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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.


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.


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.

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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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Texas Ants Come in Many Species

In Texas, there are many different species of ants. Although many of them may look similar, these ants are very different. The difference may not be their color but how they interact with other insects, how they build their nests and where they live. Understanding ant characteristics and habitats will help you determine which ant species you have.

Pyramid Ants Characteristics and Habitat

The pyramid ant has some distinct characteristics. These characteristics include:

  • The head color which is either red or reddish-black.
  • The back has a pyramid shape sticking up.
  • They live in small colonies with only one queen.
  • These ants prefer a diet of sweets such as honeydew.
  • They build their nests in sunny, sandy soils.

Characteristics of The Big-Headed Ant

This ant also has a distinct characteristic, its big head. Other features are:

  • The ant is reddish-brown in color.
  • Two types of worker ants. The soldier ant has the big head. While the minor worker is smaller.
  • They are not choosy in their diet. They will eat just about anything.
  • The colonies are extremely large.
  • They build their home under logs or stones.

Pharaoh Ant Traits

The pharaoh ant is a pest that is usually found indoors. A pharaoh ant has the following characteristics:

  • They are generally yellow or light brown in color.
  • This ant is translucent.
  • They colonize in the most inconspicuous places within the house.

Black Carpenter Ant and Carpenter Ants

The black carpenter ant and carpenter ant are probably one of the most widely known ants. It can be recognized by its:

  • Larger size compared to other ant species.
  • All black body.
  • Males have wings and fly.
  • They bite.
  • They build their homes in wood, but they do not eat it.
  • They live in a large colony with one queen.
  • Their diet consists of plant juices, food scraps and fungus.
  • The black carpenter ant is larger in size than the carpenter ant.

Crazy Ant Characteristics

The crazy ant is one of the most destructive ants in Texas. They have been known to chew through electrical wires. Other characteristics include:

  • A reddish-brown coloring.
  • They are fast and move unpredictably. Hence the name crazy ant.
  • They feed on other insects.
  • They do bite.
  • They connect their colonies to form bigger colonies.
  • They do not have many natural predators.
  • Extermination is difficult.

These are just a few of the ant species located in Texas. For more information about the ants located in your area, contact Hart Pest Control today!

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How to Treat a Fire Ant Sting

Anyone who has been stung by a fire ant readily testifies to the fact that the sting causes quite a bit of pain accompanied by a burning feeling and itchy skin. A particularly disturbing aspect of the fire ant is that the insect's tendency is to sting a person several times. Reactions typically last for several hours to several days.

Although most people are not allergic to the fire ant's venom, an allergic reaction can result in a serious condition called anaphylaxis. A person experiencing a severe reaction to a fire ant's sting needs to go to the emergency room right away. A severe allergic reaction may include difficulty swallowing, dizziness, trouble breathing or vomiting. Treatment may include a prolonged series of injections containing the fire ant's venom.

Fire ants are natives of South America but have infiltrated the southeastern area of the United States. The venom emitted by a group of fire ants is strong enough to kill a turtle. People are typically stung by fire ants when they step on their mounds. Since the average person is unable to distinguish a fire ant mound from another ant mount, the best way to prevent getting stung by a fire ant is to avoid all ant mounds.

People who are not allergic to the venom emitted by fire ants should take the following 10 steps after they are stung:

  1. Sterilize the wound with warm, soapy water. Applying hydrogen peroxide can help eliminate bacteria from the wound. Apply hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable.
  2. Place several ice cubes in a washcloth.
  3. Wrap the washcloth filled with ice in a zippered plastic storage bag.
  4. Apply the ice to the sting for 15 to 20 minutes. If ice is not unavailable, use a bag of frozen vegetables.
  5. Remove the ice for another 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. Reapply and remove the ice for an additional 30 to 40 minutes.
  7. Do not apply heat to the area that was stung.
  8. If itching is causing a problem, apply hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion. Another remedy for itching skin is to apply a paste made with baking soda and water. Baking soda may also help to reduce redness that occurs in the area of the sting. If baking soda is unavailable, apply white vinegar or apple cider vinegar to soothe the area.
  9. If the itching persists, a doctor can write a prescription for an antihistamine.
  10. If possible, elevate the affected area.

Preventing a fire ant sting is always better than getting stung. Contact Hart Pest Control if fire ant mounds exist on the premises. Exterminators at Hart Pest Control can help resolve fire ant issues.

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Unexpected Places to Find Ticks

Texas ticks get big. Some can even grow as big as a sunflower seed! In this area, you’ll likely encounter American dog ticks, black-legged or deer ticks, brown dog ticks and Lone Star ticks. Although they are arachnids much like spiders, they don’t spin nests to trap their prey. Instead, they climb onto people or animals passing by and embed themselves in your skin so that they can enjoy a meal of fresh blood.

