Do you have a rodent infestation?

If you’ve ever heard a little scratch, scratch, scratch in your walls while home alone, you may have posed this question before. 

What sounds like a scene straight from a horror movie, is a nightmare of a different kind for homeowners. Since rodents are nocturnal, you might miss hearing their scratching and scampering while you’re fast asleep.

Why are rodents an Issue?

When temperatures start to drop and food sources become scarce, mice and rats are most likely to start seeking shelter in your home or business and it’s important to know the signs of a rodent problem.

Rats and mice can wreak havoc on your home or business, causing hundreds of dollars in property damage if left untreated. Not only that, rodents are absolute disease vectors. It’s important to accurately identify the signs of a rodent infestation and jump on treating the problem with proper pest control for rats and mice before you get in over your head. Here are a couple reasons a rodent problem is nothing to ignore.

Mice and rats stink!

Rats and mice have a particular odor to them. Trust us, once you identify it, you’ll never be able to forget. Rodent odors are musty, like a damp and dirty rag that fell behind the washing machine undetected for way too long. 

Along with the urine trail they leave, rats and mice create a buildup of oils in their fur. They use this build up to rub along the walls to mark their way. These oils are just another method they use to communicate to other rats and mice. If you notice the unmistakable odor of rodents, beware that an infestation could be looming if it isn’t present already. 

Rodents chew up everything

Since rodents have teeth that constantly grow, the only way to keep them at a manageable length is to continuously chew. This means that rats and mice end up gnawing on everything from electrical wires, boxes, mattresses to clothing and wood. They especially prefer chewing on soft materials that they can use to create nests for the winter.

How mice and rats get into your home in the first place.

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Mice can fit into the smallest places. This is because their soft tissue allowing them to compress their bodies to wiggle into the smallest spaces.

Mice and rats are unfortunately some of the most adaptable pests we handle at Buckaroo Pest Protection. Even the most secure homes or commercial buildings can have a rat problem or mouse infestation if any small opportunity presents itself. If your building has a crack as small as a dime, it’s enough for a mouse to squeeze through and settle in for a long winter (or two.)

Where one mouse or rat finds a way in, others will surely follow. This is due to the pheromone trail (aka urine trail) they leave when they find safety and food. It may seem like common sense, but since rodents are always starting from the outside and infiltrating inward, the signs will start showing up first along exterior walls, before moving deeper into the inner walls of your home.

Oftentimes, rats and mice will get into a neglected attic first before making their way into the living space of the house. This is especially common if you have cats or dogs in your home that deter them from entering your predatory living space.

Early signs of a rodent infestation 

If mice or rats have made into your attic, you may see: 

  • Disturbed or chewed up insulation 
  • tunnels created for them to travel unnoticed
  • scratch marks along baseboards
  • tiny holes near your plumbing
  • little droppings on countertops, around food or near nesting areas.

If you start to notice any of these signs, it’s likely that rats or mice have made it into your home. You’ll be able to tell any potential droppings belong to rodents because of their distinctive appearance. Mouse droppings look like small, granular pellets and are about the size of a grain of rice. If you have rats, the pellets will look similar but be slightly larger in size.

What to do if you have mice or rats in your home

It may be alarming if you realize that you have  rodent problems. Forget wasting time with pesky glue traps or snap traps—the first thing to do is to remove any and all available food sources. Safely secure any food that may be left out on the counter into airtight containers. The same thing goes for bags of pet food, or even uncovered pet dishes if your pet is free-feeding. Sadly, rats and mice love feasting on dog and cat food. By eliminating food sources, you’re drastically reducing the desire for rodents to take up residence in your home long term.

How to get rid of a rodent infestation

Be sure to read our article about Preventing Winter Pests, because your best bet at getting rid of a rodent infestation is preventing any from coming in in the first place. Remember, your pest pals at Buckaroo Pest Protection are always ready and rarin’ to give you a helping hand in corralling your critters. We protect your loved ones from pests and pesticide exposure by using botanicals and barricades that are safe for family and pets! Call Buckaroo Pest Protection for more information or to schedule a free pest inspection today.

