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Living along the Treasure Coast, you will see raccoons, rats, mice, bats, squirrels, skunks, snakes, armadillos, opossums, frogs, toads, lizards, and birds of all kinds. If any of these animals are damaging your property or posing a threat to you and your family, they are considered nuisance wildlife by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conversation Commission.

There are, however, numerous Florida laws and regulations about how to get rid of nuisance animals, like permit requirements for reptiles and birds or protections for all bats. Regulations are one reason to contact a licensed wildlife control company. Another is that nuisance wildlife carries diseases.

Summer 2021 proved this true when a raccoon in the Jensen Beach area attacked a person and their cat, and the cat tested positive for rabies. Also, a bat discovered at the Treasure Coast Square Mall tested positive for rabies.

For your protection, call an expert for help in getting rid of nuisance wildlife. Below are examples of how Critter Control safely and humanely removes animals from your home and property.

Raccoon Removal

Raccoons on the Treasure Coast are cute and quirky. They have permanent masks representing their mischievous behaviors, like raiding your trash can, entering your home through the pet door, stealing chickens, or breaking into your attic. If you have a swimming pool, raccoons will help themselves to a nighttime swim. They will also leave feces and urine on the steps of the pool.

The hands and feet of raccoons are human-like, allowing them to turn doorknobs, open boxes, climb anything and steal food. Any food is acceptable to a raccoon. They eat meat, reptiles, fish, frogs, insects, fruits, vegetables, nuts, table scraps, and pet feed. You must never feed a raccoon. They are not at risk of starving, and you don't want them hanging around your home. Plus, feeding raccoons is against Florida laws.

If there are areas on your home that need repair, like a broken screen that protects your chimney, a cracked vent that leads into your attic, or a hole in a basement door, raccoons will see these as an opportunity to get inside. They will make minor damages much larger if it means they will have a cozy place to nest during the winter. Once inside, raccoons will destroy the area. They will rip out insulation and drywall, scratch flooring and walls, chew electrical wires, and poop and pee wherever they like. The fumes and the mold spores that can grow on feces can also travel to other rooms of your home.

Let Critter Control get rid of your raccoon problem.

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 sanitization agents and ectoparasite treatments on areas inhabited by raccoons.

Rat and Mice Pest Control

Norway and roof rats and house mice are common in neighborhoods along the Treasure Coast. Signs of rodents in your home include feces and urine trails as well as smudge marks from their oily fur and gnaw marks on wires, carpet, furniture, wood, and other items. You may hear them squeaking and scurrying in your walls or attic.

House mice travel between 10 and 30 feet from their nest, while rats explore up to 300 feet each day. Along the way, they make your home dangerous and cost you money. They create fire hazards by chewing electrical wires and plugging ducts and vents with nests. They contaminate groceries, chew holes in screens, and burrow through insulation and underground. If you catch sight of a rat or mouse, there are likely many more nearby.

Rats and mice are fertile, reproducing between five and eight times a year, giving birth to five or more pups each time. So as soon as you see a sign of rodent activity, call us.

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

Treasure Coast squirrels include fox, gray, and flying squirrels. Reproducing twice a year, squirrels need a place to build a nest before giving birth. Some may find their way into your home through a broken vent, torn screen, or any small hole they can find. Once inside, squirrels build nests using items they find nearby, like insulation, drywall, clothing, carpeting, papers, and more.

Squirrels have strong jaw muscles due to constant gnawing. They can chew through plastic, wood, and some metals. This also means they can damage pipes, ducts, walls, floors, and beams. Squirrels spend most of their time collecting food and nesting materials and storing them for later. They like to eat nuts, grains, fruits, vegetables, insects, and bird eggs. Some will eat the bark of ornamental trees, ruining your curb appeal. Storing their treasures in places like your heating ducts, chimneys, vents or drainage pipes can create the need for costly repairs.

Let us help you get rid of squirrels.

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 is home to 13 native bat species living in caves, under bridges, and in man-made structures like your home or office. Before you try to kill, injure or harass a bat on your property, you must understand the laws protecting them. Due to diseases like white-nose syndrome, some bats are threatened by extinction. Currently, all bats are protected by state and federal regulations.

Getting rid of a bat should be done by a wildlife professional due to their potential for carrying diseases and because they may bite you if they feel threatened. Never touch a bat since a bat's hide is usually covered in its feces. When roosting upside down, bats defecate on themselves.

Bat guano has both positive and negative qualities. It makes excellent fertilizer, and since bats eat thousands of insects every night, you will have quite a bit of fertilizer. Bat guano can be harmful to humans, however. It grows mold spores that can lead to respiratory problems. It also contains uric acid and can corrode wood and metal. Here's how we can help get rid of bats.

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.

Iguana Control

The iguana population is rising. That means we will be seeing more of them in our neighborhoods, likely being a nuisance. The lizards you may see on your property are the green iguana, Mexican spiny-tailed iguana, brown basilisk, and knight anole. They are looking for flowers, plants, and fruits to eat. They can destroy gardens, landscapes, ornamental shrubbery, and trees and can cause foundation instability by burrowing under homes, driveways, docks, and seawalls.

Never feed an iguana. Expect other iguanas and lizards to show up looking for a meal if you do.

Iguanas usually run away from people, but they can harm you by biting, tail slapping, or scratching with their long, sharp claws when they feel threatened.

South Florida Wildlife FAQ

What are some of the most common wildlife issues in Treasure Coast?

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 Fort Pierce and the surrounding 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 the 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.

How much does it cost?

There are a number of factors that determine pricing; location of the animal (i.e. - chimney, attic, crawl, wall void, living area), condition of the animal (i.e. - sick, aggressive, dead), location and condition of the property and time of year (i.e. - weather condition, offspring present?). Generally speaking, pricing will vary by location and species for just the animal removal and that pricing usually does not include the entry repair.
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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.
Financing Available Critter Control offers in-house financing. Both standard and 90-day same as cash financing options have 12-,18-,24-, or 36-month options. Some projects might qualify for a budgeted plan up to 60 months.
Critter Control Guarantee Your satisfaction is always guaranteed. We provide reliable prevention from future intrusions. Resolving a nuisance wildlife issue calls for more than trapping and removing the critter. Our exclusion services offer immediate and long-term wildlife solutions.

Critter Control Process

How Critter Control humane and safely gets rid of nuisance wildlife from your home and property.
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.
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