Risks of Ticks

Ticks are more than just annoying: They also carry a variety of potentially serious diseases and infections, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis and babesiosis. Ticks can hide in a wide range of places, and whenever you or your pets go outside, they can climb onto your clothing or feed on your blood. They can also hitchhike and travel into your home, making it easier to feed and reproduce.

Where Do Ticks Hide?

Ticks are strategic. They like to hide in tall vegetation that gives them easier access to their preferred hosts. Although many people associate ticks with a day in the woods, they are also quite likely to be hiding in your backyard. That’s because anywhere that animals can be found, ticks can be found, too, especially if it is a suitable habitat.

Common tick hotspots include:

  • Lawn edging, especially shrubbery, borders and ground cover
  • Lawn debris, such as leaf piles and grass clippings
  • Wood piles
  • Brick or stone walls
  • The park or dog park
  • The veterinarian’s office

Other Unexpected Tick Hiding Spots

Once a tick has found a host, it will tend to look for places that provide good cover, which means that it can be hard to find and remove. When you come in from a potentially tick-infested area, you need to check your entire body, especially in skin folds and creases and under hair.

Top tick hiding spots include:

  • On the scalp or under other hair
  • Behind the ears
  • At the back of the neck
  • In the armpits
  • Under breasts
  • In the belly button
  • In the groin and buttocks areas
  • Behind knees
  • Between toes

Getting Ticks Under Control

Although clearing away common tick hiding spots, such as leaf piles and wood piles, will help somewhat, there are no DIY or over-the-counter products that will effectively rid your property of these little blood-suckers. Hart Pest Control offers professional tick control services that are fast, affordable and reliable. We offer same-day service on not just ticks but also other common Texas pests. Contact Hart Pest Control today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.

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Types of Scorpions Located in Houston

In Texas, there's no escape from scorpions. Many residents find them in their homes from time to time. They can be crawling across the floor or resting under the bathroom or kitchen sink. Since they love dark places, they like to hide under debris and rocks as well as in linen closets, garages and under beds.

Of the 90 species in the United States, there are 18 scorpion species in Texas. However, it's very rare for people to come across species other than the striped bark scorpion. Despite that, learning more about this species and scorpions in general can help you stay safe and know when to call for pest control.

An Overview of Scorpions

Contrary to popular belief, scorpions aren't insects. They're predatory arachnids that have eight jointed legs and up to six eyes. They use the stinger on the end of their segmented tails to deliver painful blows. Their large claws help them grasp and crush their prey. Some species can live for 25 years.

Scorpions can climb trees and crawl along branches to gain access to your home's exterior walls and roof. They get inside through small cracks and crevices, where they could build a nest in your attic. When hot weather comes, they move into the lower levels of your home to stay cool.

Since scorpions are most active at night, you might only come across them when it's dark. Because of that, it'll probably see you before you see it and strike if it feels threatened.

Among the more than 1,500 scorpion species in the world, only a few have venomous stings that are deadly. In Houston, the sting from a striped bark scorpion is usually just painful. However, people who have a sensitivity to scorpion venom could have a life-threatening reaction.

Striped Bark Scorpion

You can differentiate the striped bark scorpion from other species by simply observing its appearance. It's very small, only growing to a maximum of 1.5 inches as an adult. It can be 3 inches including the tail. You might be able to tell the gender too: the males are longer and more slender than the females.

The most distinguishing feature is its color, which usually has two shades. It can be a light red or orange color with a darker stripe down its back and darker triangular mark on the head. In Houston, Texas, this species tends to be on the paler side compared to those in other states.

Striped bark scorpions are a communal species, so they nest together. They eat a diet of crickets, spiders, worms and other small invertebrates. On an occasion, however, they may feed on each other.

The Importance of Scorpion Removal

When male and female striped bark scorpions mate, they can produce anywhere from 15 to 40 babies after eight months of gestation. Because of that, a scorpion infestation can develop quickly.

Contact Hart Pest Control for an estimate today.

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Keeping Pests Out of Your Fourth of July Party

With summer not far away, a lot of people are thinking of ways to host an unforgettable Fourth of July party that their guests will love. If you can relate to them, you are probably planning to have great food, refreshing drinks and fun games that everyone can enjoy. Throwing an impressive Fourth of July party is a nice way to get people together, but you will need to watch out for pests and the issues they cause. Bees, mosquitoes and ants are just a few of the pests that might crash your party and spoil the fun if you are not careful.


