Houston, Texas, is the biggest city in the southern United States. The concentrated, urban environment, when combined with Houston’s humid, sub-tropical climate, is ideal for pests that are prevalent nation-wide like termites, cockroaches, ants, fleas, and ticks. In recent years, bedbugs have also become a growing epidemic in apartment complexes, dormitories, hotels, and homes.
There are also some pests that, while fairly common in Houston, are less so in other parts of the country. These include Brown Recluse and Black Widow spiders, Timber Rattlesnakes, Scorpions, Western Cottonmouths, American Alligators, Pocket Gophers, Cotton Rats, and Eastern Fox Squirrels.
When you’re evaluating residential or commercial pest control companies in Houston, it’s important to look at the services they offer, and make sure that they cover not only common pests, but also Texas-specific wildlife. Ideally, the company you ultimately choose should offer integrated pest management solutions, with continuous monitoring tailored to Houston’s unique climate, and detailed documentation of all services offered and completed.
Also be sure to verify that the company has a business license by the Texas Structural Pest Control Service with the Texas Department of Agriculture, and that they have certified commercial applicator licenses for each license category in which their business is conducted. Other agencies that also offer licensing or certifications in Texas include the National Pest Management Association, Texas Pest Management Association, Environmental Protection Agency, American Mosquito Control Association, and the Better Business Bureau.