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Common Household Pests And How To Control Them!

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There wouldn’t be anything worse than having a house full of critters! Although these are essential to balance the ecosystem, these bugs can be a nuisance when found in places they don’t belong to. Bugs carry serious infections with them and they can also damage your property.

So the first line of defense against any pesky bugs is to keep your house clean, tidy, and free from unattended openings/ cracks. However, what lies even before this is understanding the kind of bugs that can potentially crawl inside your house in Texas.

Our state is home to numerous insects, rodents, and other pests. This blog will give you a quick look at the common household pests found in Texas and how you can get rid of the problem.

If you already know what type of infestation it is on your property, you can call us to help eliminate these. If you’re unsure, keep reading further.


Ants are the most prevalent invaders, and they come in various colors, sizes, and species. In Texas households, you’ll frequently see carpenter ants, fire ants, as well as pharaoh ants. These are dangerous and can potentially damage several structures in your house. If not eliminated in time, ants can create nests and tunnels that can weaken your house’s structural integrity. Besides, some species also pose a risk to human health and spread allergies or illnesses.

What can you do? Inspect and seal any entry points. Reduce moisture, fix leaks, and adequately ventilate your space. Remove damaged wood, and keep away trash cans/ compost bins. If you can't seem to tackle ants on your own, you can reach out to us for help with fire ant treatments.


Smoky brown, German, American, oriental, and brown-banded cockroaches are most invasive and found in suburban, urban, and rural environments. These are nocturnal species and surface at night foraging for food. Cockroaches cause the most contamination as they travel to all sorts of areas like drains, garbage piles, excrement, and whatnot. They infest your food, dishes, and surfaces with saliva and excrement. When they shed skin and feces, it can trigger reactions and compromise your immune system.

What can you do? Right away, stop keeping food in the open. Reduce moisture levels in the house, seal as many open points as you can, and inspect all items before bringing any roach by accident.


The most prevalent household rodents are rats and mice. These may not seem as large as other mammals but are competent of much more than their size. They can squeeze and get in through the smallest of gaps in your property and cause unimaginable horror. These rodents reproduce in tens, travel to filthy spaces, and keep gnawing just anything that comes their way. These are dangerous to you and your property and are a year-round problem. Rodents spread diseases and damage structures or furniture.

What can you do? Rodents are most common in properties that offer easy access to food and water. So limit these sources, remove garbage piles, restrict gaps, maintain the outdoor areas, and reach out to Green Pest Guys for rodent control.


These tiny bugs live in larger colonies and attack the lumber that’s used to build the property. It is in a single that the queen termite is capable of laying thousands of eggs, causing exponential destruction to your house. Formosan termites and the Eastern termites are more common in Texas. These are a serious risk to your structures as termites mainly feed on wood 24/7/365. It’s a problematic pest for property owners. Termites don’t affect human health but can result in millions of dollars of repairs/ structural destruction.

What can you do? Vent all structures, keep wood at least 12 inches off the ground, or use wood that’s resistant to termites. Apply weather stripping, clean gutters, repair leaks, use dehumidifiers, and remove water-damaged wood. Besides, the definitive treatment for termites may depend on the type of infestation you’re experiencing.


Scorpions are nocturnal hunters. These don’t bite but sting with their tails and cause painful, large welts along with swelling and itching. Mostly it’s out of self-defense, but it causes varying discomforts to people of different ages. The sting may severely infect kids or those allergic. These are so common that most Texans are now in the habit of shaking their shoes before putting them on to avoid encountering a scorpion that may have crawled overnight.

What can you do? Scorpions are most challenging to control. But the least you can do is get rid of any logs, rocks, as well as any organic debris. You can also seal all entry points so they cannot utilize any openings to get inside the house. Feel free to reach out to our professionals at Green Pest Guys for assistance with scorpion control!

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Texas is certainly home to a lot of pests. Apart from the ones we’ve mentioned above, you can also find beetles, centipedes, fleas, flies, moths, spiders, ticks, wasps, etc., depending on the area you live in.

The best approach to solving pest problems is to hire a local and experienced pest control company. At Green Pest Guys, our pest control specialists have the expertise and equipment to identify the type of problem you’re observing and work on it with precision to prevent future reinvasion.

The weapon against fighting these pests is first to have the know-how about the common ones you can find in your  Austin, Dallas, or North Houston property. Next is to find an exceptional pest control service provider!

And if you’re looking for one, contact us at Green Pest Guys – our certified professionals can help you in eliminating all kinds of pests so you can stay stress-free and pest-free for long.