Pests in Texas can come in the form of ants, termites, scorpions, cockroaches, yellow jackets, scorpions, cockroaches, yellow jackets, wasps, garden spiders, wolf spiders, rodents, iguanas, lizards, small animals, and termites. Termites can do the most damage to your home, and damage done by termites exceeds a billion dollars annually, more than fires or windstorms. Feeding on the cellulose in wood, termites cause significant damage to unprotected homes. In Texas pest control can be applied to protect your home from damage, as well as disease carrying insects such as cockroaches, of which thirty species live in Texas.
Pest control is usually in the form of chemicals referred to as pesticides or insecticides, which kill pests in any number of ways, mostly by poisoning the insect or rodent. Many pesticides are toxic to humans, and the damage to humans can range from causing cancer to damaging the nervous system or the immune system.
The artificial spread of the fire ant has caused twenty eight counties to be quarantined to stop the infestation in Texas. Pest control officials want the infestation to stop before the fire ant gets any worse. Fire ants look almost like any other ant except that their heads are a lighter color than their abdomen. Fire ants not only bite, but inject toxic venom into human skin, causing a painful irritation. Allergic reactions to fire ants can be deadly. The fire ant in Texas has caused 28 counties to be quarantined.
Infestation by the Mexican fruit fly is another problem that has caused quarantines in Texas. Pest control efforts by the Texas Department of Agriculture have resulted in the eradication of the Mexican fruit fly in some counties, where surveillance and bait sprays has been effective. The Japanese beetle has also been detected in Texas, but as of yet there is no quarantine, just inspection of imported and exported plants. The Japanese beetle has no natural enemies in America, which is why it thrives and causes damage to plants such as roses, grapes, and hops in Texas.
Pest control efforts also mention the Diaprepes root weevil, a Caribbean native that attacks citrus, sugar cane, vegetables, and other plants. The Diaprepes root weevil girdles the taproot, cutting off water and nutrients, as well as causing root rot. The larvae of the Diaprepes root weevil are difficult to detect because they reside beneath the soil. The Diaprepes root weevil has yet to pose a significant problem in Texas.
Pest control also lists the control of rodents, some of which are trapped. Mice and rats carry diseases and pose a health threat to Texans. The usual treatment for mice and rats is to seal your house off from them. Iguanas and lizards are good for pest control because they eat bugs, and are generally not dangerous to humans unless you are bitten. Lizards and geckos eat pests such as bugs and are not controlled or trapped. Because they eat insects, garden spiders are considered beneficial to humans. If they become a pest, raccoons, opossums, squirrels and other small animals are usually trapped and safely removed from your property with an effective pest control company!