Popular bugs

Villains and bugs have one thing in common: their intrinsic evilness. But do you ever wonder what kind of pest your favorite villain would be if he or she were in a bug movie? From comic book characters to children’s movies, here’s a breakdown of a few villains and the types of bugs they most identify with.
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What to do if you have a raccoon in your home

In Texas, it’s not unheard of to wake up with a squirrel, opossum, raccoons, armadillos or snakes in your home. Surrounded by nature even in the busiest areas, wildlife can often make its way into the houses of unexpecting San Antonio residents. Today we are sharing what you should do in the event that a wild animal is trapped in your home.

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Crazy Ants Extermination

“What is that?”

“They look like little ants.”

Randomly scattered in the corner of our office were little bugs. Within a week they seemed to be everywhere. We couldn’t find the source. We couldn’t even Google the right terminology for this mysterious insect crawling around our office, but we knew one thing; we had an infestation. It seemed like they were falling from the sky. These little black insects mysteriously crawling across our keyboards, running across our desks and basically taking over.
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Are there bugs in my Christmas tree?

Nothing says Christmas quite like a freshly cut Christmas tree. They are so beautiful and fill your home with a lovely aroma, but bringing home a living tree also invites small pests and insects along with it. Thankfully there are many ways to get rid of these critters, but first, let’s discuss the types of pests that could be inhabiting your tree – and now your home.

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rodent damage in your insulation

With temperatures dropping, many homeowners will begin to prepare their homes for the change in seasons. While several pests seem to be less of a problem during these months, your house is still at risk of a different type of infestation – rodents. Rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons and even possums consider your home as cozy as you do and will not hesitate to move in. The crawl space below your house, walls and attic are all perfect hiding spots for these pests. Rodent insulation damage is the biggest concern once discovering an infestation.
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Signs you have a cockroach infestation and allergy.

Despite just the obvious annoyances, pests can cause a whole host of problems. From house damages to diseases, an infestation is not something anyone wants to deal with. While some infestations can be easy to spot by the physical damage to your home, another clue to a pest invasion could be your own health. Cockroach allergies are a common case and could be the reason behind your sneezing and coughing. Paying attention to your general health might uncover a pest-related problem that is affecting both your home and your health.

Signs and symptoms of cockroach allergies:

  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Congestion
  • Rashes and itchiness
  • Watery eyes
  • Ear/Sinus infection
  • Asthma attacks or wheezing
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy throat

While many of these symptoms seem common with any allergic reaction, they should still be taken into consideration. If someone was to experience any of these health problems year-round, rather than seasonally, it could be a sign that the problem could be found in your home. In many cases, some refer to feeling like they have had a common cold that they have not been able to get over. Those who have asthma seem to be particularly vulnerable to the allergy and can experience stronger symptoms and more frequent asthma attacks.

Along with dust mites, cockroaches carry a certain protein that commonly triggers asthma and allergies. This protein is found in their urine, feces and shedding. While a cockroach may never be seen or in direct contact with someone, any cross-contamination of these things can set off the reaction. Since an infestation usually is throughout a house, this leaves almost no space safe.

While there is no direct cure for a cockroach allergy, the symptoms can at least be treated if diagnosed by a doctor. Over-the-counter drugs can also help alleviate some of the discomfort. The best idea for solving the issue would be to contact your local pest control service for advice on how to control the infestation and to thoroughly clean your home.

Keeping pests away from your tailgate

Football season is back – and more importantly, to some at least, so is tailgate season! While the two may go hand-in-hand, hot dogs and fire ants shouldn’t. Follow some of these outside pest control tips to help keep pests away from your UTSA tailgate.

Tailgate Pest Control Tips

Be Proactive

Plan ahead of time to prepare for the day’s activities. Take a look at the following tips and see what you can incorporate into your tailgate routine. Spray yourself before (and during) the tailgate with bug spray to get a jumpstart on the pest control and prevent mosquito bites.

Keep A Lid on it

Having all liquids and foods in sealed containers helps keep things fresh and from attracting unwanted guests. While the smell of BBQ can entice anyone, keeping sugary smells to a minimum will help prevent bees and wasps.

Stay Clean 

Pick up after yourself and don’t leave any trash lying around. If possible, seal your trash or remove it frequently to keep any ants or flies from gathering. Quickly clean up any messes and try to keep things dry. Any spilled liquid is like an open bar for bugs.

Keep It Cool

Bring a fan to the tailgate, and literally blow the flying annoyances away. Set the ambiance for the day and bring a candle or some essential oils. Natural smells of lavender, eucalyptus and peppermint are all beneficial to pest prevention. Place the grill in the sun and the fan toward the cook to keep the bugs frying and the chef from sweating.

Support The Team

Wear your best UTSA gear, and stay covered to keep mosquitos and rivals at bay. Party responsibly and keep these tips in mind to help keep pests and police from crashing your tailgate. (Throwing garlic on the grill also works for both.)

How to keep scorpions out of your house

Texas is a great state with a lot to offer, and that includes about 20 species of scorpions. Scorpions are arachnids that are equipped with a venomous stinger on the end of their tails. Many people believe scorpions are only found in the desert, but they can actually be found in grasslands, forests, caves and even residential areas.
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Are honeybees dying out?

So, what’s really going on with the honeybees?

You either love bees or you hate bees. In the past, bees have been considered pests that no one gave a second thought to getting rid of, but that is no longer the case. Many people are still afraid of honeybees and consider them to be a nuisance, but we now know it’s important to have professionals handle any bee removal and to avoid extermination whenever necessary. Read more

Worst Summer Insects

Common Summer Insects

If you love spending time outdoors during summer, you know that the warm weather isn’t without its drawbacks. A number of bugs begin to emerge in the summer, and some of them can be a real problem. While they may be small, bugs can easily take over picnics, ruin campouts and even cause you some serious pain in your own backyard. Some bugs can be kept at bay with sprays and protective clothes, but others will need to be taken care of by a good pest control company. You have to know your enemies before you can get rid of them, so below is a list of some of the most common summer insects: Read more