Beetles Can Pose Problems on Farms and Gardens

Beetles Pose Agricultural Threats, Especially During Summer

Many species of beetles can prove damaging to humans, especially in an agricultural sense. These insects feed on plants, other small insects, or animal fibers, depending on the species. While some species are characterized as pests on farms and in gardens, while some 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 rounded 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.

Flour and grain feed on food products in homes, and have also been known to damage food 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 insects 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, they 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 kinds of beetles can be removed simply by using a vacuum of a broom, but your pest control profession will be able to recommend the best means of removal. Moreover, many different types of beetles and other insects are attracted to floodlights outside the home or business. Therefore, it’s a good idea to switch from white lightbulbs to the less enticing yellow lights.

In 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 moisture-free 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 location 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 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 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.

Texas Reports First Case of Mosquito-borne Zika Virus

First Reported Incidence of Zika Virus Among Southern Border States

According to a recent article published in Reuters on November 29, Texas has reported the first incidences of mosquito-borne Zika virus inside the United States. This makes Texas the second state, after Florida, to report such cases.

Dr. John Hellerstedt, Texas Department of State Health Services commissioner, commented “We knew it was only a matter of time before we saw a Zika case spread by a mosquito in Texas.”

Dr. Hellerstedt went on to say, “We still don’t believe the virus will become widespread in Texas, but there could be more cases, so people need to protect themselves from mosquito bites, especially in parts of the state that stay relatively warm in the fall and winter.”

CDC Director Tom Frieden said in a related statement, “Even though it is late in the mosquito season, mosquitoes can spread Zika in some areas of the country, Texas is doing the right thing by increasing local surveillance and trapping and testing mosquitoes in the Brownsville area.”

Many health officials and pest control professionals agree that it was only a matter of time until cases of Zika virus began to be reported in southern border states like Texas, California, and Arizona. However, with a cold winter fast approaching in most parts of the country, it’s unlikely that the virus will spread northward with the same rapidity it exhibited in South America.

Common symptoms associated with Zika virus include mild headaches, topical rashes, fever, malaise, conjunctivitis, and joint pains. Typically, symptoms of the virus begin fading within two to three days. The illness has traditionally been viewed as fairly mild and actually only manifests in one out of five bitten hosts.

However, the most at-risk demographic from Zika virus has proven to be pregnant women. Experts have recently concluded that the disease can lead to severe birth defects, the most significant of which is abnormal brain development in fetuses by mother-to-child transition, which can potentially result in a miscarriage or microcephaly.

Due to the unprecedented rate of infection in new geographical areas, the CDC has issued travel guidelines for pregnant women, urging them to consider postponing travel to these areas. In areas where the spread of Zika virus is more pronounced, such as in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, and Jamaica, officials have advised women to avoid getting pregnant until more information about the risks is discovered.

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

Zika Virus No Longer a Global Emergency

W.H.O Changes Official Designation of Zika Virus

According to a story recently published in the New York Times, Zika Virus is no longer being classified as a global health emergency as of Friday, November 18, 2016.

The World Health Organization declared on Friday that the emergency concerning the spread of Zika Virus is now formally over. This statement has engendered dismay among several global health officials, given the scope of the epidemic up to this point.

However, rather than downgrading the threat posed by the disease, an agency advisory committee has concluded that Zika Virus should now be considered an ongoing threat, as opposed to a rapidly spreading illness.

Like all mosquito-borne diseases, including malaria, yellow fever, and West Nile virus, Zika is a seasonal malady, and reported cased will drop in direct proportion to the drop in worldwide mosquito activity.

In contention with the official declaration of the W.H.O. is Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute for Infectious Allergies and Diseases, who suggested that it was premature to lift the state of emergency, given the fact that summer is just beginning in the Southern hemisphere.

Common symptoms associated with Zika virus include mild headaches, topical rashes, fever, malaise, conjunctivitis, and joint pains. Typically, symptoms of the virus begin fading within two to three days. The illness has traditionally been viewed as fairly mild and actually only manifests in one out of five bitten hosts.

However, the most at-risk demographic from Zika virus has proven to be pregnant women. Experts have recently concluded that the disease can lead to severe birth defects, the most significant of which is abnormal brain development in fetuses by mother-to-child transition, which can potentially result in a miscarriage or microcephaly.

Due to the unprecedented rate of infection in new geographical areas, the CDC has issued travel guidelines for pregnant women, urging them to consider postponing travel to these areas. In areas where the spread of infection is more pronounced, such as in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, and Jamaica, officials have advised women to avoid getting pregnant until more information about the risks is discovered.

Despite the W.H.O’s new official designation, it is still considered particularly unwise for women who are pregnant or may become pregnant to travel to the above areas.

