WHAT’S BUGGING YOU?
This is one question that is asked frequently when it comes to those who have experienced a bed bug infestation. People are curious to know if their bed bug problem from the summer will be resolved once the temperature begins to drop. Perhaps you woke up with some strange marks on your pillow case - or you’ve noticed mysterious red welts on your arms. Maybe you’ve spotted them right there in your bed. Bugs!
According to Wikipedia, bed bugs are a type of insect that feed on human blood, usually at night. Their bites can result in a number of health impacts including skin rashes, psychological effects and allergic symptoms. Bed bug bites may lead to skin changes ranging from invisible to small areas of redness to prominent blisters. Symptoms may take between minutes to days to appear and itchiness is generally present. Some individuals may feel tired or have a fever. Typically, uncovered areas of the body are affected and often three bites occur in a row. Bed bugs bites are not known to transmit any infectious diseases. Complications may rarely include areas of dead skin or vasculitis.
Unfortunately, bed bugs can and do survive the winter. Bed bugs have spread rapidly over the past two decades, and the prospect of infestation can strike fear into the most cool-headed of people. Hopper Termite & Pest understands the many concerns you may have, as we have battled bed bugs at a growing rate over the past several years. When we were researching our guide to the best mattress cover, we found a real lack of levelheaded, practical advice on what to do if you suspect a bed bug infestation at your home. Here are some next steps you can take.
If you think you have bed bugs, don’t move furniture out of the room, don’t throw mattresses and other belongings away, don’t rip up carpet, and don’t use DIY pesticides on the bugs. All of this can spread the bed bugs further throughout your home. Even if you know beyond a reasonable doubt that you have bed bugs, remain calm and don’t do anything hasty. Bed bugs spread rapidly, may leave itchy bite marks, stain and soil bedding and furniture, are difficult and expensive to eradicate, and carry social stigma—all causing real psychological distress. But they don’t pose any immediate threat to your family’s health because they don’t transmit diseases. They are actually much less of a threat than other blood feeders like mosquitoes or ticks.
There are many bed bug look alikes, including carpet beetles, spider beetles, roach nymphs, and bat bugs. Study guides show the size and appearance of bed bugs throughout their life cycle. Bed bugs typically hide during the day and are active from nightfall until an hour or two before dawn, clustering near a food source (i.e., you). To spot them you can grab a strong flashlight and look for bugs, eggs, and cast skins in cracks, crevices, nail or screw holes, furniture joints, seams, and under any mattress tags, as well as on the bed frame and baseboards near your bed.
There’s nothing distinctive about a bed bug bite, so neither bite marks nor red or light-brown blood stains on your bedding are proof you have them. Look for their characteristic brown-black, dot-like fecal stains (digested blood) on your bedding, mattresses, box springs, or baseboards.
If you have bed bugs, you will find some visible evidence. Bed bugs, from eggs to adults, are visible with the naked eye. They are not microscopic, they do not fly, and they do not spontaneously generate.
If you try to sleep in a different bed, different bedroom, or even on the couch, you could easily make the problem worse. You might be grossed out by sleeping in the room where you found bed bugs, but if you can cope, it’s much better to stay put, even if it means a few more nights of anxiety. If you sleep in a different bed, different bedroom, or even on the couch, you could easily make the problem worse, because hungry bed bugs will search throughout the home looking for a meal. It’s easier to treat 500 bugs in one room, than 50 bugs in several rooms. It’s probably okay to sleep in another room for one or two nights, but eventually, the bugs will seek you out.
We know from experience that you’ll probably want to hide your bed bug problem, but if you live in an apartment building or attached house, part of an effective treatment is coordinating inspections and treatments with your neighbors. Bed bugs can move easily between dwellings that share walls, so it’s crucial to inspect adjacent homes, treat any neighboring infestations, and put down barrier chemicals to prevent them from spreading. It doesn’t matter if you’re the cleanest person in the world or the dirtiest or somewhere in between - if you have blood, they’re coming for you.
You shouldn’t try to fight bed bugs on your own. Hopper Termite & Pest do not recommend any DIY treatments that would be safe and effective as a stand alone treatment. Bed bugs have developed resistance to many DIY insecticides. Spraying bed bugs with insecticides you buy at a hardware store or online will likely kill only some bugs and scatter the rest, making your problem significantly worse. Today, proven professional methods for killing bed bugs include using heat and steam (adult bed bugs, nymphs, and eggs die at temperatures above 113 degrees Fahrenheit), spraying growth-inhibiting chemicals, and dusting powders that physically injure the bugs. Recently, an insecticide that infects bedbugs with a deadly fungus has shown promising results. All these treatments require professional-grade equipment and training.
