April showers may bring May flowers, but they also bring more bugs. Many bugs are not a fan of excessive or heavy rain, and for this reason, you will notice more bugs out and about or in your home after a heavy a rain. Just like us, they are doing their best to stay dry. So what can you do to keep your home pest free?
Read over the following tips to help keep the number of pests in your home and around your sacred outdoor spaces to a minimum.
STANDING WATER IS A BIG NO, NO
One of the most annoying pests, the mosquito, is attracted to standing water. After a heavy rain, you can find multiple items around your yard have filled with water such as buckets, drainage areas, pool covers, trash cans, and discarded tires. Mosquitos will flock to these water sources and begin reproducing.
In order to reduce the number of mosquitos, you must be diligent about pouring out standing water. After the rain stops, take a walk through your yard to see if there is anything that is holding water that can be dumped. During rainy seasons when it rains a lot during the night, it is also a good idea to create a routine to examine outdoors at least once a week.
SEAL IT. CAULK IT. PROTECT IT.
Rain rarely affects larger insects. However, smaller insects such as ants and spiders find it difficult to survive during long heavy rainfall. For this reason, they begin seeking shelter in your home. Taking steps to protect your home from smaller bugs such as spiders and ants can have a huge effect later down the road. We call these steps exclusion techniques.
Some effective exclusion techniques include sealing or resealing doors and windows, caulking or filling up small holes in and outside of the home, and making sure plants are not too close to the home. These techniques may not seem like much, but they can make a huge impact when bugs are seeking a dry place during heavy rainfall.
HOPPER ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES CAN HANDLE SPRING PESTS
When it comes to protecting your home and lawn from pests, the best thing you can do is take preventative measures like the ones discussed above. However, if you begin to notice the amount of pests growing and invading your privacy, then give Hopper Environmental Services a call at 1-888-863-0206.
Don’t forget, we also offer Green Pest Control Services. Our Pest Preventative Management relies upon non-chemical methods first to prevent and manage pests. Give us a call today to schedule your consultation.
This is a tricky question. While there are many invasive pests out there that don’t do too well when the cold winter temperatures arrive, many insects have no problem. In fact, many of the pests that pose problems in the summer find ways to make it through even the harshest winters by burying themselves underground, or even worse, moving further into your home.
And with temperatures warming sooner than usual, insects and bugs are starting to wake up. What does this early spring mean for your home and business?
ANTS AND BEES. MOSQUITOS AND FLEAS.
The good news is that by “waking up” or becoming more active sooner than usual, many pests such as bees put themselves at risks. For example, honey bees can die of starvation in milder winters because they tend to consume more honey due to flying around too early. In addition to early feeding habits, our weather also poses a problem for insects that start moving around too soon. There is no doubt that our weather is unpredictable in our area, and we could still experience a two to three-day freeze. A sudden drop in temperatures could take its toll on early active bugs. However, an early spring also means that there is more time for insects to breed. This could possibly create a larger population by this summer if our area gets enough rain.
Whether it is a record breaking winter or a warm, mild winter like we have experienced this year, there will always be bugs and pests. The best way to ensure that your home or business is pest-free is to be proactive. Take steps like cutting back trees and shrubbery near your home. For the inside of the home, make sure that access to food is minimized by placing food in air-tight containers. You can also give Hopper Environmental Services a call. Our technicians are well trained in exclusion techniques and know exactly what to look for when inspecting your home.
DON’T WAIT. CALL HOPPER ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES TODAY.
Don’t wait until you have a problem with pests. Get started today with one of our Pest Control Service Plans. We offer both residential and commercial plans. With our scheduled quarterly service, there is no additional charge for necessary extra service to control included pests in your plan. If pests do make a comeback this summer, Hopper Environmental Services will take care of the problem.
Let Hopper Environmental Services create a safe, pest-free space by giving us a call at (870)425-4122 in Mountain Home, Arkansas or (479) 750-4070 in Springdale, Arkansas.
When it comes to taking care of rodents and pests, prevention methods are the key to keeping your home pest free. However, even with the best preventative and exclusion techniques, rodents and insects still make their way into your home.
