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Are Texas Pests Getting Worse?

Many inhabitants of Texas are concerned over the rising prevalence of certain creepy Texas-sized insects in recent years. While insects are commonly referred to as pests and can create painful stings, many Texan insect species play a huge role in animal and plant life native to this region. Scores of scientists are sending out alarms that current changes in the climate, zoology, and environment are already impacting the normal growth of the state’s usual insect populations.

Pest Control is a Growing Industry

Pest control has become an important industry field that is quickly growing. And it is not just locally; the industry is expected to see a 5 percent growth rate globally through 2020. This is due in part to both man-made and environmental changes going on in Texas as well as other parts of the United States and the world at large. Longer droughts and excessive rainfall amounts from superstorms here in Texas and elsewhere are wreaking havoc with both the increase and decrease of certain insect group populations. The fact that there is a bigger demand now for pest control could be a sign that there are more pests that are making their way into people’s homes.

The Effects of Climate Change on Insects

Climate changes are playing a large role in our planet’s ability to sustain certain life forms from plants to larger mammals including humans of late. These climate changes in Texas and elsewhere have already substantially impacted certain regions in the world such as melting icebergs in the Arctic Ocean area and rising sea waters in some coastal areas of Texas. The balance of nature can be quickly upset by even more moderate changes in a region’s normal weather patterns. More extreme weather patterns, with long periods of higher or lower temps, can all disrupt insect populations either causing excessive growth or killing off other species necessary as part of the normal food chain.

Impact of Ecological & Zoological Changes on Insect Populations

Changes in the earth’s typical ecological and zoological systems are linked to the insect population, as they provide food for others higher up the food chain in nature. Drastic increases or decreases in the local bug population can upset this delicate balance and change the entire landscape over time. In fact, in some places, bees are disappearing, which is bad for the environment. These changes in the landscape can cause either annihilation of a species or an overload of unwanted insects. This could be what’s happening in Texas right now, making certain pests more of a problem. 

The majority of scientists and health professionals strongly urge citizens to contact a reputable and eco-friendly pest control service when dealing with a major insect problem on their property. This helps ensure safer pest control with less harm to the environment.