Effective treatment requires a multi-pronged approach, including initial inspections and subsequent treatments at two-week intervals. Avoid hiring an exterminator who schedules treatment without inspection or who provides proof that you actually have bed bugs. Also beware of a pest company that tells you to throw away your mattress or other belongings. The National Pest Management Association, a nonprofit organization that sets standards for pest control companies in the US, states that in almost all cases, it’s never necessary to discard these items because treating them is part of the pest control company’s job.
Unless you live in Antarctica, you can still have a bed bug infestation during the winter. While bed bugs are not a fan of the cold weather, they can survive extremely cold temps. A study conducted at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities discovered that bed bugs can survive temperatures as low as -13°F. In order for the bed bugs to actually die, they need to be exposed to temperatures lower than 3°F for at least 80 hours.
Here are some methods and tips that may be helpful, that will work if used in conjunction with professional bed bug treatment. Even if you have to wait a while for professional treatment, there are some things you can do in the meantime, and are things you can do year-round as an ongoing regiment.
Clean infested areas. Wash any bedding, towels, or objects that can safely go in the washer with your washer set on the hottest water setting. When you get ready to dry the items, dry them on the highest temperature setting. Heat-treat bedding, clothing, and other textiles in your dryer will kill bugs and eggs. The dryer becomes your best friend. Every bug that you find and remove is reducing the population.
You can pick up bugs with tape or a sticky lint roller, or vacuum them up. Remove the vacuum bag immediately afterward, and seal it in a plastic bag for disposal, to prevent any bugs from escaping.
Encase mattresses and box springs in close-fitting, impermeable bed bug-proof covers. Mattress encasements should cover all six sides of the mattress, and have a zipper that won’t easily open to let bugs in or out. If you think you have an infestation, leave the covers on mattresses and box springs for 12 months.
Since bed bugs die after being exposed to severely low temps for at least 80 hours, many people have used their freezer as a way to get rid of the bed bugs lurking in their bedding and pillows.
Vacuum areas that may be infested with bed bugs and their eggs. Make sure you get to areas such as your mattress, the bed frame, baseboards, and headboards.
Place small, rimmed saucers dusted with talcum powder beneath the legs of your beds, chairs, or couches to trap bed bugs trying to climb up or down.
Remove other bed bug pathways by moving your bed away from walls and curtains, and don’t let bedding drape onto the floor.
Take your infected items outside and leave in the cold for a few days. However, since the temp outside rarely hits below 0°F for three days straight in northern Arkansas and southern Missouri, this method doesn’t always work.
To prevent sharing your bed bugs with co-workers, friends, family, and the public at large, you should limit what you carry out of the house, and inspect those items carefully. Go minimalist (temporarily) and carry just a single bag in and out of your home. Before leaving, look over the bag’s exterior to make sure there are no insects on it. It can also be helpful to keep a clear, plastic bin with a lid near the front door and seal your belongings in it when you return home.
The tips above only get the process of removing bed bugs started, and will not completely solve your problem. The easiest way to get rid of bed bugs and keep your sanity is to call a professional pest and bed bug exterminator such as Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. We employ some of the most educated and highly trained technicians in the state. In fact, Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. is the only company in this area to be NPMA QualityPro Certified.
Whether you are experiencing a bed bug infestation in Fayetteville, Rogers, Springdale, Bentonville, Mountain Home, Bull Shoals, Yellville, Mountain View, Flippen - or any area in between, Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. can help. We are also certified to manage your bed bug infestation in Missouri. Don’t wait until your bed bug problem becomes overwhelming. Give us a call today and let us take care of you, your family, and your bugs.
Believe it or not, some things just will not go away! Even in extreme heat or unbearable cold, some household pests just will not give up. Yes - some pests will invade your home and will not only take up residence, but will actually thrive during the cold season. They're called overwintering pests, and they'll continue to cause problems for you as the months go by. They hide in boxes and storage closets, emerging on a warm winter day or staying in plain site as they enjoy the warmer indoor temperatures.
Insects overwinter by finding a warm place to call home, in many cases this is YOUR home. Bugs will enter structures, mulch, leaves or soil to protect themselves from the low temperatures. Bugs look at your house as their winter vacation home. On occasion, they will make themselves known during the overwintering period by venturing out into the living spaces of a house. Most often, they emerge in the spring time when the temperatures begin to rise. This is a big reason why there is such an increase in visibility of pests in and around your home in the springtime. They’ve been there all along; they just may not have been very active. At Hopper Termite & Pest Control, we have years of experience when it comes to dealing with these cold-hearted, cold-weathered fiends. Here are some pests to be on guard for during the cold months, and some helpful tips to give you the upper hand!
Ladybugs and Asian lady Beetles look similar and feed on plant-damaging insects. Although these beetles are beneficial outdoors, they're nuisances indoors. Some will remain hidden during the winter while others will fly around the room looking for a way outside.
Stink Bugs only live up to their name when they're defending themselves or if you step on them. They emit a foul odor, so it's wise not to kill them indoors. These pests congregate on the sides of your home in the fall and can easily slip indoors to annoy you during the winter.