According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), “rodents invade about 21 million homes each winter. In fact, 24 percent of homeowners report mice and rat infestations during the winter months.”
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU MAY HAVE A MICE OR RAT INFESTATION?
Since most rodents are nocturnal animals, it is very important to understand and look for signs that may suggest you have an infestation. The first and probably most prominent sign is to see if you notice any small, brown droppings on your floor, in drawers, in cabinets, under cushions, etc. Another sign of an infestation may include sounds. If you think you have an infestation, then listen carefully at night when you have turned out all of the lights. Do you hear the sounds of something screeching and scurrying? Because many infestations occur during the winter months, you may also notice areas where the rodents have gained entry into the home or are beginning to burrow such as air ducts, the attic, and the walls.
During an inspection of your home for possible rodent infestations, a Hopper Pest Professional will look for a total of eleven things during their inspection. These include:
Humans are not the only species on the planet that get cold and need shelter to survive in extreme weather. When the temperature outside begins to drop, rodents and insects begin their hunt for warmth. Though many animals and pests find shelter in a burrow or nest, far too many find their way to the inside of your home.
Take a look at the following rodent and insect exclusion techniques below to learn just how you can help protect your home from outside critters this season.
SEAL IT UP!
Rodents such as house mice can squeeze their body through a hole or opening as small as ¼ of an inch while insects such as spiders can typically get through any space light can travel. Because of this, it is very important to go through the inside and outside of your home to look for places to seal so that pests can’t enter your home. Popular entry points include unsealed doors and windows, gaps around pipes, gaps in crawl space or attic vents, unsealed gaps around garage doors, and gaps around sewer drains.
In addition to sealing up the holes and cracks in your home, it is also a good idea to go through your food to make sure that all food is sealed. Rodents and insects are not only looking for shelter during extreme temps, but they are also looking to keep themselves nourished.
STOP THE WATER FLOW
A water source can also be very attractive to pests during extreme weather. Leaking faucets, pipes, and drains should be inspected. Most small leaks can be fixed by adding caulk or other sealant. Since water is necessary for the survival of rodents and insects, cutting off their water supply and making it more difficult for them to make themselves at home is just one step in making sure they don’t infiltrate your home.
CLEAN UP OUTDOORS
Many plants and shrubs do tend to die down as winter gets near. However, if you notice any greenery near your home, trim it as much as possible so that it is not touching the house. Leaving plants and trees too close to the home offers many rodents and insects a clear cut way into your home. If there are several plants, it may be difficult for you to detect exactly how pests are getting into your home.
HOME AND HEALTH RISKS
Once inside of your home, rodents and insects not only become an unwanted stress, but they can cause serious damage to the home and may even put you and your family’s health at risk. Because rodents and insects carry disease, it is very important that you take the necessary steps to keep them out of your home completely.
In addition to causing health problems, rodents such as rats can cause serious damage to your home. One example of possible property damage due to rodents such as mice and rats entering the home is damage to electrical wiring. These types of rodents like to burrow themselves inside of your walls where many of your electrical wires run. If they begin to gnaw on electrical wires, they could start a house fire.
CALL THE PROFESSIONALS
Although these techniques are simple, it’s always a good idea to call in the professionals to give your home a full inspection. The highly trained technicians at Hopper Environmental Services work each day battling pest and pest infestations. Their experience allows them to see past the ordinary and spot small cracks and holes rodents and insects use to gain entrance into your home and business that you may not notice. They will also know exactly what to do and how to manage the situation once pests have been detected.
From Mountain Home to Mountain View to Fayetteville and everywhere in between, Hopper Environmental Services has the tools, techniques, and experience to eliminate pests and help you prevent rodent and insects from entering your home or business. Give us a call at 1-888-863-0206 to learn more about Hopper’s Pest Control Services and how they can help.
Labor Day is quickly approaching and that can mean only one thing…the end of summer. Many people will be packing up their summer home away from home and hitting the road. Many of us know that no matter how organized or prepared you are before leaving your home, things happen…water leaks, a broken window from a storm, rodent infestations.
But what if you had someone who could watch, visit, and inspect your home while you were away? What if there was someone who could open up your home for when you were ready to visit and close it all down when you were ready to go?
