Flies Can Pose Health Problems for Both Pets and Humans

Keep Cooking Surfaces Clean to Help Reduce the Spread of Fly-borne Bacteria

Flies are most active during the warm summer months, usually from late spring to early fall. Although they tend actively seek out human food and habitations during this time, a series of simple preventative measures, including good cleaning habits and hygiene, can decrease the chances that flies will infest your home.

Flies collect a number of dangerous pathogens when they land on certain unwholesome materials, and then deposit those pathogens when they land on food, tables, or counters. They regurgitate onto solid food and then eat that same liquid, meaning that they’re able to transmit disease just by feeding, grooming themselves, or simply by walking around.

In order to make sure that these pests stay outdoors where they belong, it’s important to limit their access to your home as much as possible by keeping doors and windows closed or screened. The same goes for external vents, which flies occasionally use to stealthily enter your home.

Likewise, a major key to keeping flies away is to cover up garbage cans and make sure that compost piles are well away from the home. Keeping cooking surfaces clean, both indoors and outdoors, will also go a long way to keeping your home free of these annoying insects.

It’s also important to note that outdoor pets are especially vulnerable to flies and the diseases they carry during the summer months. Since flies are attracted to offal, manure, and waste, all of which your outdoor pet may come into contact with during the course of an average day, your pets may be beset by any number of particularly irritating species of fly. Biting flies, for example, will actively harm your pet, and they may very well end up injuring themselves while trying to scratch them away.

To make matters worse, if your pet happens to have an open wound, flies will likely try to lay eggs inside the injury which can lead to all sorts of complications. If this situation occurs, take your pet to a veterinary clinic as soon as possible in order to avoid further infection.

If you notice that your pet is constantly scratching itself due to fly irritation, you may consider allowing it indoors during the hottest daylight hours when flies are most likely to feed. When the temperature drops as the sun goes down, fly activity tends to drop off, making it safer for your pet to go outside again.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas fly removal experts are excited to offer Green Shield Certified pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If flies have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced fly removal experts.

Fleas Can Lay Eggs in a Variety of Innocuous Places

Fleas Can Hide and Breed in Carpeting, Clothing, and Upholstery

Fleas can lay their eggs on the ground, buried within rugs and carpets, in the lining or bedding, clothing, or upholstery, and even in cracks in the floor. What’s more, they have an incredibly short gestation period, and the eggs of most species hatch within two days.

Since fleas depend on a mammalian host to survive, they can prove to be an almost-constant problem for humans. They are often brought into the home by household pets. These parasites prefer long-haired pets like dogs and cats, because the hairs provide both a means of attaching themselves to the host, and a suitable hiding place once they begin sucking blood.

These pests are unique in that employing exclusion methods to deal with an infestation is not always effective. However, it’s possible to help prevent an infestation in the first place by sealing any gaps and holes in the foundation of your home so that mice, rats, and any other small animals that could possibly play host to fleas cannot gain entrance to your home.

Apart from exclusion methods, the most efficient and effective way to eliminate the chances of an infestation is to get rid of potential flea hiding places outside your home like long grass and excessive vegetation. On that note, it’s worth mentioning that fleas cannot fly, but they can jump impressive distances considering their size.

Humans traversing these areas should be wary of the jumping fleas, and should examining skin and clothing as closely as possible before re-entering their home. In conjunction with cutting grass and pulling weeds, it would be a wise decision to employ chemical control products or various pesticides in order to cut down on flea breeding, especially during the spring and summer months.

Thanks largely to their size, signs of fleas in the home might not be immediately apparent. One such sign, however, is the repeated scratching or grooming of household pets. This behavior is often a clear indication that a number of fleas may already be present—and breeding—inside your home. To make matters worse for your pet, fleas can often nest in pet bedding, providing easy access to an unsuspecting host.

Flea infestations are nothing to ignore, and a pest control expert should be consulted as soon as possible if you suspect that your home is being overrun. This pest control expert will be able to help identify the source of the infestation and will be able to prescribe and number of remedies for the situation.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas flea control experts are excited to offer Green Shield Certified pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If fleas have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced flea removal experts.

