cockroaches

Cockroaches Seek Out Water, Warmth, and Moisture

cockroachesCockroach Exclusion Can Mitigate Risk of Infestation

One of the most effective means of cockroach control and prevention is maintaining sanitary conditions in and around your home. While cockroaches are primarily drawn to warmth, moisture, and shelter, particularly during the winter months, ensuring that your home is clean and free of any materials that may prove to be food for cockroaches is certainly and important precaution.

In fact, sanitation is so important that many roach-removal programs will likely fail if you neglect this important aspect. While some control and extermination methods, such as spraying pesticide and setting bait traps, might go part of the way towards fighting a cockroach infestation, these pests are ubiquitous and tenacious, not to mention that they can breed extremely quickly. Even a few cockroaches, if given access to food and water, can lead to infestation that can get wildly out of hand.

cockroachesCockroaches are also attracted to moisture, and will seek out anywhere inside your home where moisture tends to collect, like kitchens, basements, and bathrooms. Kitchens in particular are a critical area to keep clean, as there’s both plenty of food and water to sustain a large number of these pests right under a homeowner’s nose.

During the winter, cockroaches may find their way inside your home through even the tiniest cracks and crevices in search of food and water. While it may not be possible to seal off every conceivable opening, maintaining the integrity of your pipes and faucets can go a long way towards heading off a cockroach problem before it begins. For example, placing wet dishrags directly in the dryer or washing machine, or plugging the drains of sinks or bathtubs before you go to sleep at night will help to eliminate enticing water sources.

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Another problem facing homeowners when it comes to eliminating cockroaches is the fact that these pests mostly remain dormant during the day, and they’re most active (and visible) at night while the household is asleep. However, by systematically eliminating potential hiding spots, you’ll be able to flush out these pests or, better yet, mitigate the risk of an infestation all together.

Roaches love to hide in cracks and crevices in furniture and walls, which you can easily seal up with a simple caulking gun. Homeowners also often neglect to make sure that windows are firmly closed and secured, which it one of the most obvious and yet overlooked ways in which pests can enter your home from outside.

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 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.

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Mice Can Damage Walls and Furniture with Ceaseless Gnawing

miceWinter is a critical time for pest control, because there are a variety of pests that will be looking to enter your home in search of food and shelter, including rats and mice. These pests live in all parts of the country, and will try to find a quiet, out of the way area in your home to make their nest.

Mice are mainly nocturnal, which means that once they establish a nest inside your home, they’ll dash out at night, unnoticed, and return to their nests before morning. As a result, actually establishing that you’ve got a mouse infestation on your hands can be trickier that you might think.

What’s more, mice can squeeze in through even the tiniest cracks, and will often take advantage of holes in external-facing screens and vents. They are also excellent climbers, and will take advantage of overgrown trees or bushes that may be touching your house to climb up to your roof.

There are a few key warning signs that may indicate the presence of mice in your home. These include droppings left behind, evidence of gnawed furniture or boxes, and grease marks on walls and floor which indicate the paths that these pests frequently travel.

miceMice carry a variety of diseases, and their potential to cause damage can be exacerbated when they traverse kitchens and food preparation areas in particular. Countertops and pantries are often rife with crumbs, which attract mice and puts them in prime position to deposit dangerous microbes which may be consumed by humans.

It’s also important to remember that they must constantly be gnawing in order to keep the growth of their teeth to a manageable level, so depending on how many mice are present in your home at a given time, it’s possible that they’ll cause significant damage to storage boxes, walls, furniture, PVC pipes, and wires; there are even many documented cases of house fires being caused by electrical malfunctions from mice chewing through wires.

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The long-term solution to a mouse infestation is getting in touch with your local pest control professional, who will be able to identify and seal entry points and advise you on how best to combat these pests in your specific situation. However, as a quick fix for a mouse problem that how gotten well out of hand, there are a number of commercially available bait traps that will remove a few individual mice at a time.

