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Mosquitoes Can Transmit Heartworms and Other Parasites to Pets

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Eliminate Weeds and Standing Water to Limit Mosquito Populations

Published on August 26, 2017

There are many different products on the market designed to prevent heart worms in dogs and cats, most of which can be administer to your pet orally.

Often, however, it’s a good idea to prevent the spread and proliferation of the mosquitoes themselves, which will, in turn, lower the chances of your dog or cat contracting heart worms. In the summer months when mosquitoes are at their most active, there are a number of proactive steps you can take around your home to keep your family members and your pets safe and disease-free.

Heart worms can cause lasting damage to a dog’s heart, lungs, and arteries, and can continue to harm your pet even after they have left the body. If left untreated, these parasites can continue to multiply and seriously impact your dog’s quality of life.

Heart worms are easily prevented but have proven to be fairly costly to treat; and then there’s the chance that they’ll be caught too late, after the bulk of the damage has been done.

mosquitoesThese can be fairly difficult parasites to treat, in part because they can often be quite difficult to detect. While obvious outward signs may not be visible, a trained vet will be able to administer a simple blood test to determine if your dog or cat has heart worms.

If the test indicates the presence of a parasite, the vet will likely recommend a regimen of antibiotics, which usually lasts for a number of months. This course of action can sometimes be costly, which is why prevention of the parasite is often the most efficient and cost-effective measure available.

 

Perhaps the most important precaution to take is to eliminate areas where standing water is allowed to collect, such as flowerpots, birdbaths, and naturally low areas of your lawn.

Mosquitoes can breed in even the smallest amount of standing water, and eliminating these areas on your property will go a long way in keeping their numbers down as the weather gets increasingly hotter.

Another smart step to take is to keep weeds and grass under control, which will naturally limit the hiding places for mosquitoes during the hotter daylight hours.

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Some experts suggest that perfume and cologne act as attractants to mosquitoes, and people wearing these products may experience a greater number of mosquito bites than normal.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Cantu Green Service Service. Our Dallas mosquito 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 mosquitoes 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 mosquito removal experts.

Deer Mice Can Pose Agricultural Threats In Both Summer and Winter

Mice Populations Can Damage Crops and Spread Disease

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Watch Out For Warning Signs to Catch an Infestation Early

Published on August 25, 2017

In a home or commercial environment, mice will always seek out stored food or pet food; they aren’t particularly picky eaters, and will chew through almost any kind of material, including thin sheet metal, to get to what they want. What’s more, the food that the mice don’t actually consume will likely become contaminated by their urine, droppings, or hair.

The degree of potential damage that mice can pose naturally depends on the size of the infestation in question, but considering the fact that the typical house mouse can breed incredibly quickly, the initial presence of a few mice in the home can quickly lead to the appearance of dozens more in a surprisingly short amount of time.

Dealing with a significant mouse infestation might seem like an impossible task, but the key to successfully getting a hold on the problem is to become familiar with the telltale signs of mice and to catch them early on, before they have an opportunity to breed. Catching the problem early on will dramatically increase the chances of successfully exterminating all of the offending pests.

miceWhile a single mouse might only consume around eight pounds of food per year, they have the potential to destroy much more than that, thanks to their habit of nibbling on many pieces of food and discarding partially eaten items.

House mice living in fields will likewise have no problem digging up and feeding on newly planted grain; they may also damage crops before the harvest.

However, losses to previously-stored food are significantly greater, and therefore pose a much more formidable economic threat. As mentioned previously, the real threat is widespread contamination of this feed with disease-causing urine and feces.

When mice decide to take up residence in a home, they almost always cause some degree of structural damage. Their near-constant gnawing and nest-building activities can destroy insulation inside walls and attics.

Mice like to make their homes inside electrical appliances and can chew through wires and cables with ease. As such, short-circuits and other fire hazards are very real and constant concerns. Even if good fortune prevails, these wires and other electrical equipment are often costly to replace, and will likely have to be carried out by and experienced professional.

miceMice living in attics or basements also have easy access to any antiques are heirlooms that may be stored there. If a mouse sees fit to damage these items, they may be extremely difficult or even impossible to replace.