Hopper Home Watch is the answer for anyone who has a home that they leave for long or extended periods of time. We offer a variety of services and customize them to fit the needs of each home.
MORE THAN A SECURITY SYSTEM
Hopper Home Watch isn’t a security system. It’s so much more! We visit your home while you are away to make sure everything is in good order. We check for things such as leaks, water damage, appliance issues, tripped breakers, and storm damage.
Whether we visit weekly, daily, or once a month, we can customize our services to meet your needs. Some of our custom services include watering and feeding interior and exterior plants, starting and idling a stored vehicle, and taking photos after a storm for you and your insurance company.
We even coordinate with other professionals such as landscape, maintenance, real estate, and many more to take the stress out of running a household.
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
Give Hopper Home Watch a call today at 870.425.4122 or visit our website http://hopperhomewatch.com to set up a free consultation and let us customize a home watch plan that will set your mind at ease. We can even open up your home and have it ready for you when you walk through the door. Let us watch, so you don’t worry.
As the weather cools in the next few months, and the grain has been scavenged from the field, our furry little friends find their way into our homes. These insidious tiny creatures are desperate for food and warmth as the winter days approach and are masterful at finding their way into our basements, our walls, our attics, inside our cupboards and underneath the floor. These critters have based their survival over thousands of years on their ability to burrow and hide in warm places, so battling them takes more than a few cats.
Lisa discovered when she bought her dream home in rural America that her cats could not keep up with the influx of mice. She had never had a rodent problem living in the city, but soon found her home overrun. Often her felines would actually compound the problem, catching a field mouse and delivering it unharmed at her feet, where once freed, it would scamper up the drapes and the battle was on. She thought her solid stone walls would be no match for mice and the other odd looking rodents of various colors, mainly grey and brown, but she was wrong. They soon found every nook and cranny that Lisa hadn't noticed when she moved in. Her silverware tray was filled with mouse droppings, but she couldn't find where they had made their nest.
One day she sat down to play her mother's piano and found the keys were striking muffled tones, or worse, no sound at all. Perplexed, she looked inside and found the problem; the mice had made several nests inside, and were using the holes of the foot pedals as doors. She was devastated when the piano expert told her it would cost over a thousand dollars to fix. That's when she finally got smart and found Hopper Environmental Services in Mountain Home, Arkansas.
This environmentally responsible, Rodent Elimination Program utilizes the latest strategies, technologies and materials to eradicate your problem and to help keep it from returning. We will make sanitation recommendations to clients, offer exclusion suggestions and service options, discuss habitat alterations (trimming of shrubs and trees, etc) – and of course – offer a number of practical treatment methodologies to eliminate the current rodent populations.
Not only is our Rodent Elimination Program quick, safe, and affordable, you also get our guarantee that if the rodents return, so do we at no charge!
When you don’t have the right tools and services, pests can become an unfortunate factor in everyday life. It’s one thing to have to take care of these issues in a home setting. However, it can become a whole new ball game when it comes to your business.
In addition to the physical damage that termites and other bugs can cause, the infestation can put your company’s reputation on the line. What client is going to give you repeat business with rodents scurrying across the floor as if they own the place? From an infestation of silverfish and earwigs to the dreaded cockroach and rodent-sized critters, Hopper Environmental Services are your go-to commercial pest control in Arkansas. We are experts at thoroughly resolving these in-office issues.
Hopper Offers Commercial Pest Treatment Plans
The thing with pests is that once you see two or three; you can be almost certain that there’s an infestation lurking behind your walls. The licensed personnel at Hopper are the best in all of Central and Northwest Arkansas; we have the track record and list of clientele to prove it.
When you call Hopper, we will set up a customized Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program specifically for your business. To begin the program, we start with a thorough inspection of not only your building but also an examination of your staff’s cultural habits. This initial inspection takes into account structural considerations, as well as minimizing our imprint on the day-to-day activities of your business. Once a plan is designed, it is time to move on and get the IPM program started.
