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This is the official blog for Hart Pest Control.

Hart Pest Control opened for business in 1969. Since our founding, we have been a local family-owned and operated business with deep roots in Harris County.

What Time of Year are Mosquitoes the Worst?

Over 3000 species of mosquitoes exist in the world. These pests even live everywhere except Antarctica. Mosquitoes not only bite and cause painful bumps, but they also can carry deadly illnesses like malaria or Lyme disease. While heading toward warmer days, you may be wondering what time of year mosquitoes are worst. This guide gives you the answer and also provides steps on how to prevent them from bothering you. 

What is the Ideal Environment for Mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes have specific requirements for dwelling and breeding. They prefer temperatures that are 70 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Once temperatures reach around 50 degrees Fahrenheit, they go dormant until the weather warms up again. You can typically find mosquitoes in areas that are warm all year round, moist or tropical environments and places with standing water. 

What Time of Year are Mosquitoes the Worst?

Since these pests like warmer temperatures, summer is the worst time of year for mosquitoes. They are especially prevalent near water. Every state in the United States is also different when it comes to mosquitoes waking up from hibernation. 

Northern states like New York and Washington start to see these pests in early May. Northern middle states like Oregon and Ohio have mosquitoes pop up in late April. The show up in areas like Nevada and Kentucky in early April. Middle southern states like New Mexico or Alabama have mosquitoes show up around early March. Southern states like Texas or Florida have these pests appear as early as February. 

What Should You Do to Prevent Mosquitoes?

Even though these bloodsucking pests linger around during the warmer months, you do not need to be confined indoors. Instead, you can take some steps to prevent them from biting you. 

In your yard or around your property, plant mosquito-deterring plants like citronella or spray pest control chemicals. Remove any standing water from pools, watering holes, puddles and any other areas that hold liquids. 

If you want to protect yourself while you are out, always wear bug or insect repellent. You will need to reapply throughout the day, so you will need to read the instructions on how to use the repellent. Another option is to wear long or thick clothing. The more you cover your body, the less likely it is that mosquitoes will bite you. However, you can overheat if you are outside too long while wearing heavy clothing. 

Do not let mosquitoes ruin your summer. Instead, always stay prepared. If you need help removing these pests or any others in or around your home, give Hart Pest Control a call today.

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Ways to Keep Stinging Insects Away From Your Barbecue

Sunny days are here, and the grill is out! You’re ready to relax by the pool and cookout with some family. Sadly, we’re not the only ones who love a good barbeque. Stinging insects are most active during the warm summer months. These unwanted pests are going to try to join the party. 

Nobody wants unwanted pests flying around when firing up the grill. Stinging insects like bees and wasps pose a real threat, especially to those allergic to them. As we move deeper in the season, these pests will only increase in quantity. So, it’s crucial to know of some ways to keep them away. 

Avoid Scented Items

Fragrances from hair products, perfumes and candles can sometimes attract stinging insects. Avoid using scented products to keep stinging insects from flying right to you. 

Use a Fan

A small box fan that blows a good breeze will keep bees and wasps away. It’s hard for them to fly when there’s wind blowing. Cover any food so to keep it from getting cold. 

Keep Everything Covered or Closed

Cover your food and beverages at all times. Bees and wasps will attack your food if it’s left out. Not only are they annoying when they do this, but they also ruin your food with the illnesses they carry with them. 

Use Herbs

Herbs like basil, rosemary, bay leaves and lemon can discourage bees and wasps and keep them away because of the oils the herbs contain. Not only can you use these herbs to deter insects, but you can also use them in your food while barbequing. 

So, you can spice up your food with some flavorful additives while keeping stinging insects away. You can also use white vinegar, onion and garlic. 

Clean Up!

Clean up after yourself. Once everyone is done eating, take all of your plates and utensils inside. Also, properly dispose of any and all trash and keep the trash cans sealed shut. Wipe up any spills or crumbs left behind to avoid attracting bees and wasps. Store your leftovers in sealed containers just to be safe. 

