Texas Pests & How to Get Rid of Them

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are an ever-present threat, especially in swampy Southeast Texas. However, with the start of spring, the bugs thrive in the presence of warm weather and spring showers. Prepping your home for these pests is important to avoid both painful, itchy mosquito bites and leaving a breeding ground for eggs. Even when water dries up, mosquito eggs can lay dormant for up to a year and hatch with the next rain. To avoid these pests,  there are several things you can do . Firstly, try to clean you gutters two to three times a year to avoid them becoming a breeding ground for mosquitoes. You can also help to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home by keeping bushes & hedges trimmed. When these plants touch your home, it allows for moisture to gather in those areas, giving another space for the insects to lay eggs. If you’re having trouble with mosquitoes populating the area outside your home, we have some products that can help. Cutter® Backyard Bug Control Outdoor foggers and spray concentrate can help you drastically reduce the amount of mosquitoes and other insects in your yard.

 

Cockroaches

There are over 30 species of cockroaches native to Texas varying from huge flying roaches to tiny ones. The humid, swampy climate of the Texas Gulf Coast is ideal for these abundant little bugs to thrive in. Since roaches live off the same things we do, it is easy for them to become just a little too cozy in our homes. And though it may seem like these creepy crawly creatures will outlive us all, there are a few things you can do to ensure they aren’t hiding out under your roof.  Firstly, make sure to keep a clean house. Roaches are attracted by crumbs and other left behind food, so clean cabinets and floors often. Another idea is to limit the rooms you eat in to one or two, rather than eating in all rooms of your house. This will help to ensure there is no food for roaches to find. If you notice an abundant population of roaches is your home or garage, there are a multitude of products to kill your infestation.  Ortho® Home Defense Insect Killer helps kill existing bugs and creates a barrier between your home and other insects outside of it. Raid® Ant & Roach spray is also a great tool for when you see roaches and want to kill them quickly.

 

Wasps & Bees

While wasps and bees aren’t usually prone to sting unless provoked, their presence doesn’t always make the most pleasant addition to an outdoor party. And while we need bees for their pollination and honey making abilities, it’s best for their hives to be further away from our houses. Luckily, there are a few simple steps to make your home less desirable to these stinging insects. Be sure and maintain outside your home well by making sure there are no traces of old food that could be attracting bees or wasps. Bees especially are attracted to sweet foods.  Also, keep bees and wasps away by making sure they don’t have a place to create a nest or hive near your home. Do this by making necessary repairs to making nests in broken siding, missing or broken window screens, and broken door screens. While we recommend calling a bee specialist to safely remove any bee hives built in or near your home, there are some products to help kill wasps and other similar bugs. Ace® Wasp & Hornet Killer  and Ace® Foaming Wasp & Hornet Killer can help you get rid of existing wasps and hornets that have set up nests too close to your home.

 

Spiders

Spiders are actually beneficial to keeping other bugs away from your home, but seeing one in your living room can be alarming. While spiders have few reasons to come inside, some male spiders may venture inside in search of a mate. While Texas is home to dangerous spiders such as brown recluses and black widow spiders, more harmless species are usually more common. If you can’t bare having an eight-legged friend in your home, here are a few tips on how to keep them outside. As a general rule, keeping a tidy home helps avoid attracting many types of bugs for spiders to eat. Another way to keep spiders from entering your home is to fix any gaps in doors, pipes, and other outlets to outdoors. This leaves less options for spiders to enter your home. To keep spiders from inside your home, you can use Ortho® Home Defense Insect Killer. If you find any dangerous spiders, such as Brown Recluses or Black Widow spiders,  Terro® Spider Killer will be helpful in killing them safely.

Ants

Over 200 different species of ants are found throughout Texas, however their prevalence doesn’t make them any less annoying. From tiny sugar ants to harmful fire ants, there can be many types of them plaguing your home. And while sugar ants may be annoying, fire ants can be very dangerous. They thrive in sunny, dry areas and often thrive best in the spring season, so watch out for them around you home and keep them away with these tips. Always try to remove food sources, especially sugar-rich foods and beverages, from your home to keep from attracting ants. Keep any pantry items you have tightly sealed and in containers. For outdoor help, plant peppermint. Peppermint plants and oil is a natural deterrent to ants. If you are having trouble with fire ants, we are here to help, both Spectracide® Fire Ant Killer and Ortho® Orthene Fire Ant Killer will help kill any fire ant communities in your yard.

 

 

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