When it comes to wildlife and pests, our primary speciality is rodents. But we at Roberts Wildlife Management can remove all kinds of pests from your residence or business. Some of the most common invasive animals include squirrels, rats, mice, possums, and skunks. Learn more about some of the pests below.
Striped skunks are omnivorous, feeding on both meat and plants. They are very opportunistic feeders and have a diet consisting of grubs, insects, small mammals, fish, fruits, crayfish, eggs, carrion (dead animals) and anything else it can find. The striped skunk gorges itself in the fall in preparation for a lean winter.
House mice are most often associated with humans in a variety of habitat type such as homes, warehouses, restaurants, factories, barns, and granaries. They are also found in agricultural fields, fencerows, and sometimes even in wooded areas.
The house mouse is primarily a nocturnal animal but can be seen during daylight hours. It feeds on a variety of foods including but not limited to food consumed by humans, grains, seeds, green stems, leaves, insects and other plant and animal matter.
The rat is one of the most widespread animal species in the world due to their adaptability to a wide range of habitats. In urban areas, they are found around warehouses, residential buildings, and other human settlements. They prefer to live in dry upper levels of buildings, so they are commonly found in wall cavities and false ceilings. They also are found in agricultural areas, such as barns and crop fields. In the wild, roof rats live in cliffs, rocks, underground, and trees. They are great climbers and prefer to live in trees, such as pines and palm trees. In the absence of trees, they can burrow into the ground. Roof rats also are found around fences, ponds, riverbanks, streams, and reservoirs. Their nests are typically spherical and made of shredded material, including sticks, leaves, other vegetation, and cloth.
With a fondness for fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers, the common squirrel has long spelled trouble for home gardeners. The average squirrel gathers acorns, pinecones, nuts, bark, fruit, berries, fungi, and insects, but is not above stealing bird eggs and bulbs. Sometimes they will even ruin your flowers just for the fun of it! Squirrels will not only attack your gardens, but your bird feeders as well. If you notice your bird food disappearing rather quickly, you may have a squirrel problem.
Alabama is home to a number of snakes, which include the venomous Copperhead, Cottonmouth, Eastern Coral Snake, Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake, Pigmy Rattlesnake, and Timber Rattlesnake. Five of these six venomous snakes in Alabama are in the pit viper group. Snakes sometimes appear in strange places as they crawl about looking for food, water, or shelter. Some snakes, such as copperheads, are fond of using old rock or woodpiles as shelter and feeding areas. In addition, brush and trash piles provide habitat for snakes and rodents. Given these facts, keeping old piles of debris cleaned up around your home reduces the shelter for snakes and their food sources. This will reduce the likelihood of snakes being present.
Armadillos have the ability to carry the bacterium that causes leprosy in humans. Armadillos are prolific diggers that excavate land for food and dig profound burrows for shelter. They prefer to dig in areas with loose, porous soil, rich in insects and invertebrates. Most armadillo damage comes about as a result of their digging habits, taking the forms of holes and burrows.
Perhaps the most famous characteristic of the opossum is its tendency to play dead in front of predators. When the animal experiences intense fear in the face of danger, it seizes up and flops to the ground where it can remain for hours staring blankly ahead and sticking out its tongue. A picture of a possum playing dead doesn’t really do it justice. To get the full experience, you need to be standing over to it to smell the putrid odor it emits when pretending to be a corpse.
Moles are ground–dwelling carnivores that prefer to eat insects instead of your garden plants. However, their underground tunnels can ruin your garden and lawn and make an easy access to your plants for other rodents.
If you have a significant invasion of moles or similar pests, it may be a sign of trouble. Moles are usually found where soil is rich in organic matter. Their presence in unusually large numbers might be due to a high population of soil pests. It therefore serves as a warning that all is not well with the soil life.
Raccoons have masks over their eyes because they could rob even a bank vault. These resourceful animals are second in persistence and imagination to no other animal (unless it’s a squirrel at a bird feeder). Raccoons are great climbers, swimmers, jumpers, and runners. Their five-toed paws make them very dexterous, and their agility can allow them to outsmart every human concoction used to deter them. Raccoons are nocturnal creatures, meaning that they feed at night. This might make it hard for you to identify them, as you might only see the damage they cause. Looking for raccoon tracks near the damage might also help you to identify them.