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Pest-Proofing Your Office

Pest-proofing your office is just important as pest-proofing your home. Offices are just as susceptible to pests as homes are, and people need to take the time to do the proper pest-proofing. Pest-proofing is not hard and does not take long, but it is vital to having a pest-free office. Here are some ways you can pest-poof your office right now.

Take Out the Trash

Pests can smell food from miles away. They will be attracted to the trash cans in your office if you do not take the time to seal the trash in a nearby dumpster. When pests come by in search of food, they will be more likely to try to enter your office and find more food inside. You can avoid this entire situation by sealing garbage bags tightly and throwing them away in the dumpster outside.

Seal Food Containers

If you leave food out in the open in your office, chances are that pests will smell it and want to come inside. Even the simplest snacks, like crackers and candy, can lead to a pest problem. To avoid this issue, seal your food away after you are done eating. Do not leave food out overnight and try to avoid leaving crumbs around your desk and on the floor. Ants can smell food from outside your office and will heir way inside during the night.

Clean Often

Crumbs, dust, and other debris can attract pests. If you clean once a week, you will not have to worry about this problem. If you do not have the time to clean your office, invest in a cleaning company to come in and do a thorough cleaning to ensure you will not experience pest issues in the future.

Contact Hart Pest Control Today!

Hart pest control is a local family-owned and operated business with deep roots in Harris County. We have a reputation for being affordable, honest, and dependable. Our technicians have over 100 years of pest control experience and know-how to fix even the worst pest control situations. We also have the latest pest control technology and equipment to provide the best pest management. We understand how inconvenient pests can be, and we strive to do our jobs quickly and thoroughly so you can go back to living a pest-free life.

Visit the Hart Pest Control website or give us a call at 281-407-8336. We look forward to working with you!

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Insects that Will Destroy Wood

There are several insects that are known for destroying wood. It is essential to be aware of these insects so that if you notice wood damage in your home, you can realize what kind of pest is causing the problem. Here are a few insects that will destroy wood.

Termites

Termites are the most common wood-destroying insects. While they thrive in warm climates, they can also survive in cold temperatures as well. Once they get into a home and establish their colonies, they can do severe damage to homes. Some termites live with small colonies, which will consist of a male, female, and several workers. More established colonies can have thousands of members, which is why they can destroy so much wood. They create tunnels that go through pieces of wood, and if the problem is ignored, these tunnels can span through your entire home.

Carpenter Ants

The damage that termites and carpenter ants do to wood can look very similar, and many people think they have an ant problem while it is actually a carpenter ant problem. Carpenter ants make their nests in cool, dark places, which is why they like wood. They will often make their nests in between walls of a building or in hollow-core doors. They also prefer weakened or rotting wood because they like moisture. Once they make their nests, they begin eating the surrounding wood to keep making the nests bigger. These insects do not receive any nutritional value from eating the wood, they just want this space for their nests. This is what differentiates them from termites.

Wood Borers

Wood borer larvae burrow themselves into the wood and once they are developed, they emerge from the wood through a tunnel they create. Adult wood borers choose the wood they want to deposit the larvae. They find a small crack and then leave the larvae to grow. The larvae make take up to three-four years to grow, depending on moisture levels and temperature.

Contact Hart Pest Control Today!

At Hart Pest Control, we are honest, affordable, and dependable. Our professional technicians and staff have over one hundred years of combined pest control knowledge and experience. With the latest in pest control technology and equipment, we have the tools to provide excellent pest management. If you have a pest problem, our experienced staff will know how to handle it. Click here to contact us or give us a call at 281-407-8336. We look forward to working with you.

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Identifying Mosquito Hotspots Around your Property

Bright summer days are right around the corner. Unfortunately, summer fun is often spoiled by swarms of mosquitoes. How can we stop the attack of these buzzing creatures? The first step is identifying mosquito breeding hotspots.

Ponds and swamps are logical places to find mosquitoes. Did you know that you may be hosting mosquitoes all around your yard? Read on to learn how to identify top mosquito hotspots:

Dripping Water Faucets and Nozzles

Start your quest by walking around the perimeter of your home. If you find any dripping faucets or nozzles, you have located a potential problem. Mosquitoes can lay their eggs in less than an inch of water.

Garbage Cans and Recycling Bins

Make sure to keep your garbage cans and recycling bins closed. Overturned lids or open containers are common collectors of rainwater that will attract mosquito's.

Potted Plants

Potted plants add beauty to your porch or deck. However, over-watered plants or water saucers will make these attractive to mosquitoes and unwelcoming to people. Manage potted plants by watering slowly and providing the proper drainage. Empty water saucers daily.

Debris

As much as mosquitoes love water, they detest wind. Mosquitoes will often take refuge in organic matter throughout your yard. Sticks and piles of branches invite mosquitoes to take refuge. If your property is overgrown in any way, it is time to start cleaning out. You will beautify your yard while ridding it of natural hiding places.

