How to handle San Antonio pest invasions: Q&A

How to handle San Antonio pest invasions: Q&A

No one likes to be bombarded by a nuisance, especially that of an unwanted critter that could potentially harm your vegetation, invade your home or be detrimental to your health.

Though summer is at its end, pests and outdoor critters continue to make their way inside our homes. Texas homeowners can prevent the spread of unwanted pests with a focused management strategy.

Angie’s List asked Michael Davison, general manager of highly rated Bob Jenkins Pest & Lawn Services in San Antonio, for advice on how to best protect your home against pesky uninvited house guests.

What pests are most prominent in the San Antonio area? What damage can they cause?

In South Texas, most insects remain very active throughout the fall and into winter due to our mild climate. However, rodents, raccoons, opossums, mosquitos and snakes can be a major problem.

Rats and mice can chew wiring in your attic, causing possible alarm problems or even fires. Health issues are also a concern due to the urine and feces of rodents. Raccoons can also be very destructive, and mosquitos can be carriers of West Nile.

Why are they trying to come inside our homes?

Changes in the weather cause raccoons and rodents to start looking for new harborage areas before the temperature gets too cold. Poor or missing thresholds on exterior doors, openings around windows, as well as attic vents that are not properly screened, can contribute to these pests entering the property.

How can a homeowner prevent future infestations?

Various techniques can be used such as baiting, trapping or repellant products.

To prevent future invasions, be sure to seal all cracks and crevices. Make sure thresholds are in good shape and seal well. Screen all gable and attic vents.

What advice do you have for homeowners seeking a profesional?

Pest management must be a partnership between the property owner and the pest management professionals. Communication and knowledge is key!

For more information and tips for hiring a pest management company, visit the Angie’s List Guide to Household Pest Control.

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