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What Are the Best Ways to Prevent Rodent Infestations?

What You Need to Know about Rodent Removal Services in Houston - Elite Wildlife Services
What You Need to Know about Rodent Removal Services in Houston - Elite Wildlife Services
Don’t Wait – Get Rid of Rodents in Your Home Now.

Squirrels, rats, and mice. Rodents love being in our homes. They’re warm, they’re dry, they’re steady sources of food and things to chew.

We, of course, do not love having rodents in our home. They’re fire hazards because they take out electrical wires. They get trapped in the wall and die there, which means foul odors. They spread disease through urine and feces. They breed and breed and breed: where you see one there could be many more.

So preventing rodent infestations should be a huge priority for any homeowner. Here’s what you need to know.

What attracts rodents to your house? 

Ready access to food attracts many rodents. If you have pet food out, have unsecured trash, or don’t clean up your dishes as often as you should then you could be attracting them.

They need water too, which means pet dishes, leaky faucets, leaky sprinklers, and other water sources bring them in droves.

They also like places to hide, which means they like clutter and debris a great deal. 

Some rodents just take advantage of access. If you have rotten eaves, soffits, fascia or other problems then they can access them and use them to get into your attic.

What do rats hate the most?

Sorry, but all rodents are pretty resilient little critters. You’re not going to drive them away with smells. Not even scary smells, like cat urine. Rats in particular are pretty smart and soon figure out that the smells can’t hurt them, but the food can still feed them.

So if you want to get rid of rodents, the only way is to physically remove all of them, to take away the things that attract them, and to block off access to the spaces they’re using to get into your home. You may have to declutter your home and do housework every day to ensure that they stay gone.

What do you do if you see a rat in your house?

Stay calm and call pest control. Don’t chase the rat around with a broom, scream at the rat, or try to catch the rat and take it outside. 

These are all good ways to get a rat bite or a rat scratch, which are the primary ways that the diseases these and other rodents carry get transmitted. 

Once you’ve called pest control clean the house from top to bottom: there are likely to be germs everywhere! 

Get Help from Elite Wildlife Today

We work throughout the Greater Houston area including The Woodlands, Conroe, Spring, Tomball, Cypress, Houston Heights, the Energy Corridor, Humble, Kingwood, Katy, Sugarland, Pearland, Baytown, and many more.

We get rodents out of your home and we get them out for good. We can even help you eliminate issues which could be attracting rodents that you may not have noticed yet. We trap the rodents humanely, block off their access points, and we are the professionals who can help clean up the messes they’ve left behind!

Just call (832) 934-9812 today. 



September is Squirrel Season, So Stay on the Lookout

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August through October and February through May are the seasons in which baby squirrels are born. As of this month there are already some adorable pest babies happily snuggling up to their moms.

 

That means squirrels are already instinctively on the lookout for clean, dry, warm places to build their nest, and to them your attic looks pretty much perfect.

 

Got unscreened vents? Loose or rotten soffits, fascia, or trim? You might just start hearing squirrels in your attic. Here’s what you’ll want to do.

 

How can you inspect your home for squirrels?

 

This is a great time to see if there are any points of entry you should be concerned about. If you see holes or exterior wood rot there’s a good chance that squirrels are either already in your attic or will be very soon.

 

You can call us to check, or you can just go ahead and block off these points of entry while watching for other signs that squirrels are present.

 

Signs of squirrels include scampering sounds in your attic, scratching noises in your attic or walls, and foul odors.

 

Can I get rid of squirrels by hunting them?

 

In Texas it is legal to hunt squirrels, but this won’t solve your problem.

 

Squirrel season for hunters starts on October 1st and runs to February 27th. There’s a second season all through the month of may, with a daily bag limit of 10 and a possession limit of 20. You can’t possibly shoot enough to get rid of them all, and in most neighborhoods firing guns off in your back yard is a bad idea to begin with and may be illegal.

 

 Even if you shot ten squirrels a day and plan on eating a lot of squirrel stew you won’t necessarily get rid of the problem, as baby squirrels are not coming out of the attic. They’re falling into wall cavities instead, where they can get stuck and die, which means your home could get infested with the smell of a rotting corpse.

