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Preventing Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs. The name alone is enough to make your skin crawl. They are the most unwelcome guest and treating them can be a nuisance if you're going it alone. Follow these tips from your friends at Hart Pest Control to prevent, treat, and control these intruders.

Bed Bug Prevention

There are several steps you can take in order to stop an infestation before it starts. Thoroughly inspect any secondhand items you plan to bring into your home that are covered in fabric. This includes couches, pillows, and blankets. In order to keep bed bugs from getting bedtime nibbles, shield both your box spring and mattress with a tear-resistant safety covering. Mend or replace it after you notice any tears or holes. This may mean inspecting your bed more often than you're used to, but the time is worth it. Additionally, keep your home tidy to reduce areas of clutter where bed bugs could reside. Bed bugs prevention may seem like a hassle at times, but it is much easier to prevent than it is to treat and control after infestation.

Bed Bug Treatment

Okay, you weren't successful at preventing bed bugs. What now? There are some non-chemical routes you can take to rid your home of bed bugs. Put all items of clothing as well as your bedding into the dryer on high heat for at least 30 minutes. Encase your box spring, mattress, and any pillow-like objects to trap bed bugs and prevent them from spreading. Though there are some portable heating units that can take care of heating household furniture to the necessary 120ºF, this can get pricey and inconvenient. Foregoing these measures could lead to disaster. If any bed bugs are left alive you will find yourself dealing with this mess all over again.

It is best to consult the services of a reputable, trustworthy company like Hart Pest Control when coming up with a bed bugs treatment plan for your home. Their experts can assess the infestation and come up with the course of action that is perfect for your home, your needs, and your budget.

Bed Bug Control

While you're treating your home, control will be key in preventing another infestation. Ensure that you are treating all areas of the home where bedbugs may have migrated. This includes dirty clothes baskets, neighboring furniture, bed frames, and carpets. You must be thorough and vigilant.

Ensure that all follow-up treatments are followed per your pest management professional's instructions. Even the smallest misstep can start you over at square one when it comes to bed bugs control. Save yourself the hassle and contact us today! We'll get your home under control no matter what wanders in. No if, ants, or bugs about it!

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Tick & Flea Prevention: How to Keep Your Home Safe

Ticks and fleas are a year-round problem for many homes. These pests are most active in the warmer months. However, the real problem arises when these little annoyances are in your home. It can feel overwhelming and if so Hart Pest Control can help. 

Humans and animals are the primary targets for these blood-suckers. Ticks and fleas can cause both Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, among other diseases. Also, fleas can lay about 40 eggs a day and can live between two weeks to a year! Here are some ways to keep your home safe from these awful pests.

Treating Your Yard

Grass that is too high can attract fleas and ticks. You can prevent this by cutting your grass relatively short and trimming your plants. Keep plants away from your home, as tall plants act as a pathway for fleas and ticks to enter your home. 

Trash and food sources left out can attract unwanted visitors. For example, possums and raccoons are carriers of ticks and fleas. To reduce the chances of critters entering your home, keep trash far away from your home. You should also bring pet food inside. 

Fleas and ticks can hide under dead leaves and twigs. Therefore, raking your lawn is the best form of prevention. 

Deep Clean Your Home

Having ticks and fleas in your house doesn’t mean that your home is dirty. However, places such as carpets and curtains attract ticks and fleas. This is because they can hide inside the material fibers. These places are usually where ticks and fleas tend to lay their eggs. 

To prevent infestations, try vacuuming your carpets. When finished vacuuming, be sure to empty the vacuum’s contents outside. Steaming your curtains is another way to remove these pests.

Tick and Flea Treatment for Pets

Ticks and fleas prefer animals as hosts over humans. If your pet has fleas or ticks, then your entire home can become a haven for these pests. Your pet may even develop heartworms if a flea infection goes unnoticed. 

Fleas love to nest in the same spot where your pet sleeps. To prevent a flea infestation, wash your pet’s bedding with hot water. This is highly recommended, because the heat helps kill fleas in any life stage. In severe cases, consider throwing out the old bedding altogether.

Natural Tick and Flea Repellent

There are many ways to get rid of ticks and fleas naturally. Herbal sprays are safe and suitable to use around children and pets. Salt is another great home remedy. It dehydrates fleas, making vacuuming these pests a no-brainer. 

Baking soda helps remove fleas from the fibers of your furniture and carpet. You can start by laying down baking soda on your carpets and furniture. Next, take a hard bristle brush and rub the baking soda into the carpet. After that, thoroughly vacuum the area and empty the contents. 

Lemons are a good home remedy for treating fleas. You can make a lemon spray by mixing water with lemon slices. Pour into a spray bottle and let the solution sit overnight. The next day, spray the solution over the infested areas. 

Call a Pest Control Professional 

The best solution for protecting your home from infestations is by hiring a professional pest control service. Hart Pest Control combines knowledge with experience and has been in business since 1969. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and get rid of those pests for good!

