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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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How to Get Rid of Rodents

Anyone who’s ever had mice, rats or other rodents in their home knows the stress of trying to get rid of them. Just when it feels like you’ve solved the problem,  that the pesky vermin are still hanging around. It’s enough to put you at wit’s end, but don’t fret. If you’re not sure how to fix your rodent issue, try these tips.

Eliminate Entry Points

Rodents don’t magically appear in your home. They find their way inside through vulnerable areas, like cracks and holes. First, address your rodent infestation by fixing any gaps found around the exterior of your home. You’ll ensure no more rodents will enter if you plug any entry point that’s at least a pencil’s width in size. That sounds extremely small, but rodents like mice can wiggle their way through holes that narrow.

Plug these holes with a combination of steel wool and caulk. Feed the steel wool into the gap, then caulk the gap closed. This will deter future rodents from going anywhere near these former entry points. Avoid using materials that rodents can chew through, including wood, rubber, and plastic.

Strategically Place Traps and Bait

Even though you’re sure no new rodents will make your home their own, your job isn’t quite complete. Chances are good the unwelcome guests have settled into their nests, with no way to get back outside. Draw them out with well-placed baited traps. There are many different varieties of , so research the type that will best address your rodent problem. It doesn’t hurt to use multiple types of traps, because individual rodents might avoid certain kinds.

Aim for the areas where rodents scurry when physically placing the traps. This is usually along the baseboards of walls. Set the trap down perpendicular to the wall, with the trigger facing it. Set other traps anywhere you’ve seen rodents or evidence of them, like droppings. Change the locations of your traps every few days to keep the critters off guard. Remember that rodents can be evasive critters, so set plenty of traps.

Get a Cat

Many types of feline friends love the thrill of the hunt. Consider a cat if you’re thinking about getting a pet and want to take care of your rodent problem at the same time. However, note that not all cats are capable of doing this. 

Are those rodents not taking the bait? Is your cat more interested in napping than hunting mice? It’s time to call in the professionals. Contact Hart Pest Control today.

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Case Study: A Home Infested With Ants

When it comes to pest, ants are one of the most common and frustrating creatures. Not only are they small enough to crawl into your home or business, but once they set up shop, they can be notoriously difficult to remove, particularly if you don’t take action immediately.

Today we want to take a closer look at one case where ants posed a significant problem for a homeowner and what was done to both identify and remove the problem. By looking at a real-world scenario, you can better understand how and why ants can invade your property.

A Home Invaded by Carpenter Ants

One of the most prevalent and invasive species of ants you can encounter are carpenter ants. Although most of these insects are unwelcome anywhere, they can be especially devastating because they like to build their nests in wood and other damp areas, which can not only make them hard to spot at first but lead to significant long term damage if the problem isn’t addressed immediately.

In this case, a home was invaded by these ants, but from an unlikely source.

Buying secondhand furniture is a great way to both save money and to find unique, stylish pieces that you can’t buy at any big box store. However, depending on where you buy it, you may be getting more than you bargained for.

For our case study, a homeowner found and bought a piece of wooden furniture from a garage sale. The previous owner had priced it to move, and since the homeowner was looking for some cheap furniture for the patio, it seemed like a great idea.

Unfortunately, a small colony of carpenter ants had taken residence inside the furniture.

Shortly after bringing it home, the colony spread to the porch and, eventually, into the rest of the house.

Once the homeowner discovered them, the infestation was pretty severe. Unfortunately, the ants had been burrowing in spots that were not easily noticed by the residents, which led to the explosion of a full-blown colony.

Thankfully, once the culprit was established, we were able to clean up the mess and eliminate the ants before they had caused too much destruction. That being said, if they had been allowed to continue, the results could have been devastating.

The Takeaway

Although we’re not saying that you should never buy used furniture, it helps to take a moment to assess the piece before bringing it into the home. All too often, people don’t realize how easy it is for bugs and critters to hitch a ride onto the property, meaning that you can wind up with uninvited guests.

The other thing to note is that pests like to spread and populate in areas you may not notice immediately. Inspecting different parts of the home regularly can help you find such infestations before they get out of control.

Contact Hart Pest Control

Whether you’re dealing with carpenter ants or some other pest infestation, don’t wait until it’s too late. We can come out and assess the situation and provide immediate relief for you and your family. Contact us today to see how we can keep your home pest-free.

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