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Critter Control

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In pest control and prevention one size does not fit all. Every home, every property and every neighborhood can be different. At Cypress Critters and Pests we inspect all three and make customized recommendations based on your needs. Outside perimeter treatments are the key to the elimination of inside pests. We treat from property line to property line to deliver the best results. Inside treatments can be frequent or infrequent depending on the circumstance and severity of the infestation.

 

Important facts:

For every human there are about one million ants. In tropical regions; where ants are very common, their weight can exceed that of ground living mammals.

Opposums

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Opossums are marsupials  that are native to the United States.  They love suburban wooded areas east of the Tennessee in the US. Female opossums often have large litters of undeveloped joeys, most of whom fail to attach to a teat.  The ones that attach themselves, usually survive.  The babies can be the size of honey bees and are known as joeys in some areas of the country. They crawl inside the mother’s pouch and continue to grow and are typically weaned between 65 to 130 days. Once the babies are to large, they ride on the mother’s back while she hunts for food.

Typically opossums are small to medium-sized, nearly the size of a small cat or dog, They have narrow snouts, small eyes, and long, hairless prehensile tails, that act like a fifth limb, to help them climb trees. Their bodies are covered in grayish white fur, and they have more teeth than any other mammal in the United States. They have very sharp claws and  opposable thumbs on their hind feet.  Their long versatile tails make them good climbers so it is important to keep brushes and trees away from the roof line.

They are nocturnal, and will eat most anything; garbage, roadkill, grass, birds, insects, eggs, snakes and even lizards. When they are threatened, they will play possum by imitating a dead or sick animal. They curl onto their backs, and their lips are drawn back with their teeth bared and sometimes excrete stinky liquid from their butts. Opossums will also make an effort to scare other predators by hissing and growling deeply, and baring their teeth. The babies have been known to make a sneezing sound to alert their mother to their distress if threatened.

Unsecured Areas

Opossums can be a nuisance when they take over attics, and sheds, or under backyard decks and even move into garages in residential homes.  They make nests composed of cloth scraps, grass, twigs, and about anything they come across in dark, secluded areas where they feel safe sleeping during the daytime hours. At night, opossums they venture out into the night in backyards in search of food in garbage cans, gardens, and dog food left our for the dog. Opossums that do not fear living near humans might enter into homes during the night through any area they can find that is unsecured, including dog and cat door flaps.

Confrontation

Opossums look like big grey rats, but they normally they do not attack people. They like to “play dead” when challenged so they can throw predators off guard and escape to live another day. The fact that they can carry bad diseases and sometimes have fleas, mites, and lice, which all create a danger to humans and domesticated pets.

Opossums love fresh fruits and vegetables so they can be a danger to your garden. They will also eat pet food left outside overnight, and rummage through garbage cans or nearly anywhere to find bits and scraps of food to eat. Opossums are famous for entering chicken coops to destroy chickens, chicken nests, and the eggs they produce.

Exclusion and Trapping

Opossums are wild animals even though they are not prone to aggression towards humans.  With this in mind, exclusion or removal attempts should be done by a trained professional. Opossums are normally solitary and nomadic. They stay in an area as long as the food and water are available. Many families will group together in any burrow they can find, or even under houses and back decks.

Cypress Critters and Pests specializes in Rodent and Critter exclusion and are educated in opossum behavior. They can trap and exclude infestations. Untrained people may not be aware , or have the resources, and certifications to safely and properly handle these wild animals as professionals do.

Habitat

Opossums are native to forests and wetlands throughout North America, and their omnivorous scavenging behavior allows them to fit in well among suburban environments. They prefer to nest in tree cavities or abandoned dens of other animals but sometimes take live in unoccupied attics, garages, sheds, or beneath porches. Opossums lead solitary lives, except when rearing joeys, and are almost exclusively nocturnal.

Keeping them OUT

Attics and garages should be sealed up tightly, to reduce the chance of opossums making their homes in your yards. This includes areas around the garage doors and windows, attic vents, and any even small gaps in walls or siding. Trimming overhanging tree branches and overgrown shrubbery can also help keep opossums from reaching attics and broken soffits.

Let Cypress Critters and Pests take the worry out of your animal exclusion.  We can get rid of that opossum problem. 

Call us today at: 713-775-1161.

Raccoons

Raccoons are protected fur-bearing animals. They have legal protections as game animals in most states. Live trapping and relocation may not be an option, since in some states it is illegal to transfer and release captive animals in areas other than the original capture site. Certified wildlife specialists and licensed trappers are required in order to  dispose of, and remove problem raccoons, outside of specified seasons.

Wild raccoons typically nest in tree cavities, rock crevices, underground burrows, and the abandoned dens of other animals, such as muskrat lodges. Yards containing easily accessible sources of food, such as outdoor pet food containers, vegetable gardens, unsecured trash bags, and compost heaps, often attract raccoons into residential areas. If a raccoon is fed or becomes comfortable living around humans, it may attempt bold moves such as entering homes through pet doors to raid kitchens for food.  Chicken coops often face danger with raccoon presence, as hungry raccoons capable of opening fence latches, can find their way inside, and destroy nests, birds, and eggs.

Raccoons are mammals that are common and nocturnal throughout the United States and North America, especially the wooded regions of the United States. These smart creatures have nimble hands and are intelligent problem solvers capable of opening latches, turning doorknobs, climbing, swimming, and running at speeds of over 10 miles per hour.Besides the native northern raccoon, there are six other existing species, most of which live on tropical islands.

