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Backyards should be a sanctuary where homeowners can go to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Although this is true, backyards can be home to various types of creatures. In some cases, these creatures can even become pests and invade your personal sense of space. Some pests to look out for in your Houston backyard are ticks, wasps, ants, scorpions and fleas.
Ticks are never great to find, especially because they like to latch on to people or pets to feed. Ticks are more commonly seen around heavily wooded areas and can ruin any backyard fun. Ticks can carry and spread diseases such as the West Nile virus and Lyme disease, making them a large threat to you and your family. It is important to check for ticks and if they become a reoccurring issue, to take pest control action.
Coming in contact with a wasp is an unpleasant and sometimes painful experience. The National Pest Management Association said that, “stinging insects send more than half a million people to the emergency room every year.” Other stinging insects that you can come into contact with in your backyard include yellowjackets and hornets. All of these creatures can find shelter in areas around your house. They can create nests in the fence lines, overhangs, porches, decks and in the ground outside.
Ants hills are common to find outside. With over 700 ant species in the U.S., it would be peculiar not to see ants. Ants live in underground colonies and some ants, such as Argentine and Pavement ants, build their nests under plants and sidewalks. Fire ants are the worst to come across. These ants will sting if disturbed and they can leave a pretty painful mark.
Scorpions are native to the southwest and prefer dry climates. These pests will burrow in the soil for shelter and if the weather gets too hot for too long, they sometimes will enter homes as well. Scorpions are notorious for stinging prey as a defense mechanism. Some species of scorpions are poisonous so, it is important to take proper precautions to make sure these do not make a home out of your backyard.
Fleas are attracted to warm-blooded living creatures and like to reside in the backyard waiting for people and pets. Fleas can be transported by other wild animals and start to multiply fast. While a flea’s lifespan is around 100 days long, a female can create between 400-500 offspring in that timespan. It is important that these pests stay away from your family and pets.
We at Cypress Creek Pest Control want to make sure that your backyard stays the oasis that it should be. If you are seeing any of these common pests or more in your backyard or home, contact us so we can squash the issue.
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