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Common Signs of a Termite Infestation

If you are a homeowner, then the word “termite” probably terrifies you, as it should. Termites are no joking matter, as they can cause thousands of dollars of damage to your home. They can slowly eat away at the home’s structure and foundation, causing a myriad of issues. If termites are not dealt with properly, they could cause complete devastation. Keep reading for ways to detect if you have a termite infestation

Damaged or Hollowed Wood

As termites constantly feed on wood, they can cause a lot of damage to any wood in the home. One common sign of termite damage is splintered, hollowed or grooved wood. After chewing on the wood for so long, the wood can begin to splinter and break apart, as well as show signs of grooves or knicks. This kind of damage can be found on or below surfaces such as wooden flooring, walls, or trim. 

Evidence of Swarms

Termites leave their wings behind at the point of entry into your home. These entryways could be through doors or windows, or near other wooden structures on your property. The presence of discarded wings is a sure sign that a swarm or a colony of termites has decided to make their home here. Therefore, they shed their wings as they will no longer need them as they build their nests. 

Mud Tubes

These tunnels are found on the ground near the surrounding outside of your home, beginning at a nearby tree or wooden structure, such as a shed. They nest underground, yet they search above ground for their food source. If they tunnel outside of the home, you will find their small tube-shaped tunnels headed for whatever source of wood they can find. The tunnels can also be found in your home as well. Termites use this system of tunneling as a way to keep themselves warm and dry.

Contact Hart Pest Control

Unfortunately, you may be keeping an eye out for termites and you may not even see any damage. But, that does not mean that you are safe from termites. You may have an infestation and not be aware of it. If you suspect any termite activity or find any evidence of termites, you should not wait to call pest control professionals. Contact Hart Pest Control for help with a termite infestation. 

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How to keep bees away from your backyard party

With great weather, sunshine, and fresh air, it is the prime time for throwing a fun backyard party. Along with your expected guests, you will have some unwanted party crashers — bees. Eating outside, especially during the summer, attracts bees. Once bees are around, there is always the possibility of a bee sting. Keep scrolling below on ways to keep bees away from your backyard party.

Prep Your Backyard

Before the party starts, prep your backyard. Prepping includes searching for beehives and any other pest-prone areas. Avoid areas like sheds and trash cans because bees prefer to nest in quiet environments. If you notice a beehive or bees nearby a week or so before the party, contact a pest control service right away.

Know What to Eat and Where to Store Food

Bees prefer specific scents like barbecue, fish, and fried chicken. So, stick to bland foods like sandwiches, crackers, cheese, salads, and pasta if you want your food to sit outside for a while. If you want to enjoy foods with stronger scents, keep them inside until right before serving. Try to keep the food away from doors, especially if people are constantly going in and out to keep bees and other pests to enter your home.

Prepare Your Eating Area

Right before you are ready to eat, prepare your eating area. Place mothballs, fake beehives, and marigolds around your eating area to discourage bees from flying over. If you want something that is more subtle, light candles with scents that bees dislike such as peppermint, spearmint, and thyme. Before and after everyone eats, keep all food containers closed so lingering scents do not attract bees.

Conceal all Trash

Trash has a strong odor that bees find delectable. To avoid bees swarming your trash area, seal or conceal all trash bags and bins. If you cannot tie and close a bag or bin, bring the trash inside immediately after everyone finishes eating.

Pesky bees do not have to ruin backyard parties. There are many more ways to keep bees away, but the easiest way to solve any insect problems is to contact pest control. For more information on how Hart Pest Control can help you, contact us today.

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Pest-Proofing Your Office

Pest-proofing your office is just important as pest-proofing your home. Offices are just as susceptible to pests as homes are, and people need to take the time to do the proper pest-proofing. Pest-proofing is not hard and does not take long, but it is vital to having a pest-free office. Here are some ways you can pest-poof your office right now.

Take Out the Trash

Pests can smell food from miles away. They will be attracted to the trash cans in your office if you do not take the time to seal the trash in a nearby dumpster. When pests come by in search of food, they will be more likely to try to enter your office and find more food inside. You can avoid this entire situation by sealing garbage bags tightly and throwing them away in the dumpster outside.

Seal Food Containers

If you leave food out in the open in your office, chances are that pests will smell it and want to come inside. Even the simplest snacks, like crackers and candy, can lead to a pest problem. To avoid this issue, seal your food away after you are done eating. Do not leave food out overnight and try to avoid leaving crumbs around your desk and on the floor. Ants can smell food from outside your office and will heir way inside during the night.

Clean Often

Crumbs, dust, and other debris can attract pests. If you clean once a week, you will not have to worry about this problem. If you do not have the time to clean your office, invest in a cleaning company to come in and do a thorough cleaning to ensure you will not experience pest issues in the future.

Contact Hart Pest Control Today!

Hart pest control is a local family-owned and operated business with deep roots in Harris County. We have a reputation for being affordable, honest, and dependable. Our technicians have over 100 years of pest control experience and know-how to fix even the worst pest control situations. We also have the latest pest control technology and equipment to provide the best pest management. We understand how inconvenient pests can be, and we strive to do our jobs quickly and thoroughly so you can go back to living a pest-free life.

Visit the Hart Pest Control website or give us a call at 281-407-8336. We look forward to working with you!

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