5 Things Arizonans NEED To Know About Termites Before Doing DIY Pest Control…

We’ve all been there…

“I’m going to run down to Home Depot and grab some pest control granules and I’ll take care of it honey…don’t you worry about a thing.”

Inevitably, the $20 you spent on pest control spray, or concentrate, or granules, over and over and over again…is wasted.

It’s wasted because you do it again and again and again, constantly running to the hardware store to grab that pest control spray to hit the perimeter of your house, breaking your back in the sweltering heat, tracking down ant piles and seeking out scorpions.

Your DIY pest control methods might be somewhat effective for a few ants, and it might kill a few scorpions outside of your home, but I can promise you this…

DIY will NOT keep termites from destroying your home.

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Once termites find a nice place to build their home in your home, you’re in big trouble.

The only effective, and literally house-saving solution, is to have an expert termite professional come out, take care of the termites, and precisely place termite bait and termite treatment within the foundation of your home to not only kill the termites but to keep them from coming back…

And only the most proficient exterminators with masonry experience can do the job properly.

Today, I want to talk about the five things that Arizonans need to know about termites before even attempting to go DIY:

  1. Masonry Experience is a Must: As mentioned, if you don’t have any experience with concrete and foundation, don’t even attempt to treat your home for termites. You’re wasting your time and hard earned money. And, you’re wasting your football weekend. Termites go deep. They create tunnel beneath your home and within the walls…even throughout the concrete’s smallest of cracks and crevasses.  Only a skilled exterminator with masonry experience can get to those termites.
  2. Termites are Prevalent in Arizona: In fact, statewide, there are an estimated 3 to 5 termite colonies per acre of land! If your neighbor has termites, or literally anyone in your neighborhood has termites (per acre), you are at risk.
  3. Costly Termite Damage: Across the United States, termites cause more property damage than tornadoes, earthquakes, and fires combined. Do NOT try to treat your home for termites the DIY way. While you’re wasting time going the DIY route, those pesky termites are getting deeper into your home, causing more damage, and ultimately costing you more money in the long run.
  4. Subterranean Termites Are The Worst: You won’t be able to tell the difference between a subterranean termite and a drywood termite, but our termite experts can…and it’s a good thing. If we find that you have subterranean termites, we know that we’re in for a fight. Subterranean termites have a relatively large range and massive colonies beneath the soil.
  5. Termite Prevention: Preventing termites from infesting your home is tough, especially because they are so prevalent…and if your neighbor has termites, you probably will too eventually. But, there are a few things that you can do:
    1. Have Monthly Pest Control Visits: A pest control expert will instantly spot termite tubes and termite signs, so having monthly pest control is a great way to prevent termite damage.
    2. Home Sealing: Just as your home should be sealed from scorpions and other pests, you can attempt to seal your home from termites. This includes sealing all cracks and crevasses, which our Magic Pest Control team can do for you.
    3. Barrier Products: Our termite professionals can place a termite barrier around your home, sort of like an invisible force field deep down in the soil, to prevent termites from breaking through.

Termites are no joke. If you think you might have termite tubes in your garage, walls or around the base of your home, call us immediately: 480-654-5888

 

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“I Figured All Pest Control Companies Were the Same”

I had an interesting conversation with a friend the other night. There we were, sitting in front of the TV watching the game…which was terrifying in itself…and my buddy mentions that they had a pest control company come out to spray for scorpions.

I asked what that company did.

“They sprayed the inside and outside of the home.”

“That’s it?!” I gasped.

My buddy looked at me with a perplexed face. “Yeah, that’s it. Why? Is that not what you guys do? I figured all pest control companies were the same.”

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All pest control companies are not created equal!

It’s funny, but most homeowners to believe that all pest control companies are the same, and it’s easy for them to go with the cheapest.

Most homeowners don’t research the pest control company for reviews, for coupons, or for the specific methods they use to get rid of scorpions.

And it’s a sad deal because a simple spray of your home and/or the perimeter of your home WILL NOT prevent infestation.

Another interesting story that I came across the other day was from the homeowner app Front Door. A neighbor of mine recently posted, “Hey, if you guys need pest control, call xxx-xxxx. This guy works on his own, brings his own spray, and will spray the inside of your home and the outside for $25!”

Ok, what is wrong with this picture?