During the winter, moths and flies survive indoors where it's nice and warm. If moths invade your home, they may breed and produce larvae that feed on your clothing. Flies are annoying no matter the time of year and will only increase in population if you don't eliminate them quickly.
Boxelder Bugs mostly feed on the sap from boxelder trees; however, they will also consume the juices from your house plants during the winter. They are considered a nuisance pest and don't pose a risk to people; however, they have been known to bite for defense. If these pests breed in your home, they'll attack your plants and cause even more problems as spring arrives. Other pests that overwinter include Mice, Caterpillars, Crickets, Flies and Mosquitoes.
Seal or caulk all cracks and crevices around foundation, siding, doors, windows, electrical, and plumbing.
Keep gutters cleaned out. Pests feed and make homes out of the built up debris.
Keep a clean home. Vacuum, sweep, mop, and clean up spills that will attract pests to your home.
Get regularly scheduled pest control with Hopper Termite & Pest. We will prevent bugs from coming in and will make it easier to control any pest problems that arise.
Overwintering pests are a nuisance and difficult to treat by yourself. Some insects, such as stink bugs, will come inside during late fall and find places to hide. Once winter arrives, they emerge and fly around your lamps or crawl along the windows. Hopper Termite & Pest Control professionals will inspect your home for overwintering pests, eliminate them where they hide and help to keep them out all season long. Give us a call today, and we will bring the heat to the cold war on pests!
MAKE THE LIST, CHECK IT TWICE
Now that the days are getting shorter and the wind is getting colder, it’s time to get on the ball and prepare your business and home for the onslaught of winter. Like it or not, insects and rodents are dead-set on infiltrating your space this time of year. Luckily, you have an expert advisor in this fight at Hopper Termite & Pest. We operate from years of experience, hours of on-the-job training, and know how and when to treat your home, business, property.
This blog addresses many things you can do to prepare for winter. This isn’t a complete list by any means, AND we strongly recommend employing our services to seal the deal to treat and/or prevent pest infestation. Hopefully these suggestions will go a long way to help you get ready for the months ahead.home in your house.
The first thing to realize when it comes to pests is that none of them are nice. At different times of the year many pests tend to focus on the outdoors, especially when it’s warm. This is when you may feel they have eased up and jumped on the “nice” list. However, when the cold temps arrive and things begin to freeze up, you will see more activity as they seek the shelter and warmer temps inside. This is when they become naughty little critters!
Along with mowing your lawn, clear dead leaves, fallen twigs and branches, and other lawn debris to keep them from piling up, providing cover for opportunistic pests. You should keep doing this after snow covers your lawn, too.
Insects and rodents commonly use firewood piles as shelter, building nests between logs and returning repeatedly with food for their young. Store your firewood 15-20 feet away from your home, and–if possible–keep it on an elevated shelf or platform at least 5 feet off the ground.
Walk the perimeter of your home. Look for loose mortar, cracks, gaps between screens, and openings around utility lines. Thoroughly patch up these gaps to keep pests from using them to get inside.
Pests that get onto your roof can easily use chimneys or shafts to crawl into your home. Installing a simple mesh screen will prevent this. Get a professional to help you install these screens; working on a roof can be dangerous.
Proper drainage is vitally important for preventing water accumulation. Check roof gutters and clear out leaves and debris. Make sure your sump pump drains properly, and your downspouts carry water far enough away. If your drainage system has any problems, the displaced moisture could attract pests.
You’re halfway done! Obviously, once we’ve shored up our outer defenses, we have to look inward. Any pests stubborn enough not to be deterred by our first line will break on our indoor defenses. Here’s how to make that happen:
No cardboard, no Ziploc bags--we’re talking hard plastic. Store all the food you keep outside of your refrigerator in a secure container that no pest could penetrate. Every pest that gets into your home wants food, so keeping them away from yours is paramount.
Basements are a pest paradise. Clean yours by organizing boxes and other clutter, vacuuming and dusting, and ensuring the humidity isn’t out of control. Even if your basement doesn’t appeal to pests, chances are they’ll get the message and leave you be.
Pests are shy, and they thrive in environments where they can flee into cover easily and frequently. Pests are also small, so for them, cover means just about anything they can get under. Clear out and organize anything that would constitute pest cover to force your fiendish foes out into the light.
Plumbing leaks are a shockingly common source of excess moisture. Check the pipes in your basement and under your plumbing fixtures for leaks, dripping, or condensation. No matter how small a leak is, it will attract pests, so deal with it ASAP.
Winter is the driest season, but humid parts of your home still attract pests looking for a comfortable environment. First, address sources of moisture like drafts, leaks, and puddling. If you’re still struggling with the moisture problem, consider investing in a dehumidifier.
