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Make Pest Control Part of Your New Year’s Resolutions

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 | Mid-Cities Pest Control

It’s January, the New Year has begun, as have the earnest attempts to create and fulfill our New Year’s Resolutions. For most of us, this means a re-focus on health and finances; topping the list of resolutions for 2018 is to eat healthier, get more exercise and save more money, according to statista. The road to achieving these goals is generally peppered with trips to the nearest health food store, signing up for a gym membership, and cutting down on discretionary spending (goodbye daily morning latte); however, there is an area that is often overlooked when it comes to planning and executing resolutions: pest control.

Upon first glance, pest control may seem an unlikely component of a New Year’s Resolution, but it can actually play an important part of goals directed toward personal and financial health. Here are a few ways you can augment your resolutions while making 2018 a pest-free year.

Pest-proof your Home

With a few simple fixes you can significantly lower the likelihood of pest issues, and save yourself some money down the line.


1. Clear away yard debris (leaves, grass, branches, etc.) from alongside your home. These make for excellent harborage areas for a whole host of pests, plus keeping the area around your home free from debris will make early detection easier and ensure for a more effective treatment should any problems arise.


2. Caulk any small gaps you notice, especially around plumbing areas and windows. These gaps make for easy entry for small pests like ants or roaches.

3. Keep food in airtight containers. Not only will you be limiting food sources for pests ranging from roaches to rats, but you will also be saving some money in the process by keeping your pantry pest-free. It’s an unfortunate truth that dry goods can sometimes be host to weevils or moth larvae, but by keeping your food in airtight containers you can drastically limit the spread of these pests, and not have to throw away huge amounts of infested food (and the money you spent on it).

Bonus Tip: It’s a good idea to take a periodic look through any stored dried goods to make sure they are pest free; the sooner you catch a problem, the better.


4. Clean out your garage. And any other storage areas you may have. Storage is an ideal place for rats to make nests and roaches to find shelter and food (yes, they will in fact eat your cardboard boxes), especially if they are left largely untouched for long periods of time. Plus, take this chance to put any open food (pet food, bird seed, etc.) in an airtight container. Leaving these kinds of food sources in a garage is an open invitation for rodents and can lead to costly repair work. Every year we get calls from people who have had rodents get into their garage and find their way to their car (the warmth of an engine in winter is especially enticing), where they then chew on wiring, which can cost thousands of dollars in repairs.


5. Maintain a Clean Kitchen. Anytime food is involved, it has the potential to attract pests, which makes the kitchen one of the hot spots for pest activity. For best pest prevention, keep these tips in mind:

  • Keep counters, sinks, backsplashes, and stovetops wiped down
  • Keep trash in a closed bin and take it out regularly
  • Clean out drains that could contain food debris with bleach
  • Clean garbage disposal blades by running it with some ice cubes
  • Regularly rotate and inspect fruit for signs of decay or fruit flies

Invest in a Service Plan

The adage “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is as true today as when Benjamin Franklin said it in 1735. This sentiment holds particularly relevant for pest control, as a pest problem can go from unnoticed to an infestation quicker than you might think. For example, in 1 month a pair of German Roaches could easily grow their population to almost 200 times its size. And once an infestation takes root, it is significantly more time consuming and costly to get rid of. By getting on, and staying on, regular preventative treatments, you can avoid having a major expense and hassle on your hands.

But why get on a service plan and not just do it yourself?

  • First, pest control companies are licensed to use much more effective products than are sold in stores or online.
  • Second, pest control companies have a much larger arsenal of products available to them to treat specifically for different pests.
  • Third, some of the products used to self-treat can actually be counterproductive to a professional pest control treatment.
  • Forth, pest control technicians are trained to spot problem areas and take care of an issue before it arises, so are much more likely to prevent an infestation from ever occurring.
  • Finally, and possibly most importantly, pest control technicians are trained to provide safe pest control services, which means that you, your family, your pets, and your home will be in knowledgable hands. To illustrate this in perhaps the most significant way, you just have to look at recent Cincinnati news where a home was set on fire by someone attempting to kill bed bugs themselves (reported by WXIX).


Know the Early Warning Signs

As we have discussed, prevention is key, so knowing when a problem is brewing can help make the difference between having to treat for a minor inconvenience instead of a major infestation. Here are a few of the predominant signs that you need to call a professional ASAP:

  • Swarming/Winged “ants”, especially in Spring. Though most types of ants have swarmers, in the Spring there is a good chance these could be termites, and catching these early can save you a lot of money in the long run.
  • Piles of Sawdust. This is usually an indicator of carpenter ants, which are also wood-destroying pests and can cause damage to your home.
  • Noises in the attic. Either day or night, this can be a sign of rodents, and where rodents go, so does costly repair work, not to mention the potential for disease.
  • Red/Brown Spots or Black Dots on a Mattress/Boxspring/Bedding. Tthese are very likely signs of bed bugs, a pest that is notoriously difficult to get rid of, but the sooner they are treated, the better the chance of fully eradicating them.

Not only will you save yourself time and money by getting these issues looked at and treated as soon as they arise, but you can help save yourself the undue anxiety and stress of contending with a sizeable infestation. And if one of your main goals is health this year, keeping the negative side effects of stress out of your life is probably as important as hitting the gym regularly.

Though it almost certainly isn’t the first thing that crosses your mind when planning out your New Year’s Resolutions, getting a handle on pest control can be a significant asset in your attempts to create a healthier and financially stronger life in 2018.

Author Bio: Alissa Breach has been gaining knowledge and experience around pest control concerns over the last 9 years while working for Mid-Cities Pest Control. She has a creative writing BFA from UW-Madison and is always pursuing new and interesting writing projects.

