BUGS, INSECTS, ARACHNIDS. What's the difference?
"Bug" is a universally accepted term used to describe most creepy crawly creatures we encounter in and around our homes, apartments, places of business and etc. But, not everything we call a bug is truly a bug. In fact, the critters we call "bugs" usually fall into one of three categories: bugs, insects, or arachnids. Confused? At Hopper Termite & Pest we definitely know the difference. Day in and day out we deal with all types of bugs and insects and basically all pests in between. Check out the picture below to learn some of the main differences between bugs, insects, and arachnids.
Characteristics: Hardened Forewings, No Teeth, Stylet (straw-shaped mouth for sucking juice from plants or mammals), One Set of Wings
Life Cycle: Incomplete Metamorphosis (Egg, Larva/Caterpillar, Winged Adults)
Numbers: 75,000 Species
Popular Species: Cicadas, Stink Bugs, Bed Bugs, Water Bugs, Aphids, Boxelder Bugs, Lice
Characteristics: Three Part Bodies (Head, Thorax, Abdomen), Two Pairs of Wings (in some species, only reproductive members have wings), Three Pairs of Legs, Sensory Antennae, Proboscis (retractable "straw") or Chewing Mouthparts
Life Cycle: Metamorphosis (Egg, Larva/ Caterpillar, Pupa/ Cocoon, Adult)
Numbers: 150,000 Species
Popular Species: Bees, Mosquitoes, Cockroaches, Beetles, Ants, Dragonflies, Moths, Wasps, Flies, Grasshoppers, Crickets
Characteristics: Eight Legs, No Antennae, No Wings, Two Body Segments
Life Cycle: Egg, Immature (Resembles Adult) or Bear Live Young (Scorpions)
Numbers: 100,000 Species
Popular Species: Centipedes, Spiders, Ticks, Mites, Scorpions
Here at Hopper Termite & Pest we are prepared to handle all types of bugs, insects, and arachnids! If you have concerns about any of these pests in or around your home, be sure to contact us today. We can put your “bug” concerns to bed!
As a business owner, you already know that your building is the foundation of all sales, and its appearance can quickly increase or decrease profits. Protect your business’ reputation by maintaining a clean and pest-free environment for your customers. Hopper Termite and Pest can help you operate free and clear of the pests that summertime brings. Here are the top three pests to be on the lookout for this summer:
These eight-legged pests are in search of cold and dark areas such as your inventory/storage room, underneath cabinets, and near refrigerated items. Spiders can enter your business through poorly sealed windows and in shipments of your inventory. Keeping your storage room and your business clean and organized will help keep spiders away from your assets. Spiders are on the hunt for prey, so if other pests find your business undesirable, spiders will have to look elsewhere for prey. Hopper can treat any spider issue you have, safely and effectively.
These critters are on the hunt for food and water. If there are uncleaned spills or opened food in your establishment, you are creating the perfect environment for ant colonies to thrive. If you spot ants in your establishment, it is important to call Hopper Termite and Pest. Our certified commercial team will locate their point of entry, and make sure the entire colony of ants is eradicated to prevent them from coming back.
When customers are browsing your selection, they do not want to be bothered by flies buzzing around their heads. Customers who see many flies in a store often assume the building is dirty, and will most likely leave. Flies can mature and multiply quickly, so once they are spotted, it is important to start the pest control process immediately. Hopper’s certified commercial team will locate all breeding grounds and eliminate them to prevent flies from distracting your customers.
THE HOPPER ADVANTAGE
Do you have multiple properties? Concerned about having to deal with various pest control companies? Hopper Pest Control covers a wide area in North Central and Northwest Arkansas and can service all of your properties. One company. One call. If any pest does find a way into your business, Hopper’s professionals are there at a moment’s notice. We take care of the situation discreetly and work with you for long-term relief and prevention. Give us a call today!
Are you comfortable sharing your home with flies, ants, roaches and rats? Some homeowners are unaware they are being invaded. This is the time of year especially with warmer temperatures, when pest start to come out in droves looking for food and searching for mates.
The average home has a minimum of 100 species of insects, spiders, bugs and rodents as tenants. Many of the species are small, not much larger than a grain of salt. Hopper Termite & Pest are the professionals that can evict those unwanted guests. After they are evicted, consider the following prevention and entry point elimination tips:
Inspect for pests and pest-proof your home restricting access.
Since insects target kitchen pantries and cupboards for food sources, insects are found in kitchens where a lot of crumbs fall between the gaps. Be sure to clean food debris frequently.
Insects create nests in walls or floor voids when indoors. Seal any floor voids and gaps around moldings.
Pests may crawl indoors through cracks and crevices in the foundation. Seal all cracks, crevices and entry points around doors, walls and windows.
Roaches and other pests will gather at water sources. Don’t leave dishes in the sink with water in them. Repair any leaky pipes or dripping taps. Remove the water and humidity that pests, including termites and ants, need to survive.
Ensure trash bin lid stays firmly shut, especially if you put food scraps in there.
Empty the trash bin regularly of all rotting food. Flies lay their eggs in rotting meat.
Use bug-proof containers for storing food. Ants are particularly drawn to sugar, so keep anything sweet in airtight containers.
Screens over windows and doors to help stop flies from gaining entry. Pests will enter your home through torn screens and weatherstripping that’s worn away (bugs will enter via weatherstripping). If you’re worried about mice, check out the rubber gasket under your garage door to make sure it seals tightly with the floor.
Notice a trail of ants coming through a crack in the windowsill? Fill the gaps.
Trim, prune or remove any trees, landscaping, vegetation or mulch touching your home. Thus, removing a direct pathway for entry beneath the home’s siding. Bushes and piles of wood are terrific thoroughfares for bugs. Tree branches especially can bring bugs to your home, especially if the tree is tall enough for your second story. Trim back your tree branches.
Spider webs should be removed. Attempt to prevent web building by sweeping and vacuuming in closets, under furniture, and in corners. Use a long pole to remove webs from hard to reach corners inside and outside your home.
Termite infestation? Look for swarmers (winged termites) seeking to mate and start a new colony. Inspect dwelling’s foundation for mud tunnels.
Go through your house looking for gaps around your gas, plumbing and AC lines, exhaust vents, even phone and TV cables. If your home has siding, check for gaps and holes on it and around the trim. You also should look under the siding where it meets up with your home’s foundation. A shifting foundation, rot and bad construction can leave holes perfect for pests to use.
Your roof’s fascia and soffits can have holes and gaps, especially if your home is joined to another (townhomes, etc.). Holes and gaps in your fascia/soffits are terrific entryways for wasps, bats and squirrels.
Clean your gutters! Corn ants love to nest in gutters filled with dirt and leaves.
Check your dryer’s damper door to make sure it opens and closes freely. Check to see if the damper door is sticky and is staying open. Again, birds and squirrels, rats and mice love to enter homes via open damper doors.
Check your roof for vents that have broken or are missing screens – bats and squirrels often enter attics and roof crawl spaces this way.
If you have a chimney and you don’t have a cap on it, get one. Birds and rodents love to make nests in chimneys.
YOU’RE OUTTA HERE!
The sure-fire way to kick out unwanted pests is to contact Hopper Termite & Pest. While there are many things you can do yourself to prevent many pest issues inside and outside of your house, you want to make sure you get the results you need in a safe, and timely fashion. A licensed professional at Hopper is your best bet to rid yourself of these unwanted guests. Give us a call and let’s start the eviction process today!