Eliminate the Threat of a Wildlife and Pest Invasion


Homes are winter wonderlands for pests and during the winter is when pest and wildlife invasions are on the rise. There might not be as many pests during the winter as there are in the spring, but the risk of pests or wild animals wanting to get into homes is much higher. If you already have pest control services set up, make sure you have them year round and not seasonally.

Winter and snow

With snow and bare trees there aren’t many places for pests and many animals to live outside during the winter.

The main reason pest and wildlife invasions are on the rise during winter is that pests and animals like raccoons and squirrels are looking for a warm and dry place to stay. Some smaller animals will actually hibernate within your home because of the warmth, while others will remain active once they’re gotten into a warm home. Having active animals inside your home during winter can be very dangerous as they can spread diseases. Also, while in your home pests can cause serious damage to wires, beams, and and woodwork. If you suspect that there are raccoons or squirrels in your attic or basement, call a raccoon removal Tampa company to take care of the problem.

The active animals that are inside a home will be looking for food, so keep all food stored properly and do not leave fruit out in fruit bowls. If rodents walk on your counter tops or on any food that’s left out they can transfer bacteria to them. This is the most common way for people to get ill from having pests in the home, other than being bitten.

There will also be droppings which are contaminated with diseases, so keep an eye out for animal signs, especially in attics, basements, corners, etc. If you do find droppings call your local pest control service right away, as this is a sign of pest activity. Large amounts of rat or mice droppings can be hazardous to your health so do not try to remove the mess yourself, again call a professional out to your home.


Spring is the time of year when flowers bloom, babies are born, and new pests start to invade. The sad part about spring for homeowners is that wildlife, rodents, and insects become a big problem. Like new vegetation and new babies, there are new pests. Some may have been hibernating for the winter, while others can’t survive the cold of the winter, and still others are just more of the same pests from last season.

One reason for the increase in activity is that spring is reproduction season. Some animals will want to get back outdoors, but once the females become pregnant, they want back inside to build their nest in preparation for giving birth.

Within a few weeks people will start to see wildlife and pest populations double or triple as animals will be reproducing at high rates. Make sure to call your local pest control agency to come out and help with the problem.

Another reason pest problems rise in the spring is the new vegetation that is growing and blooming. This is a huge attraction for insects. Hornets, wasps and bees like the fresh pollen on flowers. If you have flowers on your property, especially near your home, be extra cautious. Bees don’t like to be disturbed and if they are, they will go into attack mode.

Not only is the new vegetation tempting, but any old vegetation left over from winter such as rotting citrus or compost can attract insects and rats. If you have bushes, trees, or plants growing make sure to maintain their growth. Keep them trimmed and most importantly make sure no leaves, branches, etc. are touching the house, roof, or surrounding walls. That’s the most common way that raccoons and squirrels find a way into a house.

These steps are basic prevention tips to help keep most wild animals from getting inside your home. Some homeowners will go as far as having a low maintenance yard by not having trees or bushes. But there are other ways to keep a low maintenance yard and still have some vegetation. Check out our prevention tips to help maintain your home from being an open door to pests.

Tips for Hiring an Animal Removal Expert

Diagnose the situation

When you need someone with the expertise of trapping animals, there are several things one should look for. The following information can help narrow down the determination of who might do the best job. The majority of their work should be actual animal trapping. Upon initial contact expect to give them as much information as possible. That will help them to narrow down the options, depending on the variety of situations they have encountered and been successful with. Occasionally they may even be able to offer a solution that the homeowner can achieve themselves.

Once on scene, they should diagnose the situation and work on a solution. A general inspection of the area will give them the information needed to solve the problem at hand. Sometimes the cause of the problem isn’t apparent at first, and that’s when they may count on their trapper’s intuition.

Determine trap placement

When trapping is the decided way to go, then the trapper should show you how they do it. You want to hire someone who likes to keep their customers completely aware and in the know as to what is going on. You want them to show you how the traps work and how to maintain them for best results. You should check that the traps they will be using are humane, not cruel. The more you know the more efficient and effective the whole process is for you.


Figuring the best place to place the traps is key. The best place is probably going to be where they remain in a shaded area for the benefit of the animal, yet in a place where the animal is most likely to go. It’s usually best not to place traps on roofs or where exposure to the sun will cause dehydration of the animals. If you should decide to trap on your own, be sure to research different trapping techniques.

Company qualifications

In an average year, at least 95% of all animal removal and exclusion services are on residential homes. The animal removal company should recognize the fact that they are working for a homeowner and not a large corporation. As the homeowner one should look for a company that can see things from their customers’ point of view. One of the best companies for Tampa animal removal is Phoenix Pest Management & Wildlife Control. They provide top notch service for their customers year-round.

When hiring a contractor for the job of removing wildlife from your property, one should look for the same qualities they would when hiring any type of contractor. Competence, Professionalism, Fair pricing, Honesty, Licensing, Insurance and Warranties are all things that one should consider when hiring any company to perform work at their home. As a customer, you should see all of these qualities in the technicians.

Other services most companies provide are details designed mainly for preventing animals from accessing the property. Repairs are the primary focus at the completion of a job. The goal should be to ensure that you will not have repeat encounters year after year. Simple things like replacing open vents to repairing sections of roofing will make it difficult for wildlife to enter your dwelling.

Animal Rescue Removal

Thank you for choosing Trapper John Animal Rescue / Removal. Our main goal is to humanely trap and remove urban wildlife from residential and commercial areas, and then to place them back in a more suitable environment. Licensed by California Fish & Game, we are trained professionals that put 100% of our knowledge through personal experience into solving your immediate problem,as well as providing future prevention from unwanted visitors.

Some people aren’t even aware that we are sharing our space with an amazing population of urban wildlife. Those of you that have had this experience know the nuisance that these unwelcome visitors can be. Most activity is among raccoons, opossums, and skunks. Other animals, such as birds, bees/wasps, feral cats, coyotes, and rodents are also problems that we are quite capable of dealing with.

Our objective is to remove any unwanted guests safely and humanely as possible. And as effectively and cost efficient for you, the client. We also do what we can to make sure that we are able to prevent any future endeavors with expert repairs and advice. Feel free to contact us with any questions. No matter how big or small.