Weather stripping is your home’s final defense against pests. It makes up the threshold between your home and the pests outside. Over time, wear and tear may make weather stripping ineffective. Check out the stripping on each door and window and replace any that looks even a little ragged.
These steps may seem like a lot now, but you’d be surprised how fast you can get them all done. If you get all your pest prevention chores done thoroughly before the snow starts falling, you won’t be surprised by any pests this winter. Trust us! We’ve seen quite a few winters, and plans like this never let us down. Need some hands-on help with your winter prep plan? Want to make doubly sure you don’t have pests and won’t invite them in this winter? Give Hopper Termite & Pest a call today. Together, we’ll throw the pest invaders back where they belong.
If you wait, not only will you have less time, you may miss your opportunity to get things done before pests begin their search for a winter home. Hopper Termite & Pest suggests you do the following: Inspect all your screens for rips or holes. When bugs and other pests start getting cold, these are the most obvious entry points. If you find that your screens are damaged, you may not have to have them completely re-screened. Smaller issues can be fixed with a small piece of screen and some clear fingernail polish. There are several helpful videos available on YouTube. After you've checked the screens on your sliding doors, you should check the weather stripping. When weather stripping gets damaged, it provides the perfect entry point for smaller overwintering pests like stink bugs. Inspect all entry doors to make sure your door sweeps are working. Pests don't need much of a gap to squeeze in. Do you have a chimney? Overwintering pests can easily climb down your chimney and gain access to your home when the fire is out. A smart way to stop overwintering pests is by installing a damper at the top of your chimney, instead of just above the firebox. Do you have any rotted holes in your exterior walls? Now is the time to get out the caulking gun to seal those holes up. Sure, it doesn't look as nice as you'd like, but it gets the job done until you can get the spot fixed properly. When overwintering pests come to climb around on your walls and search for the tiniest of gaps to exploit, they should find an unsavory surface that instantly repels them. Have your exterior walls, soffits and eaves treated by the professionals here at American Pest to force those pests to find another place to overwinter. Exclusion methods go a long way to reducing the number of pests that will find a way into your home this fall. But to fully seal and protect your home from overwintering pests, weak areas need to be treated with agents that kill or resist these pests. Hopper Termite & Pest have been protecting customers for years from pests that want to take up residence inside their homes. We would be happy to help you seal the deal! Give us a call today.
SEAL IT. SEAL IT GOOD.
If you wait, not only will you have less time, you may miss your opportunity to get things done before pests begin their search for a winter home. Hopper Termite & Pest suggests you do the following:
Inspect all your screens for rips or holes. When bugs and other pests start getting cold, these are the most obvious entry points. If you find that your screens are damaged, you may not have to have them completely re-screened. Smaller issues can be fixed with a small piece of screen and some clear fingernail polish. There are several helpful videos available on YouTube.
After you've checked the screens on your sliding doors, you should check the weather stripping. When weather stripping gets damaged, it provides the perfect entry point for smaller overwintering pests like stink bugs.
Inspect all entry doors to make sure your door sweeps are working. Pests don't need much of a gap to squeeze in.
Do you have a chimney? Overwintering pests can easily climb down your chimney and gain access to your home when the fire is out. A smart way to stop overwintering pests is by installing a damper at the top of your chimney, instead of just above the firebox.
Do you have any rotted holes in your exterior walls? Now is the time to get out the caulking gun to seal those holes up. Sure, it doesn't look as nice as you'd like, but it gets the job done until you can get the spot fixed properly.
When overwintering pests come to climb around on your walls and search for the tiniest of gaps to exploit, they should find an unsavory surface that instantly repels them. Have your exterior walls, soffits and eaves treated by the professionals here at American Pest to force those pests to find another place to overwinter.
Exclusion methods go a long way to reducing the number of pests that will find a way into your home this fall. But to fully seal and protect your home from overwintering pests, weak areas need to be treated with agents that kill or resist these pests. Hopper Termite & Pest have been protecting customers for years from pests that want to take up residence inside their homes. We would be happy to help you seal the deal! Give us a call today.
Have you ever wondered why birds fly south for the winter? Have you ever thought about it? It isn't simply because they are born with the gift of superior mobility and an aversion to being cold. Nor is it that their food sources dwindle in winter and they must fly to where they can find something to eat. Birds know when to fly south before those food sources are all gone. Before you leap to the logical conclusion that they are merely thinking back to past winters and working to preemptively avoid starvation, it has been observed by scientists that even birds in captivity know when it is time to go south. They become fidgety and their sleep patterns change right before their natural migration time. It is believed that birds have these natural behaviors and instincts written into their genes.
Another interesting fact about bird migration is that some birds migrate for no reason at all. What? It's true. There may be plenty of food and warmth for them to stay where they are, but they migrate anyway. It is the way they are programmed from birth. This isn't to say that all migrating birds migrate. There have been a few baffling examples of migratory birds choosing not to migrate, as well as some individual cases of birds staying in cold areas even after the first snow.