Throughout the program, you, the business owner, will be apprised of everything you need to do to keep the infestation away once we eradicate it thoroughly. This can include regular scheduled maintenance – to avoid a major future recurrence. Our team will discover the points of access for pests, and identify problem areas that have a high probability of ushering in new critters. Even after pest populations drop, we will continue to monitor, evaluate, and review the program as it progresses.
Give Us a Call Today!
With decades of experience in public facility pest management, we have intimate knowledge of the propensity of spots such as break rooms and harborage points that often serve as breeding grounds for pests. Our control methods eliminate these comfort zones for them, where the darkness and the dampness are otherwise capable of giving rise to untold numbers.
If you have a business in Central Arkansas or Northwest Arkansas, rest assured; Hopper Environmental Services is the best at what we do. Pest Control is our specialty, and we depend on word-of-mouth to spread our services – so you can depend on the highest, most accommodating quality.
For more information regarding treatment, pricing, or to set up an appointment for service, call Hopper in Mountain Home or Springdale, Arkansas at 888-863-0206 or visit us online at hopperenvironmentalservices.com.
The flea. An annoying, jumping, creepy parasite that can become a recurring nuisance to not just your furry family, but your human family as well! The most common type of flea is the cat flea. Cat fleas do not just dine on cats. These fleas survive on warm blooded hosts such as dogs, cats, rabbits, and humans. The average flea ranges in size from about 1/12 to 1/6 inch long. They are very small, mostly brown in color and acquire access to their host by jumping.
Female fleas can lay from 200-400 eggs in their life cycle that mostly hatch within two days, but can remain dormant for over a year. Yikes! Fleas can carry disease, so aside from being annoying it is important to eliminate these pests for health reasons as well. This is where Hopper Environmental Services can help. There are many do-it-yourself treatments including traps, flea bombs, herbal sprays, essential oils, and store bought powders and sprays. Most of these DIY methods are for mild flea problems. Some of these remedies can be messy or even harmful to your furry family members, so be sure to research any adverse effects thoroughly before attempting self treatment.
While home remedies may work, you will often have to repeat the procedure several times to completely eradicate your home of fleas. This can be time consuming and end up costing more than if you called a professional first. If you have an infestation, look into hiring a professional for fast and complete eradication of the pests. It's also imperative to treat your pets with a veterinarian recommended flea treatment. Some remedies will require you to be away from the premises for an extended period of time for safety reasons. Make sure you are aware of any of these risks, and how the treatment may affect those in your home.
Hopper Environmental Services Recommendations Before We Treat for Fleas
1. As always it is suggested that you make arrangements to have your pet(s) treated for fleas.
The best time to start a flea control program is late Spring (NOW!), and of course, prior to an infestation. But any time you notice a problem, don't wait! Hopper Environmental Services offers in-home treatment for fleas consisting of treating the carpeted areas of your home as well as any upholstered furniture. For more information regarding treatment, pricing, or to set up an appointment for service, call Hopper in Mountain Home or Springdale, Arkansas at 888-863-0206 or visit us online at hopperenvironmentalservices.com.
If you surmise that you may have a problem with pests, or if you come home and find an unwanted critter taken up residence, quick action is key. You may be tempted to try and remove the culprit on your own, but this is a risky reaction and it could have disastrous results. A better approach to dealing with these situations is to contact a pest control expert, such as the experts at Hopper Environmental Services.
Some significant advantages to hiring a professional for pest control issues include:
Preparing for Spring?
Springtime is almost upon us, and many of you may want to begin your spring cleaning early. Call Hopper Environmental Services to assist; they can help identify pest or rodent problems and eliminate them before the summer months.
Arkansas Pest Management Association appoints new president Dallas Hopper
Dallas Hopper of Hopper Environmental Services was recently installed as the new president of the Arkansas Pest Management Association. Dallas is a native of Mountain Home and currently manages the company's Springdale location.
Dallas is a University of Arkansas graduate and quickly soon after began managing the Hopper Environmental Services northwest regional office. Dallas represents the third generation of Hoppers into management of the family-owned business.
Hopper Environmental Services provides dependable, effective solutions for termite and pest problems. Their highly trained technicians provide a range of services, from residential to commercial and industrial, small to large buildings, that eliminate termites and other pests. Hopper Environmental Services is a certified QualityPro company.
