How are Rodents & Wildlife Getting into My House in Manchaca, TX? How Do I Keep Pests Out?

Did you know that it’s believed that rodents are responsible for approximately 80% of animal break-ins into residential homes and commercial businesses? In the blog post A-Tex Pest Management will explore how rodents and wildlife get in to help you keep them out!


Mice can gain entry into your home by entering through a hole that is ¼ inch or larger in size. Common entry points include the garage and basement. The most common signs of infestation include droppings that are 1/8-inch long, the smell of urine, gnawed wood and scratching noises particularly at night.
How to prevent mice – seal any exterior gaps, keep food in plastic containers with tight fitting lids. Use weather-strips on the bottom of basement and garage doors.


Rats can gain entry into your home by entering through a hole that is ¾ inch or larger in size.
Common entry points include the garage, basement and drain pipes. The most common sighs of infestations include grease smudges along baseboards, smell of urine, ¼ inch long droppings, gnawing on wood and squeaking noises at night.
How to prevent rats – eliminate food and water sources, seal exterior gaps and keep food including pet food in airtight containers with tight fitting lids


Squirrels can gain entry into your home by entering through a hole that is 2 ½ inches or larger. Common entry points include overhanging fascia boards and damaged roof shingles. Squirrels are spry and can jump 10 to 12 feet through the air. The most common signs of infestation include ½- to 1-inch long droppings, piles of nuts, scampering noises in ceiling or attic.
How to prevent squirrels – Inspect your roof and exterior trim for damage and move bird feeders away from the home.


Occasionally skunks will burrow under your patio or take possession of your garage, basement or crawlspace. Skunks are generally gently creatures but they will spray a vile smelling liquid when threatened. Skunks can also carry rabies and trapping and removal should be left to a professional pest control company like the experts at A Five Star Termite and Pest control.


Given an opportunity, bats will make a home in your attic particularly during the summer months. Bats carry rabies and their guano also has the potential to carry disease. Your A Five Star Termite and Pest Control specialist will ensure that bats are safely evicted from your home so you and your family can rest easy at night.


These clever little animals with dexterous hands can easily slip down chimneys and attic vents. To keep them from coming back, keep your basement and garage door closed; remove bird feeders and outdoor pet bowls and secure trash cans with bungee cords along with capping your chimney for further protection.


These odd little creatures are nocturnal and love fruit and insects. They can be found in open garages, basements and crawl spaces. They have a preference for munching on pet food and won’t think twice about visiting your porch for a tasty snack. You will need the professionals at A-Tex Pest Management to safely remove them from your property.

Rodent & Wildlife Pest Inspections, Treatment, Control, Removal & More in Austin, Round Rock, Leander, Pflugerville & Cedar Park Texas

If you need help getting rid of rodents and wildlife that have made their way into your home – or you want help keeping them out to begin with, call A-Tex Pest Management to schedule service today!

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