yellow jackets

Yellow Jackets May Create Indoor Nests

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Yellow Jackets Are Beneficial Pests that Can Keep Dangerous Insects In Check

Yellow jackets are a sub-species of wasp that can identified by their black-and-yellow markings which run in rings around the segments of its body. Although yellow jackets are sometimes mistaken for bees by the causal observer, they are much leaner in shape and more streamlined than their fuzzier and rounder counterparts.

Like bees, yellow jackets are pollinators, although they are technically predatory scavengers and will feed on other insects, meat, and fish, as well as sugary substances. Their wide preference of foodstuffs means that they can be particular nuisances around garbage cans and picnics.

Yellow jackets are social insects and live in nests with thousands of individuals at a time. Most yellow jackets prefer to nest on the ground, and their colonies are often found underneath porches, steps, crawlspaces, and at the base of trees. Occasionally, yellow jackets will nest inside the hollows of walls, especially in older houses. Others, however, will make their nests off the ground, often in the branches of trees of in the rafters of man-made structures.

yellow jacketsMost of the time, yellow jacket populations will die during the cold winter months. Sometimes, however, the population manages to live on, especially if their nest happens to be in a particularly sheltered location, which may allow a yellow jacket population to continue growing until it reaches upwards of one million members.

Yellow jackets can be aggressive insects, especially when their nest is threatened. Unlike bees, yellow jackets have the capacity to sting a target multiple times, thanks to their slender stinger and small barb-like point. Depending on the person, yellow jacket venom has the ability to cause severe allergic reaction which may even prove to be fatal depending on the number of times the person in question has been stung.

Despite the potential health risks they pose to humans, yellow jackets are beneficial pests that prey on a variety of damaging insects. Unless their nest is directly threatened, yellow jackets are usually to loath to sting, although they can occasionally become a nuisance to humans and pets, at which point a pest control expert should be consulted. For ground-level or below-ground nests, it’s common practice for pest control experts to employ an insecticide dust, which is administered in and around the nest entrance.

yellow jacketsThe matter becomes slightly more complicated when yellow jackets nest inside structures, however, as their entrance must be sealed until all the members of the colony are dead. Otherwise, the living members of the colony will try to escape through the inside of the structure, creating a stinging hazard for all the human occupants that happen to be inside.

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

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Carpenter Ants Versus Termites

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Carpenter Ants and Termites Can Cause Similar Types of Damage

Carpenter ants are among the most common ant species found throughout Texas. They are an extremely adaptable species and have been known to thrive in outdoor and indoor environments.

In broad terms, these ants prefer semi-moist and humid environments and usually nest in trees, tree stumps, fallen logs, fence posts, ceiling beams, roofing boards, and even inside attic insulation.

There are twenty-five different species of carpenter ants in the United States, each will slightly different behavior and appearance, which means that identifying these pests can be difficult. They can range anywhere from three to thirteen millimeters in length, and have been known to sport colors like black, brown, yellow, orange, and red.

Thanks to their tiny size, these ants can go undetected for long periods of time if they choose to nest inside your home. By the time their presence become apparent, extensive damage to your home may have already been done.

antsUnlike termites, carpenter ants do not eat the wooden structures in which they nest. Rather, they break down and remove the wood in order to enlarge their nesting space. Depending on the size of the colony, the amount of wood that these ants are able to destroy over time can be extreme.

Although these pests have the ability to break down and remove cellulose material, they usually prefer to move into preexisting cavities like termite galleries, or areas that have been gradually worn down by rot. These areas prove especially attractive to carpenter ants as they search for a nest because of the naturally moist conditions. Keep an eye out for piles of sawdust-like material or similar wood shavings that may be collecting around suspicious holes. This removed wood material is one of the telltale signs that carpenter ants have been expanding their nest in the vicinity.

