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Nuisance Rodent Trapping and Prevention

Rats, mice and other rodents can become a nuisance when they come in close proximity to humans. In addition to spreading disease to both humans and household pets, rodents can also cause property damage and contaminate food sources. Our team specializes in rodent control and removal to help you get rid of rodents in your home or business.

What Can I Do to Keep Squirrels out of the Attic?


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Bats are fascinating mammals with incredible appetites and impressive flying skills. Bats are admirable, to say the least, but real estate and homeowners do not want these critters dwelling inside their properties. Bats will find access points into residential and commercial buildings where they feed, breed, and nest their young. They typically settle in dark and isolated areas, such as attics, sheds, and crawl spaces. When this situation is discovered, the only solution is bat removal and Orange County, Florida bat control. Continue reading to learn why bat removal and exclusion are so crucial, and how to contact your local bat control specialist for help.

Removing Bats

There are many signs that point towards a bat infestation. If you hear squeaking and scratching noises in the night, coming from within your home, then this could mean you have bats somewhere on your property. The most common way bat colonies are discovered in residential homes is simply by spotting them. Bats are nocturnal and come out at night to feed on insects. They are hard to miss when flying from their roosts.

Once bats are removed from a property, bat prevention and control should be implemented. This involves cleaning up the area that was contaminated and soiled, then repairing any structural damages caused by the bats. Once the mess is cleaned and sanitized, and the repairs are complete, preventative maintenance is the final step.

Once you get rid of bats in your property, have your professional bat exclusion experts conduct a home inspection to determine what areas are vulnerable and weak. They should offer interior and exterior property inspections that allow them to determine where animals are entering the premises and what spots may be potential access points in the future. This inspection will let the specialist know where to patch up access points and how to prevent bats and other animals from coming back. Bat-proofing is the most important part of the process because it eliminates the problem altogether.

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What Can You Do to Prevent Squirrel Problems?


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One of the most common complaints involving nuisance wildlife is the noise they can produce in a home. Many home owners may be unaware that they even have an unwanted visitor in their home if not for the noise. Certain animals may spend their time crawling around (and doing other things) in their newfound home (your attic, soffits, walls, garage, etc.). The scurrying scratching, chewing, or vocal noise that you hear may be most unwelcome, particularly from nocturnal animals. The primary culprits are raccoons, squirrels, rats, and mice, but other creatures may be at work. Give me a call, and I will identify the source of the noise, as well the means by which the animals are entering the structure. Get the problem fixed, and you will sleep better at night!

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Trapping is a good way for kids to explore the outdoors, learn about animals, their habits and habitats. For some people the desire to trap never fades as years pass. For other the desire to trap doesn't come until later in life.

The following is in essence the basics of trapping. This will cover the most popular species trappers' target. The basics of trapping will also cover methods experiences trappers use to trap them.

Beavers and Muskrats:

Two of the most popular species trappers pursue are beavers and muskrats. Experienced trappers tend to trap beavers and muskrats in the winter, but for a beginner; trapping these species may be easier to trap in the spring and fall. The most commonly used trap for beaver is the 330 conibear. Check your local state laws; sometimes the law requires this trap to be fully submerged in water.

Beaver set, trappingYou should stake the trap in areas were beavers like to hang out. Such as dams, bank dens, beaver lodges, culverts, and/or canals between two bodies of water. Beavers prefer to be in slack water, which is what beavers create when they build dams. Slack water, which used to be known as 'the stand of the tide', is a short period in a body of tidal water when the water is completely unstressed, and therefore no movement either way in the tidal stream.

A good way to find places to trap beaver is to contact the county highway or land department. Many times they are having problems with beavers and are very happy to have a trapper take care of the problem for them.

You want to select a spot on near the water's edge where you see mink tracks and the trails they have been using. Make your trap bed and place trap in it and cover it with leaves and grasses to make it look natural and blend in with the surrounding area. A tip from the experts, place sticks on both side and the back of the trap bed to guide the mink to step on the trap.

Raccoon:

Raccoons can be found almost anywhere in North America. Raccoons are a very commonly trapped furbearer. Raccoons can be found mostly in wooded areas and near water. Raccoons are a very curious creature, and because of this they can be trapped in almost any set. The most common trap to use for a beginner is the 220 conibear. Raccoons are very predictable creatures they will use the same trails along streams, ditches, rivers, and ponds. Set a 220 conibear along these trails for best results.

Above is just the basic a new trapper should know. Never stop educating yourself about trapping and trapping techniques. The best form of education is to find a mentor that can pass down years of wisdom to the younger generation.

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