Serving Howey-in-the-Hills, FL – The Lake County Florida Nuisance Animal Organization
Lake County, FL – Many of Howey-in-the-Hills’s wild animals have learned to adapt and even thrive in our homes. For example some wildlife have found that attics make great places to live. Other animals find refuge under homes or porches. Invariably, these animals cause damage. Rodents, like squirrels and rats, love to chew on electrical wires once in an attic, and this causes a serious fire hazard. Raccoons can cause serious contamination in an attic with their droppings and parasites. Same goes for bat or bird colonies. We specialize in solving Howey-in-the-Hills Florida’s wildlife problems, from snake removal to large jobs like commercial bat control, we do it all.
As we’ve mentioned, it is extremely important to take additional steps beyond simply capturing and removing critters and wildlife from your home. At the absolute minimum, we recommend allowing us to find the entry points that animals use to gain access. Our licensed wildlife technicians here at The Lake County Florida Nuisance Animal Organization are fully trained in proper techniques to find, fix and completely seal any and all entry points. We’ll also do a full exterior scan of your home to point out any areas that could result in future wildlife problems. Our technicians are able to recommend prevention strategies that will ensure there are no available entry ways for animals to take advantage of in the future.
We do not handle dog or cat problems. If you need assistance with a domestic animal, such as a dog or a cat, you need to call your local Lake county animal services for assistance. Lake County Animal Services or Humane Society: (352) 343-9688
Wildlife Removal in Howey-in-the-Hills Lake County Florida –
Squirrels in Homes - What Damages Do They Cause In Attics
Live Trapping Raccoons
Attic Restoration: If wildlife has inhabited the attic of your home or building, attic restoration is an important part of a complete wildlife control solution. Attic restoration basically means restoring your attic to the good, clean condition it was in before wildlife decided to move in and make a mess of things. Animals in attics can cause the following problems: Lots of poop and urine in the insulation, Nesting material and food debris through the attic, Odor problems inside the home, Growth of mold on contaminated attic areas, Parasites, roundworm, and other pathogens, Pheromone scent that can attract new wildlife. So it's important to address these problems by cleaning, decontaminating, and restoring the attic to its original state. This is done through several steps. The proper training and equipment is required, such as a HEPA filter mask and biohazard suit, as seen to the right. Attic restoration can be quick and cheap, or intensive and expensive, depending on the amount that needs to be cleaned. Homeowner's insurance may cover the cost.
How Hazardous Are Bats?
Raccoons In Chimneys
Dead Skunk Removal
What Kind of Damage Do Bats Cause?
Many people have attempted their own forms of bat removal. Most have failed. Those who had the knowledge and experience of working with bats might have proven more successful because they knew what they were doing. However, anyone who attempts to undertake bat removal or control on their own without the proper training or knowledge is putting themselves and their family in jeopardy by doing so. It isn't easy to get rid of bats, and most of the home remedies and do-it-yourself solutions will be ineffective at best.
You could spend weeks of your time and a lot of your money on sealing your home, buying bat control devices, and attempting to fix your own bat problems. However, you won't likely experience good results in the end, because many different things can go wrong. If you get too close to the bats or disturb them too much, you run the risk of being bitten. Furthermore, if you try to seal them out of your home without a thorough inspection to make sure that they are out, you could very easily seal them in, which would be very bad. Bat removal is something that is much better handled by a professional company.
Bat removal involves someone coming into your home, assessing the situation, and then developing a plan of attack. They will generally go through and do a thorough inspection, at which point they will determine how big your bat problem is and what bat removal techniques are best. Generally, the easiest and most effective way to get rid of bats is with the use of bat control devices that work like one-way doors. Bats will be able to leave your home through these devices, but when they return, they won't be able to get back in. This will send them packing and looking for a new home.
When the professionals are done with bat removal in your home, they will inspect it once again to make sure all the bats are gone. Then, they will seal up any remaining cracks or gaps and remove the control devices. Once everything is finished, they will go through and clean up the bat guano with disinfectant or other solutions to kill all of the germs and bacteria to keep your family healthy. After all, bat guano is almost as dangerous as the bats themselves. This professional bat removal process is going to be much more effective than anything that you could do on your own, and will offer you a chance to have your home safe and healthy once again.
Raccoon in the House - if the Animal is Anywhere Inside Your House
Attic Clean Outs For Raccoons in the Attic
Squirrels Removal From Attics
Photos of Squirrel Tracks for Identification Purposes.
Want to know more about the ABC's of what this area under discussion has to propose to every human being who is willing to do things for themselves? During an inspection of the Lake County, Florida structure needing bat eviction I can determine the size of the colony and the best time of the year to remove the bats. During certain times of the year bats form nursery colonies. Depending on your geographical area the bats can only be removed when the young bats are able to fly. We like to use a one-way door or referred to as a valve.
These unidirectional escapes lets the bats escape not allowing the bats back in. This type of bat control eviction is approved by the organization Bat Conservation International. The utmost critical thing in bat removal from a residence is attention to all the little construction gaps. When closing all construction gaps, anything larger than an a quarter inch should be sealed. You have to seal the entire home to foil bats from getting back in. You will go as far as sealing any fault or construction crack. Ill need to exclude vents to keep bats out, let's start by closing off louver vents, attic vents, and ridge vents if bats can breach them using 1/4 inch screen. These can be painted to match, but I have found it blends in nicely left unpainted.
Inspect chimneys, bricks and mortar may be loose forming gaps. Look for gaps around where the chimney goes through soffit, carefully seal gaps and install a one-way door, if a bat way in is there. Ridge venting systems are feasible bat entrances. When looking at the ridge vent closely you'll usually find the plastic ridge vents deform leaving gaps, I've seen where varmints have chewed a gap in the vent. I will do away with the previous roof vent system and replace it. Primarily, you lay down 1/4 inch hardware cloth this keeps the bats, mice and squirrels from getting through. We will install a one-way bat door here also if the bats were using this area. Finally you'll finish the attic vent with a vent system referred to as Cobra vent, and then finish it with top cap shingles. We try to color match any calking, tin work and exclusion work to make it merge in as if we have not had to fix the construction defects. We use paintable caulking, the silicon based calks will tinge over time.
I build my own one-way doors. After ten years of bat control, I came up with an easy effective one-way valve for bat removal. You can purchase commercially produced bat cones but I personally think they are too short and have no airflow at the base where it is attached to the structure. These one-way doors are left on for about two weeks, to let bats leave. Then I can remove the one-way door and then block the entrance. After the bats have exited through the one-way doors the bats will try for several nights to get back in, by looking for another entrance, this is why sealing every possible entrance needs to be done. This is how to evict bats.Find out more by reading our other articles on this topic and other subjects we have written related to it.
Trapping Gray Squirrels
Guaranteed Bat Exclusion