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Insects that Will Destroy Wood

There are several insects that are known for destroying wood. It is essential to be aware of these insects so that if you notice wood damage in your home, you can realize what kind of pest is causing the problem. Here are a few insects that will destroy wood.

Termites

Termites are the most common wood-destroying insects. While they thrive in warm climates, they can also survive in cold temperatures as well. Once they get into a home and establish their colonies, they can do severe damage to homes. Some termites live with small colonies, which will consist of a male, female, and several workers. More established colonies can have thousands of members, which is why they can destroy so much wood. They create tunnels that go through pieces of wood, and if the problem is ignored, these tunnels can span through your entire home.

Carpenter Ants

The damage that termites and carpenter ants do to wood can look very similar, and many people think they have an ant problem while it is actually a carpenter ant problem. Carpenter ants make their nests in cool, dark places, which is why they like wood. They will often make their nests in between walls of a building or in hollow-core doors. They also prefer weakened or rotting wood because they like moisture. Once they make their nests, they begin eating the surrounding wood to keep making the nests bigger. These insects do not receive any nutritional value from eating the wood, they just want this space for their nests. This is what differentiates them from termites.

Wood Borers

Wood borer larvae burrow themselves into the wood and once they are developed, they emerge from the wood through a tunnel they create. Adult wood borers choose the wood they want to deposit the larvae. They find a small crack and then leave the larvae to grow. The larvae make take up to three-four years to grow, depending on moisture levels and temperature.

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Identifying Mosquito Hotspots Around your Property

Bright summer days are right around the corner. Unfortunately, summer fun is often spoiled by swarms of mosquitoes. How can we stop the attack of these buzzing creatures? The first step is identifying mosquito breeding hotspots.

Ponds and swamps are logical places to find mosquitoes. Did you know that you may be hosting mosquitoes all around your yard? Read on to learn how to identify top mosquito hotspots:

Dripping Water Faucets and Nozzles

Start your quest by walking around the perimeter of your home. If you find any dripping faucets or nozzles, you have located a potential problem. Mosquitoes can lay their eggs in less than an inch of water.

Garbage Cans and Recycling Bins

Make sure to keep your garbage cans and recycling bins closed. Overturned lids or open containers are common collectors of rainwater that will attract mosquito's.

Potted Plants

Potted plants add beauty to your porch or deck. However, over-watered plants or water saucers will make these attractive to mosquitoes and unwelcoming to people. Manage potted plants by watering slowly and providing the proper drainage. Empty water saucers daily.

Debris

As much as mosquitoes love water, they detest wind. Mosquitoes will often take refuge in organic matter throughout your yard. Sticks and piles of branches invite mosquitoes to take refuge. If your property is overgrown in any way, it is time to start cleaning out. You will beautify your yard while ridding it of natural hiding places.

Gutters and Downspouts

If gutters and downspouts are not regularly cleaned, they become a paradise for mosquitoes. Here they find both moisture and clutter of collected leaves and twigs. If you cannot find a hotspot anywhere else on your property, consider your drainage system.

Pet Water Bowls

During the summer, it is humane to offer your pets a drink. It is inhumane to cause a mosquito invasion. Bring your pet’s water bowl back inside or turn it over. If you own outdoor pets, change the water daily to keep the mosquitoes at bay.

These are only some of the lures drawing mosquitoes onto your property. Once you train your eye to see hotspot areas, you will find many more. Be diligent. Mosquitoes are not only annoying, but they carry many diseases such as West Nile Virus and Malaria.

If you are plagued by mosquitoes, it is time to get professional help. Seek the services of Hart Pest Control. Hart has over forty-five years of experience in pest location and extermination services. Get ready for a stress-free summer. Contact us for a consultation today.

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How to Safely Remove a Black Widow Spider

Black widows are venomous spiders that are incredibly dangerous to humans when they bite. If you find yourself in a situation where you must get rid of one, you must take certain precautions in order to avoid serious injury. The following is how to safely remove a black widow spider.

Identify the Spider and Danger

It’s useful to be knowledgeable about the appearance of black widow spiders in order to have the ability to spot them easier. Female black widows are dark black in color and have a red hourglass shape on their abdomen. Their venom is a neurotoxin that is easily treatable through medical assistance, but it can lead to convulsions and death if the bite is left untreated.

Killing the Spider

There are several ways that you can kill black widow spiders safely.

  • Use Insecticide: Apply a non-residual insecticide spray directly to the spider for an easy way of killing it. The spray will quickly stun and kill the spider, without you having to get near it.
  • Crush It: Crushing a black widow spider is riskier due to the possibility of missing and coming into direct contact. Use an item that you can squash the spider with at a distance such as a broomstick or a rake.
  • Use a Vacuum: If you find a black widow spider inside your home, you can use the tube attachment to vacuum it up. Empty out the vacuum immediately afterward into a sealed garbage bag outside.

Hire a Professional

If you feel uncomfortable killing a black widow spider due to dangers, or if the infestation is too large, consider hiring a professional pest control service. They will quickly deal with the problem and offer you some advice on preventing black widows from entering your home. This is a great option for safely dealing with spiders, and preventing them from infesting your home again.

Contact Hart Pest Control

If you live in Spring or the surrounding areas in Texas and you require assistance to remove a black widow spider, contact Hart Pest Control. Our trained specialists have the knowledge and skills that are required to deal with your tough pest control projects. Some of our services include pest control for rodents, bees, termites, and scorpions. Visit our website at http://www.hartpestcontrol.com/ or give us a call at (281)-407-8336 for a free estimate.

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Properly Removing a Beehive

Beehives are a nuisance that can be tricky and dangerous to deal with. The stings from bees are hazardous to humans, especially if the person is allergic or the bees are in a swarm. The following is how to properly remove a beehive.

Protect Yourself

Purchase a beekeeper’s veil and leather gloves to completely protect your face and hands. Make sure not to wear any perfumes or colognes, because this can cause the bees to confuse you with a flower. Spraying the hive with a bee smoker will help calm the bees and reduce the chances that they will sting you. If you’re allergic to bees you should never attempt to remove a beehive.

Use Insecticide

You will need to repeatedly apply insecticide to the hive that is specifically designed to kill bees. Make sure to kill all of the bees within the hive before proceeding any further to prevent getting stung by any lingering bees. The best time to apply the insecticide is during the evening and the early morning when bees tend to sleep.

Dispose of the Hive

You must dispose of the hive after killing the bees in order to prevent a new colony of bees from taking it over. Once you have killed all of the bees, place the hive into a plastic garbage bag and leave it out for trash pickup. Thoroughly clean the area where the hive was with soap and water and seal up any cracks and holes throughout your home to prevent any bees from entering.

Hire a Professional Service

Hiring a professional pest control service is the best option if you feel unsafe about removing the beehive yourself. This is the best recommendation for people that are allergic to bees in order to minimize the risk of a serious reaction. A professional beekeeper can humanely relocate the hive to a safe location if you want the bees to survive.

Contact Hart Pest Control

If you live in Spring or the surrounding areas in Texas and you need assistance removing a beehive, contact Hart Pest Control. Our professional technicians have the pest control experience and knowledge that is necessary for fulfilling your pest control needs. We offer a wide variety of pest control services including ticks, rodents, mosquitos and more. Give us a call at (281)-407-8336 or visit our website at http://www.hartpestcontrol.com/ for a free estimate.

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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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