Gutters and Downspouts

If gutters and downspouts are not regularly cleaned, they become a paradise for mosquitoes. Here they find both moisture and clutter of collected leaves and twigs. If you cannot find a hotspot anywhere else on your property, consider your drainage system.

Pet Water Bowls

During the summer, it is humane to offer your pets a drink. It is inhumane to cause a mosquito invasion. Bring your pet’s water bowl back inside or turn it over. If you own outdoor pets, change the water daily to keep the mosquitoes at bay.

These are only some of the lures drawing mosquitoes onto your property. Once you train your eye to see hotspot areas, you will find many more. Be diligent. Mosquitoes are not only annoying, but they carry many diseases such as West Nile Virus and Malaria.

If you are plagued by mosquitoes, it is time to get professional help. Seek the services of Hart Pest Control. Hart has over forty-five years of experience in pest location and extermination services. Get ready for a stress-free summer. Contact us for a consultation today.

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How to Safely Remove a Black Widow Spider

Black widows are venomous spiders that are incredibly dangerous to humans when they bite. If you find yourself in a situation where you must get rid of one, you must take certain precautions in order to avoid serious injury. The following is how to safely remove a black widow spider.

Identify the Spider and Danger

It’s useful to be knowledgeable about the appearance of black widow spiders in order to have the ability to spot them easier. Female black widows are dark black in color and have a red hourglass shape on their abdomen. Their venom is a neurotoxin that is easily treatable through medical assistance, but it can lead to convulsions and death if the bite is left untreated.

Killing the Spider

There are several ways that you can kill black widow spiders safely.

  • Use Insecticide: Apply a non-residual insecticide spray directly to the spider for an easy way of killing it. The spray will quickly stun and kill the spider, without you having to get near it.
  • Crush It: Crushing a black widow spider is riskier due to the possibility of missing and coming into direct contact. Use an item that you can squash the spider with at a distance such as a broomstick or a rake.
  • Use a Vacuum: If you find a black widow spider inside your home, you can use the tube attachment to vacuum it up. Empty out the vacuum immediately afterward into a sealed garbage bag outside.

Hire a Professional

If you feel uncomfortable killing a black widow spider due to dangers, or if the infestation is too large, consider hiring a professional pest control service. They will quickly deal with the problem and offer you some advice on preventing black widows from entering your home. This is a great option for safely dealing with spiders, and preventing them from infesting your home again.

Contact Hart Pest Control

If you live in Spring or the surrounding areas in Texas and you require assistance to remove a black widow spider, contact Hart Pest Control. Our trained specialists have the knowledge and skills that are required to deal with your tough pest control projects. Some of our services include pest control for rodents, bees, termites, and scorpions. Visit our website at http://www.hartpestcontrol.com/ or give us a call at (281)-407-8336 for a free estimate.

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Properly Removing a Beehive

Beehives are a nuisance that can be tricky and dangerous to deal with. The stings from bees are hazardous to humans, especially if the person is allergic or the bees are in a swarm. The following is how to properly remove a beehive.

Protect Yourself

Purchase a beekeeper’s veil and leather gloves to completely protect your face and hands. Make sure not to wear any perfumes or colognes, because this can cause the bees to confuse you with a flower. Spraying the hive with a bee smoker will help calm the bees and reduce the chances that they will sting you. If you’re allergic to bees you should never attempt to remove a beehive.

Use Insecticide

You will need to repeatedly apply insecticide to the hive that is specifically designed to kill bees. Make sure to kill all of the bees within the hive before proceeding any further to prevent getting stung by any lingering bees. The best time to apply the insecticide is during the evening and the early morning when bees tend to sleep.

Dispose of the Hive

You must dispose of the hive after killing the bees in order to prevent a new colony of bees from taking it over. Once you have killed all of the bees, place the hive into a plastic garbage bag and leave it out for trash pickup. Thoroughly clean the area where the hive was with soap and water and seal up any cracks and holes throughout your home to prevent any bees from entering.

Hire a Professional Service

Hiring a professional pest control service is the best option if you feel unsafe about removing the beehive yourself. This is the best recommendation for people that are allergic to bees in order to minimize the risk of a serious reaction. A professional beekeeper can humanely relocate the hive to a safe location if you want the bees to survive.

Contact Hart Pest Control

If you live in Spring or the surrounding areas in Texas and you need assistance removing a beehive, contact Hart Pest Control. Our professional technicians have the pest control experience and knowledge that is necessary for fulfilling your pest control needs. We offer a wide variety of pest control services including ticks, rodents, mosquitos and more. Give us a call at (281)-407-8336 or visit our website at http://www.hartpestcontrol.com/ for a free estimate.

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How to Treat a Flea Infestation in Your Home

Pets are a wonderful addition to the family- in fact, they are your family. But when you discover that they have fleas it can become a nightmare as they can quickly spread throughout your home. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself carrying fleas as well, as they will feed on your blood for about 24 hours. Completely grossed out yet? Keep reading for tips on ridding your home of fleas.

