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Pest Library

What you need to know about pests in Spring, Texas

Knowing a bit about the pests that are likely to view your Texas yard or home as a place to nest or gather food is essential to protecting your family and property from the problems they create. Our pest library will help you identify the pests you see lurking in the corner of your home or running across your kitchen floor! The more you know about our area’s common pests and why they are there, the easier it will be to keep them out!

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are pests that regularly live with people in our homes and businesses, with our temperature-controlled structures allowing them to thrive year-round. We identify bed bugs by their flat, oval, reddish-brown bodies. They are wingless and cannot jump. We need to stay vigilant against bed bugs because they are pests that can pop up in any of our Texas homes at any time. Since bed bugs live indoors with us, their most common mode of transportation is hitchhiking. They will crawl onto people or our belongings and be moved from place to place. Whether you are traveling across your town, state, or country, bed bugs may be traveling with you. 

In addition to transportation, we provide bed bugs a source of food. Bed bugs are pests whose sole nutrition needs come from the blood of warm-blooded animals. Bed bugs will feed on dogs, cats, birds, and rodents, but unfortunately for us, people are their preferred hosts. Bed bugs can be found in places that people move in and out regularly like airports, hotels, movie theaters, hospitals, schools, and shopping centers. While traveling or just running daily errands, it is common to come into contact with bed bugs and then accidentally introduce them into your house. 

If you ever discover bed bugs in your home, immediately reach out to us at Pest Arrest, LLC! To help you further protect your Spring home and family from problems with unwanted bed bugs, we have put together a list of our most useful bed bug prevention tips.

  • When traveling, keep your belongings off the ground and away from other people’s belongings, and always inspect your hotel room for bed bugs before bringing your luggage inside.
  • After returning home from traveling, immediately wash and dry all clothing on a high heat. 
  • Vacuum your floors and upholstered furniture regularly. 
  • Place protective covers that are bed bug-proof on all mattresses and box springs in your house.

Fleas

Fleas are tiny insects that invade our yards and homes in large numbers. The only food source for these outdoor pests is the blood of warm-blooded animals, and their preferred hosts are cats, dogs, rodents, wild animals, and livestock. Adults will jump onto the backs of animals and live within their fur, feeding and breeding. Most fleas spend their entire short lifespan of two to three months on a single host. People are not their preferred hosts, but if we are around and there is a large infestation present, they will bite us and feed on our blood. 

Fleas can become a problem in any yard or home, whether pets are present or not. These pests are regularly introduced into our yards and homes by their wild animal hosts. Since fleas thrive indoors, they can also move from place to place on used furniture or rugs already infested with adults, eggs, or larvae. Preventing fleas from biting you, your kids, and your pets is important. Their saliva causes an allergic reaction for most animals and people, resulting in small, red, itchy bumps developing. Those allergic to their saliva may develop dermatitis or other skin reactions. Extensive scratching at the bite sites may lead to a secondary infection developing. Fleas are also problematic because they can transmit diseases through their saliva that can make people ill. 

Fleas are outdoor pests that are continuously being introduced onto properties by wild animals. The best way to control their numbers and protect yourself from being bitten is to partner with Pest Arrest and implement regular flea control services. To help you further protect your home and family from biting fleas, we have put together a list of our most useful flea prevention tips.

  • Remove bird feeders from your property that could attract wild animals like rodents which are commonly covered in fleas.
  • Keep lids on trash cans to keep rodents, wild animals, and stray pets out of them. 
  • Do not bring used furniture or rugs into your home.
  • Regularly bathe and groom your pets. Regularly wash their bedding.
  • Keep your lawn trimmed short.
  • Place pets on a year-round flea control program with the help of their veterinarian.

Mosquitoes

Small flying insects, mosquitoes are one of the most well-known blood-feeding pests. Females use their proboscis (an elongated piercing mouthpart) to pierce the skin of warm-blooded animals and feed on their blood. After feeding, what is left behind on their human or animal host is a raised, red itchy welt. Through the feeding process, female mosquitoes can transmit and spread serious diseases and parasites that can make people and animals quite ill. The pathogens that mosquitoes spread cause these tiny, frail creatures to be one of the globe’s most deadly creatures. 

Female mosquitoes lay their eggs on top of areas of standing water. Mosquitoes can use the top of a trash can lid or a large pond as a breeding site. The more standing water you have on your property, the more mosquitoes you will have. Lots of vegetation, tall grass, and other shady spots will increase mosquito activity. Mosquitoes rest during the day in dense vegetation that provides relief from the sun and hot temperatures. 

Mosquitoes are relentless biting pests that take over outdoor space in large numbers. 

Though you can’t get rid of mosquitoes from your favorite walking trail, you can significantly reduce their numbers in your yard, making it a much more pleasant place to spend time. The best way to reduce mosquito numbers is through total mosquito control services in Spring, TX performed by Pest Arrest, LLC. To help you further protect your home and family from being swarmed by biting mosquitoes, we have put together a list of our most useful mosquito prevention tips.

  • Keep the grass in your yard trimmed short. 
  • Cut back trees and shrubs to reduce dark, shady resting spots in your yard. 
  • Store containers that collect water inside or upside-down.
  • Regularly empty and refill birdbaths, pet water bowls, and baby pools with fresh water. 
  • Maintain gutters and downspouts to prevent water from pooling in them or around the foundation of your home.
  • Repair low-lying areas in your yard that allow rainwater to pool and create areas of stagnant water. 

