2016 HomeAdvisor Winner

WINNER! Congratulations!

You have won the 2016 Best of HomeAdvisor award. You exemplify quality work practices, premier service, and are a valued resource for homeowners.

Only the top pros in our network are honored with the Best of HomeAdvisor award.

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Since 2013, every single year, Magic Pest Control has won the Best of HomeAdvisor Award!

It’s an honor to be able to serve so many homeowners across the valley. We have 5-star reviews from happy homeowners in Gilbert, Chandler, Queen Creek, Mesa, Tempe, Phoenix, and so many more Arizona cities! It’s amazing and humbling to not only serve so many of you, but to do it with consistency, reliability and effectiveness.

You know that when you call the scorpion and termite pest control experts, we show up when promised, and deliver as promised…no more pests…guaranteed!

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Magic Pest Control is pleased to announce HomeAdvisor named the company a winner of the 2016 Best of HomeAdvisor Award. The Best of HomeAdvisor Award recognizes top-rated industry professionals in the HomeAdvisor network.

“Each year millions of homeowners trust HomeAdvisor to help them find a prescreened professional for their home projects,” said HomeAdvisor’s CEO Chris Terrill. “Nelsons’s business exemplifies this trust by exhibiting superior work practices, premier customer service, and overall being a valued resource for the home improvement industry. This prestigious award is only presented to the top professionals in the HomeAdvisor network.”

To be eligible, winners were among the highest rated service professionals in the HomeAdvisor network and had at least three reviews submitted in the previous six months. Professionals in the HomeAdvisor network undergo a criminal and financial background check prior to being accepted into the network and are customer-rated and reviewed.

HomeAdvisor’s home services marketplace helps homeowners find prescreened home professionals and instantly book appointments online, through HomeAdvisor’s award-winning app, and through Smart Home devices including Amazon Echo and Apple Watch.

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Keep Mosquitos At Bay Conveniently with 4 Helpful Strategies

Because of the Zika virus that is taking the U.S. by storm, mosquitos are on everyone’s minds.

Here in Arizona, we’ve seen resurgence, of sorts, of mosquitoes…and it worries us, all of us.

There is little worse than having your Gilbert, AZ yard full of mosquitos –except for having the pests all over your house, too.

Mosquitos are really annoying outside, but at least when you head out you can put on bug spray to keep them away from you.

If mosquitos get inside, though, it’s uncomfortable for everyone.

Keep Mosquitos At Bay Conveniently with 4 Helpful Strategies

You can’t wear bug spray all the time. In that case, it’s time for pest control to take over.

You can do your own pest control for mosquito prevention at home. Just use these 4 strategies:

Place Lavender near Access Points

Humans love lavender and often wear it in perfumes or use lavender scented products. Add lavender scents to everything you can during the mosquito season because mosquitos hate the smell of it.

To really protect your home, place a small lavender scented candle or glass with lavender oil in it near windows and doors.

Mosquitos will be repulsed and stay far away.

Plant Flowers and Vegetation that Mosquitos Hate

You can also just plant lavender in your yard. Other types of plants to add to your gardens in order to keep mosquitos away include:

-Citronella

-Marigolds

-Horsemint

-Catnip

-Feverfew

Plants like these add attractive vegetation to your yard and subtly ward off mosquitos with their natural odors (which, of course, are pleasant to people.)

Get Rid of Standing Water

You might have noticed that there are more mosquitos around when it rains. Mosquitos love damp areas. If they can find standing water, they will be glad to settle there.

Ponds, puddles, rain collection bins, and even spots where water pool near leaky faucets can all attract the annoying insects.

Cover any standing water during mosquito season or place it far from your home or parts of the yard that you like to spend time in.

Use Fire to Keep Them Away

Smoke naturally puts mosquitos off. Setting some scented items on fire can enhance that quality majorly.

If you want mosquitoes to leave you and your Gilbert, AZ home alone, try lighting citronella candles.

Or, throw rosemary on the grill for a natural form of pest control.

If you’re still having trouble with mosquitoes, or any other pests, around your home, don’t hesitate to call the pest control professionals here at Magic Pest Control.

Mosquitos are quickly becoming a pest that you definitely do not want around your home, your pets and your family.

 

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How to Get Rid of Termites in 3 Steps

How to Get Rid of Termites in 3 Steps

Of all the countless rodents that invade the house, none is more dangerous than the termite. The termites can single handedly ruin the foundation of any structure in a short period of time. It is also very difficult to notice the destructive power of the termites during the first few months of their infestation.

Therefore it is very necessary for proper steps to be taken to protect the home from these rodents before it is too late. No matter where a home may be located, termites may be present without one’s knowledge. The following should be considered by land owners if they want to reduce the damage caused by termites.

