Friendly Pests

What are friendly pests?

Friendly pests are typically described as beneficial insects that help to eliminate and control nuisance or damaging pests. In Texas, some of the most common friendly pest species are praying mantis, lady bugs, and honey bees. Praying mantis are efficient predators that capture and feed on a wide variety of insects and small prey. Honey bees are responsible for pollinating a wide range of plants and crops. Lady bugs hunt and feed on a variety of aphids and other garden pests.

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Are friendly pests dangerous?

In general, friendly pests are not considered aggressive or dangerous. Praying mantis and lady bugs pose no real health threats to people or property. Praying mantis feed on a wide variety of insects. They can sometimes become problematic in gardens because they consume beneficial insects and nuisance insects just the same. Honey bees, while not an aggressive species, do have the potential to deliver painful stings. Their venom may trigger allergic reactions in some that could require medical attention.

Why do I have a friendly pest problem?

Friendly pests are attracted to properties with gardens. In the case of praying mantis and lady bugs, garden areas are where large populations of their prey will be found. For honey bees, garden areas are where they can pollinate flowers and feed on nectar.

Where are friendly pests commonly found?

Friendly pests are more often than not going to be found living and nesting outside in gardens, meadows, and other landscaped areas. Honey bees build their nests in trees, bushes, and underneath decks or porches. In some cases, honey bees may find their way inside a home and place their nest in a chimney or behind a wall void. In late fall, lady bugs move inside homes and other buildings to overwinter. They gather in attics, crawl spaces, under floors, and behind walls voids. On warm sunny days, they may also gather around window sills.

How do I get rid of friendly pests?

If friendly pests have become a problem on your property or inside your home, it is important to consult with a pest control professional. At Bug Head Pest Control, our experienced professionals always keep the ecosystem in mind and can provide the comprehensive pest control services needed to control friendly pests. If you are looking for exceptional and friendly pest control services in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, reach out to us at Bug Head Pest Control!

How can I prevent friendly pests in the future?

The following tips can help to reduce your chances of attracting friendly pests to your Texas property and finding their way into your home:

  • Place garden areas as far away from the exterior of your home as possible.

  • Trim bushes, flowering plants, and other landscaping back away from the outside of your home. 

  • Before bringing potted plants inside from the outside, inspect them for bugs.

  • Repair cracks and crevices found in your home’s foundation and siding.

  • Seal spaces found around wires, pipes, cables and other utilities that are entering your home through exterior walls.

  • Caulk spaces found around exterior windows and doors. Replace any screens that are torn.

  • Make sure there are caps on all chimneys.

 

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