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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.

    Is it OK to Leave Bats in the Attic?

    Is it ok to leave bats in the attic - bat removal services in houston - Elite Wildlife Services
    Is it ok to leave bats in the attic - bat removal - Elite Wildlife Services

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      Bats may seem outwardly pretty harmless, so you might be tempted to leave them alone when you discover them in your attic. Yet bats are one of the most common sources of pandemic-style diseases like Covid-19.

      They also carry fungal diseases like Histoplasma capsulatum, which causes histoplasmosis, a deadly lung disease. They can be an incredible danger to your family. 

      They even cause structural damage to your home. 

      They can also cause your house to smell. Bat urine and droppings will ruin your home. So will dead bats in your walls. If you suspect you have bats in the home, you should take steps to get rid of them immediately.


      Signs of a Bat Infestation

      Do you see bats flying around the exterior of your home at sunrise or sunset? That means that they’re going out to hunt and then returning. To your house! Your attic has become their nest.

      Find a dead bat on your property? There’s a good chance they’re nesting in your attic. 

      You should also take note of any unexplained smells, or the scent of ammonia. 

      Hearing strange noises in the walls? Squeaking sounds or scratching sounds? These, too, can be a sign of rats in the home. 


      Handling Bats in the Attic

      There are humane ways to remove bats from your home. You want to get them out without killing any anyway, because, as mentioned, dead bats are a nasty, unsanitary, smelly hazard you don’t want to deal with. They are also state and federally protected and cannot be harmed.

      That means they need to be removed by a professional, and the holes they’re using to get into and out of your house need to be sealed up completely. You’ll also want to get a clean-up company into your attic and home to make sure all urine, feces, and dead bats are properly handled. We can certainly recommend some local Houston providers.

      Bat removal is generally inexpensive but depends on the size of the colony. We’ll give you a quote after examining the size of your bat problem. 

      Note that you can’t keep bats away or drive them away with pheromones, lights, or other methods. You have to trap them, block them, and get rid of them. Most DIY methods simply aren’t very effective at ending the problem, and don’t accomplish more than making you feel better. 

      Do you have a bat problem? Elite Wildlife Services can help you manage them humanely and quickly. Contact us today to schedule your appointment. 

      Are Rats Dangerous?

      Are Rats Dangerous? Rat Removal Services - What You Need To Know - Elite Wildlife Services
      Are Rats Dangerous ?- Elite Wildlife Services

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        Rats are some of the most dangerous creatures you can have in your home. They carry disease, cause structure damage, and can even cause fires by chewing through the wires in your attic. 


        Even if a rat doesn’t bite or scratch you directly they can still harm your health. Their urine and feces can cause allergies and asthma attacks. 


        They’re fast, they’re smart, and they talk to each other. They can even wriggle up your toilet if they’re feeling determined! 


        More people in Houston have to worry about them than ever now, because the rat population in America is growing steadily. 


        Rats carry over 15,000 human diseases and do so both directly and indirectly. These diseases include:

        • Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV)
        • Bubonic plague
        • Typhus
        • Hantavirus
        • Salmonellosis
        • Pneumonic Plague
        • Leptospirosis
        • Tularemia
        • Rat Bite Fever
        • Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever
        • Lassa Fever
        • South American Arenaviruses
        • Colorado Tick Fever
        • Lyme Disease
        • Scrub Typhus
        • Rickettsialpox
        • West Nile Virus

        Yes, bubonic plague still exists! It did not die out completely in the Middle Ages. 

        Several of these diseases can, of course, be fatal to you and your family. 

        As you’ve seen, you can get very sick. While you may luck out and walk away from a rat bite or scratch with little more than a small, irritating wound, it’s important to see a doctor right away.

        There’s a good chance you’ll need to be tested for diseases and there’s an even better chance you’ll need antibiotics. 

        If you decide to take a “wait and see” approach you should head to the doctor immediately if you start experiencing joint pain, fever, chills, muscle pains, headaches, skin rashes, vomiting, or diarrhea. It’s also a good idea to head to the doctor if you see pus at the skin wound, or any kind of skin rash. Be sure to keep the wound exceedingly clean.

        While you might be tempted to kill the rat that bit you, the truth is that killing rats doesn’t help to remove them from your home. When you see one, there are generally many more that you haven’t found. All you are doing is harming one small, intelligent animal who is trying to survive just like you are.

        We use humane rat removal efforts to block off all of the methods of egress into your home. We trap the rats and then take them somewhere that they can live their little rat lives without harming humans.

        We also teach you how to keep the rats from coming back. 

        In short, you don’t have to live with these ferocious little pests, but you don’t have to hurt them either. Indeed, it’s best if you don’t try to handle them on your own, as that can put you into direct conflict with them and put you at risk.

        Need help with rats? Live in the Houston Metro area? Call Elite Wildlife! We can help you handle rats safely so you can get back to enjoying your home. 

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        Armadillo Invasion? Here’s What You Need to Know

        How to Get rid of an Armadillo Invasion - Elite Wildlife Service
        How to Get rid of an Armadillo Invasion - Elite Wildlife Service
        Armadillos – Get rid of this unwelcome house guest now.

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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.