Deer Mice Can Pose Agricultural Threats In Both Summer and Winter

Large Populations of Deer Mice Can Slow Crop Growth

Deer mice are harmless-looking, but have been known to carry dangerous and easily transmitted diseases like hantavirus. They are commonly about twelve to twenty-eight centimeters in length and are named for their fur’s notable coloration, which is remarkably similar to that of deer fur.

At birth, deer mice are blind, pink, and hairless, and scarcely more than three grams. They begin to change color within twenty-four hours. Their eyes open within two weeks and they are weaned at about four weeks. When their characteristic fur begins to come in, it has a bluish coloration which gradually darkens with age.

These pests typically nest in the hollows of trees or under piles of stones or logs. Deer mice are most commonly found in rural, wooded areas and tend to avoid humans, preferring quiet, out of the way nesting grounds. If around a human habitation, they’ll typically be found in attics, basements, or crawl spaces.

These pests do not hibernate, which means that finding a means of shelter during unforgiving winter months is of the utmost importance, and they’ll choose human habitations if no other option is available.

Because of their small size, they can easily gain entry into homes and commercial spaces in search of heat and shelter. They can damage upholstered furniture, mattresses, clothing, paper, cardboard boxes, and basically any other material they deem suitable for their nest building endeavors.

Deer mice have a tendency to stockpile food near their nests during the winter months, which may aid in their identification and subsequent extermination in the event of an infestation.

Deer mice are uniquely responsible for the slow growth of forested and agricultural areas, because of the high degree of seed predation. Many experts agree that the deer mouse is responsible, more so than any other species of rodent or bird, for destroying nearly entire populations of Douglas-fir seeds. Accordingly, high populations have been known to completely derail reforestation efforts in some areas.

Deer mice are prime vectors for pulmonary hantavirus syndrome, which can be fatal. The most effective way to avoid contracting hantavirus from deer mice is to keep them out of human dwellings using proofing and exclusionary methods, and to avoid working or sleeping in already where they are already present. Call your local pest control professional immediately if you suspect that deer mice have entered your home.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas deer mice control experts are excited to offer Green Shield Certified pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If deer mice have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced deer mice removal experts.

Cotton Rats are Ravenous Pests and Can Decimate Crops

These Pests Are Especially Common Across the Southern US

Cotton rats they will eat almost anything, including alfalfa, grains, grasses, vegetables, peanuts, fruit crops, sweet potatoes, and sugar beets. Thanks to their tendency for seed poaching, cotton rats can decimate an entire season’s crops before them even have a chance to sprout.

Cotton rats are especially destructive when it comes to sugarcane and melon, as they tend to favor the natural sugars in both foods. In some cases, cotton rats will eat quail eggs, severely impacting the quail population in a given area. To make matters worse, cotton mice are often in competition with quail for a lot of the same food sources.

The cotton rat makes its home across most of the southern United States, including all parts of Texas, as well as most parts of Mexico. Cotton rats are distinguished from other species by their small internal cheek pouches, much like those of the chipmunk, which they use for carrying seeds.

In many instances, the cotton rat will move from farms and fields to gardens and lawns if the opportunity presents itself. While, in most cases, cotton rats are outdoor pests, it’s not unknown for them to enter homes and other structures if food is readily available. They’ve been known to infest outbuildings like barns, sheds, garages, and other similar structures. Other seldom used buildings like lake or hunting cabins are also prime targets for cotton rats.

Like other species of rats and mice, cotton rats are prolific breeders, and, if an infestation is not caught early on, it can increase in severity at an exponential rate. Females can produce up to nine litters per year, and have about five to seven babies per litter. The young cotton rats reach maturity in about a month, at which point they’re ready to find mates of their own. When resources are plentiful, there’s really no limit to the number of rats that a population can sustain.

Signs of cotton rat activity include the appearance of nests or burrows, likely make out of grasses or weeds, and often with multiple entrances. Cotton rats generally nest directly on the ground or in shallow burrows, and tend to make trails in the grass, similar to ruts, wherever they travel.

Cotton rats have the ability to transmit hantavirus, meaning that extreme caution should be taken when handling dead rats, their nests, or their feces. Most experts recommend making sure that grass and weeds near structures is kept as short as possible, and that all holes and openings in outbuildings are sealed as a means of keeping an infestation of cotton rats at bay.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas cotton rat removal experts are excited to offer Green Shield Certified pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If cotton rats have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced cotton rat removal experts.

