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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.

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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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