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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 peace of mind with our Free Inspection. 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 BEES!

(We love you, though!)

Bees. We love bees. Like us, they’re hard workers, and much of their work helps ensure that we have food to eat and an ecosystem to live in. They’re the honeybee, and they just want to do their job. Unfortunately, sometimes they like to make their homes inside our own—and this can lead to problems for everyone involved. 

Typically, bees find their way into your home in search of a home of their own. Any exposed areas on the exterior walls of your home can be attractive to the scout bees that search for new hive locations. Like many areas of pest control, this is an area where prevention goes a long way. A honeybee can make its way in and out of openings as small as an eighth of an inch, and you may be surprised by some of the locations they’ll deem suitable. Each spring, as honeybee colonies grow, a mature queen may choose to lay more queen cells and take her existing hive to a new location. This allows for another queen (and drones) to be born after the old queen leaves, in essence splitting the existing hive in two. When this behavior begins, hundreds, if not thousands, of scout bees are sent out to evaluate new locations to make homes of. These scouts find locations they believe to be prime real estate and begin to dance. You read that right… they dance. They dance and hope another scout sees them dancing, in hopes that they’ll join in the dance party. This may sound made up, but it’s not. The bees employ a nearly democratic strategy, and the scout with the most dancing buddies typically wins. This process can take days, and the hive may fly from one target to another before making a final decision. When a queen and her swarm approaches a target, they begin to orbit the place the scout bees have marked, making concentric flights around the location and shortening the radius with each pass. It’s truly an amazing event to witness. Eventually the bees coalesce around their queen, into what can look like a giant ball or ‘swarm’ of bees. The bees may rest on a branch, a wall, or any place they deem fit while deciding where and when to finally move in. This takes place from early spring through the summer months, and, depending on the weather of any given year, this behavior can continue into the fall. Typically, when you see this behavior, the bees are more worried about finding a safe place than animal activity around them, and if you do see this behavior, it is not an automatic cause for alarm. This being said, over the last 20 years, cases of aggressive Africanized bees have grown—and if you don’t know what kind of bee you’re dealing with, you won’t want to find out the hard way. Give the bees space and call a professional if the bees do not leave of their own volition. A professional knows how to remove them safely.

When a hive establishes itself in your home, it can cause many problems. This is especially true of the Africanized variety. There are issues of safety if the bees make their way into your living space. Bee stings are painful and can be lethal. When the honey that bees produce begins to accumulate, it can get heavy, and this can lead to damage to softer parts of your home. The honey can also ferment in large amounts, attracting other pests and causing structural issues on top of cosmetic damage. If you suspect that bees have taken up residence in your home, give us a call, and we’ll work to take care of the situation as safely and efficiently as possible. Also, ask us about our Don’t Bug Me Plan, a hassle free way to make sure your home is only home to you.

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!