Types of Wasps in Texas (and what you should know about them)

August 24, 2022

Wasps, commonly referred to as Hymenoptera in the scientific community, are the friends of nature no ones like to have around.  Aggressive wasps in Texas seemingly attack without much reason but do you know where this behavior comes from? Wasps tend to get a bad rap because they’re angry, aggressive and bear painful stings, but wasps can be surprisingly helpful when it comes to pest control.

Though commonly found hovering over trash cans or around the canopies of your homes, wasps also target spiders, grasshoppers, caterpillars and more when searching for food. Some wasp species utilize their powerful stings to paralyze their prey before feeding on them, whereas other species prefer to feed on the dead flesh of other insects.  Like grasshoppers and daddy long legs, wasps may be annoying, but they serve a definite purpose.

The Life Cycle of a Wasp

Did you know that worker wasps die off every fall and that only a few queens are left to rebuild their nests the following spring?

Wasps typically spend their short life cycle nesting and feeding on pests that tend to find their way inside minus the invitation. In addition to other insects, these outdoor omnivores like to nest close to homes and feed on fruit, other sugary food items and surprisingly, tuna.

Here in the good ol’ barbeque rich state of Texas, reside a handful of wasp species that all serve their own purpose and march to the beat of their own drums. Let’s look at the types of wasps in Texas and what you need to know about each.

Mud Daubers

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Mud daubers are one of the only non-aggressive species of wasps that not only avoid humans but also won’t actively defend their nests. This species of wasp tends to be docile around most humans and will only sting if they feel threatened.

Many wasps and even bees look similar, but mud daubers are easily distinguishable by their slender body proportions. These wasps are usually black in color but may have pale markings along their bodies.

Unlike a normal wasp nest, mud daubers build their nests with mud via one-inch-long tube-like structures. These nests are typically built close together and can be easily found in sheltered locations such as garages, sheds, and/or attics. If a mud nest has a rounded hole in it, this may signify that this nest is old and inactive.

Paper Wasps

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This species of wasp is very social and tends to build nests out of paper like material. These wasps are slender, black in color with yellow markings and have trademark black wings.

It’s common to see this species milling around your home and they can be easily identified by the type of nest they build. Paper wasps build their nests with wood fibers that they chew down to a paper like material and shape into hexagonal craters throughout their nests. Unlike their docile cousins, the mud daubers, paper wasps are more aggressive but only attack when their nests are disturbed, or if they feel threatened.

Like many wasps, paper wasps provide a natural form of pest control by eating the other insects in the neighborhood. They are commonly attracted to things that resemble flowers such as perfumes or bright colors. With this species of wasp, the easiest way to prevent them from nesting around your home is to identify nests before they grow large. If you see a nest or many wasps flitting around your home, give us a call so we can inspect your home for hidden nests.

Mexican Honey Wasp

Another common species of Texas wasp that you may run across is the Mexican Honey Wasp. Surprisingly, this is one of the few species of wasps that can produce honey and pollinate some fruits such as avocado. Mexican honey wasps are non-aggressive and tend to leave humans be unless their nests are disturbed. Like paper wasps, these insects tend to build papery nests but instead of sticking close to your home, they tend to nest in shrubbery and trees. These nests typically resemble a paper balloon and are large enough to easily hold thousands of wasps.

Fun fact, though these wasps produce honey that’s like a honeybee’s, wasp honey may contain nectar from toxic plants that can prove fatal if ingested. So no, Texas, you probably won’t see this delicacy at your local grocery store. In short, these are not the friends you want around your home. If you start seeing an influx of striped yellow and black wasps, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and give us a call.

Asian Giant Hornets

The Asian Giant Hornet, aka the ‘Murder Hornet’ has been broadcast across news stations around the nation, sealing fear into our heart and indirectly encouraging social distancing efforts. These wasps are the largest species of wasp on record and are not commonly found in the U.S.

These approximately three-inch long horrors are very anti-human, tend to attack without much provocation and are a menace to bee colonies worldwide. These wasps nest in the ground and have an aggressive nature like that of rabid wolves.

