Scorpion Pest Control

Arizona scorpion pest control

Scorpions are related to spiders and mites but belong to their own order, Scorpions. They are eight-legged with crab-like pincer appendages on the front end and the scorpion’s tail is usually elongated and terminated by a venomous stinger.

Scorpions use their stinger to subdue prey and for self-defense. Some scorpions can deliver deadly venom when they sting, while the venom and sting in some are no worse than that of a wasp. Highly venomous species occur in northern Africa, the Middle East, South Africa, east Africa, South America and one species in the Southwestern US including Arizona, officially named Centruroides, also known as bark scorpions. Anti-venom (antivenin) is available for these venomous species.

Scorpions hunt at night. Occasionally they may wander into houses as they search for food and water. They are most often encountered outdoors under loose debris and cracks and crevices. Gardeners should protect their hands with work gloves, especially around wood or debris piles.

ECO-FRIENDLY SCORPION REMOVAL:

Many times scorpions can be eliminated by using various eco-friendly methods including food elimination, catch and trap, even planting fresh lavender can help keep these pests far away from your home. Compared to many other dangerous insects and spiders, scorpions are pretty high on most people’s pest control priority list if you happen to live in Arizona!

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Bee Hive Removal in Laveen Arizona

Laveen, Arizona is prime real estate for honey bees both Africanized and European, and the Africanized honey bee is known to swarm 4 or more times a year compared to the European Honey Bee which only swarms once or twice if even that depending on conditions. Phoenix and the metro area as well as other Arizona cities have become a hot spot for Africanized Bees and the activity has increased every year. It is very important that you treat all bee colonies and swarms as if they are dangerous as one mistake can be a very painful one. Trying to treat bees yourself can end up with serious injuries and even fatalities for you and your neighbors as well as pets.

Normally, people and bees can coexist, however, with the migration of aggressive Africanized honey bees into the Valley in recent years, experts expect to see an increase in bee incidents. Bee attacks usually occur when bees are swarming or if they are protecting their hive. If someone tries to remove the bees or a hive, agitates the bees by swatting at them, or startling them with the noise from power equipment such as lawn mowers or blowers, a stinging emergency can happen.

If they land on the structure of your home or are coming and going in an eave or into the stucco or siding etc. or there is visible honeycomb on any structure around your property then they do need to be removed properly by Bug Guardian Pest Prevention.

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Why You Should Hire Professional Pest Control Services

Pest Prevention Experts

As the weather changes, pests and rodents seek out a cozy and warm place to hide. Usually, this means that they end up in a home, becoming a nuisance for those who live there. These tiny creatures intrude in objects like paper, food products and wood. Often, homeowners will resort to using pesticides and insecticides themselves to get rid of these pests, but this can be challenging and dangerous to do alone. Instead, consult a professional pest control company to handle your home invaders.

Professional pest control companies have received training to handle the chemicals responsibly, and employ practices that keep your family safe. Most pest control professionals offer affordable services that you can employ on a contractual basis. Here are some of the reasons to hire an expert.

KEEP YOUR FAMILY HEALTHY AND SAFE

Pest infestations can come with diseases, including food poisoning, asthma and allergies. The longer that pests are in your home, the more dangerous these conditions become. A pest professional will not only eliminate the pests in your home, but will provide tips on how to keep them out in the future. These methods include keeping the surroundings and area free of clutter, removing any stagnant water to prevent the breeding of flies and mosquitoes and proper food storage techniques.

ELIMINATE CHEMICAL RISK

Handling chemicals always comes with a risk. While most readily available DIY pest treatments have been approved for home use, you should always use caution when handling chemicals you aren’t familiar with. A trained pest technician knows when to use the appropriate chemicals so as not to cause any harm to humans or pets.

PEST IDENTIFICATION

Occasionally, homeowners may have trouble identifying the proper treatment for the pests they have. For example, there are numerous types of ants, and each one requires a different method of treatment. Homeowners may spend hundreds of dollars on trial and error to eliminate their pests, but a pest professional will be able to quickly identify and treat the issue.

SAVE TIME

A professional pest control company can provide quicker and more effective results than if you tried to fix the infestation yourself. Because of their experience and chemicals that may not be readily available to consumers, they can quickly implement extermination plans and efficiently eliminate all pests in a relatively short amount of time.

AVOID DAMAGE

Some pests, like termites and rodents, can cause expensive damage to your home if left untreated. Avoid having to make expensive repairs to your walls, carpets, wiring or foundation by hiring a professional to address the issue.

