How We Solve Jacksonville 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 in the Northeast corner of Florida, Jacksonville experiences a wide variety of temperatures with hot summers and mild winters. Jacksonville is a densely populated city which is also
home to a large number of wildlife species. Sometimes these animals find themselves in places they are not welcome which poses a problem for the home or property owner. If you find unwelcome critters
in your home or property give us a call so we can take care of the problem before it becomes costly. We service all of Jacksonville and the surrounding area including Jacksonville Beach
Beach, Baldwin, Orange Park, Fernandina Beach, Callahan, St. George, Macclenny, Hilliard, Moniac, Raiford, Lake Butler, Green Cove Springs and many others. Allow us to safely and professionally solve
your nuisance wildlife problem.
Other Jacksonville animal pest control topics:
Warding off Groundhogs
Wild Animal Diseases
Getting Rid of Coyotes
To learn more about our services, visit the Jacksonville wildlife control
This month's wildlife how-to article: How To Get Moles Out Of Your Yard / Lawn
To many people moles may be little more than an occasional nuisance that will cause a molehill or two in their lawn, but for others the problem of moles can become a massive problem that refuses to go away. They can also be a particularly big problem in agricultural areas, and many people living near to fields will find that they will also have a reasonably high frequency of mole problems. These animals will very rarely be seen themselves, rather people will simply see the aftermath of their presence, with the ruts in a formerly flat lawn and molehills appearing at random intervals around the yard or lawn.
One of the most important things to note for those who have found a mole problem in their yard is that there are a number of mole repellents that are marketed, but the success rate for these are so low that they are almost worthless. Some products will involves stuffing mothballs or other chemical substances into the mole tunnels, while others will emit a high frequency noise that is unpleasant to the moles and will drive them away. Unfortunately, the mole will usually be able to overcome this minor discomfort, and will continue to stay in the yard until there is no longer suitable levels of food there.
The main solution to having moles in the yard or lawn is to catch the moles and to remove them. The vast majority of people who do catch moles successfully will use lethal traps, because live traps are very difficult to place into a mole tunnel, and need to be frequently checked. Because there isn't any bait that is effective in attracting moles into a trap, the trap has to be placed into an active mole tunnel.
The two main types of traps that can be used to catch moles will be scissor traps and a tunnel trap, and both of these will be located into an active mole tunnel. For both traps to be effective, they do need to be placed into a live mole tunnel, and these will usually become apparent by observing the lawn or yard where they are active, and to see where the new tunnels appear.
The scissor trap will have two blades which will be triggered by a small trigger which will have to hang into the tunnel, and when the mole moves this trigger the blades will quickly snap shut and kill the mole quickly and humanely. Where the scissor trap will be a single kill trap, tunnel traps can be single or double kill traps. These will involve placing a half circle of a tube into the top of a mole tunnel, with a loop which goes into the tunnel itself, and when the mole triggers these loops, they will quickly kill the mole by tightening around the animal.
Permanently Preventing Moles From Getting To Your Yard And Lawn
Moles are tricky and persistent creatures, and they often tunnel quite deep underground, but one method which is often used to reduce the chances of moles getting into the yard is to install a barrier fence. As well as stopping animals from getting into the yard on the ground, the barrier fence has a wire mesh which is embedded under the ground to prevent animals from tunneling through.
This method can also be used to protect a lawn by embedding a mesh barrier into the ground around the lawn. This has often been used with great success, but those who are in an area that has an abundance of moles may find that they still have to use traps every now and again.