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How to Prevent Unwanted Pests After a Texas Storm

Animals need shelter just like the rest of us. When a storm destroys their natural habitat, animals will instinctively seek refuge in the nearest dry structure. Unfortunately, that structure could be your home.

Thankfully, there are plenty of things you can do to deter these unwelcome guests. Here are some of the common pests to look for after a Texas storm and some compassionate ways to prevent a possible home invasion.

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A cat in a flower bed on a summer day.

Cats and Your Home

Lovable hunter and pet, or maybe more of a nuisance for your garden, cats can be a great addition to your home. They have added benefits such as chasing away pests and catching unwanted bugs. However, stray cats can cause trouble for your flower beds, gardens and even get in your trash. Here are some ways cats can help protect your home and alternatively how to keep them out of your yard if they are unwanted.

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Mexican Free-Tailed Bats in Austin, TX

Austin’s Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge, also known simply as the Congress Avenue Bridge, houses around 1.5 millionMexican Freetail Bats during the hot summer months. The bats congregate under the bridge that leads to the Austin Capitol Building and take flight in large groups as dusk approaches. The flight of the bats makes for a popular tourist attraction during Texas summers, when evenings are warm and the largest volume of bats lives under the bridge.

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Two deer mice.

What Is a Rodent?

Rodents, or mammals of the order Rodentia, are the largest group of mammals on Earth. Most North Americans don’t distinguish well between rodents and other pests. Furry, mischievous creatures such as raccoons and river otters are mistakenly placed in the same category as rodents. For rodent control specialists, distinguishing between rodents and other mammals is an integral part of humane pest control.

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Rats vs. Mice

Mice and rats are annoying. They are a serious health issue, carrying dozens of diseases at a time. Rats can contaminate roughly ten times the amount of food they can consume, too. Both rats and mice present a public health concern and need to be dealt with quickly by a qualified rat removal team. Despite their perceived similarities, mice and rats are quite different. To get rid of both species, you will need vastly different tactics to succeed.

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