Animal Exclusion Involves Denying Pests Access to Food and Shelter

exclusionPests Will Scramble to Find Food and Warmth During Winter

During the winter months, all kinds of pests will be searching for some respite from the cold weather, and will look to your home for a source of both food and shelter. To combat the incursions of these pests, there are a variety of wildlife exclusion methods that your local pest control professional will employ.

In broad terms, animal exclusion means limiting access to food, water, and shelter that these pests are seeking. These exclusion methods may include sealing entry points with caulk or steel wool, and placing screens or chicken wire over other points of entry, including crawl spaces.

Naturally, the success of a given exclusion method depends on the kind of pest in question; some exclusion methods are more successful at keeping out certain kinds of pests. Animal exclusion, particularly in winter, is one of the best and most effective long-term solutions for wildlife problems.

exclusionWhile trapping can be effective for momentarily removing an animal from your property, exclusion methods will go a long way to ensure that pests stay outside where they belong.

Exclusion methods are particularly useful when it comes to controlling smaller pests like mice, rats, and bats, as they can squeeze themselves inside small cracks for which most homeowners wouldn’t even think of looking.

It’s also important to remember that minor maintenance and periodic small repairs can be sufficient to keep pests out of your home, thereby avoiding major damage that a full-blown infestation might cause.

Some critical aspects of an average animal exclusion regimen are as follows: removal of overgrown and overhanging tree limbs and shrubbery, placement of durable screening around the base of a porch or deck, repairing holes in screens, vents, and sidings, adding caps and screens to chimneys, and blocking gaps and crevices in roof paneling.

exclusionEnlisting the help of a trained pest control professional is the first step in combatting wildlife problems around your home. They will be able to quickly and accurately decide which pests are trying to invade your home and which exclusion method will be the most effective in your specific circumstances.

Moreover, it’s important to keep in mind that DIY animal exclusion can often be a dangerous process, and your trained pest control professional will be able to apply the correct exclusion method at the cheapest cost and in the safest manner.

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If pests have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (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.


Troublesome Skunks


Skunks, Raccoons, and Opossums are Consistently Drawn to Human Refuse

If you live in the south or Midwest, you’re probably very familiar with skunks and the problems they cause. These small, cat-sized mammals are foragers and are often sighted during the same season as raccoons and opossums. The skunk, of course, is known for the terrible odor that it produces from glands beneath its tail, and as a result, a variety of urban legends surround the skunk and how to get rid of its pervasive stench.

Skunks can be easily spotted thanks to their characteristic black-and-white stripes, although they can sometimes have brown-and-grey coats. All skunks, regardless of color, have a prominent and unmistakable tail that serves as a visual indication of their uniquely odorous traits.

Skunks are omnivores, and much like opossums and raccoons, will eat almost anything. They’ve known to prefer insects and grubs, small rodents, lizards, frogs, snakes, and birds, though they’ll also eat berries, roots, leaves, grasses, fungi, and nuts if the opportunity to do so presents itself. In cosmopolitan areas, they have no qualms about overturning and rooting through garbage cans in search of discarded food.

Skunks will also occasionally act as scavengers, eating the carcasses of birds or rodents. Cat owners, especially, might have problems with them, as they’ve been known to find their way into garages or basements in search of cat food left out in the open. Likewise, skunks frequently dig holes in lawns in search of earthworms and grubs.

Skunks have excellent sense of hearing and smell, although they have quite poor eyesight which only extends to about 10 feet, making them vulnerable to death by road traffic. In the wild, these animals are fairly short-lived, often surviving for no more than a year.

As everyone knows, skunks are famous for the noxious odor they emit when threatened. A skunk’s scent glands produce of mixture of sulfur-containing chemicals such as thiols. This scent mixture is strong enough to ward off most predators, including bears, and can be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to remove from clothing. Aside from the stench, the liquid itself can be extremely physically irritating, and can even cause temporary blindness.

Although it is fairly rare for a skunk to bite a human, the most prevalent cause of same can be traced to the rabies virus. In fact, raccoons and skunks vie for the title of most prolific carrier of rabies throughout many regions of the United States. That said, it’s generally agreed upon that a skunk will use its spray only as a weapon of last resort. Their distinctive coloration is the first major deterrent, and many would-be predators know to flee the area when they spot the telltale black-and-white stripes. Otherwise, a skunk will usually attempt to ward off predators with threatening hisses, foot-stamping, and tail-raising.

If skunks have been causing problems around your home, it’s a good idea to call your local pest control professional. He of she will likely try to capture and remove the offending skunk in a non-lethal way, and then release the animal in an area where it’s unlikely to offend any other humans with its stench.

If skunks 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.