Termites Are Most Active Right Now

Termite season is quite literally year round. If there is a time of year when termites in Arizona are least active, it could be said that it’s in the middle of winter when temperatures cause termites to seek deeper hiding areas. However, the moist air in wintertime also leads to damp, soft wood, which Arizona termites live for.

As our temperatures warm up and springtime bugs make their way, including bees and scorpions, termites are becoming more active. Termites can breed and invade your in complete silence, hiding in plain sight.

Termites feed off the soft wood that might be within your walls, around your windows and doors, collecting in your garage or backyard, or within your attic. Termites tend to slow down in the winter but become more active as temperatures rise, just like many other insects and animals of the desert.

Some of the most obvious signs to start looking for as Spring approaches are termite tubes and wood debris. When you’re doing your springtime planting or cleaning, look around the foundation of your home, your windows, and in the garage for termite tubes. They look like sticks of mud running vertical along the walls, trim or foundation.

If you think you might have termites, don’t wait and don’t’ try to get rid of them on your own. Arizona termites can potentially destroy your home, causing a great deal of damage in very little time. Call us as soon as you think you might have a termite problem.

Did You Bring Bed Bugs Home With You?

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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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.

 

Pest Control 101 [Arizona]

There are many types of pest control to meet the many hundreds of types of pests that we deal with here in Arizona. While there are the big ones, the pests that we see most often like termites, scorpions, rats, ants, cockroaches and bedbugs. And there there are the less-known pests that can still wreak havoc on your home, like birds, mice, spiders, and bees.

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How do we treat for all of these pests here in Arizona? Let me show you..

Types of Pest Control

  • Biological pest control : Biological pest control is the switch of one through the control and control of organic should and harmful bacteria. For example, harmful termites are often controlled a bacteria that infects and destroys harmful termites. The reason for scientific pest control, or any organic pest control, is to remove a pest with minimal harm to the environmental poise of the environment in its present form.
  • Mechanical pest control : Mechanical pest control is the use of hands-on techniques as well as simple equipment and devices, that provides a protective hurdle between vegetation and harmful termites. For example, fresh mushrooms can be managed by being physically removed from the ground. This is referred to as tillage and is one of most well-known methods of marijuana control.
  • Physical pest control: Physical pest control is a method of getting rid of harmful termites and little rats or rodents by removing, fighting, setting up limitations that prevent further devastation of one’s vegetation, or pushing insect problems to become visual.

Pest Control Tips

  • Get rid of their homes-inspect storage space places at interior & external & either location away from the framework such as fire wood or position in nasty air-tight containers to remove pest’s harborage places. Remember this includes the garage area & basement especially if card board storage space boxes are being used. Plastic is recommended as card board is the perfect home since it can be a food source & a “nursery” for unwanted pests.
  • Get rid of divisions & cut vegetation too close to a framework. Keep reduce about 2 feet away to remove easy traveling from plant/tree to framework access factors.
  • Get rid of access points-inspect framework external & closure up obvious access factors around electrical conduits, pipe joints, windows & gates. Foam wax in a can is a quick as well as the inexpensive fix. Weather strip protection at windows & gates will not only keep out unwanted pests but improve energy-efficiency.

The great information is that you can get rid of these undesirable pests. The bad information is that they may have done harm to your home. To avoid any further issues, hire a pest control company to come out and to handle the issue for you right away.

 

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Facts about Arizona Bark Scorpions

Arizona Bark scorpions are known as the most dangerous species in Phoenix, AZ and surrounding cities, and you have to be particularly careful about them. These scorpions pack a toxic sting that can cause a wide range of symptoms, and they are particularly dangerous for children and older adults. Learning as much as you can about these dangerous insects can help you avoid them and stay safe when you are traveling or outdoors.

Facts about Arizona Bark Scorpions

 

The Arizona Bark scorpion can climb rough surfaces and is active at night

These scorpions are capable of climbing on rough surfaces such as wood, trees, and other objects, but they cannot climb on smooth surfaces like windows. You will probably not find them during the day because they try to avoid the sun, and they are more active during the evening when it is cooler. You need to be particularly cautious at night when you are outside of your home or camping, and be sure that you do not walk barefoot on the ground, especially in areas where there is poor lighting. The scorpions are small in size and can be difficult to spot even in the daytime.

 

They live in packs and can be aggressive

Arizona Bark scorpions live in packs of 20 to 30 or more. They are not solitary like other scorpions, and if you see one of them the chances are that several more are nearby. This adds to their danger, and to make matters worse they can be particularly aggressive. Simply being in close proximity to them is enough to trigger their aggression and put yourself at risk of a sting. If see one of them near your home you might want to call pest control to check if there is a nest nearby.

 

Their sting is very toxic

Just one sting from an Arizona bark scorpion can send a healthy adult to the hospital, and can be life threatening for younger older people. Their sting is also dangerous for sick or immunocompromised people. You need to be extra vigilant of these scorpions when you are camping or traveling outdoors in Phoenix, AZ, and if you are stung you should be sure to call 911. It is best to treat their sting as an emergency in the majority of cases.