Houston, we have a problem! From pesky cockroaches to dangerous spiders, our hot and humid climate creates the ideal breeding grounds for all sorts of creepy crawlers! Not only can these pests be annoying and unsightly; but they may also present serious health risks for you and your family.
That’s why preventive pest control in Houston is vital. Beyond it helping us maintain a safe home environment, it also helps to protect ourselves against hidden dangers that pests bring. Our Guardian Service Plan is a prime example of preventative pest control that is essential to keeping your home pest free.
Why Preventative Pest Control In Houston Is Vital To A Healthy Home
Houston is home to 4 million residents—not to mention millions of pest species as well! From cockroaches and ants to rodents and termites—Houston, unfortunately, has them all. Both businesses and homeowners deal with these pest encounters all the time.
Not only are they a nuisance, but many pose viable health threats to both humans and animals as well. That’s why a preventative pest control plan should be part of your routine home maintenance plan just like lawn care. It’s important to keep these pests away from your pets and family.
Houston is vulnerable to recurring pest threats for many reasons, the main one being our ideal climate—for pests that is. The abundance of bayous, lakes, and other bodies of water provides the perfect environment for mosquitoes and other insects to thrive.
The semi-tropical climate combined with the abundance of green spaces also invites many animals like raccoons, rats, and field mice.
No matter the nature of your pest problem, taking swift action to resolve it quickly is critical. Pests reproduce at an alarmingly fast rate and can quickly destroy your home or lawn. If ignored, the problem can get so bad that diseases spread from the pests to your family. Many pests carry hundreds of diseases—cockroaches being the top of that list.
Identifying Common Houston Pests
Houston is home to many common pests that while in minor isolated incidents are a mere annoyance. However, as mentioned already, if they are allowed to flourish—it poses a serious health risk.
Cockroaches are one of the most populous pests in Houston and one of the top calls we get for pest control in Houston. They are found both in residential areas and commercial such as warehouses and factories. Cockroaches carry diseases that contaminate food sources and can even trigger asthma attacks if you’re allergic to them.
Ants are another common pest in Houston and can quickly infest your home to search for food or water, causing irritation to skin cells as they bite causing further swelling. If ants are allowed to grow in population, they will do so quickly, creating an infestation. At this point, your only hope is to call for professional pest control in Houston to eradicate them.
Spiders are common in Houston— but in terms of pests, they don’t pose as much of a threat as other bugs. Typically, spiders only bite when threatened and the bite is relatively minor, resulting in skin irritation in most cases. However, if you encounter one, it is best to call professional help, especially in cases of black widows or brown recluse spiders.
Rats and mice are at the top of the list of the most dangerous pests in Houston. The diseases they carry are very detrimental to your health. Additionally, the damage they can do to a home is severe, such as destroying electrical wire and drywall. Some house fires have even been caused by electrical wires chewed up by rats.
Termites are commonly known by everyone to be a major threat to home structures. Most people are knowledgeable about termites.
Benefits Of Our Guardian Service Plan
Preventative pest control in Houston is a critical home service for a variety of reasons. Under our expert consistent care with our Guardian Service Plan, your home is always protected year-round. We plan around YOUR needs—whether it’s bi-monthly, semi-annual, monthly, or quarterly; you decide when you need us and we show up.
The standard initial service protects the interior of your house, attic, and garage as well as the home perimeter. Our Guardian Service plan maintains that control with an ongoing service that uses baits, and dust inside and around the perimeter to provide a constant barrier from roaches, ants, spiders, and a wide assortment of other pests on a regularly scheduled service plan to protect your entire property. In fact, our service plan offers many added benefits you might not have thought of.
- Protects your health
- Preserves structural integrity of your home
- Protects pets from harmful diseases
Preventative pest control, in addition to protecting your home and your health, also saves money long-term. Rather than let pest problems go undetected and untreated, regular service catches problems early. If you let a minor issue become an infestation—then you’re talking a much more expensive service.
What Does An Effective Treatment Plan Consist Of?
Preventative pest control treatment plans such as our Guardian Service Plan include several core steps. First, a technician will conduct a thorough inspection of your home and surrounding property to identify vulnerabilities. What we’re talking about are things like standing water, piles of debris and rotted wood, dirty kitchen floors, opened food canisters, etc.
All of these issues are open invites to pests but there’s also structural issues to look for. Cracks or holes in exterior walls that need sealing. Vent openings in the attic that are not properly shielded to prevent rodent entry, or pier and beam foundations that lack metal flashing.
Ultimately the goal is to block or reduce pests access to shelter, food, and water as this will force them to move elsewhere. Pests will not stay or nest somewhere that is uninhabitable for them.
Can’t I Just Do It Myself?
Of course, we may be tempted in these tough economic times to attempt our own preventative pest control. However, it should be noted that while sure, you could spend all the time professionals do in training on methods and materials. Then, you could invest in the equipment we use (thousands of dollars), and then of course you’d have to spend the time.
If time is money and experience costs money—in the end, you spend more trying to do it yourself and you may do it wrong even then. Preventative pest control in Houston is not that expensive. For the peace of mind and experienced service, you get with that—it’s worth it to let the pros handle it. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t things you can do to prevent a pest infestation.
Tips to Prevent Pest Infestations
By following some best practices around your home and property, you can mitigate your risk of a pest infestation. Some of these we’ve already touched on in a different context, so bear with us if it seems repetitive.
- Clean your home at least once or twice a week including sweeping and mopping
- Make use of essential oils in the home that repel many bugs such as peppermint oil
- Remove food sources such as dog food left out or open snacks
- Keep hedges trimmed and flower beds tidy using cedar mulch to repel insects
- Leave standing water in buckets or low points in your yard
- Allow rotting woodpiles to accumulate—dispose of it
- Let piles of leaves go without getting picked up or composted
- Leave garbage outside in bags
The Easy Way For Preventative Pest Control In Houston: Call Champions
There are so many more steps we could go over to audit your home and protect yourself against infestations. However, the easiest and most economical way is to sign up for our Guardian Service Plan sooner than later.
Contact us today and give you and your family peace of mind of year-round protection from pests.