‘Twas the Night Before Bed Bugs

Friday, December 22, 2017 | Mid-Cities Pest Control

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house
Tiny creatures were stirring, much worse than a mouse;
The critters were crawling ‘cross floors and up walls,
In hopes that a family lay answering sleep’s calls;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While in-laws lay snoozing, no cares in their heads;
The presents were ready, the meals were prepped,
We were all unaware of what lurked where we slept;

Insects as small as the seed of an apple,
Leaving traces on linens, a rust-black dapple;
Away from their shelter they crept in a flash,
To find dinner within the tiniest gash;

Drawn first by our breathing, and second by heat,
They find a nice place where the air and skin meet,
And on arms, face or neck, wherever they can
They make a small cut and go straight to their plan;

A week’s worth of food, in just minutes it’s done,
They gorge on our blood then back home they must run,
To bed and to couch, to socket and frame,
They leave nothing but traces and surety of name:

“BED BUGS!” we shouted as each of us woke,
And gathered together, yet none of us spoke,
We saw rashes and hives and googled all morn,
And then quickly we leapt, a plan had been born!

We heated the sheets and froze what we could,
But with hours of work, it still was no good,
As the bugs had been found from housetop to floor,
Yet with Christmas Day passing, we all cried “No more!”

There were presents to open and food to enjoy,
Christmas spirit is something these bugs can’t destroy,
So with hope in our hearts we turned right around,
Toward a tree decked with lights where presents abound.

Gifts from mother and dad, from daughter and son,
From aunts, uncles, cousins, we opened each one,
The best gifts by far were from jolly St. Nick,
But as daylight receded our joy vanished quick;

The bugs were still out there, just lying in wait,
A new set to feed while yesterday’s mate,
A cycle set forth to drive up their numbers,
And keep us from merry sugar-plum slumbers;

And though the bites, we knew, didn’t transmit disease,
The idea of rashes just made us say “Please,”
“Please send us some help to make right our bed
And give us to know we have nothing to dread;”

We spoke not a word and went straight to our work,
When “I know who to call” was said with a smirk,
The postcard was hidden among all the rest,
“The Bug Dude” we said, is clearly the best;

From nymph to adult, all the bugs would be slain,
Leaving none left to wait till again they can reign.
And with a call made for help, we said it just right,
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!

Author Bio: Alissa Breach has been gaining knowledge and experience around pest control concerns over the last 9 years while working for Mid-Cities Pest Control. She has a creative writing BFA from UW-Madison and is always pursuing new and interesting writing projects.

Are Unexpected Guests Crashing Your Thanksgiving?

Monday, November 13, 2017 | Mid-Cities Pest Control

A cool breeze stirs the air, leaves rustle and fall to the ground, joining a pile of discarded acorns, Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns have been replaced by cornucopias and turkeys adorned with crimson, russet and amber feathers, and preparations begin for family and friends to join together for a feast. Thanksgiving is almost here.

As excitement mingles with eager anticipation, recipes are decided upon, grocery lists drawn up, and houses readied for inbound guests. Everything is on track until there’s a scurry in the attic late one night, a scratching in the bedroom wall, and a discovery of shredded boxes, paper, and insulation in a pile in the attic. With less than 3 weeks before Thanksgiving, rodents have arrived.

While thoughts of pumpkin pie, stuffing, and football were dancing through dreams, the rats and mice that have moved into the attic were busy foraging, building nests, and growing their population. And much as Thanksgiving is a time for family to come together, rats and mice keep their families close. This means that the nighttime attic noises are a sign that there may just be a rat pack crashing the festivities; and it’s not the crooning kind.

In fact, the average brown rat can give birth to 9 offspring after just 3 weeks of gestation. If left unchecked, that means that a starting population of 2 in November can soar to 400 by Easter. And mice are still more prolific; with a similar gestation period and litter size, they reach maturity sooner, which means that they can even outpace the rats in terms of number of uninvited and unwanted guests.

All those guests will inevitably have one thing on their mind…food. And just as Thanksgiving guests are there to eat their fill, so too are the rodents. From turkey to green bean casserole to scraps tossed in the garbage, they will eat just about anything. And not only do rats have no qualms eating our leftovers (at this point they have come to see us as their primary food source), but mice are also eating machines, needing to eat 15-20 times every day.

As rodents enjoy the spoils of a season of plenty, they are using their teeth for much more than just eating. Rats and mice will chew wires, boxes, paper goods, and more in order to shred them into small enough pieces to make nests for their ever-growing population. Imagine the old photo album sitting in your attic, the wiring to your A/C unit, boxes full of beloved Christmas decorations or childhood mementos all torn asunder by dozens of tiny teeth. Even more so, they are biologically compelled to chew and gnaw as their teeth constantly grow and have to be kept in check to avert disastrous consequences for the rat. But what do they chew on to keep their teeth filed? A rat’s teeth can cut through cinder block, aluminum sheeting, and lead, just to name a few. This means they will have no problem getting into any area of a home. They only need to make or find a hole about the size of a quarter to gain entry, and once inside they can jump (up to 3 feet high and 4 feet over), swim, and even climb certain walls in order to access food, warmth and nesting materials.

It’s not uncommon to even find rodents making their homes in and around cars in a garage. The warmth from the engine is enticing as the temperature outside drops, but rats in a car can quickly lead to chewed wires and costly repairs. Though there is no way to fully prevent rodents from invading, keeping dog food or bird seed in sealed containers in the garage can help limit their initial enticement.

But rats and mice aren’t the only rodents looking to make a winter nest indoors, squirrels are also preparing for winter and they are doing much more than simply burying acorns. With uncanny agility, a squirrel can climb to just about any part of a house looking for a viable entry point, and when one is found, they have more than strong enough teeth to exploit any weakness and find their way into a warm attic abounding with treasures they can turn into nesting materials. Once inside they are not only a threat to wiring, stored belongings, and insulation, they can just about drive a person crazy with the ruckus of running in and out of entry points scavenging for food.

Fortunately, squirrel populations grow slower than rats or mice, which means that getting rid of them can take less time and get you back to your pre-Thanksgiving prep rodent-free even quicker. We use a humane live animal trapping procedure like those endorsed by the Humane Society, and once the squirrel is trapped our technicians will relocate it to a new home far enough away that it cannot get back to your house.

