Critter Ridder has a wealth of experience in dealing with unwanted house guests of all kinds. We specialize in small animal removal and trapping.
We are experienced in the humane capturing and relocation of all wildlife. We also handle the decontamination, deodorization, clean-up and any and all necessary exclusive repairs.
We specialize in small animal removal and trapping including raccoons, opossums, squirrels, rodents, armadillos, bats, snakes, bees, wasps and hornets, feral cats and feral pigs.
Bats in the attic can pose a special problem to homeowners. They carry diseases and over time, they can create a smell and even introduce batbugs, a close relative of bedbugs, into the home. Because they consume huge numbers of mosquitoes, bats are protected in Florida. They cannot be tampered with at times of year when young are present in the roost. At Critter Ridder, we have the expertise to know when it is legal to exclude bats from a roost and how to do it in a humane fashion. There won’t be a risk of trapping young bats and leaving them to die in the home.
Bee, Hornet, & Wasp Removal
Bees and wasps can be bothersome and even dangerous if they nest too close to your home. In addition, many homeowners don’t want to harm feral honeybees but honey bees nesting in walls and ceilings can cause major damage to a structure and be expensive and dangerous to manage. Don’t risk getting stung. Let Critter Ridder handle the problem. We can minimize the damage while removing a nest and make any necessary structural repairs on the spot.
Animals like raccoons and opossums love to nest in attics, wall voids and foundations causing noise, smell and even damage to the wood and wall boards. Gnawing can damage wiring and create a fire hazard and raccoons can damage a roof by making entry points through shingles and soffits. Using humane no-kill traps Critter Ridder will remove wildlife from your property and relocate it to a natural environment.
Squirrels are cute and fuzzy when you watch them through the window but when they take up residence in the walls, under the floor or in the attic they are a problem. They can gnaw through insulation leading to expensive electrical repairs or even a fire. They can be noisy too and, being mammals, they’re smarter than you think. Do it yourself is an expensive waste of time. Let Critter Ridder do it for you. We know how to keep squirrels out of you house and reduce numbers in the yard through humane techniques that really work.
While both grey and Red foxes occur in our area, red foxes are much commoner.
These beautiful animals may attack poultry cats and small dogs. They are also known to carry rabies at times. Trapping is a very effective and humane control method but, a great deal of expertise is required to effectively trap foxes. Trapping by inexperienced people may serve to educate foxes, making them very difficult to catch, even by experienced trappers. At Critter Ridder we know where to deploy traps and how to bait them. We will safely remove a fox with a minimum of danger to the animal.
While most snake are beneficial, there are many reasons a homeowner may want them away from a property. Environmentally friendly repellents are available to discourage snakes from entering your yard and Critter Ridders employs expert snake wranglers if the problem persists who can capture and physically remove problem reptiles.
The nine-banded armadillo is an ancient creature. Their main food source is grubs and worms. They are expert diggers and can cause serious damage to a lawn. They also create large burrows sometimes in problem areas underneath a slab or patio.
At Critter Ridder we can get the job done with a minimum of fuss and relocate the armadillo to a wild area where it can dig to its heart’s content.
Rats or squirrels in an attic can cause considerable damage to wiring and even appliances and plumbing if they make their way into your living area. Proper long term, permanent rodent control solutions takes an understanding of the habits and behaviors of rodents, as well as, advanced techniques to make sure that every possible entry point on the home is sealed permanently. Critter Ridders guarantees removal and permanent exclusion of rodents from your home using tested techniques developed over time.
Feral Hog Removal
Even a few wild hogs can be very destructive to fences, forests, deer and cause otherwise stable ground to erode.
The wild boar (Sus scrofa) is the wild ancestor of the domestic pig. It is native in woodlands and well suited to survival in the panhandle.
Wild boars have a confirmed maximum weight of 900 pounds for adult males. If surprised or cornered they may become aggressive, particularly a sow with piglets. Under ideal conditions, a sow may produce three litters a year. Being pigs, they eat almost anything and will dig for grubs and roots or buried eggs. They have a keen sense of smell. A feral pig is roughly as intelligent as a dog.
Widely advertised repellents for these animals have not proven effective in controlled tests. What does work is trapping which takes expertise. At Critter Ridders we have the experience and know how needed to solve your pig problem.
The opossum (Didelphis virginiana) is a native marsupial, related to kangaroos and other pouched mammals. It is a very ancient animal and opossum relatives actually shared the Earth with dinosaurs.
Opossums like to enter structures and set up housekeeping. That can mean a real problem for property owners and they produce lots of waste leading to smell and discoloration of walls and ceilings. They may also damage insulation when creating a nest.
Luckily, for those with expertise, opossums are fairly easy to trap and relocate. Critter Ridders are experts in opossum control and we have all the equipment needed available and in good repair. Let us take control of your unwanted opossum housemates and humanely release them into the wild.