There are a lot of animals and wildlife in the state of Florida. The year-round warm weather means that some of the animals that only come out during the warmer times of the year in other states and hibernate during the winter remain active all year long. Wildlife pests in Florida may cause property damage to both residential and commercial properties even in the heart of winter and keeps us active all year long.
To help you prepare for potential pest problems in the Sunshine State, we’ve listed the top five most common wildlife pests in Florida below.
If you think you have any kind of animal infestation, don’t try taking care of it on your own. Instead, contact the wildlife pest control specialists at Ehrlich Pest Control for wildlife pest removal and prevention treatment options.
Squirrels are everywhere. They are found in every state of the U.S. and across North America. However, as humans expand further and further into natural areas, the number of squirrels home and property owners have to deal with increases. You see them all the time, running around the lawns, up trees, across telephone wires, but do you think of them as pests?
In Florida, the eastern gray squirrel is one of the most common. If it were up to the squirrels, they’d be out in the wooded areas doing their thing, but instead, they can end up inside the walls of homes. Squirrels can enter homes through attics or basements and will eat food found inside pantries and cabinets. The fluffy-tailed rodents can chew on wiring that can actually lead to fire hazards.
Chipmunks used to be pretty rare around Florida. However, in recent years, there has been an increase in people seeing them in their yards. A lot of Florida’s eastern chipmunks are found in areas like those near the Escambia, Yellow, Choctawhatchee and Blackwater rivers. They tend to like areas where there is still a lot of wilderness and wooded areas than swamp lands or all urban areas.
Chipmunks tend to become pests when they start chewing up people’s gardens and burrowing into lawns. Chipmunks are also notorious thieves and will sneak into bird feeders and carry off the seeds there. Chipmunk burrows tend to be very deep and can actually cause part of a lawn to collapse.
It sort of makes sense that bats are a common pest in Florida because the warm weather here leads to excess numbers of a bat’s favorite food – mosquitoes. Of course, the term “pest” depends on where the bats are sleeping during the day and who is finding bats in and around their home. There are roughly 13 different species of bat in the Florida area, such as:
- Big brown bat
- Brazilian free-tail bat
- Hoary bat
- Evening bat
- Velvety free-tailed bat
Bats are tricky to deal with because they are considered necessary and beneficial to the ecosystem so, each municipality has its own rules about dealing with bats. Ehrlich Pest Control conducts bat treatment humanely and safely, because we know that bats can end up roosting inside attics and homes. Sometimes (although it is very rare) bats can carry rabies and may bite people or animals. However, bats also devour tremendous amount of mosquitoes and mosquitoes are even more dangerous and pose a greater risk to humans and animals due mosquito-borne diseases.
Raccoons are also very common across North America. While many people find them pretty adorable, given their masked faces and rascally behavior, the last thing you want to do is approach a wild raccoon. Raccoons are notoriously territorial and they are more likely to attack you out of self-defense with their very sharp teeth, strong claws and hands than let you try and pet them.
Raccoons can also be a nuisance pest. The fact they have tiny hands means they can pry up roofing tiles, open garbage cans, or widen holes in siding. Although instances are rare, raccoons may bite and can cause destruction to property. The common urban pests will set up nests in wall spaces and have babies, which means you end up with even more raccoons inside your home.
Ehrlich Pest Control in Florida can get rid of raccoons that are currently inside your home and offer suggestions for preventing them from returning and causing more havoc.
The opossum (or more commonly called possum) is a wildlife pest located all over the U.S., including Florida. The marsupials are often a concern for people, but mostly because of their rather fierce-looking face with their long noses, white faces, and eyes that tend to shine red when headlights hit them. Possums are nocturnal, so they are more active at night and many a homeowner has run across them in a dark corner of their yard to be startled by their appearance.
Possums are not actually dangerous. They prefer to run away from people than fight, but they will bare their teeth and hiss if they feel threatened. The solitary mammals are also famous for their ability to play dead in order to deter potential threats, too.
Possums can become pests because they have been known, from time to time, to damage vegetation in backyards. Like other animals, they can also carry parasites and have been linked to some diseases like Spotted Fever and Tuberculosis.
Ehrlich can help remove wildlife pests
Ehrlich’s Florida-based wildlife pest specialists can help. We are very familiar with the damage and signs wildlife pests leave behind. We can help you determine what kind of wildlife you are experiencing and where they are coming from. We remove wildlife using a variety of techniques and methods, following regulations in accordance with each municipality.
Ehrlich can set up a property inspection and discuss wildlife pest removal methods and offer advice to prevent a return problem. Contact your local Ehrlich Pest Control office in Florida today!