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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.

Have a Pest Free Holiday

Have a Pest Free Holiday

Like other animals, common household pests look for a warm, safe place to overwinter that also provides a source of food and water. Your home is an ideal haven for these unwanted guests. These pests typically enter your home in the fall and set up their nests for the winter. As the weather turns colder, the following pests are the most likely to invade your house.

A nuisance year-round, cockroaches accelerate their migration indoors as the temperatures drop. Because these pests prefer dark, warm, moist locations, they are most commonly found in kitchens and bathrooms behind cabinets or under appliances. The most common sign of an infestation is the presence of more than one of these insects in your home.

Ants use tiny openings to gain access to your house. Although the scout ants probably slipped into your home unnoticed, you will eventually see a seemingly endless trail of ants indicating that your home is infested. Ant colonies typically set up their colonies in and around foundation walls and under concrete slab foundations as well as inside rotted window frames and behind kitchen cabinets. 

Contrary to the belief that termites are warm weather pests, they are active year-round. As a result, you should not let your guard down during the winter. Termites have been known to swarm in the fall and reproduce until February. These destructive pests eat wood and hide inside walls, floors and ceilings. Look for damaged wood as well as termite droppings, mud tubes and shed wings after they swarm.

Rodents like rats, mice and squirrels can contaminate food and spread potentially life-threatening diseases. They can also cause an electrical fire by gnawing through the insulation around wiring. Rodents enter through small cracks and crevices in walls and roofs. You may see their droppings, gnawed food packages or hear scratching and scurrying sounds inside walls, the attic or crawl space. 

Bedbugs can infest your home any time of year. Carried between locations inside clothing, luggage and boxes, they hide in your bedding and upholstery as well as the crevices of moldings and furniture. In addition to exercising precautions to avoid bringing these pests into your home, you should also check to determine whether your home is already infested. Common signs of an infestation include nocturnal bites, spots of blood on your mattress, tiny egg castings and shed skin. 

Call a Professional

Many do-it-yourself remedies are ineffective and can actually make the problem worse. Our trained technicians can determine the cause of the infestation and provide a targeted solution. We can also provide tips that will help to keep pests out of your home. For a pest-free holiday, contact Hart Pest Control for a complimentary, no-obligation home inspection.

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Don't Let Rodents Ruin Your Holiday Festivities

Don't Let Rodents Ruin Your Holiday Festivities

Autumn has arrived, and that means that the time has come to begin preparing for the busy holiday season. If you're like most busy folks, then you'll most likely be planning a big Halloween party for the children, an incredible feast for your friends and family on Thanksgiving and festive celebrations to commemorate Christmas and welcome in a brand new year. These are all meant to be special times that create wonderful and lasting memories, but it can all be ruined when rodents show up in your home as uninvited guests.

Unfortunately, the holiday season is always one of the worst times for rodent invasions to occur in Texas. Here at Hart Pest Control, we're regularly called upon to eliminate rodents from even the cleanest homes throughout the counties of Harris, Montgomery and Fort Bend, and both rats and mice are the most common rodents that we typically encounter in these areas.

About Rats and Mice

These rodents can be dangerous in several ways to both your home and your personal health. For example, their constant chewing may cause damage to any insulation, electrical wiring, siding and PVC piping that is located throughout your home. Additionally, humans who are exposed to the saliva, urine or droppings of these rodents may become ill with such conditions as typhus, Weil's disease, hantavirus, salmonella and even the plague. 

Each of these rodents may be attracted to your yard by the aroma of food drifting out of garbage cans, seeds that have fallen to the ground from your bird feeder, pet food and water left outside or even the waste from your dogs and cats. Once they've discovered your yard, these rodents will then want to enter your home in search of food, shelter and water. Because rats and mice breed incredibly fast, you may become overwhelmed with a huge infestation in a very short period of time. 

Norway Rats

These big rats can easily weigh over a full pound, have a body that is over a foot long and a tail that may grow to a length of a full 8 inches. You may find them in the attic, the crawlspace or the basement, and they'll come out to eat meats, fruits, grains, nuts and any other food that they can find.

Roof Rats

These rats can also be over a foot long, and they have a pointed nose and larger eyes and ears than their Norwegian cousins. Roof rats are extraordinary climbers, and you may expect them to make their nests in areas that include your home's rafters, attic and roof. They prefer to search your home for fruits and nuts, and they will also hoard as much food as possible near their nesting areas.

Professional Rodent Elimination Available

If your home has been invaded by the common house mouse, any rats or any other type of pest, then contact us here at Hart Pest Solutions for immediate assistance. Call us at 281-407-8336, and we'll be happy to provide you with a free estimate.

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Keep Those Spiders Out this Halloween

Keep Those Spiders Out this Halloween

Halloween is the time of year when we celebrate creepy crawlies and all the things that go bump in the night. While spiders fit in well with this spooky theme, and lots of people who decorate for this delightfully scary time of the year use fake spiders in their efforts, not many are willing to welcome real spiders into their homes. Here's what you need to know to keep these eight-legged guests from taking up residence in your home.

Spider Basics

There are tens of thousands of species of spiders in the world. While their appearances and behaviors can vary greatly from species to species, all spiders are arachnids with two body segments, eight legs and multiple pairs of eyes. Virtually all spiders are predators, but they lack the ability to chew. Instead, they use digestive enzymes in their saliva to break down their food before they consume it.

How Spiders Gain Entry

Spiders generally gain entry into your home in one of two ways. When seeking prey, they may crawl in on their own through small gaps in your home's building envelope. Common entry points include windows or doors that are poorly screened and small cracks in window casings and door frames. Spiders can also get inside homes when an object they are on or in is transported inside your home. These small arachnids can easily hitch a ride on a package, letter, blanket, bag or similar item when it is carried indoors. 

Where Spiders Lurk

Once inside, spiders lurk in various locations. Some choose to linger in windows, basements and crawlspaces. Others prefer attics, air vents, clutter and the upper corners of rooms. 

Spiders That You Might See

In southeast Texas, the spider you are most likely to find yourself sharing space with is the common southern house spider. With long, slender legs and yellow or tan bodies that often have spots, southern house spiders don't bite, but these pests can be annoying as they scurry throughout your home. Unfortunately, other species can be even more troublesome. The black widow and the brown recluse are venomous spiders, and both species have been known to find their way indoors. Black widows have hourglass-shaped markings in orange or red on their abdomen; they favor locations that are isolated and dark. Brown recluse spiders have marks on their heads that resemble violins. These pests are not fond of building webs; instead, they take cover beneath clutter. 

Eliminating a spider infestation can be incredibly difficult, so your best strategy is to call a pest control professional. A local, family-owned business, Hart Pest Control has been providing top-quality pest control services to our community since 1969. The dedicated members of our team have well over a century of combined experience, and we take great pleasure in putting our knowledge and expertise to work for the people who live and work in Texas' Harris, Montgomery and Fort Bend counties. If spiders or other pests are causing problems in your home, don't wait. Call Hart Pest Control for a free estimate today. 

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