If you’re still worried that these stinging insects, or any insects, are going to make an uninvited appearance at your barbeque, don’t hesitate to contact Hart Pest Control today! We’ll be able to identify and remove these annoying pests immediately.

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How to Keep Ants Out of Your Kitchen

No one wants ants in their kitchen. When you find a line of ants stretching outside, or find an ant nest inside your home, your first thought may be to spray the entire house with whatever high-powered bug killer you can find.

Ants are dirty, gross and they leave behind a trail of droppings and filth. But, you need to remember that if there are ants in your home, there’s a reason. The good news about this is that there are steps you can take to help keep ants out of your kitchen.

Clean Up the Food

If there is any scrap of food in your kitchen ants will find it. So, it is crucial to make sure that all of your surfaces are clean and wiped down. This includes countertops, floors, tables and walls. Ants are great at finding even the tiniest morsel.

Leave No Water

Ants, just like people, need water to live. If you have water available to them, they will find it and see it as an invitation to come on in. Make sure your kitchen sink is turned all the way off and that there are no leaks in your visible plumbing that ants could use as a water source. Then, turn to other, less-obvious water sources. Pick up pet water bowls at night. Dry up the bottom of your sink and dishwasher. Make sure there is no water at all available to the ants! Without any standing food or water, ants will not want to hang around.

Close up the Cracks

Find and shore up any and all cracks and crevices in your walls, doors and window frames. The problem is, ants are so small that they can find openings we can’t even see. Still, it’s crucial to make your home as sealed as possible to discourage them from coming in.

Of course, the best plan of action is to call in the professionals. With expert knowledge and a wide array of tools at our disposal, we can help make your kitchen as ant-free as possible. Why not reach out today? Contact us at Hart Pest Control now to set up an appointment!

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3 Ways To Prepare for Termite Season

Termite season here in Spring, Texas and the surrounding areas is nothing to ignore. Each year, the speed and destructive power of termites cause major damage to homes and businesses across the region. 

Whenever a concerned homeowner or business owner contacts our pest control technicians here at Hart Pest Control, we’re happy to lend our expert advice and tackle the problem. 

Here are 3 ways to prepare for termite season.    

Clear Your Yard Clutter

The key to keeping termites away is to make sure they have nowhere to hide and nothing to eat.

Start by cleaning up the areas surrounding your home or business and removing any dense or heavy growth.

Why start there? Well, termites love to take advantage of any food source, and old weeds and bushes make for perfect breeding areas. Additionally, remember to keep any loose wood off of the ground. 

Train Your Bushes and Plants To Repel Termites

Consider adding plants around the base of your home or business that repel most pests. Mint, for example, works remarkably well at keeping bugs at bay. 

Similar to lemongrass, vetiver grass is also known to repel termites as well as other insects. This type of grass secretes a natural toxin that helps to drive termites away. 

Have Your Home or Business Professionally Inspected

There is simply no substitute for getting your property professionally inspected for termites and other pests. Once you contact us at Hart Pest Control, you can rest assured that you and your property are in great hands.  

Our highly experienced and trained technicians will perform a thorough pest inspection in and around your property. They’ll know where the bugs can get in and where they hide.

And not only will our technicians report directly to you and let you know how to best tackle any potential problem areas, but they’ll also help you formulate a plan of attack against the termites when needed. 

Why Hart Pest Control Is Your Go-To Company To Defend Against Termites

Why are we the pest control experts you can count on? Simple: We’ve been earning our customers’ trust and confidence in the Southern Texas region since 1969. Our family-owned business has some of the most qualified pest control technicians around. 

With our access to the latest tools and training methods, we’ll tailor a very affordable and customized pest control plan to your unique situation, saving you both time and money. 

Contact Hart Pest Control today to get rid of your pests!

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Ways To Keep Your Pets Free of Pests

Pets truly are man’s best friend. They bring such joy to the family dynamic. As they are members of the family, your pet’s health is just as important as any other person within the family. Unfortunately, pets are prone to pests such as fleas and ticks. You hate to see your furry friends suffer, so how do you keep them free of these pesky creatures? Keep reading to discover ways to keep your pets free of pests.

