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Boerne, TX Pest Identification & Prevention Guide

We've designed our Pest Library to help you identify the pests you see in or around your Boerne home or business. These pests are the ones that are most common in our area and the most likely to invade. In our library, you can learn about what they look like, what problems they cause, and how to get rid of them.

Ants

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Ants are common pests we see trailing around our indoor or outdoor spaces. With more than 10,000 species living worldwide, it is safe to say that there are ants almost anywhere there are people. Many view ants as just a nuisance, but they pose us much bigger problems than just interrupting our picnics. Fire ants, carpenter ants, and odorous house ants all live in our area of Texas and pose problems for both home and business owners.

Fire ants deliver painful venom-filled stings, damage crops, and short out machinery and electrical equipment. Carpenter ants invade our homes searching for food and often stay and build satellite nests within our home's structural wood. Odorous house ants invade in large numbers, contaminate food, and spread bacteria over the surfaces of our homes. They also release a powerful pungent odor when crushed.

Once any species of ant discovers reliable food sources on your property, they keep returning to forage for food, creating pheromone trails to alert other members to the food. Ants are omnivores and eat a varied diet, including many of the same sweets, proteins, and carbohydrates we eat. Things like trash cans, pet food, gardens, fruit trees, and outdoor dining areas are big attractants for ants and things most people have on their property.

After being in our yards, ants will eventually find their way into our home to forage for food and they will set up nests near kitchens, pantries, bathrooms, and basements. When you discover ants inside or outside your home, it is best to call for professional help to identify and eliminate these intruders as quickly as possible!

Stop ants from invading your home by implementing the following prevention tips and partnering with Success Pest Management:

  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors, basement doors, and garage doors to keep ants from moving inside.
  • Replace worn or damaging weatherstripping or trim around windows and doors.
  • Repair cracks in the foundation of your home.
  • Eliminate food sources ants could take advantage of in your yard by harvesting gardens, maintaining outdoor eating areas, and keeping lids on trash cans.
  • Inside your home, regularly vacuum and wipe down counters to eliminate the crumbs and sticky spills ants are looking for.

Rodents

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Rodents are mammals that have continuously growing front incisors. Rodents live in large numbers throughout the world and have learned to live in harmony with people. Roof rats, house mice, and squirrels are examples of rodents that live around people in our area of the country. Rodents do not hibernate and are active year-round. Being vigilant, and keeping rodents from living on our properties, is essential to our families' health and the structure of our home.

Food is the biggest reason rodents are attracted to a property. Rats and mice love to forage for food in trash cans and from our pets' food bowls. Squirrels have no problem feeding from our bird feeders and gardens. Keeping rodents off our properties is important because of the diseases and bacteria they spread that make people ill, the large amount of food they can contaminate, and the structural damage they can cause in our home. Examples of structural damage rodents cause include chewing through drywall, flooring, wires, pipes, trim, and more. Their chewing habitat may also trigger fires and cause leaky pipes and water damage.

Prevent rodents from invading your yard and home by implementing the following prevention tips and partnering with Success Pest Management:

  • Eliminate hiding and nesting spots for rodents by removing overgrown shrubs, excess woodpiles, tall grass, and dense landscaping from around your home.
  • Remove common food sources by maintaining gardens and keeping lids on trash cans and compost bins.
  • Cut back tree branches from your home's roofline to keep rodents like roof rats and squirrels from gaining easy access to your house via the roof.
  • Place a cap on your chimney, cover vents, and securely place screens in windows and doors.
  • Seal openings in your home's exterior using materials that will stand up to a rodent's sharp front incisors.

To learn more about working together to eliminate rodents, call today, and speak with one of our friendly experts. Contact Success Pest Management today for information about our rodent control services!

Scorpions

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Like spiders, scorpions are arachnids and predators. They feed on various prey, including insects, spiders, small rodents, and other scorpions. Scorpions use a set of claws and a venom-filled stinger located at the end of their segmented tail to capture prey. Our area's most common scorpion species is the striped bark scorpion, a small yellow to tan-colored scorpion with two wide black stripes on the abdomen's top. While valuable predators, when living on our properties, or worse in our homes, they pose significant danger to us and our pets. Scorpion venom is strong enough to cause serious health problems in people.

Though scorpions live and do well in desert conditions, they also have high moisture needs, so properties that offer them a source of both water and prey to hunt are most attractive to these pests. Damp foliage found in most of our yards makes an excellent place for scorpions to hide, as do leaf piles, landscaping ties, fallen trees, decaying woodpiles, and mulch.

Scorpions living in our yards often find their way into our homes either while hunting prey or to escape harsh weather conditions (too hot or too wet). They move inside through openings around windows and doors, through vents, loose screens, and open doors. Striped bark scorpions are good climbers, and inside our homes are often found on walls, in tubs, and sinks. They also hide in folded towels or linens, storage boxes, and closets. Preventing scorpions from taking over your yard and home is important for you and your family's health and safety!

Stop scorpions from invading your property in large populations by implementing the following prevention tips and partnering with Success Pest Management:

  • Repair leaking pipes, dripping hoses, and low-lying areas that allow water to build up on your property and attract scorpions.
  • Seal any opening in your home's exterior that may allow scorpions a way inside.
  • Clear away brush, woodpiles, leaf piles, and other debris from your home that could draw scorpions to it.
  • Inspect boxes, wood, or plants that have been outside for scorpions before bringing them into your home.

