As we move out of the winter months, pests become a growing concern again here in the Mountain Home area. One of the more common pests Hopper Termite & Pest experiences in the area are ants! These tiny creatures make their way into our homes, and can really drive you insane with their constant presence, especially inside the house, or even in your food!
One thing that’s important to know is that there are many different types of ants, each of which has their own reasons for being in your home, and each of which has different levels of problems attached to them. It’s important to identify what kind of ant you are dealing with so you know how to best get rid of them, but also to know how severe of an issue their presence is. Ant identification is a big part of controlling the issue, and something the experts here at Hopper can help you with!
If you find ants in your home, we recommend staying away from DYI pesticides and contacting Hopper Termite & Pest to help you address your infestation with expert identification and get the knowledge needed to deal with that particular ant species. If you’re looking to prevent an ant infestation knowing that spring is almost here, then you’ve come to the right place!
WHY ARE THEY HERE?
All ants have something in common, and that is they need food. Understandably, ants like to eat the same foods that we do, so they like to be near their food sources-- your kitchen! They also need moisture to survive, so they like warm wet spaces in the home. Some things you can do to prevent ant infestations are to make sure you fix any water leaks and do not leave puddles or pools of water around the kitchen.
Check under sinks, and near plumbing in bathrooms to make sure there are no leaks or moist areas hiding out of sight. After washing dishes, dry up any puddles or pools of water that may be sitting on the counter or left under dishes hung up to dry. If you do find a leak, make sure to have it fixed right away.
Keep your kitchen clean! Crumbs and open food packaging is one of the number one reasons ants come into your home. It’s like a free all you can eat buffet in there when you leave crumbs out under counters, behind appliances, or under the table. Make sure to fully seal and close food packaging in your pantry. Believe us, you will not be happy when you find your favorite cookies swarming with sugar ants!
Seal your home to the best of your ability. Most ants are very small and can fit in through the tiniest of cracks and holes in your home. Always be checking for small cracks or areas that look like small pests could come through and make sure to seal them up as soon as you can.
Make sure to keep brush and landscaping a safe distance from your home so it is not touching your external walls constantly. Pests like to make their homes in bushes and trees and it makes an easy path to your home from this landscaping.
Try to control ant piles and nests in your yard. Attempt to create proper drainage in your lawn, as sitting water attracts ants and other pests as well.
Overall, there are many preventative steps you can take to keep ants from inside your home. Ants are driven by their desire for food and water, much like us humans, so the harder you make these things to access in your home, the easier it is to keep the pests out.
If you do start to notice these little intruders in your home, stealing bits of your snacks, make sure to give us a call and we will help you identify the issues and make sure to get all your ant issues under control! Give us a call at 870-425-4122 or dig a ilttle deeper into our website services and articles for more information.
SQUASHING THE MYTHS
Cockroaches bring out varied reactions in everyone - from screams and disgust, to believe it or not, admiration. Most would agree that they need to go next door, down the street, to the next town, or preferably to a cockroach heaven or hell. The strong emotions regarding this pesky pest have generated myths and rumors over the years. Hopper Termite & Pest wants to help you separate fact from fiction.
COCKROACHES ONLY INVADE DIRTY HOMES
Depending on ease of access to water and food sources, they do prefer dirtier homes, BUT a clean home is fair game as well. Easy access is their modus operandi. This is why it is important to not only keep your home clean, but to also ensure that cracks and points of entry are properly sealed.
THE BIGGER THE BADDER
Despite the rumors, size makes no difference when it comes to roaches being more dangerous or problematic. Fact is, the smallest can carry disease just as easily as the larger ones.
THEY FEAR THE LIGHT
How many times have you gone into a room, turned on the light and they scurry away? Although some species do prefer living in dark, quiet areas, most cockroaches actually enjoy the light. They’ll gather near windows, or even on a television screen at night. When they do run it’s because they fear humans, the larger predator.
A COCKROACH CAN WITHSTAND A NUCLEAR EXPLOSION
This is among the most common myths quoted as fact. Although they can withstand ten times more radiation than a person, the truth is they would not survive a nuclear event.
