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Why Are Feral Hogs a Problem?

A Trapped Feral Hog.

Why feral hogs are a problem

More than 1.5 million feral hogs roam throughout Texas and several southern states. Relatives of domesticated pigs and hogs, recently feral hogs have wreaked havoc throughout the state, destroying acres and acres crops and land, including uprooting trees and tearing away bark. They’ve become such a nuisance that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has instilled feral hog removal and eradication programs throughout the South and regions where the animals have spread. The Texas feral hog eradication program falls under the USDA’s program and provides assistance in several Texas counties to help people trap the hogs.

Because they have few natural predators and breed quickly, they have spread rapidly through the state. Though omnivorous, they tend to like agricultural crops like corn, wheat, soybeans, peanuts, potatoes, and melons like cantaloupe and watermelon. They also root up land in search of insects, as well as small reptiles and amphibians. Their excessive rooting and wallowing can also destabilize wetlands as well as forests.

If you have problems with feral hogs or large animals damaging your property and need help removing them, the experts with large wild animal control in Arlington and Fort Worth, TX are those at Dallas Fort Worth Wildlife Control. We provide a full range of safe removal options. Find out how we can help by calling (817) 606-7607 or (972) 954-9244.  

What is a feral hog?

Most of the feral hogs that roam through Texas are actually descendants of domesticated hogs brought to America by Spanish colonists more than 300 years ago. When the domesticated hogs escaped from farms over time they became feral. Many resemble their domesticated relatives, though some have crossbred with wild boars brought to the U.S. in the 1930s as game animals. Many of these animals will resemble these boars more than regular hogs, and often have larger heads and snouts, as well as thick, bristly hair. They have few natural predators and extensive habitat. Because of the damage they can cause to crops and other resources, feral hog removal is essential.

Where are feral hogs located?

Feral hog populations have spread heavily throughout South, East, and Central Texas. While they aren’t as prevalent in North and West Texas, they still prove a nuisance in those areas. They are also prevalent in several southern states including Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Arkansas, and Georgia. Some have migrated to southwestern states like Arizona. The largest populations, however, are in Texas.    

What diseases do feral hogs carry?

Feral hogs can carry diseases that can threaten humans, including swine brucellosis, tuberculosis, and even bubonic plague. They also carry diseases like pseudorabies, hog cholera, and foot and mouth disease that can be transmitted to wildlife and livestock. They are also known to carry such parasites as kidney worms, roundworms—which carry the parasite that causes trichinosis—and whipworms. If you are involved with any feral hog removal efforts, including hunting them, wear plastic or rubber gloves when dressing or cleaning them, and burn or bury the gloves and entrails afterward.

Is it safe to eat feral hogs?

Like their domesticated counterparts, feral hog meat is edible and safe to eat. It tends to be leaner than domesticated hog and some consider it tastier. To prevent diseases, the entrails need to be buried or burned after the animal has been dressed and cleaned, and the meat needs to be thoroughly cooked.

Feral hog damage

The reason feral hog removal efforts are so extensive is because of the damage they can do to crops and land in particular. Much of the damage to their habitat is caused by their rooting and wallowing. Holes dug from rooting can be as deep as three feet, and the soil will appear as if it’s been overturned by a plow. They favor brushy bottomlands including rivers and creeks where they can wallow and hide in the brush for protection. They are also directly competing for food with other wildlife as well as livestock, and have been known to damage or even destroy livestock and wildlife feeders.

Feral hog control methods

Several feral hog removal and eradication methods exist. Among the most common include:

  • Hunting: In Texas, you do not have to have a hunting license to hunt feral hogs on private property, and no game limits exist. Some parts of Texas allow aerial gunning from helicopters.
  • Trapping: This is the most common form of removal. Typically, the live traps are 4- by 8-foot cages that can trap several hogs at once. The hogs can be fattened up and sold for food.
  • Snaring: Snares can be set in active areas, although the snares may also attract non-target animals.
A Feral Hog Walks Through Wildflowers.

Wild hog removal services

If your property or livestock is being threatened by the intrusion of feral hogs, the professionals to contact for feral hog removal in Arlington and Fort Worth, TX, are those at Dallas Fort Worth Wildlife Control. We offer a complete range of removal services for all types of animals, large and small. Find out how we can help by calling (817) 606-7607 or (972) 954-9244.

Who do you call to pick up dead animals?

dead rat on a sandy surface

What do you do when you find a dead animal in your yard?

Dead animal removal isn’t something we think about in everyday life until we’re confronted with the situation, anyway. In Texas, and other areas of the country, during this time of the year, the weather is mild for many days and nights. Instead of running the heater (because we don’t need it now) or running the air conditioner (because it hasn’t got that hot yet), many people leave their windows open. Feel the breeze blowing through with the sunshine, enjoying the fresh air and sounds of the birds, until…. UGH!

What is that smell?! A walk around your house outside you find what that smell is, a dead animal. Maybe it’s a cat, a dog, or a squirrel? Or maybe you’ve noticed a strong, unpleasant odor coming from the attic? It is a possum, rat, or squirrel? It doesn’t matter does it, dead and smelly is dead and smelly. What matters is knowing who to call for a safe dead animal removal?

First, if the animal is in your yard, don’t pick it up with your bare hands! If where you live has a department of sanitation, call them. Ask them if they offer a service for dead animal removal on private property. If they don’t offer that service, ask what their stipulations are regarding disposal of the animal after you have completed the dead animal removal yourself. Wearing gloves, a small dead animal removal can be accomplished using a shovel and plastic bag.

Where do I report a dead animal?

It depends on where you find the dead animal. We just reviewed how to handle dead animal removal from your yard. What if you find a dead or injured animal on a public roadway or in a public place like a beach, forest, or park?

A dead or injured wildlife animal, or even a domestic animal found on these premises, should be reported to the local wildlife or state wildlife offices. Dead animal removal request can also be made to the regional Law Enforcement of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

  • For dead animal removal on a highway or public road, contact the local road commission or the local non-emergency police line.
  • The state and wildlife department’s local office should be notified if you find dead fish or dead animal removal of wildlife creatures.
  • For dead animal removal of an animal or animals that appear to have been electrocuted, poisoned, shot, or killed in some other manner that the circumstances appear to be suspicious, contact the law enforcement office of the regional U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

How long does it take for a dead animal to stop smelling?

