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DIY Pest Control for South-Central US

Summary: The trend in recent years is for homeowners to do more of their own pest control rather than hiring an pest control exterminator. This site can help you with the basic information you need to do the projects safely and effectively, customized to where you live.

Jack DeAngelis, PhD
OSU Ext. Entomologist (ret.)

Key pests in and around Dallas, Houston, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Pine Bluff

This series about regional insect pests is designed to help homeowners do more of their own pest control around the home and garden, and to do it less expensively and with less pesticide use than hiring the typical pest control company. The articles are arranged by region because pests differ by region - what's important in one may not be a concern somewhere else.

Homeowners that are willing and able to get a little dirty can save money in the long run and often do things in a more environmentally responsible way. Each article below contains detailed life history and control for the key insect pests for this region, click on the individual links for more information.

ants attracted to bait station

A few drops of homemade ant bait on a piece of waxed paper. Ants quickly locate the poison bait and take it back to their nest.

This part of the US is characterized by warm, humid summers and mild winters. Freezing temperatures are uncommon to the north and rare to the south. Besides insects that occur more widely two important pests occur throughout this region that are not found outside the southern and central US, namely the brown recluse spider and fire ant. In addition, in the far southern portions of this region the drywood termite causes extensive damage to structures.

Click pest names below for pictures, life history and control.

** These are the pests that damage homes; see What's DIY Pest Control and What Is Not for information about types of projects that most homeowners should or should not attempt on their own.

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