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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 FLEAS!

Many of us have furry family members, and these family members are susceptible to pests that can fill both our lives and theirs with frustration. The plain and simple fact is that fleas thrive in many of the environments found in Texas. Like most insects, they prefer cool and moist environments, and, although they will typically die out once humidity levels drop below 50% and temps rise above 95°, for most of the year in most parts of Texas, fleas will have a place to exist comfortably. Fleas can be one of the most frustrating pests to get under control, but, with proper prevention and treatment, you can ensure neither you nor your pet will have to worry about these blood-sucking bugs. Fleas are mobile, hard to see, and harder to kill. With their catapult like hind legs, these hitchhikers like to jump from one host to another, with a vertical of up to 7” and the ability to leap over a foot at a time. This would be like one of us hopping from one end of a football field to another, touching the lights above the stadium as we went. 

These little pests rack up huge costs—with Americans spending upwards of $9 billion a year to manage their influence on our lives. These six legged blood fiends are found on many mammals and can transfer diseases much like their parasitic counterparts, the tick and mosquito. Although they typically won’t make a habit of staying on humans, they can bite and cause irritation when handling animals that fleas have made a home of. One of the best ways to prevent fleas involves sanitation and home hygiene, changing pet bedding as often as we change our own, and vacuuming thoroughly can help prevent fleas from spreading and larvae from being able to feed. Another important step is treating pets with preventative flea and tick medications, eradicating new fleas before they have a chance to spread. If you find fleas on your pets, the first step is to give them a bath and go over their fur with a flea comb. Dish soaps such as Dawn are strong enough to kill most fleas, while being safe for most animals. Make sure to focus on the areas around their face and neck, as well as the base of the tail. Once you know your pet is flea free, you can consult a veterinarian about the best preventative course of action.

Sometimes prevention and pet care isn’t enough. Fleas can permeate entire properties, to the point of them becoming inhospitable to humans and four legged creatures alike. There are several low toxicity treatments available for your home and property for when fleas start to run rampant, and there are several ways we can help make sure fleas stay away from the people and pets you love most. 855Bugs has been helping people in the Waco and Temple area manage fleas for over 10 years! Feel free to reach out to us here at 855Bugs. We’d be happy to explore options like our Don’t Bug Me Plan with you during a free inspection.

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!