Effective Cockroach Control Begins With Inspection and Identification

Cockroaches Are Attracted to Food, Warmth, and Moisture

As they invade human dwellings, cockroaches pick up dangerous microbes on the microscopic hairs on their legs and spines. If they travel through sewage drains, for example, they can collect dangerous bacteria and then deposit it if they travel across food or food preparation areas.

Cockroaches can enter buildings through drains, pipes, and cracks in structural foundations. They can be found in private residences, but are also common in larger commercial buildings and grocery stores, food processing plants, and hospitals—basically wherever access to food is available. Roaches also frequently infest basements and gardens.

Apart from their ability to spread disease through the contamination of kitchen surfaces and eating utensils, cockroaches have been known to trigger asthma. As cockroach nymphs develop, they periodically shed their skins or exoskeletons. Exoskeleton particles, along with particles cockroach’s feces can function as antigens when inhaled and exacerbate allergic reactions.

When dealing with a cockroach infestation, it’s very rare that only one pest control method is used. Likewise, many follow-up inspections will be required in order to ensure that the treatment is effective.

Effective cockroach control begins with inspection. A good flashlight is helpful when trying to track down signs of cockroaches, as is some kind of flushing agent like aerosol. Keep an eye out for dark speckling which accumulates where cockroaches congregate.

Other signs of infestation include discarded skins and egg shells. These signs can help determine the cockroaches’ point of origin. The use of sticky traps can also help determine areas of roach activity. Leaving these traps in place and checking them regularly can help give an early warning and indicate a roach problem before an infestation gets out of hand.

Another important step in controlling a roach population is exclusion, which means restricting their movement and number of hiding places. It will likely not be possible to remove all avenues of movement, but doing whatever you can will nevertheless make an impact. Consider using some kind of sealant, urethane foam, or caulking material to seal up cracks in walls or under skins where cockroaches might be entering.

Sanitation is also an obviously important aspect in cockroach control and involving removing their access to food and water. While exclusion and sanitation alone will likely not be enough to eliminate cockroaches altogether, their dual implementation will improve the chances of pesticide application.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas cockroach control experts are excited to offer Green Shield Certified pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If cockroaches have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced cockroaches removal experts.

Tick Bites Spread a Variety of Diseases to Humans and Pets

Exterminate Ticks In Overgrown Grass and Shrubbery

Ticks lock on to their hosts by detecting their breath and body odor, or by tracking its body heat, moisture, or vibrations. While ticks can neither jump nor fly, they exhibit a behavior known as “questing” which involves waiting on the ends of leaves or grass with their first pair of legs outstretched. If a host happens by and brushes past the tick’s questing location, the tick will quickly detach from its position and climb onto the host.

Once on the surface of their new host, some species will attach in the first location they can find, while other species will wander around, looking for the thinnest piece of skin available such as the ear or scalp, for example. Once the pest finds a suitable feeding spot, it will cut into the skin of its host and begin to feed on its blood.

That said, keeping these pests out of your yard as much as possible is imperative, especially during the summer months, when both ticks and families engage in the most outdoor activity. They thrive in warm, moist weather, meaning that they are already beginning to prove problematic in some parts of the country.

One of the most effective and simplest measures that you can take to prevent ticks from invading your yard is to simply cut your grass. Ticks prefer overgrown foliage and ensuring good lawn maintenance—cutting your grass once every two weeks or so, for example—will significantly decrease the chances that ticks and other insects will find your property hospitable.

Another good measure to take is to keep wildlife out of your yard as much as possible. As mentioned above, ticks are known to hitch rides on all manner of larger mammals and other vermin, meaning that the exclusion of these animals will go a long way towards ensuring your lawn is tick-free. Depending on where you live, rabbits and deer are likely vectors for ticks, so maintaining fences of the appropriate size for the animals in question ought to do the trick.

Fleas and ticks have also been known to harbor in yard debris like fallen sticks, logs, and leaves. After the winter winds and storms die down, it’s a good idea to remove this detritus as soon as possible in order to eliminate possible hiding places. While you’re at it, be sure to get rid of any areas with standing water like flowerpots or backed-up drains, as these areas are prime breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas tick extermination experts are excited to offer Green Shield Certified pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If ticks have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced tick removal experts.

