We maintain a very good animal database based on research and the activities of those we encounter. Their habits, and the problems they bring with them are summarized here for you with details available on each.
The armadillo is considered a nuisance animal because of it’s characteristic burrowing and digging. They are active primarily from twilight through early morning hours in the warmer months and despite their cumbersome appearance, they are versatile. They can run, climb, burrow, and swim with surprising efficiency.
The Fox squirrel is the largest species of tree squirrels and the resident squirrel of central Texas. Most of these socially accepted day time rats owe their existence to humans. We supply the necessities of life food and shelter, prospering from the urban setting from its comical attempts at accessing bird feeders to a high reproduction rate, and aggressive determination to utilize attics for nesting makes the Fox squirrel a very common wildlife conflict for homeowners.
The opossum although looks like a big rat, is related to the kangaroo and the only marsupial in North America. The opossum has inhabited the earth for 60 million years, back in the time of the dinosaurs, One reason, for their continued survival is their ability to eat almost anything. The opossum is Mother Nature’s mobile garbage disposal and the longest surviving mammal on earth.
Raccoons have adapted to urban sprawl, from rural settings to the metropolitan landscape. The raccoon’s omnivorous and voracious appetite, relatively high reproduction rate, together with significant strength, results in this mammal becoming a common menace to homeowners.
The striped skunk is the most abundant of five species in Texas and often causes hysteria among some people with a mere sighting. They are rather slow-moving and deliberate, and have great confidence in defending themselves. Skunks typically will avoid human activity when given the chance, but usually as a last resort the skunk will release highly odorous oil based secretion to repel any conceived threat.
Rats & Mice
The roof rat is the smallest, of two non-native rodents, sharing our urban environment today. The roof rat is extremely compatible with human behavior and needs, resulting in them living in close proximity to man, by harboring in the landscape, under a deck or in the attic of a home. The omnivorous roof rat will feed on vegetable matter, including buds, seeds of ornamental plants, backyard fruit trees, bird feeders, pet food and compost bins. Roof rats cause millions of dollars of damage each year, from contamination of food products, spreading diseases, structural and automotive damage caused by their continual gnawing activities.