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Cockroach Prevention is Necessary for Protecting Health

Cockroach Prevention is Necessary for Protecting Health | Phoenix Pest Control Experts

Often times when people are experiencing allergy and asthma symptoms, they automatically chalk it up to the time of year without considering that their stuffy nose and itchy eyes could actually be triggered by the presence of cockroaches in their home. In addition to exacerbating asthma and allergy symptoms, cockroaches are also capable of spreading 33 kinds of bacteria, including Salmonella and E. coli. This makes it all the more important to take the necessary steps to eliminate food, water and harborage sites for cockroaches within the home.

Maintaining excellent sanitation is one of the best practices in protecting the home against cockroaches. Magic Pest Control recommends the below cleaning tips:

  • Kitchen: Keep counters, sinks, tables and floors meticulously clean every day. Clean dishes, crumbs and spills right away, store food in airtight containers and always avoid leaving food out—including pet food. Vacuum any crumbs stuck in corners and around cabinets, and regularly clean cabinets out with soap and water. Check under sinks and clean under appliances for moisture issues, and quickly address any found.
  • Bathroom: Cockroaches are attracted to moisture and can only survive for a week without water, so always wipe up standing water around sinks, tubs and toilets. Fix leaky faucets and ensure sinks are clear of water before bedtime—cockroaches are nocturnal and will typically emerge to search for water and food at night when the house is dark and quiet.
  • Basement: Eliminate clutter where possible to reduce hiding spaces for cockroaches. Basement windows and areas where weather-stripping has become worn are frequent points of access for cockroaches, so homeowners should be sure to seal any cracks or crevices using caulk, steel wool or a combination of both.

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Why Scientists Want To Preserve Fireflies

Why Scientists Want To Preserve Fireflies

Fireflies may be the most beloved of all insects. As children, the sight of fireflies glowing on and off in the distance was nothing short of fascinating. For many adults, fireflies not only conjure up pleasant memories from childhood, but their glowing bodies indicate that summer has officially arrived. Fireflies are immediately recognizable, and many children never tire of attempting to capture the bugs in mason jars, but how much do people really know about fireflies? As it turns out, fireflies are more than just an interesting group of insects, as firefly activity can indicate the relative health of a particular ecosystem. Unfortunately, this means that, much like other insect species today, firefly populations are decreasing due to environmental hazards. In response to this loss in firefly life, experts formed the Firefly Watch project at the Museum of Science in Boston. This project aims to preserve and track firefly populations in America.

The Firefly Watch project recruits thousands of citizen scientists from all fifty states and several Canadian provinces in order to track trends in firefly populations around North America. Starting just a couple of months ago, the Firefly Watch program was taken over by Mass Audubon. This organization is working closely with Tufts University in order to continue the research started by the Firefly Watch program. Mass Audubon is still looking for more citizen scientists; anybody can sign up for the project by visiting the Museum of Science in Boston website.

Researchers also want to preserve fireflies due to their value in the field of medicine. Fireflies are helping researchers to understand how diseases such as cancer and muscular dystrophy attack human cells. Fireflies have also been used to detect food spoilage and bacterial contamination. Perhaps most surprising is the fact that fireflies are even used by NASA officials when developing instruments that are designed to detect life beyond our own planet.

Have you ever attempted to catch fireflies as an adult? Did the fireflies that you captured as a child live longer than a single day in captivity?

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Everything You Need to Know about Bees in Gilbert

Everything You Need to Know about Bees in Gilbert
Bees are amazing. They bring us luscious and beautiful flowers, tasty local honey as well as vegetables and fruits, and keep many aspects of nature running as it should be. In Arizona, it is at exactly this time of the year when flowers are at their full bloom, somewhere between February and April, depending on the weather, when bees make their full appearance known.

There are 2 main types of bees: non-social bees and social bees. Let’s break down what you can expect to see this bee season and how to react when you do see some bees.

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Termites Hiding in Plain Sight

Termites aren’t always easy to find. From rotting wood to water stains, strange lines on the garage wall to cracks in the foundation of your home, termites can hide in plain sight.

From Gilbert to Phoenix and Glendale, termites are invading the valley. They are causing millions in damage every year, and your home could be next.

Today, let’s talk about some of the places termites like to hide in plain sight…

Rotting Wood: When the mornings are dewey and moist, and water droplets form out of thin are and attach themselves to your car and grass, it’s easy to see some rotting wood along the trim of your house and think, “That’s perfectly normal. I’ll take care of it later.” Unfortunately, the longer you wait the more termites will invade your home. If you have rotting wood in your home, you have a termite problem…I can pretty much guarantee it.