So who’s the most vulnerable to having rodent activity this season? Each home will have its own particular risk factors for nesting rodents as fall settles in and winter lies in wait. In established neighborhoods of Arlington, North Richland Hills, Hurst, Euless, Bedford, and Haltom City rodents tend to find easier access through gaps that arise as houses settle. These gaps, or entry points, will need to be sealed in order to control any rodent issues. Our technicians are experts at identifying rodent entry points and getting them fully sealed, and the Exclusion Work we do to prevent rodents from getting back through those entries is warrantied for a full year, meaning all your upcoming celebrations, from Christmas to Halloween will be worry free.

In newer neighborhoods of Frisco, McKinney, Flower Mound, Mansfield, and Allen rodents will find it more difficult to gain entry into a home, but they will be especially motivated to do so as recent construction will be pushing them from other nesting areas. And even if a rodent doesn’t find easy entry, they can still make nests near homes, which puts cars, outdoor wiring, siding, and any unprotected food at risk. If left unchecked, these populations will grow and eventually make their way inside.

It may feel overwhelming to discover a rodent population has settled into your home just as Thanksgiving approaches. There may be panic at the thought of relatives hearing scurrying in walls or scampering in the attic. Disgust as trash is strewn across floors, food is found nibbled and droppings discovered in attics, closets or garages. That’s exactly when you need to call a professional; our certified technicians will quickly and efficiently assess the situation and lay out a treatment plan which can give you peace of mind and free up your time to focus on the joy of family and friends gathering together to give thanks.

Additional Resources:

The Facts About Rats” – U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Squirrels” – Humane Society
Squirrels” – Texas Parks & Wildlife

Author Bio: Alissa Breach has been gaining knowledge and experience around pest control concerns over the last 9 years while working for Mid-Cities Pest Control. She has a creative writing BFA from UW-Madison and is always pursuing new and interesting writing projects.

Fall Pest Control

Sunday, September 10, 2017 | Mid-Cities Pest Control

Providing maintenance to the outside of your home this fall goes a long way in preventing many different types of pests from entering your home. Called overwintering pests, they include specific insects and rodents who can begin entering your home during the fall. They will seek also seek shelter in your home when it turns cold. The following are tips for homeowners to use in conjunction with professional pest control in Fort Worth, TX to keep your home pest free. Contact the Bug Dude today to schedule services.

The invading pests of fall can also bring viruses and disease into your home. The cockroach may travel through the sewer pipe, and into unsealed food supplies, or crawl over the dishes in the cabinet and silverware in the drawer. The bacteria and viruses they leave behind can make you and your family sick.

Rodents are another pest that carries diseases and crawls over canned goods and among the dishes, and on counters. Unfortunately, they also chew on your home’s electric wiring and can cause a house fire. They chew through walls and may chew on furnishings, causing damage throughout the home. Droppings and possibly gnaw marks, or shredded paper are signs of an infestation. Check inside and outside of your home for any holes or cracks where rodents could possibly enter your home. Our technicians can take care of your pest control in Fort Worth, TX needs.

Termites can chew their way through your home’s structure, weakening it and can cause extreme destruction. You may not even know they are there, until they swarm in the spring.

Some species of spiders live longer than a year, and they will find your warm home an inviting place to overwinter. These include the poisonous species no homeowner wants in their home. Schedule professional pest control in Fort Worth, TX today.

Many homeowner’s choose to provide their own pest control. However, a professional has the equipment to spray hard to reach places, such as the roof line and upper story window frames, for example. A professional also has the knowledge to identify specific pests, their preferences, and the best means of treating them.

Fall is a time when overwintering pests will enter your home. Maintenance and professional pest control in Fort Worth, TX can keep your home pest free.

The following tips will assist you to keep pests out of your home as the weather cools down. Contact The Bug Dude for all your pest control in Fort Worth, TX:

  1. Check screens for a tight fit, and if gaps are present, replace them. In addition, repair holes and tears or replace the screens. Secure screen wire over plumbing vents. Vents that exhaust heat, such as a gas heater, gas water heater and fireplaces will require heat resistant mesh wire or other product designed for it.
  2. Damp or wet areas attract pests in your home. Repair leaky roofs, leaky plumbing, and install a sump pump in wet basements or crawl spaces. Call today to schedule pest control in Fort Worth, TX.
  3. Seal cracks, gaps, holes and crevices on the home’s exterior using caulk and/or expanding foam. The areas you want to check for gaps where pests may enter include around duct work, plumbing, cables, or others. Mice can fit through a hole the size of a dime, so leave no gap untreated. Items that exhaust heat require a specialized high heat tolerant caulking. In addition, seal holes in siding and repair loose mortar on brick exteriors. These are also simple ways to keep cold air from entering your home in the winter, and hot air in the summer.
  4. Maintain a clean home, and clean up crumbs and dirty dishes. If you can’t wash dishes right away, store them in the dishwasher. Never leave water sitting in the sink.
  5. Store non-perishable food in airtight containers.
  6. Dispose of garbage routinely, and ensure a tight fitting lid.
  7. Replace worn, cracked or warped weatherstripping, and replace door sweeps.
  8. Firewood should be stored at least 20 feet away from your home. Furthermore, stack it on concrete blocks to keep it off of the ground.
  9. Trim shrubs and trees at least 2 feet away from your home.
  10. Use rubber mulch or gravel in flower beds. Never use bark mulch which attracts termites and encourages other insect infestations.
  11. Eliminate brush and junk piles to discourage pests.
  12. Keep grass neatly mown to discourage rodents and other pests.
  13. Don’t leave pet food out overnight, and seal the bags at all times. Pet food will entice pests to enter your home.
  14. Repair gutters and ensure proper drainage. Check the ground slope against the home’s foundation to ensure proper drainage. Gutter extensions are also effective in carrying water away from the foundation where drainage is less than desired.
  15. Don’t store paper products in your home. For example, cockroaches, silverfish and rodents will take advantage of paper products. For those you can’t discard, store them in tightly sealed plastic containers.
  16. Have dead trees and stumps removed.
  17. Check children’s outdoor toys before storing them or bringing them indoors.
  18. Treatment of fire ants will reduce or eliminate new beds in the spring. The Bug Dud is here to help for your pest control in Fort Worth, TX.
  19. If you see a lot of yellow jackets or wasps flying, it is likely a nest is nearby. Check under eaves, roofs and decks of all structures for wasp nests. Yellow jackets typically build in the ground. Yellow jackets can often be seen flying to the nest just before dusk. If you suspect a wasp or yellow jacket problem, we can help. Contact The Bug Dude for professional pest control in Fort Worth, TX.