How to Get Rid of Termites in 3 Steps

REMOVE ANY FOOD SOURCE

Before getting rid of the termites, it is very important to remove any easy food source such as uncovered dust bins. As long as the termites are able to feed, they will multiply in numbers within a very short period of time.

This means that no matter how much effort is put towards eradicating the termites, they will always reproduce in a matter of time. It is also important to move objects that may also harbor the termites. Piles of firewood and other debris such as stones should be moved away from the house.

USE OF CHEMICALS

Chemicals such as herbicides and pesticides can be used against termites. It is crucial for one to find their breeding sites. Spraying pesticides in these areas will reduce their colony by a significant margin. Then the surrounding areas should be sprayed to kill the remaining termites.

Termites are prone to sandy soil. They find it very difficult to move through a barrier made of sandy soil. Installing such a barrier and spraying the barrier with pesticides can be a very effective way of killing the termites.

CALL A PROFESSIONAL

If the termites have over run the compound or the house, it would be a very good idea to call a team of professionals. These people are trained and they have special skills that they can lender to people at a considerable amount of money.

Before hiring a people to help, it is advisable to have a written agreement that will indicate for how long the company is going to eradicate the termites.

It is also a good idea to look at the service record of the company and to ensure that it is registered by the Structural Pest Control Board. If they are licensed by the SPCB, it means that they are qualified to do their job.

How to Get Rid of Scorpions in Your Home for Good

How to Get Rid of Scorpions in Your Home for Good

I’m not sure who came up with the saying “the only good scorpion is a dead scorpion,” but my guess is that they were from Arizona!

Scorpions are not only menacing looking creatures, but they are venomous by nature and can inflict potentially life-threatening stings to their prey. The mere thought of scorpions in or around your house and loved ones may be enough to send you screaming in the other direction.

How to Get Rid of Scorpions in Your Home for Good

To put your fears to rest, there are some simple steps you can take to get rid of scorpions for good…

In the yard and around the home

With the upcoming changing of the seasons, take time to remove any debris from the exterior of your house that may be providing shelter for scorpions. A simple neglected flowerbed or loose rocks alongside your Gilbert house are encouragement enough to invite a scorpion to settle in.

Start by removing any loose rocks, brick, or woodpiles around your home that may have amassed over the summer months. Do a thorough walk around the exterior of your Gilbert home and look to fill in any holes in your foundation or cracks in your walls that might provide an entrance into your home for these eight-legged creatures.

Clean and organize

Next, focus your efforts inward and remove the clutter inside of your home as well. Be sure to break down and throw out any unused or partially filled boxes in your attic that may provide a cool, dry place for these arachnids to hide.

Also look to fix any interior structural defects that may allow the scorpions to come and go from your Gilbert home in the evenings when they look to feed on their prey.

A good defense

Scorpions primarily feed on insects like crickets, moths, spiders and centipedes. They may also eat lizards, mice, and possums. To deter scorpions from making your home theirs, be diligent about containing food or prey of any kind both inside and outside of your home.

For example, keep pet food that attracts rodents and bugs in airtight containers inside the home, and trash in closed, locking cans outside the home. By curbing an invitation to these other pests, you will reduce the potential for a scorpion to follow them to your home.

Extra help

The combination of well-developed sprays and granules is a proven successful dual prevention method to getting rid of scorpions. Helpful demonstration videos can be found online to gain a better understanding of how to apply granules and how to kill scorpions that may be hiding in your home or yard.

Just because the temperatures are dropping you should not stop treating for pests. Remember scorpions are hibernating during the cooler months, but will be out in full force when it warms up. Make the fall and winter seasons your time to safe guard your home from unwanted pests.

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What to Do If a Scorpion is in Your Gilbert Home

What to Do If a Scorpion is in Your Gilbert Home

Finding scorpions in your Gilbert, AZ home can be an unwelcome surprise. Dangerous and intimidating, scorpions are notoriously hard to kill and to protect against. In fact, most scorpions are not even deterred by pesticides.

So, you have to have other ways of dealing with these pests when they come for visits.

What to Do If a Scorpion is in Your Gilbert Home

If you have a scorpion in your home, you can:

Catch It and Release It

Although it may sound unhelpful, catching and releasing a scorpion or two near your home is actually a good idea. Scorpions are natural predators to many undesirable creatures, like other small pests. Having a few in your yard and neighborhood helps to keep other pest control issues in balance.

To catch a scorpion, grab a jar, bowl, or other container and place it over the pest. Slide a lid or paper under the container in order to hold the creature in and the flip it over quickly. Immediately take the container and scorpion outside. Wear protective hand coverings if possible as you remove the lid to open the container and set the scorpion free.

Stab It

To kill the pest instead of catching and releasing it, you will probably have to stab the scorpion. Known for being hard to kill, scorpions are best destroyed using very sharp or very heavy objects. Generally scorpions are not very fast so it is relatively easy to stab them.

