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.

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If pests have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-562-9999 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-956-7822 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced pest removal experts.


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 972-562-9999 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-956-7822 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced pest control experts.