The opossum is the only marsupial found in the United States. Possums have been around since the time of the dinosaurs. They are unusually resistant to the venom of venomous snakes and are extremely unlikely to acquire rabies. They have 50 very sharp teeth, more than any land mammal. Opossums get and range in the are usually between 6 - 13 pounds and a body length of 12 - 20 inches with a tail length of 15 inches. Opossums are very adaptable, making their homes in rural-urban and suburban areas. They are commonly found in woodlands, agricultural areas, and neighborhoods if the cover is available. Their diets consist of insects, snails, slugs, rodents, and other small vertebrates, plant matter including overripe fruits, eggs, pet foods, human garbage and dead animals. These animals are solitary and nocturnal, slow moving; when frightened and unable to flee may fall into an involuntary shock-like state, "playing possum". They will hiss or growl and show their 50 sharp teeth when frightened; but, in reality, they are gentle and placed they prefer to avoid all confrontations and wish to be left alone. But if there are concerned they can strike surprisingly fast like snakes, opossums are excellent climbers using their hands, feet, and tail to grasp both males and females build nests. Their sense of smell and hearing are excellent but their eyesight is poor. These animals can have as many as 25babies and can be born at a time but there are only 13 babies that survive because the first 13 attach to a nipple and the surviving mama can only accommodate 13 babies in her pouch.
According to the Center for Disease, Control rats bit more than 45,000 people each year. Rats contaminate and destroy enough food worldwide each year to feed 200 million people. An adult rat can squeeze into your home through a hole as small as the size of a quarter. Rats have strong teeth that allow them to chew through glass, cinder block, wire, aluminum, and lead. A rats smell, taste, touch, and sound help direct them to their food sources. Rats are also responsible for spreading Bubonic Plague, also known as the "Black Death" although fleas are primarily responsible for infecting humans, they were originally infected with the plague by feeding on the blood of rats. Rats are scavengers and they have an excellent sense of taste and a good memory. Roof rats are excellent climbers and get their name because they usually live high off the ground, usually live in spaces on the tops of buildings, on roofs or in attics. They would also live in sheds, garages, boxes, ceilings, under floors, in wood heaps and in thick grass. They have very poor vision and are color blind, but they have extremely strong senses of hearing, smell, touch and taste. Rats have four to six litters a year and each litter has 6 - 12 babies in it. These rats are only pregnant for about 21 to 23 days and they can start reproducing when they are three months old. Their diets consist of eating fruits, berries, vegetables, cereal, pet foods, nuts, grain, slugs, snails and rotten food. Rats cause damage to structures is chewing. They are most famous for the attack on both animals and humans. Human babies and even adults have been killed in rat attacks.You can detect the presence of rats by droppings or evidence of flesh gnawing or hearing scratching at night. Tracks can be seen in mud and on dusty surfaces. Runways and burrows may be found next to buildings, along fences or railroad tracks, and under low vegetation and debris.
More than 200 squirrel species live all over the world, with the notable exception of Australia. Like other rodents, squirrels have four front teeth that never stop growing so they don't wear down from the constant gnawing. Tree squirrels are the types most commonly recognized, often seen gracefully scampering and leaping from branch to branch. Tee squirrels are active during the day unlike most other rodents such as mice, rats, raccoons and opossums. Being mammals, they like nice temperatures so you find them during the summer time during cool hours, early mornings and late evenings. In the winter tie, they like afternoon sunshine to help keep them warm. The average life span of a squirrel in the wild is 3 - 5 years. Many squirrels chatter and use their tails to communicate a complex language, All squirrels have very sharp teeth and flexible front paws and are very smart about opening containers and solving other food-related challenges. Squirrels have sensitive hearing and big eyes that see very well, but they are on the sides of their heads so they don't see what's at the tip of their nose. That's one reason it can be dangerous to feed a squirrel it can't see your fingers and might accidentally bite you if you get too close. Squirrels are too picky eaters at all and they will pretty much consume anything that is in front of them as long as it tastes good. It is illegal in most states to kill squirrels by poisoning. Where it is allowed, it requires a special license or permit. It would also be extremely unwise to us poisons. Since birds, cats, dogs, and other domestic animals will often feed on many of the same grains as squirrels. AFFORDABLE WILDLIFE CONTROL can safely and humanely remove your squirrel problem.
Armadillos live in the ground and are very good diggers, they use this skill to do pretty much everything including building their homes. Several different breeds of armadillos dig into the moist soil close to streams or creeks. If you are close to an armadillo and you stay quiet and stand still, the chances of it not noticing you are there are fairly good. Nine-banded armadillos always give birth to four identical young - the only mammal known to do so. All four young develop from the same egg. Armadillos are used in leprosy research because their body temperatures are low enough for them to contract the most virulent form of the disease. They also do not have a very strong immune system, making them an ideal model for many types of medical research. Armadillos like to swim and they are very good at it> They have a strong dog paddle and can even go quite a distance underwater, walking along the bottom of streams and ponds. They can hold their breath for four to six minutes at a time. When they need to cross larger bodies of water they swim across. Because their heavy shell makes it hard for them to float, they gulp air into their intestines to make them more buoyant. The ability to enamel (the hard outer covering of the tooth). they also have very few teeth - just several peg-like molars. Since they primarily eat insects they also have to do a lot of heavy chewing, making big, strong teeth a waste of energy to grow.
Perhaps the greatest problem with raccoon's occurs when they set up housekeeping inside your residence. Raccoons often come into an attic or crawl space when an entry point to the outside is not repaired. Torn screens, open chimneys or broken windows are common entry points. They also may take up residence beneath your mobile home or deck. Once a raccoon has moved in, it is difficult to cause it to leave. Chasing the animal out somehow and then sealing off the entry hole will almost always, not work because the raccoon will return and force its way back in again. At this point, it will cause more damage than it did before. Physically removing the nuisance raccoon with a live trap generally is the best solution to this problem. AFFORDABLE WILDLIFE CONTROL will do this humanely and professionally.
Feeding raccoons is one such case because they eat just about everything imaginable, raccoons are almost never in danger of starting especially in Florida's mild climate. Even in urban landscapes raccoon's find plenty to eat. By putting food out from them we condition them to lose their "respect" for people a trait that aids greatly in their ability to survive. It also causes local populations to become denser than the habitat can adequately support. at these times raccoons begin to look more closely at your home to provide them shelter and they are more likely to become ill and to transmit diseases.
It is estimated that there are about 2,700 different species of snakes in existence. Pythons and Boas are the largest snakes in the world and can grow up to 30 feet in length. While the thought of huge snakes certainly increases the amount of fear most humans have toward them, it's important to remember that some venomous snakes are as small and skinny as a pencil, yet contain venom that is just as deadly. Black Mamba's are reported to be the fastest moving snake reaching speeds of up to 19 miles per hour. An interesting fact about snakes is that they are completely deaf; however, this does not mean you can sneak up on them. Snakes have jaws that can detect even the slightest vibrations from far away distances. AFFORDABLE WILDLIFE CONTROL will perform a thorough inspection of the affected area to find and remove snakes. We typically have calls complaining about them in the yard, drop ceiling, attics, kitchen, and bathrooms. AFFORDABLE WILDLIFE CONTROL can give suggestions on changes that can be made for the likelihood of future occurrences. Most of the time snakes go where their food supply is and AWC can remove other rodents for a sure conclusion of your problem