Give Your Pets Flea and Tick Preventatives

Unfortunately, all pets have a risk of getting fleas and ticks, especially if they are in contact with other animals and venture outside. The best practice to avoid flea and tick outbreaks is to give your pets preventative treatments. These treatments can be given orally or topically. You may also wish to invest in a flea collar. Make it a common practice to frequently check your pets for fleas and ticks, especially after they go outside. 

Groom Your Pets Frequently

Keeping your pet well-groomed is vital to its health and well-being. It will also help keep pests away from them. As you brush through their fur, keep an eye out for any signs of fleas, such as patches of hair loss or red skin, small bumps along the neck, scabs or skin infections. You can also feel for any ticks.

Keep Your Yard Tidy

Pests love an untidy yard, as it gives them plenty of places to hide and nest. Keeping your yard free of leaves, branches and other debris can deter pests from coming into the yard. Trim your grass every week. Get rid of any stagnant water. Keep your gardens cleared of weeds. Bushes and trees should be trimmed and kept away from the home. 

Keep Your Home Clean

An effective way to keep fleas out of the home is to keep it clean. Vacuum throughout the house, including furniture. After vacuuming, empty or discard the dirt, as flea eggs and larvae can live inside your vacuum. Wash all bedding your pet uses. If you allow pets on your bed, wash all of your bed linens frequently, including comforters, blankets and pillows. 

If you find yourself with a pest infestation, do not hesitate to call the experts. Contact Hart Pest Control today.

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Common Signs of Termites in Your Home

You do not want to find termites in your home. These annoying pests can cause a lot of damage even before you notice them. To avoid costly repairs and the need for extermination, it is essential to know the most common signs of termites so you can take care of the issue right away. Here are some telltale signs that you might have termites in your home. 

Drywood vs. Subterranean Termites

There are different types of termites. Drywood termites nest inside wooden structures and feed off the wood. Subterranean termites burrow underground and build mud tubes to get into your home. While dealing with either type requires professional pest control, it is vital to know the difference to know where possible damage may be. 

Hollow Wood

If you tap on a wooden structure in your home and it sounds hollow, you may have dry wood termites on your hands. As they burrow into wood, they create tunnels and nests that weaken the wood. If any wooden structures in and around your home appear hollow, call a pest control expert right away. 

Mud Tubes and Exit Holes

Each type of termite has a different way of getting around. Since subterranean termites nest underground, they build mud tunnels to get into your foundation. Drywood termites, on the other hand, leave their nests via pinpoint size holes in the wood. Young termites seal these holes after adult, winged termites leave their nest, making the holes extremely difficult to see. 

Damaged, Crumbling Wood

Squeaky floorboards, crumbling wood or any other wood damage could mean that you have termites. If you notice wood damage, there is a good chance you have a full-blown infestation on your hands. Call a pest control company right away to avoid further damage. 

Loose Tiles

You may not think of loose tiles as being a sign of termites. Since termites add moisture to your floors and walls, it is more likely that your tiles will begin to peel and loosen. If you notice loose tiles, check your floors and walls for any other signs of termites. 

Call the Termite Experts

Keep you and your home safe from termite damage by contacting Hart Pest Control. We have been keeping homes and businesses termite-free for over 50 years. Call us toll-free at (281)-407-8336 or get in touch online. 

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Most Common Pests Found in Texas

The second-largest state in the United States, Texas, has a variety of landscapes, environments, cultures and animals. While many people love the Lone Star State, there is one thing that no one enjoys — pests. Unfortunately, Texas has many of them. 

From chiggers to rodents, find more than one of these creatures while visiting or living in the state. Since there are thousands of different species of pests in Texas, we wanted to break it down to the most common ones you can find. 

Ants

As the most common pest in America, it is no surprise that ants are one of the most common pests in Texas. There are over 100 species of these tiny creatures that call the Lone Star State their home. Typically, the most common types are sugar ants, carpenter ants and fire ants. 