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

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Maintain Household Cleanliness to Prevent Ant Infestations

antsAnts and Other Pests Are Drawn to Sugar and Water

Removing ants from the home can be a tricky proposition because of their adaptability. These pests can consume a wide variety of food and can build nests either outdoors or inside your home. Ants are principally attracted to sugar, but they will consume basically anything in an effort to keep their colony growing.

Ants are likely to enter your home in the winter in order to find food and water, and to find an optimal nesting area away from the elements. In order to effectively control ant populations, you must first be sure to eliminate the substances that attract them.

Finding and sealing any food storage areas like pantries and refrigerators is the first step on the path to controlling a pest infestation. Sanitation of your kitchen and other food preparation areas is critical in getting rid of ants. For example, they can live off of food spillage and grease that may accumulate under and behind appliances. Crumbs and leftover food in cabinets and pantries are also ideal feeding grounds for ants. Likewise, it’s important to keep opened food in sealed containers, as ants have the ability to detect even the smallest traces of glucose, which is in nearly all of our food.

carpenter antsLimiting where you consume food in your house may also help when it comes to keeping these pests under control. A few crumbs in a bedroom may prompt ants to venture even farther into your home, causing the problem to spread from one rooms to multiple rooms.

Since ants come out to feed at night, when potential danger is least present, it’s also a good idea to give your kitchen area a thorough wipe-down before you go to bed. Even this simple precaution can go a long way towards discouraging ants from entering your home.

Apart from keeping the kitchen clear of spills and food residue, you might consider sweeping or vacuuming up around your house every few days as well. This practice will keep your home clear of crumbs, hair, and dead skin—which are appealing to other insects like cockroaches—but you’ll also eliminate other ant eggs and ant feces, both of which contain pheromones which will attract even more ants to your home. These pests are also attracted to pet food, so be sure to empty your pets’ bowls overnight and make sure that any stored pet food is properly sealed.

antsCantu 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 ants 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 ant removal experts.

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Animal Exclusion Involves Denying Pests Access to Food and Shelter

exclusionPests Will Scramble to Find Food and Warmth During Winter

During the winter months, all kinds of pests will be searching for some respite from the cold weather, and will look to your home for a source of both food and shelter. To combat the incursions of these pests, there are a variety of wildlife exclusion methods that your local pest control professional will employ.

In broad terms, animal exclusion means limiting access to food, water, and shelter that these pests are seeking. These exclusion methods may include sealing entry points with caulk or steel wool, and placing screens or chicken wire over other points of entry, including crawl spaces.

Naturally, the success of a given exclusion method depends on the kind of pest in question; some exclusion methods are more successful at keeping out certain kinds of pests. Animal exclusion, particularly in winter, is one of the best and most effective long-term solutions for wildlife problems.

exclusionWhile trapping can be effective for momentarily removing an animal from your property, exclusion methods will go a long way to ensure that pests stay outside where they belong.

Exclusion methods are particularly useful when it comes to controlling smaller pests like mice, rats, and bats, as they can squeeze themselves inside small cracks for which most homeowners wouldn’t even think of looking.

It’s also important to remember that minor maintenance and periodic small repairs can be sufficient to keep pests out of your home, thereby avoiding major damage that a full-blown infestation might cause.

Some critical aspects of an average animal exclusion regimen are as follows: removal of overgrown and overhanging tree limbs and shrubbery, placement of durable screening around the base of a porch or deck, repairing holes in screens, vents, and sidings, adding caps and screens to chimneys, and blocking gaps and crevices in roof paneling.

exclusionEnlisting the help of a trained pest control professional is the first step in combatting wildlife problems around your home. They will be able to quickly and accurately decide which pests are trying to invade your home and which exclusion method will be the most effective in your specific circumstances.

Moreover, it’s important to keep in mind that DIY animal exclusion can often be a dangerous process, and your trained pest control professional will be able to apply the correct exclusion method at the cheapest cost and in the safest manner.

