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The North Texas Poison Center Receives The Greatest Number Of Calls Concerning Venomous Arthropod Bites And Stings During The Month Of July

Officials with the North Texas Poison Center state that calls from residents asking about venomous arthropod bites and stings rise in tandem with outside temperatures. Those working for the organization say that calls of this sort reach their peak during the month of July, and the most common bites and stings reported to the poison center tend to be inflicted by honey bees, wasps, black widows, brown recluses, and surprisingly, caterpillars.

It is not surprising that harmful honey bee encounters become more common at this time of year in north Texas, as these bees, which are commonly referred to as “killer bees,” can be found in most counties in the state. Last April, hundreds of thousands of Africanized honey bees emerged from wall-voids within a woman’s home in North Texas. Although the woman sustained several bites, including one on her eye, she survived the harrowing incident. However, a month after this incident occurred, a man living in Moody died after sustaining numerous stings from a swarm of Africanzied honey bees while mowing his lawn.

Many people living in the US are surprised to hear about medically harmful caterpillar encounters, but many venomous caterpillar species can be found in states located in the south. The most dreaded venomous caterpillar in the south is commonly known as the “asp caterpillar,” and this species is now a common sight in North Texas. This caterpillar is often perceived as “cute” due to its seemingly fluffy appearance, but hundreds of venomous spines are located beneath this species’ velvety white fur coat.

A couple of weeks ago, a 14 year-old southlake resident moved a branch out of his path as he had been walking to his house. Not long after grabbing the branch, the teenager felt a burst of burning pain that began to radiate through his arm. As it turned out, the teenager made contact with an asp caterpillar that had been resting on the branch. According to the teenager, his fingers suddenly felt numb, but minutes later, severe pain set in. After the boy’s mom called the poison center, she was instructed to remove the caterpillar’s venomous spines from her son’s fingers using tape. Luckily, the teenager did not suffer a severe allergic reaction to the sting, but many people across Texas require emergency room treatment after making contact with an asp caterpillar. These caterpillars are often found in residential yards where they pose a significant threat to curious toddlers and pets.

Have you ever found an asp caterpillar in your yard before?

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Flooding In Texas Has Caused Sewer-Dwelling Insects To Enter Residential Homes

Residential areas in some parts of northern Texas are seeing insect plagues of epic proportions. Insect pests like Oriental cockroaches, mosquitoes, fire ants and numerous fly species are “flooding” into homes in massive numbers. So what is causing this regional insect pest invasion into homes and buildings in the area? If you have been watching the news lately, you know that urban and residential areas located on the Texas panhandle are currently being flooded. The floods are displacing some and destroying thousands of dollars in property, but hardly any homeowners or tenants in the area are able to avoid the massive amounts of insect pests that the floodwaters are pushing into homes, businesses and public buildings.

The worst of the flooding occurred during the last week of May and during the first few days of June, so luckily, residents of the panhandle are finally able to clean up and salvage their goods. However, area pest control specialists and entomologists are stating that insect pest issues become particularly severe during and after floods. Once the heavy bouts of rain began in the area less than a month ago, pest controllers in the region became inundated with service requests. The most abundant and problematic insect pest for homeowners has been the Oriental cockroach. One pest controller in the area stated that he had been receiving a record amount of calls concerning the roach pests, which many residents refer to as “water bugs” on account of their preference for damp conditions.

Oriental roaches are well known by pest controllers and residents alike in the area, as the insects are abundant even under normal climatic conditions. Pest experts claim that Oriental roaches maintain a thriving habitat within the sewers below urban and residential areas in the panhandle region, but the flooding caused sewers to overflow. Naturally, this overflow has pushed the filthy Oriental cockroaches out of their sewer habitat and into human populated regions, like city centers and neighborhoods where they are invading homes en masse. Although the roaches prefer high-moisture conditions, they are certainly not aquatic insects, so they are struggling to reach higher ground that is relatively dry in order to survive. Unfortunately, the roaches are choosing residential homes as their refuge, as all other locations remain inhospitable to the bugs. Some reports claim that Oriental roaches are entering homes through showers, sinks and floor drains. Filth flies are also emerging from sewers and entering people’s homes in large groups. As it happens, monsoon season is only a few weeks away for residents in the panhandle region, so the current roach nightmare may not be over yet.

Have you ever captured a roach in a jar in order to keep it as a pet?

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Rodent Control Waco Texas iPest Solutions

 

With winter fast approaching, we need to prepare for all of the critters looking for a warmer place to stay! Mice can cause huge problems in homes leaving droppings and chewing wires. iPest’s Rodent Control program can eliminate all of the worry and concerns for you! By using tamper proof rodent stations on the perimeter of your home, rodents never find their way into your home saving you all the headache! Call today for more information on the iPest Rodent Control Program.

Serving Waco, McGregor, Lorena, Hewitt, Woodway, China Spring, Speegleville, Crawford, Valley Mills, Clifton, Riesel, Mart and surrounding areas.

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Termite Control Waco Texas

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Did you know that termite damage is often not covered by homeowners insurance? Why not protect yourself with the Sentricon Termite Baiting System? iPest is a certified Sentricon Specialist, this means we are one of the select few allowed to offer you America’s #1 Termite Baiting System. If you are looking for termite control in Waco Texas, call iPest today! 254-855-6647

Termite Control Waco Texas

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Termite season is approaching soon, is your home protected? iPest offers a Sentricon baiting system that will protect your home from termites. Give us a call today for your free quote on our services! 254-855-6647.

 

Termite Control Waco, Texas

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Termite season is right around the corner! Is your home protected? Did you know that termites can cause up to thousands of dollars in damages? Did you know that iPest sells a preventative termite baiting system called Sentricon? Give us a call today for your free estimate on our Sentricon bating system! 254-855-6647.

Mosquito Control Waco, Texas

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Mosquito season is right around the corner and iPest now has a new plan option called the Bite Back Plan for mosquito control! Give us a call today for your free quote. 254-855-6647.

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Are you looking for an affordable AND dependable pest control service that values their customers? Look no further! iPest is family owned and operated, with iPest you are more than just a customer you are family! Give us a call today for your free quote on our services. 254-855-6647.