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Five Tips for Pest Control During Hot San Antonio Summers

Triple-digit temperatures in San Antonio during the summer cause pests like flies, ants, scorpions, spiders and mosquitoes to run for shelter inside homes. These pests are taking hold in Texas due to the state’s warmer temperatures, and foraging for food and water can also lead to infestations with groceries or boxes.

According to Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife, common insects in Texas include ants, wolf spiders, crab spiders and jumping spiders, mosquitoes, flies and bedbugs. Common pests in San Antonio include bedbugs, ants, fleas, cockroaches, flies, mosquitoes, spiders, termites, and ticks.

Prevention and control activities depend on the type of pest, Orkin entomologist Glen Ramsey wrote in an email.

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“If you see ants, you’ll want to get rid of overripe, damaged fruit right away,” Ramsey wrote. “For most pests, including cockroaches, you’ll want to check and disinfect trash cans and recycling bins often. Also, don’t forget to regularly clean and disinfect countertops, drains, and sinks.”

Ramsey also advised reading a product’s label very carefully and following all instructions when treating parasites. If the source of infestation can be located, products are usually not needed, Ramsey wrote. However, getting rid of pests like cockroaches and ants can be an “ongoing process” and not a one-time treatment.

A wolf spider, one of the spider species commonly found in Texas

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Different pests can be drawn into homes for several reasons, Ramsey wrote, with general themes usually being food, water, clutter, and holes, cracks, or damaged screens.

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Pantries and cupboards should be checked for sugary foods in paper wrappers or crackers in cardboard wrappers, as they are “always a point of attraction” for pests, Ramsey wrote. Check for excessive humidity, leaky pipes, and general dampness in the home, as pests need water just as much as humans.

Pests like dark, undisturbed areas, so a cluttered home provides shelter for pests, Ramsey wrote. The clutter of dust can mean time for house cleaning, and any holes or cracks in the wall provide a safe haven for pests and usually serve as a breeding ground for pests.

Ramsey further advised the following steps in the event of a pest infestation in homes or apartments:

  • Remove any source of food, water or shelter
  • Store items in secure, closed plastic, glass or metal containers
  • Dispose of trash regularly with a tightly closed lid
  • Reduce clutter or areas where pests can hide
  • If necessary, call a pest control professional

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