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 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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Hornets Will Swarm if Their Nests Are Threatened

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Hornets Are Highly Territorial Insects

Published on August 23, 2017

Due to the fact that there are several wasps in one area there will be an established hierarchy of sterile females that will defend and build the nest, and reproductive males and females that will continue on to mate and have more offspring.

Hornets will build their football/soccer shaped nests out of paper or wood pulp mixed from saliva under the eaves of houses, in attics or in bushes and trees.

Social wasps also have a specific way that they mate. Before winter a reproductive female will mate with a reproductive male, and store the collected sperm. After hibernating for the winter, the female will build her nest and fertilize the eggs the way she chooses.

At the beginning all fertilized eggs will produce sterile females to help with the nest, but as the queen runs out of sperm to fertilize eggs the unfertilized eggs will produce male wasps which will help to further future population. After an egg is laid it usually takes around a week for it to hatch and then another 2 weeks to fully develop into an adult hornet.

HornetsThough Hornets are not as aggressive as a yellow jacket, a hornet sting is actually more painful than other wasp stings due to the large amount of acetylcholine that is injected into the human. Hornets can sting multiple times because their stingers are not barbed and will not stick to a human the way a bee’s stinger will.

A single sting will not be a severe threat to a human unless the person is allergic and then anaphylaxis will set in. If a human comes too close to a hornet’s nest or tries to unsuccessfully eliminate it, then hornets are capable of a full on assault resulting in hundreds of hornets attacking a single invader. If a hornet is killed then their last attempt at protecting the nest will cause them to release a pheromone that will result in the whole nest narrowing in on and attacking the invader.

If you are stung by a hornet it is best to place ice on the stung area. It is important that you clean the area often so that it does not become infected. Call your doctor or medical professional to discuss the treatment that is right for you.

HornetsCantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Cantu Green Service Service. Our Dallas hornet 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 hornets 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 hornet removal experts.

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Thoroughly Clean Food Preparation Areas to Reduce Fly Bourne Bacteria

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Biting Flies Can be Excruciating for Household Pets

Published on August 21, 2017

Like many other kinds of insects, flies are most active during the warm summer months, usually from late spring to early fall. Although they tend actively seek out human food and habitations during this time, a series of simple preventative measures, including good cleaning habits and hygiene, can decrease the chances that flies will infest your home.

In order to make sure that flies stay outdoors where they belong, it’s important to limit their access to your home as much as possible by keeping doors and windows closed or screened. The same goes for external vents, which they occasionally use to stealthily enter your home.

Flies collect these pathogens when they land on certain unwholesome materials, and then deposit those pathogens when they land on food, tables, or counters. They regurgitate onto solid food and then eat that same liquid, meaning that they’re able to transmit disease just by feeding, grooming themselves, or simply by walking around.

fliesLikewise, a major key to keeping flies away is to cover up garbage cans and make sure that compost piles are well away from the home. Keeping cooking surfaces clean, both indoors and outdoors, will also go a long way to keeping your home free of intrusive insects.

It’s also important to note that outdoor pets are especially vulnerable to flies and the diseases they carry during the summer months. Since these insects are attracted to offal, manure, and waste, all of which your outdoor pet may come into contact with during the course of an average day, your pets may be beset by any number of particularly irritating species of fly.

Biting flies, for example, will actively harm your pet, and they may very well end up injuring themselves while trying to scratch them away. To make matters worse, if your pet happens to have an open wound, flies will likely try to lay eggs inside the injury which, as one might assume, can lead to all sorts of complications. If this situation occurs, take your pet to a veterinary clinic as soon as possible in order to avoid further infection.

fliesIf you notice that your pet is constantly scratching itself due to fly irritation, you may consider allowing it indoors during the hottest daylight hours when flies are most likely to feed. When the temperature drops as the sun goes down, fly activity tends to drop off, making it safer for your pet to go outside again.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Cantu Green Service Service. Our Dallas fly 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 flies 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 fly removal experts.

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Fleas Can Transmit Diseases to Humans and Household Pets

 

 

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Fleas Can Hide in Tall Grass and Among Yard Debris

Published on August 18, 2017

Apart from exclusion methods, the most efficient and effective way to eliminate the chances of flea infestation is to get rid of potential flea hiding places outside your home like long grass and excessive vegetation. On that note, it’s worth mentioning that fleas cannot fly, but they can jump impressive distances considering their size.