Unfortunately, it can take as long as three weeks or longer for a more to dead animal to decompose completely. Sometimes, homeowners have called a professional exterminator that specializes in dead animal removal to assist, and it can require breaking into the wall or walls where the dead animal may be located.  

This is not always a viable option for some homeowners, mainly because of the cost. After the walls have been broken into and the dead animal removal is complete, it isn’t over. The odor is still lingering and needs to be eliminated and then rebuilding of the wall.

Some pest control experts have suggested using baking soda as an odor eliminating deodorant once the dead animal removal has been completed, or if the dead animal cannot be found (yes, sometimes, the dead animal cannot be found!). Mix some baking soda with water in a spray bottle and douse the affected area.

Other tricks that have worked for others are using a small amount of vinegar in a few plastic cups and place them strategically around the affected area. Or used coffee grounds placed around the affected area will absorb the odor. Charcoal briquettes placed around the affected area works well as well.

Can you get sick from breathing in dead animal smell?

The odor will not make a person sick, but dead animal smells like gas that can cause the following health issues:

  • Breathing difficulty
  • Eye irritation
  • Headaches

In extremely rare cases, inhaling extensive amounts of the gas compounds from dead animals have caused death. The health risks we just mentioned are the number one reason that every effort to perform a dead animal removal in attic is necessary. Putting things out to absorb the odors can help the odor, but the gas compounds are still there if the animal is left there to decompose.

buried pet with headstone

Is it illegal to put a dead animal in the garbage?

Losing a pet can be devastating or finding a dead animal in your yard. As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to complete the dead animal removal duty, and it is also your responsibility to know how to do dispose of this dead animal.  Throwing it in the trash is not the proper way! Basic guidelines are:

  • The Handling – Don’t! Not with your bare hands, always wear gloves then collect with a shovel and place in a plastic bag. If the dead animal isn’t on your property, call the proper local authorities for proper dead animal removal as we’ve mentioned earlier.
  • The Burial – Small animals, like hamsters and fish dead animal removal can be buried in a yard in most states. It is always wise to check with the local jurisdiction to confirm if there are any special protocol to be followed. A grave of three to four feet deep is sufficient for small animals, be cautious for utility lines and pipes.  Never bury an animal close to a water source.

Finding a dead animal can be devastating and shocking. Once you have gotten past that, take the steps to properly for dead animal removal for the sake of health and odors. Need help? Call Dallas Fort Worth Wildlife Control at (817) 606-7607 or (972) 954-9244 for dead animal removal in Arlington and Fort Worth, TX.

Will bees leave on their own?

bee

How do you get rid of honey bees?

Bees are highly beneficial and necessary insects that help plants naturally thrive no matter the environment. Unfortunately, they have stingers and build hives on homes as well as businesses. Bee removal is a service that has evolved over the years to humanely focus on removing the bees and getting them into a better environment. It’s a fair question these days to try and get rid of a hive that has popped up in your home. Sometimes you may not even see it with the signs including: 

  • Higher traffic of bees in your yard or near your home
  • An unpleasant odor emitting from where the hive 
  • Constant bees appearing inside

To beekeepers and removers alike, it is known that bees will forage around two miles from their hive. When there are bees in a yard or in an area without a hive, then it does not necessarily mean they are from the immediate area. However, when you do detect a hive, it tends to depend largely on the hive if they will leave or not. When the hive has substantial size and has been built upon for a good amount of time, it tends to mean the bees will be there a long time due to how effective the placing of the hive is. However, bees can also largely be seasonal creatures, if the progress on the hives stops, it may be there for the seasonal cycle and will not be in use the next spring. The easiest way to tell is to trust an expert like those at Dallas Fort Worth Wildlife Control. When you need bee removal services in Arlington and Fort Worth, TX, call (817) 606-7607 or (972) 954-9244 to schedule your humane bee removal services and to get your questions answered.

Will a bees nest damage my house?

In some cases, a beehive will make only a minor mark on your home, but in other cases they can severely damage your home and be a danger depending on the location. An example of a less damaging hive can be a small hive at the edge of your roof that hangs down. However, if there is a hive in your wall or a confined space, the hive will grow large and may cause structural damage. The question of to get rid of a hive or not is obviously up to the homeowner and the proximity of the hive to the person should be an absolute factor of if it needs to be removed or not.

One particular warning those unfamiliar with hives may not know is that covering the hive entrance is in fact not a good idea. Particularly with more aggressive insects like wasps or yellow jackets, the hive can make another entrance out. Many species have been known to do it through the structure they are nested on, for example many wasps can chew through wood and after being in a confined space will be highly agitated.

The best folks to call for bee removal are those with an experience like us at Dallas Fort Worth Wildlife Control. As well as local beekeepers if the hive is a honey beehive. Our services cover a wide array of hiving and nesting critters that may find some way of living in your home to your detriment.

What to do if you disturb a bees nest?

Whether when trying to remove it or by accident, the best thing to do when disturbing a hive is to gain a hefty amount of distance from it. The first option of bees when the hive is disturbed is to defend it. Run until you can get into a shelter like a car or they stop following you. Do not jump in a body of water, bees will fly above the water until you surface. If bees do catch up with you, cover your mouth, and keep moving. A healthy adult should be able to outrun a swarm of bees.

When it is a singular encounter, bees are largely docile creatures that might be curious due to perfume or certain scents. When they find you have no nectar, they leave. Sudden movements will agitate them, but they will not sting unless they feel threatened.

It is highly not recommended, but if you have a way to kill bees and wasps is a mixture of soapy water. The reason being is that when sprayed by the mixture, the insect will suffocate. The reason it is not recommended is that the spray needs to be direct and accurate.

bee hive

How do you keep bees from coming back?

While there are a variety of products that can be sprayed on a location that will prevent bees and other swarm insects from hiving in a specific location, there are also natural methods. Those aversed in bee removal know that while placing a spot outside of the nest like a soda can will kill some, it is not effective against the whole hive. Mothballs however are disliked by most insects including bees and can be hung near the hive. The bees will get deterred by the smell and eventually leave the nest. Insects like bees also do not like the smell of cinnamon and vinegar. When sprinkled regularly around your yard and near the hive, the bees may become disenchanted with the area. The most natural plants that deter bees are those like mint, eucalyptus, and citronella. Bees may be repelled by the plants when they are grown in the area you are trying to prevent them from nesting. 

