September 30, 2023

Plano’s humid subtropical climate makes it a prime location for many different types of pests. This includes rodents, cockroaches, bed bugs, and termites.

Physical control measures include eliminating mosquito breeding sites, mowing grassy areas and treating stagnant water with an EPA-approved pesticide. The City also releases fish that eat mosquito larvae to reduce mosquito populations on public property.


Cockroaches are one of the most hated pests in any home. These scavenger pests dine on just about anything, including book bindings, rotting meat, blood, grease, and human and animal feces. They spread bacteria throughout the home, which can cause diseases like salmonella, E coli, gastroenteritis, and giardia. Their feces also leave gluey spines on surfaces that can contaminate food and personal hygiene items.

Cockroaches have adapted to thrive in many types of habitats, but they prefer warm, humid climates where there is a food source and water supply. They are very nimble pests that can crawl through cracks and holes of all sizes. They hide in closets, behind furniture, and under appliances. Females leave light brown egg cases that are glued to ceilings and walls.

In Plano, the most common cockroaches are American and brown banded. Both can fly and have dark stripes on the pronotum, but only the American cockroach can actually glide. Both breeds can survive in cooler weather, but they are more likely to enter homes during warmer spring and fall months.

The best way to prevent a cockroach infestation is to seal cracks around doors and windows, and use door sweeps and weather stripping. Keep garbage cans and bins tightly closed, and check for roach egg sacks on the undersides of furniture pieces and refrigerator motors. It is also helpful to place a dehumidifier in the basement to reduce humidity levels in your house.

Bed Bugs

Plano is an attractive location for a variety of different pests due to its climate. These insects love the warm, humid summers and mild winters of this northern Texas city. Whether they are looking for food or shelter, many types of pests thrive in this environment.

Cockroaches are a common sight in Plano homes, especially in the kitchen and bathroom. These unsanitary scavengers are attracted to food crumbs, caked-on food residue, trash and any other discarded items. They can also hide in cracks and crevices around a house and even behind switch plates and outlet covers.

Bed bugs are a particularly disturbing home invader, and the fact that they feed on blood makes them even more alarming. These parasitic insects can easily hitch a ride in suitcases, laundry bags and clothes, making them extremely difficult to avoid.

They can be found in most places where large numbers of people visit, such as hotels, hospitals, schools, offices, movie theaters and dormitories. Once inside a home, bed bugs will hide in the small crevices of mattresses, box springs and headboards. In addition, they can also stow away in the seams of upholstered furniture, in keyboards, electronics and in wall voids near outlets and switches.

If you are experiencing signs of a bed bug infestation, such as itchy, red bite marks or rust-colored stains on your bedding, contact Mayco Pest & Termite Control right away. Our local experts will quickly and effectively get rid of these nasty creatures.

Fire Ants

Your home should be a safe haven for your family after a long day. You don’t want to worry about pests invading your property and endangering your loved ones.

Fire ants are very common in our area and can be a real danger to your property. Unlike other ants, these insects will swarm any person or animal that approaches their nest or disturbs their dirt mound. They are named for their dull red body color and stingers that can deliver a painful, venomous sting to humans and pets. These stings can be quite dangerous in certain cases, especially to children and the elderly or anyone with allergic reactions to their bites.

Luckily, the experts at Pest Control in Plano TX can help you get rid of fire ants quickly and effectively. Our pest control services include a targeted, direct application of a non-repellant pesticide to the mound and surrounding areas. This treatment will act like a virus and spread through the colony, killing it quickly. We will also make regular treatments of your yard throughout the year, preventing the buildup of these dangerous ant colonies.

We have been providing dependable pest control in Plano TX since 2000. Contact us today to learn more about our many services and to schedule a consultation. Our friendly staff is happy to answer your questions and provide you with a free estimate.


Rodent problems are one of the biggest pest control issues in Plano Texas. Rats, mice, squirrels and raccoons leave urine and feces behind wherever they go, which can carry harmful bacteria and parasites. They also cause structural damage, and can contaminate food and surfaces. Rodents can also gnaw through wiring, creating fire hazards.

Plano’s warm winters and long, hot summers make it attractive to wildlife populations. The city’s suburban location in north central Texas means the area attracts many invasive animals.

Birds and mammals like squirrels, raccoons, rats, and mice are frequent visitors to Plano homes and businesses. These pests often enter buildings through vents, chimneys, eaves, and other small openings. They can chew through wood siding, wire insulation, and cable, and cause costly damage to home and business infrastructure.

Squirrels are the most common wildlife invader to enter homes in Plano. They enter attics in late winter and early spring, and again in late summer and fall to raise young. They leave droppings and nesting materials in attics, causing expensive damage.

Other common problems include pigeons, geese, and bats. Specialized nuisance wildlife control methods are needed to solve these problems effectively and legally.