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Thanksgiving Ants

Thanksgiving is a time for food, family, football and maybe a little alcohol. Thanksgiving is not when you want ants invading your home. Unfortunately, ants are the most common unwelcomed guest this time of year.

All that sticky, sweet, sugary food ends up on the floor, left on tables and counters, even on the patio and in the grass. And all that sticky, sweet, Thanksgiving food attracts hordes of hungry ants.

What can you do to keep ants from invading your property and home?

Follow these steps:

Clean: No one actually enjoys cleaning, but if you want to keep pests out of your home, particularly ants and cockroaches, which ultimately lead to spider and scorpions invading your home, you need to keep things clean. No crumbs on the floor, no crumbs on the counter, no dirty dishes in the sink. A clean home means a pest free home…most of the time.

Pantries: We often shut the door of the pantry, or close the door of the cabinet, and thing the food is secure. In reality, that is the biggest mistake most homeowners make in terms of pest control. Food is never safe from ants. If your cereal is not in a container, if your chips and crackers are not sealed properly, ants will sniff those things out and will find them.

Sugar: If you have kids, and you send them outside with a tasty treat in the heat of summer, that tasty treat can very easily end up all over the patio…which will absolutely attract ants and all kinds of pests. Sugar is the ultimate calling for ants, so be sure to keep not only the floors and countertops clean inside, but spray off the patio and keep food and sugar and soda spills off the concrete.

Home Sealing: Ants and other pests can come through cracks in your caulking smaller than you probably realize. Sure, you can DIY seal your home, but it’s best to call in the Magic Pest Control experts and have them seal up every nook and cranny of your home.

Ultimately, you do have control over whether pests are going to find their way into your home…

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Fire Ants in Arizona?

With all the flooding and devastation in Houston and all over Eastern Texas, you’ve probably seen a story or two about fire ants and their amazing ability to survive nearly anything. But fire ants are no joke. They attack with ferocious strength and teamwork.

Don’t let their size fool you. Fire ants can be incredibly dangerous….

Here at Magic Pest Control, our main priority is to keep your home free from termites. Termites easily cause the most damage to home and family, leaving you financially burdened after the cleanup. Termites are our number one priority.

Scorpions, black widows, bees…all of these pests do more than bother you, they can be dangerous.

Fire ants are just as devastating.

Fire Ant Prevention: Fire ants love dry, bare and had soil. That’s why you tend to see more ant, including fire ant, activity when it’s over 100-degrees outside. Not so much in monsoon season, but when the air is dry and the ground becomes cracked and compacted, fire ants flourish. Inside your home, it’s also very important to keep things clean. Leaving crumbs lying around makes for happy fire ants.

Fire Ants vs Regular Ants: Telling the difference between fire ants and regular ants is simple; just look for the red. In Arizona, we have the Red Imported Fire Ants and the Southern Fire Ant. In most situations, when you’re seeing fire ants they are the Southern Fire Ant. While still aggressive and dangerous, Southern Fire Ants aren’t nearly as dangerous as the Red Imported Fire Ant.

Fire Ant Sting: If you notice blistering occurring after being stung or after stepping on an ant mound, seek out medical advice. Some people experience an allergic reaction to a fire ant sting. Symptoms may include sweating, slurred speech, chest pain, shortness of breath, hives, swelling, nausea, vomiting, and/or shock.

As with any pest, you’ll want to call in the pest control professionals.

 

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.

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.

October Ants – How To Get Rid of Frustrating Pests

Ants are annoying. I mean, seriously, they appear seemingly out of nowhere, take over your yard, the garage, even invade your home in little armies.

And just when you think you’ve got them figured out and exterminated, there they are, in your bathroom, crawling across your countertop!

Ants are relentless. It’s part of the reason why they’ve been around since the dinosaurs. Like many of the pests we deal with here in Arizona, ants might be harmless compared to Bark Scorpions or Black Widow Spiders, but they can be cumbersome.

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Look, we’ve had a fairly dry summer, which is typical for the middle of the desert, but it also drives ants and other pests into new areas searching for food and water. Many times, that means invading your home.

What can you do to keep ants from invading your property and home?

Follow these steps:

Clean: No one actually enjoys cleaning, but if you want to keep pests out of your home, particularly ants and cockroaches, which ultimately lead to spider and scorpions invading your home, you need to keep things clean. No crumbs on the floor, no crumbs on the counter, no dirty dishes in the sink. A clean home means a pest free home…most of the time.

Pantries: We often shut the door of the pantry, or close the door of the cabinet, and thing the food is secure. In reality, that is the biggest mistake most homeowners make in terms of pest control. Food is never safe from ants. If your cereal is not in a container, if your chips and crackers are not sealed properly, ants will sniff those things out and will find them.

Sugar: If you have kids, and you send them outside with a tasty treat in the heat of summer, that tasty treat can very easily end up all over the patio…which will absolutely attract ants and all kinds of pests. Sugar is the ultimate calling for ants, so be sure to keep not only the floors and countertops clean inside, but spray off the patio and keep food and sugar and soda spills off the concrete.

Home Sealing: Ants and other pests can come through cracks in your caulking smaller than you probably realize. Sure, you can DIY seal your home, but it’s best to call in the Magic Pest Control experts and have them seal up every nook and cranny of your home.

Ultimately, you do have control over whether pests are going to find their way into your home…