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Preventing Fleas

Q:  MY DOGS GET FLEAS EVERY YEAR.  WHAT CAN I DO TO STOP THEIR SUFFERING?

A: Fleas are a common problem of dogs and cats.  There are a few options to help prevent fleas from entering your home.  Some of these options involve your pet, while others require mechanical changes to the environment.  By using multiple options, you can help ensure fleas do not enter your home and bother your family.

By eliminating the habitats in your yard where fleas are most likely to occur, you will take the first proactive step for prevention.   Fleas tend to like it where it is moist, warm, shady, and where there is organic debris. They will also tend to be where pets spend more of their outdoor time such as patios, dog houses, etc.  Rake away leaves and grass clippings to reduce the number of places fleas can live.

For your pet, there are a few options for ongoing coverage.  Have your pet get shampooed with a flea-control product or purchase a product that you can apply to your pet on a regular basis.  The problem with these options is that many fleas have become resistant in varying degrees to the pesticides contained in these products.  Although these products will have some other value for other parasites such as ticks and mites, their level of control for fleas can be hit or miss at times.  Flea & Tick Collars can be effective, but must be applied properly.  To get the right degree of snugness, you should just be able to get two fingers between the collar and your pet’s neck.  Some collars lose effectiveness when they get wet, so make sure you verify how long they will last in the environment by reading the label.

Your pets are not the only animals that travel in your yard and deliver fleas on your property.  Stray dogs and cats as well as naturally occurring wildlife can be a source of fleas.  Try to discourage these animals from entering your yard by keeping your trash inaccessible, eliminating potential harborages for these animals, and by not leaving food out for them.  Even if you do not have any pets, fleas can be carried into your home by your family as well.  Adult fleas respond to movement, vibrations and carbon dioxide.  By simply walking around and breathing, you are attracting fleas to you.

On the inside of your home, you can vacuum your home on a regular basis to help pick up fleas.  Vacuuming will suck up many flea eggs and disrupt their reproductive cycle.  This will also remove dirt and debris that flea larvae use to create a cocoon.  The debris that they use also helps to camouflage the pupa while it develops.  Adult fleas consume blood as they feed, leaving behind droppings that have blood remnants in them.  These droppings dry out quickly and are left behind for flea larvae to develop.

The resolution usually needs a 2 tier approach for resolution.  You will need to visit your vet and have a pesticide treatment given to your pet.  This can be a shampoo, a topical application or an oral dose given to the pet.  Be cautious about over the counter applications since the dosage is determined by weight.   A veterinarian will be able to determine what your best option is for your pet.  Flea combs are often overlooked for removing fleas.  Comb your pet and then place the fleas in soapy water to kill them.  Combing a pet is very time consuming, but it will provide some immediate relief for your pet.

A pesticide treatment is usually necessary to resolve a flea issue and they are not usually resolved in one treatment.  Multiple applications are usually required.  A product that will kill any adult fleas and also stop the development of eggs and larvae is preferred.  Many over the counter treatments use active ingredients that the fleas have developed resistance to.  If you choose to treat your home with an over the counter treatment, you may elongate how long it takes to resolve the issue.  I usually recommend that a pest management professional performs the treatment since most homeowners do not have the education on where to look for flea harborages.

Most flea treatments take multiple applications, so you will have to be patient while going through the process.  A pest management professional will usually be able to resolve the problem faster and provide guidance on how to prevent fleas from reoccurring again given your personal situation.

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DIY Pest Control: Problems & Dangers

