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Fleas Can Lay Eggs in Inconspicuous Places

fleasOutdoor Pets Can Exacerbate Flea Infestations

When the weather begins to warm in the spring and summer, all manner of outdoor pests will become more active. Unfortunately, this also includes fleas, which generally experience a period of inactivity during the winter.

Like bedbugs, these parasites require mammalian blood in order to survive. In most cases, humans will pick up fleas from their pets, who may contact them from running around outdoors. Fleas can then be easily transferred from pet to owner, and then to any number of places inside the home.

Indeed, fleas are famously tenacious pests, and can transfer to a human host from a different pest that’s been trapped and removed. For example, if you successfully trap or kill a mouse or raccoon that’s been skulking around your property, any fleas that it may be carrying may be forced to find a different host, which may end up being pets or their owners.

Despite their size, flea bites can potentially be very dangerous. While they more often than not only result in numerous red, swollen, and itchy bumps, these pests can occasionally transmit a number of serious diseases. Most famously, fleas are responsible for the spread of the black plague in Europe during the 14th century; illnesses like murine typhus, tungiansis, and tularemia are also among those carried by fleas in North America.

fleasSince fleas are minuscule pests, it’s important to be aware of other signs of flea activity. For example, pets scratching themselves abnormally frequently may be an indication of a flea infestation. The sudden presence of the telltale red, itchy bites it also another.

Additionally, be on the lookout for what’s commonly referred to as “flea dirt;” that is, flea feces which resembles ground black pepper, and may be spotted in pet bedding, carpets, and rugs.

It’s also important to keep in mind that flea infestations can begin and spread very quickly. Fleas hide their miniscule eggs in the fibers of carpets, clothing, and put fur, and can therefore be quite difficult to detect. Accordingly, it’s vital that you contact your local pest control professional if you even suspect that fleas may have entered your home.

fleasIn the meantime, and in an effort to keep fleas from laying eggs in the first place, be sure to wash your pet’s bedding frequently, and sweep and mop tile or wooden floors—especially where the floor meets the baseboard.

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

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Beetle Populations Explode During the Spring and Summer

beetlesBeetles Help Maintain a Healthy Ecosystem

Beetles can be particularly troubling pests because of their ability to reproduce quickly and to consume vegetation at an alarming rate. These pests can be found all throughout the world and even twenty-five thousand different species have been discovered in North America alone.

Despite their generally small size, beetles can decimate garden crops and vegetation, as well as wood and fabric. They’re often even unintentionally transported inside the home by unaware homeowners, where they’ll quickly consume almost any material they can get their mandibles on.

Beetles are largely dormant in the winter, but warmer weather that beetle activity explodes beginning in March or April and continuing through the summer. More beetles mean that the chances of them finding their way inside your home also increases.

These pests can sometimes find their way indoor through cracks and crevices in the foundation of your home, as well as through exterior-facing vents and pipes. Gaps around doors and window panes are also common entry points. Be sure to sufficiently caulk these areas wherever you may find them.

beetlesLike many other types of insects, beetles are attracted to moisture, so be sure to keep areas of you home dry where moisture tends to collect, like bathrooms, kitchens, and basements. Many species of beetles have no qualms about eating food stored in improperly sealed containers, and they can even eat through cardboard boxes and many types of packaging.

Maintaining thorough sanitation inside your home is generally a good idea to avoid pest infestations of all kinds, and to mitigate the risk of contracting a pest-transmitted disease like hantavirus.

Beetles also love to live under decomposing compost and other lawn detritus. These pests are vital when it comes to the maintenance of the ecosystem, as they help breakdown and recycle plant matter.

Prevention and exclusion are some of the most effective measures that pest control professionals use against beetles. Knowing what species of beetles is impacting your home is also critical, as different species have varied behaviors, diets, and breeding patterns.

beetlesWood boring beetles, for example, require a much more elaborate removal method which may include controlling wood moisture, using surface covers, freezing, and employing insecticide treatments. Bark beetles can be equally challenging pests to get rid of.

This particular species lays its eggs beneath the bark of trees, whereupon the young beetles bore into the wood of the tree, ultimately weakening and potentially killing it.

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

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Exercise Comprehensive Exclusion Methods to Keep Mice Out

miceMice Can Easily Spread Diseases and Parasites

House mice are common and often quite dangerous pests that can be found throughout North America. Mice can be found both in cites and in rural areas, and they’re sure to be found wherever human’s throw out food.

Mice are extremely adaptable pests mainly because they eat a wide variety of food, including seeds, grains, grubs and worms, and dry foods that humans may be storing.

