Fight The Bite & Discover How to Repel Mosquitoes in Your Yard This Summer
Mosquitoes can really put the bite on outdoor fun. Not only are they annoying, but they can also carry serious diseases like the West Nile or Zika virus. While spray on repellents work, they can be messy to use, have an odor, and bring strong chemicals in direct contact with your skin. Below, our pest control specialist will teach you how to repel mosquitoes in your yard and keep them away for a bite free summer.
Put Up Air Curtains
Traditionally, air curtains have been used to keep mosquitoes away from guests at customer entrances, concession stands, and even drive-up windows at many fast food restaurants. Their effectiveness at repelling mosquitoes has made them accessible for use in residential outdoor living areas. Air curtains are simple to install and maintain, and their impenetrable screen of air helps prevent bugs of all kinds from entering the area.
Mosquito Misting System
Another great way to get rid of mosquitoes is misting systems. Mosquito misting systems use a few insect repellents to eliminate mosquitoes and other pests from your outdoor living space.
They can either be a drum-based or thankless system that you can program to activate on a schedule or by remote control.
Mosquito Fogging Treatment
Twenty-four to 48 hours before you plan on hanging outdoors with your friends and family, give us a call! We’ll lay down a barrier spray that includes extra protection against biting mosquitoes and other annoying insects. The entire treatment dries in 30 minutes, and leaves no odor or visible residue. Mosquito fogging treatments are perfect for any summer party or outdoor barbecue!
Plants That Repel Mosquitoes
There are a number of plants that repel mosqitoes. Planting a mix of these plants around your home and patio can create mosquito-free zones for outdoor entertaining and other activities.
- One of the most famous is citronella grass, which is used by manufacturers to make citronella candles.
- Another well-known plant is the marigold. These cheery flowers repel many other insect pests as well, but are popular nectar sources for butterflies.
- Catnip is famous for attracting cats, but what is less well known is that it also repels mosquitoes! In fact, studies have found that catnip oil is more than 10 times better at repelling them than DEET!
- The lovely and aromatic garden herbs rosemary, basil, lavender, lemon balm, and lemongrass are also effective.
WHATEVER THE PEST, WE HAVE A SOLUTION
If you are experiencing a problem mosquitoes or any other type of common pest and the problem is beyond your scope to handle on your own, remember that Dynasty Pest Control is a trusted source for pest removal. Call one of our experienced pest control specialists to diagnose the problem and determine an effective solution so you can get back to enjoying your living and outdoor spaces pest-free.
A mosquito hawk, also known as a crane fly, is often mistaken for huge, threatening mosquito, but they are not a type of mosquito at all. In fact, they aren’t even related to mosquitoes, despite the fact that they are rumored—incorrectly—to feed on mosquitoes and their larvae.
Mosquito Hawk (Crane Fly) vs. Mosquito
A mosquito hawk is a species of fly. These flying insects don’t dine on mosquitoes or any other type of animal — much to the disappointment of homeowners hoping that the mosquito hawk might help control the mosquito population. Mosquitoes, on the other hand, consume animal blood as an important part of their diet. Read on to learn more about these two varieties of insects, including their similarities and differences and which is most likely to win in the mosquito hawk vs. mosquito showdown.
The biggest similarity between mosquito hawks and mosquitoes is the fact that they are flying insects that share a passing resemblance. These two insect species also both live in water during their larval stages and both species have invaded most regions of the world, thriving especially well in wet regions. As far as comparable qualities, however, that’s about the extent of it.
Mosquito hawks and mosquitoes share far more distinguishing characteristics than similarities — the biggest difference between them being their bite, or the lack thereof.
Mosquitoes must eat to live. As larvae, they live in water and eat algae, while adult mosquitoes can live on plant nectar. But female mosquitoes need both lipids and protein in their diets in order to lay eggs, which is why they also feed on the blood of humans, dogs, cats, mice and birds. Even worse, mosquitoes are able to carry diseases and transmit them to humans by way of those bloodsucking bites.
