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.
Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, is one of the environmentally friendly options Hopper uses to help rid your home or business of pests. Although IPM doesn’t use highly toxic products, this option may be best if you have children past the crawling stage.
IPM starts with a thorough inspection and is followed by knowledgeable recommendations such as sealing food containers, caulking pest entry points, cutting shrubbery and trees away from the home, and other exclusion techniques. Items such as glue boards and mechanical controls may also be used during this method. And as a last resort, low impact materials may be used to control a pest problem if it seems to be growing and getting out of hand.
THE GREEN FIRST PROGRAM CAN ELIMINATE YOUR PEST PROBLEMS
Our Green First program is another option for families with small children. The program uses non-chemical methods, like our standard pest programs, to prevent and manage pests and rodents around your home or business. These methods are called Preventative Pest Management. PPM uses exclusion techniques such as caulking and sealing pest entry points to prevent the entry of rodents and pests in the home before using other means of elimination.
If other means are needed during the Green First Program, we start out by using green products including organic compounds with low impact materials. If the situation is still not getting better, we will then apply a small amount of standard materials in a targeted manner as a back-up.
START WITH THE ALL GREEN PROGRAM
The All Green Program uses 100% green products to help eliminate rodents and pests in your home. Those who are worried about the little ones in their family and pets in the home may find this the best alternative. This program uses plant oils which are “Generally Recognized As Safe” (GRAS) and/or have been approved for food and beverage consumption by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
To say that it has been a rainy and wet spring is an understatement. Many parts of Hopper's service area have been affected due to the heavy rainfall and flooding. Although things are starting to dry up a little, there are still things to take into consideration. As rain has saturated the ground, many insects and pests are making their way to homes in search of food and shelter. Here are a few bugs to keep a close eye on.
Like many other ground dwelling insects, ants don’t do too well when April showers become May floods. When rain showers become too much and flood an underground ant nest, the colony is left “homeless”. When this happens, ants begin their search for higher and drier land. Unfortunately for us, they usually find a dry place in our home. And since ants are considered social insects, if you find one, you can bet that there are a couple hundred nearby.
Ants can wreak havoc on a home and homeowners should take immediate action to keep ants from becoming an infestation. Once they figure out that your home is not only dry but contains food, they are likely NOT to move out on their own and over-the-counter remedies may not be useful if the number of ants moving in continues to grow.
Mosquitoes plus water usually equals more mosquitoes. With all of the rain this spring, it may have been difficult if not impossible to make sure places around your home are free from standing water. Standing water is perfect for mosquitoes and their reproduction. You would think that heavy rain coming down would help squat some of the airborne critters, but studies have shown that mosquitoes have no problems flying in the rain.
What do you do to keep the number of mosquitoes and mosquito bites at bay? On a personal level, you can use a deterrent spray to keep them from biting you and your family. You can also be diligent in making sure there is no standing water in your yard or around your house.
When the weather has been wetter than normal, many people think of mosquitos and other pests before they think of termites. However, there is one thing that termites love more than wood and that is wood that has water damage. After heavy rains and flooding, wood in and around the home can easily become waterlogged. The wood creating beautiful decks and the wood beams that are a part of many home foundations are perfect for termites. After heavy rains and flooding, it is important to inspect your home in places that may have remained saturated by water to see if there was water damage or if you can help dry out the area. If you do suspect that termites are causing damage, give Hopper a call so that we can send one of our technicians out to properly inspect your property for termites.
GIVE HOPPER ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES A CALL TODAY!
These are just a few of the pests that make their appearance when heavy rains and flooding have occurred. There are a few things you can do to help the situation; however, if you are wanting to get rid of these annoying and troublesome bugs, then give Hopper Environmental Services a call today. Remember, our service area includes Mountain Home, Fayetteville, Mountain View, and everywhere in between.
We have a variety of services to choose from including a Termite Treatment service to target termites before they create too much costly damage. Our trained and educated technicians can inspect your home or business and suggest a pest management service that is just right for your buggy situation. Give us a call at 1-888-863-0206 and let us help you eliminate any unwanted pests.
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.
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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.