Nuisance Animal Removal

Dead Animal Removal:

Dead animal removal is not easy. Sterling Wildlife has to crawl in hot attics and under dirty homes, often in hazardous conditions, and sniff out the animal, remove, decontaminate if necessary. Later dispose of the carcass in a proper manner. It's not a pleasant job. Nevertheless, dead animal removal is a necessary service, and few jobs leave customers more grateful.

Here are the most common situations:
  • Dead rat or squirrel in the attic.
  • Dead opossum or raccoon under the house.
  • Dead rat or mouse in the wall.
  • Dead animal in the yard.

Wondering how to get rid of dead animals?

There is no magic spray or device that you can use to make them go away. Perfumes and masking agents won't help. The ONE AND ONLY WAY to take care of your problem is with removal of the dead animal carcass.

From Rats in the attic, Squirrels in the walls, Opossums under the home or Raccoons under your wooden deck, dead animal removal can be very tricky and messy. This isn’t a task that you the homeowner should take on especially if it is in a difficult place to find. Call a Sterling Wildlife expert if you expect a dead animal on your property.

If you have or suspect you may have a dead animal in your premises please contact: Sterling Wildlife™ at (407) 277-7378 to speak with a wildlife expert.

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Birds:

Birds, though nice animals, can be amongst the worst of nuisance animal pests, especially for commercial property owners. Birds often choose to roost on signs, ledges, or rafters of commercial buildings. This might not be so bad, except for the fact that they make a horrible mess with their nesting material, and worse, droppings. Pigeon droppings in particular can really accumulate, and are not only unsightly, but a health risk to you, your employees and customers.

Pigeon Habitat:

Pigeons have adapted well to urban environments. Most cities are full of flocks of these birds, just looking for handouts. They often associate humans with food, and are unafraid to flock closely to people. They are also unafraid to leave droppings everywhere (cars are obviously preferred spots), along with nesting material. The nesting material can clog vents and drain pipes, and cause potential fire hazards. The droppings and feathers can contaminate large quantities of livestock feed and food destined for human consumption. If that's not enough, pigeons lack the common decency to rid themselves of parasite and disease before they enter our urban areas.

Bird-Related Diseases:

These "flying rats" or "gutter birds" can carry or transmit: pigeon ornithosis, encephalitis, Newcastle disease, histoplasmosis, cryptococcosis, toxoplasmosis, pseudo-tuberculosis, pigeon coccidiosis and salmonella food poisoning. Pigeon parasites include a number of bugs, fleas, ticks and mites.

Wondering how to get rid of birds? There is no magic spray or device that you can use to make them go away. Some people try to sell fake plastic owls or plastic hawks to get rid of pigeons, but that doesn't work. They also try to sell ultrasonic sound emitters. These devices are worthless at eliminating birds. The ONE AND ONLY WAY to take care of your problem is with the installation of deterrent devices such as bird spikes or even via trapping and removal of the birds. If you have a pigeon or bird problem you need to call a Sterling Wildlife expert so you can have your problem taken care of quickly.

Sparrows and Starlings often choose to nest in buildings. This causes problems when nesting material clogs vents and drain pipes, and poses a fire hazard. These birds are not as dirty as pigeons, but feces buildup can lead to structural damage from the uric acid in droppings, plus the bacteria, fungal agents and parasites in the feces also pose a health risk.

Woodpeckers are a nuisance when they decide to peck on your house instead of a tree. Woodpeckers hammer on trees for two reasons: in search of food, and as a signaling device. The males repeatedly sound off to claim their territory (can't they just sing like normal birds? No, they just have to drum). Woodpeckers often find that a wooden house serves as a good place to make their noisy territory claim, perhaps due to better acoustics. If your house has insects, then that gives woodpeckers another reason to peck away. I've seen houses full of woodpecker holes. They can cause quite a headache with their noisy hammering, and quite a lot of damage to a home.

If you have or suspect you may have bird problems please contact: Sterling Wildlife™ at (407) 277-7378 to speak with a wildlife expert.

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Skunks:

Skunks are easy to recognize with their bold black and white coloring. While most animals prefer camouflage, a skunk's distinctive coloration serves as a warning of its potent attack. Using special glands below the tail, skunks can spray their powerful scent up to 15 feet. This scent burns an attacker's eyes, and causes temporary blindness. Of course, the stench is too much for most animals to bear, and serves as a strong warning against future attacks. Adult skunks grow to about 22-30 inches and 8-12 pounds. Skunks are primarily nocturnal. Skunks are omnivores, and will feed on almost anything, including small rodents, worms, insects, grubs, carrion, fruit, garbage, and pet food left outdoors.

Are Birds Dangerous?
There are many snakes in Florida, 6 of which are venomous. They live in a variety of habitats, some aquatic, some land-based. All snakes are carnivores, and feed on a variety of small prey, which they swallow whole. Snakes can prove beneficial in reducing certain types of vermin, but many people prefer not to encounter snakes at all.

Nuisance Concerns:

Skunks are well known for their strong odor. People can often detect a single road killed skunk for miles. No homeowner appreciates this scent under his or her deck. Furthermore, a skunk in the area poses a constant threat to nosey pets. Skunks frequently choose to live under human structures such as sheds, decks, or crawl spaces. They often discharge their scent in these places. Skunks are also common carriers of rabies.

How To Get Rid of Skunks:

The two most important things you can do are trapping and removal and prevention via exclusion barriers. If a skunk has taken up residence under your shed or porch or deck, you'll need to trap and remove and relocate the animals. Be sure to relocate the skunks at least ten miles away! If you don't want to have the problem again, you should take preventative measures, such as building an exclusion barrier around the shed or porch. This is basically a steel screen or any barrier that prevents the animals from going under there again. Sterling Wildlife mostly used half-inch steel mesh buried into the ground at the base, but you can use decorative lattice if you wish, or even build a stone or brick wall. f you have a skunk in the attic, or a skunk in the wall, it can be removed via either trapping or by cutting a hole in the wall, but these scenarios are rare. It's far more common to find a skunk under the house than inside any part of the structure. Sterling Wildlife knows how to get rid of skunks. We know that there is no magic spray or device that you can use to make them go away (though their spray might make you go away). Some people try to sell predator urine, such as coyote or fox urine to get rid of skunks, but that doesn't work. They also try to sell ultrasonic sound emitters. These devices are worthless at eliminating skunks. The ONE AND ONLY WAY to take care of your problem is with trapping and removal of the animals. Call a Sterling Wildlife expert and you can have your problem quickly taken care of.

If you have or suspect you may have skunk problems please contact: Sterling Wildlife™ at (407) 277-7378 to speak with a wildlife expert.

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