If scorpions have become a problem on your property, reach out to Success Pest Management. Our professionals will implement the services and treatments needed to remove these arachnids from your property safely. To learn more about our scorpion control services, call today!

Spiders

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Spiders live all around us, mainly hidden from view. It is likely that while walking through your home or yard, you have walked past many spiders that you were unaware of. While spiders are not everyone's cup of tea, they are eco-important creatures. They are predators and help keep insect populations in check; without spiders, we would be overrun by insects. Spiders usually only become an issue for people when they decide to move into our yards or homes in large numbers.

Many different spiders live in our area. Two of the most concerning are the brown recluse and black widow. They are both types of dangerous spiders, which means they have venom strong enough to cause health problems in people if a bite were to occur. Other spiders like cellar spiders and wolf spiders also live in our area, and while they are undoubtedly unwanted in our homes, they create no real health concerns for people.

Spiders often move inside on things we bring indoors that have been outside. They also move inside on their own, following their prey. Once inside, they seek out dark, quiet areas, such as basements, attics, crawlspaces, cabinets, and areas around windows.

Put a stop to spiders invading your home by implementing the following prevention tips and partnering with Success Pest Management:

  • Reduce populations of insects around your house that spiders hunt by limiting food sources — keep lids on trash cans and keep outdoor eating areas free of food debris.
  • Before bringing boxes that have been outside inside, open them up to look for spiders and other pests.
  • Give the exterior of your home a good inspection, and sealing any cracks or openings you find.
  • Place a cap on your chimney, cover your vents, and place weatherstripping around windows and doors to eliminate spider entry points.

Termites

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Subterranean termites are wood-eating insects that live widespread across much of the United States, nesting underground in areas where the soil is damp. These insects have high moisture needs, so contact with damp soil and damp wood are vital to their survival. These insects are social and live together in large groups, dividing their members into different castes; reproductives (queens and kings), workers, and soldiers. Workers complete the bulk of the work, including gathering food for the colony.

Termites are dangerous pests, not because they cause harm to people, but because of the extensive and costly damage, they do to structures. Subterranean termites travel from their nest to search for food each day. As they move through the soil, it is easy for them to find a way into our homes through cracks in the foundation or pieces of wood like shingles or trim making contact with the ground. Once inside, they will move through floors and behind walls foraging for food. Termites like to feed on decaying or water-damaged wood. Structural wood near water pipes or tubs, sinks, windows, and doors are very susceptible to termite damage.

Stop subterranean termites from invading your yard and home by implementing the following prevention tips and partnering with Success Pest Management:

  • Eliminate leaf piles, decaying wood mulch, fallen trees, and tree stumps from your yard that attract foraging termites.
  • Make sure there is adequate drainage around your home and yard to prevent excess moisture from building up.
  • Lower humidity levels in your home using dehumidifiers and air conditioners to prevent wood from being damaged by water.
  • Repair any damage you find in your home's foundation.
  • Eliminate as much soil to wood contact on your property as possible.

To learn more about subterranean termites and how to protect your property from them, call today, and speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable experts about our termite control services!

Ticks & Mosquitoes

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Ticks and mosquitoes are both pests that mainly cause problems for people outside of our homes. They can build large populations in our yards and make it so we can't enjoy our outdoor spaces. Mosquitoes and ticks have some similarities and differences. Both bite, feed on blood, and can spread diseases. Some differences between them are that ticks are arachnids while mosquitoes are insects, mosquitoes have wings while ticks do not, and ticks lay their eggs in damp soil while mosquitoes lay their eggs on top of standing water. The sole source of food for ticks is blood. The primary food source for mosquitoes is plant nectar; only female mosquitoes consume blood meals to create healthy eggs.

Mosquitoes and ticks are difficult to control and avoid. Mosquitoes are winged and fly wherever they please, making it difficult to keep them out of our yards. Mosquitoes are most problematic on properties with lots of vegetation to rest on and standing water where females lay eggs. When living on your property, mosquitoes swarm in large numbers and take every opportunity given to them to feed on the blood of you and your family. Ticks move from place to place on the backs of their animal hosts. Wild animals are continually introducing parasites like ticks onto our properties. Things like leaf piles, tall grass, fence lines, and woodpiles are where ticks hide and wait for a new host to pass by they can crawl on to feed. If they live in your yard, there is a high chance their new host could be you, a family member, or a pet!

Stop mosquitoes and ticks from invading your property in large populations by implementing the following prevention tips and partnering with Success Pest Management:

  • Eliminate standing water from your property. Store containers that collect water upside down, fill in low-lying areas, and keep gutters clear of debris.
  • Mow the grass on your property regularly to prevent it from overgrowing and attracting mosquitoes and ticks.
  • Remove things like woodpiles, brush piles, and tree stumps from your property.
  • Use a mosquito and tick repellent when spending a lot of time outside to protect yourself from their bites.
  • Protect pets from ticks by placing them on a year-round tick preventative program.

Contact Success Pest Management today to learn more about our home pest control and commercial pest control services.

 

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