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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What Happens to Mosquitoes During the Winter?

It’s the time of year when holiday parties, festive feasts and exchanging gifts are enjoyed by family and friends. Cold weather is associated with Christmas trees, snowmen and even the occasional snow ball fight or for residents of Phoenix, decorating a Cactus instead a of a pine tree. One thought that doesn’t usually cross our minds during this time of year is the presence of mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are one of the most annoying pests that we endure throughout the warm parts of the year. Their bites are irritating and their buzz even more so. The presence of mosquitoes makes being outdoors less appealing. Most species of mosquitoes disappear during this time of year because they cannot survive the cold weather, however there are some mosquitoes that are strong enough to last through the winter, and they lay in wait to annoy us again when the temperatures begin to rise.

How do Mosquitoes Survive the Winter

The mosquitoes that survive the cold weather do so by hibernating, just like some animals do during the winter. Mosquitoes that hibernate throughout the winter will come out in the spring time to begin sucking our blood and the blood of our pets once again. It is an annoying occurrence that is difficult to remedy and not an important item on our list of issues to handle at the moment. Mosquitoes that do not survive the winter temperatures leave eggs behind that will hatch with the first breeze of warm spring air.

How do Mosquitoes Hibernate

Some mosquitoes will hatch in the fall and hibernate as larvae; they find shelter in the bottoms of muddy pools to protect themselves from freezing. Mosquitoes that find a way to last through the freezing winter temperatures seem to be even more aggressive than those who seasonably show up in the spring time. Mosquitoes not only pack an annoying bite that can itch for a long period of time, but mosquitoes also can carry dangerous diseases that are harmful to you and your family.

Mosquito Prevention & Control

The best way to prevent mosquitoes form hibernating on your property is to have regular maintenance visits from your pest control professional. When you have your home and property treated on a regular basis, you eliminate the chances of any type of infestation from occurring, including the presence of mosquitoes. Regular maintenance visits from Bug Guadrian Pest Prevention will ensure that not only mosquitoes stay away from your home, but also other annoying and harmful insects.

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When DIY Pest Control Won’t Cut It

Three signs it’s time to call in a pro

As a homeowner, you know there are some home projects you can take on yourself (painting the guest room) and some that are better left to the professionals (installing electrical wiring in the basement). The same logic goes for pest control. In some cases, do-it-yourself measures are fine but in others, it is best to call in a pest professional to ensure the job is done correctly and safely. So how do you know which pest scenarios are DIY-approved and which are pro-worthy?

In most cases, the answer depends on the several factors, including the type of pest, its threats to your family’s health, the potential for property damage and the size of the infestation. For example, one lone yellow jacket that found its way into your home is no cause for alarm. But a nest of yellow jackets near your front porch? Time to call in the pros.

Specifically, here are a few pests that you should leave to the pros:

 1.    Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are certainly not a pest that should be handled on your own. For one, they are notoriously elusive, often hiding out in hard to detect places like behind electrical switches and under wallpaper. A trained pest professional will know where bed bugs are likely to hide in your home and can develop a treatment plan to target the pests while ensuring the safety of your family and pets.

To effectively treat a bed bug infestation all stages of the bed bug life cycle must be treated, including bed bug eggs, nymphs (babies) and adult bed bugs. Unfortunately, DIY pest control methods are often ineffective against bed bug nymphs and eggs. Attempts to control a bed bug infestation on your own may only exacerbate the problem and give the infestation time to grow. And bed bugs reproduce quickly – one female bed bug can lay one to five eggs in a day and more than 500 in their lifetime, meaning that a small infestation can quickly grow out of control.

In addition, homeowners that attempt to control a bed bug infestation on their own often spend more money in the long run on failed treatments. Some residents with bed bug infestations unnecessarily throw out furniture, clothing and other personal property in an attempt to control an infestation. In extreme cases, homeowners have seriously damaged their homes or sickened their families by misusing pest control products.

 2.    Stinging Insects

Infestations of any type of stinging insect – such as wasps, yellow jackets or fire ants – should always be left up to the professionals. Stinging insects pose serious health risks. In fact, they send half a million people to the emergency room every year. A single colony of stinging insects can contain anywhere from a few hundred to 80,000 members, which can attack if their nest is threatened. Those with allergies to insect stings are especially at risk, but if a large nest of stinging insects attacks, it can be life threatening to anyone.