These pest-proofing tips will assist to keep pests away from your home in the fall when the temperature begins to drop. However, if you have a pest problem, contact The Bug Dude to schedule effective pest control in Fort Worth, TX.

Rodent and Squirrel Pest Control

Thursday, August 10, 2017 | Mid-Cities Pest Control

It can be difficult to keep rodents out of your home. For example, mice can squeeze through openings as small as a dime, and rats can enter through holes no larger than a quarter. Sealing any crack or gap they may enter is the best means of keeping them out of your home. Unfortunately, small spaces they can enter are easily missed, and can be in locations you never considered. The Bug Dude can locate potential entries and provide the professional pest control in Fort Worth to get your rodent problem under control.

Rats and mice aren’t the only rodent problem homeowners can face. Squirrels are also a problem for many homes. When winter arrives, like many species of insects, rodents, will try to enter your home for shelter during the fall and early winter. They can gain access to your home from utility lines, squeezing past the cables and wires and into your home. Squirrels will often chew through the roof and eaves to gain access to the attic.

If you have seen squirrels jump from tree to tree via limbs, you probably know they can potentially jump from nearby limbs to your home. From the roof, they can enter through gaps, cracks or holes under eaves, gutters, gables, siding, vents and down vent pipes and chimneys. A trip down vent pipes often results in the animals becoming trapped and dying, and odor can become a problem in your home. Don’t ignore small holes, rodents will often gnaw until it is large enough for them to enter.

Rodent Damage

Rodents gnaw to maintain a manageable length to their fast growing teeth. Their gnawing can cause significant damage to the home, and can be a threat to your health and even, the lives of your family. The threat isn’t due to the potential for disease alone, they can cause serious damage in your home without management. Furthermore, once they start multiplying, the problem can get out of control quickly. If your home is experiencing a problem with rodents, act now, and contact The Bug Dude for pest control in Fort Worth.

The list of items and structures they can damage is extensive. They damage insulation, walls, doors, floors, plumbing, hoses, and perhaps most dangerous of all – electrical wiring. Rodent damaged wiring poses the risk of fire and/or shock. Rodents will chew through the insulation encasing electrical wiring. The insulation prevents nearby flammable materials, such as the wooden structure of the walls, from igniting when arcing or overheating of the wire occurs. If you have a rodent issue, contact The Bug Dude to schedule pest control in Fort Worth.

The experts estimate rodents are responsible for approximately 25% of all house fires due to damage to electrical wiring. Contact The Bug Dude for professional pest control in Fort Worth.

The Signs of a Rodent Problem

You will know you have a rodent problem if you find the following:

  • Signs of gnawing in or around your home, garage, workshop or other structures. Electrical damage may be not only in your home, but also in the vehicle, lawn mower or other outdoor equipment.
  • Nest with nesting materials, such as shredded insulation, in the attic, basement, vehicles, outdoor equipment, or in sheltered areas on your property.
  • Droppings are clear evidence of a rodent problem. Squirrel droppings are likely to be clustered in a single spot, while mice and rats will randomly defecate and abundantly.
  • You may see mice and rats scurrying throughout your home. Hearing their scratching, gnawing and scurrying in attics, walls and ceilings are also possible.
  • Inspect cabinets, drawers, boxes, and along baseboards for signs of a rodent infestation, such as droppings, nests, or chewed packaging.


  • Sealing potential entry points is essential.
  • Clean up food spills and crumbs. Put food up and discard food scraps in a tight fitting garbage can. Take out the garbage routinely.
  • Store packaged goods in sturdy glass, metal or dense plastic materials.
  • Repair damaged screens.
  • Inspect door sweeps and replace cracked or damaged sweeps.
  • Inspect and replace damaged weather stripping on doors and windows.
  • Ensure chimneys are fitted with fire proof wire for chimneys, and close the flue when not in use.
  • Ensure attics, basements and crawlspaces are dry.
  • Maintain a tidy and uncluttered home, lawn and garage.
  • Trim trees and shrubs a minimum of two feet from your home.
  • In addition, check the attic, basement, nests, or chewed packaging. Rodent populations can rapidly expand, and early identification of an infestation can prevent damage in your home. The Bug Dude can take care of your rodent populations with pest control in Fort Worth.
  • Store dry pet foods and bird seed in a sealed metal container. In addition, don’t leave pet food out overnight.
  • Dispose of fallen fruit from trees.
  • Keep the grass cut and around your home neatly trimmed.
  • Store firewood at least 12 inches off the ground.
  • Schedule routine pest control in Fort Worth for your home or business.

If you have rodents in your home, or other pest issues, contact The Bug Dude to schedule a professional treatment of your home. Rodents breed rapidly, and waiting to call for pest control in Fort Worth may result in damage to your home. Take control of your rodent problem now. Contact The Bug Dude for effective pest control in Fort Worth.

Dealing with Red Wasps

Saturday, July 15, 2017 | Mid-Cities Pest Control

The red wasp is approximately an inch long, with red all over its body and dark colored wings. Every year the red wasp aggressively defends its nest, and sends some persons to the emergency room. It’s most useful for its killing of other insects, but overall, the red wasp is more dangerous in and around your home than beneficial. If you see red wasps flying around your home, it likely means you have one or more nests on your property. When you have a problem with red wasps and require assistance, contact The Bug Dude, we will take care of the problem for you with professional pest control in Fort Worth, TX.

Red wasps prefer areas such as eaves, overhangs, soffits, siding and any crevices around windows. Other locations to watch include inside car doors where the hinges attach, in overgrown areas, garages and under shed roofs. If you have cracks in the siding, they may also nest in your walls. Adult workers and males live on the nectar collected from flowers, and sweet food wastes in garbage cans or in containers, such as a soda can. When outdoors,avoid an open drink, which may attract wasps. Always keep food and drink covered when outdoors. When red wasps, or other pests are ruining your outdoor time, give us a call to schedule pest control in Fort Worth, TX.