The Asian giant hornet has a large stinger that delivers potent venom to its victims. This toxin can potentially dissolve flesh and may prove fatal if it delivers multiple stings. It doesn’t stop there. Twenty to thirty of these wasps are capable of killing off over five thousand bees. Luckily, these terrors have yet to grace the south with their presence but since they’ve been in the news, we wanted to give you some peace of mind that these guys are ones you probably won’t have to worry about here in Texas.

I think I found a wasp nest, what now?

As your family friendly local pest control company in the Plano area, the safety of your homes and families are our top priority. If you’re worried you have a wasp infestation, call us today. Though wasps can be a natural form of pest control, due to their aggressive behavior it’s important to take proper preventative measures. As the first key to proper and effective pest control is pest prevention, we understand how important it is to ensure that nests are removed safely and permanently.

Wasp Removal in Plano, McKinney and North Dallas

If you’ve spotted a large wasp in or around your home, don’t get stung, give us a call. This warrior species is wiping out bee colonies at such an alarming rate that local agricultural departments are taking extensive measures to eradicate these nests the moment they’re found. Here at Buckaroo Pest Protection, we want to ensure the safety of your family around such an aggressive species. Click here to sign up for a free whole home inspection or give us a call at (469) 598-0560 for more information. Check out our latest promos!

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How to Get Rid of Sugar Ants

The ants go marching one by one, by one, and another one… As the weather heats up, more and more of these intrusive insects start appearing in your home, including your kitchen and, unfortunately, in your food. Resourceful sugar ants can even appear in your car! Talk about driving you crazy.
What are these pesky little critters? More importantly, how do you get rid of sugar ants in your kitchen and home? Let’s find out!

What Are Sugar Ants?

The “real” sugar ant actually doesn’t live in the United States. This banded sugar ant enjoys a warm home in Australia.

However, in the US, we use the term “sugar ant” to refer to any sweet sustenance-seeking type of ant. In other words, these species are attracted to sugar and sweets as opposed to grease or protein like other types of ants.

Thus, there are a number of other names for sugar ants, which are actually the real names of these ants. Some of these include:

Pharaoh ants

●      Pavement ants

●      Rover ants

●      Little black ants

●      Cornfield ants

●      False honey ants

●      Carpenter ants

●      Odorous house ants

The most common sugar ants in Texas are the Pharaoh ants. Unfortunately, they can bring pathogens and bacteria with them, making them very unwelcome invaders in homes and kitchens.

What Do Sugar Ants Look Like?

Since sugar ants in the US refer to several different species, they don’t all look the same. However, they are generally tiny (less than ⅛ of an inch) and range from light yellow-brown or red-brown to black.

What Do Sugar Ants Eat?

As the name suggests, these types of ants love sugar, and anything containing it . This includes:

 All types of sugar including powdered, white, and brown varieties

●      Honey

●      Maple syrup (and other syrups)

●      Jams, jellies, etc.

●      Cake, cookies, pastries

●      Soft drinks

●      Juice

To avoid attracting these ants, it is imperative to keep your food sealed up snugger than a bug in a rug. Don’t leave food sitting out on the counters and immediately clean up spills and crumbs from the table, counters, and floors.

Do Sugar Ants Bite?

Sugar ants are generally not aggressive. However, they will bite if they feel threatened. Sugar ant bites are usually not a big deal. Some people may experience a little itching around the site but that’s about it.

If the person is bitten multiple times, there may be more of an issue. Also, those who are allergic may experience more significant symptoms.

How Do Sugar Ants Get Into Your Home?

Because they are no bigger than moles on a chigger, sugar ants have no trouble sneaking into your home. Whatever crack or cranny they can find to crawl through will do.

How to Get Rid of Sugar Ants Naturally?

Now let’s get down to brass tacks and address the issue you’re really wondering about — how to get rid of sugar ants.

Sugar Ant Repellants

There are a variety of natural substances/ingredients that will repel sugar ants. Sprinkling these or using them around your home and kitchen can be an effective way to keep the critters from coming inside in the first place.

