Termites. Most people don’t even think about termites or the damage they can cause until they become homeowners. And still, many don’t pay too much attention to these pests until the damage is caused. Termites don’t bite or annoy you when you are trying to eat outside. They don’t make horrible noises or send you to the hospital after a sting. Instead, these tiny creatures focus on eating 24/7. And when the untreated wood in your home comes in contact with a termite colony, it could mean disaster.
In order to get rid of termites, you need to know more about the pests that you could be dealing with. Here are a few facts about termites and how Hopper Termite & Pest can help.
Fact 1: TERMITES LIKE TO EAT MORE THAN JUST WOOD
Most people know that termites primarily eat wood. However, you may be surprised to learn that they also eat other things. Termites are attracted to the cellulose that is found in wood and other organic products such as trees and plants because it is what gives termites their energy and fuel.
While they don’t eat concrete or plastic, termites have been known to eat through materials to get cellulose-rich products. In addition to regular wood, termites will also consume anything that is made of wood such as paper, some fabrics, and cardboard.
Fact 2: TERMITES NEVER SLEEP
What? Could you imagine the things you could accomplish if you didn’t sleep? Unlike the human body, termites do not require sleep in order to carry out day-to-day functions. Their main function is to eat, eat more, and find more to eat. In fact, the only time that termites are not eating is when they are in between colonies and trying to find a great place to settle down...and eat.
And while these simple organisms are programmed to eat 24/7, their lifespan is actually longer than most other insects. In fact, termites can stay alive for about 2-3 years eating away.
Fact 3: TERMITES COLONIES CAN HAVE MILLIONS
Termite colonies are huge. Many subterranean termite colonies can reach numbers in the hundreds of thousands. Some termite colonies can even reach into the millions. Unlike other insects, termites are friendly to other termites. If one colony meets up with another colony at a food source, they won’t attack.
Fact 4: TERMITE DAMAGE CAN BE PREVENTED
Termites are very destructive insects. These “silent destroyers” can come in and destroy your home and property before you even realize what is happening. So, what can you do to prevent termites from destroying your home? There are a few things that can be done.
Use pre-treated lumber, cedar, or redwood - If you are about to start building a home or structure, it is advised that you use pre-treated (pressure treated) lumber. Pre-treated lumber is infused with chemical preservatives that keep the wood from decaying. The preservatives also keep away insects such as termites and carpenter ants.
Cedar and redwood are types of wood that are naturally resistant to termites. Whiles these types of wood may not be the best for building the structure of a home, they are great for outdoor projects.
Eliminate moisture - This is a big one. Eliminating excess moisture anywhere in the home is a great way to keep termites and other pests and rodents from coming into your home. Check faucets, pipes, and exterior AC units for leaks and moisture build-up. It’s also a good idea to check the exterior of your home after it rains to see if there is puddling or water build-up close to the home. If there appears to be excess water, try to figure out a way to divert the water from your home.
Use exclusion techniques - Using exclusion techniques is a great way to prevent damage caused by termites. It is also equally as helpful when trying to prevent or get rid of other bugs and rodents that keep coming into your home. Make sure that all windows and doors have been sealed properly with weatherstripping. It’s also a good idea to look around your home’s exterior for gaps and holes to seal up. While looking for cracks, make sure to make note if you see any mud tubes. Finally, if you have a lot of plants and soil around your home and at the base of your home, it’s a good idea to make sure that there is about a 2’ gap between the soil and any wooden structures.
CALL HOPPER TERMITE & PEST TO GET RID OF YOUR TERMITE PROBLEM
These are just a few facts about termites. While these facts are fun to read, it’s no fun discovering that you have a termite problem. Luckily, help is only a phone call away. If you are ready to get rid of termites or want to prevent termites from causing a costly mess, give the professionals at Hopper Termite & Pest a call today. Our technicians understand termites and know just how to find them and get rid of them.
Don’t be one of the 600,000 homes affected by termite damage each year. Call today to schedule your FREE ESTIMATE.
