Wildlife Control Lakeland

Best Lakeland Florida Critter Removal

Minneola FL

Lakeland, FL, may be the happiest place on earth, but that doesn’t stop nuisance Florida wildlife from moving to the area. Bats, for example, are prevalent. These pests carry rabies and easily break into attics, one of their favorite places to roost. Surprisingly, they only need a gap less than half an inch wide to get in. As their droppings pile up, so do histoplasmosis spores that can lead to lung infections. Bat waste also stains exterior walls at entry points.

Our focus is on removing the animal from your home in the most humane and safe way possible. We want to make sure your family is safe. We also make sure the animal is treated humanely and removed properly, abiding by the laws of Lakeland Florida in dealing with household pests.

This is where our expert staff comes in. We’ve removed every conceivable kind of animal from Florida homes. We handle snakes, rats, mice, raccoons, birds and armadillos. Coastal Wildlife Removal of Orlando is your best choice in Lakeland wildlife removal.

Poisonous Water Snakes

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Approximately, 8,000 people are bitten by poisonous snakes in the United States annually. Even if the snake is not poisonous, the bite can trigger an infection or allergic reaction in the victim. Snakes can be very dangerous, so it is important to use caution.

Symptoms

Rattlesnakes, copperheads, cottonmouth water moccasins, and coral snakes are all poisonous snakes. When bitten, individuals may exhibit various symptoms. Common symptoms include swelling at the site of the bite, bloody wound discharge, and fang marks in the skin. The bite will cause severe localized pain which may include a burning sensation. In addition, diarrhea may result. Convulsions, fainting, dizziness, and weakness commonly occur as well. Vision may blur and excessive sweating may be present as well as fever and increased thirst. Other symptoms include loss of muscle coordination, numbness, rapid pulse, nausea, and vomiting.

Prevention

There are many measures that can be taken to prevent injury from a snake. If you see a snake, leave it alone. Many people are bitten when they try to kill a snake. When walking in tall grass, wear thick leather boots and stay on the hiking paths. Do not purposely invade the snake's territory. Be cautious when climbing through rocky areas and picking up firewood.

Lakeland

Snake Removal

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Rattlesnakes are one of four poisonous snakes that inhabit the United States. There are several different varieties of rattle snake that can be found across all of the contiguous 48 states of the United States: the Prairie Rattlesnake, the Eastern Diamondback, the Timber Rattlesnake, and the Western Diamondback. Some of the rattlesnake species are comparably small, while other species can grow as long as 8 feet. The Diamondback Rattlesnake, located in western states, is responsible for more snake bite-related deaths in the U.S. than any other snake.

The venom of a rattlesnake is hemotoxic, which means that it causes damage to tissues, especially tissues of the circulatory system. The venom also contains neurotoxic compounds that interfere with the function of the nervous system. Interestingly, the venom of a juvenile rattlesnake actually contains a higher concentration of neurotoxins than that of a mature adult snake.

If you get bitten by a snake, and you don't know what kind of snake it was, you should inspect the bite wound. If there are two visible fang marks at the site of the bite, the snake was poisonous. There will also be a significant amount of pain and inflammation at the site of the bite wound. You may also feel nauseated and weak, or have a strange rubber-like taste in your mouth.

If you need to move to call or get help, make sure to wait for about twenty minutes after the bite occurred in order to slow the flow of venom through your veins as much as possible. If you know that it is going to be a long time, say several hours, before help can reach you, lie still with the bitten area lower than your heart. It would also be good to use a coat or blanket to cover yourself up and preserve your body heat.

The best choice is to avoid getting bitten in the first place. If you spend a lot of time outside, hiking, biking, etc., it is wise to learn about the types of poisonous snakes that you could encounter, their habits and areas where they prefer to live. Because snakes are cold blooded, they are most active when the weather is warm, so be extra cautious of snakes in warm weather. Rattle snakes have their built-in alert system when they feel threatened, they rattle their tales, so take heed and move away from an aggravated rattlesnake as quickly and quietly as possible to avoid getting bitten.

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Wildlife removal has become a growing industry. Knowing how to get rid of raccoons from attics, how to get rid of squirrels nesting and from chewing on your house, or even how to get rid of an armadillo from digging up your lawn has become more difficult for homeowners and property managers to manage.

The problem has become to large for cities to handle so a new industry has been born, Nuisance Wildlife Removal. The most common nuisance wildlife is raccoons, squirrels, rats, bats, opossums, skunks, snakes, and armadillos. Wild hogs have recently become a common nuisance. Hogs mostly have effected the farm industry and ranching, but is becoming an urban nuisance as well.

Armadillos, skunks, and opossums commonly take up urban residence. Cities will only come and pick them up if you already have them trapped. Rats and bats should quickly be removed from structures before they over populate the property.

Wildlife removal has become a separate industry from pest control. A wildlife removal company will use natural methods of removal and traps to get rid of the nuisance animals. Pest control uses chemicals to control insects.


Florida Critter Removal

Critter Control Auburndale

Best Auburndale Florida Critter Control

Polk City FL

Auburndale, FL, may be the happiest place on earth, but that doesn’t stop nuisance Florida wildlife from moving to the area. Bats, for example, are prevalent. These pests carry rabies and easily break into attics, one of their favorite places to roost. Surprisingly, they only need a gap less than half an inch wide to get in. As their droppings pile up, so do histoplasmosis spores that can lead to lung infections. Bat waste also stains exterior walls at entry points.

Our focus is on removing the animal from your home in the most humane and safe way possible. We want to make sure your family is safe. We also make sure the animal is treated humanely and removed properly, abiding by the laws of Auburndale Florida in dealing with household pests.

This is where our expert staff comes in. We’ve removed every conceivable kind of animal from Florida homes. We handle snakes, rats, mice, raccoons, birds and armadillos. Coastal Wildlife Removal of Orlando is your best choice in Auburndale wildlife removal.

Squirrels on the Roof

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I have seen hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage to people's homes. This damage was not caused by storms or fires or high water. The damage I see is caused by wild animals. Sometimes homeowner insurance covers the loss. Often times it doesn't.

I own and operate a nuisance wildlife removal service in Flint, Michigan. In this article I will review two actual cases of animal damage for you. These two cases combined cost these two homeowners almost $20,000.

The first situation involved a family that took a month long vacation from their home in Flint, Michigan. They rented a house for a month and had a wonderful time in sunny Florida. Upon their return they found their house ransacked. Chairs were tipped over, pictures were ripped from the walls, and the curtains and drapes were ripped to shreds. Every item on every shelf and had been flung to the floor. Boxes of cereal and other food were ripped open and the contents scattered all over the floors. The heartbreak really sunk in when they saw that the vandals had broken every Royal Daulton (a very expensive collectable) that they had is a large display cabinet.

Most homeowner insurance policies cover damage created by bats. Some even cover the expense of removing the bats. She turned in her claim and was turned down flat. Her policy specifically stated that rodent and bat damage are not listed for coverage.

Both of these two animal damage situations could have been prevented with a http://www.advanced-wildlife-control.com/Preventative%20home%20inspection.htm ">Preventative Home Inspection.

It's time, right now, for you to call your insurance agent. Ask if you would have been covered by either of these instances. Review your policy and ask if any animal damage is specifically excluded.

I do not sell insurance. I am a homeowner and I have insurance for my own home. I know that it's not on the top of your list to make that call to your insurance agent. You may be glad at a later date that you took the time to do it.

Now go make that call.

