Spiders are everywhere. And when they reside in your home, many species of spiders act as natural pest control as they feed on small insects such as mosquitoes, flies, and roaches. However, many people can’t fathom the thought of having a spider in their home? Why?
When most people think of spiders, they think of spider bites. They also think of the gruesome pictures and stories shared by others who have been bitten.
One of those feared spiders is the brown recluse spider. The brown recluse is a native spider found in Arkansas. It is about the size of a quarter and is usually identified by the fiddle/violin shape on its back. Because of the fiddle shape, it is also referred to as the fiddle-back spider.
The bite of a brown recluse spider can cause serious damage to the human body as cells become damaged and die off. It is important to note that every person is different and many experience different reactions to the brown recluse bite. However, in extreme cases, the bite can lead to open wounds, kidney failure, and eventually death if the person does not seek medical attention. For this reason, many people are focused on keeping spiders like the brown recluse out of their home.
Here are 4 tips to help you keep brown recluse spiders from making themselves at home in your home.
INSPECT THE INSIDE OF YOUR HOME FOR SIGNS OF SPIDERS
In order to get rid of spiders, you have to first know where they are hiding out in your home. As their name suggests, brown recluse spiders like to hide in dark secluded places. Look for webbing in and around boxes, piles of clothing, or cluttered knick-knacks.
Brown recluse spiders may also be located in places that you can’t necessarily see such as under insulation or inside of walls.
SEAL CRACKS AND CREVICES ON THE INSIDE OF YOUR HOME
In order to get brown recluse spiders out of your house, it is very important that you seal up any cracks and crevices where these spiders may be entering your home. This means going around every inch of your home to look for possible entry points.
Small things such as adding weather stripping to your doors and windows can make a big difference in the number of bugs in your home. Take this task one step further by caulking and sealing any cracks or holes. For more exclusion techniques, check out our blog, “Rodent and Exclusion Techniques to Protect Your Home.”
ELIMINATE FAVORABLE LIVING CONDITIONS FOR BROWN RECLUSE SPIDERS
Don’t make it easy for brown recluse spiders to make themselves at home. When it comes to storage of boxes and other items in the basement or garage, make sure that items are not on the floor or sitting up against the wall. For your entire home, go through and make sure that each room is clutter free. Not only does this help keep the spiders away, but it also keeps other bugs and rodents from hiding out.
DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUTSIDE
If you don’t take care of the outside of your home, then all of the work you do on the inside to get rid of spiders, insects, and rodents is just a waste of time. Like many other pests, brown recluse spiders often gain entry to your home through cracks and crevice on the outside. Large bushes, shrubs, and plants too close to your home can also make it even easier to gain access. Take time to cut back the greenery near your home and foundation.
Also, look for piles of lumber, firewood, stones, etc. These items should be kept as far from the home as possible. If they must be kept indoors or close to your home, then place them off the ground and wrap them in plastic.
HOPPER TERMITE & PEST CAN SAVE YOU FROM SPIDERS
Don’t wait until you have a brown recluse spider infestation in your home. Once these spiders make themselves comfortable and start reproducing, it can be difficult to get them out.
If you have tried the tips above and have still encountered one too many spiders and need them gone, give Hopper Termite & Pest a call today at 1-888-863-0206. Our QualityPro-certified pest control technicians have the tools and experience to provide you with effective solutions to help you get rid of spiders and other bugs in your home. The sooner you call, the sooner you can be pest free.
Do you cringe at the thought of having to go down into the basement? Over the years, basements have gotten a bad rap for being extremely spooky and icky. It seems like everytime you watch a scene where someone is walking down into the basement, something bad is about to happen, and then there are the bugs.
It’s not uncommon to see the creepy crawlers squirm around when the basement light turns on and it’s not uncommon to want to run back upstairs.
Here are 4 bugs you may find in your basement the next time you venture down to grab a box.
WHY ARE BUGS IN MY BASEMENT?
There are a few reasons why some bugs are attracted to your basement. Basements usually provide:
• High moisture
• Hiding places
WHAT ARE THE BUGS IN MY BASEMENT?
There is no doubt that you can identify the spiders or roaches or ants that may be lurking in your basement. However, there are some bugs that you may not be able to identify as quickly.
Silverfish love the darkness and dampness of your basement. They are named based on their appearance. They are silver in color and tend to move like they are swimming. However, silverfish look more like shrimp than fish.