When you need bee removal services, let Dallas Fort Worth Wildlife Control in Arlington and Fort Worth, TX take on your services so you don’t need to worry and they can be removed humanely. Call (817) 606-7607 or (972) 954-9244 today to schedule your appointment for bee removal.

How to Remove Roof Rats and Prevent Future Infestations? 

How to Remove Roof Rats and Prevent Future Infestations?

Roof rats are one of the common species of rodents found in the United States, including the Texas areas. These rats may invade your home to create nuisance and health issues for you and your family members. As the name suggests, the rats are mostly found in the attic region and other high places around your property. 

No matter in which part of your property these animals reside, it is better to identify and control them on time. The unchecked growth of rats can lead to severe infestations and irreversible damages to your property.

Call the Dallas Fort Worth Wildlife Control team to get professional and humane roof rats removal services before it is too late. They also provide services to prevent future rats infestation inside the property. 

Know more about the roof rats

Roof rats are dark brown or black colored rodent with pointed noses, dark eyes, and large ears. The most significant way to identify these pests is through their long and slim build body, with an adult can grow up to 8 inches in length. Owing to their lighter body, they are known climbers of trees and higher structures, including utility poles and roof.

However, it is best to call wildlife control experts for an inspection and identify rodent that invaded your home and get rid of them immediately. 

Signs of roof rats infestation 

Rats usually remain away from the human contacts and can’t be seen easily without a proper inspection. However, there are specific signs that homeowners should be aware of and use to ascertain of rats’ presence inside a home. Here are some signs to determine rats are living inside your property: 

Droppings – The most imminent sign of roof rat infestation is finding droppings in the attic and other areas. Droppings are capsule-shaped feces of the rats with a blunt end and shiny black color. The droppings are usually larger than house mouses. 

Urine odors and stains – Urine stain is not visible to the naked eye but appears on a UV flashlight. Urine stains and smells are one of the clear proofs that indicate their presence. 

Gnawed holes – Roof rats like to bite woods, electrical wires, food packages, and every kind of material found in the attic and other areas. Visible gnawed marks with rough edges on the wood and electrical cables with holes in the nearby structure are other crucial indications.  

Movement pathways – Clean tracks, in otherwise dirt or dusty attic and other areas, means pests use them for movement regularly. Other signs include grease marks on the wall and pathways. 

Rats sighting and sounds – Do you hear frequent squeaks, gnawing, scratching, and digging sounds regularly inside your home? If that is so, uninvited animals are living with you inside the property. The most significant evidence is their sighting rats scurrying or looking for foods. But, rodents are nocturnal pests and hard to find them. 

How to get roof rats removed from your property?

The presence of roof rats anywhere inside the property is not ideal as they cause damages and health concerns. It is thus better to get rid of them before they cause severe damages to property and infestation. 

Many health risks rise for residents getting exposed to the urine and feces of these pests. The ideal way to get rid of the roof rats is to use professional pest control services from qualified and experienced team. They will not only remove the existing pests but also provide solutions to prevent future entry. 

Here are some proven steps to remove them from your property: 

1. Sanitation

The first step to keep roof rats away from your property and reduce the current infestation is sanitation. Pests carry a lot of disease-causing germs and bacteria on their bodies; as a result, infect places where they reside. Sanitation is a significant step to make your property free from these harmful bacteria to be a hygienic and safe dwelling place. 

Sanitizing the infested area also involves cutting the supply of food and water for pests. Store foods in sealed containers made of sturdy plastics or metal that pests can’t gnaw. Clean the food leftover given to pets from the house that attracts these pests. Without food availability, rodents will starve and to compel them to move away from there. It is also recommended to remove the cardboard and other materials that rats use to build their nests during the breeding season. Clean up grass, woodpiles, and vegetation from the surrounding are the right steps towards preventing their spread and growth. 

2. Exclusion or animal proofing 

Roof rats have a slender body and fit easily through holes as small as half an inch. It means they can enter your home and structure through ill-fitted doors, windows, air vents, cracks, and tunnels. Inspect the house to find out the possible openings and holes to install animal proofing techniques. 

The best way to prevent the entry of pests is to seal openings after inspection with the help of professionals. Seal the holes and fill gaps with caulk, mesh, and other appropriate materials to prevent their entry. 

3. Trapping

Trapping is another humane way of removing the pests from the home and property instead of baiting. Avoid using rodenticides that may kill rats deep inside the holes or attic areas, creating foul smell as the carcasses start decaying slowly. 

Rat traps are natural and effective ways to get rid of pests from your home. Once rats get inside the trap, you can throw them at faraway places or in the trash for removal. However, traps are effective when placed on strategic locations where their movement is maximum. Another notable benefit of using a trap is that it can be used again and again to catch pests. 

Serious Health Risks Pose by Roof Rats 

Rat residing with the human is a major problem and cause billions of dollars in damages to property and food crops every year. They damage everything from the attic space, wires, beam, furniture to insulation materials inside your home, increasing the likelihood of fire-related accidents. 

The damage doesn’t stop there. The attic spaces are preferred nesting places, where poops and urine accumulation enhance the growth of dangerous parasites, molds, fungi, and bacteria. These pathogens are known to cause many diseases and other serious health risks when ingested or inhaled airborne particles by a human. 

Common Diseases Caused By Rats 

Rats spread many life-threatening diseases to humans besides destroying property around the world. Viruses are transmitted directly to humans through the exposure of rats’ feces and bites, and also through various vectors, such as fleas, mites, and other arthropods. Fortunately most of these medical issues associated with rats are not common in the United States, but it doesn’t mean one can neglect their potential risk. 

Common diseases transmitted by rats directly. 

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome – It is a viral disease caused by inhaling of dust infected with rats’ urine, bites, and feces. 

Leptospirosis – Rat bites may lead to disease and fever. Leptospirosis is a disease that causes liver and kidney damage that spreads through the infected rats’ urine. Human can thus contract this disease after inhalation of scats or during cleaning. 

Lymphocytic choriomeningitis – It is another viral infectious disease caused to humans through rats. The virus is transmitted through the urine and saliva excretion of rodents.

Salmonellosis – This disease is caused by consuming contaminated food or water by rat feces loaded with this pathogen.

