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A Whole Colony of Bats takes Over a Corpus Christi Parking Garage

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    Imagine trying to park your car only to see thousands of bats crowded up in the rafters. They swarm like a big black mass in every corner they can find.

    If you go to Sunrise Mall in Corpus Christi, you won’t have to imagine it. That’s exactly what’s happened.

    While these bats aren’t likely to attack they are no doubt an unsettling sight. The real danger has little to do with attack anyway. It has everything to do with guano and rabies that are a threat to the health of business owners and customers alike. Nobody’s using Sunrise Mall right now, according to news sources, but not every business is lucky enough to be so deserted before bats move in.

    And yes, when a colony moves in, there tend to be hundreds, even thousands of bats to contend with.

    The last thing your customers want is to have to scrape bat guano off their cars! The strong ammonia smell and piles of poo in your garage aren’t going to endear you to your clientele, either. Keep in mind that inhaling minute spores found in bat guano causes histoplasmosis as well, so if you’ve got bats you’ve got a serious liability problem on your hands. 

    There’s a reason why we strap on respirators when we decide to start dealing with bats.

    Why are bats attracted to parking garages?

    Because they’re just like caves in the wild. They’re dark. They’re cool. They have lots of places for bats to get into and out of. They block out the light during the day. They’re full of crevices. Water even tends to pool and puddle in them after rainstorms, which means they’re a good source for two things bats need: the water itself, and the insects that are attracted to the water. 

    Bats – An Endangered Species

    Bats are an endangered species and are protected under Texas law. They may not be hunted, poisoned, killed, possessed, purchased, or sold. However, they may be moved or trapped, and that’s where we come in.

    Our Bat Removal Process

    This is anything but a small job when dealing with a parking garage. We have to seal up every point of egress, save one. We use nets at first so we can get rid of the bats fast; later we’ll get in there and seal up those little openings permanently. 

    We then find the main roosting point and install a valve above it. That’s a one way door. Bats can get out to hunt, but they can’t get back in. 

    Once they realize they can’t get back in they fly off, and because all of the other openings are sealed they eventually disappear. It’s humane and it’s easy; they are perfectly capable of finding more suitable lodgings on their own.

    Then you can get on with the business of hiring a commercial cleaning company to get in there after them. 

    It’s a tough job, but it’s gotta get done. Don’t let bats ruin your Houston, TX business. Contact Elite Wildlife to get help today.

    The 7 Snakes that Could Invade your Houston, TX Home or Yard

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      Did you know that Houston is host to over 23 varieties of snake?

      Oh, not all of these varieties will end up in your house. Water snakes will stay in the water, and won’t come anywhere near your home.

      Quite a few others, however, will show up because your home already has another pest (rats). Here are the scaly invaders who might show up to the buffet.

      Coral Snakes (Venomous) 

      Gorgeous in their black, yellow, and red stripes, but when provoked they’ll try to chew on you, literally delivering their venom again and again. While their bites rarely kill the antivenin is expensive. You’re more likely to see them in your yard than in your house.

      Copperheads (Venomous) 

      Copperhead venom is mild and rarely fatal for humans. Yet these snakes are ubiquitous in Texas. They ave a distinct hourglass pattern on their bodies. They like wood piles and sawdust piles. 

      Rattlesnakes (Venomous)

      We’ve seen them in crawl spaces, between the walls, under houses, even, at least once, in a toilet. Obviously you should never try to remove rattlesnakes yourself. Call us so we can get rid of them safely! They’re among the most dangerous snakes in North America, with a mortality rate of up to 30%. But in reality they don’t like coming into our houses very much. Sometimes they slip in through a front door, or through unsealed pipes that come into the home. Those gaps need to be sealed. 

      Rat Snakes 

      As the name indicates, these snakes hunt rats, and they are attracted to any home that has them. These are the snakes we find in attics more often than not. The solution for rat snakes is really the same as for rats: seal up access points, trap whomever is in there, get rid of the dead ones, and take a few steps to make the whole house a little less attractive to rodents.

      Rough Earth Snakes

      You’re a lot more likely to find these snakes in leaf or mulch piles than in the house. They’re harmless, though if one does get inside you’ll still want to call an expert. They’re often confused with copperheads, and copperheads are often confused for earth snakes. Don’t take a chance.

      Kingsnakes

      Like ratsnakes, Kingsnakes come into your home in search of rodents. Most are glossy black, though there are other varieties. They’re harmless to humans, though not really to your house. 