Auburndale

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Armadillos may not look like any other creature in North America, but they can certainly be as destructive as the best of them. Armadillos mainly make their homes in the southern states of the US and in areas of Mexico and South America where the soil is soft and warm. Armadillos must dig for most of their food as their diet largely consists of worms, grubs and insects. While normally, these animals are considered as harmless (dare I say cute in an ugly way) critters, they can do a considerable amount of damage to your property.

Armadillos are regarded as pests by landscapers, homeowners and gardeners alike because of their incessant need to dig. Not only do they have to dig for their meals, but most of the issues that arise around armadillos are about their burrows. Armadillos obviously don't understand that some places are not ideal to dig their burrow, so they often end up under your house or your porch. If they burrow too close to the supporting beams of your porch/house/etc. it can actually cause the foundation of your structures to crack! Do not let this happen to you, there are some things that you can do to get rid of your armadillo problem.

DON'T:
1. Attempt to poison the armadillo. Not only is it ineffective, it is dangerous to all other animals, your pets and your family to lay out poison.

2. Shoot them or use any other inhumane method of getting rid of them.

3. Buy and use repellents; they simply do not work and you will end up wasting your money.

4. Do not put up your fence without getting the armadillos out of your yard first.

Getting rid of your armadillo problem doesn't have to give you heartburn. When in doubt, call a professional near you to help you with your problem. This is the easiest (and cheapest in some cases) way to handle your armadillo issues.

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Armadillos may not look like any other creature in North America, but they can certainly be as destructive as the best of them. Armadillos mainly make their homes in the southern states of the US and in areas of Mexico and South America where the soil is soft and warm. Armadillos must dig for most of their food as their diet largely consists of worms, grubs and insects. While normally, these animals are considered as harmless (dare I say cute in an ugly way) critters, they can do a considerable amount of damage to your property.

Armadillos are regarded as pests by landscapers, homeowners and gardeners alike because of their incessant need to dig. Not only do they have to dig for their meals, but most of the issues that arise around armadillos are about their burrows. Armadillos obviously don't understand that some places are not ideal to dig their burrow, so they often end up under your house or your porch. If they burrow too close to the supporting beams of your porch/house/etc. it can actually cause the foundation of your structures to crack! Do not let this happen to you, there are some things that you can do to get rid of your armadillo problem.

DON'T:
1. Attempt to poison the armadillo. Not only is it ineffective, it is dangerous to all other animals, your pets and your family to lay out poison.

2. Shoot them or use any other inhumane method of getting rid of them.

3. Buy and use repellents; they simply do not work and you will end up wasting your money.

4. Do not put up your fence without getting the armadillos out of your yard first.

Getting rid of your armadillo problem doesn't have to give you heartburn. When in doubt, call a professional near you to help you with your problem. This is the easiest (and cheapest in some cases) way to handle your armadillo issues.


Florida Critter Removal

Wildlife Control Ocklawaha

Best Ocklawaha Florida Wildlife Control

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Ocklawaha, FL, may be the happiest place on earth, but that doesn’t stop nuisance Florida wildlife from moving to the area. Bats, for example, are prevalent. These pests carry rabies and easily break into attics, one of their favorite places to roost. Surprisingly, they only need a gap less than half an inch wide to get in. As their droppings pile up, so do histoplasmosis spores that can lead to lung infections. Bat waste also stains exterior walls at entry points.

Our focus is on removing the animal from your home in the most humane and safe way possible. We want to make sure your family is safe. We also make sure the animal is treated humanely and removed properly, abiding by the laws of Ocklawaha Florida in dealing with household pests.

This is where our expert staff comes in. We’ve removed every conceivable kind of animal from Florida homes. We handle snakes, rats, mice, raccoons, birds and armadillos. Coastal Wildlife Removal of Orlando is your best choice in Ocklawaha wildlife removal.

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Since childhood, I have had an uncontrollable drive to learn everything possible concerning snakes.  The species or sub-species made no difference at all, I was completely captivated by any snake that crossed my path both in real life or on paper.  There are between 2.800 and 3.000 species of snakes living today and new species are being discovered yearly from around the world.  As I grew up and finally left home, I was able to seek out different species and spend time actually handling them and adding to my notes. I became interested in venomous species after receiving a bite on my left hip while crossing a beaver dam one evening in Georgia.  My right leg had went through the top layer of dried sticks and as I went down, I managed to drag a Southern Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon p. piscivorus) down with me and when I hit the bottom it turned and one fang hit my wallet and the other hit my on the hip. 

After escaping the scene, I was taken to a country doctor who looked after me in his kitchen for a few hours.  He was a real country MD who was semi retired and just saw folks from the country side when they needed him, in the comfort of his living room.  We talked and he explained quite a bit about venomous snakes that I had not already learned.  He told me things that captivated me, things like, a snake can inject venom from the left or right fang, from both fangs or not inject any venom at all. He said I was lucky and the snake that tagged me delivered a "Dry" bite and injected no venom!  By the time I left that doctors home I had decided to make venomous snakes my specialty of study, and at 21 years old, I had a few years ahead of me to learn what I could about these amazing creatures. 

Little did I know that at the age of sixty I would still only have scratched the surface with regards to the secrets snakes hide from humans.  Since that day in 1972, there has not been a day that passed in which snakes had not been a topic of conversation in one way or another.  I have made it a point to learn something new about these wonderful creatures every day since then.  That was 38 years ago and I still learn something new every day, believe it or not.  Scientist are still ignorant when it comes to knowing all there is to know about these creatures and with new technology coming of age all the time, new facts are being learned constantly and old beliefs are being replaced by new fact.

In 1995, I had been reading about a man who is considered the father of serpentology, Mr. Bill Haast of Miami Serpentarium had been working with snakes almost all of his 80 years and still remained very active in the world of Herpetology.  Name a snake and Bill has most likely worked with it and probably been bitten by it at one time or another.  He had started injecting himself with minute amounts of Elapid venom, from snakes such as cobras, krates, coral snakes and mambas to name but a few in order to build up an immunity to their venom which could save his life should he receive a bite from one in the future.  His efforts were not in vein when he received a bite from an Indian cobra with very little reaction to the venom.  His body had built up its own anti venom against the snakes he had used in the serum he perfected. 

In more then one instance, his blood was injected into snake bite victims who could not take anti venom with the same results as the anti venom would have delivered, a complete reversal of symptoms and a full recovery.  The venom Elapids, is for the most part a neurotoxin and does little destruction to tissue, it merely stops organs from functioning.  In most instances, the venom of a cobra for example will shut down the nerve centers which signal the lungs to function and death is a result of respiratory failure, in others, the muscles stop functioning, the heart forgets to pump blood and death is a result of cardiac failure and so on.  Vipers and Pit Vipers are different for the most part in that they destroy tissue as well as the tissue of certain organs.  The necrotic tissue is spilled into the blood stream and filtered by the Kidneys. 

I probably get four calls or letters a year asking me the best method of starting an immunology project with various species of snakes and my answer is always the same, "Don't do it".  Does that make me a hypocrite or someone who wants to hoard the information all to himself? I say NO.  I refuse to help someone for the same reasons that others refused to help me!  Humans are individuals and each acts separately to any toxin injected into the body.  I am not by any sense of the word a medical doctor, I know how to treat myself if bitten but I don't know how to treat anyone else other then getting them to a doctor who can help them.  To undertake a project like this, takes a great deal of study and has to have a good amount of luck to boot. 