The appearance of worker ants will be the most obvious sign of an infestation in your home. It’s important to keep in mind, however, that carpenter ant workers can vary in size within the same species. Likewise, these pests have been known to traverse great distances as they forage for food, meaning that even if you spot some of these ants around your home, it shouldn’t be taken as conclusive evidence that they have decided to nest inside your walls.

When trying to determine the nesting place of a carpenter ant colony, check these kinds of areas first. One you determine the nest’s exact location, it’s possible to treat the infestation with an insecticide dust or aerosol spray. However, attempting to administer these pesticides on your own is ill-advised, as the improper application of these toxins may inadvertently harm other residents or pets.

carpenter antsBaits have traditionally not been successful in dealing with carpenter ants, but your local pest control expert will be able to determine which extermination method will be the best fit for your home.

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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Differences Between Wasps and Hornets

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Similarities Between Hornets and Wasps Often Confuse Homeowners

Hornets and wasps can be an unsightly addition to your home, can be very territorial and can be dangerously painful if encountered. If you have a hornet’s nest that is too close to your home it is best to consult a professional exterminator for help.

Wasp is a general term, such as ant or bee that is used as an umbrella to cover a large array of stinging pests. Some specific names that fall under the category of wasp include yellow jackets, mud daubers, hornets, paper wasps and pollen wasps.

All wasps have general physical characteristics that they share with one another including exoskeletons that cover their head, thorax, and their long narrow bodies, two pairs of wings of different lengths, two antennae and a stinger that can be used multiple times. Hornets are two inches in length and can range anywhere from yellow and black to white and black in color. Hornets actually feed on other insects and can help control a local environment’s pest infestations much the same way that ants and spiders can.

waspsWasps can be categorized into two types: solitary and social, and hornets are considered to be social wasps. Social wasps are made up of colonies much like ants where there is a queen that will build the beginnings of a nest and give birth to offspring that will stay and help to defend, raise new offspring, and continue to build the nest.

Due to the fact that there are several wasps in one area there will be an established hierarchy of sterile females that will defend and build the nest, and reproductive males and females that will continue on to mate and have more offspring. Hornets will build their football/soccer shaped nests out of paper or wood pulp mixed from saliva under the eaves of houses, in attics or in bushes and trees.

Social wasps also have a specific way that they mate. Before winter a reproductive female will mate with a reproductive male, and store the collected sperm. After hibernating for the winter, the female will build her nest and fertilize the eggs the way she chooses.

waspsAt the beginning all fertilized eggs will produce sterile females to help with the nest, but as the queen runs out of sperm to fertilize eggs the unfertilized eggs will produce male wasps which will help to further future population. After an egg is laid it usually takes around a week for it to hatch and then another 2 weeks to fully develop into an adult hornet.

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

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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.

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Mosquito Control in the Southern United States

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With Zika Continuing to Spread, Controlling Mosquitoes is More Important than Ever

In the southern United States, Houston, Fort Worth, and Dallas mosquito control is struggling to meet the challenge. People die every year from a lack of adequate health care when it comes to treating mosquito transmitted diseases. Children especially, whose immune systems are not yet fully developed, are most at risk of succumbing to one of these diseases, including Zika, which has recently made its way to the United States.

As many homeowners know, mosquito infestations are generally seasonal, which also means that the rise and fall of diseases like West Nile are also seasonal. Dry winters and wet springs make for the perfect mosquito-breeding environment. Stagnant water and intense heat allow for mosquitoes to thrive all across the United States, making Dallas mosquito control all the more important.

mosquitoesConcerning olfaction in mosquitoes and other insects, it’s worth noting that mosquitoes have an extraordinary sense of smell; a large portion of their admittedly small brains are dedicated to identifying and divining the location of their targets.

As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, only female mosquitoes feed on blood, which they then use to produce their eggs. Female mosquitoes, accordingly, find their victims through their sense of smell.

As researchers and scientists learn more about the way in which mosquitoes are attracted to their targets, they can reach a better understanding of how to develop more effective methods of combatting mosquito-born diseases.