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

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Roof Rats Can Cause Damage and Spread Disease

ratsRoof Rats Menace Homeowners, Even in Winter

Roof rats can be one of the more dangerous and damaging pests to find in your home, both because of their ability to carry diseases and the constant gnawing they inflict on walls and furniture. The first step to combatting a rat infestation is to correctly identify the rodent in question. Roof rats have black or brown fur and long scaly tails.

Occasionally these pests can grow to be quite large and even reach sizes over 40 centimeters long. However, these pests are generally longer and sleeker that their cousins, the Norway rat, and have large ears and a pointed nose.

These tenacious pests build their nests in the upper areas of buildings, which explains their name. Roof rats are excellent climbers are also highly adaptable, which means that they can be equally at home in the corner of an attic as inside a wall.

ratsRoof rats are generally nocturnal and will often build their nests as close to a reliable food source as possible, meaning that areas around the kitchen should be the first to undergo an inspection when searching for roof rat nests. These rats are omnivorous pests, which aids in their adaptability, as they can east and digest virtually anything that’s close at hand.

Since roof rats are nocturnal, it’s possible that you may not notice any signs of an infestation until after it’s gotten out of hand. However, rat droppings are certainly a telltale sign that a number of rats might be hiding within your home.

These droppings are usually about 12 to 13 millimeters long and dark in color. Another sign that you should be on the lookout for is grease smudges along walls and baseboards which indicate frequently-traversed rat pathways. These paths may lead back to a nest, which are commonly constructed from insulation, wood shavings, and other similar materials.

Roof rats have a propensity for carrying a variety of diseases, which can be easily transmitted to human beings, particularly if these pests frequently travel through food preparation areas like countertops and pantries. Bubonic plague was a historically devastating illness initially transmitted by rats and fleas, but diseases like hantavirus and trichinosis are still reported frequently throughout the United States every year.

ratsTo prevent these pests from gaining a foothold in your home in the first place, it’s important to make sure that all vents and windows are properly sealed, as roof rats have been known to squeeze through cracks no more than a quarter-inch in diameter in their search for food.

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

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Removing Bedbugs and Their Eggs

bedbugsThoroughly Removing Bedbug Eggs Can be a Painstaking Process

Bedbugs are troublesome pests that can be brought into your home by hiding in luggage, clothing, and furniture. They are often difficult to spot because they hide in cracks and crevices during the day and only venture out to suck the blood of sleeping humans at night.

Usually, their reddish-brown fecal matter as well as small blood stains serve as indications that you have a bedbug problem on your hands. Bedbugs don’t really traverse open spaces, so they will likely make their nests right next to their prey; that is, inside the wood of a bed frame or the material of a mattress.

Once a bedbug problem becomes large enough, they can quickly spread to different areas of the home by riding on clothing.

bedbugsThere are a few key tips to keep in mind when searching your home for possible signs of a bedbug infestation. For example, bedbugs love the dark and quiet, so be sure to prioritize those areas when searching for evidence of their presence. Also, be sure to check for warning signs in adjacent rooms; just because bedbugs have been eliminated in one area doesn’t mean they’ve been taken care of throughout the whole house.

Apart from getting in touch with your local pest control professional—which should be your first step—there are certain other measures you can take on your own to mitigate the spread of bedbugs. Removing clutter like stuffed animals, clothing, and bedding can be an important step in denying bedbugs more hiding places. If it’s been determined that bedbugs are hiding in the fabric of these items, they can be heat treated and washed which will usually be sufficient to kill any eggs tucked inside.

Since bed frames are among the most common hiding places for bedbugs, dismantling and inspecting them is a necessary precaution. Likewise, the wooden frames of dressers and wardrobes can be accommodating for bedbugs looking for a hiding place close to their host.

bedbugsIt can often be a challenge for the average homeowner to ensure that they’ve managed to eradicate all traces of bedbug eggs, which is why the help of a pest control expert should be enlisted. These experts will employ a variety of approaches, including vacuuming all over clothing, furniture, and walls, and scrubbing suspect surfaces with a wire brush to ensure the removal of any stuck-on eggs. The pest control expert may also find it necessary to caulk and seal any holes where pipes and wires enter a room, so that the offending pests will not be able to escape to other parts of the house.

