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Summertime brings scorpions and those scorpions need a place to keep cool. So, what does that mean?

Only one thing, they are looking to find anyway possible, into your home. Although these ugly looking and poisonous pests are not very well liked by many, nor given much thought, but here are some facts you may not have known about them.

  • Scorpions are actually not considered insects, they are arachnids
  • All scorpions are poisonous, however there are only about 30 species that can actually kill a person
  • Scorpion toxin has actually been known to treat heart disease and some cancers
  • If there is no food for the mother scorpion, she will actually eat her young in order to survive
  • Some scorpion species can live up to 20 years or so
  • Scorpions are one of the oldest arachnids on earth
  • Some scorpions can grow up to 7 inches long
  • Main predators of the scorpion are bats, mice, owls, and grasshoppers
  • Baby scorpions are more poisonous than adult scorpions, because just like snakes they are not able to control the amount of toxin they release when they sting.

There are over 1500 species of scorpions and all are poisonous. With that being said it is important to know some scorpion first aide.

  • If a child gets stung, wash the wound with mild soap and water
  • Apply a cold compress to the wound after washing
  • If you happen to have pain following the sting, taking an ibuprofen will help relieve the pain

Remember that keeping piles of scrap wood away from your home will make it less likely that they will enter your home. Also, you will want to try and caulk any cracks and eliminate entry points for scorpions.

Top 3 Summer Pests

Top 3 Summer Pests

Summer is here and it is very hot outside, here in Gilbert, which means that there are all kinds of annoying pests crawling around trying to find a cool place to hangout and some food. Here are the top 3 pests that you may encounter during the summer season and how to prevent them.1. Ants

These pests will be seen more often in your kitchen, since this is where you do all of your food preparation. The moment they smell food, they will spread the word and there can be a swarm of ants in your kitchen in a matter of minutes. If you are not to keen on spraying a pesticide in your kitchen, due to you are worried about contaminating any food, you can try first by making sure you clean up any and all spills, whether it be a liquid substance, a powder substance, or even crumbs. By keeping your kitchen clean and free of the smallest food particles, you can keep the ants out. You can also keep the ants away by storing all your dry food goods in air tight containers, rather than keeping them in the boxes that they come in, this will be sure to keep them from smelling any food and trying to get it.

2. Wasps

Wasps are looking for sugary foods and foods containing protein. Due to this you will notice that wasps will be all around your outdoor garbages and even perhaps joining in on your summer barbecues. You will want to check your garden and outdoor areas for small nest, which will contain fewer wasps than large nest. The smaller the nest, the easier it will be to treat. If you have a trash can outside and one that you tend to throw food away in when barbecuing, you will want to make sure that you place a secure lid on it, so the wasps are not attracted to the food inside.

3. Flies

Flies although not dangerous, are annoying and can spread unwanted diseases to members of your household. You will want to cover any food when eating outside or even food inside if you notice you have flies. They will land on our food and transfer a disease before we eat our food. You will also want to pick up any dead flies that you find around the house they attract not only more flies, but carpet beetles also.

Scorpion Sealing Your Home

Scorpion Sealing Your Home

Summer is here and the temperatures keep rising. Scorpions like to take shelter in your home because they like the coolness it has to offer, as well as any areas of water you may have in or around your home. If you have had a scorpion in your home chances are you have probably been a little scared that there could be more or they will keep coming back if you do not have your house sprayed. However, maybe you have had your house sprayed for scorpions, but they just keep coming back and it seems like you can never win. Well, there is an option that can actually help you protect your house even more and keep those nasty pests out of your home, it’s known as a scorpion home sealing.

A scorpion home sealing is exactly what it sounds like. A pest control technician will come to your home and seal your home, eliminating any and all entry points that the scorpions may be able to access. This will consist of sealing any cracks, any holes, or any gaps that may be on the exterior of your home that lead into your home. This also includes sealing any cracks that may be around your doors and windows that would normally not be there.

A home sealing is not strictly for scorpions, it is also used as a barrier to keep other insects out of your home, especially those that scorpions like to eat. A complete home sealing is an all around good thing to do, not only does it protect your home from scorpions and other annoying pests, but it also helps you save by reducing your energy usage, preventing water damage to your home, and all around protecting your home.

What’s a Termite Inspection Consist of?

