Like any other living creature, nuisance wildlife needs water to survive. The Gulf of Mexico is a huge source of water for animals living within the coastal areas like Clearwater Beach and St Pete Beach. In addition, Clearwater, St Petersburg, and Tampa all surround the Tampa Bay. Other waterways like the Tampa Bay Watershed which consists of 18 lakes and ponds, 14 rivers, streams, and canals, and 1 bay also contribute to the abundance of wildlife in Greater Tampa.
Greater Tampa has plenty of vegetation in which animals like squirrels, birds, rats, and raccoons use to build nests, making it important for homeowners to keep branches trimmed away from their homes. The year-round warm temperature in Tampa allows the perfect climate for fruit trees, which provides an additional food source for nuisance wildlife.
All in all, it is not unusual for a homeowner in the Greater Tampa area to experience a wildlife issue with animals like rats, armadillos, bees, wasps, snakes, squirrels, raccoons, moles, woodpeckers, birds, opossums, and bats. In the more rural areas in Greater Tampa as well as in Polk County, homeowners will sometimes even encounter a problem with gophers.