It’s that time of the year. People are traveling to visit family and friends to celebrate during this holiday season. Some choose to stay in hotels and some choose to stay with their loved ones.
Since bed bug infestations are on the rise all over the world, it’s important to take a few steps in order to avoid bringing bed bugs home after an extended trip or having your guests bring in bed bugs when they visit.
PLASTIC IS YOUR FRIEND IN THE FIGHT AGAINST BED BUGS
Bed bugs enjoy having places to hide. You can find them in tiny crevices, cracks, and scattered throughout non-porous materials. Because plastic is a non-porous material, it can become your best friend in the fight against bed bugs when you travel.
How so? Bed bugs can travel from one bag to another. If your bag is next to a bed bug infested bag on an airplane, on a bus, or on a train, your bag can also become infected. Wrapping your bags securely in plastic can prevent this from happening. There are even products out there specifically made for covering your luggage when you travel, but a thick trash bag that can make it through the wears and tears of luggage being thrown into the cargo bay will work.
PLACE LUGGAGE ON NON-POROUS FLOORING
When you finally arrive at your holiday destination, it’s important that you follow the next step. Most people tend to put their luggage on their beds or on the floor of their hotel room. This is the WORST thing that you can do. If you place your bag on a bed bug infested bed or floor, it will be easy for them to make their way into your belongings.
The best thing you can do is place your luggage on a non-porous surface such as the bathroom floor. This gives you time to complete a thorough check of the room you are staying in for your trip without having to worry too much about bed bugs invading your luggage.
IT’S OKAY TO BE PARANOID WHEN IT COMES TO BED BUGS
Only those who have never experienced an issue with bed bugs will think that these measures to keep bed bugs away are a little too much. The fact is that many people don’t even think of techniques to avoid bed bugs until they experience first hand the havoc bed bugs can cause. The truth is that it is okay to be a little paranoid when it comes to bed bugs and the possibility of bringing them home from traveling.
• As mentioned before, keep bags off the floor. Even if you have completed a room check, it’s better to place your bags on top of dressers, nightstands, desks, or a carefully checked luggage rack.
• Like your luggage, you also don’t want to place clothing on the floor. Some prefer to place it in a plastic bag. You can keep the bag of dirty laundry in the bathroom if you prefer or on a non-porous surface.
• Before going home, you may want to wash your clothing. Research suggests that bed bugs are more attracted to soiled or dirty clothes than clean clothing.
• If you don’t have time to do laundry before returning home, there are a few things you can do. Sit your luggage in the garage or outside of your home before taking it inside. From there, you can thoroughly inspect your belongings before bringing them into the house.
• On the flip side of this scenario, you may have invited guests to stay at your home. If you are afraid of guests bringing bed bugs into your home, it may be best to not invite them to stay if you want to keep the relationship strong. Your paranoia may be seen as being rude and your guests may not like being told that they need to wash their clothes immediately or that they need to place their luggage in the bathroom or garage.
HOPPER TERMITE & PEST, INC. CAN PROVIDE RELIEF FROM BED BUGS
Even with the best efforts to avoid these pests, you can still bring home bed bugs. Don’t worry too much. With one call to Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc., we can start the process of exterminating your bed bug issue. Our staff is highly trained in the most effective pest management techniques and strive to make our customers happy with our service.
It doesn’t matter if you are experiencing bed bugs in Fayetteville, bed bugs in Rogers, or bed bugs in Mountain Home, or bed bugs in Gainesville, Hopper Termite & Pest Inc. has a large service area. Give us a call today at 1-888-863-0206 and let us get to work on eliminating your pest problems.
This is one question that is asked frequently when it comes to those who have experienced a bed bug infestation. People are curious to know if their bed bug problem from the summer will be resolved once the temperature begins to drop.
Unfortunately, bed bugs can and do survive the winter. Here are a few things you should know about getting rid of bed bugs in the winter and how Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. can help.
BED BUGS CAN SURVIVE COLD TEMPS
So, you had a bed bug infestation this summer. You treated your home, and the bed bugs seemed to go away. However, you have started to notice some of the same signs of bed bugs being in the house as before. What do you do? A friend tells you to just wait it out because bed bugs die in cold weather. WRONG!
