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(409) 744-3100
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(409) 744-3100

Rico’s Pest Control

5724 Lafitte Ave.
P.O Box 3696
Galveston, TX 77552

Phone: 409-744-3100
Fax: 409-655-5112
Email: ricospestcontrol@aol.com

Business Hours:
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Emergency service available





Pest Facts

Cockroaches
Cockroaches have been around since the time of dinosaurs!
A cockroach can live almost a month without food.
A cockroach can live about two weeks without water.
Some female cockroaches only mate once and stay pregnant for life!
A cockroach can live for up to one week without its head!
Cockroaches can hold their breath for up to 40 minutes!
Cockroaches can run up to 3 miles an hour.

American Cockroach
The American cockroach is the largest cockroach found in houses. Females can hatch up to 150 offspring per year. Cockroaches don’t get their wings until they become adults. 
Size: 2"
Shape: Oval
Color: Reddish brown, with a yellowish figure eight pattern on the back of their head Legs: 6
Wings: Yes
Antenna: Yes

Common Name: American Cockroach
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta
Order: Dictyoptera
Family: Blattidae
Species: Periplaneta americana

DIET
American cockroaches will eat just about anything, including plants and other insects.
HABITAT
American cockroaches live in warm, dark, wet places, because they need to be near water. They are often found in sewers and basements, around pipes and drains.
IMPACT
Cockroaches crawl through dirty areas and then walk around our homes tracking in lots of bacteria and germs. They can contaminate food by shedding their skins. Their cast off skin and waste byproducts are allergens that can trigger allergic reactions, asthma and other illnesses, especially in children.
PREVENTION
Keep cooking, eating and food storage areas clean and dry.
If you see cockroaches, it is best to call a pest management professional due to the illnesses they can spread.

Brown-banded Cockroach
Brown banded cockroaches get their name from the two light bands they have across their dark brownish bodies. The male’s wings are larger than the female’s wings.
Brownbanded cockroaches often hide their eggs in or under furniture. They usually live 5-6 ½ months. 
Size: 1/2"
Shape: Oval
Color: Brown, with light bandds of color across wings Legs: 6
Wings: Yes
Antenna: Yes

Common Name: Brown-banded cockroach
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta
Order: Dictyoptera
Family: Blattellidae
Species: Supella longipalpa

DIET
Brownbanded cockroaches prefer to eat starchy foods, such as wallpaper paste and book bindings. Sometimes they’ll eat non-organic things, like nylon stockings!
HABITAT
Brownbanded cockroaches prefer warmer, drier, and higher locations than most cockroaches. While most cockroaches prefer to live in kitchens and pantries, Brownbanded cockroaches will live in any room in the house. They do not need much moisture and avoid light whenever the can.
IMPACT
Cockroaches crawl through dirty areas and then walk around our homes tracking in lots of bacteria and germs. They can contaminate food by shedding their skins. Their cast off skin and waste byproducts are allergens that can trigger allergic reactions, asthma and other illnesses, especially in children.
PREVENTION
Keep cooking, eating and food storage areas clean and dry.
If you see cockroaches, it is best to call a pest management professional due to the illnesses they can spread.

German Cockroach
German cockroaches can be found all over the world. They are the most common cockroach in the United States. Each German cockroach can live about 100-200 days.
Size: 1/2" to 5/8"
Shape: Oval
Color: Brown to Dark Brown Legs: 6
Wings: Yes
Antenna: Yes

Common Name: German Cockroach
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta
Order: Blattodea
Family: Blattellidae
Species: Blattella germanica

DIET
Cockroaches are attracted to sweet and floury foods. They also eat non-organic items such as toothpaste and books!
HABITAT
German cockroaches live in warm and damp places, like kitchens, bathrooms, and places where people eat and drink.
IMPACT
Cockroaches crawl through dirty areas and then walk around our homes tracking in lots of bacteria and germs. They can contaminate food by shedding their skins. Their cast off skin and waste byproducts are allergens that can trigger allergic reactions, asthma and other illnesses, especially in children.
PREVENTION
Keep cooking, eating and food storage areas clean and dry.
If you see cockroaches, it is best to call a pest management professional due to the illnesses they can spread.