Allergen – Rats feces, urine, and shed air are a potential source of allergens causing sneezing and allergic reaction to people after coming in contact. 

Common diseases transmitted by rats indirectly

Black plague – The most dangerous rat-borne disease is the black plague and its variants, which killed millions during the Middle Ages. Transmission of this disease occurs when fleas bite human beings infected with this virus. 

Colorado Tick Fever – This viral disease is passed on to humans by a tick bite that has sucked the blood of a rat. 

Cutaneous Leishmaniasis – This is a parasitic disease and caused by the bite of an infected sandfly. 

Hantavirus – Roof rats and Norway rats are known transmitters of Hantavirus, which cause breathing problems to victims. People contract this virus through inhalation of airborne particles from rodent droppings and decaying carcasses. This disease may prove fatal if not treated early and adequately. 

So, roof rats and other species of rats are a potential carrier and transmitted of many deadly diseases to people. Elimination of rodent with professional rat removal services become essential for homeowners to avoid further infestation and health complications. 

Having a hard time dealing with growing roof rats and other species inside your property? 

Considering the threat that rats pose to your property and health of your family members, it is better to call experts for rat removal service and pest control measures. 

Dallas Fort Worth Wildlife Control is providing professional pest control and removal services in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Arlington areas. The team uses humane removal services through trapping and animal proofing techniques to prevent future infestations. Contact them at (817) 606-7607 or (972) 954-9244 for emergency services now. 

We Decontaminate and Sanitize

We offer residential decontamination services.

Dallas Fort Worth Wildlife Control understands, the last thing you need is to get sick, with the pests and animals in Arlington and Fort Worth, TX it may seem easy to catch something, but in fact it’s actually hard with just a minimal amount of care. We not only care about the wildlife in the area, but the residents in it too that make up the amazing community we serve every day. Trust us when we say that being healthy and virus free is easy, especially with our decontamination services when you find yourself with a critter or pest in your home. If you find yourself needing our services, call (817) 606-7607 or (972) 954-9244 today to set up an appointment.

Our Services Help Keep Your Home Clean

As we all know, there is an increased worry about viruses and illnesses currently worrying people all across the country. However, while knowing the symptoms of viruses such as COVID-19 or the coronavirus can help in treating it, there is no reason to worry about anything from that to the flu to a cold. The best steps you can take in this time is to have your environment clean and be prepared for such a predicament. Our services can help in such planning, keeping your home clean of things that make you sick is our specialty and that includes things like viruses and parasites that such animals carry. 

Our decontamination services help in more than just removing a pest from your home. When we run into a pest in one of our decontamination services, rat removal for example, not only do we remove them from your home, but we also make sure they are not carrying any sort of disease that you may be able to contract. Whether they’re carrying anything or not, you will know. We then decontaminate the areas they came into contact with so that the health of you and your family cannot be bothered.

How is Decontamination Done?

As seen in every Dallas Fort Worth Wildlife Control decontamination service and even more so in our attic decontamination service, we take the health of each client seriously. Each service includes both decontamination measures to focus on parasites and insects that can make their way onto the occupant of each house as well as sanitation services that deal with diseases and viruses. Our decontamination service thereby not only rids your house of a critter or pest, but also cleans the area so that you don’t have to worry about any disease that they had with them. 

After removing the initial animal or pests, we clean up anything they may have left behind such as nests, droppings, fluids, or anything that would be attractive to something of the same species. Vacuums, bags, we make sure the process is entirely through for the sake of both your health and our own. After everything that can be seen or smelled is removed, we go to work sterilizing the part of your home that had been taken over. What we use is a odorless, non-toxic, green liquid that takes care of anything that can affect your health such as bacteria, mold, parasites, and anything else not welcome on your surfaces. 

We take primary focus on animal fecal matter because that is often the source of many diseases the animal may be carrying. While viruses such as the flu and Covid-19 are actually minor in rodents, pigeons and rats have been linked to be the source of far more harsh as well as chronic diseases historically. That is why with any animal or pest we remove from the premises, we offer our decontamination service on the area to keep you safe.

What is Sanitation and its Importance?

Sanitation is the cleaning of a surface, removing harmful elements, and is extremely important when considering the interests of your health. Apart of our decontamination service that comes in the form of passing on what we’ve learned is tips on how to keep people healthy all throughout the year from illnesses pests can carry and those that go through the air. While something like the flu is something to take seriously, it does not take much work to prevent it. Here are a few measures to take when trying to prevent viruses and illnesses: 

  • Keep surfaces clean and use disinfectant on heavy touch surfaces such as switch and bathrooms
  • Regularly wash hands 
  • Thoroughly clean food before cooking and consume vitamin C in healthy levels

Pests and rodents love areas they can hide in and avoid larger threats, one of the best ways to avoid an unwelcome guest of that nature is to regularly check the integrity of your home to make sure there are no unauthorized entrances. While there are preventative measures to take, on the occasions that a surprise comes your way, you can choose Dallas Fort Worth Wildlife Control to help you deal with it safely.

We offer commercial decontamination services

Why is Decontamination and Sanitation Important?

In the current season, keeping yourself healthy and prepared is important. Sanitation overall is one of the keys in helping you keep that goal a reality by making a hostile environment for germs and bacteria that by nature wish to cause you harm. Our decontamination services help with that by sterilizing the environment of where an animal or insect might make their home within your property. For more information on how we can help keep your home pest free or to set up an appointment if you find a pest has wandered in, call (817) 606-7607 or (972) 954-9244 to set up an appointment. With our help, the only thing that’ll be bothering you in Arlington and Fort Worth, TX and the surrounding areas is the heat.

Effective and Natural Snake Removal Service in Texas

rattlesnake posed to attack

Effective and Natural Snake Removal Service in Texas  

Texas is home to over 100 species of venomous and non-venomous snakes. You may likely encounter a serpent slithering around your home or property during the active season. However, there is little consolation that the majority of snakes come under the non-venomous category. Some of the reptiles are even helpful in removing other problematic pests as they feed on them. Sighting of these creatures look good only inside a cage or on TV, not slithering in your neighborhood. Everyone wants to get rid of them or prevent their entry into the property. The good news is that we, at Dallas Forth Worth Wildlife Control, have effective removal methods and measures to keep snakes away. 