Sharing meals and games with people close to you is a wonderful way to spend your Fourth of July, and the evening will conclude with a spectacular firework show. When the sun starts to set, mosquitoes will come out of their hiding spots to search for viable hosts, and you and your guests are likely targets. Before you host the event, check for and remove any standing bodies of water near your yard. Also, keep mosquito repellent on hand if you would like your guests to be comfortable and bite free.

Bees and Wasps

Since they can give painful stings, you don't want bees and wasps to join your Fourth of July party this year. You can check for nests before your party and spray them with an insecticide, but you might want to use a nontoxic product that won't harm your guests. Hanging brown paper bags around your yard will discourage wasps from getting close, but you can also make traps to keep bees and other stinging insects at bay.


When ants detect that you are having a cookout, they will want to join you so that they can get a fresh meal. Inability to manage ants during your party can make it hard for your guests to have a good time, and you won't want to make that mistake. If you want ants to evade your yard, spray vinegar around your property and near your party. Since they won't like the smell, ants will make an effort to avoid your event.

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You can use many tricks and tips when you want to prevent pests from ruining your Fourth of July event, but you won't get the best possible results with at-home solutions. You must enlist the help of a trained expert if you are serious about keeping your party free of pests.

If you need a team you can trust, Hart Pest Control won't let you down or leave you disappointed. We will inspect and treat your yard for invaders so that you can have your Fourth of July party without fear or stress. Because we are ready to meet your needs, we encourage you to contact us and schedule your appointment.

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5 Myths About Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are common pests in warm climates around the world. In some cases, mosquitoes can present serious dangers for small children and elderly adults. There are, however, many misunderstandings about the dangers of mosquitoes and how they breed.

1. Mosquitoes Can Cause Malaria

According to statistics from the World Health Organization, about 400,000 people die each year from malaria. In almost all cases, malaria is contracted after people get a mosquito bite. Malaria is not, however, a common problem associated with mosquitoes in the U.S. since there are only about 1,700 cases of malaria in the entire country each year. Almost everyone who dies from malaria lives in a country with poor sanitation and health care.

2. The Zika Virus Is Extinct

The Zika virus was considered to be a serious health concern when it first became widespread in 2015. The CDC issued health warnings, and the media talked about the Zika virus every day. Today, people almost never hear about the Zika virus. The threats posed by the Zika virus still exist, but they are rarely discussed. Although governments have taken steps to fight the Zika virus, the chances are low that the virus will ever be fully eradicated.

3. Mosquitoes Do Not Bite During the Day

People tend to get most mosquito bites when they go outside at night. In general, mosquitoes spend less time searching for food during the day due to the increased risk of being seen. Mosquitoes are, however, capable of biting during the day. If you come near mosquito populations during the day, they will bite you like they would at any other time.

4. Mosquitoes Pose the Same Dangers for Everyone

Mosquitoes are dangerous because they have the potential to inject viruses directly into your bloodstream. There are a wide range of viruses that are only contracted from mosquitoes in most cases, such as West Nile virus, Zika virus, and yellow fever. According to statistics from the CDC, there are more than 3,500 viruses that mosquitoes can transmit. Young children and elderly adults who are more vulnerable to viruses are more likely to be harmed by mosquitoes than healthy adults.

5. Nothing Good Is Done by Mosquitoes

When spending time outdoors, mosquitoes can seem like annoying pests that do no good for the world. In reality, mosquitoes are a critical component of the ecosystem because they help to keep animal populations at reasonable levels. Research has also been published about how genetically modified mosquitoes have the potential to transmit vaccinations. Humanitarian organizations have speculated about ideas for using mosquitoes to immunize populations that cannot afford vaccinations. Although mosquitoes kill many people in impoverished countries, they also have the potential to do good when they are used in the right way.

To learn more about how our pest professionals can help rid you of your mosquito problems, be sure to contact us today. Take a look at our service area and see if we can help you today!

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Tips to Keep Fleas Off Your Pets

Bloodsucking pests, fleas can spread diseases to both humans and animals. These tiny insects live for several weeks, but some fleas are able to live for up to a year in the right conditions. Fleas can carry bacteria that cause diseases such as typhus, the bubonic plague and others. These insects go through four life stages, making it important for you to take steps to kill fleas in all of their life phases. If you have pets, it is important for you to take steps now to keep these insects off of them and out of your home.

Treat Your Pets

If you wait until fleas have already taken up residence on your pets, it can be very difficult for you to get rid of these pests. You should apply flea treatment to your dog to the back of its neck. It is important for you to apply it there because it takes awhile for the treatment to absorb and to start working properly. Applying it in that location prevents your dog from licking it off. Make sure to talk to your veterinarian about the recommended flea treatments for your cats and dogs. Some dog treatments contain permethrins, which are safe for dogs but can be deadly to cats. You should begin treating your pets in late winter or early spring before the fleas begin to hatch.

