Have you ever awakened to find that your beautiful yard is covered in small holes like polo divots? Maybe you have noticed a grapefruit size hole in the corner of your home or deck? Chances are these holes were the work of an armored mammal known for its digging, the armadillo. Armadillos are a non-native species that for the last fifty plus years has been taking over the south eastern United States. Armadillos have made their way north from Mexico into Texas and across the Gulf Coast into Florida. This animal is even adapting to colder climates previously out of its range. We have been seeing them recently move farther and farther north. Some blame global warming and some blame population size; either way, they have recently been found in places where they were never seen before.
Armadillo in Humane Trap Armadillos like to dig. They dig to find grubs and other insects, and end up destroying lawns and expensive landscaping in the process. Another reason that armadillos dig is to create their den burrows. They tend to create these burrows underneath houses and sheds, often undermining the foundation. Armadillos sometimes can be identified by their odor, which is stronger when they become excited or alarmed. Additionally, armadillos can carry leptospirosis, Chagas’ disease, and even the bacteria which cause human leprosy!
Armadillos can be a real pest to lawns, especially newly sodded, and well-irrigated landscapes. Eliminating them is a must! How to get rid of armadillos is really a two-step process. SNP-ASSO uses both trapping and control to remove this digging pest from your yard. Armadillo trapping is very difficult because this species rarely conforms to conventional trapping methods and their armored bodies destroy a normal humane trap in less than 24 hours. Specialized traps are used in the removal of armadillos. Depending on the situation, control methods can be customized for your home. Armadillo controls consist of mechanical methods and/or use of deterrents. While there is not an effective chemical deterrent on the market designed for armadillos, by controlling multiple factors, we at SNP-ASSO are able to effectively control armadillos in most situations.
If you do happen to encounter an armadillo, chances are, it will run quickly away, making a grumbling sound. They can be fast! Of course, if they do run away, they will likely return if they have already made a burrow and found a food source. So, it is best to call a professional.
Bats in Attic - Bats are one of the most unique animals in the world. They are the only mammals that can fly, are primarily nocturnal, and eat a diet made up of almost exclusively insects. They are very beneficial to humans because of their affinity for many flying insects, such as mosquitoes, but if they find their way into your home and take up residence, they can also be some of the most destructive, dangerous and expensive pests to control.
Bats in Attic - Bats in Attic - Bats most often enter a home or other structure through small gaps or cracks around the walls, roofline, chimneys, or gable vents of homes. They can enter through a gap as small as the tip of your little finger, which means almost every home or building is susceptible to them, unless it has been professionally bat-proofed. Having bats in your attic or any other part of your home is a serious problem. Not only do they urinate and defecate anywhere they roost, causing staining and odor problems, they are associated with dozens of diseases which are dangerous to humans, including histoplasmosis (a lung disease caused by the spores of fungus which grow on their droppings or guano) and rabies. Bats are the cause of most rabies exposures in humans because they are the most common rabies vector which we come in contact with, mostly because they infest our homes on a regular basis. Not all bats carry rabies, but there is a high enough incidence of the disease that any exposure carries that risk.
Bats at Entry Point - If you have bats in your home, you cannot afford to ignore the problem. Not only does the danger increase the longer they are there, the cost of control and removal will increase the longer you wait. They will continue to contaminate and ruin insulation, wall boards, and anything else they come in contact with. Eventually your home will begin to take on a foul odor, which may be difficult or impossible to fully remove.
To get rid of bats, they must first be safely and humanely removed from the structure. Since bats are a protected species, this must be done by a trained professional. SNP-ASSO technicians are experts at bat removal, and are equipped with the proper safety equipment and knowledge to perform exclusion and repairs to your home or business so they cannot reenter. Once the bats have been excluded, they can do any cleanup necessary to make it safe for humans, and can even remove and/or replace contaminated insulation from your home. Although bats eat insects, there are also many types of insects (including roaches, mites and ants) which live in bat roosts. These must also be exterminated to fully complete the job. Our technicians are licensed and trained to perform this service as well.