Unlike mosquitoes, mosquito hawks don’t bite humans at all, or sting them. In fact, these insects eat only in their larval stage, when they feed on grasses and other plant matter. Adult crane flies have no need to eat, since they don’t live very long.
HOW TO GET RID OF CRANE FLIES AND MOSQUITOES
A mosquito infestation in your yard is obvious. When spending time outdoors, you’ll be pestered by the whine and itchy, stinging bite of these annoying little bloodsuckers. You might find small mosquito larvae twitching in pools of standing water that has collected in flowerpots or birdbaths. Mosquitoes can also thrive indoors in homes that have potted plants with moist soil or standing water collecting in drains. Again, the signs will be obvious. That annoying whine in your ear, a ticklish itch on your skin at the moment you’re bitten and the red, itchy welts that result from the bites of these irritating pests.
Mosquito hawk infestations may be less obvious, especially since these insects don’t bite and are essentially harmless to humans. A large number of mosquito hawks can, however, cause real damage to your yard. If sections of your lawn are patchy and yellow or brown in color, or have even been eaten down to the soil, you may be dealing with an infestation of mosquito hawks. Like mosquitoes, these insects live in water or moist soil in their larval stage. Since they consume grasses and other plant matter as larvae, they can destroy the health and appearance of lawns and pastures.
Since both mosquito and mosquito hawk larvae live in water, successfully controlling infestations of both insects must include resolving drainage problems and eliminating damp areas from your yard and home. Dump out water that collects in planters and other receptacles after a rain, and resolve any yard drainage issues to encourage drying and aeration at the root level. Rake and dispose of dead leaves, since both mosquito hawks and mosquitoes can thrive in moist piles of leaves and soil.
SO WHO WINS THE MOSQUITO HAWK VS. MOSQUITO SHOWDOWN?
Despite many misconceptions, mosquito hawks neither hurt nor help humans. They can be a household pest, but they are not a cause for concern, especially when compared to their killer mosquito counterparts. To protect yourself from mosquito bites and the diseases they carry, remember to dump and drain stagnant water around your home because that’s where mosquitoes breed. Wear long sleeve shirts and pants when outdoors, especially between dusk and dawn. Using CDC approved insect repellent containing DEET will also keep mosquitoes from biting you.
WHATEVER THE PEST, WE HAVE A SOLUTION
If you are experiencing a problem with mosquito hawks, mosquitoes or any other type of common pest and the problem is beyond your scope to handle on your own, remember that Dynasty Pest Control is a trusted source for pest removal. Call one of our experienced pest control specialists to diagnose the problem and determine an effective solution so you can get back to enjoying your living and outdoor spaces pest-free.
What are Subterranean Termites?
Subterranean termites are a subclass of termites that can invade your home and leave you with costly damage. They can live in very large colonies and travel to places with lots of wood and metal, most notably your home. They can weaken wood and even metal support structures. Subterranean termites are the most destructive insect pests in Texas and can cause major damage to your home before you even realize they’re there. Don’t know much about Subterranean termites? We’ve got you covered.
How Did I Get Termites?
These pests live in the soil beneath and around homes and often enter through wood that touches the ground or by constructing mud tubes from the ground to the wood they infest. Cracks in concrete walls and foundations made of hollow blocks are also paths these insects could take to infest a house.
How Serious Are Termites?
As the most common type of termite in Texas, subterranean termites cause billions of dollars in structural damage each year. They also eat books, other paper products, cellulose-based products, and a variety of other plant-based goods.
Some colonies have more than one egg-laying female, so subterranean termite nests can grow quickly and contain hundreds and sometimes thousands of members. Since the pests can often infest homes for years undetected, responding to early warning signs is key to preventing serious damage. The most commonly observed warning signs are the presence of winged swarmers, mud tubes and evidence of damaged wood.
When are They Most Active?
Termites swarm in the warm days following rain and are also attracted to warm buildings in the winter. The spring is an especially active time for termites because it is when they mate and form new colonies.
How Quickly Can They Do Damage?
