Rat Populations Are Exploding in South Florida And Pose a Great Threat to Pets and Children

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Learn How You Can Partner With Nuisance Wildlife Rangers to Protect Your Home, Children, and Pets From Invasive Rats, Pythons, and Pigeons.

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Urban wildlife populations are exploding throughout Florida this year. Rat populations are growing at an alarming rate. The average female rat has 4 to 6 litters per year and may successfully wean 20 or more offspring annually. The U.S. pest control industry generated nearly $7.5 billion dollars in revenue in 2014 alone, providing services to slightly more than 10% of U.S. homes. A mouse problem could cost you anywhere from $100 for an initial inspection to upwards of $1,000 for full extermination, says Time Magazine. Never hire an inexperienced rodent control company to solve your rat problems and do not do it yourself. Rats carry many diseases such as the plague, salmonella, and rat bite fever. Diseases can be easily transferred by breathing in dust that is contaminated with rodent urine or droppings, direct contact, or bite wounds, says the Center for Disease Control.

The most common rodents found in South Florida are Norway Rats, Roof Rats and the common house mouse. The most common type of rodent situations of South Florida are rats in the attic and rats in the crawlspaces. These types of rodent problems make up the majority of rat calls received in South Florida each year. Rats are a difficult problem to solve by a novice. Wildlife Control technicians are experts at finding construction gaps and structural imperfections that can lead to rodent infestations. These pest can access the home through an opening as small as a dime.

Many homes throughout South Florida area are built on concrete slabs; however there are some homes such as townhouses, condos and still homes that do have crawlspaces. A crawlspace is an area beneath your floor and ground. Often time’s rats will populate these areas in an attempt to find safe harborage. Rats and mice find crawlspaces an ideal place to live. It is a safe place from predators and keeps them out of the weathers elements.

If you are experiencing problems with rodent infestations, rats or mice in attics, dead rat in wall or need any other type of rodent extermination contact our office today. Rest assured Nuisance Wildlife Rangers can solve all types of rat and mice problems and eliminate your pest problem today!

The Burmese Python in particular is one of the largest snakes in the world. Once in Florida, far away from its native land in Southeast Asia, it preys upon native and even endangered species. The Burmese python has been documented to consume American Alligators. This poses as a great threat to pets and children along the Western communities in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties. Nuisance Wildlife Rangers, LLC has been responding to calls for invasive snakes found in South Florida over the past 4 years. This typically involves removing a juvenile or young adult python from a resident’s backyard. Snakes in general like to hide under many common items found in a backyard. This can range from curling up underneath a stone paver or a large garden pot, to hiding under a backyard grill or pool supply tote. The Nuisance Wildlife Rangers thoroughly inspects all potential areas were a snake could be hiding. If the biologist cannot locate the snake or if he or she suspects that more snakes are in the close by area; Nuisance Wildlife Rangers will setup snake traps around the property. The snake traps are setup along pathways where they are expected to use to get from one side of the property to the other side. Also, traps can be used to act as a hiding place so when a snake goes into it, the snake is now trapped and cannot escape. The threat of Burmese pythons will continue to elevate in South Florida as time goes on.

The Cane Toad (Rhinella marinus) is a large, non-native amphibian that was introduced to Florida. Adult Cane Toads generally range from 6 to 9 inches long. Cane Toads were originally introduced in the sugar cane fields as a form of biological pest control since their natural diet includes insects. They have large parotid glands behind their ears. These glands secrete a potent milky-white toxin as a defense against predators. The Cane Toad is a psychoactive toad. This means it produces a psychoactive substance from the family of bufotoxins. This is why Cane Toads are sometimes called Bufo Toads by Floridians.

The toxin itself is called 5-methoxy- N, N-dimethyltryptamine. People have been reported to lick these toads in order to experience a full body rush and powerful hallucination. In pets however this toxin is very dangerous and can even be lethal. Nuisance Wildlife Rangers will often receive calls because a dog or cat bit or consumed a Cane Toad and ended up in the Veterinarian office or worse. When their biologists arrive on site they start by looking for water sources on the property. Cane Toads can breed year round in ponds, canals, and ditches. Black streams of Cane Toad eggs have even been spotted in swimming pools. The tadpoles can sometimes be removed from small bodies of water such as buckets, pots, puddles to keep them from hatching out. Adult Cane Toads are physically removed by hand and by setting up traps. Nuisance Wildlife Rangers will check Cane Toad traps throughout the week and remove any toads captured inside. The property line can also be treated with repellants or excluded to prevent Cane Toads from accessing part of the property where pets may be kept.

Pigeons are invasive to both the State of Florida and the United States. This might be news to some because Pigeons are a very established species throughout the United States. Pigeons are a major pest bird in Florida because they are some of the filthiest of birds. Their droppings are unsightly, unappealing, and corrosive to painted surfaces. Pigeons also deface rooftops, floors, walls, and vehicles. Pigeons are found in flocks, as most pest birds are. Accumulations of droppings can result in unpleasant odors emanating from roosting sites. Their acidic droppings can cause extensive damage to any painted surface. Accumulation of Pigeon droppings on electrical transmission towers have resulted in arcing and localized power outages. Public water supplies have been contaminated with fecal coli form bacteria as a result of droppings entering water towers, springs, or other sources. Other property damage attributed to Pigeons includes tearing asphalt shingles and rubber roofing material, as well as tearing rubber, vinyl, or leather upholstery on cars, boats, tractors, and other vehicles.

Pigeons can also present serious health problems to humans. Birds have been known to carry or transmit Histoplasmosis, Encephalitis, and Orinthosis, Cryptococcosis and Salmonella food poisoning. Birds are notorious for attracting more birds and reproducing quickly. This is especially true to Pigeons. Nuisance Wildlife Rangers is combating this problem throughout Florida by offering customers control methods for Pigeons. Nuisance Wildlife Rangers’ team of biologists offers bird netting solutions to keep pest birds from roosting above open structures. These structures include parking garages, park pavilions, and outdoor dining areas. Pigeons can be discouraged from roosting on roof and window ledges by installing bird spikes. Pest birds can also be controlled chemically by applying deterrent gels or fogging a chemical agent to roosting sites. Pigeons are even controlled in Florida by using trained predator birds such as falcons and hawks.

Wildlife will continue to encounter Florida residents on an increasing basis as the population of both wildlife and people continue to grow. Natural habitats are being cleared out to construct new housing and business developments as the housing market springs back full force throughout Florida. Nuisance Wildlife Rangers is prepared to protect both people and their properties from the damaging effects of wildlife interaction while being respectful of conserving Florida’s native wildlife populations throughout the state.

If your home or business has a wildlife problem we offer the following wildlife removal services, in addition to removing pythons, iguanas, birds, bats, rats, pigeons, snakes, hogs, and so much more:

Get rid of your animal problem today! Partner with NWR by Calling Nuisance Wildlife Rangers at (877) 741-7703.

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