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.…
In Central Texas, it is extremely common for pests to get into our homes, attics, and sheds. From mice to snakes, possums to raccoons, all wild animals will seek shelter where they can. But did you know that there is one simple thing you can do to reduce your risk of getting critters in your home? Here is the magic tip.
Raccoons are some of the most common carriers of the rabies virus. They share the label of primary carrier with animals like foxes, skunks, and bats. These animals are high risk species that contract and transmit the rabies virus quickly.