Make Sure Your Efforts Are Effective

Instead of taking arbitrary steps of spreading poisonous repellents in your surroundings, you should consider natural and more effective practices of snake deterrent and removal. Before taking any action, however, it is important to learn more about the reptiles that are found in the Dallas, Fort Worth, and Arlington, TX areas. 

Active season for snakes in Texas areas

Snakes can’t tolerate cold conditions very well. They actually go into a hibernation period during the winter season and become active again as temperatures rise from the last week of February or early March. These animals crawl out of holes and other resting places in search of foods, beginning their active period. During the active period, these reptiles start looking for prey, such as moles and small animals that come out of their burrows. After eating on prey, they get ready for another breeding season. 

Signs of snake infestations in your property 

Places that are damp and cool are favorite sites for the snake to live in and breed. The famous areas for these animals include the basement, pile of logs, attic, and others. If there is an infestation of pests, such as rodents, insects, and mice in your property, the possibility of finding snakes can increase dramatically. There are a few other signs that could indicate that your property might be infested with serpents. Some of the apparent indications include finding snake skins, babies, and eggs, as well as seeing a live adult snake moving around your yard or house. Remember that the breeding of snakes takes place during fall before the winter’s hibernation. 

Warm places have favorable conditions for these reptiles to survive, and it is likely to attract serpents. Finding a snake doesn’t mean that your property is infested with them, as they are generally solitary creatures, and love to crawl around where food is in abundance with little competition. 

Why call snake removal service experts?

Encountering a snake in the courtyard, kitchen, or in the attic of your house can be a downright frightening experience. Whether a snake is venomous or not, it gives a creepy feeling to most. Further, you just don’t want them around your family and pets to avoid accidental bites and other traumatic moments. If you see a snake, don’t panic or try to catch it if you are not trained for that. Whether you are afraid or not, getting too close to terrified animals can lead to dangerous situations. Therefore, it is essential to ask for the help of experts to avoid any unwanted incident and receive excellent removal services. To get rid of them, it is recommended to call professional snake removal service experts or any other concerned authorities in Texas areas to catch and relocate them to a safer place. 

Identification of snakes for removal service 

In Texas areas, over 15 venomous snakes are found. Some of the deadly species of snakes are cottonmouth, pit vipers, copperhead, diamondback, rattlesnake, coral, and others. Besides the venomous species, Texas is also home to over 100 non-venomous ones. Identification of these animals is the first step towards a successful removal service, which non-specialists often don’t possess. Experts can quickly identify and take precautionary measures to catch them quickly and easily. 

Snake removal service needs professionals

Snake removal is potentially dangerous and can be deadly if not handled with a professional approach and utmost care. The terrified serpents defend themselves with enlarging hood and by creating a hissing sound. In this situation, most people lose confidence and may make mistakes leading to unwanted accidents. Maintain a safe distance and call an experienced snake removal service team to remove the snake in a humane and safe way. 

Professionals possess the right equipment, tools, and skills needed to catch these reptiles irrespective of their toxicity. Snake removal experts can quickly identify the snake and use suitable techniques, such as a snake trap or other equipment, to catch the animal. 

Animal proofing service 

An expert team can further inspect your surroundings to find out probable infested areas for a quick solution. They will also suggest suitable animal proofing techniques to prevent future entry with the sealing of attics, cracks, holes, basements, and clearing any areas that are already infested. It is always a better idea to keep these animals away than pay for it later for not taking any measure. Experts can not only remove the animal but seal all the future access points and openings. 

Guaranteed safe and professional services 

Instead of venturing out to catch the animals yourself, it is better to leave the task to the professionals. With guaranteed safe and professional services, they will remove snakes, venomous or not, until you are no longer worried about them being around your property. It means the inhabited area will be safer for you, your family, and pets with cleaning and sealing off every entry point. 

5 Preventive Measures to Keep Snakes Away from Property 

Every year about 7,000 people are bitten by venomous snakes in the US. Though the fatalities on snake bites are low, still, 1 to 2 people die of this reason every year in Texas. Fortunately, more than half of the snake bites are dry, which means no venom is injected into the victim’s body, and as a result, it doesn’t lead to severe health conditions. 

Incidents of coral and rattlesnakes bite are uncommon but are life-threatening without fast treatment. The venom can spread quickly into the body and lead to kidney failure within 12 to 24 hours, according to doctors. The anti-venom treatment care bill can get up into thousands of dollars, depending on the days a victim or pet remains in the medical setting. 

Non-venomous snakes bite are not deadly but may cause pain and swelling due to injury of the bit. Further, victims undergo an intense fear and traumatic period after the incident. It is thus better to keep these animals away from the surroundings and property to avoid such accidents. Here are some preventive measures you should take to prevent infestation of serpents inside the property: 

1. Clean your surrounding 

If your yard has tall grass, woodpiles, and other stacks of junk, it may be a breeding ground of mice, rats, and insects. All these animals are common prey of snakes. In other words, scents of these pests will attract them into your yard. Clean up your surroundings so that snakes go elsewhere. 

2. Remove pests from the property 

Moles, mice, rats, crickets, and other insects are the typical food of snakes. If you have an infestation of these pests, you are likely to have snakes on the property. Snakes will go there in search of prey or to get a natural source of food. Call professionals to remove the pests and infested areas from your backyard. It is also important that you ensure there is a viable enclosure surrounding your property in order to deter snakes and their prey from your yard.

3. Remove damp areas

Snakes prefer to live in a damp and cool area. Identify all the areas inside the property where this condition prevails and eliminate any water sources. Remove any source of standing water and resolve all drainage issues, if any. Trim your shrubs regularly and clean off shed leaves from the trees to keep the surroundings clean.

4. Seal crack, holes, and other entry points 

The access points of snakes to your home are cracks, holes, and burrows made by other pests. Inspect all the vulnerable spots of the house that may connect with exteriors and act as an entry or exit point for animals. It may be in the drains, vents, and other opening points through which mice and birds may enter. Keep all these animals out of your home, sealing entry points with professionals’ help. Animal proofing is an effective and humane method to keep the problem of snake infestation at bay. 

5. Educate the family about the safety tips and snakes 

The majority of snakes found in the Texas areas are non-venomous, and hence, no potential harm comes from them. Snakes like Kingsnakes, milk snakes, and black racers devour the venomous ones found in the yard. If these are the types of snakes you are dealing with, it is incredibly important that you work directly with some form of wildlife control specialist as it is illegal to move one of these species on your own.

