Don’t Let Unwanted Pests Ruin Your Tailgate Party

unwanted pests ruin your tailgate

Football season is in full swing and for fans across the country that means weekends are centered around tailgating with family and friends before the game. The early fall is a great time to enjoy the outdoors, but those yummy snacks and the delicious grilled fare leave pests like bees, flies and ants looking to crash your party.

To keep pests from ruining your tailgate fun this football season, we recommend the following tips to keep your tailgate pest-free.

  • Bees are still active this time of year and attracted to sweets, so be sure to keep desserts in sealed containers and serve sugary drinks in covered pitchers.
  • House flies are a common nuisance pest at outdoor parties. To prevent these unwanted guests from crashing your tailgate, be sure to bring well-sealed garbage cans along with your tent and grill and remove the trash regularly throughout the day.
  • Ants can quickly infest an outdoor party and even hitchhike back into your car or home and carpenter ants and Argentine ants are the most common types found this time of year. To prevent ants from enjoying your pre-game goodies, keep food sealed in airtight containers and cover it immediately after grilling.

With these simple tips, you can ensure your tailgate party is free of pests. If it was only that easy to take care of the opposing team!

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Bed Bug Prevention While Traveling

Spring break is coming up and with it many people in Arizona will be traveling and we all know how disgusting and traumatic bed bugs can be. They cause anxiety, panic and can be extremely difficult to get rid of. They seem to infect every corner of the Earth and love a good trip. The key to never getting bed bugs is understanding how to search, identify and prevent them. This bed bug prevention guide illustrates some of the basic precautions to take when traveling and how to handle your luggage upon arrival at hotels and when you’re coming home.

Identifying Bed Bugs

Obviously, to be able to prevent bed bugs you need to know what they look like and how to identify them. The main ways to identify if there is a bed bug problem is by looking around the bed and mattress seams for black specks that seem to resemble pepper flakes. These are bed bug feces and are a sure sign that there is a bed bug presence. Bed bugs themselves are rather flat with a slight elliptical shape to them with a reddish-brown color. They are usually no bigger than an apple seed in size.

Preparation When Traveling

There are some basic things you should do before embarking on your trip like:

Pack a flashlight – You’ll need one to inspect for bed bugs in your hotel room and around the bed where you plan on sleeping.

Use a hardshell or collapsible suitcase – Hardshells usually are easy to clean and don’t have seams where bed bugs can hide. If a hard-shell isn’t possible than a collapsible type suitcase is another option as these can be washed easily upon arriving home.

Bring a plastic bag (optional) – If you want to be extra careful, bring a large garbage bag to put your suitcase in during your trip. This will make it even more difficult for bed bugs to get into your luggage.

Read reviews carefully – Of course doing your due diligence on any place you plan on staying in is paramount. Any reviews that mention bed bugs should be taken seriously. Avoid any place with reviews mentioning bed bugs at any point during the establishment’s history, even if the review is old.

Inspecting for Bed Bugs

Upon arriving at your hotel, hostel or wherever you’re staying immediately put your luggage in a bathroom during the inspection process. Bathrooms are much safer to store your luggage in since they are usually full of slippery surfaces and tiles that bed bugs do not like. This will give you some time to inspect your room thoroughly before bringing your luggage into the actual hotel room main area.

Check All Areas of Your Room

You’ll want to be as thorough as possible with your inspection of your room. Areas you’ll want to check are:

  • Head boards
  • Box frames
  • Night stands
  • Book shelves
  • Mattress pleats
  • Curtain pleats
  • Sheets and pillows
  • Any items that have small crevices and crannies (like alarm clocks)

Keep Luggage Off the Ground

Once you’ve determined that room is clear, you can bring your luggage out from the bathroom into your room. Even though you may think that you are clear if you didn’t see anything during your inspection, you still want to be careful. Keep all of your luggage off of the floors, preferably on a desk or table that can’t easily be climbed up on from the ground.

Inspecting Rental Cars for Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are hitchhikers and they love to travel. That means that they can also end up in rental cars and get into any items you may have stored in the trunk or inside the car. After picking up your rental, do a quick sweep of the trunk, inside and tire areas to ensure there are no bed bugs hiding out in the rental. Check under spare tires as well for any remnants of past or present bed bug infestations.

Coming Home

Never assume that you came home bed-bug free. It’s always best to assume that you DID come home with bed bugs and get in the habit of handling your items as such upon arriving home. Some basic things to do when you’re coming home from your trip include:

Wash all your clothing in hot water. Even the clothing you didn’t wear. – If any bed bugs slipped in during any point of your trip, they will be killed during the wash.

Inspect Your Luggage Outside Your Home

Before bringing your luggage into your home, do a thorough inspection outside with a flashlight and a keen eye. The last thing you want to do is bring a single bed bug into your home from not checking your luggage thoroughly. You’ll want to inspect all necessary parts of your suitcase where bed bugs may be hiding such as:

  • Seams and folds in your suitcase
  • Zipper pockets
  • Outside edges or crannies

Staying Alert

After following these basic steps and educating yourself on how to identify bed bugs and prevent them, you’ll be able to travel the world and have peace of mind knowing that your chances of bringing bed bugs home with you are very slim. Staying alert and being diligent in your efforts will ensure you have many safe travels that are free of bed bugs. Check out the infographic below that helps illustrate the bed bug prevention process. And of course for any bed bug related situations be sure to talk to an expert at Bug Guardian Pest Prevention for possible bed bug treatment options.

