Pests Are Not a Treat

With the vanishing summer warmth and the approaching cooler, fall months, everyone gets ready for the fun holidays to begin such as Halloween and Thanksgiving. People decorate their homes with spooky things, kids plan their Halloween costumes and haunted houses open up everywhere. It’s easy to get sucked into the creepy spirit of spiders, witches and pumpkins popping up everywhere but the last thing you want is a real house of haunting spiders lurking around every corner. However, that is exactly what happens in the fall months as the weather turns chilly. Spiders seek warmth and protection, more specifically, a safe, cozy place to place their egg sac until it hatches in spring. Your home has all the necessities they need and they will stop at nothing to get inside. They won’t bother knocking and yelling “Trick-or-Treat!” either, they’ll just rudely waltz in and make themselves at home. Are you going to allow that?

Trick them, don’t treat them!

Bug Guardian Pest Prevention is experienced at hunting down the spiders and their eggs sacs. We know where they like to hide and our techniques will ensure that come spring, you won’t have a house full of unwanted baby spiderlings. Here are a few tips to decreasing spiders around your home during the winter:

1-Clear unwanted debris from outside your home
Spiders live love leave piles, wood piles or any other kind of pile you can think of. They live for clutter so de-clutter and remove all spider nesting spots.

2-Keep outdoor lighting to a minimum
Spiders don’t necessarily like outside light, but other flying bugs and flies do. Spiders will hang out where there is a decent meal and if you’re providing that with a well lit porch and patio, spiders will be frequent diners there.

3-Seal cracks in your home, windows, and doors
This is a given. If your home is sealed tight as a drum, you leave them outside and extremely disappointed.

Call the Bug Guardian Pest Prevention experts!

Last but not least, call in the professionals. We know how gross, creepy and annoying spiders are in your home and we want to help you make it a peaceful haven once again. Unless you’d like to invite them in to add to the spooky holiday spirit, spider control in Arizona is best left to the us. We use the best, most environmentally friendly methods of removing spiders. Our spider control is gentle for your family and loved ones, so you won’t need to worry about replacing scary spiders with dangerous chemicals. We have you covered! Give us a call today!

 

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Arizona's Worst Winter Pests

Winters in Arizona are mild, but the nights may get cold. Pest activity seems to slow down, so many homeowners are tempted to take a month or two off from regular extermination services. This is inadvisable, because some of the winter pests in Arizona will seek refuge in homes from the chilly nights. Certain pests may be more of a nuisance than others during the winter in Arizona.

Some of the Winter Pests in Arizona

Rodents

Rodents are year-round pests, but may become a particular nuisance during the winter. Rodents will seek out the warmth and shelter of lower traffic areas such as attics or sheds. Once rodents have entered the home, it can cause an infestation to develop quickly. Not only do rodents multiply quickly, the scent that rodents leave behind attracts other rodents. A professional pest exterminator can help to rodent-proof the home for the winter and the rest of the year.

Cockroaches

American cockroaches, German cockroaches, and brown-banded cockroaches all prefer the warmth and shelter of homes during cooler months. Any of these cockroaches may quickly cause a severe infestation, as cockroaches multiply extremely quickly and may be difficult to eliminate. Cockroaches are typically found in areas of the home that are used for food preparation or serving, but may be difficult to spot because of their nocturnal nature. A professional extermination service may be required to rid a home of a cockroach infestation.

Conenose or Kissing Bugs

Kissing bugs earn their name because they bite around the lips and face while homeowners are sleeping. These bugs may nest and lay eggs in small crevices around sleeping areas. These bugs often accompany pack rat infestations, as they are particularly attracted to pack rats. This makes these bugs more of a nuisance during the winter, as pack rats often move indoors. Eliminating a pack rat issue may not be enough to rid the home of a kissing bug infestation, however, as kissing bugs may begin to feed on pets or residents within the home. An exterminator will often inspect and treat the home for kissing bugs when pack rats have been found or if other signs of the bugs are visible.

