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Nuisance Wildlife

Living in Florida can often mean encountering wildlife on a regular basis. Many of these experiences are enjoyable, while others are unpleasant. Knowing why animals do what they do can help you figure out solutions when their behavior bothers you.

Snakes prefer shaded areas (like your firewood pile) where they might find a tasty toad or mouse. Armadillos don't excavate lawns as a prank—they're just looking for ants, grubs, and other soil-dwelling insects.

Some problems may be puzzling and require some research. For example, you may not know that the woodpecker's loud, resonating pecking is a method to mark territories. But if they're pecking your home, they may be foraging for wood-boring insects that have infested your siding.

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