What are the types of pests that are common in North Texas?
When am I more likely to see pests?
It depends on the pest, which is why we recommend service year around. Certain pests, like termites, thrive in warm weather and enjoy humid conditions, and are more likely to cause problems in spring months. Insects like termites and carpenter ants can destroy your home’s foundation or subfloor and are extremely threatening to your home. If you have signs of termites they should be eliminated as soon as you find them.
Other pests, like mosquitos and wasps are common during the summer months. Scorpion, on the other hand, start finding their way inside during late summer and fall when it’s driest and just starting to cool off.
Rodents tend to wreak havoc on homes during winter months and like mice and rats can chew on electrical wires and eat your insulation, as well as posing a health hazard to your family. Most rodents hide in the walls, garage, or attic as they prepare their nests for winter.
How do Pests Affect my House?
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How Can Pests Harm My Health?
- Disease: Rats and mice carry a variety of dangerous diseases, including typhus and hantavirus. The droppings and urine of mice, as well as bites from fleas, can spread these diseases to humans. Insects also carry diseases like West Nile (mosquitos) and E. coli (flies). Cockroaches are notorious for spreading diseases to humans, including salmonella and dysentery, to name a few.
- Allergies: If you suffer from allergies, pests can make the problem worse. Dust mites are the leading cause of indoor allergies in children and adults. Dander from mice and other small pests can also make allergy symptoms a lot more unpleasant. Roach saliva, feces, and urine have been shown to exacerbate the symptoms of asthma and allergies, particularly in children.
- Venomous Insects: Bugs like fleas, spiders, and bees can cause discomfort and even danger to your health. If you’re allergic to bee or hornet stings, the consequences can be fatal. Venomous insects can also bite and cause a myriad of other symptoms, including rash, burning, itching, and swelling of the skin.
- Pests in Pets: Fleas and ticks can make your pet’s life miserable if the problem isn’t addressed. Make sure you give your pets regular flea treatments to keep these tiny pests away. When fleas or ticks bite your pet, it can make them extremely uncomfortable and itchy. In some cases, it can even cause anemia, particularly in kittens and puppies.
How do I Identify Pests?
If you want your home to be pest-free, it’s important to know how to spot and identify pests. One of the first signs of a pest issue is noticing tiny breadcrumbs that they leave behind. Small pests can get into your kitchen cabinets and pantry and tear open plastic packaging, leaving the evidence behind. Here are some other ways you can spot the presence of pests in your home:
- Inspect your home for seasonal pests like mosquitos in the summer and small rodents or bats that want to hide in your attic in winter.
- Small mammals and rodents like to hide in walls and attics, while insects prefer the foundation or your garbage and kitchen cabinets.
- Knowing what attracts pests can help you keep them at bay. Don’t leave food out of the fridge and clean your sink and cabinets often since food crumbs and sticky residue is a prime attraction for a myriad of different pests.
- Research how different pests look, including their size, coloring, and other features. That will make identifying pests quick and easy, so you can come up with a solution as soon as you see them.
- Upholstery with small holes or chew marks can be an indication that pests are in your home. Small piles of sawdust near corners or windowsills may indicate that you have a termite problem.
- Tiny droppings, unusual sounds, or unpleasant smells like a strong urine odor are common indicators that pests are lurking or living nearby.
How do I Get Rid of Pests?
You don’t have to use harsh or toxic chemicals when getting rid of pests. In fact, there are plenty of green alternatives you can use, such as essential oils that will keep insects away from your home and garden. Seal doors, windows, and any other points of entry where pests can sneak inside. Keeping a clean house is one of the best ways you can ensure a pest-free home. Sweep up crumbs and vacuum regularly, and never leave discarded food indoors for long periods of time. Put non-perishable food in sealed containers so pests can’t chew through the packaging. Mop the floors of your bathroom and kitchen often, and wash linens and bedding frequently. A clean home is the most important thing you can do to prevent the possibility of annoying pests in your home.
Say Goodbye to Pests Forever
Constant cleaning will help you keep pests at bay, but there are a few other things you should do in order to ensure your home is safe and pest free. Look for the signs of a pest infestation so you can prevent things from getting out of hand. Consider a pest control service to help you eradicate dangerous pests and keep them out for good. As seasons change, pay attention to the different pests that may want to move into your home. With the right understanding of pests, it’s much easier to be prepared if you happen to spot them.
(Adapted. Originally posted on Porch.com)