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Fall Pest Prevention: Preparing for Cold Weather Pests

As cold weather approaches, many types of pests will be scurrying inside of your home. You must be prepared and ready to prevent them from invading your property. To protect your home against nasty pests, just follow this simple guide: 

Inspect Your Exterior

Check for any easy access points on the exterior of your home. Be sure to seal up any cracks or crevices and be careful of areas where utility pipes enter the structure. 

Fill Gaps and Holes

Use pieces of steel wool to fill any holes or gaps inside your home. Rough steel fibers discourage pests and rodents, especially the ones that aren’t able to gnaw through the material.

Screen Any Openings

Screen any openings such as: 

  • Chimney openings 
  • Mail slots 
  • Attic vents 
  • Pet doors 
  • Torn window screens 

It will prevent creating entry points for household pests. Also, be sure to install door sweeps. 

Avoid Moisture

Ensure that your home’s remote corners stay dry. Any dampness or water in the attics or basements can lure in pests. Make sure there isn’t any standing water, leaks near your A/C unit or clogs in your rain spouts and gutters. 

Consider installing gutter guards to prevent any clogs. Make sure there are not any toys lying around that may hold water and keep areas in the house dry and ventilated. Think about using a dehumidifier in some areas. 

Keep Firewood at a Distance

Firewood often serves as a home for some pests as it provides an area of warmth and shelter, so you want to keep the firewood away from your home. The closer the firewood is to your house, the higher the chance that pests will nest in it. Eventually, they’ll make their way inside. 

Maintain Your Yard

Mow and trim your grass. Also keep any shrubs and bushes away from your home. Pull any weeds and get rid of any debris in your yard. Finally, make sure there are at least two feet between your landscaping and the walls of your house’s exterior. 

Get a Free Quote on Fall Pest Control

The best way to prepare your home for cold weather pests is to call a professional. Allow us to provide you with a thorough evaluation and comprehensive treatment and prevention plan. Contact Hart Pest Control today for our services or visit our website for more information. 

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5 Pests Most Likely to Cause an Allergic Reaction

Pests invading your home is annoying enough as it is. They transmit a variety of diseases and filth too. If that fact wasn’t bad enough, pests also cause allergic reactions that can lead to asthma attacks. To avoid coming into contact with these kinds of pests, it helps to know which ones are more likely to cause an allergic reaction. Here are the 5 pests most likely to cause an allergic reaction.

Flies

There are many different kinds of flies that have been found to cause allergic reactions. They possess and transmit around 65 diseases while being very infamous for coming into contact with food. They easily fly on any plate of food inside of any restaurant and pick up then transport cells and bacteria from the foods you may be allergic to. 

Dust Mites

These pests are invisible to the naked eye, and you can only see them through a microscope. However, there are 20 million Americans that are allergic to them. They’re able to cause irritating allergic reactions such as:

  • Watery eyes. 
  • A runny nose. 
  • Endless coughing.

These pests tend to excel from 68-77 degrees Fahrenheit in room temperature settings. They will make a home anywhere, and a lot of their waste is what causes allergic reactions. 

Rodents

Rodents include mice, rats, guinea pigs, etc. They all can trigger allergic reactions once they become exposed to humans. Their skin, urine, saliva and droppings are all causes of these allergies. There’s also a variety of symptoms that are associated with rat allergies. Some of which include nausea, itchy skin, stuffy nose and eczema. Alongside several other pests, rodents are known for enabling asthma attacks due to their allergy connection.

Cockroaches

These pests are some of the most popular ones to find in homes in the U.S. This is due to their ability to adapt to a wide range of temperatures. Unfortunately, over 60 percent of homes in the U.S. contain allergens from cockroaches. That number can rise to as high as 98 percent in urban and highly populated areas. They’re notorious for carrying a variety of diseases along with them such as dysentery, gastroenteritis and plague. 

Stinging Insects

Getting stung by insects—such as wasps or fire ants—can show signs from itching and hives to more serious symptoms like anaphylaxis and shortness of breath. This is a potentially fatal reaction.

Hire a Reliable Pest Control Company

If you’re in any situation with one of these pests inside your home, Hart Pest Control has got your back. With our high expertise and skills, we can assure you that this pests problem will be out of your home in no time. Contact us today to schedule a pest inspection! 

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4 Signs of Pests in Your Gutters

Rain gutters are beneficial for your home, but they can become frustrating if certain pests decide to use rain gutters as a home for themselves. Pests in your gutter can make it difficult or dangerous to clean them, as well as causing them to clog. If you’re worried your gutters are home to pests, check out these four signs of pests in your gutters.

Nesting in the Gutters

The most obvious sign of pests occupying your gutters are the nests they leave behind. It’s recommended that you clean your gutters at least twice a year and while doing so, you may come across small concentrations of buildup. The leaves, twigs and other buildups could be a nest for a number of pests. 

Keep an eye out for animal droppings, scratch marks or anything that might indicate the buildup is or was home to a pest. If you happen across a large buildup and think there could be a pest nesting there, contact a pest control professional immediately so it can be safely relocated. 

Holes and Other Signs of Chewing

Another common sign of pests living in your gutters is holes or signs of chewing. After having your gutters installed, you expect them to stay like new for quite some time, especially with good maintenance. But if you begin to notice holes and worn-out spots before you’re due for new gutters, then call a professional. 

Holes and signs of chewing are usually indicative of pests using your gutters as their home and you will need a professional to confirm what kind of pest and how to safely remove it. 

Increase in the Number of Mosquitoes

If you notice your yard seems suddenly full of mosquitos, your rain gutters might be the culprit. Pests who nest in your gutters often clog them, leaving plenty of standing water perfect for mosquito larvae to grow. 

Routine maintenance for your gutters is crucial to keeping out all pests, including mosquitos. Cleaning them on a regular basis keeps gutters clear and allows for water to flow away instead of remaining stagnant.

Swarming Bees

Bees buzzing around your yard could be a sign they’ve made a hive nearby. If you notice more bees than usual hanging around, you might be able to track them right back to their hive. 

Watch them closely to be sure they are not swarming around your gutters and disappearing inside. If they are, then that means they most likely have formed a hive in your gutters or downspouts. Without the right gear, beehives can be dangerous, so it’s best to contact a pest control company right away to get it inspected.

Get Help Removing Pests From Your Gutters

Your gutters serve a specific purpose for your home and pests making their homes in your gutters defeats their purpose. Take care of your property and have a pest control company inspect your gutters for pests to make sure they’re working as intended.

Hart Pest Control can make any pest problem disappear so that you and your home remain peaceful and in working order. Contact us today or visit our website for more information.

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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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