For other bugs such as ants, spiders, or crickets, you can apply a few preventive measures to limit or deter infestation.
For ants, you can set up small traps around your home. The ants will carry the poisonous material back to their colony, hopefully killing off a large part of it.
You can also prevent ant infestations by keeping a clean home, storing food in sealed containers, making sure firewood is not placed against the house, and pruning trees or shrubs that rest against your home. Taking these measures is extremely important as ants can climb up branches, then onto the siding of your house, which may have unsealed cracks or vents that lead into your home.
Spiders are another pest to watch out for. Black widows, wolf spiders, violin spiders, and harvestmen spiders are particularly common in Texas. For spider prevention, seal foundation cracks around the exterior of your home, limit clutter, and vacuum rooms frequently to deter web-building. You can also try to increase sunlight in usually dark corners where they would be most likely to build webs.
Crickets are noisy pests that can enter your home through unventilated areas. They are particularly fond of dark, damp places, typically in basements or crawl spaces. To prevent crickets from finding their way into your home, seal any exterior cracks in the foundation, windows, or doors. Another way to deter crickets is to install yellow lightbulbs at the exterior points of your home and to weed garden beds regularly.
To sum it up, keeping a clean home with a tightly sealed foundation is essential for preventing pests from entering and building a home for themselves in your home with you, your children, and your pets.
For more information about Texas-known pests, be sure to check out our pest control library. Here you will find valuable in-depth information about the pests mentioned above, their characteristics, preferred habitats, potential diseases, and preventive measures.
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