Treat Your Pets

If you discover fleas on your pets, you will need to purchase a flea treatment immediately. Talk to your veterinarian about the best treatment options, such as an oral preventative or a flea collar. If you use a spot-on flea and tick treatment, don’t bathe your pet five days before or afterwards. Once it is safe to bathe your pet, consider using a flea killing shampoo.

Treat Your Home

Fleas will not only be hiding in your pets’ fur. In order to ensure that you are completely getting rid of all signs of fleas in your home, you will need to clean extensively. Vacuuming in all of the corners of the house is necessary, and if your vacuum has a bag, throw it out each time as flea pupae may be inside. Sweep and mop all hardwood or tiled floors. Wash all of your pets’ bedding and toys in hot water. If the bedding or toys will be ruined by being washed, it may be best to purchase new items. The goal is to rid your home of any flea eggs, larvae or pupae that may be lingering.

Prevent Future Flea Infestations

The best way to prevent fleas is to continually give your pets a flea and tick treatment. If you live in an area that is known for a high flea population, consider putting flea collars on your pets whenever they go outside. Keep an eye out for any evidence that your pets have fleas- consistent itching or nibbling, flea droppings (which has the appearance of tiny black dirt) or tiny jumping insects are all indicators. Continue to keep your home as clean as possible and consider using a flea deterrent spray in your home and even in your yard.

If you continue experiencing flea infestations within your home, don’t wait to call a pest control professional for help. Contact Hart Pest Control today!

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Top Pests In Spring Texas

Spring, Texas is a city that sits just outside of the Houston metro area. With a population of less than 100,000 it’s wooded areas and spacious plots of land give residents the ability to experience city life, without actually having to live within the city.

The city of Spring, Texas is less than 40 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, so you can imagine the type of climate extremes result from its tropical temperatures. Temperatures and humidity create the perfect playground for many pests in and around Spring, Texas. Let’s take a look at some of the most common pests local to the area.

Most Common Pests

Although there are plenty of pets you should be aware of, especially if you are newer to the area, but for the purposes of this article, we are going to focus on some of the top pests you’ll likely run into in Spring, Texas. Although these pests might utterly disgust you, you can find comfort in knowing that these pests reach their peak during the summer months.

Cockroaches are one of the most prevalent pests around Spring and also one of the most disturbing to look at. In Houston, and the surrounding metro, there are over 30 different cockroach species. The black widow and brown recluse spiders also thrive in the heat and high humidity of the area. Termites, ants, fleas, ticks, and bed bugs all thrive in the Houston metro humidity and heat.

How To Handle Pests

If you live in the Houston metro area, it is inevitable that you will cross paths with one, if not all, of these local pests. The best thing you can do is to be aware. If you start seeing pests more frequently than before, try to identify and locate their location and eliminate the infestation.

Make sure to keep your, and your furry friends, bedding clean and be sure to keep them up to date on their shots and flea and tick medication. Wear long sleeve shirts and be sure to spray yourself with pest and bug spray if venturing into wooded areas. If you are traveling, make sure to check your luggage before and after travel, to ensure you didn’t get a free carry-on friend.

What Additional Options Do You Have

If you have allergies or sensitivities to pests, like the ones noted above, it may be time to consider finding a new place to live. Due to the nature of the temperature, the elevation, and humidity, it would be next to impossible to avoid a run in with on, if not all, of these pests.

Last resort, call your local exterminator at Hart Pest Control and explain the issue you are experiencing. Their trained professionals are always happy to come inspect the area and make treatment recommendations to rid of your pests.

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How to Keep Your Pets Protected from Pests

If your home is filled with pets, then you most likely think of them as more than just animals- they are your family. You want your family to be healthy and happy, and keeping your pets protected from bugs is part of this. Keep reading for four helpful tips to keeping your pets protected from bugs.

1. Keep Them Clean

One of the best ways to keep bugs off of your pets is to keep them as clean as possible. Bathe them once a week with a mild shampoo. Make sure to get in all of the wrinkles or folds of the skin. Check their paws for dirt and debris. Also check constantly for cuts or scrapes as blood can attract pests such as ticks.

2. Keep Your Home Tidy

A clean home is a happy home, right? Making sure that your home stays free of debris, dirt, and pet dander will help to keep pests away. Consistently vacuuming carpets, furniture and pet bedding will ensure that bugs do not have a chance to nest and breed. This also includes patching holes where bugs could enter. Change water bowls often to avoid stagnant water that will attract mosquitoes.

3. Keep Them Indoors At Night and Early Morning

A lot of bugs, such as mosquitoes, are especially active in the morning and in the evening. Rather than letting your pets play outside for long periods of time during those hours of the day, keep them inside. You will have a less likely chance of them encountering pesky mosquitoes during the middle of the day.