The Arkansas Pest Management Association is responsible for promoting a higher level of professionalism in the pest management industry through education and networking; effectively representing members and this industry to regulators, legislators and consumers; and increasing the pest management market in Arkansas.
For more information on Hopper Environmental Services, visit www.HopperEnvironmentalServices.com
Whether pests around your home seem like a nuisance or a nightmare to you, the presence of vermin can actually be bad for your health. Bugs such as dust mites and cockroaches can cause an array of health problems for your household, including asthma. Being bitten by certain spiders can lead to serious injuries – and such a bite may even result in fatality if it isn’t treated in a timely manner. If critters like rats or raccoons enter your home, their waste matter may also cause health issues for your family (and being bitten by such an animal could cause a life-threatening injury).
While pest prevention and elimination is therefore essential for your health, using too much of a chemical extermination product may also cause health issues. Such health risks may even have increased recently due to an increase in the use and misuse of such products. The poisons used to kill vermin can have a negative impact on your health, and they may also compromise the environmental safety of your geographical area.
As the chill starts to set in and people exchange their lawnmowers for snow blowers, pest control may be the last thing on your mind until the Spring thaw. Many believe that the pests around their home have simply frozen and died or have gone elsewhere for the winter. Nothing could be further from the truth as pest control in the winter is just as important as during the other seasons so that your home stays protected.
Here are some of the reasons why year-round prevention is a must, even if you live in the coldest climates.
A Haven for Rodents. We already know that rodent problems in Arkansas are nothing new but these guys aren't travelling South for the winter. In fact, they're coming into your home. The two most common rodents, Norway Rats and Mice, will have no problem finding access into your warm home if all entry points aren't sealed properly. Rodents build nests and, even worse, can carry some pretty dangerous and contagious diseases. Pest control in the winter can eradicate these rodent issues.
Bugs in Your Home. You may not see as many bugs flying or crawling around during the winter. This is because they are safe and cozy behind your walls, probably laying eggs for the coming Spring. Arkansas pest control services are needed in order to root out these nesting insects, remove spider webs, any egg cases, and wasp nests so that they don't reemerge during the warmer months.
Thorough Indoor Treatment. While your pest control services year round likely concentrates on both the inside and the outside of your home, treatment in the winter months gives your technician the opportunity to focus thoroughly on some particular indoor areas in your home. A thorough treatment of the attic during this time would be a good idea, for example.
Don't make the mistake of slacking off on pest control services during wintertime. There are pests taking refuge in your home for the same reasons that you are. It's cold outside! The rodents and bugs in your home aren't taking a seasonal break and are waiting for the Spring thaw to reemerge with a vengeance. Whether you're in need of mountain home pest control, residential, or commercial pest control, the concept is the same. Year-round treatment will save you a lot of money and hassle in the long run.
What can make your family drop everything and run? What can strike fear upon any who catches a glimpse of terror on eight legs? Men, is there a certain tone of voice your wife or children use to scream your name and you know duty calls? Probably one of the most unsettling creatures your loved ones will face inside your home are spiders.
I am willing to bet you have found yourself wondering at multiple times, how to get rid of spiders. The Ozarks is home to an abundance of things. Our area has wonderful some wondrous natural beauty such as lakes, rivers, parks, trees, and a variety of natural resources. Unfortunately, it is also home to a plethora of eight legged friends, and I do use the term friend loosely! In fact, spiders in Arkansas are so common that most of us know what the typical spiders in the home are called by name.
One of the most common spiders in Arkansas is the wolf spider. Intrusive and frightening to see, they can become very large in size and are quick on their feet. Though they are not poisonous, they can be very intimidating simply because of their size and speed. If you have wolf spider problems, rest assured they are not dangerous and Hopper Environmental Services knows exactly how to rid your home of these pests.
The Brown Recluse is probably one of the areas best known spiders and possibly the most panic inducing. Recognized by it's brown color and unique fiddle shaped markings on it's back, that's where this little pest's nickname the fiddle spider comes from. No one wants to see one of these guys in their home! Unfortunately they are pretty common in our area. The bite of a brown recluse is poisonous, but these spiders are not typically aggressive, hence the recluse part of their name. If you spot this 6 eyed creature in your home you definitely want to take action.
