5 More Fall Pest Control Prevention Tips

There are an endless amount of pest control prevention tasks to bring your attention to this Fall. Right now, when the air is crisp and cool in the mornings, before the sun hits the hottest part of the day, get out there and take some of these actions to prevent pests from invading your home as it gets cooler out.

  1. Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and keep shrubbery well trimmed. Removing areas where pests can hide near your home can reduce the chance of them finding a way inside.
  2. Install door sweeps and repair damaged screens. Torn window screens and cracks under doors are an ideal entry point for household pests. When you open the window, you could be letting in more than just fresh air.
  3. Inspect items such as boxes of decorations, package deliveries, and grocery bags before bringing them indoors. Pests can find creative ways to get inside a home. Shake out or inspect anything that has been left or stored outside.
  4. Avoid leaving pet food dishes out for long periods of time. Pests don’t discriminate between human food and cat food. Pet dishes that have been left sitting out are enticing for all kinds of insects and rodents.
  5. Make sure there are no leaks in irrigation systems that will create excess moisture that might attract pests.

Of course, you can always call Magic Pest Control!

5 Pest Control Tips for Fall

September 22nd was officially the first day of Fall, and as temperatures dip below 100-degrees, there is no better time then now to take a look at some pest control prevention tips.

  1. Screen attic vents and openings to chimneys, along with any other areas where homes may be open to the outdoors – like mail slots and pet doors.
  2. Keep basements, attics, and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry. Pests are attracted to areas with moisture, which they need to survive. Using dehumidifiers in basements and garages can help keep these areas dry.
  3. Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of the home using caulk and steel wool. Pay close attention to points where utility pipes enter the structure. Mice can fit through a hole the size of a dime, and rats can fit through holes the size of a quarter.
  4. Keep kitchen counters clean, store food in airtight containers, and dispose of garbage regularly in sealed receptacles. Crumbs and a buildup of garbage are attractive to pests scrounging for food. It is recommended to clean up after each meal and to properly close garbage cans when they are stored in the home or garage.
  5. Replace weatherstripping and repair loose mortar around the foundation and windows, as these are places that could allow pests access inside your home.

Whether you’re in Gilbert, Chandler, Queen Creek or Phoenix, Fall is the perfect time to start some prevention tasks. The weather is below 100-degrees, which means it’s the perfect time to get outdoors and take care of these pest control prevention details.

Of course, you can always call Magic Pest Control!

Where Do Termites Hide in Your Gilbert Home?

Termites are sneaky, and can hide in nearly every crease of your home. The thing about termites is that they not only hide throughout your home, they burrow, dig, destroy, eat and multiply. Termites are no joke, particularly in your Gilbert home.

Today, I want to talk about termites in your Gilbert home, and where our pest control professionals will most often find them…

Foundation of Your Gilbert Home: Termites love to find the smallest of cracks in your Gilbert home and invade, which can often mean inconsequential cracks in your foundation. Those tiny cracks are perfect size for termites, and they will use those foundation cracks to infest your home.

As we always say, it’s imperative that you find pest control professionals, particularly termite treatment professionals, with expansive masonry experience. This way, when the termite treatment professional places termite treatment throughout your property, masonry experts will know exactly where to place the treatment and how to place it as to not damage your cement.

Plumbing: This might seem like an odd hiding spot for termites, but we more often then not find termites in Gilbert homes around the plumbing. It’s within the walls that termites love to hide, and within your walls is your plumbing system.

Those pipes that run through your Gilbert home are like a highway system for termites. We find time after time that termites have invaded the plumbing system in Gilbert homes.

If you see any signs of termites, call Magic Pest Control immediately.

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Wasps in Fall

Paper wasps get their name from the paper-thin, honeycomb nests they build on the eaves of buildings or in doorways each spring. Their nests are made from plant material combined with saliva and appear to be made from paper, hence their name. Their nests include numerous compartments where the queens lay their eggs and rear their young.

Paper wasps are social wasps, which means they live in large groups. By late summer as many as 200 wasps may be present in a single nest in our around your Gilbert home. By late fall, the queen and workers die and the nest is abandoned.