4. Keep Your Yard Trimmed

Tall grass and overgrown bushes are heavenly to bugs and other unwanted pests looking for a hiding place. With taller grass, there is a much higher chance of your pets’ contracting ticks. Keeping your grass short and free of leaves and other debris gives your pets a safer outdoor space. Of course, even if you keep your yard tidy and give your pets a preventative tick treatment, you should still check them for fleas and ticks often.

Protecting your pets will keep them healthier and give them the quality of life that they deserve. If you are currently experiencing pest issues, please contact Hart Pest Control today.

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Does Rain Wash Away the Pests?

You’re sitting inside on a rainy day and you’re wondering, “does rain wash away the pests?” The short answer is: maybe. Just like how some people like and others dislike the rain, different pests are affected by rain differently.

Pests who love and loathe rain

Some pests hate the rain. Ants’ complicated tunnel system quickly floods, leading them to search for higher ground and new shelter, preferably somewhere warm and dry and with easy access to food. Rodents, too, seek shelter that is safe and dry, and even insects who like dark, damp places like earwigs or springtails retreat indoors if the rain becomes too much.

Other pests thrive in rainy conditions. Some insects like mosquitoes breed when it’s wet. While they require standing water to lay their eggs, anything the day after from puddles, flower pots, bird baths and clogged gutters encourages them to breed. Additionally, ticks and fleas love warm, humid weather, leading to population explosions during rainy periods.

How rain affects treatments

In short, pests get more pesky and may even actively seek out your home in the rain. Even if you’ve decided to call in pest control, you may be wondering how the rain affects our treatments. For the most part, rain is not a problem. Many insecticides are water insoluble, meaning they won’t wash away in the rain. Furthermore, eaves and guttering overhanging wall edges shield the base of your home. If it’s been raining heavily for several hours or several days, we may reschedule your appointment, but we typically don’t require rescheduling.

In fact, some treatments benefit from rain! As mentioned, rain forces many critters to leave their nests and homes in search of dryness, meaning that we can directly hit pests instead of seeking out their nests, and because pesticides dissolve and absorb into the ground easier in damp conditions, damp ground allows the treatment to sink deeper into the soil.

With over 45 years of experience and an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, Hart Pest Control is the proven pest control company to rid your home or business of mosquitos, rodents and more. Moreover, our 5/5 star average customer rating reflects our values of being affordable, honest and reliable. If you want some help with your pest control problem, contact Hart Pest Control today.

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Rodent Prevention While Out of Town

Rodents are unwelcome in almost any home. They are tough to keep outside, and even tougher to get outside once they have infiltrated your living space. One of the most annoying occurrences is when the critters find a way inside, however, no one is home to do anything about it. Taking steps before leaving for a vacation, business trip or whatever other endeavors will have you absent for an extended period is crucial to rodent prevention. Here are some ways you can keep rodents away while out of town.

Patch Up Those Holes

An easily identifiable holes or gaps you have in your foundation, or even anywhere around the home that allows access from the outdoors, should be covered up before departure. Steel wool, bricks, caulk and other amenities can be used to seal things up. Steel wool or brick may not be a long term solution, however, they should help keep your home rodent-free while you are away.

Thorough Home Cleaning

A well-known fact about mice, rats and other critters is that they love to set up shop in dirty areas. Large amounts of food residue and dirt, especially in dark areas, may as well serve as an invitation for rodents. Before departure, make sure you get to as many nooks and crannies in the house as possible and sweep them out. Make sure to get outdoors as well, and move any firewood or branches away from the home.

Prevent With Scent

There are several scents that will keep rodents away, and many of them may already be available to you at home. Mothballs, dryer sheets and even tea tree oil are just a few items you can use that will emit a smell unkind to the invaders. There’s no better time to fill up the house with different scents than when you are away.

Put Food Away

As mentioned, rodents love making their way towards any food available to them, especially grains. Before leaving, make sure to properly store and food that may be left out on a day-to-day basis. This will make your home that much less appetizing to rodents. In addition, keep pet food in mind when storing food.

Traps

This one may seem obvious, but it is necessary. No matter how many pre measures you take before leaving, odds are at least a couple rodents will make their way indoors. No need to panic. Setting up traps, whether they are just glue traps or poison traps, will help limit the dame the rodents will do once inside. Simply dispose of the rodents and traps when you return home.

Contact Us

Still worried about a rodent infestation while away? For a group of people you can trust, contact Hart Pest Control today so you can enjoy your vacation or trip stress-free.

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Five Unknown Facts About Cockroaches

Most home or business owners view cockroaches as rather disgusting insects. A cockroach invasion is often met with a sense of horror. In Texas, the two most common species are the American and the German cockroaches. They are highly social and often live in multigenerational communities. As you may know, it’s rare to see just one cockroach.

Having cockroaches in your home is not pleasant. A cockroach-free home is the best fact about cockroaches that you may want to know. That said, here are five unknown and interesting facts about them.