What’s a Termite Inspection Consist of?

When it comes to your home you want to make sure that it is free of any nasty pests and safe from any damage. This is why having a termite inspection done at least once a year on your home is important because termites will eat the wood in your home from the inside out and cause a lot of costly damage to your home, and the worst part is, there could be a lot of damage caused by the termites because it will be later than sooner when you realize you have them. If you happen to suspect that you might have termites, it is better to call to have a proper termite inspection done rather than chance it.

Here are a few things to know about a termite inspection. For starters, a termite inspection can take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of your home and whether or not you have a packed attic or basement, because the inspector will inspect the entire interior of your home to look for any possible signs and/or damage caused by the termites.

A lot of people may not know that termites are known for staying closer to the ground, but a termite inspection is looking for other wood destroying insects, such as ants and/or carpenter bees. So, this is why an inspector will inspect your attic as well. The inspector will be looking for mud tunnels, also known as termite tubes, inside the home, as well as the exterior, these could be found on the home’s walls and ceilings. They will also be checking the eaves of your home and inspect all wood for any signs and damaged caused by termites.

Once, the inspection is done, they inspector will write up a report of all the damage caused and other items that he or she found during the inspection that may be of concern, regarding termites, ants, or carpenter bees. Once the inspector has done this, he or she will go over a termite treatment plan with you in order to help you flush these costly and annoying pests out of your home.

Top Termite Damage

Top Termite Damage

Termites find their way into your home and think they have found themselves a feast of wood. They will start to eat away at all the wood in your home causing hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars in damage, causing your home to become unsafe, and sometimes if it is really bad, unlivable. If you start to notice any of these signs of damage it is important that you call to have schedule a termite inspection immediately.

Top Termite Damage

Top Termite Damage

1. If you start to notice any damage to your walls like loose wood paneling, piles of wood chips, or damp areas, because termites live of of moisture. If you notice any of these things you need to get a termite inspection immediately in order to find out what damage the termites have already caused and get control of the situation before it gets out of control.

2. If you start to notice any damage to your home’s foundation, such as weak, squeaky, or missing pieces of wood in your foundation, you more than likely have a termite infestation. having a bad foundation can cause even more problems throughout your home, such as cracks in the drywall and ceiling, do to the unleveled foundation that is caused by the termite damage.

3. If you happen to have carpet in your home, there is a good chance that underneath it, there is wood. If there happens to be a termite infestation in your home in the foundation or in the subfloor, there is a good chance that the termites are probably living in your carpet. Although the termites will not cause damage to your carpet, they will use the carpet as a place to reproduce. Depending on the color of carpet you may have, it might be hard to see if there are termites living in it. If you ever get the chance to replace your carpet, installing tile would be a better choice, in order to avoid hosting a breeding area for termites.

Summer Termite Tips

Summer Termite Tips

Termites can make their way into your house at any time and destroy your place of shelter and where you call home. Use these helpful tips to fight off these annoying pests this summer and help keep your home safe from costly damage.

Summer Termite Tips

Summer Termite Tips

1. When it comes to storing firewood and any other wood you may have around the house, do not store the wood up against your house. Instead, store the wood 25 feet or further from your home and if you can try storing it a couple feet off of the ground, this will make it harder for the termites to have any access to your home and to all of the wood.

2. Termites are very small insects that can make their way into your home through any size crack, even the tiniest one. You might think that the crack is too small for anything to pass through, but think again, because a termite will gain access in your home through it. Take and seal any and all cracks that you may have around your home, whether it be around your windows, your doors, outlets, the walls. A simple caulking will seal the cracks perfectly.

3. Termites love moisture. If you have mulch in your yard, termites are loving it because it is filled with moisture. If you want to keep termites away from your home, it would be best to either do a little re-landscaping and move the mulch away from your house at least 25 feet or better yet, replace your real mulch with rubber mulch. This will help eliminate any possible risk of there being termites around your home.

4. Again, termites love moisture and water, it is what they feed on in order to survive. With that being said, eliminate their source of survival and remove any water sources you may have around your home. if you have an area in your yard that forms puddles of water or buckets that are filled with water, get rid of the buckets and find a way to stop water from pooling in your yard. Eliminating their way to survive will eliminate them from taking over your home.

