Wildlife Control Services in Houston
Wild Animal Removal
Safe, humane removal of nuisance animals and pests from your home or property.
Wildlife Pest Prevention
Reliable prevention from future animal intrusions in your home.
Animal Damage Repairs
Professional and permanent repairs to entry points, insulation, and damage from animal urine or feces.
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As the fourth-most populated city in the United States and still quickly growing, Houston and its surrounding area are a hotspot for a variety of problematic wildlife. These are the most common pests we run into in the Houston area.
Wildlife Removal in Houston
Houston area residents are used to seeing these animals, but problems arise when colonies roost in homes, attics, chimneys, and walls. This is because bats in Houston damage structures with their droppings and body oils. Worse, their feces spreads histoplasmosis, which can cause severe reactions in humans. The presence of bats is marked by squeaking and scratching noises at dusk.
As a rapidly expanding urban and suburban area, Houston is prime real estate for raccoons. They’re mostly known for rummaging through trash cans, but they also carry diseases and parasites that threaten city residents. Raccoons in Houston are potential carriers of diseases such as leptospirosis and rabies. Their feces also may contain roundworm eggs, which are easily passed to pets and humans. The nocturnal pests are also prone to denning in attics. Once inside, raccoons may breed, spread fleas, and tear up insulation or wiring.
The two most common kinds of squirrels found in Houston are the eastern gray squirrel and the fox squirrel. These pests often gain access to homes through chimneys and weak points in roofing or siding. Squirrels will nest in attics and walls, where they are known to chew on electrical wiring, creating a very real risk of fire.
Easily identified by their striking black and white coloring, skunks dig in lawns and make scratching noises when denning under sheds and decks. It's often easy to identify the location of a skunk because of their lingering, unpleasant smell. While they're better known for spraying in self-defense, skunks will bite if cornered. Skunks are the most common carriers of rabies in Texas -- responsible for over half of the state's reported cases. It's best for residents to avoid approaching skunks.
The urban landscape of Houston makes it easy to forget the city is built on a bayou. In fact, 34 types of snakes still call the area home. Harmless rat snakes, rough green snakes, and garter snakes are often seen around yards, though residents may also run into four dangerous species. Copperheads, the most widespread, live in wooded areas where their tan scales help them blend in. The most colorful of the venomous snakes in Houston, the Texa
vals coral snake, is also the deadliest. Vivid red, black, and yellow stripes warn off predators and humans alike. Lastly, local cottonmouths and rattlesnakes are well known for hissing noises and rattling sounds.
Birds in Houston annoy residents when nesting around homes. Local woodpeckers make some of the loudest sounds of any bird, scratching and pecking at the sides of houses to communicate or forage for insects. They also excavate holes in walls and attics for raising their young. Birds also can be dangerous to humans. Nesting parents are aggressive, and species like barn swallows or mockingbirds may attack people who intrude upon brooding sites. Bird infestations can also bring biting, parasitic mites into homes on their feathers.
Attracted to yards by rodents and gardens, the opossum is a nocturnal nuisance in the city of Houston. These pests gorge on anything in their path, creating noise while they pick through garbage bins around garages and sheds. They also make scratching and clawing sounds when hunting rats. Opossums will nest inside structural voids, attics, walls, and crawl spaces. The presence of opossums in Houston yards can lure local predators as well, including coyotes, foxes, and horned owls.
Mice are more destructive than they appear. With a forceful bite, mice can chew through metal or wood and wreak havoc on sensitive electrical wiring. After biting and clawing their way into living rooms, attics, or sheds, they also build nests inside upholstered furniture, wall voids, and lawnmowers. Homeowners with an infestation may hear squealing noises during the night or scratching and rubbing sounds as the rodents squeeze against walls. Mice in Houston are also capable of contaminating human or pet food, spreading diseases such as salmonellosis.
The rapid urbanization of Houston creates the ideal breeding ground for rodents like Norway rats and roof rats. In large cities, rats thrive on human activity while spreading diseases like leptospirosis, tularemia, Hantavirus, and plague. The city's extensive sewer system and many bayous allow rats to breed undisturbed before beginning their vertical migration from the sewers to the streets and buildings above.
Once inside homes, they gnaw on wooden beams and wiring in walls, causing structural damage and the risk of electrical fire. Rat infestations can also be heard at night in the attic, where they make scratching sounds.
Wildlife Removal Q&A with Critter Control of Houston
What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in the Houston area?
Roof rats, squirrels, and raccoons are common year-round. Bats are seasonal (February - November), and mice are common in new developments.
How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in your area?
Bats are definitely affected by season, appearing in the spring and into fall. Rats and mice are year-round as are other mammals, but removal becomes more complex during baby season.
Any wildlfe pest prevention tips for residents in your area?
Homeowners should cut trees back away from the roof line. Any heavy foliage or plants should be a few inches away from the perimeter of the home. Pick up fruit from fallen trees to reduce access to an easy food source. Feed pets indoors wherever possible. Always remove pet fecal matter from your yard, as all these things can attract critters to your property.
Will animal control in Houston remove a wild animal from my home?
No. BARC recommends calling 311 if you have a wild animal inside your home, but they will not respond to service requests for wildlife pest control or wild animals found in your yard. If there is an injured animal on your property, contact the TWRC Wildlife Center at 713-468-8972.
When should homeowners call Critter Control?
Homeowners should call Critter Control as soon as they suspect a critter is in or trying to get in their home. Prevention and early detection will always lead to a more cost-effective process to remedy the situation and prevent any critter-related damage. If you suspect you have a critter in the home, don't go it alone. Sealing in a critter or their young inside your home is likely to result in more damage and cost more to fix. Call the professionals.
Critter Control of Houston
Critter Control of Houston has been serving Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris and Montgomery counties with professional, humane animal control and wildlife management services for over a decade.
Critter Control’s team of specialists has the knowledge, expertise and equipment to handle any wildlife situation, including the prevention or removal of bats, beavers, birds, chipmunks, coyotes, foxes, rats, skunks, and other species unique to the Houston area. The safety of our customers is always our first priority. If you have an intrusion issue on your residential or commercial property, call Critter Control of Houston as soon as possible.
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COMMON WILDLIFE ISSUES IN THIS LOCATION
- Animal Damage
- Animal Droppings
- Animal Noises
- Animal Odor Removal
- Animal Tracks in Yard
- Animals on the Roof
- Animals Under Homes & Porches
- Bats in Homes
- Bats in the Attic
- Carcass Removal from Homes
- Chimney Repairs
- Dead Animal Removal
- Humane Animal Trapping
- Mice in Walls & Attics
- Raccoon Trapping
- Raccoons in Attic
- Rats in Walls & Attics
- Seal Animal Entry Points in Homes
- Skunk Control
- Skunk Trapping
- Skunks Under Heating Units
- Squirrel Trapping
- Squirrels in Attics
- Squirrels in Homes
- Venomous Snake Removal
- House Finches
- Norway Rats
- Pack Rats
- Prairie Dog
- Roof Rats
- Wild Hogs
Serving the following locations:
By County: Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris and Montgomery Counties
Bunker Hill Village
City of Conroe
Cut and Shoot
Hunters Creek Village
Oak Ridge North
Piney Point Village
Taylor Lake Village
West University Place
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