Have you been listening to strange noises coming from inside of your walls recently? Perhaps you’ve heard scratching sounds or what seems to be the pitter-patter of little feet running up and down. If so, you could have rats living in the walls.
Fortunately, Critter Control® of Orlando has you covered. With over three decades of wildlife removal experience, we know what it takes to remove rats from the inside of walls and keep them out.
How Did the Rats Get Inside?
Rats find lots of ways to gain access into homes from outside, whether it’s through opened vents on the roof, gaps in roof edges or eaves, unprotected A/C chases, or gaps beneath siding or outer walls. While many rats find refuge inside of attics, oftentimes they create nests and birth their young inside the walls of homes or businesses.
What Dangers do Rats Pose?
Rats prefer the inside of homes, such as attics or walls, because it’s a safe place to live away from outside predators. If you think you have a rat problem, call Critter Control® of Orlando to avoid further damage such as:
- The destruction caused by the rats constant chewing
- Chewed-through electrical wires, which can create fire hazards
- An abundance of urine and droppings, which are unsanitary and attract new rats
- Contaminated food
- A bigger infestation due to how quickly rats can reproduce
- Messes caused by the rats building their nests
- Dead rats who get trapped inside your walls
How Do I Solve My Rat Problem?
The first thing that needs to be addressed is how the rats are getting inside your home. A thorough inspection needs to be completed to find every possible place the rats are using as an entry point, including plumbing pipes. While you may think this task is an easy one, without the proper knowledge of building architecture and the understanding of rat behavior, many homeowners miss entry points, leaving them susceptible to reoccurring infestations.
The Critter Control® Difference
The professionals at Critter Control® of Orlando have the tools and skills needed to get rid of the invasive critters living inside of your home or business. Once we detect all entry points, we will cover them using proper techniques, such as installing stainless steel screens to keep rats from chewing their way back in. After all the areas are sealed, we can begin trapping and removing the remaining rodents.
Because it’s nearly impossible to set traps inside walls, the best way to catch the rats is by setting the traps inside of your attic near primary runways. After our trained technicians have captured all of the rats, we can then fix the damage left behind. For more information on how we can rid the rats from your walls, please call us at 407.295.7194.
Though they are one of the world’s misunderstood creatures, there is no denying that bats play a critical role in our natural ecosystem. And, while they benefit us in a variety of ways outdoors by eating bugs, pollinating flowers, and dispersing seeds, they wreak havoc on the inside of homes, primarily when roosting in large colonies.
If you come across a single bat somewhere in your home, chances are it may have gotten in through an open window or door. But if you see bats more frequently, they could be unwanted house guests. To discover how the bats are gaining access into your home, you will need to complete a thorough inspection, or better yet, hire a wildlife removal company who has the proper tools and experience to safely remove them.
How Bats Get In
Bats never make holes to get inside of buildings; they only use entry points that are left open such as:
- Cracks and gaps as small as half an inch around windows, conduits, and utility vents
- Loose or missing shingles or tiles
- Gaps in the bricks of walls
- Openings in the attic
- Barns or warehouses with large doors
- Loose-fitting doors
- An unprotected chimney
- Broken or poorly-fitted screens
What to do When You Find Openings
While your first instinct may be to close all of the entry points you find around your home during your inspection, you cannot begin bat proofing until you are absolutely sure there are no bats still living inside. If you block all of their entry and exit points, the bats will get trapped and end up flapping around the home looking for a way to escape. As the bats begin to panic, they will become agitated and cause even more damage to your home.
Let the Professionals Help
Before the holes can be closed, a live bat exclusion must be performed. This will ensure all the bats are safely removed by allowing them to exit but keep them from being able to return. At Critter Control® of Orlando, we have over three decades of experience in removing bats from the inside of homes. For more information on how we can help you get your home restored to its previous condition, call us today at 407.295.7194.
Humans have been dealing with rat issues for centuries. Rats are common in both suburban and city environments and thrive where people live because of the easy access to food, water, and shelter.
If you’ve been online to research how to remove rats from your home or business, you’ve probably seen the use of mothballs as an option. However, using poisons, such as those found in mothballs, can be hazardous to children and pets, along with others who may not know what a mothball is.
What Mothballs are and Why They are Dangerous
Mothballs are used to prevent clothes moths from chewing holes through clothing or other fabrics by killing them and their larvae with fumes. Mothballs are made with an active ingredient, either naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene, which cause the mothballs to slowly turn from solids to toxic vapor.