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

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Combatting House Mice in the Fall and Winter

miceMice are Dangerous and Destructive Pests in Large Numbers

Fall and winter are the most common seasons for mice to begin making inroads into homes. As the weather gets colder, these tenacious pests are constantly looking for easy access to food and warmth.

Despite the fact that mice can slip into a home through even the smallest and least conspicuous of openings, there are a number of methods available to the average homeowner that will help cut down on mice infestations. To make matters worse, mice and rats can gnaw their way through tough building materials, and can gradually open larger and more numerous entry points into your home.

Many pest control experts suggest that sealing up any suspected entry points with caulk and steel wool is a great measure to take, and will certainly discourage mice from using the same hole again. These pests also commonly enter homes where holes are cut into walls to accommodate piping, so it’s important to ensure that any weather stripping is in good condition, and be sure to use mesh or wire screens to cover vents and the openings of chimneys.

miceIn the winter, mice love to build nests among piles of firewood, as they serve as sturdy windbreaks and shelter from the elements. It’s also crucial to keep bushes and shrubbery well maintained, ideally to the degree that they don’t brush up against your house, which will cut down on the number of areas that they can hide.

Once they make their way inside your home, mice will usually build their nests as close to their source of food as possible, meaning that nests in the walls of kitchens and pantries are not at all uncommon. If mice detect food in the area, they can quickly gnaw away at storage boxes and food containers, potentially spreading all kinds of dangerous bacteria in the process. Hantavirus is one particularly dangerous illness that can be exacerbated by the presence of mice, although they carry pathogens which can worsen allergies and asthma as well.

In addition to their unsanitary nature, mice can chew through electrical cables in their perpetual search for food which has been known to cause house fires.

miceWhen trying to determine how best to combat a mouse problem, determining their point of entry and potential nesting areas is critical, as it will allow you to place traps and pesticides more efficiently.

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

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Ants Can Get Out of Control Incredibly Quickly

antsAnts Live in Elaborate Mounds Just Below the Surface

Ants live together in populations of hundreds of thousands and construct elaborate mounds to sufficiently house the colony. Effective ant treatment programs entail treating the entire colony with pesticides.

Ants will enter your home if they sense easy access to food and shelter. These insects will be especially eager to enter your home during the winter months while food and warmth are at their most scarce. Most of the time, however, ants are content to live in elaborate mounds which consist of a small section which is visible above the surface of the ground, and an intricate network of tunnels which usually spans many yards in each direction.

Mounds can be constructed incredibly quickly by colony workers, and can usually reappear a few days after being destroyed. These characteristic mounds serve several purposes: primarily, the mound is used for protection from the elements and predators. Likewise, the elaborate tunnel system serves to maintain a consistent internal temperature of the mound. This is important because the queen as well as her larvae require precise environmental circumstances in order to thrive.

antsDespite the fact that the surface level of the mound presents a pretty obvious target for predators, the deep tunnels allow the members of the colony to retreat to a safe place in the event of an attack.

The appearance of ant mounds in your yard is the first indication that there is a larger problem at play. It’s always better to begin combatting ant infestations as soon as you become aware of them, because as long as ants have access to enough food, their numbers will continue to increase at a distressing rate. These pests can breed worryingly quickly, and infestations often spiral out of control much faster than homeowners would believe.

Naturally, as ant populations increase, the chances that they’ll make incursions into your home will increase as well. Many otherwise diligent homeowners have ignored an inconspicuous ant hill, only to find the pests crawling all over the inside of their homes a few weeks later.

antsIf you notice or even suspect that an ant colony has found its way onto your property, you should get in touch with your local pest control professional right away. These professionals will begin by making a thorough inspection of your property, after which they’ll be able to recommend the most effective course of action, whether it be the use of Green Shield Certified pesticides or boric acid-based ant traps.

