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Common Wildlife Problems
The Woodlands is a planned community west of Interstate Highway 45. Started in 1974, The Woodlands was built in response to Houston's growth. Now Houston is 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.Skunks, snakes, armadillos, raccoons, mice, rats, bats, and squirrels can be spotted invading both homes and businesses in the area. Critter Control offers reliable wildlife removal in Greater Houston, Texas. We can remove any animal on your property safely, efficiently, and humanely.
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Nuisiance Wildlife Removal in Houston
Critter Control is here for you every step of the way in the wildlife removal process. From inspection to removal—and even exclusion and repair—we have the services you need to get rid of raccoons, rodents, and other nuisances fast. First, we identify the animal on the property, then use humane methods to remove the animal and secure weak points where more could enter. If damage has been done, we can make those repairs for a complete restoration. Contact a Critter Control in Houston today.
Houston area residents are used to seeing these critters, 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.
Inspection- Small squeaking sounds. Piles of droppings in one corner of the house or attic. Stains on walls and strong ammonia smell.
Bat Removal- The humane and legal method to remove bats is with a one way bat-valve and sealing all entry points. Generally you can only remove a bat if it’s in the livable part of your home.
Repairs- Sealing entry points. Disinfecting area under roost from accumulation of guano.
Raccoons are intelligent, agile, and fierce. They can find their way into dumpsters, garbage cans, buildings, and even sealed structures due to their strong legs and dexterous hands. Raccoons are highly resourceful when it comes to scavenging for food. For this reason, this is where you will normally find them.
While raccoons may look cute, they are fiercely aggressive and powerful. They carry a wide range of parasites, including roundworms, tapeworms, and ticks. You are most likely to spot raccoons during the summer when they breed. A female raccoon can have up to four kits or cubs at a time.
Inspection: We perform a complete inspection that includes looking for larger openings in walls and roofs and identifying raccoon droppings and footprints.
Trapping & Removal: We can isolate and trap raccoons using professional-grade traps that are simple, humane, and effective.
Repairs: Raccoons can cause extensive damage to the inside of a building. Therefore, we seal up holes, disinfect the area, and replace any damaged insulation or materials.
Few animals are as resilient as rats and mice. These rodents can set up camp in a building and multiply quickly before you realize they are in your home or business. Mice can crawl in tiny spaces, giving them quick access to any area, which typically includes the kitchen. Mice and rats gnaw through wood and other building materials, which can compromise structural integrity.
Rodents destroy property, contaminate food, and spread diseases, causing any living space to become inhabitable. To get rid of rats or mice, we need to eliminate the entire population in one session. Leaving a single female mouse can repopulate the building in only a few weeks. We use a variety of methods to accomplish this.
Inspection: Rodes such as mice and rats leave behind clear signs of their presence. We look for droppings, chewed paper, and holes in the building and listen for scurrying noises.
Trapping & Removal: When it comes to small rodents, no two situations are alike. We employ different traps and removal methods, depending on your circumstances.
Repairs: Although rodents can chew through building materials, the holes and cracks are relatively small and easy to repair. We can also install mesh for vents.
The two most common kinds of squirrels found in Montgomery County are the eastern gray squirrel and the fox squirrel.
Like raccoons, squirrels are also seen as cute, furry animals. However, they can cause extensive damage to your roof by chewing through the decking, tearing holes along the edge, and even peeling off asphalt shingles. They can also make a mess of the roof by carrying and dropping debris.
Squirrels actively looking for shelter during January to February and May to June, which is mating season. They are most likely to be in your attic during mating season. Squirrels also carry several diseases and can be highly aggressive when threatened.
Inspection: We typically look for signs of squirrels such as debris and droppings. There may also be holes in your roof or down in the crawl space. Squirrels also leave unique gnaw marks.
Trapping & Removal: One of our most effective methods for removing squirrels is a one-way door trap. We also use live trappings and set up deterrents to keep the squirrels off your property.
Repairs: There are several ways that we can restore your property. Our team can repair all holes, remove debris, and decontaminate the area.
There is no shortage of snakes in Houston, Texas. Many of them are poisonous and should be avoided. Common snakes in the area include coral snakes, copperheads, rattlesnakes, and cottonmouths.
If you find a snake in your home or office, it is either shedding its skin or looking for prey - usually other pests such as mice or rats. When spotting a snake, the best thing to do is slowly back away and call our professionals to remove it for you. We can remove it quickly and safely, keeping you from getting bit.
Inspection: Snakes usually enter a home in search of food (aka rodents). During our inspection for snakes, we also look for rodents. If rodents are present, we can provide a plan for them too. Snakes have a distinct musky odor that can alert you of their presence. They also leave droppings and skin.
Trapping & Removal: Texas law prevents us from killing non-poisonous snakes. Therefore, we use live traps and direct capture methods to remove them from the property.
Repair: Although snakes do not cause property damage, we can locate points of entry and seal them to prevent future invasions.
