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Armadillos. They're kind of cute and very Texan, but they're the last animal you want to invite into your home. They carry Hansen's Disease, also known as leprosy. They are in fact one of the only animals that carry this disease. They also carry tapeworms and salmonella.
They also love to dig up the yard, which means they're terrible for your garden and landscape. They are not a small problem!
Are armadillos bad for your house?
Unlike many nuisance animals, armadillos don't target the attic.
Instead, they tend to burrow under the house, and all around your yard. They can cause foundation cracks, as well as driveway and sidewalk cracks. Ignoring an infestation could result in having to make a $10,000 foundation repair!
Signs of Armadillo Infestation
You may have an armadillo if:
- You're finding shallow holes all over your yard. These will usually be about 5 inches wide and about 3 inches deep, though they can be deeper if it's been raining.
- You're finding uprooted flowers and plants.
- You're seeing cracks in your sidewalks or foundations.
You may also see an armadillo in the daytime. While these animals are nocturnal they sometimes emerge during the ay to sun themselves, or, hobbitlike, to find themselves a second breakfast.
How do I get rid of an armadillo in my house?
We use humane traps to get rid of the armadillos. We move them somewhere else. Then, we seal up all their burrows so they're less tempted to come back.
After we're gone, you'll want to look into using a nice pine mulch for your garden. Armadillos hate the smell of pine. You lose very little, as mulching is good for your garden anyway. You can spray your fence line with vinegar or ammonia, but you'll have to smell those scents, too.
Installing a fence armadillos can't burrow under is also a good move, as it will keep a new family of armadillos from moving in after the first family has been removed.
The good news is that we usually only find a handful of armadillos in any one place. You generally won't have to deal with an entire swarm or infestation of them.
How much does it cost to get rid of an armadillo?
We can usually get rid of an armadillo for less than $500, depending on how many there are and how extensive the burrow damage is. To keep costs low, you should consider calling us as soon as you know you have one to contend with.
We'll give you a more specific estimate when we call. We're here to help you live an armadillo-free existence, not to beat up your budget. There won't be any surprises after we've given you our initial quote.
If you've seen an armadillo or signs of an armadillo, keep your family safe. Contact Elite Wildlife to start the removal process today.
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Nobody has to be convinced to get rats out of the house. The first sight of a fat, nasty rodent with a long pink tail is usually enough to send most people running for solutions. Fast ones!
Yet the signs of rats appear long before you'll ever see the rats themselves. Usually this comes in the form of droppings and smells. There may also be stains from the rat's fur, or holes chewed through walls, floors, and food packages.
Whatever your warning sign was the next step is to get rid of them fast, before they start spreading disease.
How do I get rid of rodents in my house fast?
The first thing we have to do is figure out how rodents are getting into your house in the first place. This allows us to block off their entry points. From there, we use humane bait and traps to get all of the rodents humanely captured for removal.
We take them far from your property and release them into the wild where they won't be harmed or do harm.
How do you keep rats and rodents from coming back?
Sealing up all the entry points can help, but there are things you can do as well.
For example, many people get rats or rodents because they don't do a good job of keeping outdoor garbage bins secured. This attracts them in the first place. Then they target the attic, where insulation and a lack of human traffic provides them with a warm, dry nesting environment.
If you feed birds then you need to use a feeder basket and reduce the amount of food you're using. Try to put in just enough to feed the birds during the day, ensuring nothing at all is left behind at night.
What is the average cost of rodent control?
Rodent control can cost anywhere from $300 to $500 for an average sized home. We're coming in, investigating every nook and cranny, getting everything sealed off, and getting the rodents trapped and removed.
We also provide additional services. For example, we can also assist with sanitizing, cleaning up and fixing the damage the rats have done. We also guarantee that when we come to your house, those pesky rodents don't come back.
You don't even have to adopt a cat to keep them away.
Stop the swarm before it gets any worse. Contact us sooner than later and request a free home inspection today.
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Raccoons may seem like harmless, adorable trash pandas, but when they get into your home they create hazards that can't be ignored. Fortunately, you don't have to harm raccoons to protect your home. Humane raccoon removal is both possible and affordable.
In fact, here at Elite Wildlife Services we only practice humane raccoon removal, because we think those little guys are cute too (and we're nice people who respect nature).
Here are a few things you should know about raccoons.
Why are raccoons dangerous?
Raccoons are dangerous for two reasons. First, they carry several diseases that can threaten both your family members and your pets. Many raccoons carry rabies, as well as canine distemper and roundworm. They also carry fleas which can spread to pets or humans.
Raccoons also damage your home with urine and feces. These droppings can quickly soak into the drywall of your home, rendering it unlivable. Sometimes this even weakens the ceiling to the point where raccoons start falling through the resulting holes, whereupon they become frightened and aggressive, and may attack your family or your pets.
They also do a great deal of danger to the home itself. Raccoons rip through soffits and fascia, causing roof leaks and gutter problems that can result in thousands of dollars of damage being done to your property.
How do you get rid of raccoons?
First, we seal off the access points the raccoons are using to enter and leave your home. This is the most important step, as it ensures that we have a limited number of raccoons to remove. It also ensures the infestation does not come back.
