Cockroaches

These insects are commonly found outdoors, although they can be found indoors as well. One misconception is that roaches only reside in dirty areas. Many times people in very clean sanitary homes struggle with roaches as well. Roaches are a problem because they spoil food with their feces and salivary secretion. In addition, roaches leave an odor in areas where they dwell which can aggravate allergies and trigger asthma attacks. They can also passively transport microbes on their body surfaces including those that are potentially dangerous to humans. Roaches have many food sources including wallpaper paste, leather, starchy foods, meat, grease, baked goods, and other accessible food in homes. Cockroaches are nocturnal and live in discreet places making eliminating them difficult without the help of a professional. Read More…

Ants

There are more than 12,500 classified species of ants. Ants form colonies that range in size from a few dozen predatory individuals living in small natural cavities to highly organized colonies which may occupy large territories and consist of millions of ants. Ants attack and defend themselves by biting and, in many species, by stinging, often injecting or spraying chemicals like formic acid. Because of the adaptive nature of ant colonies, eliminating the entire colony is difficult, requiring product strong enough to eliminate the entire colony, and not just what is seen on the surface. Read More…

Crickets

They tend to be nocturnal and are often confused with grasshoppers because they have a similar body structure including jumping hind legs. Crickets have relatively powerful jaws, and several species have been known to bite humans. Crickets mate in late summer and lay their eggs in autumn. The eggs hatch in the spring and have been estimated to number as high as 200 per fertile female. Read More…

Spiders

Spiders are air-breathing arthropods that have eight legs, and chelicerae with fangs that inject venom. There are approximately 40,000 spider species, and 109 families have been recorded. Over 900 species of spiders live in Texas, including the dangerous Brown Recluse and Black Widow. They tend to reside in dark, secluded areas and range in coloration and patterns. Spider bites can be harmful or fatal. Read More…

Wasps

The nesting habits of solitary wasps are more diverse than those of social wasps. Mud daubers and pollen wasps construct mud cells in sheltered places typically on the side of walls. Potter wasps similarly build vase-like nests from mud, often with multiple cells, attached to the twigs of trees or against walls. During the summer months wasp populations are extremely high, making the yard a dangerous place to be, especially for children and pets. Read More…

Scorpion

Carried in a characteristic forward curve over the back, ending with a venomous stinger. Certain species of scorpion are aggressive and will attack humans with little to no provocation. Scorpions are also known to glow when exposed to black light. Scorpions are found widely distributed over all continents, except Antarctica, in a variety of terrestrial habitats. Their age range is approximately 4–25 years. Scorpions prefer to live in areas where the temperatures range from 68-99 degrees Fahrenheit. They are nocturnal, finding shelter during the day in the relative cool of underground holes or undersides of rocks and coming out at night to hunt and feed. Read More…

Earwigs

Earwigs have a characteristic pair of forceps pincers on their abdomen, and membranous wings folded underneath short forewings. Earwigs are nocturnal. They often hide in small, moist crevices during the day and are active at night, feeding on a wide variety of insects and plants. Damage to foliage, flowers, and various crops is commonly caused by earwigs. Read More…

Silverfish

The name derives from the animal’s silvery light grey and blue color, combined with the fish-like appearance of its movements. In urban areas, they can be found in basements, bathrooms, garages, closets and attics. These insects feed on things such as wallpaper, book bindings, clothing, and glue. Normally silverfish come out to eat at night when the lights are off. Silverfish typically live for two to eight years. Read More…

Fleas

Fleas are wingless insects with mouthparts adapted for piercing skin and sucking blood. Fleas are external parasites, living by hematophagy or off the blood of mammals. Fleas are small, agile, and usually dark colored. They are found indoors in floor cracks and crevices, along baseboards, under rug edges and in furniture or beds. Fleas are not only a nuisance to humans and their pets, but can cause medical problems including flea allergy dermatitis (FAD), secondary skin irritations and, in extreme cases, anemia, tapeworms, and stomach flu. Read More…

Ticks

Ticks are blood-feeding parasites that are often found in tall grass where they will wait to attach to a passing host. Ticks are more active outdoors in warm weather, but can attack a host at any time. Ticks are vectors of a number of diseases, including Lyme disease, Q fever, Colorado tick fever, tularemia, tick-borne relapsing fever, and tick-borne meningoencephalitis. Read More…

Mice/Rats

Rats are typically distinguished from mice by their size; rats are generally large while mice are smaller. They are most often found in enclosed or elevated spaces in attics, walls, false ceilings, and cabinets. A mouse is a small mammal belonging to the order of rodents. The best known mouse species is the common house mouse. Mice can be harmful, damaging and eating crops, causing structural damages and spreading diseases through their parasites and feces. Read More…