Texas is home to many different species of wildlife. Problems can arise when these creatures try to make your home their own. More and more homeowners are finding themselves dealing with unwanted critters on their property or in their homes. Thankfully, there are wildlife removal companies that can come out, safely remove them and relocate them. They can do this without the use of harmful pesticides to ensure the safety of your family and pets. A-Tex Pest Management outlines why you want to call a professional wildlife control company like us to remove wildlife pests.
Rat & Mice Infestation Health Risks
The most common pests you will encounter in your Texas home are rats and mice. The sooner you get these rodents out of our home, the better. Rodents can carry diseases that can be passed onto humans and their pets. They can carry up to 30 different types of diseases that can affect the respiratory system, brain, kidneys and blood. Rats can also be quite aggressive and should never be approached. It’s always best to contact professionals to deal with them. Rodents are notorious for raiding pantries, leaving feces and urine throughout your home, chewing in electrical wires and creating noises in walls, ceilings and your attic as they make their homes. Professionals can quickly locate the area(s) they are using to get in and seal them effectively. All of them will then be captured humanely and safely. Rats and mice are known to spread over 30 diseases including hantavirus, lymphocytic choriomeningitis, tularemia, and plague.
Are Opossums Dangerous?
Another pest that can be problematic for homeowners is the opossum. They can be very aggressive and mean if you try to approach them. They will also bite if they feel threatened in any way. They are usually easy to catch, and it should only take one visit to remove the entire population. Opossums are known to steal bird seed and food from pets. They will find a way into your home and nest in your attic. They will also live under your deck or shed and can put a lot of stress on your pests. Opossums carry diseases such as leptospirosis, tularemia, tuberculosis, relapsing fever, spotted fever, toxoplasmosis, coccidiosis, trichomoniasis, and Chagas disease. They may also be infested with parasites such as fleas, ticks, mites, and lice.
Squirrel Damage to Homes
Squirrels can create havoc on your property. They are more active in the early morning and evening hours. They will eat birdseed and chew on birdhouses. They will also make their home in your attic, chewing on woodwork and electrical wires as they do so. If they become stuck in your walls they will continue to urinate and defecate, leaving a terrible odor throughout your home. Squirrels can also be quite noisy. They can also get into your home when they fall through your fireplace. Squirrels are known to carry diseases such as tularemia, typhus, plague, and ringworm.
Armadillos Holes in Landscaping
Although rarer than other pests, armadillos can make their way onto your property. They aren’t a threat to you but can be to your landscaping. Armadillos love to dig, anywhere and everywhere. Their love of digging will leave a trail of destruction wherever they go. They will uproot your garden, landscaping and mulch. Burrowing can crack concrete, destroy pipes and leave large tunnels underneath your house. In the southern U.S., some armadillos are naturally infected with the bacteria that causes Hansen’s disease in people. Even though the risk is very low, for general health reasons, it is best to avoid contact with armadillos.