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A swarm of termites on rotten wood.

TERMITES

Termites. It’s incredible to witness what kind of damage such a small creature can inflict. With an amenable climate for these pests, Texas is considered an environment highly prone to termites and the infestations that can come with them. These insects can eat your home from the inside out, causing problems that can start as cosmetic and wind up as structural. There are a few different species that inhabit Texas, winged termites, subterranean termites, and dry termites being the most prolific. Each of these can cause problems, and the best way to know if your home is safe is to have a professional inspection. Thankfully 855Bugs provides free inspections and peace of mind with our Don’t Bug Me Plan. It’s recommended to have your home inspected at least once a year by a professional, and if you’re considering building a new home, we’d be happy to talk to you about our pre-construction treatments that help ward off termites from day one. 855Bugs has been helping people in the Waco and Temple area manage termites for over 10 years! Give us a call, and we’d be happy to help ensure termites are never a threat to your home or livelihood. 

A swarm of termites on rotten wood.

BED BUGS

Bed bugs are often the most dreaded bug infestation in the eyes of the general public. If you’re terrified of bed bugs entering your home, you’re not alone! Let’s take a look at bed bugs: their appearance, their behaviors, myths, prevention, and, the topic everyone wants to know about, bed bug treatment.

A swarm of termites on rotten wood.

RODENTS

Mice, rats, and other rodents are extremely resourceful and persistent creatures. Did you know a mouse can squeeze through an opening as small as ½ inch? And, don’t think you’re safe because that hole is only ¼ inch. They can easily chew through many surfaces to make that hole large enough to sneak through. Rats are excellent swimmers. While it certainly doesn’t happen often, rats can swim through sewer lines and wind up in your toilet bowl.

WHAT'S BUGGING YOU?

Click on a pest below and read what they’re about and what you can do yourself to prevent them from bugging you.

A swarm of termites on rotten wood.

TERMITES

Termites. It’s incredible to witness what kind of damage such a small creature can inflict. With an amenable climate for these pests, Texas is considered an environment highly prone to termites and the infestations that can come with them. These insects can eat your home from the inside out, causing problems that can start as cosmetic and wind up as structural. There are a few different species that inhabit Texas, winged termites, subterranean termites, and dry termites being the most prolific. Each of these can cause problems, and the best way to know if your home is safe is to have a professional inspection. Thankfully 855Bugs provides free inspections and peace of mind with our Don’t Bug Me Plan. It’s recommended to have your home inspected at least once a year by a professional, and if you’re considering building a new home, we’d be happy to talk to you about our pre-construction treatments that help ward off termites from day one. 855Bugs has been helping people in the Waco and Temple area manage termites for over 10 years! Give us a call, and we’d be happy to help ensure termites are never a threat to your home or livelihood. 

A swarm of termites on rotten wood.

BED BUGS

Bed bugs are often the most dreaded bug infestation in the eyes of the general public. If you’re terrified of bed bugs entering your home, you’re not alone! Let’s take a look at bed bugs: their appearance, their behaviors, myths, prevention, and, the topic everyone wants to know about, bed bug treatment.

A swarm of termites on rotten wood.

RODENTS

Mice, rats, and other rodents are extremely resourceful and persistent creatures. Did you know a mouse can squeeze through an opening as small as ½ inch? And, don’t think you’re safe because that hole is only ¼ inch. They can easily chew through many surfaces to make that hole large enough to sneak through. Rats are excellent swimmers. While it certainly doesn’t happen often, rats can swim through sewer lines and wind up in your toilet bowl.

WHAT'S BUGGING YOU?

Click on a pest below and read what they’re about and what you can do yourself to prevent them from bugging you.

DON’T BUG ME ANTS!

Ah, Texas ants season. If you aren’t bit by a fire ant at least once during ant season, you must be living under a rock! Okay, okay… maybe not under a rock. After all, ants love to make their homes under and around rocks.

While it may feel like the entire ant population has set up shop in or around your property, did you know it is estimated that there are over 10 quadrillion individual ants living around the globe at any given time?* Whoa! That’s a LOT of ants. And, I do mean all around the globe! Ants inhabit every continent except for Antarctica. Pesky and determined little creatures, aren’t they?!?

Let’s take a look at some of the most commonly found ants in Texas.

FIRE ANTS

Living in Texas, we’re all familiar with fire ants and their bites. Whether you’re in your well manicured yard, out on the golf course, hiking with friends, or on a picnic at the city park, any outdoor activity makes you susceptible to stumbling upon a fire ant mound. Ranging in size from 1/16” to 1/4”, these aggressive little guys deliver a painful sting when they bite you resulting in a white pustule on the skin. The fire ant population is growing at a rapid rate in Texas. Give 855Bugs a call for fire ant treatment that is effective and guaranteed!

CARPENTER ANTS

While carpenter ants are not quite as destructive as termites, they are still a pest that you most definitely do not want making a home in your home! Carpenter ants are responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars in damage annually. These pests tunnel into wood to make their nests often drawn to water damaged or rotted wood. If undetected for long periods of time, these ants can cause serious structural damage. If you suspect that you have Carpenter ants in or around your property, give 855Bugs a call immediately for a free inspection!

LITTLE BLACK ANTS

These ants look exactly as their name describes. They are small with a shiny black body. These are the ants you often see feeding on dead insects. Little black ants prefer to build their nests outdoors, but they will quickly find their way indoors if seeking heat or moisture. If you see signs of little black ants inside the home, this is most often due to poor food storage. 855Bugs provides free inspections to help you determine the cause, accessibility points into your home, and a clear course of action for getting rid of little black ants.

THIEF ANTS

Commonly called “grease ants,” these are the ants you most commonly see indoors in Texas. They are light tan to reddish in color and about 1.5mm to 2.2mm in length. While they don’t sting like a fire ant or cause structural damage like carpenter ants, they are certainly pesky and difficult to get rid of on your own. These guys predominantly make their homes indoors and are attracted to greasy, protein rich food. If you’re looking to get rid of “grease ants” once and for all, give 855Bugs a call.

HOW TO GET RID OF ANTS

While there are many more species of ants native to Texas, these are some of the most commonly seen. With any ant species, there are a few things you can do as a property owner to make your property less desirable for ants to set up shop. Ants nest near water sources. It is imperative to get rid of any standing water or other areas prone to moisture. Keep gutters cleaned out. Indoors, keep food and food trash stored properly or disposed of properly.

However, if ants have already invaded your home or property, call 855Bugs for a free inspection and to get a treatment plan set in place. After 855Bugs treats your home or property, if you are still seeing signs of ants after 7-10 days, we will come back for a no cost follow up visit. 855Bugs has been helping people in the Waco and Temple area manage ants for over 10 years!

*According to the Pulitzer-prize winning book The Antsby researchers Bert Hölldobler and Edward O. Wilson.

YOUR #1 PEST CONTROL PROVIDER

855Bugs is the best pest control company in Waco and Temple as voted by Locals Love Us! Let us worry about pests, so you can focus on what’s most important to you! So, what are you waiting for? To get started with the Don’t Bug Me Plan, give 855Bugs a call. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have and get your initial treatment scheduled! We proudly serve Waco, Temple, Belton, Harker Heights, Killeen, Copperas Cove, Gatesville AND surrounding areas. When the stakes are high, trust 855Bugs!