Due to its vast size and diverse terrain, Texas has a wide variety of pests that homeowners may encounter. Being prepared for what pests you may face and what type of problems they can cause is one of the first steps toward preventing them. To help prepare you for the pests you may find in your home, below are detailed descriptions of some of the most common pests in Texas.
There are many species of spiders in Texas, but most of them are harmless. However, there are a few dangerous ones of which you should be aware. Widow spiders are a major problem in the state, and there are a few different species of this spider. Black widows prefer the outdoors, but can often end up in garages, sheds or basements. The southern and western black widow are both prevalent in Texas. The brown recluse spider is also prevalent in Texas. Brown recluse spiders can vary in color from cream to dark brown. Their distinguishing feature is a violin-shaped marking on their back. These spiders sometimes seek shelter indoors and will often hide in closets, furniture or light fixtures. These spiders aren't aggressive toward humans but do occasionally bite, and If bitten by one of these spiders, it is important to seek medical treatment.
Another spider common in Texas is the wolf spider. These large, hairy arachnids are not poisonous, but they have a slight resemblance to a tarantula, and can therefore be very frightening to encounter. Even though they are not poisonous, they can still occasionally bite and are generally very unpleasant to have in your home. Tarantulas can also be found in Texas and are large and hairy and equally as daunting. If bitten by one of these spiders it can be quite painful, but it is usually not dangerous. Scorpions also have a strong presence in Texas. Despite their reputations, a scorpion bite usually isn't deadly, but it is still a very painful experience that everyone wants to avoid. Because these spiders can be dangerous, it is extremely important to focus on preventative pest control to protect your home and family from these arachnids.
Many Americans still only associate bed bugs with major cities, but these pests have become a major problem in homes throughout the Lonestar state. In recent years, the incidence of bed bugs in the state has increased significantly. One of the biggest challenges of bed bugs is how difficult they are to get rid of. There are some steps you can take at home to alleviate the problem, but elimination typically requires professional help. Bed bugs can live or hide virtually anywhere in your home, which is one of the reasons they are so hard to tackle. The more clutter and 'stuff' you have in a room, the more welcome they will feel. Another issue is that they can survive over a year without any food, meaning the only way to get rid of these pests is by killing them all. Though their bite is not dangerous, bed bugs will bite humans, leaving itchy red spots all over the skin.
Texas homeowners are no strangers to cockroaches. In this state, several different species of cockroaches can be found. The most common cockroaches in this state are the American, Oriental, smokybrown and wood cockroach. The American cockroach is brownish-red in color and is the largest cockroach in Texas. The Oriental cockroach is dark brown and can fly. The Oriental and American cockroach prefer damp areas such as basements or bathrooms. The smokybrown cockroach has many similarities to the American cockroach but is smaller and has the ability to fly. The wood cockroach is reddish brown and usually around ½ inch long. This species prefers the outdoors, but they occasionally enter the home, especially during the summer. Regardless of the species, no one wants cockroaches in their home, which is why Terminix pest experts will help you prevent and treat these nuisances.
A variety of other pests can be found in your Texas home including termites, rodents, ants and stinging insects. At Terminix, we know how important a safe, pest-free home is to you and your family. Our pest control experts will work with you on an individual basis to devise an effective treatment plan to treat and eliminate any pest problems you may be facing.
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