Sugar ants do not cause any harm but can infest your food and water supplies. Carpenter and fire ants pose more dangers for humans. Carpenter ants destroy homes by feeding on wood like termites, while fire ants bite people causing painful and itchy red bumps, and in severe cases, allergic reactions. 

Mosquitos

Mosquitos thrive in Texas all year long, especially in humid areas like Galveston, Corpus Christi and even Houston. Since the state has warmer temperatures the majority of the year, prepare yourself to come in contact with these blood-sucking pests. Some areas of Texas have a break from these unwanted bugs during the winter months, especially if you live up north. 

Scorpions

Since Texas has many different woody and dry areas, there is a multitude of scorpions. In fact, Texas alone has 18 different species of scorpions. As one of the most frightening pests, many people try to avoid these creatures at all costs, especially since their stings are extremely painful to the point of seeking medical help. Scorpions are nocturnal and love hiding in dark places (even shoes.) 

Cockroaches

In Texas, the famous saying is everything is bigger there, and that includes cockroaches. Many people from different states or countries say that the cockroaches in Texas are the largest they have ever seen, especially since many of them can grow as big as five inches or more. These creatures live in any environment, including homes, businesses, schools and anywhere outside. 

Contact Us Today 

Do not let any of the most common pests listed above take over your home. Let Hart Pest Control help you get rid of these tiny creatures on your property today. For more information, give us a call today.

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I’ve Seen a Cockroach! What Do I Do?

It is disgusting and exasperating to see a cockroach scurry inside your cabinet or across your floor. Does a single cockroach mean that you have an infestation? Perhaps. If you find one, there are likely more hiding in the dark crevices of your home. Don’t dismiss the problem. It is time to take action.

To address the situation, you must know the different types of cockroaches.

Different Types of Cockroaches

The term “cockroach” is an umbrella term that can refer to up to 5,000 species of bugs. Some types prefer warmth, while others are drawn to water or specific types of vegetation. 

If you see one large cockroach, it may be an outdoor cockroach that has wandered into the home. Look for similar bugs near your home and a possible entranceway for the wayward creature.

However, if the creature is less than a half-inch in length, it is unlikely that a single cockroach is living in your home. These species of pests are highly social and tend to live in colonies. They usually enter through pipes or small cracks or crevices in the house. They reproduce at a high rate, so they can quickly become a problem.

What are the Signs of a Cockroach Infestation?

If a single cockroach has made an appearance in your home, it is time to go into detective mode. Look for the following common signs of a cockroach infestation:

  • Cockroach eggs and eggshells: Look for small, brown, oval-shaped disks near where cockroaches will be attracted: food, water and cardboard.
  • Cockroach droppings: If you see powdery, dark dots that look like ground pepper or coffee in the crevices or seams of your walls and counters, you may be looking at the droppings of cockroaches.
  • A strong, musty smell: If cockroaches have colonized your home, you could begin smelling a putrid odor similar to rancid grease. 
  • Dead Cockroaches: Look carefully as you clean floors, cabinets or drawers for dead bugs or decaying body parts that you might miss until you train your eye to look for them.

What to Do if You See a Cockroach in Your Home 

Don’t waste time once you see evidence of cockroaches within your home. These pests carry disease and will quickly become a significant health hazard and a threat to your home. Look to Hart Pest Control for help in the eradication of these nasty creatures. We have over 45 years of experience in making homes safe and pest-free. Contact Hart Pest Control today for a free estimate.

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Preventing Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs. The name alone is enough to make your skin crawl. They are the most unwelcome guest and treating them can be a nuisance if you're going it alone. Follow these tips from your friends at Hart Pest Control to prevent, treat, and control these intruders.