Oriental Cockroach
Oriental Cockroaches probably get their names from trade ships but they are actually from Africa. They are large and very dark compared to other cockroaches. They usually travel through sewer pipes and drains. They prefer dirty places and cooler temperatures than other cockroaches. An Oriental cockroach creates a strong smell and is considered one of the dirtiest of all the cockroaches.
Size: 1"
Shape: Oval
Color: Dark brown, almost black Legs: 6
Wings: No
Antenna: Yes

Common Name: Oriental Cockroach
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta
Order: Dictyoptera
Family: Blattadae
Species: Blatta orientalis

DIET
Oriental cockroaches feed on all types of garbage and other organic material.
HABITAT
Oriental cockroaches also live in sewers and wet, decaying areas, such as basements and crawlspaces, firewood and piles of leaves.
IMPACT
Cockroaches crawl through dirty areas and then walk around our homes tracking in lots of bacteria and germs. They can contaminate food by shedding their skins. Their cast off skin and waste byproducts are allergens that can trigger allergic reactions, asthma and other illnesses, especially in children.
PREVENTION
Keep your home clean and dry.
Vacuum often and seal cracks in and around your house.
If you see cockroaches, it is best to call a pest management professional due to the illnesses they can spread.

Mice
Female mice can give birth when they are two months old and are able to have babies 6 to 10 times per year.
Mice have to build their homes near sources of food because they like to eat 15 to 20 times per day.
Mice can live in a lab for up to two years, but usually only live for about 5 months in the wild, mostly because of predators, such as cats, snakes and foxes.
Mice are good jumpers, climbers and swimmers.
House mice, like other rodents, do not vomit.

Deer Mouse

Deer mice get their name because their fur looks a lot like deer fur. They are most commonly found in open grasslands, brushy country, cliffs, forests, pasturelands, and croplands.

Size: 5" to 8" long
Shape: Mouse
Color: Brown to Dark Brown Legs:4
Wings:No
Antenna: No

Common Name: Dear Mouse
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chrodata Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Cricetidae
Species: Peromyscus maniculatus

DIET
Deer mice eat seeds, small fruits and berries, beetles, caterpillars, grasshoppers, leafhoppers, and an underground fungus. They prefer to eat insects when they can find them.
HABITAT
The deer mouse makes its home outdoors in hollow tree logs or piles of garbage. They are nocturnal, so they sleep in their nests during the day. They also use their nests to raise their young and to protect them against harsh weather. When a deer mouse does come indoors, it prefers quiet places, such as attics.
IMPACT
Deer mice can spread the potentially fatal Hantavirus. The virus can be spread by touching infected mice or by breathing in the fumes released in their urine.
PREVENTION
Mice eat 15-20 times a day, so keep your homes clean and do not leave food out.
Be sure to empty kitchen and household garbage cans frequently.
Make sure that your home and storage areas are clean and dry.
Make sure that you clean your sheds, crawlspaces, and garbage cans often.
Close up any small holes and cracks they can come in through.

House Mouse

The house mouse is the most common rodent pest in most parts of the world. A female house mouse can give birth to up to a dozen babies every three weeks. That’s 150 babies a year!

Size: 2"
Shape: Mouse
Color:Light brown to black Legs:4
Wings: No
Antenna: No

Common Name: House Mouse
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chrodata Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Species: Musculus Domesticus

DIET
House mice primarily feed on plants, but they will also eat meat and dairy products. They will drink water but require very little of it. They will eat their own droppings to acquire nutrients produced by bacteria in their guts!
HABITAT
House mice live in structures, but they can live outdoors. They breed throughout the year and often share nests with their "relatives".
IMPACT
Even the smallest amount of mouse urine can trigger allergies, particularly in children because their immune systems are still developing. Mice spread disease through bite wounds and by contaminating food and water with their waste products. Mice can also spread disease thanks to parasites, such as ticks, fleas and mites. These parasites bite the infected mouse and then spread the disease by biting humans.
PREVENTION
Mice eat 15-20 times a day, so keep your homes clean and do not leave food out.
Be sure to empty kitchen and household garbage cans frequently.
Make sure that your home and storage areas are clean and dry.
Make sure that you clean your sheds, crawlspaces, and garbage cans often.
Close up any small holes and cracks they can come in through

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