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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.

Fire Ants | Pest Control Fort Worth, Texas
Monday, April 17, 2017 | Daniel Reichert

The red imported fire ant is an invasive insect with the ability to sting repeatedly.  The sting typically results in complaints of burning, itching and a white pustule that forms within 48 hours. Fire ants build mounds in the areas they inhabit, and will swarm when their mound is disturbed. They among the worst pests in the Southern United States in terms of effects on human health, property damage, and environmental damage. The Bug Dude can provide the professional pest control in Fort Worth, Texas you need for fire ant control.

Fire ants form colonies close to homes, and prefer sunny locations such as dry fields and lawns. Entire colonies will occasionally nest in walls or rafters, and occasionally move in homes or other structures during floods or extended drought. Colonies can contain a population of several hundred thousand ants, and one or more queens. They are a threat to sleeping people, and especially to invalids and infants or small children. Serious injury or even death may occur when fire ants attack these defenseless victims.

It is not uncommon for fire ant mounds to appear after rain. Furthermore,  when they first appear in the spring  is the time to administer the first treatment. Contact the Bug Dude today to receive professional pest control in Fort Worth, Texas of your lawn and home.

Fire ants are known to cause property damage, including in home's. They can cause short circuits in the home's electrical system, and are notorious for invading air conditioning systems and electrical supplies indoors and out. In the public arena, they invade traffic signals, utility supply boxes, switching boxes, and other electrical and utility equipment, resulting in short circuits and damage to components. Ants are also a nuisance in home gardens and fields of vegetables, damaging crops and resulting in losses, especially during hot dry weather.   


Professional Pest Control in Fort Worth, Texas

The first step in determining the proper treatment for an ant problem is the proper identification of the species. It is difficult to eradicate fire ants, as they will continue to spread in satellite colonies from neighboring properties. Controlling them, however, is possible. Managing fire ants, typically requires repeated treatments. Your efforts will be more successful if you can recruit the neighbors to battle fire ants. Otherwise, re-infestation will be an ongoing battle.


Home Remedies

You probably read a lot about home remedies, but the fact is they either do not work or cause damage to the environment. While some home remedies may kill fire ants, they will not eliminate the colonies. Disturbing mounds will only cause the colonies to move. Shoveling ants from one mound on top of another does not force the colonies to kill each other, as some people believe. Sprinkling flour, grits or other solid food substances onto fire ant mounds is also ineffective against them. The only effective treatment's are based on science. Contact the Bug Dude today to schedule professional pest control in Fort Worth, Texas.

Fire ants are omnivores, which means they feed on both animal or vegetable sources. They will eat meat, greasy and sweet foods, other insects, earthworms, ticks, boll weevils, spiders, arthropod eggs, flea larvae, cockroach eggs, honeydew, and others. Plant sources include seeds, such as corn, sorghum, and soybeans. Plants sources include, corn, potatoes,peas,okra, and citrus fruit to name a few. Fire ants will also feed on young and newborn vertebrate animals, such as birds, rodents, and calves. In addition, fire ants consume carrion when the opportunity arises. Contact the Bug Dude today to schedule effective pest control in Fort Worth, Texas.

While gasoline will kill some fire ant colonies, it is strongly discouraged. Gasoline is dangerous, costly, and will kill the surrounding grass and other plants. Furthermore, it will pollute the soil and potentially the ground water you drink, and nearby streams, lakes and rivers. In addition, pouring hot or boiling water on a mound kills only the ants it can reach, those close to the surface. However, it will also kill grass and plant life. Contact The Bug Dude for pest control in Fort Worth, Texas that will not harm your lawn.


Tips to Prevent Fire Ants in the Home

1. Clean up food crumbs, and drink spills. Never leave left overs out in the open or throw them outside. Place in a trash bag and tie securing, placing it in the trash. Fire ants will invade your home for sweets such as donuts, sugary cereals, and other sweet treats as surely as if you sent them an invitation. Store non-perishable food in tightly sealed containers to protect against fire ants. In addition, store pet food in sealed containers, and do not leave pet food out at all times to avoid providing food to fire ants.

2. Fire ants enter a home through cracks and gaps, including around windows and doors, or in the siding, around gaps surrounding incoming wires, cables, pipes and plumbing. Seal these entry points with caulk or expanding foam, and contact The Bug Dude for pest control in Fort Worth, Texas.

3. Repair plumbing and roofing leaks, as fire ants are attracted to moisture, especially during a drought.

4. Check potted plants for fire ants in the soil before bringing them indoors.

5. Mulch is commonly used to assist outdoor plants in retaining moisture and deterring weeds. Unfortunately, it provides an ideal environment for fire ants. Our Though mulch is beneficial for plants, it provides a convenient environment for fire ants. Your pest control professional can advise you about alternatives for your area.