Unless you live in Antarctica, you can still have a bed bug infestation during the winter. While bed bugs are not a fan of the cold weather, they can survive extremely cold temps. A study conducted at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities discovered that bed bugs can survive temperatures as low as -13°F. In order for the bed bugs to actually die, they need to be exposed to temperatures lower than 3°F for at least 80 hours.
TIPS FOR GETTING RID OF BED BUGS IN THE WINTER IN ARKANSAS
Since bed bugs die after being exposed to severely low temps for at least 80 hours, many people have used their freezer as a way to get rid of the bed bugs lurking in their bedding and pillows. Some people have even taken their belongings outside and left them in the cold for a few days. However, since the temp outside rarely hits below 0°F for three days straight in northern Arkansas and southern Missouri, this method doesn’t work and only creates a pain in your muscles and joints from moving items in and out of your home.
The good news is that you don’t have to break your back moving your home outside in order to get rid of bed bugs. The bad news is that it does take a lot of effort to remove bed bugs from your home. Here are a few tips to get you started.
• Clean any bedding, towels, or objects that can safely go in the washer with your washer set on the hottest water setting. When you get ready to dry the items, dry them on the highest temperature setting.
• Vacuum areas that may be infested with bed bugs and their eggs. Make sure you get to areas such as your mattress, the bed frame, baseboards, and headboards.
LET HOPPER TERMITE & PEST, INC HELP YOU ELIMINATE YOUR BED BUG PROBLEM
The tips above only get the process of removing bed bugs started. The easiest way to get rid of bed bugs and keep your sanity is to call in professional bed bug exterminators such as Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. We employ some of the most educated and highly trained technicians in the state. In fact, Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. is the only company in this area to be NPMA QualityPro Certified.
Whether you are experiencing a bed bug infestation in Fayetteville, Mountain Home, Bull Shoals, or any area in between, Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. can help. We are also certified to manage your bed bug infestation in Missouri. Don’t wait until your bed bug problem becomes overwhelming. Give us a call today and let us take care of you, your family, and your bugs.
Termites. This one pest can cause thousands of dollars in damage if allowed to remain in your home. In fact, these small bugs cause an estimated $5 billion dollars in damage to American homes and businesses each year. Since many home insurance plans don’t cover damage caused by termites, it’s important to look for signs of termites and call in the professionals to exterminate any before your home becomes severely damaged.
Do you have termites? Here are a few signs to look for in your home.
Damage to wooden structures is probably the number one sign that your home could be infested with termites. Outwards signs of termite infestation or termite damage resemble water damage. Look for floors that are sagging or floors that feel spongy. Large infestations can also cause a mildew, musky smell.
Termites can also cause windows to stick or not open properly if they are tunneling near a window sill. The same also goes for doors.
Subterranean termites tend to swarm during the spring season. In fact, many homeowners confuse swarmers with flying ants and tend to not pay them any attention. As they are out looking for a new place to call home and build up their colonies, they shed their wings. If you notice more than the average number of insect wings located in a central location such as light fixtures, doorways, and windows, you may have termites in your home.
One of the most common tell-tale signs that termites have invaded your home is the tube/tunnel they create. These tunnels look like hardened mud and are usually as wide as a pencil. These tunnels are how termites travel from underground to infested wood areas like your home. They can usually be spotted running near the foundation of your home.
WHERE TO LOOK FOR SIGNS OF TERMITES IN YOUR HOME
Subterranean termites like damp, dark, and warm places. They can be found underground, but sometimes they tunnel their way to the surface in search of more food. While it is well known that termites love to eat wood, they also feast on dead plants and trees. Some termites even eat paper, plastic, and drywall. For this reason, it is very important to look for termite-friendly locations in your home. Because of moisture, termites love kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms.
THE BEST TIME TO GET RID OF TERMITES IN ARKANSAS
Any time is a good time to get rid of termites. However, termites are less active during winter months. The colder weather causes termites to stay closer to their nest and closer to food sources. Because of this, termites are more predictable, easier to locate, and exterminate.
CALL HOPPER TERMITE & PEST, INC. TODAY!
Don’t wait until termites have caused thousands of dollars in home and property damage. Professionally trained technicians, such as the technicians at Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc., can spot signs of active or previously active colonies of termites in and around your home in Arkansas and southern Missouri.