DIY pest control

One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make when it comes to pest control comes down to do-it-yourself solutions gone awry. Oftentimes, the very pest he or she is trying to eliminate or prevent is actually drawn indoors more-so through the use of misplaced baits and/or traps.
When dealing with pesticides and baits/traps, it is 100% necessary to be trained in the use of chemicals and to understand what the repercussions could be for you and your family.
Pests can make their way into any home. The negative connotations associated with a possible pest issue should not hinder a homeowner from reaching out to a pest control company that will handle the problem most efficiently and professionally. DIY solutions are not a quick fix, and can potentially cause even more of a headache. Reach out when you need help to receive professional insight and solutions.
When it comes to pest control, expertise is important – not just because it’s the fastest way to eliminate pests, but because it’s critical to controlling pests safely. Too often, we uncover botched DIY pest control attempts that ultimately result in a call for professional help. While that’s concerning from a pest control perspective, and can cost homeowners more money in the long run, it is even more upsetting when the methods attempted put homeowners at risk for harm.
Other instances of misdirected DIY are less dire…for example, using traps to kill ants but never identifying their source. (In most cases, this means that ants will return.) Knowledge is the most powerful form of pest control, so before covering your home in traps, consider turning to a professional who is certified to keep family members and pets safe and sound.
The DIY pest control market is strong, with homeowners seeking ways to manage pest control needs on their own. Home pest control remedies aren’t always effective, however, so it is important to consider the long-term cost when thinking about DIY.
DIY pest control can in the worst cases be dangerous. There are instances, Froio says, where people have burned down their homes or harmed or killed others when using pest control materials and methods that they don’t understand. Many times, people also over-apply pest control materials, which can be dangerous to the occupants of the home.
Bug Guardian Pest Prevention is here to help. Beyond addressing your immediate pest control needs, we’ll help you understand the pest prevention and exclusion techniques, both indoors and out, that lead to more effective solutions.

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3 Tips for Kids Safety and Pest Control

Raising a family with kids in Queen Creek, Mesa or Gilbert means you are probably spending a lot of time outdoors, soaking up the beautiful weather this time of year. Warmer temperatures also signal an increase in activity for all pests so we want to help you address your pest control needs while keeping your family safe.

1. Understand Pesticide Terms

Did you know that the warning labels on pesticides actually have different keywords to look for that will help you know which pest control method is the least toxic. It is important to note, these words only describe the short-term toxicity of the product so there may be other long lasting effects. That is why it is always important to keep any pesticide in a safe, locked away location that children can’t get into. According to the National Pesticide Information Center, the three main words on pesticide labels include: CAUTION, WARNING or DANGER. Caution on the label indicates the product is slightly toxic if inhaled or eaten and will cause minor eye or skin irritation. Warning means that if the pesticide is inhaled or eaten it is moderately toxic with a more severe irritation to eyes and skin. Danger is the highest level of toxicity and should include the label ‘Poison.’ This means that the pesticide is highly toxic if eaten or inhaled and may cause severe damage to the eyes or skin. If a child ever comes in contact with any type of pest control product always be sure to call Poison Control or take them to the doctor right away.

2. Try to Prevent Pesticide Exposure in Kids

Trying to keep pests out in the first place is a good start to avoiding use of pest control methods. Some basic home maintenance can help deter pests, for example, sealing all gaps around your home and caulking around doors and windows can reduce the entry spots for bugs. It will also help to keep the outside of your home cleaned up by trimming all shrubs and trees away from your house and ensuring trash can lids are secure. Unfortunately, some household pests require the use of pesticides to get rid of an infestation but how and where you apply them can make all the difference in your family’s safety. There are some chemical-free pest control products on the market or as we mentioned above, using the least toxic pesticide is denoted by a ‘CAUTION’ label. Always following the label instructions very carefully will also help you to prevent overuse of the product. Instead of pesticide sprays or bug bombs, we recommend using crevice treatments or enclosed bait stations since these methods decrease the likelihood of pesticide exposure.

3. How Pest Control Products Harm Children

We have to remember that children learn about the world around them differently than adults. For example, infants and toddlers put things in their mouths and they are in more contact with the ground while learning to crawl and walk. Plus, children’s bodies are less able to detoxify and get rid of harmful chemicals as quickly as an adult. For all these reasons it is very important to understand that any pest control used can affect kids more than their adult caregivers. This is where it comes in handy to have a local pest control company assess your home and figure out a pest management plan that is kid-safe and gets rid of those bugs!
Armed with this knowledge, we hope it will help you decide how to tackle your home pest control issues while keeping your family safe. Many pest control companies have kid and pet safe options so always be sure to ask about them. Feel free to contact us for any pest management questions or for an assessment because we are always here to serve the Queen Creek community and all surrounding areas!

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Do You Have Pests in Your New Home?

Pests in your new home in Arizona

Moving into a new home is an exciting and special moment, but it can quickly become stressful if the house has pest-related issues. Some pests have the ability to mask their prominence, and an otherwise clean looking home can, in fact, be harboring an insect or vermin problem. But there some things to check in your new dream home before moving in that can help alleviate any concern about a pest problem. However, if you have already moved into your new home, the Arizona pest prevention experts at Bug Guardian can do a thorough examination and bring a professional edge to pest prevention in your new home. So, if you are moving into a new abode or have recently moved, here are some quick things to be on the lookout for.

