If you have a problem with wildlife in your Cross City home, your best option is to hire a company that specializes in Florida wildlife removal only. This is a specialty business, and regular pest control companies do not use the proper techniques to solve animal problems. I have spent many years reviewing Florida and Cross City, and I recommend the following:
NOTE: If you have a dog or cat problem, call Dixie County Animal Services: (352) 498-1231
Professional Wildlife Services specializes primarily in removing animals from attics of homes and buildings - this includes squirrels in attics, raccoons, and rats or mice in homes. Florida also has a documented problem with
bats in buildings, and Professional Wildlife Services is specially trained in bat removal. They also perform general wildlife trapping services, such as the capture and removal of skunks or opossums on the
property. Call 352-433-0995 to discuss your critter problem and schedule a same-day or next-day appointment. Click here to learn more about what prices we charge in 2020.
When hiring a company to solve your wild animal problem, you want these features:
Professional Wildlife Services is a full-service Cross City wildlife removal company. This is very different from a regular Cross City pest control company. The pest control companies spray poison to kill insects. This is not at all
similar to wildlife removal. Professional Wildlife Services performs a full inspection of the home or property, and determines why the animal(s) are there, and if inside a building, how the animals got inside. All
animals (including rodents) are trapped and removed, or if possible, removed from the building using special exclusion devices. Once the animals are gone, preventative repairs are essential, and
cleanup is sometimes recommended.
Cross City wildlife trapping - it's not as simple as it may seem. It's illegal in Florida to trap without a license. Trap type is very important and there are many different types, bait is somewhat relevant, trap placement is vital, and there are dozens of small things that are very important to know. Safety is a concern. Then once the animal is trapped, it must be removed and dealt with in the proper manner according to Florida law. We offer Cross City raccoon removal. Read more about how to get rid of raccoons.
Animals in attics - this is our specialty at Professional Wildlife Services. Many types of animals like to live in attics. This includes squirrels, raccoons, rats, mice, bats, birds, and even possums. Critters like to go into attics for a safe place to live and raise their young. Removing animals from attics is very complex work, partly because of the presence of baby animals. If you need Cross City squirrel removal, we can remove all the squirrels from your attic, and seal out any future ones. Read more about how to get rid of squirrels.
Rodent control must be done in a very specific way. First off, the most important thing is that all the openings that rats and mice can use to enter a house be sealed. Then all the rodents must be physically trapped and removed. Never, ever use poison! Most Cross City exterminators will just use this lazy poison technique to kill rodents, and it causes more harm than good - dead stinky rats, and it doesn't solve the problem. Call us for correct Cross City rat removal. Read more about how to get rid of rats.
Bat removal is a highly specialized task. Florida is known to have colonizing bats who often live in buildings. Bats love attics. If not removed, the colony can grow to a very large size over the years. The bat droppings are often corrosive and cause health risks. The same goes for bird droppings on or in buildings. We perform Cross City pigeon removal and bird control. But our specialty is Cross City bat removal. We remove 100% of the bat colony and seal the building so that it's totally bat-proof. Read more about how to get rid of bats.
If you have animals inside a house, no job is complete without proper exclusion repairs. If you simply hire a Cross City trapper who only removes the critters, then the problem will return. You need to hire a Cross City wildlife control company that identifies 100% of the animal entry points into your building, and seals them shut with professional repairs. In addition, in many cases animals have left waste or contamination behind, and you'll want a company that can provide professional cleaning services. Professional Wildlife Services does both.
The above are just some of the services offered by Professional Wildlife Services. We also trap and remove animals that destroy lawns, such as moles, or digging animals. Sometimes animals like opossums will live under buildings, steal pet food, raid garbage cans, etc. Read about how to get rid of opossums. Skunks commonly live under sheds or decks, and set up a den. We can trap and remove them without them spraying. Read about how to get rid of skunks. Professional Wildlife Services also provides dead animal removal in Cross City. If you need help with any other wildlife conflict, from a fox, beaver, groundhog, or any other critter, we can solve it. We also do Cross City snake removal - most of the snakes in Florida are not venomous, but call us if you want safe removal, or read about how to get rid of snakes in Cross City. And remember, we are a private business, not Dixie County Animal Control Services, so if you have a dog or cat problem, call the County at (352) 498-1231. Dixie County animal services does not handle any wildlife issues.