If you were sensitive to a venom, an anaphylactic reaction could kill you within five minutes after the injection.  Had I not done it years ago, I would not start doing it now, there are to many cons that could end up putting you in a box or paralyzed in some bed for the rest of your life and nothing is worth that.  I chose to immunize against Pit Vipers and Vipers because I work with them every day and have received a few more tags since the Eastern diamondback bite and I am pleased with the results of my project.  If I specialized in non venomous snakes, I would never have started it anyway, there would have never been a need.  In the end, the benefits well outweigh the risks especially when I stopped drinking and dropped the 35 excess pounds.  The one other added bonus comes from the Southern Copperhead venom I have used over the years!  This venom contains a small protein which is called "Contortrostatin" and has been proven to halt cancer in its tracks, it stops the spread or migration of cancer to other parts of the body and shrinks the tumor if one exists.  So I came out smelling pretty good but please I am begging you, talk to your family doctor prior to undertaking any program that has anything to do with your health.  That was the reason for not stating the amounts of venom used and how it was transformed into a vaccine from raw venom.  There is no quick fixes out there and standard medical treatment is still the golden rule for halting any disease. 

This was my story and I do not have any regrets for any of the actions I have taken, as unethical as they might seem.  My story is exactly that, my story and only a fool would attempt to copy me as the vital parts to my vaccine have been left out.  Do yourself a favor and go mainstream, if you deal with venomous species of snakes on a daily basis, you have to decide for yourself as to which is the best way to overcome a bite but I reiterate, "Go Mainstream", it is much safer.  Proper instruction when handling venomous snakes is essential and there is absolutely no substitute for proper training and even then it takes years to graduate with the title of "Expert handler".  Be safe!

Ocklawaha

Animals in the Attic

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First, don't kill nonvenomous snakes. Any given area can only support a fixed number of snakes. If you kill the nonvenomous snakes that leaves a food supply that could support a population of venomous snakes.

Remember to stay a safe distance from the snake. Snakes usually strike about 1/2 their body length, but they can strike farther. You also don't want to trip and fall on the snake.

80% of bites occur when someone tries to catch or kill a snake. The safest thing you can do if you see a snake is to leave it alone. (It's probably protected by law anyway.)

85% of bites in the United States occur on the hand and forearm. 50% involve a victim under the age of 20. 70% of bites in the United States involve alcohol consumption.

If you have a snake in your yard, either call someone trained in their removal or stand at a safe distance and spray it with a garden hose. Snakes hate that and will leave quickly.

Step on logs rather than over them. Snakes coil beside logs in the "Reinert Posture" and might mistake your leg for a predator or prey.

Do get a tetanus shot.

Don't cut the wound - This almost always causes more damage than it's worth.

Don't use a tourniquet - This isolates the venom in a small area and causes the digestive enzymes in the venom to concentrate the damage.

Don't use alcohol orally - it speeds the heart and blood flow and reduces the body's counter-acting ability.

Don't use ice - Freezing the stricken limb has been found to be a major factor leading to amputation."

Remember, snakes have their place in the ecosystem and were around long before we arrived. We are the visitors in their garden. Snakes are quite capable of defending themselves, but are reluctant to do so. If you follow a few common sense rules you can minimize an already very small risk of snakebite during your outdoor adventure.

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First, don't kill nonvenomous snakes. Any given area can only support a fixed number of snakes. If you kill the nonvenomous snakes that leaves a food supply that could support a population of venomous snakes.

Remember to stay a safe distance from the snake. Snakes usually strike about 1/2 their body length, but they can strike farther. You also don't want to trip and fall on the snake.

80% of bites occur when someone tries to catch or kill a snake. The safest thing you can do if you see a snake is to leave it alone. (It's probably protected by law anyway.)

85% of bites in the United States occur on the hand and forearm. 50% involve a victim under the age of 20. 70% of bites in the United States involve alcohol consumption.

If you have a snake in your yard, either call someone trained in their removal or stand at a safe distance and spray it with a garden hose. Snakes hate that and will leave quickly.

Step on logs rather than over them. Snakes coil beside logs in the "Reinert Posture" and might mistake your leg for a predator or prey.

Do get a tetanus shot.

Don't cut the wound - This almost always causes more damage than it's worth.

Don't use a tourniquet - This isolates the venom in a small area and causes the digestive enzymes in the venom to concentrate the damage.

Don't use alcohol orally - it speeds the heart and blood flow and reduces the body's counter-acting ability.

Don't use ice - Freezing the stricken limb has been found to be a major factor leading to amputation."

Remember, snakes have their place in the ecosystem and were around long before we arrived. We are the visitors in their garden. Snakes are quite capable of defending themselves, but are reluctant to do so. If you follow a few common sense rules you can minimize an already very small risk of snakebite during your outdoor adventure.


Florida Critter Removal

Critter Control Winter Haven

Best Winter Haven Florida Critter Removal

Weirsdale FL

Winter Haven, FL, may be the happiest place on earth, but that doesn’t stop nuisance Florida wildlife from moving to the area. Bats, for example, are prevalent. These pests carry rabies and easily break into attics, one of their favorite places to roost. Surprisingly, they only need a gap less than half an inch wide to get in. As their droppings pile up, so do histoplasmosis spores that can lead to lung infections. Bat waste also stains exterior walls at entry points.

Our focus is on removing the animal from your home in the most humane and safe way possible. We want to make sure your family is safe. We also make sure the animal is treated humanely and removed properly, abiding by the laws of Winter Haven Florida in dealing with household pests.

This is where our expert staff comes in. We’ve removed every conceivable kind of animal from Florida homes. We handle snakes, rats, mice, raccoons, birds and armadillos. Coastal Wildlife Removal of Orlando is your best choice in Winter Haven wildlife removal.

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It was a hazy night, dimly lit by the light of the full moon. A thick mist hung ominously over the graveyard. Headstones could be seen peeking through the sultry fog, glowing softly in the moon light. All was quiet.

Suddenly, from one of the graves, a sound could be heard. It started softly at first, then ascended into a loud digging, grumbling, then a scampering sound! Had the dead arisen? Had someone been buried alive? Was this a scene from a horror movie? No! It was none other than the armadillo, digging around, looking for insects to eat.

One interesting fact about armadillos is that they have been found to carry the leprosy bacterium. They are not known to transmit it to humans, but they can carry it. If you think that you have an armadillo problem, it is important to contact professionals. It can be difficult to remove these stubborn creatures, but there are people who are specially trained for this task.

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The cottonmouth snake aka water moccasin which belongs to the Agkistrodon family, along with the copperhead is one of the most feared and respected venomous snakes in the United States. In this quick article we'll cover 8 facts you may or may not know about the cottonmouth.

  1. They are the only semi-aquatic viper on the face of the earth. You'll also notice that they have keeled scales to assist with life in the water. Though they are known to remain predominantly in deep rural areas of wet land, here recently in places like Miami, Fl they are being located closer and closer to establish neighborhoods and businesses as their natural habitats are being developed into residential and commercial properties.

  2. Have an elliptical pupil opposed to an oval pupil like the non-venomous water snakes of the United States. They also have a much more triangular head than the non-venomous water snakes which can help with identification as well.

  3. They are territorial and often investigate disturbances in their area. They are even reports of them swimming out to boats on the water.

  4. Their venom contains hemotoxins which similar to their cousins the copperhead and rattlesnake. Hemotoxic venom attacks blood, muscle and tissue cells.

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The cottonmouth snake aka water moccasin which belongs to the Agkistrodon family, along with the copperhead is one of the most feared and respected venomous snakes in the United States. In this quick article we'll cover 8 facts you may or may not know about the cottonmouth.

  1. They are the only semi-aquatic viper on the face of the earth. You'll also notice that they have keeled scales to assist with life in the water. Though they are known to remain predominantly in deep rural areas of wet land, here recently in places like Miami, Fl they are being located closer and closer to establish neighborhoods and businesses as their natural habitats are being developed into residential and commercial properties.

