As one of the largest urban areas in the State of Texas, Houston is a major population center and business hub. Located near the Gulf of Mexico, the city is a major seaport and has a vibrant culture that reflects its cosmopolitan nature and multiethnic composition. Houston is growing at a tremendous rate and is spread over the area covering more than 600 square miles, with new neighborhoods nesting around the historic downtown. Considering its economic strength, the region is likely to continue developing and attracting new residents in the near future. This iconic American city deserves to be understood for all of its uniqueness and beauty, and this overview represents merely the first step in that direction.
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AN OVERVIEW OF WILDLIFE IN HOUSTON
Residents of Houston are often in contact with animals typical for this part of the continent, and some of those interactions can be quite unpleasant or even dangerous. The residential area is huge, and often overlaps with stretches of nature, causing the animals to wander into the vicinity of human homes. Raccoons and rats are quite common, and nine-banded armadillo can be encountered regularly in the outer suburbs. Sparrows and pigeons are frequent guests in the attics and roofs, sometimes accompanied by Mexican free-tail bats. However, the most significant danger may come from snakes, since the region is home to numerous venomous species, including several different rattlesnakes and copperheads, as well as Desert Massasauga, Western Cottonmouth and Texas Coral snake. On rare occasions, coyotes and foxes can be found in backyards, posing a grave danger to domestic animals and children. Some of the other animals that could cause trouble in the greater Houston area include opossums, deer, beavers, porcupines, flying squirrels, and even alligators.
MEET WILLIAM CARMICHAEL OWNER OF SKEDADDLE HUMANE WILDLIFE CONTROL HOUSTON
I attended Sam Houston State University, and, from then on, spent most of my life in residential property development, building, running subdivisions and mobile home parks. I often lived on whatever project I was working on at the moment.
In 1993, I got married and moved to The Woodlands after spending time living between Houston and Huntsville. My wife and I had two kids, a daughter and then a son. A month after we had sent the last of our kids to college, my wife was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. A year later, she passed away in 2016. All my plans changed it was time for something new. I traded the big house full of space I no longer needed for a smaller, simpler, arrangement.
During the sale, the house inspector found squirrels in the attic, and the buyer wanted the problem resolved before they moved in. I called the pest control company. They came and did what pest companies always do, set traps, laid them in the yard and attic to catch the squirrels. That’s when I drove home to see a squirrel in a cage, captured in the yard. It had blood coming from its mouth and paws from trying to escape. The squirrel looked exhausted and pained, and the cage looked ruthless and inhumane. It deeply upset me, and I released the squirrel. There had to be a better way to remove wildlife from your home.
I started doing research and found Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control. It’s the biggest wildlife control company in Canada with a completely humane process from start to ﬁnish. What impressed me the most about the operation, besides the success rate, is the science behind it. The founder studied animal behavior and used this knowledge to move animals out of the home. No traps, no poison needed.
After a life of working in homes, building homes, living in homes, I am convinced this is the best way to get wildlife out of your house. With Skedaddle, you never again have to choose between cruelty and your own comfort and health. Everyone, people and animals, can be happy. Even my dogs, who relish every opportunity to chase a squirrel up a tree, win, too, when the squirrels stay in the habitat they belong in. Everyone gets a home they are happy with.
BASIC FACTS ABOUT HOUSTON
Houston was founded in 1836, shortly after this area separated from Mexico to join the U.S., and was named for American general Sam Houston who played an important role in this conflict. It quickly developed into a major trade center and has played an important role throughout the history of Texas. With 2.3 million inhabitants living within the city limits, it is the fourth most populous city in the entire United States. When the broader metropolitan area is considered, Houston trails only Dallas-Fort Worth among Texas areas in terms of the total population. Houston is nicknamed ‘Space City’ because it is the home of NASA’s headquarters, but it is just as notable for successful companies in the energy and medical sectors. Some of the most famous landmarks include Market Square Park, University of Houston, Johnson Space Center and George Bush International Airport, which serves an average of 40 million passengers every year. A 22.7-mile long light railway system (METROrail) connects the entire area and allows quick transportation between neighborhoods.
CONTACT SKEDADDLE HUMANE WILDLIFE CONTROL TO RESOLVE ANY ISSUES WITH WILD ANIMALS
There is an easy solution for any issues caused by wild animals – calling the professionals to take care of the intruders in an efficient and humane manner. Skedaddle is a renowned animal control company with branch offices all around North America and its Houston office is available to assist the citizens even on short notice. In addition to emergency removal of intruding animals, Skedaddle’s technicians can also clean up and repair the damage, and make modifications to the home in order to ensure that the problem won’t reoccur. Only ecologically friendly and humane methods are employed, while the service comes with a lifetime guarantee. With nearly 30 years in this business, Skedaddle is uniquely equipped to deal with any animal species, including those found in the vicinity of Houston. If your home or business experiences problems with wildlife, you should contact our local office immediately.