 3.    Reoccurring or heavy infestations

No matter the type of pest, if you have an infestation that keeps coming back no matter what you try, it’s time to contract a professional. Reoccurring pest infestations are a sign that your home is just too enticing for pests. Perhaps a small access point (such as a tear in a window screen or a crack in the foundation) is providing easy access indoors for ants. Or perhaps a drip under the bathroom sink is creating the perfect conditions for cockroaches. Whatever it is, a trained pest professional will inspect your home, determine the infestation and help you resolve it once and for all.

DIY methods are also no match for heavy pest infestations.  Because many pests pose serious health and property threats, a sizable pest infestation should be left up to the professionals to handle, before it can grow any larger.

As a homeowner, there are a lot of DIY steps you can take to help prevent pests from finding their way into your home, but even these are most effective when completed in partnership with a pest professional. And, if you suspect you have an infestation, your first step should always be to call Bug Guardian Pest Control. We will be able to properly identify your pest problem and recommend an appropriate course of treatment.

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One Time Pest Services in Surprise

Infinite questions crop up in a Surprise property owner’s mind when a pest invasion takes place. How did the annoying bugs get in? Will they get away on their own? Should I call a pest exterminator? Which pest service must I get?

One-Time Pest Services are designed to deal with a current pest problem from general household pests such as ants, silverfish, cockroaches, earwigs, black widows, crickets and more in your home or business, without any ongoing agreements.

While many exterminators treat all pests the same by spraying pesticides everywhere. We want to diagnose and treat each pest control issue for the specific problem that it is.  We will use the proper techniques and products needed to resolve your specific problem.  We will spend as much time as needed to properly treat your pest control problem.  We will charge you as much as the job needs and no more, we do not believe in price gouging our customers.  You will like the fact that we do not engage our customers in contracts and do not charge start up fees.  We also offer 100% guarantee on our services.

Bug Guardian Pest Prevention offers pet & kid friendly, safe, non toxic, organic, natural pest control. Professional, licensed extermination, removal, control, management service for pests. Get rid of scorpions, ants, bedbugs, black widow spiders, crickets etc. Contact Bug Guardian Pest Control today to schedule a time for us to come out to your Surprise property today!

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The Importance of Pest Control

If you’re a homeowner, it’s important to never underestimate the importance of pest control. Without proper prevention and extermination in the event of an infestation, there are some horrible things that can go wrong that will cause problems for not only your home, but the well being of your family.

Here are a few reasons why you should remember the importance of pest control and consult with professional pest extermination services.

These Pests Can Cause Serious Damage to Your Property
The structural damage that will occur if your home is infested by damaging bugs like termites will eventually lead to even more expensive repairs. In an average year, termites are responsible for up to $2 billion in property damage in the United States. Financial issues resulting from structural damage is one of the most frustrating parts of homeownership and dealing with pests. Don’t let these bugs destroy your property anymore. Call pest control services today.

Certain Bugs Can Even Harm You and Your Family
Certain bugs have vicious bites or painful stings that can harm anyone in your home. In addition to the physical pain, flies and other airborne bugs often carry diseases that can get you and your family sick, as well as ruin your food. Termite infestations can be so severe that they can cause serious structural damage that could potentially put your family in direct risk as well. Don’t let these pests harm your family in any way; call professional help today.

Infestations Lead to Overwhelming Stress
Your home should be a place where you and your family can just relax and not worry about a thing. If pests overrun your property, however, you won’t be able to enjoy your home, sleep, or even think about anything other than getting rid of these unwanted guests.

As a homeowner, it’s your responsibility to protect both your family and your entire property from these annoying and potentially damaging bugs. Don’t wait until the damage is too severe, because you’ll end up spending much more on repairs than you want. Never forget the importance of pest control and talk to Bug Guardian Pest Prevention today.

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Cockroaches and Mice are Most Common Home Intruders

According to the 2013 US Census, 1 in 10 American homeowners have evidence of mice and cockroach living in their homes. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) warns homeowners that these pests are likelier to enter homes in fall and winter, so it’s important to take preventative steps to reduce chances of an infestation.

Cockroach and rodent infestations can have serious impact on health. Cockroaches have been reported to spread at least 33 kinds of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms and at least seven other kinds of human pathogens. Mice can bring fleas, mites, ticks and lice into a home.

