Everything is bigger in Texas, including the pest population! Unfortunately, areas with warm weather and high humidity seem to have more than their fair share of pests. Dallas is a great place to live for both people and critters, so it is important to learn about the pests you may encounter and how to prevent and eliminate them.
Ants are probably the most common pest in the
Spiders are found throughout the country, but Texas is home to the two most dangerous species in the U.S. Black widows and brown recluses both have poisonous bites that can cause severe pain and other complications for their victims. Spider control can be achieved with the help of a residual insecticide and by controlling the insect population that they eat.
Fall and winter are prime time for rodents, although they can become household pests any time of year. The most common rodents in the Dallas area are the house mouse, Norway rat, and roof rat. These rodents enter homes in search of food, water, and shelter. Proper sanitation and exclusion efforts (sealing the exterior of the home) are important in preventing rodent infestations.
The most costly pests in the Dallas area are termites. These small insects do billions of dollars in damage throughout the U.S. every year. The Dallas/Fort Worth area faces the highest termite pressure in all of Texas, so knowing the signs of termites is extremely important so that any problems can be caught quickly. Regular termite inspections and moisture/drainage control efforts can help prevent major infestations.
Roaches are nasty little creatures that tend to live in moist, dark places of the home like the kitchen, bathroom, or basement. The two most common species of roaches in Texas are the American cockroach and the German cockroach. Once again, sanitation efforts and eliminating excess moisture are key to preventing roaches.
Texas is home to many other types of pests