If you have a problem with wildlife in your San Marcos home, your best option is to hire a company that specializes in Texas wildlife removal only. This is a specialty business, and regular pest control companies do not use the proper techniques to solve animal problems. I have spent many years reviewing Texas and San Marcos, and I recommend the following:
NOTE: If you have a dog or cat problem, call Hays County Animal Services: 512-805-2655
Pest Animal Removal specializes primarily in removing animals from attics of homes and buildings - this includes squirrels in attics, raccoons, and rats or mice in homes. Texas also has a documented problem with
bats in buildings, and Pest Animal Removal is specially trained in bat removal. They also perform general wildlife trapping services, such as the capture and removal of skunks or opossums on the
property. Call 512-379-5066 to discuss your critter problem and schedule a same-day or next-day appointment. Click here to learn more about what prices we charge in 2023.
When hiring a company to solve your wild animal problem, you want these features:
Pest Animal Removal is a full-service San Marcos wildlife removal company. This is very different from a regular San Marcos pest control company. The pest control companies spray poison to kill insects. This is not at all
similar to wildlife removal. Pest Animal Removal performs a full inspection of the home or property, and determines why the animal(s) are there, and if inside a building, how the animals got inside. All
animals (including rodents) are trapped and removed, or if possible, removed from the building using special exclusion devices. Once the animals are gone, preventative repairs are essential, and
cleanup is sometimes recommended.
San Marcos wildlife trapping - it's not as simple as it may seem. It's illegal in Texas to trap without a license. Trap type is very important and there are many different types, bait is somewhat relevant, trap placement is vital, and there are dozens of small things that are very important to know. Safety is a concern. Then once the animal is trapped, it must be removed and dealt with in the proper manner according to Texas law. We offer San Marcos raccoon removal. Read more about how to get rid of raccoons.
Animals in attics - this is our specialty at Pest Animal Removal. Many types of animals like to live in attics. This includes squirrels, raccoons, rats, mice, bats, birds, and even possums. Critters like to go into attics for a safe place to live and raise their young. Removing animals from attics is very complex work, partly because of the presence of baby animals. If you need San Marcos squirrel removal, we can remove all the squirrels from your attic, and seal out any future ones. Read more about how to get rid of squirrels.
Rodent control must be done in a very specific way. First off, the most important thing is that all the openings that rats and mice can use to enter a house be sealed. Then all the rodents must be physically trapped and removed. Never, ever use poison! Most San Marcos exterminators will just use this lazy poison technique to kill rodents, and it causes more harm than good - dead stinky rats, and it doesn't solve the problem. Call us for correct San Marcos rat removal. Read more about how to get rid of rats.
Bat removal is a highly specialized task. Texas is known to have colonizing bats who often live in buildings. Bats love attics. If not removed, the colony can grow to a very large size over the years. The bat droppings are often corrosive and cause health risks. The same goes for bird droppings on or in buildings. We perform San Marcos pigeon removal and bird control. But our specialty is San Marcos bat removal. We remove 100% of the bat colony and seal the building so that it's totally bat-proof. Read more about how to get rid of bats.
If you have animals inside a house, no job is complete without proper exclusion repairs. If you simply hire a San Marcos trapper who only removes the critters, then the problem will return. You need to hire a San Marcos wildlife control company that identifies 100% of the animal entry points into your building, and seals them shut with professional repairs. In addition, in many cases animals have left waste or contamination behind, and you'll want a company that can provide professional cleaning services. Pest Animal Removal does both.
The above are just some of the services offered by Pest Animal Removal. We also trap and remove animals that destroy lawns, such as moles, or digging animals. Sometimes animals like opossums will live under buildings, steal pet food, raid garbage cans, etc. Read about how to get rid of opossums. Skunks commonly live under sheds or decks, and set up a den. We can trap and remove them without them spraying. Read about how to get rid of skunks. Pest Animal Removal also provides dead animal removal in San Marcos. If you need help with any other wildlife conflict, from a fox, beaver, groundhog, or any other critter, we can solve it. We also do San Marcos snake removal - most of the snakes in Texas are not venomous, but call us if you want safe removal, or read about how to get rid of snakes in San Marcos. And remember, we are a private business, not Hays County Animal Control Services, so if you have a dog or cat problem, call the County at 512-805-2655. Hays County animal services does not handle any wildlife issues.
Every wildlife removal situation is different, from the species of animals involved, the location of the animal inside a house or outside, the extent of repairs or cleanup, etc. It's impossible to give one-size-fits-all prices. Examples MIGHT include:
Small Job: For example, a one-stop job to remove an animal in the yard: $100 on up
Medium Job: For example, getting critters out of your house with minor repairs: $300 on up
Large Job: For example, a project involving many service trips and complex work: $500 on up
Give us a phone call now and tell us about your wildlife issue and we will be able to give you a price estimate over the phone. If you're cool with it, we can schedule a same-day or next-day appointment if you like. Our prices are fair, and a good value because we do the job right, the first time.
