The Insects That Can Enter Your Home Through Drains

We have all had those moments when we have worried about creepy-crawlies climbing into our homes through drains. But most of us dismiss this scenario as an impossibility, after all how could insects travel such a vast distance without being washed away by flowing water? Well, as it happens, there is one exception–drain flies. It would not be accurate to say that drain flies travel from sewers only to eventually arrive in people’s homes; instead, drain flies prefer moist conditions, such as the environment that exists directly below sink and shower drains.

Drain flies thrive within homes and other indoor locations that have been abandoned for extended periods of time. You will likely not encounter a drain fly in a home where water runs frequently, due to the obvious reason that running water would wash drain flies down the drain quickly. Therefore, drain flies are rarely a serious problem, and they are always a merely temporary problem.

Homeowners often spot drain flies upon returning home from a vacation, but luckily, drain flies will disappear once normal household activity resumes. However, sometimes homes can be abandoned for a long enough time to allow drain flies to establish a more stubborn presence within homes, and this is especially true when drain fly populations have grown to sizes that homeowners cannot manage without the assistance of a pest-control professional. Drain fly infestations, although rare, are often particularly difficult to be rid of once they multiply to a certain point.

Much like the majority of gnats, drain fly larvae require moist environments in order to survive. When drain flies infest indoor locations, they are most often found dwelling within toilet bowls, sink and floor drains, within basement drains and within drain pans located underneath refrigerators. It is not uncommon to find drain fly larvae squirming within shallow areas of standing water that are located both outdoors and indoors. If you should discover drain flies within your home, they can most likely be exterminated entirely with a rolled up newspaper and a thorough drain cleaning. But if these methods do not rid your home of these drain-dwelling gnats, hiring a pest control professional may become necessary.

Have you ever witnessed an insect climb into your home through a drain? If you have, was the insect a drain fly?

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Arizona Bark Scorpions in Cave Creek

The Arizona bark scorpion is known for its venomous sting, which can be lethal, especially for small children and elderly people. For this reason alone pest prevention for your home in Cave Creek should be a top priority to protect your family and property from infestation.

 

scorpionIf you are unsure of what a Bark Scorpion looks like here are some facts:

  • Light brown to brownish yellow in color
  • Pincers are elongated and thin
  • Thick, lobster-like pedipalps
  • Tail is also slender and yellow to light brown in color

 

Its venom can cause severe pain. Symptoms such as numbness, frothing at the mouth, difficulties in breathing, muscle twitching and convulsions can be observed on a human that has been stung.

 

If you believe that your home has played host to the Arizona Bark Scorpion call the professionals at Bug Guardian Pest Prevention today!

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Where Are Bed Bugs Found?

What are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are insects with a brown shell shape and a small head. Like other parasites that live on blood, they have adapted to the travel patterns of their food source. Places where travelers come and go have a high risk for bed bugs. Hotels, motels, and conference halls all deal with this issue. Bed bugs do not care about the rating of a hotel; they simply seek their food.

Where Are Bed Bugs Found Inside Your Property?

Bed bugs stay very close to their food source. They spend daylight hours hiding in cracks near a bed, within the mattress, and among the folds of fabrics. At night they only travel a short way to bite their victim. The bed of a hotel room is the most important place to search when checking for bed bugs. The wall and night stand close to the bed are also important. Leaving your own possessions stored in the bath tub, carefully turn back the bedding and lift up the mattress at both ends of the bed. Check all folds of material, the sewing along the edge of the mattress, and under the mattress. You are looking for beetle shaped insects or dark blood stains around the corners of the mattress. Check under the box springs, search the wall, and move any nearby furniture to search its joints and edges. Check the rest of the room as well- every piece of furniture, no matter how small. If you discover anything that concerns you, talk directly, but politely, to the manager. A different room far from the original room might work. If you find bed bugs there as well, do not stay in that hotel. The caution you practice now is far better than the trouble you face later if you carry a bed bug home in your suitcase or jacket.

What Can be Done if You Have Bed Bugs at Home?

If you discover bed bugs at home, contact your Bug Guardian Pest Prevention experts.

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Bee Control & Removal in Anthem

As Spring flowers begin to bloom in Anthem Arizona the pollen count rises and so does the appearance off bees. Bees will travel as far as 2 miles to gather for their hive. But could their hive be located in your Anthem home or business?
Africanized bees are known to sting in much larger numbers than European bees. Both Africanized and European honey bees have the same physical appearance; therefore, all honey bees should be treated with the same caution as Africanized bees.
We recommend professional removal of all bee swarms (newly arrived bees) and established bee hives as soon as discovered. Their presence is a health and safety risk to people and animals in the surrounding area and often results in costly property damage if not removed. Bee removal or extermination should never be attempted by persons without professional training and protective equipment.

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How to Remove a Tick from Your Child: A Guide for Parents

Ticks are familiar to many of us in Arizona,where they are found year-round in most of the state.There’s no doubt that these parasites are scary, but that doesn’t mean you have to wrap your kids in bubble wrap or lock them in their bedrooms. We’ll teach you everything you need to know about removing ticks, that way you can relax when the kids head outside to play.

How do I remove a tick from my child?

A tick has bitten your child and is still latched to your child’s skin, what do you do next?

“The best advice for parents who find a tick attached to their child is to not panic,” says Kristen Nordlund, a public affairs officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “There are simple steps they can take to remove the tick with a set of fine-tipped tweezers.”

The following tick removal process comes directly from the CDC:

  1. Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible.
  2. Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth-parts with tweezers. If you are unable to remove the mouth easily with clean tweezers, leave it alone and let the skin heal.
  3. After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and water.
  4. If your child develops a rash or fever within the next few weeks after the tick was removed, take them to a doctor and make sure to tell him or her about the recent tick bite.

Ticks usually need to be attached for several hours in order to spread a disease. For example, the blacklegged (or deer tick) needs to be attached for about 24 hours to pass on Lyme disease. It is also important to know that not everyone who gets Lyme disease will have the “telltale” bull’s eye rash. It’s always a good idea to have your child tested more than once for a tickborne disease because sometimes tests can come back as false negatives.

We know ticks are still terrifying, but we hope you feel better prepared with this information. If you feel that your home has a pest problem feel free to call Bug Guardian Pest Prevention today at (480)345-2847.

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