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Four Reasons To Get a Pest Inspection Before Buying a Home…

At Hart Pest Control, we know that buying a home is a massive step– obviously. 

You’re spending your hard-earned money on a house that will last you for years to come, providing you and your loved ones with shelter and comfort. 

Unfortunately, something small can quickly ruin that ideal home, which only leads to your new home transforming into a building with four walls that you don’t want to between. What is that small thing? 

I’m talking about pests. Keep reading below to learn more if you don’t believe how destructive pests can be to a new home. 

Four Reasons To Get a Pest Inspection…

1. Avoid Any Future Regret

A scenario where you’d regret spending a large amount of your money after seeing a dozen rodents crawl out of crevices isn’t hard to imagine. When you buy a home, you’re expecting it to be clean and safely house your family, right? 

Getting a pest inspection can ensure that’s what you receive. 

2. Understand the Pest Problems Beforehand

A pest infestation is at its worst when you’re not expecting it. Yes, it’s an unwanted situation whether you know about it beforehand or not. However, knowing ahead of time can help you prepare yourself and possibly pest control services. 

It also gives you an expert's opinion on how much the pest situation will cost to resolve. 

3. Have Leverage in Your Negotiations

With a pest inspection, you’ll come to understand the value of the home you’re buying. 

It’ll give you a thorough look at what’s inside the walls instead of just what you can see on the outside, which will give you a more accurate picture of the home’s value. 

If you find out that the home has pests, you may be able to negotiate for a lower price with the seller. Or you may be able to request they have pest control done on the home before closing. That way, you can be sure you don’t walk into a pest-filled home. 

4. Uncover Issues

You may have missed some things during your walkthrough. It happens all the time. Unfortunately, it can leave you with a problem that you weren’t expecting before. That’s where a pest inspection can come in handy. 

An inspection will reveal many of the things you may have missed or reinforce what you already found. Either way, the information will only aid you. 

Ready to ensure that you won’t be caught off guard by pests in your new home? If so, we’re more than ready to help. All you have to do is contact Hart Pest Control today. 

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How Common Are Pest Infestations?

How common are pest infestations? As it turns out, pest infestations are relatively common. Here we explore how common they are, what pests are and what you should do in the event of an infestation. Discover how you can prevent an infestation in the first place and how often you should have pest control come to your home.

1. Pest Infestations Are Relatively Common.

Data suggests that pest infestations are relatively common. 2019 data shows that about 14 million of the approximate 124 million occupied housing units in the United States reported seeing cockroaches in their homes. Also, nearly 14.8 million reported seeing rodents, and about 2.9 million reported seeing both cockroaches and rodents in their homes.

If you are one of the common victims of a pest control problem, Hart Pest Control can help.

2. How Do I Know if What I’m Seeing Is a Pest?

A pest is defined as any living thing or plant that harms and damages other living things. They include insects, birds and small mammals such as rodents.

If you see small, brown beetles in your kitchen or an entryway in large numbers, they may be cigarette beetles. These pests infest dry goods like cereal and flour in addition to tobacco products. 

If you see ants in your home, it could be one of several types of ant species. These include pavement ants (which eat mostly sugar and grease), odorous house ants (which infest places with high humidity) or Pharaoh ants (which are very tiny).

Cockroaches are most likely seen in the kitchen, bathroom or basement of your home.

Silverfish are grayish-silver, fish-like insects found around moisture sources. If you see them, it means there is a high level of moisture somewhere in your home. You can see them crawling near paper products like books or magazines. These pests will eat organic matter, like leather book bindings and glues used in trunks & closets.

3. What Should I Do if There’s a Pest Infestation?

Experts recommend contacting pest control services within 24 hours if you spot pests in your home. Professional exterminators can inspect the area for signs of infestation, recommend specific treatments and provide tips for preventing pests in the future.

We are the professional exterminator that can inspect your home for an infestation. See how Hart Pest Control’s Residential Services can provide for you.