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Arizona’s Worst Winter Pests

Winters in Arizona are mild, but the nights may get cold. Pest activity seems to slow down, so many homeowners are tempted to take a month or two off from regular extermination services. This is inadvisable, because some of the winter pests in Arizona will seek refuge in homes from the chilly nights. Certain pests may be more of a nuisance than others during the winter in Arizona.

Some of the Winter Pests in Arizona

Rodents

Rodents are year-round pests, but may become a particular nuisance during the winter. Rodents will seek out the warmth and shelter of lower traffic areas such as attics or sheds. Once rodents have entered the home, it can cause an infestation to develop quickly. Not only do rodents multiply quickly, the scent that rodents leave behind attracts other rodents. A professional pest exterminator can help to rodent-proof the home for the winter and the rest of the year.

Cockroaches

American cockroaches, German cockroaches, and brown-banded cockroaches all prefer the warmth and shelter of homes during cooler months. Any of these cockroaches may quickly cause a severe infestation, as cockroaches multiply extremely quickly and may be difficult to eliminate. Cockroaches are typically found in areas of the home that are used for food preparation or serving, but may be difficult to spot because of their nocturnal nature. A professional extermination service may be required to rid a home of a cockroach infestation.

Conenose or Kissing Bugs

Kissing bugs earn their name because they bite around the lips and face while homeowners are sleeping. These bugs may nest and lay eggs in small crevices around sleeping areas. These bugs often accompany pack rat infestations, as they are particularly attracted to pack rats. This makes these bugs more of a nuisance during the winter, as pack rats often move indoors. Eliminating a pack rat issue may not be enough to rid the home of a kissing bug infestation, however, as kissing bugs may begin to feed on pets or residents within the home. An exterminator will often inspect and treat the home for kissing bugs when pack rats have been found or if other signs of the bugs are visible.

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Winter is Coming, Pests Want Inside

As the seasons change, the hot Arizona desert takes a change with cooler temperatures making Arizona a wonderful place to explore during fall and winter months. But even for the most enthusiastic nature and outdoors lover, even they don’t like nature waltzing into their homes to take up residence and neither do you. It’s one thing to admire a beautiful spider in its web or appreciate a vast ant hill, but it’s an entirely different thing to allow these exquisite pieces of nature to sleep next to you. That simply will not do.

Bug Guardian Pest Prevention appreciates nature too, so we only use the most environmentally friendly methods to remove infestations from your home. And as the months grow colder, this only increases their tenacity—they want inside! Your home offers the warmth and shelter they need. Here are the top 5 pests to watch out for as the temperatures drop:

1-Rodents

Rodents will stop at nothing to keep their families safe. They can chew through just about anything, thus it is vital to keep your home sealed tight. Regular inspections will insure that they haven’t chewed through anything to get inside.

2-Spiders

Homeowners often believe spiders “disappear” or die during the winter months. That isn’t the case. Maybe the female dies, but beforehand, she left you a gift—an egg sac with thousands of her offspring. She knew your house was warm and cozy. If you don’t call in Pointe Pest Control, you may not find the egg sac till it’s too late!

3-Ants

Like nearly all pests, ants are quite determined, little creatures who just want food. If the weather is inhospitable, they will move their colony somewhere safer, warmer and more accessible to food. If a scout ant has spotted your house, it won’t be long before his scent pheromone trail leads all his buddies inside your house.

4-Cockroaches

These pests definitely make this list. They want your kitchen, want your shelter and are assuredly one of the nastiest pests out there. Spreading disease and contaminating everything in their wake, it is definitely a homeowner’s nightmare to find an infestation of cockroaches.

5-Flies

In the fall, you’ll notice a surge of flies suddenly. The days are cool but as the nights get cooler, they want to prolong their short lives as long as possible. The frost kills them off but before they go, they want to get into your cozy house before the cold temperatures claim them.

Being extra vigilant with pest prevention and regular inspections during the fall and winter is important. It will minimize the risk of infestation once spring and summer hit.

