bedbugs

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.

mice

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.

ants

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.

cockroaches

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.

cockroaches

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.

voles

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.

voles

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.

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Armadillos Can Destroy Flower Beds in Their Search for Food

armadillosArmadillos Feed on Grubs, Worms, and Beetles

Armadillos are a common problem throughout the American southwest. These strange, armored mammals thrive in warm environments, and have adapted remarkably well to their North American homes.

These animals use their strong claws to dig burrows and search for food, which leads to a common problem for homeowners in these southwestern areas. Armadillos are known for digging up flowers and vegetables in their never-ending search for food. What’s more, these animals are incredibly tenacious pests, and attempting to get rid of them on one’s own may result in an extended (and expensive) ground war.

Attempting to replace the flowers and other plants that these pests have destroyed without first ensuring that the armadillos won’t return the very next day is paramount.

Baiting, trapping, and removing these pests can sometimes be a complicated process, which is why it’s a good idea to call your local pest control expert right away if you suspect that armadillos have been running amok on your property.

armadillosArmadillos are known for their armored hide, which provides the bulk of their protections against predators like coyotes and vultures. In addition to their armor, however, armadillos are surprisingly good swimming, and can also run quickly if the need arises.

These animals are primarily nocturnal, so it’s likely that homeowners will see evidence of armadillo activity rather than the animals themselves. More to the point, the fact that they’re rarely ever seen during the day means it’s particularly difficult to determine exactly how many armadillos are causing problems for you.

Be that as it may, trapping is still one of the cheapest, most humane, and most reliable methods of armadillo removal. Armadillos are clever animals, but they have been known to favor a few observable routes through their preferred hunting grounds. They tend to stick close to cover, should the need arise for them to defend themselves, to placing traps next to a fence or a wall line is generally a good idea.

armadillosIf you can locate their burrow, you can also place a trap at the entrance, so there’s no chance that an armadillo could possibly miss it. Once you manage to trap an armadillo, you can fairly easily relocate it to a wooded, out-of-the-way area. Even with this precaution, it’s still possible for other armadillos to enter your yard, which means that maintaining constant vigilance is key to a long-term armadillo removal program.

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 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 armadillos 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.

chinch bugs

Chinch Bugs May Necessitate Costly Lawn Repair

chinch bugsRemove Excess Thatch to Cut Down on Chinch Bugs

One of the most prominent indications of the presence of chinch bugs is the appearance of large patches of dead, brown grass. These patches will of course appear unsightly amid a well-maintained lawn, and may even have to be specially treated or removed by lawn care specialists.

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

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

chinch bugs

Adults and nymphs alike can cause fairly serious damage to grass, as they feed on the plant matter, remove important plant fluids, and inject a certain natural toxin that causes the grass to turn from yellow to brown, and eventually die.

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

The removal of excessive thatch is another important step when it comes to chinch bug removal. Adequate maintenance of moisture on lawns and plants will also help reduce feeding damage and promote the growth of beneficial fungi that will help protect your plants from these insects.

chinch bugsThe use of low nitrogen fertilizer will also slow the reproduction of chinch bugs. As ever it’s vital consult your pest control professional before attempting to engage in do-it-yourself pest control practices, especially when dealing with insecticides and other poisons that could be hazardous to pets and members of the household.

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

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

opossums

Opossums Can Thrive In Even the Most Inhospitable Regions

opossumsOpossums Will Settle Wherever Food is Readily Available

Depending upon the species, opossums can range in size from large house cats to small mice. Most species are semi-arboreal omnivores, which, in practical terms, means that they’ll eat almost anything. Much like mice and rats, opossums are among the most successful vermin on earth, thanks largely to their unspecialized biology, flexible diet, and breeding habits. They can survive, and often thrive, in even the most diverse locations and climates.

Opossums have remarkably well-developed immune systems, and many species exhibit partial or total immunity to the venom of rattlesnakes, cottonmouths, and other vipers. Interestingly, opossums are about eight times less likely than wild dogs to carry rabies.

They are generally solitary creatures, and are known to stay in one area as long as food and water are readily available. Primarily nocturnal, opossums prefer quiet, secure areas to sleep during the day, and will sometimes seek out ready-made burrows for a form of temporary shelter.

opossumsPerhaps the most notable behavior of the opossums, however, is its unique ability to play dead—or possum—as the old idiom goes. When an opossum is threatened or harmed, it will involuntarily mimic the appearance and smell of a corpse.

When this hard-wired defense mechanism takes effect, its lips will be drawn back, saliva will foam from the mouth, the eyes close or roll back, and a foul-smelling liquid is secreted from the anal glands.

Though this behavior is apparently effective against would-be predators, the animal is, for all intents and purposes, completely defenseless during this period, and can be poked, rolled over, and even carried away without eliciting a response.

The opossum will typically regain consciousness within forty minutes, although the process can sometimes take up to four hours. In conjunction with their ability to play dead, adult opossums will growl deeply or hiss at a perceived threat.

opossumsOpossums can be found in most regions throughout North America, though are considered invasive species in Southern Ontario and British Colombia. They are considered pests because of their tendency to dig up gardens in search of berries and nuts, and, like raccoons, will almost inevitably root through outdoor garbage cans in the hopes of coming across discarded food.

 

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 opossum 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 opossums 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 opossum removal experts.

termites

Termites Can Cause Extensive Damage While Remaining Undetected

termitesFrequently Inspect Wooden Structures to Detect Termites

Termite colonies can grow to incredible sizes with individuals sometimes numbering in the millions. Termite queens can often lay over 1,000 eggs per day. In late spring or early summer, Formosan termite colonies will produce swarms of winged males and females. Termites will, with luck, find a mate and some will proceed to found new colonies.

Dallas termite control can sometimes be a tricky proposition. When termites infest a wooden structure, whether it’s a tree or a wooden support beam inside the home, they consume cellulose and extract nutrients from it, leaving behind smooth-sided galleries. If you suspect that termites might be present in your home, keep a sharp eye out for sagging walls or ceilings, as these might be signs of severe and far-advance infestations. If you do determine that you have a termite problem, get in touch with our Dallas termite control experts.

termitesThese termites have been known to infest a variety of structures including boats and high-rise condominiums and, along with various other species of termite, 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.

Termites are a constant threat to your home and a lot of the damage can be done before homeowners actually realize there’s a problem. If you suspect that termites are making inroads towards your home, there are a few wise precautions that the aloof homeowner can take in order to deter termites from making your home their own permeant residence.

For example, Dallas termite control professionals recommend that you remove stacked-up firewood from foundations or crawl spaces, remove tree stumps and other wood-based debris from around your home, place metal screens on any outdoor vents, and frequently inspect wooden fences or other similar structures for signs of termite damage.

termitesTermites are estimated to be some of the most destructive pests in the United States. Experts report that these pests cost homeowners upwards of $1 billion annually in order to prevent and redress termite-related issues. 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.

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 termites have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control to get in touch with our Dallas termite control professionals 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.

cockroaches

Cockroaches Can Spread Countless Pathogens and Bacteria

cockroachesCockroaches Love Easy Access to Food

Published on October 25, 2017

Cockroaches are extremely troublesome pests and can enter buildings through cracks and crevices in the foundation as well as through drains, pipes, and ventilation systems.

Cockroaches are often outdoor pests as much as indoor pests, and have been known to infest gardens and lawns. Some experts suggest that cockroaches have the ability to transmit thirty-three different kinds of diseases, and routinely spread countless bacteria as the scuttle across floors and food preparation areas.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.