After the initial inspection, Hopper can provide a termite treatment plan just for you. With our Termite Protection Plan, we treat your home or business with a liquid barrier treatment or install a termite detection and baiting system. Then we provide an annually renewable warranty against termite infestation and, in most cases, against any damage caused by termites thereafter. A trained technician will thoroughly inspect your home for termites each year while covered under our Termite Protection Plan.
Protect your home. Protect your investment with Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc.
Now that the temperatures are beginning to drop and our area has experienced a few overnight freezes, you may have heard people talking about how the lower temperatures will help kill off many bugs that seem to be a nuisance during the spring and summer. This may be true for a small fraction of pests. However, there are many pests that overwinter. Overwinter means that they can live through the winter. Many types of plants overwinter. Animals overwinter. Insects and rodents also overwinter.
Not only do several species of pests survive the winter, but many do so by coming into your home for food and warm shelter. Here are some things you need to know about overwintering pests and what you can do to prevent them from becoming an infestation in the spring.
CAULK IT. SEAL IT. STAY ON TOP OF THE WINTER PEST GAME
Now you see them. Now you don’t. Pests seem to disappear in the blink of an eye when the temp starts to drop. However, the big issue with insects and rodents overwintering in your home is that you may not even notice that they are there. In fact, many people are under the belief that their pest problem is gone because they are not seeing them. This is a HUGE problem. Even though you may not see these pests until they make their presence known in the spring, it’s important to take as many preventative steps as possible to keep them out of your home in the cooler months.
We always recommend taking advantage of exclusion techniques such as caulking cracks and crevices and sealing any openings around windows and doors. Some other winter pest-proofing techniques include:
Just because summer weather is on it’s way out, it doesn’t mean that your pest problems are over. In fact, the fall season is one season that you don’t want to let down your guard when it comes to pests. Insects, rodents, and small animals are all on the hunt for winter lodging.
Here are some common pests you need to look out for and how to secure your home against these autumn invaders.
SPIDERS - During this time of the year, you may notice more spiders lurking around and building webs. This is due to the fact that fall is the time of the year when many species of spiders reproduce. Although many people are not a fan of spiders, the truth is that most spiders are not poisonous. If you just cannot take the sight of seeing one more spider, then give us a call.
MICE - These critters love to come inside during the colder months to keep warm. However, mice are not exactly neat. They like to chew on everything including electrical cords. They also carry diseases and cause issues for people who have breathing issues.
COCKROACHES - Even though you have been told that cockroaches can survive anything, they don’t mind coming into your home during winter months to stock up on food and stay warm. You can find these bugs mainly in the kitchen, bathroom, or anywhere there is food with easy access.
HOW PESTS GAIN ENTRY AND HOW TO STOP THEM IN THEIR TRACKS
Pests can gain entry into your home through the smallest openings. During this time of the year, many of them are actively seeking small cracks and crevices in your caulking and weatherproofing seals. It only takes one small space to go overlooked. Here are some areas in and around your home to look for possible entry points.
Keep up your yard work - Keep fallen leaves and debris picked up and keep mowing your lawn until it stops growing. You also want to cut back any bushes or shrubbery that is close to your home. Try to keep it at least 2-3 feet from your home. Pests and rodents like to use these plants as ladders to gain access.
Check the perimeters of your home - Look around the outside of your home for any suspicious entry points. Many rodents and insects like to use the openings surrounding electrical or utility wiring. If you notice any openings around utility wires, use caulk to seal up the extra space.
Declutter your home - Spring is not the only time of the year to declutter and get rid of things. Fall is a great time as well. Most animals, rodents, and bugs only want two things: food and shelter. If your home is cluttered, it gives these pests a place to hide and search for food when you are not expecting it.
DON’T HAVE TIME? CALL HOPPER TERMITE & PEST, INC. TODAY!
If you don’t have time to survey your home for entry points or you feel like you may already have some new roommates, give Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. a call today. Our trained technicians know where to look and can work with you to come up with a pest control plan. We can come out for individual service calls, or we can set you up with a year-round plan to help attack pests and rodents all year long.
Don’t wait until you have an infestation this winter. Give us a call today at 1-888-863-0206. And remember, we also serve commercial properties. Your business is just as important as your home. Keep it pest free with Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc.