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Feral Hogs/Pigs
Feral hogs and pigs can be dangerous and destructive.
They not only harm your property, but they pose a severe
threat to pets and livestock.

Palmetto Wildlife Extractors has both the experience AND
expertise needed to deal with feral pigs and hogs.

Plus, we're one of the only extraction companies around
that has invested heavily in the proper equipment so that
the job can go quickly, safely AND cost-effectively.

Find out more by clicking the green button below.
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Bats
Bat removal starts with identifying areas bats are using
or could use. Bats will gain entry into a structure in many
ways. Usually it is due to construction defects, defects
caused by weather, or just poor maintenance.

These locations are typically high areas such as soffit to
roof intersects, ridge ventilation caps, gable end vents,
drip edges, home additions, around chimneys, these are
typical bat pest control problems. Ridge vents are a great
example why these areas are looked at in bat removal.

During an inspection of a bat job we check the ridge vents
for lifting up, rodent damage, and end caps missing.
There is no easy long term solution in bat removal for a
ridge vent fix except to exclude the ridge vent. Palmetto
Wildlife uses an effective removal solution for bat removal
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Alligators
In the Carolinas who doesn't live somewhat near to a body
of water? And if that is the case, you might expect a visit
from an alligator one day!

And WHATEVER YOU DO, don't approach it and keep
your pets away as well.

While you are busy staying away, don't forget to stay calm
and call one of the only highly trained and equipped
companies in your area that is CERTIFIED to handle
alligators.

Palmetto Wildlife Extractors will expertly remove any
gator that is giving you anxiety. Click the button for more:
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Coyotes
Palmetto Wildlife Extractors always recommends practical
solutions to prevent predators from gaining access to
domestic animals, but in some cases, it is best to remove
the problem predator, or predators from the area in
question.

In South Carolina, coyotes and foxes are the usual threats,
although bears, raccoons and skunks can be problematic,
as well. Palmetto Wildlife Extractors possesses the
knowledge, skills, abilities and special tools to remove and
control problem predators from urban and rural areas.
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Raccoons
Raccoons are quite common in South Carolina, and it is
not unnatural to spot one in your yard or around your home.
However, there are less sightings during the day, as
raccoons are active at night. These cute furry animals can
be a true nuisance to some.

Feeding habits

Raccoons can feed on almost anything, but they are more
fond of creatures that are mostly found in water like
crayfish, clams, fish, snails and frogs. They also like to eat
insects, birds, birds’ eggs, seeds, nuts, vegetables and
fruits. They are great climbers and can easily get inside
your house. When present in an urban area,
they can often ...
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Snakes
Do you have spaces around your house that you love
spending time in? How would you feel if suddenly
something long and thin slithered beneath your feet while
you were sitting with your family in your garden?

You would most likely be completely bewildered. Most
snakes love to stay in gardens, where they can easily
catch some prey. Usually snakes are most active from the
beginning of April until mid-fall. However, you may see
them any time.
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Beavers
For those who believe that managing a beaver problem
is only possible by killing them, we say it is not so.
The beaver population is on the rebound in South Carolina.
Palmetto Wildlife Extractors believe in trapping and
relocating beavers as an effective method to get rid of them.

How Do You Identify Damages Caused By Beavers?

Dam building

Fallen trees

Burrowed den in the bank of a water body

Thousands of acres of cropland and pine plantation
flooded by beaver dams
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Rats
The fact about rats is that they are everywhere and not
easy to control unless you are a professional.
Specifications for rats can vary the length of an average
rat is from 6-18 inches that’s including their tail. Roof rats
tend to be charcoal grey in color as compare to your
sewer rat which is a brownish tan.

Their diet consists of eating almost everything, its not
much of a diet. They consume ½ to 2oz of liquid a day.
These are nocturnal creatures they eat and drink under
the cover of darkness. They are loud and gnaw at
anything they can,

rats have been known to cause electrical fires in homes
by exposing electrical wires in attics. Rats are the cause
of much damage and carriers of parasites and disease.
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Squirrels
Most complaints about squirrels are from homeowners
with squirrels in their houses which include the attic,
chimney and fireplace. Squirrels will readily take up
residence in a building attic if access to sheltered areas
such as eaves and attic crawl spaces is available.

Gnawing, scratching, and pattering sounds, in early
morning or daylight hours, usually signal their presence.
Balls of torn insulation, cardboard, and dried leaves
and twigs may pinpoint nests in an attic, but nests
and young may be totally concealed within the attic
eaves or wall spaces.
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Skunks
Because skunks can carry rabies, they should always be
handled by a trained professional. Animals that appear
sick or that are acting abnormally should be avoided.