1. They Are Really Fast

This may not come as a surprise, but did you know they were Olympian-fast for insects? With the ability to run close to three miles per hour, cockroaches can elude you at amazing speeds. Even newborn cockroaches can run almost as fast as an adult.

2. They Can Hold Their Breath

Cockroaches hold their breath to regulate water loss in their bodies. Surprisingly, a cockroach is able to hold its breath for up to 40 minutes. They can also survive underwater for 30 minutes.

3. They Like Beer

Some cockroaches enjoy a good beer. It’s not really the alcohol that attracts them, but the mix of sugar, grains and yeast can be irresistible. The American cockroach is more prone to drinking.

4. They Lived Before Dinosaurs

The original cockroaches date back over 300 million years ago to the late Paleozoic Era.  No doubt — these little pre-historic creatures are true survivors.

5. They Can Survive Without Their Heads

Cockroaches breathe through tiny holes along the side of their bodies. Amazingly, a cockroach can survive about a week without its head. The inability to drink water, however, will eventually cause it to die.

If you’ve dealt with cockroaches before, you know how resilient they are. Once in your home, they usually hide in kitchens near their source of food and water. Although cockroaches prefer sweets and foods that are high in starch, they will eat almost anything. This includes soap, grease and glue. Getting rid of cockroaches on your own can seem like an impossible task.

At Hart Pest Control, we offer the latest in pest control technology and services. Do you have a problem with cockroaches or other insects? Our professional pest management options may be the perfect solution. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Hart Pest Control today.

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What Do You Know About Scorpions?

Did you know 1.2 million people are stung by scorpions each year and that these stings result in over 3200 deaths? If you are concerned about having scorpions in or around your home, it is valid. They can sting you, your children or your pets. Experts, Min Kang and Daniel Brooks, conducted a study, on scorpion stings from 2005-2015. From the study, they determined that “...Arizona (68.2%), Texas (10.3%) and Nevada (4.2) were the top contributors” to these statistics.

What Are Scorpions Like?

It is exceptionally dangerous to have these little critters in or around your home. Naturally nocturnal creatures, they stay out of sight during the day and only come out when the weather cools at night. Because of this, they are skittering around in the dark when you are more likely to not see them and get stung.

Scorpions have a powerful stinger that shoots venom into their victims, leaving them paralyzed. A website devoted to educating about animals said the following about scorpions: “[They] have two large claws or pincers which are located at the front of the body of the scorpion. The claws of the scorpion allow the scorpion to effectively hold onto prey in order to both sting it and then eat it.”

How Do They Enter My Home?

Because scorpions are so small, measuring at most two inches in length, they can easily crawl between the bricks of your home and live in your attic. Another hazard of having scorpions in your home is that when it gets hot in the upper levels of your home, they travel into the bedrooms and living rooms. With that being said, you can find them in the most unexpected places such as in your couches, laundry baskets or under furniture. When they decide to use these common places as their new homes, the possibility of getting stung increases dramatically.

How Do I get Rid of Them?

The most successful and thorough way to prevent and end a scorpion infestation is to leave it to the professionals. They have exterminators who are trained on where scorpions like to hide as well as the equipment to eradicate them. Protect yourself and family now by contacting Hart Pest Control to schedule your appointment today. They are there to make your life less stressful with a scorpion free home.

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Fleas and Ticks: How To Keep Your Pets Safe

As difficult as it is for humans to deal with pests, our dogs truly get the worst of it. Pet specific pests such as fleas and ticks can latch onto their skin, bite and cause painful itching, rashes and skin damage, and even some diseases like Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. To make sure that your fluffy pals don’t have to go through such an ordeal, it’s important to take protective measures against fleas and ticks. Here are some ways to keep your dog free of these pests.

Tick and Flea Treatment

The first and most obvious step for keeping fleas and ticks off your pet is to let a veterinarian treat their fur with pest deterrents. These can either come in the form of drops or as a collar that your dog wears around his or her neck to ward off bugs. If you don’t want to drive all the way out to the veterinarian’s office, then there are numerous over-the-counter options you can choose from. However, prescription flea and tick medication generally works better.

Check Your Dog

It’s always important to check your dog’s fur for fleas and ticks on a continual basis, especially if you live in a densely wooded area and your pet spends much of their time frolicking through the trees. Run a comb through your dog’s fur before they come inside, and if you find anything that doesn't belong, quickly spray them with flea and tick killer and give them a bath with pest eliminating shampoo. Checking your dog’s fur regularly for fleas and ticks helps ensure that if they ever do get any insects on them, you can take care of them before the infestation gets too problematic.

Pest Proof Your Environment

After you’ve finished fumigating your dog, it’s time to go around your house and yard to reduce the risk of fleas and ticks in the areas where your dog plays. Remember, ticks and fleas love places with dense foliage, so make sure you mow your lawn at least once a week and trim back trees and bushes before they become too overgrown. Also, wash your dog’s bedding and vacuum the carpet where he or she hangs out.

