cotton rats

Combatting the Spread of Cotton Rats

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Cotton Rats Can Pose Serious Agricultural Threats

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.

cotton ratsIn 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.

Like many other species of rodent, 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.

cockroaches

Cockroaches Are Tenacious and Unsanitary Pests

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Cockroaches Enter Homes Through Even the Smallest Crevices

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.

Cockroaches reportedly have the ability to spread 33 different kinds of bacteria, as well as a variety of parasitic worms and other human pathogens.

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.

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.

cockroachesWhen 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.

Not unlike mice, cockroaches will maintain their hiding places within a few feet of their food source. Apart from food, roaches will seek out areas that offer warmth, moisture, and shelter. Roaches typically prefer organic surfaces like wood and cardboard.

Younger nymphs rarely venture more than two feet from their hiding places, and fully grown adults usually don’t roam more than 10 feet, which means that you likely won’t have to look far from food storage areas to find a coven of roaches.

cockroachesSanitation 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 cockroach removal experts.

chinch bugs

Chinch Bugs Can Irreparably Damage Healthy Lawns

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Chinch Bugs Can Develop Immunity of a Variety of Pesticides

Chinch bugs love to spend time in open, sunny areas, and often appear in very large numbers; in fact, they’re often present in the hundreds in an areas as small as a single square foot. Chinch bug infestations often go unnoticed because of their exceedingly small size.

An adult chinch bug is about one-sixth of an inch long and had a greyish-black body which is covered in fine hairs. On top of their bodies are a set of white wings, joined on each side of the body by sets of reddish legs. Young chinch bug nymphs can be as small as a pinhead, and are commonly brick-red in color.

Chinch bugs mainly feed on a variety of grasses, including red fescues, perennial ryegrass, bentgrass, and Kentucky bluegrass. Chinch bugs are most common during high summer, and are attracted to turf grass that is exposed to full sunlight. Damage caused by chinch bugs can be best noticed during the period between early July and late August, when these insects feed most ravenously.

Adults and nymphs alike can cause fairly serious damage to grass, as they feed on the plant matter, remove important plant fluids, and inject a certain natural toxin that causes the grass to turn from yellow to brown, and eventually die. One of the most prominent indications of chinch bug infestations is the appearance of large patches of dead, brown grass. These patches will of course appear unsightly amid a well-maintained lawn, and may even have to be specially treated or removed by lawn care specialists.

chinch bugsIf you believe that your lawn is being infested by chinch bugs, it’s a good idea to call your pest control professional as soon as possible in order to avoid mounting damage and even more excessive lawn care costs. Your pest control expert will be able to determine exactly which species of chinch bug is responsible for the damage to your yard, be they the western variety, the hairy variety, or the southern variety.

Over time, chinch bugs have become immune to a variety of pesticides, which means that effectively controlling their population numbers can be challenging. Even as early as the 1950s, chinch bugs were resistant to powerful pesticides like DDT. There still are are few pesticides that have proven effective against chinch bugs in the past, however, including Talstar and Acephate.

chinch bugsThe removal of excessive thatch is another important step when it comes to the elimination and control of chinch bugs. Adequate maintenance of moisture on lawns and plants will also help reduce feeding damage and promote the growth of beneficial fungi that will help protect your plants from these insects. The use of low nitrogen fertilizer will also slow the reproduction of chinch bugs.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas chinch bug 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 chinch bugs 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 chinch bug removal experts.

 

centipedes

Centipedes are Carnivorous Insects

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Many Centipede Species Contribute to a Healthy Ecosystem

Centipedes are carnivorous insects and natural predators. Although their eyes are only capable of discerning light and dark, their extremely sensitive antennae are more than adequate for locating their prey. Like spiders, these insects are important in maintaining healthy ecosystems by feeding on other damaging insects.

Most adult centipedes prefer moist, dark, quiet places during winter and place their eggs in dampened soil during spring or summer. As insects, centipedes live abnormally long lives; most usually survive up to a year in the wild, although some have been known to like up to six years. Centipedes do no roam during the daytime, but they will sometimes make inroads into human habitations and seek damp areas in bathrooms, closets, basements, and other similar spaces.

Unlike termites, centipedes are unlikely to consume wood. Millipedes, however, are herbivores and detritivores, and feed exclusively on dead or decaying plant material as well as cellulose-based materials like wood.

centipedesWhile some pests like cockroaches or mice may leaving visual clues that they’ve been using your home as shelter, no such indicators exist for a centipede infestation apart from actually seeing the centipede itself.

In North America, the most commonly encountered centipede is the house centipede which ranges from 25 to 38 mm in length. This particular species possesses extremely long legs and has the ability to travel on both floors and walls without issue.

