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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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Does Rain Wash Away the Pests?

You’re sitting inside on a rainy day and you’re wondering, “does rain wash away the pests?” The short answer is: maybe. Just like how some people like and others dislike the rain, different pests are affected by rain differently.

Pests who love and loathe rain

Some pests hate the rain. Ants’ complicated tunnel system quickly floods, leading them to search for higher ground and new shelter, preferably somewhere warm and dry and with easy access to food. Rodents, too, seek shelter that is safe and dry, and even insects who like dark, damp places like earwigs or springtails retreat indoors if the rain becomes too much.

Other pests thrive in rainy conditions. Some insects like mosquitoes breed when it’s wet. While they require standing water to lay their eggs, anything the day after from puddles, flower pots, bird baths and clogged gutters encourages them to breed. Additionally, ticks and fleas love warm, humid weather, leading to population explosions during rainy periods.

How rain affects treatments

In short, pests get more pesky and may even actively seek out your home in the rain. Even if you’ve decided to call in pest control, you may be wondering how the rain affects our treatments. For the most part, rain is not a problem. Many insecticides are water insoluble, meaning they won’t wash away in the rain. Furthermore, eaves and guttering overhanging wall edges shield the base of your home. If it’s been raining heavily for several hours or several days, we may reschedule your appointment, but we typically don’t require rescheduling.

In fact, some treatments benefit from rain! As mentioned, rain forces many critters to leave their nests and homes in search of dryness, meaning that we can directly hit pests instead of seeking out their nests, and because pesticides dissolve and absorb into the ground easier in damp conditions, damp ground allows the treatment to sink deeper into the soil.

With over 45 years of experience and an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, Hart Pest Control is the proven pest control company to rid your home or business of mosquitos, rodents and more. Moreover, our 5/5 star average customer rating reflects our values of being affordable, honest and reliable. If you want some help with your pest control problem, contact Hart Pest Control today.

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Rodent Prevention While Out of Town

Rodents are unwelcome in almost any home. They are tough to keep outside, and even tougher to get outside once they have infiltrated your living space. One of the most annoying occurrences is when the critters find a way inside, however, no one is home to do anything about it. Taking steps before leaving for a vacation, business trip or whatever other endeavors will have you absent for an extended period is crucial to rodent prevention. Here are some ways you can keep rodents away while out of town.

Patch Up Those Holes

An easily identifiable holes or gaps you have in your foundation, or even anywhere around the home that allows access from the outdoors, should be covered up before departure. Steel wool, bricks, caulk and other amenities can be used to seal things up. Steel wool or brick may not be a long term solution, however, they should help keep your home rodent-free while you are away.

Thorough Home Cleaning

A well-known fact about mice, rats and other critters is that they love to set up shop in dirty areas. Large amounts of food residue and dirt, especially in dark areas, may as well serve as an invitation for rodents. Before departure, make sure you get to as many nooks and crannies in the house as possible and sweep them out. Make sure to get outdoors as well, and move any firewood or branches away from the home.

Prevent With Scent

There are several scents that will keep rodents away, and many of them may already be available to you at home. Mothballs, dryer sheets and even tea tree oil are just a few items you can use that will emit a smell unkind to the invaders. There’s no better time to fill up the house with different scents than when you are away.

Put Food Away

As mentioned, rodents love making their way towards any food available to them, especially grains. Before leaving, make sure to properly store and food that may be left out on a day-to-day basis. This will make your home that much less appetizing to rodents. In addition, keep pet food in mind when storing food.

Traps

This one may seem obvious, but it is necessary. No matter how many pre measures you take before leaving, odds are at least a couple rodents will make their way indoors. No need to panic. Setting up traps, whether they are just glue traps or poison traps, will help limit the dame the rodents will do once inside. Simply dispose of the rodents and traps when you return home.

Contact Us

Still worried about a rodent infestation while away? For a group of people you can trust, contact Hart Pest Control today so you can enjoy your vacation or trip stress-free.

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