Humans traversing these areas should be wary of the jumping fleas, and should examining skin and clothing as closely as possible before re-entering their home. In conjunction with cutting grass and pulling weeds, it would be a wise decision to employ chemical control products or various pesticides in order to cut down on flea breeding, especially during the spring and summer months.

Since fleas depend on a mammalian host to survive, they can prove to be an almost-constant problem for humans. They are often brought into the home by household pets. These parasites prefer long-haired pets like dogs and cats, because the hairs provide both a means of attaching themselves to the host, and a suitable hiding place once they begin sucking blood.

fleasFleas are unique pests in that employing exclusion methods to deal with an infestation are not always effective. However, it’s possible to help prevent an infestation in the first place by sealing any gaps and holes in the foundation of your home so that mice, rats, and any other small animals that could possibly play host to fleas cannot gain entrance to your home.

Additionally, since pets frequently bring fleas into the home from outdoors, the use of a vet-approved anti-flea product on pets is recommended.

Thanks largely to their size, signs of fleas in the home might not be immediately apparent. One such sign, however, is the repeated scratching or grooming of household pets. This behavior is often a clear indication that a number of fleas may already be present—and breeding—inside your home. To make matters worse for your pet, fleas can often nest in pet bedding, providing easy access to an unsuspecting host.

fleasFlea infestations are nothing to ignore, and a pest control expert should be consulted as soon as possible if you suspect that your home is being overrun. This pest control expert will be able to help identify the source of the infestation and will be able to prescribe and number of remedies for the situation.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Cantu Green Service Service. Our Dallas flea 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 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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Earwigs Love to Breed in Cool, Dark, and Moist Locations

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Remove Yard Debris to Decease Earwig Numbers

Published on August 17, 2017

Although they’re mostly known as scavengers, earwigs have also been known to damage crops and can eat living plants and frightening amounts when their populations grow large enough.

Earwigs are very easily recognizable by their unique pincers at the ends of their abdomens. Although these pincers look threatening, they are actually harmless to humans. Earwigs are primarily scavengers, and do most of their feeding at night.

They primarily feed on the bodies of dead insects and other decomposing organic material. It’s for this reason that earwigs are sometimes considered beneficial insects, because they help break down decomposing matter and promote a healthy ecosystem.

 

earwigsEarwig populations frequently congregate around the foundations of buildings. This can be a problem because earwigs can very easily enter your home through low windows and cracks in the foundations of structures.

These pests are attracted to electric lights, which will draw even greater numbers to your home, increasing the chances that they may find a way inside.

It’s worth noting, however, that earwigs usually enter homes only by accident, and won’t reproduce or cause much damage if they find their way inside human structures.

Still, it’s possible that, if left unchecked, earwig populations can grow large enough to cause some ecological and agricultural problems. That said, there are a number of preventative measures and removal methods you can employ to keep your property clear of unwanted earwig infestations.

Perhaps the easiest method is to remove debris and other detritus from your yard to cut down on the number of places that earwigs could theoretically hide. If you begin to get rid of tall grass and remove logs or rocks that may be present in your yard, you’ll systematically begin to make your property less appealing for many types of pests.

Because earwigs need moisture to survive, consider eliminating areas where moisture may pool around your property. This measure has the dual-purpose of eliminating breeding ground for these pests as well as for mosquitoes, which need stagnant water in order to lay their eggs.

Many of these damp areas may be underneath outdoor faucets, which have a tendency to drip, or in crawlspaces, where it’s naturally cool and dark as a matter of course. Doors, windows, outward-leading pipes, and any other ground-level entry points are locations to keep in mind.

earwigsIt may also help to seal or caulk any cracks in the foundation of your home your might spot. This will limit the number of cracks and crevices through which earwigs can enter your home.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Cantu Green Service Service. Our Dallas earwig removal 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 earwigs 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 earwigs removal experts.

Deer Mice Can Pose Agricultural Threats In Both Summer and Winter

Large Deer Mice Populations Can Stunt Crop Growth

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Mouse Infestations Can Pose Agricultural Problems Year-round

Published on August 16, 2017

Deer mice typically nest in the hollows of trees or under piles of stones or logs. They are most commonly found in rural, wooded areas and tend to avoid humans, preferring quiet, out of the way nesting grounds. If around a human habitation, they’ll typically be found in attics, basements, or crawl spaces.

