How They’re Getting Into Your Yard And Home
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How They’re Getting Into Your Yard And Home

Pest wildlife, such as raccoons, squirrels, bats, and opossums, can pose significant challenges for homeowners. These animals are considered pests when they intrude into human habitats and disrupt the balance of the ecosystem. While many people appreciate wildlife in their natural settings, conflicts arise when these creatures enter residential areas in search of food, shelter, or nesting sites.

Problems Wildlife Creates For Sugar Land Residents

One of the primary reasons wildlife can be problematic for homeowners is property damage. Animals like squirrels and raccoons are notorious for gnawing through roof shingles and vents, creating entry points into attics or crawl spaces. Once inside, they can cause extensive damage by chewing on wires, insulation, and structural components. Moreover, their nesting habits can lead to unhygienic conditions, as their urine and feces can accumulate and pose health risks. Additionally, wildlife can raid gardens, destroy crops, and damage outdoor structures, leading to financial losses for homeowners. Furthermore, some wildlife species, like skunks and raccoons, may carry diseases that can be transmitted to humans or pets, adding another layer of concern for homeowners' health and safety. Therefore, while wildlife can be fascinating in natural habitats, their presence in residential areas often necessitates humane removal and prevention measures to mitigate the problems they can cause.

Why Sugar Land Residents Trust Modern Pest Control For Winter Wildlife Problems

When you live in Texas, you get used to seeing a variety of animals. Sugar Land is home to everything from spiders and ticks to bats and raccoons, and beyond. While it would be great if these animals stayed in their natural habitats, it doesn’t always work that way. Seeing a squirrel while walking along a nature trail is one thing, but seeing one in your attic is quite another. When wildlife shows up where it doesn’t belong, Sugar Land residents trust Modern Pest Control to take care of the problem.

Winter is one of the main times of year that wildlife becomes a big problem for homeowners. When the temperatures drop and food sources become more scarce, animals seek warm shelter that can also provide them with the nutrition they require. Your house meets both of those needs.

What wildlife should you look out for? While not an exhaustive list, the following kinds of wildlife are most likely to invade your Sugar Land home:

Raccoons And Opossums

Raccoons and opossums can cause a lot of problems if they decide to take up residence in or around your house. They make a mess of garbage cans and can become mean when protecting their young or if they’re cornered. Although it’s rare for possums to carry rabies, they sometimes do.

Raccoons are nimble enough to turn doorknobs and open latches, making it possible for them to gain entry to spaces that other wildlife cannot reach. they may be rabies carriers, so always use caution when you see them. 


If squirrels get inside your home, they can cause a lot of damage. They chew on almost anything, which can lead to ruined insulation, damaged pipes, fire hazards from exposed wiring, and more.


When bats find their way into your home, they leave a lot of feces behind. This can cause serious health issues for the people in your home. Bats can also contract and spread rabies.

Wildlife Prevention Tips

Regardless of whether these creatures get inside your house itself or simply set up shop under your porch or elsewhere on your property, you don’t want them around. No one wants damage to be done to their home, for their family to get injured or ill of course from contact with nuisance wildlife. But you also don’t want to be afraid to go in and out of your own home.

It’s possible that you unknowingly attracting wildlife to your yard and home. The following wildlife prevention tips will help you keep wildlife taking up residence in or around your Sugar Land home:

  • Don’t leave a food source outside. Pet food and bird feeders both attract hungry animals to your lawn that are neither pets nor birds.

  • Keep outdoor garbage receptacles tightly covered and place them away from your house. If you find that animals are still getting into them, either store them inside a locked building or buy containers that have animal-proof covers.

  • Wildlife is attracted to areas that have a water supply. Make sure your home has good drainage and that there are no areas of excess moisture on your property. Do not leave your pet’s water dish outdoors, remove birdbaths, and make sure your pool is tightly covered.

  • Inspect the exterior of your house for gaps around windows and doors, cracks in the foundation, holes in the siding, and damage to screens. Even large animals can fit through small holes, or they may gnaw at a hole to make it big enough to fit through.

  • Cap your chimney and cover all vents.

  • Inside, keep food stored in the refrigerator or in airtight containers.

  • Clean up messes and spills as soon as they happen.

  • Don’t leave dirty dishes out. Either wash them right away or put them in the dishwasher.

  • Sweep and vacuum frequently.

What To Do If You Have A Wildlife Problem

Sugar Land residents know they can trust Modern Pest Control for all their wildlife elimination needs because we guarantee our services. While DIY methods are often ineffective and even dangerous, bringing in a professional pest control expert is the responsible way to go.

Modern Pest Control will inspect your home to find possible points of entry and to identify the type of animal that is creating the problem. We will then implement a plan to eliminate the pest problem and prevent recurrence. Our wildlife control carries a one-year warranty. Extended warranties are also available.

We can and will take care of your wildlife problems. Call us to set up an inspection!

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