Another important aspect of keeping your family safe from a bite and other accidents is to educate them, including children, about the venomous snakes. Are you struggling with snakes problems in your yard and property? Dallas Fort Worth Wildlife Control can provide professional snake removal services in Texas areas. With years of experience in this field, we use humane removal services of every type of snakes. Contact us for assistance now by calling (817) 606-7607 or (972) 954-9244.

What do you do if you see a coyote?

coyote prints in a sand patch

Coyotes roaming your neighborhood?

There was a time that seeing a wild coyote even close to a business or residential area was rare, and almost exciting, even here in Texas. Today though, many creatures that are considered wild are showing up in parking lots of businesses and in the yards of homes. Even in the most densely populated areas of big cities like Dallas or Fort Worth, seeing a wild coyote in neighborhoods isn’t uncommon, prompting cities like these to establish departments to handle large nuisance wild animals.

Seeing larger wild animals in urban areas is now becoming so common, it is worrisome for residents in these areas, especially in areas with new home construction. For anyone that isn’t familiar with the life of a wild coyote, you wonder what is the difference between a wild dog and a coyote, and why is there such a focus on catching these creatures and eliminating them?

How dangerous is a coyote?

Dogs, for the majority, are domesticated animals and have lived around and with humans for the last 12,000 to 15,000 years. Coyotes are wild animals, typically living in the wild, among nature. While they can be domesticated if raised around humans from a pup, historically, they have proven not to make a good pet. They are not fit for common domestication, and they do not do well living amongst a human population. 

While they may not be fit for domestication, coyotes are only as dangerous as you allow them to be. A wild coyote who gets too close can attack humans and domesticated pets, so in that aspect, yes, a wild coyote is dangerous, especially for children or small pets. However, the risk is minimal and with human behavior modification, any incidents can be reduced or even prevented.

As some say, an ounce of prevention can go a long way. With a wild coyote, start with aversion. Here is some advice and tips on what to do if you see a wild coyote, or have heard they are in your area:

Don’t Feed Them

Eliminating their chance of developing an association of humans with food is a great way of preventing a wild coyote attack. When a wild coyote is fed, it will lose any natural fear of humans. Eventually, it will, by nature, test humans as possible prey. They will soon become accustomed to humans providing them with food and could become aggressive when they encounter a human that is not offering an food to them. Avoid any intentional feeding and eliminate unintentionally feeding like leaving your pet’s food outside. Even bird feeders are an attraction to a wild coyote because of the birds, squirrels, and other rodents that are attracted by bird feeders and pet food. They learn where they can find food and will keep coming back to that area.

If you have noticed an increase in wild coyotes, take precautions with compost piles and trash bins as these are also a source of food for a wild coyote. They are naturally inclined to avoid human foods, but when the population of their preferred prey is low, or a young coyote doesn’t know how to hunt effectively yet, they will eat what they can find.

Report Aggressive and Fearless Coyotes

When a wild coyote doesn’t seem to have any fear of you or other humans or acts aggressively, report this to the DFW Wildlife, the local law enforcement, or wildlife officials where you are located.  All cities and towns should have a procedure on how to handle these types of reports. The aggression signs to notice are the same as a wild dog:  

  • Growling
  • Lunging
  • Raised hackles
  • Snarling
  • Unprovoked agitated barking

Avoid Creating Conflict

Leave them alone and they’ll leave you alone. Aggravating, hazing, and taunting a wild coyote is asking for trouble. The key to getting along with them is communal respect, extreme caution, and awareness.

Keep Your Pets Contained

A wild coyote is probably living closer to you than you realize, and they are watching for possible prey, like cats and dogs that roam and run loose. As you hike or walk with your dog, keep it on a leash. Even pet dogs that are left outside in a fenced-in yard are at risk. Never leave your pet unattended outside. Electrified fences can keep your domesticated pet contained, but don’t count on it keeping a wild coyote out.

Fencing or Repellant Can Help

Six foot or higher fencing topped with a roller bar may keep a wild coyote out of your yard. Repellents may keep coyotes out of your yard as well, but thorough testing has not been completed and therefore shouldn’t be 100% trusted. Motion detecting lights and sounds are more effective. A spray repellent like pepper spray has proven to be a moderate success, but again, don’t depend on it 100% for protection.

DO NOT RUN

If you encounter a wild coyote, DO NOT RUN. Instead, shout, yell and throw something towards it. The coyotes’ breeding season in Texas is usually during May. They are like any other parent and will be on the defense where their puppies are nested. Avoid areas where coyotes have been seen during this time of the year and even then carry some type of noisemaker when you take your jog, run, or walk. One example would be an air horn or a can filled with rocks.

If you see a wild coyote during the day, exhibit caution. He or she may have become accustomed to humans and will be prone to attack. Again, DO NOT RUN, but scream, yell, wave your arms and throw anything you can at it.

Do Coyotes work in packs?

Coyotes stay in family groups, but when it comes to hunting and traveling, they usually can be found solo or in pairs. They are often confused with wolves who do work in packs and are rarely seen alone.

What time of day are coyotes most active?

Coyotes are crepuscular or nocturnal, meaning their active time of the day is early mornings or late evenings. It is dawn and dusk when they are out searching for food, however, they will respond to coyote calls at all hours of the day or night. In years before, it was said that if a coyote is out in broad daylight, then they are likely rabid. It is best to err on the side of safety and assume this is still true and follow the suggestions we stated earlier in this piece.

What are coyotes predators?

The wild coyote has few predators, especially the adult coyotes. The most common predators of the coyotes are:

  • American Black Bear
  • American Alligators
  • Canada Lynx
  • Cougars
  • Golden Eagles
  • Grizzly Bears
  • Wolves 
coyote walking down a street

Coyotes in your area

Coyotes are a beautiful part of nature. Unfortunately, there are instances where they are a danger to humans and domesticated animals.  As it was mentioned in this piece, typically, if you don’t bother them, they won’t bother you. Be cautious and report any sightings of these creatures to DFW Wildlife, the local law enforcement, or wildlife officials. If you need help with a wild coyote in Arlington and Fort Worth, TX, call Dallas Fort Worth Wildlife Control at (817) 606-7607 or (972) 954-9244!