  2. Have an elliptical pupil opposed to an oval pupil like the non-venomous water snakes of the United States. They also have a much more triangular head than the non-venomous water snakes which can help with identification as well.

  3. They are territorial and often investigate disturbances in their area. They are even reports of them swimming out to boats on the water.

  4. Their venom contains hemotoxins which similar to their cousins the copperhead and rattlesnake. Hemotoxic venom attacks blood, muscle and tissue cells.

Florida Critter Removal

Critter Removal Eastlake Weir

Best Eastlake Weir Florida Animal Removal

Grand Island FL

Eastlake Weir, FL, may be the happiest place on earth, but that doesn’t stop nuisance Florida wildlife from moving to the area. Bats, for example, are prevalent. These pests carry rabies and easily break into attics, one of their favorite places to roost. Surprisingly, they only need a gap less than half an inch wide to get in. As their droppings pile up, so do histoplasmosis spores that can lead to lung infections. Bat waste also stains exterior walls at entry points.

Our focus is on removing the animal from your home in the most humane and safe way possible. We want to make sure your family is safe. We also make sure the animal is treated humanely and removed properly, abiding by the laws of Eastlake Weir Florida in dealing with household pests.

This is where our expert staff comes in. We’ve removed every conceivable kind of animal from Florida homes. We handle snakes, rats, mice, raccoons, birds and armadillos. Coastal Wildlife Removal of Orlando is your best choice in Eastlake Weir wildlife removal.

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Orlando is one of the most popular family destinations in the USA, and with its fantastic theme parks and family-orientated attractions, it is easy to see why.

Here is a quick guide to Orlando, including some of the best family attractions to visit during your Orlando holiday:

1. The Walt Disney World Resort

The Walt Disney World Resort has enough to keep you entertained for days, so it is a great place to visit as part of an Orlando holiday. There are four theme parks at the resort, all of which have rides, parades, shows and restaurants:

o The Magic Kingdom is packed with rides including thrilling high-speed rollercoasters like Space Mountain, a Haunted Mansion, a Jungle Cruise, Peter Pan Flight and the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. You can also have your photo taken with Winnie the Pooh and other Disney characters.

o Disney Animal Kingdom Park is home to many different animals, including hippos, gorillas, big cats and monkeys, and you can see them by taking a safari trip. You can also enjoy great rides such as Dinosaur, Expedition Everest and the Kali River Rapids, and young children will love rides like the Boneyard and the Tricera Top Spin.

There are plenty of parking spaces available, so you should be able to find somewhere to leave your Orlando hire car.

3. Gatorland

Florida is famous for its alligators and if you drive your Orlando hire car to Gatorland, you can see some of these wonderful creatures up close.

There are thousands of alligators and crocodiles at Gatorland, including Cuban crocodiles, Nile crocodiles and American crocodiles, and the park has its own Breeding Marsh, where you can see over 100 adult alligators.

You can also visit the Snakes of Florida exhibit, where you can see the venomous Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake, the Very Merry Aviary, where you can feed nectar to lorikeets, and Allies Barnyard, where you can pet farm animals.

You can also take a stroll along the Swamp Walk, see a Gator Jumparoo or Gator Wrestling show, or cool down at the new Gator Gully Splash Park.

This information is part of a USA travel guide series of articles

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It's a nice warm day and you decide to go to the lake. You find a nice quiet area away from the crowd and settle down to bask in the sun. However, you soon discover you are not the only one enjoying the warmth of the rays. Laying stretched out on a limb hanging over the water is a large dark snake. You scream, he slithers and the quiet of the day is spoiled for the both of you. Upon hearing the scream, people come running and you explain how a huge water moccasin invaded YOUR territory. But are you sure it was a water moccasin? Maybe not.

All too often non-venomous water snakes are mistaken for the venomous water moccasin or otherwise known as the "Cottonmouth" so named because of its milky white lined mouth. The water moccasin and the water snake have many similarities that allow for these misidentifications. For instance, both species live around creeks, lakes, ponds, rivers, streams or swamps. Wherever there is a water source you are likely to find one of these guys. Another common characteristic of the water snake and water moccasin is their size. Either may grow up to five feet in length. They both have keeled scales, broad, triangular heads and stout bodies. Both species may become aggressive if they feel threatened or if it is mating season.

With all the similarities between the two species, how would one tell them apart? Glad you asked. There are a few differences. As mentioned earlier, the water moccasin has a white lined mouth which it displays wide opened when it feels threatened. Also the pupils of the water moccasin are vertical, meaning that it has what appears to be a slit in the middle, giving it a very sinister look. The water snake on the other hand has rounded pupils . So, if you happen to come upon one of these fascinating creatures and have the audacity to try to identify it, you can either ask him to open wide or simply look him in the eyes. I just suggest you leave well enough alone!

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When you think about where poisonous snakes live, you might picture tropical climates or desert ranges throughout the country. Not many people would associate seemingly innocent forests and wooded areas in Indiana as homes to venomous snakes. But the truth is, out of the 39 species of snake found in Indiana, there are 4 species that are poisonous. Continue reading to learn which ones!

The Water Moccasin Agkistrodon piscivorus

Also known as Eastern Cottonmouths, Water Moccasins are a poisonous subspecies of pitviper that can deliver a painful and potentially deadly bite. Bites are treated with a serum called CroFab anti-venom. Although usually not fatal, their cytotoxic venom can cause severe scarring, tissue deterioration, and possible amputation. They are the only species of semiaquatic vipers in the world, usually living in or near marches, slow-moving streams, and lake areas. Most Cottonmouths live in warmer regions, so it is unlikely to ever spot one in the north. But there is a small population known to exist near the southern border of Indiana. Although their patterns often get them confused for common water snakes, you can tell a Water Moccasin apart because it displays a distinguishable inner white mouth when agitated or annoyed.

The Timber Rattlesnake Crotalus horridus

Another endangered venomous pitviper species, the Timber Rattlesnake is often found living on dry deciduous forests and hillsides surrounding rugged terrain. Unfortunately for Hoosiers, the Timber Rattlesnake is among the most dangerous in the country. This is because they are large in size, extremely venomous, and have long fangs. Its venom is neurotoxic, hemorrhagic, and proteolytic.


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Dundee, FL, may be the happiest place on earth, but that doesn’t stop nuisance Florida wildlife from moving to the area. Bats, for example, are prevalent. These pests carry rabies and easily break into attics, one of their favorite places to roost. Surprisingly, they only need a gap less than half an inch wide to get in. As their droppings pile up, so do histoplasmosis spores that can lead to lung infections. Bat waste also stains exterior walls at entry points.

Our focus is on removing the animal from your home in the most humane and safe way possible. We want to make sure your family is safe. We also make sure the animal is treated humanely and removed properly, abiding by the laws of Dundee Florida in dealing with household pests.

This is where our expert staff comes in. We’ve removed every conceivable kind of animal from Florida homes. We handle snakes, rats, mice, raccoons, birds and armadillos. Coastal Wildlife Removal of Orlando is your best choice in Dundee wildlife removal.

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Late this afternoon, when I went out to walk our puppy one of the neighbors came over to tell me this news... Apparently a bobcat has been sited within our development around one of our retention ponds, at the rear of several neighbors gardens.

Florida Bobcat

The Florida Bobcat (Lynx rufus floridanus) is known to be a warm-blooded, solitary, and territorial predator mammal. Although not as big as the Florida Panther the bobcat is usually around the size of a medium-sized dog. The bobcat is dark brown with black spots and striped bars which are most visible along their sides and legs. The backs of their ears are white with a black out line, their tails shorter having a white tip. Their under parts are also generally white with their fur being short, soft and dense. It should be noted that the bobcat has razor sharp teeth and retractable claws just like the house cats.

