More than a third of the roughly 91,000 species of insects found in the United States can be found in Texas thanks to the state’s sheer size and diversity of habitats. And everything really is bigger in Texas: Many visitors and newcomers to the Lone Star State are amazed at the size and abundance of Texas insects. While seeing moths, ants and other insects on hikes and in the wild may be fun, it’s less enjoyable when these critters enter your home. In your property, insects can be a nuisance, and they can even damage your home or cause a danger to your health in some cases. Keeping the bugs outside where they belong is an essential task for any Texas homeowner.
Texas Insect Species
The insects you might encounter in Texas include:
- Mosquitoes: These common buzzing insects can transmit numerous diseases when they bite us — many health organizations actually consider the mosquito one of the world’s deadliest animals. They are also the most common flying insects in Texas.
- Kissing bugs: Kissing bugs, also known as chinches or cone-nosed bugs, are dark insects with distinctive orange bands around their middle. Like mosquitoes, kissing bugs bite humans to draw their blood. In fact, they get their name because they tend to bite around the mouth. Chinches can also carry Chagas disease, which can lead to heart disease.
- Aphids: Aphids are small transparent-green bugs which can damage indoor and outdoor plants by drawing fluids from them. Aphids multiply quickly and can become a significant issue in short order.
- Chiggers: Officially known as trombiculid mites, chiggers are tiny and may not be easily visible. However, their bites can cause an uncomfortable rash.
- Tussock moths: As caterpillars, these pests devour plants so thoroughly that they leave only the skeletons of leaves behind. They can also leave an unpleasant rash if touched.
How to Keep the Bugs Out
While insects are an important part of the Texas ecosystem, you want to keep them out of your home, especially if they’re of the biting variety. Insect screens are an effective way to keep your rooms pest-free and still enjoy the fresh air of the outdoors. Shading Texas offers retractable insect screens you can install on your property to provide a barrier against common Texas insects. Made from a dense fabric, they allow you to see outdoors and enjoy the breeze while keeping bugs out, even small ones like aphids. Since these screens are retractable, you can roll them out of the way when you don’t need them.
Choose Shading Texas for All Your Insect Screen Needs
If you want to enjoy the insects in Texas in their natural habitat and not in your home, Shading Texas can help. Our quality insect screens provide a solid shield against any bug that walks, crawls or flies. At the same time, these screens keep your property looking beautiful and allow you to enjoy your home at its pest-free best. Put the expertise and warranties of Shading Texas to work today. We stand by our work and deliver the exacting quality your home deserves. To learn more or to book an estimate, contact us today.
Matt Pierce has been working in the solar shade industry for over 15 years, providing sun protection in the extremes of Alaska and Texas. His dedicated team at Shading Texas will get your the sun solutions you need to enjoy your patios and homes for years to come by blocking out bugs, sun, wind, and rain!