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most common household pests, and
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strategies; for local residents, tenants and homeowners.
Cockroach Pest Control
Cockroaches are among
the most common pests in Texas. Cockroaches enter homes, offices, and just
about any structure in a variety of ways. Typically outdoor creatures,
cockroaches inhabit wood piles, decaying trees, or even sewer systems.
Cockroaches can enter your Houston or College Station
area home through loose-fitting doors and windows, where electrical lines
and water pipes pass through walls, up through sewer lines or in seasoned
firewood. Their ability to flatten their bodies allows these pests access
to homes through even the smallest of cracks and crevices. Cockroaches
even gain entry from infested boxes, grocery bags, beverage cartons,
furniture, appliances, or bags of dried pet food.
A Cockroach infestation is a real hazard to your
health. While relatively harmless themselves,
they can contaminate food and kitchen utensils with excrement and salivary
secretions. Roaches crawl through dirty areas and then walk through your
home tracking around bacteria and germs. They contaminate food by shedding
their skins and waste products that can trigger allergic reactions, asthma
and other illnesses, particularly in children.
- Cockroaches have been around since the time of
- A cockroach can live almost a month without food.
- A cockroach can live about two weeks without water.
- Some female cockroaches only mate once and stay
pregnant for life!
- Cockroaches can hold their breath for up to 40
- Cockroaches can run up to 3 miles an hour.
- Roaches primarily come out for water, not food
- A roach can live a week without a head. It dies after
a week due to lack of water
- A cockroach that has just shed it is skin is white
and has black eyes. It takes 8 hours to reproduce the skin layer.
- Laboratory female roaches are able to reproduce
without aid of a male. They produce all female offspring
- Cockroaches thrive in all conditions and live in the
desert and the arctic
- Most roaches have the ability to fly, but not all do.
Although many think that cockroaches are afraid of
light, they are not. They prefer darkness but are not afraid of the light.
To a cockroach, light means "man here," so they scurry to get away. Some
people think roaches must have eyes in the back of their heads, but they
don't. They do have tiny little hairs that gage the air movement around
them, so they feel you; they don't see you from behind.
Roaches love onions and they do eat meat. Roaches are
omnivores so they will eat just about anything including dead animals.
How to Prevent & Eliminate Roaches
The reason substances like boric acid work to kill
roaches is that they routinely clean themselves and each other. Thus,
boric acid on their bodies will be consumed and kill them, and some of
their friends. Boric acid can be made into a paste with flour and sugar
and used as bait.
Proper sanitation, both indoors and outdoors,
effectively limits cockroach populations. This can be done by cleaning up
all spills immediately, and frequently cleaning areas beneath and behind
cabinets, furniture, sinks, stoves and refrigerators. Sealing cracks more
than 1/8 of an inch from foundation and exterior walls, as well as
immediately attending to leaky faucets. However once an infestation goes
unchecked it may be necessary to hire professional pest removal services
to combat the spread of the infestation.
Termites Pest Control
Termites are tiny
pests can literally eat you out of house and home.
Termites are drawn to moisture in the ground and condensation around and
under your home. Because termites eat cellulose, they are most often found
in the wood in and around your Houston area home, including landscaping
materials. You are most likely going to discover you have a problem by the
destructive evidence they leave behind, including:
- Piles of small wings
- Small piles of sawdust
- Mud tubes
- Damaged or hollow sounding wood
- Pinholes in drywall
- Termites themselves: tiny, soft critters the size
of a grain of rice
Termites are relentless. They work
twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Termites are social insects
and live in colonies were populations can reach into the millions.