Bed Bug Prevention

There are several steps you can take in order to stop an infestation before it starts. Thoroughly inspect any secondhand items you plan to bring into your home that are covered in fabric. This includes couches, pillows, and blankets. In order to keep bed bugs from getting bedtime nibbles, shield both your box spring and mattress with a tear-resistant safety covering. Mend or replace it after you notice any tears or holes. This may mean inspecting your bed more often than you're used to, but the time is worth it. Additionally, keep your home tidy to reduce areas of clutter where bed bugs could reside. Bed bugs prevention may seem like a hassle at times, but it is much easier to prevent than it is to treat and control after infestation.

Bed Bug Treatment

Okay, you weren't successful at preventing bed bugs. What now? There are some non-chemical routes you can take to rid your home of bed bugs. Put all items of clothing as well as your bedding into the dryer on high heat for at least 30 minutes. Encase your box spring, mattress, and any pillow-like objects to trap bed bugs and prevent them from spreading. Though there are some portable heating units that can take care of heating household furniture to the necessary 120ºF, this can get pricey and inconvenient. Foregoing these measures could lead to disaster. If any bed bugs are left alive you will find yourself dealing with this mess all over again.

It is best to consult the services of a reputable, trustworthy company like Hart Pest Control when coming up with a bed bugs treatment plan for your home. Their experts can assess the infestation and come up with the course of action that is perfect for your home, your needs, and your budget.

Bed Bug Control

While you're treating your home, control will be key in preventing another infestation. Ensure that you are treating all areas of the home where bedbugs may have migrated. This includes dirty clothes baskets, neighboring furniture, bed frames, and carpets. You must be thorough and vigilant.

Ensure that all follow-up treatments are followed per your pest management professional's instructions. Even the smallest misstep can start you over at square one when it comes to bed bugs control. Save yourself the hassle and contact us today! We'll get your home under control no matter what wanders in. No if, ants, or bugs about it!

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Tick & Flea Prevention: How to Keep Your Home Safe

Ticks and fleas are a year-round problem for many homes. These pests are most active in the warmer months. However, the real problem arises when these little annoyances are in your home. It can feel overwhelming and if so Hart Pest Control can help. 

Humans and animals are the primary targets for these blood-suckers. Ticks and fleas can cause both Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, among other diseases. Also, fleas can lay about 40 eggs a day and can live between two weeks to a year! Here are some ways to keep your home safe from these awful pests.

Treating Your Yard

Grass that is too high can attract fleas and ticks. You can prevent this by cutting your grass relatively short and trimming your plants. Keep plants away from your home, as tall plants act as a pathway for fleas and ticks to enter your home. 

Trash and food sources left out can attract unwanted visitors. For example, possums and raccoons are carriers of ticks and fleas. To reduce the chances of critters entering your home, keep trash far away from your home. You should also bring pet food inside. 

Fleas and ticks can hide under dead leaves and twigs. Therefore, raking your lawn is the best form of prevention. 

Deep Clean Your Home

Having ticks and fleas in your house doesn’t mean that your home is dirty. However, places such as carpets and curtains attract ticks and fleas. This is because they can hide inside the material fibers. These places are usually where ticks and fleas tend to lay their eggs. 

To prevent infestations, try vacuuming your carpets. When finished vacuuming, be sure to empty the vacuum’s contents outside. Steaming your curtains is another way to remove these pests.

Tick and Flea Treatment for Pets

Ticks and fleas prefer animals as hosts over humans. If your pet has fleas or ticks, then your entire home can become a haven for these pests. Your pet may even develop heartworms if a flea infection goes unnoticed. 

Fleas love to nest in the same spot where your pet sleeps. To prevent a flea infestation, wash your pet’s bedding with hot water. This is highly recommended, because the heat helps kill fleas in any life stage. In severe cases, consider throwing out the old bedding altogether.

Natural Tick and Flea Repellent

There are many ways to get rid of ticks and fleas naturally. Herbal sprays are safe and suitable to use around children and pets. Salt is another great home remedy. It dehydrates fleas, making vacuuming these pests a no-brainer. 

Baking soda helps remove fleas from the fibers of your furniture and carpet. You can start by laying down baking soda on your carpets and furniture. Next, take a hard bristle brush and rub the baking soda into the carpet. After that, thoroughly vacuum the area and empty the contents. 