Give Your Pets Flea Collars

In addition to using flea treatments on your pets, buy flea collars for them. Make certain that you do not have them too loose or too tight. You should be able to place a finger between the collar and your pets' necks. Take care not to put a flea collar on your cat that contains permethrins.

Treat Your Yard

In order to keep fleas off of your pets and out of your house, treat your yard. There are sprays available that can be applied that will kill fleas and ticks that are in your grass. By keeping the fleas away from your property, you can help to keep them from ever taking up residence on your pets.

The best way to keep fleas off of your pets is to take preventative steps so that the fleas don't have the opportunity to start an infestation on your pets or in your home. By treating your pets each month with flea treatment, buying flea collars and treating your yard, you can look forward to the summer months without having to worry about fleas. Hart Pest Control has treatments available for your yard. If you already are dealing with a flea problem, contact our professionals and let us help you eradicate fleas from your home and your property.

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What Type of Climate Do Termites Live In?

Termites are known for their ability to destroy wood quickly. They can damage the building and cause psychological distress to anyone who is experiencing a termite infestation. These pests flourish in very specific types of conditions, so you can educate yourself about their habits in order to make informed decisions about your particular pest-control requirements. Our service professionals are always available to answer additional questions you might have about advanced termite control solutions from Hart Pest Control.

Climate and Termite Infestations

Termites thrive in conditions where there is a lot of lush vegetation. If you live in a region that has beautiful forests and a lot of vegetation, you might also live in a climate that has a large termite population. To control these pests, you must be able to eliminate the specific conditions that attract them to your home. The first condition that you should understand is moisture. Warm and humid areas of the world are more likely to attract termites than cold areas. This means that the interior of the building will also become more attractive to termites if you live in a colder area of the country.

What Attracts Termites?

Termites are like any other pest; they seek food and shelter from harsh outdoor conditions. This may lead them right into your home. Once you understand the types of things that attract termites, you can begin to become aware of these conditions inside of your property. You might not be able to change everything that is attracting these pests to your home or commercial building. However, you can take precautions to eliminate certain aromas that are known to attract these pests.

Vegetation will attract termites because of the moisture in the soil. If you live in a climate where it is easy to grow vegetables or flowers, you might also end up attracting subterranean termites as well. These pests are capable of building large colonies underground, so you have to be able to recognize the signs of an early infestation in order to protect your property. The best preventative measure is to keep the debris out of the lawn area. If your plants are decaying, this smell will attract termites. Clear any tree branches that fall around the home, and keep your bushes and shrubs trimmed. This will help you ward off a termite infestation if you live in a warm, humid climate.

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Our service professionals understand that customers might need additional information about termite infestations in order to protect their property against an infestation. Contact Hart Pest Control to speak to any of our pest professionals and set up an initial appointment. If you see any signs of a termite infestation, take immediate action to minimize the damage to your property.

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3 Surprising Places You Can Encounter Ants

Ants are strange and interesting insects. They've walked alongside the dinosaurs and can lift as much as 5,000 times their bodyweight. They build precise and intricate anthills and work together as a society. Unfortunately, they're also considered nuisance pests as they invade picnics and homes in search of food, water and shelter.

3 Places Where You Can Find Ants


It's not uncommon to find ants in your electronics. Whether it's a game console or a DVD player, ants will find the most out-of-the-way places to use for shelter. Some species, such as tawny crazy ants, are attracted to electronics and cause short circuits as they swarm inside air conditioners, blenders and other electrical devices. Pre-treating your home for ants can prevent these insects from coming inside and infesting your belongings.


It's no secret that ants are extremely small insects. Therefore, they can get into the most cramped spaces in your home. When they come indoors, they fit between the smallest crevices around your baseboards. They'll set up their colony behind the baseboards and remain out of sight. It's not until the worker ants leave the nest to search for food that you find out about the infestation.


It's not impossible for ants to raid your refrigerator. Despite the door seal and the colder temperatures, ants will get inside your fridge and raid boxed foods and uncovered leftovers. They'll get inside bagged sugar and any other opened or half-opened package. You should seal your food items securely before placing them in the fridge. Treating your home at the first sign of ants will also help to keep them out of your kitchen.

Prevent Ant Infestations in Your Home

An ant infestation in your home will only get worse if you don't take immediate action. These pests will find hidden and not-so-hidden areas in which to build their nests and to expand their colonies. Do-it-yourself pest control never eliminates the ants at the source and only covers up the problem. Harbor Pest Control can identify the ant species, use the appropriate treatments and eliminate the colony inside and outside of your home. We'll also create a custom service program to help keep these invaders from re-infesting your home in the future.