You have no idea who that guy is, how reliable he is, if he has a record, and what he’s using in that spray canister!! I mean, if that spray happens to make your dog sick, gives your child an asthma attack or remains in the air of your home for weeks afterwards…don’t you think that might cause an issue?!

Moral of the story: Use a pest control company that you can trust. Use a pest control professional who you won’t have to question coming in to your home. Use a pest control company that utilized multiple methods beyond just spraying to keep scorpions out of your home. Use a pest control company that uses granules, dust and spray that IS safe for your children and pest to be around, indoors and out!

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Why Do Scorpions Glow Under Black Light?

Why Do Scorpions Glow Under Black Light?

If you’ve lived in Arizona for any length of time, you’ve no doubt heard the term ‘black light scorpion hunting.’ Heck, they even sell so-called specialized scorpion black lights at your local hardware store.

So, how does this work? How do you find scorpions in the dark? And why do our Arizona scorpions seem to glow under black light?

Let me enlighten you…

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Here’s the thing, no one truly knows why scorpions glow under black light. One scientist might say that it’s for mating purposes, while another might say it’s for attracting prey, another might say it’s a way to determine UV levels in the atmosphere.

Scorpions are nocturnal creatures. They abhor the heat and evaporative effects of sunlight, and it turns out they specifically avoid UV light too. In a recent issue of the Journal of Arachnology, the Cal State team reported that the arachnids adjust their activity level depending on the amount of UV shining on them. When flooded in UV, they are less active than when lights are dim. – NBCNews.com

So, mystery solved, right?

Have you ever heard the old wives tale that scorpions glow under a full moon? Well, now you know why…maybe.

Well, we’ll never know for sure, but what we do know is that black lights do work to help you find scorpions.

Here’s how to go scorpion hunting in the dark:

  1. Best Time: The best time of evening to go scorpion hunting is 2 hours after dark, or early morning just before the sun rises.
  2. Best Tools: Just about any UV light will work…and yes, you can buy a ‘specialized’ scorpion black light from Lowe’s or Home Depot and it should work just fine. Just don’t shine it in your eyes or anyone else’s eyes.
  3. Best Hiding Places: Scorpions LOVES our Arizona brick fencing and walls, so that might be a great place to start. Head around your fence line and pay extra close attention to any block bricks with broken mortar or spaces. In fact, any spaces between concrete are great places to look, including in the patio. Also, check out any leave or debris piles.
  4. Best Way to Kill: There are specific scorpion sprays available through Home Depot or Lowe’s. And, not that I condone this, but I have heard of many families using fire to kill scorpions…not that I would recommend that.

There you have it!

Or, you can always just have us do it.

What is Scorpion Anti-Venom?

What is Scorpion Anti-Venom?

Just the other day I posted a very emotional blog from a actual Magic Pest Control customer story.

The mother had a very scary incident happen to her and her child involving a scorpion and the emergency room.

It was not only terrifying for the family it was terrifying for their budget and their wallet.

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We often talk about how expensive termite damage can be to your home, costing you potentially thousands of dollars in damages when the termites begin to invade the foundation and the walls of your Gilbert home.

But we often overlook how expensive scorpions can be for your family in terms of medical costs.

Scorpions extremely dangerous to your grandparents and your children.

Scorpion antivenom is a real thing.

Unfortunately, when a child or a senior is stung by a scorpion, particularly a bark scorpion, which is usually what you find in your Gilbert home, emergency medical care is needed, and antivenom is usually prescribed prescribed.

What is Scorpion Anti-Venom?

Scorpion antivenom was first approved by the US Food and Drug Administration back in August of 2011, right here in Arizona. Specifically, Tucson, Arizona.

This FDA-approved scorpion antivenom was the first ever to be proven effective under controlled clinical trials, and the first ever scorpion antivenom with so few allergic reactions.

Scorpion venom can cause breathing problems, excess saliva, blurred vision including temporary blindness, slurred speech, trouble swallowing, abnormal eye movements, and muscle twitching. When a child is stung by a scorpion, these can be quite common symptoms, and they can be extremely scary for the family involved.

The injectable antivenom targets scorpion venom that is toxic to the nerves, and resolves the symptoms of scorpion venom in less than four hours.

