Cockroaches are among the viler insects. They may be German, American, Oriental, or another breed. Whatever they are, you don’t want them around. On top of being gross, they also spread bacteria around your house, get into your food, and cause other problems.
In order to ensure you don’t end up with a cockroach infestation, take these tips into consideration…
- Replace damaged or torn door and window screens.
- Take out your garbage often.
- Close off gaps to the exterior of your home.
- Clean and vacuum regularly.
- Inspect your packages for cockroaches before bringing them inside.
Mosquitoes suck (pun intended)! Not only do they buzz around and act like a general nuisance, but they also land on you silently and suck your blood. This leaves itchy bumps that you have to consciously remember not to scratch. Beyond being annoying, mosquitoes are also dangerous. While you are likely going to get bit by mosquitoes every once in a while, an increase in exposure leaves you open to a higher risk of being exposed to a virus or disease. These pests are known for carrying horrible viruses and diseases around the world. You don’t want them nesting on your property and growing in numbers.
If you want to avoid a mosquito infestation, consider the following tips:
- Turn any containers and buckets on your property upside down.
- Cut your grass often.
- Fill holes in your yard that can collect water.
- Remove standing water around your house.
- Remove debris, stumps, and branches from your yard.
You may see a couple of ants carrying crumbs away somewhere and think nothing of it. The issue is ants don’t live in pairs of two—they live in colonies. A couple of ants scurrying off can be indicative of a larger infestation. There are a few common ants that you may run into. Some, like Argentine and sugar, are relatively harmless. You still don’t want them infesting your house and multiplying, though. Other ants like fire ants have a nasty and painful sting.
If you would like to avoid an ant infestation, keep these tips in mind:
- Put away food containers after eating.
- Get rid of debris and fallen branches that are on your property.
- Rinse cans and containers out before throwing them away.
- Use weather-stripping on your windows and doors.
There are a variety of different types of spiders in Texas. Some of them spin webs in the corner of your house and largely ignore you. Others are extremely dangerous and a bite from them can land you in the hospital. No matter if they are brown recluses, black widows, long-bodied cellar spiders, or any other type of spiders, you should take steps to keep them from getting in your house and spinning their webs.
In order to avoid an infestation of spiders in your home, take these tips into consideration:
- Keep your windows and doors closed when not in use.
- Fix rips in your door and window screens.
- Remove webs when you see them.
- Get rid of debris, rock piles, woodpiles, and overgrown vegetation from your yard.
- Make sure there are no cracks in the outside wall of your home.
“Don’t let the bed bugs bite,” is actually really good advice. Bed bugs are extremely annoying, and they cause itching and discomfort. These bugs feed on human blood, and they can be tricky to get rid of. They also can spread around your house over time—leading to a bigger infestation.
If you want to avoid bugs in your bed, consider these tips:
- Wash your sheets and clothing regularly.
- Wash any clothing you bring home from the store.
- Avoid purchasing a used bed, frame and furniture.
- Keep your home clean and vacuumed.
Roof rats, mice, Norway rats…these are all different types of rodents. What they have in common is how much of a nuisance they are. Rodents are able to destroy your property, chew through your wires, eat your food, and spread disease. They are both unsightly and dangerous to have in your home.
If you don’t want rats and/or mice on your property, keep these tips in mind…
- Take out your garbage regularly.
- Clean up your home and vacuum often.
- Use your garbage disposal.
- Put away food when you are done eating it.
- Keep your doors and windows closed.
Wasps and hornets are nasty and mean. If you end up with a nest on your property, you’ll want to get rid of it as soon as possible. Not only do their stings hurt like crazy, but they also may cause an allergic reaction. For your own safety, hire a pest control company to remove the wasp/hornet nest from your property.
Termites and Carpenter Ants
Termites and carpenter ants are very destructive. Over time they can grow in numbers and damage your property from the inside out. This can lead to thousands of dollars in repairs. If you see any signs of termites or carpenter ants, you should contact Nationwide Pest Control immediately. You shouldn’t try to handle these insects on your own. You need a professional pest control specialist to remove the pests properly and make sure they don’t return.