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Ants Are Attracted to Sugar and Water Around Your Home

antsCarpenter and Fire Ants Present Unique Threats to Homes

Ants are social insects, so when a few of these pests find their way inside your home, many more are sure to follow. Ants are particularly attracted to sugar, although they also need ready access to water in order to thrive. Naturally, the kitchen is the area of the house that’s most likely to attract ants from the outdoors.

Uncovered food in pantries and even in refrigerators prove more than sufficiently enticing for a hungry ant colony. Garbage cans and even exposed pet food are often enough to pique an ant’s interest from even relatively great distance.

There are over twelve thousand species of ant around the world, and even though many are harmless, there are a few species native to North America which can become particularly unwelcome houseguests. Among these troublesome pests are the fire ant and carpenter ant, that latter of which can burrow into walls, ceilings, and foundations which can weaken structural supports and necessitate costly repairs.

In the wild, carpenter ants will nest in tree trunks and piles of wet and decaying wood. Their perpetual search for food and water will sometimes bring them into contact with human habitations. Homeowners should take special care to eliminate any areas around the home where moisture tends to collect, particularly in bathrooms and basements. Even a leaky pipe or collected rainwater may be sufficient to attract carpenter ants to your property.

carpenter antsCarpenter ants are relatively large in size, and are generally black in color. If you spot these insects wandering around your home, are suspect that they have caused damage, contact your local pest control professional right away.

Much like carpenter ants, fire ants are drawn to sugar and water, but while carpenter ants can pose a threat to property, fire ants can occasional pose a threat directly to your person. It’s especially important to maintain a thorough fire ant control regimen if you have young children or pets, as idle curiosity may often compel them to start digging around near a fire ant mound.

Perceived threats to the mound will cause these pests to swarm, and you’ve no doubt experienced first-hand the painful defense mechanism these pests can employ when their territory is under attack. It may be tempting at try to remedy an ant infestation on your own, however it’s much more cost-effective and efficient in the long run to hire a pest control professional evaluate and eliminate the infestation in a timely manner.

antsCantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Cantu Green Service Service. Our Dallas termite control experts are excited to offer Cantu Green Service 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 to get in touch with our Dallas ant 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.

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Rabbits Help Maintain a Healthy Ecosystem

rabbitsExclusion Methods Are a Vital Part of Rabbit Control

Wild rabbits are ubiquitous pests in almost every region of the United States. Although these pests are cute and may appear pretty harmless on the surface, rabbits are herbivores and will not hesitate to eat flowers, vegetables, and all manner of other foliage that you may be trying to cultivate on your property.

These animals are most active during the spring and summer, which is peak breeding season for rabbits, and you’ll likely notice small holes and missing flowers during this time.

Like many other small mammals, rabbits play an important role in maintaining a healthy ecosystem. Although it may sound slightly cruel, rabbits provide food for many different kinds of predators including foxes, bobcats, and wolves.

rabbitsLike most pests, rabbits are opportunistic feeders, meaning that they will take any opportunity they can to dine on fruits, vegetables, and flowers that may be located around human residences.

Most breeds of rabbits live in below-ground burrows, although some may choose to live in above-ground dens made of all manner of debris, including fallen logs and branches, and overgrown thickets.

Rabbits are herbivores and eat many different kinds of plants. They have the ability to completely strip a flowerbed or garden, which is one of the main signifiers of rabbit presence. Rabbits are fairly active during the day, so if they do happen to be causing problems on your property, you’ll likely be able to spot the animals themselves. Likewise, rabbit families can make a surprising amount of waste, which typically takes the form of pellets, in a short amount of time. If the rabbit problem is severe enough around your property, you will almost certainly come into contact with these pellets.

Rabbit removal is not a particularly complicated process, and there are a number of fairly effective methods to do so. Your local pest control professional will be able to aid in this process by identifying the breed of rabbit, the locations of their burrows, and their feeding and breeding habits. Perhaps the most effective and human means of rabbit removal is live trapping and relocation. When trapped and humanely removed, these animals will be able to live in breed in almost any location, provided there is enough foliage to sustain them.

rabbitsWire fencing is also a possible solution to a persistent problem, although this measure will likely only protect a specific area, like a flowerbed or garden, rather than alter the behavior of the rabbits all together.

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 rabbits 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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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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Formosan Termites are a Dangerous Invasive Species

termitesTermite Populations Explode in Early Spring

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. These insects 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.

These 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.

termitesTermites 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.

Termites 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.

termitesCantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Cantu Green Service Service. Our Dallas termite control experts are excited to offer Cantu Green Service 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.

