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Types of Wildlife and Animal Problems in Gainesville, FL

Gainesville Wildlife Control Info

If you need a professional wildlife trapper in Gainesville, FL call Superior Wildlife Services: 386-269-1860

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.
  Gainesville Raccoons: This masked animal is fairly common in Gainesville, 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 Gainesville raccoon removal.
  Gainesville Squirrels: Squirrels are often a pest in Gainesville. 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 Superior Wildlife Services if you need squirrel removal in Gainesville.
  Gainesville Opossum: You may spot this animal in Gainesville 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.
  Gainesville Snakes: There are many species of snakes in Gainesville, but few are venomous. If you need help identifying snakes of Florida, browse this site or give us a call at 386-269-1860. We at Superior Wildlife Services can provide Gainesville snake control any time you need us.
  Gainesville 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. Superior Wildlife Services can get rid of them once and for all.
  Gainesville 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 Gainesville bat removal and control.
We are experts with all kinds of FL wildlife. If you need Gainesville 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. Superior Wildlife Services also provides dead animal removal services. 386-269-1860

We handle nuisance animals, including squirrels, rats, mice, raccoons, skunks, beavers, coyotes, foxes, opossums, snakes, bats, birds, moles and voles. We also carry workers' compensation and liability insurance. 

Gainesville Wildlife Tip
Removing Rodent Droppings In Basement And Drop Ceilings - While a rodent can frequently be found in an attic, it is also common for a rodent to gain access to your home through a drop ceiling, wall and basement. An avid chewer, a rodent that gets in your home through a drop ceiling will chew through tiles and bring in particles from outside. Once inside your home, debris and dust particles will spread throughout your home. In addition, the droppings that rodents leave in the nest pose a serious problem.

A basement is a popular nesting place because it is a dark and quiet part of your home, just like the attic. If you have boxes in your basement, this attracts rodents because they can easily set up a nest. Once rodents have set up a nest in any of these areas, you can detect their presence by the noise they make, as well as the odor from droppings and urine. You should not use poison to get rid of rodents. Traps are more effective, and you do not need the added stench that a poison emits. Once the rodents are gone, it would be a good idea to hire a cleaning company to effectively remove droppings that are found inside the walls, drop ceiling and basement. Rodents crawl through small spaces, so you might not be able to find every small opening. 
Gainesville, FL Wildlife News Clip:
Outdoors, environmental groups trying to promote wildlife catching

SITY, Florida --Outdoors, environmental and other groups are trying to promote wildlife catching despite what appears to be a national decline in the amount of people who head out into the woods. Alerts Authorities on critters with the Fish and Wildlife Agency met with representatives of the various groups earlier this seven day period to discuss what they might be able to do to lure more people into the woods. They plan to continue working on the concern. There are fewer exterminating companies throughout the country, in part because more land probably is being developed, but also because more people live in urban or suburban areas where wildlife catching probably is not part of the culture. Despite this, local Gainsville wildlife removal and Gainsville exterminator experts offered no more info.

"Their kids are in soccer and tai-kwan-do and just the myriad of activities that people have that they can go do in their lives," proclaimed Creature Specialist of the Fish and Wildlife Agency. "Taking time out to go wildlife catching probably is what appears to be a planned thing. There's what appears to be a lot of other things that are on people's agendas today." Outdoors groups agree that there have been cultural changes in the country, but they say they're still looking for ways to boost wildlife catching because it helps the environment. "The loss of wildlife catching I'm extremely concerned about because wildlife catching, just like trapping, probably is what appears to be a wildlife management concern," proclaimed Skunk Man Richard, head of the Florida Trappers Association. "We are not going to manage our biologically surveyed amounts without somebody that's actively willing to do that. Society's changed, where we get all of our meat products out of Saran wrap and Styrofoam and there's what appears to be a disconnect to the land." Environmental groups agree.


Gainesville is home to the Florida Gators of the University of Florida. It is also home to real Florida alligators, which we can catch and remove for you. We can also handle the usual citrus rats and armadillos that frequent the area. Cultural facilities in Gainesville include the Florida Museum of Natural History, Harn Museum of Art, the Hippodrome State Theatre, the Center for the Performing Arts, and The Civic Media Center. Some of the towns in the area include Alachua, Archer, Haile Plantation, Jonesville, La Crosse, Micanopy, Newberry, and Waldo. We also service the towns of Rochelle, Orange Heights, Hague and also animal control in Fairbanks, Starke, Melrose and pest control in Newberry, Alachua and wild animal services in High Springs, Hawthorne and wildlife management in Grove Park, Micanopy.
You're still reading this page? We do not operate Gainesville wildlife rescue, but are a privately owned nuisance wildlife removal service company. If you need a pro in Gainesville to solve your problem for you, call Superior Wildlife Services: 386-269-1860 and they can help you with your Gainesville wildlife problem.
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