Pest Library

Pests In Bryan, TX And Surrounding Areas

To keep pests such as cockroaches, ants, termites, and more out of your Bryan home, you should have an understanding of them. Our pest guide below will teach you how to prevent pests and much more.

Ants

ants all over a sugar cube

Ants are some of the most common home-invading pests, but many different species live in our area. While species will differ from one to the next, they are all social insects that live in large colonies where each individual takes on a specific role. These colonies can be extensive, with hundreds of thousands of individuals. When ants infest, they usually do so because they have found a reliable food source.

Most ants are nuisance pests, so they don't spread diseases, bite, or sting, while others pose health concerns to people or can damage property. But even nuisance ants can cause problems when they infest, including the challenges they pose when trying to eliminate them. 

To prevent ants in your home, you should work on eliminating entry points by sealing cracks in the foundation and exterior walls, filling in holes around windows and doors, and ensuring screens and weatherstripping are in good shape. You can eliminate food sources by cleaning up crumbs and spills right away, cleaning out garbage cans when needed to remove food residue, and picking up pet food at night. 

For ant control in your Bryan home, call Entec Pest Management We will get to the root of the issue as to why you have an ant problem in the first place, eliminating the infestation and preventing them in the future.

Cockroaches

a cockroach on the side of a foundation

Cockroaches are decomposers and scavengers that feed on organic matter and provide an essential role in the environment. Unfortunately, they can find conducive conditions on residential properties such as dark and damp harborage areas, accessible entry points, food, and more that attract them.

Depending on the species, cockroaches will range in size and color, but they have the same general features of a round oval-shaped body, six legs, and antennae. Some cockroaches have wings with varying flying abilities, while others don't.

When cockroaches infest, they pose several concerns, including the contamination they cause, the diseases they spread, their effects on allergies and asthma, and even the damage they can cause. 

To prevent cockroaches in your home, you should work on eliminating the factors that attract them, such as food sources, moisture, and easy access. We recommend keeping your home clear of food debris and using garbage cans with tight-fitting lids. Also, keep up with yard maintenance by cutting your lawn short and removing organic debris, such as leaf litter. You should also inspect the exterior of your home for entry points such as cracks in the foundation and damaged screens and use dehumidifiers where necessary to reduce moisture. 

Contact Entec Pest Management if you're experiencing a cockroach infestation in your Bryan home. 

Mosquitoes

a mosquito full of blood

Many people wonder about the purpose of mosquitoes because they seem to be good for nothing except being annoying. The truth is that mosquitoes are an essential food source for other insects and animals. Still, mosquitoes are one of the most frustrating pests to deal with because they make it difficult to enjoy spending time outside. 

Not only are mosquitoes a nuisance, but they are also dangerous, spreading many diseases such as chikungunya, dengue fever, West Nile virus, and eastern equine encephalitis when they bite. However, mosquito borne-illnesses are not as common here as in other parts of the world, and only female mosquitoes are responsible for biting people.

You can make your property less attractive and conducive to mosquitoes by removing breeding sites of stagnant water, which should include birdbaths and other debris in your yard. You should also ensure all pools, ponds, and water features are correctly treated or have a filter. 

Besides standing water, shady areas are also attractive to mosquitoes, so keep your yard maintained and remove any unnecessary organic and inorganic debris.

If you are tired of dealing with mosquitoes, contact Entec Pest Management. We can help you reduce the population of these pests on your property, so you don't have to worry about them chasing you inside any longer!

Stinging Insects

stinging insect on the side of a glass

Stinging insects play several important roles in the environment as pollinators and predators. Without stinging insects, we would not have a lot of the food we produce and would have overpopulations of different insects.

Stinging insects such as bees, wasps, and mud daubers are common in the Bryan area. Many species of bees and wasps here drastically vary in appearance, size, temperament, and behavior.

You can differentiate between bees and wasps by looking at their body shape. Bees have a round, robust shape, while wasps have a long, slim build with a "waist."

While mud daubers are a type of wasp, they are a solitary species, meaning they don't live in colonies but instead on their own. 

Although it may depend on the species, wasps are generally more aggressive than bees, and social species are more aggressive than solitary species. But usually, if you leave stinging insects alone, they will leave you alone. We do not recommend removing a stinging insect nest on your own but instead contacting pest professionals for assistance. 

Make your yard less attractive to stinging insects by removing food and water sources, clearing up clutter, and removing debris they can use as a nesting site.

Call Entec Pest Management today for professional services to remove stinging insects from your Bryan property!

Termites

a lonely termite on the ground

Termites are wood-destroying pests responsible for causing expensive damage to residential properties. Although termites are destructive, they are also essential decomposers in the ecosystem. Termites break down plant matter and feed on the cellulose found in wood. 

However, when they infest, termites can go unnoticed for a long time, and where they get the nickname "silent destroyers." Depending on how long termites have gone unnoticed, they can cause dangerous damage and even irritate allergies and asthma in people living in the house. 

To deter termites from infesting your home, you should replace any water-damaged or decaying wood and address moisture issues. On the exterior of your home, remove decaying debris such as leaf litter, ensure gutters aren't clogged, and create a barrier between your foundation and the dirt using crushed rocks.

Inside your house, repair any leaking pipes and faucets, make sure kitchens and bathrooms have proper ventilation, and use dehumidifiers where necessary.

Termite infestations are serious, so contact Entec Pest Management if you suspect these pests are in your home. We can help get rid of termites and prevent them from coming back. 

Occasional Invaders

a silverfish in a dirty home

Occasional invaders in our area include bed bugs, spiders, rodents, and silverfish, and although grouped together, each of these pests is different from the next, so here's what you should know about them:

  • Bed bugs infest through hitchhiking from public places. Once inside, bed bugs can spread to every crack and crevice, making them challenging to get rid of. Although bed bugs take blood meals, they don't spread diseases and are not considered dangerous. 
  • Spiders are predators that help keep other insect populations under control, but this is also why they infest. Spiders are attracted to places where they can easily find prey pests. While all spiders have fangs and venom, most aren't considered dangerous.
  • Rodents such as mice and rats will take advantage of food sources, water, and the shelter provided by residential properties. When they make their way inside, rodents can spread diseases and parasites, cause damage, contaminate a home, and more! Getting rid of rodents is not as simple as placing baits and traps, which is why it's best left to professionals.
  • Silverfish usually infest if there are conducive conditions such as darkness and dampness. Silverfish get their name from their unsettling appearance. They have metallic scales and a tapered body like a fish. Although they may look it, silverfish aren't dangerous. 

The best way to prevent occasional invaders in your home is by working with pest control professionals for ongoing protection. Bryan residents can contact us at Entec Pest Management for the prevention and control of occasional invaders.

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