In early August, as summer comes to a close and autumn is fast approaching, Central Texas becomes captive to swarms of insects. These intruders, commonly known as black field crickets or simply, field crickets, congregate by the thousands for their annual mating ritual. Although the seemingly biblical event may leave visitors awestruck, inhabitants of the area are less than thrilled about the yearly infestations and the wildlife predators the pests attract.
If you live in Austin, TX you may have recently heard about the two rabid raccoons found in North Austin in April this year. When multiple cases are reported within a close timespan there may be an outbreak of rabies in the area, since it is a very contagious virus. Raccoons specifically can carry their own version of the rabies virus.
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…
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.
Texas terrain provides a surprising mix of animals. Unfortunately, those animals may view your home as theirs. Although rodents are the most common pests, snakes, skunks, and birds can also find a way inside your residence. Learn the precautions and proper process to get rid of these unexpected house guests.
Animals get in attics. Critter Ridder takes care of so many cases where, somehow, an animal, flying or otherwise, has gotten into an attic. It’s much more common than you would think, yet people still get surprised when it happens. We can’t blame you. It’s not very often that we’re face to face with a bat or some other wild animal in our own homes. You still need to be educated on what can happen if this happens to you.
Think you have an animal living under your deck? You’re not the only one. This is a common place for wild animals to seek shelter or build a nest. To prevent these creatures from returning to your home, follow our guidelines below.