Types of Animals
The Raccoon is a nocturnal animal that will rummage your trash, poop in your pool, and nest in your attic. They are incredibly intelligent animals but they never lack to leave evidence behind. Raccoons can damage your ductwork, your plumbing and electrical wires. A Raccoon has a lifespan of 20 years.
Q:Should I consider Raccoons dangerous?
A: Yes, they are an aggressive animal that you should never try to handle yourself. The Raccoon is the number one carrier of the furious rabies virus. If your flesh is exposed by a Raccoon you must receive a widespread of rabies vaccinations.
Q: How many babies will a mother raccoon have?
A: Mother Raccoons will birth 2 – 5 baby raccoons during her labor. Be sure to get help to remove the raccoons promptly because a family can establish a home very swiftly.
Q: How do raccoons break into my home?
A: Racoons are climbers and depend on their sensitive paws to navigate. Climbing nearly 40 feet they will commonly use attics and basements as a safe place to have their young.
Mice and Rat Removal
If mice or rats gain entry to your structure don’t wait to get help because they multiply rapidly. A rat can birth up to six litters per year of 10-15 per litter. They can cause a lot of damage from their feces and urine seeping into the insulation areas. Contact a professional at Animal Control Services to cure your infestation.
Q: Should I consider rats and mice dangerous?
A: Yes, they carry many different harmful diseases.
Q: I’m hearing scratching and running in the attic. Is it a sign that I may have rats or mice?
A: : Possibly, attics are an ideal shelter for animals including rats and mice.
Q: Would poison kill the rats and mice in my kitchen?
A: Poison is not the first choice… trapping and removing would be. If you use poisons the mouse or rat may die in the walls leaving you with a very bad, lingering stench.
Squirrels have teeth that grow like human fingernails, and need to chew to grind them down to live. They will chew on your electric wiring, your plumbing, and run across your ductwork . Squirrels will leave their feces and urine all over the insulation and drywall creating a foul odor throughout the house. Without squirrel removal there will be costly damage in the structure of your home.
Q: Are squirrels a carrier of rabies?
A: Squirrels rarely have rabies. You should seek medical attention if you are bitten by a squirrel.
Q: How many babies will a mother squirrel have?
A: Squirrel’s birth up to 8 babies and seek a warm, comfortable place to nest.
Q: What is a squirrel’s diet?
A: Squirrels enjoys nuts, small insects, roots, tree bark, and birdseed.
Skunks can do significant damage to drywall and your air conditioning ductwork. Do not frighten a skunk unless you want them to release a pungent, semi-permanent odor on you or your pets. Removal of a skunk should be done by a professionals at Animal Control Services.
Q: Should I consider skunks dangerous?
A: Yes, especially on the East Coast where they are the number one carrier of the rabies virus. Rabies will cause death if a bite goes untreated. If you think you have come in contact with an animal with rabies seek medical assistance.
Q: How many babies will a mother skunk have?
A: A Mother skunks give birth to 2 – 10 baby skunks, most births will occur during the month of May.
Q: What is a skunk’s diet?
A: Skunks eat fruit and plants, insects, larvae, worms, eggs, reptiles, small mammals, and even fish.
Bats are very dangerous to your health and your home. Bat feces host a fungal spore which can cause a respiratory condition or chronic lung disease. Bat removal is essential to prevent a chancy encounter.
Q: A Mother bat gave birth in my attic, will the baby bats ever leave?
A: When the pups are born, they cannot fly. Once they mature they may leave the attic. Most species of bats in Florida will stay in the attic with its colony.
Q: How can I know how many bats are in my attic?
A: Bats are a close family, they remain in large colonies ranging from a few hundred to several thousand.
Q: I found bat droppings outside my home, do I have bats?
A: When droppings are found around your house that is a main sign of bats in your attic. If you call Animal Control Services they will perform an inspection of your home to determine if bats are living in your attic.
Opossums are nocternal scavengers. They are nomadic and carriers of the cat flea. Opossums will leave their feces and urine in your attic or under a deck or shed, causing substantial damage and the strong scent will attract more opossums to your home. You should contact the professionals at the Animal
Control Services to help you.
Q: Should I consider opossum dangerous?
A: Yes, Opossums will bite you and they commonly carry the cat flea which may host numerous diseases.
Q: How many babies does a mother opossum generally have?
A: Opossums birth a large litter, but only 10 – 15 will survive.
Q: Are opossums considered marsupials?
A: Yes, opossums are the only North American marsupial.
Armadillos are not native to Florida, they were introduced to the state in 1900. Armadillos have claws built for burrowing under houses, in mulch beds, under driveways,under a/c concrete pads, under pool decks, and even under sidewalks. The digging will weaken structures causing major destruction due to the extensive depth in which they dig.
Q: What is an armadillo’s diet?
A: Armadillos feast on bugs in the ground.
Q: Should I consider having the armadillo removed?
A: Yes, Armadillo can be very destructive to your landscaping, sidewalks, pool decks, foundation of your home and more.
Q: Can I use mothballs to get rid of armadillos?
A: No, mothballs do not work.
Q: Can I use repellants to get rid of armadillos?
A: There are repellants on the market, but don’t waste your time or money. They do not work. The best method to get rid of armadillos is to let us trap and remove them.
Florida has hundreds of species of snakes many of which are poisonous. Many of the exotic species were introduced by pet owners releasing their snakes into the wild. A snake’s entry point into your home can be through water spouts, open garage doors and anything not properly sealed around your house. Don’t take any chances with a snake, call an professional at Animal Control Services.
Q: How far is a snakes strike?
A: A snakes striking distance is half the length of its body.
Q: What venomous snakes are in Florida?
A: There are 6 names of poisonous snakes:
- Eastern Coral Snake
- Southern Copperhead
- Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake
- Timber Rattlesnake
- Dusky Pygmy Rattlesnake
Q: Do I need snake removal?
A: Let’s remember that snakes are also beneficial to the environment. When a snake enters a home or threatens a pet or human you should call Animal Control Services. Do not attempt to capture a snake yourself.
Dog and Cat Removal
Currently, we do not handle dog or cat removal. If you require help with these types of extractions, please check the list below for services available in your particular county.
Alachua County – http://www.alachuacounty.us/DEPTS/PW/ANIMALSERVICES/Pages/AnimalServices.aspx
Brevard County – http://www.brevardcounty.us/AnimalServices
Clay County - http://www.claycountygov.com/departments/clay-county-animal-care-control
Duval County – http://www.jacksonville-animalcontrol.com/Duval-County.html
Flagler County - http://www.flaglerhumanesociety.org/animal-control/
Indian River County – http://www.ircgov.com/
Lake County - http://www.lakecountyanimalservices.org/
Marion County – http://www.marioncountyfl.org/AnimalCenter/Animal_Default.aspx
Nassau County – http://www.nassaucountyfl.com/index.aspx?nid=144
Orange County – http://www.orangecountyfl.net/
Osceola County – http://www.osceola.org/animalcontrol/home.cfm
Polk County – http://www.polksheriff.org/InsidePCSO/LE/SOD/BOSO/AC/Pages/AnimalControl.aspx
Putnam County – http://pcso.us/animal-services
Seminole County – http://www.seminolecountyfl.gov/dps/ansrvs/nuisance.aspx
St. Johns County – http://www.co.st-johns.fl.us/AnimalControl/index.aspx
Sumter County – http://sumtercountyfl.gov/index.aspx?nid=75
Volusia County – http://www.volusia.org/services/public-protection/animal-control/