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How Do Mouse Traps Work?

The effectiveness of mouse trapsWhen set properly, a baited mouse trap will lure a rodent into triggering a spring-loaded bar onto its neck — killing it instantly. However, mouse traps are known to fail by either false triggering or trapping a mouse which results in the animal suffering a slow death. When compared to today’s technological advancements in pest control, mouse traps have proven to be an unreliable pest removal solution.

The Problems with Mouse Traps

Baited snap traps, glue traps, and poisons were once the only ways to catch invasive pests such as mice and rats. Today, mouse traps are viewed as outdated and inhumane. Not only are traps easy to set improperly, but they can also be:

  • Easily avoided – cautious and perceptive rodents can easily navigate around traps and retrieve the bait without triggering the release bar.
  • Harmful to humans – many homeowners have accidentally pinched or broken a finger while attempting to set a mouse trap.
  • Malodorous – When effective, mouse traps leave dead mice and therefore require constant monitoring and immediate removal before the dead rodent begins to smell.

Modern Pest Control Methods

Fortunately, pest control and removal methods have advanced to include more humane, effective, and CritterSafe® practices including:

  • Non-lethal, live-catch traps
  • Non-toxic sprays
  • Off-site pest release

Humane Removal Experts

If you notice signs of a mouse infestation in your home, don’t hesitate to contact the professional pest removal experts at Critter Control® of Orlando. Our experienced technicians will use humane measures to permanently solve your mouse problem. To get a free estimate, or for more information regarding our CritterSafe® removal services, please call us today at 407-295-7194.

Do ultrasonic pest repellents work?Because there are plenty of over-the-counter products that claim to rid a home or business of pests, many property owners attempt to solve their pest problems on their own. Unfortunately, most of these so-called pest solutions offer only temporary infestation relief and are often expensive and ineffective. One such product is ultrasonic pest repellent.

What Is Ultrasonic Pest Repellent?

Store-bought ultrasonic pest repellant devices plug directly into the electrical outlets inside your home. The devices claim to repel, injure, or kill pests and insects such as rodents, cockroaches, fleas, and spiders by emitting short-range, high-frequency sound waves.

Is Ultrasonic Pest Repellent Effective?

Hard to tell. The alleged high-frequency sounds that emanate from the device can only be heard by the pest they supposedly repel, so there is no real way to test that the ultrasonic pest repellent device is even working except for an illuminated indicator light. Basically, these devices only serve to annoy the pests, not remove them.

Popular Opinion

While some people report a reduction in the visibility of pests after installing ultrasonic pest repellant devices, the product does not permanently solve their infestation. Most likely, the high-frequency sounds only drive the pests deeper into the walls, floors, or attic of their home. Pest removal experts agree that ultrasonic pest repellents are ineffective. To permanently eliminate an infestation, you’ll require the services of pest removal professionals.

Trust the Experts

The professionals at Critter Control® of Orlando practice humane and effective pest removal methods. Not only will our trained and licensed technicians rid your home or business of unwanted critters, but they will also repair any damage the pests may have caused. If you have an infestation anywhere on your property, call us today at 407-295-7194 to schedule your complimentary consultation.

prevent alligators on your property. Florida alligators will go where they please and are likely to inhabit any body of water in the state. In fact, the Sunshine State has become known nationally not just for its famous theme parks and beaches, but for the frequency with which wayward alligators find their way into yards, pools, and residential neighborhoods. Here are some ways that alligators can get into your yard.

Things That Attract Alligators to Your Yard

  • Accessible swimming pools
  • Readily-available sources of food
  • Loose pets
  • Overgrown vegetation

Ways to Repel Alligators from Your Yard

Make your property less inviting to alligators by:

  • Installing a fence around your yard
  • Keeping your pets and their food bowls and dishes inside your home
  • Enclosing your pool with a screened-in area or fence
  • Trimming-back vegetation that could act as shelter to a displaced gator

What to Do if an Alligator Gets in Your Yard

  • Keep your distance – prevent human-alligator contact as much as possible.
  • Never feed them – feeding an alligator makes it equate humans with food.
  • Contact the authorities – Alert the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) of the presence of a nuisance alligator. The FWC qualifies an alligator as a legitimate nuisance if it is at least four feet in length and poses a threat to people, pets, or property. Their SNAP alligator management program contracts-out alligator trappers and provides a toll-free nuisance alligator hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286).

While Critter Control® of Orlando is equipped to handle nuisance alligators, trapping or removing them requires permission from state agencies such as the FWC. If an alligator gets in your yard, call SNAP. For all your other pest removal solutions or to schedule a free inspection by professional wildlife removal specialists, call Critter Control® of Orlando today at 407-295-7194.

