El Mirage One Time Pest Control Services

Infinite questions crop up in a El Mirage property owner’s mind when a pest invasion takes place. How did the annoying bugs get in? Will they get away on their own? Should I call a pest exterminator? Which pest service must I get?

One-Time Pest Services are designed to deal with a current pest problem from general household pests such as ants, silverfish, cockroaches, earwigs, black widows, crickets and more in your home or business, without any ongoing agreements.

While many exterminators treat all pests the same by spraying pesticides everywhere. We want to diagnose and treat each pest control issue for the specific problem that it is.  We will use the proper techniques and products needed to resolve your specific problem.  We will spend as much time as needed to properly treat your pest control problem.  We will charge you as much as the job needs and no more, we do not believe in price gouging our customers.  You will like the fact that we do not engage our customers in contracts and do not charge start up fees.  We also offer 100% guarantee on our services.

Bug Guardian Pest Prevention offers pet & kid friendly, safe, non toxic, organic, natural pest control. Professional, licensed extermination, removal, control, management service for pests. Get rid of scorpions, ants, bedbugs, black widow spiders, crickets etc. Contact Bug Guardian Pest Control today to schedule a time for us to come out to your El Mirage property today!

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Monsoon Season in Arizona Means Palo Verde Beetles

Palo Verde Beetles

From June to September, the residents of Arizona experience the catch-22 known as monsoon season. The wind and rain from monsoons can be a refreshing change from the heat and dryness that Arizona residents deal with throughout the year. But as any Phoenix pest control specialist will tell you, the monsoons bring out unwanted pests that can cause a long list of problems for residents and their properties.

The Palo Verde Beetle is again making its debut this monsoon season all over Maricopa County. Many people mistake it for being a large roach or something from one of your worst nightmares! They are the most active during the early evening hours. This scary looking beetle emerges from their home to mate and lay eggs in tree roots then immediately go off and die. They are harmless but are usually the size of the palm of your hand and, YES- they will fly!

If you’ve been in Arizona long enough, you’ve no doubt seen them. But new residents and visitors often mistake the Palo Verde beetle for a flying roach or critter that crawled out of their darkest nightmares. They’re often photographed next to a hand, doorknob or set of keys, just to show off their unfortunate size.

After spending years chomping on trees, all these buggers need is love.

Adult Palo Verde beetles eat nectar and fruit, so they’re harmless to other insects as well. And that’s if they even have an appetite at all.

If you see one, just sweep it away – or run away screaming like most people would do.

Hence their name. These beetles have a long gestation period that lasts about 12 to 24 months. If Arizona residents live by Palo Verde trees or have them in their yards, they’re more likely to see these bugs. And the older the tree, the more likely a Palo Verde beetle lives there.

Arizona keeps giving us more reasons to “love” monsoon storms. The summertime moisture from the state’s characteristic weather phenomenons coaxes Palo Verde beetles out of their home. It’s why they appear each year around this time. So watch your step when you’re walking around the parks and pools.

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How to Tell if You Have Bed Bugs

If you’re waking up with red, hive-like bite marks on your body and you’re noticing dark spots on your mattress, you may have to face an unpleasant reality: bed bugs. These pests are more than just an annoyance. They can cause itchy, irritated bed bugs bites that can become infected.

By uncovering answers to the following questions, you can confirm whether you have an infestation and get help with bed bugs control.

Do you have unexplained bites?

If you’re seeing little red bites on your skin and you can’t uncover the cause, they may well be from bed bugs. It’s rare to actually see bed bugs, since they emerge while you’re sleeping and only for short periods of time.

You’re also unlikely to feel the bite until later, making it harder to identify the culprit. And even most doctors can’t tell with certainty that a bite came from a bed bug. Bed bug bites can resemble those of other insects, including spiders and mosquitoes.

Bed bug bites will appear as red, itchy welts, typically on your upper body including shoulders and arms. The bites often appear in a straight line.

Do you have signs of an infestation?

Bed bugs are small and difficult to spot, and they’re excellent at hiding. But it is possible for your home to become infested with bed bugs in winter. With a little sleuthing, you can determine if you have them. Since bed bugs feed on mammals, you’ll want to inspect any places you use for sleeping or sitting.

Bed bugs create large amounts of waste, which will appear as dark spots on  your mattress. You also may find dark spots inside your mattress, in your box springs or in bed linens. Be sure to check everywhere the pests can hide, including inside and near the mattress, in curtains and in nearby furniture. Wall cracks, moldings and flooring also can harbor bed bugs.

Can you catch bed bugs red-handed?

By keeping a flashlight beside your bed and turning it on an hour or so before the sun comes up, you may be able to spot bed bugs. This is the time the pests usually bite, but if you move too much, they’ll return to their hiding spots. Watch your sheets carefully for any movement indicating the presence of bed bugs.

Ridding your home of bed bugs

If you confirm that you do have an infestation of bed bugs in New Jersey, don’t attempt to eliminate them on your own. To ensure that bed bugs are gone for good, contact the professionals at Bug Guardian Pest Prevention for quick and effective bed bug control.

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How To Prevent Mosquito Bites

Prevent Mosquito Bites

Mosquito bites—at some point in your life you will suffer from them whether you want to or not. These itchy spots can appear seemingly out of nowhere and the itching feeling is enough to drive anyone crazy. However, there are ways that you can prevent mosquito bites during the year and stop from having to deal with the inconvenience.