4. How Can I Prevent a Pest Infestation in the First Place?

Lifestyle changes, like not leaving food out or dirty dishes in the sink, can help prevent pest infestations.

Other tips include keeping food in tightly-sealed containers and taking out the garbage regularly. Also, avoid leaving dirty dishes overnight and patch holes that provide entryways for pests into your home. Clean your house regularly, including sweeping, mopping and vacuuming. 

Installing mesh screens over windows and caulking small cracks in walls can also prevent bugs from entering your home.

5. How Often Should You Have Pest Control Come to Your Home?

Depending on the severity of a pest infestation, you might need to have a professional exterminator come multiple times. Some pests can quickly re-infest your home, so it's important they don't return. Talk with your professional exterminator to determine how often they should come.

If you’re struggling with an infestation, don’t struggle alone. Contact Hart Pest Control today.

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How to Identify Certain Pesky Pests

 

At Hart Pest Control, we know that seeing signs of pests can be concerning. However, if you don’t understand which pest those signs point to, it can cause even more confusion. 

So you don’t end up too confused or too concerned, we’re providing this guide for you to identify some of those pesky pests you may encounter. 

Let’s start this guide off with one of the most common pests in the United States:

Cockroaches

When we say most common, we mean it. Cockroaches and the particles they leave are present in about 63 percent of homes. That means that you’re more likely to see some of these signs than you are not to. 

Cockroaches leave signs such as droppings, smear marks, unusual odors, eggs or shredded skin cells. If you see any of these signs, the home likely has a cockroach problem or at least had one in the past. 

Next is another common pest:

Rodents

Rodents are just as big of a nuisance as cockroaches. They spread germs and bacteria, causing illness to you and your loved ones. Unfortunately, they appear in around 29 percent of U.S. households. 

Signs of rodents include small droppings, holes or gnaw marks on packaging, chewed wires, urine stains, scratching or thumping in walls. 

Lastly, we have:

Termites

Termites are the biggest threat to your home, at least on this list. The damage they can cause to a home can be irreversible or cost you a fortune. They pop up in around 13 percent of homes and put them at risk. 

Signs of termites are discolored or drooping drywall, peeling paint, wood that sounds hollow, small holes in drywall, buckling wooden or laminate floors and excessively squeaky floorboards. 

You can find out more about measures to prevent or treat termites here.

When or if you notice any of these signs, don’t wait for the pest problem to get worse. Call in the professionals. If you do wait, it could add to the risk that your home and your health are facing. 

The professionals at Hart Pest Control are more than ready to help you. Call today. 

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Easy Steps to Choosing the Right Pest Professional

Odds are that if you have a pest problem, then you’ll want the best pest control service possible to deal with it. When you’re putting your home's safety and your loved ones’ safety in pest controls hands, it pays to feel confident with your pick. 

There are some steps that you need to take to ensure you’re getting that top-of-the-line service, and we’ll be guiding you through all of them, so stick with us! 

Experience

Experience matters when it comes to pest control. As good as it is to see new pest control services spring up, you really want to be sure they know what they’re doing. Be sure to check their website or ask one of the representatives how long they’ve been in the industry, and also how many years they’ve dealt with the pest you have invading your home. 

Check Their Reputation

This is a big one to consider. If the company doesn’t have a strong reputation then there’s no reason to employ their service. An easy way to check their reputation is by looking at their reviews or asking former customers for their feedback. Simple steps like that back up their claims and ensure that you’re getting what you pay for. 

Look at What They Cover

Be sure to either call and ask or take a good look at their website. Not every pest control company covers the same pests, so be sure the company you choose is able to support your needs and deal with your specific pest. 

Licenses & Certifications

After you’ve heard about their service and you know what they cover, see if they’re properly qualified. Each state has an agency that licenses pest professionals and logs complaints. It’s a good idea to check with that agency to get more information on the pest control company you choose so you know exactly what they are and aren’t qualified to do.

