Gutters. Most homes have them installed and many can agree that they are a headache to properly maintain. What most people don’t understand is that cleaning out your gutters is about more than checking a task off your to-do list.
Here are a few things you should know about your gutters and why keeping them cleaned out is important for your home, your family, and an overall healthy environment
CLOGGED GUTTERS ARE A BREEDING GROUND FOR PESTS
Clean gutters collect rainwater and direct it away from your home. However, clogged gutters tend to collect more than just rainwater. In the spring when it rains more than usual, it’s easy for clogged gutters to have stagnant water. Stagnant water is a breeding ground for pests such as mosquitoes, roaches, gnats, and ants.
In addition to having plenty of water after a rainy day, clogged gutters also provide shelter for many pests and small animals. Twigs, pine needles, leaves, and other debris piles up forming the perfect nesting environment. Having these animals, rodents, and pests build nests so close to your home is dangerous, and these creatures will have easy access to your attic and your home.
CLOGGED GUTTERS CAN CAUSE STRUCTURAL PROBLEMS
If getting rid of bugs around your home wasn’t enough of a reason to clean out your gutters, then you also need to think about the structural damage that can be caused by clogged gutters. Standing water and water running off at different points or towards the home can cause the wood around windows, doors, and fascia boards to rot. Not only does this affect the structure of your home, but rotting wood also attracts termites and carpenter ants. These pests alone are worth keeping your gutters clean since they can completely destroy your home.
Excess water around the perimeter of the home can also cause the foundation to weaken and crack. Not only is cracking foundation a structural issue, but cracks are easy access points for bugs.
WAYS TO KEEP YOUR GUTTERS PEST FREE
First and foremost, clean out your gutters and clean them often. If your home is located under several trees where debris can easily blow in, it may be necessary to do this once a month. You may also want to look at how close trees and large bushes are to your home. By trimming or cutting down trees and bushes that are close, you can prevent leaves, twigs, and branches from building up so often in your gutter system.
If you are not able to clean your gutters on a regular basis, you may want to look into gutter protection systems or gutter shields. With gutter protection system in place, debris stays out of the gutters and water can flow freely. If you are still noticing standing water, then check how the gutters are hanging. If a bracket becomes loose and lowers the gutter, the angle may be keeping water from flowing properly.
INSECTS? RODENTS? HOPPER TERMITE & PEST CAN HELP YOU BE BUG-FREE
Hopper Termite & Pest may not be able to clean out your gutters, but we can help you out if you discover harboring insects, rodents, and wildlife. Our highly trained technicians have experience dealing with a variety of pests and even wild animals. We can safely remove whatever is calling your gutters their new home and give you recommendations on moving forward.
Give Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. a call today at 1-888-863-0206 to schedule your FREE PEST EVALUATION.
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 TERMITE & PEST, INC. 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 Termite & Pest, Inc. 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 Termite & Pest, Inc. 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 Termite & Pest, Inc. will take care of the problem.
Let Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. 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.
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 Termite & Pest, Inc. 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!
Summer is definitely here. Along with longer days, gardening, hiking, camping, or just enjoying the great outdoors, comes ticks. Whether it's your furry friend bringing them into your house, or you taking a seat on the grass at the ballpark, no one wants ticks.
Tick bites are more than an itchy nuisance. Ticks can carry disease, such as Lyme disease, which is a serious health problem in the U.S. According to the CDC, Lyme disease is estimated to affect approximately 300,000 American each year. Symptoms can include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic bulls-eye skin rash. Of course, not all ticks carry disease, but their bite is still itchy and unpleasant, and can become infected.
Ticks are unable to jump, so they grab on to their host when they walk by. They hang onto a blade of grass with their rear legs and hold their front legs outstretched waiting for you or your pet to brush against them so they can hitch a ride. No one wants to spend the summer indoor worrying about ticks, so here are a few ways to prevent being bitten by these creepy crawlies.
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 Termite & Pest, Inc. 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 Termite & Pest, Inc. 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 Termite & Pest, Inc. 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 CallHopper.com.
Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. is now proud to add Mosquito Services to their list of pest control services in Springdale, Fayetteville, Mountain Home and our surrounding areas.
Here are a few things you might not have known about those pesky insects, and how Hopper can help you keep them at bay this spring and summer.
WHY HIRE A PROFESSIONAL TO TAKE CARE OF PEST AND RODENTS?
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 Termite & Pest, Inc.
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 Termite & Pest, Inc. to assist; they can help identify pest or rodent problems and eliminate them before the summer months.
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 traveling 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 to 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 concentrate 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.