So what do you do if you see one...

According to the Florida Wildlife Commission they should be left well alone as they have an unpredictable disposition... remember those razor sharp teeth and retractable claws mentioned earlier?

Refer the animal to your local county Animal Control Services Department rather than risk incident.

As we have said previously, as 'man' encroaches on these animals lands, we are likely to hear of more incidents with Florida's carnivores.

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Throughout the world, people are living, working and playing in venomous snake territory every day. Venomous snakes are found in every continent besides Antarctica and are responsible for 2.5 million envenoming snake bites, resulting in up to 125,000 deaths each year. While most bites are nonlethal with the help of medical treatment and antivenin, most are also preventable. Aside from avoidance, the most effective means of snake bite prevention is by using snake protective clothing such as snake boots, snake gaiters, chaps, and gloves.

Unfortunately, the parts of the world with the most snake bites and deaths are also parts of the world where poverty is very prevalent and antivenins are very limited in supply. To make matters worse, the average person cannot even fathom spending money on snake proof clothing as food and water are more important. The countries that have the highest snake bite occurrences as well as deaths are those that are located in Southern Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and most of all India.

In the United States, every state besides Maine, Alaska, and Hawaii are home to at least one of the 20 venomous snakes that are native to North America. That puts many people in contact with venomous snakes every day. North Carolina is the state that experiences the highest amount of bites with 19 of 100,000 people being bitten per year. Even though the national average is much lower at 4 per 100,000 people, the risk is still there and needs to be addressed. As stated earlier, the best defense against snake bites is avoidance of the areas that they call home. This though is tough when the places you live, work and play are the same areas that snake do the same. For these situations there is snake protective clothing that has been responsible for preventing innumerous painful, if not fatal, snake bites.

Snake Gloves

When most people think of snake bites they think of stepping on a snake and getting bit. What many fail to realize is that many snake bites occur to the fingers and hands of people. This is why snake gloves are also an important part of snake bite prevention. Most bites to the hands occur when doing such activities as gardening, picking up brush, or sticking hands in places where snakes might be hiding. As you probably already know, snakes blend into their environment very well and unless they hiss or rattle, most will not ever be seen.

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While everyone knows that Orlando is an outdoorsman's destination, what you may not realize is that the state is also home to thousands of snakes, six of which are venomous. But don't worry; with a little common sense and knowledge under your belt, you can keep safe and fang free.

The Problem

There are no less than 55 different types of snakes in Orlando. The most common include the good old rat snakes, water snakes, and green snakes. Many of these snakes are beneficial to the environment, killing and eating not only pest species like rats and mice, but also other, venomous snakes. Speaking of which, a small minority of these species, 9 to be exact, are poisonous.

Venomous snakes

These venomous snakes are the Copperhead, the Coral snake, Eastern, and Western varieties of Cottonmouth (Water Moccasin) and five types of rattlesnakes including the Timber, Canebrake, Eastern Diamondback, Dusky Pigmy, and Western Pigmy. The Eastern Diamondback is the largest of these, reaching up to six feet, while the Timber Rattler goes just slightly smaller. While the telltale 'rattle' of these pit vipers are often heard as a warning, the smaller pigmy variants have an almost silent shake to them, but are no less dangerous. The majority of Eastern Diamondbacks are found in Orlando, but are increasingly being encountered further north.

If trying to keep your camp or home snake free, be cleanliness is the best policy. Remove any trash, trash piles, scrap timber stacks, and other things that can lead to nice bedding areas for the no-armed slither type. Spring is an especially strong time of year to be on the lookout at the camp for invading snakes that are very active during this period. The last thing you want to do is be away all summer and come back to find a snake cave.

If a snake, of any sort but especially a potentially venomous one, bites you seek immediate medical attention. When getting help, you will want to be able to advise what type of snake bit you, so try to remember any details such as length, head shape, markings, color, and actions. Take a picture if you can with your cellphone or camera rather than attempt to capture it. The last thing the hospital needs is you bringing some strange snake into the emergency room with you.

It could make them as mad as a rattlesnake.


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Weirsdale, FL, may be the happiest place on earth, but that doesn’t stop nuisance Florida wildlife from moving to the area. Bats, for example, are prevalent. These pests carry rabies and easily break into attics, one of their favorite places to roost. Surprisingly, they only need a gap less than half an inch wide to get in. As their droppings pile up, so do histoplasmosis spores that can lead to lung infections. Bat waste also stains exterior walls at entry points.

Our focus is on removing the animal from your home in the most humane and safe way possible. We want to make sure your family is safe. We also make sure the animal is treated humanely and removed properly, abiding by the laws of Weirsdale Florida in dealing with household pests.

This is where our expert staff comes in. We’ve removed every conceivable kind of animal from Florida homes. We handle snakes, rats, mice, raccoons, birds and armadillos. Coastal Wildlife Removal of Orlando is your best choice in Weirsdale wildlife removal.

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Rattlesnakes are one of four poisonous snakes that inhabit the United States. There are several different varieties of rattle snake that can be found across all of the contiguous 48 states of the United States: the Prairie Rattlesnake, the Eastern Diamondback, the Timber Rattlesnake, and the Western Diamondback. Some of the rattlesnake species are comparably small, while other species can grow as long as 8 feet. The Diamondback Rattlesnake, located in western states, is responsible for more snake bite-related deaths in the U.S. than any other snake.

The venom of a rattlesnake is hemotoxic, which means that it causes damage to tissues, especially tissues of the circulatory system. The venom also contains neurotoxic compounds that interfere with the function of the nervous system. Interestingly, the venom of a juvenile rattlesnake actually contains a higher concentration of neurotoxins than that of a mature adult snake.

If you get bitten by a snake, and you don't know what kind of snake it was, you should inspect the bite wound. If there are two visible fang marks at the site of the bite, the snake was poisonous. There will also be a significant amount of pain and inflammation at the site of the bite wound. You may also feel nauseated and weak, or have a strange rubber-like taste in your mouth.

If you need to move to call or get help, make sure to wait for about twenty minutes after the bite occurred in order to slow the flow of venom through your veins as much as possible. If you know that it is going to be a long time, say several hours, before help can reach you, lie still with the bitten area lower than your heart. It would also be good to use a coat or blanket to cover yourself up and preserve your body heat.

The best choice is to avoid getting bitten in the first place. If you spend a lot of time outside, hiking, biking, etc., it is wise to learn about the types of poisonous snakes that you could encounter, their habits and areas where they prefer to live. Because snakes are cold blooded, they are most active when the weather is warm, so be extra cautious of snakes in warm weather. Rattle snakes have their built-in alert system when they feel threatened, they rattle their tales, so take heed and move away from an aggravated rattlesnake as quickly and quietly as possible to avoid getting bitten.

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Florida is being overrun with snakes like the Burmese python. They are putting the natural wildlife in the Everglades in danger. The population, estimated to be over 100,000 in the Everglades, will attack and consume any type of wildlife including an alligator.

The governor of Florida is considering signing a bill putting a bounty on a captured snake to reduce the population. This procedure was used to control the alligator population. Besides the bounty, the licensed trappers will keep the proceeds from selling the meat and skin. The trappers will be licensed and trained by the state to capture them. It will be considered very dangerous for anyone to try to capture them without the proper training. It is competing with the alligator as the number one predator in the area.

Because of the size it reaches at adulthood, it can outgrow it's surroundings in captivity. As an adult, it requires a large amount of food and an expensive enclosure. Owners tend to overfeed it. Many owners cannot deal with it as an adult and will release to the wild. As in the situation in Florida, it can start to breed and overwhelm an area causing an imbalance with the natural wildlife.