Another poisonous spider found in Arkansas is the Black Widow. With a name like that, you know it is bound to be something you don't want around! The female spider is shiny black with a red hour glass figure on her abdomen. The male of the species have spots on their backs and red and yellow bands. While these spiders are fairly timid and usually only bite when threatened, their bite can result in pretty serious consequences. The bite is particularly bad for young children or the elderly, so seek immediate medical attention if you or a loved one is bitten.
Spiders thrive in the yard and especially in the leaves that have not been raked or mulched. They are also attracted by all those delicious insects that you invite into your home by leaving the porch light on in the evenings. The right type of light bulb could cut down on this all-you-can-eat spider buffet. Tips like these are a big factor in spider control.
Knowledge and experience are very important when it comes to getting rid of spiders, especially the poisonous variety. You want to make sure you have exactly what you need to take care of the issue. That is why the services of a professional will keep the shrieks of fear in your home to a minimum. The best way to get rid of spiders in Mountain Home, AR is by getting on an affordable pest control maintenance plan with a dependable local company like Hopper Environmental Services. Our team of dedicated trained professionals will make sure those arachnids do not find your home a welcoming environment. So remember, next time you discover these uninvited house guests trying to make your home their home, call Hopper Environmental Services for all your pest control needs!
Summer is in full swing and let's face it, you've got plans. For most, those plans include how you want to spend your money. You probably have vacation plans, shopping plans, and travel plans. Here in the Mountain Home area, you're most likely planning trips to the lake for camping and cookouts. You have a list of things to do and fun to have...and there's a good chance pest control isn't on that list. Summertime screams of fun and paying for pest control just doesn't sound very fun.
Nowadays folks are looking to save a little money in any way they can. That often includes cutting down on services they deem unnecessary. Paying for pest control in Mountain Home, Arkansas may be one of the services that appears to be something you can do without. After all, you have access to the internet...DIY's are everywhere you turn. You also have plenty of access to the big name chain home improvement stores in this area. Surely they have something you can use to take care of any pest control problem that may arise. Why not grab just something off the shelf? What exactly are the benefits of having a pest control company? If you can cut a few corners and save a few bucks why shouldn't you?
Hopper Environmental Services understands your concerns. Pest control costs can appear to be frivolous at times. You can be sure there are serious advantages of using the services of professional pest control companies in comparison to over-the-counter or do-it-yourself methods. One of the first and most obvious benefits to having a pest control company is the products they use. Many things you buy off the shelves have similar ingredients to professional grade products, but the concentration is much much greater in the products used by a licensed company. Don't let a fancy label with persuasive words trick you into thinking you can get the same results from using an off-the-shelf method as you can with using a professional service. A pest control specialist will often use a large amount of highly concentrated product on a single home. It seems silly to believe you could get the same results from a small jug of something much less concentrated, but that is what they want you to believe.
Knowledge is also a great benefit of using a company like Hopper Environmental Services. We take great pride in the training of our employees and making sure each and every technician knows exactly what they are doing. Up to date and current training and education is a must. Even though you may feel confident in taking care of an issue, such as annoying pests in your home, the truth is do you really want to chance it when it comes to using the right kind of ingredients needed? Our pest control specialists are trained to safely and competently take care of your family's needs. Why leave something like that to chance? Yearly training is mandatory for technicians in the state of Arkansas. That should give you confidence that we are serving you with an up to date knowledge base and quality pest control.
Another huge benefit of using a pest control company is that they treat the problem, not the symptom. Any success you manage to achieve with a store bought contact method will only treat the symptom and won't get to the root of the problem. Today's world thrives on instant gratification, and most times you can achieve that, but it is short lived. Many are fooled into thinking that aerosol can they bought at the dollar store is as effective as a licensed, trained pest control professional because they see an immediate dead bug. The products used by a professional will have a residual effect, not just a contact effect. The chemicals ingested by the insect will be carried back to the others and you will see long term results. Not to mention, this method is much safer than inhaling fumes from those products.