If an infestation of deer mice ever occurs, it will most likely be during the winter months, as the pests will be searching for food and warmth. Deer mice do not hibernate, which means that finding a means of shelter during unforgiving winter months is of the utmost importance, and they’ll choose human habitations if no other option is available.

Deer mice make their nests from fur, weeds, paper, and other detritus, and will hoard food and actively forage near their nesting site. Mostly herbivorous, these rodents prefer seeds, nuts, fruits, and berries, but will also seek out insects if no other food is available.

deer miceBecause of their small size, deer mice can easily gain entry into homes and commercial spaces in search of heat and shelter. These pests can damage upholstered furniture, mattresses, clothing, paper, cardboard boxes, and basically any other material they deem suitable for their nest building endeavors.

Uniquely, these pests have a tendency to stockpile food near their nests during the winter months, which may aid in their identification and subsequent extermination in the event of an infestation.

Deer mice are uniquely responsible for the slow growth of forested and agricultural areas, because of the high degree of seed predation. Many experts agree that the deer mouse is responsible, more so than any other species of rodent or bird, for destroying nearly entire populations of Douglas-fir seeds. Accordingly, high populations of deer mice have been known to completely derail reforestation efforts in some areas.

As mentioned above, deer mice are prime vectors for pulmonary hantavirus syndrome, which can be fatal. The most effective way to avoid contracting hantavirus from these pests is to keep them out of human dwellings using proofing and exclusionary methods, and to avoid working or sleeping in already where deer mice are already present.

deer miceCantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Cantu Green Service Service. Our Dallas deer 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 deer 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 pest removal experts.

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Mosquitoes Live and Breed Around Standing Water

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Baits and Traps Are Only Partly Effective in Dealing with a Mosquito Infestation

Published on July 22, 2017

During the typically wet and humid spring and summer months, mosquito infestations will inevitably be on the rise. We all know that it’s best to apply topical mosquito repellent for personal protection, but what about the general protection of a particular area when mosquito spray might not be an option? For these situations, there are a number of traps and repellents that can be helpful in keeping your outdoor space mosquito-free.

Some varieties of traps use propane as a heat source and carbon dioxide canisters as an attractive agent are meant primarily for controlling large mosquito populations that have become especially unmanageable. These carbon dioxide canisters are meant to simulate human breathing and exhalation—which female mosquitoes tend to find irresistible—and serve essentially as decoys, attracting the mosquitoes to the trap before they can home in on actual, blood-filled human beings. Some other traps use a light source as an attractant, though these particular traps attract all manner of flying insects rather than just mosquitoes.

mosquiotesTraps using electrical means like extension cords or batteries care usually cheaper, smaller, and meant for smaller areas will less drastic infestations. These, too, will require a degree of maintenance, which usually amounts to cleaning out the trap’s victims with a wire brush.

These “zappers” as they’re commonly called, serve more of a psychological effect for the homeowner than actually impact the mosquito population in any significant way.

The sharp, snapping zap noise created by these machines let the owner know that it is, in fact working; but again, the actual impact on the surrounding pests in negligible. What’s more, these machines utilize a strong electrical charge, and should be kept well out of the reach of children and pets.

While the bodies of mosquitoes continue to pile up around the traps—perhaps giving homeowners some small sense of satisfaction—this doesn’t necessarily mean that an impactful dent in the surrounding mosquito population is actually being made.

mosquitoesThis is because mosquitoes are extremely adept at sensing even trace amounts of carbon dioxide and other attractants, meaning that they’ll likely be drawn to your location from surrounding areas. Real, significant control of mosquito populations in more dependent upon the breeding habits of the specific mosquito species in question, as well as seasonal factors and weather patterns.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Cantu Green Service Service. Our Dallas mosquito 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 mosquitoes 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 mosquito removal experts.