The nest is a paper-like structure of cells attached to the nest. A small stem is attached to the nest to secure it. The red wasp doesn’t reuse the nest, building a new one every spring. Treating red wasps is dangerous, it’s best to leave pest control in Fort Worth, TX to the professionals. Contact The Bug Dude to schedule treatment.

Tips to Keep Wasps Out of Your Home

  • Sealing potential points of entry can’t only keep red wasps out, but also prevents other pests from getting into your home. Use caulking or expanding foam to seal holes in siding, around windows, and other potential entries. Sealing your home and scheduling pest control in Fort Worth, TX are the most effective tools in preventing unwanted pests.
  • Replace or repair torn screens.
  • If you have fruit trees, keep the fruit picked up.

Reducing the Chance of a Sting

Avoid wearing bright yellow, orange or blue clothing. In addition, avoid the use of scented shampoo, hairspray, cologne, perfume and other scented products. In addition, avoid swatting at wasps, which increases the likelihood of receiving a sting.

An additional fact to remember is that wasps don’t lose their stinger. They can and will cling to you and sting you repeatedly. Similar to a yellow jacket, wasps will pursue you for a great distance. Also, when their nest is disturbed or they feel threatened, they will swarm, potentially delivering multiple stings. An attack may be fatal, even if you aren’t allergic to their sting, as a nest may contain more than 800 individual wasps. Wasps are active during the day, and return to the nest at night. If you have wasp nests on your property, contact The Bug Dude for professional pest control in Fort Worth, TX.

There are a number of different types of wasps, and you may have more than one type. When you call The Bug Dude to provide pest control in Fort Worth, TX, our technician will identify the type or types of wasps affecting your home. Correct identification may affect the program of treatment and prevention.

If you find a wasp nest, be sure to keep children and pets away from the area until it’s removed and/or treated. Contact The Big Dude today to schedule pest control in Fort Worth, TX.

The Treatment of a Wasp Sting

A normal reaction to a wasp sting is pain, swelling and redness around the sting site.

An extreme local reaction involves excessive swelling. For example, a sting on the hand may result in the entire arm being swollen. Doctors recommend you treat it as you would a normal reaction. An extreme reaction should peak at approximately 48 hours and gradually improve in the following days.

Anaphylaxis is the most serious and is discussed in the following.

If you have never been stung by a wasp before, you are unable to know if you would have a life threatening reaction. Wasp stings are painful, the following tips can help with the pain.

  • Use a cold compress such as an ice-pack.
  • Take an over-the-counter antihistamine to provide relief of itching, swelling and hives. However, never give this medication to children under the age of 2, or to pregnant women, unless your doctor says it’s okay. You may also take an “NSAID” pain reliever such as ibuprofen for the pain.
  • If you have questions, contact your doctor.


The allergic reaction, anaphylaxis can occur when you have become sensitized to the poison in the sting. Anaphylaxis isn’t common, but can be fatal. If you have allergies to insect stings, talk to your doctor about a kit containing epinephrine, and carry it with you at all times.

If someone has the following symptoms after being stung, contact 911:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing and/or trouble swallowing
  • Swelling of the face, throat or mouth
  • Rapid Pulse
  • Restlessness and anxiety
  • Dizziness
  • A drop in blood pressure

If you are bothered by red wasps, or other pests, contact The Bug Dude for professional pest control in Fort Worth. The Bug Dude serves Fort Worth and the surrounding areas.

Ticks | Pest Control in Fort Worth, TX

Thursday, June 15, 2017 | Mid-Cities Pest Control

The Bug Dude will take care of your pest problems with professional pest control in Fort Worth, TX. Vector borne diseases are a growing problem, and among these ticks are a common cause of illness. Ticks are small arthropods that feed on blood. They belong to the class Arachnida, a class which also includes spiders, scorpions and mites. They are both parasites and vectors of numerous diseases. Examples of the diseases they can transmit include Lyme disease, bubonic plague, Q fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Meningoencephalitis, tularemia, rickettsia, tape worm and others. They feed on humans, pets and livestock. Ticks aren’t insects, because they have eight legs, where insects have six.

While there are numerous species of ticks, the two most common species found in Texas are the Brown Dog Tick and the Lone Star Tick. The American Dog Tick and the Deer Tick are encountered occasionally as well.  

While ticks are commonly associated with wooded areas, they also live in brush and grassy fields.  The larvae, nymphs and adults typically feed on mule deer, livestock and other wild mammals, as well as humans, birds, reptiles and even amphibians.

Ticks are typically found when you inspect for ticks, or when the tick’s body is already engorged with blood. Ticks will also crawl up to the head, where the hair makes it difficult to see.  Tweezers are the approved tool by the CDC for removal.

Prevention and Pest Control

Take extra precautions against ticks when outdoors or when in contact with outdoor animals. Inspection is always required for ticks after being outdoors. In addition, use veterinarian approved protection for pets and livestock. The Bug Dude can help prevent the risk of ticks with professional pest control in Fort Worth, TX.

Common Ticks in Texas

Brown Dog Ticks

The brown dog tick, Rhipicephalus sanguineus, is small and brown in color. Dogs and other canines are the preferred hosts, but they will feed on humans. The brown dog tick usually feed only three times during their entire life. First when they are in the larval stage, next while they are nymphs, and finally when they become adults. They leave their host when they molt for each stage and again to mate after their adult feeding.

Brown dog ticks are a known to vector of ehrlichiosis in dogs and cats, and canine babesiosis in dogs. Furthermore, they’re also capable of transmitting rickettsial diseases in humans.

Lone Star Ticks

The Lone Star tick, Amblyomma americanum, are common throughout Texas. The adults are tan to brown in color, with the adult females having a distinctive white “star” on their back. They will feed on humans during all three stages of their life. This tick can transmit Human Monocytic Ehrlichosis, Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Southern Tick Associated Rash Illness and Tularemia. Contact us today to schedule professional pest control in Fort Worth, TX.