 

Animals burrowing undergroundAn unsightly tripping hazard, tunnels, and holes throughout a yard can ruin a lawn or garden. Discovering a yard full of holes is not only frustrating, but it can lead you to speculate on which type of burrowing animal is responsible. While most well-known burrowers are mammals like moles, gophers, chipmunks, and ground chucks, not all of those critters reside in Florida. In order to keep nuisance wildlife from tunneling through your yard, crops, and gardens, you must first identify what kind of animal is burrowing under your ground.

Identifying Your Pest

While many types of small animals make holes in the ground, when it comes to burrowing in residential lawns and gardens, these animals are the usual suspects.

  • Moles – Subterranean mammals, moles travel through complex underground tunnel systems in order to catch earthworms and insects. If you see long-stretching mounds snaking through your yard, then moles are the likely culprit.
  • Rabbits – Except cottontails, all rabbits live in underground burrows that provide shelter from predators. Such underground homes can result in sinkholesor a destroyed lawn. If you spot deep pockets along the edges of your lawn, then bunnies are to blame.
  • Armadillos – While they do not burrow underground, armadillos are known to dig up yards and gardens. The wild mammals use their sharp claws for digging as they root for grubs and insects. Deep claw marks in flower beds are a sure sign of an armadillo invasion.
  • Rats – Much like rabbits, rats dig temporary burrows in order to hide from predators while on their search for food and warm indoor shelter.

Excluding Pests from Returning

One option to prevent wildlife from entering and destroying your property with their destructive digging is to create a fenced barrier around its perimeter. The slick texture of vinyl fences can prevent wildlife from scaling its tall sides, while the narrow slots of mesh-wire fencing works best to keep pests from squeezing through. Just be sure to bury the fencing between six to ten inches below ground to prevent wildlife from digging beneath it. While perimeter fencing can act as a good wildlife deterrent, it can be an expensive investment that often requires approval from Homeowner’s Associations before installation.

If you want effective and immediate relief from nuisance pests digging up your lawn or garden, then contact the wildlife removal experts at Critter Control® of Orlando.

Expert Wildlife Removal

Critter Control® of Orlando has over 30 years of experience in wildlife management and is fully licensed and trained in all types of animal removal. Our expert technicians will identify your pest, safely and humanely remove them from your property, and seal-off entry points to prevent them from returning. For more information about the services we provide, please call us today at 407-295-7194 to schedule your free consultation.

Squirrel nesting in your homeOften, to escape predators and the elements, squirrels will nest in the attics of residential homes in search of food, shelter, and safety. Although they are generally harmless critters, squirrels can be just as destructive to homes as other rodents such as rats and mice. With their penchant for gnawing-down their incessantly-growing incisors, squirrels can cause serious internal damage to the integrity of a home. To prevent costly repairs, here are some ways you can tell if squirrels are nesting in your home.

Ways Squirrels can Access Your Home

Squirrels commonly gain access to homes through cracks and holes in roofing materials, foundations, pipes, and chimneys. Vulnerable roof vents and damaged shingles can provide squirrels convenient back and forth entry to the attic, allowing them to forage food during the day and return to your home at night.

Common Signs of a Squirrel Infestation

The longer squirrels live inside your home, the harder it is to remove the infestation. You can tell you have a squirrel infestation if:

  • You smell an unpleasant, ammonia-like odor in your home.
  • You hear squeaks and rustling sounds coming from inside your walls or attic.
  • You notice chewed interior wood, walls, and wiring.
  • You notice dark droppings in or around your attic.
  • You see soiled or trampled insulation in your attic.
  • You spot a large number of squirrels gathered outside your home or on your roof.
  • You view exterior chew holes on walls, wooden surfaces, or roof vents.

If you notice any of these signs of a squirrel infestation, contact professional squirrel removal experts immediately.

The Critter Control® Removal Process

If squirrels have accessed your home, Critter Control® of Orlando can help with our safe and effective squirrel removal process. Through our CritterSafe program, we offer fast and permanent squirrel removal solutions. Our technicians practice non-lethal, humane exclusion methods to remove squirrels from your property and prevent an infestation from returning. We will also clean and repair any unsanitary mess or damage caused by the squirrels.


