Nature-Tech's Nuisance Wildlife FAQ
Read below for some of our Frequently Asked Questions about nuisance wildlife conflicts:
**New - Important** Q. In these unprecedented times with COVID-19, what will you do to protect my family while serving our home?
A. It is true. We are living in unprecedented times and fighting an invisible enemy *together*. Nature-Tech Wildlife Solutions LLC has taken every precaution to protect both, our valued technicians as well as our valued customers during the COVID-19 outbreak. Each technician will be equipped with face masks, respirators, latex/nitrile gloves, hand sanitizers and solutions for sanitizing their work vehicle between servicing homes. We take the safety and health of our employees and customers very seriously and we want to ensure you that we will be vigilant in protecting you while we fulfill our duties to resolve your wildlife conflict. We realize that you could have chosen many other companies over us, but you didn't. As such, we plan to repay that consideration by ensuring that we do our part to flatten the curve.
Q. I have a problem with an animal getting into my attic. How does your company deal with these situations?
A. The reality is, it really depends on the animal, the structure of the home, and how they are getting in. There is no cookie cutter option for dealing with a wildlife issue. Our technicians will fully inspect the home, determine what the animal is from both exterior and interior inspection, and then formulate a custom treatment plan. Not all homes are created equal, even in communities with similarly constructed homes. As such, a proper inspection must be completed to ensure that your issue is resolved and resolved correctly.
Q. What do you do with nuisance wildlife that is trapped?
A. Our company follows the guidelines illustrated by the Florida Wildlife Commission depending upon species. Any wildlife that can be relocated safely for both human and animal benefit within the legal limits will be. Others may require help from a qualified State licensed wildlife rehabilitation facility.
Q: I saw raccoons walking around during the daytime! This means that it's either sick or rabid, right?
A. Central Florida Raccoons are naturally crepuscular, meaning that they can be active in early morning (dawn) and evening (dusk). It's not strictly nocturnal activity that they can be found moving. Nocturnal activity tends to be the highest point in their movement pattern. However, Central Florida Raccoons are largely opportunistic foragers. So food availability is the predominant reason for their behavior at any time and that includes during the daylight hours. So, no, seeing a Central Florida Raccoon during the daytime is not an indicator of sick or rabid animal and is no cause for alarm.
Q. I have a raccoon in my attic. Why is it there and what do I do about it?
A. A raccoon in your attic pretty much means one thing...female with babies. Those babies are known as "kits" and they are unable to generate their own body heat. Mama is only able to provide heat periodically as she has to leave occasionally for food and water. As such, an attic provides 2 things: Warmth and Safety. Unfortunately, a female raccoon can be a rather stubborn tenant. She's very protective of her offspring like any good mother and is very reluctant to give up what she feels is a safe place for her babies.
To deal with this, can sometimes require several measures. Killing the mother is ill advised because without knowing how old the offspring are, without her, they will likely die. The question is where. It is generally advised to encourage the female to leave on her own accord. You can do this by attempting to make the attic unwelcoming. Bright flashing lights and some loud noises may work. Sometimes not. Depending on the age of the babies, you can try the scent of a predator at the entry point. Male raccoon urine or coyote urine can be used. However, if the babies are a bit older, they are too much work for her to move and generally just makes her decide that she is more willing to simply fight a threat.
Exclusion is generally the last resort. Devices may be installed at the entry point that allow her out, but not back in. It is important to understand that she may well breach another area of the home to regain entry if a proper exclusion job on the rest of the home has not been completed prior to her eviction. Central Florida Raccoon issues can be frustrating and costly if not handled correctly. Trust your experts at Nature-Tech Wildlife Solutions LLC and give us a call at 813.699.9079 if you have any questions!
Q. Can raccoons get into walls?
A. While in most cases, an adult raccoon is not able to successfully get down into a wall, it can be done depending on the construction of the home. If you're hearing activity in the walls frequently, in most cases it is likely either squirrels or rodents. However, it is not at all uncommon for baby raccoons to fall down inside of walls and will have to be cut out once the mother raccoon has been evicted.
Q. I hear and see squirrels a lot on my roof. Is there any chance they're in my attic?
A. It is possible for them to be in the attic, even if you don't have a visible entry point from the lower ground. There are several locations where they may enter, such as through ridge vents, roof/attic vents, or even pipe stacks if they are not capped.
Q. What kind of damage can squirrels do inside my attic?
A. Squirrels are rodents. They may be prettier and in general, seem much cleaner organisms than the typical "rodents" that most people think of, but they are indeed rodents. As such, their biology requires them to chew on things constantly. Lead boots on pipe stacks, electrical wiring, PVC water lines, wood, fascia, soffit and essentially anything else that is not a hard metal or cement is fair game for squirrel chewing.
Q. How do I do with squirrels getting into my attic?
A. In most cases, it requires a full exclusion of any vulnerable areas that could allow them into the home, with the exception of the main entry point. Following that, a device is installed which will allow any squirrels inside back out, without allowing them back inside. It is also advisable to set squirrel traps and try to capture any offending animals as they will be more inclined to try to regain entry.
Q. Is there anything I can do to keep squirrels out of my area?
A. The truth of the matter is...not really. Central Florida has a highly successful squirrel population in general. Our large and productive oak trees throughout the area provide a steady food supply in addition to a great many seeding plants from the plethora of vegetables and fruits that can be grown here year 'round. Your most important defense against squirrels is a proper exclusion job or a well constructed home which will prevent them from gaining entry and subsequently being able to damage your home.
Q. I have an armadillo under my home. I hear they carry leprosy. What is my risk?
A. Leprosy in Central Florida armadillos is a concern of the past. For starters, there is an effective treatment for leprosy now. Secondly, there have been no cases of leprosy found within the Central Florida region in a very long time. Even still, in order to risk leprosy, it would require the perfect storm of events to transpire for it to be an issue. Your biggest concern about an armadillo on your property will be the yard and flower beds that will be dug up.
Q. I've tried to trap the armadillos that keep getting under my house, but I've not been successful. What gives?
A. Armadillos really can't be successfully baited. They have to be guided into the trap, so you'll have to be creative and ensure that the burrow that you think they're in, is indeed the burrow that it's using. We advise using markers for the burrow points to track their activity before setting any traps. Central Florida Armadillos routinely have between 2 and 3 active burrow points and they aren't always guaranteed to be on the same property, although, they will generally be pretty close.