Seal Entry Points to Minimize Rat Infestations

Rats Can Enter Homes Through Even the Smallest External Vents and Screens

Black rats, sometimes known as roof rats, are long-tailed rodents that are commonly found throughout the world. These pests were once native to the Asian continent, but have spread to every part of the world when European imperialism began to spread.

Black rats are omnivores, and their digestive systems can handle a wide variety of substances. Their varied diet is one of the reasons that they’ve been able to adapt to almost every climate in the world. Black rats have been known to spread dangerous diseases in built-up urban areas, but they are equally serious threats in rural environments where they can contaminate, destroy, or otherwise spoil a large number of crops.

Provided that they have access to food, rats usually prefer the dry upper levels of buildings, which explains their colloquial nickname, and have also been known to hide out in wall cavities and spaces in ceilings. In much the same way as mice, black rats construct their nests from shredded materials like sticks, leaves, other vegetation, and cloth. In the wild, these rats prefer to live in trees and commonly use their expert climbing skills to escape predators.

These pests construct nests which they create from shredded materials and bits of detritus like paper products, sticks, leaves, cloth, and vegetation. In nature, black rats can commonly be found in elevated nests like trees, and they use their climbing abilities to escape from predators like snakes, cats, and predatory birds.

Naturally, an infestation of black rats in the home or workspace is an extremely serious problem, but there are a number of warning signs which may allow you to catch the infestation before it gets out of control. Droppings are obviously a major signpost, as are the appearance of grease marks along the surfaces of walls, which are produced when the oils on their fur are deposited as they traverse an area.

When determining if there actually is an infestation in a given area, the first sign is to correctly identify the offending rodent. Black rats have hairless, scary tails which are longer than their bodies and are used for balance and grip when climbing.

In order to prevent an infestation from occurring in the first place, it’s recommended that you ensure all windows and external vents are screened. Likewise, make sure to trim tree branches, ensuring that they don’t touch the structure, as rats use these to enter openings in roofs or eaves. If you even suspect that these pests have made inroads into your home, call your local pest control professional immediately.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas rat removal experts are excited to offer Green Shield Certified pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If rats have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced rat removal experts.

Mosquitoes Spread Heart Worms and Other Diseases

Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Places to Keep Your Pets Healthy This Summer

With summer and mosquito season well and truly upon us, it’s important to be aware of the health risks that come with mosquito infestations. While the spread of Zika virus and West Nile virus continue to make headlines all over the world, it’s prudent to consider the dangers that these pests can present for pets. For example, heart worms are a deadly yet mostly silent malady which your dog or cat can contract from the bite of a mosquito.

Heart worms are easily prevented but have proven to be fairly costly to treat; and then there’s the chance that they’ll be caught too late, after the bulk of the damage has been done. While obvious outward signs may not be visible, a trained vet will be able to administer a simple blood test to determine if your dog or cat has heart worms. If the test indicates the presence of a parasite, the vet will likely recommend a regimen of antibiotics, which usually lasts for a number of months. This course of action can sometimes be costly, which is why prevention of the parasite is often the most efficient and cost-effective measure available.

There are many different products on the market designed to prevent heart worms in dogs and cats, most of which can be administer to your pet orally.

Often, however, it’s a good idea to prevent the spread and proliferation of the mosquitoes themselves, which will, in turn, lower the chances of your dog or cat contracting heart worms. In the summer months when mosquitoes are at their most active, there are a number of proactive steps you can take around your home to keep your family members and your pets safe and disease-free.

Perhaps the most important precaution to take is to eliminate areas where standing water is allowed to collect, such as flowerpots, birdbaths, and naturally low areas of your lawn. Mosquitoes can breed in even the smallest amount of standing water, and eliminating these areas on your property will go a long way in keeping their numbers down as the weather gets increasingly hotter.

Another smart step to take is to keep weeds and grass under control, which will naturally limit the hiding places for mosquitoes during the hotter daylight hours.

Some experts suggest that perfume and cologne act as attractants to mosquitoes, and people wearing these products may experience a greater number of mosquito bites than normal.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas mosquito control exterminators are excited to offer Green Shield Certified pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If mosquitoes have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced mosquito removal experts.