It takes 2-3 years for a termite colony to become large enough to swarm, but once they do, it takes an average sized colony only six months to eat through one foot of a 2×4. This may not sound like much, but they make tunnels in the surrounding wood, weakening the wood and potentially the structure of your house. It is important to tackle termite damage as soon as you suspect it!
How Do I Get Rid Of Termites?
Based on the layout of your home and the degree of termite infestation, our team will create a treatment plan tailored for your home to get rid of termites.
How Can I Prevent Termite Damage?
- Store all firewood away from the home.
- Make sure four inches of the foundation is showing and no mulch is touching the home. Siding should not extend down into the soil.
- Keep drainage systems unblocked and routing water away from the home to prevent buildup.
- Eliminate leaks and moisture from the home in general.
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How to Get Rid of Backyard Bugs
Warm weather means the start barbecues, picnics, outdoor games, and plenty of time spent in your backyard. But it can also mean an invasion from less welcome signs of summer: bugs. Whether your backyard is facing a ants, flies, bees, mosquitoes, or ticks, you can find a keep those backyard bugs at bay.
The following five pest control tips may come in handy as you try to keep the backyard bugs at bay this spring and summer:
1. Remove Areas of Standing Water
Standing water is the enemy in your battle against backyard bugs, as it’s the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Make sure your gutters are unclogged and that any sunken areas in your yard are filled in so that water can’t collect. Even the water in the birdbath and kiddie pool should be regularly changed to prevent those little suckers from multiplying.
2. Pick up Clutter and Debris
Items like toys, tires and half-used bags of potting soil make perfect containers for rainwater. Additionally, piles of leaves, fallen branches and rotting fruit can attract insects to your yard, as they provide food and shelter for many insects. Your efforts can help in insect control, so keep your yard free of this clutter to make the area a little less attractive to bugs.
3. Keep Lawns Tidy and Trimmed
Overgrown brush and weeds can provide great habitats and hiding areas for a slew of backyard bugs. Keep your landscaping tidy, and be sure to trim back tall grass, brush, and weeds around your property.
4. Store Firewood Properly
Do you have firewood leftover from the winter? Well, if you’re not storing it properly you could find yourself the proprietor of an insect hotel. Firewood provides food and shelter for many insects, so you need to be certain that you’re doing everything you can to try to prevent an infestation. First, make sure wood is dry before storing it. Then, keep it stacked above the ground on a rack or platform so that pests which live in the soil — like ants and termites — can’t easily access the wood. Additionally, keep piles of firewood stored away from your home or other buildings. Ideally, there should be 3 feet between a stack of firewood and any structure. Lastly, firewood with a top cover or roof over it will remain drier and last longer. Do not fully wrap firewood piles with a tarp or plastic sheeting – this will trap moisture and make things worse.
5. Invest in a Professional Pest Control Service
Can you buy insect spray for lawns? Absolutely, you can. However, it likely won’t be as effective as the treatment a pest control specialist would use. In addition, a trained specialist may be better able to spot any potential pest problems before they get out of hand. The specialist can then make recommendations customized for your situation.
With a few preventative measures, you can attempt to keep backyard bugs at bay this spring and summer. Want some backup from trusted pest control specialists? Contact Dynasty Pest Control to schedule your initial inspection.
How to Prevent German Cockroaches From Invading Your Home
If you live in Dallas, TX and have noticed cockroaches in your home, there’s a pretty good chance that they are German cockroaches.
After all, the German cockroach is the number one roach in Dallas – and they’re also one of the most troublesome. Unfortunately, their fast reproduction rate means they can easily wreak havoc on your home if you don’t take steps to get rid of them!
Luckily, our pest control team has put together this guide to help you identify German cockroaches, look out for the signs of an infestation, and eliminate the pests.
SIGNS OF A GERMAN COCKROACH INFESTATION:
Have you identified a German cockroach in your home? If so, you may be dealing with a cockroach infestation. Here are several other signs you should look out for:
German cockroach droppings may appear as small, dark, “pepper-like” material left on countertops or in drawers. Fecal staining may appear as dark spots or smears, some that are slightly raised, in the corners of rooms, along the tops of doors or around small cracks and openings into walls.