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3 Reasons Why You Need to Treat Your Home for Rodents

A rodent infestation is nothing to take lightly. If it's affecting your home, you need to act quickly before it gets out of control. Rodents such as mice and rats cause numerous problems not only for people but also for the places in which they live. When rodents have invaded your personal space, it's important to have them treated right away to avoid serious problems.

3 Problems With Rodent Infestations

They spread diseases.

Rodents carry numerous diseases and have been responsible for massive plagues in human history. Rats and mice, including pet rodents, may transmit serious diseases to people, such as the hantavirus, salmonella, leptospirosis and more. In addition, infected rodents may harbor fleas, which can also transmit diseases to people with a single bite.

They destroy property.

Rats and mice love to chew. In fact, they have to chew on something each day to keep their teeth from outgrowing their bodies. When rodents invade your house, they will chew on most anything in front of them, from walls and furniture to wires and boxes. They'll raid pantry items, gnaw on doors and bite through wires, which could cause unexpected fires behind the walls and in the attic.

They breed uncontrollably.

It's easier to get rid of one mouse or rat than it is to eliminate a dozen or more. Unfortunately, rodents breed constantly throughout the year, and two rats can produce hundreds of babies in their lifetime. If you have a rat infestation lurking behind your walls or in other out-of-the-way spaces, it's important to find them quickly. If you don't, they could continue to breed and to take over your home month by month.

Treat Your Home With Professional Pest Control

Rodents carry diseases, destroy property and breed out of control, increasing their number by the dozens in a single year. If they've taken hold of your home, Hart Pest Control has the means to eliminate them completely. Though you may try do-it-yourself methods, you'll find that they rarely work and only cost you time and money. We'll exterminate the pests and keep your home safe for the future.

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Why Not to DIY Pest Control

It's easier than ever to take pest control into your own hands. The do-it-yourself stores have popped up online and in local cities, helping people buy what they need to get rid of pests once and for all. Unfortunately, pest control is a serious matter and oftentimes requires proper training when dealing with infestations.

3 Disadvantages of DIY Pest Control

It doesn't always work.

Some people go the natural path to treat pest infestations, creating concoctions with vinegar, mineral oils and other ingredients. These DIY methods aren't reliable at treating infestations. A cup of vinegar and water may capture some fruit flies, but it won't cure an infestation or prevent it from getting worse.

There's too much risk involved.

Most pesticides come with warning labels and recommended directions for use. If you avoid the warnings or apply the pesticides incorrectly, you could put your family at risk of chemical exposure. You could also harm other people in the area, including wildlife, beneficial insects and pets. It's always best if trained pest control technicians apply pesticides to your home or property to minimize the risk and to maximize the results.

Different pests require different approaches.

You can't treat every pest with the same product or a similar technique. Every pest is unique and requires tailored treatments for complete elimination. Pest insects have different habitats and food choices, including resistances to some natural and chemical pesticides. Some people use a generalized pest control product, which doesn't target a specific pest. If you're trying to eliminate an infestation with the wrong product, you could make the problem worse and spend more money in the process.

You Can Count on Professional Pest Control

DIY pest control isn't reliable and usually costs you more money in the long run. There are risks involved and also cases of mistaken identity when targeting insects that look and act alike. If you're handling toxic pesticides or creating your own homemade treatment, you're taking unnecessary risks and relying on faith. Amco Pest Solutions has experienced and trained technicians ready to inspect your home, to eradicate infestations and to prevent pests from invading your living spaces.

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How Hurricanes Aid Mosquitoes in Texas

In addition to destroying countless buildings, trees and vehicles, Hurricane Harvey unleashed an enormous mosquito swarm during September. Insect experts in Texas reported that most of these bugs were members of the psorophora species.


Psorophora mosquitoes rank among the biggest "skeeters" in the Lone Star State. They also seek prey more energetically and trigger greater discomfort than most other species. These insects probably laid their eggs before the rain began to fall. The eggs hatched and released fast-growing larvae as the storm arrived.


This pest's larvae reach adulthood in less than four days. Unlike some bugs, they can live in mud when the water in a puddle evaporates. This adaptation makes it easier for huge swarms to take flight even if the sky quickly clears after rainy weather.

The majority of mosquitoes place eggs in stagnant water. A female psorophora mosquito behaves differently. It puts them on a dry surface near water. When a storm occurs and the water level rises, the eggs hatch as they become wet.

Hurricane Harvey dropped record-breaking amounts of rain along a portion of the coast that spans more than 400 miles. Nearly 40 inches fell during the month in Houston. This made it possible for abnormally large quantities of mosquitoes to proliferate.