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

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Cockroaches Can Infest Any Home, Regardless of Cleanliness

cockroachesCockroaches Seek Out Moisture and Warmth

Cockroaches are extremely adaptable insects and can be found in most regions throughout the world. These pests tend to live among all kinds of lawn detritus like rotting logs, leaf litter, and beneath piles of rotting and matted vegetation. Some species of cockroach have the ability to withstand extremely low temperatures while others can thrive in arid environments with limited access to water.

Cockroaches are most active at night when the scavenge for food, water, and mates. Most species of cockroach in the United States prefer moist environments and relatively high humidity. Occasionally, these pests will find their way inside human habitations, in which case they’ll eat whatever they come into contact with. These insects have remarkably generalized diets and have been known to feed on such diverse foodstuffs as cheese, leather, starch from book bindings, glue, hair, dead skin flakes, and dead animals and plant material.

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Cockroaches like to hide out in cracks and crevices which provide them sense of warmth and moisture, which means that they generally make incursions into homes during the winter months in order to find more hospitable shelter. Although popular culture dictates that cockroach infestations are the result of particularly unhygienic households, that’s usually not the case. Cockroaches are drawn more to warmth and moisture, and will have no problem finding accommodations in the average, reasonably clean household.

A thorough inspection is the key to successful cockroach removal. Some important signs of infestation are molted cockroach skins and egg shells. Leaving sticky traps and checking them of a frequent basis will help to cut down on out of control cockroach populations. Many species of cockroaches can be eliminated with sprays, baits, and dusts. Likewise, some exclusion techniques like caulking cracks and crevices that may serve as entry points for cockroaches. Residual insecticides can also be effective to slowly but surely control cockroach populations. This method can be particularly effective for extensive indoor infestations.

cockroachesUsing a number of exclusion and extermination methods in tandem will often be your best option when it comes to controlling cockroach infestations. It’s also a good idea to keep lawns and flowerbeds well maintained in order to cut down on the number of potential cockroach hiding places.

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 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.

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Large Numbers of Voles Can Decimate Gardens and Trees

volesUnder Ideal Conditions, Vole Populations Can Explode

Voles, sometimes called meadow mice, are small, burrowing rodents which can cause considerable damage to your property if their population is left to grow unchecked. Voles usually measure no more than eight inches long and have compact, stocky bodies.

These pests spend the majority of their time below-ground, but can be identified mainly by the distinctive tunnel habits. These tunnel openings are usually hidden by a thin layer of grass, which hide an aperture about two inches across. Voles are mostly herbivores and feed on all kinds of plant life, and they’ll take advantage of their burrows to stockpile seeds in preparation for winter.

Vole populations can fluctuate from year to year, but when conditions are ideal, they can multiply extremely quickly and overwhelm a particular area. In some circumstances, there may be several thousand voles living and breeding within one square acre.

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Voles can cause extensive damage to gardens by feeding on any fruits and vegetables they may find there, but they also pose significant risks to the root systems of nearby trees, as their burrowing tends to interfere with natural growth.

A large number of voles will also gnaw incessantly at tree trunks, cutting off the flow of nutrients and potentially killing the tree completely. Although voles are generally not accomplished climbers, they have been known to scamper up to some lower branches and cause the same kind of damage above the ground.

It’s important to get a handle on a vole population before it gets out of hand. One effective way to do this is to reduce the amount of lawn debris and excess vegetation around your yard, making the area more inhospitable to voles. Weeds and overgrown foliage provide shelter and food for vole populations, and they will certainly seek out an alternate habitat if these factors are removed.

Wire or mesh fences also go a long well to protecting gardens from vole populations, although it’s important to remember to burry these fences at least six to ten inches below the surface, so that burrowing voles will still be denied access.

volesWhen there a large number of voles in a single location, trapping and baiting may be a viable alternative to the use of pesticides. Repellents, natural and otherwise, are also available for purchase, but their guaranteed efficacy is often contested among experts.

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 vole 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 voles 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 vole removal experts.