Creatures such as raccoons and possums are prevalent in the residential neighborhoods of Florida. Both raccoons and possums are scavengers that thrive in the environments created by humans. Treating these animals in inhumane ways or killing them is a crime in the state of Florida and live removal of these animals can be dangerous. Contacting a professional pest control service is the best way to control nuisance wildlife such as raccoons and possums.
Professional Wildlife Trapping
Raccoons and possums are both nocturnal. Professional wildlife trappers may utilize the natural cycles of the animals to make trapping easier if the animals are contained in a large space such as an attic or within home walls. If the animals are contained in a small area such as a crawlspace, it may be possible for a professional to capture the animal immediately. Once the animal has been captured, it is typically released in a more suitable environment. Wildlife management efforts are performed by professionals in conjunction with home residents to ensure that the nuisance wildlife does not return to the home.
Many home residents unknowingly create an ideal environment for possums and raccoons. Raccoons and possums are both scavengers and omnivores which may feed on pet food, garbage, insects present within the lawn, and edible cultivated vegetation. Pools and pet water bowls serve well as water sources. Nesting opportunities such as open crawlspaces, attics, basements, and hot tubs may also attract wildlife. Possums only need a three inch hole and raccoons need a four inch hole to gain entry in homes. Both animals are capable of enlarging existing holes using claws to create a suitable entry point.
Professional Wildlife Management
In order to effectively keep nuisance wildlife such as possums and raccoons away from a home after removing the animals, it is necessary to eliminate attractants. Doing so will deter animals from staying on the property and discourage wildlife from coming onto the property by making the environment less habitable. Pest control service professionals will assist home residents in seeking out and altering wildlife attractants on the property.
Common steps taken to eliminate wildlife attractants at home residences include:
- Sealing holes and other entrances into the home
- Blocking crawlspace entrances under decks or trailers using lattice or blocks
- Securing garbage storage areas and trash cans
- Deterring animals from digging up grass and vegetation using professional, environmentally safe bittering agents
- Keeping pet food and water inside the home at night
- Fencing pools and ponds at night with removal mesh wire
- Looking pet doors and other access points at night