Texas is a beautiful place to live. There is so much to do, there are great restaurants, and the weather is nice and warm. Texas is also home to a variety of critters—some of which bite. In order to avoid bugs that bite in Texas and prevent them from making their way into your home, it’s important to learn what they are. From there, you can look out for them and put measures in place to stop them from coming inside.
If you do end up with unwelcome guests, contact Nationwide Pest Control. Our specialists are trained to find those pests that bite and eliminate them. From there, we’ll put measures in place to ensure they don’t come back.
What Are the Bugs in Texas That Bite? How Do I Prevent Them?
There are a variety of insects in Texas that bite. Below are a few common biting insects, and what you can do to avoid them:
Mosquitoes are well-known for their itchy and annoying bites. They also buzz around and seem to be everywhere in the summer. While their bites are bad enough, they can also be dangerous. Mosquitoes can carry serious viruses and diseases. That’s why it’s good to limit your exposure to these pests.
In order to avoid mosquitoes, consider these tips:
- Remove standing water around your home.
- Fill in holes in your yard that can collect standing water.
- Remove stumps, overgrown vegetation, and debris from your yard.
- Cut your grass regularly.
- Turn any buckets or containers on your property upside down.
Ants aren’t solo creatures. If you see one (unless it’s somehow lost), you know there are more around. While some ants (like sugar ants) don’t bite, others do. Fire ants are notorious for their nasty sting, which can be very painful.
In order to ensure ants don’t make their way indoors, consider these tips:
- Remove branches, debris, and brush from your property.
- Rinse out your containers and cans before throwing them out.
- Check the exterior of your home for gaps.
- Use weather-stripping around your windows and doors.
While wasps and hornets don’t technically bite, they do sting—and that’s just as bad! Hornets and wasps are known for being extremely mean and aggressive. If you start seeing them around your yard often, there is more than likely a nest nearby—most likely on your property.
Once you notice a wasp or hornet infestation, contact a pest control company to have those wasps or hornets professionally removed. A pest control specialist is able to survey your property, find the nest, dispose of it safely, and put measures in place to ensure the wasps or hornets don’t just create another nest.
It’s important to avoid wasp or hornet nests. Not only are their stings painful, but some people also have an allergic reaction to them. You may not even know you are allergic! Stay safe and contact a pest control specialist for your wasp or hornet problem.
Bed bugs do, indeed, bite. They also spread around your house more than you may think. Many people associate them only with beds, but they are also able to move throughout your house and infest other pieces of furniture. They then bite you, and those bite marks are itchy!
If you want to stop bed bugs from biting, consider these tips:
- Wash new clothing once you bring it home from the store.
- Throw your clothing in the wash when you return home from a trip.
- Wash your sheets often.
- Clean and vacuum your home often.
- Try to avoid purchasing used clothing or furniture.
Ticks are little bloodsuckers that can attach themselves to your pets, your loved ones, or you. Not only is it gross that they bite you and suck your blood, but it’s also dangerous. Ticks carry serious diseases and should be avoided.
Here are some things you can do to avoid ticks:
- Remove dense vegetation, brush, and branches from your property.
- Cut your lawn regularly.
- Vacuum and clean often.
- Check your pets for ticks once they return indoors.
- Use a tick control program for your pets.
Other Pests in Texas (and How to Prevent Them)
Besides pests that are known for their sting or bite, there are other pests that can do damage to your home, spread illness, and otherwise, be a nuisance. Below are a few of those pests, and how to prevent them:
Mice and rats often make their way indoors. Once they do, they start to damage your home, chew through your wires, and get into your food. They are also well-known for being spreaders of disease. This makes them unsafe to have scurrying on your counters and across your floors.
To avoid a rodent infestation, consider the following tips:
- Clean and vacuum regularly.
- Don’t leave out food containers.
- Keep your windows and doors closed.
- Take out your garbage regularly.
Cockroaches are disgusting for a couple of reasons. First, they are just gross to look at. Second, they spread bacteria and can lead to you getting sick. You don’t want these gross critters on your counters spreading illness wherever they go. There are a few different breeds of cockroaches, but they are all essentially the same when it comes to being bacteria spreaders.
In order to avoid these critters, take the following steps:
- Check the exterior of your home for roaches.
- Check packages before you bring them inside.
- Keep your basement dry.
- Use weather-stripping around your windows and doors.
Professional Pest Control
Whether they are pests that bite or not, you’ll want to remove them from your home as soon as you notice an infestation. Nationwide Pest Control is here to help. We are able to survey your property, identify the problem areas, remove the pests, and set up a perimeter so they don’t return. We also offer ongoing pest control services to keep you protected.
For more information, contact Nationwide Pest Control today. We’d be happy to answer any pest control questions you may have!