      Coachwhip Snakes

      Coachwhips are pretty aggressive, but they mostly want to scare you and get away from you. Don’t corner it, just call us. Usually you’ll find them around the house, not in it, but it’s been known to happen.

      Get Help from Elite Wildlife

      No  matter what kind of snake you might suspect is lurking around your home, we can help.

      We’ll get the snakes (and all other associated critters) out of there! Don’t be embarrassed if you’re scared of snakes. Even the most dedicated herpetologist wouldn’t want one loose in their attic or walls, and would call in experts like us to take care of the problem. 

      Can the Right Insulation Stop a Rat Problem?

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        There are several insulation brands that claim to be rodent-resistant. Both foam insulations and cellulose insulation both say that they are rat-proof, but sadly it isn’t so. There is no such thing as an insulation which actively repels or prevents rats.

        Even insulation that contains boric acid just can’t get the job done. The poison in these insulations just isn’t potent enough to actually kill rats…and poisoning a rat population comes with its own problems. Ask anyone who has ever had a dead animal of any kind trapped behind their walls. The smell eventually turns a home unlivable!

        The fact is that your attic is an ideal place for rats. It’s warm. It’s dry. Insulation makes ideal nesting materials. 

        Decent Insulation Choices

        Obviously you’ve got to insulate your attic with something, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with choosing an insulation that doesn’t make rats quite as happy as the pink stuff. They love the pink stuff (fiberglass insulation). 

        Instead, consider loose-fill cellulose insulation. Thick, dense, clumpy, and dry, it packs small areas tight. Cellulose is made of wood. Rats can certainly chew it, but it’s not that useful for them to chew. It does not make for a sturdy, warm nest which means rats tend to ignore it.

        If you want an insulation that rats don’t particularly like the smell of, hemp insulation works. While it takes a license for Texas growers to plant and harvest industrial hemp, it is legal to build with in our state. Hemp insulation is eco-friendly, effective, and moisture-resistant. The taste is a little bit bitter for them, they don’t like the smell, and it’s often just more trouble for them than its worth.

        We certainly wouldn’t dissuade you from choosing an insulation that is less attractive to rats and less likely to be damaged by them. We just want to reiterate that there’s no insulation choice you can make that will keep rats out of your attic. For that, other steps need to be taken.

        What’s Truly Effective at Deterring Rats and Mice?

        The first step that’s effective is seeing to sanitation around your home. Feed your pets at a specific time and take up their food when they’re done. Make sure trash cans around your property are properly sealed off and secured. If you feed birds, use a feeder basket and reduce the amount of food you’re using. You’re aiming to get just enough food to feed the birds during the day. If any food is left over at night, you’re overfilling those feeders.

        Clean up “hidden” areas where food tends to congregate too, such as beneath refrigerators or behind stoves.

        Keeping your lawn mowed, trimmed, and raked can really help too, since this provides rats with fewer places to hide. 

        If you already have rodents in your house we need to find and block off all their entry points, then trap them to get the ones that are in your house out of your house for good. If you’ve been lucky enough to avoid them thus far, getting a pest control specialist to seal up entry points now can keep you lucky in the future. 

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        Rats in the attic aren’t just a health and safety risk. They’re a fire hazard too. When those little teeth start finding their way into exposed wiring your home could be in real trouble.

        Recognizing the early warning signs of a rodent problem can be a big help. But you don’t have to guess. If you think you might have critters, reach out to Elite Wildlife to get help today.

        What Transmittable Diseases Do Raccoons Carry?

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          Sure, the trash pandas are adorable. Everyone loves their tiny little hands!

          Yet when coons get too close, disease can follow.

          In fact, raccoons carry so many diseases that we’d be hard pressed to name them all. Still, we can give you the most common ones.

          Leptospirosis

          What it is: a bacterial disease that affects humans and animals.

          What it does: causes kidney damage, meningitis, liver failure, and respiratory distress. In short, leptospirosis can be fatal. 

          How raccoons pass it on to us: through urine contamination. 

          Rabies

          What it is: a viral disease that infects the central nervous system of both humans and animals.

          What it does: causes severe inflammation of the brain and spinal cord.  It’s most famous for turning animals dangerously aggressive; humans can end up in a state of anxiety, confusion, or partial paralysis. Humans can also suffer from hallucinations. It even can cause a severe fear of water: individuals will panic and refuse to drink. 

          The virus essentially hijacks the brain.

          How raccoons pass it to us: through bites and scratches.