Remove Sitting Water Sources

One thing that tends to attract scorpions is sitting water. Removes attractive pools of water, like those found under leaky faucets or pipes. Keep tubs and basins of water covered.

Seal Up Cracks

Often scorpions get inside of the home (or decide that they want to) because of cracks in the wall, including in the foundation. If you seal up cracks, you make it much harder for scorpions to get in in the first place. Many people have products like long pillows that they stuff under doors to help seal those cracks off as well. Simple steps like these can make a big difference in protecting your Gilbert, AZ home against scorpion invasions.

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What Do Termites Eat?

What Do Termites Eat?

Nobody wants to have termites because they are destructive and will eat away at your wood structure costing you thousands of dollars in repairs. Termites live right in the house with you and you never know it, unless you inspect your home.

Now what do termites eat is another story. They eat wood, everyone knows this, but did you know they will eat paper, cloth, carpet and of course your furniture.

The more you know about what do termites eat, you can further protect yourself and your home.

What Do Termites Eat?
Moisture attracts termites because they need this after a few hours of feeding on wood. This accounts for the underground colonies that form around the outside of your home. This underground living also protects them from you and other predators. They need to be cool during hot weather and the basement just seems to attract termites more than the other areas of your home.

Now, when you ask the question, what do termites eat, you may want to rethink the only answer, which is normally wood. The cellulose in the wood is what attracts the termites and this substance is also found in carpet, paper, cloth and other items in your home. Not even your floors and windowsills are safe from the termites.

What do termites eat goes along with knowing how they digest their feed. They have microorganisms that work to turn the wood cellulose into nutrition. The preferences of the termite is wood, but beware, they will feed anywhere. They like decayed or rotting wood, but they do not discriminate, they will take fresh wood as well. New houses as well as older houses are subject to termite infestations.

Think about how you eat and then what do termites eat, they are just doing as we do, except we do not destroy homes to feed. Because they are needed for our ecosystem, we will never entirely get rid of the termites. The termite eats until no more food is available and then moves on to the next feeding grounds. If you are unlucky enough to live with termites until this happens, your home will be in desperate need of reconstruction.

When reading about what do termites eat, you may want to think about all the places in your home that has wood, these are the places you will find termites if you have an infestation. Knowing what termites eat and how they eat is important for everyone to know. When you learn more about termites, you can become more aware of their devastation and destruction to many home and building owners.

How To Get Rid of Bed Bugs In Your Gilbert Home

There is nothing irritating like to have bedbugs in your home especially when you always make sure that your furniture and beddings are always clean. You might have been wondering how these pests intruded into your furniture but the fact is that bedbugs are easily spread through transportation of luggage, furniture, clothing and beddings.

How To Get Rid of Bed Bugs In Your Gilbert Home

The following tips will guide you on how to get rid of bedbugs in your home.

1. Find the hideouts of the bedbug: Start by finding the hideouts of the bedbugs; dismantle the bed check for any dark spots for dried bed bug excrement on the cracks and edges of wooden frames and also along mattress seams.

To avoid purchasing a new mattress and for easy inspection in future you can use a bed bug proof mattress cover to trap them inside the cover.

(It can take up to 400 days to starve them in the cover)

2. Inspect your upholstery: inspect the sofa sets and the cushions since sofas can be a major hideout especially when people sleep on them.

3. Check the walls and common places of your house: bed bugs will also find the walls, ceiling and cracks in wood moldings a nice place for them to congregate and also lay their eggs. A flashlight can be of great help to check at the dark edges.

4. Treating: There are several methods for treating and even controlling bed bugs in your premises. You can kill bed bugs by washing infested beddings and spreading hot water over the wooden beds and furniture. Hot machine wash is recommended for the clothing and for those valuable such as leather jackets you can use non-toxic bed bug sprays.

Using parathyroid insecticides are also another advisable way for treating and controlling these pests in your home. You will have to spray on the cracks crevices on the walls .You will need to spray the insecticides for several times to make sure that you kill any bed bug that could have escaped the attack and the eggs that could have hatched from the hideouts.

In serious cases like where the clothing and bedding have been infested a lot you may need to dispose those that have highly been infested to avoid recurring infest.

With those steps you now know how bed bugs can affect the comfort and how to get rid of them at your home. By controlling bed bugs as an individual you help minimize the spreading of these irritating pests.

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How to Counter Bed Bug Infestation

How to Counter Bed Bug Infestation

Bed bugs are tiny brown to black colored blood-sucking insects. These vampires are nocturnal only feeding on individual during the night.

They really affect the quality of sleep and have been known to transmit diseases such as chagas disease. It is therefore of at most importance to control bed bugs.

Since they feed on humans at night, they spend most of their time in our bedding.
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