Silverfish are tiny in size and can squeeze through tiny cracks to gain access into your home. Once there, they search out starchy products to eat such as paper, carpeting, and cotton clothing. If silverfish go unnoticed they can destroy clothing you have put away or paper keepsakes that you keep in the basement.
A centipede is one insect you won’t forget seeing. They are long slender creatures with hundreds of legs. Since they are nocturnal and known to be fast-moving, they are rarely seen by humans.
“Do they bite?” “Do they sting?” “Are they poisonous?” These are three common questions people ask when they discover centipedes in their home. Although it is very rare, a centipede can bite. The good news is that their venom is not poisonous and only causes mild irritation such as a slight sting, redness, and mild itching.
Pillbugs, or rollie pollies, are small black bugs that curl up into a tiny ball when held. These bugs may not send shivers up your spine, but it’s not good to keep them in your home. Like many of the bugs mentioned, pillbugs are nocturnal creatures that enjoy hiding in dark damp places. They are mostly found in vegetable gardens and enjoy eating decaying plant matter. Once inside your home, most pillbugs will dry up and die. However, if your basement has a humidity issue or there are leaks, pillbugs can survive.
The appearance of these quick moving nocturnal insects can send you quicking running in the opposite direction. They are reddish brown in appearance, about two inches in length, and have a large pincher on their back abdomen. Earwigs do look like they could hurt you, but they are completely harmless to humans. In fact, the saying that earwigs like to crawl into your ears at night is completely false.
Like many other basement dwellers, earwigs like dark, damp, and cool places to hide out. And if you have a few dead plants in your basement, you may be feeding them without even knowing it. They also like to dine on other insects.
HOW DO I GET RID OF THE BUGS IN MY BASEMENT?
Lower the humidity - Most of the bugs mentioned above are attracted to your basement because it is the most humid place in your home. You can use tools such a dehumidifier or a heater to help dry up the basement. You will also need to check around your pipes and faucets to make sure that there are no leaks.
Seal it up - If your basement has windows or doors that go to the outside, make sure they are sealed properly. It’s also a good idea to inspect your basement foundation and walls for any cracks. If there are wires that lead from the outside to the inside of your basement, make sure that the area surrounding the hole is properly caulked in order to keep bugs out.
Clean it up - Basements are a great place to store things you don’t need on a regular basis. However, it is very important that you keep your items cleaned and organized. A cluttered basement provides ample hiding places for many insects and rodents. Take your cleaning up a notch and use the vacuum cleaner to get into all the nooks and crannies.
LET HOPPER TERMITE & PEST HANDLE THE DIRTY WORK
At Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc., we understand bugs and know that sometimes it takes going into a damp dark basement to take care of your pest problem. Give us a call today at 1-888-863-0206 to schedule your FREE PEST EVALUATION.
And remember, Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. has two central offices, in Mountain Home and Springdale, to better serve the residents and businesses of north central Arkansas, northwestern Arkansas, and parts of southern Missouri. Let us show you why we are the go-to pest control and termite control specialists in the area.
If you are a homeowner, then there is no doubt that you have been told to get a termite inspection. In fact, many do so before purchasing their home or a commercial property. However, many put off the initial termite inspection until disaster strikes.
Don’t think you need a termite inspection? Take a look at these THREE important reasons to get a termite inspection. They may just change your mind.
TERMITE DAMAGE CAN COST YOU THOUSANDS
The main reason termite inspections are pushed so much is due to the fact that a termite infestation can cause a homeowner or business owner thousands of dollars in repairs. Just think about it. A subterranean termite colony can eat an estimated 15 pounds of wood in a week. If this happens to be the support beams or joists that hold your home together, you could be out of a home until the problem is fixed. In addition to wood, termites also enjoy dining on plastic, plants, plaster, siding, and insulation.
Most people think that their homeowner's insurance will cover termite damage if structural damage is caused. However, the reality is that there are no homeowner insurance plans that will cover damage to your home or other building due to termite infestation and damage.
TERMITES ARE PROS AT STAYING OUT OF SIGHT
Termites are known as a silent destroyer. You may never know that your home is under attack by these pests until it’s too late. This is why it is so important to have a termite inspection before you move into a new home or notice any signs that you may have termites in or around your home.
