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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 RODENTS!

Autumn is the season of pumpkin spice and… rodents. Wait. What?? Yes, that’s right. It’s time to start planning and preparing for those mice, rats, squirrels, raccoons, and opossums looking for warmth and shelter. As temperatures begin to cool down and the leaves start to fall, you can be sure that rodents will be looking for somewhere warm to nest. Don’t let that be your home!

Have you ever been laying in bed at night and suddenly hear scurrying about in the walls or ceiling? While there’s little you can do about it at the moment, this is not something to be ignored. In addition to the diseases they spread, mice, rats, squirrels, and other critters can wreak havoc on your property.

These rodents will chew on almost anything that they find useful in building their nests. This includes wood, cloth, insulation, paper, fabric, drywall, and even the insulation around wiring. Gnawing on wood can lead to structural instability. Chewing on drywall leads to cosmetic damage. Exposed electrical wiring causes a very serious fire danger. Let’s not forget to mention the damage to that sentimental family heirloom that’s been past down generation after generation or the destruction to important documents.

So, how are these pests getting in? 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.

Check out what Eric, our branch manager, had to say about rodents and how they got in:

“The most unexpected place I’ve found rodents in a home was when there were squirrels under a customer’s toilet. They came in through the plumbing vent on the roof. I had to get them out, and then I sealed off the roof vent.” Eric went on to say, “we offer ‘Critter Quitter’ vent covers to protect vent openings from rodents and add additional protection from roof leaks.”

As you can see, they will find a way. So, what can you do as a homeowner or business owner to help protect your property? First and foremost, it’s important to seal up any crack, hole, or opening that may present an entry point for rodents. Use caulk, wire mesh, or “Critter Quitters” to help protect your property.

A squirrel sits on the steps of a porch eating from a package of Hawaiian rolls.From there, let’s look at what attracts these rodents. All creatures need a source of food. While mice, rats, and squirrels prefer nuts and fruits, they will also snack on plants, pet food, vegetables in the garden, amongst a variety of other things. Look for a food source that may attract rodents to your property. While it’s a daunting task, try your best to remove pecans that have fallen in your yard. Keep gutters cleaned out and free of tree droppings. Trim shrubbery away from your home. Cut tree limbs that overhang your roofline. And, keep pet food tightly sealed in containers.

While rodents get most of their water from the foods they eat, they will often look for other sources. Water sources can include bird baths, leaky pipes, water bowls for pets, irrigation systems, and air conditioning drip lines among many others. Do your best to eliminate any source of water.

If you’ve stumbled on this blog because you’re already experiencing signs of rodents in your home, or if you’ve followed these steps and you are still seeing signs of mice, rats, squirrels, or other critters, it’s time to call 855Bugs! How do you know for sure if you’ve got an infestation? Check out some of the tell tale signs below:

  • Pipes under a home showing dirt and grease smudges from rodents rubbing agains them.Sounds – Because these creatures are most active at night, you may hear scurrying, gnawing, or scratching sounds in your walls or attic.
  • Droppings – While mouse droppings are typically small in size (1/8” – 1/4” or so), rat droppings can be much larger at three times the size.
  • Damage – Are you seeing small holes chewed through drywall or wood around the home? Did you come across chewed wires? This is a possible indication that rodents have taken up shop.
  • Smudges along baseboards – Dirt and grease on the bodies of mice & rats will often leave dirty smudge marks along walls and corners.
  • Odors – If a rodent has made its nest in your home, you are likely to start smelling urine odors in the area they are nesting.

If you’re experiencing any of these signs of rodents on your property, 855Bugs can help! We employ a variety of different methods to rid your home of these pests. From baiting to live trapping, from under toilets to rooftops, 855Bugs will help you remove all unwanted rodents! 855Bugs has been helping people in the Waco and Temple area manage mice, rats, and other rodents for over 10 years!

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!