As much as we and our pets love each other, dogs can’t tell us when they are suffering, which means that it’s up to us, their owners, to keep them protected from irritating pests. For more information, or to receive quality pest control services, contact Hart Pest Control today.

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Hiring a Professional For Termite Control

Dealing with pests, like termites, is unfortunately, part of owning a home or any building. If you see signs of an infestation, it may be tempting to address the issue yourself, but hiring a professional for termite control can prove to be much more effective. Find out why you should bring in the professionals when dealing with termites.

Identify the Problem

Maybe you noticed what you thought was a termite, or you saw signs of an infestation. A trained exterminator can evaluate your specific situation to identify the exact issue. Different pests require different solutions. Armed with this knowledge, a professional can implement a plan designed to address your unique problem.

Effective Solution

There are a variety of products available in hardware stores to eradicate pests. While the cost of these products is normally less than the cost of hiring an exterminator, you will likely experience different results. Homeowners taking a do-it-yourself approach may end up purchasing multiple products in order to find the one that works the best. It may also take several applications to completely eliminate the infestation. Hiring a professional for termite control is often quicker and more cost-effective.

Preventative Action

A professional exterminator can also work with you to take preventative action to reduce the risk of future infestations. For instance, termites prefer damp or moist wood. A leak caused by the elements or a burst pipe can create ideal conditions for a termite infestation. Even stacking firewood near your house can draw these pests inside. Taking action to address these issues will reduce the chances of termites and other pests returning. A professional exterminator can help you identify attractants so you can take action.

Safety

Any type of chemical treatment has the potential to carry a risk, particularly if the treatment is not properly handled or applied. Professional exterminators are trained to safely handle the chemicals and treatments used to remove pests. When properly applied, the treatments will be as effective as possible, and you will have peace of mind that you, your family and pets are safe.

Work with a Trusted Professional

Termites can cause significant damage. Preventative measures can reduce the risk of infestation. However, the sooner a termite infestation is identified, the sooner it can be addressed. Hiring a professional for termite control ensures the problem is safely, quickly and effectively handled so you and your family can enjoy your home without worry. If you have termite control concerns, contact Hart Pest Control today.

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How the Right Pest Control Professional Can Improve Your Life

Hiring a pest control professional can truly change your life for the better. Although it may seem odd that such an innocuous decision would have a profound effect on you, it certainly can. Keep reading to learn about how right residential pest control can improve your life.

It Protects Your Home

Your home is your haven and sanctuary. It is also likely your biggest investment. So, it is in your best interests to protect it from anything that can harm it, including bugs. Just like you install a security system to protect you and your family from unwelcome intruders, you also need to take proactive steps to protect your house from insects, rodents and other pests. Calling a pest control professional before you suspect a problem is a perfect way to ensure your house is safe from infestations of flies, bed bugs, mice and other pests you do not want to deal with. When you know you do not need to deal with the presence of pests, you can live your life happier and with less worry every day.

It Saves you Time

Time is a precious commodity for everyone. So, spending time on getting rid of pests in your home can be stressful and take you away from other activities you want to participate in. Getting rid of pests on your own is time-consuming and can also be difficult when you are not a professional. Plus, the time you spend is not guaranteed to get you the results you desire, making the time wasted. You can get better results that are guaranteed to work and save time in the process by calling a professional exterminator. Pest control professionals know the right products to use to get rid of any household pest you have. Plus, they know where to place the products to get the best results for your house. So, you can spend your time doing what you want and not worrying about how to get rid of the pests in your house or how to do it properly.

It Keeps You Healthy

Household pests are carriers of various bacteria that can make people sick. Insects and rodents both have fast metabolisms that allow them to eat a lot, which results in them excreting a lot of waste. The bacteria found in the waste can easily spread diseases to you and anyone who comes into your home. So, hiring a pest control company to either eliminate the pests from your home or prevent them from coming in altogether, will help to ensure you and your family are not exposed to harmful bacteria and the diseases that can come with it.

If you are ready to improve your life by hiring the right residential pest control professional, give the experts at Hart Pest Control a call.

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Tick Season - What You Need to Know about Ticks

With the weather starting to get warmer, the bugs and insects will start to come out. Ticks are no exception. The thought of these little blood suckers invading your yard can become very intimidating. But, if you know what to look for and what to do in the event of a bite you can still enjoy the outdoors.

What Does a Tick Look Like?

A tick is closely related to the spider family. It will have eight legs just like the spider but will not spin a web. The tick can range in size from small to large depending on its life cycle. A tick can be as small as a grain of sand when it’s in the larvae stage, the nymph stage or medium size is about the size of a poppy seed, and the adult is the size of an apple seed. The color can range anywhere from black, brown, reddish-brown, yellow and greyish-white.

How Do Ticks Travel?

