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Types of Wildlife and Animal Problems in Fort Myers, FL

Fort Myers Wildlife Control Info

If you need a professional wildlife trapper in Fort Myers, FL call Nuisance Wildlife Rangers: 239-829-5372

FL State bird: Northern mockingbird
State mammal: Florida panther, manatee, dolphin
State reptile: Loggerhead sea turtle
State amphibian: N/A
State fish: Florida largemouth bass, Atlantic sailfish
State insect: Zebra longwing Butterfly

Florida is a warm, southern state with everything from orange trees to a large, central swamp known as The Everglades. As you might imagine, this makes for a variety of interesting creatures both land-loving and aquatic. In fact, Florida is so appealing to animals, species not native to the state have been able to move in and thrive. The perfect examples of this are the Burmese Python and the red-tail boa constrictors. These snakes are not native to North America, but so many were released of escape into the Florida wild that a breeding population was spotted in The Everglades. This is not necessarily a good thing, as many native creatures-raccoons and small mammals in particular-have begun to vanish from that region of the state. Not even a smaller alligator can always withstand an attack from the Burmese Python.

Alligators are used to being at the top of the food chain, and because of this the large reptiles are often nuisances around homes, where people fear attacks on themselves and pets. Particularly dangerous are alligators over 8 feet, during the mating season in May. Florida's suburbs are often surrounded by water, and alligators make good use of the man-made channels and canals around the region. Another problematic reptile is the iguana, which is significantly smaller than the alligator but large enough in its own right.

The warm climate in this state means reptiles and amphibians are plentiful. Florida has four venomous species of snakes, all of which can sneak into a yard at any moment. However, they are relatively rare. They include the Eastern Diamondback, the Pigmy Rattler, the Eastern Coral Snake, and the Cottonmouth, or Water Moccasin. Cottonmouth snakes are drawn to water-something most homes have in Florida. Thankfully, most snakes will move out of a lawn after a day or so. Some of these snakes like to live in the water, adding to the list of semi-aquatic animals that can become problematic. Other water-loving pests include beavers, otters, and muskrats. Nutria, another semi-aquatic rodent, are another example of a non-native species moving in and making itself at home.

One animal people don't think much about when they think of Florida is the armadillo. This little creature is not just a problem for the south central states. Florida has armadillos, too, probably more per area than any other state, because they thrive in FL's sandy soil, and they will cause just as much damage in Florida as any other state. They keep several burrows, and dig up lawns as they search for worms and grubs.

Due to the variety of landscapes in this state, Florida also has some large land predators. The Florida panther, an endangered species, is not usually a nuisance animal. It is rarely spotted. What the panther lacks in pest-ability, the black bear makes up for. The surge of tourists into the state has made black bears bold about raiding garbage cans and invading campgrounds. However, black bear attacks on people are rare.
  Fort Myers Raccoons: This masked animal is fairly common in Fort Myers, FL. They frequently raid trash cans and steal pet food. They also often choose to live in the attic or chimney of your home. One of Florida's beautiful animals, but often a nuisance. We offer Fort Myers raccoon removal.
  Fort Myers Squirrels: Squirrels are often a pest in Fort Myers. They love to live in an attic, and will chew on wood or electrical wires. They are agile creatures, and live throughout the state of Florida. Call Nuisance Wildlife Rangers if you need squirrel removal in Fort Myers.
  Fort Myers Opossum: You may spot this animal in Fort Myers at night time, perhaps rooting through your garbage. This opportunistic animal will take your pet's food or live under your porch. The possum is a great Florida survivor, and not all that ugly.
  Fort Myers Snakes: There are many species of snakes in Fort Myers, but few are venomous. If you need help identifying snakes of Florida, browse this site or give us a call at 239-829-5372. We at Nuisance Wildlife Rangers can provide Fort Myers snake control any time you need us.
  Fort Myers Rat Control: The Norway Rat, Roof Rat, and House Mouse inhabit most areas of North America that people inhabit, including most Florida cities. They contaminate food and love to live in the walls or attic of a home. Nuisance Wildlife Rangers can get rid of them once and for all.
  Fort Myers Bats: Bats are special animals, and found throughout Florida. They are good creatures and eat a lot of insects, but if you have an infestation of bats in your home or building, you can give us a call for professional Fort Myers bat removal and control.
We are experts with all kinds of FL wildlife. If you need Fort Myers pigeon control, geese or other bird removal, we can help. We are experts with skunks and skunk problems, digging animals such as moles, armadillos, & groundhogs, and we offer Florida beaver control and removal. Nuisance Wildlife Rangers also provides dead animal removal services. 239-829-5372

We specialize in nuisance animal control. Our range includes North Fort Myers, Fort Myers Shores, Fort Myers Villas, San Carlos Park, south to Bonita Springs. 