For either of the chemicals to effectively work, the mothballs must be placed in a sealed container so the fumes can build up enough to kill the moths. When sealed, the fumes are not harmful, but when you open up the container or wear clothing right after the container has been opened, you are inhaling the pesticide. Mothballs are also dangerous because they poison the environment and are known to be a carcinogen.
Why Mothballs Don’t Work to Get Rid of Rats
The labels on mothball packages do not recommend their product be used as an animal repellent. And, because mothballs are pesticides, the Environmental Protection Agency legally prohibits using mothballs for anything other than their intended purpose.
In addition to being illegal, rats are very smart creatures who are suspicious of new things that enter their environment. If the mothball chemicals begin to bother the rats, they will just move to another area inside your home. You must also remember that mothballs are used to prevent the development of specific insect larvae, which means you would have to use a tremendous amount of mothballs to affect the rats. However, if you use enough to harm the rats, you will be putting yourself in the same amount of danger.
What to Do If You Have Rat Problems
While you can try a safer alternative to get rid of rats such as soaking cotton balls in peppermint oil or placing entire peppermint plants in different areas of your home, the only guaranteed way to remove rats is by trapping them and finding out how they are accessing your home. Once you learn how the rats are getting inside, you can seal the areas shut and then physically trap and remove the rats.
If you suspect you may have a rat problem, using DIY solutions such as mothballs won’t eliminate the problem. Instead, it’s recommended that you call an experienced wildlife removal expert at the first signs of a possible rat infestation.
At Critter Control® of Orlando, our trained technicians will perform a home inspection and come up with a plan to remove the rats based on the extent of the infestation. We will advise you on why rats are being attracted to your home and what you can do to keep them away. We also offer home services and exterior cleaning to get your home back to its original shape. Get a free estimate today by calling 407-295-7194.
Rats are always on the hunt for sources of food, warmth, and a place to nest. To avoid inviting rats into your home, you need to eliminate the things they need to survive.
When not being eaten, cover pet food dishes, store open pantry items in glass or metal containers, and use a trash can that has a lid. Also, it’s important that you eliminate any spaces that a rat could use to hide.
To help protect your home and yard from a rat infestation, there are some additional actions you can take, which include:
- Regularly turn on the compost bin or compost food scraps in a closed container.
- Pick up any fallen fruit from below trees.
- If you have a chicken coop, make sure to clean it frequently. Not only do rats eat the chicken feed, but they also eat chicken feces.
- Avoid having bird feeders.
Outside of Home
While rats can pretty much chew through anything, you don’t want to make it any easier for them to get inside.
- Cover chimney and dryer vents using steel screens.
- Make sure your home’s roof soffits and foundation are in good shape.
- Close any gaps under exterior doors and replace any screens that have holes in them.
- Seal all entry holes as small as half an inch located near vents, eaves, roof joints, plumbing stacks, AC chases, the chimney, soffit vents, loose siding, pipe outlets, etc.
- Don’t leave out any pet food dishes overnight.
- Use garbage cans that have tight lids.
Inside of Home
Rats love messes and places they can keep covered, so they aren’t visible to humans or predators.
- Eliminate any clutter.
- Make sure your kitchen is clean – wipe the counters and stove and sweep and mop the floor.
- Along with your main trashcan, empty any additional wastebaskets around your home on a regular basis.
- Seal any entry points you find inside that the rats could use to travel.
By doing a property investigation on the inside and outside of your home, you will be able to eliminate possible food sources and habitat spaces. To ensure the most thorough inspection is performed, it’s best to contact a wildlife removal company.
At Critter Control® of Orlando, we offer a complete line of animal prevention services. We will search your home and yard, and let you know where rats, as well as other rodents, can gain entry and wreak havoc. Our trained technicians have the experience to remove rats from your home efficiently and for good. Call us today at 407-295-7194.
Snakes are not an uncommon sight in Florida; in fact, most homeowners have likely encountered at least one on their property. Snakes are not naturally aggressive or interested in hurting you or your loved ones, but wild animals can be unpredictable, and often strike if they feel scared or threatened. Calling a professional animal removal service is always the most effective solution, but there are measures you can take to help alleviate any snake problem you may be having on your property.
- Keep your distance – If you happen to see a snake slithering about your property, chances are it is just passing through. The snake is almost always more afraid of you than you are of it, and they won’t attack unless encroached upon. Take a step back and let the snake be on its way.
