Is the Landlord or Tenant Responsible for Pest Control in Arizona?

The Arizona climate is considerably different than other parts of the country. With the Arizona heat comes a great deal of unwanted pests.Scorpions, black widow and brown recluse spiders, a variety of ants, and cockroaches all love to call this area home. Add to the fact that places like Arizona are major tourist destinations, and you can also add bed bugs to the mix of unwelcome pests.

Because of this keeping your rented home or apartment free of unwanted pests is essential to your health and happiness.  Spider and scorpion bites can be very painful and dangerous as an example. So it is essential to have continual pest control services in your apartment to ensure that the residents are not harmed.

The question is, who is responsible for pest control services in Arizona, the landlord or the tenant?

LANDLORD RESPONSIBILITIES FOR PEST CONTROL

According to the Landlord Tenant Act (Title 33, Chapter 10, Article 2, Section 33-1324):

A. The landlord shall:
1. Comply with the requirements of applicable building codes materially affecting health and safety as prescribed in section 9-1303.
2. Make all repairs and do whatever is necessary to put and keep the premises in a fit and habitable condition.
3. Keep all common areas of the premises in a clean and safe condition.
4. Maintain in good and safe working order and condition all electrical, plumbing, sanitary, heating, ventilating, air-conditioning and other facilities and appliances, including elevators, supplied or required to be supplied by him.
5. Provide and maintain appropriate receptacles and conveniences for the removal of ashes, garbage, rubbish and other waste incidental to the occupancy of the dwelling unit and arrange for their removal.
6. Supply running water and reasonable amounts of  hot water at all times, reasonable heat and reasonable  air-conditioning or cooling where such units are  installed and offered, when required by seasonal  weather conditions, except where the building that  includes the dwelling unit is not required by law to be  equipped for that purpose or the dwelling unit is so  constructed that heat, air-conditioning, cooling or hot  water is generated by an installation within the  exclusive control of the tenant and supplied by a direct  public utility connection.

State law requires that the landlord keep the unit in properly maintained and habitable order for the rental lease to remain in effect. However, the law clearly states that if damages or other conditions cause the property to become uninhabitable, the landlord is not responsible for the damages.

WHEN IS THE LANDLORD RESPONSIBLE?

In most cases, it has been found that landlords are responsible for providing pest control prior to renting the property and if any pests are found within the first 30 days of a rental contract. After the 30 days, it is assumed that the pest infestations are caused by the liing habits of the renter.

For instance, a renter that does not properly dispose of garbage or has visitors that bring bed bugs into the home are responsible for ridding the apartment of the infestation. However, if the infestation is caused by something that happened to the house that the landlord has not repaired, such as a leaking roof, the pest control is the landlords responsibility, regardless of how much of the lease time passed.

For the landlord to be responsible legally for pest control services after the initial 30 days, it must be proven that their actions are responsible for the infestation.

WHAT RENTERS NEED TO DO BEFORE MOVING IN

It is very important for any renter to make sure that they clearly read the terms of their lease agreement before signing it and moving in. The responsibility for pest control services should be clearly stated in the contract. You will discover by reading the terms if the landlord will continue to provide services for pest control of if you are responsible.

If the terms for pest control are not in your contract, make sure that you ask about these terms and ask for them to be placed in writing. By having the terms in writing, you can guarantee that you will have continued pest control services either by the landlord or by yourself.

If you are required to provide your own services, you can have Bug Guardian Pest Prevention complete monthly treatments. Treatments that take place at longer intervals can allow many pests to enter the home.

Arizona is a wonderful place to live. However, all residents understand how important it is to keep unwanted pests out of their homes. Know the terms of your contract, and if necessary, sign up for pest control service to begin a month after you move in.

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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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Tips to Keep Your Anthem Home Flea & Tick Free

February  marks the beginning of warmer weather in Anthem, Arizona but with that warm weather comes more pests. Today we are specifically talking about Fleas & Ticks and how to protect your dogs and cats from them.