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.
Inspection- Faint odor if skunks typically travel through your yard.
Removal: This step must be handled with care to prevent accidentally setting off the skunk’s defensive spray. With professional removal, there’s little to no chance of an odor issue.
Repairs: Skunks love to dig, chew, and burrow. Let us find all the damage done after a skunk removal and repair it all to restore the structure.
Birds in Spring, TX and the Woodlands 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.
Inspection: We find all nesting spots on your home and in surrounding trees. We locate food sources, like nuts and leaves on the ground. They will also scavenge through trash on the ground.
Removal: Keeping birds away from your home is the primary goal. We seal holes around your home and install screens over gutters, vents, and pipes. We clean up debris from the yard. Sometimes trimming tree branches can limit a bird’s activity on your property.
Repair: If birds have dented or scratched spouting or outside ledges, we can fix it. We can also install barriers around your roof to prevent roosting.
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.
Inspection – Scat. Remnants of previous nights foraging and feeding.
Control—Exclusion work most effective method. Live trapping. Securing potential food sources like pet food and garbage. Sealing entry points to prevent entry to attics and crawl spaces. care devices provide temporary solutions and chemical repellents have significant effect.
Wildlife Control Q&A
What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in the Greater 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.
How Professional Wildlife Control Services Can Help You
It can be tempting to remove unwanted pests on your own. However, doing so may lead to injury or diseases. Plus, you may believe that you have removed all the animals only to discover them again in a few weeks. There are several reasons why hiring wildlife control services in Greater Houston, TX, is a smarter option:
- Professionals have the supplies and equipment to perform any job.
- You will not get bitten or scratched by an aggressive animal.
- Specialists now use safe and humane methods for removing animals.
- Removal services now include structural repair and building restoration.
- Experts are trained to locate animals anywhere in the building.
- Decontamination is an important part of animal removal.
Why Choose Critter Control of Houston
- Trained and Certified Animal Removal Experts: Not just anyone can remove wild animals from property. Critter Control professionals have the training and experience necessary to remove small and larger pests from your home or business. We use proven methods and advanced equipment and supplies while offering damage repair.
- Humane Wildlife Removal: Most animals that invade your home are simply trying to find food or shelter. They mean no harm. As such, our job is to redirect them back into their natural habitat. We use safe and humane methods for removing all animals without harming them.
- Accurate Inspection and Removal: Animals can crawl into just about any space in your house, making them extremely difficult to find. Our specialists can identify signs of animal presence, locate the animal, and remove 100 percent of the wildlife from your home or office. We also help you find solutions to prevent their return.
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If you suspect you have a wildlife intrusion on your property, contact our professionals at Critter Control of Houston today!
Outstanding service. Cooper was very knowledgeable and good to work with. He answered all of our questions and communicated with us on a regular basis throughout the process. He seemed to care just as much about fixing our critter issue as we did. Also learned a few interesting squirrel facts along the way. Our only regret was that we didn't call Critter Control earlier!
First, allow me to say that I've been with Critter Control for a year now and I've been pleased with the service for the most part. Today however was different. Raymond was my service guy and introduced himself as my new technician going forward. He was very thorough and explained to me how the bait stations worked and even showed me the inside of them. Unfortunately, there was a snake in one of the bait stations and because he knew of my fear, he called for backup to have it removed. He takes great pride in his job and worked diligently until all issues were resolved. Thank You Raymond for your excellence service. You are greatly appreciated!
Jack was our Wildlife Damage Control Technician from Critter Control of Dayton. Jack was very professional and explained exactly what he would do and when. He then followed through performing his service for two weeks. Although he did not catch any animals in the two traps he placed on our roof near two holes, he checked them daily, reset them as necessary, verified there were no animals nesting in the holes, and then sealed them with painted steel plates. If anyone has a problem with critters in or around your house, I highly recommend Critter Control as the solution to your problem.
Critter Control came right out and explained what they were going to do, how they would retrieve the squirrel and how they would capture it. I would definitely call on them again!
We had a family of squirrels in our attic. Our technician did an excellent job an over a couple of weeks to eliminate our invasion. He communicated daily including photos to document entry points and his progress. We were very satisfied.
This company has been great. The technician Kensi was very through and checked everywhere to make sure all access points were found. After a skunk was found in the trap on a Saturday morning they came to pick it up very quickly.
Michael was super friendly and knowledgeable. He checked my entire house and recommended and installed the solution within an hour.
We are under contract with your company and so far they are doing a fine job. Many thanks.
Excellent work environment full of presence of God. Professional and dedicated staff. A good place if you want to have your children in a place where Christian values are protected and encouraged.
Great company and amazing service, the staff is extremely knowledgeable and friendly! Thank you to the staff and especially to Bubba for taking care of my property and giving it that "personal touch" to rid and maintain it from pests and bugs! Appreciate you guys and look forward to continuing business together!