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It can be easy to overlook the fact that bed bugs are a common pest problem, but they’re surprisingly resilient and difficult to eradicate when they do make their way into your home. It’s important to know what to look for and how to get rid of these pests if they become a problem. Here’s everything you need to know about bed bugs.

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are small, wingless insects that feed on human blood. While they don’t usually carry diseases, their bites can cause red bumps or welts and severe itching. The adult bed bug is about one-fourth of an inch long and can live up to a year without feeding. These pests spread quickly in dark, warm spaces like beds, sofas, mattresses, and furniture crevices.

Signs of a bed bug infestation

The first step in preventing an infestation is recognizing the signs of bed bug activity. Common symptoms include rust-colored stains from excrement on mattresses, sheets, or box springs; tiny eggs in cracks and crevices; skins shed by molting nymphs; and a sweet musty odor in affected areas. If you notice any of these signs, contact Bricker Pest Control right away for inspection and treatment options.

If you already have an infestation there are some steps you should take right away: vacuum all carpets thoroughly; wash all clothes and linens in hot water; use mattress covers designed specifically to prevent bed bug infestations; seal any cracks or crevices where they could be hiding; monitor exposed furniture with sticky traps designed specifically for bed bugs; keep clutter around your home to a minimum so it’s easier for the exterminator to inspect and treat the area.

Bed bugs can be stubborn pests because they reproduce quickly, so treatment often needs several rounds of professional extermination services before an infestation is completely eliminated. The top rated experts at Bricker Pest Control will be able determine the best control method for your unique situation – whether it’s chemical treatments or heat treatments – which will provide the most effective results against this pesky pest.

Bed bug prevention is key when it comes to keeping your home safe from these unwelcome guests! Knowing what signs to look for and the proper steps for elimination will help protect your family from becoming victims of these hardy vampires!

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Pests are an all-too-common inconvenience for homeowners in South Texas. Though any home can potentially be attacked by a variety of pests, the type of pest and resulting damage to your property will depend on whether it is an indoor or outdoor enviornment. In this post, we’ll explore the differences between indoor and outdoor pests common in South Texas and how professional pest control companies combat them.

Common Indoor Pests

The most common pests invading homes in South Texas include cockroaches, bed bugs, spiders, ants, and rodents like mice and rats. Each of these pests poses unique hazards to humans living in infested homes. Cockroaches are known for spreading a variety of diseases to people through their feces and saliva; bed bugs can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions; spiders can bite or sting; ants produce waste that triggers allergies; rodents like mice and rats have been linked to numerous health risks including asthma and Leptospirosis. Professional pest control companies may employ a variety of tactics to help manage these pesky creatures including baits, traps, aerosols, fumigants, sprays, gels, dusts, and residual insecticides.

Common Outdoor Pests

When it comes to outdoor pests in South Texas, termites lead the pack. These wood-destroying insects feed on dead plant material found in soil around the foundation of your house or other wooden structures like trees or fences. They can also burrow into your home’s walls causing serious structural damage if left unchecked. Other outdoor pests common to South Texas include mosquitoes (known for carrying various disease-causing pathogens), ticks (which transmit Lyme disease), fire ants (which can cause painful stings), snails (responsible for damaging vegetation)and wasps (known for delivering painful stings). To protect against these unwanted guests from entering your house, professional pest control services may use baits systems around the yard and chemicals around the perimeter of the house, as well as outside barriers, such as screens over windows or vents, that prevent entry into your home.

By understanding the differences between indoor and outdoor pests common to South Texas – as well as familiarizing yourself with the tactics that may be used by professional pest control companies – you will be able to make educated decisions to protect your family and property from potential infestations.

Call Bricker Pest Control today at 979-244-5811 for questions about professional pest control and to scedule a pest inspection for your home.