The pest problem became so severe that state officials sought assistance from the U.S. Air Force. Military airplanes sprayed pesticides across millions of acres. Meanwhile, Harris County deployed trucks with insecticide-spraying equipment.

Although the majority of these bugs don't transmit diseases, a species known as Aedes aegypti became prevalent after the storm. This mosquito can carry the dangerous Zika and West Nile viruses. Both illnesses have infected more than 100 Texans during 2017.


Texas residents may shield themselves from these winged vampires by applying DEET sprays and wearing shirts with long sleeves. Unfortunately, the bugs can bite through some fabrics. Head nets offer additional protection. It's also important to regularly maintain window screens.

If a future hurricane prompts a mosquito outbreak near your Texas home, turn to Hart Pest Control. Our Houston-area company has reliably provided contract-free services for almost five decades. You can trust our talented staff to thoroughly banish pests at economical prices.

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4 common places rodents hide in homes


A rodent infestation is more than just a nuisance. Rodents carry diseases and attract other pests, like fleas and ticks, that also threaten your family’s health. Their tendency to gnaw on electrical wiring has sparked many a house fire. At the very least, rats, mice and squirrels damage property and make a huge mess.


Rodents look for quiet places of shelter that offer protection from larger animals. Your home’s warmth and safety make it ideal for raising a family.


These nocturnal creatures wait for the house to get quiet before rummaging for food and nesting materials. You may never spot one, but signs of trouble include droppings, a pungent, musty odor, greasy marks around doorframes or baseboards and evidence of food tampering. 


Teeth marks are also telltale signs. Rodents gnaw obsessively because their incisors never stop growing. Woodwork, cardboard, electrical cords, food packaging, furniture and even books are fair game.


Keep reading to learn about rodents’ favorite hiding places and what you can do to deter these dangerous pests.




Squirrels and roof rats are good at finding entry points around roofs and eaves, and they can flatten their bodies to slip through incredibly small gaps. They are fairly easy to hear overhead, especially in the evening hours.


Make sure that woodwork around the roof is in good repair and that vents and chimneys are covered with strong wire mesh.


Inside Walls


Rats and mice take advantage of wall cavities for free access to the whole house. A squirrel might fall from the attic and be unable to find an escape.


Listen for rustling and squeaking, and inspect your baseboards for openings. A lingering foul odor might indicate a decomposing body.


Call on one of our experts to pinpoint infested corridors and provide a solution.


Basements, Garages, Storage Closets and Sheds


It’s no surprise that spaces that accumulate clutter and have little human traffic are appealing. They’re usually dark and quiet, and they contain plenty of useful materials for making a home. Cardboard storage boxes that are rarely opened are as inviting as it gets.


Keep these areas neat and well lit. Use sturdy plastic storage tubs with tight-fitting lids, especially if they’re used to store pet food.




Rats and mice don’t typically nest in commonly occupied rooms, but the kitchen is an exception. Proximity to food sources is a major selling point for rodent real estate.


Mice often hole up in protected areas behind appliances. They also slip behind loose baseboards and settle under cabinets that are rarely opened.


Keep your kitchen as clean and free of crumbs as possible, and tightly seal all food products. 


Trust the Pros


The trapping and removal of rodents is a hazardous job that only a professional should tackle.


Keep your family safe by calling Hart Pest Control today. Our extensively trained and highly experienced technicians can provide effective solutions for rodents and other pests.

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Top Three Steps to Keep Your Home Free of Ants


Ants are a nuisance throughout America, but the hot Texas climate encourages these troublesome insects to breed rapidly and invade homes all year long. Here at Hart Pest Control, we're regularly called out to eliminate a variety of ants that include carpenter ants, fire ants, odorous house ants, acrobat ants, pyramid ants and pharaoh ants. These are just a few steps that you can take to keep ants from invading your space. 


1. Secure Your Home


It's difficult to keep ants out of your home because these insects are really good at squeezing through the smallest of spaces, but there are a few simple things that you can do to make it just a little more difficult for them to get inside. Check for any cracks, crevices or openings around the windows and doors, along the foundation and around any areas where pipes are connected to your home. Even the smallest entrance points should be thoroughly sealed with silicone caulk or another good sealant of your choice. It's also a smart move to trim any bushes or tree limbs that may be touching your home because ants use these as roadways that deliver them straight to your home.


2. Remove Temptations


Ants send out a few scouts on a search for food sources, and you may be invaded by lines of hundreds or thousands of ants if those scouts scurry back to the anthill to report that they've found a feast. Keeping in mind that even a single crumb can bring all of the ants on the run, it's important to keep all of your food locked up tight. That box of open cereal or crackers will definitely draw in ants, so all food should be carefully sealed in containers. You'll also want to keep the outside of food containers wiped down and free of spills, and there should be a tight lid on all trashcans. Be sure to wipe down counters, sweep and mop floors regularly and pick up your pet's food dish after each meal.