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Snakes. Just the mention of the word can send chills up the spine or send one fleeing in the opposite direction. To some they are just scary, slithery, sinister serpents. However, they are also sneaky. Yes, sneaky. The serpent has been known for its sneakiness since the beginning. Remember Eve? It was because of the sneaky sales pitch of the serpent that Eve "bought", Adam "bit" , and they were both "booted out" of the Garden of Eden. Oh yes, snakes can be extremely sneaky, and can show their craftiness in a variety of ways.

The American Copperhead is a great example of a cunning culprit. This snake has a rust and copper colored body with dark crisscrossing bands. It has a bright copper colored head, hence the name, Copperhead. This snake is easily recognizable, that is if you see it. Because of the snake's markings, they are easily hidden. Let this snake curl up on a pile of fallen leaves and you may never even know it was there. Pretty slick huh? But that's not all. These snakes learn how to be masters of guile at a very early age, as a matter of fact from the moment they are born. The baby Copperhead is born with a yellow tipped tail which it uses to lure unsuspecting prey. The juvenile snake hides beneath the leaves and sticks its wiggling tail up. The tail, resembling a grubworm, attracts moles, mice, and other such rodents. When the small mixed-up mammals take the bait, the clever Copperhead enjoys his dinner.

Yes, snakes are still as sneaky as ever. They still bewilder, beguile, and sometimes even bewitch. They are masters of disguise as well as masters of deception and they probably always will be. So if you happen up on one of these "sneaky snakes", just acknowledge, admire, and then allow him to do his thing.


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Rockledge, FL, may be the happiest place on earth, but that doesn’t stop nuisance Florida wildlife from moving to the area. Bats, for example, are prevalent. These pests carry rabies and easily break into attics, one of their favorite places to roost. Surprisingly, they only need a gap less than half an inch wide to get in. As their droppings pile up, so do histoplasmosis spores that can lead to lung infections. Bat waste also stains exterior walls at entry points.

Our focus is on removing the animal from your home in the most humane and safe way possible. We want to make sure your family is safe. We also make sure the animal is treated humanely and removed properly, abiding by the laws of Rockledge Florida in dealing with household pests.

This is where our expert staff comes in. We’ve removed every conceivable kind of animal from Florida homes. We handle snakes, rats, mice, raccoons, birds and armadillos. Coastal Wildlife Removal of Orlando is your best choice in Rockledge wildlife removal.

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It was a hazy night, dimly lit by the light of the full moon. A thick mist hung ominously over the graveyard. Headstones could be seen peeking through the sultry fog, glowing softly in the moon light. All was quiet.

Suddenly, from one of the graves, a sound could be heard. It started softly at first, then ascended into a loud digging, grumbling, then a scampering sound! Had the dead arisen? Had someone been buried alive? Was this a scene from a horror movie? No! It was none other than the armadillo, digging around, looking for insects to eat.

One interesting fact about armadillos is that they have been found to carry the leprosy bacterium. They are not known to transmit it to humans, but they can carry it. If you think that you have an armadillo problem, it is important to contact professionals. It can be difficult to remove these stubborn creatures, but there are people who are specially trained for this task.

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When you think about where poisonous snakes live, you might picture tropical climates or desert ranges throughout the country. Not many people would associate seemingly innocent forests and wooded areas in Indiana as homes to venomous snakes. But the truth is, out of the 39 species of snake found in Indiana, there are 4 species that are poisonous. Continue reading to learn which ones!

The Water Moccasin Agkistrodon piscivorus

Also known as Eastern Cottonmouths, Water Moccasins are a poisonous subspecies of pitviper that can deliver a painful and potentially deadly bite. Bites are treated with a serum called CroFab anti-venom. Although usually not fatal, their cytotoxic venom can cause severe scarring, tissue deterioration, and possible amputation. They are the only species of semiaquatic vipers in the world, usually living in or near marches, slow-moving streams, and lake areas. Most Cottonmouths live in warmer regions, so it is unlikely to ever spot one in the north. But there is a small population known to exist near the southern border of Indiana. Although their patterns often get them confused for common water snakes, you can tell a Water Moccasin apart because it displays a distinguishable inner white mouth when agitated or annoyed.

The Timber Rattlesnake Crotalus horridus

Another endangered venomous pitviper species, the Timber Rattlesnake is often found living on dry deciduous forests and hillsides surrounding rugged terrain. Unfortunately for Hoosiers, the Timber Rattlesnake is among the most dangerous in the country. This is because they are large in size, extremely venomous, and have long fangs. Its venom is neurotoxic, hemorrhagic, and proteolytic.

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Since childhood, I have had an uncontrollable drive to learn everything possible concerning snakes.  The species or sub-species made no difference at all, I was completely captivated by any snake that crossed my path both in real life or on paper.  There are between 2.800 and 3.000 species of snakes living today and new species are being discovered yearly from around the world.  As I grew up and finally left home, I was able to seek out different species and spend time actually handling them and adding to my notes. I became interested in venomous species after receiving a bite on my left hip while crossing a beaver dam one evening in Georgia.  My right leg had went through the top layer of dried sticks and as I went down, I managed to drag a Southern Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon p. piscivorus) down with me and when I hit the bottom it turned and one fang hit my wallet and the other hit my on the hip. 

After escaping the scene, I was taken to a country doctor who looked after me in his kitchen for a few hours.  He was a real country MD who was semi retired and just saw folks from the country side when they needed him, in the comfort of his living room.  We talked and he explained quite a bit about venomous snakes that I had not already learned.  He told me things that captivated me, things like, a snake can inject venom from the left or right fang, from both fangs or not inject any venom at all. He said I was lucky and the snake that tagged me delivered a "Dry" bite and injected no venom!  By the time I left that doctors home I had decided to make venomous snakes my specialty of study, and at 21 years old, I had a few years ahead of me to learn what I could about these amazing creatures. 

Little did I know that at the age of sixty I would still only have scratched the surface with regards to the secrets snakes hide from humans.  Since that day in 1972, there has not been a day that passed in which snakes had not been a topic of conversation in one way or another.  I have made it a point to learn something new about these wonderful creatures every day since then.  That was 38 years ago and I still learn something new every day, believe it or not.  Scientist are still ignorant when it comes to knowing all there is to know about these creatures and with new technology coming of age all the time, new facts are being learned constantly and old beliefs are being replaced by new fact.

In 1995, I had been reading about a man who is considered the father of serpentology, Mr. Bill Haast of Miami Serpentarium had been working with snakes almost all of his 80 years and still remained very active in the world of Herpetology.  Name a snake and Bill has most likely worked with it and probably been bitten by it at one time or another.  He had started injecting himself with minute amounts of Elapid venom, from snakes such as cobras, krates, coral snakes and mambas to name but a few in order to build up an immunity to their venom which could save his life should he receive a bite from one in the future.  His efforts were not in vein when he received a bite from an Indian cobra with very little reaction to the venom.  His body had built up its own anti venom against the snakes he had used in the serum he perfected. 

In more then one instance, his blood was injected into snake bite victims who could not take anti venom with the same results as the anti venom would have delivered, a complete reversal of symptoms and a full recovery.  The venom Elapids, is for the most part a neurotoxin and does little destruction to tissue, it merely stops organs from functioning.  In most instances, the venom of a cobra for example will shut down the nerve centers which signal the lungs to function and death is a result of respiratory failure, in others, the muscles stop functioning, the heart forgets to pump blood and death is a result of cardiac failure and so on.  Vipers and Pit Vipers are different for the most part in that they destroy tissue as well as the tissue of certain organs.  The necrotic tissue is spilled into the blood stream and filtered by the Kidneys. 

