Texas has many different qualities it is known for; longhorns, cowboys, sport and gun enthusiasts as well as being known for its fair share of bugs. There are many pests, especially concerning the creepy crawlers, that run rampant in Texas. We at A Five Star Termite and Pest Control would like to relate the most common pests in Texas.
Mosquito Disease Prevention
There are 85 species of blood sucking mosquitoes that pilfer the blood of their hosts found in Texas. They often target humans and are notorious for carrying some of the worst diseases in history. Mosquitoes require water to reproduce and thrive in the humid climates, much like Texas. With so many species being identified in the state of Texas, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus are among them and they are known carriers of diseases dengue fever, yellow fever, and chikungunya. Mosquitoes are found year round but are more dominant during the spring and summer. Mosquitoes are especially busy between dusk and dawn. Following are some helpful mosquito prevention tips:
– Minimize standing water near your room; cover pools when not in use, repair leaks, etc.
– For patios use citronella candles for the short term relief during outdoor events.
– Wear loose-fitting and light color clothing outdoors. Use mosquito repellent on exposed skin and clothing according to the labels directions. After returning inside, wash the treated skin with warm soap and water.
– Protect your pets with mosquito repellents and heartworm medications.
Carpenter, Fire, Sugar & Other Ants
Ants are everywhere in Texas there are over 200 species of ants found across the state. There are some ants that are considered more of a pest than others; carpenter ants, fire ants, and sugar ants top the list. They can be destructive, particularly carpenter ants that burrow into wood to carve their nests. Other ants can be just as destructive, such as fire ants that don’t damage turf but create unsightly mounds in the mound, or cause trouble in different ways. Most ants will aggressively protect their nests by delivering painful stings.
With 38 species of roaches roaming along the Texas Gulf Coast the different type of cockroaches in the area typically prefer the humid areas. Because of their gross indifference to crawling in decaying matter, sewers, and other vile environments, people are naturally repulsed by the sight of a cockroach; their grotesque appearance probably doesn’t help either. Cockroaches are known carriers of diseases can spread them along with germs and bacteria easily. Cockroaches are also known to multiply quickly so when you notice them scurrying about, getting professional assistance quickly is in your better interest.
Scorpions are one of the most frightening pests native to Texas and we have around 20 different species of them. They are nocturnal and are particularly dangerous when they are disturbed. Scorpions have a tendency to hide in dark places in an effort to conserve moisture as well as to regulate body temperature. Their stingers are not deadly, but incredibly painful. There is little you can do to avoid these creatures, except with the help of professional who can offer routine maintenance to minimize their intrusions.
Spiders are rather plentiful in Texas with well over 900 species. Most are actually considered beneficial because they prey on the more harmful pests. Where nearly all spiders have venom, the only two species Texans need to be concerned with are black widows and brown recluses as the most dangerous. Though fatalities from their bite are extremely rare, the venom can cause some extreme symptoms that require medical attention to work through.
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These are a just the most common examples of bugs in Texas. There are many pests that can be hazardous to your health or cause destruction to your home or property. Whether you have a pest infestation or doing what you can to prevent one, call the experts of A Five Star Termite and Pest Control and our experts will do the rest.