Is there a pest problem in Houston? What pests?
Texas as a state has a variety of pests ranging from insects to reptiles to rodents. Some of these animals and insects are simply a nuisance while others can cause health problems, carry disease, and even cause deaths.
Some pesky Texas residents include but are not limited to:
- Brown Recluse Spiders
- Black Widow Spiders
- Lone Star and other ticks
- Timber Rattlesnakes
- Bed bugs
- Western Cottonmouths
- American Alligators
- Pocket Gophers
- Cotton Rats
- Eastern Fox Squirrels
Some of the biggest pest threats in Houston, and Texas in general, come from spiders, mosquitos, and ticks. They are widespread across the state and can live in and around homes. There has also been an overwhelming increase over the last few years in bed bugs and flea statistics. In particular, the biggest problem for Texas pest control is bed bugs. As of this year Houston ranked 11th on the list of top 50 US cities for bed bugs. This is a major concern for both residents and tourists. Due to climate changes and hot humid summers, Houston’s pest problems can change rapidly from year to year.
Thankfully there are many options for pest control. Texas can remain a vacation destination and a happy home for residents for years to come.
What are the risks involved with these pests?
There are several risks from uncontrolled pests. For example, many insects and rodents carry diseases. Some animals and insects are poisonous and can cause health problems ranging from allergic reactions to death. Other pests are simply nuisances, causing loss or contamination of food, damage to property, and irritating homeowners/ residents. Even pests as “innocent” as mosquitos can pose a great health risk to humans and animals, as they carry diseases like West Nile Virus and Heart Worms. These pests can be managed and controlled simply and efficiently using a variety of methods in Texas. Pest control is a must.
What are my options for pest control services?
Because of the wide range of pests and the variety of species represented in Texas, there are many options for Texas pest control. Methods can range from simple changes in things like outdoor lighting, insulation/ sealing around homes and offices, and cutting back weedy areas to full-fledged pesticides and traps administered by professional pest control companies. Because there is a wide variety of needs from different types of customers in different areas of Texas, pest control companies offer a wide assortment of products and services to best suit the needs of each individual case. Because of regulations and laws from the Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Texas, pest control companies must adhere to strict guidelines, ensuring the safety of customers, children and pets as well as the humane treatment of the managed pests.
As a customer, there are many options and choices for how best to deal with individual pest problems