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The Bug Dude Pest Control Dallas area has been offering various pest and termite services to satisfied customers. We specialize in complete control and eradication of insects and animals from your home or business. Our certified professionals are constantly learning the latest and most effective techniques to remove pests from your life. Call us today to set up an appointment.

Rodents | Pest Control in Fort Worth, TX
Thursday, August 10, 2017 | Matt Parker

Rodent and Squirrel Pest Control

Rodents | Pest Control in Fort Worth, TX

It can be difficult to keep rodents out of your home. For example, mice can squeeze through openings as small as a dime, and rats can enter through holes no larger than a quarter.  Sealing any crack or gap they may enter is the best means of keeping them out of your home. Unfortunately, small spaces they can enter are easily missed, and can be in locations you never considered. The Bug Dude can locate potential entries and provide the professional pest control in Fort Worth to get your rodent problem under control.

Rats and mice aren't the only rodent problem homeowners can face. Squirrels are also a problem for many homes. When winter arrives, like many species of insects, rodents, will try to enter your home for shelter during the fall and early winter. They can gain access to your home from utility lines, squeezing past the cables and wires and into your home. Squirrels will often chew through the roof and eaves to gain access to the attic.

If you have seen squirrels jump from tree to tree via limbs, you probably know they can potentially jump from nearby limbs to your home. From the roof, they can enter through gaps, cracks or holes under eaves, gutters, gables, siding, vents and down vent pipes and chimneys. A trip down vent pipes often results in the animals becoming trapped and dying, and odor can become a problem in your home. Don't ignore small holes, rodents will often gnaw until it is large enough for them to enter.

Rodent Damage

Rodents gnaw to maintain a manageable length to their fast growing teeth. Their gnawing can cause significant damage to the home, and can be a threat to your health and even, the lives of your family. The threat isn't due to the potential for disease alone, they can cause serious damage in your home without management. Furthermore, once they start multiplying, the problem can get out of control quickly. If your home is experiencing a problem with rodents, act now, and contact The Bug Dude for pest control in Fort Worth.

The list of items and structures they can damage is extensive. They damage insulation, walls, doors, floors, plumbing, hoses, and perhaps most dangerous of all – electrical wiring. Rodent damaged wiring poses the risk of fire and/or shock. Rodents will chew through the insulation encasing electrical wiring. The insulation prevents nearby flammable materials, such as the wooden structure of the walls, from igniting when arcing or overheating of the wire occurs. If you have a rodent issue, contact The Bug Dude to schedule pest control in Fort Worth.

The experts estimate rodents are responsible for approximately 25% of all house fires due to damage to electrical wiring. Contact The Bug Dude for professional pest control in Fort Worth.

The Signs of a Rodent Problem

You will know you have a rodent problem if you find the following:

  • Signs of gnawing in or around your home, garage, workshop or other structures. Electrical damage may be not only in your home, but also in the vehicle, lawn mower or other outdoor equipment.

  • Nest with nesting materials, such as shredded insulation, in the attic, basement, vehicles, outdoor equipment, or in sheltered areas on your property.

  • Droppings are clear evidence of a rodent problem. Squirrel droppings are likely to be clustered in a single spot, while mice and rats will randomly defecate and abundantly.

  • You may see mice and rats scurrying throughout your home. Hearing their scratching, gnawing and scurrying in attics, walls and ceilings are also possible.

  • Inspect cabinets, drawers, boxes, and along baseboards for signs of a rodent infestation, such as droppings, nests, or chewed packaging.

Management

  • Sealing potential entry points is essential.

  • Clean up food spills and crumbs. Put food up and discard food scraps in a tight fitting garbage can. Take out the garbage routinely.

  • Store packaged goods in sturdy glass, metal or dense plastic materials.

  • Repair damaged screens.

  • Inspect door sweeps and replace cracked or damaged sweeps.

  • Inspect and replace damaged weather stripping on doors and windows.

  • Ensure chimneys are fitted with fire proof wire for chimneys, and close the flue when not in use.

  • Ensure attics, basements and crawlspaces are dry.

  • Maintain a tidy and uncluttered home, lawn and garage.

  • Trim trees and shrubs a minimum of two feet from your home.

  • In addition, check the attic, basement,  nests, or chewed packaging. Rodent populations can rapidly expand, and early identification of an infestation can prevent damage in your home. The Bug Dude can take care of your rodent populations with pest control in Fort Worth.

  • Store dry pet foods and bird seed in a sealed metal container. In addition, don't leave pet food out overnight.

  • Dispose of fallen fruit from trees.

  • Keep the grass cut and around your home neatly trimmed.

  • Store firewood at least 12 inches off the ground.

  • Schedule routine pest control in Fort Worth for your home  or business.


