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855Bugs—Free Pest Inspections

Whether you suspect a pest problem in or around your home or want to be proactive and prevent an infestation, 855Bugs is here to help with our FREE pest inspections! Maybe you’ve discovered some random bug bites on your body and are concerned you may have a bed bug...

Wolf Spider vs. Brown Recluse

Wolf Spider vs. Brown Recluse—The 4 Key Things to Know Many different types of spiders live in Texas. The brown recluse and the wolf spider are two more commonly known species often confused one for the other.  While these two spiders may look similar at first glance,...

Swatting Away No-See-Ums

You may not see them, but no-see-ums see you…and they’re hungry. They’re called by many names: no-see-ums, punkies, sand fleas, sand flies, and gnats. But the most common term used to describe those biting midges ruining your picnics and days at the shore is “pests.”...

Mosquito Hawk

The Myths of the Mosquito Hawk The mosquito hawk is a large, flying insect commonly mistaken for a...

Red Wasps and Wasp Nests

Red wasps are a species known for their bright red color. They are native to the southern United...

Early Signs of Bed Bugs

Early Signs of Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs—Early Identification and Treatment Bed bugs are a true nuisance in the insect world. They are happy to hitch a ride home from your most recent vacation or arrive with visiting friends or family. Not only do they bite and feed off of the blood of their host,...

Do Carpenter Ants Bite

Do Carpenter Ants Bite

Do carpenter ants bite? Carpenter ants are certainly a concern. But is this because they bite? Or because they chew through wood and damage your home? Unfortunately, Texas carpenter ants are an issue. But do you need to worry about carpenter ant bites? What do you...

Spider crickets are real, & you don’t want them in your home.

Spider crickets are real, & you don’t want them in your home.

What are spider crickets? Spider crickets, often called camel crickets or cave crickets, earn their name from looking like spiders and from their ability to climb and stick to walls. And perhaps, because they enjoy living inside those walls and under your home....

What Do Termites Look Like?

What Do Termites Look Like?

Termites in Texas and How to Spot Them Termites are found throughout Texas. They thrive in our environment because of the warm temperatures and high humidity. Summer is their swarming season, so it's good to know what to look for to help protect your home. The most...

Pantry Moths vs. Clothes Moths

Pantry Moths vs. Clothes Moths

Pantry Moths vs. Clothes Moths—Identification and Prevention Invasive moths are an absolute nightmare. And that nightmare will only worsen after you realize that you used a deterrence against another species. Learning to distinguish between the clothes moth and the...

What plants repel mosquitoes?

What plants repel mosquitoes?

What plants repel mosquitoes? As warmer weather approaches, so do bugs that can be quite a nuisance, especially mosquitoes. Dealing with these insects can make spending time outdoors very unpleasant. This is unfortunate because many people want to be outside when...

What are flying ants, & how are they different from termites?

What are flying ants, & how are they different from termites?

Flying ants, also known as alates, can be a real nuisance. They can resemble termites because they are both flying insects and relatively the same size. But how can you tell the difference? How can you tell them apart, and more importantly, what do you need to do if...

Termite — Identification and Types

Termite — Identification and Types

Termites are found throughout Texas when temperatures are higher and humidity is greater. The most common types of termite found in the Waco, Temple, and Killeen areas are the Subterranean termite, Drywood termite, Dampwood termite, and Formosan termite. This article...

Swarming Insects and Flying Ants— Identification and Issues

Swarming Insects and Flying Ants— Identification and Issues

Texas is home to a wide variety of swarming insects and flying ants. While most of these pests are nothing more than a nuisance, some can cause significant damage to your property. Knowing how to identify different types of flying insects will help prevent issues....

Sugar Ants

Sugar Ants

What is a sugar ant? Sugar ant is an ant species attracted to sweets. They can be found in many places, including kitchens, bathrooms, and other areas where food or sweets may be present. These sweet-eating ants may get their moniker because they love sugar, but the...

Cockroaches—The Ultimate Guide

Cockroaches—The Ultimate Guide

If you're like most people, the mere mention of cockroaches probably sends shivers down your spine. They are some of the most hated pests on the planet, and for a good reason—they can be incredibly nasty. In this guide, we will discuss everything you need to know:...

Flying Insects in Central Texas

Flying Insects in Central Texas

Flying Insects in Central Texas—Lovebugs, Mosquitoes, Wasps, and Bees Folks around Waco and Temple are used to dealing with flying insects. Our area is home to lovebugs, mosquitoes, wasps, bees, and many other flying pests. While some can pose a danger to residents,...