From there, we use live cage traps and effective bait to gently trap the raccoons. We then safely remove them many miles from your property.
We also offer recommendations for sanitation services that can help you get rid of all the fleas, ticks, and droppings that the raccoons have left in your home. Without these vital steps your family would remain at risk even after the animals themselves have been taken out of the picture.
How do you stop raccoons from coming back?
Raccoons are drawn to hospitable environments with plenty of food. Securing your trash can, bringing in pet food at night, and picking up any fallen fruits and nuts in your yard can help make your home a less attractive environment.
If you have a garden, fish pond, or compost pile you should put up a fence to discourage raccoons from visiting.
Finally, you should seal off your chimney, as this serves as a common access point. Remember, raccoons love attics! From their perspective, insulation is the perfect nesting material and they enjoy a warm, sturdy space as much as we do.
What is the average cost for raccoon removal?
It depends on how many raccoons there are, how much damage they've already done, and how many holes we'll need to seal.
The only way for us to quote you an accurate price is for you to call us for a free estimate. Our estimate will be accurate and you won't have any surprises. Given the long-term damage raccoons can do, it will also be far more cost-effective than leaving these little creatures to their own devices.
Got trash pandas? We've got solutions!
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Squirrels. They're cute, they're pervasive, and most of us don't think about them very much. They run around yards without causing much trouble.
Yet if they get into your house, they start acting a little like Violet Beauregarde in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. They start "chewing, chewing, all day long."
What do they like to chew on the most? Wires and insulation. It's just so tempting for them! Your insulation looks like a dream nest to them, warm and dry, safe and cozy. They don't know that their behavior could lead straight to a house fire.
Time to get them out of your house and back in the wild where they belong.
We use live traps to capture them. That’s the only way to get them…they’re persistent little creatures. Yet we also take and recommend some steps to keep them from coming back.
For example, a lot of squirrels get in through the fascia. The gutter acts as a highway to get them there. Gutter guards can be extremely helpful in this regard (try Flo Free if you’d like to avoid the headaches gutter guards can add to biannual cleanings).
Next, we recommend trimming tree branches that overhang the roof line, since that’s another way squirrels get tempted to enter your home.
Meanwhile, when we’re done trapping the squirrels we’ll figure out where they’re entering, seal up those access points, and relocate your squirrels over 10 miles away so they won’t try to get back into the cozy spots they remember. You’ll still see them all over your yard…there’s no avoiding it…but the ones you’ll be seeing haven’t tasted your house yet, and won’t be able to get in thanks to our sealing efforts.
There are a lot of myths that say you can get rid of squirrels with bright lights, loud music, or apple cider vinegar. None of these methods work. The only way to get squirrels out of your attic is to call a professional to trap them.
Squirrels have a pretty high tolerance for almost anything if they have found a safe spot to bear and raise young. Your attic is it…no matter how bright or noisy it may be.
The average squirrel removal job costs anywhere from $200 to $3000. Much depends on the size of both your house and of the infestation. Commercial squirrel removal certainly costs the most.
Control costs by calling us as soon as you suspect you have a squirrel problem. If you start hearing unusual noises, smell foul odors, or find squirrel droppings then you probably should make the call right away.
Call today to request an inspection. We’ll tell you exactly what it takes to show those squirrels the door.
When you have rats in your house you've got a dozen pressing reasons to get rid of them ASAP.
Hear one or two rats on the roof and you've probably got ten more in your attic and another hundred in your walls. They reproduce with alarming frequency, and attract both other rodents and other predators, like snakes.
Rats are some of the least sanitary animals you can have in your building. They leave droppings everywhere, which spread disease and give your entire home or office an unpleasant smell that's hard to get rid of. They can even start dangerous fires by chewing through your wiring.
Our Houston rat removal and decontamination services will get rid of your rats.
You can usually hear rats, and you’ll typically hear them at night. You’ll most often hear them moving in the attic or on the roof. You may hear scratching or scampering noises.
You can also check the attic itself for droppings. You’ll tend to see a lot of them. You might see dark, heavy stains in pathways that rats are traveling frequently. Droppings look like little grains of dark brown rice to twice that size.
Rats have very oily bodies and they rub against certain surfaces as they travel, leaving oily, unpleasant stains. If you’re seeing them in open areas then the swarm has grown very large and you need immediate help.
If the rat swarm grows too large, they might grow bold enough to start entering areas humans frequent, and you’ll start seeing them face to face.
First, we’ll find and block off their access points so they stop getting into the house. Without taking this step no other control methods will be effective. Once this is done, we can turn to the rats inside of your home.
We use humane traps to get rid of your rat problem, removing them safely from your home.
From there it will be time to clean up their droppings. We use safe, non-toxic disinfectants to scrub away their leavings. We also get rid of any nests they’ve built and entirely sanitize attic spaces where they dwell.
The cost will depend on the size of your building and the size of the infestation. We’ve done jobs for as little as $169 and it can range to over $1000. Commercial rat removal services tend to cost the most.
One way you can control the cost of rat removal services is by calling us as quickly as possible. The longer the rats have to breed, the more expensive it becomes to remove them.
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