So, what does all this have to do with keeping pests out of your home? We're glad you asked!
Every creature on the planet has an ability to adapt. That is why we have everything from the Great Dane to the Chihuahua. Both are considered to be dogs, but there is definitely a difference between these two animals. Somewhere along the way, their genes took a serious fork in the road. This adaptive ability also allows creatures like bed bugs, which once lived in caves, to take up residence in our homes. It is believed that bed bugs once terrorized animals in caves throughout the Middle East, but when they got a taste for living near humans, there was no going back.
Adaptation has caused certain species of insects to be given the classification of "house," like the house fly and the house spider. This classification is used to describe how these creatures prefer to live exclusively inside the homes of humans. Adaptation has caused another interesting classification: overwintering pest. Why do creatures choose man made structures to overwinter in? Scientists have some guesses, but it is still somewhat of a mystery. They are hardwired to hide from winter, even before winter begins.
THE SLEEPOVER BLUES
Has your home been invaded? Some common pests that invade Arkansas’ homes during the winter include cockroaches, stink bugs, ladybird beetles, mice, rats, squirrels and skunks. Now is the time to find out what pests are a problem for you. Give Hopper Termite & Pest a call today. You do not want those pesky overwintering pests having a prolonged sleepover in your home this winter.
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!
There are a few things you can be sure of when fall comes to Arkansas. The leaves will turn a vibrant shade of orange or red, the air will grow crisp, and creatures will start crawling into your home. You can probably live without that last one!
Fall is inevitable, but pest infestation is not. You can protect your home and your family from these fall intruders. It requires recognizing the threat and the proper implementation of exclusion methods. Hopper Termite & Pest not only has the experience, but the remedy to keep the pests that come with the fall season - OUTSIDE.
This is, by no means, a comprehensive list of all the pests that invade homes in the fall, but these are definitely on the repeat offender list: skunks, woodchucks, rodents, spiders, ants, fleas, ladybugs, wasps, termites, boxelder bugs, centipedes, earwigs, and roaches. When winter comes, these pests would prefer to be tucked in your house rather than a hole. Some get into food and crawl over dishes, creating unexplainable health issues for your family. Some chew on your home and create structural issues that cost thousands to fix. Some bite you while you're sleeping. And then, there are your general nuisance pests, that like to climb on your walls and gross you out. I think we can agree, bugs and mammals should stay in the wild, where they belong.
Keep inside and outside trash in bags, and in sealed containers. This is a food source and a breeding site for pests.
Don't leave pet food sitting. Lay it down during mealtime, and then store it in the fridge between feedings.
Keep things clean and uncluttered.
Replace outside lights with yellow insect-resistant lighting, and keep shades closed at night. Light attracts flying insects, and spiders think flying insects are scrumptious.
If you have dryer exhaust being pumped under your deck, patio, or staircase, channel it out into the open air, so mammals won't find a nice heated place to nest.
Check all your screens, door sweeps, and weather stripping, to make sure everything is in good working order.
Use a caulking gun to seal up holes and cracks in your foundation and exterior walls.
Consult the professionals at Hopper Termite & Pest on other exclusion methods specific to your home, and have your exterior walls or perimeter sprayed. This will keep bugs and mammals from sticking around, and give your home and your family added protection against these fall invaders. Give us a call today!
Did you hear about the tick scientists recently discovered that lives on the moon? It’s a new bioluminescent bug that performs a strange dance any time there is a full moon. It’s called a “RAVING LUNA TICK!”
Joking aside, ticks are no joke! Hopper Termite & Pest take ticks and their potential threat very seriously. Ticks are mostly active during the summer, fall and spring months. When the weather gets warmer, humans and their pets are not the only ones eager to get outside. Ticks will be out in full force and can pose a significant health risk to humans and pets alike, spreading diseases like Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
Here is everything you need to know about ticks in our area, how to prevent tick bites, and the dangers associated with these potentially dangerous pests.
TYPES OF TICKS
Blacklegged (Deer) Tick
The Blacklegged (Deer) Tick is named for its notorious dark legs and is sometimes referred to as a deer tick because it prefers to host on the white-tailed deer. Found throughout the northeastern, mid-atlantic, southeastern and northcentral United States, Blacklegged Ticks are known vectors of Lyme Disease, Anaplasmosis, Human Babesiosis, Powassan Encephalitis, and more.
Blacklegged Ticks are a flat, broad oval shape and are typically orange-brown in color with darker legs. They have 6 legs when they hatch, but develop 8 legs as adults categorizing them as arachnids and are 1/8” long on average.
Blacklegged Ticks normally hide in grass and shrubs and wait for a passing host to latch on to. They can also be found in the den or nests of common hosts, such as skunks, raccoons, opossums, and rodents. These ticks prefer the nesting areas of the white-footed mouse because they are often in well-sheltered places such as underground, in tree stumps, old bird nests and woodpiles.
