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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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