Since German cockroach females carries their egg case until 1 to 2 days before depositing it, empty egg cases may be found in areas that the females frequent.
German cockroaches are also known to secrete a number of odorous compounds. When populations are present in large numbers, it may be possible to detect a mild, or what some have reported as a “musty” odor.
HOW TO PREVENT GERMAN COCKROACHES:
• Remove unnecessary food and water sources;
• Store garbage containers in dry areas away from harborage sites—not under the kitchen sink;
• Seal all cracks and crevices—no matter how small—with screen or caulk. Cockroaches love to stay in tight cracks and crevices where they feel more comfortable;
• Vacuum regularly and clean up spills;
• Remove shelter sites such as cardboard boxes, paper grocery bags and piles of newspapers or magazines; and
• Remember, once cockroaches move into your home, they can be very difficult to get out.
HOW TO KILL GERMAN COCKROACHES:
Okay – so we’ve talked about a few ways to prevent German cockroaches by cutting out their food, water, and shelter options. Now, let’s talk about ways to kill them directly.
Homemade pest control with baking soda
To use this method, mix one part sugar with one part baking soda and leave the mixture out on a plastic plate that is easily accessible to the roaches. Make sure that you leave some water nearby too.
Roaches love sugar, so they’ll be attracted to the plate right away. However, when a German cockroach eats the mixture (combined with water), its stomach will explode due to a reaction caused by the baking soda!
Create your own trap
To make a DIY roach trap, you’ll just need some bowls, petroleum jelly, and food (you can use sugar, starchy foods, or pretty much anything – roaches aren’t picky eaters!). Put a thick layer of petroleum jelly all over the inside of the bowl, and put some food at the bottom of the bowl to entice the roaches.
When a German cockroach comes to the bowl for a snack, it will get stuck in the petroleum jelly. Then, you can dispose of the pest.
If you’d like, you can use chemical sprays to kill roaches on contact. You can also use chemical dusts or traps to get rid of them. Just remember that, if you do this, you’ll need to pick up the roach remains and dispose of them promptly!
TIRED OF DEALING WITH GERMAN COCKROACHES?
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Because these pests reproduce so quickly, they can be a pain to get rid of. But – good news – our pest control services team can get rid of German cockroaches in your home for good!
We use only the safest, highest quality products to get rid of roaches and keep your home safe from infestations – even if your home is a “pest magnet.” So, if you’re dealing with a roach problem, call us at (469) 358-1425 or request a free quote online today!
Wait – there’s that noise again. You here little scratches in the attic or in the walls. Oh no, is it rats? Rats and mice can be a huge problem in Texas. Unfortunately, sometimes we don’t notice rats until they’ve become a big problem. Rats and mice can cause a great deal of damage to our homes, contaminate our food and carry dangerous diseases, which is why it’s important to have rodent control.
Rats and mice will quickly take advantage of any food source and warm shelter… AKA, your home. These rodents consume the crumbs and open bags in our pantry, and any other food we may have discarded. They can also squeeze through any hole or opening into your home, such as a tiny rip in any screen doors or windows.
If you’re looking to get rid of rats or mice in your home, shed, yard or any other area there are plenty of rodent control precautions you can take. In this blog, our pest control professionals here at Dynasty Pest Control will delve deeper into how to get rid of rats and mice.
Why Rats and Mice Are Bad
They may be cute and tiny to some, but don’t let their looks fool you. These tiny rodents can pose a threat to you and your family’s health. Mice, among other rodents, carry a variety of diseases, such as hantavirus and leptospirosis.
You don’t even have to come into direct contact with one of these rodents to get sick. All it takes is direct contact with anything they’ve contaminated. That’s why it’s so important to have rodent control.
Along with spreading diseases, rats and mice tend to chew through all sorts of material. From insulation to drywall, these pesky critters can cause real havoc in your home. And sometimes it’s too late before you even notice.
With all this in mind, a rodent problem is not something you should ignore. If you notice any signs of rats or mice living in your home, you need to call a rodent control professional. It’s important to take action before it’s too late.