Tick Control

The Bug Dude uses different methods of tick control when implementing pest control in Fort Worth, TX. Treatment will depend on the species, and the extent and location of an infestation. In addition, it isn’t uncommon for homes with a tick problem to also have nuisance animal problems, such as rodents or other animals. You may not even be aware of an animal problem, but if they are hosting ticks, addressing the animal issue will help to prevent ticks.

How to Remove a Tick

The proper removal of a tick reduces your chances of contracting a disease. However, not all ticks will be a carrier of disease. Furthermore, when illness does occur, modern medicine offers treatment. Use the following method for removing a tick burrowed into your skin.

The CDC recommends using tweezers to remove a tick. First, pull back any hair to reveal the tick and bite. Next, gently grasp the head of the tick as close to the skin as possible. Don’t grasp the ticks body to avoid injecting the ticks blood into the skin. Pull outward in a straight motion until the head clears the body. Don’t twist or squeeze overly hard to avoid the separation of the head from the body, leaving the head inside the skin.

Once the tick is removed, wash the area with soap and water. Use alcohol or iodine to also cleanse the area. The signs of a tick related illness can include a rash or fever in the weeks following a tick bite. Contact The Bug Dude today to schedule professional pest control in Fort Worth, TX. We will get rid of your pests and provide tips to assist in keeping them away.

Carefully inspect your home for cracks and crevices, and also poorly fitting screens and doors. Ticks and other pests can enter the home through these, so careful sealing and properly fitting screens and doors can prevent their entry in your home. Furthermore, mow the lawn frequently to discourage ticks. In addition, remove bird nests and other nesting wildlife when possible to discourage tick infestation. However,  professional pest control in Fort Worth, TX along with these precautionary methods provides the best preventative.

Pest Prevention Tips

When the inspection is complete, the Bug Dude may recommend actions to make your environment less hospitable for ticks.  For example, trimming trees to allow sunlight to filter through into shaded areas may help to reduce tick populations. Other tick deterring tricks include removing leaf litter, thick ground cover and removing piles of debris, trimming shrubs away from the home and stacking firewood up off the ground. Target the areas pets and family members use. A tidy, frequently mowed lawn and routine pest control in Fort Worth, TX provides the best tick prevention.

Treatment by the Pros

If a tick infestation is especially heavy, it may be necessary to treat your pets, home, the lawn, and wooded areas. The Bug Dude can provide the professional pest control in Fort Worth, TX that you need to get rid of ticks, and other pests. Professional pest control in Fort Worth, TX is the most effective means available for treating and preventing a tick infestation. We serve Fort Worth and the surrounding areas with professional pest control services.

Mosquitoes | Pest Control Fort Worth, TX

Monday, May 15, 2017 | Mid-Cities Pest Control

With warm weather mosquitoes arrive, and bring a growing threat of disease. Habitat and the number of potential diseases that can and do occur in the United States now include West Nile Virus, Zika, Chikungunya, Malaria, Dengue, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, St. Louis Encephalitis, and Dog Heartworm. Unfortunately, the mosquitoes likely to be a vector of disease are abundant in the southern half of the  U.S., including Texas. Contact The Bug Dude today to schedule professional pest control in Fort Worth, TX.

Asian Tiger Mosquito (Aedes albopictus)
The Asian Tiger Mosquito receives its name from its black and white striped body and legs. A native of Asia, it was accidentally imported to the continental U.S., in 1985 through tires from Asia. It’s an aggressive daytime biter and can be a vector of numerous diseases, including West Nile Virus, Zika, encephalitis, Chikungunya and dengue fever. As with other species of mosquito, only the females bite, requiring a blood meal to produce its eggs.

The Asian Tiger mosquito is found worldwide, and has adapted to colder climates. Recent research reveals the mosquito can pass Zika Virus along in its eggs. To date, Zika occurring naturally in the U.S. has occurred in southern Florida and southern Texas. The females lay their eggs inside containers where stagnant water stands, such as tires, flowerpots, birdbaths and baby pools, or any location that can hold water. Controlling the environment and scheduling professional pest control in Fort Worth, TX are the best means of reducing your family’s chances of mosquito-born diseases.

Preventing Asia Tiger Mosquitoes
An effective means of preventing mosquitoes is by eliminating standing water around your home.

Yellow Fever Mosquitoes
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are one of the most widespread of the mosquito species. Their common name originates from their being the primary vectors of yellow fever, which is prevalent in tropical South America and Africa. While yellow fever isn’t currently a risk in the U.S., the mosquito is widespread in the U.S. In addition, it’s the vector of other diseases, such as Zika Virus, dengue, Chikungunya and other diseases. Their preferred habitat is to live near and feed on humans, making them more likely to cause disease, than some other species, for example Aedes albopictus. However, it’s important to realize both can cause disease. Contact The Bug Dude for pest control in Fort Worth.

With the introduction of new mosquito born diseases in the U.S., it’s essential for each home and community to do all it can to prevent mosquitoes, including pest control in Fort Worth. Aedes aegypti lays its eggs in standing water, often in man made containers. Furthermore, the eggs of this species can survive for as long as 8 months when they dry out. Once water is reintroduced, the eggs hatch, becoming adults within a week. The eggs are laid on the walls of containers and require strong scrubbing to remove them. They’re active throughout the day, and at dusk and dawn. Only the female bites, and feeds on blood, in order to produce eggs.

Mosquito Prevention
Mosquito prevention relies on eliminating standing water around your home. At least once per week empty and scrub items that can hold water. Alternatively, you can cover or throw away items which hold water. In addition, rain collection barrels should be covered with fine mesh screen wire to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside and laying eggs.

Additional Tips to Prevent Mosquitoes
When outdoors, wear a long sleeve shirt tucked into long pants. In addition, tuck pants into socks. Furthermore, use insect repellent containing 20% DEET, and professional pest control in Fort Worth, TX.