  • Vinegar: Mix one part vinegar with one part water. Spray liberally in areas where you see ant activity. This will kill ants on contact as well as erase the scent trails that ants use to navigate.
  • Whole cloves, bay leaves, garlic: The strong smell from these spices can interfere with the ants’ scent trails, disrupting their ability to navigate and communicate.
  • Used coffee grounds: Sprinkle around the areas where you know that ants are entering your home or to protect certain areas like your food pantry or pet bowls from future ants. Ants strongly dislike the smell of coffee and the acidity burns them.
  • Essential oils: Lemon, eucalyptus, cinnamon, neem, tea tree, and peppermint essential oils seem to be effective at repelling insects in general.

Sugar Ant Traps

If you’ve been struggling with sugar ants for a while, repellants might not be strong enough for you. What you really want to know is how to kill sugar ants and keep them from coming back for good.

Here are a few of the best sugar ant traps or other methods for killing ants you can try at home:

  • Boiling water: scald and kill the little critters by pouring boiling water into the sugar ant holes around your home. This must be done several times to be effective.
  • Boric acid: This compound is toxic for ants and will kill them over time. Mix boric acid with sugar and water. Set the solution up as ant traps around the house or pour it into ant holes. Note: can be toxic to pets as well so use this method with care.
  • Ant bait: Commercial sugar ant bait is another option. The point is so that the roving ants will take it back to their ant colony where even more ants will eat and die.

Tired of Sugar Ants?

Getting rid of sugar ants isn’t always easy, especially if you have large established colonies nearby. If you’re feeling defeated after trying everything to no avail, the best option is to call for professional help.

Here at Buckaroo Pest Protection, our number one priority is keeping you and your family safe. That means performing thorough inspections first to know what we’re dealing with. Then we treat the exact problem using pest control products that won’t cause harm.

Ready to get rid of your sugar ants? Give us a call or schedule a Buckaroo service today!

Cricket Season in Texas: How to Stop the Invasion

Crickets become abundant with warm spring and summer weather. They are nocturnal insects and most active on warm summer nights when males attract mates by rubbing their wings together and chirping. What do we do when there are hundreds of these pests at our front doors and in our commercial building lobbies?

The most important step is to make sure that your home is sealed from the constant swarms of these noisy insects. We’ll explain what attracts crickets and how to get rid of them. If you need help identifying where they’re getting in, one of our technicians can help. When you need cricket pest control for your problem, call the pros at Buckaroo. We’ll assess and diagnose your pest problem quicker than you can say “Jiminy Crickets!”

The Value of Crickets

Crickets are useful insects that help balance the ecosystem. They are omnivores that eat a variety of plants, flowers, fruits and other insects. They break down plant material to help enrich our soils.

 Crickets are also a food source for pets and in some countries they’re a food source for humans. In Cambodia and Vietnam, crickets are considered a delicacy. In other cultures, they are a sign of good luck.

The Cricket Life Cycle

Why do we see so many crickets when the weather turns warm? A female cricket can lay over 200 eggs at a time. Once she mates, she spends most of her life laying up to 2,000 eggs. Two weeks later, those eggs will hatch into cricket nymphs.

Nymphs, or baby crickets, go through several phases of molting (shedding their skin) before they become adults capable of reproducing. This process can take 2-3 months. Once they become adults, crickets live an additional 2-4 moths. How long crickets live can vary depending on weather and food.

Cricket eggs that are laid in late fall become dormant until the spring and hatch when the weather turns warm. This restarts the entire life cycle and causes seasonal infestations.

What Attracts Crickets?

So, what attracts these crickets to your house? Crickets are primarily attracted to light, food, and shelter. Light is the biggest attraction. Crickets will swarm where there are bright lights such as car lots, parks, homes and commercial buildings.

They love to venture indoors at nighttime when the temperatures drop in the fall. In your home, crickets favor warm, moist environments like the kitchen. They will be attracted to fruits, vegetables and pet food. Sometimes crickets also eat natural fabrics like wool, silk and cotton.

How to Get Rid of Crickets

If you want to eliminate crickets in your home, you must seal the entry points where they are getting in. Crickets can fly and easily travel through windows, vents and gaps along your foundation. Use caulk to seal these gaps and repair and screens with holes.