The small, stocky animals are covered in gray fur with distinctive black markings in the shape of a bandit’s mask around their eyes and rings along their fluffy tails. Raccoons have black eyes, short ears, and small black noses at the end of their short, narrow snouts. Because their back legs are longer than their front legs, the animals appear hunched as they walk.

Raccoons like to live in woodland areas near water sources such as rivers, marshes, and streams. Much of their food supplies comes from aquatic invertebrates such as clams, crayfish, turtles, and snails. The masked creatures also eat a large variety of plant-based foods, such as acorns, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and corn.

Urban areas, suburbs, and farms likewise make good homes for raccoons, who have adapted to city life by learning to scavenge from garbage cans, gardens, and crop fields. Wild raccoons typically nest in tree cavities, rock crevices, underground burrows, and the abandoned dens of other animals, such as muskrat lodges. In suburban areas, the animals have been known to seek the shelter of unoccupied buildings.

Yards containing easily accessible sources of food, such as outdoor pet food containers, vegetable gardens, unsecured trash bags, and compost heaps, often attract raccoons into residential areas. Female raccoons, known as sows, may build nests in empty buildings, attics, sheds, chimneys, and garages to raise young kits during the spring. It may attempt bold moves such as entering homes through pet doors to raid kitchens for food if a raccoon is fed or becomes comfortable living around humans.

In residential yards, stalks of vegetable plants may be broken and vegetables or fruits stripped by raccoons overnight. Chicken coops often face danger in the wake of raccoon presence, as hungry raccoons capable of opening fence latches can find their way inside and destroy eggs, birds, and nests.

To keep the small, furry animals away from homes and property, be sure to eliminate food sources that draw them near. Placing guards on top of chimney openings and sealing up all gaps along the exteriors of attic walls also serves to keep raccoons from gaining entry to homes.

Bats

Over 40 bat species exist in the United States alone, and nearly 1,000 different species live around the world. They have a bad reputation and are often thought of as flying rats. Bats are capable of spreading disease, much like rats, their existence is beneficial to humans and the environment in a way rats are not. While some bat species eat nectar, other small creatures, marine life, or, like the infamous vampire bats of South America, blood, the considerable preponderance of bat species are insectivores and maintain a regimen of night-flying insects like mosquitoes, insect, and moths. As these bugs are often pests themselves, regulated communities of bats around dwellings could be regarded as beneficial.

Bats have shaggy frames that range in color to include tones of tan, red, brown, and grey. To compensate for their poor eyesight, bats typically have large ears designed for echolocation. At their smallest, bats mature between 2.5 to 3.5 inches (6 to 9 cm) in measure and feature a wingspan of about 8 inches (20 cm). More substantial species vary from 7 to 8 inches (18 to 20 cm) in size and have a wingspan roughly 21 and 23 inches (53 and 58 cm).

Exceptionally multipurpose, bats set up roosting places in a wide array of natural environments like barrens, forests, residential areas, and central areas. Bats will use sheds, lofts, caverns, hardwood cavities, and the undersides of bridges to roost and/or overwinter. Generally, bats are harmless because they are night-loving and humans rest through their activity. In order to stay alive freezing winters in different locations of the globe, bats get into houses and roost in remote locations like attics. They can compress into entrances as small as a quarter of an inch (6 mm) in size, like fissures all around windows and doors, pipings and electric circuitry that lead within, and ventilation.

99 percent of rabies-related deaths are caused by rabid dogs, bats are still carriers of the ailment. Thankfully, even rabid bats avoid from nipping humans unless they really feel terrorized in some way. While the fungus that triggers histoplasmosis is not carried by bats, it resides in warmer, damp soil. Bat excrement function as a catalyst for the growth of the fungus, and human contagion takes place when people breathe in the spores. Bats also hold ectoparasites, like insects, flies, ticks, and mites, that jeopardize the physical health of humans and household pets. Bat pee can trigger a pervading and undesirable stink, while bat excrement tarnish ceilings and building visages.

Since bat populaces can prove favorable, some property owners assemble what are called bat houses close to flower gardens and all around house in order to retain bats from roosting where they are undesirable. Since bats will likely still target any attainable facility, homes remain predisposed unless parties make the effort to quarantine possible points of access. As well as waterproofing gaps and gaps, enlightening attic room spots and eaves during bedtime hours helps hinder bats from roosting, as does putting fans in crawl spaces to bring down the temperature level.

Capturing and removal of a bat can be challenging and should by no means be attempted if the bat was identified in a room where individuals were going to bed. While at your residence, Pest Management will determine the entry places bats are taking advantage of to gain access to your residence and establish tips to get rid of them entirely.

Rats/Mice
  • Raccoons

Raccoons are protected fur-bearing animals. They have legal protections as game animals in most states. Live trapping and relocation may not be an option, since in some states it is illegal to transfer and release captive animals in areas other than the original capture site. Certified wildlife specialists and licensed trappers are required in order to dispose of, and remove problem raccoons, outside of specified seasons.

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  • Oppossums

Opossums are marsupials that are native to the United States.  They love suburban wooded areas of Texas in the US. Opossums can give birth to up to twenty children at a time. Baby opossums can be the size of honey bees and are known as joeys in some areas of the country. They crawl inside the mother’s pouch and continue to grow and are typically weaned between 65 to 130 days.

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  • Bats

  • Rats/Mice