Once SNP-ASSO has removed all bats from your home or business, we stand by our work and can usually provide you with a renewable warranty against further infestation. If you have a recurrence of bats through work that SNP-ASSO has performed, we will remove them and make any repairs needed for the duration of the warranty. We can handle all aspects of bat control and removal, and look forward to making your home or business safe from bats for good!
Bird Feces on Ledge - Birds can cause huge problems for property managers, homeowners, storeowners, and others. The diseases, odor, and unsightliness of their fecal matter would be bad enough without mentioning their flocking and noisy behavior. There are many species of birds that can be considered nuisance birds. Blackbirds, starlings, pigeons, sparrows, grackles, vultures, and woodpeckers are just the most common nuisance birds. These birds can cause serious health risks from fecal matter accumulation, ecto-parasites, and food contamination. Birds can also be a noise disturbance when flocking, fire hazard when building nests, general nuisance when destroying property, and deterrent from businesses when flying into or around potential customers. If you are wondering, “How do I get rid of birds?”; contact a professional today. Nuisance bird problems will get worse if left alone. A professional bird removal specialist will be able to use methods like bird spikes, bird deterrent, bird repellent, bird wires, bird netting, and may perform bird trapping, roost site removal, population control, baiting, or bird removal as well. Control of pest birds is a very involved process and may include one or more of these aforementioned bird proofing solutions.
Bird droppings are a serious inhalation health hazard. The droppings often harbor fungi that can trigger serious, even fatal diseases. It is vitally important that you hire a professional bird specialist to cleanup or remediate bird waste. The birds must first be trapped, removed, excluded, deterred, or controlled before the fecal matter can be cleaned up. The bird poop must then be treated, removed, and disposed of properly. The area where the birds were present should be sanitized, deodorized, and treated for ecto-parasites. No matter how large or small your bird problem may be, do not ignore it. SNP-ASSO technicians are the licensed professionals you need to solve your nuisance bird problems.
Dead Animal Removal & Odor Control SNP-ASSO can locate and remove almost all dead animals in walls, find dead animals in attics and basements and control these odors. Dead animals cause foul odors, breed bacteria and molds and can make an area unusable for a long period. SNP-ASSO can disinfect and deodorize an area after or in response to a dead rat in a wall,remove guano and fecal materials from attics and crawl spaces, or remove dead deer or dogs from yards and properties. SNP-ASSO Inc. has the experience to handle all types of organic odor control caused by various wildlife in and around your home and business. We also can control the insects, bacteria and molds when animals die in buildings, or leave behind their droppings and waste. Large amounts of guano and fecal materials are prime source of disease spores and molds and should never be disturbed unless properly treated and contained. SNP-ASSO always has the proper skills and equipment to safely and effectively remove these wastes.
Excluison: SNP-ASSO technicians will trap and remove animals that do not belong in your home. Once the animal is removed, the technician will perform an inspection to determine the point of entry and identify other potential points of entry, recommending the best method to prevent unwanted lodgers. In many cases, exclusion is required to prevent animals from re-entering a residence. In addition, the entries that one animal makes can be expanded upon and used by other animals that were not previously there. It is important to eliminate these entries with reliable construction techniques. SNP-ASSO technicians take great pride in their exclusion work. They make sure that entryways are completely covered and inaccessible to unwanted guests. In addition, SNP-ASSO technicians see to it that exclusions are as cosmetic as possible, tailoring shapes and colors of construction materials to match your home. We believe that the only thing that should be visible is your beautiful, pest-free home.
If you have been hearing strange noises in your attic at night, chances are you might have flying squirrels. Flying squirrels are nocturnal and they often leave their nests because of parasites that might have taken over. The problem is, when they come into your attic seeking safe haven, they often bring some of these parasites (such as fleas) with them. In addition to gnawing on wires and soiling your insulation with their excrement, they can also get fleas on your pet! Another reason that flying squirrels might seek shelter is to hide from predators. The flying squirrel is quite a popular prey item among arboreal snakes, owls, and others.
