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Jacksonville Wildlife Control Info

If you need a professional wildlife trapper in Jacksonville, FL call First Coast Wildlife Services: 904-677-5812

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.
  Jacksonville Raccoons: This masked animal is fairly common in Jacksonville, 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 Jacksonville raccoon removal.
  Jacksonville Squirrels: Squirrels are often a pest in Jacksonville. 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 First Coast Wildlife Services if you need squirrel removal in Jacksonville.
  Jacksonville Opossum: You may spot this animal in Jacksonville 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.
  Jacksonville Snakes: There are many species of snakes in Jacksonville, but few are venomous. If you need help identifying snakes of Florida, browse this site or give us a call at 904-677-5812. We at First Coast Wildlife Services can provide Jacksonville snake control any time you need us.
  Jacksonville 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. First Coast Wildlife Services can get rid of them once and for all.
  Jacksonville 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 Jacksonville bat removal and control.
We are experts with all kinds of FL wildlife. If you need Jacksonville 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. First Coast Wildlife Services also provides dead animal removal services. 904-677-5812

Areas Covered, by County in Florida: Duval, Clay, St. Johns, Flagler, & Volusia Counties.
Areas Covered, by Town:Atlantic Beach, Crescent Beach, Daytona Beach, Flagler Beach, Green Cove Springs, Holly Hill, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Middleburg, New Smyma Beach, Neptune Beach, Orange Park, Ormond Beach, Palm Coast, Ponte Vedra, Port Orange, St. Augustine and all areas in between. 

Jacksonville Wildlife Tip
How To Trap A Rodent With A Glue Board - A glue board is one out of many different ways you can use to trap a rodent. This type of trap will be most effective if you know the running path of the rodent, and you should also place the glue board in an open flat position. Many glue traps are pre-baited, meaning that they are infused with strong smells that attract rodents and other rodents.

A rodent will use a hole as an entry and exit point. It will travel constantly to and from your home in order to carry back food to the nesting place it has set up. Thus, you can easily figure out the running path of a rodent and place the glue boards near the entry and exit points. The advantage of a glue board is that it is cheap and easy to use, and doesn't involve the use of chemicals and pesticides.

However, the question of inhumane treatment arises. In addition, a glue board loses its effect after a short while due to dust particles that gathers on the trap. For this reason, there are electronic traps that look like a modified and technologically advanced version of a glue trap. A rodent will get stuck inside the trap and you can set it free afterwardsand it is an economical purchase because you can use it again. 
Jacksonville, FL Wildlife News Clip:
Wildlife Rehabbers in Jacksonville, FL

Frederick the wild bird expert has been taking in birds for almost three decades. During the course of the year some 1,800 birds will spend time in her Jacksonville home. Florida has an abundance of wildlife, and Jacksonville is no exception.

Frederick the wild bird expert said she has been visited twice by code-enforcement officials, who found no problem with her operation. She has a good relationship with her neighbors, who often help with transportation and even help feed the birds. Although several species of wildlife roam Jacksonville, only a few, such as raccoons and Eastern Gray Squirrels and rats, are considered pest wildlife.

In the bird-rescue business, this is a slow time of year. "You should be here during baby season," Frederick the wild bird expert said. "From March through the end of August I get up to 15 birds a day." She has had up to 130 birds at one time. Florida has many reptiles, and it's important to be able to identify Jacksonville snake species and mammals.

"That was mass hysteria," she recalled. "It should have been 120, but 10 ducks came that day." Show up at Frederick the wild bird expert's door with a squirrel, raccoon or other animal, and you'll be shown the door -- complete with instructions on how to find someone who can tend to the animal you have.


Geographically, Jacksonville is the largest city in the lower 48 states. All of this land is chock-full of nuisance critters, everything from snakes and rats, to squirrels and bats. Don't forget armadillos! Jacksonville boasts significant natural beauty from the St. Johns River and Atlantic Ocean. The Jacksonville Zoological Gardens houses the second largest animal collection in the state. The zoo features elephants, lions, jaguars (with a new exhibit, Range of the Jaguar, hosted by the owners of the Jacksonville Jaguar owners), a multitude of reptile houses, free flight aviaries, and many other animals. Of course, many Jacksonville residents need look no further than their own attics to get a glimpse of wildlife. If this is the case for you, give us a ring! We also service the towns of Argyle, Atlantic Beach, St. Augustine, Olustee, Bay Meadows, Riverside/Avondale, and rat control in Vilano Beach, Downtown, Intracoastal West, Mandarin, Jacksonville Beach, Houston and also animal control in World Golf Village, Lake City, Julington Creek, Watertown,and wildlife trapping in Arlington, Yulee, Wellborn, Providence, Southside, San Pablo, St. Augustine Beach and pest control in Town of Marineland, Butler Beach, Crescent Beach, and animal capture in Ortega, Callahan, Westside, Springfield, and snake removal in Sawgrass, Orange Park and wild animal services in Lulu, Fernandina Beach, Live Oak, Ft. Caroline, San Marco, Oceanway, White Springs, Switzerland, Green Cove Springs and wildlife management in Branford, Ft. Matanzas, Middleburg, Neptune Beach, St. Nicholas, Ponte Vedra Beach, and snake removal in Palm Valley, Mikesville, Hastings, East Arlington.
You're still reading this page? We do not operate Jacksonville wildlife rescue, but are a privately owned nuisance wildlife removal service company. If you need a pro in Jacksonville to solve your problem for you, call First Coast Wildlife Services: 904-677-5812 and they can help you with your Jacksonville wildlife problem.
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