Monsoon Season Brings the Bugs, and Termites

Monsoon Season Brings the Bugs, and Termites

Mosquitoes. Worms. Termites. What do they all have in common? These are just a few of the pests that love this rainy weather. Monsoon season brings out all sorts of Arizona pests, all seeking food and shelter in your home…

Especially termites!

Right now, termites are on the prowl. They are highly active. They are eating like crazy. And they are destroying someone’s home.

Termites excel in this kind of weather: damp, moist, soft wood and even softer dirt.

After the rain has fallen, what termites signs should you be looking for in your Gilbert home? How do you know if termites have invaded your Gilbert home during this stormy weather?

Look for these symptoms of a termite infestation…

Subterranean termites eat decaying wood matter in the ground, but they also can create mud channels up from the ground and onto the exposed wood on your house, and move on from there.

Although these insects are most commonly known to feast on wood, their appetites don’t end there; termites will also attack metal, sheetrock, furniture and even food storage.

  • Termite Mulch: Termites leave behind a trail of their destruction. It’s a small trail, but if you notice wood powder or even small wings near that wood powder, you probably have termites. As soon as the rain ceases, you’ll want to be on the lookout for this sign of a termite infestation.
  • Mud Tubes: This is the most common sign of a termite infestation in your Gilbert home, but it’s also a sign that termites have been on the move for a while. They’re in your house…in the walls of your home, at this point. Mud tubes are small highways, perfectly constructed to allow the termites to travel unharmed.
  • Wood Chipping or Paint Chipping: This time of year, you might notice water spots on the ceiling thanks to all the rain. That water spot is calling termites. Any wood that is rotting, or has started to soften due to the monsoon rain, will be like candy to termites. If you have any rotting wood or paint chipping away, take a deeper look.

Monsoon season is termite season. They love to dig into your Gilbert homes when the ground is soft and moist, and the wood is covered with rain water.

If anyone in your neighborhood has had termites, or if you see any signs of a termite infestation at your Gilbert home, don’t wait to call us. Don’t handle the termites on your own. You need professional termite treatment with the right chemicals and the right experts.

Does Humidity Make Termites More Active – Arizona Pest Control 101

Monsoon season in Arizona is termite season in Arizona. This is a termite’s Christmas, in July.

Humidity in the air means moisture in the ground, which termites love.

Here’s the thing, most of the year, our soil is like clay. It’s hard. It’s dry. It’s difficult to dig through for us, let alone termites.

Right now, during monsoon season, all of that changes. Water sits and seeps into the dirt, making it soft and moist.

Water comes down in torrential downpours, making the soil easier to dig through.

Humidity and moisture in the air also can damage your home. If you have any rotting wood in your home or around the trim outside, it’s like a beacon for termites. That rotting wood will call to them, and the humidity in the air will only add to the damaged wood.

So, how do you prevent termites from invading your home during monsoon season, when the air is humid and termites are fully active?

  • Get firewood, pallets, or any debris away from the side of your home. Nothing should be touching your house, including patio furniture. All shrubs and trees should also be trimmed away from your home.
  • Check for rotting wood anywhere, particularly around the trim of your home. Any peeling paint along your home’s trim could be a sign of not only rotting wood, but termites. Get that rotting would fixed as soon as you can.
  • Before monsoon season starts is a great time to put a fresh coat of paint on your house, patio furniture, shutters, door or trim. A fresh coat of paint is a simple, affordable and effective way to keep termites away.

If you think that you might have termites in your Gilbert, Arizona home, don’t wait to call in the experts. Call now!

Does Rain Bring Termites – Arizona Pest Control 101

Does Rain Bring Termites – Arizona Pest Control 101

Do termites get more active in the summer? Do termites invade more persistently when it rains? Do termites love monsoon season here in Gilbert, Arizona?

You bet they do!

We get these questions quite often here at Magic Pest Control. In fact, we love talking to our clients about how pests invade their homes, and offer tips to keep those pests out of your Gilbert home. Heck, if you want us out just to do an inspection and to pick our brains, we’re here for you!

Well, it’s July, which means that monsoon season has officially started, and it’s been busy already. We’ve been hit by big winds, dust storms, torrential downpours and thunder storms.

And you might have noticed more pests making their way into your home and into your yard. All of a sudden, you’re seeing more pests around your Gilbert home.

So, do termites become more active during our Arizona summer monsoon season?

The answer is a simple and definitive YES…

Rain triggers moisture build up within the walls of your home. If you have a water leak, or rotting wood, rain will trigger that wood to release an unseen aroma into the air, attracting termites who instinctively know where to find that rotting, wet, moist wood. It’s like their candy.

Termites need moist, soft earth to survive. While we don’t have a lot of moist, soft dirt in Gilbert, Arizona during most of the summer, monsoon season is prime time for termites to do their thing. The ground is soft, moist, and perfect for an infestation. Termites are in heaven.

During monsoon season, it’s crucial to check for signs of termites around your home. Check crawl spaces, foundation, the attic, the roof, the trim around windows, doors and roofing tiles, and anywhere else you can think of.

If you think termites might be on your property or around your home, don’t try to get rid of them yourself…especially during monsoon season. The heavy rains and moist air will make your pest control efforts futile.

Give the experts a call.

