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How We Solve Orlando Wildlife Problems

It starts with your phone call. We answer our phones 24/7, and we will carefully listen to your wildlife problem. Every case is different, so we will ask appropriate questions to help us understand the situation better. Questions like, "do you hear the noises at night or during the daytime?" or "what type of roof do you have?" After we have a general idea of your situation, we can provide a ballpark price range, and schedule a same-day or next-day appointment to inspect your property.

INSPECTION: Once on site, we will perform a full inspection of your home and property. This allows us to use the correct strategy and traps. If the animals are in an attic, a full building inspection is crucial, including the following:

  • All ground-level areas, such as piper or A/C line entry & exit areas, A/C chase bottoms, ground-level vents, etc.
  • All mid-level areas, such as dryer vents, siding gaps, first floor eaves or dormers, etc.
  • We inspect the entire roof, including all plumbing stacks, ridge caps, vents, and other potential gaps or holes.
  • We also inspect inside your attic, to identify animals and damage they have caused.
  • If the animals are outside, we notice many subtle clues that will assist us in a successful strategy.

TRAPPING, EXCLUSION, REMOVAL: Once we understand what animal species we are dealing with, and the problem, we use the most effective means of removing the animals. We use dozens of different types of traps.

  • Trapping - If trapping the animal(s) in live cage traps, trap type, set, and location are crucial to success.
  • Exclusion - Oftentimes, we are able to simply set one-way doors or other exclusion devices that allow the animals inside a building to safely exit, but never get back inside.
  • Removal By Hand - Sometimes we actually remove animals by hand, or with special tools like snare poles.
  • The Law - In all cases, we obey state and local laws regarding wildlife, but aim to take the most humane approach.

ENTRY HOLE REPAIRS: Repairs are a crucial step in the wildlife removal process. In many cases, such as bat or rodent control, the job cannot be performed without detailed repairs, and in all cases, sealing the entry holes shut ensures that no future wildlife will ever enter your home.

  • 100% of the entry holes must be found, and sealed shut, or the job is not complete.
  • Our repairs are professional contractor grade, look good, and when applicable we use steel, which rodents such as rats or squirrels are unable to chew through.
  • We give a written guarantee on our repairs against any future animal entry.

ATTIC DECONTAMINATION SERVICES: It may be desirable to clean your attic after we've removed the animals. They can leave behind large amounts of droppings, urine, hair, oils, food, nesting material, and so on. These remnants can attract insects like cockroaches, and the scent left behind can encourage new animals to chew their way into your house. You might experience odor problems from the waste. It's possible that mold will grow on waste areas.

  • We remove or vacuum all droppings, or remove all the soiled insulation.
  • We fog the attic with a special enzyme-based cleaner that destroys any organic matter and deodorizes the space.
  • We repair damage, such as ductwork, electrical wires, pipes, insulation, and more.
The above are just a brief explanation of some of our methods. I haven't even addressed the hundreds of other potential cases that we deal with, from bat exclusions, to poison-free rodent control, to dead animal removal, bird roosting prevention, mole trapping in a yard, ground-based exclusion barriers around a shed, etc. etc. Just give us a call any time, and we can describe in detail how we will resolve your specific wildlife problem.

Here in central Florida, we encounter a wide variety of wildlife! The most common animals are raccoons: which are often found in attics or swimming pools, roof rats: which are very common inside attics and walls of Orlando homes, snakes: which of course are prevalent throughout Florida, opossums: which can be found both inside and outside houses, armadillos: digging up yards and creating burrows, squirrels: in eaves, crawl spaces, and attics of buildings, and Brazilian free tail bats: which live in buildings and under tile roofs. We service all of Orange County and often Seminole County and beyond, including downtown Orlando, Kissimmee, Sanford, Alafaya, Altamonte Springs, Apopka, Azalea Park, Casselberry, Clermont, Conway, Doctor Phillips, Eustis, Fairview Shores, Goldenrod, Hunter's Creek, Lake Butler, Lake Mary, Leesburg, Lockhart, Longwood, Maitland, Mount Dora, Oak Ridge, Ocoee, Oviedo, Pine Castle, Pine Hills, Poinciana, Saint Cloud, Tavares, Wekiva Springs, and more. To learn more about our services, visit the Orlando wildlife control home page. Other Orlando animal pest control topics:
How to trap Florida armadillos
Get bats out of the attic
Orlando mouse removal
Orlando snake catcher
Squirrels in the attic

This month's wildlife how-to article: Rat trapping – how to catch rats with traps

Rat trapping may seem like a good idea when you think you have a rat infestation, but there are so many things to think about, it might be worth scrapping the idea yourself and just calling in the help from a professional pest control company. Firstly, there is never just one rat – there will always be more to come. Secondly, without the right preventative methods, rat trapping is going to be completely useful, as again, you will always experience more. Thirdly, there are so many styles of traps to choose from that it can be hard to know where to start!

One thing that will make you more efficient at rat trapping is knowledge. For example, rats can grow up to nine inches in length – did you know that? Also, they can clamber through even the smallest of holes – did you know that too? This will make the world of difference when it comes to placing and buying traps.

Rats never come as just a single rat. When they find a place with the perfect conditions to call home, more rats will come. This means that you will be better off buying more than one trap. On top of this, they can destroy your home. They will nibble through most materials with ease, causing holes in foundations of homes, in rafters, and more.

A pest control company may seem out of your budget, but when you look at everything the rat brings with it, you may want to think otherwise. Of course, you can take preventative methods, block up holes and trap rats in a bid to get rid of them yourself, but in reality, it is much easier said than done.

Rats bring with them a great deal of diseases and among the most horrifying are:
  • Hemorrhagic fever
  • Plague
  • Renal syndrome
  • Adenoviruses
  • Rat-bite fever
  • Tularemia
They will contaminate your food if they touch it, leave disease in urine all over your home, leave parasites in your family cat or dog, rabbit or other pet, plant bugs and disease in the destruction they cause to your home and much more besides. When you look at all of this information collectively, is it really worth chancing doing this yourself? Think about your children – what if they came into contact with a rat? How about the family pets too?

If you are still sure that you can do this job yourself, you are going to need a little advice. When it comes to buying traps, you will want to consider three key points:
  • 1. What animal are you trying to trap? Obviously, in this case it will be the rat.
  • 2. How big do you need your trap to be? It must be able to fit a baby rat, or a full nine-inch long rat, without space for it to crawl back out again.
  • 3. Do you want your trap to have any special features? As you look around, you will notice that there are some basics, and others that are more state of the art.
One of the easiest and more effective traps to use is a wire mesh one that resembles a long, thin box. It will have a door at either end, so to a rat, it will look like it is crawling through a tunnel, such as those that lead to your sewage works. When the rat enters the trap, both doors will shut, enclosing it in the box and you are then free to release it into the wild. There are many others out there to choose from, of course, but as traps go, this is the easiest to set up and one of the most effective.
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