How Much Does it Cost to Get Rid of a Squirrel?

Squirrel removal is an important residential service.

How Much Does it Cost to Get Rid of A Squirrel?

If you have a suspicion that you have animals in your attic, it will be important to know exactly how much you’re going to need to pay. For squirrels, the total cost usually runs between two-hundred and fifty dollars, to five hundred dollars. This overall price tag includes removing all the squirrels from the attic and sealing all the entry holes shut.

How Do You Get Squirrels Out of the House?

Nothing could be more embarrassing or irritating than having a squirrel in the house. In order to get rid of a squirrel in the house, you can start by isolating it. Try to chase or isolate the squirrel in a room with a window, then close the door. The open window will give the squirrel a way to leave the home. If the squirrel has not left on their own, you can next soak some rags in apple cider vinegar, which will compel the squirrel to leave. Squirrels do not like the smell of apple cider vinegar.

How Do You Get Squirrels In the Attic?

Squirrel removal professionals are the best experts to consult when you are in need of squirrel removal. In terms of understanding how the squirrels get there in the first place, there are a number of architectural elements to be aware of. Roof vents can be chewed through by tenacious squirrels, and enable them to relocate their nest inside your attic. The roof edge is another excellent entry point for squirrels. This is for two reasons. The roof edge tends to degrade faster than other parts of the roof due to moisture and rot. This makes it easier for squirrels to chew through the materials. Roof-soffit intersections should be closely watched as well. This is because the gap where the soffit and roof meet can be negotiated by a squirrel.

Are Squirrels in the Attic Dangerous?

In terms of long term damage, squirrels should be regarded with caution. The longer that squirrels occupy your attic, the more holes they can create. These holes, which create deliberate entry points in and out of your home, must be deemed structural damage. Your home will lose important ventilation. Water leaks and flooding will eventually occur.

What Smells Do Squirrels Hate?

If you have a squirrel infestation, it will be important to note that there are a few smells that repel squirrels. Please consult the following list to learn more.

  • Cider vinegar. Cider vinegar is a substance that is highly disliked by squirrels. This substance can easily be used to keep them at bay. Through submersing cloths in cider vinegar and placing them in a key part of the home, squirrels can be repelled.
  • Cayenne powder and white pepper. These spicy smells can be considered noxious for squirrels. Raccoons share this aversion to pepper smells.
  • Mothballs. Squirrels do not like the smell of mothballs. Mothballs can be placed in the attic, or strategic places, to dissuade squirrels from occupation.

Who to Call for Squirrel Removal

A simple internet search or google search will reveal a number of different companies that specialize in varmint removal. For expert pest control and wildlife removal, please be sure to consult a company that specializes in the type of animal you believe to be occupying your attic or crawl spaces. It will also be important to consider the removal techniques that the company will use, and whether they are humane.

Squirrel Removal Near Me

As always, it is important to consult with friends or neighbors in your area with regard to a useful resource for removing squirrels from your home. If a friend or colleague recommends a specific business, please do some research and review their services, or give them a call. Internet searches are important. If you are considering ramping up your business, networking services can be extremely beneficial. 

Squirrel Removal from Chimney

If you have a squirrel that has fallen down your chimney, and cannot climb out on its own, homeowners are advised to either open the flu and let it out or drop a heavy rope down their chimney. In this way, the squirrel will have a pathway to get itself out.

While Squirrels are Cute, Squirrel Removal is Necessary.

Squirrel Removal from Yard

There are a number of ways that squirrels can be removed from your yard. Remove all potential feeding sources. This includes seeds, nuts, and anything else that could sustain them. You can also scare them, spray them with water, or plant flowers that squirrels hate. Squirrels can be deterred – it only takes some smart planning to remove them from your property.

Are you in need of squirrel removal? Our friendly operators at Dallas Fort Worth Wildlife Control are available now at (817) 606-7607 or (972) 954-9244. Find out more about our squirrel removal in Arlington and Fort Worth, TX.

Who to Call to Remove Wild Animals?

A Raccoon in a Trap.

Who to call to remove wild animals?

No matter how much you love animals, when wild animals get on your property they can prove to be more than a nuisance. Rats or venomous snakes, for instance, can endanger your family’s health, while animals like raccoons and skunks can damage your property or carry diseases like rabies that can affect your or your pets. When you have problems with wildlife, who do you call to remove them? Here are some agencies and services that will help you with wildlife removal in Arlington and Fort Worth, TX.

List of agencies or services to call to remove wild animals

  • Dallas Fort Worth Wildlife Control
  • Pest control services
  • City or county animal control services 
  • area law enforcement, such as sheriffs departments

From raccoons to bats to snakes to bees, when you have a problem with wildlife on your property, and are looking for humane wildlife removal in Arlington and Fort Worth, TX, connect to the professionals at Dallas Fort Worth Wildlife Control and call (817) 606-7607 or (972) 954-9244. Our removal services are completely humane and we ensure the animals are unharmed and successfully relocated.

Wildlife removal and pest control

In some cases you may hear wildlife removal and pest control used interchangeably. While they are similar, not all pest control services will provide humane wildlife removal. Pest control is primarily concerned with eliminating a pest problem, often with poisons or insecticides. Most pest control services tend to deal with smaller animals like rats or mice or with insects like termites or roaches. 

On the other hand, wildlife removal services work with all varieties of animals ranging from raccoons, skunks and squirrels to snakes, bees, or bats. Their purpose isn’t to eliminate these animals, but to remove them from your property without causing them harm, and relocating them to another area, if at all possible. In some cases, as with Dallas Fort Worth Wildlife Control, the wildlife removal service also helps with decontaminating and repairing areas affected by the animal, once the animal is removed. 

Wildlife removal and repair

Many times animals decide to make your home their home, especially in and around your roof. They’ll chew through soffit and fascia boards to get access into your attic, for instance. Besides damaging the outside of your home, animals in your attic can damage your insulation or electrical wiring or other essential connections. Damaged wiring creates a fire hazard. Smaller animals like rats can get inside your walls and cause similar problems, chewing through wires, insulation or drywall. 

