What You Need To Know About Pests In Rockwall, TX And The Surrounding Area
We have put together a pest control guide to help you learn about our area's most common pests. Knowing why they are in your home and the steps you can take to keep them out is essential to maintaining a pest-free home!
At A Better Earth Pest Control, we are committed to providing our customers with personalized pest control. We have many pest control options using low impact, low toxicity, or organic treatments. We eliminate pests while caring for people, pets, and the environment! To learn more about our home pest control and commercial pest control options, please call today!
Ants are highly social insects living throughout the world in large numbers. They reside in jungles, deserts, wooded areas, and, unfortunately for us, inside our Texas yards and homes. Out in nature, ants play an important ecological role. Ants are food for other animals, and they help disperse seeds. Their underground tunnels aerate the soil, and they are natural decomposers. Though ants may be helpful out in nature, they are unwanted pests in and around our homes.
Most ants are considered nuisance pests. While they are annoying when going in and out of our homes and contaminating our food, they aren't particularly harmful to people or our property. However, we need to pay particular attention to two species of ants in our region; the carpenter ant and the pharaoh ant. The carpenter ant is destructive, tunneling through and damaging wooden structures. The pharaoh ant poses health risks because they carry and transmit disease-causing pathogens to people.
Use the following tips to help keep ants out of your Texas home:
- Remove fallen trees, limbs, tree stumps, and other decaying wood from your yard.
- Seal cracks in the foundation of your house and repair gaps under doors and around windows.
- Remove excess moisture in and around your home by repairing leaky pipes, clogged gutters, and poor ventilation.
- Limit food odors by maintaining proper food storage and keeping lids on trash cans.
Reach out today to learn more about the ants in our region and how we can keep them out of your house.
Cockroaches are tropical pests that have spread worldwide and, over time, have learned to adapt to habitats worldwide. Though they can live almost anywhere, they are most successful in warm, humid climates. Cockroaches thrive in Texas, and keeping them out of our homes is difficult. Unfortunately for people, cockroaches have become common household pests because our homes provide them with food, water, and shelter.
Keeping cockroaches out of our Texas homes is difficult because there are so many ways they can get inside. They move inside through defects in your home's exterior, vents, and spaces around wire and pipes. Cockroaches are adapt hitchhikers and also get into our homes in boxes, deliveries, and secondhand appliances and furniture. Cockroaches are natural scavengers and dangerous because they can contaminate food and spread bacteria, diseases, and allergens.
Use the following tips to help keep cockroaches from taking over your Texas home:
- Inspect any boxes, bags, deliveries, or secondhand items you bring into your house for hitchhiking cockroaches.
- Regularly check your home's exterior to seal openings that cockroaches could use to get inside.
- Reduce excess moisture and excess clutter in your house.
- At first sight of a cockroach in your home, reach out to us for help.
Learn more about cockroach control in Rockwall, TX, and the surrounding areas, by calling today.
Occasional pests are those creepy crawly pests that we don't always find in our homes, but when we do, we instantly want them gone! Examples of occasional pests in our region are crickets, silverfish, sow bugs, pill bugs, millipedes, earwigs, fleas, and ticks. These pests typically live outdoors but move into our homes during harsh weather or after accidentally coming inside on us or our pets.
The good news regarding occasional invaders is that in most cases, they aren't in our homes to breed or feed. They are simply seeking damp, dark shelter. Hot, dry weather often drives these pests indoors. Once inside, they move to basements, areas under sinks, inside stored clothing, and crawl spaces. The best solution to occasional pests is to be proactive and implement regular pest control services to stop them before they get into your house.
Use the following tips to stop occasional pests from moving into your Texas home:
- Make sure screens in windows and doors are intact.
- Never prop windows and doors open.
- Make sure weatherstripping and door sweeps are in good shape.
- Reduce humidity levels in your home using dehumidifiers.
- Quickly repair leaky pipes or faucets.
- Maintain your lawn and create a crushed stone barrier between the soil and your home's exterior.
Contact us today to learn more about keeping occasional invaders out of your Texas home!
Opportunistic, adaptable, intelligent, and curious are words that describe rodents and why they so easily invade our Texas homes. Mice and rats are two of the most common household invaders homeowners have to deal with regularly. They have discovered that our yards, sheds, garages, and houses provide them with safe shelter, multiple food sources, and access to water.
No one wants to share their home with these unpleasant creatures. Mice and rats contaminate food and surfaces with diseases, bacteria, and parasites. The buildup of feces and shed fur produces allergens that cause foul odors and allergic reactions, including breathing difficulties. Rodents also have an unparalleled ability to be destructive, using their constantly growing, sharp front incisors to chew through food containers, furniture, wires, and furniture.
Stop rodents from wanting to live inside of your home with the help of the following prevention tips:
- Seal any openings in your home's exterior they could use as entry points.
- Store outdoor trash cans away from your home and always ensure they have lids on them.
- Keep indoor and outdoor kitchen and dining areas free of food debris. Regularly vacuum your home.
- Maintain an organized home to reduce hiding spots.
For help keeping rodents out of your home year-round, reach out now!
Termites are insects that you should never underestimate or ignore. They are wood-eating pests, and their presence on our Texas properties can lead to costly, difficult-to-repair damage. Termites travel, nest, and feed underground and inside wood, meaning they can be present on our properties or homes for months or even years before we finally notice them. Unfortunately, by the time we realize there is a problem, the damage is already done.
Termites can become a problem on any property but gravitate to properties with appropriate food sources. Things like fallen trees, logs, leaf piles, wood fencing, and wooden utility poles provide these pests with nutrition. Once termites are comfortable nesting or foraging for food on your property, they will eventually find their way into your home. Their small size allows them to move in and out of your house easily and without notice.
Termites are destructive pests. Help avoid problems with termites using the following prevention tips:
- Remove any decaying wooden structures, trees, or woodpiles from your property.
- Rid your yard of leaf piles.
- Reduce wood to soil contact on your property.
- Instead of using wood mulch in gardens, use a non-organic material.
- Inspect your home's exterior, sealing any cracks in its foundation.
For professional help removing termites from your property in Rockwall, TX, and the surrounding areas, reach out to A Better Earth Pest Control.
Wasps are predators and play an essential role in the ecosystem, helping to control populations of insects that otherwise would take over. Our warm weather here in Texas allows wasps and the insects they feed on to thrive throughout most of the year. Sharing your property with wasps is never good, as these insects will defend themselves and their nests with painful, venom-filled stings.
Though wasps are helpful, they are dangerous when nesting in our yards. The biggest problem with wasps is that they build their nests in secluded spaces, making it tricky to identify their nesting sites. Wasps place nests in tree hollows, under roof eaves, under railings, inside ground holes, and behind shutters and siding. If you are spotting large numbers of wasps on your property, contact a professional to find their nests and remove these stinging pests from your property.
Stop wasps from taking over your Texas yard using the following wasp prevention tips:
- Keep lids on trash cans and recycling bins.
- Keep outdoor eating areas free of leftover food and drinks.
- Cut back trees, bushes, and other landscaping from your home's exterior, decks, walkways, and steps.
- Remove standing water from your property that provides wasps and the insect they hunt with water.
For help removing wasps from your property in Rockwall, TX, and the surrounding areas, call us now.