Pest Education with NTX Best Pest

If you, like most people, can’t tell the difference between the various types of bugs, then you’re bound to end up in trouble at some point. As a homeowner, you must be able to quickly identify certain pests and know when to take the proper precautions.

With so many types of bugs, we’ve used our expertise to narrow down this pest education guide to the most common found in residential households. We’ll go over common ants, mosquitoes in the backyard, spiders hiding in closets, and squirrels nesting in the attic – everything you need to know about common household pests.

Ants

Ants are one of the most common household pets on the planet. They’re difficult to control and prevent due to their minuscule size, but professional pest control services can provide an ongoing solution to effectively eliminate ants.

You should know, as all homeowners should, that ants are tough to kill. Some pose serious health hazards due to their bites, which can cause swelling, itching, and nausea. Treatment is relatively simple, though. Antibiotic cream should do well enough unless you’re swarmed by fire ants.

Mosquitoes

Here in Texas, it is well-known that we have a mosquito problem. Every summer, backyards are swarmed by hundreds of thousands of mosquitoes looking to feast on human blood. Thankfully, most mosquito bites are relatively harmless, though they’re annoying. A simple mosquito bite can cause redness, swelling, and itching.

For treatment, a simple antibiotic cream will suffice to help reduce swelling and itchiness.

Moths

There are nearly 160,000 moth species in the world today. The clear majority are absolutely harmless – they want nothing to do with humans and do not bite. They can still be pests, though. For instance, the pantry moth, typically known as an Indian Moth, feeds on dry foods, nuts, flour, and spices of all kinds. If you find one, it’s best to throw out the contents of your pantry if you suspect contamination.

The best way to prevent moths in your home is by keeping clean. Frequent vacuuming will help prevent larvae. It’s important not to use pesticides, though.

Rodents

Rodents, including rats and mice, are a common household nuisance known to carry a wide variety of diseases, infections, and illnesses. Unfortunately, rodents are tough to control. Even worse, they tend to bring in ticks and fleas, too.

To prevent rodents in your home, your best option is to routinely examine your siding and exterior for signs of damage, such as holes or gaps. Repair these immediately. If you are bitten by a rodent in your home, immediately seek medical attention. You may require antibiotics and shots.

Spiders

Living in Texas brings about all manner of challenges. One challenge we all face is spiders. Most spiders, while certainly creepy, are practically harmless to humans. They want to be left alone and live in peace. On occasion, someone is bitten by a spider. Whether venomous or non-venomous, a spider bite can have a unique reaction. It’s best to err on the side of caution and seek prompt medical attention.

To keep spiders out of your home, we recommend reducing clutter and keeping your home clean. If necessary, replace the weatherproofing or stripping around your doors and windows to keep any eight-legged pests outdoors where they belong.

Squirrels

If you hear a scuttling sound from overhead, it’s likely that a squirrel has found its way inside of your attic. Most often, squirrels tenter through small gaps in the siding or through a missing roof shingle. Once inside, squirrels tend to chew on boxes and blankets, make their nest in a dark corner, and raise a family right under your roof – all without paying rent.

Trapping and removing squirrels it not a DIY task. It requires patience and persistent from a pest control expert. For example, we use specialty traps to remove squirrels from your home. When trapped, squirrels can become dangerous. If you are bitten, seek immediate medical attention from your general practitioner.

As a homeowner, you likely fear anything that can destroy your home. Most of us don’t even consider termites, though. These little wood-eating bugs can wreak havoc on your property if left to their own devices.

To rid your home of termites, professional treatment is the only sure solution. There is no DIY remedy that can help when it comes to termite colonies.

For more information on common household pests or to schedule pest control services, call NTX Best Pest at 214-585-6737!