Go With Your Gut

At the end of the day, after you’ve done your research, there’s only one thing you can do; make a decision and go with your gut feeling. If you’re happy with your pick and everything feels right, we’re sure you’ll have a good service. 

The good news is, Harts Pest Control has everything you need in a pest control company in spades. Call us today and we’ll take care of your pest problems with ease!

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What To Do If You Think You Have Bed Bugs

Having pests in your house is never fun, but having invaders in your bed is a truly disturbing ordeal. The unfortunate reality for homeowners is that bed bugs can be found all over the country. In fact, reports show that one in five houses are affected by bed bugs every year. So what do you do if you suspect the presence of bed bugs in your home? Don’t panic. Hart Pest Control is here to help. Keep reading to find some useful steps to take if you think you have bed bugs. 

Identify

The first step in keeping your home safe from bed bugs is to know what signs to look for in the early stages of infestation. If you think you have bed bugs, look for small blood stains on your sheets and pillowcases. Investigate for small bug droppings and shells. Be sure to check yourself and your family members for bites and markings that may be indicators of bed bug activity.

Clean

After you have identified the problem, you’ll need to clean your bed stem to stern. Remove all sheets, bedding, and pillows. After everything is removed, wash in hot water and dry on the highest setting possible. Keep in mind that clothes and curtains may need to be washed as well. Anything in or around your bed should be cleaned thoroughly. While your items are washing, use a firm brush to brush away any remaining bed bugs and bed bug eggs from your mattress. Follow up the brushing with vacuuming your mattress to remove any leftover debris. 

Protect

After the cleaning stage, there are several things you can do to protect your home from bed bug attacks. Seal any holes or cracks in the wall of your home. Fasten any peeling wallpaper and clear out any clutter around your bed to limit the number of places where bed bugs could hide. Above all, get in touch with the pros. Have our crew of professionals come and inspect your home - they can give expert guidance on how to defend against infestations.

If you’re struggling with bed bugs or other pests in your home, don’t wait for results. At Hart Pest Control, our mission is to make sure you get the help you need. Our team is ready to take on whatever challenge your home has in store, and to get your space clear of pests for good. Don’t hesitate - contact us today to learn more about how Hart Pest Control can serve you!

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Pests That Will Invade Your Home in Winter

With the fall months underway, the promise of winter is in the air. Winter months usually mean staying indoors near the fire reading a good book or watching a good movie. Unfortunately, it also is the time for pests and critters wanting to enter your home for a warm place to stay. Keep reading for pests that will very likely invade your home this winter. 

Termites

Termites continue to remain active up until February. They even continue to reproduce. Like most pests, termites are looking for a warm place to live for the winter. If your home offers a large supply of wood for them to feed on, whether it be a pile of wood outdoors or indoors, they will swarm and build their colony there. 

Rats

These critters can slip into tiny cracks, holes or gaps around your home and create a nest for themselves. They will also gnaw on almost anything in order to get where they want, causing damage to your home. Rats seek warm, dark places to hide in which can be in your basement, amidst clutter or in the attic. Not only are these pests damaging to your home, but they can also create health issues for you and your family as they carry harmful diseases such as jaundice and cowpox. 

Stink Bugs

These pests are often found munching on fall decorations such as corn stalks, pumpkins, and flowers. Like all pests, they are looking for a warm place to hide for the winter months. While these insects are not destructive to your family or home, they do leave an offensive odor after they die, becoming more of a hassle than harmful. 

Ants

Much like rats, ants can enter through any holes, cracks or gaps in the home. They are drawn to any scraps of food, sweet and sticky spills, or a warm shelter. All of these things can be found in your home. Sometimes, ants will hide in potted plants and be accidentally brought into the home. Or they will make a nest in your pantry, which offers the perfect source of food and shelter. Ants, like termites, are part of a colony. Therefore if you see one, then you will find more. 

If you have a pest infestation in your home, don’t deal with it on your own. Contact the pest control professionals at Hart Pest Control today!

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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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