Tips to Keep Termites Out

Tips to Keep Termites Out

You might think that termites are just a fact of life. They invade the neighborhood. Termites invade the yard. It’s inevitable here in the Arizona desert.

But, there are some things that you can do to prevent the devastating damage that termites can cause…

Removing Debris that Attracts the Pests
Termites absolutely love wood. Old stumps, logs, and even mulch draws these pests in droves. If the soil near your home is littered with wood or you have exposed wood left available, you can expect to have termites come by to check the place out.
They’ll move in if they can create a nest nearby and find quiet, undisturbed areas to do their dirty work in. Remove exposed wood, uproot stumps, and store wood like firewood or mulch away from your house.
Preventing Water from Being Left Available to Termites
Like any living thing, termites need water to survive. They also happen to really enjoy moist, wet areas. A stump that forms a sort of barrel, for instance, might collect rainwater. That’s like a mansion for termites.
The pests are also eager to check out leaky faucets, pipes, and pools of water (especially if they are near exposed wood…like under the floorboards.) Watch out for leaks so that you don’t have bigger problems soon.
Treating the Wood In Your Home
Wood that has been treated with chemical or sealed off is a little less appetizing to termites. Update the sealant or stain on wooden parts of the home. Focus especially on areas like porches or steps that have unused space underneath.
Quiet, often overlooked areas like those are safe havens for the pesky creatures.
Broken Roof Tiles
If you have broken roof tiles, repair and replace them. Broken roof tiles can allow moisture to enter the roof, attic and home…a precursor to termites. Have you roof inspected, as well as the trim of your home, to find any moisture or areas for rain water to leak through. These are prime areas for termite infestations.
Attic
We fill out attic with boxes, books, clothing, and old wood furniture. These items scream to termites, “Come invade.” Boxes full of old books and loose paper attract termites. Seal them up, use large storage bins instead, and get up into the attic twice a year to inspect for termites.
Call a Professional
It is not too hard to find a termite control professional in Chandler, AZ. Hire one to come out to your home occasionally. The professional can identify any trouble areas that are especially appealing and treat them with chemicals to ward off termites.

Do I Have Termites?

Do I Have Termites?

Termites are small but they have the ability to impact your home in a big way. So many homes in Arizona have termite colonies living in the foundation without the home owners even realizing it…eating away at the very homes beneath their feet.

Termites are responsible for as much as five billion worth of property damage each year. In fact, as you are reading this, you could unknowingly have termites gnawing away at the inside of your walls, causing structural damage that could be costly to repair.

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The original king and queen can live for more than a decade, and a colony can range in size from 60,000 to 5 million individuals! It’s no wonder then that a home can literally be eaten alive by termites.

Identifying a termite invasion in your home is the first step to preventing major damage. Here are five signs to watch for:

Swarming

Termite activity increases in the springtime…so right now is the best time to have Magic Pest Control out to take a look at your home.

As these pests come to life, their primary focus is reproduction and, as the weather turns warmer, finding a place to build their colony.  Sometimes that place is your home.

You might not see the actual swarm because it doesn’t appear like a telltale plague. However, the key is finding piles of wings laying around. Most often you will find these piles in the basement, but they really can occur anywhere. The wings are small and white/clear, so you might not notice them at first. In fact, many people don’t see them until they empty their vacuum cleaners.

A swarm is a telling sign that you need to contact a pest management professional ASAP. If  possible, collect some of the termites or wings in a jar so that there can be a positive identification. Magic Pest Control is familiar with the types of termite infestations in and around the Phoenix-metro area, and can provide quick and permanent solutions to rid your home of these costly pests.

Construction Time

If you are getting an addition put onto your home or are in the midst of another type of construction project, you might come across termite damage. Termites can live and feed in the interior of walls without anyone ever knowing, so you may be in for a surprise after breaking open a seemingly normal wall.

Damage found within walls can be significant and end up costing thousands of dollars to fix, especially if you have to replace load bearing walls. Structural damage or signs of infestation need to be addressed by a professional, especially before you begin any other construction projects on your home that could become susceptible to infestation.

Holes and Hollow Wood

One of the easiest ways to tell that you have a termite problem is to tap on the surface of the wall you suspect might be affected. If you hear a hollow sound, you probably have a termite problem and should call a professional exterminator. You may also see “tunnels” in your wood. Termites eat the wood from the inside out, so you have to check all wood, even if you don’t see entrance points.

When we talk about termite tunnels, or termite tubes, most people think about tunnels in the wood. However, it is more common to see tunnels in mud. These tunnels are about the width of a pencil and fall along the interior or exterior walls of your home. Termites use these tunnels to transport food (typically from the wood in your home) to their nests.

Join us on January 29th!

Every once in a while, a news story catches your eye. Maybe you’re cooking dinner and you hear something about a child, or a parent, or politics, or a pet…and you pay attention. You don’t know the person, or the situation, but it touches you…

Let this be one of those stories…

At Magic Pest Control, we are a family. In fact, we have been family owned and operated for nearly 35 years. Fathers, sons, moms, brothers and sisters have, and currently, stand side-by-side to keep Magic Pest a growing community business…a business that helps those in need, provides untouchable services, and remains strong through good times and bad.

Well, we are experiencing the bad right now.

You might have heard that a Magic Pest family member, two of them actually, were in a horrible car accident while serving you, our family of customers. A wrong-way driver on the freeway ran head-on into our truck, with our family inside, and changed our lives forever.

Today, about a month later, we are still strong, still resilient, and still serving, but we do it as our family recovers and stands bedside at the hospital.

