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Types of Rodents and Wildlife in Houston

Types of Rodents

Whether their presence pops into your mind when thinking about the Lone Star state or not, the reality is, Texas is home to an abundance of rodents and wildlife. Houston is no different. In fact, our city is one of the most populated and diverse wild animal ecosystems in the state. The greater Houston area offers a combination of lush outdoors, bayous and urban dwellings which serve as the habitat for a wide array of rodents and wildlife.

Types of Rodents and Wildlife in Houston

Seeing rodents or other types of wildlife when you are out and about is one thing. Spotting one of these animals in your yard is likely to produce an entirely different reaction. Learn more about the types of rodents and wildlife that might make it into your outdoor spaces and the steps you can take to make sure they get out—and stay out.

Roof Rats

Rats are much larger than … Read Full Post »

2017 Houston Bucket List, Summer Edition

2017 houston bucket list summer

Temperatures are on the rise in Houston and so is the humidity. That means it’s time to start planning your 2017 Summer Bucket List! Looking for a handy list of the top things to do this summer in Houston, Texas? If so, read on for all sorts of summer fun activities, tips and ideas.

Top Things To Do This Summer In Houston

Whether you’re an indoor or outdoor person, new to Houston or a longtime resident, on a budget or feeling flush, single, partnered or parenting…there’s something for everyone!

Museums and Galleries Galore

Houston is home to a thriving art gallery and museum scene, including Moody Gallery and Anya Tish Gallery, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Natural Science, and many more. The Museum District alone boasts 19 museums and many of them are free to enter. Enjoy the air conditioning and the educational exhibits and marvel at the beautiful winged … Read Full Post »

How to Get Rid of Mayflies

How to Get Rid of Mayflies

If you’ve ever seen a gathering of flies around your home’s doorways or entryway, you’ve probably encountered a gathering of mayflies. But whether you correctly identified them, well, that’s another story. That’s because mayflies are often misidentified as dragonflies and damselflies. Although these creatures are relatively harmless, chances are you don’t want mayflies inside of your home.

How To Get Rid of Mayflies

Warmer months often mean more flies and insects flying around in and outside of your home. When you start noticing flying insects, the next step is usually taking steps to keep these insects from getting inside of your home. Let’s discuss how to properly identify mayflies, what to do if you have an infestation and ways to prevent them from infesting your home again in the future.

Identification

Despite their name, the mayfly is not related to a housefly or other true flies. And though at first glance they might look the … Read Full Post »

What Attracts Mosquitoes to Humans?

What attracts mosquitoes to humans

For a small insect, mosquitoes can be quite aggravating. A common topic of conversation when mosquitoes are out and biting is why certain people seem to be the target of mosquitoes and not others.

What Attracts Mosquitoes to Humans?

Let’s take a look at why mosquitoes like to bite us, what makes them choose some people over others and what we can all do to protect ourselves from these pesky pests.

Why Do Mosquitoes Bite?

Did you know all of the mosquitoes who bite you are females? They seek out warm-blooded creatures for a meal. The mosquito’s proboscis, a part of its mouth, works like a hypodermic needle. She injects a little of her own saliva into our skin, which thins the blood and allows her to draw it out of the capillaries in your skin.

The mosquito doesn’t drink your blood for herself but uses the proteins and other substances in the blood to … Read Full Post »

Houston Homeowners Guide for Spring 2017

Houston Homeowners Guide for Spring 2017

Houston is a great place to be during the spring months. Everything is green, the weather is pleasant and there are lots of excuses to get out and enjoy local festivals, art exhibits and other happenings. Spring is already associated with renewal, making it the perfect excuse to take a hard look at your home to make sure you are doing all you can to maintain and improve upon your biggest investment.

Houston Homeowners Guide for Spring 2017

ABC Home & Commercial Services has been making life easier for Texas homeowners for over 60 years. Our background-checked employees provide reliable, top-notch home services and treat your home as we would our own. As an extension of this philosophy, we put together a Houston Homeowners Guide for Spring 2017.