To prevent these pests from entering the home, seal all cracks and holes, eliminate food sources and keep your home clean.

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Keep the Warmth In and the Pests Out

pest proof your Arizona home this winter

As you crank up the heater this winter, you could be inviting some unwanted guests into your cozy home. These pests could take advantage of your heat and cause more serious problems in your house. Follow these quick tips from BugMaster to prevent these pests from invading your home this winter.

House Mice
House mice are the most commonly-encountered rodents and can cause serious damage by chewing drywall and wires. They can also contaminate food and spread diseases!

Quick tip: Check dark, quiet areas (like attics or basements) for house mice. Keep these areas clear of clutter that house mice use as their cozy homes.

 

Norway Rats
Norway rats are notorious for gnawing through anything and everything, even lead pipes, to find food and water. Like their house mice friends, Norway rats nuzzle into piles of debris in quiet basements and attics.

Quick tip: Inspect the exterior of your home for openings as small as a quarter. Norway rats can invade your home through even this small of an opening.

 

Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are tiny insects that survive by eating the blood of humans and animals. You can find bedbugs in clothing, luggage, airplanes, sofas, and of course, beds.

Quick tip: There are not many effective DIY methods to remove bedbugs. But, to prevent them, be sure to inspect beds and furniture for signs of these pests, including live or dead bugs and drops of dried blood.

 

Spiders
With the possibility of over 350 species of spiders in any one region of the country, there’s a high chance that some spiders will find their way into your home. Most spiders are harmless to humans, but they are a nuisance if one surprises you in the kitchen or bathroom!

Quick tip: Cut tree limbs and shrubbery so that they are not hanging over or close to your house. This will reduce the chances of spiders finding a way inside.

 

Firewood Pests
Along with the warmth of a wood-burning fireplace comes the possibility of ants and termites that nestle in firewood and can cause extensive damage to your home.

Quick tip: Do not store firewood inside. Rather, keep it outside and away from your home. When you bring in the firewood, burn it immediately in order to reduce the risk of pests crawling into other areas of your home.

 

If you have some unwanted guests that you can’t kick out with these quick tips, call Bug Guardian Pest Prevention to help you show them the door! During these chilly months, you’ll want to keep the warmth inside the house and the pests outside — where they belong.

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Keep Rodents Out of Your Arizona Home During Holidays

rodents in home during holidays

Unfortunately for us, rats and mice often live in close proximity to humans and they tend to love to find their way into our homes where they can make their nests and raise their young especially during as the weather starts to get colder in Arizona. Once this infestation occurs, it can be difficult to get rid of them. Below are some of the best ways to keep rodents out of your house.

The first and best way to keep rodents out of your home is simply to deny them entry. To do this, you will need to seal all cracks, holes or openings in your house’s foundation or walls that are larger then a quarter of an inch. Basically put, if you can fit a pencil into the hole or crack, then it’s possible for a rodent to enter through it. The best way to seal these cracks is with a heavy and strong material, such as galvanized sheet metal, concrete or heavy gauge hardware cloth. You can also use weather stripping on the door and window gaps so that you have a seal when they close.

You also want to make certain that you do not attract them into your home by poor sanitation. The lack of proper sanitation around your home is the best way to invite rodents into your home so making certain that you clean your kitchen properly by washing all surfaces so that they are clear of all food particles is important. Also make certain that you store your trash in sealed containers. Good sanitation won’t guarantee they will stay out of the house but it will make certain they are not sent an invitation.

Keeping the outside of your house in proper order is also important. Keep the outside of your house clean and sanitary by making certain your trash containers are sealed, that there is no trash around your house, and that pet food is not kept out at all times. You will also want to make certain that you remove any debris or other places where rodents can hide. Lastly, make certain that you keep control of your weeds and destroy and nests or burrows that you find on your property.

If you think you have a problem with mice, rats or other rodents, contact Bug Guardian to come out to your house and take care of your rodent problem and suggest ways to keep rodents out in the future.