3. Don't Provide Drinking Water


Ants are just as attracted to a good source of water as they are to food, so you'll definitely want to keep all areas of your home dry. Check for leaky pipes under sinks and any leaky areas around toilets and bathtubs. Fix faucets that suffer from a chronic drip, and you may want to use a dehumidifier in the basement and any other moist areas of your home. 


Quality Pest Control Available


Unfortunately, ants often make their way into homes even when all of the above steps have been carefully followed. If you are experiencing any type of ant problem or any other pest-control issue, then you may feel free to contact us here at Hart Pest Control. Give us a call at 281-407-8336, and our professional, well-trained technicians will come right out to identify the problem and provide you with an individualized treatment plan that leaves your home free of pests.

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Tips for Your Labor Day BBQs

Labor Day is a great time of year to get together with your family and host a cookout. If you are like others, you will want to do everything that you can to make your cookout stand out in a positive way, but doing so is not always easy. You and your guests are not the only ones who are looking forward to the feast, so you must be on the lookout for uninvited visitors. Several pests will love to join you for your Labor Day event, and they can cause a lot of problems if you don’t take steps to stop them from getting into your yard. Luckily, you can keep yourself and your guests safe by keeping a few tips in mind and learning about common invaders.


Learning how to prevent ants from ruining your cookout is a smart step in the right direction when your goal is to keep your guests happy from the start of your event to the end. Ants send scouts into different locations to search for food, water and other resources, and your yard could be the next target. If an ant finds your food, it will return to the colony to inform the others of its discovery, and you will encounter an invasion in no time. If you want to keep ants away, you can mix a solution of 50 percent water and 50 percent vinegar, spraying it around your yard. Placing your trash cans away from your table is also a great idea when you want to safeguard your friends and family from pests. 


Nothing will ruin your Labor Day cookout as much as getting stung by wasps while you are spending time with your loved ones. If you don't already have wasps near your home, you can put holes in brown bags and hang them up around your property. Wasps are territorial and won't want to create a new nest where they think other wasps are present, and the bags will act as decoys. When wasps are nearby and you want to address the issue, you can spray them with soapy water. Doing so will prevent them from flying, so they won't be a threat for much longer. You need to ensure that nobody is too close to the nest when you spray it because wasps will sting when they are agitated, and it does not take much to make them angry. 


If your Labor Day cookout lasts until the evening hours, you will eventually feel the itching and skin irritation that comes with mosquito bites. Preventing these flying pests from annoying you and your guests can be difficult, and some people decide not to try, accepting mosquitoes as a part of life. In addition to causing mild discomfort, mosquitoes can transmit a range of diseases that you will want to avoid, such as the West Nile virus, yellow fever and more. You can use sprays and creams to prevent them from biting, but you can also set up candles around your yard. 

Hart Pest Control

Even though you can take many steps to discourage pests from invading your Labor Day cookout, you can only go so far. If you want to give yourself and your guests the best possible protection, turn to Hart Pest Control. We will handle mosquitoes, wasps, ants and any pest that tries to spoil your fun. You can reach out to us if you have questions or concerns, and we look forward to working with you.
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The Dangers of Scorpions and Spiders

Is your family protected from scorpions and spiders? Arachnids are very good at hiding. If they come into your home, you could be at risk for painful bites and stings. Although arachnids’ venom is rarely fatal, people with allergies or special sensitivity should be aware of the danger that they pose to humans. 


Spiders are attracted to dark, quiet spots with little human traffic. They hide in woodpiles, garages, attics and closets. Some species make their homes in dark corners of the ceiling or under heavy furniture. Surprisingly, only about half of all spiders spin webs for trapping prey. Those that don't often go undetected.

Common eight-legged pests in the Spring area include the following:

• Grass and garden spiders

• Common house spiders

• Long-legged sac spiders

• Black widows

• Brown recluses

Spiders are typically not aggressive toward humans, but they’ll bite if threatened. Children should not attempt to capture them.

Depending on the individual, the effects of a bite can range from pain and redness to muscle cramps and nausea. Most bites, fortunately, are minor irritations. 

Since their venom is especially potent, black widows and brown recluses pose greater danger than most spiders. Brown recluses are quite shy and avoid humans, but beware: In a few rare cases, their venom damaged body tissue or reached internal organs.

Black widows have a distinctive red hourglass marking on their abdomens and hang head down in their webs. Brown recluses bear a mark shaped like a violin. 