Trusted Removal Services

If you have a squirrel infestation, contact the pest removal professionals at Critter Control® of Orlando to quickly, effectively, and permanently evict your squirrely guests. For more information regarding our squirrel removal services or to schedule your free initial consultation, please call us today at 407-295-7194.

clean up after ratsA home’s attic is a desirable space for rats to nest as it provides warmth, safety, adequate breeding room, and close proximity to readily available food sources. Unfortunately, an attic infestation it can be a nightmare to clean up due to the serious health risks that rat droppings can pose to humans. In order to prevent the spread of infection, you will have to follow several safety precautions when cleaning up an attic after rats have been removed.

Risks of a Rat Infestation

Not only is a rat infestation in your attic unsanitary, but it can also be unhealthy to you and your family. In fact, rats are known to carry life-threatening hantaviruses that can be transmitted to humans who come in contact with infected waste such as attic insulation soiled with rat urine and droppings.

Sanitizing Your Attic After Rats

Navigating the crawl spaces of your attic can be difficult as attics generally do not offer enough headroom to stand or reposition your body in order to thoroughly clean. To properly disinfect your attic, minimize the spread of bacteria, and kill contagious germs left behind by your rat infestation, you’ll need the following:

  • Face or respiratory mask
  • Protective eyewear
  • Rubber, latex, or vinyl gloves
  • Large bucket
  • Sponges or scrub brush
  • Bleach
  • Paper towels
  • Garbage bags
  • Oscillating fan
  • Time

Restoring Your Attic After Rats

After an infestation, your attic floors will likely be covered in toxic rat droppings. After removing all of your stored belongings from your attic, the floorboards will need to be scrubbed with bleach or another household disinfectant. Also, if your attic insulation has not already been shredded by the nesting rats, it is likely contaminated and will need to be thrown out. Inventorying the damage, replacing insulation, and exposing yourself to cleaning chemicals and rat waste in a confined space will take its toll on your wallet, health, and sanity. It’s best to leave rat waste removal and attic restoration to the experts.

Professional Rat Removal

At Critter Control® of Orlando, we not only offer expert rat removal services, but our technicians will also repair the parts of your home affected by an infestation, restore and clean your attic back to sanitary conditions, and permanently seal-off all rat entry points to prevent them from returning. If you have rats in your home, call Critter Control® of Orlando today at 407-295-7194 to schedule your free consultation.

Rats inside your homeIf able to breach your home, rats can cause serious damage and contamination throughout. Once inside, rats will nest, breed rapidly, and chew on anything in their path to help dull their constantly-growing front teeth. If you notice signs of a rat infestation in your home, you may wonder how they could have gained entry in the first place. Here are some of the most common ways rats can get inside your home.

Common Rat Entry Points

Rats typically access homes through the following points of entry:

  • Cracks in the walls and foundation – It may not seem possible, but rats can squeeze through tiny spaces much smaller than the size of their body like foundation cracks and holes in the walls and floors in their search for food and shelter.
  • Garage doors – If left open or not properly sealed against the ground, garage doors can provide rats easy access to the interior of your home.
  • Ventilation ducts – Rats not only use a home’s ventilation ducts to gain entry but also to navigate and spread their infestation throughout the home.
  • Underground pipes – Rats can penetrate your home from below by traveling through underground plumbing.
  • Roof access – Gutters and overhanging limbs from nearby trees can grant rats access to your roof. If damaged or deteriorated, your roof corners, shingles, and plywood can be gnawed through leading rats straight into your attic.
  • Chimneys – Once on your roof, rats will use any means available to access your home, including Santa’s preferred method of entry.

 Permanent Rat Removal

Regardless of how rats entered your home, the expert technicians at Critter Control® of Orlando will isolate your infestation, remove the rats, and permanently seal their point of entry to ensure they do not return. If you are suffering from a rat infestation, trust the dedicated and experienced professionals at Critter Control® of Orlando to handle your problem. Call us today at 407-295-7194 to schedule your free consultation.

Rodents indoor during winterLike any living creature, rodents require warm shelter during the cold winter months. That’s why rodent infestations increase during winter as the nuisance mammals attempt to get into homes to stay warm. While the spirit of the winter season can inspire a sense of welcoming generosity, rodents are not the type of houseguests you’d want to invite into your home. Here’s what you can expect if rodents come indoors during winter.

Winter Survival Behaviors of Rodents

Be it rats, mice, or squirrels, each species of rodent will do what it takes to survive in the winter.