According to the medical release back in 2011, in the United States, the majority of scorpion stings occur in Arizona, we’re about 8000 things occur each year. Several hundred of those, usually only from the particularly venomous bark scorpion, require medical treatment, and children are the most vulnerable to the stings, explained Andreas Theodorou, MD, chief of the division of pediatrics at the University of Arizona.

The medical release from 2011 went on to say that when children are stung by scorpions their breathing is highly effected, they have secretions that they can’t handle, their lungs potentially fill with fluid, and they may need to be placed on ventilators.

Scorpion stings, particularly bark scorpion stings, can be extremely dangerous for children.

And antivenom is a must-have for any emergency room here in Arizona.

In fact, I believe most emergency rooms here in Arizona have a good stock during scorpion season, and can call nearby hospitals if they run out.

If your child is stung by scorpion, don’t wait to seek out medical attention.

If your child is stung, and you know that it was a scorpion, get to the emergency room as soon as you possibly can. The quicker that your child is treated with antivenom, the better off they will be and the sooner all symptoms will dissipate.

Again, to bring this full circle, termites are not the only test that will cost you thousands of dollars. If your child is stung by scorpion, your medical bills will easily cost you just as much.

Scorpion Stings Child (based on a true story)

Scorpion Stings Child (based on a true story)

I don’t know about you, but I use to shake out my shoes every single time I put them on in the mornings. In fact, if I had to get up in the middle of the night I would even shake out my slippers…

Because, you know, you have to wear some type of foot protection in Arizona during scorpion season.

Those little buggers are everywhere! Especially depending on where you live.

And the thing is, I knew they were around my home, but I always figured they were outside. I always figured we’d get one or two a year and that would be it…no big deal. You kill the one or two in the house each year, and you move on with your day.

Well, that was all great until that one…the one scorpion that came into our home that one time…was in my son’s bedroom.

If you have kids, if you’ve heard about what a scorpion sting can do to little ones, seeing a scorpion in your son’s bedroom will probably be a pretty terrifying sight.

My son is two, and so a scorpion sting would absolutely mean a trip to the emergency room, anti-venom treatment, and no doubt thousands of dollars in medical fees…we don’t have the best insurance…but, I mean, who does?!

Just one scorpion in your home could mean the difference between a normal Tuesday and a terrible Tuesday.

Here’s how one scorpion can change your child’s day:

At 10am your child is playing in the toy room. You’re doing some light cleaning.

At 10:15am your child screams, and it’s the type of scream that sends you running through the house. You don’t see any blood. You check for bumps and broken bones…nothing, but your little one is still screaming.

At 10:30am, after some calming down, your little one has stopped crying but has started to sweat and complain that their arm hurts. You assume it’s just kids being kids, the sweat was from all the crying and the arm hurting is just another ploy for attention.

At 10:35am your son begins to twitch and complains that both feet are hurting. The sweating has continued and your child is having trouble keeping balance. You call the pediatrician and you notice a small red spot on your son’s arm. The pediatrician tells you to call poison control.

At 10:37am poison control tells you it sounds like a scorpion sting, keep an eye on your son, if symptoms do not dissolve in 15 minutes, call them back.

At 10:45am your son is not speaking in tongues…literally…using words that don’t make any sense. He’s obviously in a great deal of pain but isn’t crying. He’s not walking, not really doing much of anything, but mumbling.

At 10:47am you call poison control back. Your son’s eyes are now glazed over. Poison control asks where you’re located and calls the nearest emergency room to have them get anti-venom ready. You leave immediately.

At 11:00am you are rushed into the emergency room where they are already waiting. Your son is kicking, screaming, flailing about everywhere, speaking a language that you can’t understand, scratching and biting, drooling, has gone temporarily blind, and is literally twitching. It’s the most terrifying, nightmare inducing scene you could ever imagine. And nothing that you do or say to your son can break him from this uncontrollable fit his body is having.

At 11:02 he gets anti-venom and meds.

At 11:30 his eyes come back, his speech come back and the pain subsides.

You can tell from the look in the nurses eyes that it was scary for them too. But it’s going to be ok.

This is not a made up story. This truly and honestly happened to a client of ours. Her son was stung, and this was the exact reaction that scorpion sting caused her son to have.

Don’t think that just because there in one scorpion in your house just once a year that it can’t cause harm.

Call us now!