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Why Roaches Are Bad For Your Arizona Home

Cockroaches are extreme survivors.  They’re the oldest surviving insect form on the planet and have been present on Earth for nearly 350 million years.

There are approximately 3500 identified cockroach species that roam the earth.  Cockroaches come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and colors and are found in almost every environment on the planet.  The general shape of a cockroach is oval and flat-bodied, which allows them to squeeze into all types of cracks and crevices.

There are about 70 different species of cockroaches found in the U.S.   The majority of cockroaches serve very important ecological roles as scavengers, however, there aresome species that are considered pests and give cockroaches their bad name with humans, including German cockroaches and America Cockroaches

There are many reasons why roaches are bad roommates for humans. The species of roaches that are considered pests live in or around houses and buildings.  Indoors, cockroaches multiply quickly, contaminate many surfaces with their feces and are often found inside kitchen cabinets, helping themselves to your food.

But besides being a nuisance and an all around disgusting little creatures, there are bigger reasons why we need to control cockroaches.  Cockroaches have been shown to sometimes carry disease-causing microorganisms on their bodies.

Microbes found on cockroach bodies include several types of bacteria, worms, fungi and viruses.  While cockroaches have never been linked to the direct transmission of any disease, they can contaminate clean surfaces with these disease-causing microbes.

Another big reason for controlling cockroaches is that they produce several very potent allergens that have been linked to the development of asthma.  In fact, cockroaches are the number one cause of allergies among inner city children, and 26% of the US population is said to be allergic to cockroaches. In the video below we have compiled other prevalent facts about cockroaches and cockroach prevention tips.

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How to Detect Bed Bug in Your Avondale Home

Many have heard the bedtime saying, “Sleep tight and don’t let the bedbugs bite” but past that don’t ever actually think that bedbugs are a real issue! Scientifically dubbed Climex Lectularius, the name ‘bed bug’ is derived from the pest’s favorite dwelling place. Bedbugs like to dwell in warm, dark places where they have easy access to feed off of human blood. Sounds a little creepier than a nursery saying right? You don’t have to fear bed bugs anymore!

Bug Guardian provides the best pest control services and knowledge when it comes to bedbug removal for your Avondale home.

SYMPTOMS OF BED BUG BITES

bed-bugsBedbugs are often very difficult to detect because they are mostly nocturnal and can feed without being noticed. Often, bedbugs can cause skin irritation and rashes for people that are sensitive to them and that is usually how they are detected. If someone is displaying bed bug symptoms, they are diagnosed once the symptoms have been confirmed and bedbugs have been found in the home. What do bed bugs look like? They are usually small and oval shaped, and at maturity they are usually the size of an appleseed. Adolescent bedbugs are called nymphs and are very hard to detect. They will shed their skin up to 5 times before reaching maturity. An adult bedbug can create 3 or more generations a year!

DETECTING A BED BUG INFESTATION IN DES MOINES, ANKENY AND AMES

Bed Bugs can come into the home numerous ways. They often spread through clothing and luggage traveling from other infested locations. Infested items such as used furniture can also carry the unwelcome pests into the home. Often, bedbugs will travel through air ducts and cracks in the walls in infested apartment buildings and hotels. It is important to know that the cleanliness of a location does not determine whether it is more susceptible to a bedbug infestation. Immaculate homes and hotel rooms are just as liable to bedbugs as filthy ones! Due to their ability to spread, it is important to contact a local pest control company such as Bug Guardian.

Control and remove the bed bugs.

Upon discovering bed bugs in your home, call Bug Guardian Pest Control so we can determine the best bed bug treatment for your residence. If some prep is necessary, be extra careful not to move items from one room into another trying to prepare for treatment. We want to make sure you don’t spread the bedbugs throughout your home. We strongly suggest you wait until one of our expert technician’s arrive to start any kind of treatment to save you time and money.

Bug Guardian has the most effective treatment for bed bugs and it’s environmentally friendly! Once we have established the presence of bedbugs, we will treat your residence with an effective and safe treatment that kills bed bugs without being harmful to the health of you, your family and any pets.

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