          Canine Distemper

          What it is: a virus that attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and nervous system of dogs.

          What it does: causes a watery, pus-like discharge from the eyes. As the disease progresses, dogs develop fevers, nasal discharge, coughing, lethargy, a reduced appetite, vomiting, seizures, partial or complete paralysis. This disease is often fatal. Even when it isn’t it can cause permanent, irreparable nervous system damage.

          How raccoons pass it to your animals: through direct contact with body fluids or droppings. 

          Raccoon Parvoviral Enteritis

          What it is: a highly infectious virus. Racoons can pass it to both dogs and cats.

          What it does: causes lethargy, depression, lack of appetite, fever, vomiting, and diarrhea. You may spot mucous or blood in your pet’s feces. This disease can be treated if you get your pet to the vet fast enough, but it can be fatal.

          How raccoons pass it to your pets: through contact with droppings. 

          Infectious Canine Hepatitis

          What it is: a contagious viral disease that targets dogs.

          What it does: this virus targets the spleen, kidneys, lungs, liver, the lining of the blood vessels and other organs. Symptoms can include fever, vomiting, depression and apathy, thirst, loss of appetite, blindness, a swollen belly, jaundice, red dots on the skin, seizures, and other symptoms. This disease can be fatal.

          How raccoons pass it to your pets: through contact with raccoon urine, most commonly when dogs drink from an outdoor puddle or stagnant pond.

          Toxoplasmosis

          What it is: a disease caused by a parasite known as the toxoplasma gondii parasite.

          What it does: causes body aches, swollen lymph nodes, headache, fever, and fatigue. May cause severe, even fatal, problems in babies, those infected with HIV/AIDS, or in pregnant people. 

          How raccoons pass it to us: through contact with urine or feces.

          Baylisascaris Procyonis

          What it is: a rare but serious roundworm.

          What it does: causes neurological and ocular symptoms in humans. Symptoms include nausea, exhaustion, liver enlargement, loss of coordination, confusion, and loss of muscle control. May cause blindness or coma.

          How raccoons pass it to us: through contact with urine or feces.

          Keep disease out of your home by keeping raccoons out of your home!

          While you may imagine that you’d never openly come into contact with urine or feces or get close enough to a raccoon to get bitten by one, the truth is your risk of disease goes up exponentially when a raccoon moves into your home. You may not realize common household surfaces have become contaminated, or that raccoons have been handling your pet’s food and water supply.

          Protect your home and your family from disease. Call Elite Wildlife for humane raccoon removal. We’ll put them somewhere they’ll be happier, and we’ll keep you safe at the same time.

          Signs You Have a Squirrel Problem

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            Everyone in Katy, TX has squirrels in their yard. As long as they stay in your yard, squirrels are relatively harmless.

             

            Yet when squirrels get into your home you’ve got a huge problem on your hands! They’re just as bad as mice for

            chewing just about everything and defecating just about everywhere.  

            Here’s how you know you’ve got squirrels in your home.

             

            You hear strange noises.
            Scratching and skittering sounds in your ceiling are a good sign that you have some kind of infestation. It may not be

            squirrels, but they’re noisy little critters and very energetic. You’ll often hear squirrels before you hear just about any other type of critter.

            You find the damage.
            You’ll usually find damage in the walls or in the attic. You’ll see teeth marks and chewed electrical wires. Sometimes the damage shows up around your air vents, too, or around the roofline.

            You see tiny footprints.
            Think you’ve got squirrels in your attic? Try slipping a bit of cardboard up there. Cover it in flour.

            Leave it up there one day. You’re going to end up with a chewed up piece of cardboard that’s got tiny squirrel prints all
            over it. 

            You see “water damage.”
            That yellow-brown stain on your ceiling might not be water leak damage at all.
            Yeah. Yikes. 

            You’ve detected an unpleasant smell.
            Sometimes squirrels fall into the walls and die. Baby squirrels are especially prone to this.

            Eventually your house starts smelling like “something’s died in here.”
            You need an extermination company to remove the live squirrels…and to find and get rid of the dead squirrel.

            Note, this is why you want to call a company like ours right away. Some people try poison before they try us, and they end up with lots of dead squirrels in their walls. It’s awful stuff. Don’t make that mistake.

             

            Get help with your squirrel problem from Elite Wildlife Services today!


            Did you know that humane squirrel removal and prevention are very affordable services? In fact, we offer one of the

            most affordable squirrel removal services in Katy.

            Contact us today to get a free estimate. Squirrels belong in trees…not in your house!