Most Abundant, Resilient Winter Pests in Texas

Fall and Winter months bring some relief from many annoying bugs. However, cooler temperatures leave many bugs looking for food and warmer shelter indoors. Below are short descriptions of some of the hardiest winter insects. In addition, how Beeline Pest Control helps keep you bug-free through all the seasons!

Rats and Mice

The arrival of winter suggests you’ll be enjoying more time in your house. Although you won’t be the only one seeking shelter from the chill. As temperatures lower, rats and mice hurry indoors to try to find lodging and food.  They may choose YOUR home as their sparking-new domicile.

” There isn’t a home in this world that does not have mice,” claim pest control specialists everywhere. ” Everyone has at least a few mice moving in and out, or living there.”

Rats are a common winter frustration. Consequently, they only need a hole the size of a dime to enter a home. The typical rat has a stocky, gray-brown body. Their tails are shorter than their body length.  The ears and eyes are small considering their size. Aside from physically observing the rodents, most people discover the signs they have a problem. For example, droppings, evidence of nesting, munch marks on doors and home furnishings, or damage to packaged foods and dry goods.

Among the primary reasons rats move into houses during cold months is because of the abundance of accessible food. They love grains, so you’re likely to see rips, tears and bite marks on containers of rice and cereal. Rats have a habit of spreading their food everywhere as they munch, making their intrusion fairly obvious.

Rats and mice leave dark brown or black droppings along their path. Consequently, these droppings are generally found around food sources and nesting areas. The droppings can be up to 3/4 inch in length and 1/4 inch thick. The shape of the stool depends on the species of the rat but is commonly long and spindle-shaped. Visually, rat droppings can be compared to a raisin and making mice poop (granular shaped) easier to identify.

The biggest threat rats and mice convey to people, is illness and bacteria through their droppings and bites. Blunt exposure can spread serious diseases such as hantavirus, salmonella, and leptospirosis. Rodent bites can transfer rat-bite fever or infection.

The ongoing gnawing can result in serious damage to your house. Rats nibble on things like wires, PVC piping, furniture, bricks, and anything made from wood. It also has been reported, rodents have started house fires from biting through electrical wires.

For massive invasions, or if rats are just disgusting to you, contact Beeline Pest Control and come up with a strategy to eliminate them and fulfill your specific needs.

Thankfully, with the assistance of Beeline Pest Control, you can reclaim your home.



texas-termitesSadly, the majority of Texas termites are not killed by winter weather conditions. Although they do decrease a bit in the colder months. These harmful pests continue their march of destruction aided by the warmth of the building they inhabit.

Finding termites inside your home can be very disturbing. Often, the damage can go unnoticed until these bugs have eaten their way through your walls.

Faint signs of their existence may consist of small holes in the drywall or mud tunnels.

Look for displays of damage in the basement, attic, crawl space or anywhere you can locate bare wood.

On the ceiling, watch for any bubbling or small signs of staining that look like water damage. In some cases, you may notice a little, brownish tube dangling from the ceiling. These drop tubes are a definite sign of an active termite nest residing in the support structures of your home.

Although it’s rare to find a great deal of them out and about this time of year, you will want to know exactly what a termite looks like.  Termites look very similar to and are often mistaken for flying ants.

Termites have straight antennae.  A termite body is segmented with a thick waist. Usually, they are tan or black in coloring, with matching wings. Flying ants have a narrow waist, bent antennae and longer wings in front than in back.

In states like Texas where termites are very active and widespread, it is important to contact Beeline Pest Control to construct a smart termite prevention and control program.

Trained inspectors from Beeline Pest Control will inspect your house and can easily recognize active or previously active nests at any time of the year. Contact our termite professional if you see any signs of an issue.


A cozy fire in the fireplace brings a great deal of heat and comfort into your house throughout the cold winter months. Unfortunately carrying in the wood for that fire can also bring in the nasty cockroach. The coming of cold winter months might encourage a cockroach to find damaged or missing screens on doors and chimneys to access the house. Once inside, they quickly contaminate food and water sources.

These bugs are among the hardiest structural pests to eliminate. This is mainly because of both their capacity to hide and to develop. Throughout the past few years, researchers have discovered their amazing ability to continually evolve, enabling them to resist most insecticide sprays and baits.

Of the almost 4,000 cockroach types found worldwide, about 31 of them are located throughout Texas. Mostly what makes them so hard to control is their resiliency. They can acclimate quickly tocockroach their surroundings – easily transitioning from the spring/summer to fall/winter seasons.
Lots of cockroaches ride out the winter weather by remaining in walls, cracks, crevices, behind cabinets or home appliances and then have offspring in these warm places. At night they find sustenance and water from bathrooms or kitchens, and transfer the diseases of their body, as they stroll across utensils, plates, cups, countertops, and so on. Some proteins originated by cockroaches are a steady source of human breathing allergens.

With the onset of winter months, the cockroach could be looking for asylum within the walls of your comfortable home, contact Beeline Pest Control to be sure they don’t discover it.


Bed Bugs

For years, the saying, “Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite,” was a vague, lights-out saying for children all over the United States. During the past couple of years, bed bugs have begun to resurface and become problematic during the winter season when people tend to stay inside and unknowingly carry the little guys from one place to another.

Bed bugs are wingless, rust-colored pests around the size of lemon seed, clear (or bright red, if they have recently eaten), and hardly visible to the naked eye.
They cannot fly or have nests like other bugs, but they do move quickly and congregate in groups discovering safe hiding spots within your home.

Bed bugs are blood-feeding insects that feed most often on the blood of people. If a human host is not found, bed bugs will opt for animals like small mice or a household pet.
Bed bugs remain near their host when they exist– so bedrooms, couches, and other sleeping areas are the most common places to find them. With a significant intrusion, bedbugs will move through a whole house quickly and take over any surface.

Bed bugs are most active when we sleep. They creep onto exposed skin, inject a moderate anesthetic and suck up a small amount of blood. Most people don’t feel the bite but will observe the welts, bumps and red spots on their skin the following day.

Bed bugs eat for about 5 to 10 minutes during the night, while the host sleeps, generally in the predawn hours. After feeding, they crawl to a safe place where they’ll stay for a few days while digesting their feast.

Bed bugs are one of the trickiest pests to eradicate. A young bed bug can survive for months without eating while an adult can live over a year, allowing these pests to exist during the winter months. They are immune to most pesticides and just discarding the infested furniture or mattresses will not solve the problem. Do not neglect your Bed bug concerns during cold weather. Call Beeline Pest Control services anytime there is an invasion present (210) 739-1320.


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