Blacklegged Ticks are vectors of Anaplasmosis, Lyme Disease and Human Babesiosis. Symptoms of Lyme Disease include fever, headache, fatigue and a bull’s eye-shaped skin rash around the bite sight. If untreated, Lyme Disease can affect the joints, heart and nervous system. Blacklegged Ticks’ favorite feeding area on humans is at the back of the neck, making detection difficult if you have long hair. These ticks will typically crawl for up to 4 hours before they attach and have to then be attached for 6-8 hours before disease transmission occurs, so early detection and tick removal is key.
American Dog Tick
The American Dog Tick is named after its host of choice – the dog. These ticks are only found throughout North America and are a member of the hard tick family. American Dog Ticks are known vectors of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and exposure to these ticks is most common during spring and early summer.
American Dog Ticks are flat and oval in shape, and usually brown with whitish-gray markings. Similar to the Blacklegged Tick, these ticks have 6 legs as larvae but have 8 legs when they are adults. They range anywhere from 5 mm to 15 mm in size depending on whether or not they are engorged.
American Dog Ticks prefer grassy areas with low vegetation where larger animals commonly pass by and thrive in areas that are also accessible to humans. When these ticks latch on to dogs, they are brought into the home and can potentially be transferred to humans. American Dog Ticks are extremely resilient and are able to survive for 2-3 years without feeding.
American Dog Ticks are carriers of the bacteria that causes Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, a serious tick-borne illness with a mortality rate of over 20 percent if not treated early. Symptoms include high fever, chills, muscle aches, headaches, and sometimes a rash spread across the extremities 2-4 days after the fever begins. These ticks are also known vectors of Tularemia, a disease transmitted from rabbits, mice, squirrels and other small animals. Symptoms include an ulcer at the bite site, fever, chills and tender lymph nodes.
Brown Dog Tick
Similar to the American Dog Tick, the Brown Dog Tick is named for its preferred host. It is also named for its color. It is not common, but brown dog ticks will bite humans in the absence of a canine host.
As told by their name, Brown Dog Ticks are typically brown in color, but can become a gray and blue color when engorged. They are anywhere from 1/8” to 1/2” long and are oval-shaped and flat. Brown Dog Ticks, like the American Dog Tick, also have 6 legs as larvae and 8 as adults.
Brown Dog Ticks are unique from the other species of ticks because they are the only kind that can complete their entire life cycle indoors, as they survive best in warm, dry conditions. They prefer to host on dogs and usually attach to dogs’ ears or between the toes.
Brown Dog Ticks can be vectors of disease for dogs, transmitting tick-borne diseases like Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Canine Ehrlichiosis and Canine Babesia.
Lone Star Tick
Lone Star Ticks are named for their identifiable characteristic of a single spot located on the female’s back. Found mainly in the eastern and southeastern U.S., these ticks target humans more than any of the other tick species.
Lone Star Ticks are reddish brown and become dark gray once engorged. Similar to the other species of ticks, lone star tick larvae have 6 legs, while adults have 8. Female Lone Star Ticks are typically about 1/8” long when un-engorged but can grow to up to 7/16” when engorged. Male ticks are usually slightly smaller.
Lone Star Ticks are three-host ticks, meaning they attach to a different host during each stage of their lifespan: larvae, nymph and adult. They attach to their host by crawling up the tips of low-growing vegetation, such as grass, and wait for the host to pass by and brush against the vegetation. As nymphs and adults, lone star ticks will also crawl on the ground to find the host and attach. These ticks are most often found in shaded areas, as they cannot survive for long in the sun. Larvae prefer small animals, including rabbits, skunks, raccoons, cats and birds, while nymphs typically target a mix of small and large animals. Adult Lone Star Tick hosts are larger animals, such as foxes, dogs, cats, deer, turkey, cattle and humans – who are fed on by all three stages of lone star ticks.
Lone Star Ticks are known vectors of many diseases, including Tularemia, Heartland Virus, Bourbon Virus and Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness (STARI). As with all ticks, early detection and removal is crucial, but lone star ticks have long mouth parts that can make removal especially difficult, as their mouthparts oftentimes break off while being extracted, resulting in further infection in the host.
Rocky Mountain Wood Tick
The Rocky Mountain Wood Tick is named after the habitat it is most commonly found – throughout the wooded areas of the Rocky Mountain states. They are also commonly referred to as Wood Ticks.
Rocky Mountain Wood Ticks are oval and flat in shape and are usually brown but become gray when they are engorged. They can range from 1/8” to 5/8” in length. As is customary with the other tick species, Rocky Mountain Wood Ticks have 6 legs as larvae and 8 as adults.
