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How We Solve Naples 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.

Located on the southern Gulf Coast of Florida, Naples is home to a many species of nuisance wildlife. The year round mild temperature proves to be conducive to a wide variety of potentially destructive animals. If left untreated, unwanted wildlife can cause costly damage to a home and property. Give us a call so we can take care of your nuisance wildlife problem before it becomes costly and dangerous. We serve all of Naples and the surrounding areas such as Everglades City, Marco Island, Fort Myers, Golden Gate, Immokalee, Clewiston, Labelle, Cape Coral, Estero, Bonita Springs, Sanibel, Fort Myers Beach, Alva, East Dunbar and many others. Choose us because we will take care of your nuisance wildlife problem quickly and professionally.

Other Naples animal pest control topics:
How to Trap a Squirrel
Raccoon Prevention Tips
How to Trap an Opossum
How to Get Rid of Pigeons

To learn more about our services, visit the Naples wildlife control home page.

This month's wildlife how-to article: How To Get Opossums Out Of Your Yard

Dealing with an opossum is a problem that many people will have from time to time, and generally it will be because the opossum has taken up residency in their area for a short period. Opossums are generally solitary animals that will avoid staying in one area unless there is an abundance of food available that will keep them there. For many people they can be quite cute and attractive little animals, but for those who are proud of their gardens then the opossum can be a hugely frustrating pest that can cause a lot of damage in and around the yard.

What To Do If You Find An Opossum In Your Yard

For most people they will only really see the damage that the opossum will do, as the majority of these animals are nocturnal and will rarely be seen in the day. Although they are shy, there are some opossums that will lose their nocturnal tendencies when they are living in urban areas, as there are fewer predators and a greater availability in terms of the food that can be scavenged.

If you do find an opossum in your yard, then they will likely look to flee rather than to try and force a confrontation. It is possible if you have an enclosed yard that the opossum made its way in without knowing the way out. If you open a gate then the opossum will often see the way out and will look to flee. For those who have a more open garden, then it is likely that the opossum will simply flee through the hole in the fence that it used to get in.

Should the opossum stay still then it is likely that the animal may have been startled and will play possum. In this case, you can confirm this because of the foul smelling liquid that will be expelled from the animal's anus.

Trapping And Removing An Opossum

Some people will find that their garden is irresistible to an opossum, and will see the animals return time and again to enjoy the fruit and vegetables that you are growing. In this instance there will often be no choice but to try and trap the animal and remove it permanently. The best type of trap to use will be the cage trap, which will catch the opossum alive and then allow the trapper to remove the animal to a position well away from the property before releasing it.

Opossums are omnivores that will eat all kinds of different foods, which is a trait that has helped these animals to be particularly successful scavenging from the leavings of people. For this reason there are many different foods that can be used as bait, but most people will want to steer clear of meat as it can also attract the local cats and stray dogs into your yard. It is also worth noting that some states will have specific regulations about trapping and releasing animals, so it is worth checking before releasing a captured opossum.

Preventing Opossums From Entering Your Garden

One of the best ways to avoid having to deal with an opossum in your yard is to make it a less attractive place for an opossum to spend its time. This can involve removing any outdoor woodpiles where the opossum can find cover, and removing any low bushes or shrubbery where the opossum can hide.

It is also worth checking the fencing around your property to make sure there aren't any obvious holes that the opossum can use to get into your garden. For those who don't want to have to change the plants and shrubbery in their garden, then this is certainly the best option.
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