Did You Bring Bed Bugs Home With You?

How to get rid of bedbugs in your Gilbert home?

There is nothing irritating like to have bedbugs in your home especially when you always make sure that your furniture and beddings are always clean. You might have been wondering how these pests intruded into your furniture but the fact is that bedbugs are easily spread through transportation of luggage, furniture, clothing and beddings.

How To Get Rid of Bed Bugs In Your Gilbert Home

The following tips will guide you on how to get rid of bedbugs in your home.

1. Find the hideouts of the bedbug: Start by finding the hideouts of the bedbugs; dismantle the bed check for any dark spots for dried bed bug excrement on the cracks and edges of wooden frames and also along mattress seams.

To avoid purchasing a new mattress and for easy inspection in future, you can use a bed bug proof mattress cover to trap them inside the cover.

(It can take up to 400 days to starve them in the cover)

2. Inspect your upholstery: inspect the sofa sets and the cushions since sofas can be a major hideout especially when people sleep on them.

3. Check the walls and common places of your house: bed bugs will also find the walls, ceiling and cracks in wood moldings a nice place for them to congregate and also lay their eggs. A flashlight can be of great help to check at the dark edges.

4. Treating: There are several methods for treating and even controlling bed bugs in your premises. You can kill bed bugs by washing infested beddings and spreading hot water over the wooden beds and furniture. Hot machine wash is recommended for the clothing and for those valuable such as leather jackets you can use non-toxic bed bug sprays.

Using parathyroid insecticides are also another advisable way for treating and controlling these pests in your home. You will have to spray on the cracks crevices on the walls.You will need to spray the insecticides for several times to make sure that you kill any bed bug that could have escaped the attack and the eggs that could have hatched from the hideouts.

In serious cases like where the clothing and bedding have been infested a lot you may need to dispose those that have highly been infested to avoid recurring infest.

With those steps you now know how bed bugs can affect the comfort and how to get rid of them at your home. By controlling bed bugs as an individual you help minimize the spreading of these irritating pests.

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What To Get Your Pest Control Professional This Christmas

Wondering what to get that man or woman in your life who is a pest control professional? This list may be your answer!

It’s about that time of year again when shopping malls are filled with people buying gifts for loved ones hoping to spread some holiday cheer. Ah, the joy of giving, it makes us all feel good right? Unfortunately, a lot of that holiday cheer doesn’t quite hit the mark and you might be surprised what happens to the majority of the presents we give.

According to a poll by Western Union, up to 75% of people have lied about liking a gift that they did not like at all. Of those people only 1 in 5 will ever say anything so as not to hurt your feelings. What do they do with said gifts?

18% gets donated to charity. 15% is re-gifted, 11% returned to the store, another 11% tossed in the trash and 6% of the recipients try to resell their gifts. I guess the rest just gets put out in the garage or in a corner somewhere and is forgotten. Tsk Tsk, if we only knew just what that pest pro truly wanted, then we could have still have that great heart filled joy of giving while the receiver would be pleasantly surprised with something they really wanted and appreciate.


What The Pest Tech Wants ???

Now I’m no different than anyone else & I’ve gotten plenty of ties and sweaters, and these things are fine I guess but the ties get worn once in a blue moon and I still have sweaters in the box from last year. I admit it’s hard to shop around for a gift for a pest controller & the gifts most would think of as unique–the technician will think of as PERFECT.

The key to getting your pest control professional the best Christmas present ever is to know their hobbies and what makes them tick. Some Arizona Cardinals gear is always a big hit. You also can’t go wrong with accessories to keep your pest control professional cool in the summer and warm in the winter…and dry during monsoon season.

Consider cooling towels and warming socks. Maybe a nice raincoat for those dusty, windy monsoon months.

Consider water bottles and ice chests themed for your pest control professional’s favorite teams.

Consider new tech boots that breathe in the summer and keep feet warm in the winter.

Pest control professionals are hard-working, dedicated individuals. Consider gift cards to their favorite places to grab a bite to eat during lunch or a few drinks after work.

There are so many great ideas for gifts, you just can’t go wrong.

Happy Holidays!

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Do Christmas Lights Attract Bugs?

Do Christmas Lights Attract Bugs?

It’s a question our pest control experts hear every once in a while this time of year. As you’re climbing on to the roof to put up your Christmas lights, you might be thinking, “Will these lights just attract more bugs and pests?”

