As its name advertises, the roof rat is a good climber. Bearing a striking resemblance to the Norway rat but smaller and slimmer, roof rats prefer high areas. It can often be found nesting up in the eaves of structures. The species is also drawn to attics as well as the roofs that give them their name. This rat’s fondness for fruit has also named it the “citrus rat” or “tree rat.” Because of its secretive nature, you may not be aware of this rat’s presence unless you have an infestation. Rodent droppings in eaves and attics or mysterious stored piles of fruit and other food are good signs of a problem. In addition to being champion climbers, roof rats are very good at inserting themselves through tiny openings that are roughly the size of a quarter. A home’s roof can offer multiple entry points into the house itself, especially where the roof meets eaves. This rat is also adept at entering a home through wall vents, such as laundry room vents.
One danger that appears during the aftermath of a storm or a hurricane is the proliferation of snakes. Learn why they come to seek shelter in your home during rain.
In an ideal world, if all residents of Texas took care of their pest problem, then you wouldn’t have to worry about your neighbor’s pest issues crossing over to your side of the property. But there will always be individuals who don’t take out the trash on time and who turn their homes into a utopia for pests.
Wild animals and insects may all seem like dangerous creatures when they live around your home and local area. You may be surprised to discover that a few of them are actually good to keep around. Animals like hawks, frogs, and hedgehogs can help with pest control around your home and garden. Here is a handy guide about good animals to have around your home and which ones should be considered pests.
A rabid raccoon was found in the Sandy Creek Ranches area in north Austin on April 20th. This is the second rabid raccoon case to occur in a five-mile area in the last two months.
If a skunk has been in your home, the smell of skunk’s spray may quickly overpower your entire house. Skunks produce a pungent spray as a defense mechanism to ward off any predators, and they also mark their territory with it.
Rats and mice are a common problem in homes across Austin, Texas. During the winter months, rats and mice will look for areas to nest and end up in many homes for the favorable temperature and predator-safe environment. Rats and mice will cause a lot of harm to your home by chewing through walls, insulation, and electrical wires, searching for food, and spreading disease through your home.
Squirrels are common pests in Texas. Their teeth never stop growing, so they must gnaw constantly to keep them worn down. Squirrels can also gnaw through your siding to gain access to your home. Once inside, they may build nests in your chimney or loft, and chew through your wood floors, water pipes and electric…
Raccoons might seem cuddly and cute at first glance. They even look like cartoon bandits, and have a reputation to match, but raccoons are wild animals, not pets. They are notoriously difficult to domesticate, and they belong in their natural habitat. What Makes a Raccoon Difficult to Care For? Raising a raccoon will take up…
Due to all the recent flooding, many area snakes have been displaced from their homes, and are now finding shelter in and around private homes. In an article detailing the snakes found in and around Austin, Critter Ridder’s owner and founder, Mike Dillon, spoke with Fox 7 Austin to weigh in on the snake issue.…