IT WILL DIE WHEN IT LOSES ITS HEAD
A cockroach body CAN survive without a head for UP TO A WEEK! The roach breathes through small holes in its body segments and has an open circulatory system. Therefore, since it doesn’t need its head to breathe, it can continue to live. What eventually kills it is the inability to drink, dying of dehydration.
THEY CAN’T LIVE IN A HUMAN BODY
They can! Doctors in Chennai, India recently found a live cockroach inside a lady’s skull after it entered through her nose. Thankfully, they were able to remove it with the use of forceps and a suction apparatus. Another incident was reported of a man who had a cockroach in his ear for three days. Cockroaches tend to seek warm places for shelter during cold winter, and human ears have turned out to have desirable qualities in which a cockroach can survive.
Cockroaches can cause severe allergies and make people sick.
They have been around since dinosaurs roamed the earth. Their lifespan ranges from a few months to two years.
Roaches will eat anything. ANYTHING.
They will drink almost anything as well, including beer – because of the sugars found in alcohol, not because roaches like to party!
They cover the globe – with the exception of Antarctica.
FAST AND FURIOUS
Cockroaches, young and old, travel very fast, moving at speeds of more than three miles per hour at times. Some varieties even fly.
They can and do bite – especially the larger ones.
EYE CAN SEE YOU
They have eyes that rest on top of their head. They sport over 2000 lenses, giving them excellent vision to see more than one thing at a time. They also see very well in green light but not so well in red light.
Keeping a clean house is a must. The dirtier the house, the more they are attracted to your crib. Keep your dishes, sinks, counters and cabinets clean. Keep pet food picked up. Remove grease, vacuum often and keep food particles cleaned up. Remove indoor trash - especially ridding your house of cardboard boxes, stored paper bags and empty soda bottles. Keep dumpsters clean and use tight lids on garbage cans.
It’s a good idea to inspect your house using a flashlight to search for popular hiding spots. Look behind the refrigerator, under the sink and in cabinet and closet crevices. Once you determine infested areas, you can try caulking to close gaps, filling every entry point between walls, tiles, crevices and entry holes. The use of weather strips on door and window seals is also recommended. Some success can be found by using glue strips, boric acid powder or gel bait.
Although these methods can provide partial relief, results can lead to dead roaches/pests lying around your house, increasing the risk of contamination. You also chance using the wrong chemical, over or under-applying, risking exposure to children and pets.
The most safe and dependable option is to hire a pest management professional like Hopper Termite & Pest. Some pests are extremely resistant to treatment options. Instead of spending your money on expensive, dangerous chemicals that may do more harm than good, hire a professional who knows the safest, most effective methods to eliminate pests that seem unstoppable. A professional will only use pesticides if necessary; and when used, they will use the correct and precise, safe amounts. You will also benefit from enjoying complete pest control. A professional will discover and remove other pests that you may be unaware of.
Knowing your pest issues are under control will result in less cleaning frequency.
You will rest better knowing the pests are under control and not under your bed.
You or your family could become ill from an insect bite, or by coming in contact with droppings.
LESS ITCHING AND SCRATCHING
Pests can bite. Bed bugs, fleas, spiders, mosquitoes and roaches are among some of the biting pests, leaving you scratching and uncomfortable for days.
MORE “YOU TIME”
Doing it yourself can be frustrating, not to mention time-consuming. Leaving the pest treatment/removal/prevention chores to a pro will give you peace of mind, and more time for you to do the things you enjoy.
The consumer is usually unaware of all the pests they have and how to treat them effectively. Take the guesswork out of the equation and spend exactly what it takes to exactly remove and treat the exact problem/s.
PEACE OF MIND
Lose the worry over creepy critters scampering around your home. Knowing that the pest control professional is using techniques that are tried, true, safe and guaranteed, will ease your mind when it comes to children, pets and other family members.
PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT
The last thing a homeowner desires is decreased property value. Not knowing what is crawling in your home, under the house, in the yard is a bad feeling. The longer you delay, the worse things can get.
If there’s one thing you do not want to put off, it’s contacting a professional to inspect and assess your property for pest infestation and potential damage. From inside to outside, Hopper Termite & Pest are the professionals you need to determine an exact plan of action for you. There is no job too small or too large they can’t handle. In business since 1963, they have a proven track record and impressive reputation. For a list of services they offer, contact them today. They are the professional solution you’ve been looking for!