Summer DIY Pest Control Tips

Summer DIY Pest Control Tips

Nasty, creepy, crawling bugs are a big NO, when it comes to having them in and around the house. If you are not one for having anything like this in your house, which who is, than follow these simple DIY pest control tips to keep these pests out and away from your home.

1. It is best to start by preventing bugs from entering your house rather than taking care of the problem when you see one. You can start be simply keeping your house clean and your floors free of food crumbs. Try wiping down your kitchen counters with a natural at home solution made of vinegar and water. Simply spray your countertops and wipe any debris and food crumbs. This will make your home less appealing to nasty critters.

2. The next step you can take in preventing bugs from entering your home is to fix any leaks you may have around the house. Bugs are looking for water in order to survive and if you are providing the water, they will come.

3. If you have boxes of cereal, pasta, or other dry goods, take and transfer those goods to sealed containers. This will help keep those bugs away, they are attracted to any food that is left out or easy for them to access.

4. Along with keeping the food in seal tight containers and crumbs off of your countertops and off of your floors. You will want to keep your kitchen drain free of food, as well. You can do this by taking baking soda and pouring it down the drain and then pouring vinegar. You will want to let this solution sit in the drain for about 5 minutes or so and then run hot boiling water down the drain in order to flush everything out.

5. You can keep those annoying ants away by sprinkling coffee grounds along the base of your doors and around your windows.

Subterranean Termites in Arizona

Subterranean Termites in Arizona

All types of termites can be found throughout Arizona, the Arid-land subterranean termite, the Western dry wood termites, and Pacific damp wood termites. However, the most common type of termite is the Desert subterranean termite. These termites like to live in dead cactus and other desert plants, but they are well known for feeding off of timber buildings and other timber materials. It is very hard to see these pests due to their yellowish/clear brown color.

Subterranean Termites in Arizona

Subterranean Termites in Arizona

These termites like to eat the spring wood in timbers and will create a honeycomb like appearance to the wood that they have eaten. The subterranean termite rarely ever eats anything with moisture in it and prefers dry wood and other dry timber materials. If you notice mud tunnels along the walls or ceilings of your home, it is safe to say that you more than likely have an infestation of termites and it is time to get a termite inspection done. By now the damage that these termites have caused is severe seeing as the mud tunnels are what they create to go from one place to another and feed.

These termites only require the tiniest, littlest cracks in order to gain entry into the walls and roof of your home. If there is wood, which your entire house is made of wood, they will find a way to get to it and feed of of it. So, it is very important that you seal all cracks possible, even if you think that they are too tiny, because they can still get in. This is also said for any cracks in your concrete. They do get in through the cracks of the concrete and then make their way into your house and start causing damage.

If you think that you may have a termite problem it is best to call a Gilbert pest control tech and have them come out to do a thorough inspection, they know exactly what sign to look for. They will be able to tell you if you have a little termite problem that is just beginning or an infestation, which will require an intense termite treatment.

DIY Scorpion Treatments

DIY Scorpion Treatments

Although most scorpions in Gilbert are not poisonous, except for two species in particular, they can still be painful if stung by one and annoying, scary little pests. Regardless if scorpions are poisonous or not, they are a creature that you do not want anywhere in your household. So, here are a few things that you can do yourself in order to keep them out and away from your home and family.

DIY Scorpion Treatment

DIY Scorpion Treatment

1. You will want to get rid of any wood piles you may have in the garage or in your yard, as well as trash piles and landscape trimmings. They love to hide in these piles due to the moisture that is inside. Scorpions will try and find a home for themselves in anything that provides some sort of water.

2. You will want to seal and cracks that are around doors, windows, siding, and cracks around plumbing. Inspect your house for anything that may appear to be a form of an entry way for scorpions into your home and seal them properly.

3. You can go to a local pesticide store or home improvement store and purchase a residual spray that you can spray along the perimeter, interior and exterior, and potential entry points around your home. You can also add an extra precaution by laying down an insecticide dust in your attic, which is also another entry point for scorpions. This dust is also good to apply to any cracks that you may have. Placing the dust in window frames is also recommended.

While taking these precautions to keep scorpions out of and away from your home, it is also important to know that scorpions live by eating other insects, so you may want to routinely spray your home for all insects, keep all those nasty and annoying pests away, will help keep the scary pests away as well.