Wildlife

Raccoon Removal & Control in Brevard County – (321) 952-8318

RaccoonRaccoon Info: Raccoons are easy to recognize with their distinctive black mask and ringed tail. The are very common in Central Florida, particularly in more urban areas. They are well adapted for survival in cities. They are excellent climbers, and they have very nimble hands. They are also strong, and they often explore, tearing new areas open in search of food and shelter. They like to den in trees, but they love to den in attics.

Nuisance concerns: Raccoons are probably the most commonly dealt with nuisance animal in Florida. They have adapted to living with humans. They have learned that garbage cans and dumpsters are excellent sources of food, and that houses are excellent habitat. A mother raccoon will most often tear a hole in a roof to access an attic.  This can cause significant damage in an attic, both by contamination from their waste or by structural damage to insulation, beams, or even by chewing on wires. They will search for food, and are fond of tipping over trash cans, raiding dumpsters, and stealing pet food. They will often break into a screened-in porch to get pet food. If there’s food or shelter to be had, raccoons will break into your house. Last but not least Raccons  carry a number of parasites and diseases that can affect people and pets. They are the #1 carrier of rabies, a potentially fatal disease.

Opossum Removal & Control in Central Florida – (321) 952-8318

OpossumOpossum Info: Opossums are common in central Florida. They are unique for several reasons. They are the only North American marsupials. This means that females have a pouch on the belly where the young, up to 13, are carried and nourished for a time after their birth. Opossums also have a prehensile tail, from which they occasionally hang. They are also known for “playing possum”, or feigning death, as a defense tactic. Adult opossums are typically about two feet long and about ten pounds. They are omnivorous, and will eat almost anything, including carrion and garbage. Opossums are excellent climbers, and have a very strong immune system. They are nocturnal, and if you keep an eye out at night, you might spot one crossing the road.

Nuisance concerns: Opossums can be a nuisance wildlife in the Florida because they have a tendency to take up residence under porches or in sheds. They also find many ways to invade homes from taking up residence in a attics or invading a home under the floorboards or in the walls.

Florida Squirrel Control & Removal – (321) 952-8318

SquirrelSquirrel Info: The Eastern Gray Squirrel is a common nuisance animal. Squirrels are members of the rodent family, and they need to chew to wear down their ever growing teeth. The are very active year-round, and a mother squirrel bears young twice a year, usually in February and August, and nurse the 3-5 young for three months. Squirrels are arboreal, which means that they live in trees, but they also seem to love attics. They are primarily active in the morning and evening . They eat all kinds of foods, but prefer nuts and seeds. They especially prefer the seeds in your birdfeeder, and their amazing acrobatic moves allow them to reach almost anywhere they want to go. Many people think squirrels are cute, but they change their minds when they hear scurrying and scratching in the attic, and find their woodwork chewed upon.

Nuisance concerns: The most common complaint with regarding squirrels is that they have invaded an attic or garage. They will often chew a hole in a building to gain access. Mother squirrels bear young twice a year, and they love to use an attic as a nest. Sometimes a baby squirrel falls down a wall. The young learn to live in the attic, and often choose to stay. Once in the attic, they chew, causing damage to wood, and worse, they chew on power lines, which can short out electrical appliances, or worse, create a fire hazard.

Florida Armadillo Removal & Control – (321) 952-8318

ArmadilloArmadillo Info: The Nine-Banded Armadillo is an unusual creature.  They have the unique advantage of wearing a suit of armor, made of bone-like material. They are not native to Florida, but thrive in this warm climate with soft soil. They dig for all of their food, which consists primarily of grubs and earthworms. They also dig large, deep burrows into the ground in which they live and raise young. Armadillos always have identical quadruplets. They have an excellent sense of smell. When startled, they often jump straight up, then run surprisingly fast. They are usually about two feet long and about 12 pounds as adults. They are primarily nocturnal, but sometimes emerge after a rain or in cool weather.

Nuisance concerns: Armadillos are, to some degree, beneficial because they eat adult insects and larvae. But their feeding behavior also can cause problems for property owners and managers. When looking for insects in the soil, armadillos dig numerous holes in golf courses, lawns, flowerbeds, and gardens. These holes typically are 1-3 inches (2.5-7.6 cm) deep and 3-5 inches (7.6-12.7 cm) wide. They also uproot flowers and other ornamental plants. Armadillo burrows under driveways and patios can cause structural damage; and burrows in pastures can pose a potential hazard to livestock.

Florida Snake Control & Removal – (321) 952-8318

snakeSnake Info: There are 45 species of snakes in Florida, 6 of which are venomous. (the eastern coral snake, the southern copperhead, the cottonmouth, the eastern diamondback rattlesnake, the timber rattlesnake, and the dusky pygmy rattlesnake.) They live in a variety of habitats, some aquatic, some land-based. All snakes are carnivores, and feed on a variety of small prey. Snakes can prove beneficial in reducing rats and mice, but many people prefer not to encounter snakes at all. It is worth noting that the venomous snakes are rare, and only 4 of the 6 venomous species live in brevard county alone. People commonly misidentify snakes. However, if you are unsure and want snake removal or prevention, give us a call at combat termite specialist (321) 952 -8318

If you find a snake and you do not know whether or not it is poisonous, the safest thing to do is to leave it alone. If you or someone else is bitten by a poisonous snake, you should immediately seek medical attention at the nearest hospital or medical facility.

People often encounter snakes because their property provides good habitat. Like all animals, snakes seek out good places to hunt and hide. Sometimes this includes a person’s property, or even house if there is access. Like many animals, snakes often choose flight before fight, but a startled or provoked snake will certainly defend itself. Many snake bite victims are bitten on the arms or hands, indicating that they messed with snakes they should not have. Bites can be avoided using common sense. Many snakes give a warning before a strike (such as the rattlesnake’s tail rattle), but not always. Some snakes can be unpredictable. It is best to keep distance between yourself and a dangerous snake, at least up to half a snake’s body length, which is a typical striking distance.

Florida Bat Control & Removal of Bats in Buildings & Tile Roof –

(321) 952-8318

batAbout Florida Bats: Florida hosts eighteen different species of bats. However, you are not likely to spot many of these, as several are endangered, and all of them are very fast and nocturnal. Bats often get a bad reputation due to ignorance and fear. Bats are not aggressive. They have good vision, and supplement it with echolocation in order to catch insects in the air. Their flight is excellent, and they have great control in the air. Their wings are made up of what are essentially arms and very long fingers with membrane stretched between. Bats use their hind feet to hang upside down. Some bats roost in trees and vegetation, but some bats like to form large groups and live inside buildings. Is is these species of bats that usually cause a problem for people and for which we need bat control.

Bat Nuisance Concerns: The bats that roost inside buildings, often in large numbers, can cause a number of problems. Some are merely psychological: some people are uncomfortable living with many of these creatures of the night. Even though bats are gentle animals, they do unfortunately carry diseases, and like all animals, produce waste. Many buildings are befouled with the very strong odor of bat droppings and urine. Worse than the odor, these droppings are a biohazard to the building they are in. Fungus often grows on the droppings the spores of which can cause lung diseases in people. The name of the lung disease contracted by humans is called histoplasmosis. Bats can also carry a number of parasites, and of course are one of the animals known to carry and transmit rabies.

Combat Termite Specialist services all of Central Florida’s Space Coast, including  Brevard County, Orange County, Seminole County, Osceola County and Volusia County. Call our Central Florida pest control office number at (321) 952-8318.