Getting Rid of Nuisance Wildlife

dead opossumOne of the less common thoughts that home and business owners have when considering pest control is wildlife removal. Nuisance wildlife like raccoons, squirrels, and moles can wreak havoc in our homes and yards. When you’re facing issues of nuisance wildlife, call experts like the team at Guarantee Floridian. We use the latest, most humane wildlife removal techniques to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our clients and their unwelcome guests.

Florida Wildlife Trapping

One of the great things about Florida is our lovely weather year-round. The downside is that pesky critters enjoy the weather as much as we do. This means that many home and business owners are subject to wildlife issues throughout the year, as Florida wildlife generally doesn’t hibernate or hide out for frigid winter months. Depending on where a home or building is located, the wildlife issue will vary. Wildlife issues will be especially notable for those who live near wooded or less-developed areas.

Types of Wildlife

Floridians may encounter a number of different types of wildlife, including, but not limited to:

  • Raccoons
  • Deer
  • Opossums
  • Squirrels
  • Rabbits
  • Foxes
  • Moles
  • Bats
  • Groundhogs
  • Skunks
  • Foxes
  • Porcupines
  • Bears
  • Voles
  • Muskrats
  • Gophers

Wildlife Removal Techniques

Depending on the type of wildlife involved, the number of critters, and the scope of the problem, there are several ways to safely and successfully remove unwanted wildlife from a premises. There are two primary techniques used: exclusion and trapping. As suggested by the name, exclusion is the process of essentially blocking wildlife from entering the premises. Exclusion prevents the need for trapping by creating barriers that prevent the creatures from invading the territory.


Trapping involves physically detaining the wildlife and manually removing it from the premises. There are a number of ways that this can be accomplished in a way that’s both effective for the removal of the wildlife while still being safe and preventing them from being harmed. To ensure that the safest techniques and the highest success rate result, home and business owners shouldn’t attempt wildlife trapping on their own.

Tips for Homes and Yards

Here are some tips for home and building owners to help keep their premises wildlife-free:

  • Keep your lawns and yards well-maintained and free from any debris or trash
  • If you have fruit-bearing trees, pick up fallen fruit so that animals are not attracted
  • Trim bushes, plants, and trees from the immediate perimeter of the home
  • Clean underneath birdfeeders to prevent feeding opportunities for scavangers


Wildlife Trapping – Guarantee Floridian Pest Control

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.

Wildlife Attractants

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

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