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What Do You Know About Scorpions?

Did you know 1.2 million people are stung by scorpions each year and that these stings result in over 3200 deaths? If you are concerned about having scorpions in or around your home, it is valid. They can sting you, your children or your pets. Experts, Min Kang and Daniel Brooks, conducted a study, on scorpion stings from 2005-2015. From the study, they determined that “...Arizona (68.2%), Texas (10.3%) and Nevada (4.2) were the top contributors” to these statistics.

What Are Scorpions Like?

It is exceptionally dangerous to have these little critters in or around your home. Naturally nocturnal creatures, they stay out of sight during the day and only come out when the weather cools at night. Because of this, they are skittering around in the dark when you are more likely to not see them and get stung.

Scorpions have a powerful stinger that shoots venom into their victims, leaving them paralyzed. A website devoted to educating about animals said the following about scorpions: “[They] have two large claws or pincers which are located at the front of the body of the scorpion. The claws of the scorpion allow the scorpion to effectively hold onto prey in order to both sting it and then eat it.”

How Do They Enter My Home?

Because scorpions are so small, measuring at most two inches in length, they can easily crawl between the bricks of your home and live in your attic. Another hazard of having scorpions in your home is that when it gets hot in the upper levels of your home, they travel into the bedrooms and living rooms. With that being said, you can find them in the most unexpected places such as in your couches, laundry baskets or under furniture. When they decide to use these common places as their new homes, the possibility of getting stung increases dramatically.

How Do I get Rid of Them?

The most successful and thorough way to prevent and end a scorpion infestation is to leave it to the professionals. They have exterminators who are trained on where scorpions like to hide as well as the equipment to eradicate them. Protect yourself and family now by contacting Hart Pest Control to schedule your appointment today. They are there to make your life less stressful with a scorpion free home.

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Fleas and Ticks: How To Keep Your Pets Safe

As difficult as it is for humans to deal with pests, our dogs truly get the worst of it. Pet specific pests such as fleas and ticks can latch onto their skin, bite and cause painful itching, rashes and skin damage, and even some diseases like Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. To make sure that your fluffy pals don’t have to go through such an ordeal, it’s important to take protective measures against fleas and ticks. Here are some ways to keep your dog free of these pests.

Tick and Flea Treatment

The first and most obvious step for keeping fleas and ticks off your pet is to let a veterinarian treat their fur with pest deterrents. These can either come in the form of drops or as a collar that your dog wears around his or her neck to ward off bugs. If you don’t want to drive all the way out to the veterinarian’s office, then there are numerous over-the-counter options you can choose from. However, prescription flea and tick medication generally works better.

Check Your Dog

It’s always important to check your dog’s fur for fleas and ticks on a continual basis, especially if you live in a densely wooded area and your pet spends much of their time frolicking through the trees. Run a comb through your dog’s fur before they come inside, and if you find anything that doesn't belong, quickly spray them with flea and tick killer and give them a bath with pest eliminating shampoo. Checking your dog’s fur regularly for fleas and ticks helps ensure that if they ever do get any insects on them, you can take care of them before the infestation gets too problematic.

Pest Proof Your Environment

After you’ve finished fumigating your dog, it’s time to go around your house and yard to reduce the risk of fleas and ticks in the areas where your dog plays. Remember, ticks and fleas love places with dense foliage, so make sure you mow your lawn at least once a week and trim back trees and bushes before they become too overgrown. Also, wash your dog’s bedding and vacuum the carpet where he or she hangs out.

As much as we and our pets love each other, dogs can’t tell us when they are suffering, which means that it’s up to us, their owners, to keep them protected from irritating pests. For more information, or to receive quality pest control services, contact Hart Pest Control today.

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Hiring a Professional For Termite Control

Dealing with pests, like termites, is unfortunately, part of owning a home or any building. If you see signs of an infestation, it may be tempting to address the issue yourself, but hiring a professional for termite control can prove to be much more effective. Find out why you should bring in the professionals when dealing with termites.

Identify the Problem

Maybe you noticed what you thought was a termite, or you saw signs of an infestation. A trained exterminator can evaluate your specific situation to identify the exact issue. Different pests require different solutions. Armed with this knowledge, a professional can implement a plan designed to address your unique problem.

Effective Solution

There are a variety of products available in hardware stores to eradicate pests. While the cost of these products is normally less than the cost of hiring an exterminator, you will likely experience different results. Homeowners taking a do-it-yourself approach may end up purchasing multiple products in order to find the one that works the best. It may also take several applications to completely eliminate the infestation. Hiring a professional for termite control is often quicker and more cost-effective.

Preventative Action

A professional exterminator can also work with you to take preventative action to reduce the risk of future infestations. For instance, termites prefer damp or moist wood. A leak caused by the elements or a burst pipe can create ideal conditions for a termite infestation. Even stacking firewood near your house can draw these pests inside. Taking action to address these issues will reduce the chances of termites and other pests returning. A professional exterminator can help you identify attractants so you can take action.

