Texas continues with temperate winters, unlike Northern states in the U.S. As a result, many pests that would otherwise hibernate, remain active all year. There are also pests in Texas that don’t hibernate at all. Where some pests may be less active during the colder months, Texas homes are still vulnerable with our slightly warmer climate. Some of these pests can simply be an annoyance to have in your home where others can cause serious damage to your home or pose a health risk to you and your family. We at A Five Star Termite and Pest Control would like to share the most common pests you can expect to move into your abode this fall and winter.
Spiders in House
In the fall and winter, the insects look for their food indoors as during the fall and winter months, the food becomes scarce, as a result, spiders follow their food indoors as well. Apart from brown recluse and black widow spiders, most spiders are harmless and more of a nuisance than a threat. Because of their reclusive nature, the black widow or brown recluse are not as likely to come inside and if they do, they prefer to lay low and be in areas that are undisturbed. In any case, preparing your home now is ideal to keep the home safeguarded from spiders and should you find any, professional expertise can help. Jumping spiders are the most common found in Texas homes as well as house spiders lurking in their webs tucked in corners. Where most can argue spiders are beneficial as they diet on other insects, few want to see spiders in their home.
Fire Ant Facts
Fire ants are no stranger to Texans. A fire ant’s mound, if left undisturbed, can vary from a half an inch tall to several feet. Fire ants are very aggressive and protected and if anyone gets too close for comfort, they endure painful pinches that will cause hardened bumps and itchiness for days. If you come across a mound in the yard, call in the professionals for effective elimination to avoid having them spread and becoming a bigger problem.
Fleas on Dogs & Cats in House
The fleas can get picked up from any grassy areas by you or your pet. Fleas can be a detriment to any Texas home with the devastating viruses and diseases they spread. The threat of fleas is particularly high for puppies and kittens as well. People and pets feel itchy where the bite marks are and experience skin irritation.
Rodents can be a problem in Texas homes come the fall and will be a homeowners’ nightmare. Mice only require a dime size hole and rats a quarter size. Once a rodent gets inside, they cause excessive damage to electrical wires, plumbing pipes, and spread diseases and bacteria. As they reproduce rapidly, they can become a serious infestation.
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With preventative pest control from A Five Star Termite and Pest Control, you can avoid plenty of pests this winter and should you find yourself with an infestation, our technicians can eliminate them to keep you and your home safe. Contact us to learn more today!