- Modify your landscaping – Few things are more attractive to a snake than somewhere that gives them a secure place to hide. To make your yard less interesting to snakes, remove debris and heavy vegetation from your property to cut down on areas in which they can hide. Rock piles and plywood should also be moved away from your house, as these are prime locations for snake activity.
- Do you have a pest problem? – These slithering creatures spend much of their time on the hunt for food, and if you’re seeing them on your property, chances are there is an easily available food source for them nearby – most commonly rats or insects. Getting rid of any other animal infestations you have on your property will make the area much less appealing to snakes, and they will typically leave.
Professional Snake Removal
Though there are many home remedies and DIY methods to controlling snake populations, the best way is always with the expertise and tools offered by a professional removal company. At Critter Control® of Orlando, we are proud to be a total solution for any snake or nuisance animal infestations you may have. Our decades of experience allow us to safely remove both venomous and non-venomous snakes with ease, all while keeping your family out of harm’s way. Call us today at 407.295.7194 to schedule your complimentary consultation.
Florida has a milder climate than most other areas of the country, with hot summers and relatively warm winters, which makes hibernating animals a rarity in our area. Though there are many species of critters that hibernate all over the world, the raccoon does not. Their adaptable nature allows them to survive well during the colder months by changing their diets and seeking shelter. They also enter a behavior called torpor during the winter, which increases their ability to thrive.
Raccoons are natural omnivores, which comes in handy to them when food sources become scarcer in the winter. For most of the year their diet consists primarily of plants, eggs, insects, and garbage thrown out by humans; but during the winter they will eat acorns, fruits, and even small or crippled animals if available.
Increasing Fat Reserves
Much like how hibernating animals increase their food intake to build their fat reserves before going to sleep for the winter, raccoons plump themselves up in the months leading up to winter. Instead of being their sole source of nourishment though, these fat stores supplement the raccoon’s diet and make it easier to survive if no food is available for an extended period.
Shelter is important for all living creatures when winter arrives, and raccoons are no exception. They will build dens or seek shelter in hollowed out trees or buildings if the opportunity is presented to them.
Similar to hibernation in some ways, torpor is an energy-conserving state that raccoons enter during the winter. They can sleep in a curled up position in their den for weeks at a time which reduces the amount of food and energy needed to survive. When torpor occurs, the raccoon’s body temperature and blood sugar drop significantly to further reduce their body’s nutritional needs.
Raccoons sometimes wake up on warmer days to forage for food before returning to their den, and this periodic awakening allows them to stay more alert for predators.
Be wary of these critters seeking out areas of your home or property for protection, and if you do notice them, be sure to call a professional wildlife removal service like Critter Control® of Orlando right away. Call us today at 407.295.7194 with questions, or to schedule a raccoon removal consultation.
Here in the Orlando area, especially during the colder months of the year, mice making their way into homes and offices has become all-too common. The promise of easy sources of food and water, as well as protection from fluctuating temperatures sends wild mice inside to build nests and raise their young. Even a small number of mice can cause a big problem in a home or office, and the following tips will help you eliminate a mouse problem on your own.
- Find where they are hiding – The first step in removing mice is figuring out where they are. Look for evidence of their activity like droppings (which will be small, dark, and round in appearance), ripped up bits of paper or cardboard used as nesting material, or dirty marks along baseboards or near doorways.
- Removal – Hiring a team of mice removal professionals like Critter Control® is always the most effective means of solving your problem, but there are a variety of commercially available options that have been known to work with some success, including:
- Snap Traps – These are the traditional ‘mouse trap’ that comes to mind first for most people. While effective, they often kill the mice instantly and can leave quite a mess. A professional will need to remove any carcasses to avoid the potential spread of bacteria.
- Glue Traps – While effective at trapping mice, it can be inhumane, and the carcasses will still need to be professionally removed.
- Live Traps – The preferred method of professionals, live traps allow mice to be removed without creating a mess.
Poison should never be used to remove mice, as it is harmful to humans and pets if accidentally ingested or even touched.
Let Us Help
With decades of removal experience and the right tools for the job, Critter Control® of Orlando is your total solution for getting mice out of your home or office. Call us today at 407.295.7194 to schedule a consultation.
Opossums, sometimes known as possums, are North America’s only native marsupial. They are well-known for their ability to carry and transmit rabies, and their hardy nature allows them to thrive in a variety of habitats with great success.
Primarily nocturnal in nature, opossums will try and make their living environments somewhere that stays dark during daylight hours so they can sleep. Though their tails are dexterous, they cannot use it to hang upside down as many claim. Because opossums tend to be nomadic and try to live close to food and water sources, they are often found under porches and inside sheds or garages.
