Green Trails II residents with houses backing up to bayous and fields continue to report problems with coyotes.
Coyotes have attacked pets and attempted to dig into yards. We ask everyone’s cooperation in discouraging coyote presence. This means eliminating food sources, reinforcing back fences and keeping all pets on leashes.
Fences should be reinforced with a galvanized wire mesh apron buried at least 4 to 6 inches in the ground which extends out from the fence at least 15 to 20 inches. The apron should be securely attached to the bottom of the fence. Coyotes are very adept diggers and prefer to dig under fences rather than jump them. (source:http://www.co.el-dorado.ca.us/ag/wildlife/coyotes.html)
Limit food sources by not leaving pet food outside, securely cover garbage cans and compost piles, pick up windfall fruit. Bird seed on the ground attracts rodents, which in turn attract coyotes.
If you do see a coyote, shout, wave a walking stick, or throw rocks. The more they fear humans, the more they will avoid our neighborhood. Problem coyotes cannot be trapped and relocated; they must be killed. However, unless we eliminate the things that attract coyotes, the problem will recur.
For more information go to: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wild/nuisance/coyote/
Some cases of pine bark beetles have been diagnosed in trees in Green Trails II. These can kill trees in a fairly short time. As the beetles can spread easily to adjacent trees, it is important to diagnose, remove and destroy infested trees. The Association is checking trees in common areas and recommends that residents do the same with trees in their yards. As the beetles are more likely to attack stressed trees, adequate water and fertilization may be helpful, as well.
For more information on the beetles go to:
Southern pine beetle (Dendroctonus frontalis) is a primary pest of southern pine forests. Adult beetles are active during warmer months (when temperatures are above 58 degrees F), and disperse widely to injured, weakened or stressed trees in the spring. Seven or more generations may be completed within a year. When abundant, they can attack healthy trees. Larvae tunnel beneath the bark producing tunnels or galleries in patterns resembling the letter “S.”
5). This tunneling quickly disrupts the cambium layer, girdling the tree. Infested trees can have numerous masses of resin called "pitch tubes" on the tree trunk. Needles of newly attacked trees turn reddish-brown 1 to 2 months after infestation during the summer, and up to 3 months in the winter. Removal and destruction of infested trees may prevent healthy trees in the vicinity from being attacked.
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Many students feel the safest at home. Even at home, though, there are some important steps you should take to protect yourself.
Always know who is at the door before opening it. If you’re home by yourself and do not recognize the person, do not open the door.
If you’re home by yourself, do not let others know. Only your parents should know you’re alone.
If you’re home by yourself and someone calls asking for your parents, tell him or her that your parents aren’t available and offer to take a message.
If a stranger wants to use your phone, tell him or her you can’t help.
If there is a stranger in your home, leave right away. Don’t try to talk to the person. Go to a neighbor’s house and call the police.
Keep your doors and windows locked at all times.
Keep emergency numbers for police, fire, and poison control handy.
If your house has an alarm system, make sure your parents show you how to use it.
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Green Trails Phase II has a contract with the Precinct 5 Constable and residents are encouraged to call that office for their own needs or to report suspicious activity, no matter how minor it may seem. Our constables stress that residents receive the quickest response by calling the constable's office directly, even in an emergency situation. However, if you need emergency attention, and 911 is the only number you can remember or find immediately, call it.
Precinct 5 Constable 281-463-6666
Harris County Sheriff 281-221-6000
Emergency Only 911
This site was developed by John Walsh from America's Most Wanted. It is another tool to help us keep our kids safe. When you visit this site you can enter an address and a map will pop up with that address as a small icon of a house. Red, blue, green, dots will be located on the map in the vicinity of the address. When you click on these dots, a picture of a person will appear with an address and the description of the crime for which he or she was convicted. The site is : http://www.familywatchdog.us/
The Emergency Preparation page provides information to assist Green Trails residents in making our own emergency preparation plans for flooding or hurricanes. You may find the Emergency Preparation page under General Info, or you may link to it here. A hurricane check list and evacuation information are quickly available in downloadable form here.