Common Spring Wildlife in Florida

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Warmer weather is just on the horizon and as your schedule begins to fill up with fun springtime activities, the Florida wildlife is sure to join you. During this time of year, wildlife begin to move about in search of new homes, new food, and new mates. This spring you may encounter animals such as rats, bats, raccoons, opossums, and squirrels right in your backyard. While most people don’t mind seeing these animals in their natural environment, most would agree that having them invade your home is quite a dilemma; and these animals are not shy when it comes to infesting a home, which is why these critters are considered invasive pests in the state of Florida.

So, what can you do to prevent a wildlife infestation?

  • The first thing to do when pest-proofing your home is to inspect it thoroughly for any holes or gaps leading to the inside. Often, wildlife can enter the home through the gutters, roof line, or the crawlspaces, so checking these areas is crucial in preventing an infestation. If a hole or gap is found, sealing it with a spray foam and wire mesh is ideal, as rodents will be deterred from chewing through the sharp material.
  • Next, inspect any tree branches touching or hanging over the home. Trimming these back will deter squirrels and rodents from gaining access to your roof.
  • Lastly, make sure you are eliminating any food or harborage sights around the outside of the home, including firewood piles, dog food containers, and tool sheds. These items should be sealed or relocated at least 20 feet from the property.

It’s important to remember that while these wildlife control methods can help in keeping critters out of your home, an infestation is still not out of the question. If you find yourself struggling to keep the pests out, you can reach out to your local wildlife control company for help.

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