Mice like to hide in quiet, out of the way places like attics, basements, and crawlspaces. In the winter, mice will be desperate to find warmth and food, and they’ll often manage to wrangle their way into your home to get it. Once mice are inside your home, they have the potential to cause health problems for your family and to damage furniture, wiring, and walls.

Like beavers, mice must keep gnawing constantly to keep their teeth from growing out of control. This leads to ever-growing damage to furniture and storage boxes, and anywhere in which mice suspect there may be food. There are also many documented cases of house fires caused by mice chewing through wiring.

miceWhen mice establish themselves inside homes, they’ll often make their nests as close to sources of food as possible. Areas like kitchens and pantries are particularly likely to harbor these pests.

In order to combat these pests, it’s important to clean these areas thoroughly to keep them free from crumbs and spills. If possible, keep pet food sealed and stored, and make sure that any opened food is kept in bags or tight-fitting Tupperware.

Another reason why mice are particularly tricky pests to get rid of is that they breed incredibly quickly. Once they’ve successfully established themselves in your home, and once they have sufficient access to food and water, these pests will immediately begin to procreate.

The gestation period of mice is usually around twenty days, and they can have up to twelve pups in a litter. The typical female can give birth up to ten times a year, which means that mouse populations can grow exponentially and can actually get out of hand alarmingly fast.

miceWith so many mice in one place, they have an amazing propensity to spread diseases like hantavirus and parasites like fleas. Since mice are attracted to food sources, the likes of which are stored in your kitchen, it’s not uncommon for mice to spread disease simply by traversing cooking surfaces and simply depositing bacteria as they move.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Texas 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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Cockroaches Can Slip Indoors Through Tiny Cracks and Crevices

cockroachesCockroaches Crave Food, Water, and Warmth

Although cockroaches are associated with uncleanliness and squalor, they can enter any home in search of food, water, and warmth. These pests can fit through even the smallest cracks and crevices, and are often inadvertently transported indoors by humans. With plenty of resources and a marked lack of natural predators, human habitations are the ideal breeding grounds for cockroaches, and they can remain hidden yet thriving all year round.

Cockroaches are nocturnal pests, so even if they have established themselves in your home, you may not notice them until they’ve had plenty of opportunity to breed. Cockroaches prefer to live and breed in quiet, out of the way places like basements, crawlspaces, and even inside the cavities of walls, so even when they forage for food at night, they may remain hidden from even the most vigilant homeowner.

Cockroaches are particularly noteworthy pests because of their tendency to carry and transmit dangerous pathogens and may, in fact, exacerbate allergies. Since cockroach populations are constantly drawn to food, the kitchen is particularly at risk of become a breeding ground for cockroach-borne bacteria. Cleanliness is a vital aspect of cockroach control, and it’s extremely important to keep your kitchen, and your home in general, free from crumbs and spills.

cockroachesThere are a number of commercially available traps and baits that may help to mitigate termite infestations. Since cockroaches often enter homes through even the smallest cracks and exterior crevices, you may consider caulking gaps in tiles and concrete through which these pests may be entering your home.

Once these pests establish themselves inside your home, there are a few key signs of their presence. Molted cockroach skins and their egg shells are particularly noticeable, as are their fecal matter. Checking any traps on a frequent basis will also cut down cockroach numbers, and will also give you an idea of the location from which these pests are entering your home.

cockroachesIn a general sense, you can also take some outdoor precautions to lessen the chances of cockroaches entering your home. Make sure to maintain your lawn diligently, at least to the extent that long grass is cut down and there’s no obvious buildup of vegetation. Removing these conspicuous hiding places around the outside of your home will ensure that cockroaches won’t be tempted to make the short traversal from your lawn to your home.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Texas cockroach 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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Formosan Termites Can Cause Structural Damage, Even in Winter

termitesFormosan Termites are Particularly Threatening Because of Their Huge Populations

It may surprise many homeowners to know that termite damage is not covered by many insurance plans, despite that fact that some termite populations in Texas, including that of the subterranean Formosan termite, have reached epidemic proportions.

Formosan termites are a particularly dangerous and invasive species, and the damage they pose to wooden structures surpasses that of floods and fires.

Formosan termites are sometimes called “super termites” because of their propensity to breed incredibly quickly and their tendency to decimate any source of wood they come into contact with.

There are upwards of 2,000 known species of termites, so in order to effectively combat an infestation, it’s important to know which species is causing problems. Biologically and behaviorally, Formosan termites are quite different from other species, which means that your local pest control professional will take unique precautions to counter these tenacious pests.

