Wildlife Identification & Prevention
Wildlife Around The San Antonio Area
Many types of wildlife have adapted to living with people. While they may feel comfortable living in our yards or homes, the feeling shouldn't be mutual. Wild animals are just that – wild. They are unpredictable, opportunistic, and pose threats to people and our property. The best way to learn about the common wildlife in our region is with the help of a local wildlife expert. Use our pest guide to learn about pest control in San Antonio, Texas, and how to stop pests from taking over your property.
Frequently Asked Questions About Wildlife
What is wildlife?
Texas is a vast state filled with many types of wildlife. While most wild animals live well away from people, others have become fixtures in and around our yards.
The most common wild animals to take advantage of the food, water, and shelter our properties offer are raccoons, skunks, opossums, and squirrels.
- The raccoon is known for the black and gray fur that forms a ringed pattern on its tail and the black "mask" of fur that covers its eyes.
- The skunk has a body covered with black fur with white stripes or spots and produces a foul liquid from glands at the base of the tail.
- The opossum is the only marsupial in the United States and has a rat-like tail, a pointed face, hairless ears, and a mouth filled with sharp teeth.
- The squirrel is a rodent and is well-known for their large bushy tails and ears that stand up off their heads.
If wild animals ever become a problem on your property, reach out to Accurate Pest Control. We are here to help you guard your property and family against problematic wildlife!
Is wildlife dangerous?
Wildlife can become a danger to your family and property when they decide to use it as a place to live or forage for food.
Wild animals make terrible guests. Their primary focus is survival, and while gathering food or creating nesting or borrowing sites, they are destructive. Wild animals dig up lawns and gardens, turn over trash cans, walk over outdoor tables, and tunnel under and damage foundations.
In addition to being destructive, they pose health risks. The pathogens they carry on their bodies and in their excrement and saliva can make people significantly ill. Furthermore, wild animals are wild and won't hesitate to defend themselves by spraying noxious liquids (skunks), biting, or scratching.
Why do I have a wildlife problem?
Whether you live in the suburbs, the middle of the city, or way out in the country, wildlife can become a problem on your property. The outdoor spaces surrounding our homes provide wild animals easy access to food, harborage spots, and water sources.
Once wild animals become comfortable outside your home, they may decide to move into your house. Wildlife typically becomes a problem in our houses when environmental conditions outside turn harsh; extremes in temperatures, drought conditions, and periods of heavy rain will cause wildlife to seek indoor shelter.
Where will I find wildlife?
Wild animals live in various places; their main concern is that their chosen shelter protects them from predators and the elements. They also like to live in areas close to food and water sources.
Common harborage spots include trees, dense shrubbery, woodpiles, and brush piles. They also take shelter in spaces under decks, sheds, and foundations. If a wild animal moves into your home, it will do its best to hide its presence from you. We regularly find wild animals hiding within San Antonio homes in attics, wall voids, chimneys, and crawl spaces.
How do I get rid of wildlife?
When it comes to wild animals, you should never try to remove them from your property on your own. Always consult a local and experienced home pest control and commercial pest control company. Local experts will provide the quality services necessary to remove problematic wildlife from your property.
At Accurate Pest Control, our technicians always stay current on all procedures; education is our top priority. We offer many wildlife control options, including one-way doors (they allow animals to leave your home but not come back in), live animal trapping, snake repellent, and more. For the best pest and wildlife control in San Antonio, reach out today!
How can I prevent wildlife in the future?
Keep wildlife from wanting to call your property home by implementing the following wildlife prevention tips:
- Eliminate areas of standing water.
- Prune overgrown shrubs and trees.
- Always keep tight-fitting lids on trash and recycling bins.
- Never leave uneaten pet food outside for long periods.
- Remove bird feeders.
- Place fencing around the bottom of decks and sheds.
- Get rid of harborage spots like piles of construction or yard debris.
To remove raccoons or other problematic wildlife from your property, partner with Accurate Pest Control.
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