Some indicators you may have unwelcome guests include:
Humanely captured, this Ringtail Cat is relocated
Raccoon is humanely trapped for relocation
Humanely captured possum is relocated
Raccoons are noted for their intelligence. Studies show this mammal remembers solutions to a task for up to three years. Once they figure out how to pry open a trash can, they don’t forget quickly.
While omnivores that generally eat acorns and walnuts, they will devour food in your cat or dog’s dish and anything they can find in your trash, which they eagerly spread over your yard.
They have been known to eat chicken and duck eggs as well as the birds themselves. This is a concern for poultry owners and bird lovers. Raccoons often live in fallen trees and hollow logs but have increasingly taken to entering the roofing cavities of homes.
Like the other animals on this list, skunks are omnivores. They generally eat berries and nuts, but are also eager to scavenge through your trash for an easy meal. They will eat the carcasses of rats, birds and other animals as well. Skunks will find their way into basements, crawl spaces, or other areas where homeowners often leave their pet food. You may find them living under your deck or porch. They dig up lawns and gardens in their search for grubs and insects. They are usually amiable creatures that want to avoid you as much as you do them. The biggest concerns are digging, and the odor of their spray near your property, or very unfortunately, on your pet.
Unlike the rest of the country, where most people may know about armadillos and might have seen one, Texas has a special relationship with the animal. Armadillos are diggers and can destroy your yard. They burrow into the ground for a place to live and give birth to young. They dig tunnels to escape predators and other dangers. And, on your property, usually at night, they dig for food like grubs, earthworms, beetles, and other insects. If you wake in the morning to a lawn full of holes, you’ve probably been visited by an armadillo. We recommend having your lawn treated for grubs and a consultation with us regarding our critter control, live trapping, and wildlife removal service. Few would ever suspect that this creature actually carries the leprosy virus which can be transmitted to humans via handling or eating armadillo meat.
YardDoc is the Austin area expert in nuisance animal solutions. Our critter removal methods are eco-friendly and integrated with organic pest control services.
Critters and insects are driven by weather changes to seek shelter from the heat and cold. Our living spaces become very attractive destinations that offer an ideal mid-range temperature and shelter from the rain.
In addition, our ever-increasing urban sprawl continues to take over land from animals used to living in a natural setting. Rather than moving away from humans, these animals, which include raccoons, possums, armadillo, squirrels, and skunk, adapt to this new environment.
Urban wildlife that makes its way onto your property causes many critter control problems. There is the ever-present danger that an animal could be rabid and transfer rabies to you, a family member, or pet through a bite.
We all know the problem a visiting skunk can cause! Some of these critters are also diggers. Your lawn offers a tempting place to forage for bugs. Other scavengers happily root through your trash cans for food.
Scratching on the roof? The first question would be, when do you typically hear the noises? Daylight, dawn/dusk, or at night?
This gives a clue to the type of visitor that has taken up occupancy.
Size of access hole and markings around the access hole also give a good indication.
We can help with your other pest control needs, for ants (carpenter ants), asian beetles, termites (drywood and subterranean), scorpions, spiders, wasps, millipedes, and grubs. We set mosquito traps for mosquitoes, and keep rodents at bay with critter control.
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