At the end of each year, people compile “top” lists of their top favorite songs, top TV shows, and so on. This year will be remembered for so many things, not the least of which might be the Top Three Pests in Houston!
Although there are, unfortunately, an abundance of annoying critters in the city, here are three of the most common pests you might find in your Texas home and how to avoid them:
Cockroaches, both unpleasant and unsanitary, may top the list of least favorite pest in most cities around the country. These pests multiply quickly, so you can easily have a small horde of them on your hands before you’ve even seen the first one. Most common found in Houston are the American, Brown-Banded, German and Oriental cockroaches. Roaches like small, tight and dark spaces where they are hard to reach. Cockroaches are responsible for spreading a wide range of viruses, bacteria, parasites, and human pathogens that can cause health problems, such as diarrhea, dysentery, and salmonella poisoning – and their shed skins and feces have been known to trigger allergic reactions and asthma They do require food and water to live, but since they can turn almost anything into food, water is the big one here: if you suspect a problem with roaches, try to limit the amount of water around your home.COCKROACH TRIVIA: Cockroaches can survive being submerged underwater for half an hour. They hold their breath often to help regulate their loss of water. So note that drowning them might not be a good option!
Termites are a destructive pest to have, responsible for more than $5 billion annually in property damage – most often not covered by homeowner’s insurance policies. Subterranean termites are common in Texas and can create nests inside homes. They can literally eat a home out from under its owners, often without them even knowing until much damage has been done, which is why they are called “silent destroyers.” Termites have the ability to chew through wood, flooring and even wallpaper undetected, 24/7, and can compromise the structural stability of a home within several years depending on the species. To avoid them in your home, eliminate or reduce moisture by repairing faucets, pipes and exterior AV units; replace weather stripping around foundation and windows; and inspect and monitor all exterior areas of wood such as windows and doorframes for noticeable changes.TERMITE TRIVIA: Termites outnumber people. For every person on the planet, there are 1,000 pounds of termites.
Bed bugs likely get their name from their habit of taking refuge in beds and feeding on humans while they sleep. But they can also be found on furniture, suitcases, clothing or anywhere in the home they can hitchhike to. These tiny insects, usually about 4 to 5 millimeters long, often stay hidden and are usually nocturnal, but small black spots indicating bedbug feces or nymphs in mattress seams and other furniture could indicate their presence in your home. Bed bugs are a very difficult pest to treat. In fact, 76 percent of pest professionals say they are the hardest bug to eradicate.BED BUG TRIVIA: Bed bugs can ingest seven times their own body weight in blood. That’s equivalent to an average adult male holding 120 gallons of liquid in his stomach at once.
Because Houston enjoys a mild tropical climate with rare cold snaps and freezes, pests and rodents flourish here more than any in other region in Texas. That’s why these (and other) pests easily take advantage of the comfortable living they might find in your home.
If cockroaches, termites and bed bugs top your list of unwanted pests, contact a pest control specialist to inspect and eradicate them.
Cypress Creek Pest Control has been providing quality and dependable service to Houston homes, agencies, schools, and local businesses since 1968. We are one of the largest independently owned full-service pest control companies in the state of Texas.
Our technician was Danny. He did the most thorough job we have had so far with the company. We will ask for him again next time!!
21:18 27 Jan 23
Prompt, polite and thorough service
23:09 25 Jan 23
They are very responsible with their service and if you still have a problem they go back and fix it.
Patti Sue Brown
18:29 23 Jan 23
Staff was very friendly and service was prompt.
18:14 23 Jan 23
I can sit outdoors because of the great service Cypress Creek Pest Control provides. Their quarterly service keeps me pest free.
17:46 23 Jan 23
16:41 22 Jan 23
Casey is great.
14:46 20 Jan 23
We have used Cy Creek PC for about 16 years. We are very satisfied with the service. They are always prompt and professional and there is always good communication from the office and the technicians. They are easy to work with if I have to change an appointment and I would not use anyone else.
16:21 18 Jan 23
18:52 17 Jan 23
Exterminator made sure all areas of my house were sprayed. Also asked if I had any issues before starting to confirm where/ what to focus on. Very nice guy and knowledgeable
18:32 17 Jan 23
15:21 17 Jan 23
Great service for Pest Control! All their technicians are very professional. There was an issue where one of the techs caused damage to my home and CCPC sent out someone (Daniel) who was extremely professional, remedied the situation, and explained to me the long term fix as well. Great company & great staff.
