Zoonotic diseases are a specific category of contagious illnesses that you can catch from animals. Many zoonotic diseases are quite concerning, and some can even be fatal.
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.
Pet owners know the importance of keeping their animals separate from wild critters, both for the safety of their own animals and outdoor-dwellers alike. In order to maintain a responsible environment, pet owners should be aware of these key points. Understanding these can preserve the ecosystem and keep animals on both sides of the spectrum safe and happy.
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.
Having raccoons enter your home is more than just a nuisance, it can be a health hazard as well. Raccoons are known to carry a number of harmful diseases, including salmonella, roundworms, and other disease-causing bacteria. They can also pose a danger to your pets and family that happen to be in the home. Fortunately, there are some simple and straightforward ways to stop raccoons from using the doggie door as their own personal entrance into your house.
It’s cricket season in Austin, and if you have them in your home, you need to get rid them before they cause a host of problems, including attracting unwanted animals like raccoons or mice to your property.
One way to deter squirrels is to use a bird feeder with a large dome called a squirrel baffle. The squirrel baffle, which looks like the top half of a two liter bottle, prevents squirrels from getting a secure foothold on the feeder and eating the bird food on the tray.
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.
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.
Texas wildlife is unique in its diversity. State-wide, there are hundreds of species, including enough amphibians, birds, fish, mammals, invertebrates, and reptiles to keep naturalists busy for a lifetime. Some of these creatures are highly unusual, based on their coloring, appearance and habits.