I probably get four calls or letters a year asking me the best method of starting an immunology project with various species of snakes and my answer is always the same, "Don't do it".  Does that make me a hypocrite or someone who wants to hoard the information all to himself? I say NO.  I refuse to help someone for the same reasons that others refused to help me!  Humans are individuals and each acts separately to any toxin injected into the body.  I am not by any sense of the word a medical doctor, I know how to treat myself if bitten but I don't know how to treat anyone else other then getting them to a doctor who can help them.  To undertake a project like this, takes a great deal of study and has to have a good amount of luck to boot. 

If you were sensitive to a venom, an anaphylactic reaction could kill you within five minutes after the injection.  Had I not done it years ago, I would not start doing it now, there are to many cons that could end up putting you in a box or paralyzed in some bed for the rest of your life and nothing is worth that.  I chose to immunize against Pit Vipers and Vipers because I work with them every day and have received a few more tags since the Eastern diamondback bite and I am pleased with the results of my project.  If I specialized in non venomous snakes, I would never have started it anyway, there would have never been a need.  In the end, the benefits well outweigh the risks especially when I stopped drinking and dropped the 35 excess pounds.  The one other added bonus comes from the Southern Copperhead venom I have used over the years!  This venom contains a small protein which is called "Contortrostatin" and has been proven to halt cancer in its tracks, it stops the spread or migration of cancer to other parts of the body and shrinks the tumor if one exists.  So I came out smelling pretty good but please I am begging you, talk to your family doctor prior to undertaking any program that has anything to do with your health.  That was the reason for not stating the amounts of venom used and how it was transformed into a vaccine from raw venom.  There is no quick fixes out there and standard medical treatment is still the golden rule for halting any disease. 

This was my story and I do not have any regrets for any of the actions I have taken, as unethical as they might seem.  My story is exactly that, my story and only a fool would attempt to copy me as the vital parts to my vaccine have been left out.  Do yourself a favor and go mainstream, if you deal with venomous species of snakes on a daily basis, you have to decide for yourself as to which is the best way to overcome a bite but I reiterate, "Go Mainstream", it is much safer.  Proper instruction when handling venomous snakes is essential and there is absolutely no substitute for proper training and even then it takes years to graduate with the title of "Expert handler".  Be safe!


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Merritt Island, FL, may be the happiest place on earth, but that doesn’t stop nuisance Florida wildlife from moving to the area. Bats, for example, are prevalent. These pests carry rabies and easily break into attics, one of their favorite places to roost. Surprisingly, they only need a gap less than half an inch wide to get in. As their droppings pile up, so do histoplasmosis spores that can lead to lung infections. Bat waste also stains exterior walls at entry points.

Our focus is on removing the animal from your home in the most humane and safe way possible. We want to make sure your family is safe. We also make sure the animal is treated humanely and removed properly, abiding by the laws of Merritt Island Florida in dealing with household pests.

This is where our expert staff comes in. We’ve removed every conceivable kind of animal from Florida homes. We handle snakes, rats, mice, raccoons, birds and armadillos. Coastal Wildlife Removal of Orlando is your best choice in Merritt Island wildlife removal.

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Late this afternoon, when I went out to walk our puppy one of the neighbors came over to tell me this news... Apparently a bobcat has been sited within our development around one of our retention ponds, at the rear of several neighbors gardens.

Florida Bobcat

The Florida Bobcat (Lynx rufus floridanus) is known to be a warm-blooded, solitary, and territorial predator mammal. Although not as big as the Florida Panther the bobcat is usually around the size of a medium-sized dog. The bobcat is dark brown with black spots and striped bars which are most visible along their sides and legs. The backs of their ears are white with a black out line, their tails shorter having a white tip. Their under parts are also generally white with their fur being short, soft and dense. It should be noted that the bobcat has razor sharp teeth and retractable claws just like the house cats.

So what do you do if you see one...

According to the Florida Wildlife Commission they should be left well alone as they have an unpredictable disposition... remember those razor sharp teeth and retractable claws mentioned earlier?

Refer the animal to your local county Animal Control Services Department rather than risk incident.

As we have said previously, as 'man' encroaches on these animals lands, we are likely to hear of more incidents with Florida's carnivores.

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Since childhood, I have had an uncontrollable drive to learn everything possible concerning snakes.  The species or sub-species made no difference at all, I was completely captivated by any snake that crossed my path both in real life or on paper.  There are between 2.800 and 3.000 species of snakes living today and new species are being discovered yearly from around the world.  As I grew up and finally left home, I was able to seek out different species and spend time actually handling them and adding to my notes. I became interested in venomous species after receiving a bite on my left hip while crossing a beaver dam one evening in Georgia.  My right leg had went through the top layer of dried sticks and as I went down, I managed to drag a Southern Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon p. piscivorus) down with me and when I hit the bottom it turned and one fang hit my wallet and the other hit my on the hip. 

After escaping the scene, I was taken to a country doctor who looked after me in his kitchen for a few hours.  He was a real country MD who was semi retired and just saw folks from the country side when they needed him, in the comfort of his living room.  We talked and he explained quite a bit about venomous snakes that I had not already learned.  He told me things that captivated me, things like, a snake can inject venom from the left or right fang, from both fangs or not inject any venom at all. He said I was lucky and the snake that tagged me delivered a "Dry" bite and injected no venom!  By the time I left that doctors home I had decided to make venomous snakes my specialty of study, and at 21 years old, I had a few years ahead of me to learn what I could about these amazing creatures. 

Little did I know that at the age of sixty I would still only have scratched the surface with regards to the secrets snakes hide from humans.  Since that day in 1972, there has not been a day that passed in which snakes had not been a topic of conversation in one way or another.  I have made it a point to learn something new about these wonderful creatures every day since then.  That was 38 years ago and I still learn something new every day, believe it or not.  Scientist are still ignorant when it comes to knowing all there is to know about these creatures and with new technology coming of age all the time, new facts are being learned constantly and old beliefs are being replaced by new fact.

In 1995, I had been reading about a man who is considered the father of serpentology, Mr. Bill Haast of Miami Serpentarium had been working with snakes almost all of his 80 years and still remained very active in the world of Herpetology.  Name a snake and Bill has most likely worked with it and probably been bitten by it at one time or another.  He had started injecting himself with minute amounts of Elapid venom, from snakes such as cobras, krates, coral snakes and mambas to name but a few in order to build up an immunity to their venom which could save his life should he receive a bite from one in the future.  His efforts were not in vein when he received a bite from an Indian cobra with very little reaction to the venom.  His body had built up its own anti venom against the snakes he had used in the serum he perfected. 

In more then one instance, his blood was injected into snake bite victims who could not take anti venom with the same results as the anti venom would have delivered, a complete reversal of symptoms and a full recovery.  The venom Elapids, is for the most part a neurotoxin and does little destruction to tissue, it merely stops organs from functioning.  In most instances, the venom of a cobra for example will shut down the nerve centers which signal the lungs to function and death is a result of respiratory failure, in others, the muscles stop functioning, the heart forgets to pump blood and death is a result of cardiac failure and so on.  Vipers and Pit Vipers are different for the most part in that they destroy tissue as well as the tissue of certain organs.  The necrotic tissue is spilled into the blood stream and filtered by the Kidneys. 

