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Handling animal control after flood evacuation

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – As families attempt to dry out and fix damaged homes, residents will need to keep an eye out for wildlife that might have burrowed into a vacant house.

“When people get back to their homes that they have been evacuated from, they’re going to find all kinds of things,” says Russell Cavender, the Snake Chaser.

Cavender says he’s been busy responding to city house calls for squirrels, foxes, raccoons, snakes, insects, opossums, rats, and bats. He anticipates he will get more calls for the riverfront communities once they start to dry out.

These animals will tear up shingles and anything else that might get in their way of burrowing into your warm, dry home. Cavender says the first thing you need to look for when you get back into your house is any sign of destruction that goes beyond water damage. Look for feces and urine stains.

“People don’t look for that kind of thing,” says Cavender. “You’re not looking for a wild animal until you notice it. You’ll hear them. They’ll be tearing or scratching a flea and you’ll hear them bumping up against the wall. You’ll hear them trying to come in.  You’ll hear them coming and going.”

If the animal had fleas, you’ll want to consider treating your home.

Cavender says he is concerned for more alligator sightings for the coming two months. Gators were washed out of their normal spots when the rivers flooded. So Cavender expects to see them in neighborhood retention ponds, backyards, ditches, and pools. You could even see them in public places like ponds at shopping complexes.

“Because they’re saturated,” explains Cavender. “All the rivers are overflowing and flooded. And the alligators live in those rivers. And they have nowhere else to go but where the rivers take them. And that’s to where people live.”

Cavender believes they will not leave right away, because they’re tired of being in the water and want to dry out. But when they do eventually make their way back to the rivers, that’s when he says you’ll see them crossing roads and traveling through yards.

If you see any wild animals in your home or yard, call the professionals. You can call The Snake Chaser at (843) 399-5096. Most of these animals are not interested in humans, but if they feel threatened they could attack.

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