We ask for your prayers, but we also ask for your time…

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On January 29th, at 8am, we will be holding a pancake breakfast at New Mexican Grill on Lindsay and Pecos. We’d be honored if you could join us to support the Magic Pest family!

Thank you!

Nelson Ruis

Do Scorpions Hibernate During Winter?

Do Scorpions Hibernate During Winter?

When it is mild winter weather, so many pest populations stay active. Although there is a common myth that scorpions die off during the winter time, they don’t, they just hibernate. In fact, since scorpions hate cold weather, they often choose a time to hibernate in homes where they can stay warm throughout the wintertime. Here is what you need to be aware of about scorpion operation in the winter months.

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Scorpions are very resilient insects, and just like a termite, they can survive the freezing weather and bark scorpions hibernate during the winter. While scorpions are creatures, naturally live in solitary, bark scorpions hibernate together in clusters of up to 30 scorpions.

Even though scorpions can survive cold temperatures, they don’t like the cold, so they hide in warm places in the winter. As the temperatures begin to decrease in the fall, scorpions search for warm dark places to hibernate. Many times, this indicates that they will make their way into your home during the winter months in order stay warm. Once they are inside, they will find any warm, dark crevice to hide. Scorpions only need an opening 1/16” wide to intrude into your home so that they can be found in crevices between baseboards and floors, behind furniture, layers of clothes and even in shoes.

You will likely start to notice scorpions’ activities in your home during winter as the days start to get a little bit warmer. It is common to see people requesting for scorpion control when the weather starts to heat up, and one of the widespread misconceptions is that scorpion season is approaching. Indeed, these scorpions found in your house were most likely hibernating in a dark, warm crevice all winter long. Sometimes, they aren’t noticed at all until the outside temperatures start to warm up, and scorpions come out of their hiding place.

To tackle scorpions’ scourge, prevention is one of the best processes you can embark upon to ensure winter control of scorpions. You start by making sure that all entry points are blocked off, and no space enough to accommodate the poisonous insect is left open. Scorpions can break into a home through the tiniest space, so it’s imperative to make sure that your home is sealed at utility entry points, pipes, and doors. A firm rule of thumb is that if you can see daylight into your home through an entry point, it probably needs to be replaced or repaired. For instance, changing old weather stripping on doors will help prevent scorpions from accessing your home. Another good step to take to avoid scorpion entry into your home is to make sure trees, shrubbery and foliage are trimmed away from your house, and not to overwater plants as scorpions thrive on water.

If you have taken the necessary steps to repair common entry points into your house, your home is adequately prepared to begin preventative scorpion treatment. A licensed pest control company can then come in to exterminate scorpions and focus on areas that are difficult to seal. A precautionary approach to winter scorpion control will set you up for success in wintertime. You don’t to let your guard down because it is wintertime, insects like a scorpion, termites are hiding somewhere in the dark and warm crevices, furniture present in your home.

WHAT ARIZONA PESTS INVADE DURING THE WINTER MONTHS?

You may have noticed around your garden and home that during the winter months, that there seem to be fewer insects! Although some of the pests do move to warmer climates, some spend the winter in hibernation in anticipation of the warm weather. This is because insects are cold-blooded animals that need to conserve their energy during the frigid winter months. You must not let your guard down thinking they have gone forever; you need to intensify your pest control management.

When the temperature drops and before the snow begins to fall, pests start to look for a warm place to stay during the cold weather. Unfortunately, their new preferred location is the cozy and warm part of your home. So which pests are trying to invade the free space in your home to beat the winter cold! Below are some the pests you need to consider when making your winter pest control plan.

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Termites

The only place in the world where termites are active throughout the year long is in Florida and other hot regions. They are likely to want to go deep into the soil when it’s cold outside their natural habitat. They tend to invade your house because survival is possible in your home – Dry wood and subterranean termites are capable of defying the slight cold that your walls and foundation retain because it’s not cold enough to keep them away. You need to be extra vigilant to eliminate their threats. A boric acid monitor will lure and kill them. When In large quantities, you need an expensive pest control tools. A professional can also be brought in into the picture at that point.

Ants

The cold slows down ants activities. It is a major reason why they tend to hibernate during the winter months in trees or underground. Nevertheless, if they can find warmth in your home, you would find yourself with an infestation of ants eager to survive the cold weather. When they are in small proportion, an insecticide can take care of them, but with large populations, an insecticide may not be sufficient. You may need to hire the service of an exterminator to rid the ants if they are marching in a quantity that goes beyond two by two.

Spiders

Spiders are by far the most common pest that causes problems in Arizona homes in winter, and aside from filling all cracks in your home, there aren’t as many precautions you can take for preventative pest control for spiders (arachnids). They string messy webs all over the places. Spiders deserve a special pest control consideration because some of them bite and are poisonous.

Mice and Rats

The pests already discussed above are all insects but not only insects can invade your home in the winter. You must be prepared to spread you pest control tentacle to accommodate Rodents such as Mice and Rats too. These warm-blooded animals want to enjoy the food and heat that your cozy home can provide. They can chew through different materials. Hence, it’s easy for them to gain access into your home. They can destroy wood and other materials in your house. You should be aware that they breed rapidly, this makes infestation quite easy. The moment one succeeded in entering your home, boom! You are already a host to a multitude of this pest. This is even true during winter since some mice mate throughout the entire year. Poison and baited traps work best to exterminate these creatures, but for more serious rodent problems, these winter pests in Arizona may need an exterminator to eliminate all of them successfully.