The following symptoms may indicate the presence
of rabies or other neurological diseases in mammals:


unprovoked aggression, impaired movement, paralysis
or lack of coordination, unusually friendly behavior and
disorientation.Skunks are primarily nocturnal, although
they are occasionally active during the day.

5 Diseases Carried by Gophers

5 Diseases Carried By Gophers

Gophers are small-sized rodents that burrow underground utilizing a combination of their front claws and teeth. While the creatures have poor vision and do not hear very well, they have a strong sense of touch.

The gopher’s teeth are consistently growing. In order to keep them short, they have to gnaw on a regular basis. While relatively cute in appearance, humans should avoid touching, feeding, and interacting with gophers.

Gophers typically do not approach humans; however, they may come in close contact due to burrowing in and around places where people live, work, and play. Studies have concluded that gophers have the capability of carrying 5 different diseases – lymphocytic choriomeningitis, leptospirosis, hantavirus, rabies, and the plague.

Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis

Lymphocytic choriomeningitis, commonly referred to as “LCM”, is a viral-based infectious disease that is rodent-borne. While the primary host of this disease is the common household mouse, it has been identified among other rodents, such as the gopher.

Exposure to urine, saliva from gophers, droppings, and nesting materials may result in the transmission of this infection. Symptoms will commonly occur 8-13 days following exposure. These may include the following:

  • Fever
  • General Feeling of Malaise
  • Poor Appetite
  • Muscle Aches
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sore Throat
  • Pain in the Joints
  • Chest Pain
  • Salivary Gland Pain
  • Testicular Pain
  • Weakness

Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis is a bacterial-based disease that detrimentally impacts both humans and animals. The bacteria that infects is commonly spread through the urine from an infected gopher or other animal. In most instances, this urine comes in contact with the water sources or the soil that the infected animal has come in contact with.

The infectious urine has the capability of surviving in these areas for months. Apart from gophers, the bacteria is carried by dogs, cattle, horses, pigs, rats, mice, and an assortment of wild animals. Infected animals may not display any symptoms of the disease. In humans, the following symptoms may be exhibited after infection:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Pain and Aches in the Muscles
  • Red, Irritated Eyes
  • Pain in the Abdominal Region
  • Rash
  • Gastrointestinal Complications, Such as Diarrhea
  • Jaundice

Hantavirus

The hantavirus is commonly carried by the cotton rat, the deer mouse, the rice rat, and the white-footed mouse; however, many cases have been discovered where the disease is carried by gophers.

This disease is commonly transmitted through contact with infected urine, droppings, and the saliva of infected creatures. This disease may prove to be fatal. It carries a mortality rate of 38%. The following outlines the symptoms that may be experienced by people who have contracted the illness:

  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Muscle Pain
  • Headaches
  • Chills
  • Dizziness
  • Gastrointestinal Complications
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of Breath
  • In Serious Cases, the Lungs May Fill with Fluid

Rabies

Rabies is a viral-based disease of mammals. It is most often spread through the bite of an infected animal, such as a gopher. Wild animals such as skunks, bats, raccoons, and foxes commonly carry the illness; however, rodents – such as mice, rats, and gophers – are also capable of carrying and spreading rabies.

This is a serious illness that negatively impacts the central nervous system. It then, ultimately, results in the onset of brain disease. Eventually, it can lead to death. The following outlines the symptoms that may occur with rabies:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Weakness
  • Discomfort
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Paralysis
  • Hallucinations
  • Hypersalivation
  • Agitation
  • Excitation
  • Problems Swallowing
  • The Immense Fear of Water (Hydrophobia)

The Plague

While considered to be a rare occurrence in the modern world, the plague may still be transmitted by rodents, such as the gopher. This is caused by an infectious bacterium and is transmitted by fleas. Once one contracts the plague, they will develop symptoms within 1 to 6 days. To date, there are 3 main types of modern plague that may be carried by gophers.

These include the bubonic plague, the septicemic plague, and the pneumonic plague. The following outlines symptoms that may be experienced with plague varieties. The symptoms experienced will depend on the type of plague that has been contracted from gophers:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Swollen Lymph Nodes
  • Internal Bleeding
  • Stomach Pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Shock
  • Cough
  • Problems Breathing
  • Nausea

If you have gophers on your property, you must eliminate the creatures. The quickest, safest, and most effective method is through wildlife removal services. In taking this step, you are protecting yourself, your loved ones, and your pets from the potentially devastating diseases outlined in this guide.

For more information, contact us here at Palmetto Wildlife Extractors by calling: 855-465-1088.

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  • In South Carolina, coyotes and foxes are the usual threats, although bears, raccoons and skunks can be problematic as well.
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