  • Rats – Sizable mammals that can grow up to nine inches long, rats retreat indoors not only to escape the cold outdoor elements, but to nest and breed. While rats do not hibernate during the winter, their breeding does slow. Rats prefer to nest inside cardboard boxes and the fluffy, pink insulation found in attics. Rats tend to use the ventilation ducts of a home to spread their infestation and the deadly diseases they are known to carry like hantavirus and leptospirosis. Popular rat entry points include attics, chimneys, plumbing pipes, and foundation cracks. And it may be hard to believe, but rats can access a home through a hole the size of a quarter.
  • Mice – Tiny rodents, mice like to build nests in warm areas of the home that are close to food and water sources like kitchen pantries and cupboards where they can easily access and contaminate food. To get out of the cold, mice have been known to chew through drywall and piping, and squeeze through holes as wide as a pencil eraser. Mice also do not hibernate but do remain active throughout the year.
  • Squirrels – The fuzzy rodents are known to spend the fall months gathering supplies and burying acorns, nuts, and other extra food to eat during winter. Their stockpile of stored food helps them survive the cold season. Squirrels also adapt to the cold by storing fat and thickening their fur coats.

Evict Your Uninvited Winter Pests

The experts at Critter Control® of Orlando are licensed and trained in proper rodent removal and exclusion techniques. Not only will our technicians permanently remove any rodents from your property, but they will also clean up and fix any damage the pests caused. To protect your property from infestation, call us today at 407-295-7194 and schedule your free initial consultation.

Although common garden snakes in Florida are non-venomous and help to keep rodents and other invasive pests away from your home, the sight of a snake on your property can be terrifying. With more than 50 different native species of snake in the state, it can be hard to identify whether it’s friend or foe as it quickly slithers across your yard. If you’re worried that you may have a venomous snake on your property, Critter Control® of Orlando can help.

Identifying Dangerous Snakes

Thick humidity and a high heat index make the Sunshine State an ideal home for cold-blooded, carnivorous reptiles. Out of the many snakes that call Florida home, there are four types and six species of venomous snakes in the state.

  • Cottonmouth-Also known as a water moccasin, cottonmouths are aggressive snakes usually found in swamps.
  • Rattlesnakes- Species include diamondback, timber, and pygmy rattlesnakes — which cause the most venomous bites in Florida because their small size attracts children to pick them up.
  • Southern copperhead- found in the northern forests of Florida, Southern copperheads are limited to the panhandle region of the state.
  • Eastern coral snake– Florida’s deadliest venomous snake, the Eastern coral’s colorful banding inspired the cautionary rhyme “red touch yellow, kill a fellow.”

Rely on Expert Removal

Because snakes are aggressive and often rest in hard to reach places, their removal requires proper equipment and expertise. Never attempt to capture a snake on your own. Venomous or non-venomous, a snake will strike and sink its sharp fangs into whomever it deems a threat. Keep your distance and contact professional pest removal services to handle your snake problem.

The technicians at Critter Control® of Orlando are fully licensed animal control professionals with years of experience in snake removal. If you have an unwanted snake on your property or in your house, contact the experts at Critter Control® of Orlando. Call 407-295-7194 today to schedule a free consultation.

 

From rats and raccoons to mice and squirrels, wild animals are constantly on the move in search of shelter, food, and water. Unfortunately, many home and business owners are unaware that items on their property look like attractive welcome signs to such critters. Unless preventative measures are taken, it’s only a matter of time until a nuisance pest decides to rest in or around your property.

Try some of these tips to make your property less inviting and keep wild animals away.

Remove Sources of Food

  • Place pet food bowls and dishes inside your home.
  • Store garbage cans indoors and ensure their lids are secured tightly.
  • Either remove or hang bird feeders high enough so that they are difficult for wildlife to reach.
  • Regularly pick up fallen or rotted fruit and vegetables from trees or gardens.

Remove Sources of Shelter

  • Remove potential sources of cover such as piles of debris, leaves, or trash from your property.
  • Trim back vegetation in your yard that may serve as shelter to wildlife.

Create Barriers to Entry

  • Build a barrier of welded wire or mesh fencing around your porch to prevent entry.
  • Create an exclusion barrier around your garden or shed.
  • Enclose your yard with a smooth, tall fence that would be difficult for wildlife to scale or climb.
  • Cut any tree limbs that could give wild animals access to your roof.

If wildlife has managed to make their way through your barriers, onto your property, or into your home, then the most effective way to handle them is with professional removal services.

Expert Wildlife Removal

Critter Control® of Orlando has over 30 years of experience in wildlife management and is fully licensed and trained in all types of animal removal. Our expert technicians can will safely and humanely remove any pest from your property, repair any damage caused to your home, and seal-off entry points to prevent them from returning. For more information about the services we provide, please call us today at 407-295-7194 to schedule your free consultation.