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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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