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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.

BED BUG REMOVAL IN WACO, TEMPLE, BELTON, AND SURROUNDING AREAS

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.

 

WHAT DO BED BUGS LOOK LIKE?

Side view of a bed bug on skin. Adult bed bugs are around 1/4” long with oval shaped bodies. Unfed bed bugs have flat, brownish colored bodies while a fed adult body becomes engorged, elongated, and a darker reddish-brown in color. They have six legs and antennae. Despite a common misconception, adult bed bugs are visible to the naked eye if you know where to look for them.

A bed bugs life cycle consists of 5 stages before becoming an adult. At the youngest stage (known as nymphs), bed bugs are the size of a speck of dust and imperceptible to the naked eye. At each stage, the bed bug sheds its skin, but a blood meal is required to do so.

BED BUG BEHAVIORS

What makes bed bugs so dreaded? Bed bugs are the ultimate hitchhikers. While they are most known for their presence in and around a bed, they can be found in vehicles including public buses, school buses, and airplanes. Additionally, they can be found in hotels, offices, and schools. While bed bugs do not fly, they move quickly, and can easily find their way into the crevices or seams of a purse, backpack, luggage, stuffed animal, and even shoes. Once they make their way into your home, they take up residence close to human presence in the seams or folds of mattresses and box springs, baseboards, electrical outlets, upholstery, etc.

A neon image of a bed bug showing a lot of detail.They are nocturnal creatures and come out at night to feed on blood (preferring humans to animals, though they will feed on animals, too). These bites leave itchy, red marks on the skin. The good news is that bed bugs are not known to spread disease. However, secondary skin infections can arise, and folks living with a bed bug infestations often experience anxiety and insomnia.

An unfed bed bug will feed on it’s host for an average of 5-10 minutes to become full. Once full, a bed bug will retreat to its hiding place for around ten days during which time they mate and lay eggs. If, after ten days, no host is found, a bed bug can live for several months between feedings.

MYTHS ABOUT BED BUGS

Bed bugs are attracted to filth. Many people believe bed bugs are attracted to dirty homes, however that is not the case at all. Bed bugs are just as often found in immaculate homes because all they look for is warmth and carbon dioxide (a human presence).

Bed bugs won’t come out in the light. While it’s true that bed bugs prefer darkness, they will come out during the day to feed on their hosts. So, sleeping with the lights on will not deter these pests.

You can’t see bed bugs with the naked eye. As mentioned above, this is not true. Adult bed bugs are the easiest to spot because they are fully grown and dark reddish to brown in color.

Bed bugs travel on their hosts. While it’s true they are well travelled, they do not actually latch onto their hosts in transit. They stow away in personal belongings like backpacks, purses, and luggage.

Bed bugs are only found in highly populated cities or third world countries. It’s true that bed bugs are found in large cities, but they are just as often found in rural areas. Bed bugs exist in all 50 states. 

HOW DO YOU PREVENT BED BUGS?

Now that we’re familiar with the appearance and behaviors of bed bugs, let’s discuss ways to prevent bed bugs from entering your home. The best prevention is inspection! There is no fool proof method to keeping them out 100%, but these tips can help.

Don’t bring second hand mattresses and other furniture into your home without a thorough inspection.

Travel with a small flashlight to make it easier to inspect for signs of bed bugs in the places that you stay.

Thoroughly vacuum luggage when returning from a trip and dispose of the vacuum contents outside of the home.

Consider washing all garments and stuffed animals that have travelled with you upon your return. Dry on the hottest dryer setting.

While bed bugs are not any more attracted to dirty homes, reduce clutter around your bed to limit the number of hiding spots.

If at all possible, do not place purses, backpacks, briefcases, etc., on the floor or other cushioned areas. If hooks are available for hanging these items, use them!

Vacuum often.

Check around pet beds for signs of bed bugs, and wash the pet beds often on the hottest settings.

BED BUG TREATMENT

If you see bed bugs or any sign of them in your home, the FIRST step is to call 855Bugs for a FREE professional bed bug inspection. Signs include visually seeing bed bugs as well as small blood spots or rust colored stains on your sheets and/or mattress. Do not attempt bed bug treatment on your own. Although there are many do it yourself products on the market, none replace a thorough inspection and professional treatment. 855Bugs is well trained in getting rid of bed bugs. We use a multi step process to treat for bed bugs. Our process includes first determining the level of infestation, step two is the initial treatment, followed by one to two follow up treatments depending on the level of infestation. Call 855Bugs now for 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!