These little guys can create quite a ruckus and can keep you up at night. Often, it will be a female with babies that will be found in attics, nesting in insulation. Flying squirrels have babies at least once a year, in the spring, but if conditions are favorable, they will have babies again in the fall!
Perhaps the most interesting feature of flying squirrels is their ability to glide – they do not actually fly. They do this by stretching out their patagium, a flap of skin attached to the forelegs and the hind legs. They can sometimes be seen gliding from branch to branch and right into your attic!
Insulation That Pays You Back!
When animals such as squirrels, raccoons, rats, bats, birds, or mice take up residence in your attic, they destroy the insulation. Insulation makes great nesting for mothers and babies and becomes contaminated with feces and urine. The heating and air conditioning system carries the contaminated air throughout your home, causing severe respiratory problems, such as asthma. SNP-ASSO technicians are trained in the removal of contaminated insulation and the re-installation of a variety of insulation.
Blown In Fiberglass Loose-Fill: The U.S. Department of Energy states that one of the most cost-effective ways to cut heating and cooling costs in order to make a home more comfortable is to add more insulation in the attic. The formaldehyde-free blown in fiberglass loose-fill insulation SNP-ASSO installs will reduce noise and is fire-resistant and noncombustible.
Icynene Insulation: Icynene Insulation is the leading 100% water-blown soft foam insulation. It creates a superior air-seal which effectively minimizes air leakage, and delivers advanced moisture control, healthy air, and energy savings of up to 50%.
Bora Insulation: SNP-ASSO offers a special Pest Resistant Insulation which will help prevent an infestation of self-grooming insects such as roaches, ants, earwigs, crickets, beetles, and certain termites where the product is applied.
OpossumThe Opossum, sometimes misspelled as possum, is the only North American marsupial. Opossums do have a pouch where their babies live, after they are born. Females will typically have no more than ten young. Opossums are generally nomadic since they live close to where they find sufficient food, water, and shelter. Most calls for opossum removal come from seeing them eating dog or cat food on the porch, or they come from hearing bumping and banging under the house at night. Opossum removal is usually accomplished by trapping.
Opossum in TrapOpossums in a trap - Opossums will play dead when threatened. This is actually an involuntary response to the threat of a larger animal. When playing dead the opossum releases a foul smell from its anal glands which adds to the show. When they don’t feel threatened enough to play dead, the opossum will growl and hiss in an effort to look and sound vicious enough to scare the other animal away. If continually threatened, they will bite to defend themselves.
Opossum Entering TrapOpossum entering trap - The opossum does seem to have a resistance to rabies, because opossums have a lower basal body temperature than most other mammals. Though they aren’t often infected by rabies, opossums do carry fleas and intestinal parasites that can often have an impact on humans and domestic pets.
So, if you suspect an opossum is using your home as a den, you should certainly call the professionals at SNP-ASSO. We can diagnose your problem, trap and remove the offending individuals, and provide the necessary repairs to cover holes and construction gaps that may be allowing them entry into your home.
Baby Raccoons - Many consider raccoons to be cute and cuddly creatures. This is a dangerous assumption. Raccoons are the primary vector species for rabies in the southeast. (Rabies is most often transmitted by contact with the saliva on an infected animal.) Even when another animal is infected, the disease itself is often of the raccoon strain. Raccoons can also carry parasites that can impact humans or domestic animals. Examples include: raccoon roundworm and fleas. These reasons, among others, are why raccoon control and raccoon removal is so important.
Raccoons have litters that range in size from three to eight young. Female raccoons in urban areas will often have their young (called kits) in attics. Females have a strong maternal instinct anyway, but they can become quite vicious when protecting their young in and around human dwellings. Though some small bachelor groups have been observed, raccoons are not pack animals. Most groups of raccoons seen together are a mother and her young. Male raccoons tend to stay near females during breeding season but move off on their own long before the young arrive.