 

We use humane squirrel removal, and don’t really recommend shooting them anyway. Be advised that it’s only legal to shoot gray squirrels and fox squirrels. There are many other varieties of squirrels here in Houston and any one of them could be infesting your home.

 

Are there any DIY squirrel removal solutions I can try?

 

Cayenne pepper? Sprinkler systems? Mint?

 

Sorry, these won’t keep squirrels out of your attic. They’ll barely keep squirrels out of your yard. There are no squirrel control baits that work and poisoning them only increases the chances that one of them will die in your home.

 

Get Humane Squirrel Removal

 

Once they’re in your home you’ll need a professional to get them all. We find all of their nests and entry points, trap them, ensure they can’t get back in your home.

 

Once that’s done we can recommend electricians and cleaning professionals who can help you clean up any damage that’s been done.

We work throughout the Greater Houston area including The Woodlands, Conroe, Spring, Tomball, Cypress, Houston Heights, the Energy Corridor, Humble, Kingwood, Katy, Sugarland, Pearland, Baytown, and many more.

 

Bat Removal in The Woodlands

Bat Removal Services in The Woodlands, Texas - Elite Wildlife Services
Bat Removal Services in The Woodlands, Texas - Elite Wildlife Services

There are ten species of bats inhabiting the Woodlands area: 

On certain nights in the area you can see hundreds of them taking flight, off to look for food. With so many flitting about it’s little wonder that they eventually end up in our homes and businesses.

When they get into buildings they are not harmless. Instead, they cause disease and a great deal of damage to almost any structure they get into. It’s important to protect your investments by handling bats the right way.

Here’s what you need to know.

Bat Houses Don’t Help Prevent Bats

Sorry: you can’t keep bats out of your home by building them a more attractive habitat.

Bat houses are certainly a good idea if you want to help threatened bat populations. Bats just can’t exercise any discernment that might make them say: oh, that house is for me, so I’ll stay out of this person’s attic.

Instead, some bats will roost in the bat house and then other bats will arrive. If your home is accessible, some of them will go roost in your attic.

In fact, you should be very careful about putting up a bat house or encouraging bats in any other way if you have not yet taken steps to make your home inaccessible to them. 

They Are Gentle and Beneficial When They Stay Outside

You don’t want to go the other extreme wherein you start murdering bats with traps and lures and poisons. Bats have a lot going for them.

They eat insects, including mosquitos. They are seed-dispensers and pollinators, which means they’re vital to our food-bearing ecosystems. They are gentle little animals and are about as clean as any wild animal ever is.

They’re also endangered because a lot of people kill bats thanks to old superstitions that say they’re dangerous, aggressive, or evil animals. 

We don’t want to contribute to their endangerment. We just want to prevent them from doing damage to your home. 

Humane Bat Removal Solves the Problem

Here at Elite Wildlife Services, we help the home and business owners in the Woodlands seal off the areas that bats might use to access their homes. We then trap and remove bats safely, putting them somewhere they can do some good while preventing them from doing any more damage.

If you think you might have bats in your home, don’t panic, don’t reach for poison, and don’t waste your money on “bat deterrents” that don’t work.

Call us to take them out of your home or office so that you can get back to living a happy, bat-free lifestyle. 

Over 10 Years of experience in Bat Removal Services - Elite Wildlife Services

Wildlife Removal in The Woodlands

Wildlife Removal in The Woodlands, Texas - Elite Wildlife Services
Wildlife Removal in The Woodlands, Texas - Elite Wildlife Services

Many people enjoy living in The Woodlands because it puts them right next door to the 1800-acre George Mitchell Nature Preserve. While you might enjoy being able to spot various creatures when you visit the Preserve, the last place you want them is in your home or business.

It’s not unusual for bats, raccoons, grey squirrels, rats, opossums, snakes, bees, and armadillos to become major issues for property owners in The Woodlands area. Each of these creatures threatens your investment in a variety of ways.