In light of the extraordinarily rapid spread of the disease, the United States and other countries are attempting to fast-track a vaccine, although many experts suggest that a viable inoculation may still be years away.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas termite 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 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 pest control experts.

International Travel Exacerbates Spread of Mosquito-born Illnesses

Diseases Spread by Mosquitoes Continue to Spread in the United States

Mosquito control experts have theorized that a number of new mosquito-borne diseases—that is, new to the United States—could be on this rise in the coming months. Thanks largely to international travel, exotic diseases like West Nile virus and Dengue fever have popped up in isolated incidents in Texas.

Officials from the Institute for Human Infections and Immunity have stated that imported cases of these diseases are not uncommon, and that Houston has the right kind of mosquito to begin the transition cycle. These mosquitoes are one of the most common in the Houston area. With a highly susceptible public, many of whom are uneducated about the dangers of mosquito-transmitted diseases, these officials stress the importance of preventative measures.

Apart from actual physical products, sometimes something as simple as checking your property for standing water is enough. Since it takes about a week from mosquito eggs to hatch into blood-sucking pests, one cursory examination every few days should help to curtail their appearance in your immediate area. 

Mosquito control experts have added that these particular mosquitoes are unique in that they rarely travel over 100 yards in the course of their lifespan, which means that if you can only manage to control the population on just your property, you still stand a better chance of not being bitten.

Topical mosquito repellent is the best choice for personal protection, according to mosquito control professionals, but there are also a number of other traps and repellents that can be helpful in keeping your outdoor space mosquito-free. Nearly all traps on the market today employ some kind of attractant to lure and kill female mosquitoes.

Some traps use fans to suck mosquitoes in and either capture or kill them, while others use some variety of sticky substance to immobilize mosquitoes on contact or employ some kind of electric grid that will shock them to death.

Some varieties of traps use propane as a heat source and carbon dioxide canisters as an attractive agent are meant primarily for controlling large mosquito populations that have become especially unmanageable.

These carbon dioxide canisters are meant to simulate human breathing and exhalation and serve essentially as decoys, attracting the mosquitoes to the trap before they can home in on actual human beings. Some other traps use a light source as an attractant, though these particular traps attract all manner of flying insects rather than just mosquitoes.

While the bodies of mosquitoes and moths continue to pile up around the traps, this doesn’t necessarily mean that a significant impact in the surrounding mosquito population is actually being made. Real, significant control of mosquito populations in more dependent upon the breeding habits of the specific mosquito species in question, as well as seasonal factors and weather patterns.

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 pest control experts.

Mosquitoes and Pets

Mosquitoes carry parasites which can harm household pets

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 continues to make headlines all over the world, it’s prudent to consider the dangers that these pests can present for pets as well as humans. For example, heart worms are a deadly yet mostly silent malady which your dog can contract from the bit of a mosquito.

As is the case with many different types of mammals, the disease is spread through the bite of an infected female mosquito. Heart worms can cause lasting damage to a dog’s heart, lungs, and arteries, and can continue to harm your pet even after they have left the body. If left untreated, these parasites can continue to multiply and seriously impact your dog’s quality of life.

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.

These can be fairly difficult parasites to treat, in part because they can often be quite difficult to detect. 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.

If mosquitoes have made unsightly 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 pest control experts.

Adaptability and Social Heirarchies Help Ants Thrive

Complex social behavior contributes to the long-term survival of ant populations

Most pest control experts agree that ants are the most populous insects on earth, with each colony having the potential to support literally millions of members. It’s curious, though, that ants have been able to proliferate so proficiently without the benefit of wings or other notable locomotive facilities.

One major difference between ants and other so-called “social insects” such as wasps and bees is the marked absence of wings. Interestingly, ants have mostly dispensed with flight as a means of foraging. Worker ants are always wingless and, moreover, queens and males possess wings only during the reproductive period.

This reproductive period involves queens and male ants swarming from the nest, usually during the spring or summer. After the swarming period, the females will seek a suitable nesting site and attempt to start a new colony. While these ants take to the air during their reproductive period, they are often mistaken for winged termites. Your local pest control expert, however, should have no problem correctly identifying the pests, at which point he or she can take steps to get rid of them.

Although ants have been known to build nests in nearly every ground-level habitat imaginable, only few have elevated themselves—quite literally—into trees. Only a few species, such as the carpenter ant, commonly hollow out tree trunks into a complex network of passages. The real problem, of course, is when such species decide to construct their elaborate nests in the wooden foundations of houses—which can very easily lead to a complete collapse.

On the other side of the coin, the slightly more exotic weaver-ants, often found in Asia, Australia, and Africa, are known to construct nests—as the name implies—by weaving together leaves and other foliage using silk produced by their larvae. The behaviors of these ants, naturally, are born of the necessity to adapt to their surroundings.