House Mice at a Glance

Mice Are Tenacious and Potentially Dangerous Pests

As they try to seek out spaces for nests that aren’t likely to be disturbed by humans, mice will often traverse dusty attics and seldom-used basements, meaning that if a mouse were to scamper across a particularly dusty patch of floor, they’ll likely leave behind their telltale footprints.

Mice have a unique bone structure, making their tracks fairly easily recognizable—as long as you have an idea of what you’re looking for. They have a four-toed front paw and a five-toed back paw, which you’ll often see in conjunction with myriad tail-prints. That said, your local mouse removal professional will be able to tell at a glance what species and how many mice you may be up against.

Likewise, the sudden abundance of holes in various surfaces like furniture and walls are a clear indication of the presence of mice. Their ever-growing teeth need to be constantly used—much like a beaver’s—so they don’t do any undue harm to themselves.

That said, mice can chew through almost any surface and, given enough time, they tend to do just that; unchecked mouse populations can present serious economic repercussions, as the damage that they do during the course of the infestation will doubtless need to be repaired.

Moreover, mice have been known to present serious fire hazards, as electrical wires rank among the items most frequently defaced. Apart from furniture, wiring, and walls, teeth and nail markings might also appear along baseboards or wooden paneling close to the floor, as well as the edges of frequently travel routes. Mice will often gnaw through boxes, both wooden and cardboard, as untended boxes tend to provide easy access to hiding and nesting places.

On that note, it’s very common to find that mice have been hard at working boring holes into insulation in between walls and in attics. These holes or tunnels may be indications of possible nesting areas, and are often characterized by a lack of dust and/or cobwebs, albeit with an abundance of droppings in the near vicinity.

The characteristic scent that’s produce by a mouse’s urine is the factor that finally convinces homeowners to call in their pest control professionals, although by the time the odor becomes offensive, the mouse population in the area in question has been able to propagate unchecked for quite some time.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas mice removal experts are excited to offer Green Shield Certified pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If mice have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced mice removal experts.

Fly Elimination in the Warm Summer Months

Simple Preventative Measures Can Eliminate Fly Populations

Flies are perhaps the most ubiquitous pests in the world, infesting every single region of the world except for the polar ice caps. They are known for their propensity to spread dangerous pathogens and diseases such as typhoid, dysentery, E. coli, and salmonella.

Flies carry millions of microorganisms within their stomachs and billions more on their bodies and in their mouths. These insects spread disease rapidly because of their attraction to rotting garbage as well as human and animal waste, which becomes a pressing health concern when they then land on human food or utensils.

Flies collect these pathogens when they land on certain unwholesome waste materials, and then deposit those pathogens when they land on food, tables, or counters. They regurgitate onto solid food and then eat that same liquid, meaning that they’re able to transmit disease just by feeding, grooming themselves, or simply by walking around.

Like many other kinds of insects, flies are most active during the warm summer months, usually from late spring to early fall. Although they tend actively seek out human food and habitations during this time, a series of simple preventative measures, including good cleaning habits and hygiene, can decrease the chances that these insects will infest your home.

In order to make sure that these pests stay outdoors where they belong, it’s important to limit their access to your home as much as possible by keeping doors and windows closed or screened. The same goes for external vents, which flies occasionally use to stealthily enter your home.

Likewise, a major key to keeping flies away is to cover up garbage cans and make sure that compost piles are well away from the home. Keeping cooking surfaces clean, both indoors and outdoors, will also go a long way to keeping your home free of flies.

Biting flies, for example, will actively harm your pet, and they may very well end up injuring themselves while trying to scratch them away. To make matters worse, if your pet happens to have an open wound, they will likely try to lay eggs inside the injury which, as one might assume, can lead to all sorts of complications. If this situation occurs, take your pet to a veterinary clinic as soon as possible in order to avoid further infection.

If you notice that your pet is constantly scratching itself due to fly irritation, you may consider allowing it indoors during the hottest daylight hours when flies are most likely to feed. When the temperature drops as the sun goes down, fly activity tends to drop off, making it safer for your pet to go outside again.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas fly removal experts are excited to offer Green Shield Certified pest extermination services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If flies have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced fly removal experts.