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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 Cantu Green Service Service. Our Dallas mouse control experts are excited to offer Cantu Green Service 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 Cantu Green Service Service. Our Dallas mice control experts are excited to offer Cantu Green Service 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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Cockroaches Seek Out Water, Warmth, and Moisture

cockroachesCockroach Exclusion Can Mitigate Risk of Infestation

One of the most effective means of cockroach control and prevention is maintaining sanitary conditions in and around your home. While cockroaches are primarily drawn to warmth, moisture, and shelter, particularly during the winter months, ensuring that your home is clean and free of any materials that may prove to be food for cockroaches is certainly and important precaution.

In fact, sanitation is so important that many roach-removal programs will likely fail if you neglect this important aspect. While some control and extermination methods, such as spraying pesticide and setting bait traps, might go part of the way towards fighting a cockroach infestation, these pests are ubiquitous and tenacious, not to mention that they can breed extremely quickly. Even a few cockroaches, if given access to food and water, can lead to infestation that can get wildly out of hand.

cockroachesCockroaches are also attracted to moisture, and will seek out anywhere inside your home where moisture tends to collect, like kitchens, basements, and bathrooms. Kitchens in particular are a critical area to keep clean, as there’s both plenty of food and water to sustain a large number of these pests right under a homeowner’s nose.

During the winter, cockroaches may find their way inside your home through even the tiniest cracks and crevices in search of food and water. While it may not be possible to seal off every conceivable opening, maintaining the integrity of your pipes and faucets can go a long way towards heading off a cockroach problem before it begins. For example, placing wet dishrags directly in the dryer or washing machine, or plugging the drains of sinks or bathtubs before you go to sleep at night will help to eliminate enticing water sources.

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Another problem facing homeowners when it comes to eliminating cockroaches is the fact that these pests mostly remain dormant during the day, and they’re most active (and visible) at night while the household is asleep. However, by systematically eliminating potential hiding spots, you’ll be able to flush out these pests or, better yet, mitigate the risk of an infestation all together.

Roaches love to hide in cracks and crevices in furniture and walls, which you can easily seal up with a simple caulking gun. Homeowners also often neglect to make sure that windows are firmly closed and secured, which it one of the most obvious and yet overlooked ways in which pests can enter your home from outside.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Cantu Green Service Service. Our Dallas termite control experts are excited to offer Cantu Green Service 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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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 Cantu Green Service Service. Our Dallas mice control experts are excited to offer Cantu Green Service 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.

ants

Maintain Household Cleanliness to Prevent Ant Infestations

antsAnts and Other Pests Are Drawn to Sugar and Water

Removing ants from the home can be a tricky proposition because of their adaptability. These pests can consume a wide variety of food and can build nests either outdoors or inside your home. Ants are principally attracted to sugar, but they will consume basically anything in an effort to keep their colony growing.

Ants are likely to enter your home in the winter in order to find food and water, and to find an optimal nesting area away from the elements. In order to effectively control ant populations, you must first be sure to eliminate the substances that attract them.

Finding and sealing any food storage areas like pantries and refrigerators is the first step on the path to controlling a pest infestation. Sanitation of your kitchen and other food preparation areas is critical in getting rid of ants. For example, they can live off of food spillage and grease that may accumulate under and behind appliances. Crumbs and leftover food in cabinets and pantries are also ideal feeding grounds for ants. Likewise, it’s important to keep opened food in sealed containers, as ants have the ability to detect even the smallest traces of glucose, which is in nearly all of our food.

carpenter antsLimiting where you consume food in your house may also help when it comes to keeping these pests under control. A few crumbs in a bedroom may prompt ants to venture even farther into your home, causing the problem to spread from one rooms to multiple rooms.

Since ants come out to feed at night, when potential danger is least present, it’s also a good idea to give your kitchen area a thorough wipe-down before you go to bed. Even this simple precaution can go a long way towards discouraging ants from entering your home.

Apart from keeping the kitchen clear of spills and food residue, you might consider sweeping or vacuuming up around your house every few days as well. This practice will keep your home clear of crumbs, hair, and dead skin—which are appealing to other insects like cockroaches—but you’ll also eliminate other ant eggs and ant feces, both of which contain pheromones which will attract even more ants to your home. These pests are also attracted to pet food, so be sure to empty your pets’ bowls overnight and make sure that any stored pet food is properly sealed.

antsCantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Cantu Green Service Service. Our Dallas termite control experts are excited to offer Cantu Green Service 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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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.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Cantu Green Service Service. Our Dallas mouse control experts are excited to offer Cantu Green Service 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 pests 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 removal experts.