Scary Arizona Pests of October

Scary Arizona Pests of October

Termites, scorpions and all sorts of Arizona pests that can not only be a nuisance, but can cost you thousands in home and property damage, are still active in October, especially because the temperatures have been higher than normal.

While scorpion season is, in fact, coming to an end, that does not mean that scorpions will not seek shelter and safety within your home.

And, while termites might not be as active simply because monsoon season has come to an end and the ground is dry and hard, termites in Arizona are still incredibly dangerous and costly. You cannot let your guard down with any of these Arizona pests…not even for a moment.

A termite problem can occur at anytime, and knowing what to look for is crucial for avoiding extreme termite damage.

So, what signs should you be looking for over your home in Gilbert?

#1: Termite Shelter Tubes

You can usually see these signs on foundations, walls, or metal capping. These tubes are crucial for termites because they are protecting themselves from their predators. Plus, it’s the perfect nest for them. It usually is a humid and dark place which is perfect not only for their development as well as for food storage.

#2: Subterranean Tunnels

There are different termites species and the subterranean ones don’t make their nests on tubes. Instead, they prefer to make their own subterranean tunnels that they use to transport food.

#3: Blowholes In Trees

Despite both kinds of termites can use trees, the ones that use them more often are the subterranean ones. They tend to form their colonies on the trunks and in the tree root crown. If you have a suspicion that you might have some termites hiding here, your best chance to find them is to call an exterminator. Since they will need to hear through the tree to see f they notice the termites presence, they already know the kind of sound they should expect and where it is more likely to find them.

#4: Earthen Packing:

When termites decide to work inside a timber, you’ll notice the earthen packing on the surface, and the places where you’re most likely to find them is on joints and the foundation’s walls.

#5: Termite Noises And Wood Excavation:

One of the things that allow termites to go undercover and you don’t notice them is that they usually tend to leave a thin layer intact. However, they will then excavate deeper into the wood. One of the things that some Gilbert homeowners say is that they can actually hear them, especially if you already have a huge infestation.

#6: Piles Of Termite Frass In Or Around The Home:

Frass usually is referred as the termite droppings. You can usually find them either near or at the entry of the termites.

#7: Presence Of Wings

Every termite has its own function or job. And in what concerns the reproductive termites, their job is to fly around to try to find a good place for their nests. So, when you have an infestation in your Gilbert home, you may find some wings discarded. In case you do, make sure that you immediately call a specialist to get rid of them as soon as possible.

Does Rain Bring Termites – Arizona Pest Control 101

Does Rain Bring Termites – Arizona Pest Control 101

Do termites get more active in the summer? Do termites invade more persistently when it rains? Do termites love monsoon season here in Gilbert, Arizona?

You bet they do!

We get these questions quite often here at Magic Pest Control. In fact, we love talking to our clients about how pests invade their homes, and offer tips to keep those pests out of your Gilbert home. Heck, if you want us out just to do an inspection and to pick our brains, we’re here for you!

Well, it’s July, which means that monsoon season has officially started, and it’s been busy already. We’ve been hit by big winds, dust storms, torrential downpours and thunder storms.

And you might have noticed more pests making their way into your home and into your yard. All of a sudden, you’re seeing more pests around your Gilbert home.

So, do termites become more active during our Arizona summer monsoon season?

The answer is a simple and definitive YES…

Rain triggers moisture build up within the walls of your home. If you have a water leak, or rotting wood, rain will trigger that wood to release an unseen aroma into the air, attracting termites who instinctively know where to find that rotting, wet, moist wood. It’s like their candy.

Termites need moist, soft earth to survive. While we don’t have a lot of moist, soft dirt in Gilbert, Arizona during most of the summer, monsoon season is prime time for termites to do their thing. The ground is soft, moist, and perfect for an infestation. Termites are in heaven.

During monsoon season, it’s crucial to check for signs of termites around your home. Check crawl spaces, foundation, the attic, the roof, the trim around windows, doors and roofing tiles, and anywhere else you can think of.

If you think termites might be on your property or around your home, don’t try to get rid of them yourself…especially during monsoon season. The heavy rains and moist air will make your pest control efforts futile.

Give the experts a call.

