The Biggest Wildlife Threats to Watch for This Fall
October 12, 2018
It’s nice to get outdoors and enjoy nature here in South Florida. However, when animals that belong outdoors come inside, they cause problems. While the weather during the fall and winter months in Florida does not get as cold as the northern states, wildlife will still seek shelter inside our homes if given the opportunity. The following are common wildlife animals that we should be on the lookout for.
Raccoons are notoriously known for the black “mask” of fur around their eyes. They usually grow to be 10 to 30 pounds and have a black and gray striped tail. These animals are nocturnal, so they’ll be most active during the night. Raccoons may seek out homes that provide a source of food, water, and shelter. They can commonly be found in dumpsters, composts, and vegetable gardens and may also seek out homes to spend the winter or to nest and raise babies in the spring. On top of being aggressive and a rabies risk, raccoons can also cause severe structural damage.
These pests are active year-round! They’re small—about 6 inches in length. Moles can be identified by their wide front feet with enormous digging claws that they use as shovels. These animals burrow through lawns in search of grubs and worms to eat. They’re pretty good at killing lawns by doing this! Moles also carry fleas, ticks, and other pests.
Gray squirrels can be anywhere from 6 to 14 inches long, not including their tail. These large pests are most active during the day and can get inside homes and other buildings. Squirrels can be damaging to walls, insulation, pipes, wires, and personal items. Along with the structural damage that they cause, they can also be quite aggressive and may lash out if threatened or cornered. Getting into food storage areas and contaminating products are both a risk, as well as the squirrels bringing in fleas, mites, and ticks.
Wildlife invasions are a high risk this October. It’s beneficial to put some prevention methods in place to prepare your home. If they can’t get their basic needs met in your home, they will likely move on. Therefore, you should make sure all trash has tightly fitted lids. Keep all food products in your house stored properly as well. On top of this, it’s helpful to seal any holes or cracks in your home where pests can get in. Checking screens on windows and screen doors, caulking cracks around windowsills and sealing holes around the exterior of your home will all help to keep pests out.
Sometimes these animals can be persistent. Avoiding moles can be tricky as it is important to rid your lawn of grubs as well. It can save a lot of time and energy to contact a pest professional. At Nozzle Nolen, we can worry about your pest needs for you. With our wildlife control options, we can remove the unwanted guests from your home. Our professional wildlife removal technicians have experience in removing all types of wildlife. Contact Nozzle Nolen today to find out more!
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