I probably get four calls or letters a year asking me the best method of starting an immunology project with various species of snakes and my answer is always the same, "Don't do it".  Does that make me a hypocrite or someone who wants to hoard the information all to himself? I say NO.  I refuse to help someone for the same reasons that others refused to help me!  Humans are individuals and each acts separately to any toxin injected into the body.  I am not by any sense of the word a medical doctor, I know how to treat myself if bitten but I don't know how to treat anyone else other then getting them to a doctor who can help them.  To undertake a project like this, takes a great deal of study and has to have a good amount of luck to boot. 

If you were sensitive to a venom, an anaphylactic reaction could kill you within five minutes after the injection.  Had I not done it years ago, I would not start doing it now, there are to many cons that could end up putting you in a box or paralyzed in some bed for the rest of your life and nothing is worth that.  I chose to immunize against Pit Vipers and Vipers because I work with them every day and have received a few more tags since the Eastern diamondback bite and I am pleased with the results of my project.  If I specialized in non venomous snakes, I would never have started it anyway, there would have never been a need.  In the end, the benefits well outweigh the risks especially when I stopped drinking and dropped the 35 excess pounds.  The one other added bonus comes from the Southern Copperhead venom I have used over the years!  This venom contains a small protein which is called "Contortrostatin" and has been proven to halt cancer in its tracks, it stops the spread or migration of cancer to other parts of the body and shrinks the tumor if one exists.  So I came out smelling pretty good but please I am begging you, talk to your family doctor prior to undertaking any program that has anything to do with your health.  That was the reason for not stating the amounts of venom used and how it was transformed into a vaccine from raw venom.  There is no quick fixes out there and standard medical treatment is still the golden rule for halting any disease. 

This was my story and I do not have any regrets for any of the actions I have taken, as unethical as they might seem.  My story is exactly that, my story and only a fool would attempt to copy me as the vital parts to my vaccine have been left out.  Do yourself a favor and go mainstream, if you deal with venomous species of snakes on a daily basis, you have to decide for yourself as to which is the best way to overcome a bite but I reiterate, "Go Mainstream", it is much safer.  Proper instruction when handling venomous snakes is essential and there is absolutely no substitute for proper training and even then it takes years to graduate with the title of "Expert handler".  Be safe!

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The cottonmouth snake aka water moccasin which belongs to the Agkistrodon family, along with the copperhead is one of the most feared and respected venomous snakes in the United States. In this quick article we'll cover 8 facts you may or may not know about the cottonmouth.

  1. They are the only semi-aquatic viper on the face of the earth. You'll also notice that they have keeled scales to assist with life in the water. Though they are known to remain predominantly in deep rural areas of wet land, here recently in places like Miami, Fl they are being located closer and closer to establish neighborhoods and businesses as their natural habitats are being developed into residential and commercial properties.

  2. Have an elliptical pupil opposed to an oval pupil like the non-venomous water snakes of the United States. They also have a much more triangular head than the non-venomous water snakes which can help with identification as well.

  3. They are territorial and often investigate disturbances in their area. They are even reports of them swimming out to boats on the water.

  4. Their venom contains hemotoxins which similar to their cousins the copperhead and rattlesnake. Hemotoxic venom attacks blood, muscle and tissue cells.

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Port Orange, FL, may be the happiest place on earth, but that doesn’t stop nuisance Florida wildlife from moving to the area. Bats, for example, are prevalent. These pests carry rabies and easily break into attics, one of their favorite places to roost. Surprisingly, they only need a gap less than half an inch wide to get in. As their droppings pile up, so do histoplasmosis spores that can lead to lung infections. Bat waste also stains exterior walls at entry points.

Our focus is on removing the animal from your home in the most humane and safe way possible. We want to make sure your family is safe. We also make sure the animal is treated humanely and removed properly, abiding by the laws of Port Orange Florida in dealing with household pests.

This is where our expert staff comes in. We’ve removed every conceivable kind of animal from Florida homes. We handle snakes, rats, mice, raccoons, birds and armadillos. Coastal Wildlife Removal of Orlando is your best choice in Port Orange wildlife removal.

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Approximately, 8,000 people are bitten by poisonous snakes in the United States annually. Even if the snake is not poisonous, the bite can trigger an infection or allergic reaction in the victim. Snakes can be very dangerous, so it is important to use caution.

Symptoms

Rattlesnakes, copperheads, cottonmouth water moccasins, and coral snakes are all poisonous snakes. When bitten, individuals may exhibit various symptoms. Common symptoms include swelling at the site of the bite, bloody wound discharge, and fang marks in the skin. The bite will cause severe localized pain which may include a burning sensation. In addition, diarrhea may result. Convulsions, fainting, dizziness, and weakness commonly occur as well. Vision may blur and excessive sweating may be present as well as fever and increased thirst. Other symptoms include loss of muscle coordination, numbness, rapid pulse, nausea, and vomiting.

Prevention

There are many measures that can be taken to prevent injury from a snake. If you see a snake, leave it alone. Many people are bitten when they try to kill a snake. When walking in tall grass, wear thick leather boots and stay on the hiking paths. Do not purposely invade the snake's territory. Be cautious when climbing through rocky areas and picking up firewood.

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Armadillos may not look like any other creature in North America, but they can certainly be as destructive as the best of them. Armadillos mainly make their homes in the southern states of the US and in areas of Mexico and South America where the soil is soft and warm. Armadillos must dig for most of their food as their diet largely consists of worms, grubs and insects. While normally, these animals are considered as harmless (dare I say cute in an ugly way) critters, they can do a considerable amount of damage to your property.

Armadillos are regarded as pests by landscapers, homeowners and gardeners alike because of their incessant need to dig. Not only do they have to dig for their meals, but most of the issues that arise around armadillos are about their burrows. Armadillos obviously don't understand that some places are not ideal to dig their burrow, so they often end up under your house or your porch. If they burrow too close to the supporting beams of your porch/house/etc. it can actually cause the foundation of your structures to crack! Do not let this happen to you, there are some things that you can do to get rid of your armadillo problem.

DON'T:
1. Attempt to poison the armadillo. Not only is it ineffective, it is dangerous to all other animals, your pets and your family to lay out poison.

2. Shoot them or use any other inhumane method of getting rid of them.

3. Buy and use repellents; they simply do not work and you will end up wasting your money.

4. Do not put up your fence without getting the armadillos out of your yard first.

Getting rid of your armadillo problem doesn't have to give you heartburn. When in doubt, call a professional near you to help you with your problem. This is the easiest (and cheapest in some cases) way to handle your armadillo issues.

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Armadillos are relatively recent immigrants to the American south and southeast. Their population has spread rapidly in the few decades they've been in the United States, and they have already taken over nearly all of the non-desert areas of the southern half of the country. Most commonly seen as road kill, armadillos are also pests that can destroy extensive amounts of outdoor space with the digging and burrowing they do to search for food.

The Basics
The most common variety found in the United States is the nine-banded armadillo. They generally weigh between 12 and 22 pounds. They are protected by a hard outer armor that looks a bit like a shell. They have long claws that are optimized for digging, which they extensively do in their search for insects, their main source of food. 'Dillos have powerful noses that can smell an insect through 8 inches of soil, and they're not shy about chasing after a meal. They are mostly nocturnal animals who live in burrows when they are not out digging up insects.

Remove Your Problem
It can be difficult for an amateur to keep their yards safe from these insect hunters. Fences are easy for them to burrow underneath, and scent deterrents either wash away or take excessive effort to properly implement. Your best bet for removing and excluding armadillos from your yard or home is to call a professional pest control team. These wildlife extraction experts will be able to safely remove and relocate your pesky armored intruder. Once your pesky visitor is gone, your pest control experts can make recommendations on how to successfully keep any future intruders out of your yard and away from your house.


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