In this day and time, it is easier than ever to look up anything you have ever wanted to know about a particular topic. However, just because someone tells you something or you see it posted on social media, it doesn’t mean that it is true. It’s important to get your information from a reputable and knowledgeable source.
At Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc., we know about bugs! Here are 6 common myths you may have heard about one popular bug, the bed bug, and how Hopper can help you sleep better at night.
MYTH #1: BED BUGS ARE TOO SMALL TO SEE
While it is true that it is difficult to see something that you have never seen before, you can see a bed bug with the naked eye. Adult bed bugs are generally the size of an apple seed and are a dark reddish brown color. However, it is true that you may need to use a magnifying glass to check for bed bugs that have not quite reached the adult stage of the life cycle.
MYTH #2: THROWING AWAY YOUR MATTRESS GETS RID OF BED BUGS
Wouldn’t it be great if this myth was true!?! Unfortunately, throwing away your mattress and bedding will NOT get rid of bed bugs. Bed bugs like to stay within about 5 feet of their host. And as their population grows, bed bugs tend to spread out even more. You can find bed bugs in electrical outlets, alarm clocks, nightstands, frames, and more.
MYTH #3: BED BUGS PREFER DIRTY, UNSANITARY CONDITIONS
Your home can be the cleanest home on Earth, and you can still get bed bugs. While an unsanitary or messy home can present more hiding places for bed bugs, the truth is that they simply do not care how clean your home is. In fact, hospitals have even been known to get bed bugs. As long as your veins are pumping blood, you are a source of food for these bugs.
MYTH #4: BED BUGS ONLY COME OUT AT NIGHT
It is true that bed bugs are nocturnal. However, if you are stretched out on your bed in the middle of the day, you can still be bitten. Keeping the light on in the middle of the night won’t keep the bed bugs away either. If you are close by and a bed bug is hungry, then you could become the host whether it’s light or dark in the room.
MYTH #5: BED BUGS TRANSMIT DANGEROUS DISEASES
Bed bugs often get confused with their friend the flea. Unlike fleas, there have been no reports of bed bugs spreading or transmitting any type of disease. However, their bites can cause different reactions in different people. Some people may be allergic to their bites, and therefore, extreme itching and redness may occur. Some people may never see a bite or a reaction.
MYTH #6: STORE BOUGHT TREATMENTS CAN GET RID OF BED BUGS
There are many companies out there that say their products will get rid of bed bugs. The catchy phrases mixed with bogus statistics and facts get many people to purchase these quick remedies. However, the truth is that bed bugs are not easy to get rid of and one treatment is not enough. Not only are store bought pesticides ineffective on bed bugs, but they can make the situation worse.
HOPPER CAN HELP YOU GET RID OF BED BUGS
When it comes to getting rid of bed bugs, you need to call the professionals. Our trained technicians know where to look to find these pests, and they know the best treatments to use in order to exterminate the bed bugs. We know that DIY tactics look like a quick, easy, and affordable way to treat the situation. However, we also know that you will probably end up spending more money in the long run without any results.
Whether you are looking for bed bug extermination in Mountain Home or the best bed bug treatment in Fayetteville, Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. has you covered. Our service area spreads far and wide across the Ozarks to include areas such as Flippin, Cotter, Mountain View, southern Missouri, and everywhere in between. Give us a call today at 1-888-863-0206 and say goodbye to your bed bug problems.
What do you get when you mix a wet spring with a warm summer? You get lots and lots of bugs. Like many pests around our area of the Ozarks, fleas thrive off of these types of environments. Their numbers can grow surprisingly fast and take over your home with a flea infestation in no time if not properly treated.
Here are some tips to help you get rid of fleas in your home and stop the itching!
START AT THE SOURCE
Fleas didn’t just infest your home overnight, and the best way to start killing off fleas is to find the source. If you have fleas in your yard and around your property, then it’s a good place to start. Each time you, a family member, or a pet go in and out of your home, fleas could be using you as a transport method to ride all the way to the comfort of your home.
Pets are perhaps the number one way in which fleas get into your home. And if you don’t have pets, they can still hitch a ride on humans as well. Trying to exterminate the fleas in your yard can be extremely difficult. You need to know what products attack fleas at what life stages, and you also need to have the time to apply the products. Let the professional and highly trained technicians at Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. take care of the outdoor pest issues. We know what products work best and help you save time and money in the long run.
TAKE TIME TO REMOVE FLEAS FROM YOUR PETS
For many of our pets, fleas seem to be a constant nuisance. Their bites cause itching and scratching, and in some pets, flea bites can even cause an allergic reaction. If you notice a flea on your dog or cat, it’s important to act fast. After a female flea has had a blood feast on your pet, it can lay up to fifty eggs. These eggs then fall into your carpet and furniture, hatch, and start the process all over again.
Talk with your vet before starting any treatments. They can suggest the best flea treatments for your pet’s size and lifestyle.
VACUUMING CAN HELP REDUCE THE NUMBER OF FLEAS IN YOUR HOME
Fleas are tiny. Their size and ability to jump 4-5 feet horizontally make them almost impossible to see. And since they love hiding in the dark dense fibers of your carpet and furniture, vacuuming is one way to reduce the number of fleas in your home.
Make vacuuming part of your routine and always make sure to throw out the contents of the vacuum outside and away from your home.
WASH LAUNDRY IN HOT WATER TO HELP CUT DOWN THE NUMBER OF FLEAS
When it comes to killing off fleas, taking care of routine chores such as washing bedding can really help. Wash sheets and bedding in the hottest water you can. While it is true that fleas can survive being in water for a long time, the addition of detergent mixed with hot water should do the trick. And if you have pets, it’s also a good idea to wash their bedding on a regular basis.
CALL THE PROFESSIONAL FLEA EXTERMINATORS AT HOPPER
These are just a few tips to help reduce the number of fleas in and around your home. However, until they are killed off completely, the chances that they will return is high. Don’t let the cooler temps of fall and winter fool you into thinking that your flea problem has been solved. If fleas are in your home, they are nice and comfortable. In fact, flea eggs can wait out the cold weather and hatch in spring.
Whether you have a major issue now or you have just started to see one or two on your dog, give Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. a call TODAY! Our two main locations are in Mountain Home and Springdale. However, we service areas all around including Fayetteville, Cotter, Flippin, Rogers, Bentonville, Mountain View, Bull Shoals, southern Missouri, and everywhere in between. Let Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. stop the itch and get your home back to normal.