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Are Squirrels in the Yard a Problem?

Squirrels are only a problem when they find their way into your house. We focus on blocking squirrel access to your home. | Elite Wildlife Services

Squirrels are only a problem when they find their way into your house. We focus on blocking squirrel access to your home. | Elite Wildlife Services

If squirrels are only in your yard, they may not be a problem at all. 

In fact, squirrels can serve a vital ecological function. They take seeds and bury them. 

Unlike some animals, squirrels aren't quite so adept at remembering where they stored all their treasures. They'll successfully dig some back up and eat them. The rest will be left in the ground, where they'll sprout. Essentially, they're little gardeners. 

Some people just enjoy seeing squirrels. They're silly little creatures!

Squirrels don't necessarily overrun a yard. If you're only seeing them there, then there's no need to call us. They can go about their little squirrel lives without intervention.

Squirrels are only a problem when they find their way into your house. Here in Houston this happens most often in the spring and in the fall, when they are searching for places to bear their young. 

Once they get into your home they'll chew up your wiring and insulation. In fact, roughly 20% of house fires are caused by squirrels. They do not have to chew all the way through a wire to cause a fatal short and spark. 

The earliest sign that a squirrel has gone to work? One of your outdoor lights stops functioning. If this has happened to you, then you should call an electrician pretty soon after you call us. 

They cause other damage as well, mostly to the insulation, as well as via their droppings. 

We focus on blocking squirrel access to your home. You're never going to get squirrels out of your yard. We could trap them all day long and they'd just show up from other yards around the city. There is absolutely nothing you can do to keep them off your property entirely. They've successfully adapted to every aspect of urban life. We trap the squirrels inside of your home, but only to get them back out again. 

You can make your house a little less attractive to them. 

Put the bird feeders on the far side of your yard instead of close to your home. Trim trees and bushes that are near your home so you're not providing squirrels with a little superhighway that they can use to get into your attic. Address any wood rot quickly so squirrels aren't tempted to chew their way inside. 

Once you've done all that, you can enjoy the antics of your yard squirrels without worry. 

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Can You Shoot Squirrels in Houston?

Can You Shoot Squirrels in Houston?
Can You Shoot Squirrels in Houston?

If you're within the city limits, you can't shoot any animal at all. That goes for squirrels, raccoons, and any other critter you might find in your house or yard, even if you're using a .22 or other small caliber firearm.  

Yet squirrels are a game animal. They are ubiquitous prey animals, which makes them a very sustainable food source. The environment tends to benefit when these sorts of animals are hunted responsibly. They once did so much damage to crops that at various times in our history bounties have been placed upon the heads of these animals, the better to keep them out of the fields. 

There are multiple ways to cook them up and eat them. Once, squirrel recipes were a staple of community cookbooks. The Joy of Cooking contained squirrel recipes until 1996.  

Outside of the city limits you will need a hunting permit to shoot squirrels, and you will need to observe hunting season. In Harris County, you may shoot squirrels in safe hunting locations in October through February, as well as in the month of May. Note: you should always check the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website to get exact hunting season dates. You'll also be able to use that website to find out where you may hunt within the county. 

If you wish to hunt squirrels year round, there are certain parts of the state where you may do this. 

In either case, you must make sure you are hunting the right species. Gray squirrels and red squirrels are fair game; other varieties are not. 

Harris County also maintains a daily bag limit of 10 squirrels and a possession limit of 20 squirrels. 

If you're not interested in eating squirrel then it's probably best to keep your gun in the gun safe. You certainly will not be able to control a squirrel problem with a weapon of any kind. There are just too many of them.

At best, you can make your house less attractive to them, trap them to get them out of your home, and block their entry points. The yard? That's probably a lost cause, though you can greatly reduce their presence simply by avoiding bird feeders and bird baths. If you want both, then you can expect squirrels to come in right alongside the birds. Hopefully you enjoy both! 

They aren't dangerous in the yard, only in the home. If they're in the home, call us. Otherwise? They're nothing to worry about…even if you've secretly seasoned a few of them in your home kitchen from time to time. 

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Raccoons Cause Two Texas Power Outages

Raccoons Cause Two Texas Power Outages | Raccoon Removal Services | Elite Wildlife Services
Raccoons Cause Two Texas Power Outages | Raccoon Removal Services | Elite Wildlife Services

In Seguin, TX, raccoons caused two power outages this October by getting into substation transformers. 

This isn't the first time a raccoon has ever gotten into a transformer. Out in Colorado, a raccoon once caused a 7-acre wildfire doing the same thing. There were instances in New Mexico where raccoons caused a transformer to downright explode. Raccoons have even managed to start major fires by getting into the power lines. 

Squirrels blow out transformers as well, as do snakes and other animals. Anything man can build, it seems, pests want to find their way into. 

Some power companies have responded by retrofitting transformers to prevent animal interference, which we think is a wonderful idea. 

Do you doubt that they can do the same to your home? 

You shouldn't. Fire investigators estimate that wire-chewing damage by rodents such as rats, mice, and raccoons cause up to 20% of undetermined fires in the United States every year. If there's one thing raccoons excel at, it's good old fashioned property destruction. 

These fires are the most common during the winter. That's because animals like to winter down in our attics, and they don't have much to do but stay inside and chew on whatever looks good to them. 

One sign of damage could be a circuit breaker that constantly trips. Another sign could be frequently flickering lights, appliance failures, or frequent power surges.

Add those to the other common signs of raccoons in your home, and you might just have to face up to the fact that it's time to call a pest control company like ours. 

Signs of raccoons include:

  • Sounds of heavy footsteps in the attic.
  • Scratching sounds.
  • Strange smells.
  • You see raccoons on your porch or close to your house.

Take a look at some of our other posts about raccoons to understand the dangers they pose.

We offer humane pest removal, and we're a lot less expensive and distressing than a house fire!

If you think you have signs of raccoons, contact us to get help today. 

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Our goal is to take time to evaluate each customers situation and customize proven results to solve it. If you are looking for a professional solution for your Raccoon Removal needs, please contact us today.

Are Raccoons Dangerous?

Are Raccoons dangerous? | Raccoon Removal Services Houston | Elite Wildlife Services

Bats are one of the worst infestations you can get in your home or business. They’re gentle, and will never attack you, but they’re still problematic. 

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