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Types of Wildlife and Animal Problems in Clearwater, FL

Clearwater Wildlife Control Info

If you need a professional wildlife trapper in Clearwater, FL call All Pro Wildlife, LLC: (813) 404-7033

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. 
  Clearwater Raccoons: This masked animal is fairly common in Clearwater, 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 Clearwater raccoon removal.
  Clearwater Squirrels: Squirrels are often a pest in Clearwater. 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 All Pro Wildlife, LLC if you need squirrel removal in Clearwater.
  Clearwater Opossum: You may spot this animal in Clearwater 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.
  Clearwater Snakes: There are many species of snakes in Clearwater, but few are venomous. If you need help identifying snakes of Florida, browse this site or give us a call at (813) 404-7033. We at All Pro Wildlife, LLC can provide Clearwater snake control any time you need us.
  Clearwater 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. All Pro Wildlife, LLC can get rid of them once and for all.
  Clearwater 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 Clearwater bat removal and control.
We are experts with all kinds of FL wildlife. If you need Clearwater 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. All Pro Wildlife, LLC also provides dead animal removal services. (813) 404-7033

All Pro Wildlife LLC is the most professional, best equipped, and most knowledgeable wildlife control company in the Tampa Bay area. We are one of the few properly fully licensed and insured companies in the state, and our services is second to none. Our range includes Tarpon Springs, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Oldsmar, Safety Harbor, and Belleair.

 


Clearwater Wildlife Tip
What Are Some Known Rodent Feces Diseases - Even though rabies is not common in rodents and the animal itself is not a common carrier of diseases like other rodents, there is a substantial health hazard from rodent feces. The danger of disease is present when rodents find a nesting place in your home and leave fecal matter in a concentrated space. The consequence is that the odor from the fecal matter and urine will attract more rodents to the area and leave even more droppings.

While there arenít diseases that are specific to rodents, cases of the transmission of leptospirosis and salmonella in fecal matter has been reported. Even though it is rare, it should still be noted that it is possible for flying rodents to transmit typhus in the US. There is also a danger of parasites, fungi and other bacteria that, if left for too long, will spread throughout your home. To prevent the spread of disease while you are removing rodent feces, wear gloves. If you come into physical contact with rodent droppings and do not wash your hands afterward, there is a chance you can get infected with salmonella. Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection. Even if you remove the rodent feces, it is important to sanitize and disinfect the area, and to use a filtered vacuum to remove the remaining dust particles and pathogens. 
Clearwater, FL Wildlife News Clip:
Wildlife - Exotic snakes are becoming a problem in Florida

"I have no doubt you could wake up to the same thing up there -- it's just a matter of time if people continue to have them as pets and then turn them loose,'' said Skip Snow. He's the federal wildlife biologist who's dealing with those hundreds of Burmese pythons breeding in the Everglades National Park. "They're able to survive in your backyard.'' Florida has an abundance of wildlife, and Clearwater is no exception.

That's just what happened 14 years ago, when a 15-foot, 8-inch, 200-pound Burmese python slithered through a Winter Springs subdivision for three years. Ducks, dogs, even a pet fox disappeared before law officer shot the snake near the old Seminole Greyhound Park. Although several species of wildlife roam Clearwater, only a few, such as raccoons and squirrels, are considered pest wildlife.

One private critter removal service gets a half-dozen python calls from Metro Orlando a year, including one that was left in an I-Drive hotel refrigerator. Seminole County probably averages 10 a year, its animal control director said. Florida has many reptiles, and it's important to be able to identify Clearwater snake species and mammals.

Turning these snakes loose is a common practice throughout the state even though it's illegal to let an exotic, or non-native invasive, species loose. No one knows how many pet pythons of all species there are in Florida. Remember to treat the wild animals of Clearwater, Florida, with respect and care.

 


Clearwater was originally inhabited by the native Timucuan, Calusa and Apalachee tribes. The U.S. Army began construction of Fort Harrison in 1835 as an outpost during the Seminole wars. The fort was located on a bluff overlooking Clearwater Harbor in an area known today as Harbor Oaks. University of South Florida archeologists excavated the site in 1977 after a man found an underground ammunition bunker while digging a swimming pool on his land. If he had dug a little further, he might have found an armadillo burrow. We also service the towns of Hernando Beach, Sun City Center, Apollo Beach, and animal exterminating in Odessa, Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor, Redington Beach, Oldsmar, Land O Lakes, Weeki Wachee and also animal control in Northdale, Valrico, Brandon, Redington Shores, New Port Richey, Lithia, Seminole, Belleair, and rat control in Ruskin, Wesley Chapel, Tarpon Springs, Dover, Carrollwood and pest control in Crystal Beach, Kenneth City, Spring Hill, Trinity, and animal capture in Belleair Beach, Riverview, South Pasadena, and snake removal in Lutz, Sydney, Seffner, Bay Pines and wild animal services in St Petersburg, Madeira Beach, Zephyrhills, Indian Rocks Beach, Pinellas Park, Temple Terrace, Tampa, Plant City, Brooksville, St Pete Beach and wildlife management in Gulfport, Port Richey, Dade City, and extermination services in Belleair Bluffs, Indian Shores, Largo, Treasure Island, and rodent removal in Dunedin, Gibsonton, Citrus Park, Hudson.
 
You're still reading this page? We do not operate Clearwater wildlife rescue, but are a privately owned nuisance wildlife removal service company. If you need a pro in Clearwater to solve your problem for you, call All Pro Wildlife, LLC: (813) 404-7033 and they can help you with your Clearwater wildlife problem.
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