Relationship and commitment is something that is missing when you reach for a mass produced can or bottle to come to your aid. Hopper is here. Not only to are we here to solve any current pest control issues you may be having, but also to make sure everything possible is done to prevent you from dealing with more issues in the future. Local pest control in Mountain Home, Arkansas matters to us. Hopper Environmental Services is owned and operated by people who live here alongside you. We aren't just a business, we are your neighbors. We are the people you see walking up and down the aisles in the grocery store. We are committed to keeping this area beautiful and safe because it is our home too. That means, as our customers, you aren't just another name on a list. You and your family are important to us. Don't let the fear of high costs keep you from calling on our professional services. We have affordable plans to fit every budget. So the next time you find yourself wondering how to get rid of pests, think Hopper Environmental Services and give us a call!
Summertime is upon us! As school comes to a close for another year, the Twin Lakes Area looks forward to another summer full of lake time, sunshine, warm weather, vacations, fun, and ants!? Wait...one of those things doesn't sound as fun as the rest. While we all enjoythe many things summer brings with it here in the beautiful Mountain Home area,one of the not so enjoyable things is pests! We aren't the only creatureslooking forward to that sunshine and fun. Once these unwanted guests haveinvaded your life, it can be very difficult to get rid of them and will mostlikely lead you to needing pest control in Mountain Home.
If you are fortunate and haven't been visited by these pesky house guests yet, then your best option is preventative pest control. You will want to take all the steps you can to make sure you aren't providing an appealing habitat for these insects. When it comes to your home there are some small and easy steps that go a long way to make sure ants don't feel welcome. While a clean house may be inviting to your family and friends, it is not so inviting to ants. Taking out your trash regularly and making sure you clean up spills and crumbs will help make sure you aren't providing them with a yummy food source. Take particular care not to leave sticky sugary messes around. A good meal will keep them coming back for more! Also storing your food in air tight containers is a great way to protect your food. Another easy thing you can do is make sure you keep bushes, shrubs, and tree branches from touching your house by trimming them back. If not, they can provide a nice little bridges from the outside world directly into your home.
If you are not so fortunate and have found yourself needing ant control in Mountain Home or the surrounding areas, the best thing you can do is take action! Don't put off doing something about it. Keep in mind there are several different kinds of ants in our area. Tiny black ant problems can seem pretty harmless and you may be tempted to hold off on seeking help, but don't. These tiny black ants, also known as the Odorous House Ant, may seem pesky and harmless, but if you let the problem go they can be very, very difficult to get rid of. Carpenter Ant problems can be a big deal! They are more than just a nuisance. These ants are highly destructive and can cause structural damage along the same lines as termites, if left unattended. You can usually identify a Carpenter Ant by its larger black body.They range in size from 1/4 of an inch to an inch long. These ants colonize and carve galleries, or pathways, into wood to move their nest around. This can cause major damage to your home. Keep your eyes open for moist or damp areas for these guys. Areas like windows and decks may be where they pop up. Fire ant problems are the most painful (literally) of the bunch! Fireants are small ranging from about an 1/8 of an inch to 1/4 of an inch and are a coppery red color. They are also very aggressive and like to bite! This variety of ant is found mostly outside, but they will move indoors sometimes during hot, dry weather. That kind of weather is not uncommon in this area in the summer. These mean little pests are known for their sting and one ant can sting several times leaving behind red welts on the skin. If you have fire ants, wiping out their whole colony, including the queen, is required.
If ants haven't made their way into your house, but you have seen them outside, you are probably wondering how toget rid of ants in your yard. A couple steps you can take to make your yardless inviting would be to make sure you clean up any fallen tree branches and other moist decaying wood that they would find appealing. Also be sure to store firewood up off the ground if possible.
The best thing you can do, if you are dealing with any sort of ant problem in the Mountain Home, Arkansas area, is to give Hopper Environmental Services a call. While over-the-counter, do-it-yourself treatments may be appealing, you want to make sure you get the results you need in safe and timely fashion. A licensed, professional pest control service is your best bet to rid yourself of you run wanted guests, and they have a pest control plan to suit your budget.