What Bit Me? How to Identify a Mosquito Bite

During the months that mosquitoes are most prelevant are the same times that other bug bites are also a worry. Many times you can worry yourself thinking that one bug bite is another; that is why identification is so important. Here are some tell-tale signs that your bug bite is from a mosquito.

  • You have a small raised white bump with light red around it
  • The spot is warm to the touch
  • That spot as well as surrounding sink is constantly itchy.
  • The skin a few centimeters around the area may have other types of irritation
  • You have a dark spot like a bruise that itches
  • Hives appear on a concentrated area of your body

Young children with an immune disorder may have these signs along with fever, a small headache, and swollen lymph nodes.

Tips For Preventing Mosquito Bites

Now that you know what a mosquito bite can actually look like, knowing how to prevent them is key to avoid possible viral disease such as Malaria or the West Nile Virus. Although most mosquito bites are harmless, some do carry these viruses and it is always better to be safe than sorry.

Insect Repellant

There are many brands of repellant on the market and wearing one can help seriously decrease the chance of you being bitten. Most repellents are made with a chemical known as DEET are known to be the longest lasting.

Chemical Free Repellant

Don’t want to douse yourself or your children in chemicals every day during the summer you can try natural repellents such as oil of lemon or eucalyptus. Some popular brands actually do use these safer alternatives as their main ingredients.

Time It Right

Part of avoiding mosquitoes is making sure you aren’t out during their favorite times. Avoid outings that take place at dusk and dawn as these are the times most mosquitoes are out.

Get Rid of your Kiddie Pool

This type of slightly warm, stand still water makes a great Mosquito breeding ground. Whether you have it for your children or pets, there are better ways to stay cool during the summer months.

Get Rid Of Your Perfume

Most bugs are attracted to sweet and flowery smelling scents, especially mosquitoes . If you must wear perfume while outdoors, opt for a slightly deeper scent.

Mosquitoes can be a pain and their bites are not only an inconvenience, but have the potential to make you extremely sick. Prevention is key to keeping yourself and your family safe this season.

Protect yourself and your loved ones from mosquitoes! For fast and effective mosquito control, trust Bug Guardian Pest Prevention. Call us today to schedule your appointment.

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Keep Your Pets Safe This Summer from Pests

Bug Guardian Pet Friendly Pest Control

With the warm summer weather upon us we are spending a lot more time outside – and so are our pets. While humans can often effectively dodge unwanted encounters with various insects, pets often need a little help from their humans to stay pest free.

Heartworm Medications offer Dual Protection

Mosquitoes can be a serious threat to our pets, especially dogs, but also cats. They cause heartworms, a condition that, if left untreated, can be fatal to dogs. Putting your pet on heartworm preventative will protect them from this terrible disease. As an added bonus, many heartworm medications have built in flea control. This lets you kill two birds with one stone as you keep your pet healthy.

Keep Food Tightly Sealed and Picked Up

Many insects are attracted to pet food including ants, roaches, and spiders. Store your pet’s food in an airtight container and only put out as much as he or she will eat at one time. Don’t leave pet food sitting out for long periods of time. The food will draw pests near or in your home as well as expose your pet to insects that can injure them like spiders.

Clean up your Yard

Clutter and overgrown foliage attract fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. Flea infestations can kill a dog or cat, can cause them to become anemic and cause serious health problems. Ticks also pose a serious health risk to pets including Lyme disease (yes, both pets and humans can get this terrible disease). Remove any clutter, standing water, overgrown bushes or plants, and keep your yard mowed. This is one of the best ways to protect your pet and your home from pests. It is important to do this even if you are using heartworm preventative with flea and tick repellant.

Reduce Clutter in your Home

If your pets are inside you should keep your home clutter free and vacuum often. Make sure you pick up any food – for both humans and pets. Don’t leave water standing in the sink and check your pet’s water often (this is also a good practice for outside pets as well). By keeping the clutter in your home to a minimum you reduce the places where pests can hide.

Have your Yard Treated

Treating your yard for fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes can help keep those populations at a minimum. There are some products that you can use yourself, but a pest control professional can assess exactly what areas you need to treat and they can do it with no risk to your pets. Treating your yard for pests will keep your pet healthy and keep many pests out of your home as well.

Treat Pet Bedding

Make sure when you treat your yard that you don’t neglect the area where your pet sleeps. Use a pet safe product on all pet bedding and wash it regularly. If your dog is outside, use pest repellant bedding such as cedar shavings or specially treated outdoor bedding that is safe for pet use. Many materials used for outdoor bedding, like straw and hay, can attract spiders and ticks. Using old blankets that you wash or change out every week or so are a better option.

Know when to Call a Pro

Sometimes despite our best efforts a pest problem can spiral out of control. When you are facing an infestation it is best to call in a pest control professional for help. They will be able to advise you of your options as well as provide tips for reducing the infestation and preventing future problems. They also have pro grade products that are often more effective that the products that non-professionals have access to and they are trained in the safe application of those products.

Our pets depend on us to keep them healthy and safe. As a responsible, loving pet owner it is vital that you vaccinate your pet yearly, keep them on heartworm medication, and do your best to protect them from pests that can harm their health.

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