There’s Never Just One Mouse in the House
We’re sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but there’s never just one rat or mouse in the house. If you see one, there’s almost a definite chance there’s another one lurking nearby. When one finds their way in, others will most likely find their way in too. They’re all looking for somewhere warm to reside that has food and water. Not to mention, they tend to multiply quickly. Don’t let that be inside your home.
Rodent Control: How to Get Rid of Rats and Mice
Clean and Declutter
Getting rid of rodents start with prevention. It’s important to keep your home and yard clean and free of clutter. If there’s any clutter, it just provides rodents with a warm place to hide out and nest. It’s also important you never leave any food scraps or spills out.
Cleaning and decluttering your home is the first step to prevents rodents from invading your home, and one of the most important rodent control tips. Store all of your food, including pet food, in airtight containers or seal bags so there’s absolutely nothing left out on the counters.
Skip the DIY Home Rodent Control Remedies
We’ve all seen some sort of DIY rodent repellent ideas, such as peppermint spray and sprinkling mint leaves everywhere, but it’s probably best to skip them. There’s no proven science or evidence behind any of these DIY methods. If you have a rodent problem and try to fix it yourself with peppermint spray, it may only give the rodents more time to multiply and make the problem worse.
Your Best Bet
If you notice any signs of rodents in your home, you need to call a rodent control professional right away. Once rodents have entered your home, the only way to get them out is to call a professional.
Signs rodents are in your home:
• Alive or dead mice or rats
• Droppings (look for around food or around trash areas)
• Scratching sounds from the walls or attic
• Teeth marks on wires or structural wood
• Smudge marks on walls
A pest control professional will come out to your home and inspect the inside and outside; Look for any openings that you may not have noticed. Any risk areas or nesting sites will be identified and treated. Our professional will tailor a customized protection plan to get your pest problem under control.
Rodent Control Specials
For a limited time, we’re offering $50 off your next rodent control service. Offer includes two rodent bait stations, traps as needed, and find entry points. Head over to our specials page to book your appointment.
It’s winter, which means Texas rodents are looking for a warm place to stay. Even when it’s not winter, these pesky rodents often make their way into your home. Gnawing on objects, hiding in your pantry, making themselves comfortable – without you even knowing they’re inside your home.
Texas rodents are warm-blooded mammals that have large, front teeth that never stop growing. Rodents can carry a variety of diseases that are harmful to you and your family. Rats and mice are among the most common rodent species that invade homes and businesses.
Rats and mice are usually found living in close proximity to people, and eventually even depend on humans for food, water and shelter – Texas rodents are living off of the crumbs in your pantry and garbage.
Common Texas Rodents
In Texas, the most common rodents you’ll find is the Norway rat, roof rat, and the house mouse.
The Norway Rat
When fully grown, the Norway Rat is 7-9 inches in length, with an additional 6-8 inches for their tail. The Norway Rat is among the heavier and larger in the rodent family. Norway rats have scruffily brown fur peppered with black hair; the fur on their stomach is usually gray or white. They also have large black eyes, small ears, a rounded blunt nose and a bi-colored tail.
The Roof Rat
Thanks to their name, you probably already know these Texas rodents are often found climbing trees in order to access your home’s roof. They’re known to be excellent climbers. Roof rats have dark brown or black fur with a lighter underbelly. These Texas rodents can grow about 6-8 inches in length, but their tail adds an additional 6-8 inches. Their noses are pointed and they have large ears and eyes.
The house mouse is a smaller on the rodent spectrum. They have a small, pointed nose with small rounded ears and a long, almost hairless tail. It’s a very common rodent home and business owners usually see. Their hair is short and light brown in color. They usually gain entry into your home by small openings and crevices.
Are These Rodents Dangerous?
Rodents aren’t typically known to be aggressive, but that doesn’t mean you should try to come in contact with them. They’re still considered dangerous and if they are cornered, they might bite. Rodents are constantly gnawing on things, such as wires, pipes, drywall, floors, and plastic, to prevent their teeth from overgrowing.