Every wildlife removal situation is different, from the species of animals involved, the location of the animal inside a house or outside, the extent of repairs or cleanup, etc. It's impossible to give one-size-fits-all prices. Examples MIGHT include:
Small Job: For example, a one-stop job to remove an animal in the yard: $100 on up
Medium Job: For example, getting critters out of your house with minor repairs: $300 on up
Large Job: For example, a project involving many service trips and complex work: $500 on up
Give us a phone call now and tell us about your wildlife issue and we will be able to give you a price estimate over the phone. If you're cool with it, we can schedule a same-day or next-day appointment if you like. Our prices are fair, and a good value because we do the job right, the first time.
Cross City Wildlife Tip #1:
Which is easier to trap, mice or rats?
The most commonly used means of rodent control is trapping. Traps are easy to find or make, simple (and if handled properly) safe to use, inexpensive, and are usually darn effective. Most folks tend to lump mice and rats in the same category, but in fact, they have some major differences like breeding habits, social structure, and ability to be trapped. It has been proven that mice are a far (intellectually) simpler creature driven by more base desires, and are therefore much easier to trap than a rat. You can usually trap a mouse by simply placing the trap perpendicular to a wall where you know there is frequent mouse traffic, and the beady eyed critter will just run across the trap in its daily meanderings and get caught. It is also easy to tempt a mouse with a high caloric supper smelly food like chocolate or nut butter.
A rat however, is extremely cautious about anything new that pops up in it area. It is more likely to avoid that trap for weeks no matter how good the bait smells. Rats have even been known to encourage the weaker (beta) rats in the pack to investigate what could be a trap before the alpha will take the bait. When trying to catch rats, you must exercise patience, and may have to resort to trickery to get the job done. If you are going for rats and your traps have been out for more than a week with no luck, consider these things.
Did you put the trap in a high traffic area? I.e. one where you have seen rat activity such as droppings, chewed open food, or even seen a rat or two?
Are you catching mice in your rat traps? While both may like your kitchen or attic, they will probably not be there at the same time. Rats and mice do not hang out together in the same areas.
Are you using a bait that will attract them? Go for bacon, fish, nut butters, and chocolate- high calorie, smelly, and greasy.
Try tricking them. Place the traps in rat traffic areas. Bait the traps, but do not set them. After a week or so the rats will begin to view them as a food source, not a trap. When you see that the rats are eating the bait on a regular basis, set the traps. This will probably give you at least one good haul! No matter what type traps you use, be sure to check them often. You don't want dead mice lying about your home, and you don't want to leave live mice to suffer needlessly!
Cross City Wildlife Tip #2:
Florida Wildlife Information:
Florida State bird: Northern mockingbird
State mammal: Florida panther, manatee, dolphin
State reptile: Loggerhead sea turtle
State fish: Florida largemouth bass, Atlantic sailfish
State insect: Zebra longwing
Florida's climate is hot and damp, making it a prime place for reptiles, amphibians, and other semi-aquatic animals. There are a good number of raccoons, rabbits, squirrels, and rats, and it seems these common pest creatures plague homeowners in almost every state. In addition to the common property visitors, Florida also has four venomous snake species: rattlesnakes, cottonmouths, coral snakes, and copperheads. Because of how warm the state is, snakes are often out sunning themselves pool side. All reptiles are drawn to water, and because of the constant warm temperatures, many homes in Florida have pools.
Snakes aren't the only creatures invading yards. Armadillos in Florida are capable of coming into a yard and digging a burrow in one night. While they rarely, if ever, invade the home itself, the damage these creatures can cause to a yard is impressive. If you've got to have one or the other, however, most people would take the armadillo over the snakes.
While almost tropical in its climate, Florida is home to a massive expanse of swamp land known as The Everglades National Park. This huge plot of land is home to alligators, turtles, lizards, raccoons, rabbits, and snakes. The red tailed boa now makes the park its home, though the snake is not a native species of North America. This has caused some concern with the local wildlife authorities, as populations of smaller mammals have been steadily declining due to predation by the large serpents. It is expected that alligators and Florida panthers will eventually become prey for the invading species.
Land-loving predators that are sometimes nuisances are primarily black bears. These large, intimidating animals have learned how easy it is to pick through human garbage and to raid campsites. It only takes a bear one or two successful raids before it becomes problematic. Coyotes are also a common nuisance predator in the state. Like the bears, coyotes become opportunistic, feeding off of livestock, pets, and human refuse.
The population of Florida is growing annually, and it is a popular state for retirees. Eventually, more and more people will displace the animals of Florida, causing clashes. A good example of this is with the alligator population, which lives in many of the waterways, regardless of how close to human civilization. The alligators aren't fearful, so they hold their ground and usually must be removed by professionals.
You can always call Professional Wildlife Services, any time of day, at 352-433-0995, for a price quote for Cross City wildlife control services. I am confident that this is the best choice amongst wildlife removal companies in Cross City, FL.