Information on pest season

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Infestations of pests and wildlife in the properties increase depending on the time of year. Many times, it depends a lot on the changes in the weather. Depending on the season, you may encounter problems that require professional help. Check our pest season section so you know what to look for in the future.

Spring Summer
Termites – Beginning in May and continuing through June, termites within or around the property will begin to form a swarm. This happens during the spring, since the conditions of humidity in the air and the warm temperatures are perfect so that the termites that have not been procreated, begin to look for a couple and then they are buried under the ground to begin to form the colony. During these months you can see a large number of dead termites in your house around windows, which is an indicator that you have a termite infestation in your home. If you see termites in your home, call Cantu Pest Control. To learn more about termites and their activities, see our pest education page.

Cockroaches – The most common type of cockroaches are American, Brown, Oriental and German. All cockroaches are oval and flat, oily texture, with wings, and have six legs that allow them to quickly drain through any surface. All cockroaches have a mouth down and back to be able to chew better and can process odors and flavors simultaneously. Despite constantly looking for food sources, cockroaches can store body fat and live off it.

Ants – Ants are very sociable insects that make their home in colonies built by their queen after they have mated. Swarms usually occur during spring and fall after the rains. The winged males and the winged females will leave their current colony to form a swarm, join and mate. After mating, the male dies, while the female will lose her wings, and will be buried in the earth to form her own colony.

Mosquitoes – Depending on the weather in Texas, the mosquito season may start around April or June and as has happened in recent years, they will quickly become a problem. Cantú Pest Control offers several different methods of mosquito control, including installing state-of-the-art spray systems.

Bedbugs – Bedbugs are blood-sucking insects, which cause red, itchy sores that are often mistaken for bites from mosquitoes, bees or ants, often resulting in a large-scale infestation of these invaders. Identifying a bedbug infestation is often very difficult, due to its small size and nocturnal activity.

Fleas – Fleas can reach 1/8 inch in length. They do not have wings and they have flat bodies. Their six long legs allow them to jump great distances. And although you can quickly find fleas on your pet’s fur, this does not necessarily represent the degree of infestation. The fleas that you find in your pets represent only 5% of the total adult fleas. Eggs, larvae and pulps can also exist in your home or even in your yard. Flea larvae are white and typically less than ¼ inch long.

Wasps – Wasp is a general term, such as ants or bees, which is used to name a variety of pests that bite or bite. Some specific names that fall into the wasp category are yellow jacket, mud, hornets, paper wasps and pollen wasps. All the wasps share more or less the same physical characteristics among them including the exo-skeleton that covers their heads, thorax and their long and narrow bodies, two pairs of wings of different lengths, two antennae and a sting that they can use many times.

Bees – Carpenter bees have shiny black bodies, are covered with fluff, while bumble bees have black and yellow stripes and are the largest of all bee species. Carpenter bees are also oval shaped with short and straight antennae. The males of the Carpenter bees have black bodies with white or yellow heads and have no sting, so they are harmless. The females of the Carpenter bees are completely black, and although they do have stings, it is rare for a female to become aggressive unless they are touched or physically disturbed.

Beetles – Carpet beetles have a unique diet and feed on a wide variety of items made from animals such as leather, fur, silk, animal hair and wool. Carpet beetles can infest much more than carpets, such as some furniture, coats, quilts, pillows, sheets, and even some clothing, depending on the material. The infestation of these beetles can spread quickly throughout the house as the larva moves around the home looking for food.

General Pest – Most insects grow very quickly in the hot Texas climate and you will see an increase in the activity of ants, bugs, beetles and wasps. If the infestation is causing you anxiety or is ruining your outdoor activities with your family, call Cantu Pest Control or check our pest education page to learn more about the pests that may be in your home.

Autumn Winter
Wildlife Infestation – During this time of year in Texas, many pests are asleep and their presence is less noticeable. However, wildlife such as rodents, raccoons, opossums and squirrels begin to seek refuge from cold weather wherever they may find it to be warm. This means that they will find a place to enter your house or property, and begin to cause damage. The least they will do is disturb their sleep and look for food, for that reason, Cantú Pest Control offers exclusion services that include nonhuman traps and identification of potential entry points to their residence or property.

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