As spring approaches, termite activity will become more pronounced, ultimately culminating in peak activity during the summer months. Formosan termites breed throughout the spring, and their populations can number in the millions. Naturally, great amounts of cellulose are required to sustain such a large colony, which compels them to seek out new feeding grounds—most notably, suburban homes.

termitesLike carpenter ants, these termites can silently and inconspicuously eat away at the foundations of a structure. If you suspect that termites have infiltrated your home, it’s extremely important to get in touch with your local pest control professional as quickly as possible.

Formosan termites have a number of warning signs associated with their damage-causing potential, including sagging walls and ceilings, and conspicuous creaking foundations.

As the name implies, Formosan subterranean termites build their nests underground, but will quickly begin to consume any cellulose they come into contact with. These pests build elaborate honeycomb-shaped nests that can extend outwards from a central hub, and often culminate in tubes of mud which extend off the ground. These tubes, which may be found snaking their way up walls in extreme instances, are a telltale sign of the presence of Formosan termites.

During the winter months, Formosan termites will burrow anywhere from twelve to eighteen inches below ground in order to escape the frigid temperatures on the surface. Rest assured, however, that these pests will re-emerge as soon as temperatures and resources are conducive to breeding.

termitesIf termites manage to find a way inside your home during their otherwise-dormant winter period, the abundance of heat and wood will allow them to continue to wreak havoc virtually unabated.

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

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Mice Infestations Can Facilitate the Spread of Dangerous Diseases

miceMice Can Damage Wiring, Walls, and Furniture

As they try to seek out spaces for nests that aren’t likely to be disturbed by humans, mice will often traverse dusty attics and seldom-used basements, meaning that if a mouse were to scamper across a particularly dusty patch of floor, they’ll likely leave behind their telltale footprints.

Mice have a unique bone structure, making their tracks fairly easily recognizable—as long as you have an idea of what you’re looking for. They have a four-toed front paw and a five-toed back paw, which you’ll often see in conjunction with myriad tail-prints. That said, your local mouse removal professional will be able to tell at a glance what species and how many mice you may be up against.

Likewise, the sudden abundance of holes in various surfaces like furniture and walls are a clear indication of the presence of mice. Their ever-growing teeth need to be constantly used—much like a beaver’s—so they don’t do any undue harm to themselves.

miceThat said, mice can chew through almost any surface and, given enough time, they tend to do just that; unchecked mouse populations can present serious economic repercussions, as the damage that they do during the course of the infestation will doubtless need to be repaired.

Moreover, mice have been known to present serious fire hazards, as electrical wires rank among the items most frequently defaced. Apart from furniture, wiring, and walls, teeth and nail markings might also appear along baseboards or wooden paneling close to the floor, as well as the edges of frequently travel routes. Mice will often gnaw through boxes, both wooden and cardboard, as untended boxes tend to provide easy access to hiding and nesting places.

On that note, it’s very common to find that mice have been hard at working boring holes into insulation in between walls and in attics. These holes or tunnels may be indications of possible nesting areas, and are often characterized by a lack of dust and/or cobwebs, albeit with an abundance of droppings in the near vicinity.

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The characteristic scent that’s produce by a mouse’s urine is the factor that finally convinces homeowners to call in their pest control professionals, although by the time the odor becomes offensive, the mouse population in the area in question has been able to propagate unchecked for quite some time.

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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Mole Infestations Can Lead to Costly Lawn Repairs

molesRoot Systems and Trees Can be Damaged by Moles

Moles are extremely common pests across Texas, and have caused problems for homeowners from Houston to Dallas to San Antonio. They are subterranean creatures which can be found beneath suburban lawns and gardens. They have also been known to burrow beneath patios and porches, and love to excavate in the dark, damp earth in search of grubs and other insects.

A mole problem can often be identified by the sudden appearance of mounds of dirt on the surface of your lawn. These mounds are the result of mole excavations as the push up and rearrange the dirt beneath the surface of the ground to make room for their tunneling.

If a mole problem becomes severe enough, these creatures have the ability to damage root systems with their burrowing. Over time, this burrowing can cause severe damage to lawns and gardens, and can require expensive replacement.

Moreover, residents might find it impossible to walk across their lawn without “falling” through the surface, leaving costly and unsightly holes. Despite the relatively small size of these animals, their destructive presence can cause thousands of dollars of damage to lawns and landscaping.

molesMole remove can sometimes be a complicated process, and should only be attempted by pest control professionals who understand the behavior of these animals. Moles have very poor eyesight since they spend all their time in the dark, but they do have an excellent sense of smell, which they use for direction and hunting for food.

Depending on your specific situation and location, pest control experts may choose to plant chocolate lilies or garlic, which will naturally repel these animals. However, this approach may not always be on option, and occasionally trapping and physically removing the moles is a necessary contingency.

