Wildlife

What is wildlife?

Wildlife animals are cute when they remain out in nature, far from our properties. However, once these pests begin to make their way into our homes and businesses, they become a nuisance and may even present a real danger to you, your family, and your property. Common wildlife pests known to be living throughout eastern Texas include armadillos, opossums, raccoons, and skunks. Each of these animals come with their own problems which can be, depending on the circumstances, either annoying or harmful.

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Is wildlife dangerous?

Wildlife pests are typically much larger than many other common, property-invading pests. Unfortunately, this means that the problems these pests create can have a much deeper impact on your health, property, and safety. Wildlife pests often destroy Texas homes and businesses at a faster rate than other pests. For example, armadillos can burrow under the soil of your foundation, which weakens the structural integrity of your home. Opossums have several sharp teeth and inflict painful bites. One raccoon is capable of destroying important wires, pipes, and insulation in no time at all. Finally, skunks spray a foul-smelling liquid, which can blind predators and humans if it gets in the eyes. Additionally, wildlife pests are often carriers of diseases such as rabies, infectious canine hepatitis, leprosy, leptospirosis, and tuberculosis.

Why do I have a wildlife problem?

In most situations, wildlife pests are looking for one or all of three things: food, water, or shelter. Residential or commercial properties that provide easily accessible food sources and entry points are more likely to become infested with local wildlife than those properties that are sealed tight and offer no food. Around breeding season, many wildlife pests will begin to search for safe, secluded areas where they can safely raise their young.

Where will I find wildlife?

Depending on which pest invades your home, you could find you problems in a number of different places. No matter where you may encounter them, however, wildlife pests all have the potential to create major problems.

  • Armadillos are mainly outdoor pests and don’t typically find their way inside to nest. They burrow in thick shrubs, rock piles, and areas around trees. Fields, golf courses, lawns, and parks are all places where armadillos can be found burrowing.

  • Opossums live close to rivers, streams, and other water sources. They create their nesting sites in hollow trees, under piles of brush, or in the abandoned burrows of other animals. Opossums sometimes will find their way inside to nest in attics, barns, chimneys, garages, and wall voids.

  • Raccoons are most often found living in wooded areas that are close to water sources like rivers, streams, and ponds. As our habitats have merged together, they have also become common residents in rural, urban, and suburban areas. Outside, raccoons nest in between rocks, in hollow trees, under decks or sheds, or under woodpiles. Raccoons commonly invite themselves into our homes to take advantage of our food and shelter and are often found living in attics, chimneys, and crawlspaces.

  • Skunks, unfortunately, feel very comfortable living near people and are especially attracted to properties near wooded areas. Outside, they like to live in the abandoned nests of other animals, in hollow logs, or under rocks. Skunks don’t usually move into homes but will very regularly nest under decks, foundations, and sheds.

When is wildlife most active?

Armadillos are active in Spring, Texas throughout the year. They cannot withstand cold temperatures and do not hibernate, as our moderate climate allows these pests to thrive in our state year-round. Opossums, raccoons, and skunks are all considered nocturnal and tend to be most active at dawn and dusk. Dusk is the most common time animals will dig through gardens and trash, making a mess on your property. They also tend to be fairly active year-round and become less active during periods of extreme cold or heat.

Interesting facts about wildlife

Wild animals are interesting creatures with unique habits and features. To help you learn more about our local wildlife, we want to provide you with these four interesting facts.

1. Female armadillos that live in the southern United States almost always have identical quadruplets. These creatures are also known for being good swimmers and can hold their breath for about 6 minutes. It is not uncommon to see them walking underwater when crossing a stream. Their outer cores are strong enough to prevent them from being injured by a car.

2. Opossums are the only marsupials to live in North America. They have prehensile tails that allow them to grip and easily climb and hang from trees.

3. The raccoon is known for having a fairly high IQ. These pests are adept problem solvers, and it is not uncommon for raccoons to construct their own entrance into a home. Raccoons are excellent swimmers and can often be seen fishing for fish, frogs, and crayfish around streams and rivers.

4. Skunks spray a noxious, oily liquid from their anal glands as a means of protection. This nauseating odor can linger for days. The glands carry a limited amount of spray and, after emptying the glands, can take up to a week to reload. The striped pattern on their fur is not just for looks; it serves as a warning to predators.

How do I get rid of wildlife?

Keeping wildlife pests away from your Texas property is difficult, but not impossible. It’s never a good idea to try and remove wildlife pests from your property without seeking professional help, because cornered pests will bite and scratch. Kingston Pest Control offers effective wildlife pest control options to cover a wide variety of common wildlife pest problems. Whether raccoons, opossums, armadillos, or skunks are creating issues on your property, you can trust the experts here at Kingston Pest Control to eliminate them.

When it comes to quality wildlife trapping and removal services, there’s no one better than Kingston Pest Control. Keep your residential or commercial property pest-free when you implement one of our effective pest control programs. To request a free quote for your Spring, TX or eastern Texas home or business, contact Kingston Pest Control!

How can I prevent wildlife in the future?

Avoid attracting wildlife to your home or business in our service area of greater Houston, Texas with these pest prevention tips:

  • Keep trash bins sealed and stored away from your exterior walls.

  • Keep your property clean and clutter-free to make it less favorable to wildlife.

  • Store pet food in airtight containers and pick up uneaten pet food in between feedings.

  • Remove thick brush and foliage from around your property.

  • Seal gaps and cracks in your foundation, exterior walls, basement windows, and roofing.

 

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