The 9-page Guide includes:

  • Ten things to do in Houston this Spring
  • Spring Home Maintenance Checklist
  • Spring Cleaning List of Where to Donate or Dispose of Common Household … Read Full Post »

Pool Remodeling Tips To Make The Most Of Your Investment

pool remodeling tips

Spending an afternoon relaxing by the pool, catching up on your favorite book, is a dream for many homeowners. The reality, however, is that maintaining a pool can be a lot of work. Then, there are the repairs to consider. Many homeowners also get to a point where they realize that it may be time for a pool remodel.

Pool Remodeling Tips

There are many reasons to remodel your pool. While some homeowners consider new features to make their pool more enjoyable for their family, others choose to make upgrades to improve a home’s resale value. Whatever the motivation, let’s dive in (pun intended) to the topic with some reasons why you might consider remodeling your pool and simple updates you can do to make the most of your investment. 

Five Reasons to Remodel Your Pool

Sooner or later, every pool needs a renovation of one type or another. Here are some signs … Read Full Post »

How to Get Rid of Moisture in Your Home

How to get rid of moisture in your home

One surprising thing for homeowners can be the presence of humidity or moisture in a home and what that moisture brings along with it. Humidity is simply the amount of moisture in the air, and most people are comfortable with a relative humidity level of about 45% at home. When humidity is high, the air seems hotter and heavier. Excessive humidity may encourage mold growth, which can lead to bad smells, structural damage and health problems. House mold cannot exist without a source of moisture.

How to Get Rid of Moisture in Your Home

Wondering why it’s feeling humid in your home, and what you can do about it? Learn both how to make your indoor spaces more pleasant and how to prevent humidity in your home in the future below.

Telltale Signs of Moisture and Humidity

Inside your home, you might feel a change in humidity in a few ways: as dampness on … Read Full Post »

How To Dispose of Household Items in Houston

How to dispose of trash Houston

It seems like we’re constantly bringing things into our homes—especially those everyday items we know we will eventually need. But before we know it, our homes are filled with countless empty bottles of cleaning supplies, old batteries and electronics we don’t use. Adding more items to our home isn’t the issue, though; it’s how to dispose of those items once we’ve used them, and to make sure you are disposing of the item in the right way. If you look into how to dispose of trash, Houston is serious about giving residents options outside of adding items to area landfills.

How To Dispose of Household Items in Houston

Some things might be easy to dispose of, like recycling plastic containers. But others, like a washing machine, are sometimes harder to remove. For lightly used items, consider donating household items, like large electronics, to Houston residents that might need them.

Read our list below … Read Full Post »

Snakes in Texas

Snakes in Texas

Snakes.

If the very word sends shivers down your spine and makes you recoil in fear, you aren’t alone. Snakes in Texas are as ubiquitous as cowboy hats, horses and prickly pear cactuses—which is to say, you may not see them in urban areas on a daily basis but get even just a little bit rural and they’re sure to start popping up (or slithering along). While newcomers to Houston or any other Texas metropolis may not expect to deal with wildlife, snakes in Houston—and the rest of the state—are a simple fact of life. That’s why it’s so important to educate yourself about this much-maligned and often misunderstood animal.

Snakes in Texas

The two broad categories of snakes are venomous and non-venomous. Texas is home to a wide variety of species within those two groups, including many that present little or no threat to humans. Of course, plenty of snakes that are … Read Full Post »

How to Turn Up Your Water Heater

How to turn up water heater

Don’t you hate it when you try to take a hot shower and the water is barely lukewarm? Or maybe your dishes aren’t getting as sparkly clean as you’d like them to be. One easy fix is to check your hot water heater. You might just need to turn it up a bit, or your cold water might be a cry for needed maintenance.

How To Turn Up Your Water Heater

Below we’ll look at where your hot water comes from and what you can do to resolve the cold water blues.  

Water Heater Basics

In order to know what could be going wrong with your hot water, it’s important to understand what kind of water heater you have.

There are two basic types of water heaters: gas and electric. Most water heaters in the U.S. are the conventional tank water heaters—tall cylinders that heat water slowly at the bottom of the … Read Full Post »