools to capture and remove them if necessary. Most of our focus is on exclusion to prevent future cane toad invasions. There may be times when removing the strings of cane toad eggs found in water sources is beneficial.
Repair: Exclusion methods include installing mesh fencing around your property. Also, turn off outdoor lights at night. They attract insects that the toads like to eat. Clear your yard of debris and other sources that attract insects and small rodents, like livestock manure or pet food not properly stored. If necessary, there are applications we can apply to prevent the return of cane toads.
Miami Wildlife Q&A
What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in Miami?
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.
Raymond was very pleasant and knowledgeable. He paid attention to detail. Good Job!! Thankyou!!
I am so glad I had Critter Control come and inspect my house! The problem was located and fixed immediately and since then I have not had any more problems with bats. Money well spent!!!
I connected Critter Control Orlando and was surprised, though elated that an actual person quickly answered. She was pleasant and efficiently scheduled a visit to my house to solve my varmit problem. The appointment was the next day. As arranged, I got a call from Ryan the next morning to tell me his eta. He arrived right on time and after explaining the procedure, got right to work. After a survey of our attic, he told us the problem and gave us a price to fix it. He explained exactly what would be done and an approximate number of visits it would take. I found Ryan to be easy to communicate with and an excellent customer relations person. I will be recommending Critter Control to my friends and neighbors.
We had a raccoon in the attic and this team of professional workers caught him after days of detective work. It was a pleasure working with them and having them at my house. I especially want to thank John and Kenzie!
After months of fighting moles in our yard ourselves and with the help of a landscaper, with no success, Critter Control caught a mole within a week. Very reasonably priced and very thorough. They’re the experts! We should have called them a lot sooner.
Justin was very professional and he and his team did the work quickly and thoroughly. This is a nice company to work with.
I have had Critter Control for years and they are excellent. Recently I had a new roof which made many things need to be resealed. They worked with me since my insurance would not cover it.
Ricky was fantastic and he made sure the critters were gone which we so appreciated.
After having a corner of our home’s foundation dug up by a family of groundhogs, I called Critter Control and met with Bryan. We tried traps but those darned groundhogs were too smart (they even passed up marshmallows—who does that?!). Bryan suggested fencing the area to keep them out, and it was expertly installed today by Dave. Looks neat, very secure and (hopefully) impenetrable! Bryan was always responsive to my calls and I’m a very satisfied customer; I highly recommend Critter Control!
Tom was really helpful and helped me out first thing in the morning to do the inspection and quote.