The Notre Dame researcher’s lab is currently studying what scents plants that mosquitoes are attracted to give off. Again, a deeper understanding of the role of the chemicals produced by plants and how mosquitoes select plants to obtain their energy sources can lead to better control and elimination strategies.

mosquitoesBetter mosquito control protocols would facilitate greater comfort and convenience while outdoors. In many parts of the world, and in developing nations especially, mosquito control is a matter of life and death. In Africa alone, for example malaria takes a human life every 30 seconds. A better understanding of the role smell plays in mosquito behavior can reveal important clues that can ultimately lead to newer and more effective control strategies.

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 mosquito removal experts.

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Controlling Formosan Termite Colonies

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Formosan Termites Are Dangerous and Destructive Pests

The Formosan subterranean termite is a particularly nasty invasive species from China that has spread throughout the North America. Their destructive capability raises economic concerns in places like Dallas, Houston, and Fort Worth. The Formosan termite was originally transported to the United States from Asia and has adapted extremely well to its new environment.

The Formosan subterranean termite is sometimes called the “super-termite” because of its incredibly destructive capabilities, which is due, in part, to the incredible size of their colonies and the rapid rate at which they consume wood. The number of individuals in a colony can vary, but they can easily number in the millions given optimal access to resources. A mature Formosan termite colony has the ability to consume upwards of 13 ounces of wood a day, and they can forage up to 300 feet in any direction through many types of soil.

Naturally, the presence of a colony poses a serious threat to nearby man-made structures, and they can cause irreparable structural damage in as little as three months. It’s interesting to note that once established in a particular area, a colony of Formosan termites has never been fully eradicated—only temporarily deterred.

termitesThese termites have been known to infest a variety of structures including boats and high-rise condominiums and routinely cause massive treatment and repair costs. However, it’s most common to see Formosan termites in the southern areas of the United States, because their eggs will not hatch in temperatures below 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Formosan termite is far and away one of the most destructive pests in the United States. Experts estimate that it costs homeowners upwards of $1 billion annually in order to prevent and redress issues caused by these termites. In New Orleans alone, for example, somewhere between 30-50% of the city’s historic oak trees are infested with termites, which costs the city about $300 million every year in upkeep costs.

In an effort to control the ever-expanding populations of these pests, the use of pesticides has raised costs for consumers and led to negative effects on the environment like the contamination of water supplies due to runoff.

Formosan termites will eat nearly any object made of wood, including other materials containing cellulose, like paper and cardboard. Although these insects feed mainly on wood, they’ve also been known to chew through foam insulation boards, thin lead and copper sheeting, plaster, asphalt, and some plastics.

The queen of a Formosan termite colony has a life span of about 15 years and can produce up to 2,000 eggs per day. Workers and soldiers have a life span of around 3 to 5 years.

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

Centipedes

Common House Centipedes Are Drawn to Moisture and Shelter

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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.

scorpions

Removing Scorpions from Texas Homes

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Scorpions Help Contribute to a Healthy Ecosystem

Scorpions are technically arachnids and are related to spiders, mites, and ticks. They are known for their characteristically large, claw-like pedipalps as well as their curving segmented tail which ends in a venomous stinger. Thanks to human commerce and trade, scorpions can now be found on every continent in the world, except Antarctica.

Despite their frightening appearance, scorpion stings are usually harmless to humans, and further treatment is usually not necessary for a healthy adult. Scorpion stings can prove to be quite painful, however, and may result in localized pain or burning, swelling, numbness interspersed with tingling sensations, and severe muscles cramps.

Scorpions prefer very dry climates and can be found in large numbers throughout the American southwest. They are very sensitive to moisture loss, and prefer to spend daylight hours in shady, secluded locations. Scorpions obtain most of the water they need to function from their prey, which include insects, spiders, lizards, and other scorpions. While scorpions can survive for months without food, they need to constantly maintain their intake of fluids.

scorpionsScorpions will hide under boards, rocks, logs, and other clutter in order to keep out of the sun. Likewise, many species will spend daylight hours in burrows. These burrows, usually only accommodating one scorpion, provide an appropriate level of moisture and temperature. Some species prefer to ambush prey at the mouths of their burrows.

