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A Guide To Effective Pest Control Methods For Houston Properties

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Almost every home in America deals with a pest infestation at some time or another. Cockroaches, ants, mice, whatever it is, it's essential that infestations are taken care of effectively and safely. That's why All-Safe Pest and Termite offers comprehensive pest control in Houston. Our priority is your health and safety. Call today to learn more about our pest control treatment options.

The Many Pests That Can Plague Houston Homes

Numerous pests infest homes and bother homeowners. Some of the most common pests include cockroaches, mosquitoes, spiders, ants, termites, and rodents.

Cockroaches can be light brown, reddish brown, or black. They're oval-shaped and flat and range in size from half an inch to two inches. They're nocturnal pests, so you may not see them.

Mosquitoes are often most active at dawn and dusk during the year's warmer months. Female mosquitoes bite humans and animals to get the protein they need to produce eggs.

Spiders are common household pests and can vary widely between species. The most notable spiders that infest Houston homes are black widows and brown recluse spiders. These two spiders are venomous, but they tend to avoid people. Black widow spiders can be identified by the red hourglass marking on the underside of their abdomens. Brown recluses are light brown with a darker brown marking on their backs in the shape of a violin.

Ants mainly enter homes to find food. They form colonies and build nests. Often, ants build their nests inside the walls of houses.

Termites infest wooden structures where they eat wood and use it to build their nests. Signs of termites include shed wings and visible damage to wood.

Rodents, such as mice and rats, are extremely common in homes. Rats have longer bodies than mice and can be much larger. Rodents will eat just about anything, so they'll seek homes where they have easy access to food. 

The Many Problems Pest Infestations Can Create In Your Home

Household pests are more than just annoyances. Cockroaches, rodents, and mosquitoes all spread diseases—including salmonella and E. coli bacteria infections. Others, such as ants, can cause food contamination. Mosquitoes also bite, as do some spiders. Although bites from venomous spiders aren't prevalent, they do happen. Black widow and brown recluse spiders have potent venom; they avoid people and only bite in self-defense, but their bites can be harmful. Pest problems can also lead to property damage. Termites, in particular, can cause severe damage as they chew through wooden structures. Rodents have solid teeth and can chew through almost anything, including drywall and electrical cables.

Because of all the problems household pests can cause, it's essential to take care of infestations quickly and effectively. 

Effective Pest Control Techniques By Educated Professionals

When it comes to pest control, prevention goes a long way. There are many tips you can apply in your home that work to keep household pests out.

  • Cover holes in the walls

Insects and spiders are pretty small. And much bigger rodents can squeeze themselves into tight spaces. Cracks in the walls and foundation and doors and windows that aren't appropriately attached allow pests to get inside. Taking time for these repairs takes away entry points from household pests.

  • Store food properly

One of the biggest reasons pests enter homes is to look for food. Rodents can chew through plastic bags and cardboard boxes, while insects can crawl into open packages. Keeping food in airtight, solid containers means pests can't get to it. They also won't be able to smell it as quickly and won't see your home as a food source.

  • Repair issues causing excess moisture

Many pests prefer to live in humid areas, such as basements and crawlspaces. Repairing leaky pipes, fixing faulty fans, or installing a dehumidifier can make your home a less ideal environment for pests. 

  • Consider using home pest repellents

Pesticides can be dangerous when used improperly or excessively, but there are safe, do-it-yourself options for pest prevention. Scent-based products often work well to keep pests away and can easily be made from items you already own or can easily access.

Effective pest control should also be safe to use. That's why it's often best to contact a professional company for help. 

Getting Rid Of The Pests In Your Home For Good

We here at All-Safe Pest and Termite know how frustrating it can be to deal with a pest infestation in your home. Whether you've got cockroaches or mice, you need dependable pest control that you can trust to get the job done. We offer safe, effective, affordable pest control in Houston designed to suit your specific needs. We don't just get rid of the pests and call it good. We work to make sure they don't come back. Contact All-Safe Pest and Termite today to learn more about our options for pest control services.

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