If there's one thing we have plenty of here in Southeast Texas, that would be pests. Our climate provides an ideal environment for all sorts of pests, and Adam's Pest Control provides customized pest solutions for any bug or pest problem.
The most common pest problems we're called upon to treat are ants, roaches, spiders, scorpions, termites, fire ants, carpenter ants, rats and mice, mosquitoes, stinging insects, and birds. We provide services for all these and other prsts in and around Northwest Houston, including Northwest Harris County, Montgomery County, Waller County, & Grimes County. That includes the cities and towns of Conroe, Tomball, Magnolia, Willis, Plantersville, Montgomery, Spring, Cypress, Waller, Hempstead, and The Woodlands.
Here's a small sampling of some of the pests that we control. Please contact us for information about other pest problems that you might have.
There are many species of ants that are pests in Southeast Texas. Many of these are commonly lumped under the heading "small ants," such as pavement ants (Tetramorium caespitum, shown on the right), pharaoh ants (Monomorium pharaonis), crazy ants (Anoplolepis spp.), and odorous house ants (Tapinoma sessile).
Although these ants may look similar to the untrained eye, their biology and habits are different enough that proper identification and specialized treatment techniques are necessary for effective control. In fact, in many cases, using over-the-counter ant sprays may actually make your ant problem worse. Call us instead and we will provide effective, professional treatment for all ant species.
In addition to the "small ants" listed above, fire ants and carpenter ants are also common in Southeast Texas. These ants are important enough to have their own pages on this site, so please click the links above to learn more about them.
There are many species of cockroaches, but only a few are common residential pests in Texas.
The most common cockroaches we find in Texas are the German cockroach (Blatella Germanica, pictured here), the American cockroach (Periplaneta americana), the smoky brown cockroach (Periplaneta fuliginosa), and the Oriental cockroach (Blatta orientalis).
German cockroaches are most commonly found in kitchens and bathrooms, where they like to live under the sink, in food cabinets, and in the cracks and crevices around the baseboards and trim. They favor a warm, dark, damp surroundings close to food and water. Adults have wings, but they do not fly.
Smoky brown cockroaches are more commonly encountered in basements, water-damaged attics, or other damp, secluded locations. Unlike the other roaches commonly encountered by exterminators in Texas, smoky brown cockroaches can fly quite well and are attracted to light.
American cockroaches and Oriental cockroaches are frequently found in basements, boiler rooms, wood piles, sheds, and other dark, damp places. They are repelled by light. Oriental cockroaches cannot fly. American cockroaches are very weak and clumsy flyers who sometimes fly a few feet, but that's all.
Control for all species of cockroaches found in Southeast Texas is part of all of our regular pest control programs.
There are many species of spiders in Texas, most of which are overwhelmingly beneficial because they eat harmful insects like mosquitoes. In fact, more and more of our customers are instructing us to leave the spiders outside their houses alone, especially on those sides of the houses that aren't visible from the road.
Some spiders, however, can deliver bites that can cause localized pain, itching, and swelling (especially in sensitive individuals); and the bites of two species, the black widow spider (Latrodectus mactans, shown at the right) and the brown recluse spider (Loxosceles reclusa, often called the "fiddleback spider"), can cause serious medical problems, and occasionally even death. When either of these species are found in or immediately adjacent to a home, they need to be exterminated. The health risks are too serious to ignore them.
For most other species, it's pretty much up to the customer. Some people don't mind spiders around their homes or in unoccupied areas like attics, crawl spaces, and unfinished basements. Other people are deathly afraid of spiders and want them gone. Most people are somewhere in the middle: They want the spiders anywhere inside their homes and in the areas immediately outside their homes treated.
When we treat your home for insects, we treat for spiders, too, unless you tell us otherwise. So please let us know if you want us to leave the spiders be.
The most common scorpion species in Southeast Texas is the striped-bark scorpion (Centruroides vittatus, shown here). Scorpions feed primarily on insects, so as far as that goes they can be considered beneficial. The problem is that they can also inflict a nasty sting to humans and domestic animals when they are disturbed. This sting can be quite painful, and even fatal to individuals who are sensitive to stings.
In addition, scorpions have the annoying habit of taking up residence in places where people accidentally stumble upon them, such as inside shoes, under beds, and in crawl spaces and other dark areas. Shaking out your boots before putting them on isn't just a Texas legend. It's a necessary part of getting dressed in areas where Scorpions are common.
Professional scorpion control, however, is the best way to prevent scorpion stings. We provide treatment for scorpions as part of all of our residential pest control service programs.
Adam's Pest Control is a full-service pest control company that can take care of all of your pest control needs. In addition to the pests listed here, we also provide treatment for stinging insects (wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets), termites, fire ants, carpenter ants, rats and mice, mosquitoes, birds and any other pest problem. For more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact us.