They are most active at night, although they can sometimes be seen during the day when conditions are cool and moist. Scorpions have the ability to detect the vibrations of their prey as it moves, allowing the scorpion to lie in wait for an insect or lizard to cross its path.

Scorpions are capable of crushing small prey with their powerful pincers, though they will inject larger prey with their venom—a complicated mixture of paralytic neurotoxins. In addition to hunting prey, they will also use their venom to protect themselves from threats.

scorpionsSigns of a scorpion infestation are hard to spot, and they leave behind almost no evidence of their activities. These creatures usually only enter homes if they sense that there is better access to food or more hospitable conditions. They usually use ground-level openings to enter your home, which include cracks in doors, windows, openings around plumbing pipes and utility lines, and various cracks and crevices.

Occasionally, scorpions will also hide out in crates, stacks of firewood, and potted plants, which may then be transported indoors by unsuspecting humans. Once inside your home, these pests will usually be drawn to out-of-the-way areas like basements, bathrooms, garages, and closets.

In order to prevent your home from playing host to scorpions in the first place, you can implement a number of exclusion methods including making sure that cracks around doors and windows are sealed with caulk or cement. While there are only very few truly dangerous species of scorpion in North America, international travelers to Asia and Africa should take special care to avoid native species of scorpion, which can administer venom much more potent than that of their North American counterparts.

If scorpions 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 scorpion removal experts.

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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.

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Earwigs Seek Out Damp Areas and Stagnant Water

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Check for Earwigs in Basements, Bathrooms, and Kitchens

Earwigs are very easily recognizable by their unique pincers at the ends of their abdomens. Although these pincers look threatening, they are actually harmless to humans. Earwigs are primarily scavengers, and do most of their feeding at night.

They primarily feed on the bodies of dead insects and other decomposing organic material. It’s for this reason that earwigs are sometimes considered beneficial insects, because they help break down decomposing matter and promote a healthy ecosystem.

During the day, earwigs hide under piles of organic matter like leaves or logs, and prefer damp, dark locations like underneath sidewalks, crawlspaces, and stones. These kind of moist and out-of-the-way locations are also favored by centipedes and millipedes, as well as sow-bugs.

Although they’re mostly known as scavengers, earwigs have also been known to damage crops and can eat living plants and frightening amounts when their populations grow large enough.

earwigsEarwig populations frequently congregate around the foundations of buildings. This can be a problem because earwigs can very easily enter your home through low windows and cracks in the foundations of structures. These pests are attracted to electric lights, which will draw even greater numbers to your home, increasing the chances that they may find a way inside.

It’s worth noting, however, that earwigs usually enter homes only by accident, and won’t reproduce or cause much damage if they find their way inside human structures.

Still, it’s possible that, if left unchecked, earwig populations can grow large enough to cause some ecological and agricultural problems. That said, there are a number of preventative measures and removal methods you can employ to keep your property clear of unwanted earwig infestations.

Perhaps the easiest method is to remove debris and other detritus from your yard to cut down on the number of places that earwigs could theoretically hide. If you begin to get rid of tall grass and remove logs or rocks that may be present in your yard, you’ll systematically begin to make your property less appealing for many types of pests.

Because earwigs need moisture to survive, consider eliminating areas where moisture may pool around your property. This measure has the dual-purpose of eliminating breeding ground for these pests as well as for mosquitoes, which need stagnant water in order to lay their eggs. Many of these damp areas may be underneath outdoor faucets, which have a tendency to drip, or in crawlspaces, where it’s naturally cool and dark as a matter of course. Doors, windows, outward-leading pipes, and any other ground-level entry points are locations to keep in mind.

earwigsIt may also help to seal or caulk any cracks in the foundation of your home your might spot. This will limit the number of cracks and crevices through which earwigs can enter your home.

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