If you have a problem with wildlife in your Key West 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 Key West, and I recommend the following:
NOTE: If you have a dog or cat problem, call Monroe County Animal Services: (305) 294-4857
Wildlife Removal Key West 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 Wildlife Removal Key West 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 305-560-5377 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:
Wildlife Removal Key West is a full-service Key West wildlife removal company. This is very different from a regular Key West pest control company. The pest control companies spray poison to kill insects. This is not at all
similar to wildlife removal. Wildlife Removal Key West 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.
Key West 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 Key West raccoon removal. Read more about how to get rid of raccoons.
Animals in attics - this is our specialty at Wildlife Removal Key West. 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 Key West 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 Key West 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 Key West 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 Key West pigeon removal and bird control. But our specialty is Key West 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 Key West trapper who only removes the critters, then the problem will return. You need to hire a Key West 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. Wildlife Removal Key West does both.
The above are just some of the services offered by Wildlife Removal Key West. 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. Wildlife Removal Key West also provides dead animal removal in Key West. 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 Key West 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 Key West. And remember, we are a private business, not Monroe County Animal Control Services, so if you have a dog or cat problem, call the County at (305) 294-4857. Monroe 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.
Key West Wildlife Tip #1:
Should I feed squirrels for fun?
If you are a person who regularly visits a park or has trees on your land, then you most likely frequently come in contact with squirrels. These little creatures are just about anywhere you can find, making them a lovable rodent that most people enjoy seeing climbing up trees, running across their lawn, or playing with one another in a park.
While saying these creatures about, you may decide that it would be a good thing for you to feed them. As winter is approaching, you want to make sure that the squirrels have enough knots to store up so that they can survive during the bitter winter cold, or you just may want to give them a tasty treat of some almonds or peanuts. The question is should you feeds worlds just for fun?
The truth is that you are not doing any harm by feeding squirrels. It's a nice idea to give these rodents some form of food, as most live a fairly solitary life. What this means is that you are not can I have dozens of squirrels around your property. This is isn't like where if you feed one, you're likely to have 15 or 20 at your door later on. If you feed one squirrel you're not can I have dozens coming around. You might have a couple at best.
There are those who will tell you that because of the fact that squirrels carry a number of diseases it is a good idea that you stay as far away from these creatures, and don't do anything to entice them to come near you. That may be true to some degree, however, it is also reality the squirrels are around you all the time. Even if you are taking measures to keep them away, they are still likely to be around.
As long as you are not inviting them to eat out of your hand, something that is never suggested with any kind of wild animal, you should be okay. Simply set the nuts or other food source that you wish to give to them a few feet away from yourself and watch them come up to you. Once again, don't let them get too close to protect yourself, but there's nothing wrong with them coming within a yard or two of where you are sitting.
The truth is that you rarely hear of any instances where a person became sick or severely injured from a squirrel biting or attacking them. These are not aggressive preachers in that way, meaning that it is quite unlikely that you would find any danger in providing nuts or other food to the squirrels.
Squirrels were meant to be enjoyed, as they are some of the cutest and most industrious animals on the planet. There is no reason why you can add to the enjoyment by giving them a snack every now and then. If you are careful then you should have no issues whatsoever with having a squirrel as a breakfast companion of sorts.
Key West 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 Wildlife Removal Key West, any time of day, at 305-560-5377, for a price quote for Key West wildlife control services. I am confident that this is the best choice amongst wildlife removal companies in Key West, FL.