“One time, I went there and found a roach in my drink.”
“I don’t eat there. The flies are everywhere!”
The worst thing that can happen to a restaurant is for word to get out that someone found a bug in their food or saw a mouse scurry under a table. This kind of publicity is bad for business and can hurt a restaurant’s reputation quickly. What do you do when pests and rodents have taken over your commercial kitchen?
Check out these tips to keep pests from becoming regulars at your restaurant.
COMMON BUGS FOUND IN COMMERCIAL KITCHENS
In order to get rid of bugs and rodents in your restaurant, you need to know what’s crawling in the shadows. Depending on where you live, there are quite a few different pest and rodents that may visit or try to visit your kitchen on a regular basis. Here is a small list of the most common bugs found in commercial kitchens and restaurants.
Flies - Flies are one of the most annoying insects. While they don’t make any noises or cause itchy rashes or bites, flies love to be around when you are trying to eat and enjoy the outdoors. They get even more annoying when you have to share your food with them INSIDE of a restaurant. Flies can also pose a health risk to humans due to the fact that flies love to chow down on decaying organic waste. When they land on your skin or on your food, they can transfer diseases and other pathogens from their feet.
Roaches - Many restaurant owners and kitchen staff may not realize that they have a roach problem until it turns into an infestation. Many species of cockroaches like to stay hidden and most tend to come out at night. Like flies, roaches don’t necessarily bite or sting. However, they do pose a health threat to humans due to the fact that they carry viral and bacterial pathogens on their bodies and in their feces that can contaminate food and be transferred to humans.
Rodents - Rodents such as mice and rats can become a big problem quickly. In addition to carrying diseases, mice and rats can also cause a lot of damage to your restaurant and kitchen as they burrow or try to navigate through the space. They can also contaminate your food supply with urine and droppings, causing thousands of dollars in food replacement.
Water is the main item that draws in pests and rodents to your kitchen. Check around kitchen sink pipes for leaks. You also want to check dishwashers, ice machines, drains, mats, and ice makers. Although water is needed to clean your kitchen and prepare dishes, it is strongly suggested to make sure that you are keeping your kitchen as dry as possible. Don’t let things air dry or assume that they will dry on their own.
ELIMINATE PLACES TO HIDE AND LIVE
It can take a lot of food and other supplies to operate a restaurant. This often means there are a lot of boxes and not a lot of storage. To keep rodents and other pests from hiding, make sure you get rid of any unused boxed. It’s also a good idea to keep boxes and other supplies away from any drains, pipes, or areas where they could get wet.
KEEP YOUR KITCHEN SPOTLESS AND SANITARY
There are a few simple sanitation tasks that can make a big difference in whether or not bugs are a regular visitor. Start out by wiping down counters where you prepare foods and removing any waste. Don’t just wait until the end of a shift or the end of the night. Wipe surfaces down on a regular basis. When putting food away, make sure it is in a solid and strong container. Roaches and rodents can eat through cardboard. You can also deter bugs and rodents by dumping trash regularly and away from the building. It’s also a good idea to clean out trash bins with soap and water on a regular basis.
KEEP THINGS CLOSED
Most restaurants experience a lot of foot traffic on a daily basis. While it is not easy, it is important to keep doors and windows closed as much as possible. If there is a back entrance or loading area, make sure employees know to keep the door closed at all times. Adding items such as screens to windows and a fan can also help keep out pests such as flies.
CALL HOPPER TERMITE & PEST TO HELP RID YOUR RESTAURANT OF RODENTS AND PESTS
Protect your reputation and your business by calling in the professionals today. At Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc, you are getting more than your average pest control company. Our technicians are highly trained to provide effective solutions for both residential and commercial properties. In fact, we are the only company in the Mountain Home area and one of only a few in northwest Arkansas to be an NPMA QualityPro certified company.
Every restaurant and foodservice provider is different. Give us a call today to set up your FREE PEST EVALUATION. Let’s figure out your pest problems and come up with a solution that works for you and your business.
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.