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Wild Hogs

Wild Hogs

Wild pigs, wild hogs, wild boar, feral pigs as they are commonly known in the state of Texas are not a native animal species.

Waco Wild Hog Control

wild-hogWhen most people think of pigs or hogs, they think of a useful livestock animal. However, there is another type of porcine creature homeowners should be aware of – wild hogs. These hogs root in gardens, eating crops and destroying landscaping.

Although some people kill wild hogs, there are often stiff penalties associated with trying to exterminate them. It is better to ask professionals like the Critter Control of Waco staff for assistance. We have helped homeowners throughout Waco set up long-term hog control programs.

Identifying Wild Hogs

Wild hogs have inbred with domesticated pigs for generations, so they are fairly easy to identify. Many wild hogs look similar to domestic pigs, with short, coarse hair close to the skin. Others are covered in long hair. Look for either a curly and hairless tail or a long, straight, hairy one. Some wild hogs have tusks while others do not. Wild hogs can weigh between 175 and 200 pounds; males usually weigh about 200. Like domestic pigs, some wild hogs are pink or white. Brown, black, and reddish-brown are also common colors.

Can Wild Hogs Damage My Home?

It’s actually rare for a wild hog to enter a residential area, but this does occasionally happen. They usually root around vegetation in gardens, exposing bare soil and killing plants. Wild hogs’ rooting also contributes to soil erosion, which in turn causes environmental problems. However, wild hogs disrupt farmland more often than residential gardens or yards. They forage for farmers’ crops, making them impossible to harvest. Estimates suggest wild hogs cause $1.5 billion in crop damage annually across the United States.

Wild hogs compete with bears, deer, and other animals for food. Therefore, their presence often brings competing species into the area. In addition, wild hogs carry many parasites and water-borne diseases, including E. coli, salmonella, and giardia. Homeowners living near water should be vigilant, as hog urine and feces commonly contaminate the water supply. Contact Critter Control of Waco immediately for help excluding wild hogs from your land.