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Florida Directory Of Nuisance Wildlife Control Professionals

Gainesville, FL

Centurian Wildlife
352-300-1087

Centurian Wildlife is a full-service wildlife control company serving Gainesville FL and the surrounding area. We specialize in urban and suburban wildlife damage management for both residential and commercial customers. We are state licensed by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission. We handle nearly all aspects of wildlife control, and resolve conflicts between people and wildlife in a humane and professional manner. For Gainesville pest control of wildlife, just give us a call at 352-300-1087 - yes, we answer our phones 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - and we will discuss your wildlife problem and schedule an appointment to solve it. We look forward to hearing from you!

  • Scratching Noises in Your Attic?
  • Unwanted Wildlife on Property?
  • Problem Bird or Bat Infestation?
  • Digging Lawn or Under House?
  • We Can Solve It!
Many of Florida's wild animals have learned to adapt and even thrive in our homes. For example some wildlife have found that attics make great places to live. Other animals find refuge under homes or porches. Invariably, these animals cause damage. Rodents, like squirrels and rats, love to chew on electrical wires once in an attic, and this causes a serious fire hazard. Raccoons can cause serious contamination in an attic with their droppings and parasites. Same goes for bat or bird colonies. We specialize in solving Florida's wildlife problems, from snake removal to large jobs like commercial bat control, we do it all.

We do not handle dog or cat problems. If you need assistance with a domestic animal, such as a dog or a cat, you need to call your local Alachua county animal services for assistance. They can help you out with issues such as stray dogs, stray cats, spay & neuter programs, vaccinations, licenses, pet adoption, bite reports, deceased pets, lost pets, local animal complaints and to report neglected or abused animals. There is no free Gainesville animal control for wildlife issues.

Alachua County Animal Services or Humane Society: (352) 264-6870


Gainesville Wildlife Removal Tip: What To Do About A Cage-Shy Squirrel

One of the problems that can happen in areas where squirrels have been trapped and released regularly is that squirrels become cage-shy, and essentially this is when they have learned that cages are a threat to them and something to avoid. There are a variety of different traps and techniques that can be used to try and overcome this wariness of cages exhibited by some squirrels. In some cases, you may need to be patient and persistent, but even the most cage-shy animals won't be able to avoid the trap forever.

Pre-Baiting An Area

This is a good technique as it allows you to draw the same animal back to the same area time after time by allowing it the opportunity to find food there over several days. This helps because it makes the animal accustomed to coming to the area to find food, and this reduces its inhibitions and allows it to be less wary. Having laid out food for the squirrel in an area over two or three days, place the trap in the same location, with the same amount of food inside the trap, and hopefully the squirrel will find it too tempting.

Getting The Right Location For Your Trap

Trapping successfully is often about finding the best location for the trap, and when you are thinking about where to put the trap, looking at areas where there is natural cover that can be used to disguise the trap can be a good idea. You can also look to make it impossible for the squirrel to avoid the trap, by placing it over an exit hole from an attic or nest.

Choosing The Right Type Of Trap

If you are trying to catch the animal alive, and aren't sure how many squirrels are causing the problem, using a repeater trap is a good idea, as this will catch several animals. If you know that there is just the one squirrel causing the problem, then a standard cage trap can work as well, but it is important to make sure the trigger is sensitive enough to be activated by the light tread of the squirrel.

Catching A Cage-Shy Female Squirrel With Babies

This type of situation is usually best left to the professionals, as they will have the experience to find the babies while the squirrel is out gathering food, and then placing the babies inside a cage trap as bait, which is almost always effective, as even a cage-shy squirrel will want to get to her young.


Gainesville Animal News Clip: Gainesville rodents

That's wildlife trapping, and Critter Catcher Chris runs a strictly fair-chase operation that comes with no guarantees. However, Critter Catcher Chris and his guides do their best to put clients in position for success. They have hundreds of habitat locations and make sure none are overcaptured. Each of the habitats where I captured had been ''rested'' for several days prior to my arrival. One first-time visitor who enjoyed success this fall was Critter Catcher Chris of Walker Natural conservation area, Alachua County. ''The first day I was down there I saw 16 rodent,'' Critter Catcher Chris announced. ''They dropped me off where I was going to animal stalk, and I walked in and a male rodent and a female rodent jumped up 40 yards away. I drew on the male rodent, but it was too small. But I was all excited, because I had already gotten to draw on a male rodent and I hadn't even gotten to my hickory habitat.'' Read on for more information about animal control in Gainesville, Florida.

Critter Catcher Chris followed up that with something even better on Nov. 10. That morning, he was climbing into a ladder habitat when the ladder unexpectedly shifted. Rather than risk a fall, Critter Catcher Chris decided to animal stalk from the dirt. Fortunately, he had a Leafy-wear suit in his backpack and decided to put it on to offer extra concealment. Critter Catcher Chris initially sat in a thicket where he could watch a nearby field, but after two fruitless hours, he got up to stretch his legs. That's when he noticed a large hickory with a split, three-part trunk that offered an excellent place to position himself. Despite this there is no free Gainesville animal services for wildlife in Alachua County.

Critter Catcher Chris nestled himself against the hickory, placed his animal removal trap on the dirt and used his two-way radio to check in with a friend wildlife trapping nearby. As he was attempting to put his radio back in his pocket, Critter Catcher Chris caught some movement out of the corner of his eye and looked over to see a large male rodent upright just 10 yards away. ''He's in full rut - just snot and drool hanging out of his mouth,'' Critter Catcher Chris announced. ''I don't think he knew what to make of me, because I was wearing my leafy suit.'' Critter Catcher Chris froze and waited to see what the male rodent would do. When the rodent started to run away, Critter Catcher Chris quickly reached down, grabbed his animal removal trap off the dirt and came to full draw. The male rodent sprinted a short distance into the field, stopped and looked back. Most Gainesville pest control companies that we interviewed found this interesting.

''He swung his back end around and was completely broadside,'' Critter Catcher Chris announced. ''I raised my pin up above his back and let the arrow fly. It went right through his heart.'' Critter Catcher Chris's male rodent was a dandy 10-pounder that sported a small drop tine growing near the base of the left furry tail. The male rodent weighed 185 pounds field dressed and had an inside spread of 16 inches. ''I'm going back every year,'' Critter Catcher Chris announced. ''I love wildlife trapping with John. He knows his rodent group of rodents, that's for sure.'' Despite Critter Catcher Chris's desire to manage the farms he leases for trophy male rodents, he doesn't have any hard and fast rules clients must follow. Although he discourages pest control companies from capturing anything less than eight pointers, he tells his customers it's OK to take any male rodent that will make them happy - a rule that particularly applies to youth and first-time pest control companies. At least, this is what Gainesville extermination companies think.

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