Texas is best known for its BBQ, rodeos, chili, bluebonnets and ….wildlife?
The entire state of Texas has an abundant wild animal population and Houston is no exception. In fact, Houston, with its many miles of bayous and lush outdoors, actually fosters one of the most populated and diverse wild animal ecosystems in the state. Even within concrete urban areas you may stumble upon a raccoon trying to get into a garbage can, an opossum walking down a neighborhood street or bats flying low at an evening ballgame.
Among the top five critters on the list are raccoons, bats, skunks, coyotes and foxes, which all pose a real threat due to their high risk of rabies. Here’s the scoop on three of them:
Raccoons – These opportunistic critters are intelligent and can adapt well to living in close proximity to humans. They are omnivores that forage mostly at night. Raccoons can cause considerable damage to farm crops and animals, but in urban areas they are mostly destructive to attics, roofs, fruit trees and vegetable gardens, and love getting into your trashcan! They can cause harm to humans by biting or scratching or by carrying/transmitting rabies, although it is unusual for them to be aggressive – unless, of course, it feels threatened. They can also bring fleas, ticks and other parasites into your yard.
Bats – Most bats found in Texas live in caves and trees. Many roost under bridges, in buildings or in other man-made structures. Roosts are usually dark, secluded areas where the bats spend the day sleeping. Bats normally leave the roost to feed just after sunset and feed off and on throughout the night. In urban areas, bats may become a nuisance because of their squeaking, scratching and crawling in attics, walls, chimneys or other structures. Their droppings and urine create an objectionable odor and, in some cases, can present a health threat. In addition, bats also can carry rabies. Most bites occur when people or pets pick up sick or dying bats that have fallen to the ground. Normally, bats are not aggressive and rarely attack people. In fact, more people die from dog bites than bat bites.
Skunks – Skunks are one of the most abundant species of wildlife in Houston and are a high risk rabies carrier. And let’s not forget their obnoxious musky spray! Primarily nocturnal, skunks can be found living in crawlspaces, under front and rear porches, patios and basements in homes and businesses in and around Houston. Skunks are omnivorous but they mainly eat insects, grubs, small rodents, small birds, fruit, and dog and cat food. Any shelter that seems good for nesting and raising a family will appeal to a skunk. To avoid damage, keep your property maintained and look for any telltale droppings or signs of burrowing.
If Texas wildlife is driving you batty at home, contact your pest professional for a free estimate.
Cypress Creek Pest Control has been providing quality and dependable service to Houston homes, agencies, schools, and local businesses since 1968. We are one of the largest independently owned full-service pest control companies in the state of Texas.
Great pest extermination every 3 months. Keeps all the bugs away!
18:41 31 May 23
General extermination. The professional employee they sent I recommend him to keep providing his experience and knowledge sharing.
20:10 29 May 23
Excellent bug control.
16:38 28 May 23
This is the first service I have used where I can use the backyard withou mosquito repellent
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Cypress creek pest services came out to my home for my quarterly service. Gotta say the technician was so good. Great customer service and very informative. Thank you!
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The office rep is very sweet, professional and accommodating. Every service rep that has visited my home is also very professional and explain what and where they will be treating. I feel well protected as they keep a very good scheduled visit. Thank you Cypress Creek.
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Great service and been with them for 5 yrs
14:23 20 May 23
Ernie came to give us a termite inspection. He was fantastic and clearly knew what he was doing. He offered helpful advice and wasn't pushy or trying to sell us upgrades like so many other companies do. Very friendly and knowledgeable! I will recommend Cypress Creek Pest Control to everyone I know.
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The service agent was late. The phone representative who set up the appointment told me they would be at my house between 8:30 AM and 12 noon. The service agent did not arrive until almost 1:30. Although he arrived at the time he was told service was scheduled this was not the time frame I was given.
17:50 17 May 23
They are the best! I’ve been a customer for years and they have never disappointed me.
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I’m pleased with the service I receive from Cypress Creek Pest Control. Awesome team with awesome leaders!
13:08 13 May 23
They are professional and on time!!! I have used them for years!!
20:35 12 May 23
Everything about this service was outstanding. When they knew they were just coming to get a kitten, not a dangerous animal, I thought the price was high, but l still used them. They did it outstanding job with the removal.
17:29 12 May 23
Danny was extremely nice, professional. We had tried another service but were disappointed by the fact that their policy was to not come back if it looked like the pests weren’t eliminated until the next quarter of the year! We switched immediately as our home had been vacant for over 9 months and the pests had definitely moved in!Now we see maybe 6 total during the last year. Very pleased in Spring! MBC
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We have used Cupress Creek for several years. Pleased with their service.
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Great service and good price
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Andy did a great job providing my home inspection. He covered all my concerns and then some.
13:39 08 May 23
Very professional and good services
22:07 05 May 23
They notice Pine Beatles and save our tree when had not even noticed
16:37 05 May 23
Great service from the office and service technician.
15:27 05 May 23
I can sit outdoors because of the great service Cypress Creek Pest Control provides. Their quarterly service keeps me pest free.
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Great service, Steve did a thorough job.
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I called and made appointment, they were right on time and seemed to be very through and quick. I used this company 22 years ago, this year I decided I had had enough of DYI treatments and turned it back over to them based on current reviews and my experience many years ago...
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Cy Creek Pest Control is great! I always have a positive experience when them. Scheduling is easy - we use the quarterly service and they call us to schedule and also to remind. Technicians are always friendly, professional, and on time. Their methods work and I trust them. They have great follow through and will get the problem solved!
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He was quick, professional and not chatty!! Send him next time again.
18:24 02 May 23
Very thorough, professional, friendly, and knowledgeable.
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17:22 02 May 23
I have used Tate as my inspector and he is very knowledgeable, very friendly and professional. I hope to keep Tate as my inspector in the future.