Ticks are not jumpers. The ticks will travel by crawling and attaching themselves to the hair of their prey. A tick will move from one mammal to another feeding on the blood. They hide in thick foliage around wooded areas. They then attach to mammals like rodents, deer and squirrels. If you are walking through the infested area, you can then become the ticks feeding ground.

Diseases Transmitted from Ticks

There are several diseases that are ticks transmit. These diseases include Lyme, Anaplasma, Babesia protozoa and Ehrlichia. Some ticks can transmit multiple diseases at once. But, Lyme disease is only transmitted from a deer tick bite.

Removing a Tick and Treatment

The best way to remove a tick is with pointy tweezers. You will need to remain calm because you want to make sure you remove the tick completely. With the tweezers, you will want to pull the tick straight up by the head off your skin. You need to get as close to your skin and the head as possible. If the tick’s straw-like mouth does not come out when you remove the tick, do not worry it will work its way out. You need to either flush the tick down the toilet or place in a sealed bag for removal. Then wash the area with soap and water or clean with an alcohol swab.

Symptoms of a Tick Bite

If after 24 hours you start to develop symptoms like a rash, headache, fever and vomiting. If you develop any of these symptoms after a tick bite, contact your doctor immediately.

Tick Prevention

Tick bites and infestations are preventable. Contact Hart Pest Control for your free consultation for your tick or other insect related problems.

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How to Get Rid of Rodents

Anyone who’s ever had mice, rats or other rodents in their home knows the stress of trying to get rid of them. Just when it feels like you’ve solved the problem,  that the pesky vermin are still hanging around. It’s enough to put you at wit’s end, but don’t fret. If you’re not sure how to fix your rodent issue, try these tips.

Eliminate Entry Points

Rodents don’t magically appear in your home. They find their way inside through vulnerable areas, like cracks and holes. First, address your rodent infestation by fixing any gaps found around the exterior of your home. You’ll ensure no more rodents will enter if you plug any entry point that’s at least a pencil’s width in size. That sounds extremely small, but rodents like mice can wiggle their way through holes that narrow.

Plug these holes with a combination of steel wool and caulk. Feed the steel wool into the gap, then caulk the gap closed. This will deter future rodents from going anywhere near these former entry points. Avoid using materials that rodents can chew through, including wood, rubber, and plastic.

Strategically Place Traps and Bait

Even though you’re sure no new rodents will make your home their own, your job isn’t quite complete. Chances are good the unwelcome guests have settled into their nests, with no way to get back outside. Draw them out with well-placed baited traps. There are many different varieties of , so research the type that will best address your rodent problem. It doesn’t hurt to use multiple types of traps, because individual rodents might avoid certain kinds.

Aim for the areas where rodents scurry when physically placing the traps. This is usually along the baseboards of walls. Set the trap down perpendicular to the wall, with the trigger facing it. Set other traps anywhere you’ve seen rodents or evidence of them, like droppings. Change the locations of your traps every few days to keep the critters off guard. Remember that rodents can be evasive critters, so set plenty of traps.

Get a Cat

Many types of feline friends love the thrill of the hunt. Consider a cat if you’re thinking about getting a pet and want to take care of your rodent problem at the same time. However, note that not all cats are capable of doing this. 

Are those rodents not taking the bait? Is your cat more interested in napping than hunting mice? It’s time to call in the professionals. Contact Hart Pest Control today.

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Case Study: A Home Infested With Ants

When it comes to pest, ants are one of the most common and frustrating creatures. Not only are they small enough to crawl into your home or business, but once they set up shop, they can be notoriously difficult to remove, particularly if you don’t take action immediately.

Today we want to take a closer look at one case where ants posed a significant problem for a homeowner and what was done to both identify and remove the problem. By looking at a real-world scenario, you can better understand how and why ants can invade your property.

A Home Invaded by Carpenter Ants

One of the most prevalent and invasive species of ants you can encounter are carpenter ants. Although most of these insects are unwelcome anywhere, they can be especially devastating because they like to build their nests in wood and other damp areas, which can not only make them hard to spot at first but lead to significant long term damage if the problem isn’t addressed immediately.

In this case, a home was invaded by these ants, but from an unlikely source.

Buying secondhand furniture is a great way to both save money and to find unique, stylish pieces that you can’t buy at any big box store. However, depending on where you buy it, you may be getting more than you bargained for.

For our case study, a homeowner found and bought a piece of wooden furniture from a garage sale. The previous owner had priced it to move, and since the homeowner was looking for some cheap furniture for the patio, it seemed like a great idea.

Unfortunately, a small colony of carpenter ants had taken residence inside the furniture.

Shortly after bringing it home, the colony spread to the porch and, eventually, into the rest of the house.

Once the homeowner discovered them, the infestation was pretty severe. Unfortunately, the ants had been burrowing in spots that were not easily noticed by the residents, which led to the explosion of a full-blown colony.

Thankfully, once the culprit was established, we were able to clean up the mess and eliminate the ants before they had caused too much destruction. That being said, if they had been allowed to continue, the results could have been devastating.

