If you have a problem with wildlife in your Orange Park 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 Orange Park, and I recommend the following:
NOTE: If you have a dog or cat problem, call Clay County Animal Services: (904) 269-6342
Professional Wildlife and Rodent 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 Professional Wildlife and Rodent 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 904-414-5022 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 and Rodent Removal is a full-service Orange Park wildlife removal company. This is very different from a regular Orange Park pest control company. The pest control companies spray poison to kill insects. This is not at all
similar to wildlife removal. Professional Wildlife and Rodent 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.
Orange Park 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 Orange Park raccoon removal. Read more about how to get rid of raccoons.
Animals in attics - this is our specialty at Professional Wildlife and Rodent 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 Orange Park 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 Orange Park 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 Orange Park 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 Orange Park pigeon removal and bird control. But our specialty is Orange Park 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 Orange Park trapper who only removes the critters, then the problem will return. You need to hire a Orange Park 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 and Rodent Removal does both.
The above are just some of the services offered by Professional Wildlife and Rodent 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. Professional Wildlife and Rodent Removal also provides dead animal removal in Orange Park. 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 Orange Park 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 Orange Park. And remember, we are a private business, not Clay County Animal Control Services, so if you have a dog or cat problem, call the County at (904) 269-6342. Clay 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.
Orange Park Wildlife Tip #1:
Dead Rats Smell- but for How Long
Rats! You've seen them around the house, but even before you can do anything about them, they just vanish. The trouble is they can squeeze themselves into dark nooks and corners and remain invisible and as quiet as only a mouse can. You stop thinking about them till they disturb your peace the next time- which is all too soon. The problem is exacerbated when they die in your home and leave behind unpleasant reminders of their presence in the form of a 'terrible smell.'
The odor and the stench of a dead rat can be pretty overwhelming- so much so even after the carcass is removed, the odor lingers on. You have to hold your breath or wear a mask so that the smell doesn't suffocate you. The bigger the animal, the more the biomass and hence stronger the stench. Even inured pest controllers have trouble while dealing with the malodorous stinky, smell of a dead rat.
Once the animal dies, the body tissues start breaking down and a putrid odor starts emanating. When the body starts decomposing, an unhealthy mix of chemicals are produced and the stink is mainly caused by the production of methane and sulfur dioxide. More the body mass, more the decomposition and more the odor. The smell lasts until the dead rat is entirely decomposed or until they are dry. Several dead rats can make life hell for you as the odor can last for as long as a month.
Generally, it takes about three weeks for the body to decompose and this odor may stay on for a couple more weeks after the dead animals are removed. If the site where the rat died is damp, the odor lasts longer and can even last for weeks on a row. Humidity and warmth tend to intensify the nauseating odor. Beware of these stinky creatures dying near steam pipes- the odor will hang around forever. One way to locate the dead animal is to be guided by the strong odor- the place where the smell is strongest can lead you to the dead animal.
Obviously, you can't lock up and get away from home each time there is a dead rat rotting in the attic or basement. You obviously have to work round it.
Use air-cleaners that have absorbent filters- these tend to absorb and remove smelly particles when air circulates through them. Odor neutralizers and ionic minerals also work well as they break down the organic compounds responsible for the odor. While aerosols and mist sprays do mask the bad odor, nothing can remove it but total decomposition.
Let lots of sunlight and fresh air into the rooms and look for pest services that offer IPM tactics or pest-proofing to prevent their entry and if you use traps, keep a check on them.
Not for nothing did the "it smells like dead rats" phrase emerge in the lexicons of the English language- maybe only a skunk can vie with a dead rat.
Orange Park 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 and Rodent Removal, any time of day, at 904-414-5022, for a price quote for Orange Park wildlife control services. I am confident that this is the best choice amongst wildlife removal companies in Orange Park, FL.