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Tony, owner and operator of Chimney and Wildlife Specialists, has a big heart for rescuing wildlife and returning animals back to their natural habitat. When Tony is not climbing up a roof, he loves spending time with his beautiful family and their two dogs.

How Roof Damage Can Affect your Chimney (and Vice-Versa)

Question: how often do you really think about your chimney? It’s okay if your answer is, “Not very often, honestly.” After all, the bulk of the structure lies outside of your home, it’s pretty easy to forget about. […]

By |June 20th, 2018|Chimney|Comments Off on How Roof Damage Can Affect your Chimney (and Vice-Versa)

Accessories and Tools No Fireplace is Complete Without

Is your hearth looking a little bare? Do you feel like your fireplace is missing something? While fireplaces aren’t terribly difficult to use, there are a few tools and accessories out there that can enhance your experience. Some are purely decorative while others are mostly practical; your needs will probably vary depending upon whether you have a gas fireplace or a wood-burning fireplace. Regardless of which category you fall under, here are some recommendations to consider: […]

By |June 13th, 2018|Chimney|Comments Off on Accessories and Tools No Fireplace is Complete Without

How to Help Keep the Mosquito Population at Bay During Summertime

What’s the only thing worse than catching a mosquito in the act of biting you?
Noticing a brand-new mosquito bite on your arm or leg after being outside for less than two minutes.
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By |June 6th, 2018|Wildlife|Comments Off on How to Help Keep the Mosquito Population at Bay During Summertime

Is that a Mouse, a Rat, or a Squirrel? Rodent Identification Guide

Question: “What’s the difference between a mouse, a rat, and a squirrel?”
Answer: “Beats me, but one them just ran under that pile of boxes!”

All jokes aside, how confident are you in your ability to identify and classify? While mice, rats, and squirrels are all rodents and all considered pest animals, they’re definitely not “the same thing.” Let’s take a moment to learn the visual differences between the three: […]

By |May 29th, 2018|Wildlife|Comments Off on Is that a Mouse, a Rat, or a Squirrel? Rodent Identification Guide

Wolfdogs & Savannah Cats – What You Should Know About “Hybrid” Pets

Longtime readers of this blog may recall that, a while back, we discussed the prospect of domesticating wild animals. More specifically, we explained why trying to domesticate wild animals is a terrible idea that will almost certainly end in hurt feelings, destruction of property, and/or bodily injury. […]

By |May 23rd, 2018|Wildlife|Comments Off on Wolfdogs & Savannah Cats – What You Should Know About “Hybrid” Pets

Birds Behaving Badly: An Overview of North Texas Pest Bird Species

Unless you happen to own a pet bird, hearing tweeting, flapping, or even pecking sounds coming from inside your walls, attic, or chimney is generally cause for concern. While they may not seem as unsettling as rat problems or even squatting squirrels, bird infestations should be handled as soon as you’re aware of the problem, even if you’re not 100% sure what kind of bird you’re dealing with. […]

By |May 16th, 2018|Wildlife|Comments Off on Birds Behaving Badly: An Overview of North Texas Pest Bird Species

What Do I Do If I Have Bats in My House?

In a recent post, we discussed how to respond when a wild bird gets inside your house. And in another recent post, we talked about a few different bat species that are native to North Texas. Well, our readers can consider this post to be the hybrid offspring of those! Let’s talk about how to respond if you find a bat in your home. […]

By |May 10th, 2018|Wildlife|Comments Off on What Do I Do If I Have Bats in My House?

Caring for your Chimney when You Rent Your Home

When we dispense advice on this blog for dealing with chimney and wildlife issues, we usually do so while assuming that the reader is a homeowner. That’s the nature of our business; the folks who typically inquire about our services tend to be property owners as opposed to property renters. In the interest of being inclusive, we’d like to devote today’s post to people who don’t own their living spaces. […]

By |May 2nd, 2018|Chimney|Comments Off on Caring for your Chimney when You Rent Your Home

What to Do if a Bird Enters the House Through Your Chimney

Picture this: you’re sitting on your living room couch, reading a book or dozing off, when you suddenly hear the sound of flapping wings. Intrigued, you look around, only to see a sparrow, a Mockingbird, or some other non-domesticated bird perched inside your fireplace. You barely manage to say “What in the world…?!” (or something a little less polite) before the terrified critter takes flight and settles on top of your mantle or a wall-mounted kitchen cabinet. […]

By |April 25th, 2018|Chimney|Comments Off on What to Do if a Bird Enters the House Through Your Chimney

Six Bats Over Texas – An Overview of Texas Bat Species

When you work in the wildlife removal industry, you tend to run into bats with fair frequency. These winged critters—who, contrary to popular belief, are not rodents—are pretty small, but they can startle the absolute daylights out of someone who’s not expecting to see a bat flying around in their house. And even if you find one while it’s hibernating, the experience can still be unnerving, as bats have a pretty well-earned reputation for carrying rabies. […]

By |April 18th, 2018|Wildlife|Comments Off on Six Bats Over Texas – An Overview of Texas Bat Species