Squirrels, bats, raccoons, snakes, lizards, rats, mice, minks, voles, armadillos, opossums and rabbits are a few of the Texas wildlife you can see roaming Bexar county. Some may be in your yard daily. While fun to watch, the wildlife is not there for entertainment purposes. They are in search of food, water and shelter. Depending on the season, they may be preparing for winter or preparing to give birth.
Wildlife can quickly become nuisance wildlife when they start damaging your property, annoying you and your family, or posing a threat to humans. Calling a wildlife removal company can help you avoid risks, like being bitten by a potentially diseased animal, further damage to your property and fines due to broken laws.
At Critter Control, we know the local and state laws and have the best safety equipment and extensive wildlife training. Our three-step process of inspection, removal and repair effectively gets rid of unwanted wildlife from your property quickly. Below are some examples.
Raccoons are furbearers. Many hunt them in the woods with a permit. In San Antonio, raccoons are urbanized nuisances. With their cute masks and fuzzy banded tails, they seem harmless. But as soon as the sun goes down, they go on the prowl for food and water, leaving destruction in their paths. They eat insects, bird eggs, frogs, rodents, fish, pet feed, garden crops and table scraps. They will dig holes in your yard, dumpster dive, raid gardens, scatter garbage and open feed containers looking for a snack.
Raccoons create nests in hollowed trees, chimneys and attics. Raccoons will force their way into your home by breaking screens and boards. Or they will walk right through the pet door if it is left open. Raccoons can destroy your attic, chewing wires and shredding insulation. Blocking vents and chimneys create fire hazards. They are excellent climbers but destroy siding and shingles and leave greasy smudge marks wherever they go. Calling an expert to remove a raccoon is best. They understand the laws and know if nuisance raccoons need to be documented and turned in for disease testing.
Rat and Mice Pest Control
There are up to 50 species of rats and mice in San Antonio and across Texas. Outside, the Norway and roof rats are chewing holes in siding, electrical wiring, shingles and screens. They burrow underground, sometimes under trees, sheds or your home. This can make foundations unstable. The house mouse and its relatives are chewing holes in walls, baseboards, pantry cabinets and food containers inside your home.
Both rats and mice leave trails of feces and urine as they travel around your home. Because rats and mice can carry several transmittable diseases, don't risk getting bitten by removing them yourself. We can help get rid of your rat and mouse problem. Because rodents multiply quickly, the sooner you call, the better.
Texas squirrels you may see on your San Antonio property include the gray, fox and flying species. Squirrels enjoy fruits, nuts, grains, seeds, bird eggs, garden crops and even bark when times are hard.
Squirrels' teeth are constantly growing. To prevent overgrowth, they gnaw on hard objects. If squirrels are in your yard or home, hard objects can mean walls, floors, rails, pipes, furniture, electrical wires and more. Squirrels are collectors, gathering items and storing them for later. They accumulate their foods and nest items in ducts and vents, creating a fire hazard. They tear insulation for their nests, causing a rise in your electric bill. They even leave their feces and urine behind.
Outside they damage siding, fascia, shingles and your yard. They love to dig holes in your yard to store food. While squirrels are cute and fun to watch, they can also carry diseases. If you try to remove them, they may feel threatened and bite or scratch you. Our process works for eliminating squirrels.
San Antonio bats are beneficial to the environment and are protected species. They eat thousands of insects every night, which is why they are an essential factor in our ecosystem. Also, they are excellent pollinators, and their guano is a great fertilizer. There are species of bats that live in colonies and species that are solitary.
There are over 30 species of bats in Texas. Eleven of those can live near humans and transmit diseases. Six of these species are colonies, while the others are solitary. Because bats are creatures of habit, it's important to do what you can to bat-proof your home, barn or other structures. Otherwise, you will have a bat nuisance problem every year.
If you're not using bat guano for fertilizer, it will become a problem. It will stain floors and walls, and it is so acidic it can erode metals and wood. Trying to get rid of bats yourself puts you at risk for contact with their guano, which can carry mold spores. Also, they may bite you and transmit disease. Let our experts do the dirty work.
The nine-banded armadillo is our state's official small mammal. The armadillo has great qualities, like its armor, protecting it from predators. When startled, it shoots straight up in the air, shocking its predator and giving it time to hide. It has claws for digging, which is what it does all the time. It digs only to search for food like insects and grubs.
Digging can also become a nuisance, however, when the roots of trees are destroyed, killing the tree that may fall on your home. Or, if they dig under driveways, gardens or livestock fences, damages can follow. Because they live in burrows underground, it is crucial to make sure their holes are not interfering with the structure of your home or buildings.
We take care in removing armadillos from your property. They can carry leprosy, so it's important that you don't handle them yourself. If you have an armadillo destroying your yard, give us a call.
This franchise is independently licensed and operated by RJ Van Hellen, Inc, dba Critter Control of San Antonio.