GRAPEVINE -- At her house on Ridgewood Drive, critters that have visited Angela Anderson in recent months include moles, armadillos, possums, raccoons and squirrels.
They were just there for short sleepovers, nothing permanent.
But several gray foxes and their kits have moved in and started a life under Anderson's wooden deck by the backyard swimming pool.
"They've been around for the last six months," Anderson said. "They haven't caused us any problems, but I have a 10-year-old and I'm concerned."
Anderson began looking for help and decided on 911 Wildlife, a company that doesn't trap wild animals but provides nonlethal ways to get the animals to move to another area.
Wildlife technicians use methods including one-way doors and motion-sensor water sprinklers to keep the animals out of homes and apartment complexes.
"We don't trap animals," said Bonnie Bradshaw, president of 911 Wildlife in the North Texas area.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, about 20 percent of homes and apartment complexes in urban areas nationwide have critters living in attics or spaces underneath.
The peak season for move-ins is generally February to June, because the animals are searching for homes -- decks, chimneys, open spaces and attics -- to have babies.
Animals also are attracted to home and apartment complexes because residents leave cat or dog food outside overnight and garbage is often unsecured.
"The space under the deck is an ideal home for them," said Marcus Stephens, a 911 Wildlife technician who was at Anderson's Grapevine home. "It's shady and quiet and they can get to it from several places."
The 911 Wildlife specialists say relocated animals rarely survive and for that reason, they teach residents about co-existing with animals. They also install one-way doors that allow the animals to leave -- but not return -- and put heavy-gauge wire mesh on bases of decks or attic openings.
They also tell residents about home remedies, including bright lights in dark areas and putting a radio tuned to a talk show near the homes of wildlife.
"Some residents will just take our information about how to handle wildlife and go from there," Bradshaw said.
After talking to 911 Wildlife, Anderson decided that she and her family would learn to co-exist with the gray foxes.
"Once we were told that the foxes wouldn't bother my young son, we decided that we'd just live them there," she said.
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