How Temperature Affects Insects

The recent rainfalls have been more than beneficial. As we sit inside watching the rain and enjoying the slight temperature drop, so are pest. Temperature changes and increased rainfall can lead to unwanted pests in your home.

Temperature Changes

Insects are cold-blooded creatures that can’t produce their own body heat. This means the temperature of their surroundings plays an important role in their growth, development, and behavior. Find out how temperature affects insects and why temperature fluctuations can lead to indoor bug infestations.

Heavy Rain

Moisture loving bugs such as mosquitoes, cockroaches, stink bugs and termites thrive in wet conditions. Mosquitoes will lay their eggs in stagnant rain water, after a heavy rainfall it is probable that mosquito populations will increase. Spiders, ants, and cockroaches will invade homes looking for shelter during heavy rainfalls. Flood conditions can force some bugs, including ants and wasps, out of their nests in to the ground. When this occurs, ant colonies will seek the shelter of homes looking for food and dry ground.

How to Prevent Infestations

  1. Prepare by inspecting for entry points
  2. Seal cracks and holes
  3. Remove trash and debris
  4. Clean up crumbs and spills
  5. Clear sink and tub drains
  6. Organize clutter
  7. Call City Pest

It is important to make sure your home has no holes, crevices or cracks that could let ants and other tiny pests get in when it rains. A careful inspection of your house’s exterior walls and seal any openings will ensure bugs can not find them. Spend some time clearing clutter around your house, too. Debris and litter can accumulate in your garden or yard and give pests more places to hide. You want to keep bugs (and rodents) far away from your home. Inside, work on forming a habit of cleaning up after each meal so bugs won’t find any spills, crumbs or dirty dishes to feed on. Wipe counters and vacuum floors as often as possible and keep stored foods sealed in airtight containers. Occasionally cleaning drains (especially the kitchen sink, where food waste can build up) is a good way to avoid attracting roaches after it rains. And by organizing general clutter in your storage rooms, attic and basement, you can reduce the number of hiding and nesting places for pests.

Watch for Rat Snakes in Your Garage

Walking up on a snake can be frightening for anyone. While not all snakes are venomous or even dangerous to humans, we have all heard the saying “they are more scared of you”, it is still scary to move a box in your garage and be greeted by a coiled, slithery friend. Be on the look out for rat snakes, which are known to be the little uninvited friend hanging out behind your golf clubs.

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What Do Termites Look Like? Termites in Texas

What are Termites?

If you live in areas where termite infestations are common, it’s important to inspect your home (or have it inspected by a professional) regularly for possible infestation. Catching termites early can save you costly home repairs. Termites are considered to be one of the most destructive pests in the world. Termites are insects, which mostly feed on dead plant matter like woodchip, decayed wood (logs), leaf litter and soil. They are sometimes called “white ants” but they are only distantly related to ants. This article will go over the most common types of termites in Texas.

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Raccoons and Squirrels Invading Your Home

raccoon-squirrel

It’s hard to say which animal is more of a hazard than the other when comparing squirrels and raccoons. Some have even gone so far as to imply they’re working together! In any event, if you’ve ever had to deal with either of these pests, you know how troublesome they can be. Continue reading Raccoons and Squirrels Invading Your Home

Mosquitoes in Bryan/College Station, TX and West Nile Virus

mosquitoes in bryan/college station

We have been getting a lot of calls about mosquitoes in the BCS area lately. KBTX recently posted an article confirming that mosquitoes in Brazos County have tested positive for West Nile Virus. According to the Brazos County Health District Mosquito Surveillance Unit, mosquito samples from a mosquito trap located in the 77845 zip code of College Station have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). Brazos County has had mosquito samples test positive for WNV; however, this is first positive sample in 2021. Many may be wondering about the severity of West Nile Virus and what they can do to protect themselves. We will discuss mosquitoes in Bryan/College Station, TX and West Nile Virus.

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Common Household Pests: Gnats vs. Flies

gnats vs. flies

Flies and gnats are both two-winged insects, unlike most other species of insect that have four wings. These are common nuisance insects for homeowners. In fact, these insects cause so many of the same issues that people easily misidentify them. Therefore, we will discuss the differences between gnats vs. flies.

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Spring Season: Acrobat Ants vs. Carpenter Ants

Acrobat Ants vs. Carpenter Ants - Black Carpenter Ant

Carpenter Ants and Acrobat Ants are common during this time of year, when weather tends to be moist. However, many people have a difficult time determining the difference between Acrobat Ants vs. Carpenter Ants. Therefore, we have put together some information, so you will be able to identify which ant may be invading your home or business.

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