If you have rodents in your home, or other pest issues, contact The Bug Dude to schedule a professional treatment of your home. Rodents breed rapidly, and waiting to call for pest control in Fort Worth may result in damage to your home. Take control of your rodent problem now. Contact The Bug Dude for effective pest control in Fort Worth.
Red Wasps | Pest Control in Fort Worth, TX
Saturday, July 15, 2017 | Matt Parker

The red wasp is approximately an inch long, with red all over its body and dark colored wings. Every year the red wasp aggressively defends its nest, and sends some persons to the emergency room. It's most useful for its killing of other insects, but overall, the red wasp is more dangerous in and around your home than beneficial. If you see red wasps flying around your home, it likely means you have one or more nests on your property. When you have a problem with red wasps and require assistance, contact The Bug Dude, we will take care of the problem for you with professional pest control in Fort Worth, TX.


Red wasps prefer areas such as eaves, overhangs, soffits, siding and any crevices around windows. Other locations to watch include inside car doors where the hinges attach, in overgrown areas, garages and under shed roofs. If you have cracks in the siding, they may also nest in your walls. Adult workers and males live on the nectar collected from flowers, and sweet food wastes in garbage cans or in containers, such as a soda can. When outdoors,avoid an open drink, which may attract wasps. Always keep food and drink covered when outdoors. When red wasps, or other pests are ruining your outdoor time, give us a call to schedule pest control in Fort Worth, TX.

The nest is a paper-like structure of cells attached to the nest. A small stem is attached to the nest to secure it. The red wasp doesn't reuse the nest, building a new one every spring. Treating red wasps is dangerous, it's best to leave pest control in Fort Worth, TX to the professionals. Contact The Bug Dude to schedule treatment.

Tips to Keep Wasps Out of Your Home

  • Sealing potential points of entry can't only keep red wasps out, but also prevents other pests from getting into your home. Use caulking or expanding foam to seal holes in siding, around windows, and other potential entries. Sealing your home and scheduling pest control in Fort Worth, TX are the most effective tools in preventing unwanted pests.
  • Replace or repair torn screens.
  • If you have fruit trees, keep the fruit picked up.

Reducing the Chance of a Sting

Avoid wearing bright yellow, orange or blue clothing. In addition, avoid the use of scented shampoo, hairspray, cologne, perfume and other scented products. In addition, avoid swatting at wasps, which increases the likelihood of receiving a sting.

An additional fact to remember is that wasps don't lose their stinger. They can and will cling to you and sting you repeatedly. Similar to a yellow jacket, wasps will pursue you for a great distance. Also, when their nest is disturbed or they feel threatened, they will swarm, potentially delivering multiple stings. An attack may be fatal, even if you aren't allergic to their sting, as a nest may contain more than 800 individual wasps. Wasps are active during the day, and return to the nest at night. If you have wasp nests on your property, contact The Bug Dude for professional pest control in Fort Worth, TX.

There are a number of different types of wasps, and you may have more than one type. When you call The Bug Dude to provide pest control in Fort Worth, TX, our technician will identify the type or types of wasps affecting your home. Correct identification may affect the program of treatment and prevention.

If you find a wasp nest, be sure to keep children and pets away from the area until it's removed and/or treated. Contact The Big Dude today to schedule pest control in Fort Worth, TX.

The Treatment of a Wasp Sting

A normal reaction to a wasp sting is pain, swelling and redness around the sting site.

An extreme local reaction involves excessive swelling. For example, a sting on the hand may result in the entire arm being swollen. Doctors recommend you treat it as you would a normal reaction. An extreme reaction should peak at approximately 48 hours and gradually improve in the following days.

Anaphylaxis  is the most serious and is discussed in the following.

If you have never been stung by a wasp before, you are unable to know if you would have a life threatening reaction. Wasp stings are painful, the following tips can help with the pain.

  • Use a cold compress such as an ice-pack.
    • Take an over-the-counter antihistamine to provide relief of itching, swelling and hives. However, never give this medication to children under the age of 2, or to pregnant women, unless your doctor says it's okay. You may also take an “NSAID” pain reliever such as ibuprofen for the pain. If you have questions, contact your doctor.

 

Anaphylaxis

The allergic reaction, anaphylaxis can occur when you have become sensitized to the poison in the sting. Anaphylaxis isn't common, but can be fatal. If you have allergies to insect stings, talk to your doctor about a kit containing epinephrine, and carry it with you at all times.

If someone has the following symptoms after being stung, contact 911:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing and/or trouble swallowing
  • Swelling of the face, throat or mouth
  • Rapid Pulse
  • Restlessness and anxiety
  • Dizziness
  • A drop in blood pressure

If you are bothered by red wasps, or other pests, contact The Bug Dude for professional pest control in Fort Worth. The Bug Dude serves Fort Worth and the surrounding areas.