Paper wasps have very painful stings and can sting multiple times. They usually do not sting people unless they are provoked, but they will fiercely protect their nests if threatened or disturbed. While wasps benefit the eco-system by pollinating plants and preying on other pests, they are territorial and can pose a threat to people or animals who get too close to their habitats in Gilbert, Arizona.

Because of this, and because many people have allergic reactions to wasp stings, you should remove nests that are close to your Gilbert home or structures on your Gilbert property to protect your family, pets, and livestock.

Paper wasps hang their comb nests from twigs and branches of trees and shrubs which can cause concern when ornamental shrubs and hedges are trimmed or fruit is being picked from trees.  If a nest is contacted, there is high probability that the person doing the trimming or fruit picking will get stung. Be careful!

Paper wasps also like to hang their comb nests from porch ceilings, the top of window and door frames, soffits, eaves, attic rafters, deck floor joints and railings, etc., almost any protected place imaginable including under roof shakes.

A common habit in Phoenix, Scottsdale,  Ahwatukee, Peoria, Mesa or any other area especially close to our mountain preserves is that the paper wasps tend to forage for water out of swimming pools and it is rather disturbing for people to share their swimming pools with stinging insects.

If you have found wasps in your home or an your property, call Magic Pest Control immediately!

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Are You Ready for a Termite Invasion Gilbert? The Ultimate Guide

You’re probably thinking, “No, I’m not ready for a termite infestation. Who would ever be ready for a termite infestation?”

The fact of the matter is that termites cause billions of dollars in damage every year. They invade homes and businesses every single day, even here in Gilbert, Arizona. Termite infestations happen every single day in Chandler, Arizona, and Queen Creek, and Phoenix.

When are you ready for a termite infestation? When you know the signs and symptoms of a termite infestation, and you know the right termite treatment professionals to call…

Knowing to Call a Termite Treatment Professional who Knows Masonry:

By now you know that scorpions can enter your home through any crack that you can slide your credit card through. If it’s approximately 0.030in thick, a scorpion can squeeze through it…

They are crafty and sneaky little pests.

If your Gilbert home has the smallest of cracks in the walls or foundation, scorpions will find their way in.

The most skilled, trusted and experienced Gilbert pest control professional will have a background in masonry work…plain and simple.

Today, I want to share with you just how important it is to have skilled masonry professional, who also happens to be a pest control expert, to your home for both termites and scorpions.

Why Your Pest Control Professional Should Also be a Concrete Expert

Pest Control Concrete Professional

There are two instances in which a pest control professional also needs extensive knowledge in concrete and masonry work:

  • When termites have invaded your home and drilling will need to be done to lay out extermination chemicals…

  • When home sealing is essential to keep scorpions out of your Gilbert home…

Termites and Concrete

First off, let’s talk about how detrimental termites can be to your Gilbert home.

The common misconception with termites is that they need wood, and since your Gilbert home is not made of wood but more block and concrete, termites have no reason to invade.

That’s not necessarily true.

Termites love masonry! They, obviously, don’t munch through masonry, but they do love the tiny cracks in your foundation or concrete walls that tend to form over time. Termites literally turn these minuscule cracks in the concrete into their own personal highways.

Termites will use every single concrete crack in your home as a highway to the good stuff…your drywall, those 2-by-4 studs in the wall, and the roof frame.

Here at Magic Pest Control, our termite specialists know exactly where to look for termites, and exactly how to get rid of them…placing the termite pesticides exactly where the termites are…within the cracks in your concrete.

This means that when our termite exterminators come out to your Gilbert home, they will skillfully drill into the concrete, laying out essentially a border of protection around your home…within the your concrete driveway, your concrete garage floor, even your concrete entrance path…to kill termites where they hide and keep them from coming back.

Only a skilled masonry with extensive experience in concrete work, and termite knowledge, is right for this job.

Scorpions and Termites

Just like termites use the tiniest of cracks in your concrete as their own personal highway to good food, so too do scorpions.

Scorpions will find these tiny cracks in your concrete foundation and walls, and they’ll let themselves right into your home.

Your Gilbert home needs to be sealed from scorpions by those who know Arizona homes and concrete construction the best…masonry pest control professionals!

Knowing NOT To Treat Termites By Yourself:

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.

