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The 4 Most Bothersome Florida Creatures and How to Deal with Them in Your Yard

Florida has some very persistent and sometimes dangerous animals. If you live there and these animals get into your yard or home, what do you do?

Florida gets known across the country as a state with a large assortment of unique (and sometimes dangerous) wildlife.

This wildlife doesn’t always stay out in the wild– pests can very easily end up in your yard.

So, you need to be prepared when this happens.

Not sure where to start? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Let’s take a look at everything you need to know about how to deal with Florida creatures on your property.

1. Snakes

Snakes likely to hide in tall grass


First and foremost, snakes are a common danger that every homeowner needs to be aware of.

Since they’re likely to hide in tall grass, there’s a risk you’ll accidentally encounter (or even step on) one while doing yard work or when children are playing outside.

While black racers are commonly seen snakes that are harmless to humans, it’s not impossible to find coral snakes, cottonmouths, or even rattlesnakes in your yard.

How to Deal With Them: 

One of the best ways to deal with snakes is to prevent them from finding a home in your yard. This article on snake removalcan tell you all you need to know.

2. Armadillos

Armadillos have a habit of finding themselves in front yards, backyards, and gardens

These animals may seem innocently cute at first, but they can be a nuisance. 

They have a habit of finding themselves in front yards, backyards, and gardens where they can dig up plants and otherwise cause destruction. For those who value the curb appeal of their home, armadillos can be a huge issue. 

How to Deal With Them: 

A fence that extends around your yard or garden will keep them at bay. Make sure the fence is installed approximately a foot underground, though. Otherwise, they may dig right under it!

3. Feral Hogs

How to Deal With Feral Hogs

Source: Washingtonpost

Not only are these animals destructive, but they can also be dangerous. In addition to their destructive nature, feral hogs can carry a wide array of diseases. They also often host parasites like worms and ticks.

When it comes to residential property, they commonly uproot plants and tear up the landscape. Larger hogs can even uproot small trees. 

How to Deal With Them:

With the landowner’s permission, you can hunt these hogs year-round without a license. Otherwise, you’ll need to call an animal removal service.

4. Alligators

alligator in the yard or floating in the pool

In classic Florida fashion, many people have walked outside their home and found an alligator in their yard or floating in their pool.

If you couldn’t tell by looking at them, these overgrown lizards aren’t something you want near your family or pets.

Additionally, alligators are incredibly strong and can sometimes be unpredictable. Trying to shoot or trap one on your own could have severe consequences. 

How to Deal With Them:

A licensed professional is the only safe way to get rid of them. If you see one outside your home, stay indoors and call someone. If it’s after business hours, you can call the police. 

Handling Florida Creatures Can Seem Difficult

But it doesn’t have to be.

With the above information about Florida creatures in mind, you’ll be well on your way to making sure they’re safely removed.

Want to learn more about how to keep your lawn looking pristine? Our article on organic lawn care has plenty of useful info.


About the Author Ann Katelyn

I'm Ann Katelyn, Creator and Chief Author of Sumo Gardener. Since I was a child I've always been fascinated with plants and gardens, and as an adult this has developed into my most loved hobby. I have dedicated most of my life to gardening and started Sumo Gardener as a way to express my knowledge about gardening with the hope of helping other people's gardens thrive.

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