Prevention and Deterrents are Keys to Avoid Wasp Infestations

Prevention and Deterrents are Keys to Avoid Wasp Infestations

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Wasps, Hornets, and Yellow Jackets Can Construct Large, Dangerous Nests on Your Property

Wasps’ nests can grow to impressive size during late summer or autumn, before winter approaches in earnest. Paper wasps tend to be an extremely aggressive species, and will sting with very little provocation if they sense danger approaching. Some paper wasps that survive the winter will begin to build their new nests on top of old ones, which gives the impression that they’re reusing old nesting locations.

Among the threatening species of flying wasps, there are two main types: social and solitary. Social wasps, such as yellow jackets, hornets, and paper wasps have larger populations that solitary wasps like mud daubers.

Many species of wasp make their nests from wood fibers which produce a paper-like shell over time. There are a number of different building styles that tend to differ from species to species. For example, paper wasps tend to build open and exposed nests that look like upside-down umbrellas.

HornetsYellow Jackets have slightly different styles of building nests and protecting themselves from harm. Their nests are covered with a papery sort of substance and are very frequently found within wall cavities or voids. These locations tend to provide excellent protection from the elements for the colonies that utilize them wisely.

When their nest is threatened, yellow jackets tend to be very aggressive as well and will attack their target in large numbers. Yellow jackets are particularly active in late summer, and statistics have proven that the number of yellow jacket stings seems to peak in late summer.

Bald faced hornets, another species of wasp, build nests that are covered in a papery shell, not unlike other wasp species. Like yellow jackets, bald faced hornets tend to build their nests in natural voids or cavities like hollow tree trunks or the hollows of walls.

Mud daubers, uniquely, build their nests from mud or clay, and they typically resemble small tubes or chutes. These strange and eye-catching nests are usually built in existing or natural cracks or crevices in masonry, stone, timber, and they’re also frequently found in the rafters of outdoor structures like the roof awnings of homes, sheds, or garages.

HornetsThe best and easiest way to manage these pests on your property is to determine which particular species of wasp is causing problems. Some early warning signs of wasp infestations usually occur in spring when queen wasps build small nests in order to breed the first batch or generation of workers.

These workers quickly develop into mature insects and take over nest building activities for the queen for the remainder of the active season. By mid-summer, wasp nests can attain worrying sizes, and can actually appear quite frightening as they emanate the steady, threatening hum of the workers going about their daily business.

If wasps have made unsightly 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.

Flies Can Pose Health Problems for Both Pets and Humans

Flies Can Pose Health Problems for Both Pets and Humans

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Keep Cooking Surfaces Clean to Help Reduce the Spread of Fly-borne Bacteria

Flies are most active during the warm summer months, usually from late spring to early fall. Although they tend actively seek out human food and habitations during this time, a series of simple preventative measures, including good cleaning habits and hygiene, can decrease the chances that flies will infest your home.

Flies collect a number of dangerous pathogens when they land on certain unwholesome materials, and then deposit those pathogens when they land on food, tables, or counters. They regurgitate onto solid food and then eat that same liquid, meaning that they’re able to transmit disease just by feeding, grooming themselves, or simply by walking around.

In order to make sure that these pests stay outdoors where they belong, it’s important to limit their access to your home as much as possible by keeping doors and windows closed or screened. The same goes for external vents, which flies occasionally use to stealthily enter your home.

fliesLikewise, a major key to keeping flies away is to cover up garbage cans and make sure that compost piles are well away from the home. Keeping cooking surfaces clean, both indoors and outdoors, will also go a long way to keeping your home free of these annoying insects.

It’s also important to note that outdoor pets are especially vulnerable to flies and the diseases they carry during the summer months. Since flies are attracted to offal, manure, and waste, all of which your outdoor pet may come into contact with during the course of an average day, your pets may be beset by any number of particularly irritating species of fly. Biting flies, for example, will actively harm your pet, and they may very well end up injuring themselves while trying to scratch them away.

To make matters worse, if your pet happens to have an open wound, flies will likely try to lay eggs inside the injury which can lead to all sorts of complications. If this situation occurs, take your pet to a veterinary clinic as soon as possible in order to avoid further infection.

fliesIf you notice that your pet is constantly scratching itself due to fly irritation, you may consider allowing it indoors during the hottest daylight hours when flies are most likely to feed. When the temperature drops as the sun goes down, fly activity tends to drop off, making it safer for your pet to go outside again.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Cantu Green Service Service. Our Dallas fly removal 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 flies 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 fly removal experts.