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

Knowing the Signs to Looks For And Where To Look For Them:

  • Interior: The internal search for harmful termites can be a longer period intensive. Signs of harmful termites in the home may be more difficult to recognize for a variety of factors. Your inspection should include every room in the home, making sure to inspect under beds, behind curtains, within cabinets, and behind appliances. Termite pipes, like on the outside of the home, can be existing on drywall or on floor boards throughout the home.
  • Exterior: The first place a property proprietor should inspect is the outside of the home. The first symptoms of harmful termites typically show up outside and the outside of the home tends to be simple enough to examine. The perimeter of the home should be inspected thoroughly.
  • Crawl Spaces: Obviously, for homes that have the layer of concrete foundations, spider areas will not be existing, but it’s important that any tight places in the home be checked as well. You’ll need a flashlight and a lengthy tool; a crowbar or lengthy screwdriver will continue to perform. You’ll also want to put on lengthy pants and a lengthy sleeve shirt to keep the dirt off.

Benefit of termite’s inspection

1.Flexibility And Time –No one wants to set time aside from performing or to cancel some other dally activities only to wait for the ‘bug guy’. Termite inspection organizations know this, so they are willing to perform with your personal schedule. Controlling harmful termites problems needs efforts and using pest management items is a key to protecting your house successfully. If you decide to do this yourself, there are chances you will forget when to treat your house again. Termite inspection organizations will keep track of this and will know when the items wear off and when is plenty of here we are at another inspection for termites support.

 

2.Hazard –Termite inspection specialists know how to properly use and where exactly to apply (outside and of your house) the items. Many inspections for pests organizations go green and use Eco-friendly items that are safe for the environment and your house. Also, if the specialists need to use more harsh pest management items that can be extremely dangerous, they have the knowledge to guarantee the safety of your family and residential. There are many chemicals available to consumers on the market, but remember that exposure to those chemicals does not give you super power against the pets in your own home.

 

3.Cost – Paying a normal fee can price few $ 100 per year. But, it can price you lots of money for fixing your house if craftsman bugs or harmful termites go unnoticed. If you do not know how to inspection for harmful termites nor know what are symptoms of craftsman bugs, consider inspection for termites support. Businesses that provide inspection for termites solutions know exactly where and what to look for in your own home, and the price you will pay for their solutions is nothing more than pennies in comparison to fixing termite harm.

 

Conclusion:

There you have it…everything you need to know about termites and the best termite treatment professionals!

Scorpions, Plumbing Drains and Pest Control

Do Scorpions Come Up Through the Toilet?

Can Scorpions Live in the Plumbing Drains?

Do Scorpions Die When You Flush Them Down the Toilet?

We get a lot of questions about scorpions and home plumbing systems. These three are just a few that we hear every day. From phone calls to emails, here at Magic Pest Control our in-house team of pest control experts at our Gilbert offices have the answers…and you definitely have the questions.

So, let’s answer some of the more common scorpion questions that come across our emails and phone lines…and when our pest control professionals are out on the job.

Can Scorpions Live in Drains?

Yes, scorpions can live in drains. In fact, they can survive in water for two days!! So, if you see one floating around your swimming pool, as they often do, don’t be tempted to touch it because you think it’s dead. There’s a good possibility that scorpion is still alive.

Scorpions can live in the drains, but they don’t often do so. Drains are slippery and smooth…or, at least, they’re suppose to be. As your plumbing becomes corroded over time from hard water, there is a slight possibility that a scorpion could make it’s way up your drain.

Can I Flush a Scorpion Down the Toilet?

Well, you can, but not if you’re trying to kill it. Because scorpions are extremely resilient, and because they can survive in water for two days, flushing them down the toilet will just get rid of them…for the time being.

Your best bet is to grab a shovel to kill a scorpion. Or, better yet, call in the scorpion killing experts.

So, if you see a scorpion in your sink, bathtub or shower, call in a scorpion treatment expert. We’ll let you know if that scorpion is coming up your drains.

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Arizona Dust Storms and Pest Control

Just the other day the East Valley, including Gilbert, San Tan Valley, Queen Creek and Chandler were hit with a nice little dust storm followed by a monsoon storm…

Rain, lightening and thunder pounded the East Valley for about an hour, and then left us humid and hot.