  • Ensure the screens on windows and doors fits tightly, and is in good repair.
  • Use mosquito repellents and follow instructions carefully.
  • Use yellow “bug lights” outdoors, while not a repellent, mosquitoes aren’t as attracted to them as general lighting.
  • Use professional pest control in Fort Worth, TX for treatment.

Facts About the Spread of Disease
Zika, dengue and Chikungunya are new to the U.S. It’s now known that mosquitoes which bite an infected person, can spread Zika when it bites. In addition, Zika can contracted through sexual contact with an infected person.

The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain and/or conjunctivitis. The illness is mild and symptoms may last up to a week. The need for hospitalization is rare. However, the threat to unborn children is critical, as it can cause severe birth defects.

Dengue Fever
Dengue Fever is a leading cause of illness and death in the tropics and subtropics. However, it has been reported in both Texas and Florida. Symptoms begin with fever, severe headache, with pain behind the eyes, rash, joint and muscle pain. Early diagnosis is critical as symptoms can become critical fast.

Protect your family by using the tips provided in this blog, and contact us for pest control in Fort Worth, TX.

Common symptoms are fever and joint pain. Additional symptoms may include rash, headache, muscle pain and swollen joints. It’s rarely fatal, but the pain is severe.  While Chikungunya isn’t common in the U.S., and its territories, outbreaks have occurred.

Mosquito treatment involves the two methods of larvacide mosquito dunks, and a standard barrier treatment. The Bug Dude can provide the pest control in Fort Worth, TX that you require.

EPA Recommended Mosquito Repellents

The EPA recommends using a repellent with one of the following ingredients, and states it’s safe for pregnant for pregnant and breastfeeding women when used as directed:

  • DEET
  • Picaridin, also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel, and icaridin
  • Lemon eucalyptus oil  (OLE) or para-menthane-diol (PMD)
  • IR3535
  • 2-undecanone

Contact The Bug Dude today to schedule professional pest control in Fort Worth, TX for mosquito problems, or other pest control needs. Professional pest control uses a mosquito treatment involving the use of larvacide tablets in stagnant water, such as ponds, and fogging in thick vegetation. Our knowledgeable professionals serve Fort Worth and the surrounding areas.

Fire Ants | Pest Control Fort Worth, Texas

Monday, April 17, 2017 | Mid-Cities Pest Control

The red imported fire ant is an invasive insect with the ability to sting repeatedly.  The sting typically results in complaints of burning, itching and a white pustule that forms within 48 hours. Fire ants build mounds in the areas they inhabit, and will swarm when their mound is disturbed. They among the worst pests in the Southern United States in terms of effects on human health, property damage, and environmental damage. The Bug Dude can provide the professional pest control in Fort Worth, Texas you need for fire ant control.

Fire ants form colonies close to homes, and prefer sunny locations such as dry fields and lawns. Entire colonies will occasionally nest in walls or rafters, and occasionally move in homes or other structures during floods or extended drought. Colonies can contain a population of several hundred thousand ants, and one or more queens. They are a threat to sleeping people, and especially to invalids and infants or small children. Serious injury or even death may occur when fire ants attack these defenseless victims.

It is not uncommon for fire ant mounds to appear after rain. Furthermore,  when they first appear in the spring  is the time to administer the first treatment. Contact the Bug Dude today to receive professional pest control in Fort Worth, Texas of your lawn and home.

Fire ants are known to cause property damage, including in home’s. They can cause short circuits in the home’s electrical system, and are notorious for invading air conditioning systems and electrical supplies indoors and out. In the public arena, they invade traffic signals, utility supply boxes, switching boxes, and other electrical and utility equipment, resulting in short circuits and damage to components. Ants are also a nuisance in home gardens and fields of vegetables, damaging crops and resulting in losses, especially during hot dry weather.

Professional Pest Control in Fort Worth, Texas

The first step in determining the proper treatment for an ant problem is the proper identification of the species. It is difficult to eradicate fire ants, as they will continue to spread in satellite colonies from neighboring properties. Controlling them, however, is possible. Managing fire ants, typically requires repeated treatments. Your efforts will be more successful if you can recruit the neighbors to battle fire ants. Otherwise, re-infestation will be an ongoing battle.

Home Remedies

You probably read a lot about home remedies, but the fact is they either do not work or cause damage to the environment. While some home remedies may kill fire ants, they will not eliminate the colonies. Disturbing mounds will only cause the colonies to move. Shoveling ants from one mound on top of another does not force the colonies to kill each other, as some people believe. Sprinkling flour, grits or other solid food substances onto fire ant mounds is also ineffective against them. The only effective treatment’s are based on science. Contact the Bug Dude today to schedule professional pest control in Fort Worth, Texas.

Fire ants are omnivores, which means they feed on both animal or vegetable sources. They will eat meat, greasy and sweet foods, other insects, earthworms, ticks, boll weevils, spiders, arthropod eggs, flea larvae, cockroach eggs, honeydew, and others. Plant sources include seeds, such as corn, sorghum, and soybeans. Plants sources include, corn, potatoes,peas,okra, and citrus fruit to name a few. Fire ants will also feed on young and newborn vertebrate animals, such as birds, rodents, and calves. In addition, fire ants consume carrion when the opportunity arises. Contact the Bug Dude today to schedule effective pest control in Fort Worth, Texas.

While gasoline will kill some fire ant colonies, it is strongly discouraged. Gasoline is dangerous, costly, and will kill the surrounding grass and other plants. Furthermore, it will pollute the soil and potentially the ground water you drink, and nearby streams, lakes and rivers. In addition, pouring hot or boiling water on a mound kills only the ants it can reach, those close to the surface. However, it will also kill grass and plant life. Contact The Bug Dude for pest control in Fort Worth, Texas that will not harm your lawn.

Tips to Prevent Fire Ants in the Home

1. Clean up food crumbs, and drink spills. Never leave left overs out in the open or throw them outside. Place in a trash bag and tie securing, placing it in the trash. Fire ants will invade your home for sweets such as donuts, sugary cereals, and other sweet treats as surely as if you sent them an invitation. Store non-perishable food in tightly sealed containers to protect against fire ants. In addition, store pet food in sealed containers, and do not leave pet food out at all times to avoid providing food to fire ants.

