Animal Control, Removal, and Trapping in Lubbock, Texas
Nuisance wildlife can cause damage to property, homes, buildings, crops, lawns, gardens, and pets. They are also a threat to humans because they spread disease through attacks or cause automobile accidents.
Bug Tech offers nuisance wildlife removal and management services. Our wildlife specialists will safely capture and remove various vermin and reptiles.
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Opossums are North America’s only marsupial mammal. Mothers carry their young in a pouch for two to three months after birth, then on her back while away from the den for an additional one to two months. Opossums are solitary, nocturnal animals. Usually slow moving, they may play dead when surprised and unable to escape. They are adaptable to their surroundings, meaning they can make a home wherever they can find adequate food and shelter.
The best way to keep opossums from visiting your home is to make sure outdoor garbage cans have a tightly sealed lid, and pet food is not left out overnight.
Usually smelled before they are seen, skunks, while rarely a problem inside city limits, can be the cause of a not-so- fun evening if you stumble across one and surprise it into spraying you. Some signs a skunk has taken up residence on your property are:
- Strong, musky odor
- Shallow holes in the yard from foraging
- Turned over potted plants
- Damage to gardens
Skunks are nocturnal, usually only venturing out at night. An occasional skunk in the area isn’t a cause for alarm, and can be beneficial – skunks eat insects and other small pests such as mice and rats.
Skunk Trapping and Treatment Service
Skunks are usually attracted by garbage and pet food left out at night an easy sites to make a den such as under decks and sheds. Making sure garbage cans are sealed and pet food is put away, can go a longway towards preventing a skunk from taking up residence on your property. Confirm access to decks and underneath tool sheds are blocked, and crawlspaces underneath pier and beam foundation homes are sealed will help keep skunks from moving in.
Foxes, while relatively harmless to humans, can and do prey on small animals and livestock. Foxes are also susceptible to rabies, but seeing a rabid fox is rare. Foxes may take up residence on your property to breed their young if food and shelter conditions are ideal. Hazing, the act of disturbing an animal’s sense of security in a way that causes it to leave its den, is commonly used to evict unwelcome foxes.
Squirrels aren’t usually a cause for concern, but every once in a while, you might have a problem with a few very enterprising squirrels nesting in your attic or chimney. Squirrels in the attic can gnaw on support beams and wires, damaging your home. It’s possible for squirrels to fall into the walls of your home, eventually dying if they can’t escape. The presence of a dead animal in the home will attract other unwanted pests, such as flies and maggots.
Squirrel Removal and Treatment Services
Bug Tech will employ Integrated Pest Management (IPM) when squirrels are present:
- Trapping and removal of any squirrels present
- Locating and blocking off any points of entry for squirrels to enter your home
- Repellent applications in and around points of entry
Once squirrels are removed, you’ll want to be sure to check your attic thoroughly for exposed wiring, which could potentially cause a fire.
For the most part, snakes are beneficial to animal control. They eat rats, mice and other small animals and will generally steer clear of humans. Most of the time, we only encounter snakes when we are in their territory – out in the wild. Occasionally, however, snakes will wander into yards and even find their way into homes if conditions are to their liking. Whether you’re dealing with a lone wanderer or a whole den of snakes, we can help sort out any slithery problem.
When You Find a Snake
It’s important to take precautions when you find a snake in or near your home. Venomous snakes such as the diamond back rattlesnake and cottonmouth are common and prevalent in West Texas. Should you encounter a snake you think may be venomous, call Bug Tech immediately.
If a snake makes its way into your home, and you’re sure it isn’t venomous, try to trap it with a bucket or block off exits to the room you found it in while you wait for our wildlife specialist to arrive. Our team can also secure the snake and remove it from your home.
Snakes can enter a building almost as easily as mice and other small pests. The best way for DIY snake prevention is to make sure you keep your grass mowed and gardens tidy, seal outdoor garbage cans and make sure pet food isn’t left out. Garbage and pet food attract other small animals looking for a meal, and snakes will often follow them looking for dinner themselves.
Bug Tech employs Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to help prevent snake entry to your home. This is done using a physical barrier in the form of a granule that can be applied monthly starting at $65 depending on the size of the yard.
Armadillos are common in West Texas, and are digging machines that tear up yards and gardens looking for food. Some armadillos can be infected with leprosy. It is rare, but possible, for humans to contract the disease from an armadillo. Keep these unwanted pests out of your yard and garden by giving us a call.