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 Environmental Services, 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 Environmental Services 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 Environmental Services 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 Environmental Services 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 Environmental Services stop the itch and get your home back to normal.
In the natural state and surrounding areas, it is not uncommon to get a bite or two from an insect such as a mosquito or chigger. However, no one expects or wants to be bitten by the infamous BED BUG. These bugs can creep into your home and take over if they are not taken care of properly.
But how do you know if you have a bed bug problem?
USE YOUR SENSES WHEN IT COMES TO DISCOVERING BED BUGS
Sight - When it comes to bed bugs, you may have a difficult time finding them. These small brownish blood suckers are usually no larger than an apple seed. And though they don’t fly, they are very quick and can move from the floor to the wall to the ceiling quickly.
However, since they feed on blood, they tend to stay in areas where their victims like to relax such as the bed. The first place you should inspect is your mattress, box spring, and your headboard. Make sure to pull back any sheets or mattress cover. You may also want to pull back on the piping around the mattress. Bed bugs love to tuck away in these crevices.
Even if you don’t locate an actual bed bug, you may find evidence that they have been in your home. Since bed bugs shed as they grow, you may find clear exoskeletons. However, the largest telltale sign of a bed bug is the fecal and blood stains they leave behind. Their fecal stains are usually dark brown or black while the blood stains come from them being squashed after they filled up on dinner.
Smell - Bed bugs reproduce quickly and if they go unnoticed, you can quickly have a bed bug infestation on your hands. If you notice a new smell that is musty or like the coriander herb, then you need to take a look around your home. In many cases, people have noticed the change in smell before they see any bugs.
Touch - The main reason people are so adamant about getting rid of bed bugs is due to the fact that they bite. Different people react differently to bed bug bites, but here are some things to look for:
Scorpions. When most people think of scorpions, they think of the giant black scorpions that play larger than life characters in the movies. Many people also think that scorpions can only be found in the desert. The truth is that you can also find scorpions right here in Arkansas.
The scorpions around here may not be giant black monsters, but when they invade your home, they can become a very unwelcome guest. Here are some easy ways you can prevent and rid your home of scorpions.
KEEP YOUR YARD CLEAN
There are many types of scorpions, but this area is home to the striped bark scorpion. This scorpion is only about 2 ½ inches in size and can be found in various hiding spots. Since scorpions are nocturnal creatures, you will find them in places that are dark and cool throughout the day such as piles of mulch, loose bark, flower beds, rocks, and wood piles.
By eliminating or organizing loose objects in your yard, you make it more difficult for scorpions to find shelter during the heat of the day. In addition to removing these objects, it is also a great idea to make sure shrubbery and plants are not too close or touching your home. Plants and greenery that are too close to the home give scorpions and other insects an easy bridge to get from the outside of your home to the inside.
DECLUTTER YOUR HOME
No one likes the surprise of a sting in the middle of the night. Taking precautions such as decluttering your home is a great way to prevent scorpions from finding a nice place to settle in and reproduce.
Scorpions like to hide in dark places such as shoes and piles of clothes. Taking the extra time to clean up your closets and under your bed can drastically reduce the number of scorpions and other bugs that are trying to find a hiding place.
SEAL UP THE INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF YOUR HOME
Like us, scorpions and other pests require food, water, and shelter. If you take away these things, then you will have a better success rate with getting rid of them. Go throughout your home and seal any water leaks you may have. It’s also a good idea to clean up any water spills on the floor or around your sinks. This will take away their water supply.
By taking the necessary steps above, you are also making it more difficult for other insects like spiders to come into your home. By eliminating other small insects, you take away food for scorpions.
One of the best ways to prevent scorpions from taking shelter in your home is to make sure that there is not an easy entry point. Make sure you go around the inside and outside of your home and seal up any small holes or crevices. Seal up around doors, windows, and other holes to prevent many insects, including scorpions, from moving into your home.
HOPPER ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES CAN HELP SOLVE YOUR SCORPION PROBLEM!
Scorpions are a resilient insect and can be very difficult to get rid of once they have made your home their home. If you have seen more than one scorpion in or around your home within the past month or you are seeing both large and small scorpions, then you need to give Hopper Environmental Services a call TODAY.
Our trained technicians can go in and around your home to make additional suggestions for securing your home and finding any entry points you may have missed. We can also put together a plan to get rid of the scorpions.
Remember, Hopper Environmental Services provides dependable, effective pest control solutions to a large service area. From Fayetteville to Mountain Home to southern Missouri and everywhere in between, Hopper Environmental can help you tackle all of your pest control issues.
No one likes being stung by a wasp or any other pest or insect with a stinger. In fact, some of those stings can be life-threatening for those who are allergic. And if you have never dealt with these types of insects, using the latest post from a friend of a friend on your social media as a guide for removal is not the best idea. And in many cases, the techniques just don’t work.
While we don’t recommend that you try removing wasps and their nests on your own, there are a few things you can do to help the situation. Take a look at these tips on how you can prevent wasps from making a home in and around your home in the first place.
PREVENT WASPS WITH PROPER EXCLUSION TECHNIQUES
It doesn’t matter what insects you are trying to keep from getting in your home. One of the best ways to keep pests and rodents on the outside is to make sure there are no entry points around your home. Walk around your home to see if you notice any openings. Take the necessary steps to seal any cracks or opening you find.
Wasps also like getting in under the siding of your home and nesting in attics and wall voids. Make sure these areas are sealed if possible. When you take these precautions and use exclusion techniques, you are making it difficult for the wasps to build nests in and around your home and making it difficult for them to stay.
NO FOOD. NO WASPS.
In addition to the exclusion techniques, you should also look around your home for things that may be attracting them in the first place such as food. In fact, most insects and rodents won’t stay too long if there is no food around.
Wasps will feed on other insects. They also feed their larvae other insects. And in a circle of life way, the larva then produces a sugary substance that the adult wasp consumes. Using proper exclusion techniques is two-fold when it comes to wasps. Not only do the techniques help keep wasps from building nests inside your home, but they also keep other insects away. And by keeping other insects away, the wasp’s food source is limited.
When it comes to dealing with wasps outside, remember that they like sugary drinks and foods. An open can of your favorite sugary drink or food on the table offers easy access to food and attracts wasps. Making sure that you properly cover your food and drinks and clean up any messes will help.
DON’T RISK IT! CALL THE PROFESSIONALS AT HOPPER ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES TODAY
Removing wasps on your own can be dangerous. There are several different things that could go wrong. You also never know where or how many stings you will receive if you make a nest angry or what you will trip over when you start running away. The last thing you want is a trip to the emergency room.
If wasps are causing issues for your family or business, give Hopper Environmental Services a call today at 1-888-863-0206. Our professional technicians have the experience, knowledge, and tools to help you eliminate these flying insects from your home. And remember, we service a large area of northwest and north central Arkansas including Fayetteville, Springdale, Mountain Home, Mountain View, Flippin, and everywhere in between.