It is from opossums that the phrase “playing possum” was originally coined. It comes from an opossum’s ability to play dead to avoid danger from nearby predators, as they are typically nonviolent creatures. Occasionally, they will hiss or make screeching noises instead of playing dead, but this is a defensive attitude. Only a fraction of opossums will become violent if provoked.
The Biggest Dangers
Though they are largely nonviolent and not confrontational, 1 in 800 opossums are affected by the rabies virus. Not only does this pose a risk for transfer to you or your loved ones, it makes the animal’s behavior uncharacteristically volatile and unpredictable.
Keeping Opossums Away
Because of their nocturnal nature, it can be difficult to tell if your opossum defense strategy is effective. Keeping a well-lit outdoor environment at night and making sure all food and water sources are cut off will go a long way to deterring opossum activity.
Critter Control® is a premiere professional wildlife control company in the Orlando area. We will help you solve your opossum problems in an efficient and timely manner. Our wildlife services include the humane trapping, capture, and removal of animals along with damage repairs and preventative measures. Call us today at 407.295.7194 for more information and to schedule your free home inspection.
If you’ve ever awoken in the morning to see your trash cans knocked over with garbage strewn about your property, raccoons are the most likely suspect.
These critters are highly intelligent, curious, and have incredible dexterity. They are able to use their front paws like hands, meaning that they can cause serious damage. They’re able to tip over garbage cans and remove even a tightly sealed lid. If trash day has become a source of dread for you, the following tips may help.
Change your Trash Day Routine
If you’re used to putting the trash out the night before trash day, consider taking it out the morning of pick-up instead. Raccoons are most active at night, so this is when they’re most likely to try and get into your garbage cans. Taking a moment in the morning to put the trash out can save a lot of aggravation.
Proper Trash Placement
If you keep your trash cans outside at all times rather than storing them inside, placement is key for keeping raccoons out. Place the cans in a protected area, or secure them to your home to prevent tippage. If you have a motion-activated floodlight on your property, place garbage cans in its line of sight, to startle the raccoons with the sudden light.
Clean your Cans
Cleanliness is crucial, especially if you store your garbage cans outdoors. It is important to clean them out and disinfect them regularly to keep smells down. Not only does it make things more pleasant for you, but it also deters raccoon activity as it makes the area smell less appetizing. Ammonia is an effective cleaner for cans, as raccoons find it highly offensive.
Help from the Pros
Raccoons can be incredibly difficult to handle, and when they get into your home, they present danger to you and your family. Keeping them at bay through these methods is helpful, but it is no substitute for professional assistance. At Critter Control® of Orlando, we use our years of experience and proper equipment to ensure that your animal problems are tended to efficiently and humanely. Call us today at 407.295.7194 for your free consultation.
As temperatures begin to drop as we head into winter here in Central Florida, some animals may be driven to seek shelter from the elements. Homes, attics, and garages are some of the most common places that critters like raccoons, squirrels, and rodents seek out warmth during the winter. Though they may seem harmless, your property is no place for harboring wildlife.
Why Can’t They Stay?
It may feel heartless to force wildlife out into the chilly weather, but they are made to survive and thrive in those conditions. Additionally, having wildlife on your property runs the risk of spreading diseases like rabies to you or your loved ones. Other reasons include:
- They’re noisy. Wild animals are not quiet; they’ll chat up a storm leaving you and your family to wonder what all that squeaking or thumping is. They’ll also scurry through your attic, pounding their paws above your head.
- They make holes. Wild animals will create paths to enter and exit their nesting area easily. To do this, they create holes in your roof or siding so they can go out, search for food, and return to their new cozy home. This can create a lot of damage to your property if left unaddressed.
- They’ll wreck your home. Wild animals do not make good house guests. Resting in your attic isn’t enough for them; they’ll rip out your insulation to use it for nesting. They’ll gnaw on your wooden beams and electrical wires for the fun of it. This can cause not only costly damages to your house but also pose dangers to you and your family. Frayed electrical wires can cause fires and ripped attic insulation can ruin your A/C.
Call the Experts
If animals are able to build on your property, they likely won’t leave unless they are forced out. Fortunately, Critter Control® of Orlando can help. Our technicians are trained in safe and humane removal methods that will get the critters out of your home and safely relocated elsewhere. Not only that, but we can clean up messes and fix damage caused by the animals during their stay on your property. For questions about our animal removal services, or to schedule a consultation, call us today at 407.295.7194.