Fleas are certainly an itchy annoyance to cats and dogs, but did you know they can bite and transmit disease to humans too? Fleas can cause allergic dermatitis and are the most common transmitter of the (albeit rare but still present) bubonic plague. They are a health threat to both pets and humans. Fleas can live for about 100 days during which time the females produce 400-500 offspring. Fleas transport themselves on rodents and other mammals, and usually remain on their hosts at all times.
Fleas infest both household pets and wild animals like possums, raccoons and skunks. They can also be found on shoes, pant legs or blankets, which can transfer the fleas to new environments. They also transmit the bacterial disease murine typhus to humans through infected rats. Their saliva can cause serious flea allergy dermatitis in pets and their debris has been reported to cause similar allergic reactions in humans. Fleas can also transfer tapeworms and cause anemia in pets, which is why active flea management is an important component of pet care. Flea bites commonly cause painful, itchy red bumps.
Do fleas really bite humans? Unfortunately, the answer is yes - fleas do bite humans! These parasites commonly appear during the warmer months and feed on the blood of any warm-blooded mammal, people and pets included. These pests use their powerful legs to jump as high as 8" vertically, which is 150 times their own height. If humans could do this, we would be able to leap over skyscrapers. Fleas can easily transport themselves inside a home by latching onto pets playing in the yard as well as to shoes, clothing, and picnic blankets. Fleas will infest areas where pets and people sleep, such as bedding and carpeting, and then rapidly multiply. Although pet owners are primarily at risk for flea infestations, these biting pests can also be brought into yards via wild animals like raccoons or skunks and then make their way into homes.
WHAT DO FLEA BITES LOOK LIKE?
Flea bites appear as small, red bumps with a “halo” around the bite center. Unlike tick or mosquito bites, they remain small and usually appear in groups of three or four, or in a straight line. On humans, bites are commonly found around the ankles or legs, as well as the waist, groin, armpits, and in the skin folds of the elbows and knees.
ARE THE BITES SERIOUS?
According to NPMA’s Medical Advisor Jorge P. Parada, MD, MPH, FACP, FIDSA, fleas can cause a whole host of problems. When it comes to pets, fleas can cause serious allergy dermatitis and are capable of transferring tapeworms and inducing anemia. As for humans, flea bites can be quite itchy and painful while excessive scratching can damage the skin further and invite secondary bacterial infection. Although rare, fleas can also transmit the bubonic plague and spread the bacterial disease murine typhus to humans.
TREAT THE CIRCUS
Flea bites will eventually subside on their own without any treatment. In order to ease the itch and pain you could also consider using calamine lotion or anaesthetic creams to treat flea bites. For pets, there are several treatment and preventative options available that you could discuss with a veterinarian.
However, in order to stay safe from further biting, an infestation needs to be permanently and professionally dealt with. In order to prevent flea bites in the first place, homeowners should contact the professionals at Hopper Termite & Pest. Regardless of whether or not you know you have a flea infestation, Hopper can ensure you never have to deal with them at all. In addition to professional pest control services, it is also recommended that you maintain a clean home by frequently vacuuming and washing bed linens regularly. Outdoors, lawns and yards should be kept well-groomed since fleas prefer to hide in tall grass. Additionally, fleas typically travel via rodents, so be sure to eliminate any rodent harborage sites such as overgrown trees or shrubs. Pet owners should practice active flea management by performing flea checks after pets have been outside, bathing and grooming pets regularly, and visiting a veterinarian annually.
THE SMACK DOWN
If you suspect or discover a flea infestation - whether in your carpets, yard, or on a pet, contact Hopper Termite & Pest to assist with proper and effective flea control service. They know the skinny on fleas and pack a powerful punch to control all of your pest control needs!
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!
When it comes to pest control, prevention is everything. The professionals recommend that you don't wait until you have a problem. You want to make sure that you are preventing pests from ever entering your home by taking precautions both inside and outside. Pest prevention is not a one-time thing. It takes regular service in order to prevent pests. But how often should you seek out professional pest control service?
AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION
Staying ahead of the pest-infestation game is the key to success. More issues develop when you procrastinate and delay service. The frequency of your pest control service is based on the quality of the services and how thorough they are. Hopper Termite & Pest provides affordable treatment plans and options, based on the needs of your specific property and home.
For termites, a normal schedule would involve an initial inspection and treatment followed by an annual inspection. Another form of termite treatment is the use of bait stations, which require maintenance and monitoring year round. These stations are strategically placed around your property. Rather than the termite colonies infesting your property, they "take the bait" and bring them back to their colonies - instead of living in and damaging your home.
A POUND OF CURE
There are three areas Hopper Termite & Pest recommend to be inspected and treated in order to cure and/or prevent pest problems.
1. Outside Perimeter Pest Control - Pest control doesn't start at your property. It starts around your property. That's why we have someone examine and control pests on your entire property, including your front yard and backyard, to see which pests need to be eliminated and which are simply a part of the ecosystem.
2. Home Perimeter - Of course, prevention also requires protection at your home. We explore the outside of your home and seal/caulk all open areas so that pests are unable to enter your home or invade. Exclusion is the best way to keep pests away, and when combined with the latest pest control technology, any pest that tries to enter will be denied.
3. Inside Your Home - Finally, we apply any additional baits or protection necessary on the inside of your home. We use as few chemicals as possible, and take special care to only apply pest control techniques that will be effective at eliminating any pests that somehow find their way inside.
As we move through the months of the year, different pests can raise their ugly heads! If you've ever been the victim of a rodent or flea invasions, you know exactly what we're talking about! Warmer areas are going to have more of a pest concern than colder ones, and this is even more of a concern if you live near a water source such as a river or lake.
WHAT WHERE WHEN HOW
With years of experience, Hopper Termite & Pest know WHAT to look for, WHERE to look, and WHEN to look. BUT just as important, we know HOW to treat and prevent pest infestation. We know how to treat your home according to the season, and will adjust the plan accordingly. We also offer affordable plan options, making it easier on your budget!
Premier Pest Management Plan - Year-round protection from ants, roaches, spiders, crickets, silverfish, scorpions, stored product pests, mice and rats. Scheduled quarterly service. No charge for necessary extra service to control included pests. Fleas can be included for an additional cost.
Exterior Only Pest Management Plan - Like our Premier Plan above, but regular service is performed on the exterior, only. This service is perfect for those who are not home during the day, but want protection from unwanted pests. Covered pests are ants, oriental/wood roaches, spiders, crickets, scorpions, mice and rats.
Premier Pest Management PLUS - Combines our Premier Pest Plan above with our termite protection plan all wrapped up into one convenient package. One easy annual payment with a 5% discount!Payment Plans
With summer around the corner and school coming to a close, we all look forward to another summer full of lake time, sunshine, warm weather, vacations, and ants! Ants? Ants!
Ants seem to be throwing a tANTrum this time of year. Whether they’re in your pANTry or in your plANTs, they are unpleasANT, defiANT, significANT and substANTial. If you’re fed up with failed home remedies, the professionals at Hopper Termite & Pest can provide the advANTage you need.
While we all enjoy the many things of summer, one of the not-so-enjoyable things is pests! We aren't the only creatures looking forward to that sunshine and fun. Once these unwanted guests have invaded your life, it can be very difficult to get rid of them - and will most likely lead you to need pest control. 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 an easy 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 airtight containers is a great way to protect your food.
In their Pulitzer-prize winning book The Ants, researchers Bert Hölldobler and Edward O. Wilson estimate that there are upwards of 10,000,000,000,000,000 individual ants alive on Earth at any given time. The ant population seems to be growing by leaps and bounds. If you find yourself needing ant control (or any pest control for that matter), the best thing you can do is take action now! 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 the 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! Fire Ants are small ranging from about 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 late spring and 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 to get rid of ants in your yard. A couple of steps you can take to make your yard less inviting would be to make sure you clean up any fallen tree branches and other moist decaying wood. Also be sure to store firewood up off the ground if possible. Another easy thing you can do on the outside is make sure you keep bushes, shrubs, and tree branches from touching your house by trimming them back. If not, they can provide nice little bridges directly into your home.