Ticks | Pest Control in Fort Worth, TX
Thursday, June 15, 2017 | Matt Parker

The Bug Dude will take care of your pest problems with professional pest control in Fort Worth, TX. Vector borne diseases are a growing problem, and among these ticks are a common cause of illness. Ticks are small arthropods that feed on blood. They belong to the class Arachnida, a class which also includes spiders, scorpions and mites. They are both parasites and vectors of numerous diseases. Examples of the diseases they can transmit include Lyme disease, bubonic plague, Q fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Meningoencephalitis, tularemia, rickettsia, tape worm and others. They feed on humans, pets and livestock. Ticks aren't insects, because they have eight legs, where insects have six.


While there are numerous species of ticks, the two most common species found in Texas are the Brown Dog Tick and the Lone Star Tick. The American Dog Tick and the Deer Tick are encountered occasionally as well.  

While ticks are commonly associated with wooded areas, they also live in brush and grassy fields.  The larvae, nymphs and adults typically feed on mule deer, livestock and other wild mammals, as well as humans, birds, reptiles and even amphibians.

Ticks are typically found when you inspect for ticks, or when the tick's body is already engorged with blood. Ticks will also crawl up to the head, where the hair makes it difficult to see.  Tweezers are the approved tool by the CDC for removal.

Prevention and Pest Control

Take extra precautions against ticks when outdoors or when in contact with outdoor animals. Inspection is always required for ticks after being outdoors. In addition, use veterinarian approved protection for pets and livestock. The Bug Dude can help prevent the risk of ticks with professional pest control in Fort Worth, TX.

Common Ticks in Texas

Brown Dog Ticks

The brown dog tick, Rhipicephalus sanguineus, is small and brown in color. Dogs and other canines are the preferred hosts, but they will feed on humans. The brown dog tick usually feed only three times during their entire life. First when they are in the larval stage, next while they are nymphs, and finally when they become adults. They leave their host when they molt for each stage and again to mate after their adult feeding.

Brown dog ticks are a known to vector of ehrlichiosis in dogs and cats, and canine babesiosis in dogs. Furthermore, they're also capable of transmitting rickettsial diseases in humans.

Lone Star Ticks

The Lone Star tick, Amblyomma americanum, are common throughout Texas. The adults are tan to brown in color, with the adult females having a distinctive white "star" on their back. They will feed on humans during all three stages of their life. This tick can transmit Human Monocytic Ehrlichosis, Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Southern Tick Associated Rash Illness and Tularemia. Contact us today to schedule professional pest control in Fort Worth, TX.

Tick Control

The Bug Dude uses different methods of tick control when implementing pest control in Fort Worth, TX. Treatment will depend on the species, and the extent and location of an infestation. In addition, it isn't uncommon for homes with a tick problem to also have nuisance animal problems, such as rodents or other animals. You may not even be aware of an animal problem, but if they are hosting ticks, addressing the animal issue will help to prevent ticks.

How to Remove a Tick

The proper removal of a tick reduces your chances of contracting a disease. However, not all ticks will be a carrier of disease. Furthermore, when illness does occur, modern medicine offers treatment. Use the following method for removing a tick burrowed into your skin.

The CDC recommends using tweezers to remove a tick. First, pull back any hair to reveal the tick and bite. Next, gently grasp the head of the tick as close to the skin as possible. Don't grasp the ticks body to avoid injecting the ticks blood into the skin. Pull outward in a straight motion until the head clears the body. Don't twist or squeeze overly hard to avoid the separation of the head from the body, leaving the head inside the skin.

Once the tick is removed, wash the area with soap and water. Use alcohol or iodine to also cleanse the area. The signs of a tick related illness can include a rash or fever in the weeks following a tick bite. Contact The Bug Dude today to schedule professional pest control in Fort Worth, TX. We will get rid of your pests and provide tips to assist in keeping them away.

Carefully inspect your home for cracks and crevices, and also poorly fitting screens and doors. Ticks and other pests can enter the home through these, so careful sealing and properly fitting screens and doors can prevent their entry in your home. Furthermore, mow the lawn frequently to discourage ticks. In addition, remove bird nests and other nesting wildlife when possible to discourage tick infestation. However,  professional pest control in Fort Worth, TX along with these precautionary methods provides the best preventative.

Pest Prevention Tips

When the inspection is complete, the Bug Dude may recommend actions to make your environment less hospitable for ticks.  For example, trimming trees to allow sunlight to filter through into shaded areas may help to reduce tick populations. Other tick deterring tricks include removing leaf litter, thick ground cover and removing piles of debris, trimming shrubs away from the home and stacking firewood up off the ground. Target the areas pets and family members use. A tidy, frequently mowed lawn and routine pest control in Fort Worth, TX provides the best tick prevention.

Treatment by the Pros

If a tick infestation is especially heavy, it may be necessary to treat your pets, home, the lawn, and wooded areas. The Bug Dude can provide the professional pest control in Fort Worth, TX that you need to get rid of ticks, and other pests. Professional pest control in Fort Worth, TX is the most effective means available for treating and preventing a tick infestation. We serve Fort Worth and the surrounding areas with professional pest control services.