Rodents

Rodents such as roof rats, Norway rats, and mice are small mammals that regularly invade our homes and businesses. Referred to as commensal rodents, they have come to want to live with us after realizing that our homes and businesses provide them with most of their basic needs. They nest in our yards, houses, and outbuildings, and gather food and water from our gardens, fruit trees, trash cans, and kitchens. Rodents are prolific breeders, and once they are on your property, they multiply quickly and are difficult to control and eliminate without the help of a professional. 

Though each rodent species is unique, what connects all rodents are their front incisors that grow throughout their life. Part of why rodents are dangerous and unwanted on our properties is because of their front teeth. Their sharp front teeth will allow them to create openings in walls and floors, chew through boxes, and cut through wires and pipes. In addition to the damage that rodents cause with their teeth, other reasons why these pests are so unwanted is their ability to spread diseases and bacteria, contaminate food and surfaces, and trigger allergies with their shed fur and excrement. Though rodents want to be with us, they are dangerous and destructive, and we should never tolerate their presence in or around our Texas homes. 

Eliminating rodents from homes and businesses is best done with the help of a professional. At Pest Arrest, we offer the residential and commercial pest control necessary to eradicate rodents and other household pests and prevent them from returning. To help you further protect your home and family from rodents, we have put together a list of our most helpful rodent prevention tips.

  • Eliminate entry points by placing screens on chimneys and vents and repairing holes in the exterior walls and foundation.
  • Maintain your yard and pick up fallen fruits and vegetables from gardens and fruit trees.
  • Remove wild bird and animal feeders from your property and keep lids on trash cans to take away other popular food sources.
  • Remove woodpiles, fallen trees, overgrown shrubbery, and other areas of clutter from your yard where rodents can hide or nest.
  • It is also important to remove areas of clutter in your home that could hide a rodent infestation.

Spiders

Spiders provide nature with natural pest control services. These predators hunt and feed on insects, helping to control populations of nuisance and dangerous pests. However, despite their helpful nature, when spiders decide to live in large numbers in our yards and especially in our Texas homes, they turn from beneficial arachnids to unwanted pests! The biggest concern with a large presence of spiders on a property is that it generally means large numbers of insects. Spiders only want to live in areas that provide them with plenty of food to hunt. Things like gardens, flowerbeds, trees, and standing water will attract both spiders and insects to your Texas yard. When insects move into your home searching for food, water, or shelter, hunting spiders will follow them. 

While many people fear spiders because of their appearance and fast movements, the good news is that there really isn’t a reason to be overly fearful of spiders. Most of the ones that invade our homes and yards are harmless to us; yes they can bite, and yes, they often leave behind unsightly webs, but they aren’t usually a significant threat to our health. All spiders have venom, but in the United States, there are only a couple of species with venom strong enough to cause health problems in people. In our area, we need to be wary of the brown recluse spider. Their bites often result in the skin ulcerating around the bite sites, which is then prone to infection and takes a long time to heal. 

If you are ever concerned with spiders living on your property, reach out to us. We will be happy to help you identify the species present and then eliminate and control spider populations in and around your home. To help you further protect your home and family from problems with spiders, we have put together a list of our most useful spider prevention tips.

  • Reduce entry points by sealing spaces in the foundation, exterior walls, and roofline of your home. 
  • Inside and outside your house, keep storage areas organized and free of clutter.
  • Cut shrubs and bushes back away from the exterior of your home.
  • Get rid of standing water from your property.
  • Keep your yard and garden well maintained; overgrown vegetation can hide spiders and their prey. 

Termites

Termites aren’t pests that will sting or bite us, contaminate our food, or even spread diseases, so why do these pests give homeowners nightmares? Across the country each year, termites create more than five billion dollars in damages. Termites feed on wood and, when in our homes, can cause expensive damages to their structure. Even worse, termites have the unique ability to live and feed hidden for months or years. By then, the damage is done. Things like spongy floors, sagging ceilings, holes in the exterior of wooden beams, and windows and doors no longer opening or closing correctly often alert people to the presence of termites. 

The cellulose found in trees and other organic matter is the termite’s primary food source. Our yards often provide termites with plenty of food sources like decaying trees, woodpiles, leaf piles, old wooden fences, and fallen tree branches. As termites move through the soil or mud tubes they have created, it is common for them to end up inside our homes, moving through cracks in the foundation or vents. Many termites are attracted to moisture, so things like damp mulch, leaking pipes, and poor drainage will attract them to the exterior of your home. Once inside, they move through walls and floors and into structural wood, wood trim, beams, and sometimes furniture. 

If termites have set their sites on your property, the professionals at Pest Arrest can help; reach out today to learn more about our termite control options! To help you further protect your Spring home and family from problems with destructive termites, we have put together a list of our most useful termite prevention tips.

  • Remove any structural wood from in or one your home damaged by water.
  • Limit wood to soil contact on your property and around your house.
  • Fix leaky pipes, use dehumidifiers, and ensure your home has proper ventilation to reduce moisture levels in and around your home.
  • Seal entry points in the foundation, exterior walls, and roofline of your house.
  • Remove fallen trees, tree limbs, leaf piles, and other wood or plant debris from your property.

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