Summer Bugs in Texas | What Residents Should Watch For!

Jun 30, 2022 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

 

As the Texas temperatures continue to rise, you’ll see more bugs around your home. Summer bugs are a significant problem for many Texans, primarily as they head outdoors to enjoy the sun and fresh air. 


Summer bugs can ruin fun backyard activities and creep inside your home to terrorize you under the cool breeze of your AC!


Check out our blog to learn more about summer bugs in Texas and how to get rid of pesky insects!

Why are There so Many Bugs During the Summer?

Creepy crawlers begin lurking around as soon as the frost stops falling on the grass. 


Some insects leave hibernation during the spring and summer, trudging out of their overwintering spots to begin breeding or feasting on budding flowers and plants. 


Other insects experience a boom in reproduction during the spring and early summer months. After their mating flights, local wasp and ant populations may explode!


The summer also provides habitable conditions for insects to survive. During the winter, plants are hard to come by, and some insects can’t thrive in chilly temperatures. 


While Texans are familiar with dry and hot summers, the occasional rainy day will bring insects out in droves. The wet weather may encourage mosquitoes to breed or even push smaller insects into your home to escape the elements.

Types of Summer Bugs in Texas

In Texas, summer bugs can be a significant problem for homeowners. It’s hard to enjoy your backyard when you’re battling bugs too! Here are some of the summer bugs that NTX Best Pest can remove from your property! 

Ants

There are various ants species throughout Texas. Some common types you may see are:

  • Argentine Ants
  • Carpenter Ants
  • Crazy Ants
  • Pavement Ants
  • Fire Ants
  • Pharaoh Ants 
  • Odorous House Ants


Argentine ants, fire ants, and crazy ants are invasive species known to destroy native ant colonies or wreck havoc on other wildlife. Besides disturbing other insects and animals, these pests can also invade your home!


While ant bites aren’t dangerous, these tiny bites can still pack a punch. Fire ants are known for their painful bite, while a carpenter ant’s mandibles can leave a large mark. 


Ant mounds may cause issues for your young children and pets as your family spends more time outdoors during the summer. However, you may also have to contend with ants sneaking indoors for food!


These pests can file inside through tiny gaps and head straight toward your pantry or trashcan. When you see ants, try to find their entrance and repair any noticeable damage on your home’s exterior. 


Ants are fierce protectors of their colony, so never attempt to destroy an ant mound by kicking or stepping on it. You could receive painful bites as the ants cling to your clothing or skin. Call a professional pest control service like NTX Best Pest whenever you need help with ants! 

Mosquitoes 

Buzzing around in swarms, mosquitoes are common summer bugs that plague millions across the world. North Texas regularly experiences increased numbers of mosquitoes each summer, meaning there are more chances to contract a mosquito-borne illness! 


In Texas, the West Nile virus is the most common mosquito-related disease that affects residents. While typically not fatal, the West Nile Virus can cause debilitating symptoms for some. According to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, 1 in 150 individuals affected by the West Nile Virus will develop a severe reaction. 


Here are the symptoms of a serious reaction:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Stiffness
  • Disorientation 
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Weakness
  • Paralysis


If the disease progresses unabated, the West Nile virus can be fatal. 

Mosquitoes prefer to hang around areas with suitable breeding areas. They may congregate around your home if you live by a lake, pond, or river. These pests lay their eggs within the water, especially if these areas are stagnant. 


Birdbaths and rainwater buckets can become other potential mosquito attractants. If these areas are close to your home or yard, the mosquitoes will bite you to facilitate egg production and then return to an available water source to lay eggs. 


To prevent mosquitoes, turn to NTX Best Pest! We utilize fogging treatments and larvicides to keep mosquitoes at bay. We even offer In2Care mosquito trapping.


With In2Care mosquito trapping, the product will kill adult mosquitoes with a slow-acting, poisonous fungus. Infected mosquitoes transport the larvicide to other breeding areas, effectively eliminating other mosquitoes from developing.


Contact us today to schedule your mosquito treatment or learn more about our services! 

Armyworms 

One of the best parts of summer is seeing your beautiful green lawn bloom! Unless you have armyworms, of course.


While they may look innocent, armyworms can demolish all the hard work you’ve invested into making your property look perfect. These pests will chew away at blades of grass, leaving behind an uneven appearance and brown patches. 


Check out this video to see the scope of armyworm damage.

Armyworms can act quickly, too. They may eat portions of your yard within a week and deteriorate your bright green grass. Female armyworms can potentially lay up to 2,000 eggs in their short lifetime, and an infestation could destroy much of the vegetation on your property. 


If you have a garden, armyworms can also lay waste to crops like corn. They can decimate small-scale gardens and destroy large fields of crops. 


Don’t let these summer bugs ruin the warm weather! We can eliminate armyworms, so your yard can return to its original state. We can even utilize preventative measures and keep your lawn safe from future pests!

Have Summer Bugs? Call NTX Best Pest!

We know it can be hard to fight back against bugs alone. That’s why NTX Best Pest specializes in many common summer bugs you may find throughout your property! Whether you’re dealing with annoying mosquitoes or destructive worms, we have the tools to remove them.


Instead of sharing your outdoor barbeque with pests, you can enjoy the sunshine in peace. Contact us today to learn more about the services we offer or schedule a time for us to visit your home. We look forward to taking care of all your pest control needs! 

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