The Most Invasive Pests in Dallas, Texas

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Pests can be a nuisance to the average homeowner, but they can also be detrimental to native plants and wildlife. Because invasive plants propagate so easily, they pose a major threat to biodiversity wherever they spread. Non-native pests can also wreak havoc on native species of plants and animals, threatening the environment, and potentially enticing new pests into your living space.  If you notice these invasive pests in or around your home, we recommend contacting professional pest control services so you can get to the root of your pest issue – for good. While exterminators may not be able to control all of the invasive species you encounter in Dallas, they will be able to help control pests that commonly infest your home or commercial area.

Invasive Pests in Texas: Insects

Emerald Ash Borer and Ticks

Emerald ash borers are extremely harmful and invasive insects that kill ash trees, and are often found in areas where ticks are also present. The spread of emerald ash borers and ticks has been devastating to various communities in the United States. Though they are native to Asia, this non-native species has been found in 35 states and is now confirmed to be in Dallas County, Texas.  To limit the spread of these invasive pests and mitigate their influence on the environment, some states and communities have implemented regulations restricting the movement of firewood from infested areas. If you find an emerald ash borer or ticks in a certain area, it is important to communicate this with a professional exterminator, and thoroughly check your body and clothing for any insects that may be hitching a ride!


Cockroaches are also common in Dallas, due to the hot and muggy weather. Any individual who has been witness to a cockroach infestation knows how difficult it can be to rid a home or commercial space of these invasive pests! The sooner the issue gets addressed, the better. We recommend contacting professional extermination services for any type of cockroach to keep your home and family safe and restore your piece of mind.

Invasive Pests in Texas: Fish and Mollusks

Zebra Mussels

Insects aren’t the only source of infestation in Dallas! Zebra mussels are extremely small, multiply quickly, and can spread easily via boats and trailers. Originally from Europe, this invasive species has been spotted throughout Texas, causing ecological and structural damage.


Lionfish are an invasive species of fish that have been found off the coast of Texas. Lionfish are capable of laying millions of eggs, have no known predators, and are extremely efficient predators, making them a particularly invasive and destructive species. Lionfish also pose a threat to human health with their extremely painful stings. Though lionfish sightings are still considered rare, be sure to keep an eye out while you’re enjoying the Texas coastline.

Invasive Pest in Texas: Plants

Chinese Privet

The Chinese privet is an invasive and aggressive evergreen shrub native to China; however, it poses a serious threat to the ecosystem in Texas. As Chinese Privets grow and spread, they form dense thickets in forests and fields, blocking sunlight, killing native plant species, and causing economic or environmental harm.  Keep an eye out for this non-native species in Texas parks, and for associated insect pests (such ants and spiders) that can  go hand in hand with this  invasive species. If you find your home surrounded by this invasive plant, keep an eye out for insects that may make their way into your home, as a result.

Giant Salvinia

Giant Salvinia is a weed native to South America. These ferns can cause significant damage to waterways and have been found in several states with temperate and subtropical climates, including several Texas lakes.  When giant Salvinia overtake the surfaces of bodies of water, they can deplete oxygen and block sunlight, which kills native fish along with any submerged native plants, and provides a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Nationwide Pest Control

Invasive species not only harm the environment, they are also known to attract pests that can make their way into your home and living space. If you are concerned that any harmful or invasive pests have made their way onto your property, reach out to Nationwide Pest Control. We can get a qualified exterminator to your doorstep to address your concerns professionally.  For more information, reach out to us at (855) 523-2508 or contact us online.
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