16:32 12 Jan 23
Joel was very respectful of our home and did a great job. Good exterminator company.
16:19 12 Jan 23
They’re always very professional and have great customer service. They’re easy to reach and do a great job.
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16:59 09 Jan 23
Daniel was very knowledgeable and professional. We saw improvement the very same day and we’re very appreciative!
Larry Donnell Leonard
22:38 06 Jan 23
Daniel was very knowledgeable and professional
17:35 06 Jan 23
I use this company to do quarterly in-house and outdoor spraying...have called on them for over 15 years. No bugs of any kind. And if an occasional insect makes it into the house, I know because they turn up dead. Good company.
17:30 06 Jan 23
Cypress Creek Pest Control is the best! From service tech to customer service.
06:56 06 Jan 23
CCPC = excellent and professional service. Thank you!
02:25 06 Jan 23
I ordered for healthy home service. First time didn’t really remove a spider net I mentioned, so I contacted them again and they were very responsive, they came back and helped to remove the net right away which was really helpful. They are good price, good service so far. I already recommended to friends.
00:01 06 Jan 23
I went and got myself a nasty case of roof rats that took over my attic after a new roof was installed and gaps weren’t properly sealed by the roofers.A day of inspecting access points, sealing up entry holes, caulking up around seams, and 10 traps later, we have ourselves a fortified house and bagged two hefty roof rats. Instant results. Definitely would recommend.
23:33 05 Jan 23
Cypress Creek was recommended to me by a friend, and I am so grateful they were! After my very first treatment I saw a few bugs that came out of the woodwork trying to flee, as is normal. Since that initial time 6+ months ago I haven’t seen any pests! They are wonderful. They additionally spotted a wasp forming a nest on my porch in their first visit and promptly removed the but of nest created at that point.They are prompt, communicative, and great at what they do!
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17:12 19 Dec 22
Mike was awesome!!
16:06 19 Dec 22
Eddie Luza was a very professional person and he explained everything we needed to know in detail. Thanks Eddie for your great customer service.
15:55 19 Dec 22
Quarterly Service. The technician was very professional . He seemed very happy in his hob
21:19 13 Dec 22
Chris our tech is amazing. Great service and wonderful owners.
20:33 13 Dec 22
Excellent service. Commercial and residential.
17:38 13 Dec 22
20:39 12 Dec 22
Great company. Very reliable. Have seen no bugs, ants or any pests since using their services.
19:30 09 Dec 22
Monthly pest control. Very comfortable with these guys. So friendly and honest! Love working with them. Reliable product and fabulous service!!!!!
23:08 08 Dec 22
On time, professional
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18:49 06 Dec 22
I had a very pleasant experience. The technician was on time and very professional. He explained what he did and what I will need in the future. Being new to town he was very helpful.
18:23 06 Dec 22
Joel did a great, thorough job on my inspection. He was also pleasant & professional. Thank you!
23:42 05 Dec 22
20:45 05 Dec 22
Cypress Creek Pest Control provided prompt and courteous service. A technician was quickly dispatched to set-up a live trap and our problem critter was relocated to a better environment. We called back a couple of days later because we trapped another unwanted guest and Cypress Creek Pest Control quickly came and relocated the critter and returned our trap. Super easy to deal with, will gladly call them again, if necessary.
20:10 05 Dec 22
Used them for years, terrific staff and wonderful work done. I've recommended them to a handful of friends since we started using them!
20:16 02 Dec 22
Consistently quick response time, excellent professionalism, and friendly service. Highly recommend!
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21:44 01 Dec 22
I’m pleased with the service but was not pleased with a message left on my phone insinuating that I had not paid for the service. This was wrong because I paid with a check as soon as the service was done.
16:09 01 Dec 22
Cypress Creek Pest Control has phenomenal customer service and professionalism! There is a high level of knowledge, follow through and the communication is extraordinary.The entire staff I have encountered so far which is Edward, Daniel and Lisa have been amazing. The transparency and support is much appreciated through this challenging process my family and I have endured. I’m beyond happy with my decision to make this company a part of our pest control needs!!
15:41 23 Nov 22
Prompt service during holidays friendly helpful staff I called a few company's im glad I went with this one
14:55 23 Nov 22
The technician is Very professional and very considerate about the condition