  • Chewed or Frayed Wires: This can be an obscure problem, especially when moving into an entirely new home devoid of many long-term wires or cords. However, nearly any home will have some form of remaining wires (or even carpeting), and it is important to check these for any signs of rodent damage. Chewed through cords can be a sign of a lurking rat or insect issue.
  • Droppings: Generally, these are not going to be out in the open. Most pest droppings are hidden within the same areas as the rodents themselves. So, be thorough in checking areas of the home you may not even take a look at in the home buying process (attics, behind stoves, under any remaining furniture). Clearly, a large amount of droppings could portend to some ominous things.
  • Dead Bugs: Well, we hate to the bearer of bad news, but if your amazing new home seems to have an abundance of dead bugs, odds are it has quite a few live ones somewhere, too. Similar to the advice with the droppings, look in areas that are less likely to have been disturbed or cleaned. Nearly every house in Arizona is going to have some level of dead bugs in it, but identifying a true hidden pest problem can simply come from the quantity you may be seeing.

These are but a few of the many ways to check a new home for a possible pest problem. Call the professionals in Arizona pest prevention at Bug Guardian for an exceptionally thorough inspection of any new home or business you have moved into. There’s nothing better, after moving in, than a feeling of security of knowing that you are pest-free.

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Top 5 Pest Control Myths

Pest control can be a difficult situation, with so many ways to handle it and some many different pests.  Each pest control situation could have several different solutions, but here are the top 5 pest control myths we have seen.

1) The most ideal approach to draw in mice to a mouse trap is by utilizing a piece of cheese. This message, fortified by many tv shows over numerous decades, isn’t totally genuine. Mice would rather eat foods with an abnormal amount of sugar in it. As opposed to cheddar, bits of grain, treats, sugar blocks or nutty spread would be additionally alluring to mice.

2) My home is clean, so it couldn’t have bed bugs. This myth, shockingly, can bring about a considerable measure of mortgage holders to lower their defenses and get to be defenseless to bed bug infestations. Bed bugs are pulled in to places where wellsprings of their sustenance – blood – is accessible, and it doesn’t make a difference whether the living arrangement is clean or messy. The main reason a filthy family would be more powerless to a huge bed bug infestation would be because of jumble concealing early cautioning indications of a bug control issue.

3) My feline will be all the rodent control I’ll require. The fact of the matter is, tamed felines aren’t generally intrigued by being your irritation control specialist. While they may pursue mice and catch one every so often out of a perky soul, family unit felines don’t generally see mice as a risk that they have to kill. Mice can stay away from your pets by going on surfaces and in spaces your pets can’t reach, and are more prone to be pulled in to your home by your pets nourishment and droppings than panicked away by an energetic feline.

4) I don’t see a pest control issue, so I don’t have one. Not having the capacity to see a titan episode of nuisance issues may be soothing to some, yet it isn’t sufficient to feel that your vermin control circumstance is very much overseen. Numerous nuisances, for example, termites and woodworker ants can do a lot of harm to the inside spaces of your dividers and the structure of your home before irritation issue signs are self-evident. Legitimate examination of your home all the time is the most ideal method for keeping pest issues from the earliest starting point. Identify with an irritation control expert to decide how regularly your property ought to be examined.

5) I needn’t bother with specialists or locally acquired showers, on the grounds that I purchased a ultrasonic repeller. Ultrasonic gadgets are intended to utilize ultra-high recurrence sound waves the venders recommend pursue away a wide range of bugs. These gadgets are made accessible by numerous retailers and have been sold for a considerable length of time, however the Federal Trade Commission has cautioned producers over and again that their items and deals materials must be bolstered by logical proof. There is next to no proof to recommend ultrasonic waves push bug issues away, either incidentally or forever. Stay with irritation control experts to verify you take care of business accurately, without squandering time or cash.

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Most Common Species of Scorpions in Arizona

Arizona bark scorpion

Arizona bark scorpionARIZONA BARK SCORPION

Arizona Bark Scorpions are considered the most venomous scorpions in North America, with the number of Bark scorpion sting victims in Arizona alone estimated to be in the thousands each year. These scorpions measure an inch to inch and a half in length, and are a pale yellow in color.

Striped_Scorpion in ArizonaSTRIPED BARK SCORPION

The Striped Bark Scorpion is the most widespread scorpion in the United States. The scorpion is a smaller species of scorpion, measuring a total body length of 1 to 1.5 inches. This species has a powerful sting, which often results in pain comparable to that of a wasp; that can last for several hours. They are distinguished by their orangish brown color, and the black striped that run vertically down its back.

