The German Cockroach
Domesticated cockroaches prefer unsanitary environments. The German cockroach is no exception. It is extremely difficult to eradicate a German cockroach once a colony is established. German cockroaches have evolved to withstand virtually every commercial pesticide on the market. However, the products we use at Tejas Pest Control are not only safe for your home or business, but are significantly more effective than most commercial counterparts.
Why it matters: German cockroaches are known to carry disease-causing bacteria that pass to humans by way of food and surface contamination. Salmonella is the most common (and potentially fatal) bacteria. In addition, German cockroaches produce waste consisting of numerous parasites and organisms. Waste left behind on surfaces contains allergens that are harmful to humans, particularly those with respiratory problems or asthma. Exposure to their waste can present significant health problems to you, and your family (pets included).
Only about 5 of the 4,000 species of cockroaches are associated with humans. The German cockroach is the number one domesticated indoor insect. Of all the pests in Texas, the German cockroach is by far the most difficult to get rid of.
Because German cockroaches have evolved to withstand most commercial pesticides, the use of professional services is highly recommended. Tejas Pest Control guarantees effective removal of these potentially fatal threats to your home.
The Brown Recluse
There are only two human-biting spiders reported to cause serious infection or death: the Black Widow and the Brown Recluse. The Brown Recluse is often difficult to identify because there are 13 non-threatening recluses within the family. Although this spider is indigenous to southeastern and midwestern states, there are increasing reports of sitings outside of those regions. Children under the age of 7 are particularly vulnerable to bites resulting in death. Of the 13 members in the Brown Recluse family, the Desert Recluse is native to Texas. Even though a Desert Recluse bite is non-fatal, it can and does transmit skin diseases.
Most members of the recluse family are not fatal but their bites may well still cause significant harm. The recluse family live up to their name, favoring environments that are dark, warm, and dry. They like to be found in areas such as porches, attics, or basements. Since a Brown Recluse bite can be fatal, professional prevention and extermination measures are highly recommended.
Mosquitoes are a huge problem in Texas and, aside from being very annoying, can pose a significant threat to our health. They are flying insects that feed off of the blood of humans and animals. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that mosquitoes transmit a range of diseases each year.
Some diseases are mild and often go undetected, while others can permanently damage our central nervous system or even result in death. The West Nile Virus, among other viruses, is acquired by the mosquito from feeding off of infected birds and later transmitted to humans.
Mosquitoes can also be a danger to our pets by transmitting diseases such as dog heartworm (dirofilaria immitis). Dog heartworm is prevalent here in Texas, and can cause serious disease in pets and farm animals.
When it comes to mosquitoes, the best protection is prevention! Tejas Pest Control will help you protect you and your loved ones from these troublesome winged vampires!
Bed bugs are small, flat, and reddish-brown in color. They feed off of the blood of humans and animals. They are in the same category as head and body lice. Bed bugs prefer dark and warm places, and commonly dwell in areas where people sleep or relax.
Bed bugs are not known to carry disease but they present significant health issues nonetheless. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued a joint statement concerning the alarming increase in bed bug populations, and the significant threats they present to our physical and mental health.
Despite their lack of disease-carrying capabilities, reports indicate that bed bug bites cause mild to severe allergic reactions. these reactions range from slight skin irritation to an acute whole-body reaction known as Anaphylaxis. Those living in infested areas report mild to severe anxiety and insomnia. In addition to the above stated health effects, severe infestations can require the disposal of household furniture, bedding, and clothing. As you can imagine, this can be extremely burdensome and expensive.
The moral of the story is this: Regularly scheduled pest control is vital to prevent an infestation. If an infestation already exists, it must be addressed immediately! The longer you wait the more difficult and expensive it will be to treat. If you have or even suspect a bed bug infestation, professional consultation and treatment is highly recommended.
Texas Fire Ants
Fire ants are a big problem here in Texas, ruining picnics and even sending sending some to the hospital. Fire ants are extremely aggressive insects. Their bite injects venom into the bloodstream that is harmful to the cells of the body. Unlike other ants, a fire ant bite is more susceptible to infection, and can cause scarring. People that are fulnerable to allergic reactions should be particularly cautious.
Fire ants are also invasive. They can harm your home, lawn, garden and electrical wiring. Undisturbed fire ant mounds will grow to be very tall, while frequent lawn mowing causes the ants to migrate and build numerous smaller mounds. More mounds equals more fire ants, and nobody wants that!
Fire ants also carry a stinger that they use to sting repeatedly, even after its venom sac becomes exhausted. A single sting can cause intense burning sensations, lasting anywhere between 24-48 hours.
Because of their invasive and aggressive behavior, fire ants require more intensive treatment than other ant species. Professional treatment is highly recommended, especially for households with children, senior citizens, and/or those that suffer from moderate to severe allergies.
The German Cockroach