It’s important to note that moles can be removed in a non-lethal and humane way, and commercially available traps will usually do the job without minimal hassle. Still, the official diagnosis of a pest control expert is often invaluable, because they’ll be able to more accurately determine how many moles are in your yard and have been trained in how best to gauge the severity of the situation.moles

Moles are perfectly adapted to dig, and they’re extremely efficient at it. Some species can dig up to fifteen feet in an hour, and can dig to depths of forty inches below the surface.

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 moles 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.

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Bedbugs Can Infest Any Home, Regardless of Cleanliness

bedbugsBedbugs Enter Homes by Hiding in Clothing and Furniture

Contrary to popular belief, bedbugs can infest any home, regardless of cleanliness. Bedbugs are often brought into homes or hotels from the outside by inconspicuously hitching rides in luggage, clothing, furniture, and fabrics. Due to their minuscule size, bedbugs can propagate right under a homeowner’s nose.

These pests do not spread disease, but parasitize human hosts by sucking their blood while they sleep. Bedbugs do not travel long distances under their own power, so they’ll almost always nest very close to their human hosts, most often in bed frames, mattresses, or carpets beneath beds.

One of the most important aspects of bedbug control is accurate identification. Bedbugs are very small reddish-brown pests with flat bodies, which allows them to hide in cracks in furniture and even in the seams of fabric without being noticed. Like many insects, bedbugs are attracted to warmth, which means that they like to congregate where humans remain stationary for long periods of time, like armchairs and beds.

It’s important to remember that bedbug infestations can spread from room to room within the same house, so just because you’ve treated one bedroom doesn’t mean that these pests have been taken care of for good.

bedbugsEven if the bedbugs themselves seem to be evading you, you can often tell where they’ve been by the appearance of small bloodstains and bedbug fecal matter in the form of rust-colored smears on upholstery.

If you suspect that bedbugs have made their way inside your home, get in touch with your local pest control professional right away. The longer you leave a bedbug problem, the more opportunity these pests will have to spread to other parts of the house, and the more expensive the removal process will be in the long run.

There are a number of measures that a pest control expert can take to efficiently and thoroughly remove bedbugs, and to mitigate the risk of these pests returning to your home. For example, heat treatments are one important aspect of the removal process, as neither bedbugs nor their eggs can survive extreme temperatures. There are also a number of sprays and pesticides that your pest control expert may choose to employ—depending on the situation—in order to get the infestation under control.

bedbugsIn order to keep bedbugs out of your home to begin with, always remember to carefully inspect all of your clothing and luggage upon returning home from a trip, and take the precaution of washing all clothing in hot water right away.

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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Identification and Sanitation Are Key Aspects of Rat Control

ratsKeep Both Indoor and Outdoor Spaces Clean to Avoid Infestations

Roof rats and Norway rats are extremely common pests that can be found in every region throughout the United States. Although these different species have very similar behaviors and will still enter your home in search of food, water, and warmth, the Norway rat tends to be slightly larger and bulkier than roof rats, and generally have lighter brownish fur, as opposed to the roof rat’s black fur.

Despite the subtle different in appearance, both of these species are remarkable adaptable pests and can live—and breed—on almost any kind of food. During the winter, when food is at its most scarce, these rats will sometimes try to enter your home and establish a nest in a dark, quiet place. Rats are mostly nocturnal, so while they’re sleeping during the day, they’ll come out at night, while the rest of the household is asleep, and scavenge for food.

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Since rats will be most active when everyone else is asleep, they may be able to go undetected in your home for a long time. There are, however, a number of telltale signs that a homeowner should look out for if they suspect that rats have made a nest somewhere inside their home. Rat dropping, which are small, oblong, and dark in color, are perhaps the most obvious.

Also, stay on the lookout for walls and furniture that have been gnawed. Rats’ teeth grow constantly, which means that they have to keep chewing basically anything they come into contact with so that they can keep them under control. Oil marks are often another good sign of the presence of rats. When rats frequently traverse a particular area in search of food, they’ll leave oil and grease deposits from their fur on any surface that they brush against. These markings will often be a darker in color and will likely be close to walls and baseboards.

ratsWhen dealing with a rat infestation, identification and sanitation are the first two critical components. There are a number of measures a homeowner can take to discourage rats from entering their home in the first place.

While keeping all food in sealed containers and cleaning up crumbs are important, it’s also an equally good idea to clean up debris around your yard. Rats love to hide under piles or wood or accumulated piles of leaves, and they can also use overgrows trees and bushes to climb up and enter your attic from above.

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 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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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.