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.
Great pest extermination every 3 months. Keeps all the bugs away!
18:41 31 May 23
General extermination. The professional employee they sent I recommend him to keep providing his experience and knowledge sharing.
20:10 29 May 23
Excellent bug control.
16:38 28 May 23
This is the first service I have used where I can use the backyard withou mosquito repellent
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14:47 26 May 23
Cypress creek pest services came out to my home for my quarterly service. Gotta say the technician was so good. Great customer service and very informative. Thank you!
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The office rep is very sweet, professional and accommodating. Every service rep that has visited my home is also very professional and explain what and where they will be treating. I feel well protected as they keep a very good scheduled visit. Thank you Cypress Creek.
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Professional, friendly, and on time! Always have answers and solutions to questions and issues!
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Great service and been with them for 5 yrs
14:23 20 May 23
Ernie came to give us a termite inspection. He was fantastic and clearly knew what he was doing. He offered helpful advice and wasn't pushy or trying to sell us upgrades like so many other companies do. Very friendly and knowledgeable! I will recommend Cypress Creek Pest Control to everyone I know.
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The service agent was late. The phone representative who set up the appointment told me they would be at my house between 8:30 AM and 12 noon. The service agent did not arrive until almost 1:30. Although he arrived at the time he was told service was scheduled this was not the time frame I was given.
17:50 17 May 23
They are the best! I’ve been a customer for years and they have never disappointed me.
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22:57 16 May 23
I’m pleased with the service I receive from Cypress Creek Pest Control. Awesome team with awesome leaders!
13:08 13 May 23
They are professional and on time!!! I have used them for years!!
20:35 12 May 23
Everything about this service was outstanding. When they knew they were just coming to get a kitten, not a dangerous animal, I thought the price was high, but l still used them. They did it outstanding job with the removal.
17:29 12 May 23
Danny was extremely nice, professional. We had tried another service but were disappointed by the fact that their policy was to not come back if it looked like the pests weren’t eliminated until the next quarter of the year! We switched immediately as our home had been vacant for over 9 months and the pests had definitely moved in!Now we see maybe 6 total during the last year. Very pleased in Spring! MBC
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We have used Cupress Creek for several years. Pleased with their service.
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Reasonably priced & professional. Treatment very effective.
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Great service and good price
13:41 08 May 23
Andy did a great job providing my home inspection. He covered all my concerns and then some.
13:39 08 May 23
Very professional and good services
22:07 05 May 23
They notice Pine Beatles and save our tree when had not even noticed
16:37 05 May 23
Great service from the office and service technician.
15:27 05 May 23
I can sit outdoors because of the great service Cypress Creek Pest Control provides. Their quarterly service keeps me pest free.
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Great service, Steve did a thorough job.
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17:33 03 May 23
I called and made appointment, they were right on time and seemed to be very through and quick. I used this company 22 years ago, this year I decided I had had enough of DYI treatments and turned it back over to them based on current reviews and my experience many years ago...
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16:47 03 May 23
Cy Creek Pest Control is great! I always have a positive experience when them. Scheduling is easy - we use the quarterly service and they call us to schedule and also to remind. Technicians are always friendly, professional, and on time. Their methods work and I trust them. They have great follow through and will get the problem solved!
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15:31 03 May 23
He was quick, professional and not chatty!! Send him next time again.
18:24 02 May 23
Very thorough, professional, friendly, and knowledgeable.
Mary Gibbs Black
17:22 02 May 23
I have used Tate as my inspector and he is very knowledgeable, very friendly and professional. I hope to keep Tate as my inspector in the future.