Subterranean termites live in colonies underground. When searching for food, they tunnel. This is where they can come in contact with your home. Have you ever noticed mud or dirt-like tunnels on the sidewalk or on the side of a house? Sometimes these tubes are visible but are usually located right under the soil. These are called mud tubes or termite tubes. Subterranean termites use these tubes to get around when they are above ground searching for food. Once termites reach your home, their size allows them to tunnel through the foundation and even the inside of the walls.
TERMITES NEED TO BE INSPECTED ON AN ANNUAL BASIS
What do you do after the termite inspection is completed? If there are no signs of termites or termite colonies, many people decide to just take their chances or call their local pest control company if they suspect termites. However, this is a bad idea. Not only is it important to have a termite inspection completed, but it is equally important to have a termite treatment plan put together.
At Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc., we recommend having a termite inspection on a yearly basis. Why? As mentioned above, termites can cause damage quickly. The sooner you discover termites and take care of the problem, the better the chance that you will lower the amount of money needed to repair termite damage.
HOPPER TERMITE & PEST, INC. CAN PROVIDE A TERMITE TREATMENT PLAN JUST FOR YOU
At Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc., we know what it takes to tackle your termite problem. Give us a call today to set up your termite inspection from one of our state certified inspectors. If termites are present after our a inspection, we will make recommendations and present a termite treatment plan to get rid of the termites on your property. Our termite treatment plans are created and tailored for each individual situation. From the type of structure to the degree of infestation, Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. works hard to eliminate pests and provide superior customer satisfaction. We even have a one year guarantee against termites infestation.
If you believe you have termites or want to inquire more about Hopper’s Termite Treatment Plan, give us a call today at 1-888-863-0206. And don’t forget, our service area spreads throughout the Ozarks. You can get quality pest control services in Fayetteville, Rogers, Springdale, Mountain Home, Bull Shoals, Yellville, southern Missouri, and anywhere in between. Don’t settle for less, call Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. today.
True or false - The one good thing about freezing temperatures during winter is their power to kill off pests that make it difficult to enjoy the spring and summer months.
Unfortunately, this one is mostly false. Insects are one of the most agile creatures in nature when it comes to extremely low temperatures. There are many methods they use in order to stay alive from one season to the next. From hibernating to moving into your home, insects have evolved over the years and know exactly what to do when winter weather is colder than cold. Here are just a few methods they use to survive and what you should do before warmer weather comes back around.
FREEZE TOLERANT INSECTS
Some species of insects are like super bugs. Their bodies defy logic and have a type of “anti-freeze” built into their system. This “anti-freeze” allows them to freeze their bodies without damaging tissue, cells, or organs. When the weather gets warmer, they thaw out and move along. Species of cockroaches fall under this category of insects and can be the reason why they seem impossible to exterminate.
FREEZE AVOIDANT INSECTS
Freeze avoidant or avoidance insects also have a type of “anti-freeze” running their body. However, if temperatures drop below a certain point, these types of insects will die. Unfortunately, the temperature must be extremely cold (0 to -20°) for some of these species to actually die.
WILL A COLDER WINTER HELP DECREASE THE NUMBER OF INSECTS AT ALL?
While cold weather won’t kill off a large number pests, there are certain scenarios during the winter that could lower the number of insects and other pests when spring finally makes its debut.
First, insects are a food source for many species. And since winter months can pose a food shortage, insects tend to be high up on the food chain.
There are also many insects that choose to tunnel their way below the surface in order to avoid extremely cold temperatures. Many also choose to place their eggs and larvae right under the soil or under rocks to stay warm until spring. If there is a hard freeze, it can kill insects that are not very deep within the soil and freeze avoidant.
Finally, if freezing temperatures stay consistent all the way through March, it may be just enough to kill off some species of insects. Many insects that stay dormant during winter rely on stored energy and fat to stay alive. When their life source runs out and the temps are still below freezing, many insects won’t be able to survive.
LET HOPPER PEST & TERMITE CREATE A PEST CONTROL PLAN JUST FOR YOU!
Don’t wait until spring or summer to see if your pest problems have gone away or gotten worse. Give Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. a call today. We have a variety of home pest control services and commercial pest control services to help you tackle even the worst insects.
Whether you need a pest solution in Mountain Home, an exterminator in Fayetteville, or anywhere in between, Hopper Pest & Termite, Inc. can help you live a better, pest-free life. Give us a call today at 1-888-863-0206 to schedule your appointment.
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.