Safety

Any type of chemical treatment has the potential to carry a risk, particularly if the treatment is not properly handled or applied. Professional exterminators are trained to safely handle the chemicals and treatments used to remove pests. When properly applied, the treatments will be as effective as possible, and you will have peace of mind that you, your family and pets are safe.

Work with a Trusted Professional

Termites can cause significant damage. Preventative measures can reduce the risk of infestation. However, the sooner a termite infestation is identified, the sooner it can be addressed. Hiring a professional for termite control ensures the problem is safely, quickly and effectively handled so you and your family can enjoy your home without worry. If you have termite control concerns, contact Hart Pest Control today.

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How the Right Pest Control Professional Can Improve Your Life

Hiring a pest control professional can truly change your life for the better. Although it may seem odd that such an innocuous decision would have a profound effect on you, it certainly can. Keep reading to learn about how right residential pest control can improve your life.

It Protects Your Home

Your home is your haven and sanctuary. It is also likely your biggest investment. So, it is in your best interests to protect it from anything that can harm it, including bugs. Just like you install a security system to protect you and your family from unwelcome intruders, you also need to take proactive steps to protect your house from insects, rodents and other pests. Calling a pest control professional before you suspect a problem is a perfect way to ensure your house is safe from infestations of flies, bed bugs, mice and other pests you do not want to deal with. When you know you do not need to deal with the presence of pests, you can live your life happier and with less worry every day.

It Saves you Time

Time is a precious commodity for everyone. So, spending time on getting rid of pests in your home can be stressful and take you away from other activities you want to participate in. Getting rid of pests on your own is time-consuming and can also be difficult when you are not a professional. Plus, the time you spend is not guaranteed to get you the results you desire, making the time wasted. You can get better results that are guaranteed to work and save time in the process by calling a professional exterminator. Pest control professionals know the right products to use to get rid of any household pest you have. Plus, they know where to place the products to get the best results for your house. So, you can spend your time doing what you want and not worrying about how to get rid of the pests in your house or how to do it properly.

It Keeps You Healthy

Household pests are carriers of various bacteria that can make people sick. Insects and rodents both have fast metabolisms that allow them to eat a lot, which results in them excreting a lot of waste. The bacteria found in the waste can easily spread diseases to you and anyone who comes into your home. So, hiring a pest control company to either eliminate the pests from your home or prevent them from coming in altogether, will help to ensure you and your family are not exposed to harmful bacteria and the diseases that can come with it.

If you are ready to improve your life by hiring the right residential pest control professional, give the experts at Hart Pest Control a call.

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Tick Season - What You Need to Know about Ticks

With the weather starting to get warmer, the bugs and insects will start to come out. Ticks are no exception. The thought of these little blood suckers invading your yard can become very intimidating. But, if you know what to look for and what to do in the event of a bite you can still enjoy the outdoors.

What Does a Tick Look Like?

A tick is closely related to the spider family. It will have eight legs just like the spider but will not spin a web. The tick can range in size from small to large depending on its life cycle. A tick can be as small as a grain of sand when it’s in the larvae stage, the nymph stage or medium size is about the size of a poppy seed, and the adult is the size of an apple seed. The color can range anywhere from black, brown, reddish-brown, yellow and greyish-white.

How Do Ticks Travel?

Ticks are not jumpers. The ticks will travel by crawling and attaching themselves to the hair of their prey. A tick will move from one mammal to another feeding on the blood. They hide in thick foliage around wooded areas. They then attach to mammals like rodents, deer and squirrels. If you are walking through the infested area, you can then become the ticks feeding ground.

Diseases Transmitted from Ticks

There are several diseases that are ticks transmit. These diseases include Lyme, Anaplasma, Babesia protozoa and Ehrlichia. Some ticks can transmit multiple diseases at once. But, Lyme disease is only transmitted from a deer tick bite.

Removing a Tick and Treatment

The best way to remove a tick is with pointy tweezers. You will need to remain calm because you want to make sure you remove the tick completely. With the tweezers, you will want to pull the tick straight up by the head off your skin. You need to get as close to your skin and the head as possible. If the tick’s straw-like mouth does not come out when you remove the tick, do not worry it will work its way out. You need to either flush the tick down the toilet or place in a sealed bag for removal. Then wash the area with soap and water or clean with an alcohol swab.

Symptoms of a Tick Bite

If after 24 hours you start to develop symptoms like a rash, headache, fever and vomiting. If you develop any of these symptoms after a tick bite, contact your doctor immediately.

Tick Prevention

Tick bites and infestations are preventable. Contact Hart Pest Control for your free consultation for your tick or other insect related problems.

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