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Say Goodbye to the Bugs Blog

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As summer arrives, it brings warm weather, sunshine, family barbeques and….disease? Unfortunately, pest borne diseases can cause many health and financial problems for families. Diseases carried by insects have been growing in recent years, and another drastic rise is predicted again this summer.

Often lumped into one category when considering pest control, the differences between ticks and fleas are vast and various. While they are both pesky parasites to be aware of, their life cycles, habits, and even the diseases they carry vary significantly.   Here’s the lowdown on the differences and dangers of both of these pests as well as what to do to prevent them.

Discovering that your home has been infested by termites can knock the wind out of you. These tiny little, hard to see pests can wreak havoc on your home. In fact, termites are considered to be the #1 threat to structures made out of wood—coming in ahead of flood, fire, and wind. Termites cause billions of dollars in damage in the US each year, which is excellent motivation to keep your home safe from them.

Fire ants have the power to turn a simple family picnic or backyard barbeque into a bit of a nightmare. Native to South America, these pests were unintentionally introduced to the U.S. several decades ago through ships in Alabama, and they have been spreading ever since. As they continue to make their way throughout the southern and western parts of the United States, Houston, Texas, is one of the many places fire ants call home.

  With a name belies them, sod webworms are not really worms. Instead, they are a turf caterpillar with over twenty different varieties. And they can wreak havoc on your lawn! As they infest at the root level of your beautifully green grass, they munch on the leaves so that the grass eventually dies and turns brown. If you have an infestation of sod webworms, you’ll begin to notice small brown patches in your grass that will eventually grow larger--and take over the whole yard if not controlled.

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