Of course, they also leave behind droppings and waste that can affect your family’s health. All of this will need to be repaired and cleaned up. As mentioned above, not only will Dallas Fort Worth Wildlife Control remove the animals in question, we can clean contaminated areas, remove and install insulation, repair soffit and fascia, and seal holes so the animals can’t get back in.

Animals do not discriminate between residential or commercial buildings when it comes to making their nests. If your commercial building has been damaged by animals you could have an emergency on your hands and require emergency commercial roof repair.

How much is wildlife removal

As with any other service, wildlife removal costs will vary depending on the type of service performed. One of the most common services performed is removing animals from the attic. You may wonder then, “How much does it cost to remove animals from the attic?” The costs for this may also vary. To get smaller animals like squirrels out of the attic, you can expect to pay anywhere between $200 to $600, whereas removing raccoons will cost anywhere between $400 and $600. 

In general, the average cost of wildlife removal can run anywhere between $100 to $1,000 or more. Often the removal service will require several visits to trap the animals in question and make sure they are all removed and the area is cleaned up.

For smaller animals like raccoons or opossums or domesticated or feral animals like dogs or cats, city or county animal services will remove the creatures for free.  

Is it bad to have raccoons in your yard?

While raccoons can be interesting and can be beneficial in some cases, such as for your garden, or for controlling insects like wasps, for the most part, they can do more harm than good. They are generally not afraid of people and can spread diseases like rabies or parasites like roundworms and fleas that can threaten your health or your pet’s health. They are also known to dump over trash cans and get into attics through your roof, where they can cause extensive damage to insulation, wiring and other structural damage. For these reasons it is generally best to get a wildlife removal service out to remove the animals humanely and relocate them to a habitat where they can thrive.

Does Animal Control pickup raccoons?

City and county animal control services will sometimes help with wildlife removal in regards to racoons, especially if the raccoon appears to be sick. In some cases, animal control will be unable to help. Much of this depends on the circumstances. You would need to check with your local service to see if they can help.

Will raccoons leave on their own?

If raccoons have established a nest, they rarely if ever will leave on their own until their pups are able to go out on their own. This takes about 8 to 9 months. By that time, the female raccoon will be ready to have a new litter, which means they will be dug in for the long haul, unless you get them removed.

A Raccoon Walks Through a Yard.

Wildlife removal in my area

If you have pests like raccoons and are looking for humane wildlife removal in Arlington and Fort Worth, TX, you need to search no further than Dallas Fort Worth Wildlife Control. We will make sure to completely remove the animals safely. Give us a call today at (817) 606-7607 or (972) 954-9244.

What Attracts Snakes to Your House?

Garter Snake in the Grass

Snake Removal

When you have a lush garden or well-moistened landscape you may find yourself seeing a slithering stripe making it’s way around. Typically snakes that frequent homes are of the garter variety which is identifiable as snakes with slim bodies and long stripes. These snakes aren’t venomous nor do they have fangs, yer them do have small teeth. These snakes are harmless and can even help with pest control based on their diet yet if there are many in your garden perhaps they may eat the good pests as well. Snake removal and prevention can be done in such a way where we are still assisting our ecosystem with humane efforts. Although there are sprays some can be dangerous for even humans to inhale. Natural remedies and changing up the landscape of your home can prove to be more simple than previously thought. Take a look at some tips and tricks we recommend for snake removal.

How much does it cost to remove a snake?

A professional snake removal will cost on average between $100-$200 service fee included. However, if these costs are too high there are many alternate courses of action to take with snake removal.

How do you get rid of garden snakes?

Garden snake removal can be achieved through natural methods, professionally or with products that you can buy. One such natural method can be to seal up the cracks around your home or in the patio or foundation. Such remedies could be with expandable caulking, tuckpointing or conducting other repairs. Products that can be used are granular formulas that can be sprinkled around the perimeter of the home (wear gloves.) You may also spruce up your landscaping to deter snakes. Removing debris & clutter is a great way to rid areas where they’d like to hide. What’s more, you can add more plants to your garden that are natural snake repellents such as marigold. Adding a fence can be useful as well provide to the aesthetic, adding gravel and pebbles makes travel difficult for snakes while adding dimension to the landscape. Snake removal from house doesn’t have to be inhumane and there are many types of natural remedies that can be taken in order to repel snakes away from your property.

What home remedy will repel snakes?

When you’re looking for a way to repel snakes without causing harm, consider natural repellents! Essential oils as a spray without releasing toxic gases. Two oil to mix together are clove and cinnamon oils and should be a concentrated solution. Once you’ve determined the amount to produce spray it directly on the snake and it will go to the opposite direction of the spray. Another remedy you can incorporate is white vinegar. If you have a body of water a snake likes to frequent you can pour the vinegar around the borders of a pond or pool area. If you’re in need of a whole house water treatment service be sure to contact a local professional. How this works is a snakes skin absorbs liquids and slithering over vinegar will make it difficult. If you have a garden area that you would like to protect you can create a repellent mixture of garlic and rock salt and lay it around the perimeter of your compound. A garlic oil spray may also be used to spray around the area. An onion and garlic mixture may also be used as essentially snakes can’t stand the sulfonic acid smell in them. Ultimately, there are many natural ways for snake removal that can be incorporated around your home.

Marigold Field

Ways to Get Rid of Snakes Naturally

  • Add Gravel/Pebbles to Garden
  • Use Essential Oils
  • Fencing
  • Landscaping
  • Remove Their Food Source
  • Remove Tall Vegetation
  • Remove Debris & Clutter
  • Plant Snake Repellent Plants
  • Onions & Garlic
  • White Vinegar

What are snakes afraid of?

Snakes, like any other animal, will naturally be deterred from their predators. These include raccoons, large birds, foxes, wild boars, coyotes, and mongooses.

Contact A Professional For Assistance

If you’re in need of snake removal experts to assist you with snake removal from under house or other areas of your home rely on such avenues as humane wildlife removal that not only assists you with snake removal but does so in a way that conserves the environment. Snakes are an integral part of our ecosystem and to simply go straight for harming them does the environment more harm than good. By relying on humane societies you can expect that snakes are put back into areas that are the most beneficial for them and the area. If you have any questions as to what you can do when a snake has been infiltrating your home or gardens get in touch with a professional!

If you’re interested in a snake removal in Arlington and Fort Worth, TX call (817) 606-7607 or (972) 954-9244 with Dallas Fort Worth Wildlife Control!