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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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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From cleaning supplies to meal ingredients, opting for organic options is on the rise. Natural, green options are even available to help keep pests out of your home and yard. Whether you’re a pet owner, a parent or just want to lower your carbon footprint, there are plenty of reasons to consider switching to organic pest control.

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Flea Pest Control

Whether you’re an animal owner or not, chances are you have dealt with fleas or known someone who has. Fleas can come into your home through pets, unwanted rodents and even your clothes. One single flea can turn into an infestation in a matter of two weeks. Even if you only see a couple of fleas on your pet, there are more around. Whether you have seen just one flea or have a full-blown infestation, here are a few tips on flea control. Read more

Springtime Pests

Anyone who lives in Texas is used to seeing pests all year long. But it always seems as the weather gets warmer and the flowers begin to bloom, the rodents and insects are more prevalent in your yard and home. Here is a list of the most common springtime pests in Texas. Read more

Essential Oils

Finding the perfect Christmas gift is often harder than it seems. How do you buy a gift that’s both thoughtful and useful? We know how you feel – what you are looking for is essential oils. These trendy, little bottles contain oils that are additives to a diffuser. They release aromas that smell great and are also good for you! Even better, they’re affordable! Some go for as low as $5.
Essential oils can make a great gift because they have a personal touch that can cater to different people! Here are some great essential oils that could be given as a holiday gift, as well as keep pests away.
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Pest-Proofing Your Christmas Tree

It’s that time of year: Sleigh bells are jingling and ring-ting-ting-a-ling, chestnuts are roasting on open fires, and bright-nosed reindeer are gearing up to make their holiday rounds. But before you rock around your Christmas tree this holiday season, you ought to consider the pests that might be lurking inside of and around it.

So what can you do to protect your Christmas tree and keep pests out of your home? Let’s start with…
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Pest Control Safe for Pets

We all want what’s best for our four-legged companions. Cats, dogs, and other pets are valued companions in many a household across the world. But a lot of us unwittingly expose our pets to toxic pesticides daily, putting them at a greater risk for poisoning, cancer and organ failure.
Keep an eye out for these pesticides and consider swapping them out with the healthier alternatives below.
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