As mentioned above, centipedes are carnivorous insects, which means that limiting their access to potential food sources is a step in the right direction when it comes to eliminating them from the home. It’s for this reason that a comprehensive approach to pest control is best; ideally, your pest control expert will be able to identify all species of pests that may be invading your home, and from there, he or she can put the most effective control method for your home.

While the venom produced by these pests is not fatal, the bite from some larger species of centipede can be as painful as a bee sting and can lead to severe pain, numbness, discoloration, and inflammation of the afflicted area.

centipedesFor common house centipedes, commercially available sticky traps may be enough to stem the population of these pests in a given area. Moreover, these traps will be able to give you a more accurate idea of where these pests are coming from, as well as the routes they’re taking to get around your home.

If an infestation is confirmed, it’s recommended that homeowners take special care to seal off uncommonly moist areas like bathrooms and reduce entry points to the outside like cracks and crevices.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas centipede 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 centipedes 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 centipede removal experts.

bedbugs

Removing Bedbugs from Homes and Hotels

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Bedbug Infestations Have Increased Exponentially in Recent Years

With the exponentially increasing volume of domestic and commercial travel in the United States every year, the bedbug population has gotten a chance to spread all the way to the farthest reaches of the country: from border to border and from coast to coast. What was once a problem exclusively for cosmopolitan eastern cities like New York and Boston has now become the problem of even the most rural of communities.

Pest control professionals in the American southwest, for example, have been focusing a large portion of their attention and resources on Houston, Fort Worth, and Dallas bedbug removal. The real problem, however, is that the average homeowner is unfamiliar with the identification of bedbugs in their own home. This may result in an individual inadvertently ignoring the problem or even refusing to admit that there is one until bedbug populations have reached critical levels and a solution must absolutely be found.

In the following paragraphs I’ll endeavor to shed some light on the most common attributes of the bedbug as well as the myriad ways in which they can be eradicated from the home. It’s important to note, though, that the surest way to ensure the removal of these pests is to contact your local pest control professionals.

bedbugsIt’s been recently discovered that bedbugs can’t climb up smooth vertical surfaces like glass and some plastics. However, scientists conducting an observational study on bedbug behavior were shocked to discover that, when confronted with a smooth, Pyrex glass bowl, a bedbug had seemingly little issue climbing up and out.

It was later concluded that the bowl might have been covered in dust particles which the bedbug might have been able to use as a foothold, or that the glass had minute fissures in its surface that were undetectable with the naked eye. That said, it’s important to keep your pitfall-style traps clean and reasonably smooth.

Bedbugs aren’t the fastest insects in the world, but when its prey is an immobile, sleeping human being, speed is hardly a necessity. Bedbugs can move at an average speed of about four feet per minute: that’s about a twenty-two hour mile for those interested.

Some recent research suggests that, while bedbugs are surprisingly hardy at low temperatures, they’re fairly defenseless against even the mildest heat treatment. Most studies agree that temperatures as low as 113 degrees Fahrenheit can fry bedbugs. Likewise, temperatures of about 120 degrees Fahrenheit can kill bedbugs, at all stages of development, in about a minute.

bedbugsHowever, due to their tiny size—and the even smaller size of their eggs—it’s easy for bedbugs to hide in the folds and stitching of mattresses, meaning that getting rid of them might take a bit more muscle than running the casual heat lamp across the surface of your bed.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas bedbug 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 bedbugs 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 bedbug removal experts.

beetles

Maintaining a Beetle-free Lawn During Summer

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Homeowners can take a variety of steps to keep beetles off their property

Many beetles can cause economic damage, especially in agricultural environments. These insects feed on plants, other small insects, or animal fibers, depending on the species. Some species of beetle are characterized as pests on farms and in gardens, while other species, such as the ladybug, often prove beneficial to humans by killing harmful insects.

Beetles come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be found all throughout the world. Some species are long and slender while others are round or oval shaped. They have firm antennae and chewing mandibles, and are characterized by their very firm, hard wings, which are often mistaken for their outer shell. They fold their front pair of wings over their back pair, which are waterproof and protect the beetle from damage and dehydration. Interestingly, despite their two pairs of wings, beetles are poor fliers.

Species like the carpet beetle eat natural fibers and feathers, which can prove problematic if they make their way inside your home. These insects can damage woolen material and various fabrics. If these insects manage to get inside your home, they can cause serious damage to wooden furniture and even structural supports.

beetlesFlour and grain beetles feed on food products in homes, and have also been known to damage food stock in production/storage facilities and stores. June beetles, on the other hand, attack lawns and landscapes and attack the roots of grass, which might necessitate costly replacement in the long run.

During the fall and winter, these pests may become an even more prevalent pest to homeowners, because they’ll constantly be trying to make their way inside your home to escape from the cold weather. During these periods, you may be able to spot hundreds of beetles clustering around the outside of your home as they try to spot an opening.

In general terms, beetles can be divided into three different categories, which allows pest control experts to more accurately identify and exterminate the offending species. These categories include food product beetles, wood-destroying beetles, and fabric-infesting beetles.

