If you have a problem with wildlife in your Homestead 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 Homestead, and I recommend the following:
NOTE: If you have a dog or cat problem, call Miami-Dade County Animal Services: (305) 884-1101
Affordable Wildlife Removal 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 Affordable Wildlife Removal 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 305-712-6906 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:
Affordable Wildlife Removal is a full-service Homestead wildlife removal company. This is very different from a regular Homestead pest control company. The pest control companies spray poison to kill insects. This is not at all
similar to wildlife removal. Affordable Wildlife Removal 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.
Homestead 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 Homestead raccoon removal. Read more about how to get rid of raccoons.
Animals in attics - this is our specialty at Affordable Wildlife Removal. 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 Homestead 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 Homestead 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 Homestead 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 Homestead pigeon removal and bird control. But our specialty is Homestead 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 Homestead trapper who only removes the critters, then the problem will return. You need to hire a Homestead 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. Affordable Wildlife Removal does both.
The above are just some of the services offered by Affordable Wildlife Removal. 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. Affordable Wildlife Removal also provides dead animal removal in Homestead. 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 Homestead 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 Homestead. And remember, we are a private business, not Miami-Dade County Animal Control Services, so if you have a dog or cat problem, call the County at (305) 884-1101. Miami-Dade 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.
Homestead Wildlife Tip #1:
Do rats die in the winter
Rats are one of those kinds of creatures that has found a way to survive in every ecosystem and environment on the planet. They have done so primarily by living off the ingenuity of human beings. Everywhere that man has traveled, with the exclusion of the moon and the international space station, at least at this point, rats have traveled with them as well.
Sailors carried rats across the globe when they were finally able to reach every continent on the planet. This led to several different diseases being spread, because people were not used to the pestilence and parasites that rats carried. This meant that rats that were born in Asia, traveled across ships to Europe where they spread diseases, some of which had catastrophic effects on populations.
While this is not a story about how rats carry diseases, what it is about is the fact that rats have found a way to move with human beings. As men and women have traveled across the globe, rats have gone with them. They have set up their residence in the homes that people have built, and lived off of the food that people have grown and made. It can be said that rats are the ultimate parasite of sorts, as they have used everything that man has invented to be able to assist themselves in terms of their survival.
Why this is important is because if you are asking yourself do rats die in the winter, the answer is a lot of times no. Are there instances where rats die in wintertime of non-natural causes? Absolutely! The truth is that a rat has the same susceptibility to cold weather that a human being does. If a rat is left outside in temperatures that are 10 degrees below zero or more, they are likely to suffer from hypothermia, even if they are outside for just a very short period of time.
The same is true of human beings as well. While we can wear many layers of clothes to try to keep us warm the truth is that if you are outside for a long period of time and the temperature is bitterly cold, you were going to die. Your body can only sustain temperature for so long before you will become ill, your organs will shut down, and you will be unable to sustain life. This is true of a rat as well.
However, don't believe that just because it is cold outside that a rat cannot survive. If you think about it, many rats in large cities live in locations like sewers and subway systems. These are not particularly warm locations. It can be bitterly cold in these areas during the wintertime, even if you go deeper into the sewer systems.
Yet, people have survived in these areas during the wintertime. In fact, huge groups of people live together in the sewers and survive, just as rats do. While cold weather can be better and create difficulty for rats, that does not mean they cannot survive. So, will rats die in the winter? Yes, but not just because it's cold.
Homestead 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 Affordable Wildlife Removal, any time of day, at 305-712-6906, for a price quote for Homestead wildlife control services. I am confident that this is the best choice amongst wildlife removal companies in Homestead, FL.