Two popular myths are that raccoons always wash their food and that raccoons lack salivary glands. Raccoons will often wet their food, but it is suspected that this helps with tactile sensation more than to clean their food. Raccoons do in fact have salivary glands. Remember that to transmit rabies their saliva has to come in contact with a bite or other break in the skin.
So, if you suspect raccoons in the attic; hear noises in the attic at night; or have raccoons raiding your trash cans you should certainly call the professionals at SNP-ASSO. We can diagnose your problem, trap and remove the offending individuals, and provide the necessary repairs to cover holes and construction gaps that may be allowing
Rats are some of the most destructive, dirty, and dangerous pests to have in or around your home. Since they are rodents, they must constantly chew or gnaw on hard materials to keep their teeth worn down. This can include almost any part of your home, including wood, metal or plastic pipes, siding, air conditioning ductwork, wiring, even concrete! Not only is it destructive, their affinity for wiring insulation can cause a fire hazard. They can breed up to 6 times in a year, producing 5-10 babies each time. Once they take up residence in your home, they can quickly multiply, increasing the damage and danger to you and your property.
Rats have very poor eyesight, and they adapt to this shortcoming by urinating and defecating almost constantly. They follow these trails of urine and droppings (also call pellets) to find their way around their environment, and in and out of your home or business. These droppings can create odor problems, as well as diseases, including salmonella, hantavirus, tularemia, and many others. Homes with a rat infestation will often require extensive repair and cleanup (disinfecting) in order to make them safe to live in.
There are two types of rats that typically cause problems in the United States. They are the Norway rat, which is also called the sewer rat or wharf rat. His cousin the Roof rat, also known as the black rat, is just as destructive, but tends to be a better climber than the Norway rat, as a result it is more often found in the attics of homes and businesses than the Norway rat. Although they are different species, they inflict the same types of damage and cause the same dangers to you, your family, and your property.
Control and extermination of rats involves a series of steps in many situations. The first step is removal, which usually means trapping all of the rats living in the structure. Rodenticides or poisons are usually not the best way to remove an infestation initially because they often cause you to have dead and decomposing animals in the structure of your home, which can lead to further contamination, terrible odors, and insect problems. A thorough inspection to identify entry points on your home will often reveal a need for exclusion to prevent reentry of rats once the initial removal is completed. Because rats can squeeze through very small openings, it is often impossible to fully ‘ratproof’ a structure. In many cases, we can implement a control program to prevent a reinfestation which will include retreatment if needed.
Don’t think just because mice are small that they are any less destructive to your home and property. They can enter through even smaller openings, and they reproduce just as quickly. As a matter of fact, they are actually more prevalent than rats are across the country. There is literally nowhere that they are not found, and they have even been known to make their way into homes in the packing of furniture and appliances straight from the warehouse! Without professional treatment, there is no way to be fully protected from these little pests. They carry the same dangers and diseases that their larger cousins do, and can be even harder to detect and remove due to their small size and smaller range.
If you know or suspect your home may have rats or mice, don’t wait! Call SNP-ASSO, we have a staff of Wildlife Removal Specialists who are fully licensed and insured. We are experts at the control and prevention of rodents in both residential and commercial areas.
SkunkSkunks are mustelids, which means they are related to weasels, minks, and ferrets. Although their cousins might emit certain odors, the skunk has an amazing capability to project the contents of its anal glands and spray someone or something that may pose a threat. The spray is pungent beyond belief, and sadly, tomato juice will not take it away. Skunk odor is caused by a chemical compound that can be treated and broken down by skunk and odor removal specialists. Skunk odor removal is not for the amateur or weak-stomached. It should be left to professionals with the proper skunk odor removal products.
