Do’s and Don’ts of Bed Bugs in Your Laveen Home

Do:

  • Talk to a pest control professional. A professional such as Bug Guardian Pest Prevention. We have helped thousands of client’s with their pest control needs.
  • Eliminate clutter. Clutter is a bed bug’s best friend and a pest management professional’s worst nightmare.
  • Remove bed bugs. Before the infestation grows too large have a pest control professional come to your home and remove the infestation.

Don’t:

  • Use products that repel bed bugs. Bug Bombs can send bed bugs scattering throughout your home making your problem worse.
  • Move sleeping locations. The bed bugs may follow you to your guest room or sofa and then it will be much harder to get rid of them. They may hitch a rid to your relative’s home and you can cause them to become infested as well.
  • Immediately throw away items. The typical reaction for a person when learning they have bed bugs is to throw away the infested items. This is unnecessary and could make the problem worse.
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Brown Recluse in Arizona are Not Common

recluse dangerous spider

Loxosceles_reclusaThe brown recluse spider or fiddleback spider is a spider with a venomous bite. 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. While identifying and understanding this spider is extremely important in the event of an encounter it is also important to know that the Brown Recluse Spider is not common in Arizona.

250px-Loxosceles_reclusa_rangeThe range lies roughly south of a line from southeastern Nebraska through southern Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana to southwestern Ohio. In the southern states, it is native from central Texas to western Georgia and north to Kentucky. There are other species of the genus Loxosceles native to the southwestern part of the United States, including Arizona, that may resemble the brown recluse, but these species have never been documented as medically significant.

 

If you find that there are spiders or other pests inhabiting your home or property and want them removed contact Bug Guardian Pest Prevention today!

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Pest Proofing Your Home for the Winter

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The shorter days and cooler evenings tell us that fall is in full swing. They also serve as a reminder to Arizona homeowners to take steps to protect their homes from unwanted pests that seek a place to wait out the winter.

With the new season comes different pest challenges to face and another round of pest proofing. It’s an important action that can help your home stay pest-free and keep your family protected from unwanted and potentially harmful pests.

Common household pests – mice, rats, cockroaches, spiders – will look for shelter in warm structures as the weather grows cooler. Therefore, Bug Guardian encourages homeowners to include pest proofing into their home maintenance routines this fall.

Besides being a nuisance to you and your family, these pests can pose serious risks. For example, rodents, particularly mice, are a more common fall pest and can spread such pathogens as Salmonella, contaminating food in your kitchen. Mice also can damage the drywall and electrical wiring in your home with their gnawing, which can increase the risk of an electrical fire.

In addition to carrying pathogens, cockroaches can trigger allergies and asthma, especially in children. Some species of spiders may bite if their hiding spot is discovered.

Proactive and vigilant winter pest proofing is crucial in preventing pests from coming indoors. The best defense is a strong offense. This “offense” we’re talking about is conducting a simple check of your home and performing any necessary maintenance.

Bug Guardian recommends the following home pest-proofing tips for winter:

  • Check screens on attic vents and around chimney openings to make sure there are no tears
  • Eliminate moisture sites, including leaking pipes, clogged drains and broken irrigation systems
  • Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of the home using caulk and steel wool, paying close attention to where utility pipes enter your home
  • Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly in sealed receptacles
  • Replace loose mortar and weather-stripping around the basement foundation and windows
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house; keep shrubbery well-trimmed
  • Install door sweeps and repair damaged screens
  • Inspect items for signs of pest activity, such as boxes of holiday decorations and grocery bags, before bringing them indoors

If you have questions about pests trying to gain access to your home, call or drop me an email at tom@mybugguardian.com.

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How to Prevent a Mosquito

Fever. Headaches. Muscular weakness.

All of these are symptoms of the West Nile virus, a mosquito borne illness that can cause serious pain, discomfort and sometimes even death to those who are infected. If you think that the West Nile virus is something you don’t have to worry about, think again. According to the Liberty Voice, West Nile virus has been found in mosquitos in a number of areas in Arizona. With all likelihood, this dangerous virus could spread further through the southern United States.

The presence of mosquitos in your area will greatly increase the risk of contracting the West Nile virus and other mosquito borne illnesses. Thankfully, you don’t have to be a passive bystander in regards to the spread of this disease. By preventing the mosquitoes from breeding and spreading, you can limit the likelihood of catching this disease—or even just reduce the occurrence of itchy mosquito bites. Here are a few tips on preventing mosquito invasion in your area:

  • Remove items from the yard that inadvertently collect water: Items that inadvertently collect water such as old tires, buckets and other containers provide a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Ensure that these are stored in a dry place where water cannot sit and become stagnant, allowing mosquitoes to breed. Even small amounts of water can provide a spot for mosquitoes to reproduce, so make sure that your yard is free of water-collecting containers.
  • Clean/maintain items that do collect water: If you have areas or items that intentionally collect water, such as birdbaths, pools, ponds, or other bodies of water, ensure that the water is well maintained and kept clean. You can purchase devices to keep water moving to disrupt mosquitoes from breeding, or use chemicals that will stop mosquitoes from breeding in that water.
  • Keep gutters and drains clean: According to the Atlantic County Division of Public Health, gutters and drains are a prime mosquito breeding area. These can quickly become clogged or blocked, giving mosquitoes prime real estate in which to lay their eggs. Cleaning these on a regular basis will ensure one less area for these pests to reproduce.
  • Use natural mosquito repellent: Another good idea is to grow plants that naturally serve as deterrents to mosquitoes. These include catnip, lavender, marigold, peppermint and basil. This non-toxic method will allow you to beautify your surroundings (and provide some herbs for the kitchen!) while keeping the mosquitoes at bay.

An infestation of mosquitoes can quickly raise the likelihood of having you or your loved ones contracting West Nile virus or other deadly mosquito borne illnesses, as well as a number of nasty bites. However, by following the tips above, you can reduce the likelihood of mosquito infestation and remain healthy and bite-free.

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3 Reasons to Worry about Rodent Control in Cooler Months

Unwanted Pests in Phoenix Valley

Hickory, dickory, dock, The mouse ran up the clock; The clock struck one, And down he run, Hickory, dickory, dock.

Although this Mother Goose rhyme sounds quaint, there’s actually nothing cute about having a mouse in the house. A mouse in the house is always bad news for three distinct reasons.

Three Reasons to Worry about Indoor Mouse Control:

Reason One: Mice contaminate food. Aside from allergy-inducing mouse dander, food contaminated with rodent urine or fecal matter can lead to bacterial infections and other food-borne illnesses. Since a favorite mouse hobby is to snack in your kitchen after hours, chances are high that if you have a mouse in the house, your food could become contaminated and you could become ill.

Reason Two: Mice damage structures. Make no mistake: mice in the home always lead to some sort of economic damage. Due to gnawing, nest-building, and feeding habits, mice always do their fair share of damage. The sooner they’re eliminated from the home, the more easily you can mitigate your losses.

Reason Three: Mice can spread diseases. According to the CDC, rodents can carry and spread up to thirty-five distinct diseases, all of which can be spread through bites, through contact with their waste and dander, or through contact with the rodents themselves.

All things considered, it’s probably safest not to try to handle these animals yourself. If you own a home or a business, it’s important to consider indoor mouse control. The best way to know that you are well-protected is through consulting with a pest-control professional.

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