They can also bring diseases and bacteria into your home that can make you and your family very ill. Rodents can also bring parasites like ticks, fleas, and mites into your home, which can get transferred to your pets.
How to Prevent a Rodent Infestation
Interior and exterior sanitation to minimize available food and water that supports a rat population. Keeping vegetation thinned out or removed from the perimeter of buildings. Removing clutter and any debris that creates hiding places rats can use as harborage sites.
How Can You Get Rid of These Rodents?
The best way to ensure your house isn’t infested with rodents is to call a professional and let them inspect the interior and exterior of your home. At Dynasty Pest Control, we have solutions to help prevent or eliminate rodent infestations in your home or business. Rat treatment involves both non-chemical and chemical methods.
Some of the more important non-chemical methods are Exclusion and sealing of sites greater than ½ inch (about the size of a dime) using screens, flashing, door sweeps and other materials to keep rats from entering a structure.
For professional rodent and pest control in Dallas and North Dallas, contact Dynasty Pest Control. Call us at (877) 771-BUGS or request a FREE pest inspection online.
When the temperatures drop as winter approaches, we notice fewer mosquitos, flies, bees and other flying insects outside. But just because there’s a lack of flying pests in the winter doesn’t mean there aren’t other pests lurking around.
In summer, we notice an abundance of mosquitos and flies. But in winter, mice, spiders, and cockroaches are seeking warm shelter from the cold. You aren’t the only one who thinks your home is cozy during those cold winter days and nights. Unfortunately, pests think so too. It’s important to take preventative measures and follow these winter pest control tips to keep pests out this winter.
These winter pests can cause a lot more hazards than just cobwebs. Certain spider bites can be dangerous; Rodents like mice are known to carry diseases; Cockroaches can even trigger allergies and asthma. If you’re a homeowner, be sure to protect your home with these winter pest control tips.
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Winter Pest Control Tips
As winter quickly approaches, it’s time to tighten and tidy things up around your home. Regularly and thoroughly inspect your home for holes, gaps or any other type of openings on your property.
Inspect Inside Your Home
Look behind furniture, in the cabinets, closets, corners or anywhere else that potential pests many enter from. Also check around windows, doors and any screens. If you find a hole or opening, be sure to seal it with caulk or another protective sealant as soon as possible, no matter the size of the opening. You’d be surprised how easily a tiny mouse could fit through an opening the size of your pinky finger.
Check Outside Your Home
If you have a big yard with some wood and leaf piles, you need to pay extra attention to these winter pest control tips. We understand that in the winter it’s nice to have a cozy fire in the backyard. But that firewood could be attracting pests to your home. Be sure to keep at least a 20-foot distance between the piles of wood or leaves from your home.
Wood and leaf piles are a magnet for pests because they’re warm, moist shelters for pests in the winter. The closer the piles of wood are to your house, the closer the pests are; The closer the pests are to your home, the higher chance they’ll find a way in.
If you have a chimney, don’t bring the firewood into your home until you’re ready to burn it. Tons of bugs are found in firewood and when the firewood in your home, you could be bringing along pests with it.
Remove All Clutter
That dusty couch sitting in the basement, those boxes of old magazines and books in the attic, the mess you’ve been saying you’ll “get to” in the garage – it all has to go. Before the weather gets too cold, it’s important you go through your entire home (garage, sheds, yard, attic, and basement included) and remove all clutter.
Winter pests like mice, spiders, and other insects like to make themselves at home wherever they find clutter. Be sure to handle this in a timely manner.
Beware of Moisture
Water is essential for life, so you know that pests will be looking for water anywhere they can find it this winter. Inspect your home for any leaks, especially in bathrooms, attics, and basements. If moisture isn’t dealt with in a timely manner, it could attract various pests to your home. This could even cause potential property damage.
Overall cleanliness of your home and yard is important to defend against pests this winter. Here are a few last-minute winter pest control tips to remember:
• Check for any holes or openings.
• Keep your counters and floors clean.
• Keep firewood and leaf piles away from the perimeter of your home.
• Seal windows and doors.
• Don’t ever leave any food out.
• Check for leaky faucets or other accumulated moisture spots.