In addition to their offensive smell, skunks can be quite destructive. They can prey upon small farm animals, ground nesting birds, honey bees, and they are known for their ability to dig holes. Skunks can destroy lawns, flower beds, gardens, and golf courses with their digging. Skunk trapping or skunk removal is often necessary when skunks burrow and den under porches, sheds, or foundations. After trapping, it is often necessary to exclude skunks from reentry. Exclusion of skunks requires some type of permanent obstruction blocking skunks from re-digging the burrow.
The biggest problem with skunks, however, is their ability to contract and transmit rabies, a deadly virus that can be transmitted through a bite or a scratch. In the Midwest, the skunk is the number one carrier of rabies! Skunks are nocturnal, and if a skunk is encountered during the day, or if it is aggressive, a person should suspect that the skunk is rabid. So, how do you get rid of skunks? Do not attempt skunk removal on your own! Skunk control is much better left up to the Wildlife Removal Specialists at SNP-ASSO, which have been trained to remove and trap skunks.
Snakes are an increasing problem in the southeast. With the movement of food closer and closer to the homes, there are more snakes coming close to where we live. A common misconception is that there are a lot poisonous snakes. There are in fact no poisonous snakes in the world because poisons have to be absorbed through the body, whether through ingestion or dermal (skin) contact. There are, however, a number of venomous snakes that we can be concerned about in the southeast. Venom has to be injected straight into the body and can cause tremendous pain and life threatening situations. The dangers of snakes do not even stop at whether the snakes are venomous or non-venomous. Snakes will tend to have loads of bacteria in their mouths which can be transported to humans with a single bite. Most snakes are not overly aggressive, but will defend themselves when threatened. This is why a professional snake catcher is always important when considering snake removal. Identification of the snake is also important because in order to treat for venomous snake bites, the hospital has to know which snake injected the venom to prescribe the correct antivenin treatment. As more and more exotic snakes get released into the wild, it becomes increasingly harder to identify snakes without being trained as a professional snake catcher.
When dealing with snake control, the common reaction is to call someone to remove the snake. The problem is not only does the snake not always stay in the area where it was sighted, but also there are usually more than one that are just as likely to show up. When a professional snake catcher is to solve the problem of snakes in or around the house, it is necessary to perform full inspections of the property to identify the reasoning for the snake’s appearance, which is food, water, or shelter. Once identified, the professional snake catcher will be able to devise the appropriate treatment that will allow him to remove and/or prevent snakes from coming back. Since the role of the snake catcher is so vital in the process, you want to choose a professional who is licensed with the state to remove these animals and will follow laws accordingly, and also one who is insured with general liability and workman’s compensation so that you as the homeowner are covered regardless of any complications that may occur. Luckily, SNP-ASSO Wildlife and Animal Removal Specialists are fully licensed and insured for your Peace of Mind.
lDo you hear sounds in the attic? Does it sound like something is chewing through the ceiling? Is there an early morning party in the attic you weren’t invited to? If so, you just might have squirrels! Seeing or hearing them run across the roof is a good sign that you need to have a professional wildlife removal specialist check out your home. Squirrels can be one of the most destructive animals that get inside homes. They move insulation, gnaw on electrical wires, and gnaw on the wooden support beams. Gnawing is the constant nibbling done by rodents to wear down their front teeth so they do not get too long. The gnawing of wiring is perhaps the scariest damage they do. By stripping the insulation from the wires, it increases the chances for a short and thus increases the risk of fire.
Squirrels are excellent climbers and to gain access to your home, they can climb straight up your wall whether you have trees touching or not. The most common reason squirrels enter a home is to give birth to their young. This typically happens twice a year (spring and fall).
So, if you suspect squirrels in the attic, hear noises in the attic in the morning or evening, or have squirrels crossing the roof, you should certainly call the professionals at SNP-ASSO. We can diagnose your problem, trap and remove the offending individuals, and provide the necessary repairs to cover holes and construction gaps that may be allowing them entry into your home. Squirrel trapping is the most common method for removal and we take pride in completely solving your problem with the addition of exclusion repairs.