How to Deal with Pests During Monsoon Season

How to Deal with Pests During Monsoon Season

Monsoon season is here and hat means that termites and scorpions will be in full force, along with other nasty pest. Termites, scorpions, and other pests will try to enter your home by any means possible, so it is best to stay ahead of the game and be prepared.

These tips for helping you keep the pest out are not only good during monsoon season, but year around. Monsoon season will just be the time when you see termites, scorpions, and other pests the most active because of the higher temperatures and humidity.

Here are some helpful monsoon season tips to help keep your home free of termites, scorpions, and anything else that wants to crawl on into your home.

  • Water bugs and earthworms will like to make their way into your bathroom. Although these bugs are not harmful by any means, they still will want to hangout in your bathroom. For this reason you will want to always keep your bathroom clean and dry.
  • If you want to keep mosquitos, flying bugs of any kind, and other pests, try using window and door netting. If you choose to keep your windows and doors open to listen to the monsoon storms, these nettings will cover the windows and doors and stay with velcro. This will create a barrier, keeping pests out of your home.
  • Be sure to always keep trash in and around your home picked up. Pests will surely love any food that you leave out, so do not invite them if you do not want them hanging around your house.
  • With that being said, be sure to keep all wood scraps away from your home, this will help eliminate and scorpions from hiding underneath the wood and then making their way into your home.
  • You will also want to keep your bed clean and be sure to clean your bed linens on a regular. Keeping everything clean and giving your linens a nice shake and fluff every night can help keep those bed bugs from finding their way into your bed.

All Natural Pest Control

When it comes to your home you want to keep it as safe as possible for your family. So, when it comes to doing pest control to keep those pest out you may be a little hesitant when it comes to using pesticides filled with different chemicals.

Sometimes many pesticides can be more harmful to you and your family then they are to the actual pest. There are some organic pesticides that you can buy, but those still contain some small amounts of harmful chemicals

If you want to still keep those annoying pest out of your house, you can try using these all natural DIY methods, that will keep you, your family, and your home safe.

  • If you have ants, you can start by trying and filling a small spray bottle with soapy water. Using mint is also a great way to keep ants out of your home. Try leaving mint tea bags in the area where the ants are most active. You may love cucumbers, however ants do not. leave either slices of cucumber or cucumber peels near the entry point of the ants.
  • If you have cockroaches, the first and best way to keep them away is by keeping your kitchen and bathrooms clean. If you still have a problem with cockroaches you can sprinkle diatomaceous earth along the bases of your cabinets, as well as inside and behind your appliances. Again, have that spray bottle with soapy water handy because spraying the soapy water directly on the roaches will kill them.
  • If mosquitos are hanging around your house, the most important thing to do first, is try and eliminate any areas of sitting water. Mosquitoes do not like sage or rosemary, so try burning a small amount coals that you grill with and sprinkle some of these herbs on top.

Get Rid of Scorpions Naturally

Get Rid of Scorpions Naturally

Scorpions can be very harmful to children, especially baby scorpions because they can not control the amount of toxin they release. However, for most adults they usually just cause a little pain at the sight of the sting.

 

Scorpions are known for making an appearance in the summer time due to they are trying to find areas to keep cool and away from the summer sun, but yet still have food. With that being said, they will try to enter your home by any means possible, whether it be through a drain, through a crack in a wall, a door, or a window.

You can try and eliminate the scorpions from entering your house by sealing any and all cracks in and around your home. You can also move an wood piles you may have up against or near your home, at least 25 feet away from the home.

It is important to keep in mind that even though you may take every precaution necessary in order to keep scorpions away and out of your home, there is still a chance that one or even a few may gain access into your home. With that being said, you may want to try using an all natural spray in order to get rid of the scorpions until you are able to get a professional pest control technician to your home.

A quick and all natural spray that you can make and keep handy in order to repel those scorpions away is lavender oil. Simply add 10-20 drops of lavender oil to a bottle filled with 2 cups of water and simply spray around your doors, windows, and all along the inside of your home.

Planting a few lavender plants along the perimeter of your home is another great natural way to keep those nasty things out of your home and away from your family.

A Few Termite Facts

Termites are very costly insects, due to the fact that they can cause so much damage to your home and property before you even have time to notice and stop them. Here are some pretty interesting facts you may have never known about these annoying insects.

  • Termites in Africa have created a mound that measured around 42 feet high.
  • Singapore serves these little critters live, dipped in alcohol, dipped in chocolate, and even preserved in rice wine, as a tasty little treat.
  • In one Amazon culture, if termites are found in a homeowner’s home, it is said that the homeowner will soon die. In order for the homeowner to avoid death, the entire colony needs to be destroyed and/ or the homeowner needs to completely leave the home.
  • Queen termites can live anywhere from 15 to 25 years and every 15 seconds will lay an egg.
  • In order to get rid of whooping cough in the Amazon, cultures will serve a soup that is hot and sweet and contains boiled termites.
  • Underground termites, known as subterranean termites, can be found in every state, except for Alaska.
  • Termites actually never sleep, they are constantly active, 24/7.
  • Again in the Amazon, they believe that you can be cured from the flu by inhaling the smoke from a burning termite.
  • It has been known that termites have appeared on this Earth nearly 250 million years ago.
  • There are 1,000 pounds of termites for every human.
  • There can be up to one million termites alone in one termite colony.