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!
“Hickory, dickory, dock, the mouse ran up the clock;
The clock struck one, and down he run, hickory, dickory, dock.”
BUT WHY is the mouse in the house to begin with?!! One mouse running up and down a clock in your house means one main thing: THERE ARE MORE!
Out of the rodents that often cohabitate with people, the house mouse is one you are more likely to come across. House mice tend to like the food and shelter that human spaces provide, which could be bad news if you don’t take the proper steps to keep them out. They can infest both homes and businesses, so locations like restaurants, hotels, and apartments could all be at risk. House mouse infestations in these environments could potentially result in customer complaints and reputation damage. Though it may sound scary, arming yourself with knowledge about house mice, and how to handle an infestation, could help you spot signs of a problem and prevent more serious issues. Hopper Termite & Pest is here to help you avoid mice issues - and guarantees to give them marching orders in your home!
Mice have an uncanny way of getting to their destination - and they usually wind up in places where they just don’t belong! Mice can use pipes and utility lines to go from one building to another, and you may transport them inside on equipment in the case of commercial properties. It’s crucial to watch out for ways they could be entering and alert Hopper as soon as you suspect they’ve gained access. Aside from eliminating the mice, one of our Service Professionals can help you know how to prevent them from getting in.
Mice are commonly responsible for causing damage to personal property, and are notorious for commercial crop destruction. In agricultural communities, mice may also be responsible for machine and equipment malfunction. These pests are capable of causing massive losses in commercial farming enterprises, as food that has been contaminated by mice is rendered unfit for consumption.
Mice can contaminate surfaces and food sources within homes. Hantavirus is a particular threat associated with particular rodents such as deer mice. The virus is contracted with inhalation of particles released when mouse droppings, urine and saliva are disturbed. Humans who consume contaminated food may contract a number of mouse-borne diseases, including salmonellosis. Within domestic environments, food contamination may be less obvious and foods may be consumed unknowingly. They destroy storage boxes, electrical lines and other materials while building their nests. Some of the dangers of a mouse in the house include contamination of food and surfaces from urine and droppings, spread of bacteria and harmful diseases including Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, and extensive damage to structures, furniture and personal belongings from their constant gnawing.
Mouse populations can expand to include over 200 specimens in a matter of months. House mice may also live and multiply in fields or yards, creating their nests in places like burrows. Outside, they turn to items such as roots, leaves, and seeds for a source of food. You’ve probably heard that cats prey on mice, but other animals such as ferrets, foxes, snakes, and owls are mouse predators as well. Luckily for them, mice have good senses of smell and hearing, often allowing them to outsmart predators. House mice are second only to humanity as the most populous mammals in urban areas.
Mouse nests can be located within homes, and infestations become obvious when holes appear in walls and floorboards. Nesting areas may be found in drawers, shoeboxes, storage boxes, under cabinets and other areas that are seldom accessed. Infestations should be handled swiftly and are most efficiently dealt with through professional pest control methods.
The presence of mouse droppings is an early and certain indication of an infestation. These dark, tiny feces are particularly dangerous and should not be handled without the use of gloves and a protective face mask.
Mouse tracks are sometimes visible in dusty or muddy areas, and holes in walls confirm their presence as well as their nesting places.
Homeowners experiencing infestations may hear noises at night, and smell the mouse urine in areas with poor ventilation. The constant chewing of mice also causes damage to electrical wires, clothing, books and furniture. You may hear mice moving around while you attempt to sleep. Typically, the greatest amount of mouse activity takes place at night, although it’s also possible to spot them during the day.
Have you noticed droppings or other red flags of house mice? Hopper Termite & Pest is your local expert in mouse control. We realize mouse problems can be very alarming and need to be resolved as soon as possible. We will work with you to eliminate mice from your property and can give you advice on how to keep these pests from returning.
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