These are the best way to keep your furry family members free of unwanted fleas & ticks:

  • Providing a balanced diet with real food to keep the immune system vital and strong.
  • Bathing and brushing your dog regularly and doing nose-to-tail body checks when you come in from outside. If you recall from previous posts, this is also a great way to check your dog for any signs of new bumps, lumps or other tender spots.
  • Steering clear of old, stagnant water and any areas which have been treated with chemicals of any sort in both your own yard and the areas you run your dog,
  • Using natural pest deterrents, some of which are described above.
  • Being prepared with both the tools and the knowledge of how to safely remove a tick if you do find one. The traditional way is still the best, using tweezers or a tick remover tool. Other methods which promote using a match, petroleum jelly or swivel methods of making the tick ‘dizzy’ are not as reliable and may actually cause the tick to burrow deeper or leave parts still attached. As always, if in doubt, consult your vet.

If you find that you’re having an infestation of fleas and ticks at your Anthem home feel free to call Bug Guardian Pest Prevention today!

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Bee Control in Cave Creek

Bee in Arizona

Bees can be found around Cave Creek homes during the spring and summer months of the year. Bees typically make nests in openings and on exterior furniture and light fixtures. They will also set up residence under light fixtures, deck railings and eaves of Cave Creek homes.

Bee problems are most noticeable during the spring and summer, when bees are notorious for disrupting outdoor activities, especially when food or drinks are available. One way to implement bee control is to keep food or drinks covered while outdoors, which will help to get rid of bees when they are searching for food. It is important to take extra caution when shooing away bees to prevent stings or other bee problems.

The experts at Bug Guardian Pest Prevention specialize in safe bee control and bee removal solutions. Sometimes bees can be difficult to control, particularly when the bee nests are concealed or difficult to access.Bug Guardian Pest Prevention knows effective methods for getting rid of bees and their nests, and preventing bees from building future nests in the same location. In order to protect you and your family from getting stung during bee removal, it is best to contact aBug Guardian Pest Prevention expert who has the proper gear and bee control solutions.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Wolf Spiders

The wolf spider is a strong, agile hunter that often chases their prey at high speeds. Not only are these creatures intimidating to watch, but there are several interesting facts about them you may not know. The following are 10 things you didn’t know about these incredible and sometimes frightening spiders.

1. They Don’t Spin Webs

A wolf spider does not spin webs like normal spiders. Their primary activities include hunting and reproduction.

2. They Have an Interesting Courtship

Males often perform strange rituals before courting. This sometimes includes complex leg signals. Mating can also be dangerous as the females sometimes kill and eat the males after the process is finished.

3. They Have Many Offspring

These spiders carry egg sacs during their reproduction time that can hold up to 365 eggs.

4. They Were Mistakenly Named

Some people may believe they were named after wolves for their hairy, wolf-like appearance. The spider was named after wolves, however, because early scientists believed that they hunted in packs.

5. Finding a Wolf Spider

Many people may know these spiders have large eyes, but may not know that they reflect light. This makes them easy to spot at night.

6. There are Different Breeds

We may use the general name for all types of wolf spiders but there are different types. The South American species, for instance, has a bite that can cause serious medical problems.

7. Carrying Their Babies

This species of spider actually carries their babies around on their back. After a few weeks the baby spiders are on their own.

8. They are Fierce Hunters

These spiders are known to be ambush hunters. They eat a wide variety of prey, depending on their habitat. This can vary extensively since they live on every continent except for Antarctica.

9. They Run Quickly

These spiders can run very quickly. Some of them may even run fast enough to cover two feet in a second.

10. Seek Professional Assistance

Because of their speed, potential bite, and reproductive abilities, you’ll want to call professional pest control services to help rid your home and property of these spiders. Contact Bug Guardian Pest Prevention for help keeping your home pest free.

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