If you’ve lived in Arizona for any length of time, you know that dust storms not only bring Valley Fever and allergies, but pests seeking shelter.

Dust storms are quite often followed by monsoon rain and torrential downpours. So, Arizona pests have adapted to this monsoon season…by invading your home.

Scorpions and spiders are seeking shelter in your home…within the walls of your home…within the attic of your home…and when you least expect it these scorpions and other pests are also seeking food…exploring your home for dinner.

So, what can you do to secure your home before the next dust storm and monsoon downpour hits? How about a full home sealing…

Magic Pest Control caulks and seals all vulnerable areas around your home or business structure and window seals. It is imperative that your home is sealed properly, as these little critters can come through a crack as thin as your credit card!

  • Seal exterior base of home where weep screed and stem wall meet with a clear silicone caulking.
  • Seal overhang area where freeze boards meet with a clear silicone caulking.
  • Re-screen any open breather holes at overhang.
  • Seal exterior light fixtures, AC lines, water spigot and thresholds etc. with a clear silicone caulking.
  • Seal garage walls where stem wall and sheet-rock meet.
  • Seal exterior and interior mechanical rooms.
  • Screen exhaust fans located in bathrooms and laundry room with nylon screening.
  • Seal between air duct and drywall behind air vents with clear silicone caulking.
  • Seal interior kitchen and bathroom pipes, toilet fixtures and showerheads needed.
  • Touch-up weather-stripping on exterior doors. (We do not do complete weather-stripping jobs)
  • Screen window weep-holes as needed.
  • Place smaller screening on garage air vents.
  • Seal and dust block fence.
  • Seal the underside of door frames
  • Dust all cracks and crevices prior to sealing.
  • Place insect monitors in the garage.
  • Power spray exterior.
  • Granulate perimeter and/or yard.
  • Dust & seal around plumbing under cabinets.
  • Dust exterior wall voids via switch plates.
  • Dust cabinet false bottoms.

For more information on home sealing, check this out: https://www.magicpest.com/scorpion-home-sealing-job-breakdown/

Amazing Photos of Termite Devastation in Homes

Termites are dangerous. They cause over $5 billion in damage every single year. But, sometimes it’s only photos of actual termite damage here in Arizona that gets attention…

If you see any signs of termites in your home, around your home or on your property, call Magic Pest Control. This is not something you want to deal with DIY.

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How Much Damage Can a Termite Infestation Actually Cause To Your Gilbert Home?

Termites cause over $5 billion in property damage every year. Yes, that Billion with a “B.” From commercial buildings to residential homes and structures, termites and termites infestations cost homeowners and business owners billions of dollars every year.

Last year, in 2016, termite damage went over $5 billion for residential and commercial buildings. The signs and symptoms of a termite infestation are easy to see, if you know what you’re looking for. Unfortunately, most business and homeowners don’t take the time to learn the signs and symptoms of a termite infestation, and don’t call for termite treatment in time.

By the time business owners and homeowners notice signs of a termite infestation and call an expert for termite treatment, thousands of dollars in damage, if not more, has already been done.

In fact, your home is far more likely to be completely destroyed by termites than by a fire…five times more likely!

The first step to preventing a termite infestation is to recognize the problem before it’s too late, costing you thousands in repairs.

Termite signs and symptoms looks like this:

  • Termite Tubes: You have a termite problem if you have termite tubes. Most often you’ll find these crawling up the side of your foundation, or along the walls of your garage. In most cases, termite tubes will be mud colors, often called mud tubes, and clay-like in texture.
  • Frass: Termite droppings are called frass, and will be visible around the entry point of your home for termites.
  • Wings: Often you’ll see small wings scattered around an entry point in your home. This is a sign of a termite problem.
  • Hollow Wood: Holes in any firewood you might have around your home, or within the trees or patio furniture could be a sure sign of a termite problem.
  • Cracked or Chipping Paint: If the paint along your wood trim or even in the walls of you home begins to chip and crack, it could be a sign of a bigger termite problem.

Never try to handle termites on your own. Termite treatment involves masonry expert drilling and termite professionals who not only know where the termites are, but where they came from and where they’re going.

Call Magic Pest Control today for termite treatment.