The Takeaway

Although we’re not saying that you should never buy used furniture, it helps to take a moment to assess the piece before bringing it into the home. All too often, people don’t realize how easy it is for bugs and critters to hitch a ride onto the property, meaning that you can wind up with uninvited guests.

The other thing to note is that pests like to spread and populate in areas you may not notice immediately. Inspecting different parts of the home regularly can help you find such infestations before they get out of control.

Contact Hart Pest Control

Whether you’re dealing with carpenter ants or some other pest infestation, don’t wait until it’s too late. We can come out and assess the situation and provide immediate relief for you and your family. Contact us today to see how we can keep your home pest-free.

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Your Guide to Wasps vs. Bees

Nearly every homeowner must deal with a stinging insect infestation at some point in time. Yellow jackets, hornets and wasps are all harmful pests that can cause you or your family harm if their population is not eliminated quickly once they are discovered.

The tricky part of dealing with stinging insects is ensuring you do not accidentally destroy a hive of helpful bees in the process. Bees are essential to the ecosystem, and without the work they do collecting nectar from flowering plants, we would be unable to cultivate healthy crops. Here are some tips on differentiating between wasps and bees, knowing how to deal with pests and safely relocating bee hives away from high-traffic areas on your property.

Wasps

This brownish-colored stinger with wings typically has reddish or yellow markings along its thorax and abdomen (middle and tail). Paper wasps derive their name from the paper-like material they use to build nests, which are umbrella-like shape and unenclosed. You find these pests in tree branches or hollows, porch ceilings, shrubs, door frames and deck floor joints as a rule.

Disturb these nests at your own risk, as paper wasps swarm when aroused in an effort to defend their homes. They are considered helpful insects, as they prey on lesser pest species and control their population. If they are nesting on or inside a structure of your home, you need to control, eliminate or move them to a safe location. Professional help with removal is highly recommended. No one should risk being swarmed and stung without the proper gear and equipment.

Bees

Honey bees are crucial to the healthy life cycle of plants. Without bees, plants and crops cannot pollinate effectively. Most measure between ½-⅝ of inch in length, and they have orange-yellow and brown-black bands over their thorax and abdomen. Honey bees are not aggressive, but they will swarm and attack when their colony is threatened. Honey bee colonies should be removed from structures near your home or high traffic areas and safely relocated. Moving a bee hive is not for amateurs, and professional help is definitely necessary.

If you notice carpenter bees, which are larger, fuzzier and have black and pale yellow fuzz with a bald spot on the abdomen, they need to be eliminated quickly. They chew and burrow into old wooden structures, and while they are not aggressive they can cause severe structural damage over time.

If you have a bee or wasp nest on your property and need it moved or removed safely, Hart Pest Control of Spring, Texas is the experienced pest control expert to help resolve your bee and wasp issues safely. As a family-owned-and-operated business, we offer affordable and reliable pest control that fits your budget and needs. Contact Hart Pest Control today to set up a consultation.

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How to Remove Rodents Humanely

Nobody wants their house infested with rodents, however, too many methods of rodent removal are especially cruel. From traps which only kill after an agonizingly long period of time to poisons which not only take a while to take effect but also pose a danger to pets, children and the environment, rodent removal techniques have a reputation for being clumsy and macabre. Yet there are many sophisticated and convenient ways to remove rats and mice which don’t involve unnecessary pain for you or them.

Humane Rat and Mice Removal

The most humane way to address a rodent problem is to stop it before it even begins. This means taking measures to deter rodents from your place of residence and keeping them in the wild. Rats and mice can crawl through any opening larger than a coin, so even the tiniest pathway can lead them into your house. Aside from making sure that all window screens are secured, and all your doors are sealed, you can defend your home against rodents by stuffing clumps of copper mesh into places such as holes in your walls, laundry vents, electrical and plumbing entrances and gutters.

You can also make an all-natural rodent repellent with ingredients you can find in your local grocery store. Just mix salad oil, horseradish, garlic and cayenne pepper and spread the solution around the perimeter of your house—spraying it near door frames and pipes.

For rats and mice already terrorizing your home, there are easy ways to address them. Stay away from poisons and sticky traps, as these merely torture rodents and create a hassle for you as you try and track down corpses and uneaten pieces of poison scattered throughout your home. Instead, stay with the basics. The classic spring trap is efficient, clean and deadly, taking rodents out with one blow and making sanitation a breeze. Or you can avoid killing them all together and invest in a catch and release trap. These machines lock up any rodents that enter and allow you to carry them away from your house and release them into the wild unharmed. To make sure they don’t find their way back inside, take them at least 100 feet in any direction away from your house.

Hart Pest Control

Rodents are troublesome little pests, but there are effective ways to eliminate them painlessly and to even keep them away from your home entirely. For more information on pest control or to hire a specialist for your extermination needs, contact Hart Pest Control today.

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