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.
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.