6. Maintain a space of at least 2-3 feet between your home and trees or shrubs to help prevent pests from entering.

Contact The Bug Dude today to schedule professional pest control in Fort Worth, Texas for fire ant treatment. The Bug Dude can take care of your problem with fire ants or other pests with professional pest control in Fort Worth, Texas. We serve Fort Worth and the surrounding areas with professional pest control services you can rely on. Do not let pests ruin your outdoor activities and entertaining this summer, contact The Bug Dude today.

Pest Control Fort Worth, TX
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 | Daniel Reichert

Preventive Pest Management  

Often, the solution for a persistent pest problem is a combination of professional pest control in Fort Worth and preventative pest management. No homeowner cares for a pest problem, but it is especially important to effectively control them when family members experience allergies. Cockroach saliva, droppings, and cast-off exoskeletons are known factors that trigger allergies and worsen symptoms. Cockroaches are one of the most common triggers for those with allergies and asthma. If your home has a pest problem, contact The Bug Dude, we will take care of the problem with effective pest control, and assist you with tips for preventative pest management.

Preventative pest control has been proven to reduce the number of days sick from allergies due to cockroaches. Children are especially sensitive to the allergies triggered by cockroaches, with one in five children testing positive for an allergy to cockroaches. Together with professional pest control in Fort Worth, your family will be healthier and the risk of disease from the pests eliminated.

Children in homes being treated for cockroaches experience an improvement in their health, and less complications related to allergies. If you have a cockroach infestation, contact The Bug Dude today to schedule service. We recommend being proactive in your approach to the pests, before, during and after treatment.

Use the following tips to help keep these unwanted pests out of your home and to provide a healthy and safe environment:  

Seal all cracks and gaps around your home's exterior, including the foundation. This includes around doors, windows, in siding, and place screen wire over vent pipes. However, use approved high temperature wire for vents that exhaust heat, such as a gas water heater and the gas furnace.   
Keep kitchen counters, the dining table and floors clean of drink, food and crumbs. Periodically move kitchen appliances and clean under them to remove any potential food source.
Provide regular vacuuming of  carpets, rugs, drapes and furniture to remove cockroach debris.
Empty garbage cans routinely and dispose of in a tightly sealing trash can.
Repair water leaks in and outside your home.
Store nonperishable foodstuffs in tightly sealed containers.
A neat, clean house is less inviting to pests.
Check all bags and packages before bringing them into the home.
Do not leave pet food and water out overnight.
Cockroaches can produce a musty odor in your home when present in large numbers. If your home experiences this odor and no other cause can be determined by your plumber and HVAC technician, contact The Bug Dude for an inspection.
Schedule routine treatment of your home with professional pest control in Fort Worth.
Remove piles of paper and cardboard to avoid providing them with a handy home.

There are approximately 70 species of cockroaches in the U.S. However, only a small number will inhabit homes. Three that commonly live in U.S. homes include the American cockroach, the German cockroach, and the brown-banded cockroach. Our dedicated professionals can take care of your cockroach problem with pest control in Fort Worth, year round.

The American cockroach favors the habitat of food storage areas such as cabinets,  pantry, basements, and sewers. They typically enter a home in shopping bags, often from bakeries, grocery stores, and restaurants. In addition, they will enter your home through the sewer pipe. Moisture from leaks, wet sinks and other sources are also an attraction for them and will contribute to their distribution in your home. These cockroaches develop wings when mature, and will fly.

The German cockroach is distributed worldwide. They favor the warmer, more humid areas of the home such as the kitchen and bathroom. However, they may be found in other parts of the home if food and moisture are present. They also are typically brought into the home in bags and boxes. In addition, they are known for their ability to transmit disease from the pathogens E. coli, Salmonella and Typhus. They tend to reproduce rapidly and will require professional pest control in Fort Worth to get them under control.

The brown-banded cockroach is one of the smallest of the cockroach species, and are distributed throughout the U.S. They require less moisture than the American cockroach, and due to this, can be found throughout the home. They prefer warmer temperatures and are often found in appliance motors, inside electronics, on ceilings, and other warm locations.

Regardless of the species of cockroache in your home, we can provide the professional pest control in Fort Worth that you require to eliminate the problem.

Cockroaches are typically nocturnal pests. When you see them during the day, it may may mean they were forced due to overcrowding. Unfortunately, this is a potential sign of a severe infestation, and professional pest control in Fort Worth is essential. Cockroaches will typically spend the day in cracks throughout your home out of sight. The treatment of a cockroach infestation may vary according to the species. For this reason, identifying the species in your home is essential. You can rely on the expertise of our professionals to identify and provide the treatment you require. In addition, we will identify potential locations of entry.

Cockroaches are nasty pests that can spread disease and contaminate food. They can pick up disease causing pathogens as they crawl through contaminated material or sewage and transfer these germs to food or food preparation surfaces and kitchen utensils. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), they are proven or suspected carriers of the pathogens causing diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, leprosy, plague, typhoid fever and viral diseases such as poliomyelitis to name a few. Do not risk your family's health with a cockroach infestation, contact The Bug Dude today to schedule an inspection and pest control in Fort Worth.

