Located on the shoreline of Galveston Bay, Texas City, TX, attracts skunks, raccoons, opossums, and other wildlife that prefer to live near water. Openings under porches and holes in garages, sheds, or attics look like the ideal shelter to these backyard pests, providing shade on hot days and warmth on chilly ones. Having any of these animals near homes can be dangerous, as they can transmit a variety of diseases. Skunks and raccoons are both carriers of rabies, a fatal illness with late-onset symptoms. Opossums may harbor fleas infested with murine typhus in their fur, and all three pests are subject to ticks and other parasites.