One of the more fascinating species is the much-feared army-ant, which is most commonly found in Africa, South America, and India. The army-ant, like those species mentioned above, is completely terrestrial but, in contrast, has no permanent nest.

Instead, it prefers to move restlessly about in search of food. When their resources in a given location are finally exhausted, they move on, advancing in vast, spreading columns, the center consisting principally of workers, while the flanks consist of their huge soldiers; their jaws held aloft like sickles. Ahead of the column march advance “scouts” which lay down scent-trails for the colony to follow.

Adaptability is the name of the game with any species of insect, but the amazing versatility and remarkable organization of these creatures has no doubt aided in their massive populations as well as their ability to thrive in nearly all environments. Ants have a wide variety of food preferences and nesting habits, which allows them to take advantage of their surroundings in order to survive. Some ants build their nests in soil, producing a characteristic mound, while others prefer to nest in hollowed-out or decaying wood, which provides some protection from the elements.

If ants have made unsightly 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 pest control experts.

Centipedes Help Maintain Healthy Ecosystems

Centipedes commonly prey on spiders, worms, and other centipedes

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.

While 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.

For 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.

If centipedes have made unsightly 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 pest control experts.

Traps, Repellents, and Mosquitoes

Which Traps and Exclusion Methods Are the Most Effective Against Mosquitoes?

Every year during the rainy spring and summer seasons, the number of mosquito infestations tends to increase exponentially. While applying topical mosquito spray is a viable option for personal protection, a solution for keeping mosquitoes out of a certain location is sometimes necessary. For these instances, there are a number of other commercially available products that may be available to help you keep your property pest-free. These products range from electric bug zappers to bait traps and various exclusion methods.

Since female mosquitoes are the only ones that actually prey on humans—since they have to provide nutrients for their young—many of the traps and baits available on the market today are specifically designed to attract females. Some kinds of traps employ fans or other suction devices, in conjunction with baits and attractants, will attract and then kill any mosquitoes in the area. Some other types of traps use a sticky substance or adhesive to trap mosquitoes should they choose to land on the trap itself. As with the suction traps, a bait or attractant is necessary to draw mosquitoes into close proximity.

There are still more products that employ electric grids or similar structures to electrocute the offending insects. All of these methods, however, require a certain degree of upkeep, as one may have to clear away the bodies of dead insects on a fairly frequent basis in order to keep the trap functioning at its most effective.

These carbon dioxide canisters are meant to simulate human breathing and exhalation—which female mosquitoes tend to find irresistible—and serve essentially as decoys, attracting the mosquitoes to the trap before they can home in on actual, blood-filled human beings.

Traps using electrical means like extension cords or batteries care usually cheaper, smaller, and meant for smaller areas will less drastic infestations. These, too, will require a degree of maintenance, which usually amounts to cleaning out the trap’s victims with a wire brush. These “zappers” as they’re commonly called, serve more of a psychological effect for the homeowner than actually impact the mosquito population in any significant way. The sharp, snapping zap noise created by these machines let the owner know that it is, in fact working; but again, the actual impact on the surrounding pests in negligible. What’s more, these machines utilize a strong electrical charge, and should be kept well out of the reach of children and pets.

While the bodies of mosquitoes continue to pile up around the traps—perhaps giving homeowners some small sense of satisfaction—this doesn’t necessarily mean that an impactful dent in the surrounding mosquito population is actually being made. This is because mosquitoes are extremely adept at sensing even trace amounts of carbon dioxide and other attractants, meaning that they’ll likely be drawn to your location from surrounding areas. Real, significant control of mosquito populations in more dependent upon the breeding habits of the specific mosquito species in question, as well as seasonal factors and weather patterns.

If mosquitoes have made unsightly 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 pest control experts.

Flies and Pet Safety

Outdoor Pets Remain Especially Prone to Fly-borne Diseases

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.

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 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. 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, 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.

If flies have made unsightly 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 pest control experts.

Tick Exclusion and Control Methods

Summer Months Herald Increased Tick Activity

Ticks are able to invade your home by hitching rides on pets, clothing, or skin. It’s a good idea, therefore, to closely examine your own clothing and skin before returning indoors, especially if you’ve recently traversed an area with excessive foliage or overgrown plant life.

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 of tick 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 tick finds a suitable feeding spot, it will cut into the skin of its host and begin to feed on its blood.

The main human concern with ticks is their ability to spread a variety of extremely serious diseases including Lyme disease, Colorado tick fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and tick-borne encephalitis, just to name a few.

That said, keeping ticks out of your yard as much as possible is imperative, especially during the summer months, when both insects and families engage in the most outdoor activity. Ticks 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. They 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, these insects 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.

If ticks have made unsightly 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 pest control experts.