Seeing a mouse or a rat is one thing – but seeing one that’s about the size of a small dog will take anyone by surprise. The capybara is now common in the upper part of the Sunshine State, including our very own Jacksonville, FL. This rodent species has invaded the state and may threaten native wildlife and plants. McCall Service is here to answer some common questions about these invasive rodents and how they may affect your property.
3 Common Questions About the Florida Capybara
Where Did the Capybara Come From?
The capybara is native to South America and prefers to live around marshy areas where it can swim and consume native grasses and other plants. It might have been introduced to Florida through the exotic pet trade, but the species is now breeding and thriving throughout the state. Because there's no active pest control plan in place, the capybara population could increase exponentially in a few years.
Why Does the Capybara Raid Florida Homes?
These rodents enjoy hot, humid areas and are drawn to places with water. If you have a lake, a pond, or a small marsh on your property, the capybara could find it a suitable location in which to breed and to build a small community. Because they love to swim, you might also find them in your backyard pool.
Can the Capybara Damage Homes and Properties?
Capybaras aren’t like other rodent species. They won’t come indoors, gnaw holes in your walls, or devour the boxed and bagged goods in your pantry. They do, however, love to eat plants and may ruin your landscape or garden over time. Like any rodent, capybara feces will contain harmful bacteria and viruses that could make you and your family sick.
How McCall Service Can Help
If you see a capybara on your property, it’s best to leave it alone and contact McCall Service for a quote on our pest control services. These rodents are generally docile but may act aggressively if they’re traveling with young. For health safety concerns, it’s a good idea not to handle them at all. Our experienced technicians will create an effective strategy for removing them and keeping them from returning anywhere near your home in Jacksonville, FL.