Similar to the Lone Star Tick, Rocky Mountain Wood Ticks are a three-host tick, with each stage requiring a new host. These ticks are at their highest threat level from mid-March to mid-July. Larvae and nymphs typically feed on rodents, like squirrels, chipmunks and voles, while adults feed on larger animals, including sheep, deer and humans. Rocky Mountain Wood Ticks are typically found in wooded areas, open grasslands and around trails where they can easily attach to a host.
The biggest threat posed by the Rocky Mountain Wood Tick is Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF), an infectious disease that can turn deadly if not treated in a timely manner. The main symptom of RMSF is a full body rash 2-5 days after the bite.
Make sure to follow these prevention tips to reduce the risk of tick bites:
Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and closed-toe shoes when outdoors.
Wear light colored clothing so that ticks are easier to spot.
Wear repellent containing at least 20 percent DEET.
Keep your yard tick-free by removing weeds and cutting grass low.
Inspect yourself, your family and pets for ticks after spending time outdoors.
When hiking, stay in the center of trails and away from vegetation.
If you find a tick on yourself or a family member, remove it with tweezers using a slow, steady pull so as not to break off the mouthparts and leave them in the skin. Then, wash your hands and the bite site thoroughly with soap and water. Ticks should be flushed down a toilet or wrapped tightly in tissue before disposing in a closed receptacle.
Be on the lookout for signs of tick bites, such as a telltale red bull's eye rash around a bite. If you suspect a tick has bitten you, seek medical attention.
Learn the symptoms of Lyme disease and consult with your doctor immediately if you are concerned or experiencing symptoms.
If you find a tick in your home or are experiencing a tick problem on your property, contact our licensed pest control professionals at Hopper Termite & Pest who can recommend a course of action.
The differences between wasps and hornets
Stinging insects send more than 500,000 people to the emergency room each year. While you may have heard of common offenders like Paper Wasps and European Hornets, are you able to tell the difference in how they look, what they eat, and where they like to nest? Hopper Termite & Pest are called to the scene of houses and businesses each year, especially in the warmer months, to help exterminate and control these unwanted flying darts. Here are some details to help you tell the difference, suggestions as to what you can do to help control them, and what to do in case of a sting.
Paper wasps get their common name from the paper-like material out of which they make their nests. They are mostly brown with some yellow coloration and have a somewhat thinner “waist.”
European hornets, also called giant hornets or brown hornets, get their common name from its introduction from Europe into New York in the 1800s. They are larger than paper wasps and are brown with yellow stripes on their abdomens.
Paper wasps build their umbrella-shaped nests to hang from objects like twigs and branches of trees and shrubs, porch ceilings, the tops of window and door frames, soffits, eaves, attic rafters, deck floor joists, railings and more. Each nest has open, uncovered cells where the eggs are laid.
European hornets nest in hollow trees, barns, out buildings, hollow walls of houses, attics and abandoned beehives. Unprotected nests are usually covered in a brown envelope made of cellulose from chewed up, decayed wood.
Paper wasps eat nectar and other insects including caterpillars and flies. In the autumn, future queens will seek places to spend the winter and may find their way indoors, only to emerge come springtime to build their nests.
European hornets prey on a variety of large insects such as grasshoppers, flies, yellowjackets and honeybees, and are also known to eat tree sap, fruit and honeydew. They usually appear in late summer and, unlike most stinging insects, can be active at night.
Paper wasps, while not an aggressive species by nature, will sting if they are disturbed or their nest is threatened. Their stings can be very painful and can cause the same risk of allergic reaction as other insect stings.
European hornets have smooth stingers, so they can sting over and over again. Hornet stings also carry venom that makes the stings hurt, itch or swell for about 24 hours, and can cause the same risk of allergic reaction as other insect stings. European hornets can also do a great deal of damage to trees and shrubs because they strip the bark to get to the sap. They also use the bark fiber to build their nests.
The best way to prevent an infestation and the potential of getting stung is to make the home less attractive to stinging insects. Before trimming shrubs or hedges, or picking fruit, check the plant for nests to avoid contact with stinging insects. Seal cracks and crevices in the home with an appropriate sealant, repair any tears in screens, and try to keep doors closed to prevent stinging insects from entering the home. Keeping food covered, especially when outdoors, will also help keep stinging insects at bay when they are in search of nourishment. When spending time outside, people should avoid wearing strong fragrances and opt for unscented hygienic products. Likewise, they should wear shoes that cover and protect their feet from potentially being stung.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU'VE BEEN STUNG:
Remove the stinger as quickly as possible to curb the release of venom from the stinger.
Clean the affected area thoroughly with soap and cold water, then apply a cold compress or ice pack.
Over the counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (including Aspirin, Ibuprofen and Naproxen) may be used as needed to relieve pain.
Antihistamines and hydrocortisone ointment can help soothe the local reaction.
If the local reaction worsens, see a doctor for prescription oral steroids or antihistamines.