Lemons are a good home remedy for treating fleas. You can make a lemon spray by mixing water with lemon slices. Pour into a spray bottle and let the solution sit overnight. The next day, spray the solution over the infested areas. 

Call a Pest Control Professional 

The best solution for protecting your home from infestations is by hiring a professional pest control service. Hart Pest Control combines knowledge with experience and has been in business since 1969. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and get rid of those pests for good!

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Common Signs of a Termite Infestation

If you are a homeowner, then the word “termite” probably terrifies you, as it should. Termites are no joking matter, as they can cause thousands of dollars of damage to your home. They can slowly eat away at the home’s structure and foundation, causing a myriad of issues. If termites are not dealt with properly, they could cause complete devastation. Keep reading for ways to detect if you have a termite infestation

Damaged or Hollowed Wood

As termites constantly feed on wood, they can cause a lot of damage to any wood in the home. One common sign of termite damage is splintered, hollowed or grooved wood. After chewing on the wood for so long, the wood can begin to splinter and break apart, as well as show signs of grooves or knicks. This kind of damage can be found on or below surfaces such as wooden flooring, walls, or trim. 

Evidence of Swarms

Termites leave their wings behind at the point of entry into your home. These entryways could be through doors or windows, or near other wooden structures on your property. The presence of discarded wings is a sure sign that a swarm or a colony of termites has decided to make their home here. Therefore, they shed their wings as they will no longer need them as they build their nests. 

Mud Tubes

These tunnels are found on the ground near the surrounding outside of your home, beginning at a nearby tree or wooden structure, such as a shed. They nest underground, yet they search above ground for their food source. If they tunnel outside of the home, you will find their small tube-shaped tunnels headed for whatever source of wood they can find. The tunnels can also be found in your home as well. Termites use this system of tunneling as a way to keep themselves warm and dry.

Contact Hart Pest Control

Unfortunately, you may be keeping an eye out for termites and you may not even see any damage. But, that does not mean that you are safe from termites. You may have an infestation and not be aware of it. If you suspect any termite activity or find any evidence of termites, you should not wait to call pest control professionals. Contact Hart Pest Control for help with a termite infestation. 

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How to keep bees away from your backyard party

With great weather, sunshine, and fresh air, it is the prime time for throwing a fun backyard party. Along with your expected guests, you will have some unwanted party crashers — bees. Eating outside, especially during the summer, attracts bees. Once bees are around, there is always the possibility of a bee sting. Keep scrolling below on ways to keep bees away from your backyard party.

Prep Your Backyard

Before the party starts, prep your backyard. Prepping includes searching for beehives and any other pest-prone areas. Avoid areas like sheds and trash cans because bees prefer to nest in quiet environments. If you notice a beehive or bees nearby a week or so before the party, contact a pest control service right away.

Know What to Eat and Where to Store Food

Bees prefer specific scents like barbecue, fish, and fried chicken. So, stick to bland foods like sandwiches, crackers, cheese, salads, and pasta if you want your food to sit outside for a while. If you want to enjoy foods with stronger scents, keep them inside until right before serving. Try to keep the food away from doors, especially if people are constantly going in and out to keep bees and other pests to enter your home.

Prepare Your Eating Area

Right before you are ready to eat, prepare your eating area. Place mothballs, fake beehives, and marigolds around your eating area to discourage bees from flying over. If you want something that is more subtle, light candles with scents that bees dislike such as peppermint, spearmint, and thyme. Before and after everyone eats, keep all food containers closed so lingering scents do not attract bees.

Conceal all Trash

Trash has a strong odor that bees find delectable. To avoid bees swarming your trash area, seal or conceal all trash bags and bins. If you cannot tie and close a bag or bin, bring the trash inside immediately after everyone finishes eating.

Pesky bees do not have to ruin backyard parties. There are many more ways to keep bees away, but the easiest way to solve any insect problems is to contact pest control. For more information on how Hart Pest Control can help you, contact us today.

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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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