Striped Tailed Wood Scorpion in ArizonaSTRIPED-TAILED (WOOD) SCORPION

The Striped-Tailed Scorpion is sometimes referred to as the Arizona devil scorpion or Wood scorpion. These scorpions measure about two inches in length, are a tan to dark brown in color, and are a little thicker or stockier than the bark scorpions. They infest homes in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Mexico.

*** Note *** Desert Hairy scorpions are also commonly found in the Southwestern U.S., but these scorpions rarely infest homes to the extent of the above mentioned.

SCORPIONS & SCORPION CONTROL

Today, scorpions are considered to be one of the most significant pests that afflict millions of residents throughout much of the Southwest United States.

Scorpions prefer the outdoors but will wander inside through cracks in our Arizona homes. In fact, these malevolent stingers can squeeze through cracks as small as a credit card’s width. Once inside, they often make their way into shoes, piles of clothing and beds which, increases the chance of a human being stung.

Seeing a couple scorpions a week in your home would likely qualify as a significant scorpion infestation.

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What to do in case of a Tick Bite in Arizona

Ticks are arachnids that carry a host of diseases. Most people think that these pests are only found in wooden areas, but they can also live in your own yard too, especially if yours is damp, shady, and has a lot of leaf litter! Ticks need to bite skin and feed on blood in order to successfully complete their life cycles. There are around 800 species of ticks that are in existence around the world, and currently, there are two tick families that are capable of transmitting diseases to humans: the Ixodidae and Argasidae. The fully-grown female adult is the one that bites as its male counterparts die after mating.

Dangers of Tick Bites

Back in the day, having a tick bite was only a matter of inconvenience and discomfort. Now, a tick bite can make you really sick. What makes ticks dangerous is that it can transfer certain pathogens. The diseases that can occur after a tick bite are numerous—depending on the kind of tick that bit you. Some of the tick-borne diseases are Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Tularemia, and Ehrlichiosis. Lyme disease is caused by a deer tick while Rocky Mountain spotted fever is caused by the Rickettsia rickettsia pathogen carried by the Dermacentor ticks.

How to Check for Ticks

If you have spent long hours in places that have a reputation for tick infestation, the first thing you need to do is to check your clothes and the gear you brought along for ticks. Take a long bath and check for ticks on all nooks and crannies of your body, especially the warm areas such as your toes, ankles, behind the knees, inside the elbows, under your armpits, and behind the ears. Put your clothes in a dryer and tumble on high heat for at least an hour. Watch out for these symptoms as well, which could happen during the first couple of weeks after a tick bite:

  • rashes
  • headache
  • nausea
  • weakness
  • muscle pain
  • fever

How to Remove a Tick 

In order to properly remove a tick, you will need to grab a pair of fine tweezers. If you don’t have any in the house, use gloves—just don’t do it with bare hands. Grip the tick close to the skin and then pull back gently with firm and steady hands. Do not jerk back, twist, or squeeze while holding the tick, since the bodily fluids that will come out may contain dangerous pathogens. Wash your skin and hands thoroughly using warm water and anti-bacterial soap. Put the tick in a clean, dry airtight container or a ziplock bag and inquire at your local health department for tick testing services.

Care After Tick Removal

Take note of the appearance and size of the tick, and of how long it was attached to the skin, just in case a doctor will need this information. If irritation follows after a tick removal, apply a topical antibiotic ointment and cover with a bandage. Continue to monitor your skin for two to three days after exposure.

How to Prevent Ticks

Be wary during the hot warmer months, because these are the times when ticks are mainly active. Ticks could be lying in wait while on a piece of a log or in twigs. They could also be on tall pieces of grass. Avoid prolonged contact with wood while hiking, and stick to the middle of the trail. Make sure to wear pants. Also, wear a long-sleeved shirt and tuck it into your pants. Better also to tuck the hem of your pants into your socks to prevent any skin from being exposed to the air. Don’t forget to bring a bottle of insect repellent that contains DEET. If your insect repellent contains only 20% of DEET, it can still be safely used on the skin.

You can prevent ticks in your immediate surroundings by making sure that the grass in your yard is mowed and cut short regularly. Clean up all the leaf litter and prune low-lying shrubs to let the sun shine in.

Doing these things should prevent ticks from making a home out of your yard. But if they are already there and you are having a hard time coping with the tick infestation, you will need to seek professional help.

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