Most termite infestations go unnoticed until it is too late, and the
resulting damage can be hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
Facts About Termites:
- Termites cause an estimated $1 billion worth of
property damage each year
- They infest about 1 in 50 homes nationwide
- Termites do more damage than all fires, hurricanes
and tornadoes combined
- The termite queen can live 15 to 30 years and lay 1
egg every 15 seconds
- You can't insure against termite damage
- Termites can enter your home through an opening as
thin as a sheet of paper
- Termites need water to live and are attracted to
- Termites can destroy an entire house within 2-3 years
Rats and Mice Control
troublemakers that can damage your property and cause a number of
sometimes serious health problems. Rats and mice carry fleas and lice, and
can transmit a variety of diseases. They multiply rapidly and, if an
infestation goes unchecked, become an out-of-control problem in a very
The best way to prevent a rodent infestation and contact
with rodents is to remove the food sources, water, and items that provide
them with shelter. Mice can squeeze through a hole the size of a nickel,
and rats can squeeze through a hole the size of a half dollar! Prevent
rodents from entering your home by checking inside and outside the house,
and quickly seal up any gaps or holes you find.
Worldwide, rats and mice spread over 35
diseases. Rodent-borne diseases are
spread directly to humans through a number of avenues, including:
- Bite wounds
- Consuming food or water that is contaminated with
- Coming in contact with surface water contaminated
with rodent urine
- Through breathing in germs that may be present in
rodent urine or droppings that have been stirred into the air (a process
known as "aerosolization").
Diseases from rodents are also spread indirectly to
humans by way of
ticks, mites, and fleas that transmit the infection to humans after
feeding on infected rodents. In some cases, the rodents are the reservoirs
(carriers) of the diseases, while in other cases the ticks, mites, or
fleas act as the disease reservoirs.
Fire Ants Control
The Red Imported Fire
Ant (RIFA), commonly called the Fire Ant for short, may look small and
harmless, but as anyone living in the southern United States from Mobile,
Alabama, where the fire ant first entered the US in 1930, to Southeast
Texas to California knows, they do carry a major punch. Over 40 million
people live in RIFA-infested
areas in the United States. Between 30% and 60% of the people living in
fire ant infested areas are stung each year. The
FDA estimates that
more than $5 billion is spent annually on medical treatment, damage, and
control in RIFA-infested
A bite the size of a pinhead can result in a painful,
itching sore for days. Unlike many other ants, which bite and then spray
acid on the wound, fire ants only bite to get a grip and then sting (from
the abdomen) and inject a toxic alkaloid venom called Solenopsin. For
humans, this is a painful sting, a sensation similar to what one feels
when burned by fire, hence the name "fire" ant, and the after-effects of
the sting can be deadly to sensitive individuals. The venom is both
insecticidal and antibiotic. A typical fire ant colony produces large
mounds in open areas and feeds mostly on young plants, seeds, and
sometimes crickets. However, Fire Ants often attack and kill small
Flaming Facts About Fire Ants:
- Fire Ants can vary in size within one nest, from 1/16
to 1/5 inch long.
- Mounds can be more than 15 inches high.
- Fire ants are very aggressive and become agitated
- Fire ants inflict a fiery sting; more than 10 million
Americans are stung by fire ants every year.
- The Queen fire ant is capable of producing as many as
1,500 eggs/day and lives for 2-7 years.
- A mature fire ant colony contains up to 400,000
Mosquitoes are a major
annoyance in Texas. Are you tired of having to keep your family and pets
indoors or having to use a bug spray in order to go outside? John Moore's
mosquito control services can help you control the spread of mosquitoes in
and around your home.
Mosquitoes can be more than just a simple irritation.
They carry the threat of a variety of diseases,
including several types of encephalitis and heartworms in cats and dogs,
that can affect your family and your pets.
- Can carry many diseases: Malaria, Yellow Fever,
Dengue Fever, West-Nile Virus
- Are responsible for the most human deaths world-wide
- Require blood for the development of their eggs
- Develop in 4 to 7 days; females live between 3 and
100 days, one female can lay 100-300 eggs at a time; males live 10 to 20
- Travel within a 1 mile radius of their breeding site
- Locate blood hosts by sight, scent and heat
- Can detect a moving target 18 feet away
- Prefer children to adults
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