Our beautiful state comes with many benefits. We love our State of Texas; our longhorns, barbecue, sports and that you can find cowboys on virtually any street. If Texans could change one thing, I’m sure most would agree, we could live without these pesky Summertime pests. To those who are natives to the great state of Texas, bugs are just a part of life. We have some of the biggest, most annoying and persistent insects in the United States! If you are looking to move here or are simply coming to visit and would like to know what you’re in for, A Five Star Termite & Pest Control is here to give you the scoop on what to expect here in the Summertime as far as bugs are concerned. We’ve put together a countdown of the six most common bugs you may encounter here.
Most Annoying Flying & Crawling Bugs & Pests in Texas
Cockroaches– These fast-breeding, disgusting pests are found just about everywhere. There are several different roach species found here including the Oriental cockroach, the German cockroach and the Giant Flying American cockroach! Those things will send even the toughest guys running when they come flying at your face. Southern Texas provides the perfect ecosystem for cockroaches to thrive, our huge trees, dense ground cover, plentiful water sources and high levels of humidity make for the ideal breeding ground for cockroaches to set up shop. Keep your house clean and your entry and exit points sealed to avoid these unwanted guests at your residence.
Ants– Home to more than 200 species on ants, Carpenter ants, Sugar Ants, Fire ants and the newly discovered Crazy Raspberry ant are a few you can find lurking around. Fire ants are a true nuisance, they are at the top of the Ant food chain and have few natural enemies making their numbers large and their bites are painful! Watch where you walk and avoid ant mounds. You don’t want to get stung by one of these. Fire ants frequent high traffic areas such as parks, lawns, even sidewalks!
Spiders– Arachnids aren’t technically “insects” but you get the picture. Our list wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t at least mention our 8-legged intruders. Texas is home to more than 900 species of spiders! Most spiders won’t harm you and try to stay out of your way. They feed on the insects around your home which makes them truly beneficial. They are a form of natural pest control! There are 2 main spiders you will want to keep an eye out for. The notorious black widow spider and the feared brown recluse. These two spiders make the top of the list for most venomous spiders in Texas. As their name implies, recluse spiders tend to stay off the beaten path, they like to hide in low-frequented, dark areas. Storage areas, attics, less used closets are all places you may find brown recluses. They tend to stick together too, if you find one, you can be sure there are more. If you find any of these spiders in your home, call A Five Star Pest Control right away!
Wasps– If a bee stings you, it dies. They won’t attack unless threatened, a wasp is a different story. They have the ability to repeatedly sting their victims. This is a recipe for disaster for those who have allergies to wasps. Wasps are aggressive and will attack when their nest is disturbed or if they feel threatened. Stay away from these guys and seek out professional help if you find a nest near your home.
Scorpions– 18 species of scorpion are found in Texas. They are nocturnal and come out to feed at night. During the day they hide in dark places, watch where you step and if you’re cleaning out your yard, look before you pick things up. You don’t want to get stung by one of these, ever! The most at-risk individuals are children and the elderly. Few treatments actually work to kill scorpions, A Five Star Pest Control is experienced in the matter and we have the necessary tools to keep up on the scorpion population around your home.
Mosquitoes– We saved the most-deadly animal in the world for last. Our climate is hospitable to 85 species of mosquitoes. These blood-sucking mini vampires carry diseases that kill millions of people annually across the globe. Standing water will attract mosquitoes and provide a breeding ground for them to hatch their larvae. Keep kiddie pools emptied after use, wear light-colored clothing and wear mosquito repellent if you’re planning on spending an evening outdoors.