Some species can be removed simply by using a vacuum or a broom, but your pest control professional will be able to recommend the best means of removal. Moreover, many different types of beetles and other insects are attracted to floodlights outside homes and businesses. Therefore, it’s a good idea to switch from white lightbulbs to less enticing yellow lights.

beetlesIn the summer months especially, it’s important to remove food or compost that supports beetle development and reproduction. Likewise, moisture control is an important step in controlling beetle infestations. Make sure that areas like basements, bathrooms, and attics are kept as dry as possible.

Some popular removal methods that pest control companies may choose to employ include using a pheromone-based beetle trap, which will effectively attract and immobilize the beetles. This will serve to determine the point of ingress and help you to administer insecticides effectively.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas beetle 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 beetles 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 beetle removal experts.

cotton rats

Identifying and Removing Cotton Rats

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Cotton Rat Populations Can Grow Exponentially When Resources Are Plentiful

Cotton rats have no qualms about eating fully grown crops of all kinds, but they’ve also been known to steal vast quantities of seeds after they’ve been planted and before they’ve had a chance to take root, further damaging the prospects of a profitable harvest.

What’s more, 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. Likewise, they have stiff, black-grey fur, which, in some places in the south-western United States, has led to the nickname “javelina rat.”

cotton ratsIn 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.

cotton ratsSigns 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.

Like many other species of rodent, 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 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 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.

Centipedes

Common House Centipedes Are Drawn to Moisture and Shelter

Centipedes

Centipede Venom Can be Especially Dangerous to Children and Pets

Most adult centipedes prefer moist, dark, quiet places during winter and place their eggs in dampened soil during spring or summer. As insects, centipedes live abnormally long lives; most usually survive up to a year in the wild, although some have been known to like up to six years. Centipedes do not roam during the daytime, but they will sometimes make inroads into human habitations and seek damp areas in bathrooms, closets, basements, and other similar spaces.

Centipedes are nocturnal, agile, fast-moving insects and are, therefore, rarely seen by humans in their natural habitats. These insects can be found all throughout North America and, depending on the species in question, can live in a variety of geographic regions and environments. The name “centipede” is somewhat of a misnomer, because in reality they can have anywhere from 15 to 177 pairs of legs.

They are elongated insects with flat, segmented bodies and possess one pair of legs per segment. Most centipedes appear brown or reddish-orange in color. Centipedes have long, sensitive antennae which they use to track prey. They are carnivorous insects and possess venomous claw-like structures to trap and paralyze prey: usually worms, spiders, and small vertebrae.

CentipedesWhile some pests like cockroaches or mice may leaving visual clues that they’ve been using your home as shelter, no such indicators exist for a centipede infestation apart from actually seeing the centipede itself. In North America, the most commonly encountered centipede is the house centipede which ranges from 25 to 38 mm in length. This particular species possesses extremely long legs and has the ability to travel on both floors and walls without issue.

As mentioned above, centipedes are carnivorous insects, which means that limiting their access to potential food sources is a step in the right direction when it comes to eliminating them from the home. It’s for this reason that a comprehensive approach to pest control is best; ideally, your pest control expert will be able to identify all species of pests that may be invading your home, and from there, he or she can put the most effective control method for your home.

While the venom produced by these pests is not fatal, the bite from some larger species of centipede can be as painful as a bee sting and can lead to severe pain, numbness, discoloration, and inflammation of the afflicted area.

CentipedesFor common house centipedes, commercially available sticky traps may be enough to stem the population of these pests in a given area. Moreover, these traps will be able to give you a more accurate idea of where these pests are coming from, as well as the routes they’re taking to get around your home.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas centipede 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 centipedes 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 centipede removal experts.

flies

How to Keep Flies Away from Your Home During the Summer

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Flies Can Impact Pets’ Health and Spread Disease

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. Flies 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 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.

fliesLike 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 flies will infest your home.

In order to make sure that flies 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 they 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 intrusive 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 these insects 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.

fliesBiting 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, 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.

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.

cotton rat removal

Cotton Rat Removal and Exclusion Methods

cotton rat removal

If Left Unchecked, Cotton Rat Populations Can Increase Exponentially

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. Likewise, they have stiff, black-grey fur, which, in some places in the south-western United States, has led to the nickname “javelina rat.”

cotton rat removalIn 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 and will eventually require a more expensive and elaborate cotton rat removal program. 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 rat removalLike many other species of rodent, 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 cotton rat removal experts 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 cares about safe and humane trapping of the wildlife that has invaded your home or business. We believe that wildlife invaders do not have to be killed in order to solve the invasion. After our cotton rat removal professionals have properly and thoroughly employed measures that will eliminate future wildlife infestation then the property owner may choose to have any wildlife in and around the property caught in humane traps.

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.