THE ADVANTAGE GUARANTEE
The best thing you can do if you are dealing with any sort of ant problem, is to give Hopper Termite & Pest 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. Guaranteed! A licensed, professional pest control service is your best bet to rid yourself of unwanted guests. Hopper has a pest control plan to suit every budget. Give them a call and get those ants out of your plants today!
When it comes to pest control, springtime is one of the most important times of the year to get a jump on emerging bugs and insects. With warmer temps around the corner, you can turn the spring fling the pests want to have - into a spring fail. With the professionals at Hopper Termite and Pest, you have the solution needed to rain on their party. Here are a few spaces that will need attention.
Among other common spring bugs, ants are known to infest kitchen spaces because this room provides easy access to food and water sources. They often march through the heart of the home while searching for crumbs left behind from dinner, sticky residue from liquid spills and overripe fruit sitting out on the countertop. Although you may make a concerted effort to keep the kitchen clean on a daily basis, it usually takes the services of a professional to get ahead of their game. A few things you can do to help include:
-Discard stale spices and other dated items such as flour
-Wipe down the inside of your cabinets, installing fresh shelf paper
-Pull appliances from the wall as much as possible and vacuum behind them
-Scrub the kitchen counter and floor space with dishwashing liquid mix
Many spring pests like cockroaches and silverfish are attracted to moisture, so they are commonly found in bathrooms. Eliminating sources of water in the bathroom is the best way to prevent pest infestations, especially because this pest can only survive for one week without water. In addition to washing the shower curtain and liner, and cleaning out the medicine cabinet, you will also want to check under the sink and around the tub and toilet to ensure there are no moisture issues from leaky pipes or faucets.
Rodents, spiders and many other pests can make themselves at home in the basement. The main reason that pests often take up refuge in this underground space is because this room tends to harbor dark corners and clutter, which provides the ideal place for rodents and spiders to hide. Take some time to go through your valuables and eliminate clutter where possible. Steer clear from using cardboard boxes to store items, using plastic bins with secure lids instead. You should also be sure to seal any cracks or crevices with a silicone-based caulk that pests could use to enter your home. Remember, mice can fit through an opening the size of a dime and other small insects need only a paper-thin crack to gain entry.
Once you complete your list of inside tasks, inspect your home’s perimeter, taking stock of any damage done over the winter months. Start on the roof by repairing fascia and rotted roof shingles, as some insects are drawn to deteriorating wood. Then, clean out clogged gutters and downspouts to ensure they are properly functioning before the April showers roll in. You may also find you need to repair ripped screens, replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around the foundation and windows. When landscaping, don’t forget to trim bushes and branches away from the home to prevent easy access for outdoor spring bugs to move indoors. Also, remove rotted tree stumps and keep mulch at least 15 inches away from the home’s foundation – both of which could be magnets for termites.
THE SPRING WIN
With the arrival of warm weather, it brings with it a renewed energy to get ahead of the onslaught of bugs and insects, and to tackle home improvements. In order to maintain a healthy living environment for your family inside and out, and to deter pests from infesting your living space this spring, talk about the need for professional pest control. There is no better way to stop the spring fling than by calling Hopper Termite and Pest. We know how, where, and when to inspect. We have years of experience, giving us a distinct advantage when conquering and preventing any pest problem you may have. Serving northern Arkansas and southern Missouri, we understand that our customers are looking for dependable, effective solutions for their termite and pest problems. Our highly-trained technicians provide a range of services, from residential to commercial and industrial, small to large buildings, eliminating termites and other pests. Give us a call today!
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!