Today, let’s dive into the answer to this pest control question…

According to SuperBrightLights.com:

You’ve seen it time and time again—hundreds of bugs buzzing around an outdoor light. There’s no question that light sources attract bugs, but what exactly is it about light that draws them in? More importantly, can anything be done to remedy this? Although no amount of spray, citronella, or bug zappers will ever completely eliminate bugs, there are ways to attract less of them. LED lights serve as one way to dramatically reduce bug presence. That’s right, LEDs will reduce the presence of bugs; they will not transform an outdoor area into a bug-free zone.

Before discussing why LED lights can be helpful at attracting less bugs, it’s important to point out some information about bugs. There have been many studies done about the correlation between lighting and bug presence. In a research paper titled Insect Vision: Ultraviolet, Color, and LED Light,Marianne Shockley Cruz and Rebecca Lindner from the University of Georgia’s Department of Entomology write, “Experimental work supports the idea that color perception exists in insects and that they are especially responsive to the shorter wavelengths of the visible spectrum and UV light.” Wavelengths are measured in nanometers, and shorter wavelengths of light (less than 550 nanometers) can indicate ultraviolet (UV), blue, or green colors. Cruz and Lindner also cite work that confirms the correlation between UV light from the sun and moon and how certain bugs navigate Earth. Another point to remember about bugs is that certain types, such as mosquitoes, are attracted to heat and have thermal receptors to help them find it. All of this information is helpful for determining why bugs flock to certain light sources.

Because different types of bugs see different wavelengths, it is never guaranteed that an LED light won’t attract them. However, most bugs are attracted to short wavelengths of light and are especially drawn to UV light; they can see it better, and some use it for navigation. Bulbs that emit more short wavelengths of light (cool white/bluish color) will attract more bugs. Lights that emit a majority of longer wavelengths (yellow/orange/red colors) are less visible. Heat can also draw bugs into an area. LED lights produce little to no UV light and a minuscule amount heat, which makes them less attractive to bugs—so long as they emit longer wavelengths of light.

Long story short, your Christmas lights probably won’t attract any more bugs than are already hanging around the streetlights and front porch lights. So go crazy with your Christmas lights!!

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Cold Weather Pests in Arizona

Cold Weather Pests in Arizona

Just because it’s cold out…finally…doesn’t mean you can get lazy with your pest control efforts. This is the time of year when we get calls from surprised and overwhelmed clients…

Clients with family coming into town who had a scorpion invade their bedroom. Clients with friends coming into town for the holidays who saw a mouse scurry across their kitchen floor.

We’re well into the thick of holiday season, and travel season, and keeping the house as clean as you can to impress the inlaws season. All of this means that pest control should also be at the top of your list. Travel season is huge for bed bugs. And holiday season is huge for ants, cockroaches, rats and mice. Oh, and cold winter weather is the best time of year for scorpions to move into the warmth of your home.

Earwigs

One of the most annoying insects that can invade your property and home during the winter months is the earwig. Since they are not capable of withstanding the extremely cold temperatures, they will do their best to harbor in warmer areas such as mulch, patio stones, a deck, or an above-ground pool. The real problem arises when they find a way into your house. One of the common methods earwigs will use to get inside your home is by nesting in plants and soil that you bring in for decoration. They were there to stay warm outside, but now that they are in a warm house they will start moving about again and become a nuisance.

Wasps

Although wasps are one of several species that die off in the freezing weather, they can still be a nuisance in the winter months. When the temperature drops, the wasps desert their paper nests and leave their larvae to die in the cold. Although their fate is almost certain death, during the time from when they leave their nest to when they freeze they are flying around without a home, just waiting to sting innocent bystanders.

Rodents

  • Secure your home. Seal cracks and holes on the outside of your home to help prevent mice and rats from using easy entry ways. Pay special attention to areas where utilities and pipes enter the home. Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
  • Don’t build rodent attractions near your home. Store firewood at least 20 feet from the home and five feet off the ground. Keep shrubberies cut back from the house.
  • Make sure your home isn’t rodent-friendly. Rodents can hide in clutter, so keep areas clear, and store boxes off of the floor. Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains. Keep food in rodent-proof containers.
  • If you suspect an infestation, contact a pest professional. Hiring a licensed pest professional to inspect and treat the problem is the most effective solution to eliminate rodent infestations.

Scorpions

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.