Fort Myers Wildlife Tip
You Removed A Rodent Corpse in Your Attic-Now How To Get Rid Of The Smell? - Once you have found a rodent corpse in your attic and removed it, you still have to deal with the pungent smell. The longer the dead rodent has been in your attic, the stronger is the smell. A simple deodorizer will not do enough to completely eliminate the smell. This is because a dead rodent will have probably left behind potentially harmful bacteria from urine and feces, as well as debris from its decomposing corpse.

Thus, you do not want the smell, bacteria and debris to travel to other parts of your house. If you have an attic fan, turn it on, and leave it on all day and all night. It will force some of the foul and tainted air outside. If the rodent has been dead for a while and the smell is particularly overwhelming, you will need to air the entire home out for quite some time. You will need to scrub the area with a sanitizer such as bleach. Make sure there is plenty of ventilation and you should wear a mask to protect your lungs from any airborne illness. Finally, when the area is thoroughly cleaned you may consider sprinkling baking soda to sit for some time. This will help with a final deodorizing. 
Fort Myers, FL Wildlife News Clip:
Here are some emails I've received regarding SW Florida wildlife issues:

Hi my name is Jennifer and we had raccoons in attic. To be exact we removed and relocated 4 of them so we believe we had a family. Our problem is we would like to find out from a professional how to remove personal items from the attic without contaminating the house. The opening to reach our attic is in my parents bedroom and we have concerns about bringing anything down into the house. As a matter of fact my mother had the opening nailed shut and refuses to let it be opened until we get some information. I have items such as christmas tree and decorations and wedding gown and in rubbermaid containers my winter wardrobe :( I am hoping not to have to replace all of these items but need to know if they are ok to keep or if they have no chance. PLEASE before our holidays are ruined due to Mom not letting us open attic PLEASE help me with some info and advice on if we can get items out. My brother purchased a suit and a respirator but we are not allowed to let him enter attic until Mom gets some professional advice. you are my only hope. Thank you sooooo much in advance. I am a single Mom with a little girl and really dont have the money to pay for help or to replace my items so I am hopeful. ~Jen

I think I wrote to you already. I'll do it one last time. Then there's nothing else you can expect me to do to change a woman's mind:

Dear Jennifer's Mom - In my professional opinion, I do not consider raccoon feces a valid health threat. I myself have been in hundreds of attics filled with raccoon poop. Nothing bad has ever happened. - David

To clean raccoon waste, if you want to be super careful when touching potentially but not likely harzards such as feces and urine, you should wear a HEPA filter mask, since raccoon poop has a very small chance that it'll contain roundworm spores. And wear latex gloves. Remove any waste by hand and bag it, and any soiled insulation. I spray the attic, especially the soiled areas with Bac-Azap which costs $8.95, and you can buy it from this site, or many other online retailers.  
Ft. Myers was established in 1886 and is is the historical and governmental hub of Lee County. It is considered the gateway to the Southwest Florida region, a a major tourist destination in FL, and it is also a popular place to live for retirees. The winter homes of Thomas Edison (Seminole Lodge) and Henry Ford (The Mangoes), are located in Fort Myers. The winter and summer homes of many wild animals are also located in Ft. Myers, so if you need professional animal pest control, give us a call. We also service the towns of Cape Coral, Fort Myers Shores, Lehigh Acres and also animal control in Clewiston, La Belle, Estero and pest control in Fort Myers Beach, North Fort Myers and wild animal services in Waterway Estates, Moore Haven and wildlife management in Sanibel, Bonita Springs.
 
You're still reading this page? We do not operate Fort Myers wildlife rescue, but are a privately owned nuisance wildlife removal service company. If you need a pro in Fort Myers to solve your problem for you, call Nuisance Wildlife Rangers: 239-829-5372 and they can help you with your Fort Myers wildlife problem.
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