Paint Chipping: Another tell tale sign of a termite problem is paint chipping along the wood of your home. Either on the wood trim around your roof, doors, and windows or the pain on the inside of your walls, these are all signs of a termite problem. Paint chipping could mean that the wood underneath that paint is moving, Moving would, disturbed wood, is a tell-tale sign of termites.

Hollow Trees: If you have any trees of firewood on your property, you probably have had termites, or you currently have a termite problem. It’s difficult to tell if termites are invading your trees unless you look closely. Any frass on the ground or sawdust could be a sign of termites hiding in plain sight. If you were to cut a branch off of one of your trees and notice termite tubes within the tree itself, you have a termite problem.

Oddly Shaped Designs: I drove past a home the other day with oddly designed lines running up from the patio roof to the bedroom window. Initially, these designs looked like water lines, perhaps left over after some house cleaning or heavy rain. Maybe you’ve noticed these strange lines on your foundation, the inside of your garage or the outside of your home? These strange lines are not water stains or dirt stains, they are termite tubes….termites hiding in plain sight.

If you think you might have a termite problem, call Magic Pest Control immediately.

3 Tips for Mosquito Prevention in Arizona

If you haven’t noticed, the mosquitoes are back. Mosquitoes tend to annoy Arizona residents throughout the summer, particularly during and after monsoon season.

As we move into October, we’re getting closer to the end of mosquito season, and they seem to be going out with a bang.

So, today let’s talk about the top 3 ways to keep mosquitoes out of your yard, and your home…

Standing Water: Keep standing water off of your property. In October, Arizonans tend to seed for winter lawns. With that winter seen comes watering…lots of watering…which could mean puddles and standing water. It you find that your winter lawn is accumulating puddles, you could be attracting mosquitoes.

Have your local pest control professionals come out to fog for mosquitoes, and have your landscaper come out to check the sprinkler system.

Install Fans on Your Patio: Mosquitoes hate wind. Even a steady wind at 1mph can keep mosquitoes away. So, before you have to call Magic Pest Control to come fog for mosquitoes, consider installing a few outdoor, patio fans. When you’re outside, turn those fans on high and you shouldn’t have a problem with mosquito bites.

Take a Breather: Day says carbon dioxide (CO2) is the primary thing mosquitoes search for to identify food sources. And when your heart rate is elevated, your body produces more CO2. From exercise to drinking alcohol or eating spicy foods, anything that cranks up your metabolic rate will increase your CO2 production—and make you irresistible to mosquitoes, Day says. (Unfortunately, being overweight or pregnant can also up your CO2 output, he adds.)

If you have mosquitoes and just can’t stand it anymore, contact Magic Pest Control. We fog for mosquitoes!!

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.

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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.

 

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.

 

Scorpion First-Aide

In cities like Gilbert, San Tan Valley, Queen Creek, and well pretty much anywhere during the summer in Arizona, scorpions make more of an appearance then any other time of the year. With it getting so hot during the summer the scorpions are finding areas that will provide them with cool temperatures and moisture. Unfortunately, a lot of times these areas are inside your home or even in wood piles or other cool places outside your home. Because scorpions tend to appear almost transparent looking, they easily blend in with carpets and other things, making it hard for you to spot them right away. Although scorpions tend to only sting when they feel threatened, it is important that you know what to do in case you or a family member ever do get stung by a scorpion.

Scorpion First-Aide

Scorpion First-Aide

When it comes to a scorpion stinging, the amount and type of venom that they will release all depends on the size and the type of scorpion. Baby scorpions tend to release more of the neurotoxic venom due to the can not control the amount of venom the release unlike an adult scorpion who can.

So, some signs to look for if you have been stung by a scorpion are redness, pain, and warmth of the area you were stung. Do note that the bark scorpion is one of the most venomous scorpions and their venom can be highly toxic to children, so if you think or see that your child has been stung by a bark scorpion, it is best to take them to the emergency room. However, in most cases the sting will simply cause pain, a little numbness, and swelling for awhile around the stung area.

In order to keep the venom from spreading, it is important that you keep calm in order to keep your heart rate and blood pressure down. Getting too worked up can cause the venom to spread throughout your body. If for some reason the sting of the scorpion is really serious and the venom happens to spread, there is an anti-venom that a doctor can give you in order to help.