If a more serious reaction occurs, seek emergency medical assistance or call 911. Those who have known allergies to stinging insects should acquire epinephrine kits, know how to use them, and carry them at all times.
If you find a stinging insect nest on your property, contact our pest professionals promptly. We will be able to inspect your home, confirm the type of stinging insect and recommend a course of action.
With summer in full swing, you will want to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible. Whether it’s a barbecue, pool party, backyard game of corn hole, horseshoes or volleyball, you don’t want to have to endure the onslaught of bugs and mosquitoes! Unfortunately, with the warmer weather comes a plethora of bugs and pests. Many people are afraid to venture outdoors during the summer due to mosquitoes and other bugs that bite. Don’t hide inside this summer! Take action to keep your backyard mosquito-free by letting the professionals at Hopper Termite & Pest put the mosquitoes that are back, ON THEIR BACKS!
Everyone knows how annoying and itchy mosquito bites can be, and how this can especially make it hard on your kids who spend lots of time outside. However, it is not just the itch you need to worry about. Mosquito-derived diseases can make you, your family and even your pets extremely sick. According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, diseases including West Nile, Eastern Equine encephalitis, and LaCrosse viruses are circulated each year around the state through contact with infected mosquitoes.
In addition to professional treatment, we wanted to share with you some things that you can do that will help. Check out the following tips:
1. REMOVE ALL SOURCES OF STANDING WATER
The best thing that you can do to diminish the number of mosquitoes in your yard is to eliminate standing water. Mosquitoes go through four stages in their life cycle: egg, larvae, pupa and adult. The first three stages of a mosquito’s life occur in water. Without water, mosquitoes are unable to reproduce. After a mosquito bites a human, it searches for water to lay eggs. The EPA estimated that it takes about two weeks for an adult mosquito to emerge. To prevent mosquitoes you can remove the following sources of standing water:
2. TRIM SHRUBS AND KEEP THE LAWN MOWED
Mosquitoes like to hang out in cooler, damp places during the heat of the day, which is why they tend to be hanging out near the bottom of tall shrubs, grass, and vegetation. Mosquitoes feast on plant nectar when they aren’t pillaging for blood, so they are often found in the heavy vegetation near your home. Be sure to trim back your shrubs, and keep your lawn regularly mowed to prevent these pests from having a place to hang out around your home.
3. REMOVE YARD DEBRIS
Get rid of any areas where debris collects in the yard, such as grass clippings and piles of leaves. Remove twigs, leaves, and branches that have piled up in the corner of your yard or against the fence. Debris needs to be removed so that it does not become a point source for mosquito breeding.
Following these tips should help to keep the mosquitoes out of your yard this summer. To completely finish the job, call Hopper today and let us treat and prevent any pest/bug situation you may have. We can help with professional mosquito treatments for your home, allowing you to enjoy all of the outdoor activities that you love.
Summer is finally here. Along with it comes fun in the sun, backyard barbeques, splashing around in the pool and taking a vacation to name a few. One problem with summer is the constant battle we seem to have with various pests, vying for a cool spot INSIDE your home. Throughout the summer months, many pests such as ants, flies, gnats, roaches, wasps and even rodents are much more active. You may be wondering what you can do to prevent these pesky pests from getting inside your home?
Here is a list of Dos and Don’ts to keep those summer pests out!
Replace weather-stripping around windows and repair loose mortar around the foundation
Keep kitchen counters clean and store food in sealed containers
Eliminate areas of standing water
Keep landscaping trimmed and maintained
Remove hiding places for pests
Divert rainwater away from the house
Keep basements, attics and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry
Throw away overripe fruits and vegetables
The most important do is… do call the professionals at Hopper Termite & Pest if you have a pest infestation in your home. Many infestations come with an increased risk of property damage and potential injury. The sooner you call us, the better it will be.
Leave pet food dishes out for long periods of time
Let garbage compile
Leave dirty dishes in the sink
Store firewood and building materials up against the home
Ignore cracks or little openings around the bottom of the house
Let your sprinklers spray directly toward the foundation of your home
Let excess moisture accumulate in your home
Give pests a free meal
The most important don’t is…don’t try to remove a pest infestation on your own. It may be dangerous and inefficient to try to deal with it yourself. Hopper knows when to treat, where to treat, what kind of treatment to use, as well as knowing the precise amount of chemical to use in a safe, yet effective way. We have helped hundreds of customers over the years who have spent a small fortune trying to rid the problems on their own. Every homeowner should consider the risks involved with not protecting their investment from damage by termites and other pests. Let us help!
This list of summer pest control tips should help eliminate pest activity in and around your home during the hot summer months. If you do suspect a pest infestation in your home, contact the pest control professionals at Hopper Termite & Pest today. We have been in business since 1963 and are happy to discuss our services with you to find a plan to best fit your needs. Give us a call today!
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
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!