• Properly close garage and recycling cans.
If You Need More Pest Control Help This Winter
Need more pest control helps or your “’winter guests” have overstayed their welcome? Dynasty Pest Control is here to help. Our experts will implement a winter pest control salutation specifically designed for your home. Don’t let pests ruin your holiday fun.
Contact Dynasty Pest Control for all of your pest problems this winter. Call us at (877) 771-BUGS or request a FREE pest inspection online.
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Who doesn’t love fall? The color on the leaves begin to change, the humidity drops and the weather cools down. But you’re not the only one who’s trying to cozy up inside your home this fall. Fall bugs such as cockroaches, spiders, and rodents are looking for a warmer place to buckle down this fall season.
Why You Need to Prevent Fall Bugs
Having annoying pests in your home can become a real problem and lead to a full-blown infestation, so it’s always a good idea to take precautions to keep fall bugs from entering your home in the first place.
Some pests, such as rodents, carry diseases, including Salmonella and Hantavirus. They can even cause structural damage to a property by gnawing through wires, which can cause house fires and nesting in insulation.
Even though they have tiny legs, cockroaches can spread disease and bacteria – fast. Their droppings and saliva can trigger asthma attacks, especially in young children. Brown recluse spiders will bite if threatened, injecting venom that can be dangerous to those with allergic reactions.
Defend your home and your family this fall by taking preventative measures. Homeowners should be proactive in maintaining and preventing pests from coming indoors this fall. Here are five pest prevention tips that will help you defend your home from fall bugs this fall.
If you don’t feel like taking these extra precautions yourself, Dynasty Pest Control will come to your home and inspect the indoor and outdoor area surrounding your home. Book online or call us for a free estimate at (877) 771-BUGS.
5 Pest Prevention Tips for Fall
1. Check Window and Door Screens
Be sure to check all window and door screens in your home, including those in the garage, basement, attic, and patio. If any rips or holes are found, they should be mended or you should replace the entire screen. All rips or holes should be mended or replaced, even if the rip or hole is smaller than a half inch.
2. Seal Cracks and Crevices
Seal all the cracks, crevices and gaps that are around all windows and doors. Use caulk, weather-stripping or silicone to seal cracks and gaps. To ensure that the cracks and gaps are sealed correctly, make sure these areas are clean. Remove any previously installed caulk to make sure the new caulk adheres correctly.
If you have a garage, install a rubber seal to the bottom of your garage door; This will keep annoying fall bugs out and keep the heat in during the fall and winter. You can do the same for sliding glass doors.
3. Store Food and Dispose of Garbage Correctly
Keeping your kitchen clean, storing food in airtight containers and disposing of garbage correctly is key to preventing fall bugs from entering your home. Make sure your kitchen counters are clean; crumbs and left out food is a sure way to attract pests. Properly close your garbage cans when they are stored in your home or garage.
4. Install a Chimney Cap
It’s like a hat – except for your home. If you have a chimney, you should strongly consider installing a chimney cap. This will keep out birds, bats, rodents and anything else that may try to spend the fall and winter inside your home. If you have an attic, install a l¼ inch wire mesh that will keep bats, rats, and squirrels from residing in your attic, or even worse – inside the walls of your home.
5. Asses Conditions Around Your Home
Now that you’ve inspected the inside of your home, it’s time to check the outside. Is your yard inviting to pests? Is there a woodpile nearby? These are all questions you need to ask yourself while inspecting your home.
If there is a woodpile 20 feet or closer to your home or trees and shrubs surrounding your home, you need to move it further; Woodpiles are a welcome sign for fall bugs.
If you use these tips, not only will your home be safe from unwanted fall bugs, but you’ll also be improving the energy efficiency of your home, keeping your home warmer for the fall and winter.
If you don’t feel like inspecting your home or preparing it for the fall and winter, Dynasty Pest Control can help. We have the tools and knowledge needed to ensure no pests enter your home this fall.
Contact Dynasty Pest Control for all of your pest problems this season. Call us at (877) 771-BUGS or request a FREE pest inspection online.