They Spread Disease

Every one of these animals carries some form of disease. Bats carry deadly upper respiratory fungal infections. Raccoons carry rabies. Rats carry just about every plague you can think of.

Wildlife in a building poses a severe health and safety risk that you need to address right away.

They Ruin Your Property

Properties in the Woodlands are often beautifully built and appointed. Yet you stand to lose all that if you let wildlife run rampant in your home.

First, there’s just no getting around it: animals leave urine and feces everywhere. Bats and rats don’t politely go outside or in litter boxes. That means stains, smells, and other damage that can be difficult and expensive to clean up.

Second, many of these creatures like to chew on wires, walls, roofs, soffits, and insulation. It just so happens that our homes and businesses are filled with ideal nesting materials. 

Third, pests sometimes attract other pests.

Got rats? Snakes are right behind them, because the snakes feed on the rats. Got bees? Rats and roaches are ready to eat their honey.

They Threaten Your Safety

Sure, most of the snakes that might be found in your Woodlands home are unlikely to be venomous, but snake bites still hurt. Rats will bite, scratch, and spread disease when they feel threatened, and so will any other animal.

Honeybees? Swarms and stings can be deadly if you or anyone on your property is allergic. 

The longer you leave these creatures on your property the more likely it is that you’re going to have some kind of an encounter with them that could result in someone getting hurt. As they grow more invasive they push further and further into the spaces where humans live and work. 

Humane Wildlife Removal Services

There are no DIY solutions that work well for chasing these animals away. The only ways to handle the problem are to find out how they’re getting in. Then we have to seal those spaces and remove the animals that are already there.

Killing those animals comes with its own set of problems, including the fact that corpses can become trapped in walls or hard-to-reach attic spaces, creating their own smells, health, and safety issues.

Instead, we trap them and take them off to a place where they can live their little lives in peace while leaving you to yours.

If you know you have a problem, don’t delay and don’t wait. You’ve worked too long and too hard to secure your Woodlands property to lose it to these representatives from the great outdoors.

How to Make Your Home Less Attractive to Bats

How to make your home less attractive to bats - Bat Removal Houston - Elite Wildlife Services
How to make your home less attractive to bats - Bat Removal Houston - Elite Wildlife Services

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    While the team at Elite Wildlife Services is happy to provide you with humane bat removal services, it’s always nice when we can keep them out of your house in the first place. In addition, once you’ve paid for creature removal the last thing you want to do is see them return.

    Here are a few tips for ensuring bats will want to find places other than your attic to build their next home.


    Prevent Bats by Blocking Entry Points

    The easiest way to prevent a bat problem is to block their access to your home. Bats can use relatively small holes to get into your space.

    Start with window screens, chimney caps, and draft guards beneath attic doors. You’ll also want to caulk electrical or plumbing holes. Yes, bats don’t always get into the attic: sometimes they fly in through an open door or window, too!

    Check out this page from Bat Conservation International to see all the surprising entry points that bats can use to get into your house. 

    Avoid Using Lights to Discourage Bats

    Motion lights are a great security measure, as are porch lights and entry lights. We’re not discouraging you from using those.

    Some people try to shine huge spotlights on their attics to keep bats away though, and this is a bad idea. This is because the lights will just attract more insects. While the light may annoy the bats a little the concentrated food source will more than make up for the inconvenience. 

    As for the lights you have to have? Swap out white lights for yellow ones. They attract fewer insects, which means even fewer food sources. 

     

    Other Repellent Devices

    Most repellents simply don’t work very well. For example, expensive audio repellents don’t always do a good job of keeping bats away. Scent-based repellents are more likely to upset the people who live in the home than the bats.

    Fortunately, once you’ve closed off access to your home you should be safe. There’s nothing wrong with having bats near your home as long as you don’t have them in it. After all, they’ll keep the mosquito population down in your yard, and they don’t hurt anything so long as they’re staying out of human habitats. 

    If you do get bats in your home, well, you know who to call. We’ll help you get rid of that bat colony, and will take steps to ensure they don’t come back ever again.