Seasonal Pest Information
Both pest and wildlife infestations in properties rise and fall depending on the time of the year. Oftentimes, it has everything to do with weather patterns. Depending on the season you may encounter certain problems that require professional help. Check out our seasonal pest information so that you know what to look for in the future.
Termites – Beginning around March and continuing through June, in or around a property will begin to swarm. Swarming occurs during perfect spring conditions of moist air and warm temperatures where unmated termites will attempt to mate and then burrow into the soil to build a colony. During these months you may see a large number of dead termites in your home gathered around windows this is an indication that you have a termite infestation inside your home. If you see any of these termites around your home give Cantu Pest Control a call. To learn more about termites and their activities check out our Pest Education page.
Cockroaches – The main types of are the American, Brown Banded, Oriental, and German cockroaches. All roaches are flat and oval in shape, oily in texture, have wings, and have six legs that allow them to scurry quickly across surfaces. Also, all roaches have a mouth that is bent downward and backwards for better chewing and can process smell and taste simultaneously. Despite constantly being on the lookout for more food sources, roaches can store body fat and live off that fat.
Ants – Ants are very social insects that make their home in a colony which was built by their queen after recently swarming and mating. Swarming usually occurs during the spring and fall after a rainfall. Winged males and winged females will leave their current colonies to swarm, pair off and mate. After mating the male ant dies while the female ant will shed her wings, and burrow into moist soil to build her own colony.
Mosquitos – Depending on the Texas weather, mosquito season will start around April or June, and with evidence of recent years, will quickly become a problem. Cantu Pest Control offers several different control methods for mosquitos including our state of the art Misting Systems.
Bedbugs – Bedbugs are blood sucking insects that cause red itchy whelps that are often misdiagnosed as mosquito, bee stings or ant bites, often resulting in the spread of further infestation and growth of these home invaders. Identifying a bedbug infestation is often hard to determine due to their small size and nocturnal activities.
Fleas – Fleas grow to approximately 1/8-inch in length. They are wingless and have flat bodies. Their long six legs allow them to jump great distances. Even though you may quickly find a flea in your pet’s fur this may not be the extent of their infestation. Fleas you find on pets comprise only 5% of the total adult flea population. Eggs, larvae and pupae may also exist in your home or even your yard. The larvae of fleas are off white in color and are typically less than 1/4-inch in length.
Wasps – 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.
Bees – Carpenter bees have shiny black bodies, are covered in fuzzy hair, while large bumble bees have black and yellow stripes and are the largest in size of the bee species. Carpenter bees are also oval in shape, with short, straight antennae. Male Carpenter bees have black bodies with white or yellow heads and do not have a stinger, and are therefore harmless. Female Carpenter bees are completely black, and though they do have stingers it is rare that a female becomes aggressive unless physically handled.
Beetles – Carpet beetles have a unique diet and feed on an array of animal-based items such as leather, fur, silk, animal hair, and wool. Carpet beetles may infest more than just household carpets such as some furniture, coats, comforters, pillows, blankets, and even some clothing depending on the material. Infestations from these beetles can spread quickly throughout a home as carpet beetle larvae move through a residence in search of food.
General Pest Season – Most insects thrive during the hot Texas weather and you will see a resurgence of activity in ants, bedbugs, beetles, and wasps. If you have an infestation that is causing you anxiety or is ruining your outdoor activities with family, then give Cantu Pest Control a call or check out our Pest Education Page to learn more about the pests that may be in your home.
Wildlife Infestation – During this time of the year in Texas most pests go dormant and their presence is less noticeable. Yet, wildlife such as rodents, raccoons, opossums, squirrels, and chipmunks will start to find shelter from the cold weather in any place they will fit in order to find warmth. This often means that they will find entry into a home or property, and begin to cause damage. At the very least these pests will disturb sleep or go after human food, therefore Cantu Pest Control offers exclusion services that includes humane trapping and identification of potential wildlife entry points into a property.