Critter Control

Comprehensive Critter Control Services in Austin, TX

Urban Wildlife Control for Homes and Businesses

YardDoc provides a holistic approach to critter control and urban wildlife removal. Live trapping and relocation is usually the best method of control.

Signs You May Need Critter Control

Some indicators you may have unwelcome guests include:

 

  • Scratching or running sounds in your attic or walls
  • Seeing droppings
  • Evidence of gnawing/chewing on cables, insulation, pipes, or timbers
  • Runways/tunnels in your insulation
  • Nests or gathered nesting materials
A close-up image of a small brown mouse with large black eyes, nibbling on a piece of food while sitting on a sandy surface in YardDoc Austin, TX.
A small rodent, possibly a chipmunk or squirrel, trapped inside a metal cage placed by YardDoc Austin TX, looking out. The cage is on a dark, textured surface.

Humanely captured, this Ringtail Cat is relocated

A raccoon looks out from within a metal trap in YardDoc Austin TX, its fur marked with typical black and grey banding, displaying a cautious expression as it sits on dirt and pebbles.

Raccoon is humanely trapped for relocation

A possum trapped inside a wire cage in a grassy area of a YardDoc Austin TX property, with a small container of food visible in the cage.

Humanely captured possum is relocated

Some Common Critters and Their Habits

A raccoon peeks out from a wooden box in a YardDoc-maintained yard in Austin, TX, its face framed by the opening, with expressive eyes and whiskers visible, holding a green leaf in its paws.

Raccoons

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.

A close-up of a skunk with a shiny black coat and distinct white stripes, being gently held in YardDoc Austin TX, showcasing its curious eyes and small nose.

Skunks

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.

Close-up of a six-banded armadillo with a detailed view of its textured scales and small, dark eyes, spotted in a natural setting in YardDoc Austin, TX.

Armadillos

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.

 

Holistic Critter Control and Urban Wildlife Removal

YardDoc is the Austin area expert in nuisance animal solutions. Our critter removal methods are eco-friendly and integrated with organic pest control services.

Protecting Your Home from Urban Wildlife

Open Access Points

Walk around your property and look for any obvious access points. Sometimes you can see them and sometimes not. If you see a hole, are there gnawing marks around the hole? Are there brown smears around the hole? Typically, these would indicate an access point, and this is something you want to seal up.

Trash Containers

Put your trash out the night before collection, using a can with a secure lid, to prevent scavengers from visiting your home in search of leftovers. Wash out the inside of garbage cans monthly.

Branch or Foliage Access

Trim back bushes and plants that make it easier for insects and critters to gain access to your roof space. Ideally, branches should be cut at least four to five feet away from the roof. Many of the guests you don’t want can comfortably leap smaller gaps to gain access, even inviting pests in gutters. Need a roof trim? YardDoc's handyman and landscaping services can help!

Clear Away Vegetation

Remove dead or overgrown vegetation to deter critters, mosquitos, and carpenter ants from using these areas as hiding places.

Food Sources

This is the attractant that most commonly brings unwelcome guests into your home, including: Compost bins, Open trash cans, Pet food, Wild bird food, Fruit trees.

Secure Pet Food

Secure your pet’s food in closed, airtight containers and never store it in the open, on the lawn, or walkways to and from your home. This minimizes the chance of critters like skunks and raccoons discovering a new food source. Try to eliminate all food sources that could be attracting pests. This doesn’t mean you can’t have foodstuffs, but keep them in steel or glass containers. In addition, remove water sources, keep your pool maintained, and remove dog waste regularly.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Your YardDoc Pest Control team is Here to Help!

YardDoc is the Austin area expert in nuisance animal solutions. We work with you to actively keep raccoons, skunk, armadillos, possum, and squirrel in the wild. Our critter removal methods are eco-friendly and integrated with organic pest control services.

We can help with your other pest control needs, for ants (carpenter ants), asian beetlestermites (drywood and subterranean), scorpionsspiderswaspsmillipedes, and grubs. We set mosquito traps for mosquitoes, and keep rodents at bay with critter control.

 

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