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As our state’s residential and commercial development continues to grow at an astounding rate, we encroach further and further into wild environments, displacing wildlife and causing it to come in closer contact with humans.

At Wildlife Haven Rehab, Inc., we endeavor to promote a peaceful and symbiotic coexistence between man and his wild neighbors.

Read below for helpful and humane solutions to address wildlife concerns or call us at 813.792.8511.

Humane Solutions For “Nuisance” Wildlife

In the Attic

Animals can gain entry into your attic through holes under roof overhangs, through spaces under improperly installed wood, or by climbing pipes leading into the attic space. Once animals are excluded from the area, all entry points must be secured to deter future “tenants” from occupying your attic.

Deterrents
Make animal realize this is no longer a desirable den. Alter the environment by turning on lights and place a blaring radio near the attic. Most animals will relocate within several hours, but this can take up to a couple of days. Be patient.

Exclusion

Do not do if babies are present

Identify entry site and install a one-way door so that animal can leave but not return. Note: Do not do this during baby season as a desperate mother may cause extensive property damage trying to get to her babies and babies cannot survive very long without their mother. It is not only cruel and inhumane to keep a mother from her babies but decaying carcasses may cause extreme odor and cleanup problems. See below for information on situations where babies are present.

Removal

Do not do if babies are present

Only use a live/humane trap. Release the animal into an area of your yard that has some cover and is furthest from your home or building. Note: Again, do not do this during baby season as a desperate mother may cause extensive property damage trying to get to her babies and babies cannot survive very long without their mother. It is not only cruel and inhumane to keep a mother from her babies but decaying carcasses may cause extreme odor and cleanup problems. See below for information on situations where babies are present.
 

If there are babies in the attic

Make sure all entry sites to attic are identified and repaired once animals vacate the area.

Removal
This is not recommended when there are babies. If removal is unavoidable due to construction, homeowner moving, etc., trap mom using only a humane live trap. Carefully, gather up the babies and place them in a open container that they cannot crawl out of. Take mom and babies to an area of your yard that is isolated and has some plant growth or coverage. Place babies beside trap and cover both trap and babies container with a towel. Observe from a distance and after about an hour, release the mother. She will most likely run off but should return within several hours to collect her babies and relocate them to a new den area.

Fact Sheets (in pdf format)

    1. Humane Ways to Solve Wildlife Problems
    2. Solving Urban Duck Problems
    3. Solving Raccoon Problems
    4. Solving Woodchuck Problems
    5. Common Misconceptions about Rabies
    6. Solving Skunk Problems
    7. Living with Deer
    8. Living with Black Bears
    9. Living with Squirrels
    10. Living with Coyotes and Foxes
    11. Is the Animal Really an Orphan?

Also see Emergency Help and Tampa Bay Area Resources

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