How to Deal with Pests During Monsoon Season

How to Deal with Pests During Monsoon Season

Monsoon season is here and hat means that termites and scorpions will be in full force, along with other nasty pest. Termites, scorpions, and other pests will try to enter your home by any means possible, so it is best to stay ahead of the game and be prepared.

These tips for helping you keep the pest out are not only good during monsoon season, but year around. Monsoon season will just be the time when you see termites, scorpions, and other pests the most active because of the higher temperatures and humidity.

Here are some helpful monsoon season tips to help keep your home free of termites, scorpions, and anything else that wants to crawl on into your home.

  • Water bugs and earthworms will like to make their way into your bathroom. Although these bugs are not harmful by any means, they still will want to hangout in your bathroom. For this reason you will want to always keep your bathroom clean and dry.
  • If you want to keep mosquitos, flying bugs of any kind, and other pests, try using window and door netting. If you choose to keep your windows and doors open to listen to the monsoon storms, these nettings will cover the windows and doors and stay with velcro. This will create a barrier, keeping pests out of your home.
  • Be sure to always keep trash in and around your home picked up. Pests will surely love any food that you leave out, so do not invite them if you do not want them hanging around your house.
  • With that being said, be sure to keep all wood scraps away from your home, this will help eliminate and scorpions from hiding underneath the wood and then making their way into your home.
  • You will also want to keep your bed clean and be sure to clean your bed linens on a regular. Keeping everything clean and giving your linens a nice shake and fluff every night can help keep those bed bugs from finding their way into your bed.

What’s a Termite Inspection Consist of?

What’s a Termite Inspection Consist of?

When it comes to your home you want to make sure that it is free of any nasty pests and safe from any damage. This is why having a termite inspection done at least once a year on your home is important because termites will eat the wood in your home from the inside out and cause a lot of costly damage to your home, and the worst part is, there could be a lot of damage caused by the termites because it will be later than sooner when you realize you have them. If you happen to suspect that you might have termites, it is better to call to have a proper termite inspection done rather than chance it.

Here are a few things to know about a termite inspection. For starters, a termite inspection can take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of your home and whether or not you have a packed attic or basement, because the inspector will inspect the entire interior of your home to look for any possible signs and/or damage caused by the termites.

A lot of people may not know that termites are known for staying closer to the ground, but a termite inspection is looking for other wood destroying insects, such as ants and/or carpenter bees. So, this is why an inspector will inspect your attic as well. The inspector will be looking for mud tunnels, also known as termite tubes, inside the home, as well as the exterior, these could be found on the home’s walls and ceilings. They will also be checking the eaves of your home and inspect all wood for any signs and damaged caused by termites.

Once, the inspection is done, they inspector will write up a report of all the damage caused and other items that he or she found during the inspection that may be of concern, regarding termites, ants, or carpenter bees. Once the inspector has done this, he or she will go over a termite treatment plan with you in order to help you flush these costly and annoying pests out of your home.

Summer Termite Tips

Summer Termite Tips

Termites can make their way into your house at any time and destroy your place of shelter and where you call home. Use these helpful tips to fight off these annoying pests this summer and help keep your home safe from costly damage.

Summer Termite Tips

Summer Termite Tips

1. When it comes to storing firewood and any other wood you may have around the house, do not store the wood up against your house. Instead, store the wood 25 feet or further from your home and if you can try storing it a couple feet off of the ground, this will make it harder for the termites to have any access to your home and to all of the wood.

2. Termites are very small insects that can make their way into your home through any size crack, even the tiniest one. You might think that the crack is too small for anything to pass through, but think again, because a termite will gain access in your home through it. Take and seal any and all cracks that you may have around your home, whether it be around your windows, your doors, outlets, the walls. A simple caulking will seal the cracks perfectly.

3. Termites love moisture. If you have mulch in your yard, termites are loving it because it is filled with moisture. If you want to keep termites away from your home, it would be best to either do a little re-landscaping and move the mulch away from your house at least 25 feet or better yet, replace your real mulch with rubber mulch. This will help eliminate any possible risk of there being termites around your home.

4. Again, termites love moisture and water, it is what they feed on in order to survive. With that being said, eliminate their source of survival and remove any water sources you may have around your home. if you have an area in your yard that forms puddles of water or buckets that are filled with water, get rid of the buckets and find a way to stop water from pooling in your yard. Eliminating their way to survive will eliminate them from taking over your home.