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Arizona Pest Q&A

Arizona is known for having a dry arid climate from Phoenix down to the Mexico border. With that dry climate comes a multitude of pests such as scorpions, spiders, ants and bees. However, here are three common questions that are asked that you might want answers for yourself about Arizona pests.
Q. What makes homes attractive to pests?
A. Pests are attracted to food, water and shelter. Exclusion techniques and removing food and water sources will help deter pests. Simple measures such as keeping food in sealed containers and cleaning up after each meal to avoid leaving crumbs can help. Fix leaky pipes and drains to ensure that if pests do get in, they won’t have ideal conditions in which they can thrive.
Q. How do pests get into homes?
A. Pests enter structures through cracks and crevices around windows, doors, along foundations, ripped screens, uncapped chimneys, and also through holes where utilities enter a structure. Firewood, groceries, and other deliveries can carry pests in, too. Seal any openings with silicone caulk or steel wool, and to avoid hitchhiking pests, examine packages thoroughly before bringing them inside.
Q. Where are pests most likely to settle in?
A. Pests have direct access to basements and attics through roofs and foundations, so they should be kept well ventilated, dry, and clutter-free. Also, because of the concentration of food and water, kitchens and bathrooms are other common areas.

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Get Rid of Crickets with Bug Guardian Pest Control in Your Anthem

Get Rid of Crickets with Bug Guardian Pest Control in Your Anthem

Although crickets are not harmful to humans, this does not mean a cricket infestation should be taken lightly. Because crickets feed on trash, paper, wallpaper glue, furs and fabrics, a cricket infestation can lead to destruction if left unchecked. Crickets are also the number one food source for scorpions. Cricket pest control in Arizona is a must and part of pest prevention plans offered by Bug Guardian.

 

Watch Out for the Signs of Crickets

At Bug Guardian, we take your cricket problem seriously. We want to be the pest control company homeowners in Anthem and beyond call when they start to see the first potential signs of crickets, such as:

  • Loud chirping heard in and around your home
  • Cricket droppings around entry points and along the exterior foundation
  • Small, dark bugs with elongated bodies and antennae (crickets)

Our cricket control experts will not only treat your pest problem using the safest, most reliable cricket extermination methods available on the market today — we’ll ensure that your property remains cricket free through our regular scheduled services.

Call Bug Guardian at (480)345-2847 for Professional Cricket Control Service in Anthem

If you’re dealing with a cricket infestation in your office, apartment or place of residence, don’t hesitate to reach out to Bug Guardian Pest Control for effective cricket treatments in Anthem Arizona

 

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Differences Between Wolf Spider and Brown Recluse

Wolf spiders and brown recluse spiders are often confused for each other, due to their similar appearance. However, there are notable differences between the two. Differentiating between these two is important, since while the bite of a wolf spider is harmless to humans, brown recluses are venomous, and can cause tissue damage. As a matter of fact, wolf spiders are also venomous and their bites can sting, but don’t cause any long-term damage.

Location

Wolf spiders are found virtually all over the world, apart from the Arctic and Antarctic Circles. Brown recluse spiders, on the other hand, are only found in southeastern North America.

While living in Arizona you don’t have to worry about brown recluse spiders, though local and easily terminable infestations of the spider have been found.

The Violin on the Neck

brown recluse violin neck

Though other species of spiders (particularly cellar spiders and pirate spiders) have similar markings, it is one of the many traits that can help identify a brown recluse spider, since it clearly differs from the other two types of spiders in superficial visual characteristics. As far as their comparison with wolf spiders goes, the latter don’t have any such markings.

Eyes

Both brown recluse and wolf spiders have contrasting and peculiar arrangements of eyes, which can be used to identify them.

brown recluse wolf spider eyes

Legs

All spiders, being arthropods, have 8 legs. However, the individual design of their legs varies massively between species. In this case, wolf spiders have stockier legs with spines. In contrast, the brown recluse spider’s legs are much more slender, and don’t have spines. Instead, they are often covered in fine hair.

brown recluse wolf spider legs

Color

The color of various individuals of both types may vary, but there is one important identifying factor. The brown recluse spider always has a uniformly-colored abdomen, while the wolf spider’s abdomen has patches and lines in different colors.

brown recluse wolf spider color

Armed with these tips, you should now have no trouble in distinguishing between these two confusing species of arachnids. Remember: Wolf spiders―the spiny-legged, multicolored, eight-eyed, non-violin-marked ones―are perfectly safe for humans, while brown recluse spiders―the hairy-legged, uniformly colored, six-eyed, violin-marked ones―can cause serious injuries, and should be kept at arm’s length.

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