If you have concerns over cockroaches or other pests in your home, contact The Bug Dude for professional pest control in Fort Worth. Our pest control professionals serve Fort Worth, Dallas and the surrounding areas.

Pest Control | Fort Worth, TX
Saturday, February 18, 2017 | Daniel Reichert

Common Spring Pests

Because Termites spend most of their time underground and in the structure of homes or other structures,  it is unlikely you will see them. However, there are a few signs if you know what to watch for. The signs are few, and include mud tubes, bubbling and peeling paint and discarded wings. It is possible to see them when they swarm in the spring, which lasts a short time, otherwise you are not likely to see them. Contact The Bug Dude for an inspection of your home, and treatment for either active infestations or preventative treatment. Our professionals can provide the pest control in Fort Worth that you need.


The Importance of Pest Control in Fort Worth

Termites consume cellulose-based plant materials, including the wood structure and finishing inside your home. The majority of homeowner's insurance does not cover termite damage to your home. Considering you have so much invested in your home, professional pest control in Fort Worth is essential. The Bug Dude will provide a comprehensive inspection of your home, and a customized treatment plan. Our highly trained professionals can determine if you have an active infestation, and can develop a treatment plan for preventing future ones.

Termite Types

There are three major types of termites in the U.S. The termite most people are familiar with is the subterranean, other major types include drywood and dampwood.

Diet

In its natural environment, termites feed on dead plants and trees, thriving on the nutrients contained in the cellulose of wood and plants. They will also eat paper, drywall and plastics. However, some species of termites will feed on living trees.

Spring Swarms 

In the spring and summer, when a colony of termites has matured, you may see the winged reproductives' swarming near windows and doors. They are attracted to light, and after breeding will establish a new colony or multiple colonies depending on the type of termite.

Pest Control and Deterring Termites

Professional pest control in Fort Worth is essential in providing protection for your home. The following tips should also be observed in conjunction with pest control. Begin with measures to eliminate moisture and food sources:

  • Repair water leaks including leaking faucets.
  • Divert the water produced by your home's HVAC system to sewer/storm drainage when possible.
  • Maintain clean, functional gutters and downspouts. In addition, divert water away from the home's foundation.
  • Maintain neatly trimmed shrubs, and clean planting beds near your home using rock or rubber mulch. Wood mulch provides food for termites.
  • Seal all entry points to your home including around duct, water and sewer lines, cables and others.
  • Keep firewood away from the home, stacked up off the ground, and clean up brush piles and clutter. In addition, have any tree stumps removed.
  • Inspect wood fences and decks for damage. Damaged wood may sound hollow when tapped.

To treat or prevent termites in and around your home, contact The Bug Dude for professional pest control in Fort Worth.

Chinese Beetle vs. the Ladybug

Ladybugs are a vivid red in color, while Chinese beetles are a brownish orange, to a slight red in the younger beetles. Chinese beetles, also called Asian beetles,  can cause an unpleasant odor when distressed. The beetles will hibernate through the winter in your home. In the early spring when it is still fairly cold outside, they abandon hibernation and try to enter your home. If you see these spotted insects in your home, they are beetles, and not ladybugs who die off in the fall.

Chinese beetles eat aphids in your garden, but you don't want them in your home. Winterize and seal your home to help keep them out. Repair or replace screens and use screen wire on foundation vents and plumbing vents. However, specialized wire is required for hot flues, such as a gas water heater or gas furnace. Professional pest control in Fort Worth can take care of a beetle infestation for you.

Ticks

Ticks are another insect that makes an appearance in early spring. Ticks are another reason to seal all cracks, gaps and potential entries in the home. They will also enter the home via pets and persons who have been outdoors. Inspect your pets and children when they have been outdoors. Be sure to check crevices, the neck under the hair and underneath clothing. Professional pest control in Fort Worth is the best means of eliminating ticks from your lawn.

Mosquitoes

It will soon be that time of the year again, when mosquitoes plague us outdoors. Spring chores will assist you in reducing the number of breeding places for mosquitoes. Ensure all items that can hold water are emptied and put up. Remember, mosquitoes will breed in a tiny amount of water, and live in uncut grass. As you plant your flower beds this year, leave ample space for air to circulate, as this will also help minimize mosquitoes who often rest on vegetation during the daytime.

The Dangers

Mosquitoes can transmit serious disease, such as Zika fever, encephalitis, yellow fever, malaria, filariasis, dengue fever and many more.

The Treatment Plan

Controlling mosquitoes requires a combined effort of source reduction and the use of chemical control products if required. Since mosquitoes lay their eggs in water, source reduction is aimed at eliminating water sources which promotes breeding. Source reduction is an effective mosquito treatment long term when maintained consistently, although the treatment plan provided by pest control in Fort Worth may also require chemicals.

To prevent  pests in your home, contact The Bug Dude for professional pest control in Fort Worth. Our pest control professionals serve Fort Worth, Dallas and the surrounding areas providing reliable pest control services. In addition, if you are having a problem with opossums, armadillos or other wildlife, contact The Bug Dude. We provide humane wild animal control services.