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Woodlouse Hunter, Bold Jumper, Carolina Wolf, Gray Wall Jumper – hishese are just some of the Texas spiders that lurk outside our yards, and possibly even our homes. According to a study done by Texas A & M, there are close to 900 species of spiders in Texas.
Some Texas spiders are venomous and potentially life-threatening, but some (even though they look intimidating) are harmless. To make things a little easier for you, we’ve broken down the types of Texas spiders so you can identify if they’re dangerous or not.
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Types of Common Texas Spiders
Out of the 900 species of Texas spiders, only two species are seriously poisonous to humans: the widow spiders and the recluse spiders. A handful of spider species can cause a painful poisonous bite, but the pain is similar to a bee sting. Some people can even suffer from a serious allergic reaction due to the spider bite.
The Brown Recluse spider thrives in Texas and throughout southern and Midwestern states. This type of spider is likely to live under homes, in cellars and piles of debris. The brown recluse is also likely to be found in dark, cooler areas, like attics, basements, closets, small crevices, etc. One good thing about this Texas spider is that it mostly keeps to itself and avoids all human contact.
One way to identify this spider is its eye pattern, “six eyes that sit in three pairs on the spider’s back in the pattern of a violin,” according to Texas A & M.
If you’re bitten by a Brown Recluse, you should seek medical care immediately. Within 24 hours of being bitten, the victim will experience chills, fever, nausea, and pain. When the venom enters the body, it kills the tissue surrounding the wound.
Overall: These spiders are very aggressive and can be deadly. Avoid them at all costs.
Southern Black Widow
These creepy little spiders are found all throughout the U.S., and especially in Texas. The Lone Star State is also home to the Western Black Widow, the Northern Black Widow and the Brown Widow.
To identify the Black Widow, look for a black spider with a red hourglass marking on its stomach. Creepy – we know! These Texas spiders love to hang out in dark places, like garages, basements, and under homes.
Those bitten by this dangerous little spider will have difficulty breathing and quickly lose consciousness. Anyone who has been bitten by a Black Widow should immediately seek medical help.
Overall: These spiders are highly venomous and can be deadly. Avoid them at all costs.
Just the thought of Tarantulas make our skin crawl, and we know we’re not the only ones! These Texas spiders love to stay in the shade during those hot Texas days and hunts at night. There are numerous species of tarantulas that live in Texas. You can find Tarantulas in grasslands and semi-open areas, feeding on insects.
To identify a Tarantula, look for long hairy legs and long fangs. Their bite will cause pain, but the bite is much more dangerous if the victim suffers from an allergic reaction. The hair alone on Tarantulas can cause skin irritation for some people.
Overall: Tarantulas mind their own business, and are not poisonous to humans but can cause an allergic reaction.
As if spiders weren’t scary enough… now they can jump?! Jumping spiders are found throughout Texas, but they’re not as scary as they sound.
Jumping spiders only bite when they’re cornered or scared, and the reaction from the bite is mild and localized. You can find these Texas spiders in gardens where they enjoy hunting their prey, and they’re most active during the day.
Overall: Jumping spiders aren’t particularly harmful to humans, and their venom isn’t considered medically threatening.
These are the Texas spiders that you can commonly find around your home or in your yard or garden. They hunt their prey at night and can move very fast when they’re scared.
To identify a Wolf Spider, look for a grayish-brown color with a distinct Union Jack impression on its back. An adult Wolf Spider is about a ½ inch to 1 inch in length.
A Wolf Spider’s bite is poisonous, but not lethal. Although this spider isn’t aggressive, they will bite you if they’re provoked and should be considered dangerous to humans. Their bite may be painful, and anyone bitten should seek medical help as soon as possible.
Overall: This spider is venomous, but not aggressive.
If you’ve been bitten by a spider, seek medical help immediately, even if you’re not sure what kind of spider it was.
If you want to take precaution and make sure no Texas spiders enter your home, call Dynasty Pest Control and we’ll inspect your home (for FREE) for any pests, including spiders. We’ll eliminate any current pests in your home, and prevent others from entering.