In urban areas, wildlife such as opossums, rats, squirrels, and raccoons love to set up shop inside private residences until they are trapped and removed. It’s not difficult to see why: human homes tend to offer shelter, privacy, and sometimes even air conditioning. What more could a woodland critter ask for? Unfortunately, the daily activities of your new “roommates” (nesting, roaming, gathering food, etc.) can be aggravating, destructive, and even hazardous to your health.
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If you notice any evidence of furry or feathery squatters on your property, then give us a call as soon as possible. We’ll be there in a flash to evict your invaders.
Signs and Symptoms of Wildlife
Even if you never actually see any animals coming or going, critters tend to leave ample evidence of their presence. The following clues all point to an animal infestation:
- Scratching, running, or jumping noises coming from inside your walls, attic, roof, or chimney, especially during nighttime hours.
- Odd or unpleasant smells coming from somewhere inside your home.
- Animal feces in your home or on your property. The size, shape, and color of the droppings is generally a big clue as to what kind of creature you’re dealing with and where, exactly, it may be hiding.
- Damage to your home’s exterior walls, roof, or backyard deck.
- Household dogs (and sometimes cats) exhibiting agitated behavior. Be especially wary if food keeps disappearing from their outdoor bowls.
- Trash cans constantly being raided through or knocked over.
- Chew marks on, or total destruction of, small items, linens, and food containers.
- Holes in your lawn, peeled back sod, and/or damage to your garden.
There are a variety of ways that animals can infiltrate human homes. Many critters are adept climbers, so it’s easy enough for them to scale the sides of man-made structures or use nearby trees to drop down onto rooftops. Others simply wander onto your property (usually in search of food or mates), like what they see, and decide that they’re moving in. And if the creature in question can fly, well, then it’s practically impossible to keep them away!
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Regardless of their anatomy or MO, most animals will happily take advantage of small holes in a building’s roof, walls, or crawlspaces; mice and rats are notorious for their ability to squeeze through miniscule gaps. And if the animal can’t find an entrance, they may simply make one with their teeth or claws. Uncapped chimneys are also common targets. Without a cap, there’s really nothing to stop an animal from living—or dying—in the chimney.
“The thought of kicking an animal out of my house makes me feel guilty. Can’t I just wait for it to leave on its own?”
Only if the animal in question is some kind of bird. Avian intruders will typically vacate an area once their chicks are ready to take care of themselves. So, dealing with birds often just means waiting for them to fly the coop. Other animal species, though, tend to stay put once they find a safe, comfortable place to call home.
And as long as the animals are in your house, they’ll continue to cause damage and reproduce indiscriminately. If you don’t deal with an animal infestation quickly and correctly, you may just wind up with an enormous problem on your hands.
“Why should I hire a professional to remove the animals in my home? Can’t I do it myself?”
Technically yes, but that’s probably not a good idea. A trained wildlife removal specialist will have the tools, equipment, and experience necessary to complete the job correctly and safely. They’ll also be able to do a thorough cleanup after the animals have been dealt with to clean and protect your home in the future.
As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Here are some tips for staying one step ahead of pest animals:
- Regularly inspect the exterior of your home and other outdoor structures for holes. If you find one, either plug it with steel wool or patch it with proper building materials. Holes and recesses in the land should be filled in with dirt or concrete.
- Make sure that your outdoor trash cans have tight, secure lids. Be careful not to leave food scraps out in the open, and always store dry goods properly.
- Bring bowls of pet food inside at night, or stop leaving food outside altogether.
- Remove tall grass, piles of brush, dead trees, and other debris from your yard. These kinds of hiding places are attractive to wildlife, so having them around may encourage animals to come inspect your house.
- Trim your trees so that the branches are at least six feet away from your roof.
Who We Are…
For wildlife removal in the Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston areas, look no further than Chimney and Wildlife Specialists. We’re a BBB-accredited, award-winning company that utilizes humane, safe, and cutting-edge techniques to help homeowners trap and removal wildlife.
All of our specialists are certified, insured, and well-trained, so even the toughest jobs can be done quickly, efficiently, and affordably. We’re locally owned and operated, and in many cases, we offer same-day, emergency wildlife control services.
…and What We Do
Chimney and Wildlife uses a multi-step process to root out pest animals that have taken refuge in human homes:
- Pre-treatment. The pests are removed from your property in a safe, humane manner. We use only the most cutting-edge techniques and technology in the industry, allowing us to be speedy and efficient while remaining eco-friendly.
- Seal up the site of the breach. We discourage animals from returning to your domicile after we evict them by blocking up any easy-access or weak points in the building’s structure.
- Set traps. Humane traps catch any pests who try to take advantage of your newly vacated chimney, attic, or walls.
- Sanitation and Deodorization. Our professionals will remove unpleasant smells that linger after your unwelcome guests leave. We’ll also clean up any droppings they left behind, reducing your risk of illness from exposure to dander or fecal matter. Tough jobs may require removal and re-installation of attic insulation—which we can take care of in-house.
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We offer tailor-made action plans for each client’s unique situation. Not only does Chimney and Wildlife want to help you with your current predicament, but we also want to make sure you don’t find yourself in the same situation a few months down the road.
If wild animals are making you worry in DFW or Houston, then don’t delay—contact Chimney and Wildlife Specialists today!