Dealing with critters is something you’ll face eventually, no matter what part of Texas you call home. Our state runs the gamut of insects from blood-sucking mosquitoes in the summer to snakes seeking respite from cold winter weather! While many creatures prefer the freedom of the great outdoors, several will try their hardest to break into your home. There are a few common house critters found throughout Texas, and we’ve put together our list of which ones you need to be most aware of!
Scorpions are some of the scariest pests to come face to face with inside your home. This typical house critter has a stout, wide body with two large pincers near its head and a curving tail that packs a severe sting. While most scorpions don’t carry enough venom to kill a human, their sting will undoubtedly come accompanied by terrible pain and swelling. Those unlucky enough to be allergic to their venom can experience even more severe consequences! Fortunately, scorpions are relatively easy to find. They glow under a blacklight so that you can spot them in the dark. They love Texas homes for their climate control and plentiful food.
There’s likely plenty of places to hide inside the average Texan’s home, including under appliances or in storage areas. The bad news is that scorpions breed very quickly. Finding one scorpion almost undoubtedly means there’s much more hiding around. We don’t suggest trying to get rid of an infestation yourself. You need a thorough eradication to get these pests out of your home, so contact a professional if you find yourself faced with a scorpion problem.
The mighty ant will go anywhere there’s a food source. More food sources than you realize are right inside your home, making them the ideal place for ants to settle down. There are pet food bowls, food left in the sink, trash cans, and of course, your pantry. Ants aren’t picky eaters, so they’ll take scraps from just about anywhere. Texas homeowners are plagued by ants due to their breeding process, called ‘budding.’ If an ant colony feels threatened, they’ll split into two smaller colonies and work double time to breed quickly. This breeding process brings their numbers back up for each colony, effectively doubling the number of ants.
The best thing you can do to prevent an ant infestation is to take away their food source before entering. Ensure food is sealed in airtight containers (or the fridge) and regularly spray the outside of your home with a pet-safe pesticide. Ants can come in through the smallest cracks, so if you’re concerned about an ant issue, try sealing all your windows, doors, and foundation cracks.
3. Bed Bugs
It’s our professional opinion that one of the worst critters you can come face-to-face within your Texas home is a bed bug. Bed bugs come into your home on clothes or bedding they’ve hitched a ride on. A common way they infiltrate your house is by hopping onto your luggage when you travel. Once inside, they seek out warm, secluded spots in soft fabrics they can nest in. Bed bugs do feed on blood, so they love the proximity to humans a bed provides (hence the name!).
They’re notoriously stubborn, so you need professional intervention if you suspect you have a bed bug problem. The most common sign you’re dealing with this pest is if you wake up with red, itchy, raised spots on your body with no other explanation. If you haven’t been lying on an anthill outside, call a trusted Integrity Termite & Pest Services exterminator to check for bed bugs!
There’s a reason so many people have arachnophobia! Out of the many thousands of spider breeds, several dangerous ones call Texas their home. The most common dangerous spiders found in Texas homes are the brown recluse and the black widow. Both types can be easily identified (brown recluse’s for their light brown coloring and long legs, black widows for their inky black color with a red hourglass on their back) and love to call your home theirs. They feed on ants, other spiders, and winged critters by trapping them in their webs. Anywhere undisturbed is an excellent home for them, so they enjoy corners or storage sheds as an abode. These spiders aren’t dangerous without biting you, so if you suspect you have a spider problem, don’t risk it! Contact a professional to come and remove the critter as soon as you see them.
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