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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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