Inside, keep your home clean, especially where you see crickets collecting. Store food in pest safe containers, including pet food once your pets are done eating. Turn off the lights when you don’t need them. If necessary – spray with the proper chemicals to eliminate the infestation. This is an area where hiring a professional can help.

Pest Control for Crickets in Texas

If you have more questions or would like an inspection by one of our trained techs, give us a call at 972-362-4026. You can also use our handy online schedule form. Our team can identify where crickets are getting in and implement a program to eliminate them. Don’t let chirping crickets drive you crazy another day!

How to Keep Wasps Away

June 30, 2022

Buzz! Buzz! Buzz!

The wasps are closing in on your backyard barbecue! Unfortunately, a wasp invasion will kill your party faster than a prairie fire with a tailwind. People don’t take their chances hanging around with a troupe of stinging insects.

Is this becoming a major problem for you? Then it’s time to learn how to keep wasps away with a few wasp control tricks for dealing with these highly undesirable insects.

1. Eliminate Food Sources

Many types of wasps, including the Great Black Wasp, eat protein-based foods. While the adult wasps are looking for flower nectar to drink, they are also keeping an eye out for other insects like katydids, crickets, and grasshoppers. They then paralyze the poor insect and bring it back for young wasp larvae to snack on — while it is still alive.

So, if you have a tantalizing slab of meat on your picnic table or an abundance of grill drippings, the wasps will be coming around to say hello.

Keep your food covered during outdoor gatherings and maintain a clean grill. Also make sure that your garbage cans are covered tightly and nothing else that could become a wasp buffet is left lying around.

2. DIY Wasp Spray

What if it seems impossible to keep the critters from stopping by during an outdoor gathering? Or perhaps you find a small wasp nest and are wondering what to do with it?

DIY wasp spray is an easy and effective solution. Simply mix together a couple of tablespoons of dish soap with water in a spray bottle. Spritz the critters when you spot them or douse a small wasp nest with the solution.

Did you know that wasps such as the red wasp actually breathe through their bodies? The soap clogs their breathing pores, making it impossible for them to breathe, causing them to die in a few seconds.

3. DIY Wasp Traps

A less hands-on option is to create a DIY wasp trap (or several) and leave them hanging near where the wasps like to gather, such as the wasp nest.

This is easy to do with an empty 2-liter bottle. First, add a couple of inches of sugar water to about a cup of apple cider vinegar and toss in a delectable banana peel for extra attraction. Next, cut a small hole in the top of the bottle. The idea is that the wasps will be attracted to the tempting concoction, then get stuck inside and drown.

If you have a lot of wasps, the traps can fill quickly so keep an eye out and change them regularly.

This method is effective for reducing the number of wasps that are trying to party with you. However, it only kills the wasps that get stuck in the trap. It won’t kill the queen wasp, which is important for eliminating a wasp infestation altogether.

4. DIY Wasp Repellent

There are a couple of natural ways to deter wasps from hanging out in your yard. First, choose plants like eucalyptus, lemongrass, and citronella to plant in your yard. Wasps don’t like these plant varieties so they will provide a natural level of prevention. Be sure to place them close to where you plan to spend time outside, such as the pool or patio area. 

Second, mix up a DIY wasp repellent spray with essential oils. Start with a cup of warm water and add a couple of drops of liquid soap. Then add two drops of each of the following essential oils:

  • Clove
  • Geranium
  • Rosemary
  • Lemongrass

Swirl the bottle to mix it well then spray this solution generously around your sitting area. Wasps hate every ingredient in this concoction and will be less likely to rain on your parade.

How to Get Rid of Wasps the Safe Way

Does your stomach get queasy at the thought of handling wasp nest removal yourself? We don’t blame you. Nobody likes the idea of disrupting an angry horde of aggressive, stinging insects that fly to boot.

A safer way to handle your wasp infestation is to call for professional wasp removal. Here at Buckaroo Pest Protection, we’re committed to protecting your home (and you!) from the dangers of all sorts of pests. Let us help you remove your active wasp nest as well as safeguard your home against future wasp problems. We’ve found that the best form of wasp control is trying to keep them from showing up in the first place.

Schedule a service with Buckaroo today!

 

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