2. Fire ants enter a home through cracks and gaps, including around windows and doors, or in the siding, around gaps surrounding incoming wires, cables, pipes and plumbing. Seal these entry points with caulk or expanding foam, and contact The Bug Dude for pest control in Fort Worth, Texas.

3. Repair plumbing and roofing leaks, as fire ants are attracted to moisture, especially during a drought.

4. Check potted plants for fire ants in the soil before bringing them indoors.

5. Mulch is commonly used to assist outdoor plants in retaining moisture and deterring weeds. Unfortunately, it provides an ideal environment for fire ants. Our Though mulch is beneficial for plants, it provides a convenient environment for fire ants. Your pest control professional can advise you about alternatives for your area.

6. Maintain a space of at least 2-3 feet between your home and trees or shrubs to help prevent pests from entering.

Contact The Bug Dude today to schedule professional pest control in Fort Worth, Texas for fire ant treatment. The Bug Dude can take care of your problem with fire ants or other pests with professional pest control in Fort Worth, Texas. We serve Fort Worth and the surrounding areas with professional pest control services you can rely on. Do not let pests ruin your outdoor activities and entertaining this summer, contact The Bug Dude today.

Pest Control Fort Worth, TX

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 | Mid-Cities Pest Control

Preventive Pest Management

Often, the solution for a persistent pest problem is a combination of professional pest control in Fort Worth and preventative pest management. No homeowner cares for a pest problem, but it is especially important to effectively control them when family members experience allergies. Cockroach saliva, droppings, and cast-off exoskeletons are known factors that trigger allergies and worsen symptoms. Cockroaches are one of the most common triggers for those with allergies and asthma. If your home has a pest problem, contact The Bug Dude, we will take care of the problem with effective pest control, and assist you with tips for preventative pest management.

Preventative pest control has been proven to reduce the number of days sick from allergies due to cockroaches. Children are especially sensitive to the allergies triggered by cockroaches, with one in five children testing positive for an allergy to cockroaches. Together with professional pest control in Fort Worth, your family will be healthier and the risk of disease from the pests eliminated.

Children in homes being treated for cockroaches experience an improvement in their health, and less complications related to allergies. If you have a cockroach infestation, contact The Bug Dude today to schedule service. We recommend being proactive in your approach to the pests, before, during and after treatment.

Use the following tips to help keep these unwanted pests out of your home and to provide a healthy and safe environment:  

• Seal all cracks and gaps around your home’s exterior, including the foundation. This includes around doors, windows, in siding, and place screen wire over vent pipes. However, use approved high temperature wire for vents that exhaust heat, such as a gas water heater and the gas furnace.
• Keep kitchen counters, the dining table and floors clean of drink, food and crumbs. Periodically move kitchen appliances and clean under them to remove any potential food source.
• Provide regular vacuuming of  carpets, rugs, drapes and furniture to remove cockroach debris.
• Empty garbage cans routinely and dispose of in a tightly sealing trash can.
• Repair water leaks in and outside your home.
• Store nonperishable foodstuffs in tightly sealed containers.
• A neat, clean house is less inviting to pests.
• Check all bags and packages before bringing them into the home.
• Do not leave pet food and water out overnight.
• Cockroaches can produce a musty odor in your home when present in large numbers. If your home experiences this odor and no other cause can be determined by your plumber and HVAC technician, contact The Bug Dude for an inspection.
• Schedule routine treatment of your home with professional pest control in Fort Worth.
• Remove piles of paper and cardboard to avoid providing them with a handy home.

There are approximately 70 species of cockroaches in the U.S. However, only a small number will inhabit homes. Three that commonly live in U.S. homes include the American cockroach, the German cockroach, and the brown-banded cockroach. Our dedicated professionals can take care of your cockroach problem with pest control in Fort Worth, year round.

The American cockroach favors the habitat of food storage areas such as cabinets,  pantry, basements, and sewers. They typically enter a home in shopping bags, often from bakeries, grocery stores, and restaurants. In addition, they will enter your home through the sewer pipe. Moisture from leaks, wet sinks and other sources are also an attraction for them and will contribute to their distribution in your home. These cockroaches develop wings when mature, and will fly.

The German cockroach is distributed worldwide. They favor the warmer, more humid areas of the home such as the kitchen and bathroom. However, they may be found in other parts of the home if food and moisture are present. They also are typically brought into the home in bags and boxes. In addition, they are known for their ability to transmit disease from the pathogens E. coli, Salmonella and Typhus. They tend to reproduce rapidly and will require professional pest control in Fort Worth to get them under control.

The brown-banded cockroach is one of the smallest of the cockroach species, and are distributed throughout the U.S. They require less moisture than the American cockroach, and due to this, can be found throughout the home. They prefer warmer temperatures and are often found in appliance motors, inside electronics, on ceilings, and other warm locations.

Regardless of the species of cockroache in your home, we can provide the professional pest control in Fort Worth that you require to eliminate the problem.

Cockroaches are typically nocturnal pests. When you see them during the day, it may may mean they were forced due to overcrowding. Unfortunately, this is a potential sign of a severe infestation, and professional pest control in Fort Worth is essential. Cockroaches will typically spend the day in cracks throughout your home out of sight. The treatment of a cockroach infestation may vary according to the species. For this reason, identifying the species in your home is essential. You can rely on the expertise of our professionals to identify and provide the treatment you require. In addition, we will identify potential locations of entry.

Cockroaches are nasty pests that can spread disease and contaminate food. They can pick up disease causing pathogens as they crawl through contaminated material or sewage and transfer these germs to food or food preparation surfaces and kitchen utensils. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), they are proven or suspected carriers of the pathogens causing diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, leprosy, plague, typhoid fever and viral diseases such as poliomyelitis to name a few. Do not risk your family’s health with a cockroach infestation, contact The Bug Dude today to schedule an inspection and pest control in Fort Worth.

If you have concerns over cockroaches or other pests in your home, contact The Bug Dude for professional pest control in Fort Worth. Our pest control professionals serve Fort Worth, Dallas and the surrounding areas.

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