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Watch for Bed Bugs while Traveling outside of Arizona

The last decade has seen a huge resurgence in bed bug infestations. The number of reported incidents in New York City rose from 500 in 2004 to 10,000 in 2009, but its not just the big cities being affected. We’ve been getting calls from all over the metro area, from single-family homes in Anthem, to apartment complexes in Mesa and gated communities in Scottsdale. Bed bugs can happen to anybody anywhere. So here are some tips on how to avoid a bed bug infestation in your home:

1. Know how to identify a bed bug. Adult bed bugs are reddish-brown with a flat, oval body that measures approximately ¼ of an inch (6.35 mm) long. Newly hatched bed bugs are translucent and 1mm long.

2.Check for bed bugs before unpacking during a trip away from home. Change rooms or hotels immediately if you see any evidence of bed bugs.

3.Take care of bed bugs that may have hitched a ride on clothing.Separate laundry into plastic bags so the clothes can be placed directly in the washer without bugs escaping. Wash and dry the clothes on the highest setting that the fabric can withstand or take items to the dry cleaners.Undress on a hard surface floor rather than on carpet if you suspect bed bugs are on your clothing. Bed bugs do not travel on people like lice do. Wipe off the floor to capture any bed bugs that fall off the clothes.

4.Take care when bringing used furniture and clothing into your house. Wash clothing immediately. Furniture, however, should be inspected carefully before even bringing it into your home.

Taking these precautions can go a long way to keeping bed bugs out of your home. If you find yourself with bed bugs, despite all your efforts, there’s no need to panic.

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Winter Pests 101

Common Pests that Invade the Home During the Winter Season

 

When winter weather arrives, some pests go into hibernation while others enter homes seeking warmth and food sources. The National Pest Management Association encourages homeowners to take several precautions against common winter pests like mice, rats, raccoons, cockroaches and spiders. Follow this guide of quick tips to prevent an infestation over the next few months.

House Mice

The house mouse is the most commonly encountered rodent in the United States.House mice usually nest in dark, secluded areas like attics and basements. This rodent can cause serious property damage by chewing through drywall and also wires that can then spark an electrical fire. House mice are also known to contaminate food and spread diseases, including Salmonella and tapeworms.

Quick tips:

  • Mice can fit through an opening as small as a dime. Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home with caulk and steel wool.
  • Keep areas clear and store boxes off of the floor because mice like to hide in clutter.
  • Regularly inspect the home for signs of mice, such as droppings, gnaw marks and damaged food.

Norway Rats

Norway rats often nest in basements, piles of debris and other undisturbed materials. They are known to gnaw through almost anything – including plastic or lead pipes – to obtain food or water. Norway rats are also a vector of many diseases like jaundice, rat-bite fever and cowpox virus.

Quick tips:

  • Norway rats can fit through an opening as small as ½ inch (or the size of a quarter). Inspect the outside of the home for any gaps or crack and fill them with silicone caulk.
  • Eliminate sources of moisture in crawl spaces and basements.
  • Regularly inspect inside the home for signs of an infestation, including greasy rub marks caused by the rat’s oily fur.

German Cockroaches

The German cockroach is the most common species of cockroach found throughout the world. German cockroaches prefer to live in small areas close to food and moisture, so human homes make the perfect habitat. This type of cockroach often hitchhikes indoors via grocery bags, boxes and secondhand appliances, and is commonly found in kitchens and bathrooms. German cockroaches can contaminate food sources and spread bacteria and human pathogens. Moreover, cockroach allergens are know to trigger allergies and exacerbate asthma symptoms, especially in children.

Quick tips:

  • Keep counters and floors clean and free of crumbs.
  • Vacuum frequently and dispose of garbage regularly.
  • Pay attention to kitchens and bathrooms, especially under appliances and sinks.

Brown Recluse Spiders

Brown recluse spiders prefer to spin webs in undisturbed places, such as closets, attics, crawl spaces and basements. Like other types of spiders, the brown recluse is frequently found inside cardboard boxes, along window moldings and in seldom-used clothing and shoes. These spiders can bite and inject venom if disturbed, making them dangerous to humans.

Quick tips:

  • Keep trees and shrubs trimmed away from the home and cut back limbs overhanging the roof. This will help reduce the chance of spiders finding a way inside.
  • Store clothing and shoes inside plastic containers. Pay special attention to shoes, baseball mitts and gloves that aren’t used as frequently as other items, as spiders like to hide inside them.
  • If you suspect you have a spider bite, seek prompt medical attention.
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