As one of the largest cities in Texas, San Antonio is both historic and modern–and constantly growing. The hot, dry climate of this region also makes pests an ongoing problem. Everything from ants and cockroaches to spiders, scorpions, and rats thrive here. Longtime residents know the importance of pest control in San Antonio.
Ants, one of the most familiar ordinary pests, appear powerless. After all, how could anything only 5 – 12 mm long harm your home? Ants are now known as the most invading insect on earth. They only need a teeny space to access your home, appearing through any little entry imaginable in search of food and water. They can live on scant rations, and even when your home is the most impeccable on the block, you are not free from their intrusions. They are known for their painful bites, and if they choose to invade your home, they make themselves comfortable, and you will be considered “the ongoing threat” to the boundless pint-size army. There are more than 12,000 species of ants throughout the world, with many species in San Antonio, Texas.
Cockroaches are one of the most appalling visitors for any homeowner to encounter. Although most large invasions are seen in filthy and unsanitary circumstances – cockroaches recognize no social boundary and at any time a person could end up discovering a few in their home. They make their way inside through doors that are not sealed properly, under windows with torn screens, down chimneys, and inside pipes. We unwittingly carry them in with us on new or used appliances or furniture, in grocery sacks, hidden in containers and even on our clothing.
Most species of cockroaches tend to be very social and enjoy crowding together in secretive spots like behind loose floorboards, under fridges or stoves, between your wall framing, in damp corners, cupboards, and even drawers. They are nocturnal and unless you are confronting them in vast numbers, you will rarely see them during daylight hours. A cockroach will feed on just about anything – sweets, paper, fabric, grease, wallpaper glue, leather, and book bindings; often causing extreme damage to household items.
Almost the entire world’s population is afraid of one kind of spider or another. Each species of spider, known as Arachnids, take on different forms, shapes, colors, sizes, and behaviors. Regardless of the type, all spiders have eight legs and a two body parts – the front and the abdomen. The front of the spider body houses its eyes, (the number varies by species) mouthparts, and its eight legs. The abdomen holds a particular gland that produces a form of liquid protein that hardens once it’s expelled from the end of the abdomen. Spiders have little spinnerets that customize the hardened liquid to create its webs. Webs are used as part of the courting ritual along with the obvious use to catch prey. Most scientists say a spider’s web is the best way to identify the exact variety of spider you are dealing with, although spiders have been known to share their web.
There are many different species of spiders found in the San Antonio area. The black widow and the brown recluse are the only two with venomous bites.
Like spiders, scorpions are Arachnids and have eight legs, yet they are most recognizable by their infamous pincers in the front and their peculiar venom filled curled tails over their backs.
As nocturnal pests, they commonly hide in holes and crevices during the daytime hours, to escape light and heat but mostly to preserve moisture. They literally can overheat in the San Antonio sun! During the night, they search for food, which could be spiders, insects and even other weaker scorpions. They tend to be found more often in rural neighborhoods rather than the heart of the city
They use the stingers in their tails as both self-defense and to kill prey. These stingers contain venom that is very painful and can sometimes even fatal. Always wear gloves when bringing in wood from a woodpile or moving rocks. Be careful of enclosed spaces they might be hiding – like sheds, tool boxes, or closets.
In Texas, the two most common rats are the Norway rat, who tend to build their nests under the ground, and the Roof rat, who prefers to nest inside and isn’t concerned with the fact that it’s your home or office. Norway rats dig deep holes and travel underground. They often make their way into your home through cracked doors, dryer vents, pet doors, or through your garage. If they observe any opening – they are sure it is a personal invitation into your home.
A Roof rat prefers to climb trees, walk along fences and power lines to get close to your home. They enter from the roof – down chimneys or vents. While both rats are similar in looks, a Roof rat has rounder wider ears, a more defined face, smaller nose, and agile feet (which they use for climbing).
Both types of rodents communicate by urine marking. This is leaving a scented trail sending other rats information about the type and sex of the rat as well as a trail leading into your home. They are also both known as constant chewers since their teeth are constantly growing. This will cause significant damage to your home’s, structure, wiring, plumbing, and siding.
The diversity of the pests here require a diverse pest control solution that Beeline is uniquely equipped to offer. We use the latest technology, safest pest control products, and offer the most thorough solution to any pest problem–large or small, commercial or residential.
When you call Beeline Texas, we will work extensively with you to assess your individual problem and create a custom solution to get your home or business pest free. We will walk you through our methods and provide you with options and preventative solutions to better protect your space and ensure a lasting pest control treatment. Infestations are stressful experiences, so let Beeline Texas take control and eradicate the infestation before it gets any worse. For San Antonio pest control solutions, Beeline is the smartest call you can make. Call Beeline Pest Control today (210) 876-4566.