San Marcos Wildlife Tip #1:
Gopher Prevention - How to keep Gophers away from yard
Keeping Gophers away from the yard is important because of their high rate of reproduction , thus they may become endemic to your home if their numbers are not controlled. Gophers love to dig into lawns as well as the dirt surrounding the yards and gardens, and often times it becomes difficult to perform an human Gopher removal techniques without injuring or killing the animals, thus the best way is to prevent them through some conventional and effective ways such as creation of physical barriers, habitat modification, and irrigation.
Creation of barriers is by far the most effective way of getting rid of the animals, especially in areas where they have become endemic. One of the best ways to create barriers is through the seedling of trees. These seedling trees must be wrapped in compostable plastic nettings right from the root region and upward, in order to protect them from any damage. You can also wrap some old trees with 3-feet piece of hardware clothing. Wired trenches can also be used in creating a strong barrier against gophers, make sure the wires surround your yard effectively and must not have holes penetrable holes within.
Habitat modification is another way of preventing Gophers from infesting your yard. Weeds such as Clover and legumes are known to attract Gophers more than any other plant, and if you must plant legumes, make sure they are hand-dug and make sure you spray weeds with herbicides to dissuade Gophers from burrowing holes around them. Similarly, make sure you keep you gardens clean from unnecessary plants.
Irrigation is another effective method of keeping Gophers away from your home. Flooding Gopher burrows can be a powerful way of driving Gophers away from their colonies. Just before you engage in flooding the irrigation system, make sure that all the high spots within your yard has been even-out, in order to prevent the escaping Gophers from seeking refuge in such places. Mechanically, occasional flooding will keep gophers away from your yard, and at the same time, the soil within the burrow becomes sticky and it becomes more difficult for Gophers to return to the yard. The traditional moisture you created through irrigation flooding can interfere with the gas exchange between the burrow surface and the underground level, therefore the gophers become uncomfortable with difficult breathing and may be forced to flee from your yard.
The use of repellents or predators can also be used to scare away Gophers. Chemical sprays occasionally applied on yards can irritate gophers and they may stay away permanently from your yard, however, the use of repellents may be very expensive and requires a careful handling.
San Marcos Wildlife Tip #2:
Texas Wildlife Information:
Texas State bird: Northern mockingbird
State mammal: Nine-banded armadillo, Texas longhorn, Mexican free-tailed bat
State reptile: Texas horned lizard
State amphibian: Texas Toad
State fish: Guadalupe bass
State insect: Monarch butterfly
Texas, the second largest state in the United States, has multiple climate regions, and thus very unpredictable weather patterns. Not only can Texas have tornados, it can be hit with devastating hurricanes or extended periods of drought. West Texas often sees snow, whereas East Texas is almost always hot and dry. Some areas receive ample rain; some areas receive none. All of this variability means any animals living in Texas need to be ready for just about anything.
The regions in Texas where vegetation is scarce and the sun beats down are the prime locations for the many different lizard species living in the state. Of those, the Texas horned lizard spends its days eating the ample supply of ants which also thrive in the dry environment. The desert tortoise also likes to spend time out in the sun, eating prickly pear fruit. Unfortunately, these critters who love to be out in the open are often prey to one of Texas's largest nuisance animals, the coyote. More a bane to farmers, coyotes are opportunistic creatures, smart enough to evade capture and devious enough to break through inadequate fencing. Other large Texas predators, like the cougar and the bobcat, tend to be leery of people, spending most of their time in the scrub forests surrounding rivers like the Rio Grande.
A lack of large predators does not give the state any break from nuisance animals, however. Just like other, smaller states, Texas has significant issues with rodent infestations, including that of rats, mice, and squirrels. Another small animal pest, though not a rodent, is the Mexican free-tail bat, a common creature in the Texas skies at dusk. Bats love to take up residence in attics around the region, and because most areas in Texas are mild during the winter months, the bats will remain all year.
Armadillos also make their presence known in yards around the state. Texas is naturally dry, and a lush yard, which is likely irrigated, will hold a much more enticing amount of bugs for the armored critter. An armadillo can do serious damage to a yard in just one night. If that's not enough, Texas has a good number of both venomous and non-venomous snakes, all of which will be drawn to places with water supplies; aka: pools and ponds.
You can always call Pest Animal Removal, any time of day, at 512-379-5066, for a price quote for San Marcos wildlife control services. I am confident that this is the best choice amongst wildlife removal companies in San Marcos, TX.