Scorpions are identified by their segmented bodies, slender tails and pincers. The striped bark scorpion, a common pest in and around Spring, is one of the few species that prefers dark, moist habitats like pine forests. It’s usually pale yellow and difficult to spot. Since harsh sunlight evaporates the moisture supply in its body, the striped bark scorpion is nocturnal. It hides in hollow logs, dead vegetation, attics and construction debris.

Stings are not lethal, but pain and itching may persist for several days. Allergic people who are stung could experience swelling, numbness, skin discoloration, muscle spasms or breathing difficulty.

Let Us Help

We at Hart Pest Control can detect an infestation at its source. Since many treatments that eliminate insects are ineffective against scorpions and spiders, you need our professional expertise. Our courteous crew members are highly skilled and use the most cutting-edge techniques. 

Don’t take your chances with scorpions and spiders. For a pest-free home and greater peace of mind, call Hart today.

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Why Mosquitoes Are Such A Problem During This Time Of Year

As warm weather approaches, people will head outside and make plans for the summer, and you are no stranger to mosquitoes if you can relate to that situation. Most people know that these pests are worst in the summer than any other time of the year, but they don't know why. If you would like to learn about mosquitoes and what attracts them, you are in the right place. As we move forward, you will also uncover the steps you can take to reduce the mosquito population on your property. Since mosquitoes can present a safety hazard, you will want to move fast.

Why Mosquitoes Are Active in the Summer

To learn why mosquitoes are the most active during the summer months, let's take a look at how they behave. These pests thrive in warm and humid environments, but they need to reproduce in standing bodies of water. In addition to water hoses and swimming pools, storms often occur. These factors combine to create the ideal conditions for mosquito populations to explode, and you will encounter the pests each time you walk outside at night as a result. The good news is that you can use your knowledge of mosquitoes to combat the problem.

How to Manage Mosquitoes

If your mission is to control and reduce the mosquito population in and near your property, removing any standing bodies of water is a good place from which to start. You can take your results to the next level by putting bug zappers and candles in your yard. If you want to push your effectiveness to new heights, buy some sprays or creams that will keep the insects off your skin.

The Danger

At this point, you might be asking yourself why mosquitoes are a problem that you need to address. The pests can carry and transmit harmful pathogens that are responsible for a range of deadly diseases. Taking steps to keep mosquitoes away from you and your family will reduce the risk to which you are exposed, and you will be able to put your mind at ease.

Getting Professional Help

When you want to do what it takes to keep mosquitoes away, turn to Hart Pest Control. Our team of experts has the needed training and experience to get the job done right, and your mosquito worries will be a thing of the past. The moment we arrive, we will address the most common areas in which mosquitoes like to hide, but we will even take steps to prevent them from returning. After we complete our task, you can go outside without getting attacked by a swarm of mosquitoes, and you will know that you have made the smart choice. We invite you to give us a call right away.

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Difference Between Bees & Wasps

If you plan to spend much time outdoors over the spring or summer, it's important you learn the difference between bees and wasps if you don’t want to get attacked. Although these stinging insects have a lot in common, they also have distinct features that set them apart, and not knowing the type of pest with which you are dealing is a mistake that you must take steps to avoid. If you spot a bee or wasp nest near your property, the way you respond is vital. The following information will point you in the right direction, allowing you to proceed with confidence and peace of mind. You will learn what sets bees and wasps apart, enabling you to make the smart choice.


Bees are tiny insects with round bodies and black stripes, and they will venture into the surrounding area to search for pollen. While they can sting when they feel as though they are in danger, they don't tend to be aggressive. When a bee attacks a person, it will usually lose its stinger, preventing it from attacking again, so as long as you don't bother them, you are not likely to have any trouble. The only problem comes when they build a hive near a house or public area, which can create a risky situation


Since wasps look like bees, telling them apart is not always an easy task to complete. While bees have round bodies, wasps will appear slightly flat, but the biggest difference is the way they behave. For example, wasps are more aggressive than bees and can sting several times, and you will want to do your best to stay away from them when they are upset. They can create nests under furniture, near porches and on the sides of buildings, and it's vital you stay calm so that you don't agitate them. If you don’t want them to sting you, calmly leave the area. Even though you can find different sprays that promise to kill wasps, you will risk getting attacked if you don't know how to approach the problem. A lot of people fall into this trap, and you don't want to repeat their mistake.

Hart Pest Control

No matter the type of pest that is causing trouble, you can turn to a friendly expert to get the situation under control. At Hart Pest Control, our team knows how to manage bees and wasps safely, and you won't need to put yourself in harm's way. Since we care about each of our customers, you can count on us to meet your needs sooner than you once thought possible. We encourage you to give us a call so that we can get started before the pests get the chance to spread, and if you have any questions or concerns, we will always point you in the right direction.

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