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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.

Pest Control in Fort Worth, TX
Sunday, September 10, 2017 | Matt Parker

Fall Pest Control

Pest Control in Fort Worth, TX

Providing maintenance to the outside of your home this fall goes a long way in preventing many different types of pests from entering your home. Called overwintering pests, they include specific insects and rodents who can begin entering your home during the fall. They will seek also seek shelter in your home when it turns cold. The following are tips for homeowners to use in conjunction with professional pest control in Fort Worth, TX to keep your home pest free. Contact the Bug Dude today to schedule services.

The invading pests of fall can also bring viruses and disease into your home. The cockroach may travel through the sewer pipe, and into unsealed food supplies, or crawl over the dishes in the cabinet and silverware in the drawer. The bacteria and viruses they leave behind can make you and your family sick. 

Rodents are another pest that carries diseases and crawls over canned goods and among the dishes, and on counters. Unfortunately, they also chew on your home's electric wiring and can cause a house fire. They chew through walls and may chew on furnishings, causing damage throughout the home. Droppings and possibly gnaw marks, or shredded paper are signs of an infestation. Check inside and outside of your home for any holes or cracks where rodents could possibly enter your home. Our technicians can take care of your pest control in Fort Worth, TX needs.

Termites can chew their way through your home's structure, weakening it and can cause extreme destruction. You may not even know they are there, until they swarm in the spring.

Some species of spiders live longer than a year, and they will find your warm home an inviting place to overwinter. These include the poisonous species no homeowner wants in their home. Schedule professional pest control in Fort Worth, TX today.

Many homeowner's choose to provide their own pest control. However, a professional has the equipment to spray hard to reach places, such as the roof line and upper story window frames, for example. A professional also has the knowledge to identify specific pests, their preferences, and the best means of treating them.

Fall is a time when overwintering pests will enter your home. Maintenance and professional pest control in Fort Worth, TX can keep your home pest free.

The following tips will assist you to keep pests out of your home as the weather cools down. Contact The Bug Dude for all your pest control in Fort Worth, TX:

1. Check screens for a tight fit, and if gaps are present, replace them. In addition, repair holes and tears or replace the screens. Secure screen wire over plumbing vents. Vents that exhaust heat, such as a gas heater, gas water heater and fireplaces will require heat resistant mesh wire or other product designed for it.

2. Damp or wet areas attract pests in your home. Repair leaky roofs, leaky plumbing, and install a sump pump in wet basements or crawl spaces. Call today to schedule pest control in Fort Worth, TX.

3. Seal cracks, gaps, holes and crevices on the home's exterior using caulk and/or expanding foam. The areas you want to check for gaps where pests may enter include around duct work, plumbing, cables, or others. Mice can fit through a hole the size of a dime, so leave no gap untreated. Items that exhaust heat require a specialized high heat tolerant caulking. In addition, seal holes in siding and repair loose mortar on brick exteriors. These are also simple ways to keep cold air from entering your home in the winter, and hot air in the summer.

4. Maintain a clean home, and clean up crumbs and dirty dishes. If you can't wash dishes right away, store them in the dishwasher. Never leave water sitting in the sink.

5. Store non-perishable food in airtight containers.

6. Dispose of garbage routinely, and ensure a tight fitting lid.

7. Replace worn, cracked or warped weatherstripping, and replace door sweeps.

8. Firewood should be stored at least 20 feet away from your home. Furthermore, stack it on concrete blocks to keep it off of the ground.

9. Trim shrubs and trees at least 2 feet away from your home.

10. Use rubber mulch or gravel in flower beds. Never use bark mulch which attracts termites and encourages other insect infestations.

11. Eliminate brush and junk piles to discourage pests.

12. Keep grass neatly mown to discourage rodents and other pests.

13. Don't leave pet food out overnight, and seal the bags at all times. Pet food will entice pests to enter your home.

14. Repair gutters and ensure proper drainage. Check the ground slope against the home's foundation to ensure proper drainage. Gutter extensions are also effective in carrying water away from the foundation where drainage is less than desired.

15. Don't store paper products in your home. For example, cockroaches, silverfish and rodents will take advantage of paper products. For those you can't discard, store them in tightly sealed plastic containers.

16. Have dead trees and stumps removed.

17. Check children's outdoor toys before storing them or bringing them indoors.

18. Treatment of fire ants will reduce or eliminate new beds in the spring. The Bug Dud is here to help for your pest control in Fort Worth, TX.

19. If you see a lot of yellow jackets or wasps flying, it is likely a nest is nearby. Check under eaves, roofs and decks of all structures for wasp nests. Yellow jackets typically build in the ground. Yellow jackets can often be seen flying to the nest just before dusk. If you suspect a wasp or yellow jacket problem, we can help. Contact The Bug Dude for professional pest control in Fort Worth, TX.

These pest-proofing tips will assist to keep pests away from your home  in the fall when the temperature begins to drop. However, if you have a pest problem, contact The Bug Dude to schedule effective pest control in Fort Worth, TX.

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.