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How We Solve Houston Wildlife Problems

It starts with your phone call. We answer our phones 24/7, and we will carefully listen to your wildlife problem. Every case is different, so we will ask appropriate questions to help us understand the situation better. Questions like, "do you hear the noises at night or during the daytime?" or "what type of roof do you have?" After we have a general idea of your situation, we can provide a ballpark price range, and schedule a same-day or next-day appointment to inspect your property.

INSPECTION: Once on site, we will perform a full inspection of your home and property. This allows us to use the correct strategy and traps. If the animals are in an attic, a full building inspection is crucial, including the following:

  • All ground-level areas, such as piper or A/C line entry & exit areas, A/C chase bottoms, ground-level vents, etc.
  • All mid-level areas, such as dryer vents, siding gaps, first floor eaves or dormers, etc.
  • We inspect the entire roof, including all plumbing stacks, ridge caps, vents, and other potential gaps or holes.
  • We also inspect inside your attic, to identify animals and damage they have caused.
  • If the animals are outside, we notice many subtle clues that will assist us in a successful strategy.

TRAPPING, EXCLUSION, REMOVAL: Once we understand what animal species we are dealing with, and the problem, we use the most effective means of removing the animals. We use dozens of different types of traps.

  • Trapping - If trapping the animal(s) in live cage traps, trap type, set, and location are crucial to success.
  • Exclusion - Oftentimes, we are able to simply set one-way doors or other exclusion devices that allow the animals inside a building to safely exit, but never get back inside.
  • Removal By Hand - Sometimes we actually remove animals by hand, or with special tools like snare poles.
  • The Law - In all cases, we obey state and local laws regarding wildlife, but aim to take the most humane approach.

ENTRY HOLE REPAIRS: Repairs are a crucial step in the wildlife removal process. In many cases, such as bat or rodent control, the job cannot be performed without detailed repairs, and in all cases, sealing the entry holes shut ensures that no future wildlife will ever enter your home.

  • 100% of the entry holes must be found, and sealed shut, or the job is not complete.
  • Our repairs are professional contractor grade, look good, and when applicable we use steel, which rodents such as rats or squirrels are unable to chew through.
  • We give a written guarantee on our repairs against any future animal entry.

ATTIC DECONTAMINATION SERVICES: It may be desirable to clean your attic after we've removed the animals. They can leave behind large amounts of droppings, urine, hair, oils, food, nesting material, and so on. These remnants can attract insects like cockroaches, and the scent left behind can encourage new animals to chew their way into your house. You might experience odor problems from the waste. It's possible that mold will grow on waste areas.

  • We remove or vacuum all droppings, or remove all the soiled insulation.
  • We fog the attic with a special enzyme-based cleaner that destroys any organic matter and deodorizes the space.
  • We repair damage, such as ductwork, electrical wires, pipes, insulation, and more.
The above are just a brief explanation of some of our methods. I haven't even addressed the hundreds of other potential cases that we deal with, from bat exclusions, to poison-free rodent control, to dead animal removal, bird roosting prevention, mole trapping in a yard, ground-based exclusion barriers around a shed, etc. etc. Just give us a call any time, and we can describe in detail how we will resolve your specific wildlife problem.

Houston is home to many nuisance wildlife species. Inside the attics of houses, we most commonly deal with Roof Rats, raccoons, and squirrels. We also commonly handle bats in buildings. In Texas, the free-tail bat is the most common. We perform bird control services, including the prevention of pigeons on buildings. As far as general animal trapping, we remove skunks, opossums, and we also trap armadillos. We perform Texas snake removal services, even though most of the time, the species are harmless. Houston also has coyotes in urban areas, though we rarely handle these animals. We are fully licensed and insured in Texas, and we respond 24 hours 7 days. We provide emergency wildlife removal services, dead animal removal, preventative repairs, attic cleanup, and more. We always answer our phone, and can schedule a same-day or next day appointment in most cases. We service the greater Houston area, including The Woodlands, Sugar Land, Baytown, Conroe, and more. We work in Harris County, Fort Bend County, Montgomery County TX, Brazoria County, and Galveston County. To learn more about our services, visit the Houston wildlife control home page.

This month's wildlife how-to article: Raccoon prevention – how to keep raccoons away from your house and yard

If you want to know how to keep raccoons away from your house and yard then you have definitely come to the right place. It is easy to get carried away with some of the magical “preventative” methods that are on the market, but in reality, very few of them actually work and you are very likely to be rather disappointed by the results.

Let’s take the sprays for example. These contain things such as moth balls and fox’s urine in a bid to confuse the animal and make it believe there is a predator nearby. However, these things very rarely work at all, simply because the animal is not stupid, and secondly, if they do work at all, they will only have an effect for a short amount of time. Think of it this way – if the raccoon thinks there is a fox nearby because it can smell it but nothing ever materializes, it is soon going to realize there is no threat. These are opportunist animals after all. Also, the moth balls and other weird things they are throwing in these repellants these days – well the animal will soon get used to those and ignore them anyway!

One of the best things that you can do to keep raccoons away from your house and yard is to speak to a pest control professional. These guys will know the in’s and out’s of pest control like no one else, and if you want to save money rather than waste it, they will inform you of the things that actually do work, and the ones that won’t. After all, they will be much happier knowing that an animal has been safely encouraged to look elsewhere to make its home than have to deal with a sick or injured animal because of something the homeowner hasn’t done right.

There are a few tips that you can use to prevent raccoons from thinking your home and property is theirs. The first one, (use your common sense here!) take away their food source! If you take this away, they really won’t have any reason to come back so firmly close your garbage cans and ensure they are kept closed by tying them. Make sure no food is being left lying around – don’t throw scraps out for the birds, keep the bird feeders up high and right on the outskirts of your property, and keep all pet food covered up when your pet is not eating.

On top of these things, you should ensure that there are no holes in your home that could look like an entrance for your pet. Using sheet metal or another heavy duty material, you should ensure that all holes are closed. There is no point in using rags or wood and similar materials – the animal can nibble and gnaw their way through these pretty easily.

As a last tip – always remember to keep any trees you have in your yard trimmed nicely to avoid any of the branches being used as a stairway to your home! Other Houston animal pest control topics:
Raccoon in the attic
Texas armadillo biology
Bat Trapping
Texas snake repellent

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